Arctic White Golf 3 - Detailed (again) by Lawrence

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Arctic White Golf 3 - Detailed (again) by Lawrence

Post by lawrence » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:22 pm

This detail occured at the end of Jan, around 2.5 years after I originally detailed it in June '14 and it only needed a very light polish. Clearly employing decent washing techniques has paid dividends. I struggled to set up a shot to capture any swirls as there were hardly any to be found, and the polish was therefore aimed at removing any marring from claying, and the top ''dead/dirty" layer of paint.

(original write up here http://www.vwclub.co.za/forum/viewtopic ... &p=2122670).

The car has a mods list as long as my arm, but it's mostly OEM+ and subtle, and it makes this MK3 one of my favorites. A few key items are:

Under the hood
AGU (1.8-litre 20v T)
Factory ECU with PCTSA software
BMC intake
Custom FMIC
4bar FPR
S3 pump
63mm DP and full exhaust
Makes 162wkw and 336nm

Detailing the engine bay was not within the scope of the detail but it looks too good not to show you.
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Éxterior/suspension
OEM S3 wheels
Audi TT calipers
312mm Ferodo discs/pads
Coilovers
MK4 R32 bumper
All OEM/Hella headlights/bumper lights
Customer rear spoiler
A lot of smoothing out and deleting (rear badge, rear wiper, fender aerial hole)
OEM Gti trimmings
Rear door handles on the front too

Interior
MK4 steering column/switches
MK5 shifter
MK4 cluster in custom panel
Seat Leon front seats
Seat Leon FR steering wheel
Full black leather

There's also a cracker sounds install.

On arrival

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It obviously hard some dirt and grime on it

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But the main reason for the detail was really to decontaminate the paint. As you will see it was heavily contaminated with iron deposits.

Here is the process used with a few pics along the way.

Arches: Rinsed with a pressure washer, sprayed with Carchem APC via a foaming trigger head and allowed to dwell and then agitated with a large Wheel Woolie. This was followed with another pressure rinse.

Tires: Cleaned with Carchem APC and a Mothers Tire Brush and later dressed with Carchem Trim and Tyre Dressing

Wheels and brake calipers: Rinsed with a pressure washer then cleaned using Carchem APC and a Wheel Woolies and a Autofinesse Boar Hairs brush and dried. The wheels were then thoroughly sprayed with Carchem Revolt which was agitated after being allowed to dwell for a few minutes, using the same brushes, and then thoroughly rinsed and dried them. Carpro TarX was used to remove any tar spots. The wheels were then foamed using Turtle Wax Hyperfoam when the rest of the car was being washed - this would ensure there were no remaining residue on the surface. They were then sealed using Carpro Hydro.

Door shuts, boot shut, window rubbers, fuel flap, badges etc: Cleaned using Carchem APC with Autofinesse brushes and then pressure rinsed. Autofinesse Tripple was then used to further clean these areas and leave behind some protection.

Wash: Pre-foamed using Turtle Wax Hyperfoam via a foam cannon followed by a 2BM wash with Lambswool wash mitts and Carchem Luxury Shampoo.

Dry: ONR at QD strength with WW Drying towels and an electric blower

Decontamination: Carchem Revolt, Carpro TarX and Shield Heavy Duty Grade Clay with ONR as lube.

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Correction: Carpro Essence / Lake Country Orange Hybrid / Flex 3401

Protection: Essence/Gyeon Cure

Glass : Autoglym Fast Glass Cleaner / Wynns C-Thru

Door rubbers, plastic trim : Shield Heavy Duty Vinyl and Rubber Cleaner / Carchem Trim and Tyre Gel

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Exhaust tips: Carchem APC / Mothers Mag and Aluminium Polish / Mothers Powerball

Before

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After

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Onto some after pics

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And lastly my favorite shot.

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Total time spent = 14 hours

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

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Re: Arctic White Golf 3 - Detailed (again) by Lawrence

Post by Life160 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:14 pm

Little bit over the top for me - but 10/10 on the detail! Came out looking brand new!!


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Re: Arctic White Golf 3 - Detailed (again) by Lawrence

Post by lawrence » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:33 am

Life160 wrote:Little bit over the top for me - but 10/10 on the detail! Came out looking brand new!!


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Re: Arctic White Golf 3 - Detailed (again) by Lawrence

Post by Kyle » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:02 am

Mike has really done some trick stuff on this car, well done on the detail bud.

Paint looks nice and crisp now.

Some hectic contamination there, what sealant did you use? This might be one of those times were a coating would be ideal.
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Post by 8VALVE-zn » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:57 am

This car in the flesh is just epic! This is about the only MK3 that I've seen thus far that I can actually say I like!

I was lucky enough to see a couple panels that still needed correction- the condition of those panels were shockingly good!!
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Post by Zubair » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:05 pm

You got the white paint to pop! Essence is king!
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Post by Rsi huntered » Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:55 pm

Nicely done Lawrence :troll: :troll:

Car came out Lovely......

just one question :

i see you sprayed Revolt( waited for a while then agitated(correct?), did you power hose if the revolt off OR agitated and then snow foamed over the Revolt?

One of the pics iv noticed that i can see the Revolt working and foam.

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Post by DINODENASH » Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:01 pm

top of the crop work bud !!
wow !
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Re: Arctic White Golf 3 - Detailed (again) by Lawrence

Post by lawrence » Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:18 pm

Kyle wrote:Mike has really done some trick stuff on this car, well done on the detail bud.

Paint looks nice and crisp now.

Some hectic contamination there, what sealant did you use? This might be one of those times were a coating would be ideal.
Thanks bud.

The contamination was due to him having to leave the car outside their workshop for a couple of days and a nearby factory was pumping contamination over his car, so its not the 'norm'. Protection was the base from Essence, topped with Cure and Mike will then maintain with his stash of goodies I supplied him (he maintains the car VERY well)
8VALVE-zn wrote:This car in the flesh is just epic! This is about the only MK3 that I've seen thus far that I can actually say I like!

I was lucky enough to see a couple panels that still needed correction- the condition of those panels were shockingly good!!
Yip, as said already, Mike keeps his cars well maintained
Zubair wrote:You got the white paint to pop! Essence is king!
Thanks bud - yip Essence is a really great polish
Rsi huntered wrote:Nicely done Lawrence :troll: :troll:

Car came out Lovely......

just one question :

i see you sprayed Revolt( waited for a while then agitated(correct?), did you power hose if the revolt off OR agitated and then snow foamed over the Revolt?

One of the pics iv noticed that i can see the Revolt working and foam.

thanks :hi:
Thanks. Yes I sprayed some foam over the revolt to help extend the dwell time (something I do fairly often). All of this was then pressure rinsed off before making contact with the paint
DINODENASH wrote:top of the crop work bud !!

wow !
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Post by Mbuzi » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:59 am

Great work on the paint L. Came out tops bud
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Re: Arctic White Golf 3 - Detailed (again) by Lawrence

Post by lawrence » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:56 am

Mbuzi wrote:Great work on the paint L. Came out tops bud
Thanks Themba :hug:
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