Volkswagen Golf TDi – Minor Paint Correction. w/interior & engine bay

Booked as a Christmas present for a family member, the Golf was put through a two day Minor Paint Correction Detail, with added interior and engine bay treatments.


• 303 AeroSpace Protectant
• 3M Glass Cleaner
• AutoSmart Tardis
• AutoSmart G101
• AutoSmart Hazsafe
AMDetails Bubbles
AMDetails Wheels
• Bilt Hamber Auto-Clay
• Collinite 915 Marque d’elegance wax
• Jeffs Werkstat Prime
• Meguiars Super Degreaser
• Menzerna 203s
• Menzerna 85RD 3.02
• Poorboys Blackhole
• Scholl Concepts S17+
• Wolfs Chemicals Decon Gel
• Wolfs Chemicals Tyre and trim dressing
• Zaino Z6

Initial inspection on arrival:

Usual wash sequence carried out. Wheels, arches and engine bay first.

Wolfs’ Decon Gel lifting iron contaminants from the rims:

After the pre-soak, two bucket wash etc, AutoSmart Tardis was used to dissolve some chunky tar deposits.

Next decontamination stage, the clay bar.

Lots of sap and fallout on the horizontal panels of this car (roof, bonnet etc)

Once inside and blown dry, time to dress the engine bay.



As I begin to assess the paintwork, the first thing I notice is the dull, crazed headlights. (Strange, never seen this happen to a mkv Golf before)

After a brief discussion with the owner before leaving the car with me, I understood that at somepoint, the driver’s side had been resprayed (vehicle had been keyed if I remember correctly)

As I begin to inspect the O/S, my worst nightmares were revealed…

Unfinished DA sanding marks, everywhere. This was a VW main dealer ‘repair’, too.

Lovely masking mark just behind the door handle:

Even under the strip light, you can see the white ‘haze’ caused by the mass amount of pigtails. (DA sanding marks)

To make matters worse, I had to deal with two or three huge chunks of lacquer peel, too:

Shocking! The trouble is, these marks are quite bad! We’re only booked for a Minor Paint Correction Detail; working to a budget. To finish and restore the paintwork to how it should have been left in the first place, we’d been looking at an easy 20+ hour Major Correction.

The rest of the car covered in the usual swirls and blemishes:

Starting high, the roof, A-C pillars and wing mirrors were fairly easy to tackle.

Moving down the O/S. Wing, Before/After:

Tidying things up quite nicely.

For the first of the DA marks, I upped my polish & pad combo to give more bite.

An initial cutting stage followed by a refining stage. Results:

Better. But it requires a lot more work.

O/S/R door before/after:

Lower sections:

Boot lid:


50/50 on bonnet:

Bonnet fini:

Giving the headlights a once over to remove the surface hazing:

N/S/R quarter, before/after:

Overall, it’s coming up quite nicely. Big shame about the patchy bodyshop marks.

Paintwork glazed, waxed with Collinite 915 and finally wiped down before collection.

Interior tackled. Glass cleaned throughout with Dealer stickers being removed.