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Alps
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:08 pm  Reply with quoteBack to top

Guys,

What is the must have cleaning kit for a wash and wax from beginning to end?

Snow (so far am sold on Magifoam), polish, wax, cleaning and waxing cloths, seat cleaners etc

The biggest pain I find is drying the car after the wash. No matter what I do always have water marks   Any suggestions to avoid this?

The car is in severe need of some TLC. I spent near enough 2 hours hoovering and cleaning the interior last weekend.

This weekend is the turn of the exterior.
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aidank1981
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:03 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

people tent to have a manufacturer preference! i started a staunch Autoglym man against many meguirs using friends... still think theres no better for your average jo! Now with a bit more knowledge you realise there's no end to the ridiculous car products you can try and justify to yourself then it really does get confusing!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:09 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Bilt Hamber clay bar is excellent (only needs water, not quick detailer as lube).

Gliptone leather cleaner and conditioner can't be beaten!
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Professor Peach
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Alps wrote:
Guys,

What is the must have cleaning kit for a wash and wax from beginning to end?

Snow (so far am sold on Magifoam), polish, wax, cleaning and waxing cloths, seat cleaners etc

The biggest pain I find is drying the car after the wash. No matter what I do always have water marks Any suggestions to avoid this?

The car is in severe need of some TLC. I spent near enough 2 hours hoovering and cleaning the interior last weekend.

This weekend is the turn of the exterior.


A huge Micro Fiber Towel works very well to avoid water marks Alps! Someone will of course come on in a minute and tell me that's a very bad idea, but I think my paintwork looks pretty good!


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Dane
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:43 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Put a few sprays of some quick detailer onto the panel you are drying or onto you microfibre drying towel and wipe the panel dry.

Water marks on a black car are a nightmare but this method almost always eliminates water marks.

I've tried the poor boys quick detailer and wasn't keen (smelled awesome though) I now use Blackfire QD, sealant and wax and it works great on my black/dark coloured cars.

In terms of wash to wax process I do this in this order:

Pressure wash whole car top down inc wheels.
Then snow foam the whole car inc. wheels. Autofinesse Avalanche.
Leave to dwell for a few minutes and rinse off.

Spray Auto finesse Imperial wheel cleaner on one side's wheels.
Agitate with a brush.
Use my wheel bucket and an wheel only microfibre mitt, fill with water and Poorboys super slick and suds shampoo and wash wheels. then repeat on the other side.

Instead of the 2 bucket method I have an extra bucket that I only use to clean wheels and a wheel only microfibre mitt so any iron particles picked up don't get spread around the paint work and add extra swirls.

2 bucket wash on the car washing from the top down, with the Poorboys super slick and suds shampoo and a microfibre wash mitt.
Rinse with an open ended hose and sheet water over the panels to remove shampoo and help drying.
Depending on the time of year leave for a period of time to allow some of the water to drip off.
Use Blackfire quick detailer and a fluffy microfibre to dry the car, trying to only move the microfibre in straight lines.

Seal with Blackfire sealant, applied following the instructions on the bottle.
Remove with different microfibre.
Repeat if I can be arsed.

Wax with Blackfire wax applied with a foam pad.
Buff off again with another microfibre.

Snow foam - Autofinesse Avalanche
Wheel Cleaner - Autofinesse Imperial.
Shampoo - Poorboys Super slick and suds.
Quick detailer - Blackfire
Sealant - Blackfire
Wax - Blackfire

One Polished Bliss ultimate drying microfibre
Misc microfibres from B&Q and Asda

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will1981
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Pretty similar to Dane's wash routine above.

I use quite a few Poorboys products and the large guzzler dring towels are good too.

Black hole glaze is great and their sealant lasts a decent amount of time, just got some blackfire Black ice wax and love the finish it gives.

Drop me a PM Alps if you want me to put you a kit for black cars together, I have stock of the poorboys kit and more.  

Also have a couple of poorboys DA polishers (new 900w version of the DAS-6 pro) available if anyone needs one...

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Alps
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks guys. The drying of the car is always the biggest pain for me.

I'm going to be spending a bit of money tonight followed by a lot of time on the weekend cleaning.

Will go ahead and PM me dude
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Alps
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 10:06 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Is this order of wash process correct?




EDIT: whoops! Apologies for the upside down pic. Im new to tablet use and took photo direct to my post.

Snow foam first. After 5 minutes rinse down.

Shampoo. Rinse down and dry.

Black hole glaze. Use as you would do a tradional wax.

Apply sealant with caruba. Leave for 20-30 minutes and then wipe off.

Finally apply the paste wax.

The car is in an absolutely filthy state so must get this right.
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Graham
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 11:18 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Alps wrote:
Thanks guys. The drying of the car is always the biggest pain for me.

I'm going to be spending a bit of money tonight followed by a lot of time on the weekend cleaning.

Will go ahead and PM me dude



Try Autoglym Aqua Wax. You apply with a microfibre to the wet car (post wash and rinse). Drys the car and you get a wax top up. Very easy to apply and almost zero to buff off after application. No water marks and very efficient effort wise.

You wouldn't want to use it every wash, but every other should be OK. Water will bead off the  car on the between washes as well.

You'll get good results with this with no other prep.

I clayed, applied AG SRP (polish), AG EGP (sealant) and use aqua wax every other wash or so and the paint is slick.
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Alps
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 4:45 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks Graham. I really will use your tip. Drying the car is the worst part of the process.

I spent almost 2 hours just snowing (twice) and washing with shampoo (twice )and drying. Was freaking shattered after just that.

Didn't get a chance to use the other products as took the dudettes to the local May Day fair. Good thing too as the car still needs one more good wash as it really was freaking filthy.

The bad thing now is all the new scratches and marks show up. Need to find a good body shop near me to sort out a few things.
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Harryboi12
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 3:17 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hey Dane or anyone. What's a good jet wash to get to use the snow foam. I just ordered the products to give mine some TLC just need the jet.

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 3:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Also need something to restore the red paint. The spoiler lip and front bumper has faded quite a bit as I have just been too busy. Any tips

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 3:31 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Also need something to restore the red paint. The spoiler lip and front bumper has faded quite a bit as I have just been too busy. Any tips

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Alps
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 12:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I use a Karcher and it does the job fine. All you need with is is a lance. Look at Rez's post here for a good lance http://audisrs.com/ftopic8064-45.php
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