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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. AiiR

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,072

    Used Autoglym polar seal over the weekend, quite impressed. So much easier than manually applying wax and the results are practically the same.
     
  2. Dis86

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

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    Location: Northern England

    And smells awesome. Wait...erm...
     
  3. pepsilol

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 26, 2011

    Posts: 4,898

    Just avoid the windscreen. Alternatively you can get a spray version like below, they're usually stronger.

    https://youtu.be/tyIyz1b63vY?t=424
     
  4. Matt-Page

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 23, 2004

    Posts: 3,608

    My Auto Glym Interior plastic cleaner has run out, so I'm looking to get something else to try. Any recommendations? I used it for all of the plastics/dash/trim on the inside.

    Also, the seats have got some stains on from the previous owners. They're not massively noticeable but I'd like them gone. Is my only real option to get hold of a wet Vax machine, or are there some good products I can try first?

    Thanks.
     
  5. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,412

    Location: Derbyshire

    APC works well on interiors, dress the plastics with CarPro PERL or Aerospace 303 (which are two favourites of most people).

    Seat stains are easiest to remove entirely using extraction or wet vac, but you can get somewhat reasonable results by scrubbing with a stuff brush and an upholstery cleaner, before drying with a microfibre. This can leave tide marks from product residue, which you can reduce the probability of by repeating the above process with water.
     
  6. AiiR

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,072

    I got the windscreen but I don't think it mattered so much because I went over it afterwards with glass polish and cleaner so is crystal clear. Will bare it in mind though for next month!
     
  7. ShiWarrior

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 19,873

    Location: Oxon

    Cleaned my dash, but there are still stains , mainly around gear box , any ideas how to do a deeper clean? I used demons cleaner
     
  8. dacads

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 3, 2012

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    Location: Space

    What kind of stains?

    A bit OTT but I find steam cleaners really good for cloth and leather interiors.

    Karcher sometimes sell them in their outlet.
     
  9. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,412

    Location: Derbyshire

    Magic Eraser is great for ingrained dirt. Makeup, or greasy stains like moisturisers or sunscreen will need a stronger cleaning solution, like a less dilute APC for example.
     
  10. ShiWarrior

    Capodecina

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    Location: Oxon

    not sure to be honest, i think they are just marks
     
  11. MM-Seat

    Hitman

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    So, I have baked in dust on one of my front wheels following a sticking brake running down to the bare metal.

    This has led to baked on, orange roughness on the face of the alloy. Would an acidic wheel cleaner improve this or am I looking at a wheel refurb? A mate mentioned using a clay bar but, not sure where to start really.
     
  12. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

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    Multiple hits with fallout remover as a first step. If that doesn't work try clay. If you still get nowhere near removing it, try the acidic wheel cleaner. They can be pretty aggressive, especially on corroded paint or on diamond cut alloys, so always a last resort.
     
  13. beachBOYken

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Feb 18, 2007

    Posts: 9,976

    Location: London

    Can someone explain what snow foam is, I normally just bucket wash my car with a decent shampoo and soft microfibre sponge.

    I have a Karcher pressure washer, so wondering if I can use that for doing this snow foam thing, but what do I need to do it and what are the benefits?

    Thanks
     
  14. MM-Seat

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 7, 2011

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    Thanking you!

    Any particular fallout remover that is recommended? Can I use that across the car or just for the wheels (never used a fallout remover)
     
  15. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 6,307

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    It's a pre-clean to loosen and remove dirt basically. Before going at it with wash mitt and bucket method. Lessens chances of swirls / scratches.

    You'll need a snow foam (Bilt Hamber Auto Foam) and a foam lance from ebay (£16 - no point spending any more than that).
     
  16. phil-k

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 1, 2011

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    Oven cleaner works and doesn't seem to damage the alloy
     
  17. beachBOYken

    Sgarrista

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    Location: London

    Thanks for the info.
     
  18. beachBOYken

    Sgarrista

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    Location: London

    I have a few scratches on my car, quite light but noticeable as its a black car, I'm thinking about getting a machine polisher to make easy work of this stuff hopefully.

    I have seen the DAS 6 machine polisher, is it a case of then just purchasing the correct polishing pad and polish to get the scratch out, was looking at Meguires scratch X
     
  19. Cookeh

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    Location: Derbyshire

    Bilt Hamber Korrosol is good value for money and very effective. Yes, can use across the entire car.

    ScratchX is mediocre. Try Ultimate Compound on a light cut or polishing pad, or Scholl S20+ on a Purple Spider pad. You can also try using a glaze or filler polish (like Autoglym SRP) to mask the scratches
     
  20. beachBOYken

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    So would you say the Das 6 machine polisher is ok to use to do this? Ive never used a machine polisher so just unsure where to start. Cheers

    @Cookeh

    This is what i'm looking at, and it mentions the product you suggestedhttps://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/das-6-pro-dual-action-polisher-meguiars-hex-logic-kit
     
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