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Old 08-12-2017, 12:04 AM   #1
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My first time with a DA, Ford Focus, Pic heavy

Hi all, newbie here, been lurking for a while, pretty much a hobbyist/ weekender

been taking in a lot of information and watched a few tutorials but I thought the best way to learn was to practice.

and what better way to start than on a family members Black Ford Focus that they had just acquired.

Total time spent : 8.5 Hours (ran out of daylight)
No time to complete interior or engine bay, but I got the majority of the paintwork to an acceptable standard.

Products used were mainly AutoFinesse as they are a very local company and I have friends that work there.

Some ValetPro, Chemical Guys, and G Techniq bits all used swell.

Before shots:
P1030005 by turbomint, on Flickr

P1030006 by turbomint, on Flickr

Started with wheels:

P1030008 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030010 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030013 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030015 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030016 by turbomint, on Flickr

Tackled hard to reach areas with G101 and a brush:
P1030019 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030021 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030037 by turbomint, on Flickr

Car Rinsed off with a light mist of AF Citrus Power, then ValetPro Foam:
P1030022 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030024 by turbomint, on Flickr

Guess this means it was working?!
P1030027 by turbomint, on Flickr

Then washed using 2 bucket method and Lather Shampoo from AF:
P1030030 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030033 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030034 by turbomint, on Flickr

Rinsed off and started with the clay! (AF):
P1030038 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030039 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030040 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030041 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030043 by turbomint, on Flickr

Then Washed again and dried with AF Towel:
P1030044 by turbomint, on Flickr

so, the damage....:

P1030048 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030053 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030054 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030057 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030065 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030076 by turbomint, on Flickr

this is the polisher I had purchased of a good friend, Rupes Bigfoot, felt east to use and not loads of vibrations, Pads sourced from Slims and Chemical Guys VSS Swirl and Scratch Remover used on all the panels, one pass and each panel separated into 2 or 3 sections.

P1030080 by turbomint, on Flickr

P1030082 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030087 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030089 by turbomint, on Flickr

Infinity Wax Glaze was applied by machine (speed 3) after, then I ran out of time, just had time to grab some after shots:
P1030091 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030093 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030094 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030095 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030098 by turbomint, on Flickr
P1030100 by turbomint, on Flickr

comments and constructive critisism very welcome, I'm very much still learning and could do with tips and hints from more experienced members.

thanks for reading
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Fantastic job there! How did you find VSS?
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:16 AM   #3
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Looks good to me. I have always shyed away from foaming or jetwashing with the petrol flap open, guess it did not cause you any issues.

Nice polisher bought the MK2 myself recently. What pads did you use, make, colour etc?

I have a black Focus and can highly recommend Wax Planet's Polygloss, it really makes her shine.

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Old 08-12-2017, 12:16 AM   #4
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That looks a really nice job, thank you for sharing it. Nice to see a full set of photos showing a transformation like that. The products seemed to work well as did your machine work.
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looks like you done a great job there fella
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:52 AM   #6
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That looks like you've done a great job - really come up well
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:11 AM   #7
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Looks great mate
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Looks excellent and a very helpful post!

I am planning to do exactly this - when I unwrap my DA and other goodies at Christmas. I have 2 weeks off after Christmas day so will be giving the once over to my wife's CMax.

Looks like you did a thorough job - hope your family member recognises your efforts!

On the petrol cap open issue - I have seen Matt from OG doing this. I don't use the PW with it open I just give it a going over once in a while with a detailing brush and then a light rinse.

Did you try this out, to avoid making any mistakes on your lovely 135i?

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Came up well, nice work
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Fantastic job, should be very proud considering it's your first attempt.
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