Detail Your Audi Sport Auto With A Quality Auto Pro Sport Paint Job
Audi paintwork is notoriously difficult, so think you’ll be tough enough to remove blemishes on your own, and still paint looks the other way….well, that’s not quite the case. I recently restored a 1990 Audi RS4 to a pristine state, but had to leave a lot of the work to professional car restoration experts. Removing blemishes or swirl marks requires precise and painstaking detailing, as it is easy to get circles or other damage on even the most resilient of paint finishes. The result was brilliant, leaving the vehicle with an ultra-modern look that’s not common in this age. Here are some tips for repairing small blemishes and restoring glossiness.
The first thing to do after your vehicle has been restored is to use a jack-in-a-box to lift the affected area. The jack-in-a-box should be used with an underlayment, as it’s essentially a rubberized mat that holds all the tools together and makes them easy to access when working on the car. It’s best to use a jack-in-a-box on areas like the boot, rear quarter panel, engine bay and boot drum. If possible, remove all wheels so you can work on the entire car from top to bottom.
Before beginning, clean the area using a microfiber cloth and a detailing spray meant specifically for paintwork. This ensures that there’s no dust collecting on the surface of the alloy. A microfiber cloth will allow you to pick up any dirt or tiny bits of grit along the surface. You can also use the spray on the wheel wells and underside of the doorjambs. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying paint here.
Use a metal masking tape to mark the areas you want to polish. Start at one edge of the wheel and work your way toward the other side. Use a marking tool made especially for this purpose, like the one found in automotive supply stores. Press the tape firmly on the wheel and carefully scan over the wheel well. Make sure to check for any raised or depressed spots. You may have to polish these spots out if they aren’t straight.
Now use detailing clay to work the clay over the wheel to smoothen the surface. When you’re satisfied with the smoothness, simply run your fingernails across the wheel well with a very light pressure. Move the clay over the wheel well and press it against the area where you want the wheel repainted. Let the clay sit for a bit and then easily scrub it off the wheel. Don’t worry about getting the wheel perfectly clean – it’ll still be shiny.
Next, work out a rag along the inside of the wheel well and press the clay onto the paint. Gently scrub the area until the paint comes off easily. If you have trouble getting the paint off, repeat the process a few times until the paint comes off with ease.
Now you’re ready to polish up that door. To begin, spray the area with a very light coat of automotive paint. Work your rag gently in small circles to avoid scratching the paint. Once you’ve achieved an even coat on the area, use your detailing brush to lightly scrub the entire wheel. Make sure to pay special attention to the area behind the wheel, which will often show signs of brake dust.
Next, work your rag along the inside edge of the tire well. Make sure to take special care to not get any behind the wheel as you work. Once you’ve completed the entire area around the tire, spray a thin layer of clear lacquer. This will help protect the area around the wheel well from dirt and debris, as well as keep the shine that comes with a freshly polished wheel.
Finally, use a detailing brush to clean the wheel well. Work your way up the tire, using the same process to clean the rest of the wheel well. Once the entire wheel has been cleaned, you can begin your detailing work once again. Use the same rubbing compound that you used to clean the wheel well, as well as the polish that you used to give the car its shiny finish.