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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. MoRT489

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 21, 2006

    Posts: 6,645

    Hand polishing is an absolute pain in the butt and knackering, if I ever do it again I'll rent or buy a DA!
     
  2. Lakeland

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 5,421

    Autosol is great for polishing exhausts
     
  3. grudas

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 12, 2008

    Posts: 20,479

    Location: West sussex

    I keep meaning to polish my Z4 but I just never get to it xD need to get a DA I think and take one cloudy day to do it.
     
  4. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,313

    Location: NN4

    So...

    Anyone got any ideas what these duty spots are, they were almost like the consistency of polish dust.

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    It truly didn't feel like bird poo, it just came off in one swoop with a bit of QD. I did tap my finger on one (it was all over the roof almost) and it just didn't seem like it...


    e; Ahhh! Maybe it's pollen...
     
  5. robj20

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 9, 2007

    Posts: 8,386

    Possibly bird poo after some rain washed most of it off.
     
  6. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 31,272

    Location: Acme's chair

    Its your neigbour rubbing some crack into your roof.
     
  7. Rybo89

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jun 13, 2007

    Posts: 13,936

    Location: Chesterfield

    Live next to the country side. Decided to pick a dead end on a industrial estate to take pictures [​IMG]

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  8. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,313

    Location: NN4

    Nope, it hasn't rained... It wasn't there when I left the house and when I came back from dropping the person off it was there...
     
  9. Dis86

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    Location: Northern England

    Could be a bird having landed on it. A lot of them have some weird dusty coating on their feathers. I know this as they regularly used to fly in to my living room window and knock themselves out. Was forever cleaning outlines off it.
     
  10. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

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    Location: NN4

    Whilst I was driving? :p I'm so confused what it was to be honest... Who knows. I literally popped round the corner and back again :(
     
  11. Dis86

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

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    Location: Northern England

    Youve seen planes land on an aircraft carrier, right? Same thing!
     
  12. almoststew1990

    Mobster

    Joined: May 12, 2011

    Posts: 4,875

    Location: Southampton

    I spent 30 minutes cleaning the inside of my car for the first time in about a year...

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    The mats are on the washing line...

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    I am going to get some carpet stain removing cleaner I think next.

    Also, my leather is incredibly dirty and probably damaged...

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    Is this 'repairable'?
     
  13. Evo8

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 29, 2014

    Posts: 704

    Location: Glasgow

    Yeah, get some leather feed.
     
  14. Tinders

    Soldato

    Joined: Jul 1, 2003

    Posts: 5,045

    Location: There's a voice that keeps on calling me.

    I had a grey merc leather interior worse than that, gliptone leather cleaner did the job nicely and then 2 applications of the conditioner 2 weeks apart got the leather nice and supple.
     
  15. Duke

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jun 29, 2003

    Posts: 33,255

    Location: Wiltshire

    Good job you still have the scraper to hand :p
     
  16. MrCake

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 22, 2003

    Posts: 690

    Location: South Coast UK

    What do the soft top owners here tend to use to protect their roof? Tried some 303 Aerospace on the wife's Mini and it seems to do a great job of beading but if I attack it with a stronger current from a hose then you can almost over-power it and it looks like it starts to just saturate on horizontal surfaces if that makes sense?
     
  17. Spikey

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 28, 2004

    Posts: 5,030

    Location: North East, UK

    Getting a fiesta ST (year old) with the part leather recaro seats, what's best to clean the leather on these and the cloth for that matter? Also I used dragons breath on my alloys, I assume this won't cause any damage to new alloys as I want to try and keep on top of them this time around!
     
  18. DXP55

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 5, 2013

    Posts: 4,091

    Location: Shropshire

    Treated myself to another drying cloth - am impressed with it - can dry the car in one go without wringing it out. - They have gone up to £5.49 now though.

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  19. xs2man

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 21, 2008

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    It's not any quicker with a DA, because then your more inclined to do it properly, and then it takes ages. You can hand polish a car in an hour or so just firing round it with the polish, then again to take it off. Once you get into the groove (the guy who valeted my Passat did the whole thing in 2 hours, including claybar and hand polish, as well as the interior). I just did my Golf with the DA, and that took 7 sweaty hours. That was wash, snow foam, wheels, tardis, DA polish, sealant and glass. Not even a wax over it. And it was only a Golf, so not exactly a big car. Anytime I have used my DA (which is obviously not often enough), it has always taken ages, because once you have it out, you might as well do it right (and I wasn't so bothered on everything below the bump strips either, so they didn't get hit quite as hard as above, plus, I only hit each panel once).
     
  20. MoRT489

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 21, 2006

    Posts: 6,645

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