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Decided to give the car some attention, rather than 1/2 hour at the jetwash once a month.<p>Started with Zymol auto bath, washed the car with a sheepskin mit using the 2-bucket method. Towelled it dry (Meguiar's Water Magnet - sooo much better than a chamois leather) than cleaned the wheels with Megs pro wheel cleaner, with some AutoGlym tyre dressing for the tyres.<p>DP detailing clay and some Wolfgang clay lube to remove everything that the shampoo didn't get and it's looking like this :<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/clayed.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/clayed2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/clayed3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/clayed4.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/clayed5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I'd almost forgotten that it was a metallic paint, now the flake starts to show through nicely. Started masking everything up this morning prior to polishing (V50 door seals are a pain, BTW <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> ) so now it looks like this :<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/masked1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/masked2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>And then, being England, it started to rain. <I>If</I> it stops again, the whole thing is getting polished with Megs #80 Speed Glaze using a dual action polisher, then it's on with the Klasse Sealant Glaze by hand, 1/2 hour to cure before being wiped off and topped with Pinnacle Signature wax. Failing that, I'll just sit in the house all day looking at the rain while my neighbours think I'm trying to recreate the movie TRON in my driveway <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Very very nice!<p>If I may add my 2 cents.... clean the wheel wells as well next time.... when the 2nd and 5th picture loaded up that is the first place my eyes shot to.<p>I usually spray mine down with high pressure and spray some tire cleaner on them.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Copeland</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">clean the wheel wells as well next time</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know, I know. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Didn't notice until I'd finishing claying and came to take the pix. Not to worry, a drive in the rain today has cleaned them of that Scottish mud quite nicely.
 

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Day off work today and it wasn't raining <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Washed it again, went over it with the clay but, as expected, it hadn't picked much up in a week, masked it up and started polishing. Megs #80 Speed Glaze with a 6" finishing pad on the Porter Cable polisher and now it looks like this :<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/polished1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/polished2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/polished3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/polished4.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/polished5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/polished6.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Remembered the arches this time as well <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Real real nice.... Glad to you got the "arches"/wheel wells. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> now doesnt that look better <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Once the sun had gone down a bit, I applied a thin layer of Klasse Sealant Glaze - this stuff is a total beeatch to get off again so the thinner the better :<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/sealant1.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/sealant2.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>45 minutes curing time, then it was out with the microfibre towel to remove the excess and bring the shine back. And what a shine :<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/sealed1.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/sealed2.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/sealed3.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/sealed4.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.markeaston.org/v50/pix/sealed5.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Tired now. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>VolvoLT</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Eeek.. that is one good looking detail job. <p>Just a little side note, did you blue tape off the moldings for the wax? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>No, but it's easier to avoid the rubber bits with the wax when you're putting it on by hand rather than with a polisher.<p>The strangest one was the shampoo, which turned the door sill rubbers blue when I did the reveals <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>VolvoLT</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yep, that'll ruin your day.<p>I thought you had taped them off for waxing- I use a wax called P21s that goes on clear and stays clear. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>No, the tape was mainly for the polish and sealant, but it started to come loose in a number of places after that so I pulled it off before waxing. There were some hard-to-reach places where the polish had built up so I needed to remove them anyway.
 

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Re: V50 Staged Detail (MarkE)

looks awesome! I really wish that metallic black was available in the US, it's a great color. I just ordered the Zaino kit a couple days ago, it's coming next week, so I'll be busy for one whole day detailing my car <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I have the medeas on my car too, but I need the Volvo lowering springs, something I'll be getting soon. again, your car looks great...
 

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Awesome detail job, planning the same thing for my 02 V70 dark blue and hope it looks like yours. Wondering why you used meg's #80 when you already had such a nice finish to start with ie: no swirls scratches etc. The #80 is somewhat aggressive and you had what looked like a nice finish to start with?<p>I am planning on using the #80 (older finish than yours with scratches, swirls) followed by the Klasse twins and topped with the P21S carnuba which is supposed to really make if pop (although yours looked really good with just the Klasse).
 

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Re: V50 Staged Detail (MarkE)

You are the first person other than myself who uses Pinnacle wax. I used to use it on my red explorer. It gave it a nice shine!! Your combination sounded good let me know how it turns out. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: V50 Staged Detail (keith718)

Are you saying that you clayed, then left the car without wax or sealant for a week? I have always read that if you clay your car you must wax right after, because clay removes wax. Looks like everything came out great, but if a bird dropped a bomb on that black paint it might have etched into the clear coat without any wax. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>woodenshoes</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Awesome detail job, planning the same thing for my 02 V70 dark blue and hope it looks like yours. Wondering why you used meg's #80 when you already had such a nice finish to start with ie: no swirls scratches etc. The #80 is somewhat aggressive and you had what looked like a nice finish to start with?<p>I am planning on using the #80 (older finish than yours with scratches, swirls) followed by the Klasse twins and topped with the P21S carnuba which is supposed to really make if pop (although yours looked really good with just the Klasse).</TD></TR></TABLE><p>It had some extensive minor swirling from a drive-thru carwash which I wanted to remove or at least reduce before proceeding. I didn't get any before photos, unfortunately.
 

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Re: V50 Staged Detail (keith718)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>keith718</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You are the first person other than myself who uses Pinnacle wax. I used to use it on my red explorer. It gave it a nice shine!! Your combination sounded good let me know how it turns out. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>The Klasse SG is really blingy and I didn't really feel that the wax added much depth after that (although it's obviously an extra layer of protection). Kinda' regretting not going the whole hog and buying the Souveran which seems easier to apply and buff off.
 

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Re: V50 Staged Detail (I Roll)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>I Roll</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Are you saying that you clayed, then left the car without wax or sealant for a week? I have always read that if you clay your car you must wax right after, because clay removes wax. Looks like everything came out great, but if a bird dropped a bomb on that black paint it might have etched into the clear coat without any wax. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yup, I live on the edge <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I'd got to the stage of masking it up ready to polish and then it started raining and didn't stop. The first nice day it got done again. I live near the coast so I was on the lookout for any sneaky seagulls doing a bombing run, though. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Looks awesome that. Keep seeing Black S & Vs and wish I had gone for Black or the dark blackcurrant instead of silver.....never looks really clean.
 
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