New car prep – Mini Cooper S, part 1

The morning started off with a new car being dropped off; a Mini Cooper S. Very shiny looking with only 78 miles on the clock. The car was already showing swirl marks even through the caked on wax the dealers had applied. Our plan is to strip off all contamination on the car, light machine polish and then seal with GTechniq both inside and out. Read more New car prep – Mini Cooper S, part 1

Maserati 4200

So, the detail, I arrived Tuesday morning to be promptly greeted by a power cable being lowered down from a third floor flat. For some reason a Brothers Grimm fairy tail sprung to mind, unfortunately it there was not a beautiful maiden at the other end :DFirst sight of the car showed it to be reasonable tidy but still in need of an Xd a deep clense. So I started with a hot rinse to remove any dust off the car then I applied liberally some heavy-duty traffic film remover to dissolve any wax and tar that had attached itself to the paint. This was then followed by a snow foam to emulsify the gunk on the car followed by a hot rinse. Now I had removed the bulk it was time for the sheepskin wash mitt and some hot soapy water. Followed again by another rinse and a blow dry, yes you did read right a blow dry. The idea is to minimise any mechanical contact you have with the paint to reduce the chance of adding swirls into the paintwork. Blow-drying the car means that you are not rubbing the cars paintwork to dry it so reducing the chance of swirls. 

SO all clean, well no, it looks clean but its not, if you rub your hand across the paintwork it feel rough, the reason for this can be road tar, industrial fallout or tree sap, so out with the claybar warmed up nicely in hot water and some quick detailer, the claybar removes any bonded contaminants from the paintwork as can be seen here off of Elliots freshly washed car;
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