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Old 29-04-2014, 10:57 AM   #1
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56k Icon PLAYERS RS4 AKA "Kermit" Visits Orchard Autocare for some TLC

Fancy winning a bottle of Glitz Tyre Dressing, leave a comment and we will pick a winner in a few weeks!!

Well here it is 2014 another year jam packed full of detailing. This year OCD-ni is going back to its roots detailing for the total enjoyment of it, we are hand picking the cars we want to work on, not just the big fancy cars but we will be detailing for enthusiasts and people who love their cars or cars that will test our skill to the maximum, back to basics!!! and I hope this write up will set the scene for this year.
First up is a car that needs absolutely NO introduction if you are an anyway into the modified car scene and the VW world, its Carl Taylor’s Ex-Players and Rotiform worldwide globetrotting RS4. The car was originally built several years ago and many people may remember it being Orange until a mad notion was taken one night to paint it Porsche GT3 Signal Green. The car came to us via its new owner but in need of a lot of gentle care and attention. Overall the car was sell maintained considering the life its led with very few chips and rash and only had 2 small strike through marks and some bad blending from a recent repair prior to its sale.

The object of this detail was to make it as good as it possibly could be removing as many defects and restoring the lustre of the paint that it has lost quite a bit of. First off it was a wheels off Decontamination wash using all of Orchard Autocare’s product range as follows.
• Iron Cleanse Concentrate for all surfaces.
• Tar Cleanse.
• Citrus Preclean and Cotton Candy for wash and pre wash duties.
• Bramley Bubble Bath for Shampoo.
• Wheel Cleanse for wheel and wheel arch cleaning and degreasing as well as engine bay cleaning.
Here are a few pics:














Once the wheels were cleaned they were sealed with several coats of Speed Seal and the tyres were dressed with Orchard Autocare Glitz tyre dressing.

Once the wheels were cleaned they were sealed with several coats of Speed Seal and the tyres were dressed with Orchard Autocare Glitz tyre dressing.

Once dried we could see the defects clearly:


And so began the long process of cutting and refining bringing back the depth of shine and as we progressed the colour changed from a light green to a lovely rich deep green.















Buffer trails evident from previous work also a small strikethrough was found on the edge of the panel but we sorted that no problem. As usual we are left to fix other people's oopsie daisies lol!!






Here where the arrow is pointing you can see a tape line where a recent repair was carried out further up the rear pillar was a fading blend line these areas were reduced as much as possible but these areas you have to be very careful not to compromise the new paint edge.







For me the biggest let down of this car and what became one of the most time consuming jobs was the carbon fibre trim. This was the genuine parts skinned in Carbon fibre. The finish was very pitted and hazy, so the decision was taken to flat sand it back and bring it up to its original lustre. This was very time consuming as we could not get any accurate coating levels so it was pretty much sand refine, check and repeat until happy in total I think I spent about 8 hours on each roof bar!!!In the end the results were amazing and really brought out the true colour of the weave.



















Once the correction and refining was taken care of Kermit was tehn Given a cleanseing stage using Orchard Autocare Luminos, this is in replacement of any alchol based panel wipe that has now become common practise in Detailing. Personally I hate the stuff. It softens paint can cause rubbers and bonding glue to melt if not removed and can cause endless swiping issues, Plus it does not remove everything. Another Detailing old wives’ tale!! Luminos was developed to replace this but totally cleansing the panel of polishing oils fillers any residue whatsoever even buffer trails and holograms.
Kermit was then brought out and given a thorough wash down to get rid of dust and the odd bit of fling that I’m famous for!!! As you can see Glitz held up really well to a good foaming and powerwashing and so did the Wheels some insane beading…

Once dry, Kermis was treated to several coats of Speed Seal the first coat applied by machine and the next 2 coats by hand. Once cured a single coat of Valentine’s Elegance Wax was applied to leave the finish dripping wet and final coating was Perfection. Now for the afters, I hope you like them as I did a sort of mini shoot for a bit of fun.





































Many thanks for taking time to read my write up and I hope you liked it as usual any comments are very welcome and I would love to hear what you think.

Many thanks
Rollo

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Great work, the results on the carbon fibre were amazing. I would love to be able to hand pick my clients!
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Great work, the results on the carbon fibre were amazing. I would love to be able to hand pick my clients!
Many thanks TBh its I just want to go back to detailing and enjoying it with Orchard taking up so much time I am cutting back the detailing work so want to get away from what I call the trade details that you see everyone else doing there are so many people at it now cash in hand I am just not going to try and compete so I want to do more restoration details and challenging work not just simple buff them and knock them out and onto the next one. Want to build relationships with customers I have gotten to the stage I forget about some cars I have detailed and have been told on occasion that yes I did that car lol! I enjoy it too much I suppose...

Its all part of our new strategy esp with the new building we want people to come over hang out have a beer buy some products and enjoy detailing rather than the scene points image it sometimes gets. People take it and life too seriously lets enjoy it!

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Old 29-04-2014, 11:26 AM   #4
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Love the work, but the car is a desired taste, im sure I'm not the only one.
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Amazing work as always Ronnie, I really need to have a look at your range of stuff soon see if I can get myself some new products,
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Love the work, but the car is a desired taste, im sure I'm not the only one.
Would definitely agree there, it is a marmite car, not what I would do if it was mine but that's what makes modified cars fun. But I have to admit it works.
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Amazing work as always Ronnie, I really need to have a look at your range of stuff soon see if I can get myself some new products,
Many thanks Give me a should and I will work you out a good deal!
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looks incredible, love the finish on the carbon fibre, some change to what it looked like before!
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looks incredible, love the finish on the carbon fibre, some change to what it looked like before!
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great job

its nice when you enjoy your paid employment, its far less of a chore
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