With the support and encouragement of Carzilla, I have been working and experimenting with a variety of products from Gyeon. These videos demonstrate the application process and results of 1. Gyeon Syncro paint coating and 2. Gyeon Q2 Rim coating. I recently picked up several other Gyeon products and plan on completing a comprehensive detail on my SQ5 in the next week, once it gets dirty! Until then, enjoy these two videos:
While the owner of this sweet little Allroad and his family were vacationing down in Mexico, I saw working away on it for three days. In total, I put probably north of 15 hours into this project and I was impressed with how it came out. The video is on the long side, but it really tells the story of what I did to it. Enjoy:
The owner of the Infiniti FX35 I recently detailed dropped his first-gen SQ5 off for some RAD treatment. I didn't have the time or energy to make a video for this one, but I did do a short video for Instagram. It was a 8 hour job and the results were pretty good.
A good friend of mine found himself in a desperate situation involving the tires on his BMW 435i. He returned from a business trip and noticed that the belts were showing through on his front tires. A quick call late on Friday afternoon and the new tires were ready to roll on Monday afternoon, which is amazing turnaround.
I think running a staggered 20" setup on this car isn't the most practical way to go, but they do look awesome. Anyway, here's some photos from the install. I would highly recommend giving Shaun a call at (403) 465-0771 or dropping him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in the market for new tires. His prices were highly competitive and the service he provided was top notch!
I put a good twelve hours into this gorgeous FX 35. I just love these cars. I was extremely happy with the end result. Here's the video:
Following on the heels of the black R8, an Edmonton R8 owner popped down for a detail. I spent the entire day obsessing over this car and just before I was about to post the video, my MacBook crashed. For days I thought I had lost all the footage, but I was able to salvage it in the end. Here's the video and I hope you enjoy it:
A while ago, I extended an offer to any local R8 drivers interested in having me perform a free detail on their car. I had two takers. Here's the first of the two R8's. These pics were taken after a comprehensive 10-hour detail that covered the interior, wheels, exterior and engine compartment. With a sticker price of well over $200K, I should have been nervous, but my detailing process is quite sound, so I felt completely comfortable and the results were fantastic. I put a video together that demonstrates the various steps and processes that went into this dream detail.
This 2017 R8 is the V10 Plus model with 610 bhp. I took it for a quick rip around the community and even at 30 km/h, this car is a blast! The owner was very pleased with the quality of my work and has requested that I give it a pre-winter detail in the Fall. I'm looking forward to it.
I have never discriminated when it comes to the makes or models of cars I have detailed. I have attacked 15-year-old Toyota Corolla's with Cheerios stuffed in every fold of the back seat and I have slogged away in minivans covered with dog hair. You never heard me complain. But, now I want to treat myself. If you, or someone you know, has an Audi R8, let it be known I am offering a free exterior wash and detail. I would need the car for a weekend during the summer.
I am experimenting with a new logo, but I am not completely sold on it. It was a collaborative effort between me and a Belgian designer I hooked up with through Fiverr. Currently, I have commissioned another designer to see what they can come up with, so hopefully they can come up with something even better. In the meantime, this is the new one:
I am in the process of planning out an exciting detailing project that will culminate with a Gyeon coating using their new "Syncro" system. I have no experience using products from the South Korean company, but I have only heard great things. The Syncro system is a two stage process that combines two base coats of their durable Mohs ceramic coating with a durable and flexible top coat of Skin.
I want to thank the owner of Carzilla for suggesting this coating and I look forward to applying it to the Daytona Grey paint on my SQ5. In addition to the Syncro system, Carzilla also supplied me with 1000 ml bottles of Prep, Iron and Wet Coat to ensure I enjoy optimal performance from the Mohs and Skin coatings.
It is no secret to anyone following my work that I have grown quite fond of Leno's Garage products. Recently, a sizeable shipment arrived just in time for summer. I have a number of exciting projects lined up for my summer break, and these products will play instrumental roles in all of them.
I had the opportunity to speak with Troy, the owner of Auto Obsessed in Edmonton recently. Our conversation was focused on the line up of OBSSSSD premium detailing products. I was overjoyed when a sampling of these products arrived on my doorstep a few days later. I am eagerly anticipating putting these products through the motions in the coming weeks and months.
- Paint Finish
- Leather Cleaner
- Leather Conditioner
- Auto Wash Shampoo
- Touch Up
- Wheel Cleaner
- Tire Satin Finish
Here's a little teaser video I shot starring the new OBSSSSD arrivals. I look forward to sharing my impressions of each of these products once I have had some time to experiment with them.
The team at Leno's Garage has created a discount code and I am hoping my fellow automotive and detailing enthusiast friends will use it. You will save 10% off your order by using "RADGARAGE" at checkout at www.lenosgarage.com. I want to thank the team at Jay Leno's Garage and I hope this code will drive some business their way because they have been very supportive of me and my detailing obsession.
