Well first of all you should know I don't own a PC/UDM so everything is done by hand. I can tell you right now I have RSI.
The Astra is my daily driver and I also use it to go to shows with, with the Astra Owners Club. It hasn't really been cleaned since about 2 months ago when my boss felt so sorry for me he washed it himself. The car gets lots of abuse and has been used as a van carrying stuff around more than a car . It also goes off road as with my job I have to investigate sites which can be fields so you can imagine what kind of state its in.
Onto the pics... Before
The thing hanging down from the exhaust is the first skin of the backbox. although its come away and looks terrible I haven't had chance to sort this yet plus its actually stopping the first skin from getting nasty salt and road water on it.
So now you know the extent. My routine...
CG Citrus wash mixed up and squirted on using a pump spray (don't have a hose).
2 Bucket method using wash mitts (Megs gold class shampoo)
Looks ace already.
The car was then rolled inside so I can get it out of the wind and get warm.
Then I noticed a scratch Don't know where its come from and I'm not sure you'll make it out but it really made me annoyed especially as I don't own a PC so correction was going to make my arm drop off. I decided to leave it for the time being. The car being so abused by me was just simply covered in scratches and defects and needed a full on respray or going over with a rotary.
The car was then clayed. Very important to me as I was out the country on business and my car was left in the car park of the airport under a bloody tree where sap, leaves, bird bombs and squirels bombs (yes they do have a hazel nut in every bite). I removed this using a very very strong mixture of CG Citrus wash left to soak and then took off using a microfibre cloth. There were still imprints of the leaves bonded on the roof of the car, which I new only a strong clay would remove, plus the squirrel bomb still had remains there.
So anyway on to claying... Using CG synthetic detailer. I found using this a bit strange trying to dry it with my microfibre cloths, it just didn't seem to dry no matter what I did. So I diluted it down using ordinary tap water and it seemed to be much much better.
Also had issues with the CG clay I used and had to drop back to using my Megs clay, which had seen better days TBH, so I will be speaking to CG about this.
Next up its winter coat. I've recently recieved my Carlack 68 and Collonite 476 from clean your car.com (thanks ). So onwards with the carlack and I was soooooo impressed with this product. It cleaned and protected the car a treat. Went on very easily and came off very easily too.
Dam theres a HUGE imperfection right there.
Not too bad considering this was only carlack 68 and it was about 6:00pm and getting cold too.
Just to prove it wasn't a fake..
The glass was then cleaned using turtle wax glass cleaner (it does a good job I tell thee). Plastics were cleaned and Megs plastic detailer applied.
At this point I took a break. I'd spent from 10:00am till 6:00pm none stop on the car and my arm was killing. So I went inside and grabbed me a meal in a can....
Beautiful, Guiness and black yum yum. Can you guess what came next?
The 476 went on a treat with a megs foam applicator. I vigourously rubbed the applicator into the wax till it broke the surface and I could feel the pad loading up, I continued on wanting to get the pad as loaded as possible. I went on lovely without any issues. I left it to cured for about 30minutes then buffed off.
The car was then cleaned inside and CG coconut spray was liberally dispensed.
I was very impressed with my work.
Then Sunday morning showed me that all my work was worthwhile.
This shot is of the roof which had only carlack 68 on it. (got tired and couldn't be bothered to do the roof.
Now I've just moved my car and found out that some birds have been using it as target practice.