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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. MrRockliffe

    Mobster

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    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Just the Autoglym stuff as it was on sale :)

    Just had a quick look through the video - perhaps once I'm through the Autoglym stuff, I'll try out Bilt Hamber
     
  2. Cookeh

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    If the residual foam is a pain, use a low foaming option like Bilt Hamber, if you use it through a pump sprayer you'll get even less overspray and less residue.

    The alternatives are options like citrus prewash, or even just dilute APC. The latter of which will actually have a greater cleaning power, though is slightly harsher to your LSP (wax, sealant, etc).
     
  3. ShiWarrior

    Capodecina

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    went out next day, and my back window has smears , should i just go over it again with glass cleaner ? or water it down first, dry then re apply?
     
  4. Matt-Page

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    Hi Cookeh, thanks.

    I've never used a 'APC' before (Had to google it).... So I use the APC to clean the plastics/trim, then one of the other 2 products afterwards to treat it? Which APC would you recommend? I'm siding with the 303 Aerospace as it comes in a spray bottle pre-mixed! Much difference between the CarPro PERL or Aerospace 303?

    Also need recommendations for a drying towel as mine is getting a bit threadbare....c
     
  5. Muska

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    I have used and like Meguiars APC.

    On the last page we talked a bit about drying towels and a few are mentioned :)
     
  6. adam cool dude

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    Be careful with APC though. Especially something like G101. If not diluted enough it can take the oil out of interior plastics and leave them looking faded and dry. A little bit of dressing can make them look good again however.
     
  7. Cookeh

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    Thats correct, yes. Most APCs are pretty good, CarPlans Clean 100+ is great if you want something you can get in Halfords - it's cheap, very dilutable and cleans very well. Meguiars APC is fantastic but expensive. Bilt Hamber Surfex or Autosmart G101 are probably the best two on the market (and amongst the best priced) and have recently started listing on Amazon.

    303 is an excellent product, there's no downside to its performance. The only negative is cost, it is hugely more expensive than PERL, which is definitely the one I'd choose. Both have UV inhibitors, both leave a slightly darker matte finish, but PERL is dilutable which makes it more usable and durable in a range of scenarios (interior and exterior plastic trim, arch liners, tyres, leather, vinyl, rubber seals).

    As Adam says, APCs need to be diluted properly. Something like Surfex or G101 only need to 20:1 or so to clean interior effectively. Same with the Clean 100+ from CarPlan. If you buy Meguiars in the 734ml bottle from Halfords then its already pre-diluted and safe, but if you buy it in a 5L container (or 4.54, whatever the backwards Yanks ship it as) then you'll need to dilute to within 10-15:1. Dont be put off by dilution, it is the most efficient way of both buying and using products.
     
  8. beachBOYken

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    I recently replaced my drying towel this one
    https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/auto-finesse-aqua-deluxe-drying-towel

    with this one
    https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/gyeon-q2m-silk-dryer

    I have not tried it yet but seems like it will be very good, the green one in my first link was good as well but after time I noticed that bits of fluff would come away from the towel and stick to my cars paintwork so I replaced it.
     
  9. akaFonzie

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    I have the auto finesse, picked it up from ECP for about £8 in one of their sales!

    Is good at what it's supposed to do, though as above says, can leave some fluff behind at times... After a few washes this has minimised though.
     
  10. inflames

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  11. beachBOYken

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  12. Muska

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    Managed to squeeze in a very quick wash between the downpours so I can admire the beading from the window!

    @inflames that link is 404...

    I've used a few foam applicators and a Meg's microfiber applicator. All seemed fine to me and I lean towards treating them as a disposable product now

    https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/autofinesse-wax-mate-applicator-xl - nice in the hand, giggidy.

    https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/meguiars-foam-wax-applicators - can be had much cheaper without the branding

    https://www.halfords.com/motoring/c...eguiars-even-coat-applicator-pads-248117.html
     
  13. ShiWarrior

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    Recommend me some Polish please

    Used SmartPolish, now its clogged up and nearly empty, all i have left next is "Mer"

    shall i use that, or buy something else?

    Was going to stick with Autoglym (my whole collection i have is Autoglym) and get the super resin polish, but if i bought a black car id get the "Ultra Deep Shine" one instead

    or something else?
     
  14. grudas

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    Polished pigs polish is really decent, small British brand but worth buying.

    I also like their shampoo and spray wax.

    Shampoo is my go to one.
     
  15. Cookeh

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    UHD is expensive but great, if you want to stick to Autoglym. If not, Soft99s Fusso Coat is fantastic - exceptionally durable and great water behaviour. Another option is Bilt Hamber Double Speed Wax, which again lasts ages and is easy to apply.
     
  16. ShiWarrior

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    Thanks, how does the speed wax work as a polish?
     
  17. PiKe

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    What should I get to wipe over dashboard and door plastics to keep them looking fresh?
     
  18. Havana_UK

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    Clean damp cloth to get the dust/much off, then something like CarPro PERL, Chemical Guys VRP, or Aerospace 303.
     
  19. Cookeh

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    More of a glaze admittedly. Has some minor filling ability but wont correct anything. Bad recommendation in hindsight - read polish but brain heard wax.
     
  20. Muska

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