I am constantly impressed by the quality of the Leno's Garage line of detailing products and I feel confident their products offer people an effective and affordable way to maintain an immaculate vehicle. In most parts of Canada, maintaining a clean car isn't easy. Intelligent Canadian car lovers avoid automated car washes and opt to wash their cars at their local coin-operated facility, but often times vehicles require further steps in order to be truly spotless. I have compiled a list of Leno's Garage products that I recommend for people who wish to complete the job. Each of the products in this "kit" effectively serves a purpose and I am confident in their performance because I have extensively used them all.
* prices in US dollars
* spray bottle prices are for 16 oz size (gallon sizes are available for most products)
* delivery to Canada is $20 US
* Leather Cleaner can be substituted for Fabric Clean for cars with upholstered interiors
* various Microfibre towel kits are available
* order at lenosgarage.com
* be sure to apply "RADGARAGE" discount code for 10% off your order
Since it was getting tricky keeping up with my son and his mountain bike, I picked up a Trek Marlin 4 last month. It's a nice bike and very reasonably priced. I look forward to some epic summer rides with my main man! I was extremely pleased with the courteous and knowledgeable staff at Calgary Cycle on Bow Trail. I really enjoyed the Hub Cafe next door, as well.
Mike from Ohio writes:
"How do you train your "psyche" to overcome a sense of "giving up". This is hard to put into words, so my apologies. Best I describe what I'm referring to. I don't have your talent, skill and know-how to do what you do...but if magically all of a sudden I did have that capacity, I would get discouraged after spending so many hours/days on a car...I would get severely "bummed out" when I take the car out on the road (in the rain) and my perfectly cleaned/detailed car gets dirty again. Hope that makes sense. I'm afraid that is how I'd feel. You have obviously overcome that "problem". How do you compartmentalize your sense of satisfaction when time after time..car after car...dirt, road grime and pollen spoil what you've just spent an enormous amount of time and energy cleaning? Is there a mental trick to it?"
This is a great question, and I have had to reconcile a few things in my own mind to maintain my dedication to car care. The environment in my city is very challenging. The winters are long and messy, and the rest of the year is dusty with a real mix of weather. There are a few ways I deal with the stress and most of them are visible in the way I have designed my garage. Combating the relentless challenges of maintaining a clean car has been made easier by the fact that my garage is a full-service detail facility. I can pull my car in on any day and everything I need to keep it clean is close at hand. My vacuums are easily accessible and I have a wide array of products that work in all kinds of different seasonal situations. By having all the tools and supplies I need at the ready, it allows me to use my energy efficiently.
Also, I just love the process of returning a dirty car to pristine shape. Yes, it may be dirty within seconds after leaving the garage, but that doesn't negate the fact that I had fun making it look brand new again. It is also rewarding to know that the car is still in excellent condition, free or scratches and defects, under the dirt and grime. I am really paranoid about the salt and salt residue embedding in my paint and causing corrosion, so every time I get the paint clean, it gives me hope that rust and corrosion will never claim my current vehicle liked it claimed a few in my earlier years! So, in conclusion, I can keep going no matter the challenges because I have the proper facility and supplies, I like the process, and I enjoy knowing that my car's condition is still flawless under the dirt, salt, pollen, or whatever other menace the world is throwing at me.
Now, if I had a black truck that I had to park outside like my friend, Bryan...that would be whole other story. He gets all my respect!
Spring is off to an exciting start. The weather has been great and I have been able to complete a few projects already. Recently, I detailed a YouTube viewer's SQ5 and I have performed a number of details on my own SQ5. I think it is going to be a great season and I plan to put more content on my YouTube channel this summer. Here are a few videos I produced in the last little while.
As far as the garage is concerned, I have performed a few minor fixes. I repainted the lower porting of the inner car door since it took a beating from "winter garage hockey" and I sanded the rust off the garage door rail system and repainted. I don't have any big plans for the summer in the garage, just minor tweaks here and there. At some point I want to do something cool with the ceiling. I was thinking of wood, but I have to think about it more. A lot more.
The SQ5 has been brilliant. It is due for its first service in 1300 kms, and it has provided me with non-stop fun. I couldn't be happier with this car and the Daytona Grey paint is amazing to play with. The sun dances off this car's surface. I am very happy with the colour. I plan on doing a coating with CQuartz UK here in the next while, but timing is crucial. When you only have one car, you have to carefully plan these things!
I've been pretty active on Instagram, so be sure to follow for more updates from my garage.
If you click, on "Automotive and Tires" on the main page of the Costco website, you will see a large advertisement for the QuickJack portable lift featuring a stunning photo of my old SQ5 in my garage. Over the years, I have been fortunate to have formed some wonderful relationships with some of my favorite retailers. The team at QuickJack and I have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship since I first added a QuickJack to my garage back in the Spring of 2016 and I am pleased to see these amazing shots getting some good press.
I am confident there is no place worse, no place more challenging, no place more frustrating to keep a clear clean than Calgary, Alberta in winter. Even with my garage converted into a detailing studio, I just can't keep up. But, I won't stop trying. Here's a video that demonstrates how I go about keeping a tidy interior despite Mother Nature's efforts to ruin me.
Who is Rick?
I'm just a guy who loves his garage, Audi, and detailing so much he blogs about them.
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