After Getting a New Project, Is Detailing an Important First Step?

One of the best first steps to take after you acquire a new project is to detail it. That way, you know what you're really working with.

That's exactly what we were thinking after we got our Callaway turbocharged Volkswagen Rabbit GTI back home here in Florida.

Giving our GTI an initial detail served two purposes: We really don't like working on dirty cars and, if the car cleans up as well as we think it will, we might take a little more care during our restoration process.

See how we went about detailing the original paint on our 36-year-old Rabbit over on Classic Motorsports.

Is detailing an important early step for your projects, or do you wait until the dirty work is over?

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Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
7/10/20 10:57 a.m.

A good detailing is generally the first thing I do to any car I purchase, project or not.

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise SuperDork
7/10/20 11:02 a.m.

After purchase, I always do a full detail, and full baseline maintenance all fluids. Then I do modify/track/drive, etc. 

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed UltraDork
7/10/20 12:37 p.m.
mr2s2000elise said:

After purchase, I always do a full detail, and full baseline maintenance all fluids. Then I do modify/track/drive, etc. 

Yep, your newly acquired Civic Si is looking mighty spiffy. Nice job.  

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise SuperDork
7/10/20 12:39 p.m.
Feedyurhed said:
 

Yep, your newly acquired Civic Si is looking mighty spiffy. Nice job.  

Thank you for the kind words, sir. yes

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
7/10/20 12:48 p.m.

My first steps usually involve a plasma cutter and a cut-off wheel. Does that count?

 

RustBeltSherpa
RustBeltSherpa New Reader
7/10/20 3:28 p.m.

Tim, the color on this GTI really "pops" after the detail. I was curious, will there be a future video with/without Tom Prescott discussing how you came to this solution of "respecting the paint"? 

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