Carn vs another black magic GTI...

Discussion in 'Show and Shine' started by Carn, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Carn

    Carn Welcome to Detailing

    This past weekend saw me detailing yet another black magic metallic Mk V GTI. Lets see how it panned out...


    The car upon starting on Friday afternoon.
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    As usual wheels and arches were 1st on the list.

    Wheels with some general dirt and grime
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    Brake calipers were a bit dirty as well
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    I jacked up the car to gain better access to the wheel arches
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    Arches were pretty dirty as expected
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    Sonax Extreme rim cleaner was applied liberaly and left to dwell
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    A detail brush was used to clean all the small areas and calipers...
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    Ez Wheel brush removing the majority of the dirt buildup from the wheels
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    Tyres were scrubbed with a stiff bristle brush and 5:1 APC
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    Arches cleaned with 5:1 APC and wheel back brushes
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    After rinsing the wheels were looking pretty neat and tidy
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    Calipers came up pretty well, albeit still suffering from slight discolouration
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    With the wheels clean I could now see a few small tar deposits which remained on the inner wheel barrels
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    These were taken care of with Sonax liquid tar remover and a microfiber towel...
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    Some finished shots of the wheels

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    With the wheels and arches cleaned up I turned my attention to washing the car. For this I used a combo of APC and Citrus Wash through a new el-cheapo foamer I have been playing with...


    Not the greatest foam but significantly better than off the shelf foam guns
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    Dwell time was poor compared to the proper PA foamers
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    After rinsing all the loose grime from the paintwork it was time to sort out all the small details like trim...
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    Beadings
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    Rubber seals
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    Often overlooked areas
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    And emblems
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    After re-rinsing the car it was foamed again and washed before claying. Smartwax Smartclay did a good job of removing all surface contaminants
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    With the day drawing to a close I started on the tailpipes which needed some work.

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    And with the flash. These would be further refined later.
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    Saturday started out by inspecting the paintwork both in the sun, as well as with my P7 LED torch.

    Defects in sunlight...
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    And under the LED
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    Not wanting to waste any time I got started playing with a few combo's on the bonnet. In the end I wound up using a combination of SIP and P203S on the majority of the paintwork.

    The bonnet after correction in the sunlight
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    Under the LED again...
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    Fenders were next...Before
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    Sunlight
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    The sides were tackled next. Again before and after with the LED torch
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    Reflection shots...
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    Rear hatch pillars were given the same treatment as I worked my way around the car

    Dull finish before
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    And nice and crisp afterwards
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    LED to check for remaining defects
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    And some more reflection shots
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    With Saturday drawing to a close I snapped some more reflection shots from around the completed end of the car...

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    Before calling it a day I cleaned up the black plastic B-Pillars which needed some attention...

    Hardly any visible reflections before
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    2 hits with SIP followed by 85RE resulted in this
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    Close up
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    Reflection shot
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    Out of light and with only the rear hatch and bumper to correct I called it a day. Sunday morning I slept in a bit so as to avoid disturbing the neighbours before getting started on the final correction work.


    Tailights were cleaned up with SIP on an orange LC spot pad...

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    And afters
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    The rear bumper was next with the spot pads...
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    Last but not least was the rear hatch. Couple of before shots with the LED

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    And afters
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    Rear end looking neat and tidy
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    And correction work completed
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    Before trying to finish off I gave the car a quick rinse and wash.


    Wheelwax Extreme black was applied to the tires leaving me with this
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    Tailpieces were given a quick rework with some Raceglaze Alutech metal polish
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    At this point in time the wind started to pick up and I was faced with having to apply the LSP whilst trying to dust the vehicle down...So FRUSTRATING!

    In the end I simply couldn't do everything I wanted to for fear of inflicting fresh damage from the dust that had settled on the car. With the work completed I took a few final shots around the corner in the shade...

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    Some reflections
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    And a few final detail shots in the sunlight
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    Overall I was happy with the correction levels achieved and think the car came out well despite the final few trying hours with the wind and dust. I think the upgrade to an enclosed unit is long overdue!

    Thanks for looking :thumb:
     
  2. Chas

    Chas DB Forum Supporter

    Looks awesome! That finish looks so glossy. I love GTI's almost wish I would have gotten one instead of my mazda3.
     
  3. P1et

    P1et Official DB Moderator

    Beautiful work Carn, gorgeous! That metallic black came out perfect.

    What kind of weather are you boys having in South Africa these days?
     
  4. Deep Gloss Auto Salon

    Deep Gloss Auto Salon DB Pro Supporter

    Great work Carn!
     
  5. metajames

    metajames Birth of a Detailer

    looking good man! VAG black magic is a great color.
     
  6. dsms

    dsms DB Forum Supporter

    Awesome job David!
     
  7. slanguage

    slanguage OD On Detailing

    Very nice work David :thumb:
     
  8. vtec92civic

    vtec92civic Nuba Guru

    looking good David. The metallic paint is popping out of the panels LoL.

    What kind of LED light are you using when taking photos?
     
  9. billyblooshoes

    billyblooshoes DB Forum Supporter

    beautiful work on the most beautiful color for that car! (i have the same). theres just something about perfectly corrected black magic that makes me smile, with all that flake popping out and whatnot!
     
  10. SilverGTV8

    SilverGTV8 Jedi Nuba

  11. supercharged

    supercharged DB Forum Supporter

    Amazing work, David! I always enjoy your details!
     
  12. 911Fanatic

    911Fanatic DB Pro Supporter

    Looks awesome David!
     
  13. Auto Concierge

    Auto Concierge DB Pro Supporter

    That is great work diplayed there, in a carport to boot as well.
     
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