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    I initially used CQuartz UK Edition and it requires strict prep and application. It still seemed to be working and looked good 18/24 months in... with a top-up of Reload (twice). Also needs a week of aftercare if you plan to drive in the rain. I switched around 18 months ago to Gtechniq C1.5 v2 Silo Seal which provides similar protection, but is far, far easier to apply. One full prep 18 months back (mostly to remove the CQuartz) and 2/3 double applications of C1.5 per year gives a deep gloss protection. Great on the wheels too… I previously thought Poorboys Wheel Sealant was good.

    I think CQuartz was tougher and gave more protection, but C1.5 seems to be more bug/tar resistant and a gives much nicer lustre... two coats last about 4/5 months.

    Other stuff I like for the prep:

    Auto Glym Intensive Tar Remover
    Bilt Hamber Auto Clay Bar (only needs water for lube)
    Meguair`s Ultimate Compound
    CarPro Eraser
     
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    Forgot to add carpro trix is great stuff. It's a tar and iron remover all in one and works great. It's not as good as using ironx and Tarx but saves a lot of time using 1 product. This will remove almost any protection on the paint work. I found using this stuff almost eliminates the need for claying. Great for decontamination stage. Brilliant wheel cleaner as well.
    Only problem is It stinks!

    Minor swirls I use autoglym radiant wax. It's a trade product and comes in 5l. It's like super resin on steroids with a waxy finish and a lot less dust. Done 3 cars and barely used 700ml of this stuff so if anyone needing some come around with a bottle and some beer 😄
     
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    I have done gtechniq crystal serum and exo on my last 2 audis. The previous one was still swirl free and sheeting water after 12 months. I just find it makes it so much easier to wash and dry which makes me do it more.

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    Detailing world is a good forum to refer. Heres what I do:

    0. Wash and dry first of course.
    1. Claybar the whole car to get rid of tar and buldup.
    2. Poorboy blackhole to fill up those swirl marks and any minor scratches.
    3. Coat of wax to seal the shine.

    Never compound/polish unless scratched as that essentially removes a thin layer off the surface.


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    I did my C7 a few weekends ago and documented the job: http://www.audi-sport.net/xf/index.php?threads/335177
     
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    Nice one ! I may try that first


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    This afternoon I polished my car with Chemical Guys Vintage Series Butter Wax and then sealed it with Jetseal 109. Just in time for it to flipping rain FFS! Still, the water is beading off the car an absolute treat!
     
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    Isn't it sealant first then wax ?
     
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    It was late, I was tired LOL. Please reverse my statement above!!
     
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    I forgot to add, when doing it I noticed some of the paint felt rough. 2 weeks ago, the local Audi garage repaired my rear bumper which was damaged in transit.
    It feels like a lot of either spray or lacquer dust has settled on the paint. I paid them a visit today and they are going to mop my car. Ah well, that's all the work wasted but at least I should get a great base to start again LOL.
     
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