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Old 11-11-2009, 11:00 PM
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Mini Cooper - This Mini was a bit of a surprise. We figured it would be a 8 hour job. How bad could it possible be, its such a small car. The customer asked for paint correction services and the interior to be cleaned....he then added he would like the wheels pulled off/detailed and the wheel wells detailed as well. Okay when we got the car it was something else.......take a look what a disaster!

Products Used:
Einszett Blitz in the Cam Spray Foam Canon
Adam's Gray Clay Bar and Optimum Instant Detail Spray and Gloss Enhancerfor clay lube
Menzerna Power Gloss Compoune
Menzerna Super Intensive
Menzerna PO85RD
Menzerna Top Inspection
Einszett Glanz

Wheels/Wheel Wells/Tires/Engine
Uber Wheel/Tire/Wheel Well Kit

Leather Master Strong Cleaner
Leather Master Vital
Leather Master Protection Cream

Einszett Deep Cleaner
Einszett Gummi
Adam's Glass Cleaner

Dressing on Trim
Black Wow

Infratech 5300
Fenix TK11
3M Sun Gun
Brinkmann MaxFire
Metabo PE12-175
Flex 3403
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

Before shots:


That wasn't so bad........let's start with the interior detail.

Interior before shots: --- Dog hair???? no one said anything about dog hair...

So how in the world do we attack this interior. After careful thought, we decided to pull the rear bench out as well as the front seats.

Ugh the seats!

Time to pull them out

Hair was everywhere

The rear bench

So what do we have underneath the bench

Dirt, dirt, and more dirt...

Tommy on the vac

Driver's area

More vacuuming

Time to pull the front seats out (battery was disconnected)

Tommy pulling out the driver's side

Dan assisting Tommy on the seat removal

Under the driver's seat

More hair!

Cleaned up

Bench back in, Tommy finishing them up

Seat out, cleaned/conditioned/protected

Passenger seat being put back in

Final shots of the interior

Door jamb before

Door jamb after

Now to the exterior:

Starting with the engine start to finish:

Before shot of the engine

Dan on the P21S

Brushing/Agitating all the built up grease, grime, and dirt

Rinsing down the engine bay

Engine wipe down

Final shots of the engine:

Wash - Paint correction - Wheels - Wheel Wells

The presoak

Foaming and washing down the car

Washing down the car with an Uber Sponge

Wheels on the car getting P21S on tires and wheels, wheel wells pressure washed

Claying the car

PG with the Makita and the Uber Yellow

Checking the paint with a Fenix TK11

50/50 shot of the hood
Before shots of the hood

The roof was a mess we did as much as we could on it without wet sanding, scratches were pretty deep, take a look

Under the Sun Gun

After PG and SIP

After PO85RD

Polishing out the bumpers

We put the car on jacks to move on to the wheels and wheel wells


Dan and I claying the wheels

Cleaning up the wheel wells

Dressed up in Adam's Undercarriage Spray

Finished wheel wells

Finishing touches
Black wow on the trim

After shots inside and out

I hope you enjoyed this one. We look forward to your comments
Philip Yiu
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:04 AM
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WOW phil you are awesome.

i "detailed" a family friends car with dog hair like that once. I spent hours with a lint roller!. it clogged up my shop vac, messed up my industrial carpet cleaner. wow i give you props
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:11 AM
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:47 AM
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Looks like it was a nightmare, but talk about transformation!!!
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:33 AM
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Yuk! That interior was nasty....

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Old 11-12-2009, 07:47 AM
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Did that person EVER clean the car since 2002-2004 when they bought it!!?
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:35 AM
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this is my girlfriends car (: She bought it used from someone who never took care of it. In her possession, she took decent care of it. Phil worked his magic, and now I'm taking extreme care of it.

We used (key word used) her car as the dog car. Silly pooches not allowed in my X, well now they are atleast, but only in the trunk area.

Phil, amazing work yet again & thank you so much.
worth every penny. glad to be able to have Phil work on it.

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Old 11-12-2009, 10:48 AM
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Did you only have to use the P21S and clay to get the baked on brake dust off the wheels???? They looked pretty bad. I have read about Meguiar's Wheel Brightener as being the go to product for baked on brake dust. Was it the clay that made them come out so well???

Thanks for the pics and write up.
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:20 PM
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:47 PM
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Wow...after seeing this, Phil's operation reminds me of Harvey Keitel's character in Pulp Fiction and Point of no return..."the cleaner". The pride in your work is simply incredible

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