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DanGull
NXT Tech wax - ok, but I'd still get some Duragloss Aqua Wax.

Gold Glass shampoo - again, ok, but I'd get some Dodo Born to be Mild.

Gold class bug and tar remover - no idea, never used it, don't tend to use tar removers anyway - I prefer to clay. If I do, I use Tardis. Decent shampoo and snow foam will eat bugs for breakfast anyway.

Autoglym Fast Glass - not bad, but not as good as Megs glass cleaner.

Autoglym wheel cleaner - depends which one, the standard one (Clean Wheel) is acidic and would go in the bin if it were me. Custom Wheel cleaner is ok and non acidic, but Bilberry is better.
WelshAde
cheers dan i'll do some shopping tonight online for the products you suggest. I4D best place yea, where will i find the forum code, every little bit of discount helps B)
Gazjs
[quote name='WelshAde' post='49378' date='Nov 15 2009, 06:52 PM']cheers dan i'll do some shopping tonight online for the products you suggest. I4D best place yea, where will i find the forum code, every little bit of discount helps B)[/quote]

FOCX for 7.5% discount
WelshAde
cheers gaz, i'll get an order in tomorrow for some bits and bobs, think i'll get myself
wookies fist
dodo born to be mild
and fishish it off with the Duragloss Aqua Wax
;) as ive just forked out for the car cant quite afford the more expensive dodo purple
titanium_s_spec
ok now going to buy snow foam and lance got my eye on the 1 litre 1 with white bottle but there seems to be 15 difference in 2 sites and the dilemma is that im of to brands hatch next Tuesday for a ford event and the dear 1 is there to buy or wait for other 1 in post but pay 6 postage i no ok having a blonde moment and ph neutral foam is ok correct..
WelshAde
dan, what do you use to appy and wipe off the aqua wax??
DanGull
[quote name='titanium_s_spec' post='49460' date='Nov 16 2009, 07:01 PM']ok now going to buy snow foam and lance got my eye on the 1 litre 1 with white bottle but there seems to be 15 difference in 2 sites and the dilemma is that im of to brands hatch next Tuesday for a ford event and the dear 1 is there to buy or wait for other 1 in post but pay 6 postage i no ok having a blonde moment and ph neutral foam is ok correct..[/quote]

Some are mildly alkaline - either are fine.

Ade - it comes with a spray bottle. Spray on, wipe off with a plush microfibre.
Michael P
Dan my car is filthy after one day, BOO
WelshAde
cheers dan, ive ordered some, next time ill try and get some of that purple dodo wax, how do you apply that lol
DanGull
Purple Haze - I apply by hand. Lovely stuff. Dig your fingers in, and allow some to sit in the palm of your hand for a little while so that your palms warm it. Then smear it over the car, leave for 15 mins or so and buff off.

Just so you know - PH is a soft wax, so you won't get that much durability on its own even topped up with DG 901. You may want to consider purchasing Blue Velvet instead. That's hard, and is applied in the same way - but using a foam applicator rather than bare hands.
WelshAde
thanks again dan, yes i dont fancy applying it with my bare hands tbh, my wedding ring will leave a tidy mark!!

I'll try the other one
greenymk7
as dan has said over winter you could do with a hard wax or a wax type sealent or even both if you want to.

i have put 3 coats of BV on and 2 coats of FK1000P and my car is still going strong from 2 months ago and i expect it to be perfect come march aswell.

FK1000P is pretty damn good as its only 17 and gives you the durability over the winter. just a wash and top up with quick detailer will do the job.

Also please everyone get chemical guys watermelon air freshener its amaaaaaazing :lol:
948kev
Hi detailers!!

What is the best stuff for the black plastic bits of the Mk7 - such as the black bits of the wing mirrors?
I got some AG Wax on mine and I cannot seem to get it out and get it black again!

Also would same stuff work on black roof strips, front grill and rear diffuser panel etc?

Cheers

Kev
FMC
[quote name='948kev' post='49507' date='Nov 17 2009, 01:23 PM']Hi detailers!!

What is the best stuff for the black plastic bits of the Mk7 - such as the black bits of the wing mirrors?
I got some AG Wax on mine and I cannot seem to get it out and get it black again!

Also would same stuff work on black roof strips, front grill and rear diffuser panel etc?

Cheers

Kev[/quote]

Try some Ground Nut Oil from the supermarket (it's used in cooking apparently :P) - apply it to the plastic with a brush and rub it to remove the white of the AG wax ;)

As for treating plastics to keep them looking new, there's a load of products you can use.
948kev
Cheers FMC
Will give the nut oil a go!

Wife might think Ive gone nuts myself - LMAO

Ta V much ! :D
FMC
[quote name='948kev' post='49513' date='Nov 17 2009, 02:51 PM']Cheers FMC
Will give the nut oil a go!

