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Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

Postby lawrence » Thu May 04, 2017 9:43 pm

I was contacted by the owner of this car who wanted it cleaned up before a recent show n shine event in KZN (the detail was done toward the end of March). The the front bumper has had some work and as is often the case, the quality of the finishing by the 'body shop' was really sub-par - holograms / buffer trails, sanding marks, clear-coat strikethroughs and the obligatory polish residue left in crevices and on the black textured plastics and rubbers was obviously deemed acceptable.

Muppets :mad: :cry:

The client was on a limited budget and the scope of the detail was to get the wheels, tyres and fender liners cleaned up and protected, to wash, decon, correct and protect the paint, to sort out the glass, polish the exhaust tip and sort out the exterior plastics - no work was planned for the interior or engine bay (I did however land up throwing in a basic engine bay awipedown / dress anyway though, although never grabbed any pics of that).

Some early morning shots of the condition on delivery - the sun was obviously not very high in the sky and so although not too many swirls were visible at this point, the car was really full of them.

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A rather nasty deep scratch

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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.

Tyres: Cleaned with Carchem APC and a Mothers Tyre Brush and later dressed with 2 coats of Ma Fra Black 3 Plus Tyre Restorer.

b]Wheels and brake calipers:[/b] Rinsed with a pressure washer then cleaned using Carchem APC and a Wheel Woolies and a Autofinesse Boar Hairs brush and dried. You will notice that the pressure washer took off some of the red paint on the caliper. I immediately contacted the owner who confirmed they had been DIY'd with poor prep, hence the ease with which the paint flaked off. I cleaned up the area properly and touched it up using some of the same paint he had used and discussed how a proper paint should be re-done at some point.

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.

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Door shuts, boot shut, window rubbers, fuel flap, badges etc: Cleaned using Carchem APC with Autofinesse brushes and then pressure rinsed. The door shuts were then dried and protected using Gyeon Cure.

Wash: Pre-foamed using Turtle Wax Hyperfoam via a foam cannon

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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.

This left the paint 'bare' and ready for inspection, paint measurements, test spots and then the actual correction and refining. You can see just how bad the paint was to start with.

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Correction: Menzerna SHC 300 / Lake Country Orange Hybrid / Flex 3401 followed by Carpro Essence / Lake Country White Hybrid / Flex 3401

After initial correction only

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After initial correction and refining polish but before LSP

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Before - a very deep scratch that I never intended to fully remove, just improve

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After

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Here is an example of a strikethrough on the sharp edge of the bumper

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Whomever was polishing there either a) hasn't been trained properly in the art of polishing paint and thus shouldn't be doing it or b) has been trained as is just too damn lazy to do the right thing. The only fix is to repaint the bumper and it all could have been avoided in a few seconds by taping it off like this.

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Speaking of lazy.... nothing like not bothering to polish out the sanding marks where the rear license plate would sit... because... well... you know, it's not like anyone will see it anyway right! :bang:

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Protection: 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

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Naturally as the owner came to collect it, it started raining :roll: so not many after pics

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Total time spent = 24 hours

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

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Postby Rsi huntered » Fri May 05, 2017 10:07 am

Car looks Lovely :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

Really big difference.....
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Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

Postby Rsi huntered » Fri May 05, 2017 10:11 am

Forgot to mention..... I love that look of the water droplets in the first couple of wash's :drool: :drool:
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Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

Postby LostEnigma » Fri May 05, 2017 10:26 am

Lawrence, as always, your work is beyond incredible!

I do have 2 questions though.

1) I have customers asking me endlessly on how to maintain the gloss b pillars, pano roof pieces etc.. My correction on them is perfect and not a swirl can be found once i'm done... I just would like to know what you tell a customer when they ask you the above please?

2) Are you using tapatalk to upload pics? Photobucket has become an absolute nightmare and that is the main reason i don't really upload any of my work

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Postby Kyle » Fri May 05, 2017 11:05 am

Awesome work LA!, that car was in a proper state!

If I may :

LostEnigma wrote:Lawrence, as always, your work is beyond incredible!

I do have 2 questions though.

1) I have customers asking me endlessly on how to maintain the gloss b pillars, pano roof pieces etc.. My correction on them is perfect and not a swirl can be found once i'm done... I just would like to know what you tell a customer when they ask you the above please?

These pillars are soft and marr if you even look at the with the wrong expression on your face, the thing I would recommend is PPF.

2) Are you using tapatalk to upload pics? Photobucket has become an absolute nightmare and that is the main reason i don't really upload any of my work
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Postby LostEnigma » Fri May 05, 2017 11:06 am

Kyle wrote:Awesome work LA!, that car was in a proper state!

If I may :

LostEnigma wrote:Lawrence, as always, your work is beyond incredible!

I do have 2 questions though.

1) I have customers asking me endlessly on how to maintain the gloss b pillars, pano roof pieces etc.. My correction on them is perfect and not a swirl can be found once i'm done... I just would like to know what you tell a customer when they ask you the above please?

These pillars are soft and marr if you even look at the with the wrong expression on your face, the thing I would recommend is PPF.

2) Are you using tapatalk to upload pics? Photobucket has become an absolute nightmare and that is the main reason i don't really upload any of my work


Kyle may I ask for a non abbreviated version please :fear:

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Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

Postby Kyle » Fri May 05, 2017 11:08 am

LostEnigma wrote:
Kyle wrote:Awesome work LA!, that car was in a proper state!

If I may :

LostEnigma wrote:Lawrence, as always, your work is beyond incredible!

I do have 2 questions though.

