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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. LiE

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

    Posts: 18,336

    Location: Milton Keynes

    This is like coming into a healthy eating thread and talking about how you’ve enjoyed eating greasy donners for the past few years.
     
  2. Dis86

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

    Posts: 19,675

    Location: Northern England

    And intend to eat them for the foreseeable future. With garlic and chilli sauce.

    And a side of fries.
     
  3. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,156

    Location: NN4

    Please leave now :)
     
  4. VincentHanna

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 30, 2013

    Posts: 17,444

    Mmmmm, Kebabs.
     
  5. 200sols

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 14, 2018

    Posts: 1,709

    Location: Hampshire

    Dont do it, they make the car smell :cool:

    Seriously though, you dont need to spend 3 hours waxing. You have a nice car, an hour each week to clean it shouldnt be hard :cool:
     
  6. Conscript

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2004

    Posts: 8,961

    Location: Kent

    Where's the best place to get hold of good quality, soft microfiber cloths and towels?

    I've always used microfibres of course, but just tended to pick them up at local DIY stores, etc. They do the job fine, but I can't help thinking that they might be a little coarse for bodywork - for instance, I have a "waffle weave" cloth for glass that I picked up in Halfords which feels much softer.

    I was going to splash out on some decent quality soft ones...any suggestions of what to look for specifically, or where to get them from?
     
  7. VaderDSL

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 14,862

    Location: Manchester

    I buy Kent microfiber from Amazon, probably not the best, but I have seen people on here recommend https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=towel
     
  8. LiE

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

    Posts: 18,336

    Location: Milton Keynes

    I have these and they are very soft and plush.

    https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/eurow-shag-pile-double-density-towels
     
  9. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 5,821

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    I have 3/4 of the CleanYourCar Huge 'Fluffy' Drying Towel
    1 of the Chemical Guys Miracle Dryer
    1 of the Monster Microfibre towels.

    The Monster towel is thick and soaks up very well but no matter how many times i wash the damn thing it's terrible for body work. It catches and leaves lint everywhere.

    The CG Miracle Dryer is lovely and thick (not as thick as the Monster) but is a great towel.

    The CYC Huge ' Fluffy' Drying towel are my go to every day towels. Not thick but soak up water just fine. Get 2 or more for a car though.
     
  10. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,156

    Location: NN4

    Look no further than here:

    https://www.ragmasteruk.co.uk/

    If they're a little too rich, try CarPro Boas, great cloths, if you're after making up a bigger order, give CarPro a call, Craig knows his stuff :)

    https://carpro.uk.com/collections/microfiber-towels

    After drying towels?

    https://dooka.co.uk/detailing-and-c...ing-towels/klin-duo-twisted-pile-drying-towel

    After wash pad? The famous for a good reason

    https://dooka.co.uk/washing-drying/wash-pads/dooka-osha-wash-pad

    If you order any of the above, the liquids are great too :)
     
  11. Conscript

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2004

    Posts: 8,961

    Location: Kent

    Ooooh, lots to look at :)
    I think I have some of the Kent ones, and they didn't feel really "soft" to me. I already have the CYC Drying Towel...it's pretty good, and does feel a bit softer, but sometimes I still wonder if it's a bit coarse. The Eurow ones look like more like what I'm after.

    Ideally what I'd like to do is get a couple of good quality soft towels for buffing and drying bodywork, then I'll retire all the current clothes I've got for interior cleaning, or wheel cleaning or something.
     
  12. Steedie

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jun 29, 2004

    Posts: 19,407

    Location: Oxfordshire

    Got my car going in for a two day paint correction and ceramic coat tomorrow. Can’t wait to see how it comes back

    What sort of maintenance do you do with a ceramic coat? I’m going to get him to do a 6 monthly detail but in between, will a snow foam and two bucket job suffice? Any products to use on top of the ceramic as an extra layer of protection?
     
  13. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,156

    Location: NN4

    Sounds like a good plan, I really love my Rag Master ones but have a few Boa's and love them. My SS from OcUK SS 2017 (IIRC) bought me an absolutely lush cloth it's one of my favourites to this day, not a clue where it's from, it may well be a Boa or one of equal grade.

    What coating have you gone for?

    Don't wash with any glossy or waxy shampoos, either keep it fairly pH Neutral or you can use something like CarPro Reset or Dooka washSI (my personal fav), which are slightly alkaline, this doesn't so much as degrade your coating, as ceramic can stand up to the alkaline, however, it gives it a proper clean (using this on old coatings is fabulous), smells like Cherry Bakewell Tarts :p

    Companies like Gyeon have things such as Bathe+ and WetCoat which are designed to be used in-line with their coatings and are designed to 'boost' the results of the coating (in my understanding, it actually just lays down a new sacrificial temporary layer)
     
  14. Steedie

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jun 29, 2004

    Posts: 19,407

    Location: Oxfordshire

    Gtechniq CS Crystal Serum is the one he's said he uses

    Thanks for the tip, I've already got some pH neutral shampoo but will take a look at the others you've mentioned. I'll ask if there is anything like Bathe+ got the Gtechniq stuff
     
  15. Hyburnate

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 14,156

    Location: NN4

    Not that I'm aware of, GTechniq make good coatings but if I'm honest, many of their products are "ok", they need a product update, that's if the products are theirs and not rebranded stuff but that's a discussion for another day :p

    I also don't use Gyeon stuff although I have a Gyeon coated car, I purely use Dooka WashSI
     
  16. grudas

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 12, 2008

    Posts: 19,953

    Location: West sussex

    anyone ever tried sonax net polymer shield? I've been using it for a while on and off between other products and it's very good for the money! super easy to apply too and adds a good amount of glossyness to the paint.
     
  17. Schizo

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 19, 2008

    Posts: 13,538

    Location: Home

    Just got a 53 focus and around the petrol cap is a lot of scratches from where the previous owner had open the cap and dragged the rest of the keys with it,what process should I use to get rid of them (not going to respray) the easy way ?
     
  18. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 5,821

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    Basically:
    Wash
    Clay
    Decontaminate
    Wash
    Dry
    Polish
    Seal

    What products do you have currently @Schizo?
     
  19. Schizo

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 19, 2008

    Posts: 13,538

    Location: Home

    None at the moment,wanted some info before I ordered any,the car is old so as long as I can get rid of a few scratches I'll be happy,in the future I'll use autoglym for most things car related.
     
  20. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 62,632

    Location: Wish i was in New York

    I normally

    Wash
    Rinse
    Clay
    rinse
    dry
    polish
    wax