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Mobile-Image : Back in Black
19-01-2009, 10:24 PM
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Mobile-Image : Back in Black
This past weekend saw the arrival of yet another Audi S3, this time a metallic black one Icon9

The client had elected for our full service detail which meant it would be a 2 day affair getting intimate with the wheel arches and giving the paintwork some extra TLC Str8pimp

Having had our asses handed to us by Sven's blue S3 only weeks prior we were ready to kick this Audi's clear coat's ass. We decided to try our usual combo of SIP and a yellow 3M pad and should it not deliver, we would step right up to 3M FCP on purple foamed wool refined with Menz 106FA on the yellow pad. Needless to say we wound up using the latter Hammerhead


Initial Inspection

Right onto the nitty gritty. The car which greeted us had only recently come up from a trip down to KZN so it was pretty filthy. Despite all the dirt it was quite easy to see that the paintwork was riddled with swirls along with a healthy dose of bird and bug etchings to boot!

The car as she arrived
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Wheels
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Wash & Clay

After some quick snaps we pulled the car under the carports and gave it a thorough rinsing before washing and rinsing again in preperation for the claying. Meg's Gold Class shampoo along with 4:1 APC and various brushes were used to get everything cleaned up. Meg's Fine Clay was chosen as we didn't want to inflict any further marring if possible.

No pics of the washing unfortunately but a quick snap of the clay Hammerhead
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With all of that out of the way the car was washed and rinsed once again before being dried and taped up and then moved out into the light to see what were up against.

A collection of some of the defects we were dealing with starting with etchings
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Swirling and some feint buffer trails
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Paint Correction

With all the inspection and prep work out of the way we set about on the polishing. We decided I would get cracking with the compounding and Grant would follow me with the FA and we would work our way around the car. All in all the paint correction went smoothly with no hiccups and we managed to almost completely wrap the correction work up by the end of day 1.

My weapon of choice....Makita armed with purple foamed wool and 3M FCP
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Grant getting stuck in with the FA and 3M yellow pad
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Some post correction snaps before we called it a day
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With all that done we hit the showers and set off to grab some pizza's before flopping in front of the TV to watch some DVD's


Day 2

Day 2 required the removal of all the wheels and some final polishing along with the interior and final touches. While Grant finished up with the 106FA and tackled the arches in between I set about getting started on the wheels. Arches were scrubbed with APC while the wheels were cleaned 1st with Sonax Xtreme Rim cleaner, followed by 4:1 APC followed by Sonax tar remover and finally topped with Smartwax Rimwax. I have never in my life seen so much tar stuck to the inside of a mag wheel...It was crazy Hammerhead

Wheels off to reveal the arches
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The sad state of the wheels
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Tar deposits after scrubbing
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Sonax Tar remover doing it's thing
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Finished wheels after Smartwax Rimwax
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Arches were treated to 303 and calipers sealed with Smartwax Rimwax as well
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Interior all cleaned up and treated to 303
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Final touches

With the wheels and interior completed we set about washing the car one final time before applying the LSP and attending to all the small odds and ends. LSP of the day was CG's XXX Paste Wax applied with Meg's foam applicators and buffed off with DD Uber MF towels. With everything completed we pulled the car out into the light again where I proceeded to snap hordes of photies Bluebiggrin

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And some final reflection shots under the carports Bluebiggrin
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Overall another enjoyable detail and the perfect preperation for another black S3 we doing this coming weekend Clap

Thanks for looking Wink

David : 083 642 2118
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19-01-2009, 10:59 PM
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Excellent work, looks awesome.
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20-01-2009, 06:49 AM
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Another fine episode of the Dave 'n Grant show. Fantastic work guys. The results on those wheels have issued a serious challenge to Megesh is he wants to hold onto his title as the Mag King.
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20-01-2009, 08:55 AM
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RE: Mobile-Image : Back in Black
Rims look uhm okish... Bluebiggrin

I thought this was mooloo's car!

when you get his car you gonna take it for a spin? heard his new map is unreal!

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20-01-2009, 09:03 AM
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Thanks guys Wink

Magesh we doing Mooloo's black S3 this coming weekend Bluebiggrin

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20-01-2009, 09:05 AM
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Very awesome work as usual guys... I'm liking the looks of 303 more and more everyday Bluebiggrin

woody, one of them would have to change their name to be as awesome as "Magwash"

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20-01-2009, 11:52 AM (This post was last modified: 20-01-2009 11:54 AM by megesh.)
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(20-01-2009 09:03 AM)Carn Wrote:  Thanks guys Wink

Magesh we doing Mooloo's black S3 this coming weekend Bluebiggrin

oooohh...he told me you gonna do it this coming weekend... hope you get a chance to drive it!

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21-01-2009, 09:56 PM
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Well done guys!! I must admit, I've been a little quiet and lost a little of my drive...but after seeing this, it makes me WANT to get down to business! Just waiting for some goodies to arrive, and then I'll get cracking!

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