This RS4 reached my hands with 2 months of age, after a friend bought it new at the end of 2007.

A surprising raw and powerful sedan, amazingly capable with its quattro traction and with an interesting character of subdued German design, pumped up and transformed with an injection of V8 power. 

For this detail the objective was simple: clean up the light damage made during the delivery of the car and protect the new and newly detailed finish.

engine: 4.2 fsi naturally aspirated v8, 32 valves
power: 414hp @ 7800rpm
torque: 430nm @ 5500rpm
max speed: 297km/h (unrestricted)
0-100km/h: 4.6 s
0-200km/h: 15.4 s
transmission: 6 speed manual
powertrain layout: front engine / quattro all wheel drive.
weight: 1720kg
year: 2008

before the detailing

The RS4 was delivered in the middle of the winter and it was showing the consequence of its daily use.

With a couple of thousands of kilometers done, the paint was left with almost no shine from the grimy roads and the exhausts were filled with soot.

It also displayed some poor dealer new car preparation,with residue of old polish on panel gaps or aluminium trim and oil spilled on the engine bay. Certainly not the way to deliver a €100 000 vehicle

Foam to help dissolve grime.

the wash

The wheels were taken care of first, with a light mix of wheel cleaner for the rear wheels and a good car shampoo for the front wheels, due to the carbon ceramics being quite dust free. Tires were scrubbed with a gentle brush and cleaned using an All Purpose Cleaner (APC).

Foamed with a citrus degreaser was the next step, to help remove the winter grime before any contact would happen. As the foam was in action, all panel gaps and rubbers were cleaned with the mix of APC and a soft brush.

It was then two bucket washed with Dodo Juice Born to be Mild, which left the paint clean for the next step. A fine clay was used to remove some light contaminantion and the surface was left ready to be polished. Washed again and rolled back into the garage.

the interior

Having been driven for only two months, the plastics and surfaces were new, just displaying the usage in the normal dust and some scoff marks here and there. To resolve this, all plastic surfaces were cleaned with a 10:1 APC and a soft microfibre.

The leather was cleaned and treated with Roger Koh's leather system, leaving the interior with a pristine look and a comforting leather smell.

At the end of the interior detail, all windows were  cleaned from the inside.

Leather treatment.

the polishing and waxing.

The Spring Blue displayed some light swirls and some random deep scratches (RDS), a rather sorry condition when you consider this being the first wash after the car was delivered.

Swirls were resolved swiftly with Menzerna 3.02 polish and the Flex rotary. Only on some more exposed to contact areas was it required to give it a second light pass.

The paint was then finished with 106FA on a finishing pad. The reflection was now perfect. I have to admit that this blue left me surprised on how it can change depending on the light.

The finish was then protected with two layers Dodo Juice Supernatural wax, leaving a finish now full of depth and gloss.

Light swirls on the RS4 Sprint Blue finish.

the results

The Spring Blue displayed some light swirls and some random deep scratches (RDS), a rather sorry condition when you consider this being the first wash after the car was delivered.

Swirls were resolved swiftly with Menzerna 3.02 polish and the Flex rotary. Only on some more exposed to contact areas was it required to give it a second light pass.

The paint was then finished with 106FA on a finishing pad. The reflection was now perfect. I have to admit that this blue left me surprised on how it can change depending on the light.

The finish was then protected with two layers Dodo Juice Supernatural wax, leaving a finish now full of depth and gloss.