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***My apologies for the original upload as the pictures didn't display the way I liked, so I've gone back in and redone the whole post. This should be much better guys.

Howdy Gents.

I had an appalling realization that I had not washed or cleaned the Aurion for like 6 months or so as my wife so kindly informed me. Wow ! Where does the time go ??

Admittedly, the car did look sad, even though it is mechanically sound, I had to make things right and make it happy again. So the plan was to spend the whole weekend and carry out the mother of all detailing. Mind you, this was only to bring it back to a level I’d be satisfied with even if it didn’t include a full paint correction and ceramic coating that I have been planning for some time.

It was heavily contaminated. So wifey had the use of my Colorado while I set about, unfettered, to pursue my OCD level of perfection.

This was the plan.

1.       INTERIOR:

Empty the cabin of all items. Booster seat permanently removed. Mats removed and washed separately. Vacuum interior. Wipe down all surfaces with interior cleaner. Wipe and clean interior sides of glass.

 

2.       EXTERIOR:

Decontaminate paint, glass and trim, including wheels/tyres. Clean engine bay, clean wheel wells. Polish Headlights and B-Pillar Plastics.

Apply a durable sealant to paint, trim, glass and hard plastics.

 

A quick walk around the car revealed the task ahead. It was going to be quite a work out, so I got cracking. Set up my pressure washer and lined up all the key products to be used and got to work.

 

I decided to do the interior first, so I removed all the mats and pressure washed each mat and set aside to dry. Then came the vacuum, dug in deep and got the carpet sorted. Wiped over the dash and other hard surfaces with my Meguiars interior cleaner and microfibre cloth. It also leaves a nice fresh fragrance too. Once I was satisfied with the interior done, I moved to the next stage.

 

Jacked up the front, placed axle stands underneath, removed front wheels and assessed the carnage inside the wheel wells. It was bad. There was mud, dirt, grime and oil spatter. Initially I suspected something was leaking from the engine, but after inspecting, found nothing. Wifey must’ve driven over something and it just happened to be of an oil consistency.

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I then, pre-soaked the engine bay and wheel wells/suspension parts in All Purpose Cleaner and let it dwell for a few minutes. Then after some agitation with my various brushes, pressure washed these areas and then proceed to give the whole car a rinse.

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It was covered in bird poo spots, fallout and other heavily ingrained grime. It was terrible. After a thorough rinse, I foam cannoned the whole car inside, out and underneath and let the soapy emulsion do its thing. My boy happened to see me with the foam cannon shooting the soap and thought he’d have a go too. It looks like fun to them. How can I resist ?.

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Then came the final rinse before the next stage of decontamination could begin. The paint had a rough feeling from all the embedded crud, so I then hit it with a spritz of Gyeon Iron to remove all the iron fallout and other contaminants.

This is a colour indicating product, so as soon as it’s applied, it will change colour to purple indicating the presence of iron among other things. It’s a very satisfying thing to see. You don’t realise how dirty the paint is until you use iron remover from the paint. If you wish to apply paint sealant or polish, this is a very important step if you want your product to adhere and last.

After Iron remover had time to percolate, it was time to rinse off.

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Then came time for the hand wash with two bucket process utilizing my microfibre wash mitt.

Engine bay, under the wheel wells and suspension got another deep clean to ensure maximum cleanliness. I’m fussy if you recall, haha..

 

The headlights and B-Pillars needed attention too as the ravages of the weather had also taken its toll here too. Got my trusty little 3” polisher out and set to work correcting the sun beaten plastic covers on the B pillars and then onto the headlights. They both came up quite good. Also did a pass over the sun visors on the tops of the doors to clean up any spotting.

Sponge Buff Pads are Lake Country where the microfibre cutting pad is Meguiars.

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High Quality Rag Company Edgeless Microfiber Cloths for the Application of the Sealant 

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This is the B pillar before Polishing

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This is after

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Now for the Headlights. Driver's Side Before Shot

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Driver's Side After shot

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Passenger Side Headlight Before

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After Shot

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Next, It was time to do the Clay. Using my clay mitt and some ONR rinseless wash in a spray bottle for lubricant, I set about claying the entire car including the glass. You can feel the roughness of the surface as you move around and then the smoothness after several passes. This was the final step in the decontamination process. A final rinse was then done.

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The paint and glass now looked extremely clean and contamination free.

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Now it's time to apply the sealant.

A quick wipe over with panel wipe will ensure a clean oil/residue surface.

Having recently purchased several items from the Hybrid range of Turtle Wax products, not the Flex wax, but a combination of “Ice” Seal and Shine, Ceramic Spray Coating Wax, and a bottle of Ceramic Wet Wax.

The Wet Wax can be used as a Topper Coat for the Ceramic Spray Wax or any other Ceramic Coatings. Using It During the Drying Stage also acts as Drying Aid Adding Extra Slickness at the Same Time Maintaining the Foundation Layer.

