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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. hux

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 9, 2009

    Posts: 2,481

    Best way of cleaning with just a bucket?

    I did have an alaska f1 brush which was good, any suggestions?

    Bought some duragloss 901 and 957, the wax has good reviews and I've always preferred sealants for being so easy to use.
     
  2. Blackhawk47

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 17, 2007

    Posts: 10,954

    Location: West Yorkshire / Market Bosworth

    For wheels?

    Wheel Woolies USA & a auto finesse detailing brush (come in a pack of 2). Awesome quality and will last you a very long time. :)
     
  3. hux

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 9, 2009

    Posts: 2,481

    Bodywork, I'm open to suggestions.
     
  4. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,554

    Thoughts please.

    Collected my car today, looks great but under the LED observation lights the scratches, especially on the bonnet look terrible, like someone has gone at it with a key frankly. Now they are not obvious under normal light but I need it fixed. I am not a detailing expert and to be fair the bodyshop said a proper detailer would remove them, I can't with scratch X for example, doesnt even touch them, but wondering how a proper detailer would go about such a thing. You can feel them as I say they look bloody awful under LED and just interested to understand the process of removing them. If I have to I will have to have the bonnet painted, which I would prefer not to do. I have the car looking great, but it's a swirl mark showroom right now and those need fixing as do the bigger marks on the bonnet.
     
  5. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: Aug 26, 2003

    Posts: 35,066

    Location: Staffordshire

    Just get a decent detailer to come take a look. I assume your "scratch-x'ing" was by hand?

    I've removed some pretty hefty scratching using my rotary polisher (indeed the scratches I "implemented" on my S3 last week, by openeing the garage door into it have now gone).

    Assuming it's not gone all the way through the clearcoat, any detailer worth their salt will be able to make them disappear.
     
  6. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,554

    Sorted, have a plan :)
     
  7. Amos91

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 8, 2008

    Posts: 1,868

    Location: Northamptonshire

    Found my new favourite sealant for adding and topping up the protection. There are a few on the market now but went with CarPro Hydro2 lite.

    Spray on a wet car, pressure wash off, now 3 months protection. Excellent!



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  8. Aurhinius

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 1,414

    Don't put Hyrdo2 on your windscreen the beading is great but you will end up with wiper judder! I found this out the hard way and it takes a good glass polish to get it off! Great for bodywork though. I e-mailed Carpro to ask them and they did say it is not for glass.
     
  9. Rainmaker

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 18, 2007

    Posts: 8,351

    Location: Liverpool

    I had no such issues with Gyeon WetCoat, it works a treat. Also just how much product did the guy in the video spray? :o Four sprays of WetCoat would do a large panel easily. The only thing I didn't like about it was the water spotting after rain (which all SiO2 products seem to suffer from).
     
  10. scaza

    Hitman

    Joined: Jun 8, 2008

    Posts: 615

    Location: Stoke-On-Trent

    Used the Same detailing drying towels for the first time today that I linked to earlier on last week.
    A low pile towel, but a nice soft edge. 2 towels used and a bone dry car. For £1.50 each, can't complain.

    Would also make a great low pile buffing towel I think.
     
  11. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 21, 2004

    Posts: 32,991

    Haven't washed the car in ages, it was filthy. Left it soak for ages with a few coats of snow foam. Pressure washer removed most of the rest, then gave it a quick hand wash. Looking forward to some nicer weather so that I can give it a good detail with clay and some HD wax. No point at the moment, the roads are the worst I have seen in a while.
     
  12. nath247

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 11, 2006

    Posts: 1,105

    Rained on my car cleaning day (Sunday) so just gave the glass and mirrors a quick clean. Last time I cleaned the car in the rain I put a bin bag over the pressure washer but the rain was a bit too heavy this time. Sonax BSD beading still good after 3 weeks.
     
  13. MoRT489

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 21, 2006

    Posts: 6,645

    Is it possible to seal/wax the car when it's raining or is it a fruitless exercise?
     
  14. Amos91

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 8, 2008

    Posts: 1,868

    Location: Northamptonshire

    You can with a sealant like Hydro2, Wetcoat, Bead Juice as it uses water to seal anyway.

    I probably would only use a wax in the dry.
     
  15. Blackhawk47

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 17, 2007

    Posts: 10,954

    Location: West Yorkshire / Market Bosworth

    I've just done a near-touchless wash. First time doing one using the little foam cannon which comes with a Karcher. Great fun and got most of the muck off. (Used chemical guys citrus wash &a gloss shampoo)

    Then I used a mitt and small bucket of shampoo to wash the rear/front bumper and the glass, then pressure washed off. Considering how much motorway/country road driving I've been doing the past week it worked really well and it's pretty clean. The sides still have a layer of light dirt but still much better than it was before.

    Overall quite good, will definitely tide me over till I can properly clean at the weekend.
     
  16. sports_brah

    Thug

    Joined: Jan 4, 2013

    Posts: 3,784

    Car has never been washed by me. It came back from the dealer with a wash or whatever a month ago. Looked awesome.

    Would love to clean it once right but looks easy to make things worse. :/

    Or am i over thinking it?
     
  17. Havana_UK

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 14, 2004

    Posts: 4,711

    Location: location, location

    Wut? Cleaning a car safely and properly is easy if you follow a few simple precautions. You're over thinking it, and likely the dealer did a pretty rubbish job with poor quality tools and products.

    Rinse as much of the surface muck off as possible
    Use a good quality car shampoo
    Use a good quality mitt (either micro fibre or lambs wool)
    Never mix you wheel bucket / tools with your bodywork bucket(s) / tools
    Ideally use two buckets (one for soapy water, one for rinsing the mitt between dunks in the soap bucket)
    Always keep the surface lubricated when washing and drying
     
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  18. fergie128

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 25, 2008

    Posts: 1,908

    Location: Bonnie Scotland...and sometimes Denmark!

    So I've just picked up my new car and want to get some good quality cleaning gear to do it myself.

    What shampoo, wheel cleaner, wax and sealant do I want to be looking at. I'm also going to buy a snowfoam lance for my Nilfisk, so what are the recommended products for that?

    I'll have a read through this thread and see what others have said previously as well, but if anyone could give me a summary that would be cool too.

    Also best places to buy from?
     
  19. Conscript

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2004

    Posts: 9,321

    Location: Kent

    Anyone here tried the Farcela Clay Mitt?
    It seems like the worst of the winter weather is over now, so I was planning to give the car a good clean tomorrow if it's dry...wash, clay, polish and wax. Not a fan of claying as it takes so long, but I've heard nothing but good reports about this mitt, so I popped into Halfords and picked one up this morning, hoping to give it a try tomorrow.

    I gather that it might not be quite as effective as real clay, but the few times I've done it on my car, there hasn't been much to come off the paint, so I'm hoping this mitt will do as a replacement.

    Review on DW: http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=330602
     
  20. MoRT489

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 21, 2006

    Posts: 6,645

    The mitt gets rave reviews, I've got one waiting to try, certainly supposed to be 4 times quicker than a clay bar! Think the only failing is getting into small spaces for which you will need a clay bar but there aren't many places on the car this applies to.