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Title: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 July 2015, 22:38
Did a search, but couldn't find a 'what have you done today' detailing thread, so thought it might be good to have one.  I'll kick off...

Following on from yesterday's decontamination work, today I gave a few areas a bit of a polish with the DA - a few minor marks etc, which have been bugging me.  Used an array of Chemical Guys Hex Logic pads; green, orange, white and black, with Poorboys SSR 2 and SSR 2.5 plus a bit of DoDo Juice Lime Prime, then Gtechniq Panel Wipe to remove residue.  Had planned to follow up with sealant and a coat of carnauba wax but rain put an end to that!  Will have to do that one evening after work.

Forgot to wash my red WoWo micro fibres separately so now my white hex pads are pink!  :laugh:

Speaking of which, ordered some more WoWo Drying towels (I love them) and using the forum discount, looks like I'm getting a free micro fibre/glass cloth set too, BONUS!!!  :smiley:  Also ordered a whole load of detailing stuff from cleanyourcar, as stocks are running low and getting some supplies in ready for the new motor. 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 13 July 2015, 05:44
Great idea for a long term thread!

So, having done my usual weather survey decided it wasn't worth doing my car again until this rain spell passes, I just did the interior and interior glass. The beetle got its usual weekend clean on Friday and was tucked up in the garage. That'll be filthy by the time Bev gets to work now!!!

Thanks for the order Bec, I'll make sure the team get it out to you today.

Cheers

Neil
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Organisys on 13 July 2015, 12:47
Washed two cars. Found an old bottle of AF Toughcoat, for the black car. No smears at all, happy days!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 July 2015, 22:10
Thanks for the order Bec, I'll make sure the team get it out to you today.

Cheers

Neil

WoWo Towels and MF set received today Neil.  Excellent speedy service as ever, thanks!

No detailing as such today but as well as the WoWo stuff, did take delivery of a nice big box of stuff from Cleanyourcar:

Aerospace 303 Protectant
Chemical Guys Speed Wipe QD
Gliptone Leather Cleaner
Gliptone Leather Conditioner
Iron X LS (lemon scent)
Poorboys Natural Look Dressing
Auto Finesse Total Interior Cleaner
Auto Finesse Dressle
GTechniq C4 Permanent Trim Restorer
Chemical Guys sponge wax applicators
Upholstery cleaning brush
Leather brush

So just a few bits to top up the detailing store cupboard, and ready for the forthcoming R

Skint now  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 15 July 2015, 07:46
Great line up, looking forward to the pics!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 15 July 2015, 08:48
Hope you're not expecting a lemon scent from your iron x, still smells rancid haha!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 July 2015, 09:05
Hope you're not expecting a lemon scent from your iron x, still smells rancid haha!

I had my doubts when I was deciding between that and the normal one but hey ho, you can but hope.   Sounds like you did the same  :laugh:

I don't think Iron X smells that bad tbh, maybe I've just got used to it.  As for the smell of Tardis?  Mmm, I love it and have been known to linger a little too long around the can  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 15 July 2015, 11:18
The best smelling detailing product that I've ever used has to be bouncers done and dusted quick detailed. Smells that good you could drink it.

Dodo Juice Born to be Mild shampoo smells good too
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 July 2015, 12:16
The best smelling detailing product that I've ever used has to be bouncers done and dusted quick detailed. Smells that good you could drink it.

Dodo Juice Born to be Mild shampoo smells good too

Yeah, there's some yummy smelling stuff out there, sometimes forget it's car cleaning stuff you're buying!

Still you can beat the smell of a good strong solvent IMO  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 15 July 2015, 16:57
Thanks for the order Bec, I'll make sure the team get it out to you today.

Cheers

Neil

WoWo Towels and MF set received today Neil.  Excellent speedy service as ever, thanks!

No detailing as such today but as well as the WoWo stuff, did take delivery of a nice big box of stuff from Cleanyourcar:

Aerospace 303 Protectant
Chemical Guys Speed Wipe QD
Gliptone Leather Cleaner
Gliptone Leather Conditioner
Iron X LS (lemon scent)
Poorboys Natural Look Dressing
Auto Finesse Total Interior Cleaner
Auto Finesse Dressle
GTechniq C4 Permanent Trim Restorer
Chemical Guys sponge wax applicators
Upholstery cleaning brush
Leather brush

So just a few bits to top up the detailing store cupboard, and ready for the forthcoming R

Skint now  :grin:

Gliptone leather stuff is a change for you ain't it Rebecca?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 July 2015, 17:54
Gliptone leather stuff is a change for you ain't it Rebecca?

It is.  It's been on my 'to try' list for ages and as I've finally finished my DoDo Juice Supernatural leather  stuff I thought I'd give it a go now.  Have you ever used it Dan?  I'll let you know what I think of it if you're interested?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 15 July 2015, 20:21
I was about to order some supernatural leather cleaner and gtechniq l1 so yeah let me know what you think of the gliptone cleaner especially.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 July 2015, 21:16
Will do.

The Gtechniq L1 is good stuff.  I use it a couple times a year on mine, gives great protection.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 15 July 2015, 22:38
This thread has gone well so far  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 16 July 2015, 10:03
I've not cleaned any of the cars for a couple of weeks, but the thread didn't specify that it ought to be just about cars. So last night I gave my road bike a not really needed detail.

I started by brushing the transmission with Fenwicks de-greaser and then cleaning the chain with my Parktool Cyclone chain scrubber. This was all rinsed off using a low pressure garden sprayer before giving the whole bike a spray over with Muck Off. A second rinse was followed by a wash using Autoglym shampoo/conditioner then a final rinse off.

The drying process consisted of picking the bike up and shaking as much water off as I could before drying with a fluffy MF towel. The transmission was then dried using an old hairdryer before re-lubing the chain with Raceline Dry Lube, ensuring that all the rollers were coated and excess lube from the outer faces of the link wiped off.

Apart from grubby finger marks on the white bar tape, it looks as good as new again and was all completed in less than half an hour. It takes me three times that long just to wash one car.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 July 2015, 12:31
^^
Cheeky!

I vaguely remember someone starting a specific cycling thread once upon a time for this very purpose.  Can you remember who it was??  :tongue:  :kiss:

Still, as this thread seems to double up as a general detailing chat thread (which may occasionally get back on topic, now and then  :whistle:), you may take that liberty on this occasion.

I was thinking of waxing my new MTB the other day, but then I got a grip.  Sounds like you done a thorough job Simon.  Mine's got white handlebar tape too, that'll be clean for two minutes!

I still might wax it.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 16 July 2015, 13:32
I was thinking of waxing my new MTB the other day,

There's little point in me doing that as my bike has a nice matt finish. Having said that, I passed a garage that had a matt finished M3 for sale and it appeared to have water beads on it. Unless it had been wrapped, how do you maintain this that type of paint.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 July 2015, 14:07
I was thinking of waxing my new MTB the other day,

There's little point in me doing that as my bike has a nice matt finish. Having said that, I passed a garage that had a matt finished M3 for sale and it appeared to have water beads on it. Unless it had been wrapped, how do you maintain this that type of paint.

I had the vary same thought the other week when I was stuck in traffic and saw this (presumably wrapped) matt black GTR? 

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8785/17684115060_b5500280b1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/sWFHiw)

My MTB is also matt black frame but waxing would still heps the mud to slide off?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 16 July 2015, 14:56
Those exhausts are just stupid. What does Nissan think that car is? A Honda Civic?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 July 2015, 15:07
Those exhausts are just stupid. What does Nissan think that car is? A Honda Civic?

I'm thinking of fitting something similar to my bike  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 16 July 2015, 15:09
Upswept ones would make good bottle carries.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 July 2015, 15:10
Upswept ones would make good bottle carries.

Ever practical  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 July 2015, 21:04
Used the Gliptone Leather Cleaner and Gliptone Leather Conditioner on the interior this evening.  I normally use DoDo Juice Supernatural leather cleaner, but ran out and decided to try Gliptone this time round.

Well I was not disappointed.  First time using it but I really like both products, a lot!

The cleaner is very thick, the consistency of runny honey and that's exactly what it looks like.  After vacuuming the seats, I rubbed the leather down with a clean damp cloth then applied the cleaner with a soft microfibre (WoWo MF).  The liquid/gel got easier to apply once the cloth was really soaked.  Once applied I agitated it with the cloth, left it 5 mins then wiped over with a fresh damp cloth.  Did a great job!  The interior had not had a clean for a month but it came up an absolute treat. 

I followed with the conditioner and it is this that impressed the most.  A cream formula, consistency of thick yoghurt, I applied on a MF and worked it well into the leather grain until it was soaked in.  Really good finish and has a genuine leather smell which is rather yummy.

Neither product left any trace of sticky residue which I thought might be a possibility.  It seems like you're using a lot of product but actually when the bottles had settled, there wasn't much used at all so the bottles should last a long time.

It takes a bit of time to do it all properly but is worth the effort IMO.  Really has lifted the interior.  It leaves a lovely matt finish.  Very pleased with the results.  A few pics, (looks shinier in the pics than it is in reality).

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3809/19592409858_3316ff4b31_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vRjdRY)

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 18 July 2015, 08:19
Looks great Bec, I've used the Meguairs one and that takes some time too but it's one of those jobs that needs a little more patience.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 18 July 2015, 15:18
Thanks for the write up Bec, top info as always!! Results looks stunning!!

Do you recommend the Gliptone cleaner over the Dodo Supernatural then? I'm still gonna try a leather coating such as L1 or Gyeon rather than conditioner next time but I'm still not sure which cleaner to go for. Auto Finesse Hide gave ok results but I reckon there's probably better out there.

Back to topic, my car got the following yesterday:
- Usual TBM wash etc
- Quick paint cleanse with Dodo Juice Lime Prime on a white hexlogic pad.
- Collinite 845 applied by machine using a black hexlogic pad.

First time I've applied wax with the DA and I don't know why I haven't done it before!!! Lovely consistent thin coats and was great with a liquid wax like 845! Just gonna have to find another way to do arms workouts now lol  :grin: Didn't snap any pics for some reason, you'll just have to take my word for it that the results were good  :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 18 July 2015, 20:16
Thanks for the write up Bec, top info as always!! Results looks stunning!!

Do you recommend the Gliptone cleaner over the Dodo Supernatural then? I'm still gonna try a leather coating such as L1 or Gyeon rather than conditioner next time but I'm still not sure which cleaner to go for. Auto Finesse Hide gave ok results but I reckon there's probably better out there.

Back to topic, my car got the following yesterday:
- Usual TBM wash etc
- Quick paint cleanse with Dodo Juice Lime Prime on a white hexlogic pad.
- Collinite 845 applied by machine using a black hexlogic pad.

First time I've applied wax with the DA and I don't know why I haven't done it before!!! Lovely consistent thin coats and was great with a liquid wax like 845! Just gonna have to find another way to do arms workouts now lol  :grin: Didn't snap any pics for some reason, you'll just have to take my word for it that the results were good  :wink:

Dan, I would definitely recommend the Gliptone cleaner over the DJ Supernatural, particularly if you are going to do a coating of Gtechniq L1.  You'll want  the leather as clean as possible before putting the L1 on and I am in no doubt that the Gliptone Cleaner gives superior results compared to the DJ.  The DJ is probably best used as a weekly cleaning spritz, but for a deep clean Gliptone is much better.  I also used to use Auto Finesse Hide but never keen on it, it seemed to leave a stickiness which I hated, ditched it long ago.

I'm sure your efforts were worth it Dan.  I'm a big fan of Collinite waxes.  I also sometimes apply wax with a DA, but only good for applyingliquid or a paste wax.  It does really takes the effort out of it, even if you still have to buff off by hand.  Agree it gives the perfect thin even layer.  No good for hard wax though, which has to be applied by hand.

Back on topic.....

Washed and waxed with the usual DJ Blue Velvet Pro.  Applied by hand, and buffed off with WoWo micro fibres.  First time I've used these to buff off the wax - brilliant for the job, especially wax that had stayed on a little too long in the sunlight  :wink:  Will be my wax buffing MF of choice from now on - a very versatile cloth!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 18 July 2015, 23:33
Thanks for the comments Bec, we'll hopefully be adding some other variants of MF soon but these will continue to be a regular line.

Not exactly detailing but I looked in dismay at a kernel wheel on Bevs bug, which will be being polished tomorrow to see what I can get out.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 18 July 2015, 23:48
Thanks for the comments Bec, we'll hopefully be adding some other variants of MF soon but these will continue to be a regular line.

Not exactly detailing but I looked in dismay at a kernel wheel on Bevs bug, which will be being polished tomorrow to see what I can get out.

Oh no!  The first kerbing is always the worst.  Hope you can lessen it a bit.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 19 July 2015, 10:16
Used the discount code to purchase some Quartz tyre dressing and snow foam (thanks Booth for arranging that)

 :smiley:

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 07 August 2015, 10:06
Not today but yesterday....and not 'detailing' by me but….

To top off a week of R order woes (long story), the Mk6 went into a body shop yesterday to have some chips on the rear bumper sorted (inflicted by suitcases and bikes).  Assuming they wouldn't clean it, I forgot my usual 'DO NOT CLEAN' messages.  When I returned to collect it, they said, "it's obviously a well looked after car so we cleaned it for you". :shocked:  Cue a sharp intake of breath from me, all I could say in response was, "err, thanks".

So after nearly 3 years of only ever being touched by me, my car has been defiled by another.  :laugh: It 'appears' to have survived relatively unscathed, but as they didn't dry it properly, or at all, it's so covered in water marks I can't really tell!  Will go over it myself this weekend and see.

Posted this in here as one or two of you fellow detailing OCDers will understand. :grin: :laugh:
 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 07 August 2015, 11:49
Rebecca, this might be perfect for you.  :grin:

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=365432
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 07 August 2015, 12:51
Rebecca, this might be perfect for you.  :grin:

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=365432

Haha Blackmass  :grin: I have those signs in abundance as well as my own home made massive sign.  Was just caught out this time around - too many other things on my mind!!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 07 August 2015, 21:47
Here's hoping that their 'efforts' haven't left their mark!! Both on the car and emotionally!! The thought of another washing my car!! ... Shudder!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 07 August 2015, 23:52
Here's hoping that their 'efforts' haven't left their mark!! Both on the car and emotionally!! The thought of another washing my car!! ... Shudder!!

I've no doubt I'll be attributing every scratch I come across to this fateful event (even if some might have been there before  :wink:).  :laugh:

One thing I have noticed is my recently de-swirled DA polished B pillars, particularly on the passenger side, have new scratches  :angry: Will have to do them all over again!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 06 September 2015, 16:12
Car got a well needed maintenance wash today. Standard affair using the following products:
Valet Pro Citrus Pre-Wash
Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
WoWo Wash Mitt
WoWo Drying Towels
Wheel Woolies
WoWo Wheel Mitt
WoWo Microfibres
WoWo Glass Cloth
CarPro Eraser
Sonax BSD
Mothers Metal Polish

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5712/21189572755_e1a0146271_b.jpg)

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 06 September 2015, 16:52
Car got a well needed maintenance wash today. Standard affair using the following products:
Valet Pro Citrus Pre-Wash
Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
WoWo Wash Mitt
WoWo Drying Towels
Wheel Woolies
WoWo Wheel Mitt
WoWo Microfibres
WoWo Glass Cloth
CarPro Eraser
Sonax BSD
Mothers Metal Polish

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5712/21189572755_e1a0146271_b.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5639/21001440960_9cff6db0de_b.jpg)

Your car looks awesome Dan. :cool:  Fantastic Tornado Red shine.  Few colours match TR in the shine stakes when properly looked after. A real credit to you.  :cool:

How do find the Sonax BSD?

Liking the WoWo stuff then?  It's top quality isn't it.  It's really hard to pick a favourite of the WoWo stuff but if I had to it would be the wash mitt and micro fibres.  I can't remember how I managed without their micro fibres, so versatile and THE best by far for buffing off hard wax.

Reminds me I need to reorder some Mothers. 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 06 September 2015, 21:43
Thanks Bec  :smiley:

Still undecided on whether I prefer BSD or Gtechniq C2v3. They both give very similar results looks wise, BSD I find gives really nice beading, better than the C2v3, but it's not as nice to apply. BSD is thicker in consistency and can be almost 'smeary' if you aren't careful, whereas the Gtechniq is far easier to work with. I'm just chopping and changing between the two. Maybe I'll have a new favourite when I try CarPro Reload for the winter, who knows!

Yeah I really can't praise the WoWo stuff enough to be honest. The Wash Mitt in particular is fantastic and even after loads of use looks the same as brand new! Microfibres and drying towel are equally as brilliant and I'm so happy that I won that WoWo package in the competition as I won't use another brand after sampling how good their kit is! Neil and the team, I salute you!

Speaking of Mothers, i managed to drop my pot on the drive earlier and was rewarded with a series of cracks all through it  :angry:. It's currently being held together with a nitrile glove haha but will have to see how long that fix lasts!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 07 September 2015, 07:52
I'm thinking of giving the CarPro Reload a go this winter too Dan.  Heard great things about it and seen some amazing beading shots on cars with it.  Looking forward now to getting my hands, and some decent winter protection on the new car.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jv on 07 September 2015, 13:17
I have been using a sample size of C2v3 and have been very impressed. The Sonax product it so much cheaper - or am I looking at the wrong thing?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007O9CXHI
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Organisys on 07 September 2015, 13:38
Cheaper, but doesn't last quite as long and doesn't give quite such a nice glossy look.

For another alternative look at Carpro Reload, if you havn't already.

 :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jv on 07 September 2015, 13:46
Will do sir.

Did just find the Sonax even cheaper so may give it a go:
http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/p/car-accessories/car-cleaning-accessories/exterior-cleaning/car-detailer/?549992160&0&cc5_761
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 07 September 2015, 13:51
Cheaper, but doesn't last quite as long and doesn't give quite such a nice glossy look.

For another alternative look at Carpro Reload, if you havn't already.

 :wink:

I'm very interested in the CarPro Reload and I'm pretty sure it was your car (in the beading shots thread) that made me notice it first off.  As you seem to have used both the C2V3 and the BSD, would you say the Reload is preferable to both of these?  I'm looking for good gloss levels and great beading in addition to the obvious protection.

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 07 September 2015, 19:19
Thanks Bec  :smiley:

Still undecided on whether I prefer BSD or Gtechniq C2v3. They both give very similar results looks wise, BSD I find gives really nice beading, better than the C2v3, but it's not as nice to apply. BSD is thicker in consistency and can be almost 'smeary' if you aren't careful, whereas the Gtechniq is far easier to work with. I'm just chopping and changing between the two. Maybe I'll have a new favourite when I try CarPro Reload for the winter, who knows!

Yeah I really can't praise the WoWo stuff enough to be honest. The Wash Mitt in particular is fantastic and even after loads of use looks the same as brand new! Microfibres and drying towel are equally as brilliant and I'm so happy that I won that WoWo package in the competition as I won't use another brand after sampling how good their kit is! Neil and the team, I salute you!

Speaking of Mothers, i managed to drop my pot on the drive earlier and was rewarded with a series of cracks all through it  :angry:. It's currently being held together with a nitrile glove haha but will have to see how long that fix lasts!

Thanks Dan, always appreciated!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Organisys on 07 September 2015, 21:17
Cheaper, but doesn't last quite as long and doesn't give quite such a nice glossy look.

For another alternative look at Carpro Reload, if you havn't already.

 :wink:

I'm very interested in the CarPro Reload and I'm pretty sure it was your car (in the beading shots thread) that made me notice it first off.  As you seem to have used both the C2V3 and the BSD, would you say the Reload is preferable to both of these?  I'm looking for good gloss levels and great beading in addition to the obvious protection.

pffffff, subjective.

I like Reload for convenience really. It is very quick and effective on a damp car. So either on a damp day, after dew point in the evenings, or if you are just in a rush and can't get the last of the water off the car or out of the water traps.

lasts a good few weeks, looks glossy and beads well.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 07 September 2015, 21:52
I'm very interested in the CarPro Reload and I'm pretty sure it was your car (in the beading shots thread) that made me notice it first off.  As you seem to have used both the C2V3 and the BSD, would you say the Reload is preferable to both of these?  I'm looking for good gloss levels and great beading in addition to the obvious protection.

pffffff, subjective.

I like Reload for convenience really. It is very quick and effective on a damp car. So either on a damp day, after dew point in the evenings, or if you are just in a rush and can't get the last of the water off the car or out of the water traps.

lasts a good few weeks, looks glossy and beads well.

Thanks.  Of course these things are subjective but still useful to get real users opinions/views as opposed to just the marketing spiel, hence the question.

May give it a go this winter with some wax over the top to deepen the gloss on a dark car.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Organisys on 08 September 2015, 13:31
Wax over the top is pointless imho. For a start the wax won't has as much longevity.

Better to strip/polish then wax...top up with reload when you do winter washes.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 08 September 2015, 15:14
Wax over the top is pointless imho. For a start the wax won't has as much longevity.

Better to strip/polish then wax...top up with reload when you do winter washes.


Your latter point was my initial thought too, but everything I've read about applying Reload suggests it should be applied to paintwork free from any wax!   

On the former - not sure why the longevity of the wax would be affected significantly if applied on top of Reload.  Reload is after all a sealant and have topped off plenty of other sealants with wax with no detriment to either bonding or longevity.  Unless the specific silicon polymers of the Reload mean it would behave differently?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JBirchy on 11 September 2015, 13:20
Gave my GTI a good and well deserved bath last night. It's been neglected of late as I became a Dad 3 weeks ago and time is no longer my own!

It's protected with SiRamik SC15 Glasscoat so cleaning it is a doddle. Wheels cleaned using Car-Chem Revolt and various brushes, snowfoamed with ValetPRO ANSF, then washed 2BM using SiRamik SC Wash. Rinsed with an open hose, blow dried (touchless) and given a wipedown using SiRamik SC Mist to keep the protection topped up. Glass cleaned with Auto Finesse Crystal, exhausts polished with Auto Finesse Mercury and 0000 grade wire wool, and tyres dressed with Gyeon Tire. Arches dressed, interior dusted and hoovered, and it now looks like it should again!

(http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/cc481/birchyboy87/2015-09-10%2018.32.52_zpsfgl0ewdd.jpg) (http://s1214.photobucket.com/user/birchyboy87/media/2015-09-10%2018.32.52_zpsfgl0ewdd.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 11 September 2015, 15:28
Congrats on the news of your little one JBirchy!  :smiley:

Car is looking fantastic now  :cool: how long has it been wearing the Glasscoat?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 11 September 2015, 16:09
Car looks immense JBirchy.  :cool:

Congratulations on your new baby. :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JBirchy on 11 September 2015, 17:00
Thanks guys/girls! I applied SiRamik back in March time when it was 12 months old and it's still behaving like it was back then. It's been on my Wife's BMW 1-Series for over 12 months now and it's still protecting brilliantly. It's the best protection product I've ever used.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 September 2015, 20:59
Not exactly detailing but finally got around to ordering this today, in prep for the arrival of the R.  Hopefully no more water spots on a black car.

http://www.raceglaze.co.uk/car-care-exterior/wash/400-litre-0ppm-car-washing-filter/

Will report back on it once I've had chance to try it, for anyone that might be interested.  No point in trying it out on my current Audi hire car as it's white.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 13 September 2015, 21:30
Blimey! It's amazing what you can get! I'm new to all this technical car washing malarkey, just trusted my last car to those hard working chaps at Tesco. I've ordered lots of excitingly named products from recommendations on here, some still to arrive, and look forward to giving my car a damn good clean this week! Not sure about this though, £100 seems a lot, I do though live in a hard water area so perhaps it could be worthwhile, I'll review it once the car has been cleaned a few times.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 September 2015, 21:53
Blimey! It's amazing what you can get! I'm new to all this technical car washing malarkey, just trusted my last car to those hard working chaps at Tesco. I've ordered lots of excitingly named products from recommendations on here, some still to arrive, and look forward to giving my car a damn good clean this week! Not sure about this though, £100 seems a lot, I do though live in a hard water area so perhaps it could be worthwhile, I'll review it once the car has been cleaned a few times.

£100 does sound a lot, but if you break it down over the course of a year, it's not so bad.  You only use it for the final rinse and can get 60-80 rinses out of it, before having to buy a resin refill @ £45. 
Probably not worth it for some colours of car but if you have all of the following to contend with:  Very hard water area + black car + driveway in sunlight - it's worth it IMO.  I've struggled with water spots for years, they are very hard to remove even through polishing.  And this is my hobby so worth the investment on both counts.

Look forward to hearing how you get on with your new detailing goodies on your new GTI, and don't forget to post some pics up.  Tornado Red looks fantastic when clean and shiny.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 13 September 2015, 22:51
I think I'm just reeling from the cost of it all - previous costs of an occasional bottle of shampoo, a sponge, some cloths, wax and a chamois haven't prepared me for the wallet busting week of furious ordering I've just had! Definitely agree on the hobby aspect, £100 in those terms is very good. In my (currently temporarily suspended) running habit, £100 was regularly spent on replacement shoes, then race entries, physio, technical clothing etc so completely get that.

Did notice water spots on my old Audi which was black, hopefully the red of my Golf will be better. It just amazes me at the moment the variety of things to consider in an activity I'd previously never worried about! I'll definitely get some pictures once I get going. And (having seen your posts on another thread) congrats on your imminent arrival!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 September 2015, 23:03
Thanks, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the R.

It depends how far you want to take this car cleaning/detailing malarkey, lol.  You shouldn't be worrying about it though, otherwise it will just become an expensive chore.  Instead start get the basics right (good cleaning regime, adequate protection etc) and build up from there.  There's a bewildering array of detailing stuff out there, it can be bamboozling, but you don't have to go all out straight off.  I do understand though, and if you are anything like me, and throw yourself totally into your hobbies, then it does get expensive and full on.  But I love it!

Btw, very nice write up of your early thoughts on your new GTI in the mk7 section.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 13 September 2015, 23:39
Cheers Booth.

I'm possibly a bit lazy to get really absorbed in detailing, but I've enjoyed the shopping! I do want my car to look great but once the initial excitement wears off? I may surprise myself yet, certainly looking forward to having a go once all the kit has arrived. I need to find something to occupy myself with until I can get running again, perhaps this will be it?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 26 September 2015, 17:22
Finally got all my new washing kit today! Will give the car a wash another day but with the limited time spare today I gave the wheels a good going over. Two good soaks with Valetpro Bilberry, a good rub around with a Wo-Wo wheel cleaning mit, a wipe around with a microfibre cloth followed by a buff-up with a second cloth resulted in a fair bit of skin missing from my right hand! Wheels do look much better, not perfect but the intention is sometime over the next couple of weeks to take them off the car and give them a thorough clean and protect.

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20150926_165659_zpsmvo0tszf.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20150926_165659_zpsmvo0tszf.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20150926_165712_zpsxr0zr0zy.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20150926_165712_zpsxr0zr0zy.jpg.html)

Can anyone recommend an easy to apply tyre cleaner?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 26 September 2015, 18:58
I love Meguairs Endurance Tyre gel, apply a bit with a sponge and you're good to go. Lot of people on her fans of Quartz though that I haven't used.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 26 September 2015, 21:14
I love Meguairs Endurance Tyre gel, apply a bit with a sponge and you're good to go. Lot of people on her fans of Quartz though that I haven't used.

Megs Endurance Tyre Gel - very good.  Quarts Tyre Dressing - better.  :cool:

Very nice job Watts.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 27 September 2015, 10:40
Cheers KyleB and Booth - will look at both of those.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 30 September 2015, 20:54
Gave my new R (collected today), it's first ever wash!

Nothing special today just a quick snow foam (Valet Pro Advanced) and 2 bucket wash (Dodo Juice Supernatural Shampoo) using my new Raceglaze water filter which is fantastic.  Asked the dealer not to prep or wash it, only to remove the transport stickers.  It's got lots of sticky glue residue on it atm, so will be giving it a full decontamination with Tardis and IronX, claying and then onto sealing and waxing.  Won't be done for a couple of weeks due to work/home commitments but soon!

Rude not to post a few pics even though they are everywhere else on the forum.  :laugh:

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Greerso on 30 September 2015, 23:27
#stunningcar ^

I think I'll be over on the detailing page more often now that I have my new GTI - I've always been a 'car washer' but I need to up my game and will be soaking up tips like a sponge - or should that be a lambs wool mitt  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 30 September 2015, 23:33
#stunningcar ^

I think I'll be over on the detailing page more often now that I have my new GTI - I've always been a 'car washer' but I need to up my game and will be soaking up tips like a sponge - or should that be a lambs wool mitt  :smiley:

Well welcome to the freak section of the forum.  Home to detailing geeks and those with severe OCD.  If you're neither of those things now, you soon will be, we'll see to that.  :laugh:

But the first thing you should know, is we never,  ever utter the word.....SPONGE.....no, no I've just said it!  :shocked: :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Greerso on 30 September 2015, 23:38
Never to be uttered again  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 01 October 2015, 05:40
Car looks fantastic Bec, the side on reflection shot is ace!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 October 2015, 09:04
Car looks fantastic Bec, the side on reflection shot is ace!

Cheers Neil.  :smiley:

It rained last night so it's dirty now.  :cry: :cry: :cry:

Don't forget, need to see some pics of your new motor when you've worked you magic on it!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 01 October 2015, 09:52
Will do don't worry, although I might get banished from all veedub related sites?!?!?!? :evil: :laugh: :evil:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 October 2015, 10:58
Will do don't worry, although I might get banished from all veedub related sites?!?!?!? :evil: :laugh: :evil:

Always welcome in here mate.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 01 October 2015, 15:29
You've got a new car Bec? You kept that quiet.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 October 2015, 16:35
You've got a new car Bec? You kept that quiet.

Haha!  Yes it's true - shall I post some pics of it. :grin:  I like to get around the forum you know and can for this one time only legitimately post it in the Mk6, Mk7 and Detailing Sections.  :evil:

Anyway it's about time you, a) got a Golf Mk7 of some description, and b) did some detailing on something with 4 wheels (not a caravan).  :kiss:

Get to it Simon!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 01 October 2015, 17:23
I did give the Mk2 a wash and QD a couple of weeks ago. It only ever gets dusty, so it doesn't even need it's wax topping up. The daily cars are getting rather neglected at the moment. If I don't have time to clean them properly, I'd rather leave them alone. I never seem to have the time these days, as I'm chasing my monthly mileage totals on Garmin Connect when even the chance arises.

As for buying another car, A) I've lost all interest in them and B) the hunt is on for a building project. If fact I've made an offer on a knackered cottage with an acre of land, but despite it being the "offers in the region of" price, the seller seems to want to wait until it is properly advertised to see if any higher offers come in. I can see it going for more money than I'm prepared to muster.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 01 October 2015, 18:09
Cleaned my car for the first time today. Just a good wash for now. Quite a few marks here and there, I think it needs decontamination and claying? Nasty little chip on the bonnet, in fairness it is actually very small and most wouldn't notice but now I know it's there...

If someone has some advice on using a snow foam gun I'd be grateful. I have the one from Wo-Wo connected to a hosepipe. I used Valetpro advanced neutral - plenty of foam but it didn't cling, tried reducing the water pressure which helped a bit but still it just slid off.

I wasn't going to add any pictures as I reckon it won't stand too much scrutiny but it is shiny and very red!

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 October 2015, 18:28
I did give the Mk2 a wash and QD a couple of weeks ago. It only ever gets dusty, so it doesn't even need it's wax topping up. The daily cars are getting rather neglected at the moment. If I don't have time to clean them properly, I'd rather leave them alone. I never seem to have the time these days, as I'm chasing my monthly mileage totals on Garmin Connect when even the chance arises.

As for buying another car, A) I've lost all interest in them and B) the hunt is on for a building project. If fact I've made an offer on a knackered cottage with an acre of land, but despite it being the "offers in the region of" price, the seller seems to want to wait until it is properly advertised to see if any higher offers come in. I can see it going for more money than I'm prepared to muster.

How's the cycling going.  Any sportives coming up?  Haven't managed to get out on mine much lately but now we've got the Amarok at least we can just chuck (carefully place) them all in the back and go off in the one vehicle, without worrying about damaging the R or getting mud all over the place.  A few off road outings are on the cards this winter.

Now your building project sounds interesting.  Are you renovating to sell or renting it out, or keeping as a weekend/holiday home.  You could plant a nice orchard in that acre, nice manageable size.  Hope you manage to secure it at your budgeted price.  Are you planning on doing it all the work yourself, or get other trades in?  Got good contacts? I would think so, you being an architect.  Shame you are so far away as we have good contacts in just about every trade. 

Let us know how you get on.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 October 2015, 18:36
Cleaned my car for the first time today. Just a good wash for now. Quite a few marks here and there, I think it needs decontamination and claying? Nasty little chip on the bonnet, in fairness it is actually very small and most wouldn't notice but now I know it's there...

If someone has some advice on using a snow foam gun I'd be grateful. I have the one from Wo-Wo connected to a hosepipe. I used Valetpro advanced neutral - plenty of foam but it didn't cling, tried reducing the water pressure which helped a bit but still it just slid off.

I wasn't going to add any pictures as I reckon it won't stand too much scrutiny but it is shiny and very red!

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/Mobile%20Uploads/0adc8129-fb27-426a-9e09-13b1d0ca7948_zpsotd5inf4.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/Mobile%20Uploads/0adc8129-fb27-426a-9e09-13b1d0ca7948_zpsotd5inf4.jpg.html)
(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/Mobile%20Uploads/20151001_173804_zpsmfyrkflu.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20151001_173804_zpsmfyrkflu.jpg.html)
(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/Mobile%20Uploads/20151001_173842_zpsujeo1vbe.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20151001_173842_zpsujeo1vbe.jpg.html)

That looks great Watts. Tornado Red looks brilliant when clean, a shine like no other.  :cool: 

When you start cleaning your own car you notice things you never saw before.  Then, if you carry on cleaning it, you start to obsess over all these little things.  Vicious circle.  :laugh:

Neil at WoWo is best placed to advise on the use of the WoWo foam cannon.  I use a proper snow foam lance hooked up to a Karcher pressure washer, so not sure about the settings on your cannon.  ValetPro Advanced is the best snow foam IMO.  It's not as thick as some foams but it shifts dirt really well.  Some have very thick foam that clings for England but actually doesn't bring the grime off.  You want it to cling for a couple mins then for it to start sliding off as that's it shifting the muck.  Sounds like you just need to fiddle with the dilution setting (if it has one). Neil's your man for advice on WoWo gear.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 01 October 2015, 18:52
Thanks for that, I'll email Wo-Wo.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 01 October 2015, 19:55
Hi Watts

Thes now foam lance needs some playing with to get the settings just right. You'll never get as much cling as a PW lance as it doesn't have the range of adjustments but as long as there is some cling then the snow foam will be doing its job.

It might be worth sending me some pictures of your car once covered and when I'm back in the office I have a user video that the lads at OCD Finish did for me.

Cheers

Neil

Ps car look mint!!!! My R was going to be TR until I cancelled it.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 01 October 2015, 20:39
Thanks Neil. Not sure the foam stays on long enough for a photo! I tried adjusting the dial but that just seemed to thin the foam down, 0 seemed best. Mind you it was very thick foamy foam! Perhaps that's just how it is?

The car does look very shiny, cheers! TR does seem to compensate a bit for marks but I've now found some rather bad swirling on the bonnet. I think I'll have to get someone in for a machine polish.

What did you go for instead of the R?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 01 October 2015, 21:21
A quick run over with a DA will sort the bonnet.

I'll post pics tomorrow but it's a BMW milk float!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 October 2015, 22:50
I'll post pics tomorrow but it's a BMW milk float!

Yeah, right  :laugh:

Can't wait to see the pics of the milk float.  :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 02 October 2015, 09:12
I did give the Mk2 a wash and QD a couple of weeks ago. It only ever gets dusty, so it doesn't even need it's wax topping up. The daily cars are getting rather neglected at the moment. If I don't have time to clean them properly, I'd rather leave them alone. I never seem to have the time these days, as I'm chasing my monthly mileage totals on Garmin Connect when even the chance arises.

As for buying another car, A) I've lost all interest in them and B) the hunt is on for a building project. If fact I've made an offer on a knackered cottage with an acre of land, but despite it being the "offers in the region of" price, the seller seems to want to wait until it is properly advertised to see if any higher offers come in. I can see it going for more money than I'm prepared to muster.

How's the cycling going.  Any sportives coming up?  Haven't managed to get out on mine much lately but now we've got the Amarok at least we can just chuck (carefully place) them all in the back and go off in the one vehicle, without worrying about damaging the R or getting mud all over the place.  A few off road outings are on the cards this winter.

Now your building project sounds interesting.  Are you renovating to sell or renting it out, or keeping as a weekend/holiday home.  You could plant a nice orchard in that acre, nice manageable size.  Hope you manage to secure it at your budgeted price.  Are you planning on doing it all the work yourself, or get other trades in?  Got good contacts? I would think so, you being an architect.  Shame you are so far away as we have good contacts in just about every trade. 

Let us know how you get on.

Pm'd
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 02 October 2015, 11:01
After some glowing recommendations on here, I bought some Bouncers Done and Dusted QD. It arrived this morning so seemed only right to give it a go since I only cleaned the car yesterday. Excellent stuff, brings out the glossy shine a treat! Never thought I'd be out before breakfast drying the dew from my car and then polishing it! I might have to adjust my medication...
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 02 October 2015, 11:17
After some glowing recommendations on here, I bought some Bouncers Done and Dusted QD. It arrived this morning so seemed only right to give it a go since I only cleaned the car yesterday. Excellent stuff, brings out the glossy shine a treat! Never thought I'd be out before breakfast drying the dew from my car and then polishing it! I might have to adjust my medication...

Glad you like it. I was really impressed with the finish it left, the bodywork was so smooth.

I'm contemplating buying their Winter wax 'Fortify'.  I've already bought some Collinite 845 ready for my winter prep but I've seen a few pics of the Fortify on the Detailing World forum and really like want I've seen so far. Decisions, decisions  :undecided:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 02 October 2015, 12:51
Cheers Blackmass, really good stuff. I also like that you can pretty much use it all over the car. I've got some C2V3 to apply soon for the winter which was also recommended on here somewhere. As I mentioned in a previous post, I found some swirl marks on the bonnet last night which I'd really like polishing but I think with the pennies in my pocket dwindling fast, that'll have to wait until next year. Afterall, it's not like they'll be going anywhere!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 09 October 2015, 22:41
**Apologies to anyone upset by non-VAG content  :tongue:**

No detailing done on the GTi today unfortunately. Poor car is looking neglected after 3 weeks without a clean, the longest its ever been! Helping my Mum move house has taken priority though and I haven't found the time recently.

My gear has started arriving for my winter prep detail though and had a good opportunity to test out one in particular today. My fiancée picked up this 2 year old Fiesta Ecoboost this morning. Personally I really like it. She couldn't stretch to a Polo Bluemotion GT unfortunately, but the Fiesta really has surprised me. Anyway, the standard dealer prep obviously wasn't up to the standard of us detailing type and being white, I had the perfect excuse to test my new fallout remover, Bilt Hamber Korrosol.

Previously using IronX, I really rate the Korrosol and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. The supplied spray head worked better and got better coverage than IronX, the smell was a hundred times better and it certainly didn't lack in effectiveness!

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And here's the new car looking much better after 4 hours work:
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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 October 2015, 22:59
i8s? Fiesta's? it's all detailing, so bring it on.  :grin:

Great work Dan.  :cool:

Will be doing the same this weekend on mine, but with IronX.  Not as satisfying on a black car though as you don't see it turning purple on the car (ok on the wheels), until it runs off onto the gravel driveway.  Purple gravel is the new trend, didn't you know..  :whistle: :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 10 October 2015, 08:18
Looks great Dan, sure you've earned some brownie points there mate!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 11 October 2015, 23:02
Managed to finally get started on giving it the first detail today, though have to complete it next weekend. I'd asked the dealer not to touch it after removing transport stickers, so there was a lot of glue residue along the roof line, lower sills B pillars, and on the windscreen. 

Today all that came off with the decontamination phase -  wash - IronX - Tardis - clay. 

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/706/21476964623_b36ed4608c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/yHR4kv)

So a bit of this:

Valet Pro Advanced Snow Foam
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And this:

IronX iron remover
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(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5775/22108146211_316823a9fa_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zFC2CF)
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/764/21910601818_cccbc2e373_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zoayyS)
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5674/21910501198_ec16f34e8c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zoa3E3)

Followed by Tardis bug and tar remover (no pics - hands too gooey to pick up camera!) and started claying it but still few panels to do.  Gave it a final wash.

Next weekend: Finish claying - light DA polish - seal - wax.

Work in progress, but here's a pic of it with it's big bro Amarok. Excuse the rusty brake discs, normally clean them off with a quick spin but the beast was in the way.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/774/22108778601_c964993202_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zFFgBX)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 11 October 2015, 23:45
It has begun....  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 12 October 2015, 12:05
Hows the raceglaze filter working Booth, getting rid of water marks?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 12 October 2015, 12:39
Looks great Bec already!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 October 2015, 13:30
It has begun....  :laugh:

Oh yes!  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 12 October 2015, 13:36
Looking good Rebecca, can't wait to see the finish article.

Just a couple of questions if I may?

What Clay do you use, clay bar, cloth or mitt?  When applying the iron remover, do you cover the whole car? When removing the iron remover do you use a cloth or just rinse it off?

I'll be ordering my last 'bits' for my Winter prep this week from Auto Finesse. Hopefully start it this weekend,fingers crossed the weather plays ball.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 October 2015, 14:11
Hows the raceglaze filter working Booth, getting rid of water marks?

It's brilliant Kyle. Used it 3 times now and am kicking myself for not buying one 2 years ago. Best £100 quid I've ever spent on detailing gear. Yesterday's efforts were so much more relaxed as I didn't have to race against the water marks drying on.  After rinsing I could just leave it and not bother drying it off, but it seems wrong to leave it dripping, lol, and I like to have it properly finished off, and, as I have lots of great WoWo towels plus the Sidekick dryer, it would be a shame not to use them!  But the wing mirror water trap can drip all day long and no water marks.  :laugh:

I'll post a review thread on it this week.  I'm keeping a note of how many uses I get from the first filter pack.  Someone on vwroc, got a year before they had to purchase a replacement pack but they only used it for the final rinse. I've used it for all rinsing but used unfiltered water for the 2 bucket washes.   

So far, very, very good.  :smiley:   
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 October 2015, 14:30
Looking Rebecca, can't wait to see the finish article. j

Just a couple of questions if I may?

What Clay do you use, clay bar, cloth or mitt?  When applying the iron remover, do you cover the whole car? When removing the iron remover do you use a cloth or just rinse it off?

I'll be ordering my last 'bits' for my Winter prep this week from Auto Finesse. Hopefully start it this weekend,fingers crossed the weather plays ball.

Hi Rob

I used to use Bilt Hamber or DoDo Juice clay bars but am a convert to the clay cloth or mitt and unlikely to go back to traditional clay bars.  I've been using a prototype clay mitt that I'm testing for WoWo, so not yet available. I have used DoDo Juice sponge clay pads but much prefer a cloth, easier to use and hugs the contours on the car better than a flat sponge pad as they are quite rigid.  I would say a decent clay mitt from a reputable detailing site will be fine, that's what I'd go for. I'd probably get something like this although it's out of stock on this site atm.

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/detailing-clay/detailing-clay-bars/carpro-polyshave-clay-cloth/prod_1361.html   

Some work with water and some need lubricant which can be a simple mild shampoo solution or a proper lube. I love DJ Born Slippy but have used just water before.

As for the iron remover.  I did the roof first, then one side of the car, including the wheels, then the other side, the rear and front.  I sprayed it on, let it dwell for 5 mins (less time if it's sunny), gave it a gentle rub over with a soft MF and then rinsed off.

Not sure if you are using bug and tar remover, but similar procedure, applied to a dry car, either sprayed on or applied with a cloth a panel or two at a time, then wiped over with a MF, and rinsed off thoroughly. Don't let the solvent dry on the car, I wiped over almost immediately and concentrated efforts on the areas where I knew there was glue residue from the stickers.     

Then after all that....we will need pictures of your winter efforts :laugh:   
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: C3PO on 12 October 2015, 16:04
Quick wash and wax yesterday seeing as the weather has stayed nice. Products used are as follows:

Karcher K4 ecologic
Valet Pro Ph Neutral snow foam
Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
Dodo Juice Hard Candy Panel Pot
Britemax twins
Auto Glym Tire Dressing
Poor Boys Wheel Sealant

Oh and the excellent Wo Wo Lambswool Mitt, Wo Wo Microfibre Mitt, Wo Wo Drying Towel and Wheel Woolies

The result

(http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r675/nwelch376/DSC08268_zpssxbdteym.jpg) (http://s1361.photobucket.com/user/nwelch376/media/DSC08268_zpssxbdteym.jpg.html)
(http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r675/nwelch376/DSC08267_zpsisvcvrxr.jpg) (http://s1361.photobucket.com/user/nwelch376/media/DSC08267_zpsisvcvrxr.jpg.html)
(http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r675/nwelch376/DSC08265_zps7xf2wsfi.jpg) (http://s1361.photobucket.com/user/nwelch376/media/DSC08265_zps7xf2wsfi.jpg.html)

Need to now try Dodo Juice Purple haze to see if the blue really pops.

Neil
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jimmydub on 12 October 2015, 16:22
Hi all, havent been here for a while  :lipsrsealed:

would just like to thank everyone for all the really great advice here in the detailing section. spent last night reading up on lots of stuff i havent a clue about and quite frankly hadn't considered before; because my old girls a bit of shed if i'm honest!
Booth, your work is excellent, very in depth and lots of.... drum roll please.... detail!

thanks again!


sorry for hijacking this thread but just wanted to give credit where its due!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 October 2015, 19:28
Quick wash and wax yesterday seeing as the weather has stayed nice. Products used are as follows:

Karcher K4 ecologic
Valet Pro Ph Neutral snow foam
Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
Dodo Juice Hard Candy Panel Pot
Britemax twins
Auto Glym Tire Dressing
Poor Boys Wheel Sealant

Oh and the excellent Wo Wo Lambswool Mitt, Wo Wo Microfibre Mitt, Wo Wo Drying Towel and Wheel Woolies

The result

(http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r675/nwelch376/DSC08268_zpssxbdteym.jpg) (http://s1361.photobucket.com/user/nwelch376/media/DSC08268_zpssxbdteym.jpg.html)
(http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r675/nwelch376/DSC08267_zpsisvcvrxr.jpg) (http://s1361.photobucket.com/user/nwelch376/media/DSC08267_zpsisvcvrxr.jpg.html)
(http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r675/nwelch376/DSC08265_zps7xf2wsfi.jpg) (http://s1361.photobucket.com/user/nwelch376/media/DSC08265_zps7xf2wsfi.jpg.html)

Need to now try Dodo Juice Purple haze to see if the blue really pops.

Neil

That looks fantastic Neil.  I just love Lapiz after a good detail.  :cool:  Many of my favourite products on your list.

Someone on another forum, used the DJ Blue Velvet wax on their Lapiz and it looked good.  Then they used DJ Purple a Haze and it looked amazing, really brought out the colour, better than with the BV.  Seems to be a great choice choice for Lapiz.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 October 2015, 19:34
Hi all, havent been here for a while  :lipsrsealed:

would just like to thank everyone for all the really great advice here in the detailing section. spent last night reading up on lots of stuff i havent a clue about and quite frankly hadn't considered before; because my old girls a bit of shed if i'm honest!
Booth, your work is excellent, very in depth and lots of.... drum roll please.... detail!

thanks again!


sorry for hijacking this thread but just wanted to give credit where its due!

Thanks jimmy, appreciate you taking to trouble to comment. :smiley: It's very nice to get good feedback and glad you are finding some useful stuff in this section from all who dwell in here. There's some really great people contributing, and long may it continue. 

Look forward to you sharing your tips and detailing exploits in the future.  And obligatory pics of course.  :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 12 October 2015, 20:33

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Then after all that....we will need pictures of your winter efforts :laugh:
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Thanks Rebecca for another detailed response. I expected nothing less. :smiley:

I think I'll try a clay cloth as well as a bar.  Talking of Carpro.....Here's a few towels I bought last week by Carpro.
(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0068_zps8xsjx1in.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0068_zps8xsjx1in.jpg.html)

Of course I'll post some pics when I've finished my Winter prep.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 October 2015, 22:17

Thanks Rebecca for another detailed response. I expected nothing less. :smiley:

I think I'll try a clay cloth as well as a bar.  Talking of Carpro.....Here's a few towels I bought last week by Carpro.
(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0068_zps8xsjx1in.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0068_zps8xsjx1in.jpg.html)

Of course I'll post some pics when I've finished my Winter prep.

What great colour coordination.  You've missed your calling as a fashion/interior designer Rob.  They look very soft. Can I have the MAOM chew, lol.

I find the clay cloths easier for the contours of the car.  Let us know which you prefer if you try both. And I know you'll give us some good reviews on your purchases.

Very much look forward to hearing how you get on and the accompanying pics.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 12 October 2015, 22:31
The Moma is long gone I'm afraid. Bought the cloths from Dooka detailing and they always pop a little sweetie in with your order. Top customer service!  :grin:

I'll be doing a review of the Gyeon Silk Dryer soon. I need to use it a few more times before I make up my mind though.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 13 October 2015, 08:37
Look forward to the review Booth, sounds good, just need to convince the Mrs that £100 for a filter is money well spent next!

Oooh a WoWo Clay Mitt eh? I've been really impressed with my Farecla G3 one, could do with a refresh, I assume you'll be reviewing that too?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 13 October 2015, 09:55
Quick wash and wax yesterday seeing as the weather has stayed nice. Products used are as follows:

Karcher K4 ecologic
Valet Pro Ph Neutral snow foam
Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
Dodo Juice Hard Candy Panel Pot
Britemax twins
Auto Glym Tire Dressing
Poor Boys Wheel Sealant

Oh and the excellent Wo Wo Lambswool Mitt, Wo Wo Microfibre Mitt, Wo Wo Drying Towel and Wheel Woolies

The result

(http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r675/nwelch376/DSC08268_zpssxbdteym.jpg) (http://s1361.photobucket.com/user/nwelch376/media/DSC08268_zpssxbdteym.jpg.html)
(http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r675/nwelch376/DSC08267_zpsisvcvrxr.jpg) (http://s1361.photobucket.com/user/nwelch376/media/DSC08267_zpsisvcvrxr.jpg.html)
(http://i1361.photobucket.com/albums/r675/nwelch376/DSC08265_zps7xf2wsfi.jpg) (http://s1361.photobucket.com/user/nwelch376/media/DSC08265_zps7xf2wsfi.jpg.html)

Need to now try Dodo Juice Purple haze to see if the blue really pops.

Neil

Neil, your car looks amazing! Glad to see we are well represented  :cool:

Cheers

Neil
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 13 October 2015, 10:00
Look forward to the review Booth, sounds good, just need to convince the Mrs that £100 for a filter is money well spent next!

Oooh a WoWo Clay Mitt eh? I've been really impressed with my Farecla G3 one, could do with a refresh, I assume you'll be reviewing that too?

We're really hoping that the clay mitt will stand up to Becs rigourous testing! It has relatively unique features which I'm hoping will be great addition to the WOWO prep collection.

Watch this space for a 'new products' giveaway.

Cheers

Neil
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 October 2015, 11:21
The Moma is long gone I'm afraid. Bought the cloths from Dooka detailing and they always pop a little sweetie in with your order. Top customer service!  :grin:

I'll be doing a review of the Gyeon Silk Dryer soon. I need to use it a few more times before I make up my mind though.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Gyeon towel.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 October 2015, 11:24
Look forward to the review Booth, sounds good, just need to convince the Mrs that £100 for a filter is money well spent next!

Oooh a WoWo Clay Mitt eh? I've been really impressed with my Farecla G3 one, could do with a refresh, I assume you'll be reviewing that too?

As Neil says, it a prototype clay mitt I'm testing.  So not yet available. I won't divulge my thoughts just yet.  :lipsrsealed:

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 October 2015, 11:28

We're really hoping that the clay mitt will stand up to Becs rigourous testing! It has relatively unique features which I'm hoping will be great addition to the WOWO prep collection.

Watch this space for a 'new products' giveaway.

Cheers

Neil

No pressure then. :laugh:

Hi Neil, should be able to give the feedback on the clay mitt after this weekend's session. I'll email it to you?

Quick question, I've used and will continue to use with a clay lube, but is it suitable for use with plain old water?  If so I'll try it with that too.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 13 October 2015, 12:41

We're really hoping that the clay mitt will stand up to Becs rigourous testing! It has relatively unique features which I'm hoping will be great addition to the WOWO prep collection.

Watch this space for a 'new products' giveaway.

Cheers

Neil

No pressure then. :laugh:

Hi Neil, should be able to give the feedback on the clay mitt after this weekend's session. I'll email it to you?

Quick question, I've used and will continue to use with a clay lube, but is it suitable for use with plain old water?  If so I'll try it with that too.

Yes should be fine with both as per our clay bar. Be interested which method you'd recommend though.

Cheers

Neil
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 25 October 2015, 15:04
Not exactly detailing. Used ODK 'Entourage' quick detailer for the first time this morning. I'm very impressed with the results. Not the best pictures but hopefully you get an idea. Is it better that Bouncer's Done & Dusted? It's too close to call as they're both excellent.

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0092_zpsqzhfnqdt.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0092_zpsqzhfnqdt.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0090_zps5m1zka0m.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0090_zps5m1zka0m.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0089_zpsq8kzzcvh.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0089_zpsq8kzzcvh.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0091_zpseigna4da.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0091_zpseigna4da.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 25 October 2015, 16:52
^^
Looks great Rob. :cool:

The pink fluid looks similar to Chemical Guys Speed Wipe (which is best QD I've tried so far, never any streaks and a dream to use). 

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/detailing-sprays/chemical-guys-speed-wipe/prod_180.html

Maybe it's all the same stuff just different labels/bottles.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: BadcarEurope on 30 October 2015, 11:19
Really great work :) looks fine, even in this non-sunny days :)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 30 October 2015, 11:42
Here's a couple of photos I took yesterday of ODK Entourage...
(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0100_zpsy4lqpahu.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0100_zpsy4lqpahu.jpg.html)
(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0099_zpstfbpq8ej.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-10/IMAG0099_zpstfbpq8ej.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 30 October 2015, 12:07
^^^
Nice beading.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 30 October 2015, 13:44
Thanks Rebecca. I'm very impressed with the ODK quick detailer.
I've just checked the weather forecast for the weekend and it's looking promising.
All being well I'll start my first Winter prep tomorrow morning. I'm going to start getting my 'bits' together this afternoon.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 30 October 2015, 14:11
Thanks Rebecca. I'm very impressed with the ODK quick detailer.
I've just checked the weather forecast for the weekend and it's looking promising.
All being well I'll start my first Winter prep tomorrow morning. I'm going to start getting my 'bits' together this afternoon.

Hope the weather holds for your winter detail Rob.  Look forward to seeing the results.

Just a wash for mine think weekend and another cost of wax if time permit.  Also claying some of the Amarok - that's a job and a half.  :shocked:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 31 October 2015, 17:06
Disappointing effort today. I wanted to get one or preferably two coats of wax on but I left it a bit late. By the time I'd got home from work and had lunch it was about 3. I had to wash the wheels, then the car and dry it off so by then the sun was going in. Got the bonnet and one side waxed but it wasn't buffing off too well, perhaps because I wasn't giving it enough time to dry off? Also, the air was damp and the roof was starting to get damp. As I was buffing the was off it just wasn't coming up that glossy.

Any ideas anyone? Other than start earlier...

I was using Finish Kare 1000p.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 31 October 2015, 22:34
Disappointing effort today. I wanted to get one or preferably two coats of wax on but I left it a bit late. By the time I'd got home from work and had lunch it was about 3. I had to wash the wheels, then the car and dry it off so by then the sun was going in. Got the bonnet and one side waxed but it wasn't buffing off too well, perhaps because I wasn't giving it enough time to dry off? Also, the air was damp and the roof was starting to get damp. As I was buffing the was off it just wasn't coming up that glossy.

Any ideas anyone? Other than start earlier...

I was using Finish Kare 1000p.

Not used FinishKare but either you've left it on too long and it's hardened too much to buff off properly, or the paintwork was too damp to buff properly, or you've not left it on long enough, although with the latter it should be easy to buff off but won't give you the best results.  I've had it start raining half way through waxing the car and it is hard to buff off with wet paintwork and wet microfibres!  Best thing to do is apply another coat on top of any remaining unbuffed off wax and then buff it off when it is just starting to bite, i.e you run a finger through it and it just catches.  That should buff off the current and any left from the previous coat at the same time, but if it doesn't then you might need to remove the existing wax altogether with either a concentrated shampoo wash, or using something like Gtecniq Panel Wipe or DoDo Juice Lime Prime Lite (both non abrasive pre wax cleansers) and start again with the wax.

Oh, and start earlier next time.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 November 2015, 13:27
Only time for a quick snow foam and 3 bucket wash today, plus tyres dressed and tailpipes polished, as the weather is looking decidedly iffy.  Waxing will have to wait until next week.

Valet Pro Advanced PH Neutral snow foam and lance
Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
Dodo Juice Supernatural Shampoo
WoWo lambswool wash mitt
WoWo wheel mitt
Wheel Woolies
WoWo and DJ MF drying towels
Quarts tyre dressing on foam pads
Mothers Mag and Aluminium metal polish
WoWo MF buffing cloths
 
Also started claying my partner's Amarok.  Because it's slab sided, it's actually easier to clean and clay than the contoured R. 
 
Few quick pics of the R.
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5805/22645885586_ce8d8449ce_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Av95Pd)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5682/22049153574_44dd27b0a1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zApFbf)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5655/22645890276_b9db442ab3_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Av97d5)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/757/22671915535_59eb953931_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/AxruBr)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/570/22671921535_2400553373_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/AxrwoT)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 01 November 2015, 13:44
Only time for a quick snow foam and 3 bucket wash today, plus tyres dressed and tailpipes polished, as the weather is looking decidedly iffy.  Waxing will have to wait until next week.

Valet Pro Advanced PH Neutral snow foam and lance
Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
Dodo Juice Supernatural Shampoo
WoWo lambswool wash mitt
WoWo wheel mitt
Wheel Woolies
WoWo and DJ MF drying towels
Quarts tyre dressing on foam pads
Mothers Mag and Aluminium metal polish
WoWo MF buffing cloths
 
Also started claying my partner's Amarok.  Because it's slab sided, it's actually easier to clean and clay than the contoured R. 
 

Looks great, as always Rebecca. Are you going to give the Amarok 'the works' or stop at claying it? It's a big beast!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 01 November 2015, 14:53
Disappointing effort today. I wanted to get one or preferably two coats of wax on but I left it a bit late. By the time I'd got home from work and had lunch it was about 3. I had to wash the wheels, then the car and dry it off so by then the sun was going in. Got the bonnet and one side waxed but it wasn't buffing off too well, perhaps because I wasn't giving it enough time to dry off? Also, the air was damp and the roof was starting to get damp. As I was buffing the was off it just wasn't coming up that glossy.

Any ideas anyone? Other than start earlier...

I was using Finish Kare 1000p.

Not used FinishKare but either you've left it on too long and it's hardened too much to buff off properly, or the paintwork was too damp to buff properly, or you've not left it on long enough, although with the latter it should be easy to buff off but won't give you the best results.  I've had it start raining half way through waxing the car and it is hard to buff off with wet paintwork and wet microfibres!  Best thing to do is apply another coat on top of any remaining unbuffed off wax and then buff it off when it is just starting to bite, i.e you run a finger through it and it just catches.  That should buff off the current and any left from the previous coat at the same time, but if it doesn't then you might need to remove the existing wax altogether with either a concentrated shampoo wash, or using something like Gtecniq Panel Wipe or DoDo Juice Lime Prime Lite (both non abrasive pre wax cleansers) and start again with the wax.