Wife might think Ive gone nuts myself - LMAO

Ta V much ! :D[/quote]

No worries mate - i got that tip from a guy on Detailing World :lol:
WelshAde
Im after some of the RainX next, is this stuff for the wiper reservoir on the car or is it stuff you wipe on the windscreen?
FMC
[quote name='WelshAde' post='49538' date='Nov 17 2009, 08:43 PM']Im after some of the RainX next, is this stuff for the wiper reservoir on the car or is it stuff you wipe on the windscreen?[/quote]

My advice - don't bother!

A regularly cleaned car with a windscreen wiped over with a standard glass cleaner will do much better than Rain-X when you eventually need to switch the wipers on cos it'll smear like crazy! :o

There was a long time when I only ever cleaned my windscreen with clean water and a microfibre cloth.
WelshAde
ok i'll save the cash on your recomendation and spend it on a good glass cleaner instead, what do you recomend instead of the autoglym i use now, is megs nxt glass any good?
FMC
[quote name='WelshAde' post='49540' date='Nov 17 2009, 09:17 PM']ok i'll save the cash on your recomendation and spend it on a good glass cleaner instead, what do you recomend instead of the autoglym i use now, is megs nxt glass any good?[/quote]

it's not bad, that's what i use, as well as occasionally using AG Fast Glass

i find that NXT can sometimes be tricky to get totally smear free, but maybe that's cos i'm sometimes too lazy and too chaotic to get a brand new clean mf cloth to clean with lol
DanGull
The concentrated glass cleaner from Megs is much better than NXT and is much better value - it comes in gallon containers and dilutes 10:1.
WelshAde
big thumbs up for I4D from me too, just got a nice parcel, and sweets lol
Bashful
[quote name='WelshAde' post='49586' date='Nov 18 2009, 12:56 PM']big thumbs up for I4D from me too, just got a nice parcel, and sweets lol[/quote]

'sweets' plural??? I only got one piece of bubbly :(
WelshAde
ahh i got two, one for me and one for the wife, she was most happy
Bashful
[quote name='WelshAde' post='49645' date='Nov 18 2009, 07:20 PM']ahh i got two, one for me and one for the wife, she was most happy[/quote]

Booooo. I'm in the huff now!
WelshAde
lol, how much did you spend tho lol
Gazjs
[quote name='WelshAde' post='49650' date='Nov 18 2009, 07:25 PM']lol, how much did you spend tho lol[/quote]
I spent 16 and got 2 :P :lol:
Bashful
[quote name='Gazjs' post='49704' date='Nov 18 2009, 11:04 PM']I spent 16 and got 2 :P :lol:[/quote]

Clearly amounts were not an issue then! - I can't quite remember, somewhere between 50 and 80. Seems to be some favouritism going on here :angry:
WelshAde
[quote name='Bashful' post='49709' date='Nov 18 2009, 11:39 PM']Clearly amounts were not an issue then! - I can't quite remember, somewhere between 50 and 80. Seems to be some favouritism going on here :angry:[/quote]

:lol: 50 i spent
Gazjs
[quote name='Bashful' post='49709' date='Nov 18 2009, 11:39 PM']Clearly amounts were not an issue then! - I can't quite remember, somewhere between 50 and 80. Seems to be some favouritism going on here :angry:[/quote]

:lol: :P
thesilverfox
Although not strictly for a Fiesta (my old MKIV was the best value car I've owned), I recently purchased some gear from Marsh (he's on a few forums) from [url="http://www.cleanmitts.com/"]Clean Mitts[/url].

[img]http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/6324/img1150o.jpg[/img]

[list]
[*]Kestrel DAS-6
[*]DoDo Lime Prime 250ml
[*]DoDo Lime Prime Lite 250ml
[*]DoDo Blue Velvet 250ml
[*]4x AutoGlym polishing pads (2 cutting, 2 polish)
[*]Detailing Tape
[*]Bucket (out of pic)
[*]4x Microfibres
[*]2x waffle weave towels (15"x28")
[*]AutoGlym clay bar 100g
[*]AutoGlym Tar Remover 500ml
[/list]

160 delivered, which I thought was a great deal, seeing as the Kestrel alone is usually 75 and the DoDo Juice stuff would be around 60. I've already got an absurd amount of detailing gear, but glad to have finally taken the plunge with a decent beginner polishing device. The above site also does microfibre wash mitts for dead cheap, which I was surprised to find were far better than the lambswool I was previously using and never shed fur!

Has anyone else here used the Kestrel DA6 polisher?
WelshAde
ive got too buy a drying towel next, i have a meguiars water magnet drying towel but it a few years old now, ive seen the dodo supernatural towel but it seems a bit big and overkill, anyone know what the dodo soft touch towel is like?
thesilverfox
[quote name='WelshAde' post='50012' date='Nov 21 2009, 11:23 PM']ive got too buy a drying towel next, i have a meguiars water magnet drying towel but it a few years old now, ive seen the dodo supernatural towel but it seems a bit big and overkill, anyone know what the dodo soft touch towel is like?[/quote]

Clean Mitts do a 32"x24" drying towel for 7.50. For an idea of size, here's a pic from the site:

[img]http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr204/CleanDetail/DSC01113.jpg[/img]

