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Weather has been pretty spot on lately, decided to give the beast a maintenance wash since I had some free time last weekend.

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Decided this time around to use 'Yellow Snow' since I haven't used this foam for a little while. Was mostly curious to see how well it would clean the initial dust and grime off on the new HydrO2 coating. After allowing the foam to dwell for well over 5 minutes I rinsed it off and pleasantly surprised to find that literally 95%+ of the dirt and grime had come off with the foam rinse. I had a good look around and still decided to wash the car properly seeing as there was still some bits of grime around. Was honestly one of the easiest washed I've done in a long time, had to use very little effort to remove the remaining crud and it was one of the quickest washes too.

After the wash I found the coating to still feel nice and slick and beading fairly well on all the panels. I know it's only been 2 weeks since I applied the coating so we'll see in the long run if it can last to the 4-6 months I've seen around the internet.

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Overall pretty happy well the car presents these days. I think I'll eventually do a de-con wash and apply another coating of some sort when I have more time but with the HydrO2 coating currently, I couldn't recommend it more. I've seen some mixed things about it online but personally I quite like it so it's worth a try. If you're up for trying it, there are smaller bottles available at least so it's not to hard on the wallet.

Stay tuned.

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12 hours ago, Squalled said:

Was mostly curious to see how well it would clean the initial dust and grime off on the new HydrO2 coating. After allowing the foam to dwell for well over 5 minutes I rinsed it off and pleasantly surprised to find that literally 95%+ of the dirt and grime had come off with the foam rinse. I had a good look around and still decided to wash the car properly seeing as there was still some bits of grime around. Was honestly one of the easiest washed I've done in a long time, had to use very little effort to remove the remaining crud and it was one of the quickest washes too.

That's the beauty of having a slick coating. Makes maintenance washing a breeze, especially when using a snow foam pre soak. If you have the time and discipline, you could make it a fortnightly routine to keep it from getting too soiled and simply breeze through it. Unlike myself, who's a glutton for punishment, much to the tyranny of a hectic lifestyle both on the work and home fronts, I sometimes don't get around to doing mine in a timely manner. At the very least I take comfort knowing that my cars are coated and even though they're dirty, thy still have protection of sorts. A good pre soak and pressure wash will solve that. 

I have both my Aurion and the Colorado to do soon as they have been neglected for a few months already.

Car looks great as always mate. Nice work :thumbsup:

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Not much to add this time around, recently filled up with petrol after over a month of not having to given the lack of driving I do these days and the distance I go.

Over the last few weeks or so it's been quite windy and we've also had rain here and there so I decided to give the car a maintenance wash.

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The car was covered a nice layer of dust and little bits of road grime here and there. It hasn't been this dusty in quite a while so I thought it would be good to see how well the snow foam removes the dust.

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Left the foam to sit for over 5 minutes to get the dust off and loosen the road grime. After washing it off I was pleasantly surprised to find that all the dust was gone and 90% of the road grime had gone. The HydrO2 coating still seems to be working quite well even after a month since it was applied making the dust and grime a lot easier to remove compared to previous years where I found the dust on uncoated painted quite annoying to remove.

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Car was all nice and clean again which proved to be pointless as the wind just put more dust and rubbish on the car but of course, it's supposed to rain either today or tomorrow. Oh well what can I do 😅

Really looking forward to having more freedom soon, really looking forward to taking the beast for some long drives to the twisties again. It's being a long time!

Stay tuned.

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Nice work mate. Having a nice slick coating on it certainly makes it easier to wash and reduce the possibility of wash induced marring.

Similar situation here for me. I hadn't washed washed our Aurion since posting my last thread entitled "My Epic Detailing Weekend".

I used Turtlewax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Spray coating wax. I put two layers on the bonnet and one coat everywhere else. It was pretty much dead on the roof and boot lid except the bonnet and sides, which were somewhat depleted but still had some sheeting ability despite close to zero beeding. Not bad for around 4 months with no maintenence wash or top up sealant. The car sits outside everyday.

I gave it a nice soak like you did and got it cleaned up properly and this time I applied two coats of the Graphene infused Flex Wax. I'll try not leave it for another four months this time and see how it compares to the Ceramin Spray Coat Wax. I can say with certainty that the Flex Wax definitely has a slicker feel.

