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aph1101
[quote name='Strutter' timestamp='1296156202' post='111467']
Some new bits I bought..

Zaino Clay Bars
DoDo Born SLippy
ValetPro Cirtus Tar and Glue remover
IronX
Clean Your Car big blue drying towel
Chemical Guys Bug Bugger and Tar remover (thinking once bug season came along, really wanted sommen to shift them from teh front grill etc.
Some fo that blue masking tape as its annoying have to be so careful around the trim.
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Sounds good! I'd be interested to hear how you find ironX.... Looks an interesting product. :)
Strutter
Only found out what those tiny but ridiculously stubborn red spots where, seen some vids of it working and figured better to give it a go before claying, only the odd spot of it around my car, but in vids when it turns purple, theirs obviously alot of unseen bits in the paint.

Now all I need is a good day!
Bashful
Has anyone tried Banana Gloss?
Carl.21
well you have opened my eyes and bank balance up now lol im in the process of ordering some maguires products for the arrival of my girl :)Great post cheers lads
Strutter
Ez brush arrived today with the standard viking soft brush for teh wheels...I think thts it..theirs nothing left to buy really!
mikester
I swear by red mist
jim_b
I am after some advice please, as this is my first new car, my Ford garage advised that they had put on two coats of AG HD wax when I collected the car last month. Reading the useful detailing info on here, many thanks Dan et al :) , I have only done the basic wash so far - how long do you reckon the wax will last before needing to re-apply ?.
DanGull
I've had 3 months out of a coat of HD wax - however, that was after I'd been applying wax for a while and was happy with my technique, there can be no guarantee of how well the wax has been applied from a dealer unfortunately.

Too thick (as is most likely) - and it won't have bonded too well in the first place and will be gone quickly. There are two ways of checking your wax layers - the swipe test (where you swipe a finger over the paint and see if you can feel the wax moving) or a better way is keep an eye on your beading when the car is wet.
Strutter
SHouldnt be a problem with our weather!

Got a few more things but the best thing so far was an EZ Brush for the wheels, absolutly amazing, keep it in a warm bucket to soften the britles up and it can even fit thru the small holes in teh 17;s and reaches right around teh brake pad area as well!
aph1101
On the subject of wheel brushes, I recently bought the [url="http://i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Silverline_Wheel_Brush_1.html"]Silveline wheel brush[/url] and I can't reccommend it highly enough. It's dirt cheap (2.50), about a foot long, very soft, and can fit all the way through the spokes of the titanium 16" alloys. Dead chuffed with it!
ozzrahog
Well, first good weekend of the spring so the car got a good seeing too today, snow foam, wash, polish and sealed.

However one area that is a let down is the top edge of the back seat and head restraints which gets a liberal dosing of labrador spit and has a grey sort of water mark, what would any one suggest as a good fabric cleaner

Cheers
DanGull
All Purpose Cleaner - Meguiars if you want to go fancy, Tesco Daisy if you're not bothered about the brand...
Fast Fiesta
This is where i really come into my environment, i am always washing/waxing/cleaning etc. To date i have probably spend excess of 400 on products, equipment, one thing i truly am particular about is an immaculate car.

I spend roughly six hours each time. not one place of the car is unlooked or untouched.
And most importantly wax everywhere possible, keeps it protected!! :)

[img]http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/ff449/FastFiesta/Fiesta/Photo0323.jpg[/img]
DanGull
[quote name='Fast Fiesta' timestamp='1300635989' post='119260']
This is where i really come into my environment, i am always washing/waxing/cleaning etc. To date i have probably spend excess of 400 on products, equipment, one thing i truly am particular about is an immaculate car.

I spend roughly six hours each time. not one place of the car is unlooked or untouched.
And most importantly wax everywhere possible, keeps it protected!! :)

[img]http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/ff449/FastFiesta/Fiesta/Photo0323.jpg[/img]
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Nice reflections - think how good they'd be if you spent a decent amount of time on it ;)
Gazjs
[quote name='DanGull' timestamp='1300705876' post='119410']
Nice reflections - think how good they'd be if you spent a decent amount of time on it ;)
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:lol:
Fast Parrot
I couldn't find the answer in a search so I thought I'd ask.

Are the synthetic wool wash mitts worth a buy? Are they as good or nearly as good as lamb's wool mitts? I was in Halfrauds and saw a wash mitt made of the wool of a sheep but it was 7.99 :o - is that any good?