1) I have customers asking me endlessly on how to maintain the gloss b pillars, pano roof pieces etc.. My correction on them is perfect and not a swirl can be found once i'm done... I just would like to know what you tell a customer when they ask you the above please?

These pillars are soft and marr if you even look at the with the wrong expression on your face, the thing I would recommend is PPF.

2) Are you using tapatalk to upload pics? Photobucket has become an absolute nightmare and that is the main reason i don't really upload any of my work


Kyle may I ask for a non abbreviated version please :fear:


Sure bud, Paint Protection film, one brand commonly used locally is VPS
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Postby LostEnigma » Fri May 05, 2017 11:10 am

Kyle wrote:
LostEnigma wrote:
Kyle wrote:Awesome work LA!, that car was in a proper state!

If I may :

LostEnigma wrote:Lawrence, as always, your work is beyond incredible!

I do have 2 questions though.

1) I have customers asking me endlessly on how to maintain the gloss b pillars, pano roof pieces etc.. My correction on them is perfect and not a swirl can be found once i'm done... I just would like to know what you tell a customer when they ask you the above please?

These pillars are soft and marr if you even look at the with the wrong expression on your face, the thing I would recommend is PPF.

2) Are you using tapatalk to upload pics? Photobucket has become an absolute nightmare and that is the main reason i don't really upload any of my work


Kyle may I ask for a non abbreviated version please :fear:


Sure bud, Paint Protection film, one brand commonly used locally is VPS


If you had said vps, I'd have clicked right away haha... BUT most PPF's don't like sealants or waxes under them as they battle to stick.. so it's gonna be cleaned off and ruined before the ppf anyhow haha.. But will keep it as a suggestion for customers! Thanks man.. I really appreciate it!

Lawrence please don't forget about point 2 please? THANK YOU!

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Postby Kyle » Fri May 05, 2017 11:19 am

The trick is to apply the PPF yourself ;)
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Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

Postby lawrence » Fri May 05, 2017 12:33 pm

Rsi huntered wrote:Car looks Lovely :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

Really big difference.....

Thank you
LostEnigma wrote:Lawrence, as always, your work is beyond incredible!

I do have 2 questions though.

1) I have customers asking me endlessly on how to maintain the gloss b pillars, pano roof pieces etc.. My correction on them is perfect and not a swirl can be found once i'm done... I just would like to know what you tell a customer when they ask you the above please?

2) Are you using tapatalk to upload pics? Photobucket has become an absolute nightmare and that is the main reason i don't really upload any of my work

Thanks bud.

1. PPF is really the only way to truly protect the surface from scratches, but its not always gonna be possible/practical for everyone. With the plastics being so soft, you can a) make sure you always wash them first, whilst your wash mitt is still 100% clean (after having pre-rinsed/washed the area first) and b) particularly for the B-pillars, make sure they are not used for opening and closing the doors - thats what door handles are for but you will be surprised how many people hold the B pillar when closing the door.

2. No, I upload all my pics to Photobucket and link from there. I did upgrade my account with them some time back so maybe that's why I don't have issues?

Kyle wrote:Awesome work LA!, that car was in a proper state!

Thanks Kyle :hug:

LostEnigma wrote:If you had said vps, I'd have clicked right away haha... BUT most PPF's don't like sealants or waxes under them as they battle to stick.. so it's gonna be cleaned off and ruined before the ppf anyhow haha.. But will keep it as a suggestion for customers! Thanks man.. I really appreciate it!

Lawrence please don't forget about point 2 please? THANK YOU!

Nothing you want to 'stick' to your paint is going to stick well over a freshly waxed or sealed surface so you have a few options.

1. Correct the pillars, then do a wipe down using something like Gyeon Prep/Carpro Eraser/Menzerna Top inspection etc which will provide a bare surface - I would not recommend IPA for this step BTW

2. Polish with something like Carpro Essence as your final polish which will negate the need for step 1 as it is a polish that leaves nothing behind on the surface.

3. Apply the PPF

4. Put some form of protection over the PPF to help keep it 100%

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Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

Postby Dietermk4 » Fri May 05, 2017 8:04 pm

Very impressed Lawrence! Well done on your work, always love going through your posts.

In terms of PPF, you should have a look at films in the market, as some like Magnus Pro, have a coating over them which helps seal the film. Also some have self healing properties and super hydrophobic abilities.

Lastly out of interest sake, Ceramic Pro now has specifically manufactured a product for PPF and another one for Vinyl. I will do a write up as soon as I have all the facts on these products.

The PPF market is growing and as such I think it's worthwhile for a Detailer to be able to offer this service, if not a full Product offering, perhaps for things similar to this.
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Postby lawrence » Tue May 09, 2017 8:45 am

Dietermk4 wrote:Very impressed Lawrence! Well done on your work, always love going through your posts.

Thanks bud :hug:

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Postby Uvy » Wed May 10, 2017 3:55 pm

Awesome work LA
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Postby lawrence » Thu May 11, 2017 8:29 am

Uvy wrote:Awesome work LA

Thanks bud :hug:

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Postby Kiran » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:12 am

Brilliant work as always LA, very smart looking polo

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Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

Postby VAG Fan » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:42 pm

I love this colour, and Lawrence, your work has certainly brought it out.

The first time I saw anything like it, was in 1978 on the (then) new Audi 100. It was called Firedance Red. I was in love...
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Postby lawrence » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:50 pm

Kiran wrote:Brilliant work as always LA, very smart looking polo

Thanks Kiran!!!
VAG Fan wrote:I love this colour, and Lawrence, your work has certainly brought it out.

The first time I saw anything like it, was in 1978 on the (then) new Audi 100. It was called Firedance Red. I was in love...

Thank you!

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