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aph1101
[quote name='sussex' post='57938' date='Jan 3 2010, 09:22 PM']Dan, which wax would you recommend for vision?[/quote]

All Dodo waxes work well on any colour, regardless of their colour charging. For example, I know Dan has used Purple Haze on his frozen white. If my memory serves me correctly, they just give an ever so slightly different finish, although Dan or greeny will probably know more than I do.

In my opinion, you can't go wrong with a bit of hard candy :D
Gazjs
Has anyone used [url="http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_372861_langId_-1_categoryId_165689#reviews"]THIS[/url] with a foam lance etc, any good?
FMC
[quote name='Gazjs' post='57965' date='Jan 3 2010, 11:00 PM']Has anyone used [url="http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_372861_langId_-1_categoryId_165689#reviews"]THIS[/url] with a foam lance etc, any good?[/quote]

Should do the trick nicely, and at under 33quid, you can't really go wrong :)
Tyrefryer
I first started with [b]CGs-Maxi Suds II[/b], but now use [url="http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/meguiars-hyper-wash.html"]Meguiar's Hyper Wash[/url], cos I find it produces more foam.

1:10 with hot water :D

[url="http://www.directupload.net"][img]http://s7.directupload.net/images/091230/v7jyluib.jpg[/img][/url]
FMC
[quote name='Tyrefryer' post='58022' date='Jan 4 2010, 01:31 PM']I first started with [b]CGs-Maxi Suds II[/b], but now use [url="http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/meguiars-hyper-wash.html"]Meguiar's Hyper Wash[/url], cos I find it produces more foam.

1:10 with hot water :D[/quote]

I've been using Megs Hyper Wash in the bucket for nearly 2 years and i like it lots, but not yet tried it in the lance. A few people have recommended it, for the same reasons as yourself, Tyrefryer, and they also said to use hot water to mix the solution for extra suds.

How do you rate the Hyper Wash foam for actually removing dirt?

:)
titanium_s_spec
when is it to cold to wash car with snow foam to get salt grime of car.
FMC
[quote name='titanium_s_spec' post='58043' date='Jan 4 2010, 03:04 PM']when is it to cold to wash car with snow foam to get salt grime of car.[/quote]

I was reading some threads on DW last night where people said they were snow foaming and it was turning to ice on the roof lol

I suppose the answer to your question is, it's too cold to snow foam when the lance freezes up - as long as you can get the water and soap to flow you'll be ok, but the effectiveness of the soap will be reduced at lower temps, and it's very hard work washing a car when it's freezing cold lol

HTH :)
Tyrefryer
[quote name='FMC' post='58038' date='Jan 4 2010, 03:52 PM']How do you rate the Hyper Wash foam for actually removing dirt?[/quote]

I only foam my car for prewash. And in such a way it does its job.

If more cleaning is required, (really dirty one with no wax at all) I just add some APC.
greenymk7
ud only ever get a handless wash in the summer months and doing it every 2/3 days with a foam wash.

winter months you only want to me using it as lifting dirt off the surface ready for your shampoo wash.

if you have really stubborn dirty try using surfex HD amazing product
Jonny87
where do you get surfex HD from?
greenymk7
[url="http://www.carnaubawaxshop.co.uk/shop/viewproduct.php?product_id=83"]http://www.carnaubawaxshop.co.uk/shop/view...p?product_id=83[/url]

these guys, very quick and very good
Gazjs
Been itching to do some car cleaning but the weather has stopped me in my tracks.
So today armed with my G101 i attacked the engine bay for some cleaning.
Here is the result, very happy with it since its the first time ive cleaned it :D

[img]http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu340/Gazjs/Photo078.jpg[/img]
Jonny87
What is G101? Also what cloths and other things did you use? Looks good.
titanium_s_spec
g101 is an apc from autosmart
Gazjs
[quote name='Jonny87' post='58236' date='Jan 5 2010, 05:36 PM']What is G101? Also what cloths and other things did you use? Looks good.[/quote]

G101 is an APC from Autosmart as Titanium said.
I just sprayed it on to the larger parts and worked in with a detailing brush and wiped off with a microfibre.
For the smaller i sprayed onto the microfibre and rubbed in.
Cotton buds also came in handy :D
DanGull
Did you cover anything in the engine bay before detailing it Gaz?
Gazjs
I wasn't sure on what could and couldn't be detailed safely, and looking at the amount of wires that were there etc i just stuck to the plastic components, anything that couldn't easily be seen was really left, but i would really like to get these done aswell.
Any tips you can give Dan ? :D
aph1101
Right, my snow foam lance from I4D has just arrived... First impressions are it is put together really well and it looks a quality bit of kit...

