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#1 Carnaby07

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 03:41 PM

Hi Everyone, 

 

I am new to this Fiesta world and purchased a 2013 3 door econetic in silver last year. I love it, its nippy and saves me a tonne of money on diesel!! 

 

Anyway, I clean it usually once a week - I work in Weston Super Mare so Seagulls poo on it daily - and need some help on choosing the best products. At the moment I use turtle wax car shampoo and then give it a spritz of Simonitz detailer wax. Should I be looking for a wax? Can anyone recommended any other car shampoos or detailers? Or am I doing it all wrong!!

 basically just want a nice, clean and shiny car with protected paintwork! Forgot to add that I use Auto Glym tar remover every few weeks too on problem tar spots.

 

Any help would be gratefully appreciated!

 

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:32 PM

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:33 PM

Really good guide on here to what order to use products and things to avoid

 

Make a nice cuppa and have a read through mate

 

http://www.polishedb...are-advice.html



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:46 PM

Don't forget sponges are a no no, use lambs wool wash mits instead.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 04:46 PM

I think it's down to personal preference as long as you buy one of the well known brands you should be ok , I use autoglym with no problems although my car is white so I dont know if that makes a difference suppose it depends on how much you want to spend

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 05:03 PM

Really good guide on here to what order to use products and things to avoid

 

Make a nice cuppa and have a read through mate

 

http://www.polishedb...are-advice.html

 

Just had a quick look at this as i dont have any experience with detailing and all that and i have to say Its a really helpful guide! I will definitely keep looking back at it for tips! 



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:27 PM

I use lots of Meguiars stuff but I will occasionally use Autoglym, Dodo juice Diamond White wax is a favourite on my silver focus.


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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:45 PM

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 08:01 PM

Really good guide on here to what order to use products and things to avoid
 
Make a nice cuppa and have a read through mate
 
http://www.polishedb...are-advice.html

  

 
Just had a quick look at this as i dont have any experience with detailing and all that and i have to say Its a really helpful guide! I will definitely keep looking back at it for tips! 


Have to agree there's some interesting tips there, but I can't help thinking how quickly the neighbours would start making their kids cross the street when they pass my house if I started drying the car with a leaf blower :)

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 11:26 PM

I'd recommend "Bilt Hamber" products they win nearly all the various tests Autoexpress magazine and with good reason nothing quite like then, go direct or via Amazon.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 07:44 AM

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+1 water and sponge = job jobbed.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:02 AM

Thanks everyone for your input, I will certainly read through the link above. Have to agree though that I think the line will have to be drawn at using a leaf blower haha!! 

 

As a side note I washed my Dad's black c-max yesterday and then spritzed on the simonitz detailer spray, and wow what a smeary mess that was!!! 



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 04:15 PM

Autoglym car shampoo, and autoglym wax occasionally. I use a microfibre pad for washing and then a good chamois to dry it. As for tar I use a claybar once it gets really bad. Also Zaino prodicts are very good, but once you start using once, you need to go with pretty much all of them. Their Z9 and Z10 leather cleaner and conditioner are amazing and give a brilliant leathery smell in the cabin. Less so since only the steering wheel are leather, but when I do a car with full leathers its a smell that just smells right.



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 05:49 PM

A good drying towel is a must, one with a nice deep pile, the trouble with a chamios is if you pick up the slightest bit of grit you are gonna drag it all over the paintwork causing swirls 

 

i have a 'woolly mammoth' towel and it's brilliant can dry 2 cars with it without having to wring it out

 

Not the cheapest but defo the best. i've had mine 3 years and its still going strong

 

 http://www.chemicalg..._p/woolmamm.htm



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 06:12 PM

A good drying towel is a must, one with a nice deep pile, the trouble with a chamios is if you pick up the slightest bit of grit you are gonna drag it all over the paintwork causing swirls 
 
i have a 'woolly mammoth' towel and it's brilliant can dry 2 cars with it without having to wring it out
 
Not the cheapest but defo the best. i've had mine 3 years and its still going strong
 
 http://www.chemicalg..._p/woolmamm.htm


It's out of stock :(

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