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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. jpaul

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

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    if it is cedar/pine tree sap - its usually clear/amber and you need a solvent - its sticky as hell and soap and water won't move it.
    - car got covered in drops after inadvertantly parked under a pruned tree in France -
    used a pure turpentine (Abel brand spray in France), for tar its something different and need a petroleum based solvent (petrol would do that)
     
  2. tlrBeta

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Birmingham

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  3. Cookeh

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    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

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    Location: Derbyshire

    Product Review: Simoniz Tar, Sap & Glue Remover (500ml) - £3.49 RRP, £2 in Tesco sale.

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    Saw this whilst being dragged around Tesco the other week and for £2 I could hardly say no. Whilst doing my wheel arches this afternoon I was left with what I thought was a staggering amount of tar deposits:

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    I promptly decided that this was probably the best opportunity I had to test it.

    Application is simple, as its an aerosol; I sprayed it on the tar from 15cm or so and left to soften the tar for about a minute, before wiping off with a microfibre cloth. You can see in the second picture that it really does break the tar down, and the third picture is the difference on the rears after one application. I did a total of two applications front and rear.

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    I found myself having to apply 2-3 coats to get to a level I was happy with, but given the ease of application this still only equated to 5 mins per arch and minimal effort. I also made sure to rinse off the leftover residue, but this is probably down to me being a bit OTT with the application due to the sheer amount of tar present.

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    Rating: 4*

    This product is exceptionally cheap, though I did find myself using up approx half of the can in this one session so it's longevity is not the greatest. As for effectiveness I am certainly impressed; the tar on my car was well and truly bonded and baked on, potentially decades old in places and yet offered little resistance. I did not notice any discoloration of the plastics and it seemed to have no negative effect on the paint I tried it on, wiping off easily.

    It also seems to be fairly 'tame' - as it did not attack the factory coating, seam sealant or what appears to be an aftermarket stonechip paint, despite getting covered by a substantial amount of overspray.

    It seems like this product may currently be in the process of being replaced by "Simoniz Insect & Tar Remover" - which may explain the sale at Tesco, but it still appears to be available from a range of online stockists and motor factors.

    If you happen across this in Tesco and its on sale, I would certainly recommend it - I know I'll be grabbing anymore that I see!
     
  4. Housey

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    Anyone got any pointers on how to get water stains off carbon fibre?
     
  5. nicRob

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Buckingham

    Would guess quick detailer should work, sorts out normal watermarks on paint OK - never had anything with carbon fibre though so just guessing!
     
  6. kindai

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    Location: Bromsgrove

    Depending on how bad they are, soak a microfibre in white vinegar and keep passing it over until it shifts, dont scrub it, just let the vinegar dissolve the spot away.

    If after 3-4 mins they dont shift, you might need a proper decontamination jobby.
     
  7. Hyburnate

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  8. Clarkey

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    Guys what IronX type product is the strongest? I've got some hella metal on my wheels from using those dumb CL brake pads. I've used purple rain 2.0 and it kind of works but the stubborn bits remain. Agitating doesn't seem to do anything but if you keep spraying loads on it does dissolve away. I've used the whole bottle and still have plenty to go though, is there a (much) stronger version of this product available?
     
  9. kindai

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    Location: Bromsgrove

    Thioglycolic acid. Thats the active ingredient that turns the red color. If you know someone who can get it to you. The off the shelf products are usually massively diluted.
     
  10. Housey

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    Cheers, will have a faff tomorrow
     
  11. Jonnycoupe

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    I note there is a purple rain 3.0 now. I have 2.0 bit the IronX I had previous I think worked better.
     
  12. Krakkenbus

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    I've found BH korrosol to be one of the better fallout removers I've used.
     
  13. Hyburnate

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    CSP Gel

    https://www.cspdetailing.com/product/reactive-iron-gel-500ml/
     
  14. Chucklevision

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    Another vote for Korrosol.
     
  15. Housey

    Man of Honour

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    I have been very impressed with the Bithamber wheel cleaner. It is the best one I have found so far.
     
  16. robj20

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    Location: Manchester

    Same also found Autosmart Red7 to be just as good which is what I use now as I get it in a 5l tub.
     
  17. Chucklevision

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    I used some EZ Car Care products yesterday for the first time, very impressed with Nardo and Gloss boss. Easy to apply and remove, and leaves a great finish.
     
  18. AlphaMale1

    Gangster

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    Anyone got any good pointers on getting microfiber clothes perfectly clean?
     
  19. Cookeh

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    Location: Derbyshire

    Bit of vinegar in the wash process can be useful to get rid of wax/polish residue. Its also worth noting that they will get dirty over time and they wont always become perfectly clean - which is good as it gives you 'good' towels, 'ok' towels, and 'bad' towels which you can use for different things. Good for paint, ok for wheels, bad for engine bay etc.
     
  20. nam

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 1,809

    Location: London

    Got to use the RaceGlaze filter on the weekend. Living in London the water is always leaving deposits. I washed as usual and did a quick final rinse with filter connected to Pressure washer and then just left the car to dry and not a single mark. Very impressive :)