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Nitrous Blue Mk3 Focus RS - Detail



Gally

ClioSport Club Member
Hello people! My good friend Ryan has been waiting since February for his Focus to arrive and asked me back then if I would look after it and get it protected when it arrived, of course I couldn't say no... it's the "gamechanger" after all!

It wasn't supposed to arrive until next year, full spec everything including new sync3, only thing missing is the sunroof and cup tyres, a few weeks ago they mentioned the car has been completed very early, possible cancellation?

So plan was to get the dealer to prep and protect the interior and remove wrapping from exterior and powerwash... the difference this made as with my friend Adam's Golf R, is night and day, no multidtude of wash marring or RDS, so pleasing to see.
He used it as hard as he could for the first few week until it came to me nice and dirty. We had a drive out on Sunday morning before the detail and well.. it's gamechanging for me!

On to the detail, wash and decontamination, will list everything at the end and just image it all! I had big plans for a documented detail like the good old days... but this favour being squeezed in coincided with a stag do the day before...

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So well protected car and not sure if it's just transport iron or from a weeks worth of driving hard.... About a litre over the full car. Almost no tar on the car at this stage but light Tardis anyway follow by...

My little helper clayed the rear glass whilst I did the bodywork, she's a star and for 8 her understanding and remembering of the little things boggles my mind, oh and never dropped any clay even though Citrus bling makes it super slidey! Bilthamber soft clay only taking off some light fallout, dirtiest part was her's from the rear glass.

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Sticker leftovers but not much adhesive etc over the car except a bit on the roof, very very light.

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HydroLite, the greatest drying aid every made... that's not a drying aid. Probably on the whole, my favourite eevr detailing product.

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At this stage I just want to add... the hardest car I have ever dried ever in the entire history of cars! Honestly, without compressed air I would have just gone home. Not sure if any other detailers who have worked on one agrees, so many water holding dripping spots, even with the air I was losing my mind! Anyway compressed air with Devilbliss blower and twisted peach drying towel, my new favorite!

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Sun came out to play for a little paint assessment after drying!

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Inside for inspection, paint apart fromt he usual soft pillars... in great condition, very pleased and the owner was also....

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Because the paint was so heavy in fleck any light marring from clayign and drying was very difficult to capture. I must be doing something right with the washing, claying and drying! Anyway, Menz 106 and 3M yellow pad used as I was cleansing afterwards and time was tight, it's been a favourite combo of mine since early maching polishing and the menz is probably 18 years out of date but I enjoy going back to the good old days sometimes. It finishes down so well.

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Cleansed with Werkstat Prime... probably my 2nd favourite product ever! Finishing touches with QDs etc.

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Glass all sealed with 2 layers of G5 and 3 layers on the front screen. RS is a Sunday car so G1 felt overkill.

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Seal feed on rubbers and C1 original on plastics and new private RS plates. The plastics would survive a nuclear blast. Another note at this point, I got up close with the front and rear "textured" areas on this car, it's like a new idea rather than the usual bobbled effect, almost hex style, big fan and super easy to coat, anyone who has seen one close up will know what I mean.

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Now LSP.... I was in so many minds, especially at this time of the year but it's not really going to be out much so, I wanted a nice wax and I have no Vantage left so Blackfire Midnight sun 2 layers and a wipe down with diluted CarPro Reload, it really does keep things off the painwork much more than convential wax but I really wanted the car looking as glossy as it could, I reckon it was glossy but not as deep as maybe say a couple of coats of Vantage or BOS etc. Maybe in the summer!

1/2
 

Gally

ClioSport Club Member
2/2

SO the afters, inside and out, you may notice a dip in quality, my phone died half way through so I got the trusty handheld out and it's so poor so my apologies! Ruined the end of my day a bit those pics!

Please any crtique or comments, fire away!

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Thanks for looking guys.
 

yeecup

ClioSport Club Member
  mk8Fiesta ST,172 cup
Looks fantastic. Love that colour. Great work. Need to get you to do my e46.
 

Davyy

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 172
Looks awesome. All RS need to be in this colour. Ive just bought some Hydo2 from @Sunglasses_Ron recommendation, but why is it actually so good? Is it not just a bit of a gimmick?
 

Knuckles

ClioSport Admin
That looks brilliant. But I really don't think I like that colour up close, from the pics I've seen at least.

The metallic flake looks too spread out, almost like those pikey glittery pink resprayed you see on chavved up corsas. Is it just to do with bad/harsh lighting or something?
 

Mr R.

ClioSport Club Member
  A special one.
This is deff the color combo to have!!

Looks great bud, great to have one of your details back.
 

Gally

ClioSport Club Member
Thanks for the comments guys! Love a good back to basics detailing. Only thing that keeps me doing it now and again.
 

Ricardos

ClioSport Club Member
  LY 200 EDC
Brilliant write up and photos. Amazing looking car, I'd be too scared to take it out after seeing it as it is in the pics!
 

Gally

ClioSport Club Member
Oh hello there Turbo Durbin! I thought you didn't want it. Course I'll send it back dude, managed to use twice and would definitely buy pot!
 
  Williams 3 / 172 Cup
Car looks very clean, good work!

Quick question re the Hydrolite, would it be a bad idea to use it on paintwork that hasn't been decontaminated? I.e just use it during a normal shampooing clean to aid drying, or would that be a bad idea as if im correct hydrolite acts as a sealant (similar to a wax?) Sorry to hi-jack the thread.
 
Looks awesome Kev as always!

From doing a few of these the fallout is definitely from transport, these are arriving worse than anything else I've ever detailed as far as that's concerned.

Any paint defects you noticed? Again, all 4 of the ones I've done have had ~5 paint nibs/trapped dirt.

As @MarkCup says, that Focus badge isn't right!
 

Gally

ClioSport Club Member
Weird. Not sure how wrong the car can be, it is an RS in his exact spec which I doubt many went for as it wasn't cheap!

Could be a simple mistake even from the dealer... God knows!

Defect wise... I would resist using the word immaculate but this one was some of the best new paint I've worked on. It literally had the films removed and power washed only.

I have heard that the Nitrous Blue paint is meant to be the best from factory so far. Not sure how much people make of it but the car was super clean. Apart from normal modern peel.
 

Gally

ClioSport Club Member
Looks awesome Kev as always!

From doing a few of these the fallout is definitely from transport, these are arriving worse than anything else I've ever detailed as far as that's concerned.

Any paint defects you noticed? Again, all 4 of the ones I've done have had ~5 paint nibs/trapped dirt.

As @MarkCup says, that Focus badge isn't right!
Oh and miss your posts and videos. :(
 


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