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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. Muska

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 15, 2013

    Posts: 1,945

    Location: Armitage

    Is the dirt not coming off when you wash the car? (Two bucket method obviously)

    If I've ever had any stubborn bugs I tend to use a bit of bug/tar remover or APC but I've never had an issue of my MF getting dirty polishing the glass after I've cleaned the car.
     
  2. beachBOYken

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 18, 2007

    Posts: 10,011

    Location: London

    Sorry I meant when I just want to clean the windscreen, what's everyones method.

    As it will be dirty from road grime I don't like to use a MF first as it will just get dirty and end up just rubbing grime around the glass, do use a glass spray first with some paper towel and then a final clean with a MF.
     
  3. Muska

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Armitage

    How about dwelling with some APC and making up a small bucket of wash solution and using your wash mit?

    If it's only some dust etc then I might consider just sacrificing a MF and using a big of quick detailer to remove the dust before polishing.
     
  4. beachBOYken

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 18, 2007

    Posts: 10,011

    Location: London

    Good idea, I could also use some Bar keeper's friend, I forgot I had that and its good on glass. I suppose I shouldn't worry too much if the windscreen is a little grubby as I was it every 3-4 weeks anyway.
     
  5. Buffman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: May 4, 2007

    Posts: 7,636

    Location: Warwickshire

    I used menzerna power lock sealant.

    Would it be better just to bucket wash it? Would I have to re polish? Its only a fair layer of dust from sitting on the drive.
     
  6. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 21, 2004

    Posts: 34,148

    If you sealed after the polish then I would just leave it after a bucket wash, especially given how quickly it is getting dusty at the moment. I’m actually just leaving mine, it’s filthy, but I’m not using it.
     
  7. inflames

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 15, 2016

    Posts: 781

    That’s it Iv had enough, never polishing a car by hand again, after detailing my wife’s car yesterday my arms are done. I need a machine polisher in my life.... been putting it off one for years. But I have decided to I want one now, after a bit research and some great YouTube videos I think I will go for a dual action one. But so many to chose from. I don’t want to spend more than £150, anyone who has been using them got any excellent recommendations?
     
  8. LiE

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

    Posts: 20,284

    Location: Milton Keynes

  9. Muska

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 15, 2013

    Posts: 1,945

    Location: Armitage

    Been out to clean some areas that don't usually get seen this morning.

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    Stripped the front & side grills off

    The side grills are 2 piece, I split them, APC and coated with CarPro Perl 1:3
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    Front grill had more APC, Perl coat on all the blades and the rear, badges and emblem were split off and polished separately with Metal Polish.

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    The sides where they meet with the side grill had some oxidisation, easily fixed with some Metal polish & a MF
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    I then coated the grill with Gyeon CanCoat
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    The bumper surfaces were treated to APC, some panel wipe then CanCoat and a layer of High Gloss
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    Then, to put off doing the garden for as long as possible, I stripped the tatty sound deadening from the underside of the bonnet. APC, Panel wipe, Gyeon CanCoat & 2 coats of High Gloss and I am really pleased with the results.

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  10. inflames

    Hitman

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  11. beachBOYken

    Capodecina

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    Location: London

    As suggested the DAS 6 pro, I got one a few months ago and I plan to polish my car with it very soon.:)
     
  12. akaFonzie

    Hitman

    Joined: Jun 1, 2014

    Posts: 857

    Spent a good few hours attempting to sort the paint on the mx5 yesterday, but didn't make much headway with it. The paint is 17 years old and I'm pretty sure it has probably never seen a polish, let alone a DA.

    After wash, decon, clay I went at it with a Dodo juice fin cutting pad and megs ultimate compound. Whilst it did remove the lighter swirling the heavy was still basically untouched. I probably should have spent longer, but it was starting to get hot (overcast my bum, thanks Michael Fish), and I wasn't seeing much in the way of results.

    I'm thinking perhaps the ultimate compound isn't a heavy enough cut, since the pads are fairly well reputed.

    I likely won't attempt it again until the end of summer now, but what are your go to pads / compound choices?
     
  13. Jony27

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 15, 2010

    Posts: 8,376

    Location: N. Ireland

    Can someone recommend a leather cleaner and aftercare?

    Looking to work on the E39 interior during this lockdown.
     
  14. leoncuprar

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 11, 2008

    Posts: 567

    Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon

    Take a look at the gliptone leather cleaner and conditioner, pretty good and smells nice afterwards.. there is a gentle cleaner and a more intensive one depending on your need.
     
  15. Tom|Nbk

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 12, 2006

    Posts: 22,136

    Location: England

    Cleaned the 911 today with the 'ol faithful' combo of Autoglym Super Resin and then Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection, still as good a combination today as it was back in 2006 :D

    Other products used :

    Autoglym Tyre Dressing
    Autoglym Alloy Wheel Sealant
    Autoglym Vinyl and Rubber Care

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    I should also add, I spent hours on it, can't remember when I've ever had the time to do that, also a sign of getting older when my back felt broken by the time I got in :D

    I remember spending 5-6 hours on cars in my yooth, can't do it now.
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2020
  16. Tom|Nbk

    Capodecina

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    Location: England

    Lovely stuff, won't use anything else.
     
  17. Muska

    Wise Guy

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    Lovely car. You’re not wrong, SRP has been a staple of mine for years.
     
  18. leoncuprar

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 11, 2008

    Posts: 567

    Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon

    How often do you guys use the SRP ? I'm maybe once a year but maybe should use it more often,
     
  19. Muska

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Armitage

    It's usually something I use once when I first get a car before considering longer term correction & protection.

    If I wasn't using anything else I would probably polish with it once a month.
     
  20. shaank

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 11, 2009

    Posts: 2,317

    Location: Edinburgh

    Due to the lockdown I decided to spend some time cleaning up the leather in the cars.

    CarPro 'Inside' cleaner
    Leather cleaning Brush
    Geon leather conditioner
    CarPro Cquartz coating


    Managed to get the M4's interior scrubbed up good, had to do two goes at the cleaner with the brush to get rid of the shiny leather and get a nice matte effect. Porsche Cayenne came up really good, though less effort to do the seats, there is leather everywhere in this thing. Need to let the Cquartz coating cure, and I'll post the before and afters. VERY impressed by the CarPro Inside, definitely would buy this again.