We're expecting rain here in Sydney this week (you see. I made it rain again !!, damn it), and I'll see how it resists road grime etc. 

 

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21 hours ago, Tony Prodigy said:

Nice work mate. Having a nice slick coating on it certainly makes it easier to wash and reduce the possibility of wash induced marring.

Similar situation here for me. I hadn't washed washed our Aurion since posting my last thread entitled "My Epic Detailing Weekend".

I used Turtlewax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Spray coating wax. I put two layers on the bonnet and one coat everywhere else. It was pretty much dead on the roof and boot lid except the bonnet and sides, which were somewhat depleted but still had some sheeting ability despite close to zero beeding. Not bad for around 4 months with no maintenence wash or top up sealant. The car sits outside everyday.

I gave it a nice soak like you did and got it cleaned up properly and this time I applied two coats of the Graphene infused Flex Wax. I'll try not leave it for another four months this time and see how it compares to the Ceramin Spray Coat Wax. I can say with certainty that the Flex Wax definitely has a slicker feel.

We're expecting rain here in Sydney this week (you see. I made it rain again !!, damn it), and I'll see how it resists road grime etc. 

 

Well as always, it rained last night but checking this morning the coating still seems to be beading quite stronly on the roof, bonnet and rear bumper so I'm pretty happy with it so far.

I'm thinking of doing a decon wash before we get into summer so if I do, I'll be documenting it for sure!

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Another year of owning the Sportivo today. 6 years ago after crashing my Honda Prelude I bought it with no real intentions of keeping it for all too long but after the modifying bug bit me harder than ever before, the Sportivo has being far to good to let go.

From the moment I had the accident, I was looking at replacing the car. Deep down, I had a bad feeling that I wasn't going to be able to keep it and repair it. I began looking for another 5th generation Prelude but at the time, there was really nothing around that was worth looking at. The only one's I did find, despite having lower kms than my one looked to be poorer condition. Although I was close to moving into a silver 1998 model Prelude, I decided to explore my other options to try something different.

Initially I was looking into DC5 Integra Type S' as I thought it was a more modern alternative to a Prelude and in doing so, I also began looking into Sportivo's as well as they were from roughly the same vintage (2003-2005). After doing some calculations on the running costs, I found the Sportivo was much easier to find in my price range, cheaper to insure and run as a daily driver compared to the DC5. After looking around on Carsales and Gumtree for a Sportivo, I had my eye set on a silver 2005 model as I'd decided initially at the time, I wasn't the biggest fan of the pre facelift.

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Here's how I saw it listed online, basically a completely stock standard Sportivo with then, under 150000 kms (had 1449xx kms at the time) which is what I was after. Other than minor things such as a stubby antenna, window tint and visors it was as stock as rock even down to the airbox and headunit. This was the first and only Sportivo I looked at and after inspecting it, taking for a drive and getting some of the cons from the owner who was a super honest bloke, we settled on a price, much less than what he wanted originally but he was quite happy as there were some minor problems I found along the way that reflected the price drop.

Did all the usual paper work and handover while chatting to the owner about his time with the car as he was only the 2nd owner and had owned it for well over 5 years at the time and like most Sportivo owners, he was quite gutted he had to sell it. I popped my p plates on and off I went with my mate back home to do the usual show off to your mates on your new car.

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Here's how it arrived home 6 years ago. From this day I began quite a journey to get the car to a state where I'm genuinely proud to own it. I've been through the ups and downs of ownership experiencing gearbox and clutch issues, wearing out engine mounts and losing guard liners (which I should really replace by now 😂) but I wouldn't change a thing. It's being a part of my life even from the early days when I met my partner and even she knows I'll never be able to bring myself to part ways with it.

Along the way I've met a heap of new people I'm now lucky enough to call mates and without them and my already existing group of mates it probably wouldn't be where's it's at today. So I have a big thank you as always to all the people that have helped and done the hard work to help me.

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Here's the guise it was in for the longest period before reaching the point where it is today, at 258xxx kms below.

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Here's to another year of ownership!

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