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This Version of Ice is the Updated Formula and Can Be Used Over Any Of The Above Products.

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I only planned to use the Ceramic Spray Coating, put down a foundation coating and then on every subsequent maintenance wash, use the wet wax as the topper. You apply the latter product when the car is wet and you simply rinse off. Nice and easy but effective. This combination should keep it protected until the time comes for the fully fledged Ceramic Coating by Avalon King.

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After I had dried the car, I gave the car a final wipe over with some surface prep spray and then I applied a couple of spritzes of Ceramic Spray Coating to each panel and worked it in with my Edgeless Eagle Microfibre cloth then buffed to perfection with a second cloth.

I am stunned how good Turtle Wax products have become. The car looked amazing with just one simple coating.

Then it was time to move to the glass. I had planned to also do a ceramic coating here too but the lack of shelter. Ceramic coatings require a curing time and you don't want any contamination during this so it had me stick with the traditional Rain-X rain repellent glass sealant. Despite all this, the Rain-X product is extremely good for what it is and performs amazingly well in rain situations. I never have to use my wipers during the rain whilst driving.

It is so hydrophobic the water beads just drift off the glass.

I gave the windscreen a machine polish with my Flex and a microfibre cutting pad and some Menzerna FG400 heavy cut compound to full ensure cleanliness. The cleaner the surface, the better the product will work.

After compounding, came a wipe down, then another with IPA to remove any polishing residues and oils. When it was literally squeaky clean, it was time to the application.

Spray onto an applicator is the best way to apply it as opposed to spraying the product directly to avoid over spray where it isn’t wanted. After it flashes off, I like to spritz lightly with water and wipe off with a glass microfibre cloth. I use the Rag Company’s Black Diamond cloth as it doesn’t leave any lint. The moisture helps with the wipe off and you can buff it to a perfect shine. Did the rear windscreen and all door glass too.

 

After this came the application of Cera Trim to the hard plastics such as inner fender liners and any other plastic items in the wheel wells. Also did the black plastic areas on the door mirrors as these are notorious on the 50 series for fading. Also did the lower plastic grille section in the bumper bar. I was also hoping to do the wiper scuttle cowl too, but this would’ve taken a lot of time with disassembly/reassembly and I didn’t really have that luxury all things considered.  I will have to do this another time.

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A quick dab to see how it looks.

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Treated Mirror
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After I was satisfied with the inner wheel wells, I coated the inner barrels of the wheels with some left over “Ice” seal’n’shine from an outgoing bottle and then dressed the tyres inside and out. Fitted the front wheels and torqued nut to 78 ft/lbs.

 

Gave the engine bay a wipe over, checked fluids and she was done.

This took me all day Saturday and most of the day Sunday.

So here she is in all it's Glory. The 50 series have such an elegant style to it. I never get bored of it.

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Thanks for reading.

Edited by Tony Prodigy
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So do you want to do mine next? lol

Looks great though! Love how thorough you were with the clean!

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1 hour ago, Twixter said:

So do you want to do mine next? lol

Looks great though! Love how thorough you were with the clean!

Line 'em up lol..

I have since updated the post as the original post didn't work so well with the picture links.

Sorry for any difficulties. It's all sorted now.

Prep is 90% of the job really. You really need it to be squeaky clean before applying any sealants. This way the product will work better and last longer.

Thanks for your post.

 

 

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Tony as always your the Jedi Master of Detail, thanks heaps for all the detailed pictures, she looks stunning and dare I say better than the day she rolled of our production lines. You deserve a huge round of applause for your love of these beautiful cars and if we could give out awards on here you get the GOLD mate

Thanks a lot as always it is appreciated

KAA

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4 hours ago, KAA said:

Tony as always your the Jedi Master of Detail, thanks heaps for all the detailed pictures, she looks stunning and dare I say better than the day she rolled of our production lines. You deserve a huge round of applause for your love of these beautiful cars and if we could give out awards on here you get the GOLD mate

Thanks a lot as always it is appreciated

KAA

Ahh, you're too kind Robert. Thanks for your kind words too. I felt really bad letting it get to that stage and so it was necessary to spend the time to bring it back to a certain level. I can rest a bit easy now 😉

It's far from perfect but it's as good as it gets despite no paint correction as such. The next major detail will involve a 3 stage polish and a dedicated ceramic coating. There's really no point to apply a ceramic coating on paint that hasn't been polished to perfection. This will further enhance gloss levels.

The main objective here was to remove all the stuck on contamination, give it a thorough clean and apply the sealant for protection. The Turtle Wax Ceramic wax is an awesome product and it feels really slick. Just this morning as I was leaving for work, I had a quick look around it as it has been raining here, and it's beading like crazy ! I had a grin on my face actually. Very satisfying stuff.

Cheers mate :thumbsup:

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