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Old 08-10-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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This job came to me via referral from a client who's S-line A4 we had just done. As with the A4, this client was moving into the US and the car had to have all traces of Canadian soil removed from the car. The car was booked in for a major cleaning and single stage polish over two days.

Engine and all jambs were cleaned with AG Powermax3
Undercarriage and all inner fenders cleaned with AG Powermax3 as well
Tires and wheels were cleaned with AG Custom Wheel Cleaner
Car was washed with Gloss it shampoo and Raceglaze washmitt
Clay of choice today was Bilt Hamber regular as I knew I was going to be polishing so just wanted to get the paint cleaned as quickly as possible.
Car was polished with Menz Power Finish and 85RD on green and black LC CCS pads respectively
LSP today would be DG 601 bonding agent followed by 105 and 111
Glass was cleaned with AG Fast Glass and treated with Rain Science Rain Clear
Interior was washed down with AG Interior Shampoo and leather treated with DG Leather Conditioner
Wheels were sealed with DG 105 and tires dressed with GI Tire Gloss

At first glance the car looked very clean and defect free, even in the direct sun but this fantasy would not last.


The wheels were in very good condition


As was the interior. A little crud in her welts but nothing serious.


Typical build up in the jambs and fuel filler door.






Even the trunk release button was filthy and had to be scrubbed down with 203 on a MF to get rid of the build up.












Engine was dirty but mostly just accumulated dust. After shampooing the engine was left clean with no dressing this time.








Pic of the undercarriage after we had it jacked up.


Soaking in Powermax3


A couple of pics of the shock tower mounts after cleaning. These required a couple of hits to get rid of all accumulated dirt.








Inner fenders after AG Powermax3 and a good scrubbing. These were gone over one more time as drying showed a bit of dirt left after the first scrubbing.




As you can see, once the side was jacked up, it was easy to get at the inner fenders and suspension for cleaning.






As earlier stated, after washing with GI shampoo and a healthy dose of Tropicare Citrus Wash ( thanks Dust to Glory), everything the last detailer has used was stripped and this is what we found.














A few 50/50s for your enjoyment






Trunk lid before....


and after.


Why you don't use a sharp implement to remove badges. Sadly, we hadn't the time to get rid of all of this. Sanding would have been required.






Todays glass cleaners of choice.


Wheels got DG 105 and tires got GI Tire Gloss applied with a foam applicator - not sprayed.


Exhaust tips wer covered in road tar so were left to soak in Tardis for a bit and then polished with Autosol and finally DG metal polish.






After applying DG 601 Bonding Agent, the paint was treated with DG 105 and the following day was followed up with 111 Clear Coat Polish


My apologies for all the finished pics.
























Seats got GI Leather Polish for protection.






























The sun just wouldn't burn through the haze to show the bright blue flake so I had to improvise.
















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Love this detail Ken, great turn around. We need to find you a tripod though so you can take pictures with less noise! But in all seriousness great detail, loving the idea of the license plate covers too
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Love this detail Ken, great turn around. We need to find you a tripod though so you can take pictures with less noise! But in all seriousness great detail, loving the idea of the license plate covers too
I don't know what happened. Usually my outdoor pics are mint. Oh well. Just picked up a new Nikon D60 today with a 16-85 lens so my pics should improve dramatically.
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Nice, new camera. But you went Nikon instead of Canon!
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Your work never fails to leave me speechless man..I wish I had the time and all the products to get a full out detail job done on mine once a year at least..
I love this picture

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so clean i can eat off it .... damn man
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Nice, new camera. But you went Nikon instead of Canon!
Only reason being, and I did look at Canon, was that I have seen actual pictures by guys online using the D60. With Canon, I didn't have anything to base an opinion on.
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nice, a NIKON...soon, you will get a new passion for photography and that D60 will turn into a D90....trust me.
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Great job. I just dont understand how "professional" detailers can leave all those trails and swirls and go home thinking they did a good job. Great job as usual Ken.
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nice, a NIKON...soon, you will get a new passion for photography and that D60 will turn into a D90....trust me.
Or a D300... MUAHAHAH.

And various assorted lenses, of course. Ken's going to have to take on more detailing jobs to pay for all the goodies.
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oh man that is incredible. looks great

btw what is LSP stand for?
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Last Step Protectant, I think. Basically the last layer of product you put on as a protective coat.
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Could've sworn I saw this car the other day and thought it looked pretty clean. Great job as usual.
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nice, a NIKON...soon, you will get a new passion for photography and that D60 will turn into a D90....trust me.
Looked at the D90 when I bought this. Just couldn't part with the extra cash - yet.

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Or a D300... MUAHAHAH.

And various assorted lenses, of course. Ken's going to have to take on more detailing jobs to pay for all the goodies.
Damn you all!! Actually, a buddy of mine just picked up a carbon fibre tripod. Hmmmmmm.... Any suggestions on lenses Roastpuff? I got the 16-85mm when I got my camera.

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btw what is LSP stand for?
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Damn you all!! Actually, a buddy of mine just picked up a carbon fibre tripod. Hmmmmmm.... Any suggestions on lenses Roastpuff? I got the 16-85mm when I got my camera.
Get a Tokina 11-16DX f2.8 ultra-wideangle lens... that is one nice lens.

Also get a macro lens so that you can take close-up details of those little nook and crannies once they're super clean!
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Can you recommend a good polish for my car, it's white and isn't an OEM paintjob, and its not a particularly tough clearcoat, would the gloss it products you carry be better?
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sick job, how much would that wash and wax package cost?
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sick job, how much would that wash and wax package cost?
That was a wash, clay single stage polish, and sealant with interior detail. Two full days $595
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Looks great! I bet the soft Acura paint made your job a whole lot easier too.

Planning to get off my lazy ass tomorrow and give my TSX a nice lil polish and wax tomorrow too. This post gave me a bit of motivation to do it.
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My God. That is amazing work!
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wow again.

nice job.

im seriously thinking of getting my evo done by you.... hmmmm. ill let you know!
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