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Old 23-04-2007, 08:42 PM   #1
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Arden Blue VXR Astra Zaino'd and Swissvaxed

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Arden Blue vxr astra modded to about 300bhp, remap, a few minor internal mods and you can see the non std exaust. The car was as requested perfectly clean upon my arrival at 08:15am.

The plastic bag test revealed the need to clay. Half a block of sonus green clay was used in conjunction with some Meguiars Last Touch. Lower door sills received autobrite glue and tar remover first as some very stubbon spots of tar existed. Paintwork was all original with a healthy 110-140 throughout.
Only exception was bootlid which averaged 95 microns.

The Process
  • Clay
  • Polish #83
  • Zaino pc fusion - Pre Zaino cleanse
  • Zaino Z5 pro
  • Swissvax Onyx
  • Wheels - SRP by owner
  • Panel gaps attended to with boars hair brush and QD
The day the Brinkman failed

Photos below of bonnet left side polished and right side unpolished! Both look the same. Swirls were easy to spot with the naked eye but the camera just didn't pick them up!



And the sun came out trumps

Whilst the sun was bright it was still cold so I turned to the trusty megs #83 combined with a meguiars polishing pad at 1200rpm and was pleased to find that by the time the polish had broken down 90% of swirls were taken out.

The paint was very easy to correct (in comparison to some details of late) and tbh it was a refreshing change I continued with this over the car until most swirls were removed. The following pic taken in direct sunlight does however show a difference in the paint and level of swirl removal.



By 2pm all but the roof had been compounded and leaving that to last I set about using zaino zpc fusion on a finishing pad at 900rpm to leave a good base for the zaino Z5 pro I brought with me.

The sun was used to good effect when swirl spotting


A layer of Zaino Z5 Pro was then applied to the car and left for 30mins. The easy removal demonstrated it had taken well and cured properly. The roof was then tackled before a layer of Swissvax Onyx was added - just for the hell of it really ! It was left for 10 mins and removed - again easy a pie!

And the Afters?

















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Old 23-04-2007, 08:46 PM   #2
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cracking job as usual
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Old 23-04-2007, 08:48 PM   #3
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Pretty glorious I'd say

And I thought you hadn't took any photos!
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Old 23-04-2007, 08:50 PM   #4
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Top work, Looks so good in that colour.

What's the plastic bag test (Sorry if it's a stupid question)
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Old 23-04-2007, 09:06 PM   #5
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A superb finish and a cracking colour

Great work
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Old 23-04-2007, 09:08 PM   #6
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Looks very nice that mate, has he chopped the bumper to get the exhaust in ?
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Old 23-04-2007, 09:13 PM   #7
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You're getting quite good at this now mate
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Old 23-04-2007, 09:24 PM   #8
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lovely finish, very sharp reflections as well.
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Old 23-04-2007, 09:25 PM   #9
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very nice finish Mark.

It look like the bumper has been modified.
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Old 23-04-2007, 09:31 PM   #10
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Looks awesome !
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