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#1 jg321

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:46 PM

Well, looks like I was unable to avoid a bit of impulse buying while I was browsing cleanyourcar.co.uk! I've just purchased:



CleanYourCar Huge 'Fluffy' Drying Towel: £8.95
Sonus Gloss Shampoo: £6.95
Meguiars Lambswool Wash Mitt: £9.95

Hopefully I'll get a better finish than what I get using a sponge any chamois. At some point I might well polish it and get rid of a slight scratch on the wing (managed to key it myself - what a !Removed!!). Usually get pretty bored though about half way through washing it!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:35 PM

Post up some post wash pics mate! I'm really sad about washing the car, I actually enjoy it, last time my girlfriend went away to the states I spent 13 hours over 2 days cleaning the focus. She's off again on Saturday so could be another clean in order!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:41 PM

Post up some post wash pics mate! I'm really sad about washing the car, I actually enjoy it, last time my girlfriend went away to the states I spent 13 hours over 2 days cleaning the focus. She's off again on Saturday so could be another clean in order!


Will do! Hah, I always love the idea but the novelty wears off really quickly, usually about one or two panels in!

Been using the age old method of single bucket and sponge. Tonight I've learnt that might not be the best idea!

Will let you know how I get on :)

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:49 PM

you're fine with a single bucket with a wash mitt, the dirt will become buried in the mitt so its not dragged across the paint. remember too to wet the entire car before going near it with the washmitt, that will gently remove most loose dirt so it is not dragged across the paint work. i find the washing itself pretty tedious but when you've got it clean; claying, polishing, sealing and waxing can be really satisfying when you see what a really deep gloss and shine you can get from your car. and putting the effort in to keep it waxed makes keeping it cleaner much easier the next time!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:56 PM

Yeah I see what you mean actually. I'm just about to move somewhere with an underground car park (also not in the middle of a field like now!) as well so should be easier to keep clean!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:00 PM

ah mate im the same! i live in a block of flats in bristol with an underground car park. its great because the car doesnt get as dirty, no scraping windows in winter and you can clean or generally work on the car regardless of the weather. only problem is i need to keep running between the garage and the flat to get buckets of water and of course, no hose, so have to use a watering can. i got some pretty funny looks from other people in the garage!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:11 PM

instead of using just water to rinse the car before washing, get some magifoam from autobrite and see the dirt fall off. it stays on the car for between 10-20 mins and rinse off, then wash the car. makes a huge difference. also try claying the car and see how much stuff it removes from the paint work - you'll be amazed!

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 03:55 PM

Clay bar is the next step for sure! Got loads of visible crap all over my car, never mind the invisible stuff. Claying seemed like a lot of work though?!

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:02 PM

Claying is actually dead easy and quick mate, let the lubricant do its work and let the clay just glide over. No need to exert any pressure. As soon as the the clay starts to grab on the paint spray more lubricant. Turtle wax do a good clay/ lubricant kit for about 16 in halfords I think. I guarantee you'll be impressed with how much dirt the clay removes and how smooth it leaves the paint.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:31 PM

What wax do people use / recommend?

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:40 PM

And I don't need to do anything after claying, eg wash it again? I must admit guys you've got me tempted!

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:00 PM

Just looking at the magifoam stuff, is it possible to use it without the pressure washer attachment? I know the pressure washer has a clear pipe for detergent, can it be used like this, or would that be too diluted?

Thanks for all the tips guys!

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 06:06 PM

best wax ive used is turtle wax super hard shell liquid wax
  • Legendary Super Hard Shell® protection leaves a lasting Turtle Wax® shine.
  • Easy on, easy off formula lasts up to 12 months.
  • http://www.turtlewax.com/detail-Super%20Hard%20Shell%20Liquid%20Wax-42-44.aspx


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Posted 10 August 2012 - 06:16 PM

Be careful this time of year if you live in a relatively rural area though, the farmers round here are harvesting at the moment and there is dust everywhere. I gave mine a really good clean, clay and wax last weekend but I needn't have bothered as it's filthy again.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 06:49 PM

I live in the middle of a field, literally. Move house though soon to the centre of Manchester so will do it just before then!

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