One slight issue is that I've just srewed on the karcher attachment that comes with it, but it won't go vertical. It is sat at an angle of around 15-20 degreees from the vertical. I was just wondering whether this is normal, or whether I've got a duff connector.

Thanks

P.S It has just started snowing :( so that means I can't use my snow foam... oh the irony :angry:
ChrisZetecS
[quote name='aph1101' post='58683' date='Jan 7 2010, 01:20 PM']Right, my snow foam lance from I4D has just arrived... First impressions are it is put together really well and it looks a quality bit of kit...

One slight issue is that I've just srewed on the karcher attachment that comes with it, but it won't go vertical. It is sat at an angle of around 15-20 degreees from the vertical. I was just wondering whether this is normal, or whether I've got a duff connector.

Thanks

P.S It has just started snowing :( so that means I can't use my snow foam... oh the irony :angry:[/quote]


Looking forward to see what you think of the I4D lance, considering buying one myself :)
aph1101
[quote name='ChrisZetecS' post='58685' date='Jan 7 2010, 01:27 PM']Looking forward to see what you think of the I4D lance, considering buying one myself :)[/quote]

I'll post some pics either later on today if it stops snowing or at the weekend :)
la3195
[quote name='aph1101' post='58683' date='Jan 7 2010, 01:20 PM']Right, my snow foam lance from I4D has just arrived... First impressions are it is put together really well and it looks a quality bit of kit...

One slight issue is that I've just srewed on the karcher attachment that comes with it, but it won't go vertical. It is sat at an angle of around 15-20 degreees from the vertical. I was just wondering whether this is normal, or whether I've got a duff connector.

Thanks

P.S It has just started snowing :( so that means I can't use my snow foam... oh the irony :angry:[/quote]


mine was like that when i got it. i just used a rubber gomit and now when its tight the connection is vertical. :)
greenymk7
its because of the plumbing tape they put on the connection.

i just used a spanner to turn it stupidly tight
aph1101
So, I've just come inside from snow foaming the car for the first time. It stop snow/raining so I dashed out to have a go.

First impressions are that it is a seriously good bit of kit. I just foamed it twice, couldn't be bothered with a 2BM wash and it has come up really well. Just perfect for removing all of the salt/road film, if it's too cold or if you can't be arsed to give it a proper wash.

Highly reccommended :D
Michael P
Don't say that alex!! don't make me want to buy one!
aph1101
[quote name='Michael P' post='59268' date='Jan 10 2010, 03:42 PM']Don't say that alex!! don't make me want to buy one![/quote]

DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!!! They're awesome. Best bit of detailing kit I own, now :D
Michael P
[quote name='aph1101' post='59269' date='Jan 10 2010, 03:43 PM']DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!!! They're awesome. Best bit of detailing kit I own, now :D[/quote]

nooooooo!
Gazjs
Got a nice gap in the weather today to give the car a much needed clean.
Started off with using my new Karcher K2.100 which i found to be very good for the price! As of yet i have no snow foam attachment so using the suction thing on the pressure washer i covered the car in 3M car wash soap, was also first time using this product and it was really good, suds stayed on the paintwork very well. Letting this settle for a few mins i then blasted it off along with a lot of dirt. Then sprayed and worked some Bilberrys into the wheels. Using the 2BM i used a megs microfibre mitt to wash the bottom half of the car again with 3M car wash soap, then using a different mitt done the whole car. Blasted this off along with the Bilberrys and what a difference an hour has made :lol: I didn't get round to drying it but put an open hose to run off the roof and this took much of the lying water off. Some pictures of before and after, after shots aren't very good though.

Before
[img]http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu340/Gazjs/Yes3.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu340/Gazjs/Yes2.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu340/Gazjs/Yes.jpg[/img]

After
[img]http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu340/Gazjs/yes4.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu340/Gazjs/yes5.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu340/Gazjs/yes7.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu340/Gazjs/Yes6.jpg[/img]
aph1101
[quote name='Gazjs' post='59304' date='Jan 10 2010, 05:28 PM']Got a nice gap in the weather today to give the car a much needed clean.
Started off with using [b]my new Karcher K2.100 [/b]which i found to be very good for the price! As of yet i have no snow foam attachment so using the suction thing on the pressure washer i covered the car in 3M car wash soap, was also first time using this product and it was really good, suds stayed on the paintwork very well. Letting this settle for a few mins i then blasted it off along with a lot of dirt. Then sprayed and worked some Bilberrys into the wheels. Using the 2BM i used a megs microfibre mitt to wash the bottom half of the car again with 3M car wash soap, then using a different mitt done the whole car. Blasted this off along with the Bilberrys and what a difference an hour has made :lol: I didn't get round to drying it but put an open hose to run off the roof and this took much of the lying water off. Some pictures of before and after, after shots aren't very good though.[/quote]

Been to B&Q?? We got the K4.130 down to 85 quid from 200 :D Proper bargain!

