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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

Discussion in 'Motors' started by wassap, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. nath247

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 11, 2006

    Posts: 1,105

    Snowfoam, 2 bucket wash and cleaned the glass yesterday.

    This morning the windows were frozen so the de-icer was needed, now have smeary waterspots on my previously cleaned windows :(

    115 mile drive later, the car is filthy again. :mad:

    Oh well, will clean it again next weekend.
     
  2. Belloni

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 17, 2009

    Posts: 2,869

    So I've been trying to find a decent priced detailer in my area for a while but they are quite expensive. I don't have the tools or confidence to do this, would anyone be up for helping me remove swirls and what not off my car? It's a c300 2016 coupe if that helps?! Not sure if this is cheeky, but would obviously pay for time etc.
     
  3. Greg0986

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 2, 2010

    Posts: 1,918

    Location: Somerset

    I have but I don't want it to look too chavy, its already close as it is :p
     
  4. jellybeard999

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Feb 7, 2004

    Posts: 7,649

    Location: Co Durham

    I use those cheap wire wool scourers with soap built in for my exhaust tips. Home Bargains have them for about 50p for a multipack :)

    Not necessarily this brand, but something like https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00F4L9GSM/
     
  5. Cleisthenes

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jul 29, 2013

    Posts: 7,525

    Location: TN1

    What would you recommend to put on wheels to protect them and make them easier to clean in the future. I'm considering getting the wheels off and giving them a thorough clean but would like to seal them at the same time.

    What do you use?
     
  6. grudas

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 12, 2008

    Posts: 20,479

    Location: West sussex

    I used -; http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/autoglym-alloy-wheel-seal/prod_752.html

    ran out now but it does create a layer between the finish and the outside, water etc just runs off but dust etc still sticks to the rim - nowhere near as bad tho! :)

    I'd recommend it if you want something easy to apply - it is literally spray on and leave.

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/chemical-guys-wheel-guard/prod_197.html

    is next on my list ;)
     
  7. kindai

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 9, 2013

    Posts: 6,677

    Location: Bromsgrove

    C5 wheel armor.
     
  8. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,358

    Location: Derbyshire

    I use the same SRP and EGP combo I use on my paint - mainly cos I already have it and being a student sucks. Does a really good job though, since I applied it two months ago I've only had to wash the wheels with water and normal car soap to get them back to perfect again.
     
  9. Cleisthenes

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jul 29, 2013

    Posts: 7,525

    Location: TN1

    The price puts me off a bit, is it really that good?
     
  10. Conscript

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2004

    Posts: 9,321

    Location: Kent

    Could also try some oven cleaner?
    When i first did the tips on my MX5, I sprayed them with Mr Muscle first to get the worst off, then finished up with Autosol. Brought them up nicely.
     
  11. kindai

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 9, 2013

    Posts: 6,677

    Location: Bromsgrove

    Yes.

    Just look up the reviews. If you're having the wheels off and doing a full decontamination and bringing them up to new, this will keep them looking that way.
     
  12. dacads

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 3, 2012

    Posts: 10,387

    Location: Space

    Problem is buying a sealant/wax now will render the remaining wheel cleaner useless :p

    Unless I use it on the bodywork as it's basically an iron remover.
     
  13. RSR

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 17, 2006

    Posts: 8,687

    That's what I use and I can't fault it to be fair, as i've been comparing it to the Auto Finesse Avalanche. Its much better than the AF snowfoam, so ill be order some more of it next week. However, I am quiet temped to order the blue Magifoam as I have a white car.
     
  14. RSR

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 17, 2006

    Posts: 8,687

    I use FK1000 on my wheels and I am really impressed with it, as it seem to last for ages. However, I do normally take the wheels off every few months to properly clean them.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2017
  15. Amos91

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 8, 2008

    Posts: 1,868

    Location: Northamptonshire

    C5 / Dlux / Platinum wheels are all good.
     
  16. Cleisthenes

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jul 29, 2013

    Posts: 7,525

    Location: TN1

    Do you mean FK1000? Just want to clarify :)
     
  17. Amos91

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 8, 2008

    Posts: 1,868

    Location: Northamptonshire

    I imagine so, but its a waste of money when you're taking the wheels off, you can get something like Dlux / Platinum wheels for not much more.
     
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  18. chroniclard

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 23, 2014

    Posts: 14,836

    Location: Hertfordshire

    There is a reason paint correction is not cheap, a good job takes a lot of work. :)
     
  19. RSR

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 17, 2006

    Posts: 8,687

    Yes, sorry, I get confused with all the names. :p:o:D
     
  20. RSR

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 17, 2006

    Posts: 8,687

    I'd normally clean all the wheel arches etc... at the same time. However, FK1000 does seem to last for a good 3/4 months but my wheels don't normally get too dusty.

    I'll have a look at the stuff mentioned above as well.