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Old 14-03-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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Arrow Auto Detox: Audi A3 Aruba Perl Stunner

This weekend I had the pleasure of seeing a client from long ago, I have detailed the families cars for about 4 or 5 years now but things have changed since I last saw them new baby, congratulations ! new cars & dog, always nice to see them & a real nice guy too

The detail ? Gloss enhancement V1.5

The car came in friday afternoon & was collected Sunday lunch time, so I got to spend all day saturday & sunday morning with this Audi A3 fast back in stunning Aruba perl metallic

The brief was to breath some life back into the paintwork, a mobile smart repair man had left some dull patches in a few areas on the car, there were buffer trails from not working the polish properly, some general swirling here & there in the paintwork, no problem I said

I arrived at my unit in Tamworth around 8.30am saturday morning put the kettle on & took a few snaps in the unit prior to wash stage, the client mentioned not to bother with the exhaust pipes as he thought they were beyond repair





The enemy !







Paintwork looking a bit lifeless unfortunately





Outside to rid her of the dirt:

Wheel arches scrubbed with the vikan brush duo & APC after a thorough jet wash out first





This is what hides in there



Fronts too:



All four rinsed out & looking much better



Alloys next:

Acid free wheel cleaner used as usual & variety of soft sympathetic wheel cleaning brushes after a thorough jet wash first







Inside too & rinsed with the jet wash



Body work next:

A thorough jet wash of every where

PM3 applied via pressure sprayer left to dwell a minute or two & another thorough jet wash



APC Swissvax detail brush in hand took care of the small areas like petrol filler, grills etc







Clean



Car washed 2 bucket method with plush wash mitt

Tar remover used on paintwork & alloys to remove deposits





Gently worked with a disposable microfiber cloth & rinsed thoroughly

I drove the car inside for claying, this was bilthamber fine which did a real nice job





Paintwork dried with plush drying towels & shuts etc with work mf cloths







After a good drying session I took paint readings over the entire car using the Positector



The car was taped up & I settled on a polish pad combo that would give the best result for the time I had

This was Flex rotary, Menzerna 3.02 3M flat orange pad, eraser & of course a nice cup of java in my mug



p.s these are on sale for a limited time only £600 each, oh & you get a free detail with it too

This gave a nice result not perfect but this is an enhancement not a paint correction which would require much more time spent on the machine work

50:50 on the bonnet



Another angel



Unpolished



Polished



Passenger wing 50:50



Polished:



Unpolished:



All polished, yet to be refined:



After the first stage with 3.02 was completed the entire car was refined with 85RE on a finishing pad

Swissvax cleaner fluid & Scuderia was chosen to top off the new shine







There's one of those mugs !



while the wax cured I, dressed, cleaned glass, chrome, nourished rubbers & polished those exhaust tips !


Lets have a look how she looked in her new dress !

























There you go Gloss Enhancement V1.5

Even with the extra time on Sunday I still never left the unit until 7pm on saturday night, one day I might actually go home on time… but when you are having fun who cares this was a very enjoyable detail for me A3's are great cars, in this colour absolutley stunning ! Plus very nice to see an old client again

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Old 14-03-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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Looks awesome, nice job
Actually a really nice colour !!

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Old 14-03-2012, 09:23 PM   #3
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Stunning work, love the colour of this.

What was used on the exhaust Barry?
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Old 14-03-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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Cracking work Barry, what a stunning colour and even better after you had finished.
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Old 14-03-2012, 09:33 PM   #5
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Looks awesome, nice job
Actually a really nice colour !!

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Thanks Dene, didn't lie about the colour did I !

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Stunning work, love the colour of this.

What was used on the exhaust Barry?
Exhaust combo was 0000 fine wire wool brilliant metal restore, brilliant chrome & britemax final sine & seal, i think thats what its called cheers mate

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Old 14-03-2012, 10:07 PM   #6
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Great work Barry, stunning finish!

How did you find the lower (rough) sills? I find them irritatingly hard to clean at times.
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Old 14-03-2012, 10:24 PM   #7
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Great transformation Baz, colour really has come alive
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Old 14-03-2012, 11:04 PM   #8
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Fantastic turn around, that colour is sweeeeet
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Old 14-03-2012, 11:18 PM   #9
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Great job, great turnaround!
The exhausts look really good as well!
I bet the client was over the moon

Stunning.
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Old 14-03-2012, 11:37 PM   #10
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