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We picked up our brand new Brilliant Black A1 last week and were quite disappointed on close inspection by the standard of preparation of the paintwork. The dealers had applied LifeShine but this seemed to have only 'sealed-in' scratches and marks caused through transit and by the dealer preparation.

Having lost confidence in the dealer I approached some professionals - Clean Detail of Branton, near Doncaster. Nick and Matt worked on the car for over 6 hours, removing the LifeShine, removing the scratches and re-applying LifeShine and wax! These boys know their stuff and we now have the car we wanted from Audi! If we ever buy another brand new car I am going to tell the dealers to leave the plastic on and take it straight to these boys! :D

Nick explains what they did:

Here we have a brand new (collected on the 24th) Audi A1 new car detail. The car was inspected on the day of collection. Not a bad prep for a dealership but fair few marks for a new car. Before we got it, Autoglym LifeShine was already applied so all marks were sealed into the paint.

So, here is what we did!
Here is the car when it arrived.


First, the car foamed using ValetPro PH neutral snow foam. While this was left to soak we cleaned the wheels with ValetPro billberry and a cleanmitts detailing brush.

Again, car was jetwashed off and washed using 2bm and chemical guys Citrus wash & gloss and 2x CleanMitts buckets & dollys. Car was then dryed using 2x CleanMitts large drying towels and Meguiars last touch as a drying aid.

We then clayed the car using a DoDo Clay & Born slippy lube.

We then inspected the paint work. Not bad paint readings and some parts of the car had hardly any marks. We started correcting using 3M pad & compound comp's.
For a brand new car, you'd hope to expect no massive improvements in the paint. Give or take. But here are some 50/50 shots we got while working on the car.....




Onced corrected, we sealed using Autoglym Lifeshine so the warranty was still on the car, seen as it had been paid for. After been left for an hour to cure, we applied a layer of the new DoDo Juice Supernatural Hybrid. Been the first time we used it i was very impressed! Not a massive fan of the normal supernatural but this has restored my faith.



Poorboys Wheel sealent was applied to the wheels along with Meguiars Endurance tyre gel.

While this was been left to cure, we did a quick once over in the inside, Was not quoted for but we cant have customers driving away with an interior were not happy with.

Here are the finished shots! Managed to get these before the heavens opened.










And, literally when the customer got in the car to leave. It hammered it down. Just in time for some cracking beading porn!




We did not get many photos due to it been a quick turn around. But tried to get the ones that mattered.

Thanks for reading!
 

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Living close(ish) to Doncaster this would be something that I'm interested in, do you mind me asking how much it cost?

Results look stunning though :D.
 

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Looks like the Audi Dealer didnt look after the car at a guess.

But I am interested in knowing if you had to pay for the work as I thought the Autoglym is gaurenteed. I have it on mine, and its pretty impressive stuff. But my dealer did point out the paper work and contact details if I needed to ask autoglym a question such as how to shift a problem mark under warranty and also how to get intouch if I didnt think it was correctly applied.

Looks nice and shiney after the pro detail
 

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Your A1 nows looks like one shiny mofo! :D

I would never trust a dealer to do a lifeshine or even pay for one! I am going to tell my dealer to not even wash the new car when it arrives!

Pay for pro detailers to do it, or spend some time reading up on how the pros do it and buy the correct gear for the job.
 

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By the way, i see a scratch on the roof porn shot... middle left ;)
 

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That looks a fab job theyve done for you to sort your car out ( BIG thumbs up :) )

But I think id be going :evil: :evil: VERY MAD at the dealers if I was you , considering theyve supposed to of sorted the autogylms lifeshine for you. I cant be theyve gave you the car like that :(
 

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Looks awesome! I've had my car about 5 weeks and I am yet to clean it :oops: but with all this rain I can't justify it!

Just a quick note - you blanked out your registration number in one of the photos but you forgot about the reflection in the puddle! :geek:
 

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I also run a detailing company 'Reveal' and have many customers with the same problem. Washing a car can be the most damaging thing to paint work if done incorrectly . To do it right takes patience and a soft touch. When purchasing my A1, the first thing i asked was do not valet my car for that reason and i always urge people to do the same and to get a professional detail.
Nice job by the guys at Clean Detail.
 

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Spent a few hours earlier today giving mine a damn good polish with Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine. Done an absolutely lovely job but it is very hard to work with; a bit dusty and hard to remove, but the extra effort and elbow grease definately paid off
 

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Damn it... I paid £399 for my bodycare protection thing so I hope this doesn't happen to me or i'm going to be all up in my dealers grill! :lol:
 

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Imo... I would cancel that and spend the cash on some pro detailers. :)
 

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I'm going to let my Audi garage know that i don't want them to clean my car as well, no way are they going near it with a sponge! Haha
 

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I would suggest some detailer are good, some are bad at applying the product.

But also it stands to reason a business whos main purpose is to sell cars will do that very well. Another business whos main purpose is to wash and detail cars will do that very well. But both may be able to do the other type of work.
 

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I just don't get how a dealer of Audi's brand/standard could apply Lifeshine on top of paint with so many defects! This must of been carried out by a total monkey with no experience.

I'm getting my Black A1 on Saturday and now bricking it as the Lifeshine has been applied. Luckily I didn't pay for it.

Fingers crossed it'll be OK or the 'stealer' will be forking out for a pro to fix it.

I've not been overly impressed with Audi during my buying experience and judging by a lot of threads on this forum... theres plenty of others feeling the same.

J.
 

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stunning!
 

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I wouldn't have accepted a car in that initial condition :)
 

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Looks really great after the detailing, nice small beading!

I always detail my Phantom Black TTS with the some of the same products that have been used on your A1.

I.e Valet pro snow foam , Chemical Guys citrus wash & gloss, Autoglym, Bilberry and Meguiars Endurance tyre gel. I have a tub of the Poorboys wheel sealant but never used it after 27 months but it smells lovely. Ez wheel bush , sheepskin mits x2 microfibre drying towels and the two bucket method. Take your time its worth it.

The best advise I can give is when you pick up your new car go past the facts its exciting and new and really look at each panel closely and pick up any defects on inspection at the dealership! try and get them to put it right or point out their short comings so they don't do it again to somebody else's purchase.

Best prepared new car I have ever had was a Porsche Boxster in 2004!

Always always always ask for No Wash when taking your car in for any service / repairs.
I have seem some really poorly prepared cars for sale in showrooms (hairline scratches in paintwork).

Enjoy your detailing !!!
 

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hi guys,
Thought i best come on and say hello!

I'm Nick, One of the detailers that did the car. U'll find that most cars from the dealer are in this state. This is due to the way the cars come from the factory, from trains, ferrys etc all at some point are exposed to bad weather and environmental fall out. U'll then find the first stop in the uk and they are washed with a sponge and so is the next car, with the same sponge. I'v even known of main dealers having an automated car wash fitted for pre PDI washing & service washing.

No matter what product is applyed, if the surface has defects before its applyed, your just sealing in the problems. Id always suggest getting a second opinion. We even go out to dealers to make sure the paint depths are equal as its not un-common for pannels to have been smart repaired before delivery take's place....

With regards to black cars, Id always suggest Poorboys Black holehttp://www.cleanmitts.com/poorboys-black-hole-16oz.html, as this is better than Autoglym Ultra Deep Shine as it does not dust, can be used in direct sunlight and comes off just as easy! Just what people are after really. And then id suggest using a wax as polish's dont give quite the protection wax's do. even if your paintwork is sealed, its a must to keep the wax layers toped up.

If anyone requires advice or product help, feel free to give us an email or call.
Regards
Nick
Cleandetail & CleanMitts
 
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