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As the coming Tuning summer is not far away and of course in many workshops / car dealerships but also garages and backyards eagerly screwed to the various vehicles, we have thought to enrich you with a small tutorial on paint care the period until the official start. It is a very simple tutorial that NOT should be understood as professional paint preparation. But since questions about "simply" self-made paint preparation have come up again and again in the last few weeks, we have taken on the topic.

our vehicle before

Of course, you should keep in mind that every vehicle is different and therefore every car and especially every paint also requires individual treatment. So if you are not sure, you should get individual advice on the right products. We worked with a simple polishing machine from HP Car Accessories, One Sonax paint cleaner as well as the Sonax Wax 1. Of course there is a huge abundance of care products and aids and here everyone can read for themselves and then decide what to take. Please note that not every product is suitable for every application. In addition, of course, everyone has other requirements for workability, impact and of course the budget also plays a role. PS. There is a video herethat impressively shows a paint preparation on a BMW E36 (3 Series)!

Step 1: wash the car first

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A clean car is the basis of any reconditioning. First rinse off the coarse dirt, preferably with a high pressure cleaner. It is important to remove tar stains, stubborn dirt and other contaminants to reduce the risk of scratches. Special cleaning agents are also available here in abundance. Then carry out a comprehensive complete wash, ideally by hand and then rinse several times with water. Washing in the car wash is less recommended as the results are often unsatisfactory and the car also has to be driven back to the workshop or home, which of course can lead to new dirt accumulating.

Step 2: the car has to be dried

Paint preparation VW Phaeton Campanella white 1 Tutorial paint preparation VW Phaeton in Campanella whiteThe best way to dry the car with a microfiber cloth absorbs a lot of water. For an average vehicle, one cloth should suffice, and if possible, consider a second. Do not use dry tools such as a silicone puller. You can ensure that fine streaks or residual dirt even scratches in the paint can come. Also leather cloths are hardly suitable that they do not absorb the water but only push from the vehicle which can also cause scratches and also takes longer.

Step 3: polishing

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To polish you of course you need the polish and if the paintwork is rather worn, as with our vehicle, a special paint cleaner (which is a bit coarser) is even more recommended. The paint cleaner should make the paint steal again and remove small scratches, swirls or holograms at the same time. However, each polish should be individually adapted to the condition of the paintwork and in this case we felt the paint cleaner was necessary. Maybe a polish is enough for you. If the car has larger scratches for which even the paint cleaner is not enough, you can also tackle the scratch with a grinding paste.

Varnish preparation VW Phaeton Campanella white Tutorial Tuning 2018 4 1 Tutorial Varnish preparation VW Phaeton in Campanella whiteHowever, a grinding paste does not leave a good shine and has to be reworked with finer products. The SONAX paint cleaner is intended to remove swirls and fine scratches and is suitable for leaving a good paint finish that does not necessarily have to be supplemented by an even finer polish. Please make sure that the polishing has to be done in the shade and not necessarily on the hottest summer day of the year. Of course, you should also work in a dust-free environment and therefore not directly outdoors. Adjacent plastic parts, window rubbers, beads, cracks, lettering, etc. should be protected with masking tape (adhesive paper tape) and the same applies to the headlights.

Of course, you can also polish up the headlights directly if they are yellowed or have scratches and begin to become "blind". For this you should use a special cleaning set. There is, for example, a system of Autosol that comes with a simple polish and subsequent sealing or you take one of Sonax. There is even 5000 grit sandpaper for removing the "imperfections" and then polishing and sealing here too. But only marginally.

Machine polish:

  • You get a higher removal rate and it is a much faster and less energy-saving work compared to hand polishing
  • Entry-level machines start at 25 €
  • Pad provided with polish
  • Place the machine with the pad on the paint
  • Distribute polish
  • with about 4-5 kilo pressure the polish work in until only a light film is left (if possible, carry out the work in the cloister and then from top to bottom)
  • Check result and if necessary. touch up
  • Optionally seal with a Pre Cleaner afterwards (we did not do that)
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Step 4: Preservation of the polishing result

So that the result is retained and to protect the paintwork from environmental influences, the polished paintwork should be preserved with a wax. Here, too, there are countless products so that personal preference and the requirements for the paintwork and vehicle should also be decisive here. You can also decide the type of application yourself. The wax can also be applied with the machine or by hand and a suitable sponge / cloth.

  • Pad provided with wax
  • Place the machine with the pad on the paint
  • Distribute "little" wax (wax is applied very sparingly)
  • work up the wax without much pressure until only a light film is left over (special directions to apply, such as when polishing, are not necessary)
  • Check result and if necessary. touch up
  • after product-specific drying time, remove the remains with a microfibre cloth

Varnish preparation VW Phaeton Campanella white Tutorial Tuning 2018 3 1 Tutorial Varnish preparation VW Phaeton in Campanella whiteOur vehicle was a VW Phaeton in Campanella white which is of course a rather ungrateful color, especially for a tutorial. Since we only had an Audi A3 painted in ibis white as an alternative, we had no choice. The various pictures and videos will hardly show a comprehensible difference, especially to the layman, but we can assure you "in reality, the difference is clear available", If you look closely in the following video you can see the immediate watering off of the water and you can also see a difference before / after the gloss of the bonnet. The paint is much smoother what (as seen in the video above) causes the dirt much less liable and, for example, when Erkärchern the vehicle is much better to clean.

Water bubbles off / dirt sticks much worse

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