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February '16 Winner
Congratulations to Gareth Boyers for winning our February show and shine. After buying a RUPES LHR15 Mark II BigFoot Polisher, Gareth wasted no time in getting stuck in to a correction job on a friend's Volkswagen Polo GTI. With the German paint living up to its reputation for hardness, Gareth soon found that an aggressive approach was required in order to achieve a high level of correction. However, he coped admirably and ultimately produced a cracking finish. Nice work Gareth, you had your work cut out on this one!
"With the detailing bug well and truly taken hold of me, and, after doing numerous jobs for family and friends, I thought it was finally time to enter your show & shine competition. It all started way back in … so long ago I can't remember to be honest, but I do recall that my first step into the detailing world was placing my first order with Polished Bliss, which included a lambswool mitt and some shampoo. Since then, I've acquired an uncanny amount of products, right up to and including my latest purchase; a RUPES LHR15 Mark II BigFoot Polisher. Needing something to practice on, I borrowed a friends Volkswagen Polo GTI for a few days…
I began the detail by applying some Auto Finesse Citrus Power to the front end and then blanketing the whole car with Auto Finesse Avalanche. After leaving this to dwell for about ten minutes I rinsed it all off at high pressure. I then applied Auto Finesse Iron Out to the bodywork to help reduce the claying time, and left this to dwell for ten minutes before washing it off by hand. I performed the hand wash using Poorboy's Super Slick & Suds Shampoo and a Microfiber Madness Incredisponge. The wheels were cleaned using Auto Finesse Imperial, along with PB Luxury Wheel Woolies and some wheel brushes. The car was then dried using a PB Luxury Drying Towel and a borrowed Metro Vac Air Force Blaster, which made short work of the job!
I then moved the car into the garage and assessed the paint further. Detecting some roughness on some of the panels, I set to work with a SPEEDY Surface Prep Pad and some GYEON Q2M CLAYLUBE. After eradicating the contamination and restoring smoothness, I took the car back outside and foamed it again before rinsing it off and drying it one more time. Once back inside, I took multiple paint thickness readings to determine how much paint I had to play with, and then masked off all of the trims. As I did this, I noticed a few bad stone chips on the roof pillars, so I spent an hour carefully filling these in with a touch-up kit bought from the dealership, and then sanded the dried results to make the repairs flush with the surrounding paint.
Next, it was time to break out the BigFoot! With plenty of defects to correct, and knowing that the paint would be hard, I decided to start with the RUPES Fine BigFoot Polishing Pad and the RUPES Keramik Gloss (Fine Gel Compound). After some testing on a small area, this combination proved to be doing next to nothing, so I stepped it up to the RUPES Medium BigFoot Polishing Pad and the RUPES Quarz Gloss (Medium Gel Compound). This more aggressive approach worked a treat, so I proceeded to work my way around the car with it. Over nine hours of polishing later, the car was looking fantastic and the desired finish was accomplished.
After a final wipe down to remove polishing dust from the shuts and panel gaps, I turned my attention to protecting the paint. I'd previously been advised by Polished Bliss that Raceglaze Signature Series 55 was an excellent choice of wax for solid reds, so with this in mind I prepared the paint with a coat of pre-wax cleaner using a Meguiar's Microfibre Applicator Pad and a PB Super Buffing Towel. The wax was then applied two panels at a time using an Auto Finesse Handi Puck and Wax Pad, before being buffed off with a PB Deluxe Buffing Towel.
To finish things off, I did the following. The interior plastics were cleaned with Auto Finesse Total and protected with 303 Aerospace Protectant. The leather seats were cleaned with Raceglaze Leather Cleaner and then conditioned with Raceglaze Leather Balm. The carpets were vacuumed and the mats were shampooed using my trusty Numatic George Wet & Dry Vacuum Cleaner. The glass was polished with Auto Finesse Vision, the wheels were protected with the amazing-smelling Poorboy's Wheel Sealant, the tyres were dressed with Blackfire Total Eclipse Tyre Gel and the exterior trims were treated with 303 Aerospace Protectant. After a final wipe down with Raceglaze Clearmist Carnauba Detailing Spray the detail was complete."