Oh, and start earlier next time.  :laugh:

Thanks for that, I think it was the combination of rushing it so it wasn't ready for buffing and the damp in the air. It was verry foggy this morning when I set off to work at 6.20! Having said all that, the waxed areas are looking pretty good today.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 November 2015, 16:39
Looks great, as always Rebecca. Are you going to give the Amarok 'the works' or stop at claying it? It's a big beast!

I would like to give it the works and it needs it, but just not sure when I'm going to find time to do it. Weekends seem to be getting busier and busier, and can barely fit my own car in!  So it will get done, but in stages.  Noticed when I was claying it, it's got a massive scratch along the tailgate which will need polishing out.  Sometimes you wish you'd never started these things, lol.

More importantly, mine needs another coat of wax, or two.  The finish is not yet up to my standards and certainly not up to the finish that I achieved on the Mk6.  It's a work in progress.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 01 November 2015, 17:33
Looks great, as always Rebecca. Are you going to give the Amarok 'the works' or stop at claying it? It's a big beast!

I would like to give it the works and it needs it, but just not sure when I'm going to find time to do it. Weekends seem to be getting busier and busier, and can barely fit my own car in!  So it will get done, but in stages.  Noticed when I was claying it, it's got a massive scratch along the tailgate which will need polishing out.  Sometimes you wish you'd never started these things, lol.

More importantly, mine needs another coat of wax, or two.  The finish is not yet up to my standards and certainly not up to the finish that I achieved on the Mk6.  It's a work in progress.

Your .:R looks great in the photos and I'm sure you'll get it up to your high standard soon. Not a great time of year for detailing unfortunately. Good luck with the Amarok; when you've finished, you need to make sure your other half gets rid of his car cleaning broom and changes his cleaning methods! :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 November 2015, 19:18
Looks great, as always Rebecca. Are you going to give the Amarok 'the works' or stop at claying it? It's a big beast!

I would like to give it the works and it needs it, but just not sure when I'm going to find time to do it. Weekends seem to be getting busier and busier, and can barely fit my own car in!  So it will get done, but in stages.  Noticed when I was claying it, it's got a massive scratch along the tailgate which will need polishing out.  Sometimes you wish you'd never started these things, lol.

More importantly, mine needs another coat of wax, or two.  The finish is not yet up to my standards and certainly not up to the finish that I achieved on the Mk6.  It's a work in progress.

Your .:R looks great in the photos and I'm sure you'll get it up to your high standard soon. Not a great time of year for detailing unfortunately. Good luck with the Amarok; when you've finished, you need to make sure your other half gets rid of his car cleaning broom and changes his cleaning methods! :grin:

OMG.  If he comes any where near it with the broom after I've spent hours nurturing the paintwork, I will kill him.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 01 November 2015, 19:29
OMG.  If he comes any where near it with the broom after I've spent hours nurturing the paintwork, I will kill him.  :laugh:

  :grin: :laugh: :grin: :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 05 November 2015, 17:25
Gave the interior a hoover out, put the winter mats in, leather cleaned with Gliptone leather cleaner and plastics cleaned with AF Total then dressed with Poorboys Natural Look. Bit more respectable in there now and ready for it's service tomorrow.

Poorboys Natural Look - Wow this stuff smells good!! Kinda like bubblegum, I love it!!

For those of you out there using Gliptone to clean your leather, do you have any application tips? Found the leather a bit tacky after using it, but a wipe with a damp microfibre sorted that out. Just wondering if you have any hints for best results?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 05 November 2015, 17:37
Gave the interior a hoover out, put the winter mats in, leather cleaned with Gliptone leather cleaner and plastics cleaned with AF Total then dressed with Poorboys Natural Look. Bit more respectable in there now and ready for it's service tomorrow.

Poorboys Natural Look - Wow this stuff smells good!! Kinda like bubblegum, I love it!!

For those of you out there using Gliptone to clean your leather, do you have any application tips? Found the leather a bit tacky after using it, but a wipe with a damp microfibre sorted that out. Just wondering if you have any hints for best results?

Poorboy's Natural Look is the BEST.  :cool:  My all time favourite interior dressing by a long way.

Re the Gliptone, exactly as you have done - damp microfibre stops the tackiness. I wipe the leather over with a damp cloth first then I apply it to a slightly damp MF and no tackiness at all.  Also don't be tempted to use too much. A little goes further than might appear. The Gliptone cleaner is very thick and at first it seems like you are using loads of the bottle and you think it's not going to go that far, but when you've finished you realise you've only used a bit.

Smells divine!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 05 November 2015, 17:46
Thanks Rebecca, cheers for the advice! Have you ever had to use a leather brush on yours? I'd imagine not with your pampering from new but my seats still have a slight shine to them. Maybe need a deeper cleaning after 66K miles!


Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 05 November 2015, 18:20
Thanks Rebecca, cheers for the advice! Have you ever had to use a leather brush on yours? I'd imagine not with your pampering from new but my seats still have a slight shine to them. Maybe need a deeper cleaning after 66K miles!

Sorry Dan I accidentally posted my reply into your post (have a moderator modify button that I hit by mistake!) put it back to normal now.

Anyway......I've got a leather brush but never used it, never needed to. As you say the leather on my Mk6 was cared for from new. so never really got shiny, except the drivers seat a bit.

The brush itself is a really hard brush and I would worry that it could actually do some damage to (certainly) new quite stiff leather.

However with older leather that has got shiny over time which is the norm, I think if I were you I would try the brush out to knock back some of the shine, just go careful.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 05 November 2015, 18:25
Ooo the responsibility that comes with being a mod!  :tongue:

Yeah I've had a gentle scrub with the leather brush I bought from Polished Bliss but I still think they could be better. Definitely better than they were but I want to get them as good as I can before applying the Gyeon Leather Coat I've bought.

I have a lot of respect for Larry Kosilla at Ammo NYC and watch his videos on a regular basis but his more aggressive leather cleaning techniques look just that, a bit aggressive! Still he is an experienced pro and maybe gentle use of a scrub pad is what I need!  :huh:
https://youtu.be/R0EOb2nEWtk (https://youtu.be/R0EOb2nEWtk)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 05 November 2015, 18:59
Ooo the responsibility that comes with being a mod!  :tongue:

Yeah I've had a gentle scrub with the leather brush I bought from Polished Bliss but I still think they could be better. Definitely better than they were but I want to get them as good as I can before applying the Gyeon Leather Coat I've bought.

I have a lot of respect for Larry Kosilla at Ammo NYC and watch his videos on a regular basis but his more aggressive leather cleaning techniques look just that, a bit aggressive! Still he is an experienced pro and maybe gentle use of a scrub pad is what I need!  :huh:
https://youtu.be/R0EOb2nEWtk (https://youtu.be/R0EOb2nEWtk)

I know, the power eh.  :laugh:

I agree, I think the older more supple, worn-in leather can take, and needs a more aggressive approach. I can see that giving the surface a scrub would lift the 'nap' so to speak and eliminate some of the shine. Not sure you'll ever get rid of it completely though as that is part of how leather ages.

If you've got a good video to work off, that's great (not had chance to watch it yet but will), and I'm sure he knows what the leather can take.  Just be extra careful if you've got any areas that look close to splitting.  On my Mk6 there was an area on the seam of the (door) side bolster of the driver's seat that I thought I'd caught with a buckle or something.  On much closer inspection I realised it had just split in 3 little lines with age.  So avoid being aggressive around the seans and where the stitching is.

Let us know how you get on.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 13 November 2015, 18:17
Much needed maintenance wash on fiancee's Fiesta today, weather has been prohibitive to cleaning it before now and as she works 7 days a week pretty much it's been hard to find the time before now. Anyway on to the pics:
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My first time looking after a white car and it's only actually now that I can really see the difference that using some pre-wash and a brush along panel lines etc makes. Don't do this on the Fiesta and the dirt in the recesses sticks out like a sore thumb. So I like the fact it's teaching me haha! Also laughed when I saw the nose of my car in the last pic like 'give me some attention please!'.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 November 2015, 19:38
Really nice job there Dan.  The Fiesta looks great.  Lovely reflections.  :cool:

Yeah, don't leave your GTI out!  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 13 November 2015, 21:49
Don't worry the GTi will get more than it's fair share of love soon! Only a few miles away from having done 30,000 miles in it since I bought it last Feb now and it's been the best time I've had in a car yet! It deserves some reward for that so hoping to find time during the week for a seats out interior clean and I've got rear discs and pads to do so some arch cleaning may be involved too  :tongue:

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 14 November 2015, 08:51
I'm a huge fan of the new Fiesta. My son has one in red and they are a superb car to drive and look fantastic as well. Well done Ford.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 14 November 2015, 10:37
I'm a huge fan of the new Fiesta. My son has one in red and they are a superb car to drive and look fantastic as well. Well done Ford.

Yeah we've only had this one a few weeks but it really is a cracking little car!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 November 2015, 15:11
Always entertaining snow foaming in high winds.  Had to point the lance in the opposite direction to where I wanted the snow foam to go in order to get it on the car.   :laugh:

Cleaned inside and out.  No doubt the shininess will be very short-lived.
 
Also fitted my door sill protectors.

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 15 November 2015, 15:18
Yeah the wind has been pretty crazy this weekend!

Only two pics after a full outside and inside clean, gotta say I'm disappointed Bec!  :tongue: The R looks absolutely fantastic, even if it is a short lived shine! There's great depth to that paint! Any top up of protection or was it just a maintenance wash?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 November 2015, 15:34
Yeah the wind has been pretty crazy this weekend!

Only two pics after a full outside and inside clean, gotta say I'm disappointed Bec!  :tongue: The R looks absolutely fantastic, even if it is a short lived shine! There's great depth to that paint! Any top up of protection or was it just a maintenance wash?

LOL.

I really wanted to get another coat of wax on it but didn't get time so just a maintenance wash today.  The paint is nowhere near deep enough yet for my liking. Needs another 2 coats of wax yet.  Work in progress!

Thoroughly cleaned the inside though too. And yes only a couple of pics because I was too busy doing these (not strictly detailing but they require a very clean surface before applying, so detailing related sort of, lol):

Passenger side front and rear
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Driver side front and rear
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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 15 November 2015, 15:47
These things are always a work in progress lol! I have a list as long as my arm for mine :) Sill protectors look great, same brand as your Mk6 ones correct?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 November 2015, 18:27
These things are always a work in progress lol! I have a list as long as my arm for mine :) Sill protectors look great, same brand as your Mk6 ones correct?

Yeah Dan they are the same make as my Mk6 ones - Lockwood.  Really good quality and finish. Can't fault them and best of all they protect from the stone chips that come with having a gravel driveway.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 November 2015, 18:57
Only two pics after a full outside and inside clean, gotta say I'm disappointed Bec!  :tongue:

Just for you Dan.  :tongue: :laugh:

More pics from today's R bath-time!

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 16 November 2015, 10:00
Thanks Bec, I feel much happier now!  :smiley:

Think the 5 doors suits the Mk7 better than 3 doors. Whereas on Mk6 I prefer the look of 3 doors but have a 5dr for practicality.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 16 November 2015, 14:17
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5800/23036622365_e4ca11c4cc_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/B6EHfe)

Your wipers are still up and the screen is dry  :huh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 November 2015, 15:59
Your wipers are still up and the screen is dry  :huh:

That was the trick photo.  Congratulations you passed the test ;-)

Just forgot to put them down whilst the screen was still wet, as I usually do. Not the first time I've forgotten.  Remembered as I was taking the photos.  Just dampen the blades first, then put back into normal position. No ill effects sustained.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 November 2015, 16:03
Thanks Bec, I feel much happier now!  :smiley:

Think the 5 doors suits the Mk7 better than 3 doors. Whereas on Mk6 I prefer the look of 3 doors but have a 5dr for practicality.

Never really thought about the 5dr Mk7 looking better than the 3dr, and compared to the Mk6. But think you might be right, it does suit 5dr better, having compared a few pics now.  Regardless I need5dr for practicality as you do.  I think one of the great strengths of the Golf is it looks great in both versions.  Not the case with many other cars.  Don't like the R in Estate form at all though.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 19 November 2015, 17:44
Was going to clean the rear arches and callipers today but weather and a tool situation (see here:http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=246903.msg2524496#msg2524496 (http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=246903.msg2524496#msg2524496)) meant that I gave up for today!

So my car still looks like this  :cry:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/566/22728529828_464d71aa47_b.jpg)

Really would love to know who thought carpet would be a great arch lining material!!

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 20 November 2015, 16:04
Totally agree about the arch liner material on the rear. Front arches are great, really easy to clean being plastic, but the rears!!! Mud and dirt just clings to the lining fabric and there's no getting it off.  :angry:   
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JBirchy on 23 November 2015, 08:53
Gave my GTI a well eared bath at the weekend after it having it's Michelin Pilot Alpin Winter Tyres fitted.

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Main job for the weekend was to give my Father-In-Laws 18 month old Range Rover Sport a thorough Winter Protection... Thoroughly cleaned, degreased, detarred and clayed, followed by a DA polish with Britemax BlackMAX to prep the paint, and a wax with Soft99 Fusso Light. Glass cleaned and sealed with GTechniq G1, tyres dressed, exhausts polished and interior wiped and hoovered. Simple job but looks miles better than it did!

(http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/cc481/birchyboy87/2014%20Range%20Rover%20Sport/0C400B4A-D2C5-42B7-B723-7C00DD337981_zpsqkww2bpf.jpg) (http://s1214.photobucket.com/user/birchyboy87/media/2014%20Range%20Rover%20Sport/0C400B4A-D2C5-42B7-B723-7C00DD337981_zpsqkww2bpf.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 23 November 2015, 15:11
Really would love to know who thought carpet would be a great arch lining material!!

It's for sound deadening.

I agree, it's a proper pain trying to clean it with the wheels still on. I guess the vast majority of people do little more than spray the hose under their wheel arches, so it doesn't really matter to them.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 November 2015, 18:11
Really would love to know who thought carpet would be a great arch lining material!!

It's for sound deadening.

I agree, it's a proper pain trying to clean it with the wheels still on. I guess the vast majority of people do little more than spray the hose under their wheel arches, so it doesn't really matter to them.

Do you take your wheels off every time you clean your car then?  Guess that's not too onerous if you only clean it twice a year.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 25 November 2015, 08:21
It's the Passat that gets neglected. The Golf gets a proper 'wash' every other week which includes the insides of the wheels and the inside of the arches as far as I can reach with a mitt. The wheels come off when it has a proper 'clean', which admittedly isn't all that often.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Cossieian on 04 December 2015, 21:54
Pick it up tomorrow morning after getting professionally detailed and protected the last 2 days, typical wind and rain forecast for tomorrow :cry: won't stay looking like this for long

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/image.jpg1_1.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/image.jpg1_1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 December 2015, 22:25
Pick it up tomorrow morning after getting professionally detailed and protected the last 2 days, typical wind and rain forecast for tomorrow :cry: won't stay looking like this for long

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/image.jpg1_1.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/image.jpg1_1.jpg.html)

That looks fantastic Cossieian. Bet you're chuffed with it :cool:

No it may be short-lived but it's nicely protected against the elements now.  Won't take much to get it looking like that again.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Cossieian on 05 December 2015, 04:36
Thank you Rebecca, although I haven't physically seen it yet I know it will be top notch job :smiley:
Hopefully all I'll need to do now to keep it clean is a good safe wash once a week to keep them nastys away :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 05 December 2015, 17:30
Finally got around to a maintenance wash after 3 weeks of being too busy  :smiley:

Befores:
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Afters:
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(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5835/23433303942_bf30543b77_b.jpg)
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(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/622/22914740703_32e545c73e_b.jpg)

Put some Fk1000p on the wheel faces for some added protection to the diamond cut finish and got to try out my new WoWo foam applicators for the first time. Bottom line is they are soft, great value and just brilliant! Top work again Neil!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 05 December 2015, 17:32
Pick it up tomorrow morning after getting professionally detailed and protected the last 2 days, typical wind and rain forecast for tomorrow :cry: won't stay looking like this for long

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/image.jpg1_1.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/image.jpg1_1.jpg.html)

Looks awesome, and getting it dirty again is part of the fun surely?  :tongue: Drive, clean, sleep, repeat  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 05 December 2015, 19:52
Lots of lovely Tornado Reds on here atm, very festive.  :laugh:

Finally got around to a maintenance wash after 3 weeks of being too busy  :smiley:

Afters:
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5728/23173867919_48f0aa74d4_b.jpg)
Put some Fk1000p on the wheel faces for some added protection to the diamond cut finish and got to try out my new WoWo foam applicators for the first time. Bottom line is they are soft, great value and just brilliant! Top work again Neil!

Looks beautiful Dan.  I do love Monzas.  And though I may have had my eye turned by the Mk7 R, the Mk6 GTI is still a looker, especially when it looks like that.  :cool:

I have done nothing to mine and another weekend goes by without time to clean it.  3 weeks since the last clean and looking a bit sorry for itself.  :cry:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5671/23489006326_1ba48d5eb4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BMDieG)
 
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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Cossieian on 05 December 2015, 19:55
Finally got around to a maintenance wash after 3 weeks of being too busy  :smiley:

Befores:

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Looks great dude, if I'm totally honest I kinda like them looking dirty sometimes, then all of a sudden I get an urge that I must clean mine, even if I'm in bed sleeping I can't sleep thinking about it. How weird do I sound :laugh:

PS Shame on you Rebecca, 3 weeks without cleaning, you should be banned from the detailing area and summonsed straight to the how dirty is your MK7 thread ha ha ha
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 05 December 2015, 20:17

Looks great dude, if I'm totally honest I kinda like them looking dirty sometimes, then all of a sudden I get an urge that I must clean mine, even if I'm in bed sleeping I can't sleep thinking about it. How weird do I sound :laugh:

You are not alone in that.  The state of mine is keeping me awake at night too :cry: :laugh:

PS Shame on you Rebecca, 3 weeks without cleaning, you should be banned from the detailing area and summonsed straight to the how dirty is your MK7 thread ha ha ha

Haha, I have already bared my shame in that thread, lol.

Trouble is not sure when it's going to get done, what with all the Xmas stuff/commitments which seem to have started in earnest.  :undecided:  But I'm not sure I can hold out much longer, so may have to duck out of the food shopping next Sat.  My other half will understand, the alternative is a very agitated and grumpy me.  :laugh:

Anyway banned eh.........I'll get me coat. :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JB GTI on 06 December 2015, 08:26

Looks great dude, if I'm totally honest I kinda like them looking dirty sometimes, then all of a sudden I get an urge that I must clean mine, even if I'm in bed sleeping I can't sleep thinking about it. How weird do I sound :laugh:

You are not alone in that.  The state of mine is keeping me awake at night too :cry: :laugh:

PS Shame on you Rebecca, 3 weeks without cleaning, you should be banned from the detailing area and summonsed straight to the how dirty is your MK7 thread ha ha ha

Haha, I have already bared my shame in that thread, lol.

Trouble is not sure when it's going to get done, what with all the Xmas stuff/commitments which seem to have started in earnest.  :undecided:  But I'm not sure I can hold out much longer, so may have to duck out of the food shopping next Sat.  My other half will understand, the alternative is a very agitated and grumpy me.  :laugh:

Anyway banned eh.........I'll get me coat. :grin:

And you, the moderator of the detailing section too  :whistle: :whistle:
Take yourself to the naughty step to think about what you have done !!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 06 December 2015, 08:48
PS Shame on you Rebecca, 3 weeks without cleaning, you should be banned from the detailing area and summonsed straight to the how dirty is your MK7 thread ha ha ha

And you, the moderator of the detailing section too  :whistle: :whistle:
Take yourself to the naughty step to think about what you have done !!

Such harsh treatment from you lot, haha. :shocked:

Years of keeping cars clean, week, week out.  One slip, and I’m on the naughty step, and being escorted out of the detailing section.  :cry: :cry:  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 06 December 2015, 10:23
PS Shame on you Rebecca, 3 weeks without cleaning, you should be banned from the detailing area and summonsed straight to the how dirty is your MK7 thread ha ha ha

And you, the moderator of the detailing section too  :whistle: :whistle:
Take yourself to the naughty step to think about what you have done !!

Such harsh treatment from you lot, haha. :shocked:

Years of keeping cars clean, week, week out.  One slip, and I’m on the naughty step, and being escorted out of the detailing section.  :cry: :cry:  :laugh:

In the world of detailing, your record is only as clean as your car currently is  :tongue:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Cossieian on 06 December 2015, 11:03
Couldn't resist a little wash in the morning sun (apologies for the crap pic, must of had a filter on).
Also decided to give the inside a Hoover, the first Hoover since I collected the car...5 weeks ago  :lipsrsealed: OH DEAR NOW IM BANNED :embarrassed: :evil:

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JB GTI on 06 December 2015, 11:46
PS Shame on you Rebecca, 3 weeks without cleaning, you should be banned from the detailing area and summonsed straight to the how dirty is your MK7 thread ha ha ha

And you, the moderator of the detailing section too  :whistle: :whistle:
Take yourself to the naughty step to think about what you have done !!

Such harsh treatment from you lot, haha. :shocked:

Years of keeping cars clean, week, week out.  One slip, and I’m on the naughty step, and being escorted out of the detailing section.  :cry: :cry:  :laugh:

In the world of detailing, your record is only as clean as your car currently is  :tongue:

Firm, but fair  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 06 December 2015, 14:51
In the world of detailing, your record is only as clean as your car currently is  :tongue:

In that case..........I'm screwed.  :laugh:


Firm, but fair  :grin:

No Mercy from you lot then.   :cry: :cry: :cry:

Excuse the unladylike language but............

......B@stards.  :tongue: :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 06 December 2015, 14:56
Couldn't resist a little wash in the morning sun (apologies for the crap pic, must of had a filter on).
Also decided to give the inside a Hoover, the first Hoover since I collected the car...5 weeks ago  :lipsrsealed: OH DEAR NOW IM BANNED :embarrassed: :evil:

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/image.jpg1_2.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/image.jpg1_2.jpg.html)

Much as I would love to abuse my moderator powers and ban you for neglecting the interior for 5 :shocked: whole weeks, I just can't bring myself to do it when the exterior is looking that beautiful...... even though you cheated and paid a professional to do it.  :tongue:

It's a lonely place this naughty step.  :sad: :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 06 December 2015, 15:44
Haven't touched the interior mine for about as long  :sad:

One foot on the naughty step for me  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 06 December 2015, 18:04
Haven't touched the interior mine for about as long  :sad:

One foot on the naughty step for me  :grin:

That's it!  Both of you out of the detailing section......NOW.  :laugh:

The outside of my car may be filth encrusted, but this inside is like a fake carbon fibre/piano gloss palace.  :cool: (not really)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 06 December 2015, 18:16
Haven't touched the interior mine for about as long  :sad:

One foot on the naughty step for me  :grin:

That's it!  Both of you out of the detailing section......NOW.  :laugh:

The outside of my car may be filth encrusted, but this inside is like a fake carbon fibre/piano gloss palace.  :cool: (not really)


I'll shut the door behind me.... :cry:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 06 December 2015, 21:29
I'll shut the door behind me.... :cry:

Dry your tears, you can stay.  This place would be the worse for your absence.  :smiley:

Back to topic......

No actual detailing today – had other things to do and it rained all day, which made me feel slightly better about my neglected car.

However I did a bit of detailing Christmas shopping this evening.   

Ordered this which I’ve had my eye for about a year.  http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/interior/metro-vac-vac-n-blow/prod_1090.html   It’s an Xmas/birthday present from my better half.  What more could a girl want for Xmas.  Who says romance is dead, lol!

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/615/23487178321_33e00acf4c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BMtVQn)

Intending to do a bit of sealant comparing when the weather improves so also ordered a few candidates:

Sonax BSD
CarPro Reload
Gtechniq C2V3
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 06 December 2015, 21:51
I'll shut the door behind me.... :cry:

Dry your tears, you can stay.  This place would be the worse for your absence.  :smiley:

Back to topic......

No actual detailing today – had other things to do and it rained all day, which made me feel slightly better about my neglected car.

However I did a bit of detailing Christmas shopping this evening.   

Ordered this which I’ve had my eye for about a year.  http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/interior/metro-vac-vac-n-blow/prod_1090.html   It’s an Xmas/birthday present from my better half.  What more could a girl want for Xmas.  Who says romance is dead, lol!

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/615/23487178321_33e00acf4c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BMtVQn)

Intending to do a bit of sealant comparing when the weather improves so also ordered a few candidates:

Sonax BSD
CarPro Reload
Gtechniq C2V3

Haha now I'm welling up with happiness!  :tongue:

Soon jealous of your metro vac! Also really looking forward to the results of your sealant test, that was a trio I was actually gonna compare for this winter but held out till I can give the car some correction love in the spring.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 06 December 2015, 22:41
The sealant test may have to wait till spring as want it on fresh clean polished paint which will take place after winter.  It's getting more complicated by the minute though!

One thing I'm really interested in is the question of whether wax and Gtechniq C2V3 and other similar sealants can really work together. I absolutely love the velvety depth and gloss finish of a good wax, which is key to making Deep Black Pearl look it's best IMO.  But I'm also interested in the merits of nano sealants and synthetic polymer sealants.  There is such contradictory info out there on what order is best if you are using wax with it. 

For instance many say that C2 needs bare clean paint in order to bond properly, and that wax will not last very long on top.  And others say you should put wax on first and then top with the sealant.  But although C2 gives great protection and has good reflective qualities, I'm not overly keen on the hard sterile, glassy finish it can give.  It doesn't match the lovely finish good wax. There's a trade off I think.  The finish is as important to me as the protection.

There's a lot of Gtechniq fanboys out there on other forums who will have you believe that nothing can better it, but I'm not convinced. I don't doubt the likes of C2 delivers on the durability and longevity of protections front, but I've yet to see anything of it to convince me of it's superiority in the finish and beading stakes, over a traditional sealant/wax combo.  It's quite subjective, so only way to find out is to test it myself.  So I will probably try:

panel with sealant only on bare paint
panel with sealant and wax on top
panel with wax on bare paint and sealant on top.

May run out of panels, haha. Will have to do a chart to remember what on what panel!  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 07 December 2015, 09:41
I'll shut the door behind me.... :cry:

Dry your tears, you can stay.  This place would be the worse for your absence.  :smiley:

Back to topic......

No actual detailing today – had other things to do and it rained all day, which made me feel slightly better about my neglected car.

However I did a bit of detailing Christmas shopping this evening.   

Ordered this which I’ve had my eye for about a year.  http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/interior/metro-vac-vac-n-blow/prod_1090.html   It’s an Xmas/birthday present from my better half.  What more could a girl want for Xmas.  Who says romance is dead, lol!

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/615/23487178321_33e00acf4c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BMtVQn)

Intending to do a bit of sealant comparing when the weather improves so also ordered a few candidates:

Sonax BSD
CarPro Reload
Gtechniq C2V3

Haha now I'm welling up with happiness!  :tongue:

Soon jealous of your metro vac! Also really looking forward to the results of your sealant test, that was a trio I was actually gonna compare for this winter but held out till I can give the car some correction love in the spring.

Very smart.

I've just ordered a garagevac from my wife for xmas but I'm not sure she see's the value in it  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JBirchy on 07 December 2015, 12:29
The sealant test may have to wait till spring as want it on fresh clean polished paint which will take place after winter.  It's getting more complicated by the minute though!

One thing I'm really interested in is the question of whether wax and Gtechniq C2V3 and other similar sealants can really work together. I absolutely love the velvety depth and gloss finish of a good wax, which is key to making Deep Black Pearl look it's best IMO.  But I'm also interested in the merits of nano sealants and synthetic polymer sealants.  There is such contradictory info out there on what order is best if you are using wax with it. 

For instance many say that C2 needs bare clean paint in order to bond properly, and that wax will not last very long on top.  And others say you should put wax on first and then top with the sealant.  But although C2 gives great protection and has good reflective qualities, I'm not overly keen on the hard sterile, glassy finish it can give.  It doesn't match the lovely finish good wax. There's a trade off I think.  The finish is as important to me as the protection.

There's a lot of Gtechniq fanboys out there on other forums who will have you believe that nothing can better it, but I'm not convinced. I don't doubt the likes of C2 delivers on the durability and longevity of protections front, but I've yet to see anything of it to convince me of it's superiority in the finish and beading stakes, over a traditional sealant/wax combo.  It's quite subjective, so only way to find out is to test it myself.  So I will probably try:

panel with sealant only on bare paint
panel with sealant and wax on top
panel with wax on bare paint and sealant on top.

May run out of panels, haha. Will have to do a chart to remember what on what panel!  :rolleyes:

This will be a good one! Must admit I was also very sceptical when it came to spray sealants but I'm now truly converted. Out of the three you're trying, personally I didn't get on with C2v3. The others are outstanding. BSD is quite tricky to apply in that it's certainly not slick. It might feel like the cloth is grabbing a bit but persevere and the results are tremendous, certainly from a beading point of view.

ReLoad looks glossier, smells amazing and also beads wonderfully. You can also apply it to a wet car to aid with the drying process which adds to the appeal for me too. Used after each wash, you're constantly topping up the protection which is ideal.

If I ever do single day enhancements for friends, after a single stage machine polish I generally always finish with Sonax Hybrid NPT aerosol sealant (also tricky to apply but easily lasts 8-9 months) topped with BSD. A brilliant combo.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Jon
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Pinky1959 on 07 December 2015, 18:03
[quote author=Booth11

Intending to do a bit of sealant comparing when the weather improves so also ordered a few candidates:

Sonax BSD
CarPro Reload
Gtechniq C2V3

Are you intending doing the teat on the R or your hubbies VW ? also did you get the detail done on it ?and does it look good ?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 07 December 2015, 18:44
This will be a good one! Must admit I was also very sceptical when it came to spray sealants but I'm now truly converted. Out of the three you're trying, personally I didn't get on with C2v3. The others are outstanding. BSD is quite tricky to apply in that it's certainly not slick. It might feel like the cloth is grabbing a bit but persevere and the results are tremendous, certainly from a beading point of view.

ReLoad looks glossier, smells amazing and also beads wonderfully. You can also apply it to a wet car to aid with the drying process which adds to the appeal for me too. Used after each wash, you're constantly topping up the protection which is ideal.

If I ever do single day enhancements for friends, after a single stage machine polish I generally always finish with Sonax Hybrid NPT aerosol sealant (also tricky to apply but easily lasts 8-9 months) topped with BSD. A brilliant combo.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Jon

It will be an interesting test Jon.  It's also interesting to hear your thoughts on the C2V3 as that's probably the one I'm least convinced about. People either rave about it or don't rate it at all.  I shall see for myself but all the beading shots I've seen with it have failed to impress, very mediocre in that respect from what I've seen. Not sure why but I'm more optimistic about the   Sonax BSD, but of course I shall remain impartial when it comes to the test.  After initial application I will do some observations at defined intervals up to say a 3 month period.

Generally I'm not averse to spray sealants and sometimes use DJ Red Mist on top of wax or Chemical Guys Speed Wipe QD as a drying aid.  But I've always felt they detract from the warmth and glow that you get with wax as the last stage.

Roll on spring, eh!

 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 07 December 2015, 19:02
Are you intending doing the teat on the R or your hubbies VW ? also did you get the detail done on it ?and does it look good ?

I'll be doing the sealant test on the R. Probably at Easter when the weather is better (hopefully) and I have some time off work.

I haven't had time to fully detail the Amarok yet. Finding it difficult to find time to even clean my R at the moment, never mind the massive truck, lol.  And as my other half keeps taking it to be cleaned down at the local supermarket, I'm thinking it's pointless polishing it only for them to inflict more swirls on it.  Despite that I would like to at least get some protection on it, so will use a spray sealant on it when time permits.  I am shocked at how dirty it gets in such a short time, but then other half doesn't avoid puddles etc the way I do in my R, lol.

So the R will be the guinea pig.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 09 December 2015, 14:39
The old girl was looking quite dirty (for me) so whilst it was dry today I gave her a nice wash, dry, leather seats cleaned, inside cleaned, vac'd and cleaned the windows :whistle:

(http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt60/gpe/IMG_2887_zpsvozfxkme.jpg) (http://s597.photobucket.com/user/gpe/media/IMG_2887_zpsvozfxkme.jpg.html)

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Looking fresh

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 December 2015, 17:03
^^

That's better. :cool:  Looks very smart, I love a monochrome GTI. Mk6 is a great looking car IMO.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 09 December 2015, 20:22
^^
 
That's better. :cool:  Looks very smart, I love a monochrome GTI. Mk6 is a great looking car IMO.

Mk6 how dare you Mr's Booth :cry: - you should have gone to Specsavers...... :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 December 2015, 21:41
^^
 
That's better. :cool:  Looks very smart, I love a monochrome GTI. Mk6 is a great looking car IMO.

Mk6 how dare you Mr's Booth :cry: - you should have gone to Specsavers...... :laugh:

Haha, I can't believe I typed that. :embarrassed:  :laugh:  Was meant to say Mk7 GTI is a great looking car, but I think the black Monzas made me have Mk6 on the brain.  Either way, Mk5,6,7 whatever, lol, yours is a great looking car.  :cool:

Presume the Monza's are your winter wheels?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 10 December 2015, 12:20
Yeah that looks great Eccie. Them wheels suit it really well!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 10 December 2015, 13:22
Presume the Monza's are your winter wheels?

Yes those are my winter wheels + winter tyres - the Austin's are tucked away until the spring :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 10 December 2015, 13:27
Yeah that looks great Eccie. Them wheels suit it really well!

Thanks KyleB I think the black wheels give it a harder more menacing look - I keep toying with the idea of having the rear of the roof wrapped gloss black, think it'd look well with the sunroof.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 December 2015, 14:24
Presume the Monza's are your winter wheels?

Yes those are my winter wheels + winter tyres - the Austin's are tucked away until the spring :cool:

They really suit the car.  :cool:

Gloss black roof on a white car - used to love this look and it does look great, but starting to look a bit dated now IMO.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 10 December 2015, 16:25

Gloss black roof on a white car - used to love this look and it does look great, but starting to look a bit dated now IMO.

I'm Crushed :cry:     Once again, I'm at the back of the queue........... :angry:



Anyhow after cleaning my car yesterday, my wife promptly took it today and 'told' me to clean her car, Oh and don't forget to fill it up were her parting words......... :kiss:

Its not VAG but it is detailing

(http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt60/gpe/495304fd-f56f-4424-ad32-d11e02347231_zpsb3myf6zr.jpg) (http://s597.photobucket.com/user/gpe/media/495304fd-f56f-4424-ad32-d11e02347231_zpsb3myf6zr.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 10 December 2015, 16:33
Went to the local hand/brush car wash place.

Not to have anything done you'll be glad to hear, but to talk to them about me designing a new covered wash area and enclosed valleting bays.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 December 2015, 16:36

Gloss black roof on a white car - used to love this look and it does look great, but starting to look a bit dated now IMO.

I'm Crushed :cry:     Once again, I'm at the back of the queue........... :angry:

Anyhow after cleaning my car yesterday, my wife promptly took it today and 'told' me to clean her car, Oh and don't forget to fill it up were her parting words......... :kiss:

Its not VAG but it is detailing

(http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt60/gpe/495304fd-f56f-4424-ad32-d11e02347231_zpsb3myf6zr.jpg) (http://s597.photobucket.com/user/gpe/media/495304fd-f56f-4424-ad32-d11e02347231_zpsb3myf6zr.jpg.html)

Ah, it's all clear now.  I sense a theme going on in the Eccie household.  :grin:  You want a black roof to match Mrs'.  It's a good look but has been done to death.   But her car looks lovely and clean and hopefully has a full tank.  :wink:

Nearly a month since mine last done  :cry:  It's no longer Deep Black Pearl but Crap Grey.  When I'm walking back to it in the works car park, I'm tempted to keep walking, such is the state of it and my shame.  :cry:  Planning to clean it on Sat morning, unless the weather conspires against me. 

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 December 2015, 16:38
Went to the local hand/brush car wash place.

Not to have anything done you'll be glad to hear, but to talk to them about me designing a new covered wash area and enclosed valleting bays.

I was just about to ban you from here Simon, but you just redeemed yourself.  Still now you are doing work for 'the other side'  :tongue:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 December 2015, 16:38
Went to the local hand/brush car wash place.

Not to have anything done you'll be glad to hear, but to talk to them about me designing a new covered wash area and enclosed valleting bays.

I was just about to ban you from here Simon, but you just redeemed yourself.  Still, you are doing work for 'the other side'  :tongue:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 10 December 2015, 17:02
If these places didn't exist, there wouldn't be as many swirled cars for the detailing industry to rectify. So in a way I'm helping to generate more business for the likes of Neil and Co. I ought to be on commission.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 December 2015, 17:05
If these places didn't exist, there wouldn't be as many swirled cars for the detailing industry to rectify. So in a way I'm helping to generate more business for the likes of Neil and Co. I ought to be on commission.

Haha. It's a tenuous link, but full marks for your cheek! 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 10 December 2015, 17:09
You want a black roof to match Mrs'. But her car looks lovely and clean and hopefully has a full tank.  :wink:

Nearly a month since mine last done  :cry:  It's no longer Deep Black Pearl but Crap Grey.  When I'm walking back to it in the works car park, I'm tempted to keep walking, such is the state of it and my shame.  :cry:  Planning to clean it on Sat morning, unless the weather conspires against me.

Its true I have black roof envy :rolleyes:

The merc is all glass and it looks well, inside and out - The Golf looks somewhat unfinished in comparison, I've had a quote at £120 and I've seen it done to another car, I was about to pull the trigger on it, but now I know its 'so last year' I'm going to get the sunroof sprayed white :laugh:

Of course I filled up my wife's car - I do as I'm told :smug:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 10 December 2015, 19:19
If these places didn't exist, there wouldn't be as many swirled cars for the detailing industry to rectify. So in a way I'm helping to generate more business for the likes of Neil and Co. I ought to be on commission.

Thanks mate, tell them they do a great job and we'll stay in business!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 10 December 2015, 19:23
I'd go for the black roof to be honest. Think it looks good. When I was getting a Tornado Red Golf I was going to do the roof gloss black.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 December 2015, 20:23
It's your car Eccie, go with your heart.

Gloss black wrapped roof on a Tornado Red car......NOOOO!  :sick:

ETTO.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 19 December 2015, 15:13
Cleaned mine again today after a week of driving round the rain and mud soaked roads of Rutland. Also cleaned the mother-in-law's Corsa which was sat next to it just because I had the time. Also want to see if she'll even notice! Haha  :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 22 December 2015, 13:41
Just a quick wash for mine today,before the inevitable rain. Snowfoamed with Valet Pro Neutral, rinsed off and washed with Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild (still love the smell of this stuff), rinsed again and resealed with CarPro Hydro2 and then final rinse off with a bit of Bouncers Done and Dusted (also smells amazing). Gave the interior a hoover.

Now just waiting for that rain.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 December 2015, 14:33
Just a quick wash for mine today,before the inevitable rain. Snowfoamed with Valet Pro Neutral, rinsed off and washed with Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild (still love the smell of this stuff), rinsed again and resealed with CarPro Hydro2 and then final rinse off with a bit of Bouncers Done and Dusted (also smells amazing). Gave the interior a hoover.

Now just waiting for that rain.

Always the way isn't it. :sad:  Mind the rain should roll right off with your Hydro2 sealant on.  It's been raining non stop since the day I cleaned mine. Such is life.

Least you got the inside done too.  Didn[t get time to do mine last weekend, but desperate to try out the Metrovac I'm getting for xmas.  Never been so excited to hoover a car.  :laugh: 

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Pinky1959 on 23 December 2015, 22:15
I managed to wash my nwifes gtd today then polished both sides , the boot and back bumper exhaust and back box with autoglym srp then used poorboys exp sealent and it is looking good . I had previously polished it with srp but it rained and I didn't get it finished .
Hopefully shortly I will get it dry long enough  to top with Jetseal /or Blacklight
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Sokkia on 28 December 2015, 18:30
Managed to give it a detail at last. After 6 weeks and no wash since collection it was looking needy. Just with the time of year and weather never had chance til now. Feel better for it, managed to

Bilberry Wheel clean the wheels then Fall out remove
2 Bucket wash
Decontaminate the car
Wash again
Poorboys sealant for wheels and body
Inside hoover and upholstery clean and auto finesse interior detail.

Still need another sealant coat then its wax time and the seats need protecting. I will get there  :wink:

From this

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_093944_001_zpswdrf3nz0.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_093944_001_zpswdrf3nz0.jpg.html)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_093958_zpskgcceeds.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_093958_zpskgcceeds.jpg.html)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_094012_zpswrj3ctkk.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_094012_zpswrj3ctkk.jpg.html)

to this

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_125105_zpsfoqhxi8p.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_125105_zpsfoqhxi8p.jpg.html)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_125115_zps8x9iwmho.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_125115_zps8x9iwmho.jpg.html)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_125127_zpspyqnqvnd.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_125127_zpspyqnqvnd.jpg.html)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_125209_zpsq4uiimok.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_125209_zpsq4uiimok.jpg.html)

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 28 December 2015, 20:51
I know it's not even a VeeDub but here is some of my handy work:-

Usual wash and dry

Chemical Guys V07 sealant

Swissvax Onyx

Gtechniq C5 and OCD Finish Hydro Shield on glass

Tyres dressed with Quarts



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Just in case anyone is wondering, the cloths on the back bumper are there incase the rear number plates falls off, lol! I was worried that the bonding tape didn't feel that sticky!,,

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 December 2015, 20:52
Managed to give it a detail at last. After 6 weeks and no wash since collection it was looking needy. Just with the time of year and weather never had chance til now. Feel better for it, managed to

Bilberry Wheel clean the wheels then Fall out remove
2 Bucket wash
Decontaminate the car
Wash again
Poorboys sealant for wheels and body
Inside hoover and upholstery clean and auto finesse interior detail.

Still need another sealant coat then its wax time and the seats need protecting. I will get there  :wink:

From this

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_093944_001_zpswdrf3nz0.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_093944_001_zpswdrf3nz0.jpg.html)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_093958_zpskgcceeds.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_093958_zpskgcceeds.jpg.html)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_094012_zpswrj3ctkk.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_094012_zpswrj3ctkk.jpg.html)

to this

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_125105_zpsfoqhxi8p.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_125105_zpsfoqhxi8p.jpg.html)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_125115_zps8x9iwmho.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_125115_zps8x9iwmho.jpg.html)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_125127_zpspyqnqvnd.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_125127_zpspyqnqvnd.jpg.html)

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/20151227_125209_zpsq4uiimok.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/20151227_125209_zpsq4uiimok.jpg.html)



Wow!  That's some impressive shine. :cool: One of the best I've seen.

What a superb job.  What sealant and wax are you using?  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 December 2015, 20:59
I know it's not even a VeeDub but here is some of my handy work:-

Usual wash and dry

Chemical Guys V07 sealant

Swissvax Onyx

Gtechniq C5 and OCD Finish Hydro Shield on glass

Tyres dressed with Quarts



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BD82D2F2-6F60-4F83-9DC1-C213A8C89BEE_zps (http://s172.photobucket.com/user/mrsbevpt/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/BD82D2F2-6F60-4F83-9DC1-C213A8C89BEE_zpsrub9oyff.jpg.html)

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9F7F1234-E6C3-46F3-BD3B-E2EBC9BC2C32_zps (http://s172.photobucket.com/user/mrsbevpt/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/9F7F1234-E6C3-46F3-BD3B-E2EBC9BC2C32_zpsbi7kskcb.jpg.html)

Just in case anyone is wondering, the cloths on the back bumper are there incase the rear number plates falls off, lol! I was worried that the bonding tape didn't feel that sticky!,,



I'm sorry Neil but we simply can't have BMW's looking that beautiful in here. :cool:  You must leave immediately, haha. :tongue:

That is one gorgeous colour and I have to say I much prefer this M4 to the outgoing i8. 

Very, very impressive gloss, is that more from the CG sealant or the SV Onyx, or both?  I'm soon to get a couple of panel pots of Swissvax wax (Onyx and Best of Show).
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 28 December 2015, 21:10
Not sure to be honest.

The vo7 sealant is great because it has gloss enhancers in it, so a hybrid sealant. Really easy to use and they suggest that it can be used as a top up inbetween regular waxing sessions.

Hopefully the bimmer won't offend too many, and to reset the equlaibrium I'll post some of the bug once that's been done. Mid Jan can't come quick enough to see what we can do on a Clubsport!

Have the links posted OK as I'm just getting text which is weird?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Sokkia on 28 December 2015, 21:57
Hi Booth

So far just a single coat of Poorboys EX-P sealant, haven't had chance to get a coat of wax on it as yet. Think the low sun helps the pics  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 December 2015, 23:35
Hi Booth

So far just a single coat of Poorboys EX-P sealant, haven't had chance to get a coat of wax on it as yet. Think the low sun helps the pics  :smiley:

Don't be so modest, lol - it looks tremendous even without the wax!  I've long used Poorboys Ex-P under DoDo Juice wax and it's easy to forget how good it actually is on it's own.  I always like to top it off with wax to give a depth to the paint but the shine Ex-P gives is excellent as shown to great effect on your car.  Very nice.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: VWB on 29 December 2015, 22:33
In Ireland for Christmas break, but ferry was cancelled today, so thought I'd make use of the time and wash the car!

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o220/afbrown82/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/8FF7A994-92FD-4AF1-9324-95E1C753EE27.jpg) (http://s121.photobucket.com/user/afbrown82/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/8FF7A994-92FD-4AF1-9324-95E1C753EE27.jpg.html)

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o220/afbrown82/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/9B4909DB-2FE0-421C-973F-CD3533C06A9B.jpg) (http://s121.photobucket.com/user/afbrown82/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/9B4909DB-2FE0-421C-973F-CD3533C06A9B.jpg.html)

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o220/afbrown82/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/BF2D2EC8-133D-4DB3-9FA8-E40B9706CAB2_2.jpg) (http://s121.photobucket.com/user/afbrown82/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/BF2D2EC8-133D-4DB3-9FA8-E40B9706CAB2_2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 29 December 2015, 22:39
Very nice!

I wish I would be brave enough to own another black car!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 29 December 2015, 23:27
In Ireland for Christmas break, but ferry was cancelled today, so thought I'd make use of the time and wash the car!

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o220/afbrown82/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/8FF7A994-92FD-4AF1-9324-95E1C753EE27.jpg) (http://s121.photobucket.com/user/afbrown82/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/8FF7A994-92FD-4AF1-9324-95E1C753EE27.jpg.html)

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o220/afbrown82/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/9B4909DB-2FE0-421C-973F-CD3533C06A9B.jpg) (http://s121.photobucket.com/user/afbrown82/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/9B4909DB-2FE0-421C-973F-CD3533C06A9B.jpg.html)

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o220/afbrown82/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/BF2D2EC8-133D-4DB3-9FA8-E40B9706CAB2_2.jpg) (http://s121.photobucket.com/user/afbrown82/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-12/BF2D2EC8-133D-4DB3-9FA8-E40B9706CAB2_2.jpg.html)

It's black, it's beautifully clean and shiny!  What's not to like. :drool:  :cool:

Lovely job!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: VWB on 29 December 2015, 23:37
Thanks. Missing some tyre dressing but could only bring the basics.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 30 December 2015, 09:51
Thanks. Missing some tyre dressing but could only bring the basics.

Lovely job! You've answered one of my questions in that you took cleaning kit with you. Is this normal? Does everyone do that? I feel like a right amateur! Going away for a few days tomorrow but hadn't even considered taking car cleaning kit. The boot is too small as it is!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: VWB on 30 December 2015, 10:31
It's probably not normal! We were away for over a week, so as a bit of escape and some time in the fresh air I took a couple of mitts and drying towels.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Sootchucker on 30 December 2015, 10:46
Managed to get the GTD clean for the first time in 6 weeks and 1,500 miles following the god damned awful weather we have had in November and December. Despite people thinking white cars are a pain to keep clean, it actually didn't look that bad from a distance (given the time and mileage since the last clean). Here's what i started with

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5741/23685045169_4e7fdfe784_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/C5Y3KK)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5830/24052888255_f609355377_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CDtkFV)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5787/23944732822_bc0a3d1257_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CtV1R5)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5813/24052886825_ffee721b03_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CDtkgg)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1517/23757213410_d483611d81_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CckVRL)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1572/23944730632_3e42c272ba_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CtV1cj)

So usual clean, Liberal coating of snow foam then worked into small areas with a detailing brush whilst it was doing it's magic. Rinsed off. Washed with TBM and grit guards, using a wo-wo lambswool mit and megs shampoo. Rinsed again then a good spray down with AutoSmart Tardis to get rid of the tar spots and Iron-X to remove any bonded contaminants (of which there were plenty).

Quick wash again and rinse. Wheels cleaned with Bilberry / megs shampoo and a dedicated lambswool mit. Rinsed and whole car dried with a wo-wo drying towel using Megs last touch as a drying aid and my Metro blaster air drier. Tyres dressed, interior given a quick hoover and a wipe down with a damp microfibre and all finished leaving this. I think it's how a 2 1/2 years old and 20,000 mile car should look ?

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1647/24026781786_e6811a2ee1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CBax9o)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5789/23970315811_0bdae2f8a9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Cwb8M6)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5710/23757211060_6cd422f0a8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CckVaf)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5674/23970314801_12f3836947_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Cwb8tF)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1534/23424659044_c0a0b50b62_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BFXv2N)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1452/23757209400_4b7525d295_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CckUEC)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1474/23424657664_6293d044c9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BFXuC1)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5663/23757208470_6affd0dd5f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CckUoA)

I hope it meets the high standards set by all here  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 30 December 2015, 11:18
Looks great, like the red GTD badges.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 30 December 2015, 15:08
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5663/23757208470_6affd0dd5f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CckUoA)

I hope it meets the high standards set by all here  :grin:

Looks superb sootchuker.  Great work :cool:

Actually didn't look too bad initially considering it hadn't been washed for 6 weeks.

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Pinky1959 on 30 December 2015, 15:18
VWB
 Its perfectly normal to take car cleaning kit on holiday I do it when we go away for a week with my mother in law but we have to take two cars so I have plenty to do when away and it gets me out the house for a while .

Sootchucker
Your car is looking really good , My wifes mk6 is clean but I cant get a spare lots of hours to finish polishing it , have done it with A/g srp and poorboys exp sealant but want to finish it with Jetseal  and I have to start mine as well its not been washed for 3 weeks ....
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 03 January 2016, 13:20
Happy new year, fellow detailers! No detailing today, but have just ordered a Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster from Clean Your Car ready for the next clean.

Been thinking about getting one for sometime to get rid of all that annoying trapped water and drips from mirror housings, grill, wheels etc when I dry the car, and Clean Your Car's 10% new year discount on all their products (other than those already on special offer) gave me the incentive to buy.

If anyone else needs any detailing gear and wants to get the benefit of their discount, it ends at midnight tonight. Discount code; NEWYEAR10
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 03 January 2016, 13:46
Happy new year, fellow detailers! No detailing today, but have just ordered a Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster from Clean Your Car ready for the next clean.

Been thinking about getting one for sometime to get rid of all that annoying trapped water and drips from mirror housings, grill, wheels etc when I dry the car, and Clean Your Car's 10% new year discount on all their products (other than those already on special offer) gave me the incentive to buy.

If anyone else needs any detailing gear and wants to get the benefit of their discount, it ends at midnight tonight. Discount code; NEWYEAR10

Happy New Year!

Sidekick is a great buy SRGTD.  Good tip about the CYC discount too. :smiley:

I've just upgraded to a MetroVac n Blo vacuum/dryer.  As it does drying duty too, my Sidekick may be up for sale in near future.  Atm someone else has first refusal on it but if not, it may be up for grabs for £40 if anyone is interested?  Its perfect condition but is missing the flat nozzle attachment (the less useful one) but has the long nozzle.  The other one is somewhere in the house but is evading detection atm.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JB GTI on 03 January 2016, 16:36
Happy new year, fellow detailers! No detailing today, but have just ordered a Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster from Clean Your Car ready for the next clean.

Been thinking about getting one for sometime to get rid of all that annoying trapped water and drips from mirror housings, grill, wheels etc when I dry the car, and Clean Your Car's 10% new year discount on all their products (other than those already on special offer) gave me the incentive to buy.

If anyone else needs any detailing gear and wants to get the benefit of their discount, it ends at midnight tonight. Discount code; NEWYEAR10

Happy New Year!

Sidekick is a great buy SRGTD.  Good tip about the CYC discount too. :smiley:

I've just upgraded to a MetroVac n Blo vacuum/dryer.  As it does drying duty too, my Sidekick may be up for sale in near future.  Atm someone else has first refusal on it but if not, it may be up for grabs for £40 if anyone is interested?  Its perfect condition but is missing the flat nozzle attachment (the less useful one) but has the long nozzle.  The other one is somewhere in the house but is evading detection atm.

pm sent  :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 03 January 2016, 17:32
Happy new year, fellow detailers! No detailing today, but have just ordered a Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster from Clean Your Car ready for the next clean.

Been thinking about getting one for sometime to get rid of all that annoying trapped water and drips from mirror housings, grill, wheels etc when I dry the car, and Clean Your Car's 10% new year discount on all their products (other than those already on special offer) gave me the incentive to buy.

If anyone else needs any detailing gear and wants to get the benefit of their discount, it ends at midnight tonight. Discount code; NEWYEAR10

Happy New Year!

Sidekick is a great buy SRGTD.  Good tip about the CYC discount too. :smiley:

I've just upgraded to a MetroVac n Blo vacuum/dryer.  As it does drying duty too, my Sidekick may be up for sale in near future.  Atm someone else has first refusal on it but if not, it may be up for grabs for £40 if anyone is interested?  Its perfect condition but is missing the flat nozzle attachment (the less useful one) but has the long nozzle.  The other one is somewhere in the house but is evading detection atm.

pm sent  :wink:

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Misterp on 05 January 2016, 16:08
Bought a bunch of stuff over Christmas but been raining on and off since I finished work. Not happy.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 05 January 2016, 21:31
Bought a bunch of stuff over Christmas but been raining on and off since I finished work. Not happy.

What did you get?

It's a complete drag this constant rain. Hoping for a better weekend for some at TLC, but it ain't looking too promising :-(
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Misterp on 06 January 2016, 09:24
Bought a bunch of stuff over Christmas but been raining on and off since I finished work. Not happy.

What did you get?

It's a complete drag this constant rain. Hoping for a better weekend for some at TLC, but it ain't looking too promising :-(

Very much like the rest of the country, it has rained on and off everyday Over the Christmas break.

Just replacing old stock but decided to get some wowo stuff (foam applicators, microfibres and drying cloth) and Neil kindly threw in a clay mitt. Bought some valet pro advanced neutral  snow foam as my auto finesse snow foam had finished. I also just stocked up on iron out and I thought I'd try the new auto finesse ultra glaze and the dodo juice supernatural hybrid paste that you recommended to me some time ago.

Tbh I need to get on to my dad. He was talking about constructing a sheltered car port at his house and I can use that when raining.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 06 January 2016, 17:51
Bought a bunch of stuff over Christmas but been raining on and off since I finished work. Not happy.

What did you get?

It's a complete drag this constant rain. Hoping for a better weekend for some at TLC, but it ain't looking too promising :-(

Very much like the rest of the country, it has rained on and off everyday Over the Christmas break.

Just replacing old stock but decided to get some wowo stuff (foam applicators, microfibres and drying cloth) and Neil kindly threw in a clay mitt. Bought some valet pro advanced neutral  snow foam as my auto finesse snow foam had finished. I also just stocked up on iron out and I thought I'd try the new auto finesse ultra glaze and the dodo juice supernatural hybrid paste that you recommended to me some time ago.

Tbh I need to get on to my dad. He was talking about constructing a sheltered car port at his house and I can use that when raining.

All the WoWo stuff is truly excellent as you will find out. Let us know what you think of it all, including the AF glaze and DoDo Juice SNH, which is very nice compliment to a wash with the DJ Suernatural Shampoo.  :smiley:

Yes, failing a garage, a covered area for cleaning would be very nice!  Persuade your dad.  :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: remlapeel on 09 January 2016, 19:34
So of you may know I'm in to detailing, although a bit of a newbie, so any paint issue is unacceptable, certainly one where a respray will be required.

So this is the misalignment on the boot, and what it has caused

This has cut through the clear coat and paint and into the base coat.

(http://i1369.photobucket.com/albums/ag237/lee_palmer4/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpssjdwmkjg.jpeg) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/lee_palmer4/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpssjdwmkjg.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: VWB on 09 January 2016, 20:01
Ouch. Is it from something poorly aligned or a distorted panel? Is it still rubbing?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: remlapeel on 09 January 2016, 20:08
Ouch. Is it from something poorly aligned or a distorted panel? Is it still rubbing?

Boot lid is sitting to low and has damaged the bumper. Car is 3 weeks old
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 January 2016, 21:42
That is quite shocking remlapeel.  :cry:

Doesn't matter what the car is, totally unacceptable. What's the dealer said?  Your Jag is looking even more like a candidate for possible rejection now.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Cossieian on 10 January 2016, 16:37
Washed mine today and took some pics just for Rebecca :grin:

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/C12F08E0-233E-451A-9CBD-F31CD8E9EF44.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/C12F08E0-233E-451A-9CBD-F31CD8E9EF44.jpg.html)
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/08364A7F-CEC7-4FCE-A84F-ED9FDC005EFA_1.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/08364A7F-CEC7-4FCE-A84F-ED9FDC005EFA_1.jpg.html)
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/AFB4D52F-7DD7-4AE1-8956-46C981325E3A_1.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/AFB4D52F-7DD7-4AE1-8956-46C981325E3A_1.jpg.html)
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/22D98AD1-B5F3-457B-8639-63C94007E6BD.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/22D98AD1-B5F3-457B-8639-63C94007E6BD.jpg.html)
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/DEED145D-81CD-4D2F-A4D6-02A5B60F6B1F_1.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/DEED145D-81CD-4D2F-A4D6-02A5B60F6B1F_1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 10 January 2016, 18:26
Cossieian - that looks stunning. Mine is TR too and I love the colour. I think your new wheels look great but not so sure on your car, they look a bit sober. Perhaps better if they had a gloss finish? I can only give you a 5/10 for parking though :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: bgbazz on 10 January 2016, 18:51
Went downstairs...took a look...shook my head...went back inside!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 January 2016, 20:02
Washed mine today and took some pics just for Rebecca :grin:

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/C12F08E0-233E-451A-9CBD-F31CD8E9EF44.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/C12F08E0-233E-451A-9CBD-F31CD8E9EF44.jpg.html)
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/08364A7F-CEC7-4FCE-A84F-ED9FDC005EFA_1.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/08364A7F-CEC7-4FCE-A84F-ED9FDC005EFA_1.jpg.html)
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/AFB4D52F-7DD7-4AE1-8956-46C981325E3A_1.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/AFB4D52F-7DD7-4AE1-8956-46C981325E3A_1.jpg.html)
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/22D98AD1-B5F3-457B-8639-63C94007E6BD.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/22D98AD1-B5F3-457B-8639-63C94007E6BD.jpg.html)
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj186/mccanno1/Golf%20R/DEED145D-81CD-4D2F-A4D6-02A5B60F6B1F_1.jpg) (http://s272.photobucket.com/user/mccanno1/media/Golf%20R/DEED145D-81CD-4D2F-A4D6-02A5B60F6B1F_1.jpg.html)

 :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:  Ian I am speechless.  No I'm not - it looks bloody AMAZING.  :cool: :cool: :cool: 

Now please stop posting pictures of it looking so shiny and glossy, you are making me feel quite inadequate, lol.

