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On 13/11/2017 at 12:56 PM, AlexBartlam said:

i have mostly autoglym, but im looking into ADS car care as a facebook ford group rolling oval im in get discounts and their products look pretty good.

I use ads stuff on my fiesta proper happy with results if you can get a discount code I recommend there grape snowfoam 👌👌

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23 hours ago, Mikeythebatman92 said:

I use ads stuff on my fiesta proper happy with results if you can get a discount code I recommend there grape snowfoam 👌👌

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yeah they do do some good stuff, i get a discount with rolling oval who im with, i need to get a snow foam lance before tho.

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What wax / sealants do you guys use? Was looking at chemical guys and their black wax designed for black paint however it is expensive. 

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Recently bought bilt hamber auto wheels. It does the job but I think with these iron fallouts removers you need to clean the wheels first. Gave the car a good clean 

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+1 for basically all the Bilt Hamber products mentioned here. They seem to be very highly recommended, plus they're based in Essex, so I'm happy to be supporting British business. I got myself started with their Award Winner's Kit:

https://www.bilthamber.com/double-speed-wax-award-winners-kit

That covers your alloy-safe wheel cleaner (plus hogs hair brush), Ph-neutral shampoo, contaminant-removing clay bar, and tub of low-effort finishing wax. I pair that with two of their woolen mitts, plus a couple of Kent microfibre drying towels.

I also use Meg's Ultimate Quik Detailer for lubing the clay bar (when I use it) and any top-up spot cleans (bird *****, insects etc), and I have some Meg's All-Purpose Cleaner for doing minor dirty jobs like the door shuts and rear bumper sill (as for some reason Ford designed them to let all the dirty water just pool there!).

I have a bottle of Meg's Quik Interior spray too, but haven't used it yet, as Pledge Fluffy Duster Heads seem to be doing the trick at the moment, whilst the car is new. I also have some Meg's Endurance High Gloss Tyre Gel for tyres and the black plastics, but to tell you the truth, I have't felt compelled to use them yet. :-)

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1 hour ago, James Drebin said:

+1 for basically all the Bilt Hamber products mentioned here. They seem to be very highly recommended, plus they're based in Essex, so I'm happy to be supporting British business. I got myself started with their Award Winner's Kit:

https://www.bilthamber.com/double-speed-wax-award-winners-kit

That covers your alloy-safe wheel cleaner (plus hogs hair brush), Ph-neutral shampoo, contaminant-removing clay bar, and tub of low-effort finishing wax. I pair that with two of their woolen mitts, plus a couple of Kent microfibre drying towels.

I also use Meg's Ultimate Quik Detailer for lubing the clay bar (when I use it) and any top-up spot cleans (bird *****, insects etc), and I have some Meg's All-Purpose Cleaner for doing minor dirty jobs like the door shuts and rear bumper sill (as for some reason Ford designed them to let all the dirty water just pool there!).

I have a bottle of Meg's Quik Interior spray too, but haven't used it yet, as Pledge Fluffy Duster Heads seem to be doing the trick at the moment, whilst the car is new. I also have some Meg's Endurance High Gloss Tyre Gel for tyres and the black plastics, but to tell you the truth, I have't felt compelled to use them yet. 🙂

Have you heard of slim's detailing? They're a company which sell cleaning products and I think for good prices. I've also seen youtubers have some of slim's own branded products. Slim's detailing is just 2 miles away from me so I just travel there and save a fiver on delivery. 

When I got the auto wheels from there I also got bilt hamber auto clay soft and britemax blackmax. The bilt hamber hamber stuff I have is: auto foam, auto wash, auto wheels, auto clay. You can't complain about their prices. With their clay bar you get a good amount for the money. 200g for £10. Meguiars charge £7 for 50g of clay. The auto wash shampoo I use 10ml in a wash, 5ml firstly and the remaining 5ml as a top up. Will last a long time. 

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3 hours ago, zain611 said:

Have you heard of slim's detailing? They're a company which sell cleaning products and I think for good prices. I've also seen youtubers have some of slim's own branded products. Slim's detailing is just 2 miles away from me so I just travel there and save a fiver on delivery. 

