Posts from June 2019

Often at Rhys details, we prepare cars prior to sale, or end of lease, but very rarely do we carry out a full detail on a vehicle that's being passed to another family member. That's exactly what we were tasked with when this Volvo XC60 was dropped off for a full main paint correction, engine bay steam clean, interior treatments, glass treatments, and ceramic coat. 
We have worked on a few xc60's now and I'm fast becoming impressed with their build quality. The fit and finish of the dashboard components are excellent. Volvo are by no means paying me to say any of this, it's just my opinion. 
The black suv had a full safe wash procedure carried out, with bug remover & tar remover applied, after rinsing, this was followed with iron fallout remover You may have seen pictures of iron fallout in action, it actually looks as though the bodywork is "bleeding out". What in fact is happening, is that the product is safely lifting iron deposits that have become ingrained in the vehicles clear coat. Application of iron fallout remover does not harm you vehicles paintwork, and it can be applied to alloy wheels to great effect without risk. The final process, as always is to clay bar the entire vehicle. You can actually feel when the clay bar has removed any remaining surface contaminates, the paint work with go from feeling slightly stippled to completely smooth. You could run you hand over the paint work with your eyes closed and know by feel alone which panels had been clayed and which had not. 
The engine bay was steam cleaned as the client wanted the bay to look a close to showroom condition as possible. Did you know that if you do not have access to any all purpose cleaner, of specific engine de greasers, steam cleaning is one of the safest ways in which to clean. It also effectively kills bacteria - random fact, but there you go!{creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583589102929246&psc=1 
The car was dried and brought inside and inspected under the studio lights, and .in depth with a swirl finder light from carbon collective A small test panel was machine polished to check that the pad and compound selected were fit for the task. 
As the Volvo was booked for a full main correction, we knew we would have some serious defects to correct with the first pass from the da polisher (insert rupes web link). To remove the heavier scratches, a cutting pad, and heavier cut compound were selected. When we say cutting pad, at no time do we mean we actually cut the paintwork, merely that the pad is capable of either removing or significantly reducing the heavy scratches. As you would expect, a main correction takes a lot more time than say a new car prep, or minor paint correction. We were fortunate in that the owner was in a position to leave the vehicle with us for a few weeks. (Which doesn't often happen!) 
The marring from bird droppings had put a nasty stain on the front edge of the bonnet, which could be seen in normal daylight. This proved no problem after some deft machine work. I would like to clarify, it's not just the choice of the pad and compound that magically remove all blemishes, there also the speed at which you work, the rotational speed of the da polisher, and the amount of heat generated by the polisher onto the clear coat. All these things become a factor in trying to achieve as near perfect finish as possible. 
The vehicle was given a second stage machine polish, only this time with a softer polishing pad, and finishing compound (insert urls for sonax and Chemical guys). The refining stage removes any hazing left from the heavier cut compound, and really brings the paint work to life. 
Turning to the interior, we have lovely full black leather interior, dark tight weave carpets and mats, aluminium dash accents, all to be focused on. 
We Hoover multiple times when detailing the interior, the first Hoover removes all the large particles, seats are moved from standard positions so all areas are accessible, when then apply an air line and blow difficult to reach dirt out of its hiding places. We then Hoover again to further refine the interior. It's not uncommon for 3 to 4 separate hovering stages to take place before we are happy with the results. 
The leather seats, like so many others, had become shiny purely through general usage. With the correct products, and knowledge, these were transformed back, and a lovely matt finish was achieved. The same went for the steering wheel. We often see the biggest transformations here for obvious reasons. 
Indicator stalks and steering wheel switch gear was carefully and meticulously detailed, with all staining removed, leaving fresh easy to read symbols again. A small part of a full detail, but an extremely important one none the less. 
Britemax igneous quartz ceramic coat was applied to all paintwork , plastic trim and chrome work. With a 4 year lifespan, this is one ceramic coating that really delivers. 
Glass was cleaned and polished using ceri glass , before having Gtechniq G1 protection applied 
I was reversing the Volvo out of the studio when my clients arrived to collect it. The black paint looked wet in the later afternoon sun, and as I hoped, they were very pleased with how it looked. Client handover is always the most nerve wrecking, and enjoyable part of any detail. 
With approx 80 hours invested in this detail, I was sad to see it go. 
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The above picture was prior to any heavy rectification work commencing 
If I told you that the list of modifications on this VW t4 short nose swb van would struggle to fit on a twenty page document, you'd probably laugh at me. However, look a little closer because what you see here is a perfect representation of the "less is more" school of modifying. 
The owner of this van is no stranger to VW t4's and this one represents the latest of his creations. He is so passionate about them that he has set up a company that specialises in complete turnkey modified t4's with only the customers imagination providing the limits. See and you'll see what we mean. 
The 2.5 litre ex builders van had certainly seen better days upon commencement of the project. The outer panels were straightened, factory swage lines restored, and no fewer than 300 holes welded up inside the rear of the van. The design brief was to make the van look as OEM + as possible. By this we mean, it had to appear as though this van had left the factory as a custom one off special. Also thrown in the mix were design cues inspired heavily by singer vehicle design which can be seen in the one off specially manufactured pieces, such as the seat frames, and the style in which the seat have been re-trimmed. 
You may be forgiven for thinking the paintwork is a specially blended hue, but you would be wrong, it is in fact the VW fresian green, that it left that factory in back in 2003. Paintwork aside, the engine is largely un modified save for a blanked off egr and new exhaust. 
The freshly re trimmed interior features colour coding, alcantara grey seats with singer inspired eyelets showing a hint of contrasting green as an under layer. And in the back, a diamond quilted bed mat spans the length of what was the storage area. Each detail has been meticulously thought out and executed. 
So where does Rhys Details come into it? Well we were contacted by the owner and asked to carry out a full detail in readiness for the upcoming show season. This van will be at several VW shows over the summer. 
As with any detail we fully inspected the van prior to any work commencing, taking note of any problem areas. As you would expect with a vehicle of this caliber, having just come out of the body shop, there little for us to worry about. 
A full safe wash commenced, wheels were deep cleaned, and the engine bay received a thorough stream clean. All our shampoos are neutral ph. Van was dried using plush gsm towels and the air blower to ensure it was completely dry
Inside the studio, a more in depth inspection of the paintwork under studio lights was undertaken, and a small part of the paintwork was test polished to see how the paintwork would react to the chosen pad/compound combination. 
A full single stage correction followed (unfortunately I didn't take any pics of the "during" process), the van was wiped down with Gyeon prep, and Gyeon can coat was applied to add gloss, and protect the paint for up to 12 months. 
As this van was going to debut at the Telford exhibition centre, we were also asked to polish the inside. Autofinesse triple was used on all the internal panels, sliding door, entry step, and inner roof. The finished effect was well worth the effort, the fresian paint really came to life. 
Engine bay plastics dressed, and tyres were dressed, and the glass received a semi permanent hydrophobic coating
We have had the pleasure of working on this van a couple of time now and I hope it's last visit won't be the last time we see it. 
For full specs and write up this van was featured in VW bus magazine issue 78. 
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