How nice to have your own personal car park with such great lighting, but you need to stop those other trespassers parking their cars in it.  They are not worthy.  Yours is! 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 January 2016, 20:03
Washed it and tried out a new wax http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=276690.0
 
The wash was a good chance to see how the C2v3 I applied to the Prets 2 weeks ago was performing.  The C2v3 didn't stop the wheels picking up any less dirt over the last couple of weeks (compared to Poorboys), BUT, they were noticeably easier to clean, the dirt melted away with ease and they came up a real treat. I do like the slick finish and think it is superior to the PB.  So 2 out of 3 ain't bad!    :afro:
 
I also got the opportunity to try out the blower/dryer function of my new Metro Vac n Blo.  Excellent power and I went round the whole car with it, including all the water traps we are all well acquainted with.  It dried 80% of the car with ease, so all that was needed was to go around with my WoWo towels and just blot the tiny amount of water remaining.  I didn't get time to use the vacuum function in the interior as it started raining after I'd finished waxing (no surprise there  :rolleyes:), and had other stuff to do, so that will have to wait a little longer, but not too long, as I have some new R logo's carpet mats arriving this week and can't put them in a dirty footwell, although I might save them for spring/summer to save them from the winter mud.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: remlapeel on 10 January 2016, 21:17
That is quite shocking remlapeel.  :cry:

Doesn't matter what the car is, totally unacceptable. What's the dealer said?  Your Jag is looking even more like a candidate for possible rejection now.

I have rejected it with the finance company now, just waiting for their response. It's a shame because it's a really nice car
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 January 2016, 21:31
That is quite shocking remlapeel.  :cry:

Doesn't matter what the car is, totally unacceptable. What's the dealer said?  Your Jag is looking even more like a candidate for possible rejection now.

I have rejected it with the finance company now, just waiting for their response. It's a shame because it's a really nice car

Wise move.  Good luck, hope they see sense and it all works out.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: VWB on 10 January 2016, 21:43
Hope it's all sorted soon for you. Keep us updated.

Some good looking detailing efforts this weekend! I managed to wash mine yesterday and applied some gyeon view on the windows today. Gave them a quick going over with the clay bar first, surprising how dirty they were for a new car.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Misterp on 10 January 2016, 22:41
I got everything ready to clean then it started raining so I gave up.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: remlapeel on 12 January 2016, 14:52
Gave mine a good clean inside and out today, looks and smells lovely! Whilst the Jag is covered in mud just taking up space on my driveway
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 January 2016, 17:38
Gave mine a good clean inside and out today, looks and smells lovely! Whilst the Jag is covered in mud just taking up space on my driveway

You really haven't bonded with that Jag have you?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 16 January 2016, 12:50
I think I'll give it a miss today...

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/IMAG0179_zps7tfsrsii.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/IMAG0179_zps7tfsrsii.jpg.html)
(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/IMAG0178_zpsxr9noovx.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/IMAG0178_zpsxr9noovx.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 January 2016, 13:34
I think I'll give it a miss today...

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/IMAG0179_zps7tfsrsii.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/IMAG0179_zps7tfsrsii.jpg.html)
(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/IMAG0178_zpsxr9noovx.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/IMAG0178_zpsxr9noovx.jpg.html)


Wise move.  Your car is wearing a furry coat.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 January 2016, 13:35
Had a little try of the out of my Vc n Blo the other eveing.  Got new R logo car mats and although am saving them for spring/summer, wanted to see if they were a good fit in the footwells and see the in situ.  So I needed to hoover the footwells.  All I can say is..............Awesome vacuum!!! 

The suction is phenomenal.  The footwells were full of gravel, thick dried mud, leaves and all manner of other winter crap.  Literally within 2 mins all gone, and I mean every speck, and with ease, no rubbing the hoover tools vigorously to get engrained dirt off or bits that have worked their way into the fibres, the vacuum just sucked it all up in no time.  Will try out the mini tools at the weekend when I give the rest of the car a good going over and will post up thoughts, but so far.......... I love this machine.  :afro:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5704/23525489372_714991bdba_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BQShnJ)

It also has the dual dryer function and I pretty much dried off the whole car with it last sunday and just used the towels to dab up the remaining drops.  Great piece of kit.

Haven't yet tried out all the interior  hoover mini tools yet but will do soon and will then post a proper review of it up
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 16 January 2016, 14:00
Good to hear you're happy with your Christmas pressie.

I'll be buying the Metro 'Vac & Go' when it's back in stock from Polished Bliss.
(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah204/robert39minors/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/Screenshot_2016-01-03-14-16-51_zps3g0lt438.png) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/robert39minors/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-01/Screenshot_2016-01-03-14-16-51_zps3g0lt438.png.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 January 2016, 20:19
If it's anything likes it's big brother, you won't be disappointed!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 20 January 2016, 18:49
Not strictly detailing but in preparation of a full decon detail on my Bros i8 and because I have a glass back:-

(http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w23/mrsbevpt/Mobile%20Uploads/D9C9885C-AE38-43CD-8404-EFED3B6B8578_zpsvt4krumu.jpg) (http://s172.photobucket.com/user/mrsbevpt/media/Mobile%20Uploads/D9C9885C-AE38-43CD-8404-EFED3B6B8578_zpsvt4krumu.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 20 January 2016, 20:05
I like that!
My back is also a tad delicate so that would be a great asset round the house.
Where would I buy one?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 20 January 2016, 20:21
I like that!
My back is also a tad delicate so that would be a great asset round the house.
Where would I buy one?

Slims detailing have their own online shop. £28 posted which I thought was great. Next day delivery too.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 20 January 2016, 20:28
Thanks for that :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 20 January 2016, 20:53
Ordered. Also bought the Auto Finesse detailing brushes. Pricey but worth it I believe.
Just need a car now :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 20 January 2016, 21:45
Not strictly detailing but in preparation of a full decon detail on my Bros i8 and because I have a glass back:-

(http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w23/mrsbevpt/Mobile%20Uploads/D9C9885C-AE38-43CD-8404-EFED3B6B8578_zpsvt4krumu.jpg) (http://s172.photobucket.com/user/mrsbevpt/media/Mobile%20Uploads/D9C9885C-AE38-43CD-8404-EFED3B6B8578_zpsvt4krumu.jpg.html)

Would love one, but no good for my gravel driveway. :sad:  Will persevere with my kids step stool and kneeling pad combo.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 21 January 2016, 16:36
'Will persevere with my kids step stool and kneeling pad combo'

Such an elegant system :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 January 2016, 19:07
Does the job :-p
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 22 January 2016, 19:12
Not strictly detailing but in preparation of a full decon detail on my Bros i8 and because I have a glass back:-

(http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w23/mrsbevpt/Mobile%20Uploads/D9C9885C-AE38-43CD-8404-EFED3B6B8578_zpsvt4krumu.jpg) (http://s172.photobucket.com/user/mrsbevpt/media/Mobile%20Uploads/D9C9885C-AE38-43CD-8404-EFED3B6B8578_zpsvt4krumu.jpg.html)
My stool arrived today along with my detailing brushes.
Impressed with the products and the service. The way the stool takes 10 seconds to assemble is my favourite bit :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: gazmondo35 on 23 January 2016, 17:23
Took advantage of the mild weather today & gave the car a mini detail,which gave me the opportunity to try out some new products.
Washed the car with (auto finesse lather) which I found to be good ,but not brilliant .it just doesn't foam as mush as I wound like,I'm now wishing I hadn't bought 5 litre of it.
Dryed the car with (gyeon-q2m silk dryer 70x90cm) this is the best drying towel I've ever used by far,it like witchcraft the amount of water it removes.
Then it was time for wax I have always used collinite 845,but until recently I found out it's more suited to light coloured cars ,so tryed out some collinite 915,some people were saying its difficult to remove ,but I had no problems & I must say I'm happy with the results.

Also I must mention wo-wo clay mit, although the golf didn't need claying today,I was dying to try it out , so I gave the roof on my 2005 Astra Estate workhorse a go which has never been clayed before.I applied some dodo juice clay lube & went to work,at first it sounded like I was rubbing sand paper on it ,but then it soon become glass smooth to the touch,very impressive product.

Here is a pic from today
(http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag318/Garry_Mcdonnell/A71DC725-9A7F-4428-ABDF-D5EE3F6DECB4_zpst92v4aqw.jpg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 January 2016, 17:49
Took advantage of the mild weather today & gave the car a mini detail,which gave me the opportunity to try out some new products.
Washed the car with (auto finesse lather) which I found to be good ,but not brilliant .it just doesn't foam as mush as I wound like,I'm now wishing I hadn't bought 5 litre of it.
Dryed the car with (gyeon-q2m silk dryer 70x90cm) this is the best drying towel I've ever used by far,it like witchcraft the amount of water it removes.
Then it was time for wax I have always used collinite 845,but until recently I found out it's more suited to light coloured cars ,so tryed out some collinite 915,some people were saying its difficult to remove ,but I had no problems & I must say I'm happy with the results.

Also I must mention wo-wo clay mit, although the golf didn't need claying today,I was dying to try it out , so I gave the roof on my 2005 Astra Estate workhorse a go which has never been clayed before.I applied some dodo juice clay lube & went to work,at first it sounded like I was rubbing sand paper on it ,but then it soon become glass smooth to the touch,very impressive product.

Here is a pic from today
(http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag318/Garry_Mcdonnell/A71DC725-9A7F-4428-ABDF-D5EE3F6DECB4_zpst92v4aqw.jpg)


Absolutely stunning.  Superb shine you've achieved  :shocked: :cool:  Nice to see your car in here.

Collinite 915 Marque d' Elegance is superb for black cars.  Agree about the application, I've never had any problems buffing it off but have read other people complaining about it.  Probably using too much of the stuff.   :rolleyes:

Great job!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 23 January 2016, 17:51
Gazmondo - that looks fantastic! As much as I love Pretorias, those Cadiz look great!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 January 2016, 13:47
Quick one hour wash in the drizzle.  Unusually the weather brightened towards the end, for a change!

•   Double snow foam – VP Advanced Snow Foam

•   Wheel washed and 3 bucket wash – DJ Supernatural Shampoo

•   Vac n Blo dry and WoWo towel dry

•   Wheels dried with newly acquired WoWo Wheel Towels – excellent size and loving the black colour.

•   Tailpipe polish – Mothers Mag

•   Tyres dressed – 1 coat of Hi Shine

The C2v3 on the wheels continues to impress – dirt flew off with a blast from the pressure washer.  Even though G5 would be even better, the C2 is doing a great job.  Bye-bye Poorbooys Wheel Sealant, lol.

New WoWo Wheel Drying Towels used to mop up the few drips left after a blast with the Vac n Blo.  Fantastic size – no danger of them dragging in the gravel, and black is the perfect colour for a wheel towel.  Another superb WoWo product!  Hats off to you Neil.  :smiley:

Nice and clean for an hour or two!

Bit dirty to start
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1624/24554714296_83d3281b1c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DpPk63)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1672/24472573412_5e7b1da4c1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DhyksU)

Snow foam
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1555/24580886585_f138215446_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ds8tcp)

Vac n Blo dry off
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1718/24213128889_31a2a0327a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CTCBDt)

WoWo Wheel towels
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1718/24554708596_e6e37cb875_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DpPioL)

1 hour later
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1595/24554684186_994065f924_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DpPb8U)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1606/24213094929_cfd1de254d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CTCrxX)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1689/24285332010_51ec9dfa8f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/D11F7S)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1445/24213124829_f3203189e2_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CTCArt)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1666/24285361350_33d0573c04_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/D11PQJ)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1635/24472519812_908c302229_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Dhy4wL)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1582/24472556982_3f9e643a17_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DhyfzC)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1630/24472541322_b8de6f8276_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DhyaVC)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1525/24213631619_d357148714_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CTFc6e)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 24 January 2016, 15:11
Nice one Bec, I used one new wheel towel and managed to dry the whole of Bevs car. Really pleased that people are loving the wheel towel.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Sokkia on 24 January 2016, 15:35
Full on wash and interior clean today.

Wheels cleaned with Bilberry Wheel cleaner
2 bucket wash with Meg's Gold shampoo
Glass Polished with Auto Glym
Second coat of PB's EXP sealant applied
Wheels sealed with second coat PB's
Tyres with Megs
Interior cleaned with Auto Finesse and upholstery protected  with Chemical Guys Fabric Guard

Photos aren't great as my phone died so had to use the crappy works phone and forgot to take pics before I started

properly Knackered now  :drool:

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/WP_20160124_005_zpscfbpt3b2.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/WP_20160124_005_zpscfbpt3b2.jpg.html)
(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/WP_20160124_004_zpsylpm4j1n.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/WP_20160124_004_zpsylpm4j1n.jpg.html)
(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/WP_20160124_003_zpsyg0c8t3l.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/WP_20160124_003_zpsyg0c8t3l.jpg.html)
(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/WP_20160124_002_zpsol94qvzh.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/WP_20160124_002_zpsol94qvzh.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jord91 on 24 January 2016, 16:01
nice to see a fresh clean car its worth the effort to stand back an look it all shiny :) thats what i do with my gti!

question ? do u find autoglym glass polish leaves a white dust as u wipe off ? i do leave to haze but always leaves a dusting for me  :angry:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 24 January 2016, 16:55
nice to see a fresh clean car its worth the effort to stand back an look it all shiny :) thats what i do with my gti!

question ? do u find autoglym glass polish leaves a white dust as u wipe off ? i do leave to haze but always leaves a dusting for me  :angry:

Without sounding condescending regarding AG Car Glass Polish, try using less product. In my experience you can use so little that you can hardly see it cure on the glass with great results.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jord91 on 24 January 2016, 17:13
thanks for the reply i will try use even less next time ! i use only a 10p size amount for each window guess that must be too much
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jimmydub on 24 January 2016, 17:30
Evening all,

not sure this technically qualifies as detailing, but it served no other functional purpose than cleaning for the sake of cleaning!

I'm currently in the process of investigating/diagnosing/repairing problems with my motor, so its been a rather long weekend. As a reprieve of some sorts, i decided to clean the bonnet catch, something which has been bugging me for ages, because it was so very grimey. Twenty years of grease, carbon, road dirt and more grease!  unfortunately i didn't think to take a 'before' photo, but here's the 'after':

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/bonnet_catch_zpsjakxvzgl.jpg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 24 January 2016, 19:31
thanks for the reply i will try use even less next time ! i use only a 10p size amount for each window guess that must be too much

I'd nearly do the whole car with much, don't forget by the time you get to the last window they'll be loads of residual product on the cloth.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 24 January 2016, 19:33
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1582/24472556982_3f9e643a17_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DhyfzC)

Jeez, those reflections Bec! Putting my car to shame, too dark to take a pic now but my rear plate isn't even readable at the min!

(http://i1175.photobucket.com/albums/r632/sokkia23/WP_20160124_004_zpsylpm4j1n.jpg) (http://s1175.photobucket.com/user/sokkia23/media/WP_20160124_004_zpsylpm4j1n.jpg.html)

Lovely job! Car looks great. Right mine is definitely getting a wash this week, come rain or snow!

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JWebb on 24 January 2016, 21:54
I've managed to get the first wash without rain since I brought the mk4.

Over the past few years I've tried a load of cleaning stuff with varying degrees of success, the last few months I've been using mostly Auto Glym and for the price I'm impressed, I still can't find a snow foam that I'm 100% pleased with though, I've just finished a Karcher one which did strip dirt well but never really foamed enough it felt like I had to apply more to get decent results than previous foams, I won't be getting it again.

 A quick foam followed by a two bucket wash, a further foam, rinse, dry, High Def Cleanser, The Ultimate Deep shine, and finally the Gloss Protection. It realistically needs a good tar removal and clay so this is a must for next weekend, I started too late in the day to get it all done.  :whistle:

Alloys were done with Simoniz Ultracare Alloy Cleaner, they've done a good job but I think I'll be going back to Bilt-Hamber auto-wheel If nothing else the Simoniz smells far too harsh! 

I had to take the photos before applying the Gloss Protection as it needs 30 mins to rest an I was beginning to loose light, I'm pleased over all, It would benefit from a full correction detail, one of the previous owners was a farmer and the Golf was what he used to get around it, you can tell close up and there are a few blemishes I'd like to get rid of, the worst are the ring marks around the door handle.

I'm pretty sold on plasti-dipping the whole car in the summer so I may just stick with that, here's how it looks...

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09718_zpsozkrabwq.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09718_zpsozkrabwq.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09704_zpse9pi3hp2.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09704_zpse9pi3hp2.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09702_zpsqe1valji.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09702_zpsqe1valji.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09700_zpsxwqsa7x0.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09700_zpsxwqsa7x0.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09699_zpseujvetcs.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09699_zpseujvetcs.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09696_zps8as4dbp4.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09696_zps8as4dbp4.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09693_zpslyfoccnk.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09693_zpslyfoccnk.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09692_zpssvpgsmkn.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09692_zpssvpgsmkn.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09697_zpsg0aaohpt.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09697_zpsg0aaohpt.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09695_zpsr1uudcwq.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09695_zpsr1uudcwq.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09694_zpszbqnyklf.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09694_zpszbqnyklf.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09701_zpssv95api7.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09701_zpssv95api7.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09703_zpswgdecpkx.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09703_zpswgdecpkx.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09698_zpss6sbl8zd.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09698_zpss6sbl8zd.jpg.html)

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 January 2016, 22:07
I've managed to get the first wash without rain since I brought the mk4.

Over the past few years I've tried a load of cleaning stuff with varying degrees of success, the last few months I've been using mostly Auto Glym and for the price I'm impressed, I still can't find a snow foam that I'm 100% pleased with though, I've just finished a Karcher one which did strip dirt well but never really foamed enough it felt like I had to apply more to get decent results than previous foams, I won't be getting it again.

 A quick foam followed by a two bucket wash, a further foam, rinse, dry, High Def Cleanser, The Ultimate Deep shine, and finally the Gloss Protection. It realistically needs a good tar removal and clay so this is a must for next weekend, I started too late in the day to get it all done.  :whistle:

Alloys were done with Simoniz Ultracare Alloy Cleaner, they've done a good job but I think I'll be going back to Bilt-Hamber auto-wheel If nothing else the Simoniz smells far too harsh! 

I had to take the photos before applying the Gloss Protection as it needs 30 mins to rest an I was beginning to loose light, I'm pleased over all, It would benefit from a full correction detail, one of the previous owners was a farmer and the Golf was what he used to get around it, you can tell close up and there are a few blemishes I'd like to get rid of, the worst are the ring marks around the door handle.

I'm pretty sold on plasti-dipping the whole car in the summer so I may just stick with that, here's how it looks...

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09718_zpsozkrabwq.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09718_zpsozkrabwq.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09704_zpse9pi3hp2.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09704_zpse9pi3hp2.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09702_zpsqe1valji.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09702_zpsqe1valji.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09700_zpsxwqsa7x0.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09700_zpsxwqsa7x0.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09699_zpseujvetcs.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09699_zpseujvetcs.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09696_zps8as4dbp4.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09696_zps8as4dbp4.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09693_zpslyfoccnk.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09693_zpslyfoccnk.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09692_zpssvpgsmkn.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09692_zpssvpgsmkn.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09697_zpsg0aaohpt.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09697_zpsg0aaohpt.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09695_zpsr1uudcwq.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09695_zpsr1uudcwq.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09694_zpszbqnyklf.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09694_zpszbqnyklf.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09701_zpssv95api7.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09701_zpssv95api7.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09703_zpswgdecpkx.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09703_zpswgdecpkx.jpg.html)

(http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r740/Jwebb92/DSC09698_zpss6sbl8zd.jpg) (http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/Jwebb92/media/DSC09698_zpss6sbl8zd.jpg.html)


That is utterly beautiful.   :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :cool: :cool: :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JWebb on 24 January 2016, 22:35
Thanks!

It doesn't look too bad for a 14 year old car! Annoyingly I can see where I've missed spots on the alloys in the photos :cry:

Do you snow foam, if so what do you use as your Golf looks incredible?! And I'm sure that once you get that right everything else falls into place!

Jack.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 January 2016, 23:03
Thanks!

It doesn't look too bad for a 14 year old car! Annoyingly I can see where I've missed spots on the alloys in the photos :cry:

Do you snow foam, if so what do you use as your Golf looks incredible?! And I'm sure that once you get that right everything else falls into place!

Jack.

There's always bits that get missed. Looks immense for a 14 year old car.  :cool:

I do snow foam, never ever miss that step, no matter how pushed for time I am.  In winter I often do a double snow foam, as I did today.  It's about getting as much grime off before you actually lay a mitt on the car, to minimise swirling, which as you know is the bane of a black car.

I swear by Valet Pro advanced PH neutral  http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washing-and-drying/foam-pre-wash/valet-pro-advanced-neutral-snow-foam/prod_1087.html

used with one of these - probably find a similar lance cheaper on eBay if you hunt around
Snow foam lance http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washing-and-drying/foam-pre-wash/snow-foam-lance-various-fittings/prod_371.html
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Sokkia on 25 January 2016, 08:35
nice to see a fresh clean car its worth the effort to stand back an look it all shiny :) thats what i do with my gti!

question ? do u find autoglym glass polish leaves a white dust as u wipe off ? i do leave to haze but always leaves a dusting for me  :angry:

As others have said less is more - think that applies to most detailing products really. Product builds up on the applicator and becomes harder to remove the more you apply.

Thanks all for the comments - hate this time of year - 8 mile journey to work and can see the grime on the windscreen already  :cry:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 28 January 2016, 12:15
Car has done a lot of miles recently and in less than 2 weeks was looking gross. Couldn't stand looking at it anymore so got up early after my night shift this morning to give it a much needed maintenance wash.

Before:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1515/24549503992_2d04c56c6b_h.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1571/24299582799_2840cc9980_h.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1675/24641061736_51d62152b1_h.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1477/24641061276_237a563da7_h.jpg)

After:
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1679/24371741670_8c8a401d6f_h.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1463/24040465433_52278d10bf_h.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1595/24299589069_f286546284_h.jpg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 28 January 2016, 14:09
Wow, your car was a right old mess!
Thank god no one wrote 'clean me' on the bonnet :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 January 2016, 14:53
Holy sh!t Dan.  Hang your head in shame. :embarrassed:  Sod waiting till morning, you should've got up in the middle of the night to clean it by the light of the moon. :evil:

Stunning turn around. :cool:  You've redeemed yourself.  Don't let it happen again.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 28 January 2016, 15:07
That's what Lincolnshire and Cotswolds roads and wet wintry weather do! Bec if I had the light I might well have done it straight after work!!

No doubt it'll look like that again in no time but I'll try and savour the results for today at least!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 28 January 2016, 19:13
Think that's the dirtiest your cars ever been eh Dan?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 28 January 2016, 23:34
Think that's the dirtiest your cars ever been eh Dan?

Without a shadow of doubt yes!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 03 February 2016, 13:35
Although my car wasn't quite as filthy as some on here (!) it still needed a good spruce up. So, despite the rain, I managed to clean the wheels, then rinse, snow foam, wash and dry. Then I finally got round to trying out my Finnish Kare FK1000p wax which previously I'd only used to seal the wheels. The car is still benefiting from two coats of G-Techniq C2v3 but I thought a layer of wax wouldn't hurt. FK is really easy to apply (even when it's drizzling!) and dried quickly. Then wiped off with a mf cloth and buffed up with a second mf. I'm really pleased with the results, a deep red gloss and good reflections. I was considering buying a different wax for the bodywork but the thrifty side of me thought best use what I've got, especially since the tin size seems enough to wax the whole car regularly for years to come! Anyway, managed to get a few pictures in before it started tipping down :angry:

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160203_125137_zpsybw9xbor.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160203_125137_zpsybw9xbor.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160203_125117_zpsmmh27z5r.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160203_125117_zpsmmh27z5r.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160203_125101_zpsxsblbrao.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160203_125101_zpsxsblbrao.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160203_125053_zpsalzvlov1.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160203_125053_zpsalzvlov1.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160203_125037_zpscuyadmll.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160203_125037_zpscuyadmll.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160203_125017_zpscdxnruuo.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160203_125017_zpscdxnruuo.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160203_124958_zpsqr3qdyen.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160203_124958_zpsqr3qdyen.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 03 February 2016, 20:22
Lovely, lovely job.  :cool:  TR looks so good when washed and waxed. 

Be interested to find out how long your wax will last on top of C2v3.  I'm not convinced the two are compatible and C2 is designed to be used in conjunction with other Gtechniq products, so I can't see wax lasting very long on top of it, but would be good to hear your feedback.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 03 February 2016, 21:33
Lovely, lovely job.  :cool:  TR looks so good when washed and waxed. 

Be interested to find out how long your wax will last on top of C2v3.  I'm not convinced the two are compatible and C2 is designed to be used in conjunction with other Gtechniq products, so I can't see wax lasting very long on top of it, but would be good to hear your feedback.  :smiley:

Cheers :smiley: It was a morning well spent, won't stay that way for long though. I'll keep an eye on the life of the wax but tbh I'm not sure how I'll tell when it's expired as the C2v3 beads very well. Can it text or mail me? :grin:

Even if it doesn't last too long, I must say again how very quick it was to apply and finish off so it won't be too much bother to re-apply.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JB GTI on 05 February 2016, 19:41
Snow foamed with Valet Pro PH Neutral
3 bucket wash using Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo and Conditioner
WoWo Lambswool Mitt
Dried with WoWo plush drying towel  and awkward bits blown away with Metro Vac Sidekick
Base coat sealant Jeffs Werkstat Prime followed by two coats of Dodo Juice Blue Velvet Pro
Meguiars Endurance Gel on the tyres.
Not taking it out as it started raining as soon as I had finished  :angry:

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/image_zpspf5o1vb3.jpeg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/image_zpspf5o1vb3.jpeg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/image_zpsbkj4kqem.jpeg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/image_zpsbkj4kqem.jpeg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/image_zpsink6u7ny.jpeg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/image_zpsink6u7ny.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 05 February 2016, 20:30
That is totally stunning.  :shocked: :shocked: :cool:

Your's is the best turned out Lapiz I've ever seen.

How's the Sidekick?

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JB GTI on 05 February 2016, 23:41
That is totally stunning.  :shocked: :shocked: :cool:

Your's is the best turned out Lapiz I've ever seen.

How's the Sidekick?

Loving the side kick. Thanks again.  Just getting used to where to point it to get the best results  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 06 February 2016, 10:07
That looks incredible JB!! I do love Lapis Blue as a colour!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JB GTI on 06 February 2016, 10:54
Thanks everyone  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 11 February 2016, 23:14
No detailing as such but a couple of purchases -  it's always fatal looking on detailing websites!!

Been looking for a small-ish portable LED light to use when doing polishing work. Have been using HWMBO's Halogen lights (on a stand) from his workshop but they are often out on jobs so need something off my own.

Came across this when I was ordering my Swisswax yesterday, and was tempted then but managed to exercise a modicum of self restraint. But made the mistake of having another look on Polished Bliss tonight and oops......ordered. Roll on the polishing!
 
Some info on DW here http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=335318 (http://"http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=335318")

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160211/cb2447e94f050a1458acd723dad9ef75.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160211/54f5bbc4a8c56fa2c0e3fdf67471517a.jpg)

And a new wax to try:

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160210/5a6c26965dcd1d20237c36ecdd2d4598.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160210/ecc7bb9207eaefa9a095d0ad2054abb4.jpg)

Away for a week's trip to my home county of West Yorkshire this weekend - cue lots of spirited R driving up and down some real hills (finally), then on my return, the Swissvax Onyx on the bonnet will make way for the Best of Show which is next on the testing list.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 12 February 2016, 07:12
That torch looks mint!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 12 February 2016, 14:02
No detailing as such but a couple of purchases -  it's always fatal looking on detailing websites!!

Been looking for a small-ish portable LED light to use when doing polishing work. Have been using HWMBO's Halogen lights (on a stand) from his workshop but they are often out on jobs so need something off my own.

Came across this when I was ordering my Swisswax yesterday, and was tempted then but managed to exercise a modicum of self restraint. But made the mistake of having another look on Polished Bliss tonight and oops......ordered. Roll on the polishing!
 
Some info on DW here http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=335318 (http://"http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=335318")

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160211/cb2447e94f050a1458acd723dad9ef75.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160211/54f5bbc4a8c56fa2c0e3fdf67471517a.jpg)

And a new wax to try:

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160210/5a6c26965dcd1d20237c36ecdd2d4598.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160210/ecc7bb9207eaefa9a095d0ad2054abb4.jpg)

Away for a week's trip to my home county of West Yorkshire this weekend - cue lots of spirited R driving up and down some real hills (finally), then on my return, the Swissvax Onyx on the bonnet will make way for the Best of Show which is next on the testing list.
When I eventually pick my new car up, if I instruct the dealer to do nothing more than remove the stickers, what would be the best process to properly prepare my car ?
I know this answer will vary but I'm particularly interested in your view Rebecca as you seem the most fastidious person on the entire forum when it comes to their car  :smiley:
PS
This has now been confirmed with the purchase of an expensive imperfection spotter :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 February 2016, 17:20
When I eventually pick my new car up, if I instruct the dealer to do nothing more than remove the stickers, what would be the best process to properly prepare my car ?
I know this answer will vary but I'm particularly interested in your view Rebecca as you seem the most fastidious person on the entire forum when it comes to their car  :smiley:
PS
This has now been confirmed with the purchase of an expensive imperfection spotter :laugh:

Haha, I just had to have it.  :laugh:

Kalimon, have a look at my first R detail thread  http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=275907.0

That goes through all the steps I did from new. The dealer didn't prep the car, I asked to remove the stickers but to leave any glue residue on as I didn't want to risk them scrubbing away at it causing damage.

As the car was untouched and new, it didn't need claying or polishing so I gave it a thorough wash followed by decontamination process (consisting of de-iron and de-tar (but no claying)) and then moved onto the sealing and waxing phases.

The process went as follows below but there's more detail in the thread I linked to above.

Moisten car with jet wash
Snow Foam
2/3 bucket shampoo - wheels first
Jet wash rinse
Quick dry off
Iron remover application
Rinse off with jet washer
Dry car
Tar remover application
Rinse off with jet washer
2/3 bucket shampoo
Jet wash rinse
Final open ended hose rinse
Dry
Seal wheels
Bodywork sealant
Bodywork wax
Clean glass
Tyre dressing
Polish Tailpipes
Interior clean + interior glass

It is crucial that the car is properly thoroughly washed before decontaminating. If you just snow foam and jet wash off but don't do the 2BW, as both of these decon products are applied to the car (spray or cloth) and then need agitating with a cloth before rinsing off, there is a very good chance there will still be dirt and grit on the surface which will get rubbed into the paintwork during the process.

Iron remover can be sprayed onto a wet car, but I personally prefer to spray onto a dry car. That way, the product is not having to penetrate the water first before hitting the paintwork, metalwork etc.  Many use it on a wet car though. Tar remover should definitely be applied to a dry car, not a wet one.

A FULL decontamination process would also include claying the car but often Iron remover and Tar remover stages are sufficient to rid the car of the majority of embedded contaminants. And claying is best followed by a polish in case of any marring inflicted on the paint in the process.

If you want to feel the before and after effect of the decon stages, try the plastic bag test. Get a sandwich/ freezer bag and slip your hand into it.  On a washed and dry car, run the palm of your hand (in the bag) over the surface of the paintwork - lower panels are good place to test - you will feel any embedded contaminants present, the plastic bag emphasises the feel of anything on the paintwork.  Decontaminate your car as above, then do the bag test again, and if the car is properly rid of the contaminants, the paintwork will feel glassy smooth.

Hope this helps.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 February 2016, 17:33
Gave it a quick 1 hour wash ready for a trip.

Before
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After
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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 12 February 2016, 19:19
Thanks for your incredibly helpful reply  Rebecca.
I just need to print it out and follow the steps correctly now.
Whether I can ever get my car to look as good as yours is another matter entirely: )
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 February 2016, 19:21
Thanks for your incredibly helpful reply  Rebecca.
I just need to print it out and follow the steps correctly now.
Whether I can ever get my car to look as good as yours is another matter entirely: )

Course you can Kalimon.  I have every faith in you.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 15 February 2016, 07:42
More preparation than actual detailing:-

(http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b525/Wo-Wo/Rupes%20swirl%20Pen_zpsam7ortqy.png) (http://s1290.photobucket.com/user/Wo-Wo/media/Rupes%20swirl%20Pen_zpsam7ortqy.png.html)

The Beetle desperately needs a machine polish so that's my weekend sorted.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 22 February 2016, 20:18
Car was looking a bit dirty as it hasn't been washed for a week.

So gave it a (hurried) full wash and dry. Did snow foam, wheel clean, then 2 bucket wash, rinse and dry. Also couldn't resist dressing the tyres lol

However, I am a bit gutted as I think I didn't notice a small stone in the wheel mit and have put a nasty big scratch on one of the alloys :cry:

(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160222_17_26_24_Rich_LI_zpsjok2rvml.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160222_17_26_24_Rich_LI_zpsjok2rvml.jpg.html)

Pretty sure it's not down to the metal so hoping there's something I can do to fix it.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 February 2016, 20:38
From the pic scratch looks like it might polish out.  Does it catch when you run your nail over it?  Got a DA?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 22 February 2016, 20:59
From the pic scratch looks like it might polish out.  Does it catch when you run your nail over it?  Got a DA?

It does catch on my nail but only very slightly. Not got a DA.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 February 2016, 23:22
From the pic scratch looks like it might polish out.  Does it catch when you run your nail over it?  Got a DA?

It does catch on my nail but only very slightly. Not got a DA.

Should be doable by hand polishing.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 23 February 2016, 14:15
Any polish you can recommend? Assuming use a foam applicator (I have wo-wo ones) or a microfiber.

Hoping to get some time to get the wheels off 2nd week in march - weather dependant of course! Will also put on c5 when done whilst I'm at it.

Going to do another CYC order soon as I want some wheel woolies and more snow foam.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 February 2016, 17:05
Any polish you can recommend? Assuming use a foam applicator (I have wo-wo ones) or a microfiber.

Hoping to get some time to get the wheels off 2nd week in march - weather dependant of course! Will also put on c5 when done whilst I'm at it.

Going to do another CYC order soon as I want some wheel woolies and more snow foam.

I use Poorboys Super Swirl Remover Polishes which can be used for hand polishing - SSR1; SSR2; 2.5 etc.  Also look at Meguiars 105 and 205, and Autoglym Super Resin Polish (SRP).  And someone (elsewhere) recently recommended or Gtechniq P1 for hand polishing.

Use on the WoWo foam applicator and may need more than one go. 

Wheel Woolies are the best!   Recommend ValetPro Neutral Advanced Snow Foam :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 23 February 2016, 17:18
Are these any good and is the price okay ? :smiley:

http://www.autobritedirect.co.uk/index.php/exterior-cleaning/autobrite-direct-snow-foam-lance/autobrite-hd-foam-lance-magifoam-combo.html
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 23 February 2016, 19:01
Looks like a fair price, I was on the A class forum earlier and read that magifoam requires 30 minutes dwelling time which seems excessive and a PITA to me?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 23 February 2016, 19:18
Looks like a fair price, I was on the A class forum earlier and read that magifoam requires 30 minutes dwelling time which seems excessive and a PITA to me?
I've seen plenty of very similar looking lances on eBay for 1/2 the price.  Not sure what to do really.
Any recommendations for snow foam?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 23 February 2016, 20:02
OCD Finish Snow drift
Valet Pro PH Neautral
A-Chem Snow Storm cherry scented

To name but a few.

I've brought a cheap one from eBay before and found myself with my head in my hands after it discharged itself from my PW and hit my edi35, fortunately no damage but moral to the story is don't buy cheap!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 23 February 2016, 20:44
Thanks for the info.
It's difficult to know with snow foam lances. The autobrite one could well be identical to this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271367371334?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
but branded differently. How can you tell unless you've used one :undecided:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 February 2016, 20:52
Looks like a fair price, I was on the A class forum earlier and read that magifoam requires 30 minutes dwelling time which seems excessive and a PITA to me?
I've seen plenty of very similar looking lances on eBay for 1/2 the price.  Not sure what to do really.
Any recommendations for snow foam?

The Autobrite snow foam lance always gets great reviews.  But you're right you won't know until you try it.  I've got this one and its still going strong 3 years on  http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washing-and-drying/foam-pre-wash/snow-foam-lance-various-fittings/prod_371.html

My snow foam recommendations are:

ValetPro Advanced Neutral (favourite by far)
Bilt Hamber Autofoam
A-Chem Snow Storm

Don't bother with Meguairs Hyper Wash - it's too thick and pretty rubbish.

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 23 February 2016, 21:16

Wheel Woolies are the best!   Recommend ValetPro Neutral Advanced Snow Foam :smiley:

Yep that's the foam I use as you recommended lol need a 5ltr bottle this time!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 23 February 2016, 22:15
Looks like a fair price, I was on the A class forum earlier and read that magifoam requires 30 minutes dwelling time which seems excessive and a PITA to me?
I've seen plenty of very similar looking lances on eBay for 1/2 the price.  Not sure what to do really.
Any recommendations for snow foam?

The Autobrite snow foam lance always gets great reviews.  But you're right you won't know until you try it.  I've got this one and its still going strong 3 years on  http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washing-and-drying/foam-pre-wash/snow-foam-lance-various-fittings/prod_371.html

My snow foam recommendations are:

ValetPro Advanced Neutral (favourite by far)
Bilt Hamber Autofoam
A-Chem Snow Storm

Don't bother with Meguairs Hyper Wash - it's too thick and pretty rubbish.
If you've had your lance 3 yrs it must be good!
I might give that one a whirl.
Thanks Rebecca :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 24 February 2016, 20:19
Treated it to its first wash in a month of ownership

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/A298C14F-0B09-4E0C-AAB1-93A7C01E3F08_zps2fsdvhyw.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/A298C14F-0B09-4E0C-AAB1-93A7C01E3F08_zps2fsdvhyw.jpg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/BB9FAE8E-23BD-408B-B5E7-D51C618AF3EE_zpskcoayuqi.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/BB9FAE8E-23BD-408B-B5E7-D51C618AF3EE_zpskcoayuqi.jpg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/B2320795-C9CE-47E0-8334-651592DD2A51_zps6rdbhtv6.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/B2320795-C9CE-47E0-8334-651592DD2A51_zps6rdbhtv6.jpg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/64B19C8B-E988-4241-AA1C-B3E06031B209_zps2gzexpqe.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/64B19C8B-E988-4241-AA1C-B3E06031B209_zps2gzexpqe.jpg.html)

First time I got to really look at the paintwork and its in a sorry state :( been through far too many car washes in its life time so it needs a good machine polish to bring it back to its former glory
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 February 2016, 21:45
Treated it to its first wash in a month of ownership

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/A298C14F-0B09-4E0C-AAB1-93A7C01E3F08_zps2fsdvhyw.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/A298C14F-0B09-4E0C-AAB1-93A7C01E3F08_zps2fsdvhyw.jpg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/B2320795-C9CE-47E0-8334-651592DD2A51_zps6rdbhtv6.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/B2320795-C9CE-47E0-8334-651592DD2A51_zps6rdbhtv6.jpg.html)

First time I got to really look at the paintwork and its in a sorry state :( been through far too many car washes in its life time so it needs a good machine polish to bring it back to its former glory


Gotta love the snow foam.

It's looking pretty good - very purposeful.  :cool:

A good machine polish will bring that black back to it's best.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 24 February 2016, 22:11
That's it, I'm taking pictures of my Tranny van mid wash tomorrow if it's a free for all now :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 25 February 2016, 15:49

Gotta love the snow foam.

It's looking pretty good - very purposeful.  :cool:

A good machine polish will bring that black back to it's best.

Yeah I love it; thankfully since we moved I don't get so many strange looks when I use it  :grin:

Thanks  :smiley:  couple of the wheels need a refurb and then a good old detailing session with Grant @ Urban Details will be on the cards......
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: bgbazz on 25 February 2016, 18:55
I just wish I could find some of the products that you guys rave about...I recently spend a whole day visiting various car wash places in my city (2nd biggest in Bulgaria) and, without fail, they all use dishwashing liquid.

No one had ever heard of snow foam, clay thingies or any of the other things you guys use.

In the meantime, my Golf4 looks like it has been dragged through the river...backwards!! Mechanically perfect, but looks like sh!t!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 25 February 2016, 20:00
Maybe it's a good thing that none of it's available, it will save you a fortune :rolleyes:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: bgbazz on 26 February 2016, 05:59
That's one way to look at it I suppose.  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 26 February 2016, 09:01
I just wish I could find some of the products that you guys rave about...I recently spend a whole day visiting various car wash places in my city (2nd biggest in Bulgaria) and, without fail, they all use dishwashing liquid.

No one had ever heard of snow foam, clay thingies or any of the other things you guys use.

In the meantime, my Golf4 looks like it has been dragged through the river...backwards!! Mechanically perfect, but looks like sh!t!!

It is a shame but kalimon's right - it's a slippery slope and can end up being a costly hobby, lol.  Looking on here doesn't help either!

Maybe you need to kick things off and start a detailing revolution in Bulgaria, haha!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: bgbazz on 26 February 2016, 10:29
....they might deport me as a radical!!!   :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 26 February 2016, 16:52
Got the car prepped for Pistonheads Sunday Service at Bruntingthorpe while I had the time today. Usual routine + light polish with Dodo Juice Lime Prime and topped off with Collinite 845. If only the sun had come out properly!

Now I've just got to keep it this clean until Sunday morning  :laugh:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1526/24981318930_45a8b6e859_h.jpg)
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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 26 February 2016, 17:26
Got the car prepped for Pistonheads Sunday Service at Bruntingthorpe while I had the time today. Usual routine + light polish with Dodo Juice Lime Prime and topped off with Collinite 845. If only the sun had come out properly!

Now I've just got to keep it this clean until Sunday morning  :laugh:

Wow! That looks superb. :cool: Collinite 845 is my favourite 'easy on, easy off' waxes. Durability isn't bad either.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 26 February 2016, 17:52
Wow! That looks superb. :cool: Collinite 845 is my favourite 'easy on, easy off' waxes. Durability isn't bad either.

Thanks! Yeah it really is lovely to apply! It's definitely a fave of mine too
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 26 February 2016, 20:01
Got the car prepped for Pistonheads Sunday Service at Bruntingthorpe while I had the time today. Usual routine + light polish with Dodo Juice Lime Prime and topped off with Collinite 845. If only the sun had come out properly!

Now I've just got to keep it this clean until Sunday morning  :laugh:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1664/24650144353_cd5c758f62_h.jpg)


Stunning Dan  :cool:  Hope it does make it through to Sunday unblemished.

I'm with you in the sun coming out.  I've not got one pic of mine yet where the sun was out!!

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 27 February 2016, 08:06
Great work Dan, love TR.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 27 February 2016, 09:50
Thanks very much Bec and Neil.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Garhan on 27 February 2016, 10:45
Look's very nice,good job.good luck on Sunday.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Cossieian on 27 February 2016, 15:50
Looks great, love them wheels with the TR :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 28 February 2016, 12:00
Treated mine to it's latest bath and top up of LSP.

Snowfoamed with VP PH Neutral Snow Foam
Rines
Two Bucket wash with DodoJuice Born to Be Mild
Rinsed
CarPro Hyrdo2 Sealant on each panel
Rinsed
Autoglym HD Wax

Not been used much this year so didn't need a full decontamination, i'll no doubt do that in the summer when I've got a bit more time. Only got one photo as I only had my phone to hand.

(http://i863.photobucket.com/albums/ab194/kyle_l_brown/IMAG08451_zps0sg87e00.jpg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 February 2016, 14:47
Treated mine to it's latest bath and top up of LSP.

Snowfoamed with VP PH Neutral Snow Foam
Rines
Two Bucket wash with DodoJuice Born to Be Mild
Rinsed
CarPro Hyrdo2 Sealant on each panel
Rinsed
Autoglym HD Wax

Not been used much this year so didn't need a full decontamination, i'll no doubt do that in the summer when I've got a bit more time. Only got one photo as I only had my phone to hand.

(http://i863.photobucket.com/albums/ab194/kyle_l_brown/IMAG08451_zps0sg87e00.jpg)

Gorgeous.  :cool: :cool: :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 04 March 2016, 15:03
Finally got my Nilfisk P150 pressure washer after 3 failed attempts.
First one had a damaged plug.
Second one had damage to the casing.
Third one, see above.
Not tried the fourth one out but it looks fine.
Apparently they are being badly handled by couriers due to their weight.
Hope it was all worth it in the end ( just need a car to clean now ) :sad:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 04 March 2016, 15:43
Stunning Dan  :cool:  Hope it does make it through to Sunday unblemished.

I'm with you in the sun coming out.  I've not got one pic of mine yet where the sun was out!!

Look's very nice,good job.good luck on Sunday.

Think all that prep was worth it. Got the official photos of my car today:
http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=158784.msg2532917#msg2532917 (http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=158784.msg2532917#msg2532917)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 04 March 2016, 17:28
Stunning Dan  :cool:  Hope it does make it through to Sunday unblemished.

I'm with you in the sun coming out.  I've not got one pic of mine yet where the sun was out!!

Look's very nice,good job.good luck on Sunday.

Think all that prep was worth it. Got the official photos of my car today:
http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=158784.msg2532917#msg2532917 (http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=158784.msg2532917#msg2532917)

Looks great in the official photos Dan. Don't know if I should be saying this, but the the little sporty red Renault Twingo looks quite nice too  :shocked:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 04 March 2016, 17:40
Stunning Dan  :cool:  Hope it does make it through to Sunday unblemished.

I'm with you in the sun coming out.  I've not got one pic of mine yet where the sun was out!!

Look's very nice,good job.good luck on Sunday.

Think all that prep was worth it. Got the official photos of my car today:
http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=158784.msg2532917#msg2532917 (http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=158784.msg2532917#msg2532917)

Looks great in the official photos Dan. Don't know if I should be saying this, but the the little sporty red Renault Twingo looks quite nice too  :shocked:

Haha yeah that's my mate's car and it's a proper little go kart! I like 'em too!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 March 2016, 19:26
Decided to get a new DA.  Was waiting for me on my return home from work.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1672/25387732972_3fac33d98e_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EFqLw1)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Tommy72 on 04 March 2016, 19:49
Ordered a MK7 GTD dsg in Carbon grey with 19" Santiago alloys. Car is in stock (currently on a German dockside awaiting shipment) so I'll be able to pick it up in about 2 weeks time. Can not wait. 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 04 March 2016, 19:56
Decided to get a new DA.  Was waiting for me on my return home from work.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1672/25387732972_3fac33d98e_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EFqLw1)

Ooo let us know what it's like!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 March 2016, 22:48

Ooo let us know what it's like!!

Will do dan.  Got new Microfibre pad and polish system to try with it to.  Just need some warmer weather now, and the gift of time!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 March 2016, 22:49
Ordered a MK7 GTD dsg in Carbon grey with 19" Santiago alloys. Car is in stock (currently on a German dockside awaiting shipment) so I'll be able to pick it up in about 2 weeks time. Can not wait. 

Exciting!  And will you be detailing your new car?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 07 March 2016, 20:27
Think I need to get brave enough to buy a DA Polisher, just frightened of ruining the paint. What you have before Booth?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 07 March 2016, 23:07
Think I need to get brave enough to buy a DA Polisher, just frightened of ruining the paint. What you have before Booth?

It's very hard to go wrong with a DA Kyle. 

I had a Meguiars G200 v2 DA before ( think they are discontinued now) and have just sold it today. 

This
(http://s23.postimg.org/lbcw04s0r/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/3y2ll9wpj/full/)

I had it 3 years and it was a really good machine but I wanted to upgrade to something with a longer throw and a more egonomic design. Longer throw 15mmm instead of my previous 8mm, means the plate/pad covers a greater area so less effort involved.  Anything to make it easier helps. One thing I much prefer about the DAS-6 is the tapered shaped head of the unit which is designed so you can grip it.  It does also come with a D handle like the Meguiars one but prefer to have a hand o the front of the machine.

Have you got one in mind if you do get one?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 08 March 2016, 16:28
I think I'd go with a DAS6 as that is the one everyone seems to recommend? I've seen a Challenger Xtreme one in Argos for £55 though which I wondered if it was worth taking a punt on?

http://www.argos.co.uk/beta/static/Product/partNumber/4645777.htm
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 08 March 2016, 18:20
I think I'd go with a DAS6 as that is the one everyone seems to recommend? I've seen a Challenger Xtreme one in Argos for £55 though which I wondered if it was worth taking a punt on?

http://www.argos.co.uk/beta/static/Product/partNumber/4645777.htm

Don't know if it's worth it.  Wonder what the build quality would be like?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 08 March 2016, 19:26
Anyone tried this stuff ?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00TEJ6IJA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=AQ9OWEMXLCVXD
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Dan-White-GTI on 08 March 2016, 22:02
I use poor boys and I am always impressed with the finish.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 08 March 2016, 22:41
I use poor boys and I am always impressed with the finish.

Ex-P is excellent stuff - my goto sealant still.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 09 March 2016, 14:04
Do you use the EX-P sealant first followed by wax or similar ?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 March 2016, 15:07
Do you use the EX-P sealant first followed by wax or similar ?

I do, but that's in a traditional' setup.  Polish - Seal (Ex-P) - Wax

If you are considering going down the route of something like nano or polymer sealants such as Gtechniq C2v3 or Sonax BSD, or similar, as your last stage protection then this is usually best applied to clean bare paint and/or used in conjunction with other products within the same systems, so you probably don't want to apply those things over something like Ex-P as you will likely not get the benefit of the Ex-P or the other sealants to their greatest effect.  Course there are no hard and fast rules so can try anything you want.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 12 March 2016, 16:57
I decided to give my wife's car a good clean this morning in order to give some of my recents purchases a trial run before I pick my new car up on Monday.
Thought I'd share my thoughts on a few of them.

Nilfisk P150 pressure washer is excellent, easy to set up and use and very powerful.

Autobrite snow foam lance is brilliant and should last a long time

Ph neutral snow foam is excellent.

Wowo lambswool wash mitt is good but I find them fiddly to use and may buy a merino wool wash pad instead.

Wowo wheel mitt was working great until I took it off to take a phone call. When I tried to put it back on, the elasticated cuff tore away from the rest of the mitt. Not impressed at all especially as this was its first use. It lasted less than 5 minutes!!

Wheel Woolies seem decent although the shafts bend alarmingly during use. Criminally expensive for what they are.

Looking forward to many happy hours of car cleaning come Monday.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 12 March 2016, 17:31
I decided to give my wife's car a good clean this morning in order to give some of my recents purchases a trial run before I pick my new car up on Monday.
Thought I'd share my thoughts on a few of them.

Nilfisk P150 pressure washer is excellent, easy to set up and use and very powerful.

Autobrite snow foam lance is brilliant and should last a long time

Ph neutral snow foam is excellent.

Wowo lambswool wash mitt is good but I find them fiddly to use and may buy a merino wool wash pad instead.

Wowo wheel mitt was working great until I took it off to take a phone call. When I tried to put it back on, the elasticated cuff tore away from the rest of the mitt. Not impressed at all especially as this was its first use. It lasted less than 5 minutes!!

Looking forward to many happy hours of car cleaning come Monday.

Hi Kalimon

Sorry to hear about the wheel mitt, please email our customer service team and they will arrange a replacement be sent out on Monday. info@wo-wo.co.uk

They'll need you're address and order number if you can find it.

Sorry again, Neil.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 12 March 2016, 17:52
I decided to give my wife's car a good clean this morning in order to give some of my recents purchases a trial run before I pick my new car up on Monday.
Thought I'd share my thoughts on a few of them.

Nilfisk P150 pressure washer is excellent, easy to set up and use and very powerful.

Autobrite snow foam lance is brilliant and should last a long time

Ph neutral snow foam is excellent.

Wowo lambswool wash mitt is good but I find them fiddly to use and may buy a merino wool wash pad instead.

Wowo wheel mitt was working great until I took it off to take a phone call. When I tried to put it back on, the elasticated cuff tore away from the rest of the mitt. Not impressed at all especially as this was its first use. It lasted less than 5 minutes!!

Looking forward to many happy hours of car cleaning come Monday.

Hi Kalimon

Sorry to hear about the wheel mitt, please email our customer service team and they will arrange a replacement be sent out on Monday. info@wo-wo.co.uk

They'll need you're address and order number if you can find it.

Sorry again, Neil.

Thanks Neil.
Hopefully it was just a faulty one.

Andy
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 12 March 2016, 18:31
My Wo-Wo wheel mitt has seen plenty of abuse with no issues at all so probably just as you say, one dodgy one. Customer service though, spot on!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 12 March 2016, 22:07
Not been on here for a few weeks as I've had quite a lot going on, including a 500 mle round trip back down to yorkshire, however, it hasn't stopped me keeping the car relatively clean!
As I needed more snow foam, I have bought a few new products as well from CYC recently so have been giving them a try:

Dodo Juice Orange Plush Drying towel
Poorboys SSR 2.5
Chemical Guys Synthetic Quick detailer

Also bought another scratch shield for my wheel bucket, and 5ltr valet pro advanced snow foam.

Last weekend on Saturday I gave the car a full wash (snow foam, wheels 2 bucket wash) and dry. Apologies to Neil and the wo-wo people, but the new towel I got is superior to the wo-wo one in both size and amount of water it soaks up. Have been struggling to dry the whole car with the wo-wo towel, but with the dodo juice one its no problem! The wo-wo towel is great for quick detailer though and still love the wo-wo alloy towel.

On Monday and Tuesday I took all the wheels off 1 by 1 and polished them using poorboys ssr 2.5, paying particular attention to the mirror finish parts, and then applied gtechniq C5 wheel armour. Took me about 2hrs per wheel as there were quite a few small scratches not visible unless up close. I was very pleased as I managed to make the big scratch (see pic below) all but dissapear using ssr 2.5 and a lot of elbow grease - thanks again to Rebecca for advising I might get this out by hand. I managed to get most of the other noticable scratches out. However, my arm and shoulder was knackerd after finishing on tuesday, so if I ever have to do more polishing, I will have to invest in a DA.

On wednesday I tried out the quick detailer and was pretty amazed at the results. I chose that one because it had good reviews and also said it works particularly well on red (and black) cars, and can be used in direct sunlight.

(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160222_17_26_24_Rich_LI_zpsjok2rvml.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160222_17_26_24_Rich_LI_zpsjok2rvml.jpg.html)


Some before pics and duing wheel cleaning. Didn't take any after pics as the car was spotless when I'd done, and also ran out of time.

dirty sides... back was even worse!
(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160305_16_44_35_Pro_LI_zpse082jbyy.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160305_16_44_35_Pro_LI_zpse082jbyy.jpg.html)

Put the spare on as I don't have axle stands just incase something happened to the jack...
(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160307_13_44_38_Pro_LI_zpswhwvheql.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160307_13_44_38_Pro_LI_zpswhwvheql.jpg.html)

cleaned each wheel with VP bilberry wheel cleaner before polishing and applying C5.
(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160307_13_44_31_Pro_LI_zpsh1pzb5gd.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160307_13_44_31_Pro_LI_zpsh1pzb5gd.jpg.html)

The scratch is gone! :smile:
(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160307_14_34_00_Pro_LI_zpsfsgre9ar.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160307_14_34_00_Pro_LI_zpsfsgre9ar.jpg.html)

A good bit of beading the morning after using the quick detailer...
(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160311_13_41_08_Pro_LI_zpsinrw13i1.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160311_13_41_08_Pro_LI_zpsinrw13i1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 12 March 2016, 22:42
Looks like you've done a great job there Dave!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 13 March 2016, 07:47
2 Hours per wheel, that's serious dedication!
Don't think I could be arsed spending 8 hours cleaning my wheels.
That's 2 days of window cleaning for me :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 13 March 2016, 13:56
Fantastic job Dave! Results well worth the effort put in! Gtechniq C5 is brilliant and I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 13 March 2016, 16:53
Started training my daughter.........

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/image_zpsszveidzn.jpeg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/image_zpsszveidzn.jpeg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/image_zpsmoycjgtb.jpeg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/image_zpsmoycjgtb.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 13 March 2016, 19:22
Nice one :smiley:
It's never too early to get them detailing
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 March 2016, 19:42
Not been on here for a few weeks as I've had quite a lot going on, including a 500 mle round trip back down to yorkshire, however, it hasn't stopped me keeping the car relatively clean!
As I needed more snow foam, I have bought a few new products as well from CYC recently so have been giving them a try:

Dodo Juice Orange Plush Drying towel
Poorboys SSR 2.5
Chemical Guys Synthetic Quick detailer

Also bought another scratch shield for my wheel bucket, and 5ltr valet pro advanced snow foam.

Last weekend on Saturday I gave the car a full wash (snow foam, wheels 2 bucket wash) and dry. Apologies to Neil and the wo-wo people, but the new towel I got is superior to the wo-wo one in both size and amount of water it soaks up. Have been struggling to dry the whole car with the wo-wo towel, but with the dodo juice one its no problem! The wo-wo towel is great for quick detailer though and still love the wo-wo alloy towel.

On Monday and Tuesday I took all the wheels off 1 by 1 and polished them using poorboys ssr 2.5, paying particular attention to the mirror finish parts, and then applied gtechniq C5 wheel armour. Took me about 2hrs per wheel as there were quite a few small scratches not visible unless up close. I was very pleased as I managed to make the big scratch (see pic below) all but dissapear using ssr 2.5 and a lot of elbow grease - thanks again to Rebecca for advising I might get this out by hand. I managed to get most of the other noticable scratches out. However, my arm and shoulder was knackerd after finishing on tuesday, so if I ever have to do more polishing, I will have to invest in a DA.

On wednesday I tried out the quick detailer and was pretty amazed at the results. I chose that one because it had good reviews and also said it works particularly well on red (and black) cars, and can be used in direct sunlight.

(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160222_17_26_24_Rich_LI_zpsjok2rvml.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160222_17_26_24_Rich_LI_zpsjok2rvml.jpg.html)


Some before pics and duing wheel cleaning. Didn't take any after pics as the car was spotless when I'd done, and also ran out of time.

dirty sides... back was even worse!
(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160305_16_44_35_Pro_LI_zpse082jbyy.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160305_16_44_35_Pro_LI_zpse082jbyy.jpg.html)

Put the spare on as I don't have axle stands just incase something happened to the jack...
(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160307_13_44_38_Pro_LI_zpswhwvheql.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160307_13_44_38_Pro_LI_zpswhwvheql.jpg.html)

cleaned each wheel with VP bilberry wheel cleaner before polishing and applying C5.
(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160307_13_44_31_Pro_LI_zpsh1pzb5gd.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160307_13_44_31_Pro_LI_zpsh1pzb5gd.jpg.html)

The scratch is gone! :smile:
(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160307_14_34_00_Pro_LI_zpsfsgre9ar.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160307_14_34_00_Pro_LI_zpsfsgre9ar.jpg.html)

A good bit of beading the morning after using the quick detailer...
(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u55/dolydoly/WP_20160311_13_41_08_Pro_LI_zpsinrw13i1.jpg) (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/dolydoly/media/WP_20160311_13_41_08_Pro_LI_zpsinrw13i1.jpg.html)

Looks a terrific job Dave.  Glad to hear the SSR brought out the alloy scratches, but agree it's very hard work by hand. It's an expensive initial outlay but a DA makes like so much easier and would cut the time down considerably.

It may have taken a long time but the car looks fantastic.  Love the bonnet beading shot.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 March 2016, 19:45
Started training my daughter.........

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/image_zpsszveidzn.jpeg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/image_zpsszveidzn.jpeg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/image_zpsmoycjgtb.jpeg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/image_zpsmoycjgtb.jpeg.html)

Ah, lovely.  Has she discovered the fun of snow foam yet?  My daughter likes to spray the car with it.  She disappears when the hard works begins.  :whistle:  Nice to see there's a new generation of girl detailers on the horizon.  :cool:

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 March 2016, 19:45
Finally got off my lazy arse and cleaned the interior. 
 
