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August '16 Winner
Well done to Andrew Gibson for winning our August show and shine. Andrew's Volkswagen CC is only three years old, but unfortunately the previous owners didn't care for it very well, because when Andrew bought it the bodywork was covered with heavy swirl marks. Wanting to correct the paint and apply Gyeon coatings to everything too, Andrew waited for a long weekend before getting stuck in. A few days of hard graft later and the results speak for themselves; well done Andrew, great work!
"When I purchased my 2013 VW CC back in January this year I was aware that the paint was in a fairly sorry state, but I knew that a correction detail would fix it. I had hoped to get the work done sooner, but with lots going on at home and work I only recently got around to it. With a long weekend set aside and a full line up of Gyeon products waiting to be applied, I couldn't wait to get started.
To begin with I jacked the car up on axle stands, removed all four wheels and tackled the wheels and arches. The arches received copious amounts of a strong degreaser and a spirit-based tar remover to bring them up to standard. The wheels were treated with a dedicated wheel cleaner and fallout remover, while the tyres were cleaned with a strong degreaser. Once clean and dried, the wheels were given a light polish with my RUPES BigFoot 75 and SCHOLL Concepts S20 Black. After a wipe down with Gyeon Q²M Prep, a protective coating of Gyeon Q² Rim was applied to them. I then refitted them and covered them with bin liners to keep the freshly applied coating dry for the rest of the detail.
The car was then blanketed with a generous coat of snow foam, applied using my PA Foam Lance. This was allowed to dwell for ten minutes before it was pressure washed off. The car was then shampooed using the two bucket method and rinsed off once again. Intricate areas such as the shuts, badges and engine bay were all dealt with using an all-purpose cleaner and PB Boar Hair Detail Brushes. I then started the decontamination process by applying a spirt-based tar remover to the whole car. This was wiped off after a few minutes and the car then rinsed again. A fallout remover was applied next, and to left to dwell for ten minutes before being rinsed off. Finally, Auto Finesse Clay was used with Auto Finesse Glide to ensure that the paint and glass were squeaky clean. After a further final rinse, I dried the car off using my MetroVac Air Force Blaster.
After moving the car inside I taped off all the trims using 3M High Performance Masking Tape. After a couple of test sets, I settled on using Menzerna FG400 on a mix of 3M cutting and polishing pads for the heavier defect correction work. I performed the work with my Makita 9227CB Rotary Polisher and monitored the paint thickness on each panel with my paint thickness gauge. Once happy with the level of correction, I refined the finish using SCHOLL Concepts S30+ on a SCHOLL Concepts SOFTouch Waffle Pad, which brought out tremendous gloss and flake pop from the finish. The car was then taken back outside and given a foam and rinse to remove the polishing dust and oils, and then dried again with my MetroVac Air Force Blaster before being moved back inside.
Next, the bodywork was given a thorough wipe down with Gyeon Q²M Prep and checked under various lights before I then carefully applied two coats of Gyeon Q² Mohs. Although tricky to apply (I recommend using Gyeon Q²M BaldWipeS for removal) the gloss level, reflections, flake pop and protection this coating adds is superb. After an initial twenty-four hours of curing I gave the car a full wipe down with Gyeon Q²M Cure and a Microfiber Madness Yellow Fellow 2.0. I then turned my attention to the exterior glass. The windscreen was treated with Gyeon Q² View, which again is a very good product when applied correctly, while the side and rear windows were treated with two coats of Gyeon Q² CanCoat.
To finish things off, the engine bay and wheel arch liners were then dressed with 303 Aerospace Protectant, which is still my favourite dressing, although Auto Finesse Dressle is hot on its heels. The interior was already in very good condition, and just required a quick wipe over with Auto Finesse Spritz. The leather seats were cleaned with Raceglaze Leather Cleaner and then protected with Gyeon Q² LeatherCoat. The carpets and mats received a thorough dousing with Gyeon Q² FabricCoat, just in time for the arrival of my new daughter, who will no doubt end up doing her best to ruin all of my hard work inside the car! As you can see from the above, I'm a big fan of the Gyeon products. I was well a truly knackered after all of this, but it was well worth it!"