Removing Salt: Its a great idea to do this frequently throughout the winter months. Audi Q7 TDI

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  1. detailersdomain

    detailersdomain Administrator

    Subject: 2009 Audi Q7 TDI - Daily Driver
    Requirement: Remove Salt and Grime and protect before Winter Storm Nemo!


    - Wheels were prepped with Sonax Wheel Cleaner and cleaned up with various brushes
    - Tires were spritzed down with Adam's APC
    - Wheel wells were cleaned up
    - Washed with a mix of Adam's Car Wash and Adam's APC
    - Wolf's Decon Gel
    - Wash down and rinsed
    - Door jambs were cleaned up
    - Nano Scrub AutoScrub
    - Dried
    - Tires dressed
    - Masking
    - Paint Measurement
    - Sonax 5/4 Fine Abrasive Polish - Uber Green Pad - Rupes LHR 21ES
    - Sonax Polymer NetShield
    - Inspection with Fenix, 3m Sun Gun, Infratech, and natural sunlight
    - Wheel wells were cleaned and dressed
    - Rubber and Plastics Treated
    - Exterior windows and mirrors cleaned and sealed
    - Exhaust tips cleaned
    - Windows were autoscrubed, cleaned, and sealed

    Products used

    Links to products used -
    Adam's Car Wash
    Adam's APC
    Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
    NanoSkin AutoScrub System
    Sonax Fine Abrasive
    Sonax Polymer NetShield
    Adam's Super VRT
    Adam's Metal Polish 1
    Adam's Metal Polish 2
    Adam's Glass Cleaner
    Adam's Glass Sealant

    Tools used
    Uber Wool Wash Mitt
    Uber No Name MF Towels
    Rupes LHR 15ES Random Orbital Polisher
    Rupes LHR 21ES Random Orbital Polisher
    Griot's 6 inch Random Orbital Polisher
    Uber Buffing Pads
    Defelsko Paint Meter
    Fenix TK35
    Kranzle Pressure Washer
    Uber Foamer Attachment for Pressure Washer
    2 Grit Guard Buckets with Caddies
    Uber Firehose Nozzle
    Metro Air Force Blaster
    RoboReel Power Extension Cord

    Briefing on Road Salt and what it can do.

    A salt and sand mixture is frequently spread over roads before or after a snow or ice storm. Salt lowers water's freezing point, causing any ice already formed to melt even though the air temperature remains well below freezing. The sand helps keep the salt in place, plus it adds a bit of traction to wet and often slushy roads.

    While road salting helps people travel safely, it has drawbacks. It can cause major body and undercarriage damage to your vehicles unless you take extra care and precaution.

    If you're one of the many who must travel the saline streets in the land of the ice and snow, we have some great tips to help protect your vehicle from the ravages of road salt.

    The best time to prevent salt damage to your vehicle is before the first snowflake falls; a little care will help keep the rust away.

    Take a look at some of the basic steps to prevent long term damage from salt.

    • To start in late autumn, thoroughly wash every inch of your vehicle, including the underside.
    • Apply a wax or sealant to the vehicle's paint for protection thru out the winter months.
    • Seal the undercarriage, paying closest attention to the brake and fuel lines, as these are the most susceptible items for rust and corrosion and make your vehicle unsafe if they fail.

    Further tips to protect your vehicle throughout the winter months.

    • Keeping your vehicle as clean as possible during the winter will go a long way to cut down the damage done by salt and sand.
    • Wash as much as possible throughout the winter months. Make sure you get to the undercarriage cleaning as well as traditional car washing.
    • If weather permits you can do this at home if not get to a coin operated wash bay. Begin by spraying down your vehicle using a garden hose equipped with a high-pressure nozzle, moving from top to bottom.
    • Be sure to get as much dirt, grime, and salt from beneath the wheel wells, under the bumpers, behind the fenders and in any other areas prone to salty slush splashes.
    • Follow with a warm water (if possible), car wash scrub down, using soap made especially for car washing (we have been using a mix or Adam's Car Wash and Adam's APC in our Foam Cannon for the and its done well cutting all the dirt and salt off the paint. As you know dish soap strips your car's wax. Use a wash mitt or a sponge.
    • Don't neglect to scrub all the rubber, trim, outside door seals, tires, and the wheel.
    • Rinse thoroughly, making sure to remove all traces of soap.
    • Make sure everything is dry. Carefully dry the edges of the doors inside and out, including the undersides of door handles, all hinges, plus the hood and trunk edges. This helps keep them from freezing shut. Protect them as well, you can use your favorite wax or sealant use a rubber seal dressing like 1Z einszett Gummi Pflege Rubber Care to keep the seals protected and from freezing.
    • Make sure you wax or seal again after each wash this will ensure car is protected.

    Before shots
    A lot of salt build up.

    Wash - Wheels - Tires - Wheel Wells -Decon - Pre Soak - Wash - Autoscrub - Polish - Seal

    Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner

    Wolf's Decon Gel working well, nice long dwell times

    We have found that Adam's Car Wash and Adam's APC solution works well to help cut salt and grime off the paint in colder temps (ratio for the foam cannon - 2-3 oz of Adam's Car Wash 2-3 oz of Adam's APC - fill the rest with water)



    Cleaning up the Aluminum Roof Rails on Audis can be a pain but we were able to improve them using Adam's Metal Polish 1 and 2

    Close up

    We did a one step polish to improve the gloss on the car using the Rupes BigFoot LHR21ES an Uber Green Pad and Sonax Fine Abrasive Polish
    (sorry no photos)

    Beading shots of Sonax Polymer Net Shield after the blizzard

    Extremely tight beading
  2. TheRustySuper

    TheRustySuper Obsessive Detailer

    Looks fantastic, I love those Audi's.

    Yet another reminder that I need to wash my poor GTI...which is difficult when it is raining/snowing every couple of days :p
  3. SRT8Spartan

    SRT8Spartan DB Forum Supporter

    Thats an awesome looking concoction in for the cannon, same I use for strip washes almost. Now all I need is that floor :D
  4. detailersdomain

    detailersdomain Administrator

    thanks guys!
  5. kyle butler

    kyle butler Birth of a Detailer

    i try to take mine to the coin-op for a spray down every week, but at -20ish, its not so good.

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