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Old 29-08-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
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xpressvalet - Focus RS new car prep

Highlight of the week was a new car prep on one of my fave cars of this year so far, Ford Focus RS mkII in performance blue. The car had already been treated to some freshly painted wheels in Piano Black, nice touch! Steve knew how important it is to get the paint prep right for his new car and called in some of our experience to make it so.

So on with the show and some photographs:

The new RS sits side by side with the owners current Escort RS Cosworth, lucky boy!








its an RS-fest up here! ( photos a wee bit out of sync here, but wanted to show it side by side with the escort)


First up was a power wash rinse with Autoglym PM3 and left to dwell and some degreaser in and around the arches, door shuts etc and under the bonnet:







"How much stuff do you need to clean a car" was the question we were asked again and again. This was just half of it!!:



A non-caustic foam applied and left to dwell whilst the wheels were given a carefull wipe down:










A TBM wash with some Megs shampoo and a brand new MF mitt:



Another rinse and then for some claying usinga brand new mild green Sonus clay bar:

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(the focu badge to be removed later at steve's request)





The car was pretty good considering it has sat in a yard for about 10 days (at least). this was from half a roof:


The car was then moved inside to a valeting bay that would be ours for the day and taped up:



The car was dry'd using plush MF drying towels:







It was not far from the scene in SAW III:




okay back with the detail, the car paint was inspected and measured and Dean was taking this bit very serious:





There were only a handfull of real defects and a host of light swirls that would pose no problems if we played our cards right:









This was about the worst:



We were not 10 mins into the machine work and we were shifted from SAW III bay into the main workshop to let the local sponge monkey(s) do their thing. (their place i guess)

We started on the machines again. A combination of final finish pads, menzerna 106ff, 85RD and Dodo Lime Prime:

DEan and myself on the rotarys:






After a level of correction that we were pleased with was achieved, it was on to LSP which was Dodo Supernatural:


Wax on :




Dont forget the door checks:


Wax off:




Dressing appplied and some polishing of the exhuasts (note, the wheels were not sealed as they were fresh from the paint shop):



Some after photographs from inside the workshop and outside. The sun didn't really appear for too long, but I hope you get the picture:







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This one is next up & I'll try post up again:


thanks for reading folks and a big thanks again to Dean for his expert assistance.
cheeRS

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Old 29-08-2009, 03:32 PM   #2
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Good work lads, car looked lovely when I popped in to see how you were getting on yesterday. The wheels just make the car look even better.

Can't wait to see the white one.
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Loving the sponge monkeys lol
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Old 29-08-2009, 04:17 PM   #5
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Old 29-08-2009, 04:40 PM   #6
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holy **** how many focus rs r in there waite to kev sees this he will wet his pants looks spot on work thow realy like that

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Old 29-08-2009, 04:53 PM   #8
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nooooooo. black wheels looks chav, sorry

nice detail mate
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Old 29-08-2009, 04:56 PM   #9
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had a great day yesterday working on this beasty and it was interesting to see how the breed has evolved from his old Escort Cossie sitting next to it, the Escort looked like a wee toy car. This was the 1st RS I've seen close up and It looks the absolute dogs
bo11ocks. I really can't agree with some folk in the past on here saying they look "chavvy". In the flesh it just looks mean & aggresive and just "right". Interior wise it felt very Audi-like and sounded superb. Top car made even better with the black wheels
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Old 29-08-2009, 05:04 PM   #10
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Excellent work there mate, liking the picture in picture photo's, nice little touch
Car looks nice with the black alloys
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