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Moro Blue Audi A3 - Detailed by Lawrence

Post by lawrence » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:22 pm

The brief for this detail was simply to get the paint sorted out. No engine bay, no interior, and even the owner was even happy to simply have a basic wash on the wheels - but I landed up giving them a proper decon and seal... well...because they needed it.

Before

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During - the process was to pressure rinse the fender liners, tyres, wheels and calipers. Then spray the whole area down with Carchem APC @1:5 through a Gloria Foammaster, let it dwell, agitate with a variety of brushes and mitts, then pressure rinse. I then hit the wheels with some TAC Systems Iron Zero, let it dwell, agitated and pressure rinsed thoroughly. Auto-DNA Wheel Cream was then applied for protection and the tyres dressed with Carchem PERL neat. The fender liners were dressed with Carchem Vinyl and Rubber Dressing.

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After wash and decon.

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The car was obviously dirty and before washing with Carchem Luxury Shampoo the car had Valet Pro Advanced Neutral Snowfoam applied, left to dwell then pressure rinsed off.

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In the weak morning sun you can already start to see the swirls.

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The car was decontaminated using TAC Systems Iron Zero, Capro Tar-x and Shield Heavy Duty Clay.

Now the naked paint revealed the true horror.

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The vulnerable sections were taped up prior to the initial cut, which was intended to remove the vast majority of the damage. I eventually settle on Menzerna SHC 300 on Orange Lake Country Hybrids. The paint was considerably softer than all the other Audi's I have detailed and so the foam had the advantage of 'soaking up' more of the residue and leaving behind less hazing to clean up, which was done with Menzerna SF4000 on Black Lake Country pads.

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After cutting.

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After polishing.

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This bird dropping had etched really deep into the paint and sadly is very much still visible. I could probably have wet-sanded it out but that's not really in the best interest of a daily driver.

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Luckily this one wasn't etched as deep

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Here there was a deep scratch on rear fender.

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Again the exposed edges are taped up to avoid striking through.

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Completed

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Here is a 50/50 of one door corrected and the other not.

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Often overlooked areas were cleaned.

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After

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The exhaust tips before even being washed. They were in a really sad state.

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After wash they looked better but now showed the true extent of the corrosion.

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After a quick polish with Meguiars NXT All Metal Polish.

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All of the badges/emblems were cleaned.

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After

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Here are a few after shots.

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Total time spent 26 hours.

As always, thanks for looking and any comments or questions are welcome.

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Re: Moro Blue Audi A3 - Detailed by Lawrence

Post by Kyle » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:11 am

Wow, that paint was trashed! Did they wash it with a dry cloth?

Excellent save bud, I'm sure you added 20K to the value right there.
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Post by Ashveer03 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:04 am

Got to see this live This car had some nasty scratches though! Awesome stuff Lawrence

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Re: Moro Blue Audi A3 - Detailed by Lawrence

Post by lawrence » Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:20 pm

Kyle wrote:Wow, that paint was trashed! Did they wash it with a dry cloth?

Excellent save bud, I'm sure you added 20K to the value right there.
Thanks Kyle. Yeah the paint was pretty hammered. Its way softer than the typical Audi paint, which obviously does nothing to help keep it looking good as it scratches soooo easily. But yeah it certainly does look like it was scrubbed aggressively with a green kitchen sponge or similar.
Ashveer03 wrote:Got to see this live Image This car had some nasty scratches though! Awesome stuff Lawrence

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Post by visn » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:09 pm

lawrence wrote:
Kyle wrote:Wow, that paint was trashed! Did they wash it with a dry cloth?

Excellent save bud, I'm sure you added 20K to the value right there.
Thanks Kyle. Yeah the paint was pretty hammered. Its way softer than the typical Audi paint, which obviously does nothing to help keep it looking good as it scratches soooo easily. But yeah it certainly does look like it was scrubbed aggressively with a green kitchen sponge or similar.
Ashveer03 wrote:Got to see this live Image This car had some nasty scratches though! Awesome stuff Lawrence

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Thanks bud :hi:
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Thank you for the work done on the poorly maintained, 12 year old vehicle. To say it exceeded all expectations would be an understatement.