I've not got those however - the ones I bought from 'Clean Your Car' are still going strong after 18 months. They wash amazingly and two dry towels that size is plenty to dry a whole Focus.
MarkyR
Right, time to buy my wax, I'm going for just the purple haze pro. Now bearing in mind my car is about 2 months old now, do I need to wax it, or do I just need to use the Lime Prime and also do I need the lite one or the normal one? How do you apply the lime prime?
I'm a bit confused as reading these threads, one person says to clay but you don'y need to lime prime and the other thread say's the opposite?
And what do I need to put the wax on and off?
And what's the best wax to use?
greenymk7
firstly purple haze pro is a good choice.

secondly get some lime prime lite instead of just lime prime.

to apply the lime prime lite you could do with a foam applicator and apply a thin layer to one panel at a time then buff off, don't wait for it to haze as its then tough work buffing it off.

you either use your hands or another foam applicator to apply the wax, again a thin layer but i normally do half the car at a time then allow to haze, buff off and then rebuff an hour or so later.

i would get some clay as you will probs need it by the end of the winter no point in using it now though really.

2/3 layers of wax and you shud be sorted, plus a detailing spray to up it up every couple of weeks
MarkyR
[quote name='greenymk7' post='50384' date='Nov 24 2009, 09:30 AM']firstly purple haze pro is a good choice.

secondly get some lime prime lite instead of just lime prime.

to apply the lime prime lite you could do with a foam applicator and apply a thin layer to one panel at a time then buff off, don't wait for it to haze as its then tough work buffing it off.

you either use your hands or another foam applicator to apply the wax, again a thin layer but i normally do half the car at a time then allow to haze, buff off and then rebuff an hour or so later.

i would get some clay as you will probs need it by the end of the winter no point in using it now though really.

2/3 layers of wax and you shud be sorted, plus a detailing spray to up it up every couple of weeks[/quote]

Thanks mate, so I'll get some wax in Jan/ Feb time. Do I just need a microfibre to buff off the prime lite? I've had no chance to wash it lately as all the weather has done is blow a gail and rain!!!! But I've got a 3 day weekend so hope to do it then.
greenymk7
get some normal microfibres for your lime prime and some ultra plush ones for your wax.

have a look on I4D theres plenty on there
WelshAde
has anyone got the dodo captain crevice mitt for their alloys?? sounds great lol
MarkyR
Right. I got my stuff but forgot my tar removal. I'm going to buy another towel as well and probably some microfibres, do I just need normal ones to remove my aquawax? It says you just spray it on and buff off or do I need the ultra plush ones?

Also is this any good:

[url="http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Valet_PRO_Tar_n_Glue_Remover_500ml_1.html"]http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/acatalog/Vale...er_500ml_1.html[/url]

I'm not sure n that Tardis as it seems very strong, I'd maybe rather use a consumer product. And do you just spray it on then rub or wash it off?
Gazjs
As Xmas is fast approaching i have asked Santa for an electric polisher B)
Question is,
which is best for a beginner?
FMC
[quote name='Gazjs' post='50639' date='Nov 25 2009, 12:26 PM']As Xmas is fast approaching i have asked Santa for an electric polisher B)
Question is,
which is best for a beginner?[/quote]

Meguiar's G220 or a Porter-Cable :) (I think the boys over on Detailing World gave the Kestrel good reviews too, check out the DW forum for advice [url="http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/)"]http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/)[/url]

If you're not getting either of those, just make sure Santa knows to get you an ORBITAL polisher, not a ROTARY one (these need more skill and experience to use ;))

And don;t bother wasting money on a cheap one from Halfords or anywhere. Get a decent one, first as last :)
greenymk7
as long as u dilute tardis its the best thing to use. as long as you don't use it on a hot day then ul be fine with using it.

only leave it on there about 30sec - 1min and ul be fine with it. will last forever aswell
greenymk7
also dnt get the megs g220 far over priced and u can get the kestral much cheaper and it is pretty much the same. :lol:
FMC
[quote name='greenymk7' post='50647' date='Nov 25 2009, 12:55 PM']also dnt get the megs g220 far over priced and u can get the kestral much cheaper and it is pretty much the same. :lol:[/quote]

lol I was editing my message to say about the Kestrel when you posted yours :P
Gazjs
Thanks for the help and advice,
will look into the detailing world website
Gazjs
After browsing DW i came across [url="http://www.elitecarcare.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=71&products_id=666"]THIS[/url]



Would this be a good starter park and are there any useful products missing from it?

Thanks again
greenymk7
thats a rotary polisher.

ideally you want to look for a DA polisher instead.
Flic
Can someone please pray that we get a rain free weekend. Literally the last 5 Sundays it's rained and my poor Fabio is looking SO unloved! It's making me sad to drive him now lol

*crosses fingers*
aph1101
Same here, Flic! I've wanted to wash mine for 3 weeks now...it's filthy :angry:
Flic
It's so annoying! According to the forecast Sunday is supposed to be dry... We'll see :(


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