[url="http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?action=detail&fh_secondid=11377704&fh_location=//catalog01/en_GB/categories%3C{9372016}/categories%3C{9372052}/categories%3C{9372283}/specificationsProductType=car_cleaning_materials/specificationsSpecificProductType=wash_pads_mitts&tmcampid=4&tmad=c&ecamp=cse_go&CAWELAID=793778121"]Synthetic wool wash mitt[/url]

Cheers for any advice.
DanGull
That Kent mitt isn't bad actually. I have never been a fan of Lamb's wool mitts, they rot if not kept perfectly dry.

Can't beat a Megs mf mitt for me - currently in the 3 for 2 at Halfords.
greenymk7
Bogof on these at the moment, worth getting the 2 so u can use one for top and one for bottom.

http://www.monzacarcare.com/wash-mitts--sponges-2/monza-microfibre-deepile-wash-mitt/0/

normally have some good deals on as well and very reliable.
andyedge
Cheapest price I have found for lambswool wash mitts is from sheepskinshop.co.uk
[url="http://www.sheepskinshop.co.uk/productlisting.aspx?cid=42&pid=22&c=Wash and Polish Mitts"]http://www.sheepskinshop.co.uk/productlisting.aspx?cid=42&pid=22&c=Wash and Polish Mitts[/url]
2 for 12.75 inc delivery.

Bought 4 about a year ago & the first 2 are still going strong (1 for top & 1 for bottom)

A good tip for drying them is to keep the cuff open after washing using something like the inner from a roll of sellotape.

Not too sure about their seat covers though :o
Graham89
Is there anything in particular anyone has found that is good for cleaning/polishing the chrome bits on a Titanium?
Since it's only plastic and not actual chrome I don't really know what would be best to use on it.
Strutter
As you said its really jsut plasitc and not chrome so no special treatment is required, I jsut wash and wax it with teh rest of the paintwork.
ozzrahog
Insects, bloody little things have established a mass grave on the front of the car. What do you guys recommendas good stuff to shift these as part of the ever lengthening weekly wash.

Cheers
Gazjs
If you have decent amount of protection down then a pressure washer should be enough to get rid of them. If they prove a bit more tricky then a pre-wash will help soften them making them easier to move.

Failing that we can all build invisible shields around our cars :D
Ciaran.
Quick question, hopefully the correct thread.

Ive just replaced 4 steel wheels with 4 alloys on my Mk5, what do they need to be torqued up to ?
jmbrown91
I know this has been asked before in the first post but wanted to see if anyone has an updated version from 2009.

I'm getting my new fiesta in a few weeks and will obviously want to keep it clean and I'm looking into purchasing all the products I'd need to keep it that way..

I'm a complete novice when it comes to cleaning cars and have no idea how to go about it with all the techniques and that and I wanted to get all the kit I'd need for it.

So what are the best products to get?

Thanks
Mark M.K
It really depends on your budget. Basics are listed on the first page, just depends how much you wanna spend and how offen you want to clean your car

I've just ordered a test pot of Dodo juice, so i'm hoping for good results from that :lol:
Gazjs
[quote name='Mark M.K' timestamp='1305234775' post='126997']
It really depends on your budget. Basics are listed on the first page, just depends how much you wanna spend and how offen you want to clean your car

I've just ordered a test pot of Dodo juice, so i'm hoping for good results from that :lol:
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What tester did you go for?
Gazjs
[quote name='jmbrown91' timestamp='1305210582' post='126900']
I know this has been asked before in the first post but wanted to see if anyone has an updated version from 2009.

I'm getting my new fiesta in a few weeks and will obviously want to keep it clean and I'm looking into purchasing all the products I'd need to keep it that way..

I'm a complete novice when it comes to cleaning cars and have no idea how to go about it with all the techniques and that and I wanted to get all the kit I'd need for it.

So what are the best products to get?

Thanks
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The essentials to get you started are:

2 Buckets
2 Wash mitts
1 Shampoo
1 Drying Towel

1 Hand Polish
1 Hard Wax/Sealant
1 Quick Detailer

A few microfiber cloths
Few applicators

You could then add in your wheel cleaners, glass cleaners, glazes, tyre gel etc etc

I would expect the above list to be near enough 100 though. At the very least buy the buckets, wash mitts, shampoo and towel.
jmbrown91
[quote name='Gazjs' timestamp='1305275121' post='127043']
The essentials to get you started are:

2 Buckets
2 Wash mitts
1 Shampoo
1 Drying Towel

1 Hand Polish
1 Hard Wax/Sealant
1 Quick Detailer

A few microfiber cloths
Few applicators

You could then add in your wheel cleaners, glass cleaners, glazes, tyre gel etc etc

I would expect the above list to be near enough 100 though. At the very least buy the buckets, wash mitts, shampoo and towel.
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Thanks for the reply mate :)

Can you recommend any decent brands for them? if the colour of the car affects what I get its Vision Blue

