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  1. I can't think of any off-hand, but you night be able to do similar yourself with some self adhesive chrome beading? Im also Steve!
  2. Rightly or wrongly a lot of the detailing 'scene' seems to be led by marketing and gentleman's sausage waving! Im sorry, but 999/1000 people are probably going to struggle to tell the difference in finish between a £30 tub of wax and a £300 tub of wax if the paint has been prepped correctly. Granted, more expensive products can perform much better and require less effort, BUT there does seem to be a lot of people trying to justify why they paid so much for a product rather than being objective and saying 'its better but not twice the price better' or similar. I always say that so long as you are happy with the results then it doesn't matter what the brand is. I recently called someone (I know personally) a f**king idiot for even considering spending a 3 figure sum stocking up on a certain well known brand's products before having tried even one! The lure of marketing is THAT strong. Places like detailingworld are great for getting samples (sometimes members will buy a more expensive product and decant it for multiple people at cost as well) and even part used bottles of product in the sales section. Some of the group buys are well worth looking at too. I am lucky to have a couple of mates also in to looking after their cars, so we pass stuff around. Sometimes I like something and they don't, and vice versa. I couldn't care less if my snow foam doesn't smell of strawberries or produce a green foam! If my (100% carnauba - really? How does it spread then given carnauba is extremely hard!) wax wasn't squeezed between the thighs of 5 virgins or developed in a top secret soviet lab I don't care either, so long as it looks good on the car! When I first started the whole 'detailing' thing I used to get complemented on the appearance of my car all the time and asked to do others - the only things I had used on it were autoglym super resin polish, one of those buffer machines out of argos with the HUGE pad that cost £20 (which was so well made I had to glue the polystyrene backing pad back onto the machine with contact adhesive), a coat of FK1000p sealant (the £20 tub still isn't finished 6/7 years later), some armourall tyre foam, and a couple of microfibres. The majority of what I use these days is Powermaxed or Sonax branded, with a couple of bits of autosmart and the odd rogue product I'm trying out or simply using up. Both of powermaxed and sonax are towards the bottom of the cost scale. For trim gtechniq is hard to beat for finish or longevity, so long as you do the prep 100% correctly - i also liked nanolex on Ford exterior trim, though sonar's extreme exterior trim product produces a nice finish at a fraction of the cost (and the tube size goes a long way to addressing the poorer longevity). Much like photography I feel people get too hung up on brands when it comes to cleaning their car, when the real difference in results often comes down to the technique rather than the equipment used.
  3. To be fair Autoglym products aren't all that bad, depending on what (and how) you use. Many pro's started out with autoglym and plenty of people into the trade use their products daily. Super Resin Polish is a real love or hate product - it gets a lot of bad rep, but if you understand its a temporary fix rather than permanent correction it is a good product. Especially if you are working with thin paint that wont survive a proper correction. Its handy for oxidised paint as well. I always quite liked autoglym bodywork shampoo and conditioner. I'd put Autoglym with Meguiars above the likes of Carplan and demon shine (and their various brands), which are more your cheapo products. There are many, many products out there and even more in the way of marketing! Its not unheard of for one product to appear with different manufacturers labels on unfortunately, nor is it uncommon for more than one brands products to be made in the same factory (to different specifications) either. Personally I never saw what all the fuss was about with Bilberry wheel cleaner, and snow foam seems to be driven by clever marketing rather than being the wonder solution it seems to be promoted as - we managed fine without it before someone had the idea of putting extra foaming agent into a soap solution and marketing it to death!. Personally I find shampoo works fine as a 'snow' foam, but then i live in a soft water area. My advice to the OP would be to start with the basics. Get a couple of buckets and a decent mitt and treat your car to a good safe (as can be, theres always a risk when anything contacts your paint, all you can do is try to minimise that risk) wash. Be sure to rinse as much loose dirt off as possible with a hose or pressure washer (with or without a snow foaming stage) before touching your paint. Spend what you can afford and dont commit serious money until you see if you need to - as you move up the price scale for products there tends to be diminishing returns in terms of what you spend versus the difference the product makes. The exception is probably the nano sealants that are now on the market. If you can afford it get yourself a clay bar or mitt as well and use every 6 months or so (more if you live near a railway line or heavy industrial) - you will be surprised how much stuff it draws out of your paint and how much better the paint looks as a result. Most of all, enjoy yourself!
  4. Sorry, just saw this. To be honest you can get a much better quality gaiter from eBay for not a lot of money. Think the company I used for my MK7 was called JF boots (or something along those lines).
  5. Thanks. The plan is to keep it pretty stock but subtly upgrade it in areas. Having seen a few with the honeycomb grille (and how well the chrome bars go with the colour) I'm actually going off the idea now. What I will say is that this car is a lot tighter and better built feeling than the previous one, which felt great but this seems to be a step up again (bare in mind the old car only had 12k on her so by no means worn). Some of materials seem to have changed as well (especially the seats), and the engine feels almost as good as the last one (which took around 8k miles to start to open up a bit). Very pleased though one omission on these newer models seems to be the ambient lighting - it just isn't there! Planing to get an ST-line or similar centre console with the armrest now as well.
