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Old 29-07-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Corsa VXR protected with Zymol Vintage and Swissvax Crystal Rock

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Had a couple of days off work last week and decided to make the most of the nice weather we had and have a bit of a session with the VXR stretched out over 2 days, inbetween doing bits and curing etc I had a storage sort out so had a detailing productive few days

Started off with Auto Finesse Citrus Power as pre-wash, Megs APC on all plastics rubbers, door shuts, badges etc and Megs degreaser on the tyres.


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Washed using Auto Finesse Lather, rinsed off and dried using CG Wooly Mammoth.

Went inside to grab the keys and swap the cars in the garage over so I could get the car out the sun for polishing and work under some lighting only to discover this ....


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If I'd have found the little that curled it out I would have returned the favour So back out side for another wash

Now my car was poo free I could crack on with the polishing. Car had been properly decontaminated and corrected not so long ago so didn't need any repeat procedures, was quite impressed just to see the odd little mark under halogen inspection from the last 5 months washing, considering how soft I find the paint my wash techniques must be working
Taking all this into account nothing over abraisive was required, I opted for Auto Finesse Rejuvinate and blue CG Hexlogic pad, really like this combo works very well, minor bit of bite to nip out any light swirls, marks and marring and some decent cleansing at the same time for the best base for the LSP's.


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A few pics of the car finish after each panel, such a rewarding colour to work with my car...


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Now everything was properly prepped I wanted to try out two of the big guns against each other to gather a few personal opinions on performance
So I applied Zymol Vintage and Swissvax Crystal Rock as follows:

50/50 on the bonnet
Vintage on the roof
Vintage on the boot
Crystal Rock on the rear bumper
Vintage on the front bumper
Crystal rock on right wing, door and rear quater
Vintage on left wing, door and rear quater.


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Both curing ...


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I've used Vintage a fair few times now and always applied to the whole car and then remove straight after all panels are applied, I'd heard people say they had left it over night so I took the risk and did just this with both ZV and CR. Came back the next morning to the car to buff off and came off a breeze left it a few hours and then applied another coat of both in the same way. Final pictures at the end .

Next up I polished door shuts etc with Auto Finesse Triple, the alloy inserts polished with Zeppelin Duo and then waxed with Zymol Vintage A little over the top for door shuts maybe


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Applied 2 coats of Auto Finesse Satin to the tyres and then purchased 4 new ones the day after just doesn't feel right not doing then .


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Windows done inside and out with Dodo Clearly Menthol


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Next up was the engine bay which was relatively clean as done about 4-5 months ago so just opted for cleaning by hand with various brushed and Megs APC. For protection I went for Aerospace 303.


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The underside of the bonnet really did need some treatment so gave it a clean with Megs APC and hand polished with Auto Finesse Triple

50/50 ...


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Really happy with the result looks 100 times better under there .

Next on the agenda was the interior, hoovered out everywhere floors, mats, boot etc.

Treated the leather all round to some Auto Finesse Hide


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Auto Finesse Spritz for the everything and anything plastic or rubber inside.


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For some fragerance finished off with CG Watermelon


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All looking a bit fresher again


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Gave the whole car a final wipedown again to make sure everything was removed and no gassing had taken place.


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And for some final results in various locations


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Can really notice where the Vauxhall badge was here must have caught some odd light as I've never noticed it like that before, can slightly see it under halogens. This picture has really wound me up so looking to get a Vauxhall badge carbon skinned to go back on


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Someone having a look saying what a shiny car, more like what is that sad little doing taking pictures for


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Overall really happy with the results

Comment etc welcome.

Going to book the wheels in to be re-furbed tomorrow not 100% sure on what colour to go for Black with blue flake, or gunmetal flake. Or Anthracite

Thanks for taking the time to read if you got this far
Stef
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Old 29-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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Very nice mate.

Re the badge on rear, you need to keep machining it til it's gone.
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Old 29-07-2012, 06:20 PM   #3
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Looks AMAZING!!!
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Old 29-07-2012, 06:22 PM   #4
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Car looks amazing,great work stef!
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Old 29-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #5
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Very nice mate.

Re the badge on rear, you need to keep machining it til it's gone.
Cheers pal
It's the paint faded under the clearcoat mate, that could make it slightly worse
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Old 29-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #6
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Looking very slick Stef
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OEM refurb with gunmetal will look good, nice work, might try out that AF Tripple, looks really good!
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Looking very slick Stef
Cheers mate, must be down to the bloke that supplied the CR
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Credit to you Stef , the car looks stunning
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Old 29-07-2012, 06:38 PM   #10
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Nice work. Dripping wet
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