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Old 02-08-2018, 10:10 AM   #1
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VW Caddy Project - Picture heavy..

Been on and off of detailing world for a couple of years now and decided to make a new account for my next project

So I said goodbye to my old 2009 Mini Cooper S Clubman..



To be replaced by this, a 1.6 tdi Caddy Mk3 Facelift, with 114K on the clock..

Obviously the first port of call was to swap the number plates over from the Mini





There's a lot of little bits and pieces that I want to carry out and clean on the Caddy so it will be an ongoing project; I will be posting as many photos as I can within this thread of everything I do along the way

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Old 02-08-2018, 10:50 AM   #2
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So first up, being a 2011 model and more than likely suffering from a bit of neglect, I decided to tend to the wheel arches

To get proper access to the rear arch liner I jacked up the rear end first..



After removing the wheels I could easily remove the torx screws holding the plastic liners in







Which revealed this ..



Some nicely caked on dirt and grime hidden away in here!







Initial rinse with some pressure was used to remove some of the thicker mud and grime lodged into the hard to reach areas..



I opted for a 1:1 mix of Autoglym's Clean all, applying liberally to anything I could get close to under the arches





After leaving the APC to dwell I then hit the area with a quick layer of Autobrite's magifoam to further loosen any dirt, a generous few pumps from the 5L bottle were added to the foam canon



And with an assortment of standard cleaning brushes (and a few more hiding in the bucket!) it was time to scrub everything I could reach..



And after a thorough rinse it was time to further decontaminate the arches. Littered with small tar spots, despite being behind the arch liners, I chose to use Autosmart Tardis..



What I' m up against..



Even in the tightest spaces tar could be found!



And lastly a quick hit of Autoglym Magma to clear up and last bits of contamination



Once dried I decided to seal my hard work in with a light coat of AMMO skin



And after an hour or two of cleaning and protecting I was left with this







A lot of work with a old mircofibre and tardis and I managed to tidy even the harder to reach areas



And whilst all this was going on the torx screws holding in the liners got a few coats of black BBQ paint, let's see how they hold up..

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So next up with the arch complete I moved onto the liner itself..

After removing these the ingrained dirt wasn't so easy to see as they were caked in dry mud..









Wielding Autoglym's Clean All APC the arch plastic was saturated with a generous application at 1:1, then brushed over with Dooka's wheel pad..



And once again AS Tardis coming in handy..



Further decontamination completed with AG Magma and left to sit for a minute or two



And after a thorough inspection I opted to seal in my results using Gtechniq's tried and tested C4 Trim Restorer..



To leave this nice OEM finish



And squeezed back into place; looking a bit more tidy







Excuse any finger prints from refitting..

Loving the look this gives creating a hopefully longer lasting contrast against the silver paint..



Only three more to go
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Cool. What is your end plan for it?
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Cool. What is your end plan for it?
Other than the detailing side of things I want to throw some coilovers/ wheels/ tyres on it, and some nice OEM upgrades including the bumpers/ trims, remapping etc etc

This is my new daily so it has to stay somewhat practical and it's currently far from perfect, so lots of work to do
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I have a Caddy same spec as your one,great vans are you planning to remap it?
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That's some attention to detail, good luck with the other 3, certainly subscribing to this thread to see what happens next.......

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I have a Caddy same spec as your one,great vans are you planning to remap it?
Yes this is currently the 75BHP model. They also made a 105 or 104 (can't quite remember) and there aren't any internal changes, just a factory map. This means the 75 can be remapped to the same as the 105 so should be seeing some nice performance gains in the future

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That's some attention to detail, good luck with the other 3, certainly subscribing to this thread to see what happens next.......

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Cheers, progress will be slowish but I'll try to keep this thread up to date
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VW Caddy Project

Think it’s 102PS, got mine remapped to 130.


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Looks good and great job. I'd have sprayed some Bilt Hamber UC on it prior to refitting the plastic wheel liner just to give it some extra added protection but as I said great job and it's looking good. Look forward to updates
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