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#1 b1g_dav3

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:02 PM

Howdy folks, looking at getting a Frozen White Fiesta which hopefully won't take 10 years to build :P

I know white shows more muck than silver, and apparently I should wash the car on occasion so could do with some tips, seeing I haven't once washed my car since I bought it (been washed 4 times at Ford).

So what do I need? I am a pro with alloy wheels, I'm like a dirt ninja on them, with my Meguiar's stuff. Aside from the not a clue. I do have a power washer but I haven't a clue what it is as it was bought at Aldi I think a few years back.

Have thought about a snow foam do, but again not a clue what I'm doing here.

I have a mitt that's microfibre that I've used on my mum's car before, but apparently you're supposed to have 2 buckets or a grit guard or something? And do I need this if I foam the stuffing out of it?

Also need something to make the tyres look pretty too :P

- Thanks in advance.

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#2 Mark M.K

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:19 PM

Basics are:

Pressure washer
2 buckets, both with grit gruads - http://www.i4detaili..._Bucket_x2.html
A good microfiber or sheep/lambs wool mitt
A good shampoo - http://www.i4detaili..._Shampoo_1.html
A nice big drying towel - http://www.i4detaili...ng_Towel_1.html
A good wax of your choice
Plenty of Microfiber cloths
Something to apply wax with
Something for ya tyres - http://www.i4detaili...Tire_Gel_1.html
Oh, and some glass cleaner

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:36 PM

Should I be able to do that on £100? minus the washer, got that :P

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:02 PM

I should think so, yes :) If you went for Dodo Juice wax, get a sample 30ml pot for around £6. It will last ages.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:07 PM

Yeah the wax is the pricey bit I feel :P

I have some buffer thing if that's of any use? Lol.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:11 PM

To apply wax, anything on this page will do: http://www.i4detaili...licators_1.html

Then just use a normal cloth to buff to a shine.

You can polish before applying wax, Auto Glym Super Resin polish is one of the best.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:12 PM

I did have some spray on Turtle Wax stuff which I forget what it was, but seemed decent. Not sure how long it lasted though >.<

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:17 PM

Would I want hard or soft wax? And what do I need for tar removal as well? Sorry for all these questions, but so far in my experience rain washes my cars :P

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:27 PM

If your going to wash it afterwards... WD40 is great on tar!! I use it all the time, just make sure you was the car properly afterwards!

Failing that any autoglym or meguirs, or any other tar remover will work fine

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:41 PM

Would I want hard or soft wax? And what do I need for tar removal as well? Sorry for all these questions, but so far in my experience rain washes my cars :P


Soft wax is easier to apply in my view, Dodo Supernatural is a very good wax. Sample 30ml pots are around £13. If thats too much, Dodo Light fantastic will work well on white.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

WD40 might be worth a shot, though I may get a good Meguiar's tar remover, my Turtle Wax one was a bit pants.

Will order some wax for when the car gets here I think :P

How do you do a chasis wash, or is that not needed?

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:42 AM

Clay bar works really well on tar spots just use quick detailed to keep the area wet or just water.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:54 PM

Tardis is very good for removing tar spots. Linky.

Also, I see no polish on the list of things posted above! A good polish ensures that you keep those pesky light scratches away!

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:05 PM

Thanks :P got a few bits coming in already! Going to have a play and see possibly if I can make my car look showroom clean after 18 months of grime :P

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:58 PM

Ohhh 18 months? Give it a good wash then clay it all over. You'll be amazed when you look at the clay bar afterwards!

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