  6. So, the Blue Candy Fiesta has gone and Fiesta number 3 is here, this wee Candy Red number Nothing done to it yet as I only picked it up from the stealers this evening. Plus it was raining. A lot! One of the first jobs will be de-tangoing and changing all the interior lights to LED's. My planned mods are in my signature. Has anyone else with Candy Red got rim blades? Would like to get some but not sure what colour to go for as the red is rather bright. My old car is not only already on the Trust Ford website (left it in this morning so the dealer could move the mud-flaps and spare wheel across to the new car) but there was someone there considering buying it when I left!
  7. Had something similar with my Fiat, turned out to be front strut mounts.
  8. If it was my money I'd go the Parrot route. For a start it is likely cheaper and its is probably going to work without much tweaking - you don't necessarily need to get a model at £150 either. From memory the harness (i think its a T-harness but dont quote me on that) isn't too expensive. You can even get it installed by someone who offers a warranty rather than do it yourself. The alternative route would be to totally replace the radio you have got and make the necessary modifications using dealer software to essentially clone your current vehicle onto the new unit (with bluetooth added). You'd also need to source the appropriate wiring and connections as you say and I think need to get the right module to go with the radio (IIRC there are different versions). You probably arent going to know the history of all those purchased components either, so you could be spending all that money for the system to fail in a few months. Unlikely but possible.
  9. I think there is a balance to be found, like in most things. Im all for modding, but not to ridiculous levels. Such as the 1.0l? Corsa that passes my house that has been modded to try make it sound like a WRC Subaru or something. Except it doesn't (especially with it wooshing every 2 seconds as it goes over speed bumps due to what I assume is one of those fake blow off valves), and sounds as ridiculous as a car like that making such noises looks! Theres only so much you can do with what you have before it sounds false. You can get quite a nice exhaust note from a custom stainless exhaust. Not as expensive as you'd think either. Whatever you do you are always going to be restricted by the fact you have a small turbo diesel.
  10. At the moment my 'dream' car is a candy red fiesta ST (and a classic citroen DS)! I wouldn't say no to a Maserati or Alfa Quattro Formagio (sp?) though. Cars are special in that whatever their age and condition they seem to have a certain quality that makes them likeable/interesting. Im liking that Im leaving for a short break in Liverpool for a football game in 4 hours time. Despite being an Arsenal supporter!
  11. In a similar vein, I see the Daily Star is offering £1 day trips to France on P&O tomorrow. Just days after the 30th anniversary of the Hearld of Free Enterprise disaster, a ship which was so full because of a similar promotion. Coincidentally the operator of that ship became P&O ferries! Agreed, though I suppose its a blurry line given that in all of these cases people are using the legacy of the disaster for financial gain. HA! Often hear that one as well. Theres been a definite increase in the amount of merchandise/memorabilia associated with Titanic here in the past 10 years or so. There was even a depiction of her being built in a funeral home I was in a few weeks ago! I can't think of anywhere else in the world were people would be proud to have built a ship that sank on her maiden voyage! Coincidentally I'll be leaving Belfast in a few hours to go to Titanic's home port of Liverpool (via Ireland and Wales).
  12. Clas Ohlson do a DA (random orbital) polisher for not a lot of money if you are near a branch or can get reasonable delivery (I see you are in Orkney so no doubt get hit with extortionate postage). I think argos have their own version now as well. They are great for applying polishes, glazes, and even wax and limit the amount of damage. It IS still possible to burn through paint (I have done it, on a Torneo connect), but so long as you aren't using a really aggressive pad and polish you should be fine. I have a Das 6 Pro myself. Make sure you clay the car before you polish - the clay will probably help the paintwork appearance a lot by getting rid of bonded contaminants. Rotary's are more effective at paint correction but need a certain amount of skill to use. They do however tend to be cheaper. Whatever you get watch some videos on how to use your new tool most effectively. Take your time and allow yourself to take some breaks (its harder work than it looks but beats doing things by hand!)
  13. For pressure washers you can't go wrong with Nilfisk. Available in Argos and Screwfix in various variations. Karcher are the easiest to get accessories for though. Detailing products wise it depends very much on what you are looking for, how much you are willing to spend, and how much ongoing maintenance you intend to do. Its probably worth having a look around the detailingworld forum if you haven't already. Im a big fan of Powermaxed products at the moment. Their range is effective and not too pricey (and some are available in 5l concentrate form). Also available from Euro Car Parts (and discounted in their many sales). IN terms of LSP (wax/sealant), I'm using Sonax Extreme Protect and Shine Hybrid on the bodywork. Its a spray you simply wipe on and wipe off (including on black trim if you want) - a bit pricey but job done for at least 3 months and no elbow grease required at all! No matter what products you use the key is in the preparation though.
  14. I quite like the tea infuser, but more for the cleverness than what it is as such. We have Titanic Tea in Belfast (and titanic chippies, titanic pubs, etc) - we are quite light hearted about the whole thing here now (she was fine when she left here you know). Much more so than we would have been when I was younger, I suppose the time since the tragedy is a factor. Mind you, we are doing quite well from the tourism now! Neither product in the original post is in good taste tbh, but thats the world we live in! People will buy anything!
  15. Alloy. Specifically its the 5 x 2 design. That wont really make a difference though for the spare - a wheel is a wheel and all that matters really is the size is within the specification for the car.