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    Pictures...

    ... of my miserably failed detailing attempt lol.

    Car was pretty filthy, so I gave it a good wash. my favourite method is to use a cheapy pressure washer (only coz I can't afford a decent one!) and a single bucket. I cover the car with soapy solution from the washer (a close to snow foam as I can lol) then go over the car with a mitt, topping that up with shampoo from the washer. I use the single bucket to rinse the mitt often. Then I go over the car with just water to rinse it.

    Ok then. So I dried it. Next I applied Meg's Stage 1 paint cleaner. BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE! This stuff really is a sod to work with. I spent an hour trying to buff it off, with it still streaky. By then it had gotten dark and I was literally exhausted (I'm weak, scrawny and desperately unfit!). So I just had to leave it over night. When I woke up, I was severely annoyed to see that it had also rained overnight. No naturally the car is filthy again. So this morning, I went over most of the car with Meg's quick detailer to get rid of the dirty rain spots.

    OK, finally I can get on to the polishing. I started off with the bonnet to see what it looked like. Annoyingly, I saw no apparent difference. OK I thought, instead of finishing the rest of the car, I got the Meg's stage 3 wax out and applied that to the bonnet. And again, I saw no real difference. So either this stuff is crap, or I'm applying it wrong and/or being the lazy. We all know that Meg's isn't crap, so I obviously am lol.

    Anyways, here are some pics of the botched detailing session.
    Oh yeah, I didn't even bother to do the wheels, other than rigorously blasting them with the pressure washer!

    Take a look at my garage to see the before pics.


    Exterior Shots















    As you can see, nothing impressive, but at least's its clean and reasonably shiny!


    Interior Shots








    Can't believe it needs cleaning out again! Bloody pets! Even though they're banned from the car, their hair still manages to get in some how!


    More in next post...
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    Door Sill Protectors Fitted
    Just cheapy Lockwood ones, but they look cool and fit well.






    Bonnet Lifters and Flat Blade Wipers Fitted
    As you can see, the lifters aren't quite flush. But as long as it does no harm, I'll just leave them as they are.









    Sorry if there are too many images. I got a bit carried away lol.

    I'm bit gutted that the stuff has been a pain to use, but it's my first time, and like I say, it's likely my fault entirely (well except the stage 1 paint cleaner - that's a complete CocoNUT!).

    What do you think of the sill protectors? Look too cheap? Well they were only £12
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    Sorry just realised the thread isn't showing the 56K warning in the thread list. Would a mod be so kind as to add it for me?

    Thanks!
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    Despite the fact you had a bitch of a time doing it, she shines up nicely
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sami View Post
    Despite the fact you had a bitch of a time doing it, she shines up nicely

    yeah it doesn't look great, but not bad either.

    I can't wait to see it all done up properly!
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    I don't think you've done badly at all. Looks nice and shiney.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astra-sxi View Post
    I don't think you've done badly at all. Looks nice and shiney.
    TBH, it looks better in the pictures than it does in RL.

    Plus, I litterally only did the bonnet and half of the left side, and you cant tell where I did or didn't do. Which is quite annoying seeing as this stuff cost me £85!
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    do all bonnet lifters sit like that?

    Good job on the detailing btw

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    Yeah they do

    You can mod the wing so it sits flush, but it doesn't bother me enough to warrant taking the angle grinder to my new baby
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    Just a bump so that LUKEY can see the pictures
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