Ford Mondeo – Winter Protection Detail

Take one bruised and tired looking Ford.. Clean it. Clay it. Cleanse and Protect it. Leave it with a whole new lease of life.


  • AutoSmart G101
  • AutoSmart Tardis
  • AutoGlym FastGlass
  • Chemical Guys JetSEAL901
  • Collinite 476s
  • Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
  • Lusso Revitalizing Cream
  • Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner
  • Meguiars Last Touch
  • Meguiars Super Degreaser
  • Meguiars Wheel Brightener
  • Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel
  • Sonus Green Clay bar
  • ValetPRO Snowfoam
  • Zaino Z8 Grand Finale



Initial inspection..

Starting with the wheels, tyres and arches.

Then onto the doorshuts and boot sill.

A lengthy pressure rinse given to remove all surface debris.

Snowfoam applied with an APC mix to eat into to more stubborn dirt and lift off of the paint.

Further pressure rinse given to leave the car ready for it’s wash..

^Sky the Malamute watches on as I fill the two buckets.

After the wash was complete, I left the car wet as it was time to clay. This, I knew would be a lengthy process. To touch, the car was rough.

Claybar before a section of the roof:


After each panel was clayed, I rinsed to rid the Last Touch residues.

After clay stage was complete, I gave the car another hit with snowfoam and made a quick pass with a mitt and Born To Be Mild to clean off any remaining residues.

A visual improvement can be seen already. Claying makes SUCH a difference to ‘tired’ cars like this..

Using a 3M Finishing Pad and the Porter Cable DA, I made my way around the car with Lusso Revitalizing Cream which enhanced and cleaned the paint in readiness for wax.

Before/After on the bonnet:

Close-up photo of the paint before the cleanse stage..

And after:

A much deeper blue. (Due to the removal of some of the tiny hairline scratches that ‘grey’ the cars appearance)



And paint condition seen under the Brinkmann:



Wax goes down. Dressings on and tyres dressed..

Moving on to the Interior.. All surface plastics were wiped clean with an APC (All-purpose cleaner..), crevices and vents dusted and carpets/upholstery vac’d.

A final wipedown with Zaino Z8:

I left it here for day 1. Windows were to be completed in the morning due to the damp air causing issues.

Rise and shine and we’re all finished. I’m able to capture these final shots before moving on to a Winter Protection Detail on a LR Discovery 3.

A few nasties spotted around the filler-cap:

Bits like this would require additional machine work to lift the deeper swirls and marks out. But, for a single pass with a cleaning agent, I don’t think it did a bad job at all!

Total time..? Longer than expected!

Thanks for reading.