The horrendous scratches you see are courtesy of Auto Pearl car wash on North Coast Rd, Durban. They have a special where they will scratch the hell out of your paintwork for a paltry R150, it was too good to pass up.

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Re: Moro Blue Audi A3 - Detailed by Lawrence

Post by lawrence » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:22 pm

visn wrote:
lawrence wrote:
Kyle wrote:Wow, that paint was trashed! Did they wash it with a dry cloth?

Excellent save bud, I'm sure you added 20K to the value right there.
Thanks Kyle. Yeah the paint was pretty hammered. Its way softer than the typical Audi paint, which obviously does nothing to help keep it looking good as it scratches soooo easily. But yeah it certainly does look like it was scrubbed aggressively with a green kitchen sponge or similar.
Ashveer03 wrote:Got to see this live Image This car had some nasty scratches though! Awesome stuff Lawrence

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Thanks bud :hi:
Superlatives are far too often loosely used these days and lose their impact. Lawrence is genuinely deserving of a number of superlatives though.
His work is easily among the best in the detailing fraternity.
He shows the greatest passion for detailing and imparting knowledge.
He is most pragmatic in his approach to all things detailing.
I could go on but I think most people will get the gist of what I'm saying.

A living legend.

Thank you for the work done on the poorly maintained, 12 year old vehicle. To say it exceeded all expectations would be an understatement.

The horrendous scratches you see are courtesy of Auto Pearl car wash on North Coast Rd, Durban. They have a special where they will scratch the hell out of your paintwork for a paltry R150, it was too good to pass up.
Thank you very much for your kind words Vis - they are truly appreciated :oops: :hug:

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Re: Moro Blue Audi A3 - Detailed by Lawrence

Post by ByronJ » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:25 pm

Once again, Lawrence to the rescue.

Epic work :hurray:

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Post by Unobeat » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:30 pm

What a restoration, oustanding Lawrence.
Epic man.
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Post by Belix » Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:23 pm

eek, looks like it was cleaned with a scourer...
Still, makes for a nice contrast to the finished car. Nice to see car getting some loving. Top work Lawrence.
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Re: Moro Blue Audi A3 - Detailed by Lawrence

Post by lawrence » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:12 pm

ByronJ wrote:Once again, Lawrence to the rescue.

Epic work :hurray:
Thanks Byron :hug:
Unobeat wrote:What a restoration, oustanding Lawrence.
Epic man.
Thanks bud.
Belix wrote:eek, looks like it was cleaned with a scourer...
Still, makes for a nice contrast to the finished car. Nice to see car getting some loving. Top work Lawrence.
thanks Marco. Yeah it was pretty bad.... all thanks to the local car wash. Its really only when you see some before and after pictures like this that you appreciate how much damage poor washing and drying can do.

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Post by Showtime Detailing » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:53 pm

Wow Lawrence, you continue to raise the bar in the detailing world.
That's the art of detailing!
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Post by Rsi huntered » Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:26 pm

:fear: :fear: :fear: :fear: :fear: :fear: :fear: no other words for that paint :lol: :lol: :puke:

What an outcome though 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) :hurray: :hurray: :hurray:
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Post by lawrence » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:52 pm

Showtime Detailing wrote:Wow Lawrence, you continue to raise the bar in the detailing world.
That's the art of detailing!
Thank you for the inspiration bud!
Thanks very much for your kind words bud!
Rsi huntered wrote::fear: :fear: :fear: :fear: :fear: :fear: :fear: no other words for that paint :lol: :lol: :puke:

What an outcome though 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) :hurray: :hurray: :hurray:
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Post by cli 16v » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:47 pm

Another epic rescue, thats another reason why I wash and maintain my cars paintwork myself.
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