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Thread: Enhancement Detail - Candy White Golf GTI

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    Enhancement Detail - Candy White Golf GTI

    Today saw me travel to a surprisingly sunny Shrewsbury, to BespokeCarCare's rather impressive Detailing Studio, to spend the day performing what was supposed to be an enhancement detail to a Candy White Mk5 Golf GTI.

    The Golf itself is owned by a friend (Craig) of my friend (Al) who owns the silver Golf GTI I detailed yesterday. He had contacted me saying that his car was generally very clean, but he was becoming frustrated with the swirl marks he could see after washing on a Sunny day, so I said I'd spend a day on it for him and correct as much as I could.

    I'd spent last night helping [email protected] correct a black BMW 320D, which was honestly one of the worst cars I'd ever seen - detail on that coming up soon - so in return, Lee agreed to give me a hand with the Golf. Davemm also very kindly offered to help too, so we thought this would be a quick one...

    Craig arrived promptly at 9am, and I was amazed at how clean the car was!!

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    Nothing too serious at all!

    As always, I started with the wheels, tyres and arches.

    Take one lightly soiled Mk6 Golf GTI Monza:

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    As the wheels were pretty clean and protected with Chemical Guys Wheel Guard, I decided to proceed gently as no harsh chemicals were required here, and clean the wheel with Autosmart G101 along with various brushes:

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    Older MF towel used behind the wheel spokes, but I'll be adding dooka mitts to my collection soon

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    Rinsed with Kranzle K7:

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    Next, the car was snow foamed via CYC HD Lance, Kranzle K7 and Meguiars Hyper Wash:

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    Note how hard everyone else is working!!

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    G101 used where required on badges and panel gaps, along with rubber seals:

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    We opened the boot to a bit of a surprise!!

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    The Petrol Cap was in a bit of a state too:

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    Autobrite Degreaser applied here too:

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    Meanwhile, I was busy working around the shuts and sills with G101 and where required, Surfex HD:

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    Lee got busy sorting the green mess:

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    Petrol cap after agitation and rinse:

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    Green gone!

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    G101 on rubbers:

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    The car was then fully rinsed with the Kranzle. Next I washed with Sonus Sheepskin Mitt and Auto Finesse Lather:

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    After a rinse - looking much fresher!!

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    Craig had clayed the car recently, and it showed, the paint was silky smooth, but whilst washing, I had not quite a few iron particles present in the clearcoat, so out came the trusty IronX, applied liberally (apparently I'm a bit too liberal with my application, lol!) to the entire car:

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    As ever, superb performance from IronX - it shifted pretty much all of the contamination after 15 minutes or so, and a thorough rinse.

    Next we dried the car with Uber Towels from Elite, then moved the car inside to begin assessing the paint.

    There were a few thin points around the edges of the bonnet:

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    but generally the paint was in good health.

    Lee, Dave and I began on various sections - roof, bonnet and OS door respectively, to find which combination was giving the desired results.

    I started off with S17+ from Scholl on a Scholl Orange polishing pad, via Rotary:

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    Meanwhile, Dave was using a SSP with S17+ on his Flex Rotary:

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    I wasn't happy with the level of correction I was getting with the Orange Pad and S17, so I also stepped up to a SSP:

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    Lee meanwhile was using SSP and S17+ via Festool on the roof.

    In summary, we were finding the boot to be significantly harder than the rest of the car, requiring Dave to step up to Scholl S3 via Rotary and SSP, then refining with S17.

    On the rest of the car S17 was correcting very well, but was leaving a fair bit of hologramming behind, meaning the finish would need refining. We only planned to do an enhancement detail on this car remember, but we got a bit carried away I think, and tried to get this as perfect as possible in the time we had.

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    Re: Enhancement Detail - Candy White Golf GTI

    Knowing that the S17 via SSP would need refining, I decided to try my trusty CYC DAS6 Pro with Megs D300 and a MF Cutting Disc:

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    Amazingly, it was finishing down incredibly well and did a superb job of swirl removal:

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    Me working the MF system on the NS wing.

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    It corrected much more quickly than we were able to achieve with S17 on this paint...

    Meanwhile, our beautiful assistant Milly (my Girlfriend!) wanted something to do, so I got her doing what she does best (detailing wise ) and asked her to protect the wheels and dress the tyres:

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    Meanwhile, Craig (the owner) was looking a little bored, so he offered to sort the exhausts:

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    I was very impressed!!!

    Meanwhile, I finished up machining with D300 and the MF discs on the rest of the sides of the car, the bumpers and the boot:

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    Next, we prep'd the paint using Blackfire's excellent Gloss Enhancing Polish, courtesy of Dave (thanks mate!)

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    Meanwhile, Milly was busy cleaning the glass with a Dodo Mint Merkin and Auto Finesse Crystal:

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    Nice bit of teamwork!!

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    Dave very kindly removed the GEP residue, meaning it was time to finish up with LSP.

    I decided against advice and went with a wax on white - Auto Finesse Spirit!

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    Craig very kindly offered to follow me round removing the Spirit residue after it had cured. It was clear as it was coming off, that the finish was going to rather special...

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    So, what was supposed to be a one day enhancement, turned into 5 people and 6 hours (although I was the only one reeeally working ) to give us a 95%+ corrected and protected Golf GTI.

    Here are the finished shots:

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    Craig was delighted with it, and we all commented how sharp it looked - probably the best finish I've ever seen on a white car (and I've done a few!)

    After a short lunch break, we were back at it finishing off this 320D, which is probably one of the biggest turn arounds I've ever seen - write up from [email protected] coming very soon (believe it or not Gordon, lol!!!)

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    However, we'd noticed that we'd lost someone after starting the BMW...

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    I guess detailing isn't for everyone!!

    Thanks for reading and thanks to Dave and Lee for their superb help, it was MASSIVELY appreciated, and thanks to Lee for the use of his superb unit. Thanks for Craig for letting us loose on his pride and joy and a special thanks to Milly for her help on the wheels, the superb tea, the "polish please" services... oh and the indoor swimming pool she created!!



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    Re: Enhancement Detail - Candy White Golf GTI

    superb job ,just goes to show even the cleanest looking cars can still be grubby .

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    Re: Enhancement Detail - Candy White Golf GTI

    Blimey what a dirty boot area!!!

    Amazing cleaning work yet again though!
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    Re: Enhancement Detail - Candy White Golf GTI

    im enjoying reading through these threads very very impressive work mate
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    Re: Enhancement Detail - Candy White Golf GTI

    Thanks all, and thanks for the likes

    I have some interesting cars coming up too... possibly helping on a Honda NSX, a Volvo lorry and some other interesting cars, including a Fiesta Super Sport which is being displayed at the Classic Car Show in the NEC!

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