I know I posted a thread up a few months back when I detailed my Vectra but that's when I was a DA virgin and have since bought a load more stuff like pads and polishes, and have taken out shares in Elite Car Care!
So having learnt quite a bit in the last few months, having detailed a few cars, I finally gave my black Vectra a proper full on detail as I still had lots of swirls and light scratches on the paint. And I also had a load of samples I wanted to test!
So here goes!
Alloys removed, cleaned with Very Cherry wheel cleaner, tar spots removed with Valet Pro Citrus Tar & Glue and waxed with Smartwax Rim Wax.
Next the arches were pressure washed off, then sprayed with APC and agitated with a brush and rinsed. Calipers also cleaned using the same method. Once dry, all plastics were treated with Valet Pro Protectant.
APC was then applied to the engine, agitated with a detailing brush and pressure washed off. Plastics were then treated with Valet Pro Protectant.
Now onto the bodywork. Firstly Snow Foam which was left to dwell for 10 mins. While this was doing it's stuff, all grills, door bonnet and boot shuts and awkward areas were treated with APC and agitated with a detailing brush. Once rinsed it was the usual 2 bucket wash and then dried.
Onto the clay and I used a white mild clay bar and Dodo Juice Born Slippy as the lube. Considering it was only clayed at the beginning of Feb, the results were shocking. Mind you, the council have finally got their fingers out and started filling some of the potholes.
As you can see from the photo's, it was mainly very fine scratches as apposed to swirls. And no, I have not been washing it with a scourer!
Polish of choice was Menzerna PO 203S on a 6" Orange Elite Car Care Coolfoam Light Cut waffle pad on larger areas and a 3.5" Orange Elite Car Care Coolfoam Light Cut Spot Pad on smaller areas.
Once the paintwork was corrected, I gave it a full IPA wipedown then applied Chemical Guys Wet Mirror Finish using both 6" and 3.5 " Elite Car Care Red Waffle Finishing Pads.
Polish being worked into bonnet. Lovely retro patterns!
Some before and after shots.
Half and half of the tailgate.
Rear lights were also badly scratched.
So here are the results. My first choice of wax to finish it off was Ultra Mint but had a nightmare trying to remove it which was a shame as I knew the results were excellent. Maybe it was because I was outside and it was a bit damp. So my second wax of choice which i had just received from Chris CPT, was a sample pot of Lusso Oro. This stuff is just stunning both applying and removing. I thought that Megs #16 was a dream to use but this stuff is even better. The glossy shine and water displacement is as good if not better than #16. Will have to see what the durability is like compared to it but I'm hooked!
Once this was removed the glass was cleaned with 3D glass cleaner then treated with Rain X and tyres dressed with Megs High Endurance Gloss.
It rained overnight so gave it another quick wash and another coat of Lusso Oro finished off with a layer of Red Mist Tropical. The beading is amazing and I keep going outside when it's raining just to watch the water run off!
As always, all comments are welcome both good and bad. Thanks for looking.