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2008 Audi A8L Restorative Correction

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Old 03-01-2011, 12:19 AM
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2008 Audi A8L Restorative Correction

Dicerning client that sought me out to optimize his Audi A8's appearance, he purchased the vehicle from a private owner and well the vehicle had been taken thru an automated wash so the finish was dry and marred, in addition the wheels had been cleaned with acidic cleaners and it showed.


Car as it arrived to my facility.








"B" pillars with usual marring.




Dried out trim.




Hard water etching on the hood.







Scratches & marring.




50/50's.







RIDS on the hood.




Most of the readings were good, however on a few spots caution was taken.




50/50's of the trunklid.







Reverse angle pics.




Entire trunklid corrected.




More hard water etching.




Corrected.




Deep RIDS that required sanding.




Plenty of clear to effect the repair.




 
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:22 AM
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Scratch corrected.




Fuel cover door had been re-sprayed, and with that some shrink.The color match was good but the door needed sanding to match the adjacent quarter panel(Note the halogen reflection on the left is not clear, halogen on the right is O.E finish).




During wetsand step.




After compounding the door has matching texture.







Evidence of "Tunnel wash marring".




After first hit with M105/D301.




Marring on trunklid.




Correction steps.







Marring on right rear quarter.




Looking much better.




Sanded fuel door fine polished.




I would later tell my customer I feel someone "Keyed" the right rear door, usually this has a bad ending(Repaint required) but there were healthy readings and I corrected the deep scratch.




After sanding, I pulled out the DeWalt and the "Wooley mammoth edge black pad and went to work.




After using the black pad I switched to the aqua polishing wool, then medium polished the panel........disaster avoided.




Evidence of "Tunnel wash" wash brush material lodged in the headlight!!.

 
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:24 AM
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Dirty engine bay was next on the list.



















After engine pics.
















Finished down gas door, only to clean trim of compound and it would be done.




Undetermined substance on the spokes of the wheel.




Removed.




Finished product.










 
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Interior pics.
















"Black cherry" finish now looking as it should.

























 
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Simply put: "aaaaahhhhhhhh" Nice to see another great car brought back from "average" to "outstanding".

You forgot to include a video clip of the owner tap-dancing with joy on pick-up day. At least I would have, had this been my Audi.

Well done and well documented.
 
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Amazing transformation!
 
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My favorite year for the A8! What a great job restoring it to better than showroom condition!
 
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I hope the owner was very appreciative of you bringing that car back to life!
 
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I find your line of work absolutely awe-inspiring. Great work!
 
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amazing great work!!!
 

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