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January '16 Winner
A big well done to Martin Wadsworth for winning our January show and shine. After saving up for a long time to enter the hallowed world of Porsche ownership, Martin found himself needing to polish the bodywork on his clean but swirly Carrera 2. Fortunately, he had just the right tools to hand, as he had previously treated himself to a machine polishing kit after winning our show & shine back in 2013. Martin got cracking and spent a whole week restoring his pride and joy back to as new condition. Nice one Martin, enjoy it!
"After much saving I'm now the new owner of a 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera 2. I purchased it from a local Porsche specialist, so it was clean enough, but, being a few years old and having had a few owners, the paint wasn't in the best shape. As such, it provided a perfect opportunity to make good use of my Kestrel DAS-6 Dual Action Machine Polisher and associated accessories, which I purchased after winning the January 2013 Show & Shine with our old Honda S2000! On to the detail then...
First off, I foamed the car with a PA Foam Lance and Meguiar's Hyper Wash. While this was dwelling, I got my two buckets of water ready; a cold one for rinsing my lambswool mitt and a warm one made up with Poorboy's Super Slick & Suds. Once the foam was pressure washed off, I washed the car by hand using the two buckets method. The wheels, having been sprayed with R222 Total Auto Wash were brushed, rinsed and then hand washed with a different mitt. The whole car was again pressure washed to rinse all the suds away before being pat dried with a PB Luxury Drying Towel. To decontaminate the bodywork I used Auto Finesse Clay and Meguiar's Quik Detailer as a lubricant.
The car was then washed and rinsed again to remove any residue and ensure the paint was as clean as possible prior to polishing. Now I could set about the bodywork with my dual action polisher. As the paint had quite a few swirls and scratches (and having consulted the team at PB) I decided that it would benefit from a two stage approach (cutting then refining). Before I started, I masked off all the rubber trims, which is well worth doing, as I found out (the hard way) previously! For the cutting work I used Meguiar's Ultra Cut Compound (#105) with Lake Country 140 mm Hydro-Tech Cutting Pads. The polish residue was buffed off as I went with PB Super Buffing Towels. For the refining work I used Meguiar's Ultra Finishing Polish (#205) with Lake County Hydro-Tech Finishing Pads, again buffing off the residue as I went. The pads were brushed periodically to remove any dried-on polish.
After correcting the paint as much as I dared, I went round the car blowing out the polishing dust from the shuts and panel gaps with a compressed air line. Then I glazed it with Poorboy's Black Hole Glaze (lent to me by a friend; I'll definitely be getting some) using an Auto Finesse Dual Applicator Pad to apply it and a PB Super Buffing Towel to buff it off. I hadn't used the Black Hole before, but the difference it made was very noticeable. Next, I applied a coat of Blackfire Gloss Enhancing Polish, and finally then a coat of Blackfire Midnight Sun Paste Wax, both again applied and buffed off by hand. After peeling off the masking tape I then removed some old polish residue from the trims with a tar remover before dressing them with Carlack Plastic Renew. The exhaust tips were polished with Meguiar's All Metal Polysh and the glass was cleaned inside and out with Meguiar's Glass Cleaner.
The wheels had been refurbished prior to purchase, so I wanted to try and keep them as nice as possible moving forward. Each wheel was removed from the car so they could be more thoroughly cleaned. First they were sprayed with Auto Finesse Imperial, which was left to do its work before being agitated and rinsed off. Next, the same thing was done, but this time with Auto Finesse Iron Out. The wheels were then rinsed again and dried with PB Luxury Drying Towels and a hot air gun before being sealed with a couple of coats of Auto Finesse Mint Rims (which does indeed smell very minty!). Lastly the tyres received a coat of Blackfire Long Lasting Tyre Gel.
Turning to the interior, previously I'd restored some cracking on the driver's seat bolster with products from Bespoke Leather, so the leather parts of the interior (seats and trim) were simply cleaned and treated with Poorboy's Leather Stuff. Carlack Plastic Renew was used on the interior plastic and rubber to finish things off. I think that's everything. I spread the work out over a week as I can't do it all in one go due to the state of my health. Many hours of work then, but well worth the effort; the car looks so much better than before. The Ocean Blue colour is really deep and dark and the metallic flake really pops in the sun, adding a purple tint to the finish in some lights. I'm really pleased with the end result, which is a testament to the products and advice from PB team."