Full interior clean using:
 
Poorboy's Natural Look Trim dressing for all plastic interior trim.
Gliptone Leather Cleaner, followed by Gliptone Leather Conditioner for all leather
Gtechniq G6 Perfect Glass - for all internal glass.
Metrovac Vac n Blo hoover of all carpets and mats and all nooks and crevices
WoWo microfibre cloths
WoWo Glass cloths
DoDo Juice Fantastic Fur buffing cloths
 
All looking good again and smells great, but let down by the minging exterior of the car (a month since last wash) but that will be remedied tomorrow!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 13 March 2016, 20:00
Started training my daughter.........


Ah, lovely.  Has she discovered the fun of snow foam yet?  My daughter likes to spray the car with it.  She disappears when the hard works begins.  :whistle:  Nice to see there's a new generation of girl detailers on the horizon.  :cool:

She thinks it looked like yoghurt  :grin: :grin: and then tried to eat it......  :lipsrsealed: :whistle: :laugh:

She only helped with spraying the car; disappeared back into the garden to play in the sandpit when the hard work started  :rolleyes: :grin
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 March 2016, 20:10
Started training my daughter.........


Ah, lovely.  Has she discovered the fun of snow foam yet?  My daughter likes to spray the car with it.  She disappears when the hard works begins.  :whistle:  Nice to see there's a new generation of girl detailers on the horizon.  :cool:

She thinks it looked like yoghurt  :grin: :grin: and then tried to eat it......  :lipsrsealed: :whistle: :laugh:

She only helped with spraying the car; disappeared back into the garden to play in the sandpit when the hard work started  :rolleyes: :grin


 :grin: Yummy!

She sounds like a smart little girl to me - getting out when the going get tough.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jimmydub on 14 March 2016, 16:42
I enjoy reading the detailing section and the regular users posts are really insightful. But I don't post much because my old girls 20 year old body work 'aint really up to scratch (excuse the pun) to warrant me going too crazy with time, money and products. She is also my workhorse at the moment so has to suffer lots of dusty tools  :sad:
That said I do still like to take care of her, and she looks infinitely better after a bit of elbow grease.

Yesterday she got a full 'spring' service inside and out including:

1. Quick jet wash followed by two bucket clean (inside doors and jambs also).
2. Hand Polish - Autoglym
3. All external plastics given a lick of cherry blossom  :whistle:
4. Tyres dressed - Quartz
5. Glass cleaned - Autoglym
6. Hoovered, dusted and all leather 'treated' - johnson baby wipes  :whistle:

Doesn't sound like much now and I'm sure you'll all have a laugh!
Winters muck is gone and it makes all the difference with a 20 y/o LC9Z.

No close-ups i'm afraid, too embarrassing!

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/MOD_photo_zpszilcfvwi.jpg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 March 2016, 17:03
She looks absolutely gorgeous Jimmy. :cool: What a great pic and very nice detailing work.  You need to post her more often - get sick to death of seeing Mk6 and Mk7's.

Must be the day for detailing black cars as I've done mine today too....
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 March 2016, 17:03
After a month of abject neglect, I finally washed and waxed it!  Decided to try my new pot of Swissvax Best of Show wax - what a divine smell!  Goes to the top of the list on that score.  Very pleased with the finish, really brings out the pearl flake beautifully.  I know it will be a short-lived wax with a lifespan of about a month but that's ok.  Will get a second coat at the weekend when the first coat has cured.  Did the whole interior yesterday too.

Todays efforts: 

Moistened with pressure washer
Wheel pre wash spray - Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
Snow foamed twice - ValetPro Advanced Neutral
Wheels washed - Wheel Woolies and WoWo Wheel Mitt
Pressure wash
2 bucket wash - DoDo Juice Supernatural Shampoo, WoWo Lambswool Mitt - one for upper panel, one for lower panels
Pressure wash rinse
Open ended hose rinse
Dry with Vac n Blo and WoWo drying towels
Waxed - Swissvax Best of Show - applied with Auto Finesse sponge applicator and buffed off with WoWo Microfibre cloths
Glass cleaned with Gtechniq G6 Perfect Glass and WoWo Glass Cloth
Tailpipes cleaned and polished with Mothers Mag and Aluminium polish
Tyres dressed with Achem Hi Shine Long Life Tyre Dressing

Started off looking like this

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1610/24509831733_491d4eae79_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DkRi4K)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1461/25136692305_324c89ca02_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Eif7SD)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1518/25018436452_c9f8fbc880_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/E7N2wC)

Bit of snow foam action
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1680/25665681102_e40fb80deb_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F6ZjP9)

All done and waxed with Swissvax Best of Show
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1694/25160051743_f5b01be9b0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EkiQPz)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1563/25691549331_fa32461a44_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F9gUx6)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1716/25156093244_b96f3b7cdf_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EjXy6A)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1647/25156122124_54052c2df3_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EjXGFw)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1648/25786633555_556b9ba2b7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FhFeLg)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1567/25485982290_8817d04a75_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EQ7jBL)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1547/25159999533_1bc604bc38_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ekizip)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1544/25760499666_eb649b59ca_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ffni4Y)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1479/25786609985_99269319a1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FhF7KT)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1594/25691554701_c0b8dcdfd7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F9gW8F)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1593/25160042973_775943dcf9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EkiNdn)

Deep Black Pearl flake
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1461/25760564726_eb450f2c58_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FfnCpG)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1716/25156088194_4c6049c89b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EjXwAw)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dipstick on 14 March 2016, 19:27
So I picked up my new GTI on 1st March. As instructed, the dealer left it untouched.
I gave it a first detail the first weekend in, consisting of the following;

1. Water rinse
2. Snow Foam (Advanced PH Neutral)
3. Shampoo wash (wo-wo mitt, Supernatural shampoo, 2-bucket wash with grit guards)
4. De-tar/iron fallout (TRIX)
5. Rinse and shampoo a second time
6. Clay (wo-wo clay bar, meguiars quik detailer)
7. Wash alloys (soaked in bilberry wheel cleaner, wash with wo-wo wheel mitt)
8. Dry car (Gyeon towel, wo-wo towel, wo-wo wheel towel)
9. Applied Poorboys EX-P paint sealant and buffed off
10. Applied Collinite 476s wax and buffed.
11. Applied Gtechniq G1 and G2 to all exterior glass and buffed off
12. Applied Chemical Guys Wheel Guard to alloys and buffed off

Apologies for no pics of that effort, I seem to have lost them from my phone!

The Gtechniq G1&G2 took me quite some time to apply really but it is really worth the effort.


Today I gave it a second clean, as I wanted to get some more wax on the car:
1. Water rinse
2. Snow Foam (Advanced PH Neutral)
3. Shampoo wash (wo-wo mitt, Supernatural shampoo, 2-bucket wash with grit guards)
4. Clay (wo-wo clay bar, meguiars quik detailer)
5. Wash alloys (soaked in bilberry wheel cleaner, wash with wo-wo wheel mitt)
6. Dry car (Gyeon towel, wo-wo towel, wo-wo wheel towel)
7. Applied Collinite 476s wax and buffed.
8. Applied Chemical Guys Wheel Guard to alloys and buffed off

Some pics after today's efforts:
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f187/sdiprose/DSC_0001.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/sdiprose/media/DSC_0001.jpg.html)
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f187/sdiprose/DSC_0006.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/sdiprose/media/DSC_0006.jpg.html)
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f187/sdiprose/DSC_0003.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/sdiprose/media/DSC_0003.jpg.html)
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f187/sdiprose/DSC_0004.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/sdiprose/media/DSC_0004.jpg.html)
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f187/sdiprose/DSC_0009.jpg) (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/sdiprose/media/DSC_0009.jpg.html)

I need a pressure washer for snow foaming as the hose one just doesn't quite cut the mustard!


I've got some Poorboys Natural Look Dressing but haven't used any yet... how do you guys apply it? It says to spray it on the bottle but it seems too thick to spray? Would it be good on the honeycomb front grille?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 March 2016, 20:10
^^^
Looks fantastic.  Great job.  :cool:

You can't spray the Poorboys dressing, it is too thick.  I tried it once and gave up.  Either apply to the interior trim on a soft sponge applicator, or soak some into a soft microfibre and apply with that.  Leave for a couple mins then buff off with a clean plush microfibre.  It looks like you are using a lot but it's deceptive as a bottle lasts ages.  Gives a lovely oem finish to trim and great on steering wheel too. 

I only use it on the interior but can't see why it would be OK on the grill.  I use an exterior trim dressing for that.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dipstick on 14 March 2016, 20:12
Thanks Rebecca

What would you recommend for the external trim please?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 March 2016, 21:22
Thanks Rebecca

What would you recommend for the external trim please?

Good question.  It's the one thing I've yet to be really wowed by any product.  I've tried all sorts and never settled on anything.  I was set to try Gtechniq Tyre and Trim (only for the trim bits though as I use a great tyre dressing), but someone on another forum, whose word I trust, said they have been disappointed with it.  At the moment I'm using Aerospace 303 which I like and it's also brilliant for the engine bay, or sometimes Auto Finesse Dressle, which is quite good too.  I also quite like Chemical Guys New Look Trim Gel but it's very messy to use, especially if you get it on the paintwork.   

If I had to recommend something it would be Aerospace 303 http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/interior/303-aerospace-protectant/prod_366.html

or Auto Finesse Dressle http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/interior/plastic-and-trim-dressings/auto-finesse-dressle/prod_1336.html
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dipstick on 14 March 2016, 22:44
After a bit of research, I think the AF will be easier to apply than the 303 so will probably give that a go next time around. Thanks  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jimmydub on 14 March 2016, 23:42
She looks absolutely gorgeous Jimmy. :cool: What a great pic and very nice detailing work.  You need to post her more often - get sick to death of seeing Mk6 and Mk7's.

cheers Booth  :smiley: I'm gonna try out some products over the coming weeks/months so maybe will be a bit more active here. Getting a couple of new, freshly painted panels :lipsrsealed: soon so she's going to have to look her best this summer; lots of cleaning!

Must be the day for detailing black cars as I've done mine today too....

Instantly you guys put my work to shame!  :rolleyes: looking superb, well done!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 15 March 2016, 17:21
Has anyone used that ridiculously expensive Swisswax rubber treatment?
I think it's £42 but I read a great review of it somewhere.
The way the rubber deteriorated on my A3 was one of the biggest disappointments I had with the car. Don't want it happening again.
Rebecca, you must have tried it surely😄
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 March 2016, 18:03
Has anyone used that ridiculously expensive Swisswax rubber treatment?
I think it's £42 but I read a great review of it somewhere.
The way the rubber deteriorated on my A3 was one of the biggest disappointments I had with the car. Don't want it happening again.
Rebecca, you must have tried it surely😄

Haha!  No I haven't but it's on my radar as I've heard good things about it too.  It's a mad price but if it works???  I think the rubber trim quality on the mk7 is crap.

Interestingly the person who tried the Gtechniq Tyre and Trim stuff had been using this previously, which he said was great. Maybe he was looking for  a cheaper alternative.

Tell you what Kalimon you buy it and try it and tell me if it's worth £42.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 15 March 2016, 18:16
Has anyone used that ridiculously expensive Swisswax rubber treatment?
I think it's £42 but I read a great review of it somewhere.
The way the rubber deteriorated on my A3 was one of the biggest disappointments I had with the car. Don't want it happening again.
Rebecca, you must have tried it surely😄

Haha!  No I haven't but it's on my radar as I've heard good things about it too.  It's a mad price but if it works???  I think the rubber trim quality on the mk7 is crap.

Interestingly the person who tried the Gtechniq Tyre and Trim stuff had been using this previously, which he said was great. Maybe he was looking for  a cheaper alternative.

Tell you what Kalimon you buy it and try it and tell me if it's worth £42.  :laugh:
You know what, I might just go for it. It's only money after all :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 15 March 2016, 19:25
2 Hours per wheel, that's serious dedication!
Don't think I could be arsed spending 8 hours cleaning my wheels.
That's 2 days of window cleaning for me :laugh:

I will admit that I spent a lot more time and effort on the front wheels than the back. I did one side at a time (as you can see I have limited room on the driveway), and did the front wheel first each day so had gotten a bit fed up, not to mention knackered by the time I got to the back wheel!

Fantastic job Dave! Results well worth the effort put in! Gtechniq C5 is brilliant and I'm sure you'll be happy with it.

Hope so. Hoping to get a wash in the next couple of days so will see how easily the muck comes off it now!

Started training my daughter.........

Will start training my daughter when she's old enough lol... will be 2 in a couple of months so will maybe need to wait another couple of years.

However, I am going to train my Dad soon lol, as he just got a new car (Nissan Qashqai) and I've bought him some gear to keep it clean (snow foam/lance, dodo juice orange plush towel, wheel cleaner, c2v3 for the paint)  :grin:

Also as I was doing an order from CYC, I finally bought some wheel woollies for myself  :smiley:

On another side note, someone in my parent's street has an early Audi R8, and I saw them washing the wheels of their other car (mini cooper) with a sponge... needless to say I was horrified :shocked: and hope they don't use the sponge on the R8!!

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 15 March 2016, 19:30
After a month of abject neglect, I finally washed and waxed it!  Decided to try my new pot of Swissvax Best of Show wax - what a divine smell!  Goes to the top of the list on that score.  Very pleased with the finish, really brings out the pearl flake beautifully.  I know it will be a short-lived wax with a lifespan of about a month but that's ok.  Will get a second coat at the weekend when the first coat has cured.  Did the whole interior yesterday too.

Todays efforts: 

Moistened with pressure washer
Wheel pre wash spray - Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
Snow foamed twice - ValetPro Advanced Neutral
Wheels washed - Wheel Woolies and WoWo Wheel Mitt
Pressure wash
2 bucket wash - DoDo Juice Supernatural Shampoo, WoWo Lambswool Mitt - one for upper panel, one for lower panels
Pressure wash rinse
Open ended hose rinse
Dry with Vac n Blo and WoWo drying towels
Waxed - Swissvax Best of Show - applied with Auto Finesse sponge applicator and buffed off with WoWo Microfibre cloths
Glass cleaned with Gtechniq G6 Perfect Glass and WoWo Glass Cloth
Tailpipes cleaned and polished with Mothers Mag and Aluminium polish
Tyres dressed with Achem Hi Shine Long Life Tyre Dressing

All done and waxed with Swissvax Best of Show
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1694/25160051743_f5b01be9b0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EkiQPz)

Rebecca, your car looks the absolute business as usual. The reflections in the paint are amazing. You certainly do lead by example on here! I particularly like the 3/4 view shot above  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 15 March 2016, 19:37
So I picked up my new GTI on 1st March. As instructed, the dealer left it untouched.
I gave it a first detail the first weekend in, consisting of the following;

1. Water rinse
2. Snow Foam (Advanced PH Neutral)
3. Shampoo wash (wo-wo mitt, Supernatural shampoo, 2-bucket wash with grit guards)
4. De-tar/iron fallout (TRIX)
5. Rinse and shampoo a second time
6. Clay (wo-wo clay bar, meguiars quik detailer)
7. Wash alloys (soaked in bilberry wheel cleaner, wash with wo-wo wheel mitt)
8. Dry car (Gyeon towel, wo-wo towel, wo-wo wheel towel)
9. Applied Poorboys EX-P paint sealant and buffed off
10. Applied Collinite 476s wax and buffed.
11. Applied Gtechniq G1 and G2 to all exterior glass and buffed off
12. Applied Chemical Guys Wheel Guard to alloys and buffed off

Apologies for no pics of that effort, I seem to have lost them from my phone!

The Gtechniq G1&G2 took me quite some time to apply really but it is really worth the effort.


Today I gave it a second clean, as I wanted to get some more wax on the car:
1. Water rinse
2. Snow Foam (Advanced PH Neutral)
3. Shampoo wash (wo-wo mitt, Supernatural shampoo, 2-bucket wash with grit guards)
4. Clay (wo-wo clay bar, meguiars quik detailer)
5. Wash alloys (soaked in bilberry wheel cleaner, wash with wo-wo wheel mitt)
6. Dry car (Gyeon towel, wo-wo towel, wo-wo wheel towel)
7. Applied Collinite 476s wax and buffed.
8. Applied Chemical Guys Wheel Guard to alloys and buffed off

I need a pressure washer for snow foaming as the hose one just doesn't quite cut the mustard!

I've got some Poorboys Natural Look Dressing but haven't used any yet... how do you guys apply it? It says to spray it on the bottle but it seems too thick to spray? Would it be good on the honeycomb front grille?

Wow that sounds like a lot of effort... must have taken ages!

P.S. Love the Carbon Steel Grey.... that would have been my 2nd choice after Tornado Red.

^^^
Looks fantastic.  Great job.  :cool:

You can't spray the Poorboys dressing, it is too thick.  I tried it once and gave up.  Either apply to the interior trim on a soft sponge applicator, or soak some into a soft microfibre and apply with that.  Leave for a couple mins then buff off with a clean plush microfibre.  It looks like you are using a lot but it's deceptive as a bottle lasts ages.  Gives a lovely oem finish to trim and great on steering wheel too. 

I only use it on the interior but can't see why it would be OK on the grill.  I use an exterior trim dressing for that.

Ah so that's where I am going wrong with mine. Just been using on an MF cloth! I will try with the foam pad and leave it for a few mins before buffing off with the MF cloth (I only have the wo-wo ones).

I also use natural look as a tyre dressing and have used it on the black plastic in front of the fog lights as well.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 March 2016, 20:02
Ah so that's where I am going wrong with mine. Just been using on an MF cloth! I will try with the foam pad and leave it for a few mins before buffing off with the MF cloth (I only have the wo-wo ones).

I also use natural look as a tyre dressing and have used it on the black plastic in front of the fog lights as well.

Thanks for the kind words Dave. I was pleased with the Swissvax Best of Show finish.

Dave, I apply my poorboy natural look on a microfibre rather than a foam pad (which would be fine) and it goes on well.  Buffed of with a fresh MF.  Have you been having problems applying it then?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 15 March 2016, 20:16
Ah so that's where I am going wrong with mine. Just been using on an MF cloth! I will try with the foam pad and leave it for a few mins before buffing off with the MF cloth (I only have the wo-wo ones).

I also use natural look as a tyre dressing and have used it on the black plastic in front of the fog lights as well.

Thanks for the kind words Dave. I was pleased with the Swissvax Best of Show finish.

Dave, I apply my poorboy natural look on a microfibre rather than a foam pad (which would be fine) and it goes on well.  Buffed of with a fresh MF.  Have you been having problems applying it then?

No seems to be ok, however getting a few swirl marks in the faux carbon fibre plastic on the cover for the USB port that is infront of the gear stick, and sometimes it doesn't seem to be long before the dust comes back to these parts. Other than that I think it's good stuff.

Whilst I mention swirl marks, I'm using chemical guys synthetic QD (which smells amazing by the way), and it seems to be ok down the side of the car, but I can see swirl marks in the roof and/or bonnet sometimes. I'm using it inbetween washes. Am guessing either the car is too dirty and needs a proper wash, or the towel/cloth is too dirty or has too little QD on it. I've tried applying using both the wo-wo drying towel and the MF cloth. Might try a different QD when I've used this one up.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 March 2016, 20:34
Whilst I mention swirl marks, I'm using chemical guys synthetic QD (which smells amazing by the way), and it seems to be ok down the side of the car, but I can see swirl marks in the roof and/or bonnet sometimes. I'm using it inbetween washes. Am guessing either the car is too dirty and needs a proper wash, or the towel/cloth is too dirty or has too little QD on it. I've tried applying using both the wo-wo drying towel and the MF cloth. Might try a different QD when I've used this one up.

Sounds to me like you are getting swirls because you are using the QD on dirty paintwork, even though it may look quite clean. If there's any small particles of dirt or grit on the car then whatever you apply the QD with is likely to push that dirt into the paintwork causing the scratches and swirls. And of course if the towel or MF is not clean then that will make matters worse.  All paint gets swirls but rubbing the paintwork when not really clean will increase the risk of them. 

I don't 'clean' or QD my car in between proper washes at all, and I'm sure that goes a long way to keeping swirls at bay.  The more you 'touch' the paintwork the greater the chance of swirling.  I do use Chemical Guys Speed Wipe Quick Detailer (excellent stuff) but only either straight after a wash as a drying aid or in an emergency to remove bird poor or some other unwanted deposit on the paintwork.  I had to remove some fresh bird poo the other day and even though I was very careful about it, there was still some marking on the paintwork where I'd gone over it with a MF.  It'll come out with a bit of polish but the paint on the mk7 is very easily marked.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 15 March 2016, 20:46

Sounds to me like you are getting swirls because you are using the QD on dirty paintwork, even though it may look quite clean. If there's any small particles of dirt or grit on the car then whatever you apply the QD with is likely to push that dirt into the paintwork causing the scratches and swirls. And of course if the towel or MF is not clean then that will make matters worse.  All paint gets swirls but rubbing the paintwork when not really clean will increase the risk of them. 

I don't 'clean' or QD my car in between proper washes at all, and I'm sure that goes a long way to keeping swirls at bay.  The more you 'touch' the paintwork the greater the chance of swirling.  I do use Chemical Guys Speed Wipe Quick Detailer (excellent stuff) but only either straight after a wash as a drying aid or in an emergency to remove bird poor or some other unwanted deposit on the paintwork.  I had to remove some fresh bird poo the other day and even though I was very careful about it, there was still some marking on the paintwork where I'd gone over it with a MF.  It'll come out with a bit of polish but the paint on the mk7 is very easily marked.

Right... I will stop doing that immediately then! The swirls aren't very bad.. just like something has not dried properly, so hopefully will clear up after a wash. Going to give it a full wash in the next few days.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 16 March 2016, 16:44
Hope it's OK with Rebecca as Moderator of the Detailing section that I post the detailing I done on my car over the last couple of days, because.....................it's not a Golf :shocked:, but it is a GTI, and a VW.

This is what I've replaced my mk6 GTD with. I picked it up on 1st March and I'm lovin' it!  :smiley:. The dealer had done an OK-ish job of prepping it but it wasn't brilliant; quite a bit of glue residue in places, swirls on the black plastic B pillars and black trim on the tailgate roof spoiler. As the Weather's been good this week, I decided the time was right to get it up to standard.

So, after, washing, decontaminating, washing and drying, applying Lime Prime with my DA, a layer of Black Hole glaze, a layer of Collinite 845 wax (another layer to be added next week), Gtechniq C5 on the wheels, Windows cleaned with Autoglym Fast Glass and tyres and black plastic trim dressed with FinishKare Top Kote Dressing, it looks like this (sorry, no 'before' pictures);

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/90EB006D-4399-41C4-B6F0-222ACF410B2A.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/90EB006D-4399-41C4-B6F0-222ACF410B2A.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/image_1.jpeg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_1.jpeg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/2CD79926-079C-43BB-AD49-7FBC73086E06.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2CD79926-079C-43BB-AD49-7FBC73086E06.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/0214CD8B-51C8-41B1-8FF5-17879F83E509.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/0214CD8B-51C8-41B1-8FF5-17879F83E509.jpg.html)

This is a great forum, and I've really enjoyed the friendly banter over the past (nearly) 5 years that I've been a member. I'll still pop in from time to time and say 'hi'.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 March 2016, 17:08
^^^

I really love that SRGTD!! (and of course you can post pics of a Polo GTI).  It's a proper hot hatch unlike the warm-ish Golf performance models with their ever expanding waistlines.  :laugh:

You've done a fantastic detailing job on it.  Looks stunning.  :cool: :cool: :cool:  And soem great choices with the Black Hole and Collinite wax.

Don't be a stranger to the forum and the detailing section - pop in and see us when you can, preferably with some more lovely pics of this little beauty.   :smiley:

Btw, gorgeous colour!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 16 March 2016, 17:15
^^^

I really love that SRGTD!! (and of course you can post pics of a Polo GTI).  It's a proper hot hatch unlike the warm-ish Golf performance models with their ever expanding waistlines.  :laugh:

You've done a fantastic detailing job on it.  Looks stunning.  :cool: :cool: :cool:  And soem great choices with the Black Hole and Collinite wax.

Don't be a stranger to the forum and the detailing section - pop in and see us when you can, preferably with some more lovely pics of this little beauty.   :smiley:

Btw, gorgeous colour!

Thanks Rebecca. Does that mean I've converted you to liking blue?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 March 2016, 18:06
^^^

I really love that SRGTD!! (and of course you can post pics of a Polo GTI).  It's a proper hot hatch unlike the warm-ish Golf performance models with their ever expanding waistlines.  :laugh:

You've done a fantastic detailing job on it.  Looks stunning.  :cool: :cool: :cool:  And soem great choices with the Black Hole and Collinite wax.

Don't be a stranger to the forum and the detailing section - pop in and see us when you can, preferably with some more lovely pics of this little beauty.   :smiley:

Btw, gorgeous colour!

Thanks Rebecca. Does that mean I've converted you to liking blue?

Nearly, lol.  I do like that blue a lot, looks so good on the Polo.  I don't dislike blue cars but I'm not sure I could have one.....don't know why really.  :undecided:  But I much prefer this kind of blue, Lapiz and the mk6 Rising Blue to the darker night blues.

I forgot to ask the obvious question.........looks aside, how do you like the Polo GTI?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: mwad gti on 16 March 2016, 19:57
Hope it's OK with Rebecca as Moderator of the Detailing section that I post the detailing I done on my car over the last couple of days, because.....................it's not a Golf :shocked:, but it is a GTI, and a VW.

This is what I've replaced my mk6 GTD with. I picked it up on 1st March and I'm lovin' it!  :smiley:. The dealer had done an OK-ish job of prepping it but it wasn't brilliant; quite a bit of glue residue in places, swirls on the black plastic B pillars and black trim on the tailgate roof spoiler. As the Weather's been good this week, I decided the time was right to get it up to standard.

So, after, washing, decontaminating, washing and drying, applying Lime Prime with my DA, a layer of Black Hole glaze, a layer of Collinite 845 wax (another layer to be added next week), Gtechniq C5 on the wheels, Windows cleaned with Autoglym Fast Glass and tyres and black plastic trim dressed with FinishKare Top Kote Dressing, it looks like this (sorry, no 'before' pictures);

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/90EB006D-4399-41C4-B6F0-222ACF410B2A.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/90EB006D-4399-41C4-B6F0-222ACF410B2A.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/image_1.jpeg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_1.jpeg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/2CD79926-079C-43BB-AD49-7FBC73086E06.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2CD79926-079C-43BB-AD49-7FBC73086E06.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/0214CD8B-51C8-41B1-8FF5-17879F83E509.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/0214CD8B-51C8-41B1-8FF5-17879F83E509.jpg.html)

This is a great forum, and I've really enjoyed the friendly banter over the past (nearly) 5 years that I've been a member. I'll still pop in from time to time and say 'hi'.  :smiley:

That's looks stunning
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 16 March 2016, 20:03
SRGTD, I'm not a fan of the Polo generally, normally looks awkward like a bigger car compressed. But actually, that looks great! Beautifully detailed and that blue is superb, love it! Please do keep the pictures coming!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: mwad gti on 16 March 2016, 20:53
SRGTD, I'm not a fan of the Polo generally, normally looks awkward like a bigger car compressed. But actually, that looks great! Beautifully detailed and that blue is superb, love it! Please do keep the pictures coming!
Completely agree
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 16 March 2016, 22:37
Thanks mwad gti and Watts for the comments. Next time I clean it, I post up some pics of the interior.


I forgot to ask the obvious question.........looks aside, how do you like the Polo GTI?

I'm really enjoying it. It's the first petrol car I've had since 2002. The interior feels a bit like an updated, slightly shrunken version of the mk6 Golf; not quite up to mk7 Golf standards but still a nice place to be. There are one or two little things that are a step down in terms of Golf quality; the interior of the glovebox and the door pockets are hard plastic and not lined like they are in the Golf, but it still feels quite refined and grown up for a small car. It also fits my standard sized single garage with room to spare - I always had to be a bit careful with the Golf as it was quite a squeeze.

I've got the optional Sports Performance Pack, which has a Normal and Sport setting. Normal is the default, and the ride in Normal is firmer than it was in my mk6 GTD but it's not uncomfortable. The Sport setting is very firm, so I doubt I'll use it much, and not when I've got passengers! I particularly like the standard LED headlights; they're brilliant (pardon the pun!). I had xenons on my mk6 GTD and I think the LED's on the Polo GTI are better. Economy wise; currently getting high 30's, but I'm expecting it to drop a little, when I start to drive it a bit more enthusiastically, once I get a few more miles on the clock.
Negatives;
- the boot is small - the battery is in the spare wheel well with the space saver on top, so the boot floor is always in the raised position. Not a big problem for me though, but could be if you regularly carry passengers with luggage.
- No Dynaudio option (had this in my GTD), so I'm getting used to the standard audio sound.

To put a detailing slant on things;
- There are just as many water traps as there are on the mk6 Golf (grilles, mirrors, tailgate release). I'm thankful I've got my Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster, which disperses them quickly.
- Rear wheelarch liners; these aren't the 'carpet' type liners but hard, shiny plastic like the front ones, so they're easy to clean! A big plus :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jv on 17 March 2016, 13:06
^ Agree with all of that, well apart from the mpg average  :tongue:

I have had mine since December. It's a proper shrunken Golf GTI this time. Just needs a bit more character.

But, er, this is about detailing so.... I put some AF tough coat on mine. No pics. Nothing to see here.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 March 2016, 13:49
Thanks mwad gti and Watts for the comments. Next time I clean it, I post up some pics of the interior.


I forgot to ask the obvious question.........looks aside, how do you like the Polo GTI?

I'm really enjoying it. It's the first petrol car I've had since 2002. The interior feels a bit like an updated, slightly shrunken version of the mk6 Golf; not quite up to mk7 Golf standards but still a nice place to be. There are one or two little things that are a step down in terms of Golf quality; the interior of the glovebox and the door pockets are hard plastic and not lined like they are in the Golf, but it still feels quite refined and grown up for a small car. It also fits my standard sized single garage with room to spare - I always had to be a bit careful with the Golf as it was quite a squeeze.

I've got the optional Sports Performance Pack, which has a Normal and Sport setting. Normal is the default, and the ride in Normal is firmer than it was in my mk6 GTD but it's not uncomfortable. The Sport setting is very firm, so I doubt I'll use it much, and not when I've got passengers! I particularly like the standard LED headlights; they're brilliant (pardon the pun!). I had xenons on my mk6 GTD and I think the LED's on the Polo GTI are better. Economy wise; currently getting high 30's, but I'm expecting it to drop a little, when I start to drive it a bit more enthusiastically, once I get a few more miles on the clock.
Negatives;
- the boot is small - the battery is in the spare wheel well with the space saver on top, so the boot floor is always in the raised position. Not a big problem for me though, but could be if you regularly carry passengers with luggage.
- No Dynaudio option (had this in my GTD), so I'm getting used to the standard audio sound.

To put a detailing slant on things;
- There are just as many water traps as there are on the mk6 Golf (grilles, mirrors, tailgate release). I'm thankful I've got my Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster, which disperses them quickly.
- Rear wheelarch liners; these aren't the 'carpet' type liners but hard, shiny plastic like the front ones, so they're easy to clean! A big plus :smiley:

Good to hear your thoughts on it. 

There's no escape from the lovely VW water traps - just on a slightly smaller scale. :angry: And I wish the Golf had the plastic rear arch liners (like at the front) - those carpet ones are just dirt magnets - there's no getting the muck off those!!!

It looks a lovely car and I hope you enjoy your ownership and it'll be looked after that's for sure.   :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 March 2016, 13:50

But, er, this is about detailing so.... I put some AF tough coat on mine. No pics. Nothing to see here.


Come on......you know the detailing section lives and dies on pics........ :whistle:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 18 March 2016, 11:15
Tried out Mothers Metal polish on my exhaust; what a difference!! :shocked:

Will give them a proper clean over the weekend but the quick clean I gave them made them look a million times better
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 18 March 2016, 15:19
Tried out Mothers Metal polish on my exhaust; what a difference!! :shocked:

Will give them a proper clean over the weekend but the quick clean I gave them made them look a million times better

The best metal polish IMO.  Knocks spots of the likes of Autosol. 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 18 March 2016, 20:39
Tried out Mothers Metal polish on my exhaust; what a difference!! :shocked:

Will give them a proper clean over the weekend but the quick clean I gave them made them look a million times better

I've been using a non-stick washing up pad on mine :embarrassed: Don't tell my OH :whistle:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today? - [yesterday]
Post by: davewilliams000 on 19 March 2016, 14:20
Spent the afternoon yesterday doing my car and my parent's new Qashqai. Neither car was really that dirty and mine only got snow foam and wheels as most of the time was spent on theirs.

I told parents not to bother getting the dealer to put protection on it as they wanted to charge £400, when I could do the same if not better with a bottle of c2v3 for about 7 quid!! (plus I got them some good shampoo, wheel cleaner, grit guards, drying towel, snow foam and lance).

I also got to try out my wheel woollies  :smiley:

So did a decontamination and protection on the Qashqai:

Pressure washer rinse (both cars)
Snow foam and rinse (both cars)
Wheel clean (both cars)
2 bucket wash with DDJ supernatural shampoo and rinse down
iron x and rinse off
2 bucket wash with DDJ supernatural shampoo and rinse down
open ended hose rinse (both cars)
towel dry (both cars)
put gtechniq C2V3 on all paint work
poorboys natural look on exterior black plastic and to dress tyres(both cars)

I was knackered after all that... good job my car wasn't that dirty as I was too tired to wash it with shampoo, but it came up very well with just the snow foam.

Some pics...

dirty back window and bumper on the GTD...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1466/25879104266_f351d4d35e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FqRb5S)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1667/25784667882_1b421d87ca_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Fhvarm)

Some caked on dirt on the inside of the Qashqai alloys, which came off with the wheel cleaner and brush/mit.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1461/25879103216_cbeb0bfc18_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FqRaLL)

Snow foam action

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1662/25604862820_d736734959_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F1BBE5)

Finished results... starting to go dark by the time I had done, although the pics are a bit darker than it actually was...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1654/25276734893_28c9f00086_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EvBSE2)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1664/25810497331_f961850763_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FjMxCF)

I must say I was quite impressed by the wheel woollies and they are definitely worth the expense. I still ended up using the wheel mit for the front face of all the alloys, but the brush was easier to do the rest, and could easily reach to the back of the GTD alloys using it, and get the inside of the wheel next to the calliper as I was struggling to get my hand in with the mit.

I am extremely impressed with the gtechniq C5 I put on my alloys as the brake dust just came straight off when I used the pressure washer on the wheels... probably didn't even need wheel cleaner, but I did it anyway. Well worth the 8hrs I spent polishing the alloys and putting the C5 on last week!

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 19 March 2016, 15:50
Another lovely job Dave, looks stunning. :cool:

Wheel Woolies are one of the very best bits of kit you can buy.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JB GTI on 19 March 2016, 16:21
Not actually done any but bought one of these kits now they are back in stock  :smiley:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polishing-machines/das-6-pro-plus-dual-action-polisher/das-6-pro-plus-chemical-guys-kit/prod_1551.html
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 19 March 2016, 17:31
Not actually done any but bought one of these kits now they are back in stock  :smiley:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polishing-machines/das-6-pro-plus-dual-action-polisher/das-6-pro-plus-chemical-guys-kit/prod_1551.html

Nice.  :smiley: Bet you can't wait to try it out.

Just bought that very machine myself to replace my old one.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 19 March 2016, 18:14
Not actually done any but bought one of these kits now they are back in stock  :smiley:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polishing-machines/das-6-pro-plus-dual-action-polisher/das-6-pro-plus-chemical-guys-kit/prod_1551.html
They do look fantastic!
I've never used one and I'm frankly terrified of trying.
I know Rebecca has just bought the same one so it must be decent :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 19 March 2016, 18:50
Not actually done any but bought one of these kits now they are back in stock  :smiley:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polishing-machines/das-6-pro-plus-dual-action-polisher/das-6-pro-plus-chemical-guys-kit/prod_1551.html
They do look fantastic!
I've never used one and I'm frankly terrified of trying.
I know Rebecca has just bought the same one so it must be decent :smiley:

Im terrified of trying one as well. Its on my wish list though. Maybe in a few months time
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JB GTI on 19 March 2016, 21:30
Not actually done any but bought one of these kits now they are back in stock  :smiley:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polishing-machines/das-6-pro-plus-dual-action-polisher/das-6-pro-plus-chemical-guys-kit/prod_1551.html

Nice.  :smiley: Bet you can't wait to try it out.

Just bought that very me him myself to replace my old one.

I can't but it won't be on my car  :whistle:

Not actually done any but bought one of these kits now they are back in stock  :smiley:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polishing-machines/das-6-pro-plus-dual-action-polisher/das-6-pro-plus-chemical-guys-kit/prod_1551.html
They do look fantastic!
I've never used one and I'm frankly terrified of trying.
I know Rebecca has just bought the same one so it must be decent :smiley:

So am I  :shocked: Ms Booth has a lot to answer for on my bank balance !!

Not actually done any but bought one of these kits now they are back in stock  :smiley:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polishing-machines/das-6-pro-plus-dual-action-polisher/das-6-pro-plus-chemical-guys-kit/prod_1551.html
They do look fantastic!
I've never used one and I'm frankly terrified of trying.
I know Rebecca has just bought the same one so it must be decent :smiley:



Im terrified of trying one as well. Its on my wish list though. Maybe in a few months time

I am but rest assured it won't be having its trial run on my Lapiz Blue paintwork  :laugh:
My wife's Fiat 500 is going to be the sacrificial lamb  :whistle: :whistle:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Peter W on 19 March 2016, 21:37
I'm in the market for a DA machine, tempted by the DAS and Meguiars G220v2. But have had my head turned by the Rupes LHR 15ES.

Anybody have views on the 3 ? Rebecca  :whistle:

Just read your DA review in another post Rebecca, top job thanks. Just your thoughts on the Rupes, did you consider this as an option?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 19 March 2016, 22:07
So am I  :shocked: Ms Booth has a lot to answer for on my bank balance !!

 :whistle:

My wife's Fiat 500 is going to be the sacrificial lamb  :whistle: :whistle:

Always start on the lesser car.  :grin:  Seriously, t's a very good idea.  I first tried out on HWMBO old van.  But it's really pretty foolproof with a DA, not that I'm inferring any of you scaredy pusses are fools. :laugh:  After the first go you'll wonder what you were worried about.  Just remember to tape up any window seals and plastics (not bumpers) around wing mirrors etc, so you don't burn them with the DA.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 19 March 2016, 22:20
I'm in the market for a DA machine, tempted by the DAS and Meguiars G220v2. But have had my head turned by the Rupes LHR 15ES.

Anybody have views on the 3 ? Rebecca  :whistle:

Just read your DA review in another post Rebecca, top job thanks. Just your thoughts on the Rupes, did you consider this as an option?

I didn't really give much consideration to the Rupes Bigfoot Peter because the price is beyond what I want to pay for a DA - approx another £100 over the DAS.  It has the exact same large 15mm throw as the DAS-6 Pro Plus which increases the cutting power and covers a wider area in one go so takes a bit of the effort out of the work.  I do know that someone very recently had both those on his list and went for the DAS in the end. I don't know if you've had a DA before but it's a lot of money to pay for your first DA.

The Meguairs G220v2 is now discontinued I think.  That was my previous machine and good it was too. In fact I've just sold it to a member on another forum.  But I wanted to update to the DAS specifically for the longer 15mm throw, (the Megs was only 8mm), and the DAS has a better ergonomic shape and possibly less vibration than the Megs.  I haven't yet tried out my new DA (but shall be very soon) but am very pleased with it and I'll be using it with the Meguairs Microfibre Correction system of pads and polish to simplify the polishing process and hopefully level a little of the orange peel that afflicts DBP cars.  I will feedback in due course about the DA and the pads and polish.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Peter W on 19 March 2016, 22:38
thanks Rebecca, I think the DAS could be the one for me, didn't realise it had the extra throw.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 20 March 2016, 12:30
Love your car Peter, it's a proper head turner :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Peter W on 20 March 2016, 20:49
thanks Kalimon, it's needs a good few hours over the next couple of months to get it ready for summer, winter has taken its toll, it's going to need a bumper to bumper clean, engine bay, wheels off, interior and the DA cut and polish.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 21 March 2016, 08:27
This weekend I made time to wash the red Golf after 6 weeks of grime build up. The idleness of my car washing is all about the long term testing of properly approved Life Shine. So far so good. A proper report will follow in due course.

The more important detailing project was the GTI caravan after it's winter hibernation. Having being exposed to the elements all winter there was a fair amount of 'green' in places, but nothing AG shampoo wouldn't shift. Due to it's size, the 6BM had to be applied, but it did have it looking like new again after just 2 and a half hours.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 March 2016, 08:55
This weekend I made time to wash the red Golf after 6 weeks of grime build up. The idleness of my car washing is all about the long term testing of properly approved Life Shine. So far so good. A proper report will follow in due course.

The more important detailing project was the GTI caravan after it's winter hibernation. Having being exposed to the elements all winter there was a fair amount of 'green' in places, but nothing AG shampoo wouldn't shift. Due to it's size, the 6BM had to be applied, but it did have it looking like new again after just 2 and a half hours.

Nice justification of your car washing torpor. :grin:

The 6BM, lol, I like it!  2.5 hours is good going but where are the pics of the shiny GTI caravan???
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 21 March 2016, 14:25
Just a quicky as I know you like your pics Bec

(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t264/dubber36/SAM_1572_zps7wzpzxcy.jpg) (http://s162.photobucket.com/user/dubber36/media/SAM_1572_zps7wzpzxcy.jpg.html)

And no, I don't tow it with the Golf, before anyone asks
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 March 2016, 16:19
Just a quicky as I know you like your pics Bec

(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t264/dubber36/SAM_1572_zps7wzpzxcy.jpg) (http://s162.photobucket.com/user/dubber36/media/SAM_1572_zps7wzpzxcy.jpg.html)

And no, I don't tow it with the Golf, before anyone asks

Nice caravan and nice daffs   :cool:

Out of interest, how do you get up to clean the high parts - step ladder?  And the roof???

Shame you don't tow it with the Golf, as they make a lovely pair.  Very nice to see a rare pic of your Red Golf Simon -  it looks in superb shape, despite your shameful neglect of it on the car washing front.

Your patio looks exactly like mine (back of my house).  That needs a good jet wash too.  :grin: (only joking)

Ta  :smiley: 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 21 March 2016, 16:55
When Bailey launched the new Alu-Tech construction, they did so with a Mondeo sat on top of a caravan. If it will support a car, it should be OK for me to walk on it. I put my wellies on the top of the ladder to protect the van when I lean it against it, then climb up and crawl around on my hands an knees. My trousers get soaked through, but it's better than using a brush like most people do. I can also get into the nooks and crannies around the roof vents etc.

The high bits of the sides, front and back are reached off a step ladder.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 21 March 2016, 20:34
Just a quicky as I know you like your pics Bec

(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t264/dubber36/SAM_1572_zps7wzpzxcy.jpg) (http://s162.photobucket.com/user/dubber36/media/SAM_1572_zps7wzpzxcy.jpg.html)

And no, I don't tow it with the Golf, before anyone asks

Nice caravan and nice daffs   :cool:

Out of interest, how do you get up to clean the high parts - step ladder?  And the roof???

Shame you don't tow it with the Golf, as they make a lovely pair.  Very nice to see a rare pic of your Red Golf Simon -  it looks in superb shape, despite your shameful neglect of it on the car washing front.

Your patio looks exactly like mine (back of my house).  That needs a good jet wash too.  :grin: (only joking)

Ta  :smiley:

Dont jet wash the patio :cry: Instead use Wet N Forget http://www.wetandforget.co.uk check out the reviews on amazon US http://www.amazon.com/Wet-Forget-10587-Gallon-Remover/dp/B0019KSUG6

Its brilliant stuff, I use it on the drive, house, roof everywhere and I live in Lancashire - check out my drive

I get it from Costco, think its about £20 but it goes a long........way diluted


(http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt60/gpe/P1010668_zpsjquoui5u.jpg) (http://s597.photobucket.com/user/gpe/media/P1010668_zpsjquoui5u.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 March 2016, 22:23
Dont jet wash the patio :cry: Instead use Wet N Forget http://www.wetandforget.co.uk check out the reviews on amazon US http://www.amazon.com/Wet-Forget-10587-Gallon-Remover/dp/B0019KSUG6

Its brilliant stuff, I use it on the drive, house, roof everywhere and I live in Lancashire - check out my drive

I get it from Costco, think its about £20 but it goes a long........way diluted


Your drive looks very nice.  I jet wash mine every year and it's doing fine. 

The stuff you use - is it entirely animal friendly?

The reason I ask is I've looked at a multitude of patio solutions and all though many state 'pet friendly' the reality is different.   I have cats but that's not really the issue, I keep Koi Carp (plus Orfe and other fish) in outdoor Koi pond and many of the patio cleaners are highly toxic to fish.  My patio is at rear of the house and then there's a lawn and then the Koi pond with a full biological filtration system.  The risk of the cleaner getting into the grass and soil and making it's way to pond water system is just too great a risk and one I'm not prepared to take.  Some of my Koi are over 30 years old and I would be mortified if they got poisoned.  It's simply not worth it is there's uncertainty over the patio cleaner - I'd sooner stick to a jet wash and repoint the patio every few years.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Waspy on 22 March 2016, 14:54
I came into this thread excited to see some shiney cars after an 8 month absence and what do I find? Caravans and patios.

What's going on guys  :sick:

Only joking (sort of)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 22 March 2016, 16:43
Treated my Polo GTI to a wash and another layer of Collinite 845 Wax and cleaned the interior. The piano black interior trim around the air vents and on the centre console is a major dust magnet!  :angry: If anyone has any tips on what's best to clean this with, I'd appreciate it. Thanks. I've just been using a clean microfibre cloth and a soft small Valet Pro detailing brush.
 
No pictures of the exterior, as I posted some in this thread last week, but a couple of the interior (apologies for the poor quality i-phone photos;

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/image_1.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_1.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/image_2.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 22 March 2016, 17:45
I came into this thread excited to see some shiney cars after an 8 month absence and what do I find? Caravans and patios.

What's going on guys  :sick:

Only joking (sort of)

I thought it broke up the monotony of pictures of shiny cars, that's let's be honest, all look the same.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 March 2016, 18:32
I came into this thread excited to see some shiney cars after an 8 month absence and what do I find? Caravans and patios.

What's going on guys  :sick:

Only joking (sort of)

Well you've missed 8 months of shiny, shiny cars and return on annual caravan detailing day. What do you expect.  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 March 2016, 18:38
Treated my Polo GTI to a wash and another layer of Collinite 845 Wax and cleaned the interior. The piano black interior trim around the air vents and on the centre console is a major dust magnet!  :angry: If anyone has any tips on what's best to clean this with, I'd appreciate it. Thanks. I've just been using a clean microfibre cloth and a soft small Valet Pro detailing brush.
 

Looks great.  :cool:

Regarding cleaning the piano black, use what you have been but also worth investing in a can of compressed air for blowing dust off (and in crevices) without touching.  It is a dust magnet but if more about what trim cleaner you use that can reduce build top of dust.  Get a cleaner with good anti-static properties which will help keep the trim dust free for longer.  But otherwise what you are using is fine.  I use Poorboys Natural Look Dressing applied on a WoWo MF and then buffed off with a clean MF. Use detailing brush (VP) and compressed air for the nooks.

Poorboys is fantastic stuff on all trim (and leather) and does keep the dust at bay for longer than many other trim cleaners.  Just go carefully to avoid scratching but the piano black is tougher than it looks.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 22 March 2016, 18:47

I thought it broke up the monotony of pictures of shiny cars, that's let's be honest, all look the same.


Yes I do agree with you. Not posted many pics of mine recently for that reason!

This morning as did a full interior clean using the dyson handheld and then Poorboys Natural look on the plastics, and finished off with fastglass all interior glass, and the 'infotainment' screen and the glass/plastic in front of the speedo/etc.

The dyson ran out half way through, so couldn't resist getting the pressure washer out for a quick snow foam wash, rinse and towel dry. I have one of those end stops on my garden hose and I bought a new connecter to plug in to make an open ended hose for the final rinse... works great I don't have to go and turn the tap off at the back of the house anymore and take the end stop off, shaving literally seconds off the washing time!  :wink: after I'd done the wash, the dyson had enough juice to finish the interior.

Didn't bother doing the wheels with wheel cleaner as they were only done last Friday and with the gTechniq C5 on, the brake dust just comes straight off with the pressure washer.

Finished off with a full exterior glass clean and dressed the tyres with natural look.


No seems to be ok, however getting a few swirl marks in the faux carbon fibre plastic on the cover for the USB port that is infront of the gear stick, and sometimes it doesn't seem to be long before the dust comes back to these parts.

I finally figured out what I was doing wrong with the poorboys... I was not putting enough on, and also not buffing off with a separate MF cloth... did that today and the faux carbon fibre plastic on the cover looks great now!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 March 2016, 19:28
I came into this thread excited to see some shiney cars after an 8 month absence and what do I find? Caravans and patios.

What's going on guys  :sick:

Only joking (sort of)

I thought it broke up the monotony of pictures of shiny cars, that's let's be honest, all look the same.


I thought it broke up the monotony of pictures of shiny cars, that's let's be honest, all look the same.

Yes I do agree with you. Not posted many pics of mine recently for that reason!

They do all look more or less the same, bar the colour, but come on!  For anyone new to detailing or trying out new stuff and spending hours on it, it's rewarding to take a few pics and post them up.  A detailing section without some pics thrown in would be a bit of a barren environment.  What you want is chat and pics IMO.  Better refrain from posting pics of mine for a while!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 22 March 2016, 19:37

I thought it broke up the monotony of pictures of shiny cars, that's let's be honest, all look the same.


Yes I do agree with you. Not posted many pics of mine recently for that reason!

This morning as did a full interior clean using the dyson handheld and then Poorboys Natural look on the plastics, and finished off with fastglass all interior glass, and the 'infotainment' screen and the glass/plastic in front of the speedo/etc.

The dyson ran out half way through, so couldn't resist getting the pressure washer out for a quick snow foam wash, rinse and towel dry. I have one of those end stops on my garden hose and I bought a new connecter to plug in to make an open ended hose for the final rinse... works great I don't have to go and turn the tap off at the back of the house anymore and take the end stop off, shaving literally seconds off the washing time!  :wink: after I'd done the wash, the dyson had enough juice to finish the interior.

Didn't bother doing the wheels with wheel cleaner as they were only done last Friday and with the gTechniq C5 on, the brake dust just comes straight off with the pressure washer.

Finished off with a full exterior glass clean and dressed the tyres with natural look.


No seems to be ok, however getting a few swirl marks in the faux carbon fibre plastic on the cover for the USB port that is infront of the gear stick, and sometimes it doesn't seem to be long before the dust comes back to these parts.

I finally figured out what I was doing wrong with the poorboys... I was not putting enough on, and also not buffing off with a separate MF cloth... did that today and the faux carbon fibre plastic on the cover looks great now!
Dave, your thing about making an attachment to save you turning off the tap may sound ridiculous, but I have been meaning to do the exact same thing! Great minds obviously think alike :whistle:
Every second counts :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 22 March 2016, 19:39
Yes I do agree with you. Not posted many pics of mine recently for that reason!

They do all look more or less the same, bar the colour, but come on!  For anyone new to detailing or trying out new stuff and spending hours on it, it's rewarding to take a few pics and post them up.  A detailing section without some pics thrown in would be a bit of a barren environment.  What you want is chat and pics IMO.  Better refrain from posting pics of mine for a while!

I know I said that, but on the other hand I also do agree Rebecca, it is rewarding to put up pics after you've spent hours detailing.... the other reason I haven't put many of mine up is it's usually starting to go dark by the time I've finished and I'm too knackered to put effort into taking them as well.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 22 March 2016, 19:58
Treated my Polo GTI to a wash and another layer of Collinite 845 Wax and cleaned the interior. The piano black interior trim around the air vents and on the centre console is a major dust magnet!  :angry: If anyone has any tips on what's best to clean this with, I'd appreciate it. Thanks. I've just been using a clean microfibre cloth and a soft small Valet Pro detailing brush.
 

Looks great.  :cool:

Regarding cleaning the piano black, use what you have been but also worth investing in a can of compressed air for blowing dust off (and in crevices) without touching.  It is a dust magnet but if more about what trim cleaner you use that can reduce build top of dust.  Get a cleaner with good anti-static properties which will help keep the trim dust free for longer.  But otherwise what you are using is fine.  I use Poorboys Natural Look Dressing applied on a WoWo MF and then buffed off with a clean MF. Use detailing brush (VP) and compressed air for the nooks.

Poorboys is fantastic stuff on all trim (and leather) and does keep the dust at bay for longer than many other trim cleaners.  Just go carefully to avoid scratching but the piano black is tougher than it looks.

Thanks Rebecca. Looks like Poorboys Natural Look Dressing will be added to my detailing arsenal. I'm hoping that Clean Your Car will have some form of Easter promotion, so I can get a bit more than the usual 5% discount that's available by using the DW05 code  :wink:

Goodness, this detailing malarkey is a bit of a money pit!  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 March 2016, 20:08
Treated my Polo GTI to a wash and another layer of Collinite 845 Wax and cleaned the interior. The piano black interior trim around the air vents and on the centre console is a major dust magnet!  :angry: If anyone has any tips on what's best to clean this with, I'd appreciate it. Thanks. I've just been using a clean microfibre cloth and a soft small Valet Pro detailing brush.
 

Looks great.  :cool:

Regarding cleaning the piano black, use what you have been but also worth investing in a can of compressed air for blowing dust off (and in crevices) without touching.  It is a dust magnet but if more about what trim cleaner you use that can reduce build top of dust.  Get a cleaner with good anti-static properties which will help keep the trim dust free for longer.  But otherwise what you are using is fine.  I use Poorboys Natural Look Dressing applied on a WoWo MF and then buffed off with a clean MF. Use detailing brush (VP) and compressed air for the nooks.

Poorboys is fantastic stuff on all trim (and leather) and does keep the dust at bay for longer than many other trim cleaners.  Just go carefully to avoid scratching but the piano black is tougher than it looks.

Thanks Rebecca. Looks like Poorboys Natural Look Dressing will be added to my detailing arsenal. I'm hoping that Clean Your Car will have some form of Easter promotion, so I can get a bit more than the usual 5% discount that's available by using the DW05 code  :wink:

Goodness, this detailing malarkey is a bit of a money pit!  :grin:


SRGTD, if you do get some Poorboys, ignore the instructions on the bottle to spray it on. You can't spray it on it's far too thick. I once tried - disaster, lol. Instead apply it with a microfibre or on a foam applicator. I use an MF to apply.  I put a very generous blob onto the MF and then I squeeze the MF together to make sure there is a saturated area on the cloth then I apply it.  Once applied, Leave it for a few minutes and then buff of with a clean dry MF.  As Dave has found, you need to use a fair amount, but a bottle still lasts a long time.

And yes, this detailing malarkey ain't cheap! 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 22 March 2016, 20:11
Thanks for the tip on using the Poorboys Rebecca.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 March 2016, 20:17
Yes I do agree with you. Not posted many pics of mine recently for that reason!

They do all look more or less the same, bar the colour, but come on!  For anyone new to detailing or trying out new stuff and spending hours on it, it's rewarding to take a few pics and post them up.  A detailing section without some pics thrown in would be a bit of a barren environment.  What you want is chat and pics IMO.  Better refrain from posting pics of mine for a while!

I know I said that, but on the other hand I also do agree Rebecca, it is rewarding to put up pics after you've spent hours detailing.... the other reason I haven't put many of mine up is it's usually starting to go dark by the time I've finished and I'm too knackered to put effort into taking them as well.

It's up to the individual if they want to post pics.  It is time consuming, coming at the end of a tiring detail and especially if you are racing the light as you say.  But I wouldn't want to discourage people from posting them if they want to. Cars may look the same but to each person, it's their car, their achievement.  I'm not talking from a personal point of view and I can quite see how people might be sick of the sight of my car, fair enough, but I enjoy seeing other people's efforts and it would be lovely to see something other than a Mk7 now and then, including Polo GTI's and a rogue caravan.  :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 22 March 2016, 20:43
I would actually like to post more photos, as I'm quite into photography, but I need to find a better solution. Started off using photobucket, but switched to flikr as the interface is slightly better, and has a better (albeit 3rd party) app for Windows 10 mobile.

Yes, I am one of those odd people who does like windows phone :shocked:

I can now at least take pics with the phone and get them uploaded fairly easily, and do the posting later on my surface3. Of course I would be better off taking pics with my DSLR, but that's an even more drawn out process of importing into lightroom, etc

Would like to be able to just post pics just using my phone, as the Lumia 950 actually has a good camera, but I think that's difficult verging on impossible, especially for posting more than 1 at a time, as non of the apps give the BB code required for the forum.

Sorry, didn't mean to make a big thing of it... was just a frivolous remark really  :whistle: :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Waspy on 22 March 2016, 20:44
I better get some of the mk2 once it's had its full post winter detail. Since you lot are getting bored of mk7s ;)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 March 2016, 21:02
I would actually like to post more photos, as I'm quite into photography, but I need to find a better solution. Started off using photobucket, but switched to flikr as the interface is slightly better, and has a better (albeit 3rd party) app for Windows 10 mobile.

Yes, I am one of those odd people who does like windows phone :shocked:

I can now at least take pics with the phone and get them uploaded fairly easily, and do the posting later on my surface3. Of course I would be better off taking pics with my DSLR, but that's an even more drawn out process of importing into lightroom, etc

Would like to be able to just post pics just using my phone, as the Lumia 950 actually has a good camera, but I think that's difficult verging on impossible, especially for posting more than 1 at a time, as non of the apps give the BB code required for the forum.

Flickr is a faff for forum posting but then again I loath Photobucket.  The lack of BBcode options on Flickr's mobile site and app is ridiculous and even selecting the code on the full site on a device is a painful experience.  But they don't care, you only have to read the posts on Flickr and requests for BBcode and see the complete lack of response from Flickr to realise that. 

Not a photo hosting site as such, but someone on another forum told me about this site the other day and is pretty handy for uploading photos straight from devices and also uploading and copying/pasting links for multiple photos at a time. 

http://postimage.org 

You just upload the photos you want direct from your device/computer and tick family safe (leave the resizing option) and it will give you a variety of links.  The one I use is 'Hotlink for Forums 1' - copy and paste that into your post and voila!

I use a variety of cameras for car pics but usually whatever I have time for or is most convenient at the time.  My Canon 7D DSLR for best quality but as you say need Lightroom processing if shooting RAW, and that takes time.  At the moment my DSLR has a focussing problem and needs repairing but I might make the move to full frame at Christmas and go for the latest incarnation of the Canon 5D.  Maybe!  Most of the time atm I'm making do with a Canon EOS M CSC camera which is pretty good but woeful for lowlight photography. 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 March 2016, 21:03
I better get some of the mk2 once it's had its full post winter detail. Since you lot are getting bored of mk7s ;)

Yeah come on Waspy we need you!  Nice to have you back. Did you have change of career in the end?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 22 March 2016, 21:45
I took my pictures with an iPhone 6 plus purely for convenience. They were ok for what they were.
After advice from Rebecca, using flikr was quite easy so I hope to post many pictures in the future.
There was a brand new black R waiting for collection when I was at the dealers yesterday and it looked awesome!
Just needed a couple of hours in Booth11's detailing parlour to preen it to perfection  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 22 March 2016, 22:20
I like looking at the clean and shiny cars. And occasionally some of the dirty ones :lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Waspy on 22 March 2016, 23:23
I better get some of the mk2 once it's had its full post winter detail. Since you lot are getting bored of mk7s ;)

Yeah come on Waspy we need you!  Nice to have you back. Did you have change of career in the end?

