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February '18 Winner
Congratulations to Jamie Pollock for winning our February show and shine. After taking delivery of a new Audi Q3 Black Edition, Jamie immediately set to work detailing it. Initially, he spent several hours carefully decontaminating the bodywork and wheels, and then corrected some blemishes using his RUPES BigFoot polisher and accessories. Finally, he then applied Gyeon quartz coatings to virtually every surface of the car. The end results speak for themselves; an incredibly glossy finish that suits the car perfectly. Great job Jamie!
"I knew once I received the order confirmation for my new Audi Q3 Black Edition it would be a great opportunity to detail and coat the car from new. I decided to go almost exclusively for a brand that I knew had excellent products and team these with an assortment of other products and accessories purchased from Polished Bliss over the last few years.
I must admit, the car arrived in very good condition compared to how it would have if washed and prepped by the dealership. I was somewhat apprehensive and made sure to demand the dealership didn’t wash it in any way. Once I got the car home, I started the detail it the next day, having booked some time off work.
The car was given a very thorough pre-wash, firstly a long and thorough rinse stage, followed up by the snow foam stage. I blanketed the car in Bilt Hamber auto-foam using a PA Foam Lance, leaving the foam left to dwell for 5 minutes. I then made my way around the car spraying all of the badges and trims with Gyeon Q²M Bug&Grime before rinsing the car down with my high-end pressure washer.
Using the two bucket method, the car was then washed by hand using Gyeon Q²M Bathe Essence; this new highly concentrated and super lubricated shampoo is fantastic! I teamed this with a combination of the Gyeon Q²M Smoothie and Gyeon Q²M Mitt, using one for the top half and one for the bottom half of the car (gloss black lower trim sections!).
The car was then rinsed down again in preparation for the chemical decontamination stages to remove any tar and iron contaminants. Gyeon Q²M Tar and Gyeon Q²M Iron took care of both very easily. I then moved onto the claying stage, using Gyeon Q²M Clay and Gyeon Q²M Lube; this finished the decontamination process off, leaving the paint feeling super smooth and clean. The car was then rewashed, rinsed and dried using a PB Luxury Drying Towel and a Metro Vac Air Force Blaster.
The Q3’s gloss black alloys were removed and treated to the same thorough wash procedure as the car itself - washed, rinsed, decontamination stages and dried off. Thankfully they were in very good condition, with only very light marring from a wipe down at the factory. These defects were soon removed using my RUPES HR81ML BigFoot Nano iBrid, resulting in a deep, gloss black finish. After the polishing, I prepared the alloys for the coating stage using Gyeon Q²M Prep. Wanting to ensure the finish was retained for as long as possible, I decided to apply Gyeon Q² Rim to the wheels. This was also used to coat the brake calipers, hubs and exhausts.
After sorting the wheels, I inspected the bodywork using my SCANGRIP SUNMATCH 2 and SCANGRIP D-MATCH 2 work lights (the garage lighting wasn’t great for any sort of inspection). Being very thorough, there was very little in the way of defects except for some small areas of factory induced marring. Paint readings were taken, showing nothing untoward (an average value of around 130 microns). I started the paint refinement stage using my RUPES LHR 12E Duetto BigFoot Polisher, RUPES Fine BigFoot Polishing Pads and RUPES Keramik Gloss (Fine Gel Compound). While this combination removed a lot of the lighter marring, a step up was required to remove some deeper marks, so I switched to RUPES Medium BigFoot Polishing Pads and RUPES Quarz Gloss (Medium Gel Compound) where necessary. Finishing the polishing stages, the finish of the car exceeded even my high expectations for the detail.
After the polishing was done, the car was given a final wipe down using Gyeon Q²M Prep to remove any residues left by the polishes. I was very eager to try out the new Gyeon Q² Syncro coating system. The supplied kit gives you everything you need to safely apply the coating, and it turned out to be simple to apply. As per the Polished Bliss how to use instructions, one panel at a time was treated and then after a few minutes it was wiped down with the aid of my SCANGRIP work lights, ensuring that no residue was missed. Once the whole car was done, I waited an hour and then applied the second coat of Q² Mohs and then left the car to sit overnight before applying the final coat of Q² Skin to the car. This coating requires you to coat the car three times, but it is worth the time and effort, believe me!
I then moved onto coating all of the exterior glass with Gyeon Q² View. In preparation for this, the windscreen was given a wipe down with Gyeon Q²M Glass and then polished using the glass polish provided in the Q² View kit. The glass coating was applied with the supplied applicator block and suedes. I applied 3 coats to the windscreen and 1 coat to the other windows. Between each coat, I allowed the coating to cure for about 10 minutes before removing the residue.
The final stages of the detail included a number of interior treatments. The leather was cleaned using Gyeon Q²M Leather and coated using Gyeon Q² LeatherCoat. The plastics and trims were cleaned using Gyeon Q²M VinylCleaner and coated with Gyeon Q²M Preserve; this left a great looking slightly darkened finish. The carpets and seats were then vacuumed, and the new set of floor mats were placed in the foot wells after being treated to 2 layers of Gyeon Q² FabricCoat, to complete the main steps in the detail. After leaving the car in the garage for a final 24 hour period, I applied two protective layers of Gyeon Q²M Cure to the bodywork.
All that was left to do, before pulling the car out of the garage and enjoy driving it, was to dress the tyres with a coat of Gyeon Q² Tire and hang a Polished Bliss Air Freshener from the rear-view mirror. I also placed the a Gyeon Q²M DetailingBag full of maintenance products in the boot (just to keep the theme running!). This is to store numerous items, including microfibers alongside some filtered water in an Atomiza Handi-Hold Bottle to take care of any bird bombs! The gloss and reflectiveness from Gyeon Q² Syncro really did become apparent when I took the car out of the garage and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result."