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Car cleaning

Post by dave406 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:16 pm

Being a keen car detailer when weather and funds permit I have a question:

With the exception of waxman for obvious reasons what do you all use

Post your before and after Pictures!
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Re: Car cleaning

Post by Welly » Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:04 pm

I've been using Megs stuff for the polish/waxing but buy all sorts of stuff from online Valeting suppliers.

Some of the gear I use:
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Re: Car cleaning

Post by steve_earwig » Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:03 pm

I'm afraid I can only do "before" pics :oops:
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Re: Car cleaning

Post by dave406 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:52 pm

Lol
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Re: Car cleaning

Post by lozz » Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:30 pm

Mine got a good hot wash yesterday.

De-tarred. and a good coat of Dodo Juice Rubbish Boy's smells of pineaples, brilliant stuff,

Nanolex for the alloys,

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Re: Car cleaning

Post by rwb » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:52 pm

Wow :shock:
Brilliant.

So: clay, glaze/polish/filler to 'hide' the swirls, then a few layers of decent wax.
Sounds like polishing would be a waste of my effort.

I'll keep reading over this and then I'll be back for product recommendation :roll:

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Re: Car cleaning

Post by rwb » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:56 pm

DUH! I thought I was posting on the polishing and waxing (cry for help) thread.

Just a bucket and sponge and chamois here :oops:
Trying to reform my delinquent ways though...

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Re: Car cleaning

Post by Welly » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:08 am

rwb wrote: Just a bucket and sponge and chamois here :oops:
Trying to reform my delinquent ways though...
A chamois is a bit old hat now if I may be so bold; a large Microfibre Towel is the way to go (like that there blue one above).

Also a 'sponge' just doesn't cut it nowadays; Sheepskin Wool mitts or MF Noddle Mitts are better.
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Re: Car cleaning

Post by dave406 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:46 am

Also mitts are less likely to scratch
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Re: Car cleaning

Post by steve_earwig » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:34 am

Ebay - microfibber mitt noodelen plus drying towel 5 quid :cheesy: Postage to Croatia 13 quid :roll:

Cheaper from China though (after you with the wire wool Matt :| )
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Re: Car cleaning

Post by trem1 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:31 pm

What about the local immigrants ~~? where do they fit in ?? better than a sponge at home or not


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Re: Car cleaning

Post by steve_earwig » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:45 pm

Whuh? Ja ne razumiem baš ništa :?
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Re: Car cleaning

Post by trem1 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:12 pm

In South Shields so i'm assuming most of the uk is the same we must have at least 10 'hand cars wash' places all seem to be run by Romanian/Polish looking people and charge between £3 to about £5 to hand wash your car with towel/chamois/blade thingy to dry. Are these better or worse than a bucket of soapy water and a manky sponge at home.


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Re: Car cleaning

Post by steve_earwig » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:22 pm

I'd be very cautious, there used to be (maybe still is) a Polish-run hand car wash near where I used to live, one of my colleagues took his Jag there on his way to a wedding and it seems like they guy dropped the chamois, picked it & carried on. When it dried off it looked like a skating rink :shock:

I suppose there'll be horror stories about whatever you use but I reckon if you care anything about your paintwork you'll put the effort in yourself. There's nothing like it for spotting all the new car park dings you've picked up since last time either :evil:
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2004 D9 2.0 HDi 110 Estate lhd VF38ERHZF81657352 - sold but being very well looked after.
1991 Yamaha TDM850 - fuel leaks galore!
2008 Toyota Recall4 2.0 VVTI ATM LHD JTMBH31V90D007261 - flimsy piece of crap.
1953 Matchless G3LS - It's alive!!

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Re: Car cleaning

Post by dave406 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:28 pm

Stay away is my advice often same water for 20 cars and it gets used on everything including wheels
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