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Today saw me travel to a sunny but chilly Shrewsbury to [email protected]'s unit, to meet my mate Dale and spend some time giving his recently acquired R26.R some love ahead of it being put to bed for Winter.

The aim of the day was to restore a bit of life into the paint and lay down some solid protection for it. Dale was also planning to make some small additions cosmetically.

The car itself is a firm personal favourite of mine and a great car to detail, as you have plastic windows, plastic wings, titanium exhaust, carbon fibre bonnet and red wheels - certainly very different to most cars.

We got cracking about 8:30 - some befores:


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Wheels first:


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Smart Wheels and EZ Brush on rear of wheels:


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Swissvax Brush of face and calipers:


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G101 on tyres:


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and rinsed!


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Foamed next with Megs Hyper Wash:


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Shuts and sills worked with G101, washed with Auto Finesse Lather and rinsed:


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Next I tackled the bonded contamination, of which there seemed to be very little. Dale has clayed the car very thoroughly recently, so IronX did very little, aside from the boot:


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and the bottom of the petrol cap...


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Tardis and claying was not needed at all...

Next, the .R was moved inside, ready to be assessed for paint thickness and defects:


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Healthy, average readings of about 172 on most panels:


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General idea of the swirling - it's so bad, that it appears to be a single line in the pic, but the swirling was very heavy:


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After playing with various combinations on Rotary, I settled for the Megs MF system via DA, which was giving me 90% correction or so from a single set:


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The correction shots are a little disappointing, but the difference is hopefully clear:


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Quite severe defect on the bonnet...


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A couple of hits of Megs 205 via Rotary and 3M Yellow Pad:


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Some random carbon fibre pics :D


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Boot after:


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Before the ZAIO cleanse to prepare the paint for Z2, Dale added the missing vinyl graphics to his car:


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After:


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Rear bumper before:


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During:


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After:


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We also added the updated RenaultSport logo:


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We finished up with Mint Rims on the wheels:


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ZAIO base and Z2 on the paint:


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AF Crystal was used on the glass and a final wipedown of Z8 on the paint:


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I also had some spare time to do something with the rear lights, so before:


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After (out of focus slightly)


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and finally, some finished pics:


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and a few interior shots, which may interest some people:


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Thanks once again to Lee, you're a legend Sir! Also thanks to Dale for allowing me to work on this superb machine and for his help and company!

Thanks for reading


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looks great Russ, i did like it without the .R decals, looked a bit more stealth like

What wheel cleaning product are you using?
 

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Cheers :)

I use the latest formula AutoSmart Smart Wheels which is about £15 for 5L of concentrate. It's superb stuff.
 

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ok, ill give a try when my r222 runs out
i use the same snow foam as you but can never get it that thick and to cling
either my lance is clogged or not enough pressure from the Karcher i think
are you able to get it even thicker than in your pics??
 

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ok, ill give a try when my r222 runs out
i use the same snow foam as you but can never get it that thick and to cling
either my lance is clogged or not enough pressure from the Karcher i think
are you able to get it even thicker than in your pics??
The R222 is probably one of the very best wheel cleaners, but the cost is prohibitive if doing a fair few cars like I do. If you're happy with it though, then stick with it as its superb!

There are so many factors when it comes to producing thick foam, such as lance settings, water pressure, the pressure washer and of course dilution ratios.

Which pressure washer and snow foam do you use? That was a Kranzle K7/120 with Megs Hyper Wash at 10:1
 

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karcher K series, megs hyper wash with about 4-5 squirts in the lance bottle and warm water
lance is PA foam lance
i was using werkstat on the megane when i had it and was told foam struggles to stick to it cause its so slick but i even struggle on a car with no protection
 

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You're a bit Polished Bliss fan then...

I'll have a go with my Karcher X5.700 later with a similar dilution and post up pics. In fact, I could do a snow foam test, I have about 8 different ones and show the differences on a clean wet car (to make it fair for each one)

Hyper Wash does normally cling pretty well, and is probably the best balance between thickness, price and cleaning ability. Autobrite's Magifoam cleans better, but it also reduces the life of protection from what I've seen, which HW won't do.
 

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That looks funking amazing! Hat's off to you Russ your skills are top draw. Stunning! How's your order book looking march time 2012? wink wink :)
 

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That looks funking amazing! Hat's off to you Russ your skills are top draw. Stunning! How's your order book looking march time 2012? wink wink :)
I have a bit of a queue already, but most can be do as and when, no specific date set... if you want something specific then I'd pencil something in now - weekends only though :)

Thanks all! :)
 

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Thanks Russ i'll check my diary and throw some possible dates your way, be great to get her shiney before SPA :)
 

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My car soooooooooooooooooooo needs that sort of tlc right now.

Been sat up in the garage for 1 month now waiting!!
 
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