Megane R26 detail (warning - shed content)

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  1. gex23

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    As I had a week off, and after recently getting the car back from the bosdyshop after having the O/S 3/4 panel, rear bumper and rear tailgate resprayed, I decided to give it a fresh 'detail' - especially after seeing the horrendous defects caused by the body shop 'mopping' the fresh panels :eek:

    So the products were as follows :

    - Autosmart 'Smart Foam'
    - Meguiars 'Hyperwash'
    - Autosmart 'Smart wheels'
    - CarPro 'Iron X'
    - AutoSmart 'Tardis'
    - CYC fine yellow clay.
    - Chemical Guys 'Orange Degreaser'
    - Powerforce APC
    - Meguiars 'Last Touch' (Used as clay lube and final drying / buff process.
    - Autoglym trim restorer
    - 'Gummi' pfledge rubber dressing.
    - Kestrel DAS-6 Pro w/Chemical Guys green hex pad and Menzerna 2500 for correction, and black hex pad with Menzerna power finish for refinement.
    - CarPro 'HydrO2' sealant

    The 'tools' I used were :

    - 3 bucket method (1 for shampoo, 1 for rinse, 1 for wheels)
    - Dooka wash pad and wheel wash pad
    - Foam lance
    - Wheel woolies
    - Chemical Guys wooly mammoth drying towel
    - VP brush for shuts / badges etc
    - Autosol and '00' gauge wire for exhaust tips
    - Various poor boys / chemical guys / cheap MF towels for differing duties.

    Anyway, only 2 before photos after the wash / decontamination / drying stage to show the defects caused by the body shops 'mopping' :

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    Tardis and Iron X applied :

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    Clayed (this is from a previous detail for representative of the level of contaminants pulled off) :

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    DAS-6 PRO and CG green pad used for initial correction :

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    by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr

    And a few afters (freshly corrected / unprotected paint, trim / rubber and tyres all finished after) :

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    HydrO2 applied (which is a simply amazing sealant which requires pressure washing to 'charge' it and bind to the paint :

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    Beading on a week old dirty car :

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    And finally cleaned the engine bay (the marks you can see are raindrops, started raining before I could apply any sealant:facepalm:)

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    by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr

    I only wish i'd protected the paint with CarPro 'Cquartz' but it was out of stock at the time.
     
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  2. NorvernRob

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    Looks superb! Got to admit though I'll never have another black car - they're just too much effort to keep looking clean and every mark shows so easily. I used to have a black 225 and the paint was really soft.
     
  3. gex23

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    This is my 2nd black car and 3rd RenaultSport and it'll be my last of both!

    Looking to replace with an S2000 later in the year.
     
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    Looking sweeeeeeet!!

    Must get some of that Hydro sealant.
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    Looks great, really nice. But blimey you need a cup of tea after all that. I'm tired just reading that. Wanna do my golf :)
     
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    Great job, but black cars are history for me too
     
  8. gex23

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    It's amazing stuff. However i'd say get a proper layer of protection on first, like CarPro Cquartz UK or Opti-coat 2.0, then use this every few months to top up the protection / beading - i'm planning on stripping the Hyrdo2 off this month and applying CQUK.

    Cheers!

    Cheers - this was done over the course of 3 days.

    Day 1 - Wash / Decontamination
    Day 2 - Front half corrected
    Day 3 - Back half corrected, LSP applied and dressings applied.

    Need to sort the interior next, clean and feed all the leather.

    If you're local i'm more than happy to help with your car :)

    Cheers.

    I don't blame you! Amazing when clean with perfect paint, but it does really show up the defects such as marring etc especially in direct sunlight!
     
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    Looks great. What do you use to clean the exhausts?
     
  10. gex23

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    I used APC and orange degreaser, agitated, to clean the soot away - followed by '00' gauge wire wool and autosol to polish them up.
     
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    No more RenaultSport, what's wrong with you man! ;) I'm on my third too and can't see past a 250/265 for my next car.
     
