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Old 23-08-2012, 07:42 AM   #1
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My Lexus IS-F's first big yearly detail, including wheel coating update! [PIC HEAVY!]

This detail was mainly to get another wax combo on the Lex before going to a sealant for the end of our 'detailing season' where I live. It just gets too hot and humid to detail cars from around November to around March. As you can see, there's still plenty of life in the Swissvax combo (SV Reflexus over SV Cleaner Fluid) that was on the Lex.

Another reason was to check how the C.Quartz coating was performing after over 10 months on the Lex wheels. I'm very impressed with this coating, it's so easy to keep the wheels clean, and it's still going strong! (I've got Opti-Coat 2.0 and C.Quartz DLUX in my kit if it needed attention! )

It just so happened I also got a few new products to try out, like the new Clearkote Moose Machine Glaze, Swissvax Metal Polish, 1Z Gummi Pflege Stift, and Optimum Edgeless Microfiber cloths. All very nice products!

Oh well, on to the detail.....

I started out with a rinse down and foaming with ArmorAll HD wash. I like to test shampoos through the foam lance, and this one foams and cleans nice! It also appears to be some what LSP safe by the looks of it.


















2BM with ArmorAll HD shampoo used.






Still nice beading present (misted the car with the pressure washer). The Lex was dried by using an open ended hose, then using a waffle weave MF cloth. No QD drying aid used.










Wheels not cleaned on purpose, but still nice beading present! (more to come on that later! )




All nice and clean!




While the car was outside in the sun, quick inspection for swirls was done (Cat hair bottom left! )




3M Wax & Grease Remover used to remove all previous residues.






Another inspection for swirls with both the Halogen and LED lights. None found, but I know theres a few very light wash marks on it.....










Menzerna 85RD used on DA with 3M black pad, to clean up the light marks and amp up the gloss. Forgot to take more pics, got caught up in the zone!










New Clearkote Moose Machine Glaze used on DA with 3M blue pad. Still nice and easy to use, easy to spread, and easy to remove!














3" 3M blue pad used for the tight spots. Very handy size for working around the car!














Moved out in the sun to check out progress. WOW! Looking nice and wet!!!










Chux Magic Eraser used to clean old residue off rubbers and trim. These are great!








1Z Gummi Pflege Stift used on rubbers.








Out with the Victoria Wax Concours and 3" 3M black pad on the DA for waxing! These are perfect size to fit in wax tubs!












Engine bay dusted down and 1Z Gummi Pflege Stift used on rubbers. Plastics are protected with 303 Aerospace Protectant, still protecting very nice!








Interior and carpets vacuumed. Care taken to get all the dirt out of the leather gaps.










Zaino Z10 used on the leather. I love the smell of this stuff, as well as the non-greasy, non-slippery, natural look it gives!






Cotton buds used to clean out the gaps and around badges. This is detailing!










Swissvax Nano Express used on door jams and sills. Handy product that can be used on everything!




Swissvax Metal Polish used on exhaust diffusers.






Wheel cleaning time! These were coated in C.Quartz over 10 months ago, and the coating is holding up very nicely! It makes cleaning soooo much easier! I didn't clean them when washing the car before, so I could demonstrate just how good coatings are at keeping your wheels clean. My wheels get extremely dusty, due to the big Brembo's with sintered metal pads. Great way to test coatings! Dust is just one swipe removal!


























Tyres cleaned with degreaser






Swissvax Autobahn and Pneu to be used















Calipers cleaned while Swissvax Autobahn cured. The calipers were coated with the wheels. Dust is just one swipe removal with a damp MF cloth.










Wipe down time! Nice gloss!
















Tyres dressed with Swissvax Pneu










All finished! Best part of the detail, time to kick back and admire!






















Some fading light pics at the end of the day. Nice how the paint goes from metallic to solid black!




















Last one for the spank bank!




Hard to beat a nice oily glaze and oily wax for looks! Hope you guys enjoyed reading!
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Old 23-08-2012, 08:29 AM   #2
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Superb, the flake pop in the sun is spot on, really enjoyed the write up great work
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Wow looks really impressive. How do you get on with the waffle da pads
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Fantastic job Raven!
Car looks smashing...
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Wow looks really impressive. How do you get on with the waffle da pads
These 3M pads are too soft for correction on the DA IMO, but finishing/glazing/waxing/etc, they are fine. The 3" pads are great!

I prefer Lake Country flat pads on the DA, especially the firm, closed cell hydro-tech pads for correction. I'll be getting the new Lake Country 5" flat hybrid pads next to try.

These 3M pads are my favorite pads for rotary use though!
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Old 23-08-2012, 08:51 AM   #6
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Great work there mate. Where abouts in Oz are you? I'm guessing it's somewhere hotter than NSW as I don't need two fans in the garage!!
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Great work there mate. Where abouts in Oz are you? I'm guessing it's somewhere hotter than NSW as I don't need two fans in the garage!!
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I guess you missed the split system air conditioner on the wall!
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amazing flake pop, well looked after
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Really enjoyed the write up and the photos, just show how Awesome the finish you have achieved is.

Really nice looking car
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