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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. Invertigo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 19, 2010

    Posts: 1,836

    Location: Manchester

    Just ordered myself some Meguiars Microfibre pads and compound to have a crack at the Z4 paint next week, my work shuts down for 1 week at Easter and I'm not sure what else I could even do! Tried polishing it with foam pads last week after doing the Leon, but even yellow cuttings pads seemed to have next to no impact on the mega hard BMW paint. Been nosing around and lots of people recommend the microfibre kit for harder paint as it works faster, so going to give them a go.

    Read good things about AngelWax H2GO glass rain repellant too, so figure I'll give that a go (plus it tipped me over the £50 free shipping)
     
  2. Buffman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: May 4, 2007

    Posts: 7,636

    Location: Warwickshire

    Got a load of dust/dirt on my car while its been sat on the drive. Whats the quickest way i could clean it? Prior to this it had a full polish /wax.

    Would just pressure washing/drying sort it?
     
  3. Havana_UK

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 14, 2004

    Posts: 4,764

    Location: location, location

    Do not only pressure wash and dry...this will cause LOADS of swirls.

    You've got three choices:
    1. Leave it
    2. Pressure wash and leave to dry (will probably look worse)
    3. Clean it properly
     
  4. LiE

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

    Posts: 20,280

    Location: Milton Keynes

    Quickest way is with snow foam and rinse off with filtered water.

    https://www.raceglaze.co.uk/race-glaze/400-litre-0ppm-car-washing-filter/

    I'm considering getting one this summer for a rinse and leave to dry in the sun.
     
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  5. ScoobyDoo69

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 27, 2003

    Posts: 9,458

    Location: West Midlands

    Well I can't lie, that was stressful. There is simply far too much choice on all those websites! :D

    Kind of stuck with what I know for now from Autobrite:

    Purple Velvet - Luxurious High Gloss/Suds Shampoo
    The Spirit - Luxury Lambswool Non-Thumbed Wash Mitt
    BriteGel Safe Wheel Cleaning Gel
    Purple Rain 3.0 - Gel Based Fallout Remover
    Fine Grade Cleaner Clay 200g
    Berry Blast - Quick Detailer & Clay Lube

    7-10 working day delivery at the moment :(
     
  6. LiE

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

    Posts: 20,280

    Location: Milton Keynes

    I ordered from CarPro UK on Sunday at 1pm and it's arriving today.
     
  7. ScoobyDoo69

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 27, 2003

    Posts: 9,458

    Location: West Midlands

    I did look at CarPro, but I didn't recognise anything on there other than the Bilthamber stuff. I got bored of reading what each product does and doesn't do so for now just went with what I know.
     
  8. LiE

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

    Posts: 20,280

    Location: Milton Keynes

    That's fair enough, I'm a CarPro fan :)

    Got my delivery, looking forward to using them.


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  9. Buffman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: May 4, 2007

    Posts: 7,636

    Location: Warwickshire

    If i snow foamed and pressure wash will that remove the layer of polish / require re polishing?

    I dont have access to filtered water...
     
  10. Muska

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 15, 2013

    Posts: 1,945

    Location: Armitage

    If you only foam and pressure wash you wont shift all the dirt, which you'll then drag all over your paint if you dry manually.

    It depends what foam you use for it removing any polish/wax. Your shampoo should also be a consideration.


    @LiE that's a nice selection. I'm really impressed with CarPro products so far. I would like to know your thoughts on EliXir when you get around to using it.

    Toight beading from yesterday morning, I've never seen the beading looking so good.
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    Sadly the car was also filthy after a single commute so I've given it a quick wash again this evening. The neighbors must think I'm madder than usual.
     
  11. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 21, 2004

    Posts: 34,122

    Not if it’s sealed.
     
  12. beachBOYken

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 18, 2007

    Posts: 10,011

    Location: London

    Is a 3" backing plate ok with 4" polishing pads such as hexlogic green 4" pads

    I have already purchased the plate so no big deal as it was cheap but I have seen 3" and 3 1/2" plates.

    It's to get to the tighter area of my car such as around the front grill area.

    Cheers
     
  13. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,290

    Location: Derbyshire

    Generally want to be within 1/2" to avoid having too much of a pad overhang as this can lead to bogging issues.
     
  14. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Derbyshire

    If it's for much smaller areas of get an extension bar and a 1" backing plate, with 1" or 1.5” pads.
     
  15. beachBOYken

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 18, 2007

    Posts: 10,011

    Location: London

    Thanks, it’s just smaller areas of the bodywork so don’t need to go any smaller than a 4” really.

    I will see how I go with 3” plate then It’s for about 10% of the bodywork so won’t be using it much or for long periods.
     
  16. beachBOYken

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 18, 2007

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    Location: London

    I purchased a 3.5 backing plate in the end so less over hang for the 4" pads.

    I also got some Gyeon Q2m Prep, ready for application of Gyeon Can coat, not sure how important IPA/PREP stage is before applying a sealant or wax?
    I'm using scholl s20 black 1 step for polish and I think that is quite oily so the prep should help.
     
  17. Muska

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 15, 2013

    Posts: 1,945

    Location: Armitage

    Very important you IPA/wipe down prior to applying any coating, you'll get longer out of your chosen coating :)
     
  18. beachBOYken

    Capodecina

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    Location: London

    Great, Im not sure if the Gyeon Q2m Prep is technically an IPA but i think it does the same job.

    @Muska Not sure if it was you or someone else that has used Gyeon can coat, wondering how long I should leave it between applying a 2nd coat, doesn't seem to say on the instructions, perhaps 1 coat is al that is required, mind you not sure if what I bought would cover 2 coatings.
     
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  19. Muska

    Wise Guy

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    Absolutely :)
     
  20. beachBOYken

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 18, 2007

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    Location: London

    Cleaning windscreen, I have dedicated glass cleaning microfibre that I use just for glass, I normally use a glass polish or glass spay after I have washed my car, so my glass microfibre is always clean to a degree.

    What process do you guys do when you just want to clean your windscreen, as if its dirty and I use my nice clean microfibre it gets all grubby after one clean, do use some old paper towel to get the dirt off first before giving it a full clean with polish or spray, I hate it when I clean something and then see my MF all grubby, so can't reuse it until I put it in the wash.