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    Because this one is annoying the hell out of me. Suffers from really bad road / tyre noise that i've failed to locate. So far changed :

    - Both front wheel bearings
    - Rear wheel bearings (integrated into rear discs)
    - Discs and pads all round (even though the outgoing ones were fine)
    - Gearbox oil (thinking it might be transmission noise related)
    - Intermediate shaft bearing
    - Changed all tyres for Coninental Sport Contact 3s (at a significant cost) as thought it might be a tyre issue.
    - New springs (cooksport lowering springs) in case it was a snapped spring.

    And on an unrelated note :

    - Swivel hub bearings replaced as these corrode and Renault want to charge a ridiculous amount (circa £700) a side to change as you have to replace the complete arm - and it's not IF but WHEN these will fail - both on the Mk2 and Mk3 Megane variants.
    - Rear 3/4 and rear bumper / tailgate respray as it had started corroding on the wheel arch, Renault wouldn't honour even though the car's immaculate.

    ^ Bear in mind this was a one owner, full Reanult service history, low mileage car that commanded top money too!

    Top this off with the notoriously unreliable ND0 box that these and the 197 / 200's contain, where the synchros WILL fail at some point - and Renault contribute a frankly laughable amount towards. (Hence why I sold my previous 197 as it had started crunching into 5th and 6th).

    Also swapped with another MeganeSport member my wheels and tyres and tried his - no change in the issue.

    So after a 172 Cup, 197 and R26 it's time to change to another brand and this time it's going to be Japanese - either an Impreza WRX STI PPP (Hawkeye) or S2000 as this is what I was going for but chose the R26 instead. My dream is a MKII Focus RS - but the residuals are silly on these and don't want to stretch to that much on finance.

    It's being kept immaculate (both servicing and paint wise) purely to P/X later in the year :)
     
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    That's poor mate.

    I must have been lucky, all that's gone wrong the ones I've had has been some common issues. In 10 months this one has cost me a driveshaft @£220 fitted. The old 225 had a hub bearing and an engine mount go and nothing else in 3.5 years!

    Btw the swivel hub bearings can be replaced cheaply now, the Renault Specialist I use (Mark Black) charges £80 per side. It cost me nearly £400 for the 225 one back when you had to buy the whole assembly.

    It's going for a service with Mark this week, oil/filter, cabin filter, plugs (I've already got these) and new injectors supplied and fitted all for £200. It doesn't really need the injectors but there's a very slight cough at idle which is a sign of them starting to go so might as well get it done as they're cheap to replace.

    I don't know where you are in the country but it may be worth a trip to Mark or at least speak to him, he knows these cars inside out and there can't be much he hasn't seen.
     
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    It was Mark who replaced wheel, hub and intermediate bearings for me - along with fitting the cooksport springs and loaning me his wheels / tyres for a week :)

    He's had the car for numerous road tests / drives to diagnose the problem and ended up as stumped as me.

    Put it down to tyre noise but no way it's that.
     
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    Ah nightmare, I'm at a loss then if Mark couldn't find it.
     
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    You sure it's not tyre noise?
    Contisportcontact 3 have been measured as 72db in the EU test, which is three bars and classed as 'poor'.
    No way you can try a tyre known for being quiet?
    Dunlop Sportmaxx are 68db and 1 bar, which is miles quieter.
    The way decibels work, small numbers can mean a big difference.

    Above figures based on 245/40x18
     
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    With regard to clay barring.
    Is this something you have to 'commit to'.
    In other words, do you have to make sure you can do the whole car in one go, with one lump of clay?
    Or can you break the bar down and do it a panel at a time?
    Or use the same lump of clay, but at different times?
    Time/weather is an issue for me, it's hard to commit to hours of car work.
     
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    That's a great bit of car care, I admire your perseverance!
     
  19. gex23

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    You don't have to use a whole bar. Cut or tear it into small pieces, put in a bowl of warm water and flatten out into a disc. Keeping it on the warm water makes it more malleable and easier to fold - make sure you're constantly checking it for any pick up, if it gets dirty, fold over and continue.

    If you don't want to get a specific clay 'lube' just use your normal car shampoo diluted.

    Cheers :)
     
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