Nice to be back, but with my mind back on the car my wallet is emptying fast again! :grin:

Yep, my accountancy days are behind me! Although the skills are still being put to use in a new business venture  :nerd:

You still had the mk6 last time I was here, does your mk7 have its own thread, need to see it!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 March 2016, 07:23
I took my pictures with an iPhone 6 plus purely for convenience. They were ok for what they were.
After advice from Rebecca, using flikr was quite easy so I hope to post many pictures in the future.
There was a brand new black R waiting for collection when I was at the dealers yesterday and it looked awesome!
Just needed a couple of hours in Booth11's detailing parlour to preen it to perfection  :smiley:

I saw a DBP one of the road today, but it was just as dirty as mine.  Phew!   :laugh:

 :
I like looking at the clean and shiny cars. And occasionally some of the dirty ones :lipsrsealed:

Lol.  Pervert.  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 March 2016, 07:26
I better get some of the mk2 once it's had its full post winter detail. Since you lot are getting bored of mk7s ;)

Yeah come on Waspy we need you!  Nice to have you back. Did you have change of career in the end?

Nice to be back, but with my mind back on the car my wallet is emptying fast again! :grin:

Yep, my accountancy days are behind me! Although the skills are still being put to use in a new business venture  :nerd:

You still had the mk6 last time I was here, does your mk7 have its own thread, need to see it!

That's good to hear, hope your new venture is going well. 👍

The Mk6 went to a great home - sold to a member on here.  :smiley:

I do have a thread, started when I first got the R and a record of the few mini mods I've done to it.  Am hoping to post a 6 month in review if I can find the time!  It's few pages long now, so if you are ever having trouble sleeping........

http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=275792.0
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 23 March 2016, 08:10
I better get some of the mk2 once it's had its full post winter detail. Since you lot are getting bored of mk7s ;)

I'll add to that with mine at some point. That's if I can remember where I left it in October.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 23 March 2016, 22:07
Not detailing as such but I have been slowly restocking my detailing goodies

Got a set of Wo-Wo microfibre cloths
Fine wire wool for sprucing up my exhausts
OCD Cow Food leather cleaner and armour

Sadly the weekend looks like being a bit of a wash out  :sad:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: golfhappy on 23 March 2016, 22:28
My super high gloss wax came. Harder to work with than the autoglym resin but good results. Bought a chamois leather for speeding up the drying process and 2 microfibre pads to put the polish on with....Oh and Unilevers been on the phone sales of FAIRY LIQUID are down!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 24 March 2016, 08:11
Bought a chamois leather for speeding up the drying process

... and inducing swirls.

Use it on your house windows and buy a proper drying towel for the car.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 March 2016, 08:56
My super high gloss wax came. Harder to work with than the autoglym resin but good results. Bought a chamois leather for speeding up the drying process and 2 microfibre pads to put the polish on with....Oh and Unilevers been on the phone sales of FAIRY LIQUID are down!

Bought a chamois leather for speeding up the drying process

... and inducing swirls.

Use it on your house windows and buy a proper drying towel for the car.

Ditching the fairy liquid is a step in the right direction, but using a chamois is 2 steps back.  As Simon (dubber) says it's a sure fire way to put some swirls on your car.  Get a WoWo Microfibre drying towel with 20% forum discount or better still go for the WoWo Easter bundle offer which is a fantastic set of:

Drying towel
4 Mf cloths 1 glass cloth set (wowo ad has it other way round which is wrong)
Lambswool wash mitt

http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=277293.0

Then you'll be well set up.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: golfhappy on 24 March 2016, 14:17
Chamois hasn't been used yet. Thanks for the tip. I even swithered about a drying towel, back to the drawing board me thinks.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 March 2016, 16:38
Chamois hasn't been used yet. Thanks for the tip. I even swithered about a drying towel, back to the drawing board me thinks.  :smiley:

Phew!  That was a close shave. Step away from the chamois and go get a drying towel.   :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 24 March 2016, 17:14
Dave, your thing about making an attachment to save you turning off the tap may sound ridiculous, but I have been meaning to do the exact same thing! Great minds obviously think alike :whistle:
Every second counts :laugh:

here's what I made...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1502/25932575951_1ff35f54e0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Fvzemt)

Simple but a good time-saver!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 March 2016, 17:19
Dave, your thing about making an attachment to save you turning off the tap may sound ridiculous, but I have been meaning to do the exact same thing! Great minds obviously think alike :whistle:
Every second counts :laugh:

here's what I made...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1502/25932575951_1ff35f54e0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Fvzemt)

Simple but a good time-saver!

That's a really good solution.  I normally step on the hose or kink it to temporarily stop the wate flow but this looks a great solution.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 24 March 2016, 17:28
That's a really good solution.  I normally step on the hose or kink it to temporarily stop the wate flow but this looks a great solution.

I've got one of those stop connectors on the end of my hose so just unplug it from the pressure washer and plug this on the end without having to go and turn the tap off :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 24 March 2016, 18:48
That's a really good solution.  I normally step on the hose or kink it to temporarily stop the wate flow but this looks a great solution.

I've got one of those stop connectors on the end of my hose so just unplug it from the pressure washer and plug this on the end without having to go and turn the tap off :cool:
Made one similar to that yesterday Dave, works a treat.
Kinking the hose indeed Mrs B :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 March 2016, 19:10
I've got one of those stop connectors on the end of my hose so just unplug it from the pressure washer and plug this on the end without having to go and turn the tap off :cool:

Yeah I have a stop connector too, so just interrupt the water flow and quickly unscrew it, but this is better way.

Kinking the hose indeed Mrs B :laugh:

It's done the job for years.  :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: p3asa on 24 March 2016, 23:30
I've got one of these on the last foot of my hose and its a godsend  :grin:
It doesn't seem like much having to walk back to the tap to turn it off  but it soon adds up.

Put hose in power washer.
Go back and turn the water on.
Use the power washer.
Go back and turn the water off
Come back to power washer and remove the hose, put spray head on.
Go back and turn the water back on.
Go back and use the hose
Drove me mad  :grin:

(http://www.leisurefayre.com/shopimages/products/normal/100533.JPG)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jimmydub on 25 March 2016, 08:00
excuse my ignorance but whats this disconnecting the hose from pressure washer all about?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 25 March 2016, 10:41
excuse my ignorance but whats this disconnecting the hose from pressure washer all about?

Two main reasons.  After washing the car, the final rinse should be done with an open ended hose rather than a spray (jet washer or hose spray head).  So you need to disconnect the hose from the pressure washer, and remove the stop connecter (if using one) to get a non spray flow of water from the hose.

The reasons the final rinse should be with an open ended hose is, working from the top of the car down, open ended rinsing allows the water to 'sheet' off the car, thus reducing the amount of standing water left on the car so that

1) less water to dry of with a MF towel - which reduces the need for towel contact and,

2) less standing water reduces the risk of water spots forming. 

Water spots not an issue if you have very soft water or use a water filter attached to your hose (as I do) but for those in hard water areas without a filter, if there is a lot of water left on the car after the rinse, water spots can form very quickly, (quicker than you can get round with a drying towel) especially if the car is in the sun, and they can be very, very difficult to remove, sometimes having to be polished out with a DA.  Using a spray-on rinse aid at the final rinse can help, but the best way to leave the minimum water on the car is an open ended hose rinse.  A final rinse with a spray or pressure washer lance leaves lots of water droplets on the car, each one a potential future water spot!  There are products to remove water spots such as CarPro Eraser but their effectiveness is questionable so best to avoid getting water spots in the first place.

Equally important - less standing water on the car after rinsing equals less towel drying which means less 'contact' with the paintwork, so less risk of swirls and marring.

That's the full on  OCD reason that disconnecting the hose from the PW is important.  Bet you wish you'd never asked.  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 25 March 2016, 12:28
Gave my car it's first proper clean this morning.
Snow foam first then 2 bucket wash, clay and then a full application of Gtechniq C2v3.
A few things I learned were
1 - wo-wo micro fibres are the dogs, superb product and I will be ordering more asap.
2 - C2v3 is amazing and will be my go to product due to it's incredibly easy application.
3 - I really need to buy some poor boys wheel sealant and find a tyre dresser I like, recommendations welcome.
4 - I need to find a really good glass cleaner, again I would appreciate any input.
5 - I will be buying a clay mitt or similar !
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1568/25958512051_4d05412b17_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FxSafB) (https://flic.kr/p/FxSafB)

[url=https://flic.kr/p/EJhGVy](https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1541/25420109474_c67e6baef9_k.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/) (https://flic.kr/p/EJhGVy) 

[url=https://flic.kr/p/FDJzGM](https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1588/26024932385_489c41cbde_k.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/) (https://flic.kr/p/FDJzGM)
 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 25 March 2016, 12:48
Looks amazing.  :cool:

Glass cleaner - Gtechniq G6 Perfect Glass is the best, closely followed by Autoglym Fast Glass

Tyre Dressing - Achem Long Life Tyre Dressing is the best, closely followed by Meguiars Endurance Gel.

http://www.achem.co.uk/shop/product-details.php?prdID=62  The price is great, however the delivery charge is a bit steep but if you get 5ltr it's cost effective. Silicone based so excellent durability and longevity, but goes on with the ease of a water based gel.  No sling and lasts and lasts.

Other tyre dressings to consider - Gtechniq T1 and Gyeon Q2 Tyre.

I've been using C2v3 on my alloys in place of Poorboys Wheel Sealant and great results.  Couple coats once a month works well.  For a full on wheel protection look at Gtechniq C5 but that's a wheels off job.  Chemical guys have just brought out a new wheel sealant, so maybe worth a look.  http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/chemical-guys-wheel-guard/prod_197.html
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 25 March 2016, 13:13
I've heard you mention the Achem tyre dressing before Rebecca and it's the one I will go for I think.
The Gtechniq glass cleaner does look good I have to say.
I never thought of using the C2v3 on my wheels but I will now!
Thanks Mrs B, have a great weekend :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 25 March 2016, 13:22
Just ordered everything, another £50 gone :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 25 March 2016, 13:29
Wo-wo MFs are indeed the business, I'm going to order another set soon. C2v3 is good stuff too, am going to put a 2nd coat on mine and parents car when I get the chance. I've got c5 on my wheels which is amazing stuff, but plan to try the c2v3 on parents qashqai alloys as I don't think they will want to spring the £40 for a bottle of c5!

I use AG fastglass and its very good. Might try the gtechiniq one as I'll need to order some more soon.

Use poor boys natural look on my tyres but it only lasts a couple of days so will need to invest in some proper dressing when funds allow.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 25 March 2016, 13:38
Forgot to add kalimon your car looks fantastic! Love the CSG... That would have been a close second for me to TR :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 25 March 2016, 17:07
Thanks Dave, it's just the tyres letting it down at the moment but 5 litres of Achem wheel dressing will sort that out :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 25 March 2016, 17:44
I've heard you mention the Achem tyre dressing before Rebecca and it's the one I will go for I think.
The Gtechniq glass cleaner does look good I have to say.
I never thought of using the C2v3 on my wheels but I will now!
Thanks Mrs B, have a great weekend :smiley:

Just ordered everything, another £50 gone :laugh:

Thanks Dave, it's just the tyres letting it down at the moment but 5 litres of Achem wheel dressing will sort that out :laugh:

You're quick off the mark! 

And 5ltrs of Achem Long Life Tyre Dressing will certainly sort that out.  It is superb stuff. It was Neil at WoWo who first told me about it, so eternally grateful to him, because until that point I had never settled on a tyre dressing that really met all my criteria.

It's a silicone based formula but thinner than most other silicone dressings, so it applies very easily - goes on more like a water based gel, but with the lovely finish and repellency you get with silicone formulas.  And it lasts and lasts and lasts - product info states durability is 2-3 weeks but I would say more like up to 4 weeks, which is good for a tyre dressing. And no sling at all.  Despite its slightly misleading name, it’s actually incredibly versatile in terms of finish and can be anything from matt/satin - satin - gloss depending on how you apply it and how many coats you put on.  For a matt finish, give a thorough wipe over after each application.  For a satin finish, give a light wipe over each application, and for a shine, skip the wipe down altogether.  Whatever finish you prefer one coat gives a great finish, two coats even better.
 
I apply it using a foam pad and then wipe down lightly afterwards with an old microfibre, as I prefer a satin finish opposed to hi-shine. Usually I do two coats, time permitting.  Here's how it looks (current and previous car):

(http://s28.postimg.org/n7gjfgygt/image.jpg) (http://postimage.org/)

(http://s28.postimg.org/y22kv56yl/image.jpg) (http://postimage.org/)

(http://s28.postimg.org/mobg67725/image.jpg) (http://postimage.org/)

(http://s28.postimg.org/69qpl43ul/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/6mi3ram49/full/)

(http://s28.postimg.org/cbycblsal/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/4vz2pt4l5/full/)

And here's it is 5 weeks after application, on a very dirty car, the tyre dressing (though diminishing) is still evident, despite the wheels being subject to some very muddy sites and conditions.  No other tyre dressing I've ever tried has lasted more than 2 weeks tops.
 
(http://s28.postimg.org/jhv5b67p9/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/nqzvdcayh/full/)

(http://s28.postimg.org/xj22zm4xp/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/hktd9hapl/full/)

(http://s28.postimg.org/92fbreet9/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/6l3kk4uwp/full/)

(http://s28.postimg.org/4s0nvt9q5/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/8odzrsupl/full/)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 25 March 2016, 18:05
Their trade counter is in Alfreton... would be so tempting to go pick some of that up next week as I'll be down in Sheffield, however, this would not go down very well with the Mrs as she doesn't really know of the cost or time spent on cleaning the car!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 25 March 2016, 18:11
I had a bit of a nightmare claying my car today. A combination of the sun beating down and dodo juice 'born slippy' was making a right old mess. I think the clay mitt is the way forward. I believe you use one Rebecca, how do u find it?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 25 March 2016, 21:04
Car had a treat today for getting 3/4 of the way to 100k  :laugh: Full inside and out clean, looking much better!

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1496/25430627853_e1f3de3ea9_h.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1506/25966760881_733c4e47d5_h.jpg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 25 March 2016, 21:26
Looking really good there seabrook, lovely job! :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 25 March 2016, 21:38
I had a bit of a nightmare claying my car today. A combination of the sun beating down and dodo juice 'born slippy' was making a right old mess. I think the clay mitt is the way forward. I believe you use one Rebecca, how do u find it?

I love clay mitts and the are perfect for new cars.  For a used car or a car that's not been flayed ever, or for a while, a traditional clay bar may be required, but for a new or looked after car, a clay mitt is the way forward.

Have a read of this thread kalimon. It relates to the WoWo clay mitt which is what I would recommend.

http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=276259.0
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 25 March 2016, 21:38
Car had a treat today for getting 3/4 of the way to 100k  :laugh: Full inside and out clean, looking much better!

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1496/25430627853_e1f3de3ea9_h.jpg)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1506/25966760881_733c4e47d5_h.jpg)

You've excelled yourself Dan.  A stunner.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JB GTI on 26 March 2016, 18:15
Well, yesterday. Posted some photos of a funny shaped Golf here.
http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=276899.0
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jimmydub on 27 March 2016, 18:41
excuse my ignorance but whats this disconnecting the hose from pressure washer all about?

Two main reasons.  After washing the car, the final rinse should be done with an open ended hose rather than a spray (jet washer or hose spray head).  So you need to disconnect the hose from the pressure washer, and remove the stop connecter (if using one) to get a non spray flow of water from the hose.

The reasons the final rinse should be with an open ended hose is, working from the top of the car down, open ended rinsing allows the water to 'sheet' off the car, thus reducing the amount of standing water left on the car so that

1) less water to dry of with a MF towel - which reduces the need for towel contact and,

2) less standing water reduces the risk of water spots forming. 

Water spots not an issue if you have very soft water or use a water filter attached to your hose (as I do) but for those in hard water areas without a filter, if there is a lot of water left on the car after the rinse, water spots can form very quickly, (quicker than you can get round with a drying towel) especially if the car is in the sun, and they can be very, very difficult to remove, sometimes having to be polished out with a DA.  Using a spray-on rinse aid at the final rinse can help, but the best way to leave the minimum water on the car is an open ended hose rinse.  A final rinse with a spray or pressure washer lance leaves lots of water droplets on the car, each one a potential future water spot!  There are products to remove water spots such as CarPro Eraser but their effectiveness is questionable so best to avoid getting water spots in the first place.

Equally important - less standing water on the car after rinsing equals less towel drying which means less 'contact' with the paintwork, so less risk of swirls and marring.

That's the full on  OCD reason that disconnecting the hose from the PW is important.  Bet you wish you'd never asked.  :grin:

Great response! Appreciate you taking the time to write it!

Now you've said it, of course it makes perfect sense. I must admit I rinse with the pressure washer after each step i.e. soap the roof, then rinse, soap pillars and glass, then rinse etc.. working my way down to lowest points. I then usually rinse the entire car again at the end. Not sure if it needs to be done so much but I do it for the exact reason you describe - to avoid water sitting and leaving spots! I guess I'll switch up my method a bit and go for the open ended rinse!

Thanks again!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 March 2016, 16:43
Well after some idiot woman put a dent and chip on the rear door this morning, I consoled myself by cleaning it!

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Then I had to go out and it started pouring down so now it looks like this again.  :cry:

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 March 2016, 17:08
Dave, your thing about making an attachment to save you turning off the tap may sound ridiculous, but I have been meaning to do the exact same thing! Great minds obviously think alike :whistle:
Every second counts :laugh:

here's what I made...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1502/25932575951_1ff35f54e0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Fvzemt)

Simple but a good time-saver!

Many thanks for this great tip Dave.  I found one of those little connectors to click into the stop connector in my shed and voila!  Instant open ended hose without having to turn the tap off or tread on the hosepipe.  Cheers for that tip.  :smiley:

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 31 March 2016, 15:34
Took my wheels off today and cleaned them with Bilberry wheel cleaner, gave them a thorough dry off and applied a coat of C2v3.
They cleaned really easily due to having only done 250 miles since new :grin:
Gave the brake calipers a clean and polish while I was at it.
Ran out of time so will apply Achem tyre finish at the weekend :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 31 March 2016, 21:54
I have the pleasure of a black mk5 GTi this weekend, which has already been washed. Wheels have come up pretty well and the paint actually feels pretty tidy too so tomorrow night will be clay, then polish Saturday. The main party will be trim dressing, interior and under the bonnet needs a good clean.

Pics/vid to follow.

Cheers

Neil
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dipstick on 08 April 2016, 15:28
First go at snowfoaming using a pressure washer... it uses a LOT less snow foam than the lance for a normal hose!
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f187/sdiprose/DSC_0010.jpg)
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Followed by a rinse, 2BW, TRIX on the wheels followed by Bilberry wheel cleaner, open hose rinsed and dried.
All glass cleaned with G6.
Interior hoovered, dusted and coated with Poorboys Natural Look and buffed off.

Only one after picture which is a bit blurry:
(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f187/sdiprose/IMG-20160407-WA0000.jpeg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 08 April 2016, 15:29
Took advantage of a break in the weather to give the Golf a much needed clean.
Snow foam followed by wheel clean using Bilberry wheel cleaner, Wo-Wo wash mitt and wheel woolies.
Two bucket wash using Wo-Wo wash mitt
Full dry off using a combination of Metro vac & Blo and Wo-Wo drying towels.
Finished with it's second coat of Gtechniq C2v3 then a final polish using Wo-Wo micro fibre clothes.
Looks pretty damned fine :smiley:
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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 08 April 2016, 17:37
Dipstick and kalimon - two great efforts and two cracking looking cars! Washed mine today too, certainly was the right day for it, made a change from nearly freezing to death! Didn't take any pictures but the red was glowing in the sunshine making it dead easy to spot in Tesco's car park :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 08 April 2016, 22:36

(http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f187/sdiprose/IMG-20160407-WA0000.jpeg)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1521/26282186316_7e8a96b422_k.jpg)

Who doesn't love snow foam, Bilberry and WoWo.  :cool:

Top jobs on the detailing front today by all. Twin Carbon Greys look stunning. :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 09 April 2016, 09:04
My mate who owns a gorgeous silver T5, took my advice and bought an autobrite snow foam lance and the orange valet pro snow foam. Typical of him, he put 50mm of SF in the bottle instead of the recommended 25.
He reckons it took him an hour to clean up the mess it made and his kids were slipping in the stuff.
What a tit !!
Ps
Are u back from yours hols now Rebecca?
Not seen your R on here recently.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 April 2016, 11:25
My mate who owns a gorgeous silver T5, took my advice and bought an autobrite snow foam lance and the orange valet pro snow foam. Typical of him, he put 50mm of SF in the bottle instead of the recommended 25.
He reckons it took him an hour to clean up the mess it made and his kids were slipping in the stuff.
What a tit !!
Ps
Are u back from yours hols now Rebecca?
Not seen your R on here recently.

Lol.  What a tit indeed but not the only one!  Someone on another forum misunderstood how much snow foam shampoo use (despite clear instruction, thrice!) and used 800ml of the shampoo in the lance bottle, topped up with only about 10-20ml water!!!  Then they wondered why they'd run out of it so quickly!  That's why when someone on here (dipstick I think it was) asked me how much snow foam to use the other week, I posted up the 'idiot pc guide' to avoid any misinterpretation.  I hope dipstick didn't think I was being insulting.  :undecided:  Didn't want him making the same mistake as the other chap, though his snow foam pics above show he has more sense than that :-)

Returning from hols today an will be picking up my R from Gatwick at midnight in the dark, so will be walking round it with an iPhone torch to check for damage, lol. 

Sorry kalimon, I accidentally clicked 'modify' on your post above instead of quoting it (mods have extra buttons) so that's what it says edited by.....at the end.  Didn't edit it. 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 09 April 2016, 13:33
My mate who owns a gorgeous silver T5, took my advice and bought an autobrite snow foam lance and the orange valet pro snow foam. Typical of him, he put 50mm of SF in the bottle instead of the recommended 25.
He reckons it took him an hour to clean up the mess it made and his kids were slipping in the stuff.
What a tit !!
Ps
Are u back from yours hols now Rebecca?
Not seen your R on here recently.

Lol.  What a tit indeed but not the only one!  Someone on another forum misunderstood how much snow foam shampoo use (despite clear instruction, thrice!) and used 800ml of the shampoo in the lance bottle, topped up with only about 10-20ml water!!!  Then they wondered why they'd run out of it so quickly!  That's why when someone on here (dipstick I think it was) asked me how much snow foam to use the other week, I posted up the 'idiot pc guide' to avoid any misinterpretation.  I hope dipstick didn't think I was being insulting.  :undecided:  Didn't want him making the same mistake as the other chap, though his snow foam pics above show he has more sense than that :-)

Returning from hols today an will be picking up my R from Gatwick at midnight in the dark, so will be walking round it with an iPhone torch to check for damage, lol. 

Sorry kalimon, I accidentally clicked 'modify' on your post above instead of quoting it (mods have extra buttons) so that's what it says edited by.....at the end.  Didn't edit it.

You can modify my many spelling mistakes any time you want Rebecca.
What's the latest with that chip on your door?

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 April 2016, 17:17
My mate who owns a gorgeous silver T5, took my advice and bought an autobrite snow foam lance and the orange valet pro snow foam. Typical of him, he put 50mm of SF in the bottle instead of the recommended 25.
He reckons it took him an hour to clean up the mess it made and his kids were slipping in the stuff.
What a tit !!
Ps
Are u back from yours hols now Rebecca?
Not seen your R on here recently.

Lol.  What a tit indeed but not the only one!  Someone on another forum misunderstood how much snow foam shampoo use (despite clear instruction, thrice!) and used 800ml of the shampoo in the lance bottle, topped up with only about 10-20ml water!!!  Then they wondered why they'd run out of it so quickly!  That's why when someone on here (dipstick I think it was) asked me how much snow foam to use the other week, I posted up the 'idiot pc guide' to avoid any misinterpretation.  I hope dipstick didn't think I was being insulting.  :undecided:  Didn't want him making the same mistake as the other chap, though his snow foam pics above show he has more sense than that :-)

Returning from hols today an will be picking up my R from Gatwick at midnight in the dark, so will be walking round it with an iPhone torch to check for damage, lol. 

Sorry kalimon, I accidentally clicked 'modify' on your post above instead of quoting it (mods have extra buttons) so that's what it says edited by.....at the end.  Didn't edit it.

You can modify my many spelling mistakes any time you want Rebecca.
What's the latest with that chip on your door?

Would you believe I did it again!!  I'm losing it, lol.

Anyway, learn to spell.  :tongue:

No new news on the chip since the holiday got in the way of sorting it.  Will be taking it for some quotes at proper bodyshops and a couple of PDR/Smart repair quotes.  See which route to take.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 09 April 2016, 22:50
So got home from work at 6.30pm. No Mrs (at work), no toddler (at grandparents) + weather ok = car cleaning time!

Car was in dire need of a clean as it's only had a 'quick' snow foam, rinse and dry for the past 4 or 5 weeks, and the 250 miles a week to work plus a 500 mile trip down south has left it looking pretty dirty, although the red does hide it quite well.

Pressure washer rinse, snow foam, pressure washer rinse, wheels (bilberry wheel cleaner, big wheel wooly + wo-wo wheel mit), 2 bucket wash (DDJ supernatural shampoo + wo-wo lambswool mit + cleaned front grill with small wheel wooly), pressure washer rinse, open hose rinse, dry (DDJ + wo-wo towels), exterior glass clean (AG fastglass + wo-wo cloth), dress tyres (poorboys natural look), then finished up with a quick clean of the main parts of the dash with PBNL.

By the time I'd done it was 8.45pm!

Some pics ... before:

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Cleaning the grill...

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After (pretty much gone dark!)...

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 April 2016, 03:00
^^^

Looks excellent.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 10 April 2016, 07:32
Great job!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 10 April 2016, 09:11
Thanks!  :smiley:

Here's a couple more pics from this morning. It's rained overnight and the roads are wet so after driving to work this morning, the back window and boot lid are already dirty! I knew it wouldn't last long.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1490/26341055175_e6f398d62b_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G8EMZH)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1474/26341055285_b11aad9e6b_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G8EN2B)

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I really should have thought to move the brown food bin before I took the pics but was rushed for time this morning!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Gtiless on 10 April 2016, 10:10
It looks great-it didn't look too bad on the "before" pictures either TBF!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 10 April 2016, 10:23
It looks great-it didn't look too bad on the "before" pictures either TBF!!

Thanks :smiley: Pics didn't quite show how dirty it looked. The back and the sides were quite obvious, but as I said the red seems to hide it quite well.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 11 April 2016, 17:03
Got the wheels off for their spring application of C5. Washed with Born To Be Mild, Wheel Woolies and WoWo Wheel Mitt, liberal soakings in Korrosol and Tar X and then clayed. Quite a few large tar clumps on the inner barrels. Then IPA wipedown followed by 2 coats of Gtechniq C5.

No pics unfortunately as started tipping down just as I was finishing. Also uncovered some nastiness while I was giving the car a look over: http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=246903.msg2536976#msg2536976 (http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=246903.msg2536976#msg2536976)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 11 April 2016, 17:34
2 coats of Gtechniq C5.

Ouch... that's got to hurt the wallet  :shocked:... I used a whole 40ml bottle when I did 1 coat on mine a month or so ago, and that stuff is not cheap (but excellent though).

Must have taken you a while to do all that. Took ages doing mine, but most of that was polishing out some scratches by hand.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 11 April 2016, 17:49
Got the wheels off for their spring application of C5. Washed with Born To Be Mild, Wheel Woolies and WoWo Wheel Mitt, liberal soakings in Korrosol and Tar X and then clayed. Quite a few large tar clumps on the inner barrels. Then IPA wipedown followed by 2 coats of Gtechniq C5.

No pics unfortunately as started tipping down just as I was finishing. Also uncovered some nastiness while I was giving the car a look over: http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=246903.msg2536976#msg2536976 (http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=246903.msg2536976#msg2536976)

Hope you get that leak sorted without too much pain. Not what I would expect from a less than 5 year old car.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 11 April 2016, 18:30
Got the wheels off for their spring application of C5. Washed with Born To Be Mild, Wheel Woolies and WoWo Wheel Mitt, liberal soakings in Korrosol and Tar X and then clayed. Quite a few large tar clumps on the inner barrels. Then IPA wipedown followed by 2 coats of Gtechniq C5.

No pics unfortunately as started tipping down just as I was finishing. Also uncovered some nastiness while I was giving the car a look over: http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=246903.msg2536976#msg2536976 (http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=246903.msg2536976#msg2536976)

Sounds a very thorough job Dan. Sorry to read about your oil leak, hope it's easily fixable without too much pain and expense.

Don't need pics....know your car will be looking great.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 11 April 2016, 18:34
2 coats of Gtechniq C5.

Ouch... that's got to hurt the wallet  :shocked:... I used a whole 40ml bottle when I did 1 coat on mine a month or so ago, and that stuff is not cheap (but excellent though).

Must have taken you a while to do all that. Took ages doing mine, but most of that was polishing out some scratches by hand.

Already had some left over from when I last did them, find that I use probably 3/4 of a 40ml to do two coats on the Monzas. No polishing on mine today, although they could benefit from some.

Hope you get that leak sorted without too much pain. Not what I would expect from a less than 5 year old car.

Done the PCV valve test and it seems to have failed so that's probably causing the leaks by not relieving the pressure in the crankcase. Will be a DIY fix for the valve but not sure of parts costs just yet, or whether it's permanently buggered the sump seal etc. Car is just over 5 years old and almost 80k miles.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 12 April 2016, 10:25
Lovely, lovely job.  :cool:  TR looks so good when washed and waxed. 

Be interested to find out how long your wax will last on top of C2v3.  I'm not convinced the two are compatible and C2 is designed to be used in conjunction with other Gtechniq products, so I can't see wax lasting very long on top of it, but would be good to hear your feedback.  :smiley:

Some feedback on the FK1000p wax on top of the C2v3. As far as I can tell, it seems to be hanging on. Whilst washing, the paint still has that smooth feel and water repellence which to me suggests the wax is still doing it's job (happy to be corrected!). The C2v3 as far as I recall on it's own didn't have those qualities to the same extent (mainly the feel). No idea how long I should expect the wax to last but if this was it (applied 3rd Feb) then I'm happy.

Not sure what to do next now the weather is improving. It definitely needs decontamination, probably claying and polishing plus some stonechips sorting so do I have a go myself or get a pro job done? I shall ponder that one...
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 April 2016, 16:08
Lovely, lovely job.  :cool:  TR looks so good when washed and waxed. 

Be interested to find out how long your wax will last on top of C2v3.  I'm not convinced the two are compatible and C2 is designed to be used in conjunction with other Gtechniq products, so I can't see wax lasting very long on top of it, but would be good to hear your feedback.  :smiley:

Some feedback on the FK1000p wax on top of the C2v3. As far as I can tell, it seems to be hanging on. Whilst washing, the paint still has that smooth feel and water repellence which to me suggests the wax is still doing it's job (happy to be corrected!). The C2v3 as far as I recall on it's own didn't have those qualities to the same extent (mainly the feel). No idea how long I should expect the wax to last but if this was it (applied 3rd Feb) then I'm happy.

Not sure what to do next now the weather is improving. It definitely needs decontamination, probably claying and polishing plus some stonechips sorting so do I have a go myself or get a pro job done? I shall ponder that one...

Most C2v3 connoisseurs I know, and there are a few, say that the finish of C2 feels much slicker to the touch (and arguably better water repellence) than wax so it could actually be the C2 you are feeling.  Who knows?   Can you not tell by the visual finish, so to speak?  Does the paint look less deep and glossy - more sterile and glassy? 

In answer to your latter pondering.......have a go yourself.  :wink: :whistle: :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 13 April 2016, 14:54
Lovely, lovely job.  :cool:  TR looks so good when washed and waxed. 

Be interested to find out how long your wax will last on top of C2v3.  I'm not convinced the two are compatible and C2 is designed to be used in conjunction with other Gtechniq products, so I can't see wax lasting very long on top of it, but would be good to hear your feedback.  :smiley:

Some feedback on the FK1000p wax on top of the C2v3. As far as I can tell, it seems to be hanging on. Whilst washing, the paint still has that smooth feel and water repellence which to me suggests the wax is still doing it's job (happy to be corrected!). The C2v3 as far as I recall on it's own didn't have those qualities to the same extent (mainly the feel). No idea how long I should expect the wax to last but if this was it (applied 3rd Feb) then I'm happy.

Not sure what to do next now the weather is improving. It definitely needs decontamination, probably claying and polishing plus some stonechips sorting so do I have a go myself or get a pro job done? I shall ponder that one...

Most C2v3 connoisseurs I know, and there are a few, say that the finish of C2 feels much slicker to the touch (and arguably better water repellence) than wax so it could actually be the C2 you are feeling.  Who knows?   Can you not tell by the visual finish, so to speak?  Does the paint look less deep and glossy - more sterile and glassy? 

In answer to your latter pondering.......have a go yourself.  :wink: :whistle: :smiley:

I shall have another look - deep sterile glossy glassy - got it :undecided:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 13 April 2016, 15:45
Lovely, lovely job.  :cool:  TR looks so good when washed and waxed. 

Be interested to find out how long your wax will last on top of C2v3.  I'm not convinced the two are compatible and C2 is designed to be used in conjunction with other Gtechniq products, so I can't see wax lasting very long on top of it, but would be good to hear your feedback.  :smiley:


Some feedback on the FK1000p wax on top of the C2v3. As far as I can tell, it seems to be hanging on. Whilst washing, the paint still has that smooth feel and water repellence which to me suggests the wax is still doing it's job (happy to be corrected!). The C2v3 as far as I recall on it's own didn't have those qualities to the same extent (mainly the feel). No idea how long I should expect the wax to last but if this was it (applied 3rd Feb) then I'm happy.

Not sure what to do next now the weather is improving. It definitely needs decontamination, probably claying and polishing plus some stonechips sorting so do I have a go myself or get a pro job done? I shall ponder that one...

Most C2v3 connoisseurs I know, and there are a few, say that the finish of C2 feels much slicker to the touch (and arguably better water repellence) than wax so it could actually be the C2 you are feeling.  Who knows?   Can you not tell by the visual finish, so to speak?  Does the paint look less deep and glossy - more sterile and glassy? 

In answer to your latter pondering.......have a go yourself.  :wink: :whistle: :smiley:
'sterile and glassy'. Have you been discussing me with my good wife Rebecca?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 April 2016, 17:23
Lovely, lovely job.  :cool:  TR looks so good when washed and waxed. 

Be interested to find out how long your wax will last on top of C2v3.  I'm not convinced the two are compatible and C2 is designed to be used in conjunction with other Gtechniq products, so I can't see wax lasting very long on top of it, but would be good to hear your feedback.  :smiley:


Some feedback on the FK1000p wax on top of the C2v3. As far as I can tell, it seems to be hanging on. Whilst washing, the paint still has that smooth feel and water repellence which to me suggests the wax is still doing it's job (happy to be corrected!). The C2v3 as far as I recall on it's own didn't have those qualities to the same extent (mainly the feel). No idea how long I should expect the wax to last but if this was it (applied 3rd Feb) then I'm happy.

Not sure what to do next now the weather is improving. It definitely needs decontamination, probably claying and polishing plus some stonechips sorting so do I have a go myself or get a pro job done? I shall ponder that one...

Most C2v3 connoisseurs I know, and there are a few, say that the finish of C2 feels much slicker to the touch (and arguably better water repellence) than wax so it could actually be the C2 you are feeling.  Who knows?   Can you not tell by the visual finish, so to speak?  Does the paint look less deep and glossy - more sterile and glassy? 

In answer to your latter pondering.......have a go yourself.  :wink: :whistle: :smiley:
'sterile and glassy'. Have you been discussing me with my good wife Rebecca?

Er no, but you are not exactly selling yourself now.  :grin:  Maybe the reality is different, but don't worry your forum personality does not come across as sterile, nor glassy by any means.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 13 April 2016, 18:35
Lovely, lovely job.  :cool:  TR looks so good when washed and waxed. 

Be interested to find out how long your wax will last on top of C2v3.  I'm not convinced the two are compatible and C2 is designed to be used in conjunction with other Gtechniq products, so I can't see wax lasting very long on top of it, but would be good to hear your feedback.  :smiley:


Some feedback on the FK1000p wax on top of the C2v3. As far as I can tell, it seems to be hanging on. Whilst washing, the paint still has that smooth feel and water repellence which to me suggests the wax is still doing it's job (happy to be corrected!). The C2v3 as far as I recall on it's own didn't have those qualities to the same extent (mainly the feel). No idea how long I should expect the wax to last but if this was it (applied 3rd Feb) then I'm happy.

Not sure what to do next now the weather is improving. It definitely needs decontamination, probably claying and polishing plus some stonechips sorting so do I have a go myself or get a pro job done? I shall ponder that one...

Most C2v3 connoisseurs I know, and there are a few, say that the finish of C2 feels much slicker to the touch (and arguably better water repellence) than wax so it could actually be the C2 you are feeling.  Who knows?   Can you not tell by the visual finish, so to speak?  Does the paint look less deep and glossy - more sterile and glassy? 

In answer to your latter pondering.......have a go yourself.  :wink: :whistle: :smiley:
'sterile and glassy'. Have you been discussing me with my good wife Rebecca?

Er no, but you are not exactly selling yourself now.  :grin:  Maybe the reality is different, but don't worry your forum personality does not come across as sterile, nor glassy by any means.  :laugh:
I've been married 26 yrs so I'm not an easy sell :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 17 April 2016, 18:25
Gave the car a very quick wash today as I'm seriously hungover  :sick:
Thought I'd try something new so instead of drying the car off, I rinsed it using the purified water that I use for window cleaning. Theoretically, it shouldn't leave any water spots but I'll have a look later when it's had a chance to dry.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 April 2016, 18:58
Gave the car a very quick wash today as I'm seriously hungover  :sick:
Thought I'd try something new so instead of drying the car off, I rinsed it using the purified water that I use for window cleaning. Theoretically, it shouldn't leave any water spots but I'll have a look later when it's had a chance to dry.

Hopefully that should leave it water mark free.  I use a Raceglaze water filter hooked up between my outdoor tap and hose. No water marks with that.  Not cheap but best detailing purchase I've ever made. Water mark and therefore, stress free car washing!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 17 April 2016, 19:14
Gave the car a very quick wash today as I'm seriously hungover  :sick:
Thought I'd try something new so instead of drying the car off, I rinsed it using the purified water that I use for window cleaning. Theoretically, it shouldn't leave any water spots but I'll have a look later when it's had a chance to dry.

Hopefully that should leave it water mark free.  I use a Raceglaze water filter hooked up between my outdoor tap and hose. No water marks with that.  Not cheap but best detailing purchase I've ever made. Water mark and therefore, stress free car washing!
I'll have a look at that, sounds good, although the van system's already paid for :smiley:
Early night for me, I feel like death warmed up :cry:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 April 2016, 20:22
Gave the car a very quick wash today as I'm seriously hungover  :sick:
Thought I'd try something new so instead of drying the car off, I rinsed it using the purified water that I use for window cleaning. Theoretically, it shouldn't leave any water spots but I'll have a look later when it's had a chance to dry.

Hopefully that should leave it water mark free.  I use a Raceglaze water filter hooked up between my outdoor tap and hose. No water marks with that.  Not cheap but best detailing purchase I've ever made. Water mark and therefore, stress free car washing!

I'll have a look at that, sounds good, although the van system's already paid for :smiley:
Early night for me, I feel like death warmed up :cry:

Well if you've already get a water system paid for then great stuff.

I'm impressed you bothered to wash the car at all with a mega hangover.  That's dedication for you.  Sounds like you are paying for it now though.  Bed and sleep should sort you out  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 18 April 2016, 07:47
Busy weekend for me:-

First up my bros C63s then my A45.

Both cars were treated to the usual wash and dry regime and then:-

C63s

Sealed with CG Black Light applied with the DA on the lowest speed setting for even coverage, then waxed with DJ Purple Haze, which is an amazing wax to work with - so easy!

A45

Sealed with CG V07 Hybrid Sealant with Gloss enhancers and then waxed with PB Nattys Paste Wax Red. I found this a bit chalky but it would put me off using it again.

Both cars had their wheels sealed with CG Max Guard and exhausts sealed with Britemax Metal Sealant.

Tyres were then dressed with Achem Hi-Shine.

Front and rear screens were sealed with G-Techniq while side windows with AF Crystal.

Pictures aren't great but you'll get the idea.

I managed to do a video of the C63 but it was dark last night by the time I'd finished mine.

(http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b525/Wo-Wo/C63s_zpsfaqoy1c1.jpg) (http://s1290.photobucket.com/user/Wo-Wo/media/C63s_zpsfaqoy1c1.jpg.html)

(http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b525/Wo-Wo/A45_zpscjh26tfj.jpg) (http://s1290.photobucket.com/user/Wo-Wo/media/A45_zpscjh26tfj.jpg.html)



https://youtu.be/6a0ex14zvhM


Thanks for looking!

Cheers

Neil
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 18 April 2016, 08:49
Both cars look amazing  :cool: :cool: :cool: 

Liking the A45 in red with black wheels.  Not seen it in red before.  Looks like it means business!

Purple Haze is fantastic wax.  Interesting what you say about the Nattys.  I’m not keen on their waxes at all.  I’ve tried both the paste and liquid versions (Nattys Blue) before and not impressed with either the finish on black, nor the longevity.  But your  red certainly looks good, be interesting to see how long it lasts on top of the sealant.  I think if I had a red car DoDo Juice Orange Crush would be my first wax.

Great job.  Will have a look at the vid later too.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 18 April 2016, 12:09
Gave the car a very quick wash today as I'm seriously hungover  :sick:
Thought I'd try something new so instead of drying the car off, I rinsed it using the purified water that I use for window cleaning. Theoretically, it shouldn't leave any water spots but I'll have a look later when it's had a chance to dry.

Hopefully that should leave it water mark free.  I use a Raceglaze water filter hooked up between my outdoor tap and hose. No water marks with that.  Not cheap but best detailing purchase I've ever made. Water mark and therefore, stress free car washing!

I'll have a look at that, sounds good, although the van system's already paid for :smiley:
Early night for me, I feel like death warmed up :cry:

Well if you've already get a water system paid for then great stuff.

I'm impressed you bothered to wash the car at all with a mega hangover.  That's dedication for you.  Sounds like you are paying for it now though.  Bed and sleep should sort you out  :smiley:
Checked the car this morning and no water spots!
Just need to make sure I rinse it that way in future although it won't matter if I dry the car off I suppose :undecided:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 18 April 2016, 15:40
Gave the car a very quick wash today as I'm seriously hungover  :sick:
Thought I'd try something new so instead of drying the car off, I rinsed it using the purified water that I use for window cleaning. Theoretically, it shouldn't leave any water spots but I'll have a look later when it's had a chance to dry.

Hopefully that should leave it water mark free.  I use a Raceglaze water filter hooked up between my outdoor tap and hose. No water marks with that.  Not cheap but best detailing purchase I've ever made. Water mark and therefore, stress free car washing!

I'll have a look at that, sounds good, although the van system's already paid for :smiley:
Early night for me, I feel like death warmed up :cry:

Well if you've already get a water system paid for then great stuff.

I'm impressed you bothered to wash the car at all with a mega hangover.  That's dedication for you.  Sounds like you are paying for it now though.  Bed and sleep should sort you out  :smiley:
Checked the car this morning and no water spots!
Just need to make sure I rinse it that way in future although it won't matter if I dry the car off I suppose :undecided:

That's really good.  :cool:

No technically you won't need to dry it off but old habits die hard.  :laugh:  I still like to dry mine off with a combo of a air dryer and WoWo drying towels.  Something doesn't feel right about leaving a car to drip dry! One thing you don't have to worry about is those annoying little water drips from the numerous water traps - they shouldn't leave marks so you can just let them drip.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 20 April 2016, 17:30
As I have mentioned before, I'm not that impressed with the smallest of the wheel woolies so I bought this http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/ez-detail-brush-mini/prod_581.html to supplement the larger wheel woolies.
It's far superior in my opinion and makes the two smallest woolies redundant for wheel cleaning duties.
I will use them for tailpipe and grill duties from now on :smiley:
Also used auto finesse iron remover for the first time on the wife's alloys. It's a cracking product and worth every penny :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 20 April 2016, 18:35
As I have mentioned before, I'm not that impressed with the smallest of the wheel woolies so I bought this http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/ez-detail-brush-mini/prod_581.html to supplement the larger wheel woolies.
It's far superior in my opinion and makes the two smallest woolies redundant for wheel cleaning duties.
I will use them for tailpipe and grill duties from now on :smiley:
Also used auto finesse iron remover for the first time on the wife's alloys. It's a cracking product and worth every penny :smiley:

Yes I only use the big one as well. It fits in-between the spokes of the nogaros perfectly and also in-between the wheel rim and calipers. Cant find a use for the medium one at all and the small one is good for doing the grill. In my case i don't feel like I need a different brush though as I do the inside of the wheel with the big woolie and the front face with the wo-wo wheel mit.

I've not really laid much attention to my tail pipes yet so as you say the medium woolie may be of use there
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 20 April 2016, 18:49
I think it depends on your alloys.  The small wheel woolie is perfect for the groove on Pretorias, where it dissapears behind the spokes.  The Pretorias are the first alloy I've had where every size of the wheel woolies has a use, but mainly the large and small ones.

I used to have the larger EZ wheel brush but never liked it and in fact just given it to a member on another forum.

The medium wheel woolie is perfect for tailpipes.  I've used mine for tailpipe for last 3 years and they shift a lot of dirt.  I also use then on the lower front bumper, rear diffuser and the number plates too. 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Walts on 20 April 2016, 20:16
Well today I decide to make the most of the sun and give the car a clean it deserves.

I'm a little (Mrs says a lot) OCD with my cars but I do see them as my only real sin, I don't drink or smoke and work tends to get in the way of a lot of other good stuff.

Well today the car had the following.....
Wheels cleaned first with the following process....... snow foamed, rinsed, cleaned with dodo juice born to be mild shampoo and then deep cleaned with billberry via wheel woolies and an alloy wash mitt.
Wheels rinsed again and then the car..........

The full car was snow foamed and whilst that rested i filled up two buckets with some more dodo juice born to mild.
The car was then rinsed and then washed with my new wowo wash mitt (very nice indeed).  As the cars dark I tend to clean the upper all around and then move on to the lower panels working my way round the car evenly.

One cleaned the i then rinsed the car with the power washer to get into all the obvious places, once that's done out comes the raceglaze water filter for the final rinse to prevent water drops drying and me rushing around like a fool.

I know I don't have to dry the car but still feel the need, I use a metro mini to do the alloys and then two drying towels to pat the car down as needed.

Now usually that's the weekly cycle done but today the car needed some tlc.  As I live by the coast it appears the seagulls have taken an opportunity whilst I wasn't about to dance on the bonnet and the roof. 

Outcomes the DA machine at this point, I started with a light pad and some angle glaze cleanser which worked to great effect, once the offeding eye sores were taken care of all the surfaces were then protected with dodo purple haze pro (new product to me but I really liked it).

Finally the glass was gleaned with autoglym glass polish, the tyres dresses with chemicals guys tyres dressing and the alloys themself treated to chemical guys alloy polish.

Overall not a Bad days work and the car that's 2years and 4 months old certainly doesn't look her age.........

(http://i482.photobucket.com/albums/rr186/W14lts/image_zpsdmttmmbf.jpeg) (http://s482.photobucket.com/user/W14lts/media/image_zpsdmttmmbf.jpeg.html)

(http://i482.photobucket.com/albums/rr186/W14lts/image_zpsgalfrdaz.jpeg) (http://s482.photobucket.com/user/W14lts/media/image_zpsgalfrdaz.jpeg.html)

(http://i482.photobucket.com/albums/rr186/W14lts/image_zpshifikkoe.jpeg) (http://s482.photobucket.com/user/W14lts/media/image_zpshifikkoe.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 20 April 2016, 21:23
Wow Walts, beautiful job, great reflections!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 20 April 2016, 21:25
I think it depends on your alloys.  The small wheel woolie is perfect for the groove on Pretorias, where it dissapears behind the spokes.  The Pretorias are the first alloy I've had where every size of the wheel woolies has a use, but mainly the large and small ones.

I used to have the larger EZ wheel brush but never liked it and in fact just given it to a member on another forum.

The medium wheel woolie is perfect for tailpipes.  I've used mine for tailpipe for last 3 years and they shift a lot of dirt.  I also use then on the lower front bumper, rear diffuser and the number plates too.
I didn't fancy the large EZ brush but the small one is a belter and reaches the back of my wheels just about
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 20 April 2016, 21:59
Well today I decide to make the most of the sun and give the car a clean it deserves.

I'm a little (Mrs says a lot) OCD with my cars but I do see them as my only real sin, I don't drink or smoke and work tends to get in the way of a lot of other good stuff.

Well today the car had the following.....
Wheels cleaned first with the following process....... snow foamed, rinsed, cleaned with dodo juice born to be mild shampoo and then deep cleaned with billberry via wheel woolies and an alloy wash mitt.
Wheels rinsed again and then the car..........

The full car was snow foamed and whilst that rested i filled up two buckets with some more dodo juice born to mild.
The car was then rinsed and then washed with my new wowo wash mitt (very nice indeed).  As the cars dark I tend to clean the upper all around and then move on to the lower panels working my way round the car evenly.

One cleaned the i then rinsed the car with the power washer to get into all the obvious places, once that's done out comes the raceglaze water filter for the final rinse to prevent water drops drying and me rushing around like a fool.

I know I don't have to dry the car but still feel the need, I use a metro mini to do the alloys and then two drying towels to pat the car down as needed.

Now usually that's the weekly cycle done but today the car needed some tlc.  As I live by the coast it appears the seagulls have taken an opportunity whilst I wasn't about to dance on the bonnet and the roof. 

Outcomes the DA machine at this point, I started with a light pad and some angle glaze cleanser which worked to great effect, once the offeding eye sores were taken care of all the surfaces were then protected with dodo purple haze pro (new product to me but I really liked it).

Finally the glass was gleaned with autoglym glass polish, the tyres dresses with chemicals guys tyres dressing and the alloys themself treated to chemical guys alloy polish.

Overall not a Bad days work and the car that's 2years and 4 months old certainly doesn't look her age.........

(http://i482.photobucket.com/albums/rr186/W14lts/image_zpsdmttmmbf.jpeg) (http://s482.photobucket.com/user/W14lts/media/image_zpsdmttmmbf.jpeg.html)

(http://i482.photobucket.com/albums/rr186/W14lts/image_zpsgalfrdaz.jpeg) (http://s482.photobucket.com/user/W14lts/media/image_zpsgalfrdaz.jpeg.html)

(http://i482.photobucket.com/albums/rr186/W14lts/image_zpshifikkoe.jpeg) (http://s482.photobucket.com/user/W14lts/media/image_zpshifikkoe.jpeg.html)


Car looks immense!  Superb detailing work.  :cool: :cool: :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Walts on 20 April 2016, 22:05
Wow Walts, beautiful job, great reflections!

Cheers watts, certainly took some time
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Walts on 20 April 2016, 22:10
Well today I decide to make the most of the sun and give the car a clean it deserves.

I'm a little (Mrs says a lot) OCD with my cars but I do see them as my only real sin, I don't drink or smoke and work tends to get in the way of a lot of other good stuff.

Well today the car had the following.....
Wheels cleaned first with the following process....... snow foamed, rinsed, cleaned with dodo juice born to be mild shampoo and then deep cleaned with billberry via wheel woolies and an alloy wash mitt.
Wheels rinsed again and then the car..........

The full car was snow foamed and whilst that rested i filled up two buckets with some more dodo juice born to mild.
The car was then rinsed and then washed with my new wowo wash mitt (very nice indeed).  As the cars dark I tend to clean the upper all around and then move on to the lower panels working my way round the car evenly.

One cleaned the i then rinsed the car with the power washer to get into all the obvious places, once that's done out comes the raceglaze water filter for the final rinse to prevent water drops drying and me rushing around like a fool.

I know I don't have to dry the car but still feel the need, I use a metro mini to do the alloys and then two drying towels to pat the car down as needed.

Now usually that's the weekly cycle done but today the car needed some tlc.  As I live by the coast it appears the seagulls have taken an opportunity whilst I wasn't about to dance on the bonnet and the roof. 

Outcomes the DA machine at this point, I started with a light pad and some angle glaze cleanser which worked to great effect, once the offeding eye sores were taken care of all the surfaces were then protected with dodo purple haze pro (new product to me but I really liked it).

Finally the glass was gleaned with autoglym glass polish, the tyres dresses with chemicals guys tyres dressing and the alloys themself treated to chemical guys alloy polish.

Overall not a Bad days work and the car that's 2years and 4 months old certainly doesn't look her age.........

(http://i482.photobucket.com/albums/rr186/W14lts/image_zpsdmttmmbf.jpeg) (http://s482.photobucket.com/user/W14lts/media/image_zpsdmttmmbf.jpeg.html)

(http://i482.photobucket.com/albums/rr186/W14lts/image_zpsgalfrdaz.jpeg) (http://s482.photobucket.com/user/W14lts/media/image_zpsgalfrdaz.jpeg.html)

(http://i482.photobucket.com/albums/rr186/W14lts/image_zpshifikkoe.jpeg) (http://s482.photobucket.com/user/W14lts/media/image_zpshifikkoe.jpeg.html)


Car looks immense!  Superb detailing work.  :cool: :cool: :cool:

Proper compliment coming from the site legend in detailing  :wink:

Just remembered I also sorted the gloss black trim on the doors too, that's stuffs a proper little scratch magnet....

Booth can you recommend something to take out light scratches on the speedo and the black trim panels in the interior? There nothing serious, they could just do with some TLC next
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 20 April 2016, 23:11
Proper compliment coming from the site legend in detailing  :wink:

Just remembered I also sorted the gloss black trim on the doors too, that's stuffs a proper little scratch magnet....

Booth can you recommend something to take out light scratches on the speedo and the black trim panels in the interior? There nothing serious, they could just do with some TLC next

Some have had success with Meguiars PlastX on instrument dial plastics and plastic trim. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meguiars-PlastX-Plastic-Polish-296/dp/B0000AY3SR/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1461189249&sr=8-3&keywords=meguiar%27s+scratch+x

I've not tried it, but toothpaste is often recommended for tackling scratches to the plastic on instrument clusters - cheap and worth a go?  Also read that Silvo silver polish wadding (in a tin) is good for dial plastics.  So you could try any of those.

To avoid the scratches in the first place, have a can of compressed air to hand for no touch blasting off of dust from dials and crevices.  Works a treat, that and a good anti static interior cleaner helps keep the dust at bay, and reduces the need for rubbing at the trim.

I spotted my first tiny scratch on the piano trim today - centre console cubby lid. Grrr.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 21 April 2016, 07:05
Walts - stunning job there!!! :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Walts on 21 April 2016, 09:17
Walts - stunning job there!!! :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Thanks...... You'll have to take some credit I guess, purchased your Easter kit you had on offer and it's all top notch. 

I think it goes a little above the rest, especially on packaging/presentation, plus it all does what's it's meant to  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 21 April 2016, 15:30
Walts - stunning job there!!! :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Thanks...... You'll have to take some credit I guess, purchased your Easter kit you had on offer and it's all top notch. 

I think it goes a little above the rest, especially on packaging/presentation, plus it all does what's it's meant to  :smiley:

Nice one and thanks for the feedback - but they only work if used correctly!  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Sootchucker on 23 April 2016, 15:27
Any idea when your web-site will be back up ?

Need a few bits and could do with a mooch to see what you have.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 23 April 2016, 19:39
Any idea when your web-site will be back up ?

Need a few bits and could do with a mooch to see what you have.

This week I hope?!?!

If you go on the website holding page and follow the Amazon link it'll take you through to the whole range and then we can do email or phone orders.

Cheers Neil
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 23 April 2016, 22:18
Had a busy afternoon giving the car some much needed tlc. Took all my detailing gear to my parents and did it there so I'd have someone to look after the wee one.

Pressure washer rinse
Valet Pro advanced neutral snow foam and pressure wash rinse off after 5 mins (during which time I filled my 3 buckets for the wash)
Wash wheels - spray on Valet Pro bilberry wheel cleaner (1:10), leave for 5 mins and then agitate using big wheel woolie/wo-wo wheel mit (with seperate bucket of water for rinsing them) before rinsing off with pressure washer.
2-bucket wash remainder of car with DDJ supernatural and wo-wo lambswool mit before rinsing off in 3 stages (roof, down to crease line, then remainder).
final rinse off with open ended hose.
Dry with DDJ/wo-wo towels
Lunch break :smile:
Dress tyres and exterior black plastic with poorboys natural look.
Exterior glass clean with AG fastglass and wo-wo glass cloth
Next cleaned inside front:
vaccum footwells, mats and seats with handheld dyson
clean dash, centre console and door plastics with poorboys natural look.

some photos...

before:

some slightly sticky sap on the rear
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1467/25991633994_9893731662_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FAMVfA)

white mark on edge of inside of wheel - thought this might be a scrach/chip but it came off with some gentle persuasion using the smallest wheel woolie
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1679/25991634604_46f40634d6_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FAMVr7)

Dirty rear bumper
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1491/25991637084_3b5f83b56f_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FAMWaS)

During:

White marks on alloys gone...
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1690/26570848906_6c30d16ad8_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GtYxEA)

Snow foam action
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1606/26596953135_1bde4f656c_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Gwhkxv)

After:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1573/26504220432_824f1900aa_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Go64kN)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1574/25993875413_59136efaf7_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FAZpxK)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1594/26596985225_ac20fbdcd5_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Gwhv5M)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1551/26570875806_c34068347b_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GtYFEo)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1500/26570908636_f718225452_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GtYRqq)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1609/26597040345_2822b211b9_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GwhMt8)
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1621/26504509072_b00e0125b4_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Go7x9m)
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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Xrayrapid on 23 April 2016, 22:41
Picked my new car up at lunch time (Unwashed and with stickers still attached - the salesman had never had it requested before and was slightly bemused).  My son and I peeled off the easy to remove covers / stickers.  Then I washed / decontaminated it following the excellent guidance on here - many thanks Booth11.  Sorry, no pics yet as (a) I haven't figured out how to (b) I was still going at 8:30 pm and it was a bit dark!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 April 2016, 23:09
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Superb job Dave. Looks absolutely amazing  :cool: :cool: :cool:

Don't take this the wrong way, but in that second alloy close up, look to have a few scratches on the black areas.  Didn't have any grit trapped in your wheel woolie did you?  Should polish out ok though.

Interior looks lovely too.


Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 April 2016, 23:12
Picked my new car up at lunch time (Unwashed and with stickers still attached - the salesman had never had it requested before and was slightly bemused).  My son and I peeled off the easy to remove covers / stickers.  Then I washed / decontaminated it following the excellent guidance on here - many thanks Booth11.  Sorry, no pics yet as (a) I haven't figured out how to (b) I was still going at 8:30 pm and it was a bit dark!

Hi Xrayrapid, welcome to the forum and congrats on picking up your new car.  :smiley:

You made the best first decision by not letting the dealer prep it and sounds like you've given it a very thorough and great start.  Really look forward to seeing the pics. 

For pic posting there are several methods.  You need to sign up to a photo hosting website such as Flickr or Photobucket, and copy and paste the image codes into your post.  For Flickr it's the BBCode, for PB it's the IMG code.  Alternatively you could use this site http://postimage.org.  On the site, select your chosen images (can do mutiple ones), tick family safe, leave the resize box clear, click upload and it will give you the links you can copy into your posts.  I find the Hotlink for Forums1 link works well.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 23 April 2016, 23:43
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Superb job Dave. Looks absolutely amazing  :cool: :cool: :cool:

Don't take this the wrong way, but in that second alloy close up, look to have a few scratches on the black areas.  Didn't have any grit trapped in your wheel woolie did you?  Should polish out ok though.

Interior looks lovely too.

Probably scratches from before that I didn't get out (too tired) when I polished them by hand the other month. After having that big scratch that I got rid of, I inspect the mit/woolie after every time it gets rinsed in the bucket now. I knew there was a few left when I polished them, but my arm couldn't take any more and I was concentrating on the shiny parts where they were more obvious.

