Audi TT Overhaul21st July, 2011 4
It’s been a while since I did a write up so I thought I’d catch up with this detail I did a couple of weeks back on a very nice modified Audi TT.
The owner a real car enthusiast bought a few products a month or so ago and just wasn’t happy with the results he was getting with the Porter cable and items he’s bought from me. I therefore agreed for him to come over and show him how to get the best from the products and achieve correction even on tough VAG paint using a DAS-6 Dual Action Polisher
This was easy! He washed and clayed the day before which meant the car only required a quick detail with Last Touch and a plush cloth to get it ‘as washed’.
So no need for any pictures here…
We masked the trims off with 3M 3434 masking tape. Luckily there isn’t too much on TT’s so this was a fairly straight forward task.
In full sunlight you could see cob webbing and it was this that the owner really wanted to get rid of. Under the halogen lights the cobwebbing was amplified but it does help show up everything that needs correcting.
Paint reading were taken with a Paint Thickness Guage and showed really quite thick paint, up to 180microns. The car is orginal though and the owner had bought from new so we knew it was absolutely original.
We were however going to correct the paint with PC’s as this is what the owner wanted to get to grips with so we were in no real danger of removing too much of the paint.
The process was to use Sonus SFX-1 cutting pads (6″ and 4″) using Menzerna Intensive Polish PO85RD3.02 follwed by Menzerna Super Finish PO106FA to increase gloss and remove any left overs using a Menzerna Polishing pad.
The above give a good idea of the condition of all the car with some bits being worse than others. The main thing the owner learnt was he wasn’t applying enough pressure or working the polish long enough to achieve decent correction.
LSP of choice was the Carlack Twins (for a change!) before topping with Victoria Concours Wax for some extra gloss. The Carlack is really easy to use and definately one of the best paint prep products on the market.
The Carlack Nano sytematic care was applied with the Dual Action Polisher using a Sonus SFX-2 polishing pad before being left to cure for 10 minuites before being buffed off. Carlack Nano systematic care is one of the most versitle pre-wax cleaners available as it can be applied by hand or machine, cleans wonderfully well and forms a fantastic base to any other products.
We then followed round with the Carlack Long Life Sealant ‘Acrylic Wax’ working a panel at a time buffing off once it hazes.
Whilst all this was curing we took the time to seal the wheels with Poorboys wheel sealant to protect the alloys from barke dust and to make cleaning easier in the future.
Carlack Nano ‘Systematic care’ curing:
Even the inside of the bonnet shuts were treated to the Carlack:
The car was then given a layer of Victoria Concours Wax using an applicator pad to speed things up. Here’s a shot of the Victoria wax curing on the front wing.
and buffed off…
Job now complete…
Unfortunately outside the sun was to bright and the contrast with the black was very difficult to capture.
Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading!