Svend’s post today reminded me that I wanted to share having my old girl cleaned up. Back in February I decided to sell my S3 and and buy this old girl outright, to move a car payment off the family dole. So far the 2011 GS has been flawless aside from an intermittent TPS light from a tire pressure sensor that either has a dying battery or wasn’t installed correctly when I got a pair of new tires.

Anyway, given the car is eight years old and hasn’t been enthusiast-owned, it needed some love. I booked it a week-long spa visit with my local detailer while we were on vacation where it received a two stage paint correction, headlight restoration and a two year ceramic coat and I received a large bill.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really take any before pics, but it had lots of scuffs and scratching around the decklid area from luggage being carelessly loaded/unloaded, the headlights were pretty hazy, the door handle cups were full of scratches and the paint overall was just not quite up to snuff.

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Fortunately, the results speak for themselves.

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She almost looks new! Certainly doesn’t look like a car with 115k on the clock. Right now, the only things letting the car down is a lousy tint job that needs removed/replaced and the wheels are pretty beat up and could stand to be repaired/replaced.

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I’ve never had a car ceramic coated before, but I’m honestly already hooked.  We’ve had rain off and on ever since I picked it up and the car still somehow looks clean. It’s amazing how well it repels water/dirt/etc.  The only negative of the detail (aside from the bill) is that the pinstripe was faded in a couple spots, and the detail only exacerbated that.  I’ve spoken with him and he’s just going to remove it and recoat those areas when I bring it back in for its yearly maintenance.