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    Thumbs up First attempt at a proper wash.

    The rain held off long enough for me to have a go most of the cleaning stuff I bought during the week.

    I didn’t have clue about any of this detailing stuff until last year when I asked on here about the appropriate method of protecting a new car so I’d like to thank Bryan who walked me through what to get and how to apply them. Cheers mate.

    I also got talking to Iain at a NW meeting about red paint and it was his suggestion to get the wax I eventually ended up with.

    I clayed the car last year and have used the Megs 3 step system for around a year so I was very interested to see what the extra dosh would get me.

    The basic idea was to get the car prepared to seal and wax as well as removing some very light swirl marks which were there when we first got the car,

    So this was what I was presented with this morning. Last wash was two weeks ago so she must have been competing in a local rally since then.





    Process was:

    Snowfoam
    Rinse
    Wash (two buckets)
    Rinse
    Dry
    Clay
    Wash again and rinse
    Dry
    Polish with Megs #80
    Clean paint with Lime Prime
    Glaze with Megs #7
    Seal with Megs #21
    Wax with Nattys Red (Two coats)

    I also cleaned the arches and wheels before applying Tyre dressing and then cleaned and polished the glass before dressing the black trimming.

    Inside was just vacuumed before waxing the door shuts.







    Look how much crap the clay brought off a 5 month old car.





    So five and a half hours later.









    In terms of the stuff I used most of the swirls were gone after the Lime Prime. It has some abrasives in it and fillers I think.

    The car went visually darker after applying the glaze. The glass polish was pants. Dried to a white powder which went all over the car.

    I also couldn’t get the AB lance to work so had to use my cheap one but that may have been me.

    Most of the swirls are gone but I probably should have used Megs #83 which is more aggressive.

    It was ****** hard work by hand though and I take my hat off to those that do it for a living.

    So next thing is something to do the arches with and some Megs #83. I will be doing my car next week but have Colinite for the Wax.

    The pictures don’t do justice to the paintwork TBH. In the flesh it’s ferkin awesome. The missus took a step back when she saw it.

    And inbetween all this the hire car company turned up with a Vectra Estate Sri Nav for next week. OMG they're massive.
















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    oh welcome bk steve..............truelly a hard long day of detailing ,,,,,,but must say well worth the effort,car looks mint ohhhh TOP MARKS!!!!!! almost forgot

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    nice car mate. i bought some clay today so may give it a go tomorrow. did you use one bar on the whole car? just asking cos i aint used it before.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kev bux View Post
    nice car mate. i bought some clay today so may give it a go tomorrow. did you use one bar on the whole car? just asking cos i aint used it before.

    Used half a bar Kev. Kept the rest for my car. I kept the paintwork really wet with hardly any pressure when moving the clay about.

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    Grand job you have done there Steve, But I wouldn,t have put a second coat of wax on so soon though, it won,t do any harm, just that the second coat might remove the first as the wax has not had time to cure fully, they recon put a second coat on after about 24 hours. This detailing "lark" can be very adictive "eh" Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulman View Post
    oh welcome bk steve..............truelly a hard long day of detailing ,,,,,,but must say well worth the effort,car looks mint ohhhh TOP MARKS!!!!!! almost forgot
    Cheers Ian. I'm glad I started with The Astra. The Veccy next week is going to be a real challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    Grand job you have done there Steve, But I wouldn,t have put a second coat of wax on so soon though, it won,t do any harm, just that the second coat might remove the first as the wax has not had time to cure fully, they recon put a second coat on after about 24 hours. This detailing "lark" can be very adictive "eh" Steve.
    You ain't joking Ed. Sorry second coat is tomorrow. Didn't explain it very well. Would you put Colinite on or more Nattys?
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    Me I would use the Colinite, is it 915 or 476, they both are very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    Me I would use the Colinite, is it 915 or 476, they both are very good.
    915 mate. The Nattys was to protect the Red paint and stop it going pink.

    I'll go for the Colinite tomorrow.

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    Well done that man, proper top job, looks great.
    I dunno how you had time to stop and photo neatly arranged cleaning products while doing all that detailing.

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