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The other VW that I had to prep for this years Ultimate Dubs.

VW Corrado G60 - 'Ultimate Dubs 2011' show prep

A year goes by since Adam last had his Corrado on display indoors at the International Centre in Telford for Ultimate Dubs. One or two visits to the bodyshop, a few thousand miles and a couple of subtle mods later, it's that time again…

March 2010, this was my working environment:

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March 2011 however:

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Two days were initially given to freshen up the paintwork and to tidy the interior and upholstery. In the end however, spread over four days, some 26/27 hours were clocked and the "minor" paint correction detail soon turned into more of a "major" paint correctional detail.

Product
• 3M Glass Cleaner
• 3M Fast Cut + (green)
• 3M Extra Fine (yellow)
• 3M Ultra Fina (blue)
• AutoSmart G101
• AutoSmart Tardis
• AMDetails' mild clay bar
• Belgom ALU
• Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
• Jeffs Werkstat Prime Strong
• Menzerna 85RD 3.02
• Menzerna 203S
• Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner
• Meguiars Super Degreaser
• Meguiars Last Touch
• RaceGlaze Black Label wax

The car:

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The defects:

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http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0904.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0905.jpg

As Adam would be taking the wheels off at a later date to deep clean and polish the splits, sort the arches and paint the calipers, I got stuck into the bodywork straight away.

A fair bit of time was spent cleaning the intricate fiddly areas where a washmit would otherwise struggle to reach:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0910.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0909.jpg

Once clean and rinsed, it was time to clay to lift surface contaminants.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0917.jpg

The rear end being the worst affected (the roof, two front wings and the bonnet were freshly painted)

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0918.jpg

Rinsed. Dried.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0920.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0925.jpg

Paint inspection.

Overspray on the O/S,

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0927.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0926.jpg

Sanding marks (DA 'pigtails'),

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0931.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0932.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0933.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0934.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0937.jpg

Machine holograms,

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0928.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0938.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0939.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0942.jpg

O/S door before & after:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0943.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0944.jpg

Before/After:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0947.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0950.jpg

Little ledge on the door edge, before/during/after:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0953.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0955.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0957.jpg

Door complete:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0960.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0963.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0967.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0968.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0969.jpg

50/50 on rear quarter:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0975.jpg

A deep one I wasn't able to chase completely:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0978.jpg

Swapping to smaller spot-pads to reach areas that the large polishing pads couldn't get to:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0983.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0984.jpg

O/S rear quarter complete:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0985.jpg

Hazy roofline before/after:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0992.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0996.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0994.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0997.jpg

Done with lots of tape and small Hexlogic spot pads:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0999.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1000.jpg

50/50 on the O/S door/wing:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1002.jpg

Bonnet polished with the Lake Country HT polishing:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1013.jpg

And refined with a Lake Country HT finishing pad:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1004.jpg

O/S front wing suffering from overspray and more sanding marks,

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1017.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1026.jpg

Tackled with the light cut Hexlogic spot pad and Menz 85RD 3.02:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1025.jpg

Before/After:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1030.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1038.jpg

O/S finished:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1039.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1040.jpg

At this point, my trusty Chicago rotary polisher had an electrical issue (as the cable goes up and over my shoulder to keep it from touching the paintwork, the wire tends to weaken and split overtime) No time to waste though, out with the Makita 9227CB which I've had boxed up for almost a year now…

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1041.jpg

Although it's a great machine I did notice the weight/bulkiness of it altered my approach straight away…

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1050.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1051.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1047.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1048.jpg

When the Chicago is rewired and alive, I'll probably keep the Makita for large/flat panels and the Chicago for the tricky curved/tight areas where manoeuvrability is key.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1054.jpg

50/50 down the near side: (haze caused by sanding marks)

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1060.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1063.jpg

Lower edge of the front wing before/after:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1066.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1073.jpg

Before/after:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1067.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1072.jpg

N/S nearly there…

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1076.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1077.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1078.jpg

Carbon fibre spoiler removed to gain better access to the bootlid and surrounds.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1079.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1080.jpg

Before/After:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1082.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1103.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1084.jpg

Before/After:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1104.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1105.jpg

CF spoiler before/after:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1099.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1100.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1097.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1096.jpg

Rear light clusters very hazed and dull. Before/After:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1085.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1086.jpg

Toothpickery work to shift the residues caught up in the lettering:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1094.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1095.jpg

Adam set about polishing the exhaust with 00 wirewool and Autosol.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1108.jpg

Front bumper suffering badly.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1109.jpg

Out with the wool pad:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1111.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1110.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1113.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1116.jpg

Machine work complete. Outside to rinse.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1117.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1120.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1121.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1123.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1124.jpg

Water sheeted to aid drying (…even though it was raining!)

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1130.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1133.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1135.jpg

Back inside and the car was blown dry with the Black Baron Vehicle Dryer.

After an IPA wipedown to remove polishing oils, the car was waxed with my new premium wax, Raceglaze Black Label.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1137.jpg

Overspray spotted on the glass. Was just able to shift with glass polish…

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1138.jpg

For now, that was the exterior work pretty much complete.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1153.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1155.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1157.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1139.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1140.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1141.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1142.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1145.jpg

Interior wise, the seats were removed to allow wet vaccing of the carpets etc.

At this point, the Porsche material on the seats themselves and the floor mats were also vac'd.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1166.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1168.jpg

Plastics cleaned with G101, various cloths, brushes and a JML magic sponge. Glass inside and out with 3M's Glass Cleaner. And a helping hand given on the engine-bay work that Adam was dealing with..

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1163.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1164.jpg

With my work almost out of the way, it was time for Adam to sort the arches, the wheels and the brakes.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1169.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1171.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1172.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1170.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1189.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_1190.jpg

Adam got a telling off. Whilst changing the rear registration plate his mucky paws caught the paintwork and subsequently marred the finish. Douche bag.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0338.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0342.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0345.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0346.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0347.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/VW%20Corrado%20G60%202/DSC_0348.jpg

En route to the show in convoy:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0368.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0365.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0367.jpg

Final prep on Saturday night before Sundays show:

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0400.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0406.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0414.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0431.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0432.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0434.jpg http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0435.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0436.jpg

Managed to sneak the Audi Support Vehicle through…

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0438.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0440.jpg

A couple of examples on how not to polish a car…

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0452.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0455.jpg

And finished.

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0448.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0453.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0439.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0441.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0442.jpg

http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss102/WhiteDetails/Ultimate%20Dubs%202011/DSC_0444.jpg

Final picture courtesy of 'Jimnotjon' on flickr:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5131/5525429711_bcf6566dcc_z.jpg

Thanks to all those involved.

Jim
 
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