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Right then after giving the car a very quick wash last weekend I have been bitten by the cleaning bug. So this weekend I went out and bought two new buckets, two wash mits (one for the wheels only), some valeting clothes and microfibre drying towel. I also have AG shampoo, polish and alloy cleaner.

Is there anything else that I need and anybody got some tips on doing a good job.

 

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You'll need a couple more drying towels; one for bodywork, another for wheels, one for shutlines (eg. door shuts, boot etc) and one for glass. I'd also recommend a decent paint cleanser (Dodo Juice do a good one) as well as a claying kit. Then you'll need a decent wax and polish as well, with appropriate buffing cloths.

If you're getting really serious, you can start looking at things like snow-foam which are excellent for removing grease and stuff.

I'd actually suggest heading over to http://www.detailingworld.com where you'll find far more in-depth and specialist advice.
 

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QUOTE(ST H16OPY @ 7 Feb 2010, 06:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Right then after giving the car a very quick wash last weekend I have been bitten by the cleaning bug. So this weekend I went out and bought two new buckets, two wash mits (one for the wheels only), some valeting clothes and microfibre trying towel. I also have AG shampoo, polish and alloy cleaner.

Is there anything else that I need and anybody got some tips on doing a good job.



I think you've got enough, spend more money on petrol
 

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QUOTE(Gav @ 7 Feb 2010, 06:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>You'll need a couple more drying towels; one for bodywork, another for wheels, one for shutlines (eg. door shuts, boot etc) and one for glass. I'd also recommend a decent paint cleanser (Dodo Juice do a good one) as well as a claying kit. Then you'll need a decent wax and polish as well, with appropriate buffing cloths.

If you're getting really serious, you can start looking at things like snow-foam which are excellent for removing grease and stuff.

I'd actually suggest heading over to http://www.detailingworld.com where you'll find far more in-depth and specialist advice.


Spot on cheers mate, paint cleanser does that go on after you have washed it? I like having a nose round that detailing world some of the finish articles are amazing. There is a cracking thread on there about Paul Dalton doing a 1.5m koenigsegg.
 

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QUOTE(ST H16OPY @ 7 Feb 2010, 06:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Spot on cheers mate, paint cleanser does that go on after you have washed it? I like having a nose round that detailing world some of the finish articles are amazing. There is a cracking thread on there about Paul Dalton doing a 1.5m koenigsegg.
I would guess people will have their own routines but mine was always:

Rinse > shampoo > rinse > shampoo > wheels > dry > paint cleanser > clay > shampoo > rinse > polish > wax
 

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QUOTE(Gav @ 7 Feb 2010, 06:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I would guess people will have their own routines but mine was always:

Rinse > shampoo > rinse > shampoo > wheels > dry > paint cleanser > clay > shampoo > rinse > polish > wax

Thanks gives me a idea
 

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QUOTE(Simo @ 7 Feb 2010, 06:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'd spend all day out there and do everything but the other half starts getting annoyed and wants to do errands. Rubbish


Just offer to do her car too then im sure she will let you be out there all day....
 

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If you want a good base for future cleaning sessions, try a couple of coats of a good quality paint sealant after polishing. It will be easier to clean in the future, and will take less polishing. Remember, polishing removes paint/laquer, so you need to polish as little as possible. Get the paint nice an shiny, add sealant, and follow up with a good wax after a wash. Personally I only feel it neccesary to polish twice a year.

Have a dig through here 'Sealants' . Its personal preference, buy Jetseal is good on darker finishes and Zaino is pretty highly rated as well. Autoglym offer EGP 'Extra Gloss Protection' available from Halfrauds, but I have found it doesnt last very long. A decent sealant should see you polish free for around 6 months.
 

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QUOTE(Simo @ 7 Feb 2010, 07:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yes I do it out of the left over water in the bucket




QUOTE(chrisd @ 7 Feb 2010, 07:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>If you want a good base for future cleaning sessions, try a couple of coats of a good quality paint sealant after polishing. It will be easier to clean in the future, and will take less polishing. Remember, polishing removes paint/laquer, so you need to polish as little as possible. Get the paint nice an shiny, add sealant, and follow up with a good wax after a wash. Personally I only feel it neccesary to polish twice a year.

Have a dig through here 'Sealants' . Its personal preference, buy Jetseal is good on darker finishes and Zaino is pretty highly rated as well. Autoglym offer EGP 'Extra Gloss Protection' available from Halfrauds, but I have found it doesnt last very long. A decent sealant should see you polish free for around 6 months.


Cheers for the advice, ive got a panther black
so the jetseal would be the one for me. Its such a minfield of different products out there
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