Thanks Again
Gazjs
[quote name='jmbrown91' timestamp='1305278313' post='127054']
Thanks for the reply mate :)

Can you recommend any decent brands for them? if the colour of the car affects what I get its Vision Blue

Thanks Again
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2 Buckets - Any buckets do really, clear ones help a bit better to see of the water is dirty etc
2 Wash mitts - would get Meguiars Microfiber Wash Mitt - [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Megs_Super_Thick_Microfibre_Wash_Mitt_1.html"]HERE[/url]
1 Shampoo - A very good shampoo is Dodo Juice Born To be Mild, slightly expensive but goes a long way [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Dodo_Juice_Born_To_be_Mild_Shampoo_1.html"]HERE[/url]
1 Drying Towel - I personally use the following and find it very good, there is a massive choice of towels to use though [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/I4D_Uber_Blue_Drying_Towel_1.html"]HERE[/url]

1 Hand Polish - Autoglymm Super Resin Polish. Brilliant polish to use by hand - [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Autoglym_Super_Resin_Polish_1.html"]HERE[/url]
1 Hard Wax/Sealant - If you were to choose one i would go for Dodo Juice Blue Velvet, you can get a panel pot which will last a while is used correctly or can splash out on the full size. [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Dodo_Juice_Blue_Velvet_Panel_Pot_1.html"]HERE[/url]and [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Dodo_Juice_Blue_Velvet_1.html"]HERE[/url]
1 Quick Detailer - There are numerous QD's out there, i think to keep everything from the one site i would recommend Dodo Red Mist. Its more of a sealant spray and will top up the protection. [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Dodo_Juice_Red_Mist_Tropical_1.html"]HERE[/url]

You also get a 7.5% discount on the site using the forum code - I4D123456

If you go for the panel Pot of wax and apply the discount all of the above comes to £41 excluding postage. A very nice started pack to keep you busy until the bug bites and you spend 100's :lol:
jmbrown91
Thanks for that mate!

I'll be purchasing all of that when it gets closer to the time..I'm sure I will get the bug too :) dont really know what I would need to do with it all techinque wise but I'm sure it'll just be practice makes perfect :)

Don't suppose you can recommend any decent interior shampoo for cloth seats? Need to give the ones in my current car a clean before I sell it..

Cheers again :)
Strutter
[quote name='Gazjs' timestamp='1305280888' post='127058']
2 Buckets - Any buckets do really, clear ones help a bit better to see of the water is dirty etc
2 Wash mitts - would get Meguiars Microfiber Wash Mitt - [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Megs_Super_Thick_Microfibre_Wash_Mitt_1.html"]HERE[/url]
1 Shampoo - A very good shampoo is Dodo Juice Born To be Mild, slightly expensive but goes a long way [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Dodo_Juice_Born_To_be_Mild_Shampoo_1.html"]HERE[/url]
1 Drying Towel - I personally use the following and find it very good, there is a massive choice of towels to use though [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/I4D_Uber_Blue_Drying_Towel_1.html"]HERE[/url]

1 Hand Polish - Autoglymm Super Resin Polish. Brilliant polish to use by hand - [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Autoglym_Super_Resin_Polish_1.html"]HERE[/url]
1 Hard Wax/Sealant - If you were to choose one i would go for Dodo Juice Blue Velvet, you can get a panel pot which will last a while is used correctly or can splash out on the full size. [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Dodo_Juice_Blue_Velvet_Panel_Pot_1.html"]HERE[/url]and [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Dodo_Juice_Blue_Velvet_1.html"]HERE[/url]
1 Quick Detailer - There are numerous QD's out there, i think to keep everything from the one site i would recommend Dodo Red Mist. Its more of a sealant spray and will top up the protection. [url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Dodo_Juice_Red_Mist_Tropical_1.html"]HERE[/url]

You also get a 7.5% discount on the site using the forum code - I4D123456

If you go for the panel Pot of wax and apply the discount all of the above comes to 41 excluding postage. A very nice started pack to keep you busy until the bug bites and you spend 100's :lol:
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You really get all that for about 50 with teh discount code (factoring in Postage?)
Gazjs
Seem to have missed the SRP of the list when adding up :lol: Make that about 50 minus postage. Bear in mind its only a panel pot i priced on aswell :P

Sorry mate, not really clued up on interior cleaners
jmbrown91
Still not a bad price for what you get though :)

How much would that panel pot do? Is it just one panel like the name suggests or is it more?

