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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. Armageus

    Don

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    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    I would think so, works ok on tree sap and the like
     
  2. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: Aug 26, 2003

    Posts: 34,667

    Location: Staffordshire

    Autobrite Just The Tonic.

    I do think that AutoGlym Intensive Tar Remover will work, but my god the Autobrite stuff is just amazing.
     
  3. nemtizz

    Capodecina

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    Ordered the Autobrite. Thanks, guys.
     
  4. Participant

    Caporegime

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    Posts: 30,234

    Location: Warwickshire

    What's the default dual-action polisher for noobs that people recommend?
     
  5. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Chesterfield

    Das6, or the Kestrel/Danyo rip offs. Argos' own brand one is actually pretty reasonable too.
     
  6. jellybeard999

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    Location: Co Durham

  7. Participant

    Caporegime

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    Location: Warwickshire

  8. Participant

    Caporegime

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    Location: Warwickshire

    Gave the soot thrower a wash and a wax as it's so mild at the moment.

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  9. ecksmen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 25, 2004

    Posts: 1,139

    Location: Cardiff

    Standard Process:
    • Snow foamed
    • Two bucket method hand job (giggity)
    • Dried
    • Clayed
    • Waxed
    Not overly impressed with my clay bar - removed a lots but struggle on some spots, thinking I may need a chemical or more aggressive clay bar. The white is really unforgiving for tar / sap spots. The wheels need a proper clean, didn't spend anywhere near enough time on them. The spokes are large but the discs fill the voids. I may need to remove the wheels to clean and seal properly and just couldn't be bothered with that today. Too lazy, it's good enough attitude.

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  10. HoneyBadger

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Hoo, Kent

    Forgive the silly question...how are you drying the cars after the wash?
     
  11. timmeh

    Mobster

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    Location: Englishman in the USA

    I've got a Gyeon Silk towel and I'm thinking of picking up a couple more. Just lightly drag it over the car and it sucks all the water up in one pass.

    I'm also thinking of getting a water filter system so that I can just leave it to dry as in the summer the car pretty much dries as I wash it so it ends up all spotty but they're over $300 so they're on the back burner.
     
  12. hartgeh3

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  13. Kenai

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  14. VaderDSL

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  15. Blackhawk47

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    That happens with any towel really, if brand new.

    I can't recommend the miracle dryer large towels from cleanyourcar.co.uk. I've got some that must be nearly 10 years old now and still going strong. Have a couple of newer ones and there is zero lint.

    I regret buying the auto finesse aqua deluxe drying towel. Feels way to heavy and leaves so many bits of fibres/lint on the paint it is unreal. It sucks up water well - you could easily do 2-3 cars but its not worth the hassle afterwards in my opinion.
     
  16. HoneyBadger

    Wise Guy

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    Great thanks gents.
     
  17. Ant84

    Wise Guy

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    I just use a leaf blower to dry the car. Works great.
     
  18. Hyburnate

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    I use water :p
     
  19. VincentHanna

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    I'm sure it's been discussed but doesn't anyone use those hand-wash places where you drive in and sit there whilst they pressure wash, and then get out and watch whilst they do the interior?

    I'm sure they are frowned upon by people who spend 2-3 hours washing and waxing their cars, but it's not practical where I am (don't have an outside tap on the rented house, for a start). I've been using them for years and never had issues.
     
  20. Jonnycoupe

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    Ban.