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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 6:50 pm 
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Had this 05 plate from 8:30 this morning for a mini detail. This envolves

1) wash and dry
2) polish
3) touchup of a few marks
4) wax
5) interior hoover, and treatment

touch ups were just to cover the metal, so dont expect them to look pretty lol.

so first things first i set to work

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The paint for the touch ups

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The car before any work

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I wont bother with pictures for these inbetween bits as they are boring lol

1) First everything was sprayed was sprayed with a strong solution of degreaser and bug remover to loosen up any bugs and loose tar. also to remove any old wax ( unlikely to have any but hay ho )

2) rinsed

3) snow foamed :insanity:

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This was then left for about five minutes which gave me time to go in and full these up

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4) wash with poorboys super slick and suds and euro W mitt

5) rinse

6) drown the car with the contents of this 25litre container

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mmmmmm, pure RO water. The point of this is that Ro, much the same as DI is pure, so doesnt leave any water marks etc. so after being rinsed off with that, a quick wipe over with a microfibre and let the sun dry it..... brilliant.

7) now the car is dry check out how bad the defects are :shock:

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8) now the plan was to polish the whole car with a non abrassive polish to see what sort of results i could get.... but, i wasnt happy with it so stepped up to SSR2 compound polish. This got rid of the light scratches and some swirls ( although swirl removal wasnt requested )

9) touching in of the chips and areas with missing paint and then wet sanding. now remember, its not pretty, its just to protect the metal and take you eye away from the underlaying colour lol

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10 ) after the wet sanding, it was back to polishing to remove the dullness.

11) wax

12) interior hoovered, plastics and rubbers cleaned and treated. glass cleaned.

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13) exterior rubbers and plastics treated, tyres and arches dressed and wheels sealed



now here are some before and afters of the touch ups and scratchs

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The finished results


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And the trademark reflection of self shot

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 8:31 pm 
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a job well done again :)

looks a whole much better now

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 9:14 pm 
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Top job mate, whats the stuff you use to make it foam like that??? :)

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 10:22 pm 
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its called snowfoam and for best results needs to be used with a proper end piece for a pressure washer. yu can get ones for hose pipes but they dont foam aswell, you can also get other attachments like karcher ones but they dont have the mixture adjust knob etc



for hose pipe connection

http://www.elitecarcare.co.uk/product_i ... cts_id=188

pressure washer ( the one i have )

http://www.elitecarcare.co.uk/product_i ... dhp7o0eor7

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 10:43 pm 
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have you read the rant on detailing world about some of the foam attachments?

think i will stick to my cheapo karcher foam bottle

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 11:03 am 
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jonosi wrote:
have you read the rant on detailing world about some of the foam attachments?

think i will stick to my cheapo karcher foam bottle



i cant say i have

im going from experience on the above tho as i tried both options......each to there own

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 12:54 pm 
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just read it.


the thing is, 40 odd people say its bad, but that always seems to over rule the 40000 people or so that have good things to say about them

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Looks great Alex, very shiny new ... you should have binned those fur seat covers whilst you were at it though! :xmasghey:

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Becks_Si wrote:
Looks great Alex, very shiny new ... you should have binned those fur seat covers whilst you were at it though! :xmasghey:



if it was my car, they wouldnt of had a chance, but seing as the car belonged to a little old lady down the road from me they had to stay.....


the fur they left everywhere wsa harder to get up than the dog hair :x

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another stunning and job well done alex :chill:

i want my car done by your fair hands! but when its looking a bit better :rolleyes: :lol:


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oh alex, you know how to polish.....will you be my wife :lol:

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The way things are going with me and the Mrs at the mo, i may just take you up on that offer :teehheee: :xmasghey:

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theres always a space outside my flat for your cossie, and room under my bed for your polish.

*man hug* :xmasghey:

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lowsi wrote:
theres always a space outside my flat for your cossie, and room under my bed for your polish.

*man hug* :xmasghey:


and room in his bed for you too :teehheee:

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theres room for 6 in my bed :teehheee: :insanity:

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