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    Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    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.


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    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.




















    A rather nasty deep scratch








    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.














    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





    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





    Before





    After initial correction and refining polish but before LSP





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





    After





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





    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.





    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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    After





    Before





    After





    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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    After





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


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    After





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














    Total time spent = 24 hours


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


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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Another awesome job man!


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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    looks great! what pad and polish did you use for the black door pillars?

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Looks outstanding my friend!

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Love seeing cars we don't get here in the U.S. In addition to that, this has been modded, paint looks stunning, a different color infact!!
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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Fantastic work Lawrence.

    Thats a nice looking Polo indeed. Clearly the owner knew going into this detail, that you were going to work some magic on this VW but I bet they didn't expect these results. Must've been stoked.

    I'm not going to even get into the subject of other people's careless work . . . it's friday arvo here & I've seen enough of it this type of thing this week & I've run out of non swear word descriptions.

    Stella work turning this around Lawrence, awesome write up accompanied with your trademark stunning photography. Thank you for sharing.

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Lawrence, you are one of the MASTERS! Looks phenomenal, great work.
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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Thank you all so much for taking the time to read and post your kind words - it is greatly appreciated!!!

    @Automoglow - I should have included that in the write up - sorry. The initial cut was with Menzerna PF2300 and an orange lake country hybrid pad. I then followed this up with Carpro Essence on a black lake county hybrid pad

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    The VW looks awesome. Great job!

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    Re: Sunset Red VW Polo - Detailed by Lawrence

    Nice work and pics! Customer should be thrilled with the results!
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