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How long does it take you?.

after spending from 7 til 845 lastnight giving my new (to me) '99 T4 a wash & dry.

Then looking over the paintwork to decide what can be done to give it a better finish, I then clayed the bonnet & wings using meguiars smooth surface quik clay & quik detailer.

Apart from DIY repaired paint chips the paintwork(THANKYOU VW!!!) felt smooth & glossy.

I then grabbed my cleaner wax(again from meg's, no I don't work for them). & hand waxed the bonnet & wings as per instructions. (I love the smell of cleaner wax...but thats another story!) & hand buffed them.

At this point I was dissappointed with the finish as there were major cloudy area's & weird marring, not too many scratches fortunately.

So I whipped out my 30 quid halfords car buffer & applied a coat of Meg's Gold Class paste wax(best product a keen amateur car detailer can buy in my opinion). After a while of running the buffer back & forth I removed the surface ecess with micro fibre towel & wash astonished at the results. talk about different!.

So for 3ish hours work I got a VERY shiny "almost" new looking bonnet & from wings.

Just the rest of the van to clay/clean wax/paste wax & buff now then!!!!!!

I blame my mate who's a car detailer by trade....GIT!
 

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That is an option obviously.

they aren't scratch free but better than some scrote in tescos carpark with a bucket full of gravel & dirty water
 

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i take it to the polish hand car wash near me, £14 tip top inside and out

yes boss ok boss cheers boss:D

worth it every now and then

dave
 

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To all those that go through the carwashes with the big spinny things......... D o n ' t ! !.



It's the quickest way to ruin your paintwork, your paint will end up really dull due to masses of tiny scratches, working as a panel beater I've seen so many cars ruined by those damn things, and people think they are looking after their car by going through them.

........... and breathe, rant over. :D
 

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To all those that go through the carwashes with the big spinny things......... D o n ' t ! !.



It's the quickest way to ruin your paintwork, your paint will end up really dull due to masses of tiny scratches, working as a panel beater I've seen so many cars ruined by those damn things, and people think they are looking after their car by going through them.

........... and breathe, rant over. :D
I agree, don't go near a car wash, hand wash only...
 

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Pictures!

An illustration of what an amateur with a few hours to spare can achieve.



Clearly you can see the difference between the front wing(clayed waxed & polished) & the door (un clayed etc)

Much more reflective & nicer white!
 

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great finish m8 just goes to show what a few hours of loveing can sort most paint finishes im a profesional valeter my self but i can only do what anyone else can its more just tricks of the trade and hard work,clay bar is always a good option to do before a polish but be carefull their is such a thing as over polishing T:T:T:

i agree DONT use car washes uless you hate your van your better off leaving it dirty
 

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Check out meguiars(other car products are available) website & there's a youtube video with an annoying yank explaining the use of the clay.

its like light grey plasticine the one I use & you spray on some lubricant(quik detailer in this case) & rub over the panel & it picks up bonded contaminants that washing will not shift.

more progress at lunchtime



I didn't clay the top panel behind the window as an experiment. basically although it looks almost identical it feels rough & if you looks closely you can see some marring/cloudiness.

With a van this age that has just been washed & occasionally waxed I guess i'll resign my self to claying the whole vehicle to get a good base to work from.....ho hum
 

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Well I've done it all except the roof.

three sessions of an hour & some swearing & throwing things when it tried to rain & its done.

Roof will be done at the weekend.

I'll post some pictures when I've finished...
 

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the paint on my '96 800 spesh is, to be honest, sh1te. Having sad that, the 2 hours up a step ladder with a couple of buckets of water and a scrubbing brush got rid of the 10 years or dirt and detritus that that had accumulated under the (now removed) roofrack. I keep blinding myself I: when I look at the roof of the van out of my bedroom window.....
 

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I used the clay for the first time recently, and I will simply say - DO IT. It works and if you get up close you can actually see it lifting the ingrained and embedded particles from the paint.

ED 38, where its almost a religion is a good place to look for advice, pic's, etc...


http://www.edition38.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=175271&hl=claying
 
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