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With the coronavirus I decided to do something I’ve never done before, something that would help my fitness if I were to get the virus to give me a better chance as I am in all 3 of the high risk categories.



I read about detailing (cleaning the car to a higher level than the normal wash and vacuum)

I decided to buy a polishing DA along with a set of pads and various grades of polish. My intention was to take a clean car with swirl marks all over the paintwork and various scratches and chips and turn it into a semi concours finish.

I bought a set of Ford touch up paints to fill the chips, this was straightforward simply clean with 2500 wet and dry then using isopropyl alcohol to clean before touching up, take your time waiting for it to dry before each coat makes it easy to do a reasonable job. I did forget always important to start with the car freshly washed and dryed, this used to be impossible for me to do with my previous car a Ford Galaxy it was too big and because I have a spine injury with huge amounts of pain I just couldn’t wash it.

I soon realised this Kuga is so much easier and each time I worked on it the next day I could do a little more until now I can wash it without a rest, a huge improvement in my health I haven’t been able to do this for over 15 years but the fear of the virus spurred me on to get as fit as I can at the same time enjoying learning about cleaning the car to an almost professional level.



Step 1 is to clay the car using a claybar kit Bilt-Hamber Auto Clay Bar Soft - Car Detailing 200g 721315283574 | eBay



The idea is to keep it wet whilst rubbing every panel to clean contaminates before stage 1 of polishing this is to ensure your not grinding more swirls into the paint, I was astonished how much dirt it pulled out of the paint even after a careful hand wash, this took me 3 days doing it carefully I did get much faster as it went on when I realised I was not wetting it enough.

As soon as this was done another full wash ready for stage 1 I used Menzerna polishes 400 grit all over every panel until after wiping down there were no more marks in the paintwork, this was very time consuming and made my little arms ache like ****, ( I have done no manual work for 20 years ) after 3 days of polishing for as many hours as I could each day which was around 3 -4 hours a day.

This was very enjoyable and I was talking to people walking by on the Street obviously keeping the distance, it seems like people now have the time to talk and are much happier than normal, I saw couples walking by holding hands just nice to see. Some people were moaning but I take that with a pinch of salt so many people much worse off than most of us, in this terrible time we have to take stock of the good things in life and feel lucky we are not one of the daily statistics that are truly shocking.



Anyway after a week the car was much cleaner and even better I was feeling much fitter each day I was able to do more standing or sitting polishing the various panels to 2000 grit paste, now it was starting to shine quite nicely and I still had the 3500 paste to finish before sealing to protect it for around 6 months, I’m at the 15th day and I have yet to do the sealing coat, I have to wash the car again then clean each panel with the isopropyl alcohol again to ensure the sealant bonds to the paintwork.



I shall update with some pictures when I’m finished in a couple of days, up to now I have done 2 things I’m proud of cleaned the car to a level I have never done before and best of all my health is at least 10 years back when I could do this, I couldn’t do gym work as I just can’t see anything for it but to polish the car to another level and get fit at the same time is win win for me, other people walking by have commented on how it looks and a few have started on their own cars, so I thought I would post on here a great place for car enthusiasts I hope this could give you the enjoyment it has given me.

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Looking very smart... Worth all the effort. ??. Should make it easier to keep it looking like that.
 

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Looking very nice indeed.

I remember the first time I clay barred a car (a Seat Alhambra) I have never felt so ruddy knackered doing something that was meant to be pleasurable (yes, including that!).
 

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Looks really good, well worth the effort, smart car and better fitness.
 

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Fantastic KimandSally.
Car looks very nice and the main thing is that you have reached a fitness you was not at before.
You do realise now that this is going to be an ongoing job with at least a photo every month so we can make sure your staying FIT ……………………………..Well done matey ;)
 

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Thanks guys I appreciate the nice comments, for sure I want to keep on top of it now, I realise I can do it but I just have to do a bit at a time before I couldn't face doing it because of the pain it caused me but fact is if I did get the virus pretty sure it would have killed me I'm a very bad diabetic had pneumonia 18 moths ago and suffer high blood pressure but now I feel so much fitter I feel I would have a fighting chance.

I feel so much good has become of these terrible times people are taking stock of what they have and feel lucky to be here only 2 people have I seen with a bad attitude and sadly they both had children in pushchairs both walked straight by me at about a foot distance I was busy and didn't notice until they were on top of me each time I mentioned about keeping the gap one called me pathetic the other told me to F off and their children's well being had nothing to do with me.
 

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Briefly on that topic.

I was in the elderly and disabled (I am both) queue along with the NHS workers (who we insist go first always) at the local Waitrose on Tuesday.

A woman in her 30's joined the queue and was (very) politely asked where she worked in the NHS and whether she would like to go to the head of the queue.

Her response "What effing business is it of yours? I don't work for the effing NHS, I am busy shopping for me family".

She was 'escorted' to the very back of the (far longer) 'general' queue by the 'marshall' (who was polite but built like a brick outhouse) and then asked to wait while many others were allowed to enter before her.

The rudeness of a few ignorant people never ceases to surprise me.

A nice touch from Waitrose though was asking everyone, if they wished, to provide proof that they worked for the NHS. If they did they got a bloody huge easter egg and, in many cases. a 'bottle of something'.
 

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Unfortunately their are many types of people in this world of ours, and it's times like these now that others will remember how we ALL reacted towards others in desperate times.
And those that help will always have friends around them...………...Those that don't help or are disrespectful get what they deserve!!
Just my humble opinion that is :)
 

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Me too, the nice people are even nicer the other seem even worse, sad but at least they are the minority.
 
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