No I hadn't, but I'll be checking them out next time I need to replenish the old stocks!

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1 hour ago, James Drebin said:

No I hadn't, but I'll be checking them out next time I need to replenish the old stocks!

I went out today and did some more cleaning 😂

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cleaned the rear seatsDSC_0352.thumb.JPG.7fe8512d84ffe111728f6d8cbd0f5700.JPG

 

Cleaned up the door sills using bilt hamber auto wheels and sealed it in using fusso coat. DSC_0353.thumb.JPG.af6c7c9fe1b60efb4011472ff18e3da9.JPG

 

Finishing pictures 

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Yesterday I had a go on machine polishing the roof of this VW eos. Want to practice using a machine polisher and get confidence before I do it on my own car. Decontaminated it and clay bar'd it before using the machine. Today was just cleaning the pads (which I should have done after using them) 

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Used menzerna medium cut polish and britemax blackmax DSC_0364.thumb.JPG.95ef3c344478ef22158cdead5c42735c.JPG

 

It looked clean and the surface felt a lot more smootherDSC_0362.thumb.JPG.0402c9b75dd564ae9bbfb4ab0467382c.JPG

 

However using a torch it doesn't seem it corrected much or hardly any of the paint. The car hasn't come out the garage yet so can't tell if there's buffing trails as you'd only see that in direct sunlight. I believe I should have used a compound as this may have removed the scratches. DSC_0363.thumb.JPG.ba58de5bb46886ed41cb2091fa77034e.JPG

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Good news

 

Went to slims detailing and asked about a good compound I could use. Was recommended Koch chemie and the guy showed pictures of results of it on a car he used it onDSC_0365.thumb.JPG.841528a247031d9a7e20077cecfd57ce.JPG

 

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So used the compound along with a heavy cutting pad, polished it using menzerna and finished it with britemax. 

 

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After 😀DSC_0367.thumb.JPG.576d5a02f66c06b22539905a2730217a.JPG

 

Really happy with the results. There's still some heavy scratches however it looks a lot better now. 

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Next day took the car out in the sunlight. Looks good thankfully. 

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Something new. Bought chemical guys petes 53 wax. Just need some pads for the smaller backing plates then I'm set for machine polishing and sealing in the fiesta. 

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24 minutes ago, Funkywill58 said:

How is it best to apply snow foam. I have a Bosch pressure  washer 

I'd say get a snow foam lance with the correct adapter to go in your Bosch hose. I've heard the lances made in Italy are the best ones. I normally snow foam first, not put any water on the car until after I snow foam. Some people say you shouldn't pressure wash the foam off as the dirt on the foam could push against the paint scratching it. If your really cautious you can rinse it off with the hose pressure. 

I use bilt hamber auto foam and you can get it for around £16 for 5 litres which is a bargain 

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Practiced using the touch up paint. This kit came when I bought the car and it says expires June 14 (which questions me to if paint expires) so want to see if its okay. Used a tooth pick and applied it on some paper. Tomorrow will check it and apply the clearcoat. 

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I use showroom shine for the exterior, swear by it, so easy to apply and finish, whole car in 25 mins, good exercise also!

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Used to use nothing but Autoglm/Meguiars products until i tried Auto Finesse,http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cleaning/car-cleaning-kits/auto-finesse-original-car-care-kit

got this kit from Halfords<Polish is easy to remove not chalky compared to others and the wax is also superb to use.

just need some more funds to buy more from the range.

 

 

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Bought 2 finishing pads for the machine polisher from slim's detailing. Hopefully now set for machine polishing the fiesta. Might clean the car on Sunday and put it in the garage before clay baring it and machine polishing and waxing. 

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Also was given this wheel cleaner by them free to test out. Will see how it is and give my review on it. DSC_0432.thumb.JPG.4a81bd5e3677d5d228f7ed965789a2fa.JPG

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Nice. My neighbour bought a DA and a bonnet to practice on but he never did... I'd love to have a go at getting the swirls out of my panther black focus...

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2 hours ago, Phil21185 said:

Nice. My neighbour bought a DA and a bonnet to practice on but he never did... I'd love to have a go at getting the swirls out of my panther black focus...

