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    Hi everyone,

    This is my first post. I just wanted to share with you some pics of my car before and after detailing this weekend. I got it from a main dealer however was disappointed to see that it was covered in swirl marks. (All the cars in the showroom were actually, even the new ones). I was going to have them detail it but decided it try myself. I already had a load of cleaning products (I dread to think how much Iíve spent) so thought Iíd give it a go.

    Here it is as collected from the show room

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    Looks clean but close inspection under their lighting revealed this

    http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...dc64975a25.jpg

    The whole car was covered with swirls front to back

    http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6a93212c82.jpg

    I did the usual wash and prep. Snow foam, 2 bucket method, clay etc. It was a lot more contaminated than I thought.
    I then used my DAS 6 Pro Dual Action polisher with a number of Lake Country hydrotech pads and Menzerna polishes. It took me a few days, but got the paint about 80-85% corrected.

    http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...e6711a5a2f.jpg

    http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...7a87d1a151.jpg

    This is what it looked like after polishing and an IPA wipe down.

    http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...502ad4d8be.jpg

    http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6bfbd1e2e6.jpg

    I have the Gtechniq maintenance kit, plus I used G1 sealant on the glass and will be using the C5 wheel armour when I can get the wheels off. I decided to use Swissvax Best of Show wax as the paint isnít quite perfect, I enjoy doing it myself and mostly because ceramic coatings themselves are not impervious to swirls, which means youíre then stuck with it unless youíre prepared to wet sand it. (Iím not)
    Anyway thereís some fun about applying the wax by hand and buffing it off to an incredible finish.

    So hereís the finished article. 2 coasts of Swissvax BOS. You canít tell from the pics but thereís definitely a little something extra from the wax. (Or am I just kidding myself because I spent £68 on a small tester pot?)

    http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...f44e8afbe4.jpg

    Fairly pleased with the results and enjoyed doing it. Now I just need some dry weather to put some miles on it!!


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    Nice work

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    Great stuff. Drive it in the rain as well though! It won't melt, and it's fun getting it clean again

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueIn2Red View Post
    Great stuff. Drive it in the rain as well though! It won't melt, and it's fun getting it clean again
    Thatís a good point and in fact I just did. On the plus side, all that effort has meant thereís very little to clean indeed!


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    Congrats on the new car. Youíve done a great w the detailing too

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivarama View Post
    Congrats on the new car. Youíve done a great w the detailing too
    Thanks, Iím thoroughly enjoying it. Itís such a cracking car. Goodness knows what a 458 or 488 must be like?

    Now whereís that sun?


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    Tell me about it. I have kept the car running all winter to keep its juice flowing, and not let it sit for months at a time. There has been very few days where i could actually take the car out, most of them I have had to drive it in the underground parking :-/
    I see youíre in Kings Langley. I am in London and always looking for nice week end drives, any suggestions as far as fun routes w no traffic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivarama View Post
    Tell me about it. I have kept the car running all winter to keep its juice flowing, and not let it sit for months at a time. There has been very few days where i could actually take the car out, most of them I have had to drive it in the underground parking :-/
    I see youíre in Kings Langley. I am in London and always looking for nice week end drives, any suggestions as far as fun routes w no traffic?
    Well the A41 heading towards Aylesbury and Tring is always quite fun. There are some fairly decent roads near Wendover and string too. I also like the Dunstable Downs near Whipsnade zoo.

    If you really want to make a day of it though my favourite road of all time is the A272 off the A3 near Petersfield. On any sunny weekend though be prepared for lots of idiotic born again bikers. The Meon Valley is stunning and thereís some fab pubs. The Flower Pots being a particular favourite.

    Iím always up for a weekend blat.


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    Fab! Thanks Piers. I sure will be trying that.

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    Nice job, and very satisfying too I expect.

    After an 80-85% correction you were wise to apply a wax, as a Ceramic would probably have exacerbated the remaining defects whereas the wax will improve by filling.

    I reckon another coat will improve matters a tad by getting a little more carnauba as a filler, and the protection wont hurt either, though I cant possibly tell from pictures, beyond that you're into Concours level obsessiveness

    It does look very red

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