Was hoping they would do quite a long time without more serious work as the c5 is supposed to last a long time. However I will need to invest in a da and do a full clean up on the paintwork and wheels before the winter. Cant face polishing by hand again, as my arm hasn't fully recovered from that session as it flairs up a bit when I clean the car or lift boxes at work etc

Got quite a few of very tiny black tar spots on the lower doors, some of which I shifted today but guessing the other ones will need tar remover so that will strip off the c2 so would need to apply more. Will wait another month or so before doing that and try and sort the stone chips at the same time.

Da and therefore all the other work is going to have to wait as I've had a few heavy months of spending the past few months with one thing or another :shocked:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 April 2016, 00:26
Probably scratches from before that I didn't get out (too tired) when I polished them by hand the other month. After having that big scratch that I got rid of, I inspect the mit/woolie after every time it gets rinsed in the bucket now. I knew there was a few left when I polished them, but my arm couldn't take any more and I was concentrating on the shiny parts where they were more obvious.

Was hoping they would do quite a long time without more serious work as the c5 is supposed to last a long time. However I will need to invest in a da and do a full clean up on the paintwork and wheels before the winter. Cant face polishing by hand again, as my arm hasn't fully recovered from that session as it flairs up a bit when I clean the car or lift boxes at work etc

Got quite a few of very tiny black tar spots on the lower doors, some of which I shifted today but guessing the other ones will need tar remover so that will strip off the c2 so would need to apply more. Will wait another month or so before doing that and try and sort the stone chips at the same time.

Da and therefore all the other work is going to have to wait as I've had a few heavy months of spending the past few months with one thing or another :shocked:

Leave it till Autumn pre winter detail.  :smiley:   Not a cheap business this detailing malarkey. The wheel scratches won't even be visible in the flesh.   Hand polishing is a job and a half, so don't blame you for not wanting to go there again.  I did a few hand polishes on my old car but hard going so it wasn't long before I got a DA.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 24 April 2016, 16:52
Realised I'm an idiot today.

Car had a maintenance wash yesterday and a wax top up with Collinite 845. Been out today for Sunday lunch with my Dad, just got home and went out with some QD and microfiber to see to some bird droppings on the roof. Walked up to the car and thought my front bumper looked a little odd.

Turns out I'd somehow managed to miss removing the wax from that panel alone! How on earth I managed it I've no idea!!!

Luckily day old wax residue is no match for WoWo microfibers and Meguiar's Last Touch! Car now looking how it should do lol!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 April 2016, 18:09
Realised I'm an idiot today.

Car had a maintenance wash yesterday and a wax top up with Collinite 845. Been out today for Sunday lunch with my Dad, just got home and went out with some QD and microfiber to see to some bird droppings on the roof. Walked up to the car and thought my front bumper looked a little odd.

Turns out I'd somehow managed to miss removing the wax from that panel alone! How on earth I managed it I've no idea!!!

Luckily day old wax residue is no match for WoWo microfibers and Meguiar's Last Touch! Car now looking how it should do lol!


Lol.

You are not alone in your idiocy Dan.  A few weeks ago I forgot to remove the metal polish from my tailpipes.  Next day, was walking back to the car after dropping daughter off a school and wondered what the hell had happened to my exhaust tips then realised my error and then remembered it had started raining as I was finishing my car off so took cover indoors, only to completely forget about them. Fortunately always have 2-3 WoWo MF's in the boot, so buffed off the polish in situ no problem, tailpipes extra blingy too.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 24 April 2016, 20:34
Realised I'm an idiot today.

Car had a maintenance wash yesterday and a wax top up with Collinite 845. Been out today for Sunday lunch with my Dad, just got home and went out with some QD and microfiber to see to some bird droppings on the roof. Walked up to the car and thought my front bumper looked a little odd.

Turns out I'd somehow managed to miss removing the wax from that panel alone! How on earth I managed it I've no idea!!!

Luckily day old wax residue is no match for WoWo microfibers and Meguiar's Last Touch! Car now looking how it should do lol!

Yep done that! Mine was interior glass polish!!!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: PompeyFC1972 on 30 April 2016, 21:28
I wanted to try AF Illusion on my CSG today, so a quick wash last night and tucked away in the garage ready for today.  Polished with AF Rejuvenate then applied the Illusion and was really happy with the results. Wheels were polished with AF Tripple and topped with C2v3, tyres finished with T2, gives a nice natural matt finish.

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a441/alanedmonds18/image_zpsmltjql0i.jpeg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/alanedmonds18/media/image_zpsmltjql0i.jpeg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a441/alanedmonds18/image_zpsim3ugmzv.jpeg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/alanedmonds18/media/image_zpsim3ugmzv.jpeg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a441/alanedmonds18/image_zps9j5vdqqt.jpeg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/alanedmonds18/media/image_zps9j5vdqqt.jpeg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a441/alanedmonds18/image_zpsamt1hc4d.jpeg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/alanedmonds18/media/image_zpsamt1hc4d.jpeg.html)

Really happy with the results, will be interested to see how long the Illusion lasts as it is a show wax.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 30 April 2016, 23:31
I wanted to try AF Illusion on my CSG today, so a quick wash last night and tucked away in the garage ready for today.  Polished with AF Rejuvenate then applied the Illusion and was really happy with the results. Wheels were polished with AF Tripple and topped with C2v3, tyres finished with T2, gives a nice natural matt finish.

Really happy with the results, will be interested to see how long the Illusion lasts as it is a show wax.

Your car looks stunning Pompey. My mk6 GTD was Carbon Grey - the best colour!  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 May 2016, 17:04
I wanted to try AF Illusion on my CSG today, so a quick wash last night and tucked away in the garage ready for today.  Polished with AF Rejuvenate then applied the Illusion and was really happy with the results. Wheels were polished with AF Tripple and topped with C2v3, tyres finished with T2, gives a nice natural matt finish.

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a441/alanedmonds18/image_zpsmltjql0i.jpeg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/alanedmonds18/media/image_zpsmltjql0i.jpeg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a441/alanedmonds18/image_zpsim3ugmzv.jpeg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/alanedmonds18/media/image_zpsim3ugmzv.jpeg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a441/alanedmonds18/image_zps9j5vdqqt.jpeg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/alanedmonds18/media/image_zps9j5vdqqt.jpeg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a441/alanedmonds18/image_zpsamt1hc4d.jpeg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/alanedmonds18/media/image_zpsamt1hc4d.jpeg.html)

Really happy with the results, will be interested to see how long the Illusion lasts as it is a show wax.


Stunning job Pompey.  Looks amazing.   :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: p3asa on 03 May 2016, 19:33
As I have mentioned before, I'm not that impressed with the smallest of the wheel woolies so I bought this http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/ez-detail-brush-mini/prod_581.html to supplement the larger wheel woolies.

Just beware with that brush as the tip can come off and it leaves bare metal. It scored my alloy on my previous car. But yeah I do agree they are good brushes.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 03 May 2016, 20:18
As I have mentioned before, I'm not that impressed with the smallest of the wheel woolies so I bought this http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/ez-detail-brush-mini/prod_581.html to supplement the larger wheel woolies.

Just beware with that brush as the tip can come off and it leaves bare metal. It scored my alloy on my previous car. But yeah I do agree they are good brushes.
I thought that as soon as I saw it but it's my go to brush at the moment because it reaches through my front wheel without jamming on the brake disc. I'll keep a look out for the end coming off :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jimmydub on 04 May 2016, 21:42
Evening all,

Had some time on my hands on Saturday so the old girl finally got the clean she was so desperate for.

My detailing arsenal is pretty basic but none the less I treated myself to an autobrite snowfoam lance a few weeks ago and this was the first chance i've had to use it. I have to say, what a piece of kit!
I used it in combination with Quartz snow foam and couldn't believe how thick and creamy it was. I definitely could have covered my car three times, and the foam stayed put for an age. In fact it was so thick it actually felt like snow under foot, and the following morning there was still foam in the gutter out front!
I'd tried the little Karcher lance previously which was a massive let down; The Autobrite lance is worth every extra penny.

I also grabbed up Wo-Wo's easter bundle and again this was the first chance I've had to use the products, which did not disappoint! The wash mitt is simply awesome. It holds so much water and shampoo, it stays warm and you can flip it over without going back to the bucket. The drying towel, MF cloths and glass cloth are what they are, but the quality is obvious and they do their job better than any other i've used. I could defintely do with a second towel though, and I'm not sure how well it will cope after a few washes.

Now i know a lot of you guys here use this stuff all the time and then some, so of course I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. I'd still be using a bucket and sponge if it wasn't for you lot, so cheers! and i'll let the photo's do the rest of the talking:

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/work_horse_02_low_res_zpsc2veiexd.jpg)

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/detailing_gear_low_res_zpscvulp2g4.jpg)

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/snow_foam_03_low_res_zpswciatora.jpg)

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/Golf_01_low_res_zpspx4w8qjc.jpg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 May 2016, 22:06

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/Golf_01_low_res_zpspx4w8qjc.jpg)

A beauty. :cool:  I love your car.

There is no substitute for a proper snow foam lance. To keep it free from snow foam residue - run some fresh water through it at the end of a snow foam session, once all the solution is used up, which helps clear out the residue before it dries in the mechanism.  Stick it in some descaler now and then if you have hard water and it should perform well for years. 

You'll be pleased to hear WoWo towels cope admirably with many many washes. I have mine now from when the first came out and they are in fantastic condition - machine washed after every use (don't use fabric conditioner) and tumbled dried (don't use dryer sheets).  Perfect condition. Same with their wash mitts - treat them as you would a favourite wool jumper - good rinse and gentle squeeze out after use, reshape and leave to air dry in their own mesh bag.  Last much longer than any other mitt I had.

Great job.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 04 May 2016, 22:27
Evening all,

Had some time on my hands on Saturday so the old girl finally got the clean she was so desperate for.

My detailing arsenal is pretty basic but none the less I treated myself to an autobrite snowfoam lance a few weeks ago and this was the first chance i've had to use it. I have to say, what a piece of kit!
I used it in combination with Quartz snow foam and couldn't believe how thick and creamy it was. I definitely could have covered my car three times, and the foam stayed put for an age. In fact it was so thick it actually felt like snow under foot, and the following morning there was still foam in the gutter out front!
I'd tried the little Karcher lance previously which was a massive let down; The Autobrite lance is worth every extra penny.

I also grabbed up Wo-Wo's easter bundle and again this was the first chance I've had to use the products, which did not disappoint! The wash mitt is simply awesome. It holds so much water and shampoo, it stays warm and you can flip it over without going back to the bucket. The drying towel, MF cloths and glass cloth are what they are, but the quality is obvious and they do their job better than any other i've used. I could defintely do with a second towel though, and I'm not sure how well it will cope after a few washes.

Now i know a lot of you guys here use this stuff all the time and then some, so of course I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. I'd still be using a bucket and sponge if it wasn't for you lot, so cheers! and i'll let the photo's do the rest of the talking:

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/work_horse_02_low_res_zpsc2veiexd.jpg)

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/detailing_gear_low_res_zpscvulp2g4.jpg)

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/snow_foam_03_low_res_zpswciatora.jpg)

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/Golf_01_low_res_zpspx4w8qjc.jpg)
One of the very best number plates I have ever seen. Brilliant :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 05 May 2016, 12:49
Car looks mint Jimmy and thanks for the feedback on the wowo products too. With regard the DT, I actually think that they perform better after a few uses and I'm still using the pre-production prototypes.

Cheers

Neil
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Ganno on 05 May 2016, 15:11
Evening all,

Had some time on my hands on Saturday so the old girl finally got the clean she was so desperate for.

My detailing arsenal is pretty basic but none the less I treated myself to an autobrite snowfoam lance a few weeks ago and this was the first chance i've had to use it. I have to say, what a piece of kit!
I used it in combination with Quartz snow foam and couldn't believe how thick and creamy it was. I definitely could have covered my car three times, and the foam stayed put for an age. In fact it was so thick it actually felt like snow under foot, and the following morning there was still foam in the gutter out front!
I'd tried the little Karcher lance previously which was a massive let down; The Autobrite lance is worth every extra penny.

I also grabbed up Wo-Wo's easter bundle and again this was the first chance I've had to use the products, which did not disappoint! The wash mitt is simply awesome. It holds so much water and shampoo, it stays warm and you can flip it over without going back to the bucket. The drying towel, MF cloths and glass cloth are what they are, but the quality is obvious and they do their job better than any other i've used. I could defintely do with a second towel though, and I'm not sure how well it will cope after a few washes.

Now i know a lot of you guys here use this stuff all the time and then some, so of course I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. I'd still be using a bucket and sponge if it wasn't for you lot, so cheers! and i'll let the photo's do the rest of the talking:

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/work_horse_02_low_res_zpsc2veiexd.jpg)

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/detailing_gear_low_res_zpscvulp2g4.jpg)

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/snow_foam_03_low_res_zpswciatora.jpg)

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q258/jimmerehab/VW/Golf_01_low_res_zpspx4w8qjc.jpg)

Agree with the other comments, excellent example of the MK3 Jimmy. Interesting to see you use some Simoniz products, I work for the company that makes them but freely admit to Dodo Juice being my weapons of choice when it comes to shampoo and waxes!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 06 May 2016, 11:09
Looking great Jimmy!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jimmydub on 08 May 2016, 21:01

A beauty. :cool:  I love your car.

There is no substitute for a proper snow foam lance. To keep it free from snow foam residue - run some fresh water through it at the end of a snow foam session, once all the solution is used up, which helps clear out the residue before it dries in the mechanism.  Stick it in some descaler now and then if you have hard water and it should perform well for years. 

You'll be pleased to hear WoWo towels cope admirably with many many washes. I have mine now from when the first came out and they are in fantastic condition - machine washed after every use (don't use fabric conditioner) and tumbled dried (don't use dryer sheets).  Perfect condition. Same with their wash mitts - treat them as you would a favourite wool jumper - good rinse and gentle squeeze out after use, reshape and leave to air dry in their own mesh bag.  Last much longer than any other mitt I had.

Great job.  :smiley:

Sound advise, Thank you!

One of the very best number plates I have ever seen. Brilliant :smiley:

Just some photoshop trickery i'm afraid  :whistle: I tried a few different reg combo's to get something that resembled 'rehab' but nothing came close! strictly a future show plate

Car looks mint Jimmy and thanks for the feedback on the wowo products too. With regard the DT, I actually think that they perform better after a few uses and I'm still using the pre-production prototypes.

Cheers

Neil

excellent! it will certainly be getting a fair bit of use this summer, and i'll undoubtedly be ordering a couple more!

Agree with the other comments, excellent example of the MK3 Jimmy. Interesting to see you use some Simoniz products, I work for the company that makes them but freely admit to Dodo Juice being my weapons of choice when it comes to shampoo and waxes!

To be honest they were a bit of an impulse buy a couple of weeks ago, at half price it seemed rude not too! I really rate their rattle cans and have used them loads for different little projects. The shampoo/wax did a great job, soaped up real nice, and the glass cleaner was great too; It actually rained the night after this clean and the whole car was covered in dusty water spots the next morning, all other than the glass! I've got the wax to try out next time too.

Looking great Jimmy!

Thank you everyone for the kind words! Hoping to get her mopped next time, see if i can really get her to shine!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today (Saturday)?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 09 May 2016, 11:50
Had a bit of a hectic weekend with a puncture on Friday night and ended up using as an excuse to ditch the front bridgestones and get Michelin PS4s fitted on Saturday, I decided to treat the car to a full wash afterwards - mainly to remove tyre fitting gunk. See this thread for more detail on the tyre situation... http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=277824.0 (http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=277824.0)

My usual method based upon the teachings of Rebecca is:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7630/26875711445_1a62def166_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GWV3Fg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/26271411403_337a871fd6_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G2vRk2)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7179/26808113161_0f9c118713_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GQWA4B)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7724/26271402463_11dc39bd17_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G2vNET)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 09 May 2016, 12:38
Nice work Dave, exactly the routine I use with a few product differences :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today (Saturday)?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 09 May 2016, 13:11
Just incase anyone spots it... the white mark in this pic below the GTD badge on the edge of the front wing isn't a chip (thankfully).. it's the triple LED flash going off on my Lumia 950 when I took the photo! (I did panic for a second when I looked at it just now though)  :laugh:


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/26271411403_337a871fd6_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G2vRk2)

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 09 May 2016, 15:13
Great job Dave! I did wonder about that white mark!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 May 2016, 20:36
Just incase anyone spots it... the white mark in this pic below the GTD badge on the edge of the front wing isn't a chip (thankfully).. it's the triple LED flash going off on my Lumia 950 when I took the photo! (I did panic for a second when I looked at it just now though)  :laugh:


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/26271411403_337a871fd6_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G2vRk2)


Phew! Thank god for that!

Car looks stunning Dave, such a delicious deep gloss.  Amazing shine, superb job you've done.  :cool: :cool: :cool: 

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 10 May 2016, 22:01
Phew! Thank god for that!

Car looks stunning Dave, such a delicious deep gloss.  Amazing shine, superb job you've done.  :cool: :cool: :cool:

Yes its pretty good considering as I don't do all that much to it, except snow foam most weeks and give it a full wash every few weeks! :laugh:

Its only had one coat of c2v3 a couple of months ago and a coat of c5 on the wheels
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 14 May 2016, 21:34
So after putting my back out last week it was about time my car got given some TLC:-

Usual wash and dry routine
OCD Finish Panel Wipe
Sealed with PB Black Hole via the DA
Waxed with DJ Purple Haze
Wheels sealed with CG Wheel Guard
Interior glass with AG Car Glass Polish
Exterior glass with Gtechniq G5 inc Pano roof
Exhaust sealed with Britemax Metal Sealant
Tyres dressed with Achem HiShine
Vacuumed out using GarageVac

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i477/Ginge35Edition/image_zpsarybytoz.jpeg) (http://s1095.photobucket.com/user/Ginge35Edition/media/image_zpsarybytoz.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 May 2016, 22:07
So after putting my back out last week it was about time my car got given some TLC:-

Usual wash and dry routine
OCD Finish Panel Wipe
Sealed with PB Black Hole via the DA
Waxed with DJ Purple Haze
Wheels sealed with CG Wheel Guard
Interior glass with AG Car Glass Polish
Exterior glass with Gtechniq G5 inc Pano roof
Exhaust sealed with Britemax Metal Sealant
Tyres dressed with Achem HiShine
Vacuumed out using GarageVac

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i477/Ginge35Edition/image_zpsarybytoz.jpeg) (http://s1095.photobucket.com/user/Ginge35Edition/media/image_zpsarybytoz.jpeg.html)


That's a thing of beauty Neil.  :cool: :cool: :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Ganno on 15 May 2016, 08:21
So after putting my back out last week it was about time my car got given some TLC:-

Usual wash and dry routine
OCD Finish Panel Wipe
Sealed with PB Black Hole via the DA
Waxed with DJ Purple Haze
Wheels sealed with CG Wheel Guard
Interior glass with AG Car Glass Polish
Exterior glass with Gtechniq G5 inc Pano roof
Exhaust sealed with Britemax Metal Sealant
Tyres dressed with Achem HiShine
Vacuumed out using GarageVac

(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i477/Ginge35Edition/image_zpsarybytoz.jpeg) (http://s1095.photobucket.com/user/Ginge35Edition/media/image_zpsarybytoz.jpeg.html)

Car (and garage!) look immaculate, I'm interested in the OCD panel wipe, I sealed my new GTD 8 weeks ago and have waxed it a couple of times, I have some Poorboys sealant and glaze I would like to try out...being new to this serious detailing would I be best using a panel wipe to 'start again' as it were?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 15 May 2016, 08:29
In simple terms - yes.

A panel wipe is an alcohol based product that strips ant wax residue etc, it also helps remove and debris that your wash may have missed like ground in flies.

It's fast evaporating for a reason, so it doesn't required buffing off, my preferred method is to soak the MF cloth rather than spray it on the panel.

Thanks for you comments too and Bec, sorry it's not a VeeDub and all that!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Ganno on 15 May 2016, 10:41
Thanks for the info / advice, I will invest in some and aee how I get on.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 May 2016, 16:19
Washed and waxed

(http://s32.postimg.org/901vob46t/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/u9phz5khd/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/xayyxgfhx/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/qx9vu7alt/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/hqj6dmayd/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/6qxz20kj5/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/we4futnud/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/eo2r9sa9d/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/vdr62eprp/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/n894491ip/full/)

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(http://s32.postimg.org/wyvbm60hh/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/qxxmp3dv5/full/)

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(http://s32.postimg.org/pz6p976yd/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/msc5pkmi9/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/7zgc75p85/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/8c7qdc7ht/full/)

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(http://s32.postimg.org/gpf81qob9/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/x0fby20sx/full/)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: C3PO on 15 May 2016, 16:27
Stunning Rebecca as usual :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 15 May 2016, 19:03
Bec, the reflections on your car are insane! Nice one.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: hepton on 15 May 2016, 22:01
Stunning shine ...
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: m19ads on 16 May 2016, 07:25
Looks amazing!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: m19ads on 16 May 2016, 07:27
I collected this on Wednesday.  I asked the dealer not to prep it but sadly they had already done it when I asked.  There are a few swirls which I will sort but even so its come up pretty well:

(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_3.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_3.jpeg.html)
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_5.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_5.jpeg.html)
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_4.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_4.jpeg.html)
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_6.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_6.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: m19ads on 16 May 2016, 07:28
I should clarify that the foam pad on the floor was dropped and then left, obviously not used again after that incident :)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 16 May 2016, 09:17
I collected this on Wednesday.  I asked the dealer not to prep it but sadly they had already done it when I asked.  There are a few swirls which I will sort but even so its come up pretty well:

(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_4.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_4.jpeg.html)


Looks fantastic! :cool: I do love Tornado Red, but then again, I am biased :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 May 2016, 11:46
Stunning Rebecca as usual :cool:

Bec, the reflections on your car are insane! Nice one.

Stunning shine ...

Looks amazing!

Thanks all!  It scrubs up (not literally, lol) well.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 May 2016, 11:47
I collected this on Wednesday.  I asked the dealer not to prep it but sadly they had already done it when I asked.  There are a few swirls which I will sort but even so its come up pretty well:

(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_3.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_3.jpeg.html)
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_5.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_5.jpeg.html)
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_4.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_4.jpeg.html)
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_6.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_6.jpeg.html)

Looks stunning.  :cool:  Congrats on your new car.

Don't worry about the swirls, they can be sorted in due course.

Enjoy.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: PompeyFC1972 on 16 May 2016, 21:06
Washed and waxed

(http://s32.postimg.org/901vob46t/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/u9phz5khd/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/xayyxgfhx/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/qx9vu7alt/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/hqj6dmayd/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/6qxz20kj5/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/we4futnud/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/eo2r9sa9d/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/vdr62eprp/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/n894491ip/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/iakfb301h/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/yybxdkusx/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/qg72mzdo5/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/80mlpkzjl/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/wyvbm60hh/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/qxxmp3dv5/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/tx8o6kvsl/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/vca8vawvl/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/v4h3iaynp/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/8sjaowzjl/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/pz6p976yd/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/msc5pkmi9/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/7zgc75p85/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/8c7qdc7ht/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/3jynog8s5/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/vwu5ewui9/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/5lujoyhdh/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/x979322k1/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/bdplyzkvp/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/3xqcd6x69/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/fcd66ydth/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/8lwoxiqnl/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/z0x5arz4l/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/q5wb09ac1/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/k7ihq0rdh/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/k7ihq0rdd/full/)

(http://s32.postimg.org/gpf81qob9/image.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/x0fby20sx/full/)

Absolutely stunning!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: PompeyFC1972 on 16 May 2016, 21:13
I collected this on Wednesday.  I asked the dealer not to prep it but sadly they had already done it when I asked.  There are a few swirls which I will sort but even so its come up pretty well:

(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_3.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_3.jpeg.html)
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_5.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_5.jpeg.html)
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_4.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_4.jpeg.html)
(http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab308/m19ads/Mobile%20Uploads/image_6.jpeg) (http://s874.photobucket.com/user/m19ads/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_6.jpeg.html)

Red really suits the GTi, enjoy!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 18 May 2016, 09:17
Red and Santiagos is a stunning combination.

(Obviously not quite as good as DBP and Santiagos ;))
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: m19ads on 19 May 2016, 16:10
Red and Santiagos is a stunning combination.

(Obviously not quite as good as DBP and Santiagos ;))

Lol! I'm defiantly chuffed with the colour and wheel choice!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 21 May 2016, 14:31
Had quite a bad week with the birds deciding to use my car as target practise with some particularly stubbon deposits to be removed. Used QD and an MF to remove, followed by another clean MF cloth to wipe down.

Then yesterday, in preparation for a holiday to North Wales next week,  I decided to give the car a full wash (the usual - snow foam, wheels, 2 bucket, dry). My 2 year old (next week) was running about so I let her hold the hose when I was doing the final rinse...

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/27095909656_00aa12f1e5_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HhnBW9)

she thought it was highly amusing and was laughing her little head off! :laugh: :grin:

Afterwards we went to a shopping centre, and under the lights in the multi-storey, when walking away from the car, I noticed this on the rear passenger door (photo taken today)...

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7531/26543724953_ad576fe684_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GrzwEe)

So looks like I rubbed a bit hard removing the bird poo and have scratched it a bit (difficult to see scratches in photo)  :sad:, and there's still a mark there as well! They are only very light scratches and don't catch with my nail, so fully expect it to polish out.

Am tempted to have a go at this by hand tonight when I get home. I am thinking of the following process...wash the panel again with shampoo (no snow foam stage as I won't have time to do the whole car) and dry before using a bit of SSR2.5 (only polish I have to hand) and apply with light pressure using wo-wo applicators. Then rinse off and wash panel again. Then rinse and dry followed by a top up of c2v3. The whole car probably wants doing again with c2v3 (last done in march I think) really but I won't have time for this.

After that if there's time, I might do a quick snow foam of the whole car followed by rinse and dry. The interior needs a bit of a clean, so this will take priority over the snow foam.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 May 2016, 16:43
Lovely to see kids getting involved.  Never too early to teach them the ways of the detailing.  :smiley:

There's a lot of it about at the moment (bird poo).  It's such a pain.  That etching and those scratches on yours should polish out, and definitely worth giving it a go by hand.

I had some scratches on mine left by some careless person in my works car park, but they came out by hand.  I used SSR2 and worked well, then refined down with a bit of SSR1. All gone, then sales and relaxed the area.  Didn't take any specific close up 'after' pics yet but you can get the gist.

The scratches
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160504/f18363ef34683bdf6bef239089128468.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160504/4b644bbfe6c28c3096fff60a419289d5.jpg)

All gone after a hand polish
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160521/3fae82a81c6695e73970d7e8c50bed0d.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160521/92251f9e43150ee8aaae6aaa51683c2b.jpg)

Good luck. Etching and scratches aside, your car looks fantastic. :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 21 May 2016, 18:15
Lovely to see kids getting involved.  Never too early to teach them the ways of the detailing.  :smiley:

There's a lot of it about at the moment (bird poo).  It's such a pain.  That etching and those scratches on yours should polish out, and definitely worth giving it a go by hand.

I had some scratches on mine left by some careless person in my works car park, but they came out by hand.  I used SSR2 and worked well, then refined down with a bit of SSR1. All gone, then sales and relaxed the area.  Didn't take any specific close up 'after' pics yet but you can get the gist.

Good luck. Etching and scratches aside, your car looks fantastic. :cool:

Thanks Rebecca. Was going to have a go anyway but good to have confirmation I'm not doing anything daft!  :laugh:

P.S. 'sales and relaxed' - assuming that's some auto correct gone wrong of washed and waxed. Or maybe it's a new detailing technique we've not heard of yet!  :laugh: :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 May 2016, 19:02
P.S. 'sales and relaxed' - assuming that's some auto correct gone wrong of washed and waxed. Or maybe it's a new detailing technique we've not heard of yet!  :laugh: :wink:

 :grin:

Bloody autocorrect! Should have read 'sealed and waxed'.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 21 May 2016, 19:13
Had my first go at using the new DA today; didn't have much time so only hit it with a cutting compound. Will be booking a full day soon  :smiley:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/6378CE82-9A2D-45A7-AB0D-FF3DBE6F53AD_zpskruk8z0f.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/6378CE82-9A2D-45A7-AB0D-FF3DBE6F53AD_zpskruk8z0f.jpg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/392FAAE3-C51F-476D-9390-72A22CF2E939_zpsw2ahlztm.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/392FAAE3-C51F-476D-9390-72A22CF2E939_zpsw2ahlztm.jpg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/AF5675B5-7C37-420C-B5FF-076D1C83BB67_zps8u7evugs.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/AF5675B5-7C37-420C-B5FF-076D1C83BB67_zps8u7evugs.jpg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/A6056283-ECAD-43B0-9E33-91E0481D93BB_zps3bz7si6g.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/A6056283-ECAD-43B0-9E33-91E0481D93BB_zps3bz7si6g.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 21 May 2016, 19:34
Lovely to see kids getting involved.  Never too early to teach them the ways of the detailing.  :smiley:

There's a lot of it about at the moment (bird poo).  It's such a pain.  That etching and those scratches on yours should polish out, and definitely worth giving it a go by hand.

I had some scratches on mine left by some careless person in my works car park, but they came out by hand.  I used SSR2 and worked well, then refined down with a bit of SSR1. All gone, then sales and relaxed the area.  Didn't take any specific close up 'after' pics yet but you can get the gist.

Good luck. Etching and scratches aside, your car looks fantastic. :cool:

Thanks Rebecca. Was going to have a go anyway but good to have confirmation I'm not doing anything daft!  :laugh:

P.S. 'sales and relaxed' - assuming that's some auto correct gone wrong of washed and waxed. Or maybe it's a new detailing technique we've not heard of yet!  :laugh: :wink:

Oh well... weather has put paid to that idea... will have to wait until I'm back off my hols now. TBH it's barely noticeable, especially when the car is wet with rain. Getting late too.

I did however sit in the car for 10 mins and give the dash a clean with PBNL, which was the interior cleaning I wanted to do, as it was a bit dusty :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 May 2016, 20:02
Had my first go at using the new DA today; didn't have much time so only hit it with a cutting compound. Will be booking a full day soon  :smiley:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/6378CE82-9A2D-45A7-AB0D-FF3DBE6F53AD_zpskruk8z0f.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/6378CE82-9A2D-45A7-AB0D-FF3DBE6F53AD_zpskruk8z0f.jpg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/392FAAE3-C51F-476D-9390-72A22CF2E939_zpsw2ahlztm.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/392FAAE3-C51F-476D-9390-72A22CF2E939_zpsw2ahlztm.jpg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/AF5675B5-7C37-420C-B5FF-076D1C83BB67_zps8u7evugs.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/AF5675B5-7C37-420C-B5FF-076D1C83BB67_zps8u7evugs.jpg.html)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y276/Rhyso/Audi%20A6/A6056283-ECAD-43B0-9E33-91E0481D93BB_zps3bz7si6g.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Rhyso/media/Audi%20A6/A6056283-ECAD-43B0-9E33-91E0481D93BB_zps3bz7si6g.jpg.html)

That's looking fantastic already Rhyso even without the refining. :cool: Nice work.  Hope you enjoyed using your new DA.?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 May 2016, 20:05
Lovely to see kids getting involved.  Never too early to teach them the ways of the detailing.  :smiley:

There's a lot of it about at the moment (bird poo).  It's such a pain.  That etching and those scratches on yours should polish out, and definitely worth giving it a go by hand.

I had some scratches on mine left by some careless person in my works car park, but they came out by hand.  I used SSR2 and worked well, then refined down with a bit of SSR1. All gone, then sales and relaxed the area.  Didn't take any specific close up 'after' pics yet but you can get the gist.

Good luck. Etching and scratches aside, your car looks fantastic. :cool:

Thanks Rebecca. Was going to have a go anyway but good to have confirmation I'm not doing anything daft!  :laugh:

P.S. 'sales and relaxed' - assuming that's some auto correct gone wrong of washed and waxed. Or maybe it's a new detailing technique we've not heard of yet!  :laugh: :wink:

Oh well... weather has put paid to that idea... will have to wait until I'm back off my hols now. TBH it's barely noticeable, especially when the car is wet with rain. Getting late too.

I did however sit in the car for 10 mins and give the dash a clean with PBNL, which was the interior cleaning I wanted to do, as it was a bit dusty :cool:

Shame but can wait.  Heavy rain here too.  Just watching it bead and sheet off the car.  :laugh:

Have a great holiday Dave.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 21 May 2016, 20:09

That's looking fantastic already Rhyso even without the refining. :cool: Nice work.  Hope you enjoyed using your new DA.?

Thanks Booth  :smiley:

I wasn't expecting the amount of vibration you get back from the DA  :undecided:  i certainly found myself taking a few breaks  :sad:

Other than that it was really nice to see pretty much instant results  :smiley:  can't wait to tackle the rest of the car!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 21 May 2016, 21:31
Lovely to see kids getting involved.  Never too early to teach them the ways of the detailing.  :smiley:

There's a lot of it about at the moment (bird poo).  It's such a pain.  That etching and those scratches on yours should polish out, and definitely worth giving it a go by hand.

I had some scratches on mine left by some careless person in my works car park, but they came out by hand.  I used SSR2 and worked well, then refined down with a bit of SSR1. All gone, then sales and relaxed the area.  Didn't take any specific close up 'after' pics yet but you can get the gist.

Good luck. Etching and scratches aside, your car looks fantastic. :cool:

Thanks Rebecca. Was going to have a go anyway but good to have confirmation I'm not doing anything daft!  :laugh:

P.S. 'sales and relaxed' - assuming that's some auto correct gone wrong of washed and waxed. Or maybe it's a new detailing technique we've not heard of yet!  :laugh: :wink:

Oh well... weather has put paid to that idea... will have to wait until I'm back off my hols now. TBH it's barely noticeable, especially when the car is wet with rain. Getting late too.

I did however sit in the car for 10 mins and give the dash a clean with PBNL, which was the interior cleaning I wanted to do, as it was a bit dusty :cool:

Shame but can wait.  Heavy rain here too.  Just watching it bead and sheet off the car.  :laugh:

Have a great holiday Dave.

Literally had a 40 minute window when it stopped raining until I had to leave to pick the mrs up from work. Got it done in that time! :grin:

The scratches came out immediately, but the etching took quite a few goes and elbow grease to do to my satisfaction. Its gone completely now though. Washed panel afterwards and rinsed with hose. Dried and then applied c2v3 with mfs. Looks great now :laugh: :cool:

Now I feel much better!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 May 2016, 22:48

That's looking fantastic already Rhyso even without the refining. :cool: Nice work.  Hope you enjoyed using your new DA.?

Thanks Booth  :smiley:

I wasn't expecting the amount of vibration you get back from the DA  :undecided:  i certainly found myself taking a few breaks  :sad:

Other than that it was really nice to see pretty much instant results  :smiley:  can't wait to tackle the rest of the car!

Yeah, lots of machine vibration, but you do get used to it.  Good excuse to stop fr a cuppa to give the arms a rest. 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 May 2016, 22:49
Lovely to see kids getting involved.  Never too early to teach them the ways of the detailing.  :smiley:

There's a lot of it about at the moment (bird poo).  It's such a pain.  That etching and those scratches on yours should polish out, and definitely worth giving it a go by hand.

I had some scratches on mine left by some careless person in my works car park, but they came out by hand.  I used SSR2 and worked well, then refined down with a bit of SSR1. All gone, then sales and relaxed the area.  Didn't take any specific close up 'after' pics yet but you can get the gist.

Good luck. Etching and scratches aside, your car looks fantastic. :cool:

Thanks Rebecca. Was going to have a go anyway but good to have confirmation I'm not doing anything daft!  :laugh:

P.S. 'sales and relaxed' - assuming that's some auto correct gone wrong of washed and waxed. Or maybe it's a new detailing technique we've not heard of yet!  :laugh: :wink:

Oh well... weather has put paid to that idea... will have to wait until I'm back off my hols now. TBH it's barely noticeable, especially when the car is wet with rain. Getting late too.

I did however sit in the car for 10 mins and give the dash a clean with PBNL, which was the interior cleaning I wanted to do, as it was a bit dusty :cool:

Shame but can wait.  Heavy rain here too.  Just watching it bead and sheet off the car.  :laugh:

Have a great holiday Dave.

Literally had a 40 minute window when it stopped raining until I had to leave to pick the mrs up from work. Got it done in that time! :grin:

The scratches came out immediately, but the etching took quite a few goes and elbow grease to do to my satisfaction. Its gone completely now though. Washed panel afterwards and rinsed with hose. Dried and then applied c2v3 with mfs. Looks great now :laugh: :cool:

Now I feel much better!

Lol, nice one! 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 22 May 2016, 13:09
Bought ANOTHER DA6 6 Pro Plus  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 May 2016, 13:32
Not today but last week, I hand polished out the scuffs to the rear door inflicted in the works car park.  Came out easily thankfully and one less defect.

Before
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After
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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 May 2016, 13:33
Today…….

Gave it a quick maintenance wash. Followed inevitably by rain!

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7408/27100020341_09e2fd62ea_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HhJFU2)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7537/27135392666_e4ca8b8562_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HkRYRG)

A bit of beading
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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 22 May 2016, 17:39
Your car paintwork really does have a 'liquidy' look to it Rebecca ( not sure that's a real word but I'll go with it ) :drool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 May 2016, 08:03
Your car paintwork really does have a 'liquidy' look to it Rebecca ( not sure that's a real word but I'll go with it ) :drool:


As black doesn't show off the sharp lines of the mk7 as well as some lighter colours like LSG and Reflex Silver, you have to take what you can get - so the 'liquidy' look it is!  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 24 May 2016, 14:15
I've been busy on my door seals and sunroof :cool:; feels like I bought the worlds most expensive lubricant :shocked: - need to get it named on my household insurance now :grin: doesn't feel right leaving it in the garage so I'll be putting it in my safe!

(http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt60/gpe/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps5kzdccm3.jpeg) (http://s597.photobucket.com/user/gpe/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps5kzdccm3.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jv on 24 May 2016, 14:22
Krytox, almost as expensive as Kryptonite  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 May 2016, 15:22
I've been busy on my door seals and sunroof :cool:; feels like I bought the worlds most expensive lubricant :shocked: - need to get it named on my household insurance now :grin: doesn't feel right leaving it in the garage so I'll be putting it in my safe!

(http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt60/gpe/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps5kzdccm3.jpeg) (http://s597.photobucket.com/user/gpe/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps5kzdccm3.jpeg.html)

It's worth the money times over for silent squeak free seals.  And a little goes a long way.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 24 May 2016, 15:47
You are so right Mr's B. Both cars have sunroofs and I'm giving them a bit of TLC. :smug:

Its amazing how much dirt & dust the sunroof/pano collects, the black mesh on the wind breakers was filthy :embarrassed: so I'm cleaning and greasing the mechanisim and lightly oiling the seals, hopefully they'll be running slick and smooth when I've finished :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 26 May 2016, 11:47
Not really detailing, just a quick wash and tyre dress.

I took it to an old school garage last week, to get it running as it should. What a difference. Since then I've driven nothing else. 300 miles of 'enjoying' it soon saw it splattered with flies, wheels caked in brake dust and looking well used. So out came the cleaning gear last night.

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jv on 26 May 2016, 13:16
Very nice... now if only it had a wooden rear deck...
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 26 May 2016, 15:41

(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t264/dubber36/SAM_1780_zpsyoq4drxa.jpg) (http://s162.photobucket.com/user/dubber36/media/SAM_1780_zpsyoq4drxa.jpg.html)

That looks fantastic Simon.  Bet those wheels are a joy to clean!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 26 May 2016, 15:50
Bet those wheels are a joy to clean!

They're not as bad as they look. They are well sealed, so the brake dust doesn't bond. A jet wash followed by shampoo and an old wash mitt poked in each hole soon has them spotless.



Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 26 May 2016, 16:34
Drop dead gorgeous car dubber and good to hear it's being enjoyed again!  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 26 May 2016, 20:22
Stunning Dubber!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Rhyso on 27 May 2016, 07:55
Mint  :cool:

Stupid Ebay seller cancelled my order for the 2nd DAS 6 so I went and bought a Shinemate DA as it can take the smaller 3' and 4' inch pads

Booked off next Thursday for a mega detailing session..........
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 27 May 2016, 15:36
Perfect weather for car cleaning so treated it to it's first clean in a fortnight.
Nothing major, just the usual snow foam, two bucket wash, dry off with wo-wo towels ( they really are the dogs )!
Decided to give it it's 3rd coat of C2v3 just for the hell of it and it's so easy to apply.
Couple of pics from a different angle for a change :whistle:

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Gtiless on 27 May 2016, 22:30
Perfect weather for car cleaning so treated it to it's first clean in a fortnight.
Nothing major, just the usual snow foam, two bucket wash, dry off with wo-wo towels ( they really are the dogs )!
Decided to give it it's 3rd coat of C2v3 just for the hell of it and it's so easy to apply.
Couple of pics from a different angle for a change :whistle:

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 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/)

Looks fantastic! Carbon grey it really is the dogs!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 28 May 2016, 09:22
Thanks Gtiless.
Carbon grey is gorgeous, especially when it's freshly washed and dried.
I am a massive fan of a clean and shiny DBP as well though  :drool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 May 2016, 14:01
Great job Kalimon, always looks lovely.   :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: jimmydub on 28 May 2016, 22:48
looking great everyone! shame about these showers we keep having! I borrowed a mop from a mate this weekend so gonna make a start with that asap!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 29 May 2016, 16:10
Quick wash today.

•   Wheels and tailpipes sprayed with Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
•   Snow foamed with ValetPro Advanced Neutral Snow Foam – dwelled for 5 mins
•   Pressure wash rinse
•   Wheels washed with wheel woollies, WoWo Wheel Mitt and shampoo
•   2 bucket wash using Swissvax Car Bath shampoo and WoWo Lambswool Wash Mitt
•   Pressure wash rinse
•   Open ended hose final rinse
•   Dried off with WoWo Drying Towels
•   Polished tailpipes with Mothers Mag and Aluminium Polish buffed off with WoWo Microfibre cloth
•   Tyres dressed with Achem Hi Shine Longlife Tyre Dressing

Snow foamed, pressured wash rinse followed by open ended hose rinse and twel dried off
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Finished
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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 29 May 2016, 16:16
I don't even want to ask how you got all your pictures stitched together like that Rebecca :lipsrsealed:
Lovely rear end as well ( picture 7 ) :whistle:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 29 May 2016, 17:01
I don't even want to ask how you got all your pictures stitched together like that Rebecca :lipsrsealed:
Lovely rear end as well ( picture 7 ) :whistle:

Lol.

Just used a photo merge app.  I only did it because another forum I post on only allows 10 pics per post so merging a few together is a good way to cheat!  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 31 May 2016, 12:11
Not today but Sunday.Just a quick wash. I was meant to do a full decon, polish and wax this weekend but it didn't quite work out. I had the gear all layed out and everything :sad:.

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 31 May 2016, 20:21
Beautiful job.  :cool: :cool: :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 01 June 2016, 10:08
Did just over 800 miles on a holiday to North Wales last week. Had to do an emergency pit stop at Halfords before setting off as I realised I didn't have enough glass cleaner left. Bought some AG fast glass, along with AG bird poo wipes and some AG insect remover to take with me and put 4 wo-wo MFs and 2 wo-wo glass cloths in the boot as well.

Had a great holiday but the car got covered in dead insects.

When I got home from work yesterday I decided it could wait no longer to be dealt with!

It was a bit of a 'that will have to do' wash as I really didn't have enough time to complete the full process. I was mainly concentrating on the insect removal.


Before:

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After using the AG insect remover and pressure washer rinse. I don't think it did any better job than the snow foam would have done so the only advantage is it comes in a bottle so is portable.

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After:

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There's still a bit of etching from a few bugs on the bonnet so it really needs a polish to sort it out properly I guess. Can only be seen from certain angles when up really close - difficult to see on the photos but it's there:

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Blackmass on 01 June 2016, 10:42
Beautiful job.  :cool: :cool: :cool:

Thank you Rebecca, much appreciated. :smiley: I’ve bought my first proper wax (ODK Glamour) to try and a pre-wax cleanser by Mitchell & King, ‘Pure’. I’ll report back on how I get on with pictures. :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 June 2016, 20:21
Gave it a quick interior clean this morning, ready for it's trip to the body shop next week.  Always think that if the car looks well cared for they will treat it with a little more respect, lol, well that's the hope anyway.  I've used this body shop before and they know my 'ways'.   The exterior will be washed too before it goes in, and I've got my various "please do not wash" signs including the great WoWo hanger, at the ready.

Anyway today the inside had a good clean.  There was a huge amount of cut grass in the driver's footwell from various site visits.

•   Full interior vacuum with my Metrovac Vac n Blo - upholstery, carpets and mats, using the various attachments.  I love this machine. 
•   Vac n Blo mini tools and compressed air used for nooks and crannies.  
•   ValetPro detailing brushes and compressed air, used to chase dust off delicate areas - piano trim and media       screen.
•   Plastic trim cleaned with Poorboys Natural Look Dressing applied on a WoWo microfibre and buffed off with clean MFs.
•   Leather cleaned with Gliptone Leather Cleaner spray.
•   Interior glass and mirrors cleaned with Gtechniq G6 Perfect Glass, used with WoWo Glass Cloths.

Order is now restored!  
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 06 June 2016, 13:15
Neighbour was out cleaning his insignia yesterday (with a sponge  :shocked: - I didn't say anything although was tempted), so I decided mine needed a quick wash as it was looking a bit dusty lol  :rolleyes:

Pressure washer rinse, snow foam, pressure washer rinse and open hose rinse. As an experiment I just let it air-dry (backed the car down the drive so it was in shade). Didn't actually turn out bad. there are just a couple of water spots on the bonnet. I will make sure I towel dry always now. However, I do love that with snow foam, if it's not really dirty, the car looks great with next to no effort. Obviously, it wasn't 'Rebecca clean' but I was ok with that yesterday  :laugh:

No pics as there wouldn't be a visible difference in the before and after photos.  :grin:

Oh yes and the pressure washer (old karcher k2) has started leaking (in addition to pulsing when not pulling the trigger). A quick google revealed that it's something cracked in one of the valves inside. As I don't fancy taking it apart then I'll be buying a new one. Fancy a Karcher K4. http://www.diy.com/departments/karcher-k4-premium-full-control-home-pressure-washer-130-bar/1254861_BQ.prd (http://www.diy.com/departments/karcher-k4-premium-full-control-home-pressure-washer-130-bar/1254861_BQ.prd) We have an old patio cleaner attachment, so could get the one without, but this patio cleaner looks better. Also the premium version has a reel for the high-pressure hose, so should make packing away much easier. And I've got a £10 off voucher for B&Q.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 06 June 2016, 13:40
^^^ Cheek!  :tongue:

Did mine today.  Half hour speed wash - snow foam, 2BW and dry only.  Ready for body shop tomorrow.  Looking forward to next couple of days in a Skoda Fabia 1.0L  :laugh:

Rebecca clean  :wink:.........

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 06 June 2016, 13:46
Nice to see your car from a few different angles Rebecca.
Looks gorgeous as usual.
Compliments to your other half for his gardening efforts as well as I know you wouldn't have time for that due to constant R cleaning :whistle:

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 06 June 2016, 14:07
Nice to see your car from a few different angles Rebecca.
Looks gorgeous as usual.
Compliments to your other half for his gardening efforts as well as I know you wouldn't have time for that due to constant R cleaning :whistle:


Oops sorry kalimon accidentally modified your post instead of quoting it.  Rectified it now.  Moderator senior moment.

Lol, the gardening efforts are mine.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 06 June 2016, 19:59
^^^ Cheek!  :tongue:

Did mine today.  Half hour speed wash - snow foam, 2BW and dry only.  Ready for body shop tomorrow.  Looking forward to next couple of days in a Skoda Fabia 1.0L  :laugh:

Rebecca clean  :wink:.........


That looks great for 1/2 hrs effort Rebecca. I think it would take me at least an hour to speed wash my car (so not very speedy!) and 2 - 2 and a half hours for a normal clean.

Good move on getting the bodyshop not to wash your car. I had a minor repair carried out on the bottom front edge of the bumper when I had my mk6 GTD and I also asked the bodyshop not to wash my car. They looked really surprised and said no one had ever made that request before. When I collected it after repair, it was covered in bodyshop dust, but at least the paintwork remained swirl-free.

Enjoy the Skoda :)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 10 June 2016, 20:47
^^^ Cheek!  :tongue:

Did mine today.  Half hour speed wash - snow foam, 2BW and dry only.  Ready for body shop tomorrow.  Looking forward to next couple of days in a Skoda Fabia 1.0L  :laugh:

Rebecca clean  :wink:.........


That looks great for 1/2 hrs effort Rebecca. I think it would take me at least an hour to speed wash my car (so not very speedy!) and 2 - 2 and a half hours for a normal clean.

Good move on getting the bodyshop not to wash your car. I had a minor repair carried out on the bottom front edge of the bumper when I had my mk6 GTD and I also asked the bodyshop not to wash my car. They looked really surprised and said no one had ever made that request before. When I collected it after repair, it was covered in bodyshop dust, but at least the paintwork remained swirl-free.

Enjoy the Skoda :)

Thanks. :smiley:

The little Skoda goes back tommorow. :cry:  :cry: :cry: :grin:

(http://s33.postimg.org/ollfrn0qn/IMG_8876.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/leqw80gaj/full/)

I did like the dashboard stickers, especially the one stating it must go back in a clean condition. Their idea of clean differs a bit from mine.  I had to dust the media screen when I first got it as it was filthy, and then because I'd made a clean spot........ :grin:

I decided not to detail it.  :grin:

(http://s33.postimg.org/c1vvdvocf/IMG_8878_JPG_1.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/3wdtfq03f/full/)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 18 June 2016, 09:47
What's going on here?
Has not one owner cleaned their car in over a week?
 :shocked: :shocked:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 18 June 2016, 11:01
Yes I cleaned mine after collecting it from the bodyshop but it was an uneventful episode with no pics.  :grin:

Then on Monday I cleaned this off the bonnet. Grr, bloody gulls!!! :angry:  Boot supply of QD and microfibre came to the rescue.

Note that bird high in the sky reflected in the bonnet on the first pic - his days are numbered, lol.

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 18 June 2016, 12:23
That appears to be a serious turd!!
I always leave a wet cloth on top of hard bird sh!t for 20 mins or so before attempting removal.
I spend my working week scraping bird sh!t of windows :sick:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 18 June 2016, 15:14
That appears to be a serious turd!!
I always leave a wet cloth on top of hard bird sh!t for 20 mins or so before attempting removal.
I spend my working week scraping bird sh!t of windows :sick:

It came off no problem after a few mins laying a QD soaked microfibre on it.  :smiley:

Car is currently filthy and covered in sand left from all the constant rain.  :cry:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 18 June 2016, 18:46
Blimey Charlie Bec, you don't half post some shit these days
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 18 June 2016, 22:22
Blimey Charlie Bec, you don't half post some shit these days

Yeah, I'm just full of it Simon.  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 22 June 2016, 17:03
Sealed my new wheels; 17" (Polo-size) VW Motorsport in anthracite, got tyres fitted (Conti Sport Contact 3), and got the wheels on the car today.

Not a great fan of diamond cut alloys, so was glad to get the Serron alloys off my car and something more durable on in their place. I'm really pleased with the Motorsport alloys, and those of you who saw pictures of my mk6 GTD before I sold it will know I like anthracite alloys! The Serrons, complete with Bridgestones, are now wrapped up and stored away.

The obligatory pictures; not great weather / lighting conditions today for good iPhone photos, so apologies for the poor quality pictures.

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 22 June 2016, 17:28
That looks very smart, the wheels really suit the blue!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 June 2016, 22:39
Sealed my new wheels; 17" (Polo-size) VW Motorsport in anthracite, got tyres fitted (Conti Sport Contact 3), and got the wheels on the car today.

Not a great fan of diamond cut alloys, so was glad to get the Serron alloys off my car and something more durable on in their place. I'm really pleased with the Motorsport alloys, and those of you who saw pictures of my mk6 GTD before I sold it will know I like anthracite alloys! The Serrons, complete with Bridgestones, are now wrapped up and stored away.

The obligatory pictures; not great weather / lighting conditions today for good iPhone photos, so apologies for the poor quality pictures.

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/C7A5936E-6743-4537-B098-A486371B3E90.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/C7A5936E-6743-4537-B098-A486371B3E90.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/C5F2A82A-02D5-4F2D-A6FB-10B066A0BB01.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/C5F2A82A-02D5-4F2D-A6FB-10B066A0BB01.jpg.html)

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Lovely looking Polo.  :cool: Like the wheels a lot, really make it special.  Much better than diamond cuts.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 22 June 2016, 23:57
Thanks Watts and Rebecca for the comments.

In my opinion, diamond cut alloys have great showroom appeal, but can be a bit fragile, and more expensive to refurb than powder coated wheels. In spite of me looking after mine really carefully on my mk6 GTD; regular washing, sealing and waxing, and touching in any stonechip damage with clear lacquer, two of my diamond cut alloys still succumbed to whiteworm corrosion.

Ditching the diamond cut alloys also gave me an excuse for ditching the Bridgestones too!  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 June 2016, 00:25
Thanks Watts and Rebecca for the comments.

In my opinion, diamond cut alloys have great showroom appeal, but can be a bit fragile, and more expensive to refurb than powder coated wheels. In spite of me looking after mine really carefully on my mk6 GTD; regular washing, sealing and waxing, and touching in any stonechip damage with clear lacquer, two of my diamond cut alloys still succumbed to whiteworm corrosion.

Ditching the diamond cut alloys also gave me an excuse for ditching the Bridgestones too!  :grin:

Aw, come on, you know you are missing the Bridgestones already.  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 24 June 2016, 10:15
I had a bit of a session on my wife's car yesterday.It had picked up a lot of tar. Its not a VW but it is German :rolleyes:

So I washed, Tardis, Ironx, clayed, resealed, sealant and also topped off with some reload (a bit excessive, but wanted to try it) it looks and feels so much nicer - a couple of shots.........

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 24 June 2016, 20:58
^^

That looks really good.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 26 June 2016, 09:17
^^

That looks really good.  :cool:

Thanks Madame Booth......one more for you, pleased with this, especially since it's difficult to capture on a white car & using my iPhone !

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 27 June 2016, 09:23
^^

That looks really good.  :cool:

Thanks Madame Booth......one more for you, pleased with this, especially since it's difficult to capture on a white car & using my iPhone !

(http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt60/gpe/image_zpsqoply6to.jpeg) (http://s597.photobucket.com/user/gpe/media/image_zpsqoply6to.jpeg.html)

Yeah, great reflections you've achieved there Watts.  Nice work.  :cool:

Btw, it's Mademoiselle Booth.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Eccie on 27 June 2016, 12:58
^^

That looks really good.  :cool:

Thanks Madame Booth......one more for you, pleased with this, especially since it's difficult to capture on a white car & using my iPhone !

(http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt60/gpe/image_zpsqoply6to.jpeg) (http://s597.photobucket.com/user/gpe/media/image_zpsqoply6to.jpeg.html)

Yeah, great reflections you've achieved there Watts.  Nice work.  :cool:

Btw, it's Mademoiselle Booth.  :laugh:

Apologies Mademoiselle Booth, it was so presumptuous of me.

I think you have me confused with Watts................. :rolleyes:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 27 June 2016, 17:27
^^

That looks really good.  :cool:

Thanks Madame Booth......one more for you, pleased with this, especially since it's difficult to capture on a white car & using my iPhone !

(http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt60/gpe/image_zpsqoply6to.jpeg) (http://s597.photobucket.com/user/gpe/media/image_zpsqoply6to.jpeg.html)

Yeah, great reflections you've achieved there Watts.  Nice work.  :cool:

Btw, it's Mademoiselle Booth.  :laugh:

Apologies Mademoiselle Booth, it was so presumptuous of me.

I think you have me confused with Watts................. :rolleyes:

Oops, sorry Eccie.  Still, another excuse to repost the stunning reflection shot.  :wink: :laugh:

LOL, I just can't stand the word Madame.  Besides technically I am a Mademoiselle as not actually married although as good as in practice if not in law!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 27 June 2016, 20:28
Coucou, c'est moi!  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 27 June 2016, 21:12
Coucou, c'est moi!  :smiley:

Were your ears burning?  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 27 June 2016, 21:43
Chargrilled!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 27 June 2016, 22:52
Chargrilled!

 :grin:

Well, now you are here, complete with singed ears, done any detailing today?   :laugh:

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 28 June 2016, 09:10
No, not for a while :embarrassed: Have had the mark across the rear bumper caused by VW's poor fitting of the bumper protector (ironic!) polished out, that was good.

While I think about it, are there any good leather cleaning wipes or similar? I only have the steering wheel and gear lever gaitor (assuming that actually is leather...) to clean so I didn't really want to get a big bottle of stuff - any recommendations? Thanks.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 June 2016, 10:45
No, not for a while :embarrassed: Have had the mark across the rear bumper caused by VW's poor fitting of the bumper protector (ironic!) polished out, that was good.

While I think about it, are there any good leather cleaning wipes or similar? I only have the steering wheel and gear lever gaitor (assuming that actually is leather...) to clean so I didn't really want to get a big bottle of stuff - any recommendations? Thanks.

Baby wipes are useful for odd leather bits. Or you could just use the same as you use on the rest of the interior trim.

I have full leather interior so use Gliptone Leather Cleaner and sometimes the conditioner.  But also always have a spray bottle of their handy spray cleaner to hand which is great. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00B1SX4HG/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1467106414&sr=8-3&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=gliptone+leather+cleaner&dpPl=1&dpID=31RhXgY3z4L&ref=plSrch

Or leather wipes - Gliptone used to do them but not sure if they still do. Perhaps Dr Leather ones https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00DU7LZN6/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467106477&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=dr+leather+wipes&dpPl=1&dpID=41sHzl-DiyL&ref=plSrch
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 28 June 2016, 15:09
I've just used a Flash Magic Eraser on my Mk6 steering wheel. They go shiny over time due to the oils that transfer from our hands. Now it's lovely and matt, just like new. I've heard that this should not be done too many times tho', as it can strip the colour dye off eventually.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 28 June 2016, 17:31
Thanks Booth, thanks dubber, those wipes look ideal.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 03 July 2016, 17:56
Bit dirty this morning….

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(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7122/27981929721_9edb91dd56_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JCEGQa)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7460/27982042921_ec59b85c7c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JCFhtT)
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 (https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7086/28059243125_c9759183c0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JKuXpT)

And then, finally a break in the bizarre weather and a chance to give it a clean and a coat of wax.

Full wash and wax:
Wheels and tailpipes sprayed with Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
ValetPro Advanced Neutral Snow Foam and lance using DI water
DI water pressure rinse
Wheels washed with DJ Supernatural Shampoo, WoWo Wheel Mitt and Wheel Woollies
2 bucket wash (DI water) with Swissvax Car Bath Shampoo and WoWo Lambswool Wash Mitt
DI water pressure wash rinse
DI water open ended hose rinse
Bodywork dried with WoWo Drying Towel
Wheels dried with WoWo Wheel Towel
Entire car (except glass and wheels) waxed with one coat of Swissvax Crystal Rock high carnauba content wax – applied with DJ finger wax applicator and buffed on with WoWo microfibers
Tailpipes polished with Mothers Mag and Aluminium Polish
Tyres dressed with one coat of Achem Hi Shine Longlife Tyre Dressing
Glass protected with Gtechniq C2v3

All clean now….

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(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7371/27983698041_cfd1b0d005_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JCPLur)

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(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7529/28027100326_8f4fced435_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JGEdtG)

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(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7395/28060897365_1caaf65b93_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JKDrag)
 
Finally….