You should ask your neighbour if you and them could practise using the DA polisher splitting the bottom between each other. Good thing with a DA is its difficult to burn into the paint however the only thing I'll worry about is how much clearcoat is left on the car. You never know if the previous owners had machine polished it before. 

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On 6/7/2018 at 9:03 PM, Phil21185 said:

Nice. My neighbour bought a DA and a bonnet to practice on but he never did... I'd love to have a go at getting the swirls out of my panther black focus...

Had problems removing the quote box ^^^

Went again today and bought another and hopefully my last pad 🤣. This will be used with the menzerna polish. Completly forgot went yesterday 

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The main reason I went was so I can get an applicator pad for applying the sealant and wax. I have a used one but will just use it for sealing the parts underneath the car. Was given a pair of these for free. DSC_0434.thumb.JPG.943f6c6667331de7aec70bced3d82dac.JPG

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Been very busy these 3 days in the man cave and finally finished. Had machine polished, sealed and waxed the car. First day cleaned the car and decontaminated it using bilt hamber auto wheels as that is a fallout remover. _20180610_204050.thumb.JPG.a847ab85599cf12367c457375a9da7a6.JPG

 

Tried out the wheel cleaner and was really happy with it. On the wheel there was this stain which looked like dirty drips of water which was there since I bought the car and its now goneDSC_0437.thumb.JPG.1e4d52c8740f8075204e9c0f404009da.JPGDSC_0439.thumb.JPG.d5113be9386380945cd7edc6d569375f.JPGDSC_0440.thumb.JPG.5a4b7040e31801f3227ff1b49a0f87cc.JPG

 

Took the car in the garage and inspected the paint. Can see the light scratches and swirl marks. DSC_0444.thumb.JPG.a0f39f060eeb93f2da57d07c4d583a2c.JPGDSC_0445.thumb.JPG.3912e2f294db1bdba0b400891bf00124.JPGDSC_0446.thumb.JPG.2bd93902f90d9f1108192ea826be5b18.JPG

 

clay bar'd everything and definitely took a lot of the bonded contaminates off. DSC_0448.thumb.JPG.4888c435f16a52f08f921982e854ea6d.JPGDSC_0449.thumb.JPG.aad297baf8a34ccdbd12f94bb6d28894.JPG

 

Tried menzerna medium cut polish on the roof of the carDSC_0452.thumb.JPG.bf2875b13c340f29215ddc75561cc8b1.JPG

 

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Used koch chemie H8.02 on the bonnet and that made a big difference. Brought out the faded paint

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Polished the tail lights and that made a big difference. The red looked brighter and the whole thing looked like new. 

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Used fusso coat then chemical guys petes 53 wax. DSC_0469.thumb.JPG.cf4c6493b0434d19417879dfc21ad76d.JPG

 

Don't add too much wax like I did. Add just a thin layer of it on. DSC_0470.thumb.JPG.00e76adbc3a70fcd9b83ca8122c64424.JPG

 

Finishing looks after 3 whole days work. _20180612_222223.thumb.JPG.5c2903ed7fbb9a66518012b0ec26d807.JPG_20180612_221819.thumb.JPG.d0ae7d5e629de4a92f660e4bbb12a837.JPG

 

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Managed to get a reflection shot. Looks like new and can't see any scratches. Only thing I could see is wax residue which gives the look of holograms

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Bought insta finish trim magic. A trim dressing which says can lasts years. DSC_0476.thumb.JPG.9469bc5ba458b5c810ee14ed05575147.JPG

 

Was the hardest / annoying thing to use. There was a inner cap which I think allows the product to drip out rather than pour out. Sadly this came off and was difficult to put it back in so just would quickly tip it on the applicator pad. Because of this I'd accidentally waste a little and some moments it would pour on the floor. Accidentally knocked it off the table and about a fifth of the product came out. 

 

Before and after. The right handle had a little of the product but you can still see how faded it was compared to the other handle when I properly applied it. DSC_0480.thumb.JPG.a73164191903e1565cbbfca40b9f70c5.JPGDSC_0479.thumb.JPG.297fffc63b4bcd16acaf40474ea24cd7.JPG

 

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