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Light Correction Detail - Monaco Blue 172! Auto Finesse Power Seal!!



  Megane R26
When I first saw this Clio 172 I was astounded at how well presented it was - the entire car looked flawless and was a real credit to its owner. Monaco Blue is a fantastic colour and I've always liked 172's so this one was a real pleasure.


Unfortunately due to heavy rain I have no pics of the initial clean and cleanse process.


The process was:


- Wheels, tyres and arches with AS Smart Wheels
- Foamed with Megs Hyper Wash
- Hand Washed with Auto Finesse Lather
- Bodywork decontaminated with IronX and Tardis
- Moved inside to begin claying and machine polishing.


I clayed with I4D's Lime Clay using Valet Pro Citrus Bling for lube:


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DSC07442 by RussZS, on Flickr


The claying process didn't remove much at all.


Next the car was dried with CG's Wooly Mammoth Drying Towel and my compressor for more intricate parts:


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DSC07444 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07446 by RussZS, on Flickr


Next, the paintwork was assessed to check for inconsistencies in thickness and any particular areas of concern to address from the machine polishing stage - it was reading a healthy average of 160 microns.


These RenaultSport paints seem to vary wildly in terms of how difficult they are to correct so as always, I used a light combination to start off with to assess correction rates and worked up in terms of aggressiveness until I found the best combination for this paint. I was getting optimal result from Scholl's S17+ compound, via rotary used with 3M's Yellow Waffle Polishing Pad.


A few shots from the correction process.


Before:


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DSC07448 by RussZS, on Flickr


After:


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DSC07450 by RussZS, on Flickr


50/50:


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DSC07454 by RussZS, on Flickr


50/50:


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DSC07471 by RussZS, on Flickr


Roof before:


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DSC07489 by RussZS, on Flickr


Roof after:


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DSC07487 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07494 by RussZS, on Flickr


Before:


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DSC07497 by RussZS, on Flickr


After:


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DSC07502 by RussZS, on Flickr


The engine bay and interior were incredibly mint already:


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DSC07509 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07511 by RussZS, on Flickr


I finished up with:


- Auto Finesse Crystal on the glass
- Auto Finesse Power Seal on the paint
- Mint Rims on the wheels
- Pinnacle Black Onyx on the tyres


Some afters:


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DSC07507 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07516 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07522 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07523 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07525 by RussZS, on Flickr


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DSC07528 by RussZS, on Flickr


Thanks for reading and apologies that it's a short one!


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DSC07529 by RussZS, on Flickr


Russ.
 

Gally

ClioSport Club Member
Fantastic Russ. Really need to try S17.

Monaco just looks utterly superb. Easily the best 172 colour!
 
  172 Cup
Ahh i missed this thread as i was on holiday.

Another fantastic detail, really shows what an epic colour monaco is when its presented well.
 
  182
Lol Dans car in this thread has maybe only seen daylight 6 times since that detailing work was done.


One stunning car though
 


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