Deep Black Pearl Flake with Swissvax Crystal Rock

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: p3asa on 03 July 2016, 18:14
Stunning Bec
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 03 July 2016, 18:33
Stunning job!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Talk-torque on 03 July 2016, 19:05
Can't have too many photos of your work Rebecca!  :wink:

Did a good wash on mine, today. Very impressed with Wo Wo drying microfibre towels. I have 2 now and I can dry the whole car, fast enough to prevent water marks, even in today's sun, without even wringing one out! Only have to blot the car to suck off the water, so no chance of causing any swirls. Definitely a convert, after a lifetime of using the old chamois leather!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 03 July 2016, 20:55
Fantastic shots Rebecca. It's great to see the car from different angles.
Some of those images could be straight from a VW brochure :drool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JamesR27 on 03 July 2016, 21:40
Brilliant job and great pics. I try my best to keep it looking nice but those results are just brilliant.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: remlapeel on 03 July 2016, 21:53
I have been busy a lot recently upping my detailing game. I have done a lot of research and purchased some new stuff.

Karcher K2 and snow foam lance
Das6Pro DA Polisher with 5" and 6" backing plates
Meguaires cutting compound
Megauires Finishing wax
Fusso Sealant
Massive array of MF cloths
IronX
RainX
Megauires endurance tyre gel

Here are a few shots


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(http://i1369.photobucket.com/albums/ag237/lee_palmer4/IMG_0663_zpsbhy7nwhr.jpg) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/lee_palmer4/media/IMG_0663_zpsbhy7nwhr.jpg.html)

(http://i1369.photobucket.com/albums/ag237/lee_palmer4/IMG_0604_zpsg13jjkgt.jpg) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/lee_palmer4/media/IMG_0604_zpsg13jjkgt.jpg.html)

(http://i1369.photobucket.com/albums/ag237/lee_palmer4/IMG_0191_zpstrmege9b.jpg) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/lee_palmer4/media/IMG_0191_zpstrmege9b.jpg.html)

(http://i1369.photobucket.com/albums/ag237/lee_palmer4/IMG_0180_zpstdmfdgzj.jpg) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/lee_palmer4/media/IMG_0180_zpstdmfdgzj.jpg.html)

(http://i1369.photobucket.com/albums/ag237/lee_palmer4/IMG_0050_zpsogis5f9n.jpg) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/lee_palmer4/media/IMG_0050_zpsogis5f9n.jpg.html)

(http://i1369.photobucket.com/albums/ag237/lee_palmer4/IMG_0024_zpsa9e3vnvu.jpg) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/lee_palmer4/media/IMG_0024_zpsa9e3vnvu.jpg.html)

(http://i1369.photobucket.com/albums/ag237/lee_palmer4/IMG_0048_zpsyiccszi9.jpg) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/lee_palmer4/media/IMG_0048_zpsyiccszi9.jpg.html)

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 03 July 2016, 22:21
^^

Looks fantastic remlapeel.  :cool:  A pillars have come up really well, they are a pain for showing swirls being plastic, but at least you can DA them fairly regularly (more than the paintwork).

Some good stuff on your list.  Same DA as I have. Is it the Meguiars Microfibre system pads and compounds you are using?  I've switched to that a few months back to simplify things a little from my previous pad/polish combo.

Great work. 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 03 July 2016, 22:25
Stunning job!

Cheers Watts.  :smiley:

Can't have too many photos of your work Rebecca!  :wink:

Did a good wash on mine, today. Very impressed with Wo Wo drying microfibre towels. I have 2 now and I can dry the whole car, fast enough to prevent water marks, even in today's sun, without even wringing one out! Only have to blot the car to suck off the water, so no chance of causing any swirls. Definitely a convert, after a lifetime of using the old chamois leather!

Sorry, got a bit carried away with the pics. Promise not to post any for a while.  :embarrassed:

WoWo towels are the best. What they lack in size they more than make up for in absorbency.  Have you committed the chamois to the bin now?  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 03 July 2016, 22:32
Fantastic shots Rebecca. It's great to see the car from different angles.
Some of those images could be straight from a VW brochure :drool:

Thanks kalimon.  I had to go up to my other half industrial unit to pick something up today and it was deserted so took the opportunity to take a few photos.

Brilliant job and great pics. I try my best to keep it looking nice but those results are just brilliant.

Thanks James.  I'm sure yours looks great.  It's nice to have it clean again after 3 weeks of grime - it was getting to me, lol.  Every time I wanted to wash it it's been raining but the weather was kind today so grabbed the chance to get another coat of wax on it too.  Uncharacteristically it didn't chuck it down the minute I finished.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dave7268 on 03 July 2016, 22:37
And then, finally a break in the bizarre weather and a chance to give it a clean and a coat of wax.

Full wash and wax:
Wheels and tailpipes sprayed with Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
ValetPro Advanced Neutral Snow Foam and lance using DI water
DI water pressure rinse
Wheels washed with DJ Supernatural Shampoo, WoWo Wheel Mitt and Wheel Woollies
2 bucket wash (DI water) with Swissvax Car Bath Shampoo and WoWo Lambswool Wash Mitt
DI water pressure wash rinse
DI water open ended hose rinse
Bodywork dried with WoWo Drying Towel
Wheels dried with WoWo Wheel Towel
Entire car (except glass and wheels) waxed with one coat of Swissvax Crystal Rock high carnauba content wax – applied with DJ finger wax applicator and buffed on with WoWo microfibers
Tailpipes polished with Mothers Mag and Aluminium Polish
Tyres dressed with one coat of Achem Hi Shine Longlife Tyre Dressing
Glass protected with Gtechniq C2v3

All clean now….

Wow, absolutely stunning.... please come and do my car  :drool:

Curious.... just how long did this mere task take you?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 03 July 2016, 22:58
And then, finally a break in the bizarre weather and a chance to give it a clean and a coat of wax.

Full wash and wax:
Wheels and tailpipes sprayed with Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
ValetPro Advanced Neutral Snow Foam and lance using DI water
DI water pressure rinse
Wheels washed with DJ Supernatural Shampoo, WoWo Wheel Mitt and Wheel Woollies
2 bucket wash (DI water) with Swissvax Car Bath Shampoo and WoWo Lambswool Wash Mitt
DI water pressure wash rinse
DI water open ended hose rinse
Bodywork dried with WoWo Drying Towel
Wheels dried with WoWo Wheel Towel
Entire car (except glass and wheels) waxed with one coat of Swissvax Crystal Rock high carnauba content wax – applied with DJ finger wax applicator and buffed on with WoWo microfibers
Tailpipes polished with Mothers Mag and Aluminium Polish
Tyres dressed with one coat of Achem Hi Shine Longlife Tyre Dressing
Glass protected with Gtechniq C2v3

All clean now….

Wow, absolutely stunning.... please come and do my car  :drool:

Curious.... just how long did this mere task take you?


Thanks.  :smiley:

It took 2.5 hours in total, including a couple breaks for cups of tea.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: remlapeel on 03 July 2016, 23:10
^^

Looks fantastic remlapeel.  :cool:  A pillars have come up really well, they are a pain for showing swirls being plastic, but at least you can DA them fairly regularly (more than the paintwork).

Some good stuff on your list.  Same DA as I have. Is it the Meguiars Microfibre system pads and compounds you are using?  I've switched to that a few months back to simplify things a little from my previous pad/polish combo.

Great work.

Thanks!

I have a video walk around after its paint correction and full detail I did over 2 weekends, which I'll upload tomorrow, shows the true condition of the paint.

I got a kit from cleanyourcar with pads and some 300/301 compound and finishing wax. Although next time I'll get some 105/205 which have amazing reviews.

Have you seen the reviews for Fusso yet? Unreal stuff!

Really getting into this detailing stuff.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 July 2016, 00:06
^^

Looks fantastic remlapeel.  :cool:  A pillars have come up really well, they are a pain for showing swirls being plastic, but at least you can DA them fairly regularly (more than the paintwork).

Some good stuff on your list.  Same DA as I have. Is it the Meguiars Microfibre system pads and compounds you are using?  I've switched to that a few months back to simplify things a little from my previous pad/polish combo.

Great work.

Thanks!

I have a video walk around after its paint correction and full detail I did over 2 weekends, which I'll upload tomorrow, shows the true condition of the paint.

I got a kit from cleanyourcar with pads and some 300/301 compound and finishing wax. Although next time I'll get some 105/205 which have amazing reviews.

Have you seen the reviews for Fusso yet? Unreal stuff!

Really getting into this detailing stuff.

Yeah the 300/301 plus cutting and finishing pads is the the Megs Microfibre DA Correction System.  I'll be using it on mine with the DAS-6 Pro Plus come early autumn, most likely to do a 2 stage refinement polish as not much in the way of swirls or scratches, so no real correction required as yet.  I'll be using only the MF Finishing pad (5") with some Sonax Perfect Finish compound and then a final 'jewelling' polish with my Meguiars 205 compound on another finishing MF pad. 

Seen lots about Fusso, looks great stuff and others on here use it, but not tempted as into Swissvax waxes atm.

Sounds like you have been bitten by the detailing bug! 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 04 July 2016, 17:55
Stunning pics as always Bec.

I've been a bit busy recently to get chance to come on here. Also the cleanliness of the car is suffering. It's gotten to the point now I actually can't remember the last time I gave it any sort of clean, let alone a proper 2-bucket wash (I realise if I looked further back down this thread I'd be able to find out!)  :shocked: :embarrassed:

Hoping for a break in the weather as I will have time Thursday or Friday morning this week to get it done. Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 July 2016, 22:56
Stunning pics as always Bec.

I've been a bit busy recently to get chance to come on here. Also the cleanliness of the car is suffering. It's gotten to the point now I actually can't remember the last time I gave it any sort of clean, let alone a proper 2-bucket wash (I realise if I looked further back down this thread I'd be able to find out!)  :shocked: :embarrassed:

Hoping for a break in the weather as I will have time Thursday or Friday morning this week to get it done. Fingers crossed!

Cheers Dave.

Yeah it can be hard find time for this car malarkey sometimes.  Hope you get a chance to get yours done very soon.  Fingers and toes crossed for you.  Sure it will looking back to its beautiful best soon.  :smiley: 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 04 July 2016, 23:11
Good weather in Norfolk today, so having got the new Motorsport wheels on last week, gave the Polo a bit of attention.

3 bucket method, wheels cleaned with Wheel Woolies and WoWo Wheel Mitt and Autoglym shampoo. Bodywork washed with Chemical Guys Bodywash and Wax shampoo and WoWo lambswool mitt. Dried with WoWo drying towel and Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster (which I found is also good at removing the static dust off piano black interior trim and the clear plastic on the instrument dials!). Tyres dressed with FinishKare Top Kote tyre dressing. Bodywork waxed with Collinite 845 Insulator Wax. The obligatory pictures;

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/F79D7B11-0DE6-4277-8E64-753DF79F2A92.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/F79D7B11-0DE6-4277-8E64-753DF79F2A92.jpg.html)
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/CB3A85D6-3B4B-4970-851D-37D392B783D0.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/CB3A85D6-3B4B-4970-851D-37D392B783D0.jpg.html)
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/834FBEC1-4688-4190-9174-06F5644C5D65.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/834FBEC1-4688-4190-9174-06F5644C5D65.jpg.html)
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/A533533E-456D-4EF9-9604-51E99D2895C0.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/A533533E-456D-4EF9-9604-51E99D2895C0.jpg.html)

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 July 2016, 23:14
Good weather in Norfolk today, so having got the new Motorsport wheels on last week, gave the Polo a bit of attention.

3 bucket method, wheels cleaned with Wheel Woolies and WoWo Wheel Mitt and Autoglym shampoo. Bodywork washed with Chemical Guys Bodywash and Wax shampoo and WoWo lambswool mitt. Dried with WoWo drying towel and Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster (which I found is also good at removing the static dust off piano black interior trim and the clear plastic on the instrument dials!). Tyres dressed with FinishKare Top Kote tyre dressing. Bodywork waxed with Collinite 845 Insulator Wax. The obligatory pictures;

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/F79D7B11-0DE6-4277-8E64-753DF79F2A92.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/F79D7B11-0DE6-4277-8E64-753DF79F2A92.jpg.html)

Lovely.   :cool: :cool: :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 04 July 2016, 23:22
Good weather in Norfolk today, so having got the new Motorsport wheels on last week, gave the Polo a bit of attention.

3 bucket method, wheels cleaned with Wheel Woolies and WoWo Wheel Mitt and Autoglym shampoo. Bodywork washed with Chemical Guys Bodywash and Wax shampoo and WoWo lambswool mitt. Dried with WoWo drying towel and Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster (which I found is also good at removing the static dust off piano black interior trim and the clear plastic on the instrument dials!). Tyres dressed with FinishKare Top Kote tyre dressing. Bodywork waxed with Collinite 845 Insulator Wax. The obligatory pictures;


Lovely.   :cool: :cool: :cool:

Thanks Rebecca. Not quite up to your impeccable standard, but I'm working on it. Not sure I'll get there though! :smiley:

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 05 July 2016, 15:46
Great job SRGTD, looks really good. What area of Norfolk are you based in? I was near Sandringham at the weekend visiting my mum (we had the flag at full mast :wink:) and had a nice trip out towards Norwich along some lovely quiet Norfolk A and B roads, very relaxing! Oh, and a couple of pints of good Norfolk beer (plus a visit to the world's biggest beer shop near Kings Lynn).
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 05 July 2016, 17:06
Great job SRGTD, looks really good. What area of Norfolk are you based in? I was near Sandringham at the weekend visiting my mum (we had the flag at full mast :wink:) and had a nice trip out towards Norwich along some lovely quiet Norfolk A and B roads, very relaxing! Oh, and a couple of pints of good Norfolk beer (plus a visit to the world's biggest beer shop near Kings Lynn).

Thanks Watts.

I'm in South Norfolk, just south of Norwich. Yes, there are some decent quiet A and B 'driving' roads, and a fair few decent beers. We have a couple of decent pubs in my village and I'll be visiting one of them tonight for a beer or two!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 06 July 2016, 14:58
I'm in South Norfolk, just south of Norwich. Yes, there are some decent quiet A and B 'driving' roads, and a fair few decent beers. We have a couple of decent pubs in my village and I'll be visiting one of them tonight for a beer or two!

Now that sounds a very sensible plan!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: mwad gti on 06 July 2016, 18:40
Good weather in Norfolk today, so having got the new Motorsport wheels on last week, gave the Polo a bit of attention.

3 bucket method, wheels cleaned with Wheel Woolies and WoWo Wheel Mitt and Autoglym shampoo. Bodywork washed with Chemical Guys Bodywash and Wax shampoo and WoWo lambswool mitt. Dried with WoWo drying towel and Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster (which I found is also good at removing the static dust off piano black interior trim and the clear plastic on the instrument dials!). Tyres dressed with FinishKare Top Kote tyre dressing. Bodywork waxed with Collinite 845 Insulator Wax. The obligatory pictures;

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/F79D7B11-0DE6-4277-8E64-753DF79F2A92.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/F79D7B11-0DE6-4277-8E64-753DF79F2A92.jpg.html)
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/CB3A85D6-3B4B-4970-851D-37D392B783D0.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/CB3A85D6-3B4B-4970-851D-37D392B783D0.jpg.html)
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/834FBEC1-4688-4190-9174-06F5644C5D65.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/834FBEC1-4688-4190-9174-06F5644C5D65.jpg.html)
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/A533533E-456D-4EF9-9604-51E99D2895C0.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/A533533E-456D-4EF9-9604-51E99D2895C0.jpg.html)

Looks great Steve
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 06 July 2016, 19:44
Good weather in Norfolk today, so having got the new Motorsport wheels on last week, gave the Polo a bit of attention.

3 bucket method, wheels cleaned with Wheel Woolies and WoWo Wheel Mitt and Autoglym shampoo. Bodywork washed with Chemical Guys Bodywash and Wax shampoo and WoWo lambswool mitt. Dried with WoWo drying towel and Metro Vac Sidekick Blaster (which I found is also good at removing the static dust off piano black interior trim and the clear plastic on the instrument dials!). Tyres dressed with FinishKare Top Kote tyre dressing. Bodywork waxed with Collinite 845 Insulator Wax.

Looks great Steve

Thanks Mark!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: remlapeel on 07 July 2016, 21:19
Great job SRGTD, looks really good. What area of Norfolk are you based in? I was near Sandringham at the weekend visiting my mum (we had the flag at full mast :wink:) and had a nice trip out towards Norwich along some lovely quiet Norfolk A and B roads, very relaxing! Oh, and a couple of pints of good Norfolk beer (plus a visit to the world's biggest beer shop near Kings Lynn).

Thanks Watts.

I'm in South Norfolk, just south of Norwich. Yes, there are some decent quiet A and B 'driving' roads, and a fair few decent beers. We have a couple of decent pubs in my village and I'll be visiting one of them tonight for a beer or two!

Give me a wave if you see me around. I live in Yarmouth but work between there, Norwich and wymondham 👍
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 07 July 2016, 22:11
Great job SRGTD, looks really good. What area of Norfolk are you based in? I was near Sandringham at the weekend visiting my mum (we had the flag at full mast :wink:) and had a nice trip out towards Norwich along some lovely quiet Norfolk A and B roads, very relaxing! Oh, and a couple of pints of good Norfolk beer (plus a visit to the world's biggest beer shop near Kings Lynn).

Thanks Watts.

I'm in South Norfolk, just south of Norwich. Yes, there are some decent quiet A and B 'driving' roads, and a fair few decent beers. We have a couple of decent pubs in my village and I'll be visiting one of them tonight for a beer or two!

Give me a wave if you see me around. I live in Yarmouth but work between there, Norwich and wymondham

Will do Lee  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 08 July 2016, 19:44
Its nice when things work out as planned. Was planning to give the car it's first proper (2 bucket) wash today since 1st June(! :shocked:), and the weather held out this morning. Dropped daughter off at childminder a bit earlier than ususal and then I had 2.5hrs before I needed to get ready for work.

Usual process followed:

The obligatory pics....


Before - the red does hide dirt quite well but it was pretty bad by my standards:

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Snow foam action:

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After:

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Thought I'd try a couple of different angles today for a change..

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7422/27556575973_6f08d1da34_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HZ5DYR)

including 'the dutch angle' (as it's called in photography... or tilting the camera to you and me  :wink:)... yes I did pinch the idea from Rebecca's recent pics  :laugh:

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7315/28093818101_e5faa04e36_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNyama)

There's still a couple of tiny tar spots here and there and I've discovered a scratch at the bottom of the driver's side rear door, but I think this should polish out as it doesn't catch my nail. There's also 4 or 5 stone chips. I might sort the scratch soon, but the rest will be left to winter prep time.

Now I just need to find time to give the inside a proper clean (although it's not that bad really).

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 08 July 2016, 22:11
Its nice when things work out as planned.

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7315/28093818101_e5faa04e36_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNyama)

I'm glad the day worked out for you as planned, because, that looks magnificent Dave.  :cool: :cool: :cool:

That's the reddest Tornado Red I've ever seen.  Love the Dutch tilt shot.  :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: mwad gti on 08 July 2016, 22:27
Great job SRGTD, looks really good. What area of Norfolk are you based in? I was near Sandringham at the weekend visiting my mum (we had the flag at full mast :wink:) and had a nice trip out towards Norwich along some lovely quiet Norfolk A and B roads, very relaxing! Oh, and a couple of pints of good Norfolk beer (plus a visit to the world's biggest beer shop near Kings Lynn).

Thanks Watts.

I'm in South Norfolk, just south of Norwich. Yes, there are some decent quiet A and B 'driving' roads, and a fair few decent beers. We have a couple of decent pubs in my village and I'll be visiting one of them tonight for a beer or two!

Give me a wave if you see me around. I live in Yarmouth but work between there, Norwich and wymondham 👍

I'm Yarmouth too
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 08 July 2016, 23:42
Its nice when things work out as planned.

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7315/28093818101_e5faa04e36_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNyama)

I'm glad the day worked out for you as planned, because, that looks magnificent Dave.  :cool: :cool: :cool:

That's the reddest Tornado Red I've ever seen.  Love the Dutch tilt shot.  :wink:

thanks Bec :cool:

I feel much better now it's clean again! I must admit I do love the colour. Photos are actually quite close to how it looks in the metal.. camera on the Lumina 950 is pretty good :nerd:

Probably could use another coat of c2v3 (sterile and glassy remember :wink:) as it was last done in march, but I neither had the time nor the arm muscles for it today! :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 10 July 2016, 08:54
Looks great, i need to do a full tar removal too on mine. Resurfacing has a lot to answer for!!!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 15 July 2016, 21:06
Good wash and wax today, making use of my Finish Kare FK1000p which I originally bought for my wheels. Obviously it wasn't too long before we had some rain :rolleyes:

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(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160715_134423_zpson44tb5p.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160715_134423_zpson44tb5p.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 July 2016, 21:13
It looks very beautiful Watts.  Pics like this always make me want TR.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 15 July 2016, 21:48
Cheers Booth, very kind words. My first red car and really enjoying the change. My last car was pearl black like yours and I loved it, still do as I see it most days but needed a change after 13 years. Could easily be tempted again.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 16 July 2016, 00:17
Looks great Watts :cool:. Have you tried the Finish Kare 108AS Top Kote Tire Dressing to complement the FK1000p sealant on your wheels? This is my current favourite tyre dressing; not too shiny and I find a couple of coats applied with a foam tyre dressing applicator gives good durability and maintains that new look to your tyres for a good few weeks. Good reviews on CYC website and because it's a liquid and not a gel, there's no 'sling' onto your bodywork when your on the move either. It can also be used on lots of other rubber / plastic trim too.

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/finishkare-108as-top-kote-tire-dressing/prod_635.html
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 16 July 2016, 08:57
Cheers :smiley: I'm running out of tyre dressing so I'll have a look at that, thanks!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 16 July 2016, 17:56
Took advantage of a break in the weather to give it a wash.
The usual procedure but didn't have time to add any more protection to it.
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Depending on the angle, it looks grey, black or green!! (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 16 July 2016, 20:29
Took advantage of a break in the weather to give it a wash.
The usual procedure but didn't have time to add any more protection to it.

Depending on the angle, it looks grey, black or green!!

Looking good Kalimon. When I had my Carbon Grey mk6 GTD, I always thought that depending on the light and the angle it could be one of the above 3 colours. My favourite was when sun brought out the metallic flake and it looked grey/green with a hint of sparkle!  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 16 July 2016, 21:49
Very smart Kalimon, great effort :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 July 2016, 23:23
Cheers :smiley: I'm running out of tyre dressing so I'll have a look at that, thanks!

If you are in the market for a new tyre dressing - consider this:

http://www.achem.co.uk/shop/product-details.php?prdID=62

Achem Hi Shine Long Life Tyre Dressing - goes on with the ease of a water based gel but is silicone based so lasts ages and doesn't sling.  Can be matte/satin or gloss depending on whether you wipe it down after application and how many coats you apply.  It really is superb stuff.  Best tyre dressing I've ever used and I've tried a lot.  It states a lifespan of 2-3 weeks on their website but it's much longer than that.  During the last winter my car went 5 weeks without a clean (eons in my world) and the only part that was clean was the tyre sidewalls!   This is the Achem Hi Shine still repelling the mud and dirt after 5 weeks:
 
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5792/23383164039_7c4c0445dc_o.jpg)

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 July 2016, 23:25
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Lovey job as usual.  I like the way it changes with the light, like 3 cars in one!   :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 17 July 2016, 10:26
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Lovey job as usual.  I like the way it changes with the light, like 3 cars in one!   :smiley:
Thanks Rebecca. I thought I would take a few pics of the car somewhere other than my driveway , just to change things up :smiley:
Also, I used a real camera for once as my 6plus is still being repaired ( 3 weeks and counting ) :sad:
I like the car best when it appears to be black, maybe should have gone for DBP like you :smiley:
It would be nice if VW actually made racing green or something similar available to order on the Golf :whistle:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 July 2016, 13:41
Very quick 35 min wash.  Started to rain as I was drying it off, so no time even to dress tyres or polish tailpipes.  Was hoping to get another coat of Cystal Rock wax on but that will have to wait now till another day. 

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 17 July 2016, 14:54
Very quick 35 min wash.  Started to rain as I was drying it off, so no time even to dress tyres or polish tailpipes.  Was hoping to get another coat of Cystal Rock wax on but that will have to wait now till another day. 

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It's a minor miracle achieving that in 35 mins Rebecca, very impressive work.
I may need to tinker with my snow foam lance settings because you appear to be getting better results than me by the looks of it :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Tory on 17 July 2016, 16:47
(https://instagram.com/p/BH95qPNjRTC4hfVTuwMSWLDd55eZMRsOVzWlJM0/)

Roped my mum into helping me seal the new wheels. She's a good egg
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 July 2016, 20:26
It's a minor miracle achieving that in 35 mins Rebecca, very impressive work.
I may need to tinker with my snow foam lance settings because you appear to be getting better results than me by the looks of it :cool:

Thanks kalimon.  Lol, it was a quick event today even by my standards!  I was taken aback when I finished and looked at the time.

Snow foam (and lance) can be very temperamental at time.  From your pics looks like your spray stream might be a little inconsistent or perhaps the foam is a little thick and you need to up the dilution via the control knob on the top of the lance.  But very hard to tell from photos as it depends when in the process they are taken?  Maybe the lance mechanism needs a bit of a descale?  Soak in kettle descaler or in a bucket of petrol - this dissolves shampoo residue which clogs it up over time.  Also after every snow foam, I find running clear water through it via the jet washer helps flush things through, avoiding spray issues next time.  As I say, maybe there isn't an issue.  As long as it's doing the job then all good.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 July 2016, 20:27
(https://instagram.com/p/BH95qPNjRTC4hfVTuwMSWLDd55eZMRsOVzWlJM0/)

Roped my mum into helping me seal the new wheels. She's a good egg

Good on your mum.  :smiley:  My mum would be more of a hindrance than a help I think, lol.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 17 July 2016, 22:23
It's a minor miracle achieving that in 35 mins Rebecca, very impressive work.
I may need to tinker with my snow foam lance settings because you appear to be getting better results than me by the looks of it :cool:

Thanks kalimon.  Lol, it was a quick event today even by my standards!  I was taken aback when I finished and looked at the time.

Snow foam (and lance) can be very temperamental at time.  From your pics looks like your spray stream might be a little inconsistent or perhaps the foam is a little thick and you need to up the dilution via the control knob on the top of the lance.  But very hard to tell from photos as it depends when in the process they are taken?  Maybe the lance mechanism needs a bit of a descale?  Soak in kettle descaler or in a bucket of petrol - this dissolves shampoo residue which clogs it up over time.  Also after every snow foam, I find running clear water through it via the jet washer helps flush things through, avoiding spray issues next time.  As I say, maybe there isn't an issue.  As long as it's doing the job then all good.  :smiley:
I think it may just need a slight adjustment. I always remove the bottle and run water through the lance for about 30 secs after every use so it shouldn't need descaling just yet.
The photo was taken between 5 and 10 mins after snow foaming.
PS
Who told you about my inconsistent spray stream ?
That is personal information :laugh: :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 July 2016, 22:41
PS
Who told you about my inconsistent spray stream ?
That is personal information :laugh: :wink:

You're a man aren't you.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Peter W on 23 July 2016, 22:22
After some long overdue TLC, wash, dry, black hole, sealant, wax, wheels cleaned and sealed all the right bits buffed, interior complete clean, engine cleaned.

A few pics on a ride out to Ashridge Park today. Photography not one of my strong points but you get the idea...
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 July 2016, 22:34
After some long overdue TLC, wash, dry, black hole, sealant, wax, wheels cleaned and sealed all the right bits buffed, interior complete clean, engine cleaned.

A few pics on a ride out to Ashridge Park today. Photography not one of my strong points but you get the idea.


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Looks gorgeous Peter.  :cool: Lovely to see your Ed35 in here, makes me nostalgic for my old mk6 and Glendales!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Peter W on 24 July 2016, 17:51
thanks Rebecca,

I'm down your way next weekend, i will keep a look out for your R !

Today was the first time i had both cars clean together, apologies for the non VW brand but they go well together.

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 25 July 2016, 01:17
^^
Very cute couple Peter.

Don't bother looking out for my R next weekend, as it's currently residing in a Gatwick car park - I'm in the Carribean - St Lucia , at the moment.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 25 July 2016, 10:04
I'm in the Carribean - St Lucia , at the moment.

And you're posting on a car forum???
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 25 July 2016, 10:50
I'm in the Carribean - St Lucia , at the moment.

And you're posting on a car forum???

Yep, what else is there do to when you're awake in the middle of the night because you haven't adjusted to the time difference.  :tongue:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 25 July 2016, 13:48
I'm in the Carribean - St Lucia , at the moment.

And you're posting on a car forum???

Yep, what else is there do to when you're awake in the middle of the night because you haven't adjusted to the time difference.  :tongue:
Enjoy your hols Rebecca, I'll be away soon and I will certainly be paying the forum more than a few visits.
What could be better than a few cold beers, a bit of sun and a quick read about car detailing ?  :cool: :kiss:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Peter W on 25 July 2016, 18:42
^^
Very cute couple Peter.

Don't bother looking out for my R next weekend, as it's currently residing in a Gatwick car park - I'm in the Carribean - St Lucia , at the moment.

Enjoy the holiday, there will be a dusty grimy car waiting for you when you get back. The thought of airport car parks puts the fear of dread in me... I'm glad I get to use the staff car park and can park away from everybody else. I'm off to Austin, Dallas and Houston TX in a couple of weeks, I can't wait for it to start.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 25 July 2016, 20:40
I'm in the Carribean - St Lucia , at the moment.

And you're posting on a car forum???

Yep, what else is there do to when you're awake in the middle of the night because you haven't adjusted to the time difference.  :tongue:

Enjoy your hols Rebecca, I'll be away soon and I will certainly be paying the forum more than a few visits.
What could be better than a few cold beers, a bit of sun and a quick read about car detailing ?  :cool: :kiss:

Exactly what I'm doing right this sec. Cocktail instead of beer.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 25 July 2016, 20:40
^^
Very cute couple Peter.

Don't bother looking out for my R next weekend, as it's currently residing in a Gatwick car park - I'm in the Carribean - St Lucia , at the moment.

Enjoy the holiday, there will be a dusty grimy car waiting for you when you get back. The thought of airport car parks puts the fear of dread in me... I'm glad I get to use the staff car park and can park away from everybody else. I'm off to Austin, Dallas and Houston TX in a couple of weeks, I can't wait for it to start.

Yes, it's always a tense time when it's at the airport.  Thank goodness you have the staff car park.  Enjoy your trip to the US Peter.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 31 July 2016, 17:28
Given it a quick wash and finished with a spray of quick detailer (Bouncers Done and Dusted). Last wash included a wax with Finish Kare FK1000p, first time since the G-Techniq C2v3 had worn off and I must say I'm liking the feel of the paint and the glossy finish but don't want to waste the G-Techniq, not sure whether or not to use it this winter or just to keep the layers of wax up to date. Anyway, some shiny pictures :smiley:

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Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 31 July 2016, 18:28
Given it a quick wash and finished with a spray of quick detailer (Bouncers Done and Dusted). Last wash included a wax with Finish Kare FK1000p, first time since the G-Techniq C2v3 had worn off and I must say I'm liking the feel of the paint and the glossy finish but don't want to waste the G-Techniq, not sure whether or not to use it this winter or just to keep the layers of wax up to date.

Looks good Watts :cool: Makes me feel guilty, as my car remained unwashed this weekend.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 31 July 2016, 19:11
Cheers :smiley: It's difficult to find the time isn't it? Then it's either raining or too hot and if you do find the time and get the job done it rains soon after :rolleyes:

Looking forward to a few new pictures of you pocket rocket :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 31 July 2016, 20:03
Looking superb Watts.  :cool:  Great reflections and gloss. 

Enjoying the wax finish then.  You could always just use the C2v3 on the wheels on a monthly basis, and regularly on the glass.  That's all I use C2 for.  Not impressed with it on paintwork, doesn't match up to a wax finish IMO, but fine for wheels and windscreen/other glass.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 31 July 2016, 20:49
Looking superb Watts.  :cool:  Great reflections and gloss. 

Enjoying the wax finish then.  You could always just use the C2v3 on the wheels on a monthly basis, and regularly on the glass.  That's all I use C2 for.  Not impressed with it on paintwork, doesn't match up to a wax finish IMO, but fine for wheels and windscreen/other glass.

Thanks for that, a bit of a change though since I bought the wax for the wheels and the C2v3 for the bodywork! Good idea though and I think that's what I'll do :smiley:

Must do a decontamination soon as I can feel particles embedded in the paint. Problem is though presumably I'll need a machine polish afterwards and I haven't got one. Not sure about investing in one as I'll be enthusiastic to start but soon lose interest :rolleyes:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 31 July 2016, 21:41
Looking superb Watts.  :cool:  Great reflections and gloss. 

Enjoying the wax finish then.  You could always just use the C2v3 on the wheels on a monthly basis, and regularly on the glass.  That's all I use C2 for.  Not impressed with it on paintwork, doesn't match up to a wax finish IMO, but fine for wheels and windscreen/other glass.

Thanks for that, a bit of a change though since I bought the wax for the wheels and the C2v3 for the bodywork! Good idea though and I think that's what I'll do :smiley:

Must do a decontamination soon as I can feel particles embedded in the paint. Problem is though presumably I'll need a machine polish afterwards and I haven't got one. Not sure about investing in one as I'll be enthusiastic to start but soon lose interest :rolleyes:

C2 much better for wheels than wax. Nice slick finish.  Great on glass too and no wiper judder.

If you are doing a full decontamination, one that includes claying, I strongly advise you follow it with a DA polish. No matter how careful, claying is a process that commonly leaves some marring, quite normal, and a DA polish will get rid of marring no problem at all.  Plus the other obvious benefits of having a DA for any correction work or paint refinement.  I wouldn't worry about losing early enthusiasm as, apart from B pillars, you should only be looking to polish one or twice a year.  Get a DA.  :evil:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 31 July 2016, 22:01
Looking superb Watts.  :cool:  Great reflections and gloss. 

Enjoying the wax finish then.  You could always just use the C2v3 on the wheels on a monthly basis, and regularly on the glass.  That's all I use C2 for.  Not impressed with it on paintwork, doesn't match up to a wax finish IMO, but fine for wheels and windscreen/other glass.

Thanks for that, a bit of a change though since I bought the wax for the wheels and the C2v3 for the bodywork! Good idea though and I think that's what I'll do :smiley:

Must do a decontamination soon as I can feel particles embedded in the paint. Problem is though presumably I'll need a machine polish afterwards and I haven't got one. Not sure about investing in one as I'll be enthusiastic to start but soon lose interest :rolleyes:

C2 much better for wheels than wax. Nice slick finish.  Great on glass too and no wiper judder.

If you are doing a full decontamination, one that includes claying, I strongly advise you follow it with a DA polish. No matter how careful, claying is a process that commonly leaves some marring, quite normal, and a DA polish will get rid of marring no problem at all.  Plus the other obvious benefits of having a DA for any correction work or paint refinement.  I wouldn't worry about losing early enthusiasm as, apart from B pillars, you should only be looking to polish one or twice a year.  Get a DA.  :evil:

What I thought, thanks. It's quite an investment though and would cost me a vase, maybe I can sell a kidney :shocked:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 11 August 2016, 14:30
Given the Passat it long overdue post winter detox. When I say post winter, I mean winter 2013.  :embarrassed:

First off I sprayed the wheels, arches and lower parts of the car with Fenwicks bike cleaner, followed by a pressure washer muck shaving stage. Next I would usually snow foam, but this time completely against what felt right was a 2BM wash with G3 body prep shampoo. This stuff has amazing cleaning power and can also be used for wax stripping. There wasn't a bead of water on the car after this. The water just sat on it, the paint was about as naked as it could be.

Due to not having much time to do much more, I filled the snowfoam bottle up with AG shampoo and covered the whole car, leaving it to dwell for about 10 minutes before pressure washing off. The water was now beading and the following open hose rinse just sheeted it off cleanly. Drying was done using AG rapid detailer as an aid, buffed with a fluffy mf cloth, then tyres dressed to finish.

For the vast majority of the car driving public, the results were superb. I wouldn't quite go that far, but it was a relatively quick preparation ready for polishing and waxing. That might happen some time quite soon, as I quite like the old car again now.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 11 August 2016, 17:44
Given the Passat it long overdue post winter detox. When I say post winter, I mean winter 2013.  :embarrassed:

First off I sprayed the wheels, arches and lower parts of the car with Fenwicks bike cleaner, followed by a pressure washer muck shaving stage. Next I would usually snow foam, but this time completely against what felt right was a 2BM wash with G3 body prep shampoo. This stuff has amazing cleaning power and can also be used for wax stripping. There wasn't a bead of water on the car after this. The water just sat on it, the paint was about as naked as it could be.

Due to not having much time to do much more, I filled the snowfoam bottle up with AG shampoo and covered the whole car, leaving it to dwell for about 10 minutes before pressure washing off. The water was now beading and the following open hose rinse just sheeted it off cleanly. Drying was done using AG rapid detailer as an aid, buffed with a fluffy mf cloth, then tyres dressed to finish.

For the vast majority of the car driving public, the results were superb. I wouldn't quite go that far, but it was a relatively quick preparation ready for polishing and waxing. That might happen some time quite soon, as I quite like the old car again now.

Nice to hear the Passat had some TLC.  But you forgot the pics.... :whistle:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 11 August 2016, 18:46
You don't need pics of a silver Passat. Everyone knows what they look like. They are almost as common a sight as a 7R.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 11 August 2016, 22:50
You don't need pics of a silver Passat. Everyone knows what they look like. They are almost as common a sight as a 7R.

In all honesty I hardly ever see any silver Passats, so.....I need the pics.  :tongue:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 August 2016, 13:59
Bath Time!

Washed off the airport car park dirt and grime.  Sat for 2 weeks in Gatwick car park and then a week’s daily use at home left it pretty grubby.

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Pre wash phase

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Sprayed windscreen, bonnet and front with Auto Finesse Citrus Power Bug cleaner. 

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Wheels sprayed with ValetPro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner.

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Snow foam next – ValetPro Advanced Neutral

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After a few mins dwelling

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And snow foam rinsed off

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Wheel wash with Swisswax Car Bath Shampoo, Wheel Woollies and WoWo Wheel mitt

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2 bucket wash – SV Car Bath, WoWo and Lambswool mitt (no pics)

Pressure wash rinse followed by open ended hose rinse to leave mimiunum standing water

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Dried with WoWo Drying Towels and Metrovac Vac n Blo air dryer.

Pre wash and main wash phase complete, moved onto final touches.  Finished off by polishing tailpipes with Mothers Mag and Aluminium polish, dressed tyres with Achem Hi Shine Longlife Tyre Dressing.  Removed a few stubborn marks on paintwork with Bouncers Done and Dusted QD.  Finally, gave the whole car a going over with Swissvax Quick Finish QD to add a bit of gloss and refresh the Swissvax Cystal Rock wax applied 3 weeks ago.

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Cleaned up okay - results

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(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8684/28942720126_bc3eb3d4e8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L6z1kY)

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7776/28942812946_1ae2d9b715_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L6ztWj)

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8658/28898870031_80dbafa371_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L2GgeR)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7723/28870241472_887df778b5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KZawY1)

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8831/28942847316_61c3b0ea21_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L6zE9U)

Car is in need of a good decontamination and a DA polish though - as some residue that wouldn’t shift and there’s a line of bird footprints across the corner of the bonnet which are etched into the clearcoat!  Looking to do a full detail in Sept/Oct but will have to do until then.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 14 August 2016, 15:14
Geat pics as usual Rebecca and a few different views, which is nice to see :smiley:
I like the close up of the Pretoria with the wo-wo wheel mitt in particular.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 14 August 2016, 15:58
Amazing job as ever, the glossy finish really is superb.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 August 2016, 07:57
Cheers Kalimon and Watts.  It was good to get rid of the grime!

Does need a full detail now, when I get a spare 2 days to do it. Coming up for a year old 1st Oct so that can be it's birthday present.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 17 August 2016, 14:18
Good clean this morning (the car, not me), vacuumed and dusted the interior, then gave the wheels a going over with a few good soaks with Bilberry wheel cleaner. Washed the bodywork with Gtechniq G Wash (it does smell nice), bit of a struggle to stop it drying too quickly, open ended hose rinse then dried off with a Wo-Wo drying towel. Topped up the shine with Bouncers Done and Dusted QD (including the wheels) and Gtechniq C2v3 did a great job on the glass. Very pleased with the results and the great beading still from the FK1000p wax applied a few weeks ago. Muck was just rinsing off!

A few shiny pictures :smiley:

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160817_140844_zpsjvrn6lil.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160817_140844_zpsjvrn6lil.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160817_140917_zpsiiikq8zl.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160817_140917_zpsiiikq8zl.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160817_140817_zpshn1sv0ok.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160817_140817_zpshn1sv0ok.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160817_140947_zpszpznui8n.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160817_140947_zpszpznui8n.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 17 August 2016, 15:18
Good clean this morning (the car, not me), vacuumed and dusted the interior, then gave the wheels a going over with a few good soaks with Bilberry wheel cleaner. Washed the bodywork with Gtechniq G Wash (it does smell nice), bit of a struggle to stop it drying too quickly, open ended hose rinse then dried off with a Wo-Wo drying towel. Topped up the shine with Bouncers Done and Dusted QD (including the wheels) and Gtechniq C2v3 did a great job on the glass. Very pleased with the results and the great beading still from the FK1000p wax applied a few weeks ago. Muck was just rinsing off! :smiley:

Lovely! Very shiny :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 17 August 2016, 15:33
Very nice!!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: KyleB on 17 August 2016, 16:47
Both cars look great. I'm a big fan of Bouncers Done and Dusted as a final QD wipe down, really keeps the paintwork looking glossy.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 17 August 2016, 17:14
Cheers all :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 August 2016, 17:22
Looks epic Watts.  :cool:

Another fan of Done & Dusted.  Great QD.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 17 August 2016, 18:00
Thanks :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 19 August 2016, 13:49
Gave the interior a good clean.....

Metro Vac n Blo for vacumming duties

Compressed air and Valet Pro detailing brush for those hard to reach areas 

Poorboys Natural Look Trim Dressing on all plastic trim / piano / dials

Gliptone Leather Cleaner and Leather Conditioner on all leather

Gtechniq G6 Perfect Glass on all glass

WoWo microfibre and glass cloths and DoDo Juice Fantastic Fur buffing cloths

The gear

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8100/28798761730_834f7b8dbd_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KSRbwE)

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8556/28979891602_2873051563_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L9Rw8u)

Quick pic of clean dash with my WoWo hanger

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8373/28466660803_eedba40104_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Knv5uB)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 19 August 2016, 14:29
Very clean and tidy, immaculate even :smiley: And your car looks tidy too :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 19 August 2016, 16:35
Very clean and tidy, immaculate even :smiley: And your car looks tidy too :grin:

Haha, thank you on both counts.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 21 August 2016, 15:44
Replaced the resin in my water filter then gave the exterior a quick wash.  Only washed a week ago but covered in sand from last week's rain.  And as the inside was all cleaned a couple days ago, couldn't neglect the outside. Must say I’m very impressed with the Swissvax Quick Finish QD I used on it after last week’s wash, very nice stuff!

Before…
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8561/29130974595_cd540e98cd_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LocRQF)

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8339/29025801882_3cda7546ef_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LdUPE3)

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8337/28844782500_64f807e1a8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KWV3Ud)

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8019/28844202940_28c4e982c2_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KWS5BN)

After…
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8325/29098560846_49cb9e44cd_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LkkJmW)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8116/28509120814_2e34506d2b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KrfGnL)

Bit of water beading during the rinse phase…
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8155/29098362376_18ee86bd83_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LkjHn3)

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8231/29098342626_f744eab3d2_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LkjBuw)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 22 August 2016, 11:42
No detailing as such but started looking at DAs ready for winter prep. See my other thread... http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=278613.0 (http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=278613.0)  :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 24 August 2016, 13:47
Again, not really detailing as such but I spent my £100 voucher on the Karcher website last night. Got this as there was a promotion for getting an accessory pack when I bought it, and they had ran out of them so got a £100 voucher instead. :smug: This was better anyway as I wouldn't have used most of the stuff in the accessory pack as it included their snow foam and nozzle and some other car related cleaning brushes, which I doubt is as good as the VP foam I use and I wouldn't let the brushes near the paint work! :grin:

Ordered a 10m high-pressure replacement hose for my K4, which originally comes with a 6m hose, so now I will be able to wash the car without having to move the machine! (yes lazy but will save time!)  :laugh:

Also ordered some other bits and bobs for using on the garden/drive, stone cleaner, wood cleaner, etc.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 27 August 2016, 20:46
Got the car washed today ready for it's 1st service on Thursday. Got chance to use the new 10m high-pressure hose on the pressure washer, so I can leave the machine at the back and get right around the front of the car now without having to move it! :laugh:

Usual process followed:
Pressure washer rinse
VP advanced snow foam and pw rinse
wash wheels with VP bilberry wheel cleaner, big wheel woolie and wo-wo wheel mit and rinse with pw
2 bucket wash with DDJ supernatural shampoo and wo-wo lambswool mit
pressure washer rinse
open hose rinse
towel dry with DDJ/wo-wo towels
exterior glass clean with AG fastglass and wo-wo glass cloth

Only took the after pics today...

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8533/28650899943_2742a36aa7_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KDMmnv)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7732/28648870094_45ba9a75aa_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KDAWY7)

Thought I'd steal bec's idea from a couple of months back and take a pic from above for a different angle :cool:
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8460/28648869204_13232d4f71_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KDAWGL)

Hopefully will get chance to clean, or at least vacuum the inside tomorrow depending on SWMBO's plans (and of course the F1 is on as well) :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: cosmos on 27 August 2016, 21:24
Usual process followed:
Pressure washer rinse
VP advanced snow foam and pw rinse
wash wheels with VP bilberry wheel cleaner, big wheel woolie and wo-wo wheel mit and rinse with pw
2 bucket wash with DDJ supernatural shampoo and wo-wo lambswool mit
pressure washer rinse
open hose rinse
towel dry with DDJ/wo-wo towels
exterior glass clean with AG fastglass and wo-wo glass cloth


Snap! First attempt at a proper bit of detailing today with almost exactly the same method and identical products but also waxed with Dodo Juice Purple Haze. I think I buffed off the wax a bit too quickly but it was getting sunny so I didn't want to risk leaving it too long, I also missed a few bits in the wheels which only became apparent after I got back on the drive and the wheels had turned but will know for next time. Other than that (and a sore arm) I'm pretty pleased.

Still wonder whether I should have gone for tornado red but happy with the carbon steel grey:

(https://s3.postimg.io/3n1nnvocz/DSC_0629.jpg)

(https://s3.postimg.io/x0xe3gr2r/DSC_0634.jpg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 27 August 2016, 22:53
Got the car washed today ready for it's 1st service on Thursday. Got chance to use the new 10m high-pressure hose on the pressure washer, so I can leave the machine at the back and get right around the front of the car now without having to move it! :laugh:

Usual process followed:
Pressure washer rinse
VP advanced snow foam and pw rinse
wash wheels with VP bilberry wheel cleaner, big wheel woolie and wo-wo wheel mit and rinse with pw
2 bucket wash with DDJ supernatural shampoo and wo-wo lambswool mit
pressure washer rinse
open hose rinse
towel dry with DDJ/wo-wo towels
exterior glass clean with AG fastglass and wo-wo glass cloth

Only took the after pics today...

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8533/28650899943_2742a36aa7_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KDMmnv)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7732/28648870094_45ba9a75aa_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KDAWY7)

Thought I'd steal bec's idea from a couple of months back and take a pic from above for a different angle :cool:
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8460/28648869204_13232d4f71_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KDAWGL)

Hopefully will get chance to clean, or at least vacuum the inside tomorrow depending on SWMBO's plans (and of course the F1 is on as well) :laugh:

Looks really good Dave.  Never shots. :wink:  Esoecially like the last one, really emphasises the great contrast of the black against the TR - looking amazing!   :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 27 August 2016, 22:55
Usual process followed:
Pressure washer rinse
VP advanced snow foam and pw rinse
wash wheels with VP bilberry wheel cleaner, big wheel woolie and wo-wo wheel mit and rinse with pw
2 bucket wash with DDJ supernatural shampoo and wo-wo lambswool mit
pressure washer rinse
open hose rinse
towel dry with DDJ/wo-wo towels
exterior glass clean with AG fastglass and wo-wo glass cloth


Snap! First attempt at a proper bit of detailing today with almost exactly the same method and identical products but also waxed with Dodo Juice Purple Haze. I think I buffed off the wax a bit too quickly but it was getting sunny so I didn't want to risk leaving it too long, I also missed a few bits in the wheels which only became apparent after I got back on the drive and the wheels had turned but will know for next time. Other than that (and a sore arm) I'm pretty pleased.

Still wonder whether I should have gone for tornado red but happy with the carbon steel grey:

(https://s3.postimg.io/3n1nnvocz/DSC_0629.jpg)

(https://s3.postimg.io/x0xe3gr2r/DSC_0634.jpg)

Superb first detail.  Beautiful, the CSG looking sublime with a coat of Purple Haze.  :cool:

The arm ache will soon subside.........until next time.  :laugh:

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 August 2016, 20:56
Washed it, but will spare you the repetitive pics as it looks the same as it did last week and the week before that.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 28 August 2016, 21:07
Washed it, but will spare you the repetitive pics as it looks the same as it did last week and the week before that.

I seem to remember a certain person telling me off for not putting up pics once :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 August 2016, 23:23
Washed it, but will spare you the repetitive pics as it looks the same as it did last week and the week before that.

I seem to remember a certain person telling me off for not putting up pics once :laugh:

True, but I also remember a certain someone saying it got boring seeing the same cars over and over.  :tongue:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 30 August 2016, 09:25
Hopefully will get chance to clean, or at least vacuum the inside tomorrow depending on SWMBO's plans (and of course the F1 is on as well) :laugh:

Got the car fully vacuumed and the boot and back cleaned with PBNL & AG fast glass on the interior of the windows yesterday afternoon when I got home from work. Just need to do the front dashboard etc today.

Sorry no pics as I didn't have time.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 09 September 2016, 15:40
Not today, but earlier this week over a 2 day period, washed, decontaminated, machine polished, glazed and waxed my Polo GTI. After about 15 hours effort and lots of aches and pains, here is the finished result. Quite happy with the outcome  :smiley:

The sunshine shots;
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/0A14DCA5-F1C5-4183-91DD-7874A82F923D.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/0A14DCA5-F1C5-4183-91DD-7874A82F923D.jpg.html)
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/F589313F-3B8A-4431-B1E0-663B11DF3557.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/F589313F-3B8A-4431-B1E0-663B11DF3557.jpg.html)

The shade shots;
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/40EBA6EE-1C55-4E86-B1A3-99E189AD915B.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/40EBA6EE-1C55-4E86-B1A3-99E189AD915B.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/954C9C16-C492-45B5-879A-E08132C7E059.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/954C9C16-C492-45B5-879A-E08132C7E059.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/D56564C9-67F6-4E47-8400-ADDC3B262DB8.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/D56564C9-67F6-4E47-8400-ADDC3B262DB8.jpg.html)




Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 09 September 2016, 15:57
Car went back to dealers for software updates this morning that they couldn't do last week. Again, they didn't wash it like I asked (I asked when I handed over the keys and also had my wo-wo hangar back in). I could tell they didn't wash it as the boot lid was still dirty when I went back to it!  :laugh:

After I got back home, I gave it a quick clean ready for trip down south tomorrow (had a full clean inside and out last week so wasn't in need of much):

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 09 September 2016, 19:45
Not today, but earlier this week over a 2 day period, washed, decontaminated, machine polished, glazed and waxed my Polo GTI. After about 15 hours effort and lots of aches and pains, here is the finished result. Quite happy with the outcome  :smiley:

The sunshine shots;
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/0A14DCA5-F1C5-4183-91DD-7874A82F923D.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/0A14DCA5-F1C5-4183-91DD-7874A82F923D.jpg.html)
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/F589313F-3B8A-4431-B1E0-663B11DF3557.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/F589313F-3B8A-4431-B1E0-663B11DF3557.jpg.html)

The shade shots;
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/40EBA6EE-1C55-4E86-B1A3-99E189AD915B.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/40EBA6EE-1C55-4E86-B1A3-99E189AD915B.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/954C9C16-C492-45B5-879A-E08132C7E059.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/954C9C16-C492-45B5-879A-E08132C7E059.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/D56564C9-67F6-4E47-8400-ADDC3B262DB8.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/D56564C9-67F6-4E47-8400-ADDC3B262DB8.jpg.html)

Wow! Stunning! Such a great colour and beautifully finished. Those wheels really suit it too. Great job!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 09 September 2016, 20:00
Thanks Watts. It was a hard slog, but I'm pleased with the outcome. Not quite up to Rebecca's (Booth11) standards, but that's something to aim for next time.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 September 2016, 20:29
Not today, but earlier this week over a 2 day period, washed, decontaminated, machine polished, glazed and waxed my Polo GTI. After about 15 hours effort and lots of aches and pains, here is the finished result. Quite happy with the outcome  :smiley:

The sunshine shots;
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/0A14DCA5-F1C5-4183-91DD-7874A82F923D.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/0A14DCA5-F1C5-4183-91DD-7874A82F923D.jpg.html)
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/F589313F-3B8A-4431-B1E0-663B11DF3557.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/F589313F-3B8A-4431-B1E0-663B11DF3557.jpg.html)

The shade shots;
(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/40EBA6EE-1C55-4E86-B1A3-99E189AD915B.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/40EBA6EE-1C55-4E86-B1A3-99E189AD915B.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/954C9C16-C492-45B5-879A-E08132C7E059.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/954C9C16-C492-45B5-879A-E08132C7E059.jpg.html)

(http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g325/SRGTD2011/Mobile%20Uploads/D56564C9-67F6-4E47-8400-ADDC3B262DB8.jpg) (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/SRGTD2011/media/Mobile%20Uploads/D56564C9-67F6-4E47-8400-ADDC3B262DB8.jpg.html)


That's looks absolutely amazing SRGTD.  Awesome job.  What a cracking Polo. :afro:  :cool: :cool: :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 September 2016, 20:34
Car went back to dealers for software updates this morning that they couldn't do last week. Again, they didn't wash it like I asked (I asked when I handed over the keys and also had my wo-wo hangar back in). I could tell they didn't wash it as the boot lid was still dirty when I went back to it!  :laugh:

After I got back home, I gave it a quick clean ready for trip down south tomorrow (had a full clean inside and out last week so wasn't in need of much):

  • Pressure washer rinse
  • Snow foam, dwell for 5 mins and PW rinse
  • open hose rinse
  • Towel dry bodywork and glass (didn't do wheels)
  • Cleaned all exterior glass using AG fastglass
  • Applied gTechniq c2v3 to all exterior glass (sprayed directly on then wiped/buffed with wo-wo MFs)
  • Quick vacuum of carpet mats with dyson handheld/li]
    • Touch up clean of piano black/faux carbon fibre trim inside using PBNL & 2 wo-wo MFs (1 to apply, 1 to buff off)

    Sorry didn't get chance for any pics. It rained a bit on the way to work afterwards and I am impressed with the beading of water on the windscreen (I also fitted new wiper blades as they just turned up in time before I left for work). Luckily it was 'clean rain' (guess the roads weren't dirty), as the car still looked spotless when I got to work.  :grin:
Nice work Dave.  C2v3 is fantastic on glass and with your new wiper blades so should have wiper harmony.  :cool:

Looking forward to giving mine a good wash when I get it back from bodyshop. Will no doubt be full of dust. Horror of horrors they had to wash it prior to doing the work. :shocked:  I did give them my ok to do so, and they said they'd be gentle with it so not too worried as it will be getting machine polished in Oct at pre winter detail anyway. [/list]
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Pinky1959 on 09 September 2016, 20:47
Glad to hear you have got the R in quickly Booth and it wont be long till its back to A1 condition again .
Meanwhile (and I am afraid to ask ) have you given the courtesy car a good machining yet or are you going to do the Amorak to keep your hand in ( although you don't need to as your car is always pristine )
If you are missing cleaning you could come to Bonnie Scotland ( Its been torrential rain all day today and the roads are awful flooded )and I will arrange two white VWs for you to do .
Look forward to seeing the car when its repaired .
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 09 September 2016, 21:00
Glad to hear you have got the R in quickly Booth and it wont be long till its back to A1 condition again .
Meanwhile (and I am afraid to ask ) have you given the courtesy car a good machining yet or are you going to do the Amorak to keep your hand in ( although you don't need to as your car is always pristine )
If you are missing cleaning you could come to Bonnie Scotland ( Its been torrential rain all day today and the roads are awful flooded )and I will arrange two white VWs for you to do .
Look forward to seeing the car when its repaired .

West London is enroute :whistle: I'll get the kettle on :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 09 September 2016, 22:12
That's looks absolutely amazing SRGTD.  Awesome job.  What a cracking Polo. :afro:  :cool: :cool: :cool:

Thanks Rebecca; appreciate the comments.

Looking forward to seeing your R back to how it should be very soon.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 September 2016, 22:12
Glad to hear you have got the R in quickly Booth and it wont be long till its back to A1 condition again .
Meanwhile (and I am afraid to ask ) have you given the courtesy car a good machining yet or are you going to do the Amorak to keep your hand in ( although you don't need to as your car is always pristine )
If you are missing cleaning you could come to Bonnie Scotland ( Its been torrential rain all day today and the roads are awful flooded )and I will arrange two white VWs for you to do .
Look forward to seeing the car when its repaired .

Thanks. I hope it will be A1 condition, always a worry when anything has to be replaced and resprayed.

I haven't touched the courtesy car at all.  It will get a wash before it gets returned but that's all. Although it's white I did notice swirls on it when looking in the driver's mirror - you can just about see them on the door panels, tempting haha, but I won't be wasting my DA polish on it.

As for the Amarok, I sorry to say that is a lost cause. I would feed my need to detail on the Beast but it is now beyond help, unless I have a spare month to devote to it.  It’s fair to say that my other half has not taken the best of care with it, some things not his fault, but most are.  On the same week I got my door ding back in Spring, he got one in a car park in exact same place on driver’s door.  Then he put a massive, down to the primer, scratch the full length of the top of the tailgate transporting our daughter’s old swings somewhere.  Then, I arrived home one day and noticed the front side bumper all scratched up badly.  Very odd plastic that bumper is - very unlike Golf plastic bumpers, the plastic is sort of shredded and hanging off.  When I mentioned it, he confessed he had caught it on a wall!  Add to that it now has a year’s worth of swirls courtesy of our eastern european supermarket car wash cousins!  So although it's had a couple of sessions previously from me, I have given up on it for the time being.  Maybe one day I will restore it to former glory though the bumper, door and tailgate damage is beyond any machine polisher and all need respraying.  To be fair it is his business workhorse vehicle.

Haha funny you should mention coming up to Scotland, I was just joking with someone about going up to Bonnie Scotland so they could do some VCDS stuff on my car, so yep, line up the white VW's for me and I'll do Watts' car in on the way up. :laugh: 

By contrast it's been brilliant sunshine down here all week. Proper summer this year.  :cool:

West London is enroute :whistle: I'll get the kettle on :wink:

:grin: Nice hot cuppa please.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 09 September 2016, 22:21
Excellent! It's brewing now :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 14 September 2016, 18:51
Finally got round to giving the car it's first wash in 5 weeks.
It really needs a bit of protection but I ran out of steam as usual :embarrassed:

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8057/29054432754_c13f61ea72_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LgryBL) (https://flic.kr/p/LgryBL)   (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8502/29599612801_4705f80a37_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M6BKDK) (https://flic.kr/p/M6BKDK)   (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8787/29599615451_aca0032d67_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M6BLrr) (https://flic.kr/p/M6BLrr)   (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8893/29569700452_790105db72_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3YrKA) (https://flic.kr/p/M3YrKA)  (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8425/29569701962_d31a36104e_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3YscC) (https://flic.kr/p/M3YscC)   (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 September 2016, 21:19
Looks fab as ever, and super glossy.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 14 September 2016, 21:47
Great job kalimon!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 14 September 2016, 22:15
What's happening with the black beauty Rebecca?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 September 2016, 23:02
What's happening with the black beauty Rebecca?


