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R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Crapbag » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:17 pm

Hi all.

Ive spent the last few days when time allows to get my newly acquired R36 up to scratch. My aim is to get it to a point that it’s clean and tidy but I don’t get it perfect and become precious over it. As it has to deal with daily life and what kids, dogs and mountain bikes throw at it.

I picked the car up just over a week ago. And to say it was filthy is an understatement. The last owner had clearly “washed” it and hoovered the surface inside. But that’s about it.

So let’s start with some before

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So as you can see pretty hanging. First on the agenda was to do battle with the exhaust tips. Now I’m pretty sure that in the life of the car they have never been cleaned as they’re badly pitted. But I did my best with 1st stage being a thorough degreasing, followed by Britemax twins. Using an abrasive drill mounted foam ball on the inside. And 0000 fine wire wool on the outside. I’m not finished with them yet. But for the moment they will do.

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So with that done it was onto degreasing and All Purpose Cleaning (APC) all the shuts

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Thank fully with a bit of elbow work all the shuts came up aswell as each other. And are a million times better.

Next was to fully decontaminate the paintwork. This was triple stage. Being ferrous fallout removed with Bilt Hamber Korrosol, de-tar with Tardis and clay with a new product to me, Carbon Collective clay pad system. To which I’m pleasantly surprised with and saw zero marring.

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As you can see there was plenty of iron fallout. To be honest there wasn’t a great deal of Tar so never took any pics. And likewise not a lot to see with the clay pad so again no pics.

After that lot was done it was time to hand polish with Adams Revive an excellent product and used mainly in this case to prep the paint for the wax. Leaving it naked for the best adhesion. My go to wax for longevity is Fusso Soft 99 Light. Put on in light thin layers it flashes over really quickly and removes with little effort. All in all I’m really happy with the results. And intend to lay down another coat of wax tomorrow. Which should going by previously applied layers of fusso on other cars, give me 8-10 months protection easily.

It’s also worth saying that between stages I 2 bucket washed using Adams shampoo, and dried using my Wooly Mammoth

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Next on the agenda is to clean the engine bay and give the interior a good clean. To which I’ll update later.

Thanks for stopping by,

And any questions fire away,

Craig.

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Gazwould » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:56 pm

Bloody good effort :-bd
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I'd give her some 'trivago' .

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Post by Crapbag » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:01 pm

Cheers buddy.

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by dubber36 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:08 am

I would have loved an R36, but didn't think I could have justified the fuel costs. Given the lack of depreciation, one could well have cost less to own than the B7 diesel that I had. I now have an Amarok, and at £100 to fill the tank that lasts no more than 600miles, I'd guess it is comparable with your 36.
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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Crapbag » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:32 am

dubber36 wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:08 am
I would have loved an R36, but didn't think I could have justified the fuel costs. Given the lack of depreciation, one could well have cost less to own than the B7 diesel that I had. I now have an Amarok, and at £100 to fill the tank that lasts no more than 600miles, I'd guess it is comparable with your 36.
Yeah that was exactly my thought process. I’ve gone from a 2.0tdi B7 estate and a Mini Countryman S All4 to this. So even though tax is more. Along with economy it kinda levels out on the daily running. But take residuals into account and I should be quids in. And if all else fails I’ll have owned an iconic rare car. And it sits well beside my weekend toy. So I’m a happy little boy.

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by LetsGoForASpin » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:45 am

Good job, nice shine especially for a silver car.
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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Crapbag » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:09 am

LetsGoForASpin wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:45 am
Good job, nice shine especially for a silver car.
Thanks man. The silver has actually got a lot of metallic fleck in it so that helps. The Biscay blue is a lovely colour. But as my other car is bright blue and with this car being (a well kept) workhorse silver was the colour I hoped would come up. But to be perfectly honest. With them being so rare. And in need, the colour was a minor in the choosing. As long as the car was solid and well maintained with low miles I was happy.

I managed to get another coat of Fusso on last night and also got the interior cleaned. I’ll be sure to get some decent pics up later.

