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Old 04-15-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Detailed a friends 2008 WRB STI, pictures inside.

A friend of mine dropped his 2008 World Rally Blue STI off to me for a week to detail it. I've always loved this color and can't wait to have one of my own.

Process used:
1. Washed whole car with Dawn
2. Cleaned engine bay with Simple Green
3. Removed each wheel from the car, cleaned inside and out, cleaned calipers, reinstalled and properly torqued
4. Claybarred entire car (including painted portion of wheel wells)
5. Touched up all chips and scratches
6. Polished using Zaino ZPC with an orange Lake County pad on my PC7424
7. Waxed with Collinite 845 Insulator wax (new favorite stuff, last longer than multiple coats of Z-2/Z-5 Pro, easier to use and less expensive, still adds great gloss and depth to the paint)
8. Waxed door jambs, hatch jamb, under the hood, painted portion of wheel wells, headlights, tailights, etc
9. Windows cleaned inside and out with Invisible Glass, outside of all windows and mirrored Rain-X'ed
10. Interior cleaned, stains removed where necessary, dash protected with 303
11. 303 applied to tires and all under-hood plastic and rubber
12. Wheels sealed with wheel protectant spray
13. Attention to detail in every part of my work

It turned out well and it sucks that the weather has been crappy since he picked it up, but I know that it's going to continue to clean up nicely.

Interior after (sorry no before shots):


Wheels before:



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Old 04-15-2012, 09:35 PM   #2
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:35 PM   #3
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Door jambs are cleaner than most cars exteriors:
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:45 PM   #4
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nice work man! looks awsome
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:46 PM   #5
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I wanted to see the progress shots of the week wells. Everything looks amazing I need to give my car some love again.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:56 PM   #6
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great work! what polishing combo did you used?
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:03 PM   #7
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Whoa. Very nice looking.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:59 PM   #8
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What exhaust does he have?
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:08 AM   #9
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great work! what polishing combo did you used?
Zaino ZPC and an orange pad, step 6 of my original post
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:09 AM   #10
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What exhaust does he have?
TurboXS quad tip. he's debating selling it and switching to the Invidia.



Thanks everyone!
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:51 PM   #11
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Very nice work! Probably took the whole day?
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:35 PM   #12
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Very nice work! Probably took the whole day?
Yea - how long did it take?

And how much did it cost?
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:22 PM   #13
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Very nice i need to find someone like you in my area to poish up my baby
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:28 PM   #14
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Woooooow, man you did an awesome job!! Looks brand new! Great work! I wish you lived down here...I'd hire you in a minute!
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:49 PM   #15
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next time you should use actual car wash soap instead of dishwasher detergent.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:04 PM   #16
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Very nice work! Probably took the whole day?
I work full time and go to school full time, so I actually had the car for a week. Probably about 30-35 hours into it, I wasn't keeping track. I'm very thorough and don't cut corners, I also need a more efficient machine. The PC7424 is a great "first" random orbital, but something like a Flex would be better for me now.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:11 PM   #17
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next time you should use actual car wash soap instead of dishwasher detergent.
Next time you should learn something about detailing preparation before you critique other people's methods.

Many professional detailing product manufacturers tell you to use Dawn specifically before using their products to get as many contaminants off of the paint as possible. I only use Dawn dish soap before doing a full detail on a car because it helps to break down tar, grease, bugs and waxes to get the paint ready to be claybarred. Repeated use of dawn dish soap will dry out plastic and rubber trim causing fading and/or cracking, long term use can even damage the clearcoat. The 303 Aerospace Protectant that I use will prevent the trim and rubber from drying out when applied after washing with Dawn. I do not use dawn at all throughout the year, only before a full detail.

Now, take your new tidbit of knowledge and have a nice day.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:12 PM   #18
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Yea - how long did it take?

And how much did it cost?
Again, not exactly sure but somewhere between 30-35 hours, probably on the higher side.

How much did it cost me in product or how much did he pay me?
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:18 PM   #19
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I'm curious why you used Dawn instead of a car wash soap ?

nvm you posted your reply right before i posted mine lol.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:43 PM   #20
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Looks great!
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:13 PM   #21
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Again, not exactly sure but somewhere between 30-35 hours, probably on the higher side.

How much did it cost me in product or how much did he pay me?
Both actually - if you are OK with sharing. I am trying to get a ballpark for what that would cost the average person to have done. It looks spectacular!
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:39 PM   #22
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Looks awesome!
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:42 PM   #23
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Excellent job and another Collinite user!
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:04 PM   #24
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nicely done!
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I only use Dawn dish soap before doing a full detail on a car because it helps to break down tar, grease, bugs and waxes to get the paint ready to be claybarred. Repeated use of dawn dish soap will dry out plastic and rubber trim causing fading and/or cracking, long term use can even damage the clearcoat. The 303 Aerospace Protectant that I use will prevent the trim and rubber from drying out when applied after washing with Dawn. I do not use dawn at all throughout the year, only before a full detail.
Awesome job,

That's good info to know, I've been using a pre- wash of 50/50 Simple Green with simmilar result, then a rewash with automotive soap. I find simple green helps to remove oxidation of rubber parts as well.

Does the 303 act as a remover/cleaner/protectant for say the window trims at the bottoms of the glass on the doors that spot up? Or are you using a combination of product?
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