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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,554

    Sadly that happens to me simply leaving my house and I have to drive down a D/C road that are frequented by tractors for 3 miles before I reach any decent roads. I can't avoid it and I have left my jet wash plugged in so I can wash the main body of crap off each time I use the car, doing the proper wash at the weekend as I did today after 250 miles of Evo Triangle (including there and back) on Friday.
  2. T0pPredator


    Joined: Jun 30, 2011

    Posts: 380

    Location: Yorkshire, England

    Any advice on what to treat freshly painted brake calipers with?
    Seems wrong to not do something to protect them..
  3. Matt-Page


    Joined: Nov 23, 2004

    Posts: 3,593

  4. MoRT489


    Joined: Aug 21, 2006

    Posts: 6,645

    Search Amazon for autobrite snow foam lance, there is one with Nifilsk connector and comes with magifoam. It's a fantastic combo.
  5. UltimateBadger


    Joined: Nov 10, 2008

    Posts: 987

    Location: Badgersford

    Still freezing cold down here. Can't wait for some slightly warmer weather to give my new beast a decent clean!
  6. Captain


    Joined: Dec 1, 2011

    Posts: 17,916


    Snow Foam Lance Nilfisk Connector with 500ml of Magifoam - By Autobrite Direct https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HYY0QJK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_2UTNyb9094TRN
  7. RSR


    Joined: Aug 17, 2006

    Posts: 8,687

  8. MichaelAwkward


    Joined: Jul 22, 2014

    Posts: 3,218

    Location: Oxon

    Does anyone know what I can use on plastic fascia to remove scratches? Something abrasive?

    Sandpaper (600, 800, and 1200) and brasso is suggested by Google.
  9. Hyburnate


    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,313

    Location: NN4

    Have you tried a hairdrier or magic eraser?
  10. Cookeh


    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,358

    Location: Derbyshire

    Megs PlastX or similar?
  11. Amos91

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 8, 2008

    Posts: 1,868

    Location: Northamptonshire

    Carpr Dlux, it can really hack the heat which makes it ideal for calipers.
  12. Gangster


    Joined: Dec 30, 2004

    Posts: 3,228

    Location: London

    Anyone use TFR to do a bulk of the work for the bottom sections of the car?

    Finding it takes me far too long with snow foam, I am really wondering if it is actually doing anything or just looking good. I'm using Avalanche.

    I put quite a bit of avalanche in, and still not cleaning very well I find. I'm wondering if the autobrite is worth it (people here seem to be using it) or whether a pressure wash rinse over the entire car then a wash is worth it.

    I don't mind spending time on the car, but literally within a week it is filthy again?!

    Also bought the bilt hamber wheel cleaner, am not impressed to be honest in terms of doing a good job without having to agitate...

    Does anyone know what I can use to fully get rid of any previous wax/sealant on the car? I want to get rid of everything, then clay, then wax. Thanks
  13. Cleisthenes


    Joined: Jul 29, 2013

    Posts: 7,525

    Location: TN1

    That's just this time of the year for you I'm afraid. Before I sold the Alfa I used a sealant on that which seemed to keep the car cleaner for longer, you might find this a better option than a wax? Unfortunately where I live the roads are very dirty and there isn't much you can do about dirt apart from giving it a wash down.
  14. Havana_UK


    Joined: Oct 14, 2004

    Posts: 4,711

    Location: location, location

    Regular washing up liquid is about as good as you'll get for this job. With a good clay afterwards it should leave the paintwork fairly naked.
  15. kona786


    Joined: Jun 25, 2007

    Posts: 17,146

    Location: Downtown

    The claying process itself should strip all the wax/sealant no?
  16. MichaelAwkward


    Joined: Jul 22, 2014

    Posts: 3,218

    Location: Oxon

    Not yet, but it's not just black plastic. It's this stuff:


    The faux plastic shiny wood... it's literally the worst thing about the car. I've got scratches on the cup holder cover/around the handbrake.
  17. Hyburnate


    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,313

    Location: NN4

    That's a nasty one to be honest... I'm not sure I'd want to use anything on that aside from something with a really fine polish on a machine. Do you have a machine?

    How open are you to the thought of wrapping? ;)
  18. Greg0986

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 2, 2010

    Posts: 1,918

    Location: Somerset

    Bilt Hamber Auto Foam, Krystal Kleen Detail Blizzard (normal or extreme) or Fireball Active Snow Foam are highly rated and I can vouch for all of them.

    If you want to remove dirt without the faf of the snow foam etc, you get get pre-wash. I use Valet Pro Citrus Prewash and that removes about 90% of the dirt. Dilute it into a spray bottle, and spray on the car, leave for 5 minutes and then rinse off.

    No, the only real way of removing previous sealants and wax would be abrasive polishing. Companies sell products to remove wax but it doesn't fully remove it, it more of masks it. Clay just isn't aggressive enough.

    In other news, picked up some Autosmart Smart Wheels as I was running low. Awesome stuff for the price (£15 for 5 litres).
  19. Blackhawk47


    Joined: Sep 17, 2007

    Posts: 10,954

    Location: West Yorkshire / Market Bosworth

    Snow foamed for the first time. I like it...and it did a really good job of cleaning the 90% of the car.

    I wouldn't necessarily say it's required on every wash though.
  20. Phil W


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 9,944

    Location: Jupiter

    I felt the same. It definitely made cleaning the car 'easier' and i was happy knowing that I was doing my best not to create any more swirl damage however the whole process of getting the kit out etc makes washing the car more of a chore.