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Re: Car cleaning

Postby lozz » Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:58 pm

yes thats true,
they work for peanuts,

70 quid might not be alot to us,but for them it is,
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby Welly » Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:16 pm

Someone on a tenner a day isn't really that bothered about your cars finish though eh?
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby lozz » Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:28 pm

Welly wrote:Someone on a tenner a day isn't really that bothered about your cars finish though eh?


are you talking about ones run like this?
see link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq6yU6iJGvs

isee your points if so, but there not all run like this, or atleast they arnt up here anyway,
they wouidnt get any customers if they did,
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby Welly » Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:10 pm

Oh noes! he cleaned the whole car with one-dunk in the water barrel.

As far as I can tell from my grit-guard bucket our cars pick up sand granules which sit at the bottom of the screen or in other water traps......this sand gets picked up by the mitt/sponge and ragged all over the paintwork.

I always do a Snow Foam pre-wash and pressure jet before I start with the 'washing' and I only wash one panel at a time so if I did pick something up it only affects that panel, not the whole side (yes I am a fussy git).
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby steve_earwig » Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:19 pm

*wonders what he can make a grit guard out of*
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby mjb » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:18 pm

We use "POSH WASH" drive-thru :) £5, 5 mins, a whole bunch of students swarming your car, and they do a reasonable job and actually clean their mitts between washes :shock: Got some serious heated pressure washers too, which they use from a distance unlike most immigrant washes which do their best to use them to strip your paint off

I had "the works" from them once, and they really did clean everything, even taking the mats out to give them a good hoovering
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby trem1 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:22 pm

Just washed mine using the 1 bucket 1 sponge amd 1 hosepipe formation :roll: Where i live it'll be covered in Seagull goo in no time anyway,besides thats the last wash its getting off me for awhile, i have surgery next week so it'll have to stay dirty :P


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Re: Car cleaning

Postby delboytaylor » Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:33 pm

I only use Autosmart products. If you can`t get hold of a main franchisee people sell the products on Ebay. I have worked as a valeter on and off for 20 years and find Autosmart to be very effective and economical.
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby dirtydirtydiesel » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:29 pm

dave406 wrote:If you wounder why we say avoid is shine a bright light on your paint work. There should be no marks but most cars unless people know.whatvthere doing have swirl marks etc that's whatbpoor wash methods do.

A real detail cots 400 upwards in to the thousands


Mate while I agree with you ideals & using grit guards wash mit's ect , no one on this forum is gonna spend £400 up having there car detailed :roll: .
That's more than a lot of the car's cost us in the first place :lol: .
But I do agree at being very very carfull with £5 hand car washes, I used one when work was hectic & my boy's were first born & after a year my car was wrecked :oops:
looked 5 years older :(
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby steve_earwig » Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:39 pm

Guess what I found in the diy store when I was looking at generators
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Sold for house cleaning-type stuff but at the end of the list of their abilities is says you can use it to wash your car :? Only about 2 quid - sold! 8)

I was after one of these because my trusty old car washing brush is starting to fall apart and I thought, judging by the way everyone's using them on here, it would be a better alternative. I tried it today - are you guys having a giraffe? :shock: Maybe if your car starts off clean but not, abso-fecking-lutely not, for mud-encrusted yoyos. Honestly, it's worse than a sponge for picking up crud and grinding it into the paintwork. As for reaching under wheel arches etc. uh-uh.

So, can anyone recommend me a nice soft car washing brush? My old one's blue and that's all I can tell you :(
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby Welly » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:28 am

Ooh a Noodle-shoosh! these are good for car cleaning as they have many surfaces rather than the flat bit of a spange I'm not really sure why microfibre is good for cleaning but it is, my MF drying towel absorbs a lot of warty and I suppose a Mitt can hold a lot for washing....but they're also good for not scratching the paint, not sure why.

A washy-brush would probably be illegal for 'detailers' [think: swirling around all that dirt over the paint etc.] I think Karcher do them though ££££££.....
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby steve_earwig » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:02 pm

I got one with my Kartcha, it's too damn hard :frown:
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby lozz » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:22 pm

how about something like this?

http://www.blasterbrush.com/docs/Blaste ... bPR_sm.pdf

my mate has something simalar for his rav,and it dont scratch,
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Re: Car cleaning

Postby steve_earwig » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:59 pm

It's ok, I already have a broom for the yoyo :supafrisk: Aha! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-Car-4X4-Bo ... 1154783427 Postage to Croatia - 42 quid. Ho hum. :|

I was actually going to take a picture of my old brush but now I can't find it - missing, presumed eaten :roll:
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