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Another car cleaning thread?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Conanius, 11 May 2006.

  1. Conanius

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Well, its clear the sun is out as everyone seems to cleaning and taking pictures !

    im getting quite into this car cleaning lark, and I want to make sure im using the best stuff I can without going crazy.

    Ive heard a lot about these clay bars, and was just wondering if anyone here had used one, and if so, what they thought of it. all/any details appreciated
     
  2. MarkST

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Jun 2003

    Posts: 2,280

    Location: Shoeburyness

    Hi.

    I havent used mine yet, but will be later on today when i will be detailing my dads Mondeo. I will hopefully be getting plenty of pictures and do a nice little step by step of what i done.

    Mark.
     
  3. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,988

    Location: Staffordshire

    Used a clay bar on my saxo after it was a year and a bit old. Washed the car (Meguires NXT shampoo), then dried the car (flexi-blade & chamois), then clay bar and Quick Detailer. The clay bar pulled off ALL of the tar spots, "marks" that I thought were un-removable, and basically made the paint as smooth as glass. I then polished the car with Autoglym Super Resin Polish, then waxed with Meguires NXT Tech Wax.

    Was superb afterwards :)
     
  4. eidolon

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    I found the clay bar to be rubbish but I guess my paintwork was probably pretty good anyway.

    My recommendation would be to spend as long as you can stand doing the Meguiars Stage 1 Paint Cleaner (ie 3 or 4 times) as the better the prep work the better the final finish. If you polish or wax over bad paint it will still look bad.

    After you've throroughly cleaned the car, polish it with Autoglym Super Resin then seal it with Meguiars NXT wax. That's what always worked for me :)
     
  5. spirit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,884

  6. Conanius

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    cheers for the advice all, but yours seems to be the best considering what I already own steve :)

    is the standard '3 stage' meguires polish and wax ok? ive got zymol wax if thats any betteR?
     
  7. eidolon

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    I personally didn't like the Stage 2 Meguiars on black paintwork, found it left the car greasy looking although I've never tried it on any other colour so it might be great on silver.

    I just found Autoglym Super Resin gave a really deep shine without any greasy marks, it does however produce that nasty white dust so you've got to be careful not to just slap it everywhere. Try the Megs first and see how it goes, lots of people rate it so it was probably just my incompetence :D

    I've never actually tried Zymol wax so I can't really comment. I've tried their shampoo and wasn't all that impressed, smelled nice but that was about it really.
     
  8. Scottland

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    Location: North Wales

    Sorry to barge into this thread uninvited. What products are best to touch up black paint? I've got a few marks on the paintwork, the odd scratch, some swirl marks etc & being black it really stands out.

    It'll no doubt "T-Cut out", but whats the best I can get from my local Halfrauds to remove the scratches, and the something to polish/wash with?


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