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I was asked to carry out a detail on a year old Audi S5. The owner wanted the best he could get, correction, good level of wax etc......The Customer doesnt really use the car on a daily basis but when he does it mostly trips down south so a lot of motorway driving and when turning up it was evident the car had not seen a sponge for a while.







So started by giving the car a quick rinse, remove any dust or dirt that the Pressure washer would remove, then I sprayed Surfex APC on the lower half of the car and left whilst I cleaned the alloys. On the alloys I used Bilberry Wheel Cleaner and Surfex APC on the tyres and Arches




Then worked round the car with APC in the petrol cap, door hinges and engine bay and then rinsed





Then moved onto snowfoaming the car with Pro Valet PH Neutral Snowfoam

 

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Aggrigated dirt from crevises using a Swissvax Detail Brush and rinsed, then I washed the car using Swissvax Car Bath (Two bucket method of course) and a Dodo Juice Wookie Fist wash mitt, rinsed, then clayed with Swissvax Paint Rubber and Swissvax Quick Detailer




The Engine bay was treated to Swissvax Motorshine which coats all the engine trim and ensures it keeps the gloosy black look forever with no chance of discoloration

The car was then dried using a hot air blow dryer from Chemical Guys. By this time it was late in the evening and I finished up to continue in the morning.

So next morning nice and early, got the car back out the garage, gave another quick wash (2bm) and dried again with the hot air dryer.Had a look over the car to view the correction required and found the car covered in swirls and hologramming and marring





Took some paint depth reading with a Positector 200 (advanced) with some interesting results :shock:






The owner had told me the car had be valalised many times throughout the year of ownership and had been resprayed a couple or times :?

So i taped the car up and started to the correction

 

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Initially I chose Ultrafina on a Hex-logic finishing pad and started to the wing which had the reading of 548 microns, but this failed to correct, then i moved onto Swissvax Cleaner Fluid Pro on a Hex-Logic White pad (Polishing pad) and once again the level of correction was not achieved, so I then opted for 3M FCP on a Hex-Logic White Pad spread at 900rpms and worked at between 1500-2000rpms, refined with 3M Ultrafina on a Hex-logic finishing pad.




Some pics once once corrected





The paintwork was then treated to Swissvax Cleaner Fluid and then 2 layers of Swissvax Crystal Rock (76% Carnauba content) was applied inclusing inside the door shuts.



Whilst waiting for the wax to cure, the alloys were treated with Swissvax Cleaner Fluid and then Swissvax Autobahn alloy wax (which contains PTFE) and the Tyres with Swissvax Pneu and both left to sure.



Whilst waiting on the wax and alloys to sure then moved onto the exhaust trim, this was treated with Swissvax Metal Polish and ultrafine steel wool, then waxed with Brillent Metal Wax.

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Then I removed the wax from the paintwork with a Zaino ultra plush MF and removed the excess Pneu from the tyres and wax from the alloys the exhaust trim.

The windows were treated with Swissvax Crystal and the Door rubbers with Swissvax Seal Feed.
 

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The interior was treated to Swissvax Leather Cleaner and Swissvax Leather Conditioner, the interior trim wiped down with APC and the mats and boot shampoo hoovered




then the car wash finished and here are the final shots




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Followed up with a maintanence detail over a month later....only addition was the use of Swissvax Nano Express as a top up....







The Customer was more than happy with the results :)

Anyways thanks for viewing

Robert
 

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Beautiful results. Thinking of expanding to North America? You'd do well here with your obvious attention to detail.
 

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Thanks, I dont think that will ever be on the cards.....but i do know a couple of guys who do fly out to US, Dubai, Spain to carry out a detail.....

If you are looking for a Swissvax detailer within your local area, then i could look into that for you...im not too sure how they work it there, if its the same as the UK/Europe and detailers need to be tested before becoming approved.
 

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That is some very nice work on an unloved S5 ;)

I have a question about the removal of swirls and leveling uneven paint work... Does this actually thin the paint coverage of the car?
 

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Prism, there are direct flights to Alaska from Frankfurt during the summer months.......beautiful scenery, dirty cars, big fish in the rivers, bears, moose, whales. Think about it:cheers:
 

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I'd love to find someone with the attention to detail you've done. I love detailing my car but sometimes I'd like to have someone else do it. You do incredible work and I'd love you to detail mine!!!!
 

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You do lower the clear coats thickness, ever so slightly. It is required though to correct.
Ah yes of course, light marks like these are in the clear coat, not the paint itself. Is it possible to top up the clear coat? Thinking about it, a paint protection coating is sort of like a top-up to the clear coat...

Thanks JonB.
 

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Jon, thanks for your reply, difficult trying to type an answer on the iphone so waiting till i was on the computer. I does reduce the clear coat, but if you look at the depth of tracing paper, you dont even remove as much as that. Most Audi clear coats sit about 46 microns in depth, at the most 6 will be removed, unless your wet sanding....as a detailing your aim is to correct as best as possible but not compromise the paintworks lifespan. Anyone can go in hard and remove lots of clear coat and do a decent job....its takes skill to be able to know how to do it right and when its time to stop.
 

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Jon, thanks for your reply, difficult trying to type an answer on the iphone so waiting till i was on the computer. I does reduce the clear coat, but if you look at the depth of tracing paper, you dont even remove as much as that. Most Audi clear coats sit about 46 microns in depth, at the most 6 will be removed, unless your wet sanding....as a detailing your aim is to correct as best as possible but not compromise the paintworks lifespan. Anyone can go in hard and remove lots of clear coat and do a decent job....its takes skill to be able to know how to do it right and when its time to stop.
I hear you man. I do enjoy detailing as well. Just did a coat of Supernatural on my S5 yesterday




Beautiful job on the S5 by the way.
 

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Jon, thanks for your reply, difficult trying to type an answer on the iphone so waiting till i was on the computer. I does reduce the clear coat, but if you look at the depth of tracing paper, you dont even remove as much as that. Most Audi clear coats sit about 46 microns in depth, at the most 6 will be removed, unless your wet sanding....as a detailing your aim is to correct as best as possible but not compromise the paintworks lifespan. Anyone can go in hard and remove lots of clear coat and do a decent job....its takes skill to be able to know how to do it right and when its time to stop.
Thanks for the explanation Prism :thumbsup:
 
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