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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. Armageus

    Don

    Joined: May 19, 2012

    Posts: 9,637

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    Saw this in my email this morning - might be useful to someone

    Discount code for www.cleanyourcar.co.uk
    (10% off on orders over £50 - use Code: HALLOWEEN10)

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  2. famas

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 12, 2004

    Posts: 3,001

    Location: the south

    First go at refurbishing an alloy.

    Picked a matching one up for cheap from ebay as it had a lot of scuffing.

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    Some large gouges and lots of scratches

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    Sanded and filled the damage

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    then sanded again ready for primer and first colour coat.

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    used fine line tape to mask off the edge and then put the metallic black coat on

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    then a few coats of lacquer

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    and finally used a DA sander with a few sponges and compound to polish the lacquer to a high sheen

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    It's by no means perfect but I'm pretty chuffed with the results considering it was only rattle cans.

    Totally OTT for a spare wheel too but I enjoyed the project and learnt a few things along the way.
     
  3. weight

    Associate

    Joined: Dec 31, 2002

    Posts: 93

    Good work.

    Right, if you have a polished and sealed car, do you...…
    1. Clean the grit/salt off every weekend, knowing it is creating swirls that you will need to get out at some point, or
    2. Neglect to clean it through winter (or at least reduce washing) knowing there is protection underneath.
     
  4. Armageus

    Don

    Joined: May 19, 2012

    Posts: 9,637

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    Option 1. For me - even if it's just a quick snow foam/pressure wash to remove most of the dirt.

    Wouldn't want to leave road salt+dirt on the car all winter, regardless of what protection you use.
     
  5. Dis86

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

    Posts: 19,700

    Location: Northern England

    Why would option 1 mean swirls?
     
  6. weight

    Associate

    Joined: Dec 31, 2002

    Posts: 93

    Its black.
    So if you look at it funny, you get swirls.
    You talk to loudly, you get swirls....
     
  7. Tinders

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 1, 2003

    Posts: 4,824

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

    Use a pre wash and a hose to get rid of the heavy soiling and you should be ok. I personally tend to avoid jet washes in winter.

    Tbh with kids and work and poor weather my car wouldn’t get a wash every week over winter as the only time I have at weekends is the early morning, it’s normally too frosty to get it done then
     
  8. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,157

    Location: NN4

    Weekly wash for me. Prewash in a pump sprayer removes the most, although with the ceramic coating dirt doesn't really stick :)

     
  9. weight

    Associate

    Joined: Dec 31, 2002

    Posts: 93

    Tidy
     
  10. cuke2u

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 27, 2006

    Posts: 2,267

    Location: East Sussex

    Option 1, but plenty of citrus prewash and ending with a ph neutral rinse, so you don't need to dry it.
    But, if you wish to top up the sealent then bouncers done and dusted works for me..
     
  11. mjt

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 31, 2007

    Posts: 17,525

    Interior cleaning: I used to use Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer Wipes, but these no longer exist apparently.

    What do you guys recommend? The kids have been in the golf for the last 6 weeks or so and you can imagine the state of the panels/seats.
     
  12. Tinders

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 1, 2003

    Posts: 4,824

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

    I just use a weak mix of apc to keep my interior clean.
     
  13. Nick1881

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Feb 4, 2007

    Posts: 9,096

    Location: Nuneaton, UK

    I actually use Flash clean and shine household cleaner, a weak mix and use a microfibre towel, I find it does a great job on my dash and interior.
     
  14. mjt

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 31, 2007

    Posts: 17,525

    Diluted APC it is then. Not sure how I didn't think of this myself. Thanks :D
     
  15. wingman

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 27, 2011

    Posts: 4,618

    My grandad has recently become so ill that he's now been medically advised not to continue driving. He was driving a 2005 Fiesta, and enjoyed smoking in it regularly, mixed with ferrying around his dog, as such it's left quite a strong smell in the interior of the car.

    I've now taken ownership of said car, and wondered what is the best way to get rid of the smell? I've vacuumed the car and wiped everything down, sprayed some interior odour eliminator and let it air for awhile, but it's still clearly quite pungent. Any ideas of what I can try next to lift the smell? People have advised car smellies but I'm inclined to remove the smell rather than mask it.

    Any advice welcome (short of throwing a match on the car and being done with it)... :)
     
  16. cadmunkey

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 16, 2014

    Posts: 1,488

    Location: West Yorkshire

    A decent car odour bomb like clobberiser will work. https://www.clobberizer.com/product...TllATnupJhdW5VN7M_teWYUQxuQeHcDRoCh7UQAvD_BwE

    cheaper alternative at CYC: https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/dakota-odor-bombs-various-fragrences
     
  17. wingman

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 27, 2011

    Posts: 4,618

  18. robj20

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 9, 2007

    Posts: 7,500

    Location: Manchester

    Remember to remove the cabin filter before, and fit a new one after.

    If thats doesnt work you need an Ozone generator.
     
  19. jpaul

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 7,114

    impressive, whose primer did you use ? is it acid etch, or an epoxy primer, and (metallic) filler.
    epoxy primer seems much more expensive ?

    [... I have some work to do on an alloy bicycle, so had been reading up.
    seems you have to do some good preparation of the alloy, special wipe (not IPA) and then apply primer quickly .... and time will tell if the layers are well adhered ]
     
  20. famas

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 12, 2004

    Posts: 3,001

    Location: the south

    Just used E-Tech PRO alloy wheel paints and primer.

    Nothing special about application just a lot of wet sanding between coats. Applied primer leaving 20 mins between coats, the next day I applied colour coat leaving 20 mins between 3 coats and lastly on the 3rd day applied lacquer again with 20 mins between coats. I left the lacquer to harden for a week before polishing.