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focusdriver

Cleaning

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This may be a general topic but the responses are so good on this thread I thought I'd ask the question.

Up until a few months ago I've only used hot water and fairy liquid to wash my cars. This has been OK but now I've got a new'ish car I want to keep the paintwork in top nick.

I've started using car shampoo but this doesn't remove all the little tar marks. Is it safe to jetwash these marks off, or is it better to use a tar removal spray?

Also, I wonder if anyone has any general tips on cleaning, and what products they use.

This is supposed to be pretty good but, does anyone on here use it? http://www.amazon.co.uk/SHOWROOM-SHINE-WATERLESS-CLEANER-1Litre/dp/B005G20IL8

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i would have a go at trying a clay bar to remove the tar marks first or you could use a specific tar remover.

once you have removed all the tar spots I would then give the car a good wax as that then should stop the tar sticking.

im sure some other people will have better ideas.

have a look on this web site detailingworld.com they are very help full its a specific site for cleaing cars and have got some very good tips.

hope that helps a bit

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i was informed some years ago that concentrated washing up liquids promote rusting and that the water should be warm not hot .but that was by a ford dealer ..i find a squirt of wd 40 removes the tar ..i use a wash and wax every week even if its not dirty .( thanks to mr seagull)

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i would have a go at trying a clay bar to remove the tar marks first or you could use a specific tar remover.

once you have removed all the tar spots I would then give the car a good wax as that then should stop the tar sticking.

That's what I do :) Works great.

This is my favourite wax: Collinite 476s - gives good protection for many months:

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Normally I just use an ordinare cheap car shampoo - but if the car is very dirty I also use a foamlance to prewash:

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Autoglyms bodywash shampoo is good for cleaning your car and doesn't have strong agents that strip wax off. As said above a claybar should help remove the tar spots but AG Intensive tar remover will remove any stubborn spots easy.

I like to use Meguires tech wax 2.0 in liquid form for waxing.. Provides a deep wet look shine and is durable for quite a few months. You can also get the spray version as a top up to use once every 2-3 months to keep it up looking nice.

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Washing up liquid is a big no no, its not good for your paint, and just in case there is anyone using sponges out there to was your cars DONT, there the product of the Devil and should never be used. There is a vast amount of products out there now to pamper you cars, I use Mequires and poor boys and collinite wax is probably the best value for money and best protection you can give your car before the winter sets in, it lasts months.

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Washing up liquid is a big no no, its not good for your paint, and just in case there is anyone using sponges out there to was your cars DONT, there the product of the Devil and should never be used. There is a vast amount of products out there now to pamper you cars, I use Mequires and poor boys and collinite wax is probably the best value for money and best protection you can give your car before the winter sets in, it lasts months.

Yup i agree never use a sponge unless you fancy loads of swirly scratch marks across your paintwork :)

Always use one of those mitts with the tonsols on so the dirt travels into the mitt protecting your paintwork from scratches.

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Just a suggestion. Fitting some mud flaps will keep the worst of the tar off the car.

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Rinse, tfr full car, Snow foam, Liquid clay, autoglym bodywork shampoo, tar remover, wheel acid ( loads disagree), mayb some megs 81/ paint restoration on a buffer, then auto glym polish, maybe g3 wax or auto glym sealant......

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Thanks for the tips. I'll be getting some shampoo, tar remover and a cleaning glove. ;)

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Washing up liquid contains a lot of salt and minersls designed to scour grease and food off plstes.

It's like rubbing your paintwork with a handful of wet sand.

I usr autoglym shampoo and it's good enough for me.

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I use autoglym shampoo also. I wax it 3/4 times in two months start of the year and it stays shines and easy to clean for months and months without more polish.

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Autoglyms bodywash shampoo is good for cleaning your car and doesn't have strong agents that strip wax off. As said above a claybar should help remove the tar spots but AG Intensive tar remover will remove any stubborn spots easy.

+1 for the autoglym intensive tar remover, if you use it properly it works a treat.

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Yup i agree never use a sponge unless you fancy loads of swirly scratch marks across your paintwork :)

Always use one of those mitts with the tonsols on so the dirt travels into the mitt protecting your paintwork from scratches.

Alec J - which mitt do you use? Also, did you get it online or halfords etc.?

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Hi focusdriver,

I agree with all the lads about the washing up liquid, over time washing constantly will dull the paint work on the car and cannot be gotten back no matter how much polish you use. Autoglymm shampoo as said above would probably be the best but the turtle wax one would not be far off.

I would use either WD40 or raw kerosene to remove tar, put kerosene into a spray bottle, give a liitle squirt on tar spots and leave for a few minutes then start washing your car.

Also use a microfibre wash mitt and the two bucket technique to wash the car to ensure no dirt gets onto the car.

For wax I personnaly have use the Autoglym High Defintion Wax which is slightly costly but lasts for ages as you use very little and will last for months.

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Alec J - which mitt do you use? Also, did you get it online or halfords etc.?

I get my stuff online, never use halfrauds for cleaning things.

EBay is your best bet.. get a two pack of microfibre wash mitts for under a fiver.

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2 bucket method for me with autoglym wash then dry and use autoglym hard shell shine then protect with autozone ptfe protectant keeps the worst of the dirt off and the tar

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Oops, I always use a sponge - not for much longer though.

I too am a fan of Autoglym body shampoo - makes drying the car much quicker compared to other shampoos.

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