And I noticed that thePanel Pot says for dark metallic paints..does Vision Blue come under that? :unsure:
Strutter
Bit od a guess but yes..damn now im going to end up the colour charged diamond white, this is why I dont come into this thread!
Mark M.K
[quote name='Gazjs' timestamp='1305274830' post='127040']
What tester did you go for?
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Was called purple haze i think :lol: didn't want the hard wax, so went for a soft one

When i tried to open the pot this morning, i almost broke my arm in trying to unscrew the lid! :lol:
Strutter
Whats the difference in the soft wax and hard wax in the Dodo waxes?
Gazjs
To be honest, the whole colour charging thing is just a bit of a gimmick i think. I own 9 panel pots :ph34r: and the differences are very slight.

The difference between a soft and hard wax ... well, i think soft waxes are easier to apply by hand as the wax melts onto your fingers for ease of use. They are also a lot more oily and i think give a better depth to the paint. Hard waxes however, are easier to apply in the sense of avoiding product wastage and i believe give a little longer durability than a soft wax.

A panel pot will easily cover your whole car 4 or 5 times. Maybe as much as double that if used thinly and correctly.
Strutter
Think Ill go for a panel pot with soft for white, tho looking at that website not sure if I can choose the colour.
DanGull
I highly recommend Purple Haze on white paint - firstly it gives great results and secondly being able to see the purple makes application much more straightforward.
Strutter
Thanks Dan..ill jsut go for that in a Panel Tub to see what its like, think should get a few coats from it at least!
Mark M.K
I've found a good shampoo which don't strip any wax from the car, and halfords sell it. It's Zymol natural car wash. Costs 6.99, and its great! Far better than anything else i've used.
MilkshakeFiend
Afternoon all.

Just finished giving my tardis a once over, my method was:-

Rinse with water
Mitt wash with meguires gold class
Rinse off
Dry with water magnet
2 layers of poorboys black hole glaze
2 layers of poorboys natty paste wax
Tires conditioned with poorboys
Trim done with meguires trim black
Rain X on windows

No interior clean this time as I did it only a week ago!

[IMG]http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e137/Mylo_the_Mad/IMAG0400.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e137/Mylo_the_Mad/IMAG0397.jpg[/IMG]

More pics later :)
Mark M.K
For anybody who is unsure of using Dodo Juice, it really is the best wax i've ever used! Also like the finger mitts they do :lol: makes applying wax very easy! Method we used today was clay bar the whole car, then go over with a fine coating of Purple haze. The shine is like nothing i've seen before - and this was on the parents car. :)

Forget any other wax company, just use Dodo Juice - expensive yes, but worth it
matt303
[quote name='Mark M.K' timestamp='1305815223' post='128022']
I've found a good shampoo which don't strip any wax from the car, and halfords sell it. It's Zymol natural car wash. Costs 6.99, and its great! Far better than anything else i've used.
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Just picked up a bottle of this, has a great smell, now just need a few more bits and I'll be able to give my new to me Fiesta a nice wash and wax.

Plan is to give it a good clean and wax a couple of times a year and a regular wash & dry with maybe quick detailer application.
DanGull
[quote name='Mark M.K' timestamp='1306329144' post='128900']
For anybody who is unsure of using Dodo Juice, it really is the best wax i've ever used! Also like the finger mitts they do :lol: makes applying wax very easy! Method we used today was clay bar the whole car, then go over with a fine coating of Purple haze. The shine is like nothing i've seen before - and this was on the parents car. :)

[u][b]Forget any other wax company[/b][/u], just use Dodo Juice - expensive yes, but worth it
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Errr, I think Swissvax and a few others would disagree here ;)

Wait until you get a tub of Best of Show - it's even better.
Mark M.K
[quote name='DanGull' timestamp='1306533911' post='129363']
Errr, I think Swissvax and a few others would disagree here ;)

Wait until you get a tub of Best of Show - it's even better.
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There is no way im paying 160 for that wax!!! I don't care how good it is, can stay on the shelf at that price :lol:

I've noticed they do a wax for almost 600...think i'll pass :)
DanGull
A small Paraphrase of Mark M.K. over the time I've known him...

"The Zetec is plenty enough for me. Anyone who buys a Titanium is a muppet for spending that much on a Fiesta."

Cue - Mark buys a Titanium with all the toys.

"Clay kits are dangerous and a waste of time."

Cue - Marks starts claying and realises the benefits.

"Dodo Juice are overpriced and can't possibly be worth it."

Cue - Mark buys Purple Haze and loves it.

"160 for a wax? You must be joking!"

Cue - ?

:lol: ;)
Mark M.K
:lol: that may be the case, but really - im not spending that much on a small pot of wax. Still not sure if i wanna pay 30 for dodo juice yet :P
Gazjs
Just for you Mark ...

http://www.monzacarcare.com/zymol-waxes-1/zymol-royale-70-carnauba-glaze/0/


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