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  • 14 YEAR OLD VAUXHALL RED REJUVENATION!!

    Well seeing as ive sold my car and my vxr is due i needed a run around for a couple of months so splashed out £100 on a 14 year old vauxhall astra merit.....

    God its a dog and the paintwork is flat , scratched to hell and has brake fluid stains.......

    This whole exercise was not about scratch removal as they were so deep they went through the single stage paintwork into the primer underneath....

    so....

    My friend paul came round for a mini half bonnet detail to see what was achieveable on this dead paintwork!!!

    First we clayed the bonnet with a new sonus green a mild clay that actually did a fantastic job and one id recommend for a vxr!!



    By the end of the claying the clay bar had been turned about 10 times and was pretty much useless.....The bonnet had seen some bad times.. :?

    Next Paul got to work on the paintwork correction which involved flattening the hills and valleys of the paintwork by using a rotary buffer and a 3m cutting compound....We taped the bonnet down the centre..



    As you can see its not good!! You can see the difference in the 2 sides of the bonnet!!



    Paul cut away for about 10 minutes ....

    And at the end of it he threw away the pad!!!!



    Next Paul changed to a Buffing pad and used Menzerna,s products and set to work polishing the bonnet with the rotary which he did for about 10 minutes...



    The bonnet was now starting to come back to its former glory from all those years of hard abuse.....The words gayboy and to**er that had been written on my bonnet were disapearing fast!! I shed a tear!!



    The next stage was to prepare the paintwork for the wax by applying zymol hd-cleanse which i think one of the best products on the market and smells of chocolate.....this needs to be rubbed on but must not dry as a bugger to get off but buffs off nicely and leaves a fantastically prepped surface for wax



    Paul has many many waxes at his disposal but asked if we could try zymol royale on the bonnet to try and double the value of my scrapheap and this is how much was used.......



    Paul then taught me how to apply zymol royale by hand as i found this wax a lot more tricky than my destiny or concours and the setting time and feel of the wax was not as smooth as my others...probably due to its carnauba content being so high?



    We then proceeded to buff it off with sonus buffing towels.....



    And the result...........................

    I was gobsmacked about the clarity and depth of shine that this wax produced on a 14 year old paintwork that had probably taken billyboy and his clan of take oath mothers down the dog track so many nights!!!

    I was stunned.....



    A reflection shot taken in really hard tungsten lighting with no flash.....





    I then asked Paul about the beading properties of the wax and he sprayed the bonnet and it just rolled off .....simple as......which is why i go on so much about a properly waxed car will always be a doddle to look after as a quick spray or wash down and all dirt , roadgrime never really sticks and car comes up like new after a quick qd,ing...



    So in the real world after driving rodney to work today and having the embarrasment of a car that looks like a rhubard and custard when i pulled up at work i got straight out and took a photo with my camera phone to show how the rain just rolls off the bonnet the same as rain-x does to your windscreen!!!!



    And beading after another 2 hours...



    I do have to add though and maybe people will back me up or disagree that although this wax is £7000 the more affordable zymol waxes like concours in my opinion will give 95% of this result and i would say that the difference may be depth of shine and beading properties but i do really love concours for its wet look....

    Hope you enjoyed my half mini miracle!!!! :wink:
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  • #2
    Nice work there :wink:
    Went through similar process with my Corsa but did it by hand. Even though it's only 3 years old the bonnet and roof were pink. Did it by hand so it's still not perfect but hopefully once I've got a PC I'll be able to properly finish the job, unless of course Paul wants some practice

    Love that wax too, very nice :wink:

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    • #3

      Marc that is just amazing,I have never seen such a dramatic paintwork improvement,nice one
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      • #4
        marc my man thats proof that if you look after the red it will last for years


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        • #5
          amazing results... its red again.. fantastic work.

          Ok I admit it... IF you look after the paintwork not all red VX's will go pink




          *you still own 3/4 of a pink car tho

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          • #6
            Originally posted by vxrdave
            marc my man thats proof that if you look after the red it will last for years


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            YEP!!! :wink:
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            • #7
              I want a red car again! I only have dial up but it was worth the wait

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              • #8
                I hope you will sort mine out like that Marc :wink:
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                • #9
                  Hacked with rain again today and still cant believe how good this wax actually is!!!!
                  Left side subdued and no running and right waxed side just continually sheeting off and shiny as hell with no wash in a week now!!!

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                  • #10

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                    • #11
                      Re: 14 YEAR OLD VAUXHALL RED REJUVENATION!!

                      Originally posted by vxrmarc
                      I do have to add though and maybe people will back me up or disagree that although this wax is £7000
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                      I am just trying to work out if this is a typo. If so has mark added an extra 1,2 or 3 zeros. Excellant job mate.

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                      • #12
                        You're not seeing things mate £7118 to be exact from Here anyway

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                        • #13
                          But it's refilled for life :wink:

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