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Old 16-06-2018, 08:40 PM   #1
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Neglected Polo gets some attention.

This is my first gallery post on DW,

I've been following the forum for some time now but never really got around to posting.

Basically I was asked to tidy up this Polo for a family member while she is away on holidays. Time, weather and equipment were all against me but I was quite happy with the outcome.

Now I did go against the grain in terms of some conventional detailing methods as I have yet to invest in some proper products and equipment.

Car was first washed with a cheap detergent, I then started tar removal with Holts aerosol. (which ran out halfway through, Irish roads are awful for tar spotting and this car was COVERED) It very likely has never been properly cleaned in it's nine years.

I ended up having to use some kerosene in a spray bottle, not conventional but it worked well and does not damage paint.

Car was then rewashed , first with cheap detergent and then with MEGS Gold Class

The remainder of my modest product collection then came into action...

AS non acidic wheel cleaner

MEGS Endurance tyre gel

MEGS Ultimate compound (used by hand on specific problem areas)

Autoglym SRP (applied with foam applicator and removed by hand)

Turtle Wax trim and tyre gel on the plastics (I know , but It was all I had and actually worked quite well on the front grilles, I don't know how durable it will be but it restored the appearance very well.

I also used some cheap microfibres and pound shop glass cleaner.

The interior was simply vacuumed with a Kirby and rotation brush attachment, which performed quite well, surfaces were wiped down and a limited amount of STP low gloss protectant applied.

I know it's not great and the pictures were taken on an iphone but I'm actually quite satisfied with the result given the limited equipment and products to hand.

Some befores.....























Wheels were covered in baked on brake dust! AS cleaner worked well when worked in with a brush.



A 50/50 of sorts after using MEGS UC on the bonnet.




Some after shots.....




























What this HAS taught me is that I am most definitely going to invest in a DA Polisher this week. I also need a claybar, fallout remover, some Tardis (or similar) and a good APC .

I'm also looking for recommendations on some sort of brush for cleaning inner arches with wheels in place.

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Old 16-06-2018, 08:43 PM   #2
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Great result and first gallery post, I'd rather see cars like this having new life breathed into them than the supercars we often see on here.
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Great result and first gallery post, I'd rather see cars like this having new life breathed into them than the supercars we often see on here.
cheers dude, pretty satisfied with the result and all done in around five hours.
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Hi,Nice job with limited products,the myth may well be true,you can polish a turd and make it nice,well done.As for products this site is awash with products and advise,you will find your way around detailing as time goes by.Cheers Andy.
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I'd be well pleased with that.
Top job.
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Old 16-06-2018, 09:36 PM   #6
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It’s come up very well, hoping they like it when they return from holiday
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Old 16-06-2018, 09:44 PM   #7
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Brilliant result. It looks fantastic.

It goes to show that technique beats product every time.

Well done.

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Old 16-06-2018, 10:56 PM   #8
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Great turnaround with the products you have. The market is saturated with products at the moment, some are great, others are total crap! You'll get some good advice on here.
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Old 16-06-2018, 11:06 PM   #9
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Nice job and I'm sure your family member will appreciate it when she's back
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Great turnaround with the products you have. The market is saturated with products at the moment, some are great, others are total crap! You'll get some good advice on here.

yeah there's so much to choose from. looking forward to getting started with the DA though

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Brilliant result. It looks fantastic.

It goes to show that technique beats product every time.

Well done.

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cheers lad

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I'd be well pleased with that.
Top job.
thanks I actually am!

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Hi,Nice job with limited products,the myth may well be true,you can polish a turd and make it nice,well done.As for products this site is awash with products and advise,you will find your way around detailing as time goes by.Cheers Andy.
lol it was looking like a right ole turd in fairness, quite decent looking now though.

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