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Well as I've been looking recently there isn't much activity in the detailing forum part of Swedespeed. Also that being said we all post pictures of our R all done up after being detailed, so why not start a thread on it in the R forum. This could also be a thread to ask general questions about cleaning/detailing as well. I just think since this is the most active part of Swedespeed I think it would be good to have a thread like this.<p>I've been reading about swirl removal on the R's and how it has a really hard clear coat. I finally cracked it and got the paint to a mirror finish. I'll post the process/products I went through.<p>Here are a few pictures that I could snap before it started to downpour <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> We have had 2 days of sun in NH after a week of rain and now another week of rain is on its way.<p>Process and Products:<p>Wash- Wolfgang Auto Bathe <A HREF="http://www.autogeek.net/wg1000.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autogeek.net/wg1000.html</A><br>Clay- Wolfgang Elastic Poly Clay <A HREF="http://www.autogeek.net/wg9000.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autogeek.net/wg9000.html</A><br>Clay Lube- Meguiar's Quik Detailer <A HREF="http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.asp?T1=MEG+QUIK+16" TARGET="_blank">http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/...IK+16</A><br>Buffer- Porter cable 7424 <A HREF="http://autogeek.net/poca746varap.html" TARGET="_blank">http://autogeek.net/poca746varap.html</A> <br>Abrasive Polish- Menzerna Super Intensive Polish <A HREF="http://www.autogeek.net/menzerna-super-intensive-polish.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autogeek.net/menzer....html</A><br>Finishing Polish- Menzerna Super Finish 106FA <A HREF="http://www.autogeek.net/menzerna-nano-polish-po-106-fa-finishing-polish.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autogeek.net/menzer....html</A><br>Wax- Black Velvet Carnauba Wax <A HREF="http://www.topoftheline.com/black-wax-carnauba.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.topoftheline.com/bl....html</A><p>Rear of the car:<p><IMG SRC="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2563/3666433168_979b2742d4.jpg?v=0" BORDER="0"><p>Hood:<p><IMG SRC="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3396/3665628269_4b7f1b5eb5.jpg?v=0" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3395/3665628553_d9beea9ab8.jpg?v=0" BORDER="0"> <p>If there is some sun I will take pictures of the rest of the car.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Oz60R at 4:05 PM 6-27-2009</i>
 

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Your exhaust tips look like they're staggered backwards. Aside from that, one of the favorite R rear-ends ever. Makes me dislike my sport kit.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>legbend</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Your exhaust tips look like they're staggered backwards. Aside from that, one of the favorite R rear-ends ever. Makes me dislike my sport kit.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks!<p>This past winter we had a snow storm then it iced over. So when I backed over a small snow pile it pushed my exhaust in a little.
 

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Looking great! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> I really need to wash my caR. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>legbend</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Makes me dislike my sport kit.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I would trade you any day of the week!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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wow, impressive finish!!! my question is about protecting the painted plastic surfaces of the R - like those painted plastic rails that run alongside the windshield, over the top of the car, and down the sides of the rear window to the trunk. how should i protect those things from weathering? i owned an '01 S60 T5 before my R and the paint faded off really bad after about 6 years, and i was washing/waxing/polishing them regularly. should i treat the painted plastic surfaces like plastic (i.e. with rubber/vinyl protectant) or like painted metal (with polish, sealant, wax)? i can already see the paint is weathering differently on these rails than on the rest of the car. Arizona sun is brutal on paint.<p>many thanks to anyone who has found a solution!!!
 

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Re: R Specific Detailing Thread (vickisue97b)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vickisue97b</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">wow, impressive finish!!! my question is about protecting the painted plastic surfaces of the R - like those painted plastic rails that run alongside the windshield, over the top of the car, and down the sides of the rear window to the trunk. how should i protect those things from weathering? i owned an '01 S60 T5 before my R and the paint faded off really bad after about 6 years, and i was washing/waxing/polishing them regularly. should i treat the painted plastic surfaces like plastic (i.e. with rubber/vinyl protectant) or like painted metal (with polish, sealant, wax)? i can already see the paint is weathering differently on these rails than on the rest of the car. Arizona sun is brutal on paint.<p>many thanks to anyone who has found a solution!!! </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I would treat it like the metal but use a less-aggressive polish to get rid of any oxidation due to the relative softness of the plastic. Then use a wax sealer to keep the elements out/off of it. That plastic is taking a beating in the sun - more than the metal ever would.
 

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If anything you could put a sealant on it, it will last longer than a wax.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Forced5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I would treat it like the metal but use a less-aggressive polish to get rid of any oxidation due to the relative softness of the plastic. Then use a wax sealer to keep the elements out/off of it. That plastic is taking a beating in the sun - more than the metal ever would.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>sorry it took me so long to get back on here - thanks for the guidance! basically that's what i've been doing - i use Wolfgang products, and they aren't the most expensive but they are a better quality than what i used on the S60 T5. nothing's too good for the R! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"> <champagne tastes> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <beer budget> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>today i installed a clear mask to the front bumper. i had tried about a month ago and wasn't successful - the one piece kit is almost 10 feet long with all these little fingers for the different bumper areas, and i just couldn't get it lined up from end to end. so today i cut it into 3 sections, and it was SO much easier. i can barely see the seams where i joined the pieces together. there's one small wrinkle that i just couldn't get rid of but other than that i am pleased. saved like $300 doing it myself, so i can definitely handle a wrinkle. once it cures i'll try to post pics.
 

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Re: R Specific Detailing Thread (vickisue97b)

I have found that getting swirls out of the black finish is not all that hard.<br>1. Meguiars clay bar with Eagle One Wipe and Shine (if needed).<br>2. Meguiars deep crystal polish - applied with foam pad and removed with orbital buffer.<br>3. Klasse All in One - applied with microfiber pad and hand removed with microfiber towel.<p>That's all there is to it. <p>Klasse works great on painted plastic too.<p>Now, given the dusty conditions here and no garage (despite a high priced car cover) the problem is keeping the swirls out. <p>Not too bad for a car that is 74 months old!<p><br> <IMG SRC="http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff214/RockyMtnMerlin/IMG_0698.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: R Specific Detailing Thread (Hi Alt R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hi Alt R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Now, given the dusty conditions here and no garage (despite a high priced car cover) the problem is keeping the swirls out. <br> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Haha, yeah unfortunately looking at our paint will give it swirls
 

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Re: R Specific Detailing Thread (Oz60R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Oz60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <p>Haha, yeah unfortunately looking at our paint will give it swirls</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Truer words were never spoken!
 
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