Your car looks loads better now, without all of the salty crap all over it :)
Gazjs
[quote name='aph1101' post='59312' date='Jan 10 2010, 05:41 PM']Been to B&Q?? We got the K4.130 down to 85 quid from 200 :D Proper bargain!

Your car looks loads better now, without all of the salty crap all over it :)[/quote]
Yup :lol:
29.99 ... had got the Halfords own brand the day before for 32.99 ( i think) and it leaked everywhere.
ChrisZetecS
I think the Foam lance and a decent pressure washer are on my "To buy" list now, as well as Autoglym HD wax :)
theletterj
I recently bought a couple of bright orange buckets from B&Q as they were only 1 each. I was hoping they'd be the right size for my grit guard, which I picked up separately on eBay. Unfortunately (and I knew deep down this was going to happen) they were too small and the grit guard barely squeezed in!

I'm sure my solution is already a tried and tested one, but I'd not seen anything on these forums to confirm...but with just a pair of wire cutters from a handy tool kit given to me at Christmas, I was easily able to snip away the outer ring and trip the fins so that it sits almost perfectly in the base of the bucket where it's supposed to be!

It was a bit painful cutting up 10.95 worth of plastic...it's a lot of money for some plastic, but it's worked out well because I've already grown quite fond of my orange buckets that will show up the grit and dirt a lot clearer than a black one.

Anyway, these forums are for sharing, so there we go!

Also received my 2-pack sheepskin wash mitts today from www.sheepskinshop.co.uk which I really hope work out to be good ones.

All that's left is my i4detailing.co.uk order which should be arriving tomorrow. That'll contain the shampoo and wax and drying towel, etc.

I know I've not got everything yet, but it should be enough to get me going. What I really want is what ChrisZetecS wants...a foam lance and decent pressure washer. I really can't afford everything all at once though, so that's going on a wish list for the time being.

My Fiesta is so in need of a wash, the guilt is eating away at me! Just need a break in the weather and a bit of time.
aph1101
As promised many moons ago, here is a picture of my snow foam lance from I4D with their snow foam solution:

[img]http://i652.photobucket.com/albums/uu243/aph1101/IMG_3378.jpg[/img]
ChrisZetecS
I kinda wish you didnt post this, makes me want to splash out on one even more :P
DanGull
Your car is finally a decent colour Alex! :P

Your mix can be a bit thicker I think - you want the foam to dwell for as long as possible, it looks like it's running off too easily...
ChrisZetecS
I've just given the bank card a good thrashing, shelling out on detailing products!

Heres what I've just ordered:

I4D:
- Snow Foam Lance :D
- 5lts snow foam
- Megs APC
- Various brushes
- Fingermitt applicators
- Spray bottles etc

eBay:
- Karcher pressure washer
- Megs endurance high gloss tyre gel + applicator
- Bilberry wheel cleaner
- Poorboys wheel sealant

Can't wait for it all to arrive :D :D
I was debating on whether or not to get Autoglym HD wax but I think I'll leave that until the weather gets warmer :)
ChrisZetecS
Oh, plus a genuine Moondust Silver touchup paint set, to get rid of the several stone chips on the front of my car :angry:
andyedge
[quote name='ChrisZetecS' post='60524' date='Jan 18 2010, 12:12 AM']Oh, plus a genuine Moondust Silver touchup paint set, to get rid of the several stone chips on the front of my car :angry:[/quote]

Where'd you get the touchup paint set from? Just noticed a stone chip on my front spoiler today :(
andyedge
Having bought most of my detailing stuff from Elite Car Care (www.elitecarcare.co.uk) I would like to recommend them for anyone after some detailing products.
They have a large range of products at competitive prices & I have found the customer service to be excellent. Delivery is pretty quick using UPS & they even send you the tracking number.

Quick price comparison example:
Meg's APC 3.78 litre bottle, current I4D price 18.99 inc VAT, Elite price 14.30 inc VAT

There is also a 5% discount using the code DW (from Detailing World) at checkout & delivery is free for orders over 60 ;)
ChrisZetecS
[quote name='andyedge' post='60529' date='Jan 18 2010, 12:59 AM']Where'd you get the touchup paint set from? Just noticed a stone chip on my front spoiler today :([/quote]
eBay, just searched "moondust silver touch up paint" and looked for a genuine one :) it was 7.99 plus 1.50 p+p
aph1101
[quote name='DanGull' post='60504' date='Jan 17 2010, 10:37 PM']Your car is finally a decent colour Alex! :P

Your mix can be a bit thicker I think - you want the foam to dwell for as long as possible, it looks like it's running off too easily...[/quote]

Very funny, Dan :lol:

That was my first go with it. I did a second "coat" of foam after i had rinsed that one off, and that was much thicker and stayed on the car a lot longer :) I should have taken a photo really!
ChrisZetecS
All my detailing stuff arrived today :D quite suprised really as I only ordered it all sunday night, and my I4D order and eBay orders come today, can't wait to use it all now :)
Jonny87
My car is absolutely caked in bugs, tar, grit, salt, mud, etc. I can only do a bucket wash but I want to know if some of these items I have found are good for giving a really [b]powerful[/b] clean. I have found this [url="http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washing-and-drying/chemical-guys-citrus-wash-gloss/prod_345.html"]citrus wash[/url], this [url="http://www.detailedobsession.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=102"]bug squash[/url], and also this [url="http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_199095_langId_-1_categoryId_165609"]mitt[/url].

I was thinking that I could wash the car using the citrus, then spray it over with the bug squash to really eat the crap away, then maybe wash it over with diluted bug squash, then clean it all down with another citrus wash. All using the above mitt. Would doing this be quite an easy way of removing months of built up crap?

Also I cant really do a proper wax atm, so I'll be continuing to use up whats left of a bottle of turtle-wax, then going over that with some turtle nano wax (I know turtle stuff aint that good but I can only really use this atm). Would it be a good idea to top this up with some red mist?? and what is best to apply red mist with?

Please help guys, thanks :)
thesilverfox
[quote name='Jonny87' post='60854' date='Jan 20 2010, 09:45 AM']Also I cant really do a proper wax atm, so I'll be continuing to use up whats left of a bottle of turtle-wax, then going over that with some turtle nano wax (I know turtle stuff aint that good but I can only really use this atm). Would it be a good idea to top this up with some red mist?? and what is best to apply red mist with?

Please help guys, thanks :)[/quote]

Do you have better waxes than the Turtlewax available? Please say you do - synthetic/liquid waxes are a big waste of your hard effort. If it's down to the cold weather, warming the wax a little helps - I apply DoDo juice by finger tip and have done in the cold recently (uncomfortable, but effective still).

If it's down to no other wax available, I can understand, but I'd get a decent clean and clay on that bodywork the second you can get hold of some lovely carnauba based wax :)

Also, claying the car is a brilliant way of getting tar and bugs off, but you'll need to clean, dry, seal and wax afterwards.
greenymk7
100% no point claying the car until spring and some warmer weather.

all the salt and grit will end up in your paintwork.
thesilverfox
[quote name='greenymk7' post='60925' date='Jan 20 2010, 05:07 PM']100% no point claying the car until spring and some warmer weather.

all the salt and grit will end up in your paintwork.[/quote]

Totally agree with you.

But if you're desperate for bugs and tar to be off now, it's still worth bearing in mind, unless you mess about with tar remover or WD40 (which also require thorough cleans after).

No point putting any wax on at all on top of fall-out and contaminants at this time of year :)
Gazjs
Jonny,
I don't no if you already have the Megs washmitt and just showing us what you were planning on using, or if you plan on buying one. if you already have one then don't read further :lol:

I find the washmitt very good at removing stubborn mud and is of very good quality holding the suds very well.
Compared to a cheap mitt i have for arches etc the quality of the Megs really shows up. You may like me think its a bit pricey but its well worth the tenner or so.

If you also want to save the good products for the summer give Megs tar and bug remover a go. Its what i used before i got hold of Tardis and does a good job although needs buffing off.
ChrisZetecS
Not an expert at detailing so bare with me :lol: :unsure: but I used my Karcher pressure washer and snow foam lance for the first time yesterday, and it was barely foaming at all, and the little foam that did come out of it just ran off the car within seconds.. any suggestions? I turned the button on the top of the lance as far "minus" as it would go, then slightly less so etc, and I diluted the mixture correctly.
greenymk7
how was the nozel at the end?

mines on around 3mm wide and fully to the minus side, i often put a little more of the snow foam solution in as i have no chrome that it could damage.
WelshAde
can you wash the dodo juice supernat drying towels?
aph1101
[quote name='ChrisZetecS' post='61166' date='Jan 22 2010, 12:31 PM']Not an expert at detailing so bare with me :lol: :unsure: but I used my Karcher pressure washer and snow foam lance for the first time yesterday, and it was barely foaming at all, and the little foam that did come out of it just ran off the car within seconds.. any suggestions? I turned the button on the top of the lance as far "minus" as it would go, then slightly less so etc, and I diluted the mixture correctly.[/quote]

Did you use warm water to top up the solution??

I have the nozzle adjusted to half way between jet and spray and that seems to work fine for me...

@Welsh Ade
I wash my non dod juice drying towel on a gentle 40 degree wash and that works fine. I then just let it air dry...


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