All in a day's work.......

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Quetzalcoatl, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. Quetzalcoatl

    Quetzalcoatl Member

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    Spent the day tidying up the beast....

    Headlights were looking a bit worn and crazed so I thought I'd see what could be done, followed by a really good clean.

    So I decided to use the 3M restoration kit, followed by a coating of Gtechniq C5:
    Headlight before I started

    The " Oh sweet jesus I hope this works" moment.. :eek:

    Finished result:

    On to the bodywork then, snow foamed, wheels cleaned, polished with a bit of demon shine, waxed with Meguiars nxt tech2, all glass done with rain x and alloys coated with Gtechniq c5.

    Pretty happy with the results, bodywork is like glass and so reflective but I'm totally knackered! :)

    Shame I drove through a muddy puddle 20 minutes later...... :wallbash::rolleyes: Only took six hours of graft but hey ho......
     
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    Quetzalcoatl

    Quetzalcoatl Member

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    For anyone thinking of doing their headlights, the 3M kit is better than several others I've used over the years. Seriously impressed with it and couldn't recommend it enough. Will have to wait and see how the Gtechniq coating holds up as I've not used it before but I figure if it's good enough for alloys, it'll do on the lights!
     
  3. Brian k

    Brian k Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    That looks fantastic !

    I did the same (apart from the headlights) yesterday and now she’s so black and shiney I’m reluctant to drive her and get her dirty. One thing though, I only put rain x on the windscreen, you do all the glass.
    Is it worth doing the side and rear glass ?
     
  4. Gazwould

    Gazwould Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Yes , including mirrors.
     
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    Quetzalcoatl

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    Thanks! My reasoning for doing all the glass is it keeps the dirt off longer, plus I like the fact that water beads and runs off every surface of the car effortlessly.
     
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    Gazwould Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    For best results , clay the glass first .
     
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    Correct
     
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    RonFleet Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    The first time I used Rain X was many years ago and I still do, but I regretted using it on the windscreen as the wipers juddered badly on it. Has the formulation changed such that wipers now glide across it?
     
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    Mistergav New Member

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    Looks good, certainly cheaper than replacing the lenses.
     
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    Has the formulation changed such that wipers now glide across it?

    Couldn't say but I don't get any juddering on any of the cars it is used on. Smooth as silk.
     
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    Edd1968 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Yep looks fantastic. Like new
    Did the same thing on Mrs Edd1968's A210 lights. Worked a treat.
    I found some new old tick items for £32 each so saved myself the elbow grease!
     

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