Thanks again,

Craig.

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Mr36 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:59 pm

Wow you've done a cracking job, you certainly know your stuff about car detailing it looks beautiful 👍🏻😎

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Crapbag » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:45 pm

Thanks Mr36, to be fair I have good friends that have won Waxstock and one of them owns their own unit based Detailing company https://www.themattfinish.co.uk. And another owns a store that imports USA Detailing brands and has developed his own range of detailing cloths https://www.prestigecarcareshop.com. So they're always on hand to lead the way

Thanks again,

Craig.

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Mr36 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:10 pm

Very interesting links indeed, did you use any of the Adams products on your car?

We've recently purchased a Jap import R36 estate in blue, but the metal trim around the side windows and roof bars let it down, they look as if they have oxidised if that's possible and I wondered if you have any tips on any products that's worth trying that may get rid of it. When I work out how to post pics I will put some up.

Cheers

Marcus. 😊

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Crapbag » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:06 pm

Hi nice work on getting the R36 does it have any mods on it? I’ve found that mines quite rare in having the updated with MFD.

As for Adams yeah I’ve used most of their range. Stand outs for me are;

Shampoo, doesn’t dry and leave residue. You can literally put it on and let it dry in the sun and it will quite literally just rinse off leaving no marks (I do use a DA to stop water marks which helps)

Detail spray is so good, it takes next to no effort to apply and gives a nice level of gloss.

Brilliant shine, is again effortless and gives simply epic levels of gloss and is good for those special occasions.

Glass cleaner, again just does exactly what it says on the tin. And leaves the glass smear free

Interior detailer, leaves the interior factory fresh with not greasy residue or shine. It has a light baby powder smell that isn’t dominant but just clean and fresh.

The range is huge, and the take away is that they’re all easy to use. And all smell great!

I’ve not used any of the griots, mastersons or P&S but Jeff (the owner) is desperate for me to use the P&S bead maker as he tell me it’s amazing!

As for your bars and surrounds. Mine were the same. Britemax metal twins were amazing and brought them back with minimal effort all by hand.

I’ve just spoke to Jeff and he said to use ocd10 code for 10% off.

Hope that helps,

Craig.

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Mr36 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:47 pm

Hi Craig

Many thanks for the speedy in depth reply, all info on the products is greatly recieved. I'm no car detailed, but I do like to keep our cars clean and because of this I do seem to get cleaning products such a Meguiars bought for me for Birthday/Christmas presents.
I do like the sound of the ease of use of the Adam's products though, especially now as I'm in my fifties and have joint problems, so if they make car cleaning easier I'll more than likely give them a try 👍🏻

Also thank you for recommending a cleaning product to brighten up the window surrounds and roof rails, again I will purchase them. I was so worried that the trim was goosed.

Our car was recently imported , so apart from the dealer we are the first private UK owners of it. As for mods, I don't think so, but it does have Dynamic Chassis Control (normal, comfort and sports suspension set up at the touch of a button). I've also noticed it says MFD in the display on dash if that's what you are referring to. In time I would like to get the factory sat nav sorted because it still thinks we are in Japan, I think the radio is a RNS 510.

Thank you once again for your help, it is greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Marcus. 😊

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Crapbag » Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:23 pm

Yeah when I say MFD I mean the display on the dash. Most I’ve seen are red. Mine is white.

I’m not sure that dynamic chassis was an option in the uk as I’ve not seen it. It is however on the 2012 cc I’ve just managed to get for my parents and it seems to do a good job.

As for you’re nav I wouldn’t mind hedging a bet that it’s becasue the disk/mapping is only for Japan so it in essence doesn’t know where you are. And a simply map updat to Europe will sort it. Is the display in English?

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Mr36 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:12 pm

Got ya, yes my MFD display is red.

All displays on the radio etc are all in English, it's just the sat nav map display that's in Japanese.

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Re: R36 Scrub a dub.

Post by Crapbag » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:12 pm

Ah, sweet in that case then hopefully it will just be a map update via cd or sd card.

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