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Redusernab Wagon Wednesday: Audi A4 Avant There-I-Fixed-It Edition

Audispray is a saltwater-based solution designed to help with clogged-feeling ears. I’m still trying to find something to clean my eyes with after looking through these photos of a DIY Audi shot in Finland.

It’s one thing to fix your own car, it’s perfectly alright to try to make it feel like your own, but I’m having a tough time trying to figure out why on earth the owner of this 2001 Audi A4 Avant has chosen to repeatedly spray, sand, spackle and bondo his car into this undescribable condition. What’s more, it’s a work in progress. Make the jump for more photos. They’re all that bad.

The Audi was photographed on an apartment complex’s parking lot by a workmate of Edvin-the-friend-of-Redusernab; he says it’s an older gentleman (apparently a retired police officer) fixing the Audi. The photographer says it’s common to see the Audi man working on his car, all dressed up in Sunday’s best, doing some of the most visually attacking bodywork after the terror that is the infamous . Seriously, I’m half-waiting for the guy to screw some Audi rings on the sheetmetal.

And like I said, it’s a work in progress. These three photos were taken last month, but later the Audi’s progressed to a more uniform colour.

The story goes the Audi man always sets on to improve the paintwork on every car he gets. They’re apparently perfectly serviceable as they come, with little more to fix than can be expected of a 10-year-old car or so, but the guy decides to repaint them yearly at the safety of his own home.

And let me get this straight, I’m not ridiculing the man for what he chooses to do, especially if he’s a gentleman of advanced age. If he chooses to do his bodywork himself, I salute him for that. If he wants his car to look and feel like no other car, that’s absolutely fine. If he smoothes out the prep work by what looks like wielding a butterknife, or only uses the bare minimum of masking tape, it’s up to him. But I tell you, it’s going to be somewhat challenging for whoever gets his car next to undo any of his doing.

In this case it’s probably the best to shield his identity and blur the plates. But as his Midas touch extends to the actual plates, I had to leave the number section unblurred. Also note the smoothed-in hatch handle, the colour-coded lock, and subtle debadging.

Be sure to keep your receiver tuned to the Redusernab channel in case the project continues. I cannot wait to see where this is going.

Update July 2nd: This is where it’s going! Apparently it’s not a big deal to use an electric sander in the rain. Also, overspray.

 

[Images: That One Guy Edvin Knows]

  • That. Is. Awesome. !!!

    So, what other powers beyond sanding and bondo-ing does AudiMan have?

  • So going back to your first sentence … Audispray is some kind of douche?

    • OA5599

      I believe you have confused it with Porschespray.

  • Devin

    Did this Audi kill his wife and now he's taking his slow, methodical revenge?

  • smalleyxb122

    When I lived in Wisconsin, I lived next door to a guy that would repaint his Monte Carlo on an annual basis. He would smear a little Bondo into any new dings, and break out the rattle cans. I cannot attest to how many years he repainted the car, but can assure you that by the time I saw the car, the paint was THICK, and it takes many, many coats to get significant buildup with rattle cans.

    The one thing that he had over Audiman, is that his car was always one color. It was always black. It seemed that he was always striving to paint it “better than the last time” without ever undoing the prior years’ missteps.

  • hotrodrendering

    Perhaps the owner punts some poor sod off the road weekly and is covering the evidence.

  • craigsu

    Be sure to have Edvin the Volvo graffiti artists on AudiMan's behalf. Maybe they can partner up.

  • dukeisduke

    Are you sure it hasn't been at the bottom of a lake?

  • If this car wasn't in Finland, I'd be regarding it purely as a source for a set of post-facelift headlamps for my A4.

    Here's hoping he pulls a rabbit out of the hat. But by the looks of it, it's an extremely deep hat.

  • HTWHLS

    Ha! That's nothing….you should see some of my welds.

  • HTWHLS

    On the other hand..and I'm being serious. Is it possible that the man has the heart but not the skill…but also, is having trouble with his eyesight? Before he passed, I went back home to help my dad. He was 'working on the Chevy' and it looked much the same.

    His eyesight had gotten to the point when a line was clear but the area around it wasn't. He had primer-ed over trim, glass, door handles and tires and hadn't even seen it. He seemed really proud of his effort and ..well, I acknowledged it.

    Sometimes the attempt is more important than the results. I miss ya, pop!

  • texlenin

    No worries- we'll clean it up in Post!

  • Van_Sarockin

    You'd better be hoping that my insurance covers leprosy caught from a photograph.

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