Getting the paint to look RIDICULOUSLY gorgeous. Like, illegal levels of gorgeousness, in most US states.
As a gift to myself for having survived yet another academic semester and the CSBS (chickenshit bullllllllSHIT <— this link is not safe for work, to be very clear) thereof, I decided to really go all-out and start to take care of my car’s paint and exterior the proper ways, from now until forever (which is ~approximately how long I have planned on it lasting, ad infinitum). This involved me spending money (a thing I really don’t have enough of, ever . Damn school to the inferno forever and ever, amen), but for the preservation of my car, this seems a noble goal. So I wanted to do this right, and looked up ideas from German-made car owners – 1) because they really love their cars; 2) because their cars are manufactured in similar ways; and 3) because VW and Audi are owned by the same company, so they steps in detailing a car to a professional degree are likely going to be similar. So I found the proud owner of an Audi and his VERY detailed guide to detailing like a professional, and after cross-checking it with things on Volkswagen-specific forums, I knew which products I wanted to do this job properly.
Plus, given there was dried tree sap or resin on the hood, I wanted to clean the car properly and fully before polishing, glazing, and waxing it.
So, as my finishing-the-spring gift to myself, I got the following gear to make this happen, and properly:
* p21s deluxe detailing kit – included the right kinds of shampoo, polish, wax, and wheel cleaner all in one package
*3M Imperial Hand Glaze –
* p21s deluxe wax applicators – I want to do this the right way, so I went with their applicator product to use with their wax. Yes. p21s is a German company. They make the best cars, so I figure they make the best car care products, too.
* Griot’s paint cleaning clay – Griot’s is a luxury car type of company, and everything I read online pointed me towards their products as well.
* Griot’s Garage microfiber towel – so I wanted the proper sort of towel, as well.
* Turtle Wax Bug and Tar Remover – when I initially bought the car, it looked like some VERY old dried tree resin or sap was on the hood in a few places. A smorgasbord of internet research has pointed me to this product, and to let it soak for 10 minutes instead of the directions telling me 1 minute. We shall see.
The car was fairly clean to begin with, I try to wash it every two weeks or so.
The process outlined by the Audi owner above took a while, but I would wager it was worth it; please check out the requisite photos of the stages and then the finished and detailed MFALCON:
The wheel cleaning product, whatever it was, definitely wasn’t pleasant to get on my skin…
… but given how easily it got the wheels and wheel covers VERY clean, I suppose that makes a lot of sense:
The final product, at first glance, might not necessarily look THAT much nicer without seeing the pre-detailing photos:
… but here is the side-by-side comparison, and I still can’t believe how fantastic I got my beloved 19 year-old car to look, after nearly 4 hours of detailing work:
She might make better time on the Kessel run, with a detailing job of THIS magnitude!