Detailing the Golf R

Wrapped up the 4-coat detail work on the Evo today – after washing and claying the car, I let it dry before putting 2 coats of “real” ceramic (small bottle) on it. I let the car cure between each coat, and topped that off with a coat of adam’s ceramic spray kit. Finally, after that one cured, I coated it with Turtle Wax’s ceramic infused wax. Not crazy about the wax actually, I think the regular coating was more hydrophobic, but not a huge deal. The next time the car gets washed, which will probably just be a rinse, will give either the ceramic boost a shot, or the wet wax – or both.

On the Golf, I had initially done just the wet wax after washing and claying the car. However, with the car constantly sitting outside and exposed to the elements, I thought it deserved something a little more robust. I had about a third of the “real” ceramic left, so a few hours before a t-storm was due here, I washed the car, and while still wet, I gave the new clay mitt a try. It seemed to work well, and with the moisture from the wash and detailing spray, I wiped down the car and dried it with some towels.

With the clock winding down, I started applying ceramic on the car. About 3/4s of the way through, however, I ran out of the ceramic bottle. I switched to Turtle Wax’s ceramic spray coating. From what I can tell, it seems like this is inferior/has less content than Adam’s ceramic spray. It may be more equivalent to their ceramic boost, than an actual ceramic spray. Regardless, I used it to wrap up the car, and these are the results. After the initial rain, I rinsed the car down once more and used wet wax as I dried the car. Finally, once the car was dry, I sprayed Adam’s Ceramic Boost on it. Pretty happy with that quick work, and I plan to maintain it every so often with the wet wax, which I have been impressed with as well. Just rinse, spray, and wipe off, which fits the simplicity I need with car exterior maintenance. I really should do it properly at some point though, since this is the car that will be exposed to the most elements, driven in the snow, salt, rain, etc.

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