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I hadn't planned on making a thread of this as I only polished the car to get some durable protection on it for the easier upkeep in the future.
The paintwork isn't great on the car. There are a lot of deep scratches, chips, scrapes and things that I couldn't justify chasing out.
 
The order of the detail,
 
Wheels, tyres, arches and brake calipers cleaned - these were sealed a few weeks ago.
Full safe wash process with ODK Wax products.
Decontamination - tar removal, fallout removal, clay bar and an IPA wipe down.
Multi-stage machine polish.
System X Diamond ceramic coating.
Engine bay cleaned up and dressed.
 
The car wasn't mega dirty to start with, I don't drive it all that often.
 
32264903558_2fd3a3e026_c.jpg20181126_100102 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
46086003022_04649f6325_c.jpg20181126_100112 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
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Wheels cleaned with Auto Finesse Imperial,
 
46135975611_b775153ebf_c.jpg20181126_101421 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
Snow foamed with ODK Arctic.
 
31196955997_a2c07f4fc7_c.jpg20181126_103636 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
The car received a two bucket method wash before tar and fallout removal.
It was then re foamed, rinsed and taken inside for clay.
 
46135988411_fa05344a81_c.jpg20181126_111719 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
I then dried all the water traps out with a car dryer, masked up any rubber and plastic trims and began machine polishing.
 
Before and after the cutting stage.
 
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The soft-ish paint is left a bit hazy after the cutting set, but this will be refined afterwards.
 
 
Before.
 
44319407100_e41ed9a693_c.jpg20181126_122332 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
After cutting.
 
46135934871_f8fdd7bb6a_c.jpg20181126_122336 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
And refined.
 
46085986532_435a3f2c54_c.jpg20181126_122349 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
44319426570_29591a3a1d_c.jpg20181126_123506 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
45412377724_1b80618727_c.jpg20181126_125409 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
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Not wanting to spend too much time on my own car, I drew a line with some defects.
Usually bits like this would be chased out, but I chose to just remove the general swirling and hazing. Smoe marks were too deep to safely remove as well.
 
32264994168_ebf61b28d7_c.jpg20181126_152512 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
31197011127_fa54057f7c_c.jpg20181126_153308 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
 
 
The headlights were machine polished to tidy them up a bit. There's a lot of scratches inside the lenses, I'm guessing they were damaged when the lights were split and painted.
 
 
 
44317477930_9cbdaaef21_c.jpg20181126_192550 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
46084110872_c0b6b1189d_c.jpg20181126_192600 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
Finger nail scratches behind the handles polished by hand.
 
46133990821_694366dee1_c.jpg20181128_161143 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
Washer jets were coated while they were out.
 
31194999367_2e27e3a66e_c.jpg20181128_170922 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
Engine bay treated.
 
44317503260_250d01e588_c.jpg20181128_171022 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
45410320824_5fd96e51da_c.jpg20181128_171029 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
System X Crystal ceramic coating applied to the paint work as a hard base layer.
 
45410332304_a5e226b341_c.jpg20181128_180153 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
I went with a few different top coats to see how they compared against each other.
 
46084250872_d0df3efbe3_c.jpg20181129_085606 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
And the finished car.
 
31195024447_17cb5ca651_c.jpg20181128_180214 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
46134051251_3c5536b1dd_c.jpg20181128_180325 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
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46084268692_e3a3a0be58_c.jpg20181129_090332 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
32263084518_3e159fc3f0_c.jpg20181128_180714 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
46134035941_5f8ea8e4bb_c.jpg20181128_180236 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
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32263072618_5e74f736a7_c.jpg20181128_180707 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
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32263098638_f5e74bf53a_c.jpg20181128_180740 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
45410435144_33fdced93d_c.jpg20181129_090316 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
46084263202_19377efd96_c.jpg20181129_090325 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
32263134008_dd8f9461b9_c.jpg20181129_090844 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
46084276732_b75e0601f5_c.jpg20181129_102321 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
45222959705_f7c4370e96_c.jpg20181130_082524 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
46084226192_cc7c30686e_c.jpg20181128_180643 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr
 
Thanks for reading :)
 
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