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April '17 Winner
Congratulations to Nick Knowles for winning our April show and shine. Car detailing is something he's always wanted to take more seriously, so he recently did a bit of research and discovered our website when searching for what to use for best results on solid white paint. After arming himself with some new products, Nick set aside a day and got stuck in, following the how to use advice published on our website. Seven hours later and his first proper detail was done. Great work Nick, it's always fantastic to see results like this!
"Car detailing is something I've always wanted to take more seriously. In the past, I've tried to do my best with what little knowledge I had. The mistakes I now know I've made make me shudder, and this is where I must thank Polished Bliss for their great car care advice section and the detailed product usage guides they write - hopefully those mistakes will never happen again!
So, I took the plunge into the world of amateur car detailing and started by doing a bit of research. I wanted to find a product that would look great on my Ibis White Audi A3. My research led me to Polished Bliss and the Carlack Acrylic Kit. This kit is supposed to excel on light coloured finishes and last reasonably well, both reasons for my decision to give it a go. I duly put it in my basket along with a few spare microfibres for good measure, plus a few other essentials. I also knew that this was the time to step up my hand washing technique, so I also purchased a snow foam kit comprising a PA Foam Lance and Auto Finesse Avalanche snow foam (another great value kit).
I was ready, my birthday had just passed and a few other detailing items that id strategically asked for were in my kit bag ready to go. The day came, a nice day with plenty of white clouds to hide from the sun, and I embarked on my first informed detailing session! I started by snow foaming the wheels and while letting it dwell I got my wheel cleaner and wheel brushes out. A quick rinse off and I went to work, making sure to be careful of the diamond cut faces and ensuring I rinsed the brushes out in between doing each wheel.
Once the wheels were clean, I snow foamed the whole car and allowed it to dwell while I got my wash buckets ready - I was using the two-bucket method and Scratch Shield Bucket Filters. I filled the rinse bucket with cold water and the wash bucket with a good dose of Poorboy's Super Slick & Suds Shampoo and warm water.
I came back to find the snow foam doing its job well and after a blast with the pressure washer the car almost looked clean. I then went to work hand washing the whole car, starting from the top down using a Meguiar's Lambswool Wash Mitt, making sure to rinse the mitt in the rinse bucket before going back to the wash bucket for fresh suds. After another blast with the pressure washer and a final rinse with the hose, I was ready to pat dry the whole car with my new PB Luxury Drying Towel. The towel was amazing at collecting water and easily dried my entire A3 with ease.
On to my most dreaded step, claying! The idea of rubbing something against the paint filled me with fear. I followed the instructions for the Meguiar's Quik Clay Kit, making sure to apply loads of Quik Detailer to lubricate the clay, and going slowly from panel to panel and again working from the top down. It took me a while, but the paint came out noticeably smoother as a result and knowing the paint was super clean was encouraging.
The next step was to follow the instructions for applying the Carlack Acrylic Kit, so I started going over the whole car with Carlack Complete. It was amazing to see the product cleaning the paint panel by panel and, after buffing it off with the supplied PB Super Buffing Towel and a quick spritz of Carlack Fast Detailer, the panels looked amazingly clean and glossy already. I then applied Carlack Long Life, again following the instructions and buffing off the residue using the supplied PB Deluxe Buffing Towel.
Knowing that I wanted to apply a second layer, I took the advice on the Polished Bliss website and left the car for half an hour before the applying the next coat (a good time for some lunch - at 3pm!). The next layer went on easily and the shine and glossiness was unbelievable, something that only got better after going over the whole car one final time with Carlack Fast Detailer and the supplied PB Luxury Buffing Towel (which feels amazing!). I was really pleased with the result and a passer-by also commented on how great it looked (he also asked me to do his car!).
With the bodywork complete I then went work on the alloys. Another birthday gift came in handy here, in the form of Auto Finesse Mint Rims, which I applied using a microfiber applicator pad, making sure to cover the whole wheel evenly before buffing off with a microfiber towel. Again, the result was beautiful and made me find a new love for the diamond cut alloys on my car - it was also nice to know that the wax should make cleaning the alloys easier next time! The tyres were treated with Meguiar's Endurance Tire Gel, making sure to clean away any excess as I went along. I finished the detail off with a quick polish of my exhaust tips using Meguiar's NXT All Metal Polysh.
After seven hours and nearly 10,000 steps my first proper detail was complete. All I can say is that I'm so happy with the result and I'm now a detailing convert! I've already started looking for new products to try and I'm not sure if this is weird, but I'm looking forward to having to do it all again at some point as I found it highly rewarding! Thank you, Polished Bliss, your product recommendations and how to instructions are clearly aimed at providing the best result for your customers."