You mean black not so beauty, lol.

It's still in the bodyshop.  The refurbed wheel was due back at the bodyshop yesterday and am hoping that I might get it back maybe end of the week.  Will be calling them tomorrow to get an update.  Fed up with the Micra now.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 15 September 2016, 13:38
What's happening with the black beauty Rebecca?


You mean black not so beauty, lol.

It's still in the bodyshop.  The refurbed wheel was due back at the bodyshop yesterday and am hoping that I might get it back maybe end of the week.  Will be calling them tomorrow to get an update.  Fed up with the Micra now.
I have a feeling that when you get it back, it's going to get the detailing sh!t kicked out of it :grin:
I for one , can't wait to see the results :cool: :drool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 September 2016, 16:42
What's happening with the black beauty Rebecca?


You mean black not so beauty, lol.

It's still in the bodyshop.  The refurbed wheel was due back at the bodyshop yesterday and am hoping that I might get it back maybe end of the week.  Will be calling them tomorrow to get an update.  Fed up with the Micra now.
I have a feeling that when you get it back, it's going to get the detailing sh!t kicked out of it :grin:
I for one , can't wait to see the results :cool: :drool:

I'm getting it back tomorrow morning.  Don't hold your breath for the mother of all detailings though, lol - tons of other commitments at the moment, not least daughter's 10th birthday which is the higher priority than tarting my car up, lol.  But, hoping to squeeze a speed wash in tomorrow afternoon to rid it of bodyshop dust so I can properly scrutinise the repair and respraying (had weeks of sunshine but rain forecast for tomorrow!)  There's been lots of issues over paint matching on Pretoria wheels so will be looking closely at that too. 

Next Friday front and rear dash cams are being installed so that the next t**t that damages it won't get off scott free.

And then one day I might finally be able to get another full detail and machine polish done......one day!!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 15 September 2016, 17:44
All four wheels off today, cleaned then treated to a coating of G-Techniq C2v3, will get a second coating on in the near future. Was pleased to see how little muck was on the barrels and the rear of the spokes. Calipers given a good clean too. Only disappointment was finding out that I now only have one un-kerbed wheel left :angry:

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160915_174925_zpsawoxiaa4.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160915_174925_zpsawoxiaa4.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160915_174955_zpsixocdwgc.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160915_174955_zpsixocdwgc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 15 September 2016, 21:32
All four wheels off today, cleaned then treated to a coating of G-Techniq C2v3, will get a second coating on in the near future. Was pleased to see how little muck was on the barrels and the rear of the spokes. Calipers given a good clean too. Only disappointment was finding out that I now only have one un-kerbed wheel left :angry:

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160915_174925_zpsawoxiaa4.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160915_174925_zpsawoxiaa4.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160915_174955_zpsixocdwgc.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160915_174955_zpsixocdwgc.jpg.html)
Looking good Watts. How do u find the Santiagos to clean?
They certainly look the dogs.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 15 September 2016, 22:02
Cheers kalimon :smiley: They are a bit of a pain, particularly the deep grove behind the spokes. But not too bad, just need to keep on top of them. I think they look great especially against red. Having said that, I rather like the Austins too and they (at least) look a bit easier to maintain.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 September 2016, 22:03
All four wheels off today, cleaned then treated to a coating of G-Techniq C2v3, will get a second coating on in the near future. Was pleased to see how little muck was on the barrels and the rear of the spokes. Calipers given a good clean too. Only disappointment was finding out that I now only have one un-kerbed wheel left :angry:


Nice job Watts.  C2 works really well on wheels topped up once a month or so. 

3 kerbed wheels though :sad:  At least that's one less than I had on my last GTI. You only have to look at diamond cuts the wrong way and they mark.  The very reason I chose powder coated Prets for the R.  That plus the fact I don't like Cadiz.

Prets have the same dirt trap groove as the Santiago's.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 15 September 2016, 22:09
All four wheels off today, cleaned then treated to a coating of G-Techniq C2v3, will get a second coating on in the near future. Was pleased to see how little muck was on the barrels and the rear of the spokes. Calipers given a good clean too. Only disappointment was finding out that I now only have one un-kerbed wheel left :angry:


Nice job Watts.  C2 works really well on wheels topped up once a month or so. 

3 kerbed wheels though :sad:  At least that's one less than I had on my last GTI. You only have to look at diamond cuts the wrong way and they mark.  The very reason I chose powder coated Prets for the R.  That plus the fact I don't like Cadiz.

Prets have the same dirt trap groove as the Santiago's.

Thanks :smiley: They aren't marked too badly, just more than I realised. I'll wait a year or two more then get them refurbed unless a more significant event occurs...

Bet you are beside yourself for tomorrow! Hope all goes very well :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 September 2016, 22:17
All four wheels off today, cleaned then treated to a coating of G-Techniq C2v3, will get a second coating on in the near future. Was pleased to see how little muck was on the barrels and the rear of the spokes. Calipers given a good clean too. Only disappointment was finding out that I now only have one un-kerbed wheel left :angry:


Nice job Watts.  C2 works really well on wheels topped up once a month or so. 

3 kerbed wheels though :sad:  At least that's one less than I had on my last GTI. You only have to look at diamond cuts the wrong way and they mark.  The very reason I chose powder coated Prets for the R.  That plus the fact I don't like Cadiz.

Prets have the same dirt trap groove as the Santiago's.

Thanks :smiley: They aren't marked too badly, just more than I realised. I'll wait a year or two more then get them refurbed unless a more significant event occurs...

Bet you are beside yourself for tomorrow! Hope all goes very well :smiley:

I'm looking forward to getting it back (and getting rid of the Micra), but feeling a little bit of trepidation about it. Silly really as I know the bodyshop is excellent as they have done previous stuff on my cars, but I guess none of us like having to have a load of repair work on their car and always a bit nervous about respray and blending.  We've had glorious sunshine for days here but heavy rain forecast tomorrow so hope I am able to inspect it properly.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 16 September 2016, 12:54
Watts did you fnd the C2 really tacky before its first wash? I've done Bevs JCW and made a right hash of it, they now have minor dust particles embedded on the faces.

Don't get me wrong the product is brilliant, no swirls, no marks what so ever and its probably me being really particular and gutted that she can finally pick me up on something to do with car cleaning!

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 16 September 2016, 14:15
All four wheels off today, cleaned then treated to a coating of G-Techniq C2v3, will get a second coating on in the near future. Was pleased to see how little muck was on the barrels and the rear of the spokes. Calipers given a good clean too. Only disappointment was finding out that I now only have one un-kerbed wheel left :angry:


Nice job Watts.  C2 works really well on wheels topped up once a month or so. 

3 kerbed wheels though :sad:  At least that's one less than I had on my last GTI. You only have to look at diamond cuts the wrong way and they mark.  The very reason I chose powder coated Prets for the R.  That plus the fact I don't like Cadiz.

Prets have the same dirt trap groove as the Santiago's.
Austins also have the gunge groove.
Must be a VW thing to piss owners off.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 16 September 2016, 15:03
Watts did you fnd the C2 really tacky before its first wash? I've done Bevs JCW and made a right hash of it, they now have minor dust particles embedded on the faces.

Don't get me wrong the product is brilliant, no swirls, no marks what so ever and its probably me being really particular and gutted that she can finally pick me up on something to do with car cleaning!

Hi Neil, no, no problems at all. Just a quick spray and buffed straightaway. Did you leave it a while before buffing perhaps? Luckily for me my OH takes a solutely no notice whatsoever of my efforts at car cleaning. I could ask her what she thought of my latest wash if it hadn't been touched for a month and she'd say how shiny it was :rolleyes:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 September 2016, 16:34
Watts did you fnd the C2 really tacky before its first wash? I've done Bevs JCW and made a right hash of it, they now have minor dust particles embedded on the faces.

Don't get me wrong the product is brilliant, no swirls, no marks what so ever and its probably me being really particular and gutted that she can finally pick me up on something to do with car cleaning!



Neil, I've been using C2 on my wheels for months now and like Watts, never had any tackiness at all. I spray it on liberally and buff off straight away, leaves a really very slick finish.  Love it on wheel and glass but still wax for me on paintwork.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 September 2016, 16:36
All four wheels off today, cleaned then treated to a coating of G-Techniq C2v3, will get a second coating on in the near future. Was pleased to see how little muck was on the barrels and the rear of the spokes. Calipers given a good clean too. Only disappointment was finding out that I now only have one un-kerbed wheel left :angry:


Nice job Watts.  C2 works really well on wheels topped up once a month or so. 

3 kerbed wheels though :sad:  At least that's one less than I had on my last GTI. You only have to look at diamond cuts the wrong way and they mark.  The very reason I chose powder coated Prets for the R.  That plus the fact I don't like Cadiz.

Prets have the same dirt trap groove as the Santiago's.
Austins also have the gunge groove.
Must be a VW thing to piss owners off.

Yeah, VW love that groove!  My mk6 GTI Glendales had it too, thought I would be free from it when moved to the mk7 but no such luck.  Still it makes the little Wheel Woollie earn its keep.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 19 September 2016, 17:29
On Friday I gave the car a full wash with the usual process (snow foam, wheels, 2 bucket wash, rinse, dry) after our trip down south (914 miles total!).

Also ordered 'road rash' kit from chipex as I have quite a few very small stone chips on the bonnet now in addition to the 2 quite bad ones.

Decided it's probably best to do the full decontamination clean first before doing the touch up paint as don't want the tardis or iron x to mess up the new paint, so this morning I've ordered:

From CYC:


used DW05 discount code of course!

I found they sold tardis in 5L tins on motorgeek.co.uk for the same price as the ebay ones including better/quicker delivery so ordered from there - also found a 5% discount code as well.

planning the decon clean for Thursday/Friday weather dependant as I'm off those days this week, and have roped my parents into toddler sitting so I can get it done! :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 19 September 2016, 23:22
On Friday I gave the car a full wash with the usual process (snow foam, wheels, 2 bucket wash, rinse, dry) after our trip down south (914 miles total!).

Also ordered 'road rash' kit from chipex as I have quite a few very small stone chips on the bonnet now in addition to the 2 quite bad ones.

Decided it's probably best to do the full decontamination clean first before doing the touch up paint as don't want the tardis or iron x to mess up the new paint, so this morning I've ordered:

From CYC:

  • C2V3 500ml Kit (inc 3 cloths and a spray bottle)
  • Iron X 500ml
  • VP advanced snow foam 5L as it's starting to run low
  • G6 perfect glass - AG fastglass running low and have been wanting to try G6 for a while now
  • Autoglym interior shampoo - seats need a clean

used DW05 discount code of course!

I found they sold tardis in 5L tins on motorgeek.co.uk for the same price as the ebay ones including better/quicker delivery so ordered from there - also found a 5% discount code as well.

planning the decon clean for Thursday/Friday weather dependant as I'm off those days this week, and have roped my parents into toddler sitting so I can get it done! :laugh:


Sounds like some serious detailing about to take place.  Look forward to seeing the fruits of your labour.  Hope the weather favours you.  :smiley:

Must get a CYC order in myself, a few bits need topping up.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: golfhappy on 21 September 2016, 22:26
Was going to polish my windscreen but alas a skip wagon threw up a stone and cracked the windscreen! so am no going to bother now!repair on friday...hoping all goes well
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 22 September 2016, 20:42
Weather was great today so got my decon done :grin: I got a couple of cheap MFs from Aldi for the Tardis/Iron X so I wouldn't have to throw any of my good MFs away. Here's what I got up to - took about 5 hrs in total...

PW rinse
Snow foam and PW rinse
2 bucket wash
PW rinse, open hose rinse and towel dry. Then left to dry in the sun for 10 mins so the car was completely dry.
Covered wheels with opened plastic bags as I didn't want the tardis or iron x stripping any of the C5 I have on the wheels as it's still working well. Secured the bags to the tyres with masking tape :laugh:
Tardis sprayed on and wiped with an MF
PW rinse
Iron X sprayed on and wiped with an MF
PW rinse
Snow foam and PW rinse
Break for lunch :laugh:
Removed/reduced scratches on drivers side back door using Poorboys SSR 2.5 and a wo-wo foam applicator
PW rinse panels that polish was applied to
2 bucket wash
PW rinse, open hose rinse and towel dry. Then left to dry in the sun for whilst I tidied most of the equipment away.
Exterior glass clean with G6 and wo-wo glass cloth.
Applied (very generously) C2V3 to all exterior paintwork and glass, and wiped/buffed using 3x gTechniq MFs (which are very good).
Tidy up
Take photos! :laugh:

Here's the pics...

All the cleaning stuff ready for some hard work!
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8114/29230018013_1f33031d32_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LwXtZP)

Tar spots (before)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8480/29742858592_d7c7393ee7_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgVCL)

Wheel protection. Jasper the dog looks on wondering what on earth I'm doing!
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8571/29856472115_2aa23cc264_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MujdYB)

Tar spots gone
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5502/29230022063_ed9d4ba1ba_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LwXvcD)

Iron X doing it's thing...
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8065/29742860452_00ae98a146_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgWbQ)

Scratch on the rear door (also a stone chip visible). The scratch barely needed any elbow grease to remove.
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8260/29856479485_5a09d4fb82_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MujgaF)

More scratches on the same door
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8017/29742863122_baed860015_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgWYS)

Big scratch gone
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8316/29742864072_bafc435427_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgXgf)

Smaller scratches greatly reduced, but didn't want to knacker my shoulder as I still had work to do :cool:
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5783/29856482855_2cd9702b65_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MujhaM)

Now for the after photos...

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5650/29742867062_86cc661c18_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgY9N)

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7470/29773616541_e8dc369124_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MmZyUe)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5335/29742868192_983a8d64de_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgYuh)

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8378/29563273460_f247a1a4c6_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3pveo)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8066/29563273480_3b94880bc4_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3pveJ)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8876/29856494305_ae8cfb1f8e_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Mujkzc)

Pretty pleased with my day's work, although when I was putting the C2 on I did notice I missed a couple of tar spots, and also spotted a hologram on the rear passenger door that will need sorted another time. And of course I still have the stone chips to repair :whistle:

Thanks to my parents for toddler sitting, and my Dad even cut the back lawn for me which is nice :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 22 September 2016, 21:00
Looks fantastic dave! Probably going down the same routine myself in the next few weeks.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 September 2016, 21:37


All the cleaning stuff ready for some hard work!
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8114/29230018013_1f33031d32_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LwXtZP)

Tar spots (before)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8480/29742858592_d7c7393ee7_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgVCL)

Wheel protection. Jasper the dog looks on wondering what on earth I'm doing!
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8571/29856472115_2aa23cc264_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MujdYB)

Tar spots gone
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5502/29230022063_ed9d4ba1ba_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LwXvcD)

Iron X doing it's thing...
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8065/29742860452_00ae98a146_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgWbQ)

Scratch on the rear door (also a stone chip visible). The scratch barely needed any elbow grease to remove.
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8260/29856479485_5a09d4fb82_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MujgaF)

More scratches on the same door
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8017/29742863122_baed860015_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgWYS)

Big scratch gone
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8316/29742864072_bafc435427_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgXgf)

Smaller scratches greatly reduced, but didn't want to knacker my shoulder as I still had work to do :cool:
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5783/29856482855_2cd9702b65_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MujhaM)

Now for the after photos...

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5650/29742867062_86cc661c18_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgY9N)

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7470/29773616541_e8dc369124_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MmZyUe)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5335/29742868192_983a8d64de_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MjgYuh)

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8378/29563273460_f247a1a4c6_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3pveo)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8066/29563273480_3b94880bc4_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M3pveJ)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8876/29856494305_ae8cfb1f8e_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Mujkzc)

Pretty pleased with my day's work, although when I was putting the C2 on I did notice I missed a couple of tar spots, and also spotted a hologram on the rear passenger door that will need sorted another time. And of course I still have the stone chips to repair :whistle:

Thanks to my parents for toddler sitting, and my Dad even cut the back lawn for me which is nice :laugh:

Awesome job Dave. Looks absolutely fantastic.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 29 September 2016, 23:05
Been a bit of a detailing dearth for me of late.  Car has not been washed since before it went into the bodyshop for repairs at end of August. Not had time to do anything with it since getting it back 2 weeks ago due to being very busy.  But it's going in for its 1st Service in the morning and absolutely filthy, and I hate sending my car in like that, as a) they think you don't care about your car and b ) you can't easily see any damage they might have inflicted, so have just managed to squeeze in a quick snow foam and jet wash in the semi dark tonight after getting home from work.  Very rare that I don't give it a full 3 bucket wash, but racing the failing light and nightfall won!  No pics as it's too dark, lol.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 30 September 2016, 10:53
Mine hasn't been washed for weeks either but surprisingly doesn't look too bad, especially if you squint from a distance...

Still, this lot has just been delivered and along with a couple of other deliveries yet to arrive, will be put to good use :smiley: Eventually :rolleyes:

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20160930_105736_zps0fdzpbi8.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20160930_105736_zps0fdzpbi8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: JB GTI on 30 September 2016, 20:56
Gave it a quick swill with some jif, scouring pad and an old pair of pants !!

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3073_zpsjeiwrqqv.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3073_zpsjeiwrqqv.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3074_zpso2gdtdp2.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3074_zpso2gdtdp2.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3072_zpsr3gvmfnz.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3072_zpsr3gvmfnz.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3070_zpsshuqexa0.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3070_zpsshuqexa0.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3063_zpscz6mo5tp.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3063_zpscz6mo5tp.jpg.html)





Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 30 September 2016, 21:11
Gave it a quick swill with some jif, scouring pad and an old pair of pants !!

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3073_zpsjeiwrqqv.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3073_zpsjeiwrqqv.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3074_zpso2gdtdp2.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3074_zpso2gdtdp2.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3072_zpsr3gvmfnz.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3072_zpsr3gvmfnz.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3070_zpsshuqexa0.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3070_zpsshuqexa0.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3063_zpscz6mo5tp.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3063_zpscz6mo5tp.jpg.html)


That old pair of pants must have magical properties.  Beautiful.

And about time your car showed up in a detailing section somewhere.  :whistle:  Best Lapiz I see.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: davewilliams000 on 30 September 2016, 21:29
Gave it a quick swill with some jif, scouring pad and an old pair of pants !!

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3074_zpso2gdtdp2.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3074_zpso2gdtdp2.jpg.html)


Stunning! Think Lapiz is my favourite golf colour, except for Tornado Red of course :laugh:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: lemski on 01 October 2016, 09:57
Gave it a quick swill with some jif, scouring pad and an old pair of pants !!

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3073_zpsjeiwrqqv.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3073_zpsjeiwrqqv.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3074_zpso2gdtdp2.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3074_zpso2gdtdp2.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3072_zpsr3gvmfnz.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3072_zpsr3gvmfnz.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3070_zpsshuqexa0.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3070_zpsshuqexa0.jpg.html)

(http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b632/Jlb01/IMG_3063_zpscz6mo5tp.jpg) (http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Jlb01/media/IMG_3063_zpscz6mo5tp.jpg.html)
Thats an absolutly stunning picture.
If it wasnt raining id be cleaning the mk2 off and putting it up
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 01 October 2016, 12:23
If it wasnt raining id be cleaning the mk2 off and putting it up

I need to clean my Mk2 ready for hibernation, but breaking my arm earlier this week has buggered that idea.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 October 2016, 12:34
If it wasnt raining id be cleaning the mk2 off and putting it up

I need to clean my Mk2 ready for hibernation, but breaking my arm earlier this week has buggered that idea.

Oh no!  How did you do that Simon?  Anyone you can get to clean it for you?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 October 2016, 12:35
Washed it in the rain and then the hail came, so detailing cut short but at least it was clannish for a couple of minutes. Few crap pics of it in the rain:

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5070/30041229415_7483c0aea1_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MLD9Ti)

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8546/30006588996_b5c29ea3ed_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MHzBuG)

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8763/29927102172_7060b0dda5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MAydQd)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5800/30006594886_33e2744ebf_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MHzDff)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: lemski on 01 October 2016, 13:42
If it wasnt raining id be cleaning the mk2 off and putting it up

I need to clean my Mk2 ready for hibernation, but breaking my arm earlier this week has buggered that idea.
Thats never good. Id put mine away but with only a drive, I might aswell just keep driving it for the smile
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 01 October 2016, 18:44
I need to clean my Mk2 ready for hibernation, but breaking my arm earlier this week has buggered that idea.

Oh no!  How did you do that Simon?  Anyone you can get to clean it for you?
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I came off my bike...in Surrey. I have a job in Oxted, so thought I'd take the opportunity to get a ride in that included Box Hill. I didn't quite make it tho', the front wheel slipped as I tried to hop over a kerb and over I went. The bike is fine, except for some ripped bar tape.

I wouldn't want anyone else to clean my Golf. It's in my parents garage now, so if it doesn't get cleaned, it just won't get the cover put on it, so will get dusty, that's all.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 01 October 2016, 18:57
I need to clean my Mk2 ready for hibernation, but breaking my arm earlier this week has buggered that idea.

Oh no!  How did you do that Simon?  Anyone you can get to clean it for you?

I came off my bike...in Surrey. I have a job in Oxted, so thought I'd take the opportunity to get a ride in that included Box Hill. I didn't quite make it tho', the front wheel slipped as I tried to hop over a kerb and over I went. The bike is fine, except for some ripped bar tape.

I wouldn't want anyone else to clean my Golf. It's in my parents garage now, so if it doesn't get cleaned, it just won't get the cover put on it, so will get dusty, that's all.
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Ouch :shocked: Hope it heals quickly for you dubber and isn't painful :smiley: Box Hill is rather lovely though and a great place for running and cycling, here's hoping you are back to it soon! (Oh, and car cleaning of course).
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 01 October 2016, 19:14
I need to clean my Mk2 ready for hibernation, but breaking my arm earlier this week has buggered that idea.

Oh no!  How did you do that Simon?  Anyone you can get to clean it for you?

I came off my bike...in Surrey. I have a job in Oxted, so thought I'd take the opportunity to get a ride in that included Box Hill. I didn't quite make it tho', the front wheel slipped as I tried to hop over a kerb and over I went. The bike is fine, except for some ripped bar tape.

I wouldn't want anyone else to clean my Golf. It's in my parents garage now, so if it doesn't get cleaned, it just won't get the cover put on it, so will get dusty, that's all.

Sorry to hear that Simon.  Hope it's a straightforward break.  Frustrating not just from the car cleaning but more from the cycling perspective.  Guess you'll be laid off it for a few weeks.  Can you do a bit in a turbo trainer instead just to keep the fitness up?  Should be easier to keep your arm fairly still.

Sure the mk2 will be fine with a layer of dust until you can give it a clean when your arm is healed.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 03 October 2016, 08:06
I snapped my radius clean through, now have a plate and screws holding it together.

I went out and bought a turbo so can at least keep my legs going.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 October 2016, 07:36
I snapped my radius clean through, now have a plate and screws holding it together.

I went out and bought a turbo so can at least keep my legs going.

Ouch.  Turbo trainers are great pieces of kit for this type of thing and for the winter months.  Hope it mends well.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 04 October 2016, 08:24
Thanks Bec.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 04 October 2016, 13:53
Used some IronX for the first time today, a bit smelly but not too bad. Didn't seem to find too many contaminants, mostly round the front but I was expecting a sea of purple and just didn't get it. Something else I didn't get was my tar remover I ordered, was hoping to get that done today too but nevermind. Once rinsed off and dried I gave the car a once over with a QD, then windows outside with C2v3 and inside with AG Fast Glass then a good clean of the interior plastics with Poorboys Natural Look. Once I've been over with the Tardis then there'll be a couple of coats of wax going on.

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20161004_134706_zpsxaktfdum.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20161004_134706_zpsxaktfdum.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20161004_134832_zpsm2ryjzfu.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20161004_134832_zpsm2ryjzfu.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20161004_134624_zpsergresja.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20161004_134624_zpsergresja.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20161004_134848_zpswtudobee.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20161004_134848_zpswtudobee.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 October 2016, 17:39
 Looks fab as ever Watts.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 04 October 2016, 18:34
Cheers :smiley:

A question if I may, thinking about polishing but don't want to invest in a DA as yet, is hand polishing worthwhile and if so are you able to recommend one and what else would I need to do it? Also, should I clay first? Wasn't intending to clay but I can still feel some particles still in the paint.

Thanks again!

Oh, nearly forgot to say thanks again for advising using the C2v3 on the wheels, it's much better than the Finish Kare which ironically is so much better on the bodywork than the C2v3 was!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 04 October 2016, 21:34
Cheers :smiley:

A question if I may, thinking about polishing but don't want to invest in a DA as yet, is hand polishing worthwhile and if so are you able to recommend one and what else would I need to do it? Also, should I clay first? Wasn't intending to clay but I can still feel some particles still in the paint.

Thanks again!

Oh, nearly forgot to say thanks again for advising using the C2v3 on the wheels, it's much better than the Finish Kare which ironically is so much better on the bodywork than the C2v3 was!

You can hand polish but it's VERY hard work and IMO only really useful for dealing with small specific areas. Hand polishing a whole car is a killer tbh, and has limited effect on swirls.  What a DA can achieve in a just a few hours will take considerably longer by hand and the results will not be as good.  I occasionally do a bit of hand polishing but only confined to spot areas like bird etching and minor marring and that's only if I can't be bothered to break out the DA.  But all that said, you can achieve reasonable results with hand polishing if you don't mind putting the effort in.

Worth having a read of this hand polishing guide  http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/what-does-polishing-do.html   Scroll to bottom of page and select hand polishing link.

With regards to choices of polish pretty much as you would choose if you had a DA, so all dependent on the level of swirls/scratches etc to be corrected.  If just for a refinement then a finishing polish such as Sonax Perfect Finish is a good choice or Meguiars 205 Finishing Polish.  If more correction is required then something with some cut such as Meguiars 105 Ultra Cut Polish, or Poorboys SSR 2 / 2.5, applied and worked using a foam applicator.

This is also worth a read and VW paint is on the harder side of automotive paints.  http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/what-polish-should-i-use.html

Regarding claying, yes I would recommend claying prior to polishing whether it's by hand or DA, especially if even after Tar and Iron remover you can still feel embedded contaminants on the paintwork.  If you polish and don't remove these then you will be pushing them further into the paint.  A clay mitt is a very user friendly introduction to claying if you've not done it before and I can highly recommend the WoWo Clay Mitt (20% forum discount) which is very easy to use.   But you haven't done the tar remover stage yet, so wait until your Tar remover arrives and do that then check the paint for remaining contaminants using the sandwich bag test - hand inside a plastic sandwich bag and run palm over panels, if glassy smooth then clear of particles, if still rough to touch then claying required.

Glad you are liking the C2v3 on wheels - it's a great wheel sealant and so easy on and off, and quick to do monthly, same with the glass.  Sounds like you've got it the right way round now, with your FK on the paint and C2 on wheels.  I know many love C2 on paint but not for me I'm afraid.

Hope this helps.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 04 October 2016, 22:24
Thanks very much for your time in posting that, very useful. I'll have a read of the guides you recommended. Once I've de-tarred, I think I'll have a good check on contaminants on each panel and see just how much is left, perhaps another go with the IronX will remove some more. My car cleans up pretty well so I may just postpone polishing until next year when I may decide to get a DA. My OH's minging Lupo would justify the outlay alone!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 13 October 2016, 16:19
Finally got round to using the Tardis today. A good wax after and used some proper metal polish on my tail pipes which came up a treat (well, marginally better than when I used to use the washing up pad...). It looks great but the sandwich bag tests proves there are still lots of little bits stuck to/embedded in the paint. I think that'll be a task for the spring, for now I'm just going to keep the layers of protection up over the winter.

No pictures as I have to admit I didn't have time to wash the wheels which although aren't too bad, I don't want to embarrass myself :embarrassed: If I can get a bit of a distance shot in that masks my laziness, I may post that later.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 October 2016, 17:12
Finally got round to using the Tardis today. A good wax after and used some proper metal polish on my tail pipes which came up a treat (well, marginally better than when I used to use the washing up pad...). It looks great but the sandwich bag tests proves there are still lots of little bits stuck to/embedded in the paint. I think that'll be a task for the spring, for now I'm just going to keep the layers of protection up over the winter.

No pictures as I have to admit I didn't have time to wash the wheels which although aren't too bad, I don't want to embarrass myself :embarrassed: If I can get a bit of a distance shot in that masks my laziness, I may post that later.

Needs claying by the sounds of it.  No need for embarassment, post the pics, we will avert our eyes from the wheel area :-D
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 13 October 2016, 17:27
Just what I thought, thanks for confirming that. Definitely something to consider next year, will have to save some pennies. Getting to dark now for pictures, hopefully I'll get on with it tomorrow, probably....
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: remlapeel on 13 October 2016, 21:01
Here is the two details I have done this summer. The first on my Golf R with a stage 2 and then a winter protection detail on my merc. I did video walkarounds just to be different.

https://youtu.be/GpxlXE1Hr1U

https://youtu.be/b1vQsKezmTY

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 13 October 2016, 22:41
Here is the two details I have done this summer. The first on my Golf R with a stage 2 and then a winter protection detail on my merc. I did video walkarounds just to be different.

https://youtu.be/GpxlXE1Hr1U

https://youtu.be/b1vQsKezmTY



Great walkaround.  Both look epic.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 14 October 2016, 16:38
Finally got round to using the Tardis today. A good wax after and used some proper metal polish on my tail pipes which came up a treat (well, marginally better than when I used to use the washing up pad...). It looks great but the sandwich bag tests proves there are still lots of little bits stuck to/embedded in the paint. I think that'll be a task for the spring, for now I'm just going to keep the layers of protection up over the winter.

No pictures as I have to admit I didn't have time to wash the wheels which although aren't too bad, I don't want to embarrass myself :embarrassed: If I can get a bit of a distance shot in that masks my laziness, I may post that later.

Got the wheels cleaned today and took a few photos despite the rather dull light. One thing I really love about TR is the near luminous quality when clean in strong light, makes it easier to spot in the car park at Tesco! Today though is not one of those days :rolleyes:

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/49514f51-33bb-4b08-ab81-ff8f880044a7_zpsvyn8erca.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/49514f51-33bb-4b08-ab81-ff8f880044a7_zpsvyn8erca.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20161014_155857_zpsnxf2bm9z.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20161014_155857_zpsnxf2bm9z.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20161014_160013_zpsucaa7egc.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20161014_160013_zpsucaa7egc.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20161014_160033_zps69mnnqcj.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20161014_160033_zps69mnnqcj.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 October 2016, 23:33
^^^
Looks superb in any light.  Always love hat super gloss that a well detailed TR has, unlike any other colour.  :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 October 2016, 15:18
Gave it a quick wash between rain showers.

Snow foam – ValetPro Advanced Neutral & Snow foam lance
Wheels pre-wash – ValetPro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
Jet wash rinse – DI water
Wheels washed – Swissvax Car Bath Shampoo, Wheel Woolies, WoWo Wheel Mitt
2 bucket wash – Swissvax Car Bath Shampoo, WoWo Lambswool Wash Mitt
Jet wash rinse – DI water
Open ended hose rinse – DI water
Microfibre towel dry – WoWo Drying Towels
Tailpipes polish – Mothers Mag & Aluminium Polish
Tyres Dressed – Achem Hi Shine Long Life Tyre Dressing.

 A dull day for pics but here’s a few.

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5600/30325649226_29f8a9a1dd_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NcLSZ9)

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5701/30360979935_51dabcf086_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NfTXzi)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5332/29730494414_9c4e41243d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Mibych)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5499/30325645416_5494ded3e7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NcLRRs)

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8553/29730488834_4e2448e5a2_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Mibwx5)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8133/30360970705_c007836c8f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NfTUQa)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5444/29730472054_450d99745e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MibrxL)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5691/30244327782_73aa08b0ef_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/N5A5Xh)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7537/30325645206_3a90996f47_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NcLRMQ)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5540/30244819472_ef56623fb5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/N5CB7G)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 16 October 2016, 16:27
That truly is stunning, as ever and from a quick wash!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 October 2016, 18:24
That truly is stunning, as ever and from a quick wash!

Thanks.  It was a bit of a rushed job due to the weather but an improvement on before.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: hepton on 16 October 2016, 22:01
Gave it a quick wash between rain showers.

Snow foam – ValetPro Advanced Neutral & Snow foam lance
Wheels pre-wash – ValetPro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
Jet wash rinse – DI water
Wheels washed – Swissvax Car Bath Shampoo, Wheel Woolies, WoWo Wheel Mitt
2 bucket wash – Swissvax Car Bath Shampoo, WoWo Lambswool Wash Mitt
Jet wash rinse – DI water
Open ended hose rinse – DI water
Microfibre towel dry – WoWo Drying Towels
Tailpipes polish – Mothers Mag & Aluminium Polish
Tyres Dressed – Achem Hi Shine Long Life Tyre Dressing.

 A dull day for pics but here’s a few.

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5600/30325649226_29f8a9a1dd_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NcLSZ9)

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5701/30360979935_51dabcf086_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NfTXzi)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5332/29730494414_9c4e41243d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Mibych)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5499/30325645416_5494ded3e7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NcLRRs)

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8553/29730488834_4e2448e5a2_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Mibwx5)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8133/30360970705_c007836c8f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NfTUQa)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5444/29730472054_450d99745e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MibrxL)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5691/30244327782_73aa08b0ef_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/N5A5Xh)

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7537/30325645206_3a90996f47_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NcLRMQ)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5540/30244819472_ef56623fb5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/N5CB7G)
absolutely stunning ............ :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 17 October 2016, 10:19
absolutely stunning ............ :smiley:

Thank you.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 22 October 2016, 16:44
I thought it was about time my lad learned how to wash a car, so under strict supervision and with lots of instruction, he washed the red Golf. To be fair he did a pretty good job. Not all that methodical, having to go over areas again, but on the whole, he did well.

He very nearly reversed it into my Passat when turning it around on the drive, but he reckons he could see how close he was and in his mind all was fine.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 October 2016, 17:54
I thought it was about time my lad learned how to wash a car, so under strict supervision and with lots of instruction, he washed the red Golf. To be fair he did a pretty good job. Not all that methodical, having to go over areas again, but on the whole, he did well.

He very nearly reversed it into my Passat when turning it around on the drive, but he reckons he could see how close he was and in his mind all was fine.

Did your boy enjoy it?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 23 October 2016, 10:55
He's like every other 12 year old boy. He just want to do the absolute minimum, then rush off back to his xbox as soon as he's nearly finished. Like his lawn mowing. Too big a hurry to make sure the stripes are straight. So in answer to your question Bec, I'd say no.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 08 November 2016, 16:18
Gave the interior a good clean today, wasn't too bad considering we'd been away for a week. All plastics treated with Poorboys Natural Look and came up a treat with a nice clean smell too. Dusted, vacuumed and leather treated with a Dr Leather disposable wipe. Next, all 4 wheels removed, washed, dried then their second coating of Gtechniq C2v3 applied so all good now until the spring. Went a bit mad and washed, dried and treated the black plastic wheelnut caps with Finish Kare Top Kote Tire Dressing! Last job of the day was to wash the black plastics at the bottom of the car all round. Once dried they also got some Finish Kare as did the tyres. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get the bodywork done.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 08 November 2016, 17:08
Went a bit mad and washed, dried and treated the black plastic wheelnut caps with Finish Kare Top Kote Tire Dressing!

I did exactly the same to mine recently, Watts. Also used FK Top Kote Tyre Dressing on mine. They look good when done, and set the wheels off nicely, especially if the tyres have been dressed too.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 08 November 2016, 18:25
Went a bit mad and washed, dried and treated the black plastic wheelnut caps with Finish Kare Top Kote Tire Dressing!

I did exactly the same to mine recently, Watts. Also used FK Top Kote Tyre Dressing on mine. They look good when done, and set the wheels off nicely, especially if the tyres have been dressed too.

So either I'm sane after all or we're both mad :laugh:

I also thoght they went back on smoother too, probably imagining it... Pleased with the FK though, also does a great job on the window seals.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 08 November 2016, 18:47
Went a bit mad and washed, dried and treated the black plastic wheelnut caps with Finish Kare Top Kote Tire Dressing!

I did exactly the same to mine recently, Watts. Also used FK Top Kote Tyre Dressing on mine. They look good when done, and set the wheels off nicely, especially if the tyres have been dressed too.

So either I'm sane after all or we're both mad :laugh:

I also thoght they went back on smoother too, probably imagining it... Pleased with the FK though, also does a great job on the window seals.

Ha ha, I'm sure the neighbours think I'm mad when they see the lengths I go to cleaning / detailing my car!

I really like FK Top Kote Tyre Dressing. The name is a bit misleading, as it is an all round exterior plastic and rubber dressing. Because it's a liquid, there's no 'sling' when applied to tyres. I find it has good durability too, especially on tyres.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 27 November 2016, 17:01
Cleaned it again and gave it a full wax, except half bonnet, half roof and half rear, on which I tried some new Obsessive Detail products out.  Then it rained!

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5503/30453855514_22c9b5a88c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Np6Yfo)

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5328/31164199531_971fdd65fb_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PtSEM2)

And some beading http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=157465.msg2553056#msg2553056
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 28 November 2016, 17:09
Managed to squeeze in a snowfoam, wash and wax this afternoon. I think I'm pleased with the result but the light was going and I was cold so not really been able to examine too closely. Tailpipes and glass polished, tyres dressed. At least it should still be fairly tidy for a 500 mile round trip this weekend!

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20161128_161114_zpsm9mii8y4.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20161128_161114_zpsm9mii8y4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 28 November 2016, 18:04
^^Looks very nice.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 28 November 2016, 19:23
^^Looks very nice.  :smiley:

Thanks :smiley: It is frustrating though at this time of year when you slave away beautifying and at the end you can't really see the fruit of your labours!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: LRWmotorsport on 05 December 2016, 09:34
I'm not much of one for cleaning cars but gave it a go at the weekend.

Got to say the Wo-Wo stuff is top class.

Will be ordering a batch of stuff for racing next year.

(http://i1075.photobucket.com/albums/w433/LRWMotorsport/FullSizeRender_zpsq2qhyndo.jpg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 05 December 2016, 12:55
I'm not much of one for cleaning cars but gave it a go at the weekend.

Got to say the Wo-Wo stuff is top class.

Will be ordering a batch of stuff for racing next year.

(http://i1075.photobucket.com/albums/w433/LRWMotorsport/FullSizeRender_zpsq2qhyndo.jpg)

Nice one - thanks for the feedback!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 12 December 2016, 10:48
Well my GTI has been far too neglected recently! 2000 miles roughly in the last month, and not a free day with the weather to suit resulted in it looking very sorry for itself indeed!

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5608/30753560794_149b1612f7_b.jpg)
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5575/30785247983_8d239e96e6_b.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/718/30785241273_ee73d18390_b.jpg)
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5593/31478952941_c09e1ab2a5_b.jpg)
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/1/724/31448223092_e4d00bc67d_b.jpg)

So with a morning off work I set about making matters right again. Protection from FK1000p is holding up well, and a well protected car is so much easier to clean! It really wasn't long at all before the car was looking more like itself, though probably not for long!

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/276/30785240113_062df430d1_b.jpg)
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/448/31448222662_2763f6ecea_b.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/601/30785245913_2fb63715dc_b.jpg)
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5567/30785249123_312c6e8c03_b.jpg)

And now for some poorly executed 50:50/compilation shots to show full scale of the transformation!

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/1/283/31478947831_5a3f7be63f_b.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/732/30785236953_4d0f9b7ee8_b.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/325/31222514000_9dbbd9febb_b.jpg)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 12 December 2016, 11:58
Well my GTI has been far too neglected recently! 2000 miles roughly in the last month, and not a free day with the weather to suit resulted in it looking very sorry for itself indeed!

So with a morning off work I set about making matters right again. Protection from FK1000p is holding up well, and a well protected car is so much easier to clean! It really wasn't long at all before the car was looking more like itself, though probably not for long!

Great transformation! I think there's a lot of satisfaction at this time of year in getting rid of the grime and seeing it nice and clean and shiny again, even if it is short-lived.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 12 December 2016, 13:05
Well my GTI has been far too neglected recently! 2000 miles roughly in the last month, and not a free day with the weather to suit resulted in it looking very sorry for itself indeed!

So with a morning off work I set about making matters right again. Protection from FK1000p is holding up well, and a well protected car is so much easier to clean! It really wasn't long at all before the car was looking more like itself, though probably not for long!

Great transformation! I think there's a lot of satisfaction at this time of year in getting rid of the grime and seeing it nice and clean and shiny again, even if it is short-lived.

Cheers, already been out in the car again so very short-lived! :cry:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 12 December 2016, 13:21
Great job seabrook :smiley: One thing about them getting that minging is you really get to appreciate the difference once cleaned. Very pleased with FK1000p too, it seems to have some real stamina!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 12 December 2016, 18:19
Stunning transformation Dan. Love to see this kind of thing, and fantastic to see your lovely mk6 gracing the detailing section, don't see enough of it.  Love the side by side before and after pics.  Beautiful job, and result.  :cool: :cool: :cool:

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: MSR on 12 December 2016, 18:58
Started my CSS

(http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/m6ttr/81027972-43AC-4505-A2EA-5F1AA90A32C9_zps5fucstnd.jpg) (http://s960.photobucket.com/user/m6ttr/media/81027972-43AC-4505-A2EA-5F1AA90A32C9_zps5fucstnd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 16 December 2016, 12:45
Is it groundhog day?  :grin:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 December 2016, 15:20
Is it groundhog day?  :grin:

Yes, sorry boring familiar photos I know, but I didn't have time to whisk it off to a post wash exotic location for a photoshoot.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 16 December 2016, 16:33
It would have been dirty again by the time you got there anyway.

I've just washed the red Golf for the first time in about 6 weeks. No photos tho'. I've blocked it in with my Passat so if Jo does need to go somewhere over the weekend, she can go in that filthy tip and keep the Golf clean for a few more days.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 16 December 2016, 17:11
It would have been dirty again by the time you got there anyway.

I've just washed the red Golf for the first time in about 6 weeks. No photos tho'. I've blocked it in with my Passat so if Jo does need to go somewhere over the weekend, she can go in that filthy tip and keep the Golf clean for a few more days.

Haha, shrewd move.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 27 December 2016, 13:08
Tackled the disgusting footwell and gave the whole interior a thorough clean.
 
Oh dear!
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/782/31763200192_4962d3c05a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QoNGNC)
 
That's better.
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/665/31763199982_0e5f02e4c7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QoNGK1)
 
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/745/31070877874_1b843a0d22_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PkCnuW)
 
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/775/31763448192_9644c0ab27_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QoPYwu)
 
If only the exterior matched :-(
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 27 December 2016, 18:13
Much better :smiley: Mine is pretty filthy outside and dusty inside but I just haven't found the right combination of availability, inclination and weather! Did manage to get some good shots of frozen beading this morning but photobucket isn't co-operating and keeps trying to spam me with redirecting to some dodgy site :angry:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 27 December 2016, 22:13
Much better :smiley: Mine is pretty filthy outside and dusty inside but I just haven't found the right combination of availability, inclination and weather! Did manage to get some good shots of frozen beading this morning but photobucket isn't co-operating and keeps trying to spam me with redirecting to some dodgy site :angry:

It's hard to get that combination sometimes.  :undecided:   Struggled on the inclination bit today, lol, but dry and bright so knew that t had to be done.

Yes, I heard elsewhere that Photobucket is a bit of a problem with spam at the moment, a few have abandoned it due to ongoing problems.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 29 December 2016, 15:15
Well my GTI has been far too neglected recently! 2000 miles roughly in the last month, and not a free day with the weather to suit resulted in it looking very sorry for itself indeed!

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5608/30753560794_149b1612f7_b.jpg)
(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5575/30785247983_8d239e96e6_b.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/718/30785241273_ee73d18390_b.jpg)
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5593/31478952941_c09e1ab2a5_b.jpg)
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/1/724/31448223092_e4d00bc67d_b.jpg)

So with a morning off work I set about making matters right again. Protection from FK1000p is holding up well, and a well protected car is so much easier to clean! It really wasn't long at all before the car was looking more like itself, though probably not for long!

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/276/30785240113_062df430d1_b.jpg)
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/448/31448222662_2763f6ecea_b.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/601/30785245913_2fb63715dc_b.jpg)
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/6/5567/30785249123_312c6e8c03_b.jpg)

And now for some poorly executed 50:50/compilation shots to show full scale of the transformation!

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/1/283/31478947831_5a3f7be63f_b.jpg)
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/732/30785236953_4d0f9b7ee8_b.jpg)
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/325/31222514000_9dbbd9febb_b.jpg)
Just stumbled across this post and I'm so glad I did.
Fantastic pictures ( how is this achieved by the way? ) and lovely Mk6 GTI :drool:
I know from certain angles the Mk 6 isn't the best looker, but from the front and the rear it's superb.
I love the front and rear lights on this model and the wheels aren't half bad either.
Keep up the good work and get more pictures up :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 29 December 2016, 22:47
Thanks kalimon!  :smiley:

The 50:50 shots are just placed side by side in Photoshop. If I was to do it again I'd use a tripod and mark positions on the ground to get exactly the same angles again but these were just by hand.

I'd get some more pics but it's pretty filthy again currently. Somehow I've managed to lose my SealSkinz waterproof gloves that I use for detailing and I don't fancy the freezing temps without them! There's more pics of my car on my Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/113951758@N06/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/113951758@N06/)) if you're so inclined!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 30 December 2016, 12:35
Thanks kalimon!  :smiley:

The 50:50 shots are just placed side by side in Photoshop. If I was to do it again I'd use a tripod and mark positions on the ground to get exactly the same angles again but these were just by hand.

I'd get some more pics but it's pretty filthy again currently. Somehow I've managed to lose my SealSkinz waterproof gloves that I use for detailing and I don't fancy the freezing temps without them! There's more pics of my car on my Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/113951758@N06/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/113951758@N06/)) if you're so inclined!
I'll be checking them out asap.
I use sealskinz gloves for window cleaning when it's proper cold, I couldn't do the job without them to be honest :embarrassed:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 08 January 2017, 13:57
I wouldn't go so far as to call it detailing but it's a full snow foam, 2 bucket wash and dry off effort :smiley:
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/604/31343327254_90006f723c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PKGKd3) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 08 January 2017, 17:09
I brought the GTI caravan home to wash the winter 'green' off it.

No pictures today, but here's one from last year, as it looks just the same.

(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t264/dubber36/SAM_1572_zps7wzpzxcy.jpg) (http://s162.photobucket.com/user/dubber36/media/SAM_1572_zps7wzpzxcy.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 08 January 2017, 18:50
I wouldn't go so far as to call it detailing but it's a full snow foam, 2 bucket wash and dry off effort :smiley:
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/604/31343327254_90006f723c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PKGKd3)
 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/139403774@N05/)

Nice work Kalimon.  The gloss is really lovely.  :cool:

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 08 January 2017, 18:53
I brought the GTI caravan home to wash the winter 'green' off it.

No pictures today, but here's one from last year, as it looks just the same.

(http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t264/dubber36/SAM_1572_zps7wzpzxcy.jpg) (http://s162.photobucket.com/user/dubber36/media/SAM_1572_zps7wzpzxcy.jpg.html)

Imagine a detailing section where members don't bother posting recent examples of their efforts.  Dull place indeed.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 09 January 2017, 08:00
Didn't the daffs cheers you up Bec? Not long till spring now.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 09 January 2017, 22:16
Didn't the daffs cheers you up Bec? Not long till spring now.

They're not my fav flower Simon.  :tongue:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: cosmos on 12 January 2017, 20:37
Didn't the daffs cheers you up Bec? Not long till spring now.

Nice detailing on the lawn too!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 14 January 2017, 16:29
After wallowing in a month of winter salt, grit and grime, time to give it a wash and protection top up.  Also checked coolant oil and windscreen wash levels and tyre pressures.
 
The stuff:
Raceglace Filter - DI water for all washing and rinsing
Auto Finesse Citrus Power
ValetPro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner
ValetPro Advanced Neutral Snow Foam
Swissvax Car Bath Shampoo
Swissvax Quick Finish Detailer on bodywork
Obsessive Detail Clarity Glass Cleaner
Obsessive Detail Clarity Rain Repellant
Gtechniq C2V3 on wheels
Mothers Mag and Aluminium Polish on tailpipes
Achem Hi-Shine Longlife Tyre Dressing on tyres
WoWo mitts, towels, applicators and microfibres

Snow foamed
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/555/32183635511_bf29ac27f5_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/R2Xxzr)

Rinsed off, and ready for the bucket wash
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/435/31462380894_ffd6180894_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PWdVH1)

Washed, dried, and protected
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/286/32154592632_0a883e84c8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QZoG99)

Really need to get the rusty hubs painted this spring!
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/411/31926525670_b1c55aa618_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QDeMM9)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/600/32303253765_7c821ce001_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RdwBV8)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/592/32264176156_22615117d6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ra5kvf)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/578/32183645521_bfb0bf29e7_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/R2XAy2)

Then straight back on mum taxi duty
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/376/31927350730_85f2d6c2f6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QDj23j)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/339/32184374231_e1aabbfb5c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/R32kaZ)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/679/31493227213_09b2f7c0de_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PYX2f6)
 
And after all that, time to defrost with one of these...
(https://s27.postimg.org/vdyqxumab/IMG_2620.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/oaqvi8gun/)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: kalimon on 14 January 2017, 16:46
Lovely :drool:
I really like the pic of the paint flake glinting nin the winter sun :smiley: :cool:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 14 January 2017, 17:48
Lovely job as usual :smiley: Mine's not been touched bar a quick interior wipe down since the end of October :sad: Off this weekend but been out all day today, in tomorrow but yet again it's set to p**s down :angry: Oh well, the day will come.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 15 January 2017, 00:22
Lovely :drool:
I really like the pic of the paint flake glinting nin the winter sun :smiley: :cool:

Lovely job as usual :smiley: Mine's not been touched bar a quick interior wipe down since the end of October :sad: Off this weekend but been out all day today, in tomorrow but yet again it's set to p**s down :angry: Oh well, the day will come.

Thanks guys, it was nice to get the muck off, it was starting the look Carbon Grey but without the shine! Nice to see that pearl flake for a change, was beginning to think it had disappeared for good, lol.

The day will come Watts and it will be worth it, even if it is shortlived!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 19 January 2017, 12:43
Today could be the day for a good wash (not for me, that's next week). Thought I'd start off with a powerful jetwash at a local garage. Gave the wheels and tailpipes a spray with Bilberry wheel cleaner first then 10 minutes of soap then rinse. Result? Looks exactly the same :sad: Still, hopefully a few layers have come off and it'll make the post lunch round a tad easier. A couple of goes with snow foam I think should lift some more before a thorough wash. Or maybe tomorrow. :whistle:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 19 January 2017, 16:23
Perhaps not my best effort but at least it looks loads better, not that it'd be hard not to :rolleyes:

Two goes with Valetpro Advanced snowfoam followed by plenty of rinsing and a two bucket wash with Gtechniq G wash. It was truly minging, particularly the wheels and rear end. Dried off then a spray of Bouncers Done and Dusted QD. Tyres and all rubbers treated to some Finish Kare Top Kote, tail pipes polished with Mothers and all glass with Auto Glym Fast Glass. It was starting to get dark so these were the best I could get with my crappy tablet:

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20170119_154033_zps208fmks7.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20170119_154033_zps208fmks7.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20170119_154117_zpsggtoxo30.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20170119_154117_zpsggtoxo30.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20170119_154134_zps5x6civ7b.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20170119_154134_zps5x6civ7b.jpg.html)

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah214/pete_caz/20170119_154059_zpsccfo2zbp.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/pete_caz/media/20170119_154059_zpsccfo2zbp.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 19 January 2017, 19:17
^^ You are too modest Watts.  Looks pretty damn good to me.  :cool:

+1 on the Bouncers Done and Dusted QD.  Brilliant stuff.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: SRGTD on 19 January 2017, 19:28
Looks great Watts. I washed mine today too; first time I've had to resort to using warm water in my buckets for a long time. Sorry, didn't take any photos, but it was pretty grubby before I started, and I'd only covered about 150 miles since the last wash. Roll on springtime - warmer weather and no salt deposits to wash off the car!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 19 January 2017, 20:51
^^ You are too modest Watts.  Looks pretty damn good to me.  :cool:

+1 on the Bouncers Done and Dusted QD.  Brilliant stuff.

Kind words, thanks :smiley: That reminds me, I need to order some more Bouncers.

Looks great Watts. I washed mine today too; first time I've had to resort to using warm water in my buckets for a long time. Sorry, didn't take any photos, but it was pretty grubby before I started, and I'd only covered about 150 miles since the last wash. Roll on springtime - warmer weather and no salt deposits to wash off the car!

Cheers SR, yep, warm water for me too today and gloves. Hoping it might stay reasonable for a while at least, working nights from tomorrow and the works carpark is underground so should help keep some muck off. Probably :rolleyes:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 20 January 2017, 07:27
Watts - Nice!!!

Really like the carbon mirrors too.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 20 January 2017, 10:27
Watts - Nice!!!

Really like the carbon mirrors too.

Cheers Neil, plenty of excellent Wo-Wo products were used too :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Wo-Wo on 20 January 2017, 14:02
Watts - Nice!!!

Really like the carbon mirrors too.

Cheers Neil, plenty of excellent Wo-Wo products were used too :smiley:

 :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 20 January 2017, 17:20
I washed both cars this afternoon. It was only supposed to be a quick wash for the Passat, but you know what it's like when you get started.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: I wanted a GTi on 21 January 2017, 18:17
I washed the loan car today and realised just what a pain the Santiago wheels are to clean. The car has just over a thousand miles on it and 3 wheels are kerbed, one of them is kerbed the whole way around and the car is covered in swirls and it still has a the glue from the transport stickers.

Shameful that a dealer thinks so little of their cars.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 21 January 2017, 18:58
I washed the loan car today and realised just what a pain the Santiago wheels are to clean. The car has just over a thousand miles on it and 3 wheels are kerbed, one of them is kerbed the whole way around and the car is covered in swirls and it still has a the glue from the transport stickers.

Shameful that a dealer thinks so little of their cars.

Don't be put off by the Santiagos - true they may not be the easiest to clean but you do build up a routine after a while and it's not so bad. Taking them off the car for a thorough clean and seal is worthwhile and doesn't take too long either.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: I wanted a GTi on 21 January 2017, 19:49
I washed the loan car today and realised just what a pain the Santiago wheels are to clean. The car has just over a thousand miles on it and 3 wheels are kerbed, one of them is kerbed the whole way around and the car is covered in swirls and it still has a the glue from the transport stickers.

Shameful that a dealer thinks so little of their cars.

Don't be put off by the Santiagos - true they may not be the easiest to clean but you do build up a routine after a while and it's not so bad. Taking them off the car for a thorough clean and seal is worthwhile and doesn't take too long either.

I do really like them and the more I drive the car the more I like it. I am tempted to get my car before March. I may well get some 19" wheels for the car if the ride on 18's isn't much better. To clean them properly you would definitely need to remove them though as you said.

I'm also really starting to like the car in red and it was a colour I never even thought I'd like.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 22 January 2017, 12:40
I washed the loan car today and realised just what a pain the Santiago wheels are to clean. The car has just over a thousand miles on it and 3 wheels are kerbed, one of them is kerbed the whole way around and the car is covered in swirls and it still has a the glue from the transport stickers.

Shameful that a dealer thinks so little of their cars.

Don't be put off by the Santiagos - true they may not be the easiest to clean but you do build up a routine after a while and it's not so bad. Taking them off the car for a thorough clean and seal is worthwhile and doesn't take too long either.

I do really like them and the more I drive the car the more I like it. I am tempted to get my car before March. I may well get some 19" wheels for the car if the ride on 18's isn't much better. To clean them properly you would definitely need to remove them though as you said.

I'm also really starting to like the car in red and it was a colour I never even thought I'd like.

Red is the best colour :wink:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: C3PO on 22 January 2017, 18:25
Gave mine a quick wash today despite the cold, wax put on months ago still holding up (dodo juice pro blue). But noticed the chrome on the exhausts starting to lose their shine. Anyone else noticed? I do mine regularly with mother mag. Also bouncer done and dusted, is it as good as everyone seems to suggest? I am told you only need a little to treat the car, so is it like silicone sealant.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 January 2017, 19:18
Gave mine a quick wash today despite the cold, wax put on months ago still holding up (dodo juice pro blue). But noticed the chrome on the exhausts starting to lose their shine. Anyone else noticed? I do mine regularly with mother mag. Also bouncer done and dusted, is it as good as everyone seems to suggest? I am told you only need a little to treat the car, so is it like silicone sealant.

No, exhausts are still holding their shine (15 months old), always treated with Mothers.

Bouncers Done and Dusted is really a quick detailer, best used on top of sealant or wax, to add extra gloss and/or refresh between waxing/sealing.  It's polymer based but can be used on top of both synthetic sealants/waxes and organic compounds too.  Great stuff, super easy to buff off.  One of the best QD's I've used, along with Chemical Guys Speed Wipe.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: C3PO on 22 January 2017, 19:54
Thanks Rebecca, must put more elbow grease into the polishing then :whistle:

Might try the bouncers then, sounds like a great layer of additional protection.

Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 22 January 2017, 20:29

exhausts are still holding their shine (15 months old),


15 months!!! Already??? Where has the time gone?
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 January 2017, 22:06
Thanks Rebecca, must put more elbow grease into the polishing then :whistle:

Might try the bouncers then, sounds like a great layer of additional protection.

In all honesty, my exhaust tips require minimal effort, just a quick buff up with the mothers, but I do have a bit of a hated of sooty tips so keep right on top of them, lol. 

Try the Bouncers Neil, it's a lovely, lovely QD.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 22 January 2017, 22:10


exhausts are still holding their shine (15 months old),


15 months!!! Already??? Where has the time gone?

I really don't know Simon, it's moves scary fast, obviously just me getting very very old.  Just celebrated a milestone birthday and feeling sorry for myself, haha.   At least I've had the car longer now than I waited for it! 
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: dubber36 on 23 January 2017, 08:11
Just celebrated a milestone birthday and feeling sorry for myself, haha.   

You're never 50  :shocked:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 23 January 2017, 11:55
Just celebrated a milestone birthday and feeling sorry for myself, haha.   

You're never 50  :shocked:

Happy Birthday Booth!! Hope you had some fun :laugh: I too have that milestone to enjoy in a few weeks....
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 January 2017, 19:58
Just celebrated a milestone birthday and feeling sorry for myself, haha.   

You're never 50  :shocked:

Yep, the half century is upon me.  :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:

Happy Birthday Booth!! Hope you had some fun :laugh: I too have that milestone to enjoy in a few weeks....

Thanks Watts, it was actually on 6th Jan but I'm still celebrating commiserating, lol.  Actually was a great one, celebrated it in the Maldives, and have just returned from a girls spa girls weekend, a birthday treat from some girlfriends.  Back down to earth now and the drudge of car cleaning, lol.

Pre-Happy 50th to you too.  :smiley:
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: seabrook132 on 23 January 2017, 20:27
Sounds like you commiserated in style Bec!!
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Watts on 23 January 2017, 20:34
Yeah, that sounds like you did it properly! I'm going to bury myself in a gallery or two in Paris.
Title: Re: What detailing have you done today?
Post by: Booth11 on 23 January 2017, 20:39
Sounds like you commiserated in style Bec!!