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Old 02-17-2009, 06:20 PM
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Detailer's Domain: 4 days on a Mini Cooper S

This Mini Cooper S belongs to a great couple!!!!!!! They love their cars and they are extremely into them. He came to me and said I want what you did on the CGT's and the other Porsche on my Mini....So I said that's 3-4 days of work and he said go for it. i want this thing to get Swissvax Crystal Rock! The WORKS!!!!!!!! I said okay let's go for it. So here is probably one of our biggest photo packed write ups in a while.....Enjoy!

What the car needed was a full out paint correction /interior/engine detail....

So for the paint we washed/clayed/2 step polish using Menzerna SIP/Uber Orange 5.5 inch pad and Menzerna PO85RD/Uber Blue Finishing 5.5 inch pad mated to a Makita. Finished with Swissvax Cleaner Fluid and applied a nice coat of Swissvax Crystal Rock on it.

Wheel wells were cleaned up with P21S TAW and dressed with Adam's Undercarriage Spray

Wheels were done with P21S Wheel Cleaner Gel, brushes: Swissvax Wheel Brush, The Uber Spoke Brush, The World's Greatest Boar's Hair Brush.
Then the wheels were cleaned up with Swissvax Quick Finish and Swissvax Autobahn was applied for protection and a nice finish. Tires where cleaned with P21S Total Autowash when the wheels were being cleaned and Swissvax Pneu to dress the tires applied with our Detail Sponge.

Engine was cleaned up with P21S TAW and dressed with Black wow and Einszett Rubber/Vinyl Protectant

For the interior full leather treatment with Leather Master Trio kit and Einszett Cockpit and Einszett Plastic/Vinyl Cleaner for the harder stains and dirt. A nice vac with the Vac N Blow and of course interior windows and a lot of brushing dirt and grim from the vents and crevices.

Tools and products used:

Adam's Car Wash in the Foam Canon
Swissvax Paint Rubber (Yellow) and Optimum Instant Detail Spray and Gloss Enhancer for clay lube
Menzerna SIP
Menzerna PO85RD -
Menzerna Top Inspection
Swissvax Cleaner Fluid
Swissvax Crystal Rock

Wheels and Tires
Swissvax Pneu
P21S Wheel Cleaner Gel
Boar’s Hair Wheel Brush
Foam applicator pads
Swissvax Quick Finish
Swissvax Detail Brush
Swissvax Wheel Brush
Swissvax Quick Finish
Swissvax Autobahn (wheel wax)

Wheel wells:
P21S Total Autowash
Adam's Undercarriage Spray

P21S Total Autowash
The World's Greatest Boar's Hair Brush
Black Wow
Einszett Rubber/Vinyl Protectant

Glass inside and out:
Lusso Glass Polish
Uber Glass MF Towels

Leather Master Trio
Einszett Cockpit
Einszett Plastic/Vinyl Cleaner

Infratech 5300
Makita 9227 Hi Speed Rotary
The Uber Foam Pads (5.5inch)
Tons of "Uber" Microfiber Towels
Uber Drying Towels

Cam Spray 1500A with Cam Spray Foam Gun
3M Masking Tape (Green)

Before shots:

Day 1
Engine was done prior to the washing the car:
Before shots:

Presoak with P21S TAW and agitating the dirt and grime with the The World's Greatest Boar's Hair Brush

After Engine Shots using Black Wow and Einszett Rubber/Vinyl Protectant to dressed the trim

Wash/Prep Shots
Adam's Car Wash in Foam Canon : )

Cleaning wheels P21S Wheel Cleaner Gel and various brushes...here of course with the Swissvax Wheel Brush

Cleaning up the trim with P21S TAW with Swissvax Brush (prepping for the Black Wow later)


Brand new clay bar


Day 2
Interior cleaning shots:
Before interior:

Check out the dust accumulation

Loosening up the dirt with Swissvax Detail Brush around the pedals

Cleaning up the pedals and plastics with Einszett Plastic/Vinyl Cleaner

After pedals and surrounding areas (not vacuumed yet)

Brushing vents/steering wheel/misc

After interior shots:

Day 3
Paint correction:
50/50 shots

After SIP and PO85RD

Day 4
Dressing Trim with Black Wow:
A few 50/50 shots

Cleaning up wheels with Swissvax Quick Finish/Applied Swissvax Autobahn, Dressed Tires with Swissvax Pneu:

Quick finish followed by Autobahn

Pneu being applied on the tires

Glass Cleaning with Adam's Glass Cleaner and Uber Glass MF Towel:

Swissvax Crystal Rock shot:

Final shots:

Last shot:

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Old 02-17-2009, 06:33 PM
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Damn, Phil...what a metamorphosis!
If I could afford it, I would spend 3-4 days
with you; I could come out looking like I did
20+ years ago!

A lil' surprised the owner didn't wait for real
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:41 PM
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I think I need a 3-4 day makeover.

Great write-up and pics. I think I may have to try some of those brushes, mine are worn out.
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:42 PM
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I did this car before thanksgiving I stopped detailing and will start again in March.

Its just too cold.
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