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SMACS Articles - Detailing - Scooby Detailing

Here we go its took a long time coming but I can finally post a few pics of my first detail on my scoob.

Right first up is my 00 uk turbo in sonic blue – I normally keep my cars clean but mine was in need of some deswirling as there were marks all over it.

Stage 1 – a bloody good wash

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First up jet washed the car using a strong TFR to remove basically everything from the cars paint i.e old wax etc, left to dwell for 5 mins then rinsed off using a warm water pressure washer (thanks to my work) -. I then attacked the under arches with G101 – APC 50/50 mix this was left to dwell for 10 mins then rinsed off again using the pressure washer on medium pressure – the crap just fell off – I was surprised how good this stuff was.

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Alloys were sprayed with Maguire’s hot rims – only left it on for 1 minute then rinsed off. I then set out washing the car the normal way – 2-bucket method using blackfire gloss shampoo also using 2 lamb wool wash mits – after a good wash I then dried the car using a poorboys waffle weave towel, next stage was to give the car a good claying, it had been done a few months previous so I didn’t expect much crap in the paint – as guessed not a lot came out but it did give me the starting level I wanted to get polishing

Before I started polishing I took some pre swirl pics (2,3 & 4) best I could (its hard as I haven’t got a spot lamp yet) so heres a few nice swirls

I then proceeded to mask the car up best I could to stop the splatter of polish (sorry no pics)

Stage 2 – the polishing begins

Next up was to start the polishing process using a porter cable, first up tested the least abrasive polish I had on a small area - menzerna final polish 2 - on a orange light cut 6.5” pad them wiped using a PB`s microfiber towel this didn’t touch any defects at all so I stepped up to Intensive polish sprayed pad with a quick spritz of quick detailer – again testing on a small area, spread polish on speed 2 then gave it 2 slow passes on speed 5 this got 95 % of the defects out, I then proceeded to do the whole car using the same method – except bumpers and hard to reach places, I used a 3.5” backing pad with a orange light cut pad, after hours of buffing the intensive polish stage was complete (sorry no pics as I don’t have a spot lamp)

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Here are some deswirled pics
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Stage 3 was to try and bring out more colour and to eliminate any micro marring that the intensive polish left. Using the final polish 2 and this time using the white polishing pad and again keeping the same technique after yet more hours passed the stage was complete – the car was looking better then ever but I was far from done.

Stage 4 – Blackfire gloss enhancing polish

This again was to give me a rich finish and bring out the flake of the paint, I used the porter cable with black 6.5” finishing pad to apply the polish which went on very easily (thank god) as my body was starting to hurt as time was ticking on. Once the polish was dry I again used PB`s microfibre towels to buff off the residue.

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couple of shiny shots
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Stage 5 – Apply wax/sealent

The last step of the paint work cleaning process was to apply the wax/sealent I decided to use blackfire wet diamond all finish paint protection, but this time by hand using the german applicator pad (pink side) this went on very easy – once whole car was covered I left it to dry for about 30 minutes, again buffed of using PB`s microfibre towels. This gave the car a very wet look also the melting point for this sealant is about 300 degrees so no chance of the protection melting in hot sun not that we get any mine!.

Stage 6 - de-tape

De-tape the car and clean all plastic trims using poorboys trim restorer this brought the plastic trims and rubber seals back to life (smelt nice too) once complete I then dressed the trims with poorboys natural look dressing (smelt of marzipan), I then proceeded to clean the rear lights with meguires plast-X, last but not least I dressed the tyres with Autosmarts waterproof tyre gloss. (the exhaust was clean so I didn’t need to touch that)

Total time 11 hours

Stage 7 - Engine Bay

Last week I then decided to tackle my engine bay

The only before pic ive got is number 8 (before I changed air filter back to std)

(with a cold engine) since CD2 isn’t sold anymore I decided to give G101 a whirl (50/50) mix – first sprayed on the whole engine bay (avoiding getting any over spray on bodywork) or its good bye wax protection, I left it to dwell for 10 mins, then using a small paint brush started to loosen some of the dried on Ming that’s built up under the bonnet for the past 6 years, after another 15 mins I then proceeded to carefully rinse the engine using the garden hose (avoiding the important electrical bits, I was shocked to see the transformation before me its come clean – after rinsing properly I then took my time to dry the engine bay using my old chamois leather and a roll of kitchen towel basically anything I could get my hands on to soak up any standing water after it was 90% dry I noticed the G101 had reacted with my Alloy dump valve so a quick wipe of autosol soon sorted that out, I then took my time cleaning all hozes/plastics with poorboys trim restorer and again I dressed them with poorboys natural look dressing as I didn’t want them looking too shiny. Here are a couple of after pics

The girlfriends Pug 106 detail are to follow, soon.

   
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