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*** The Car Cleaning Thread ***

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

  1. chroniclard

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Apr 2014

    Posts: 20,843

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Grabbed a few bits, gonna try out Gyeon can coat. :)

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  2. Chris1712

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 29 Jul 2004

    Posts: 9,510

    Location: Somerset

    Can anyone tell me what type of connector I have to buy a stubby gun? It’s a Stanley SXPW22p.

    Some pics here https://imgur.com/a/zCufrYZ
     
  3. Kei

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Oct 2008

    Posts: 2,731

    Location: South Wales

    If Korrosol worked well for you before, you may as well stick with it as there's nothing else really superior just similar. Clay wise, you could try a mitt or cloth as these are reusable. Farecla G3 do a good value mitt. For normal clay bars, BH auto clay is still the best value.

    As to machine polishers, the Das6 is the most common choice for first timers. I went in the deep end with a forced rotation makita cordless as I already had a few batteries. Dewalt make some good polishers too, both DA and rotary. Flex and rupes is the common choice at the upper end of the market. Polish is a hard one to choose. I've heard good things about scholl concepts like Mekrel suggested. I have also heard very good things regarding Koch Chemi.(H9, F6, M3) Personally, I went with Rupes polishes and pads as they do trial/starter kits which include 1L of polish, 2 pads, a good buffing cloth and a pad cleaning brush and only cost a smidge more than 1L of the polish. The DA-Fine is generally a good one step system. Either way, you are more likely to spend more on the polish and pads than the tool itself. (Here's a very good value place for rupes stuff)

    This is the improvement made using rupes DA-fine on 27 year old saab paint with just one set.
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    Looks very similar to the karcher quick release, but without the flats. It's probably likely to be proprietary. These guys sell a replacement hose, so you may be able to ask about an adapter for the outlet to convert it to something more common.
     
  4. mjt

    Capodecina

    Joined: 31 Aug 2007

    Posts: 19,250

    The Caterham is covered in bugs and general grime. I don’t have a foam lance, pressure washer or any of that.

    Is there a product I could spray on from a bottle or something which I could leave to soak before washing it all off using my mitt?
    I’ve been using a sponge on the glass to remove the flies and bugs but that’s obviously not going to happen on the bodywork…

    Thanks!
     
  5. JRed

    Gangster

    Joined: 23 Jul 2019

    Posts: 113

    Auto finesse citrus blast maybe?
     
  6. mjt

    Capodecina

    Joined: 31 Aug 2007

    Posts: 19,250

    Awesome, thanks for that. Will get some, along with their traffic film remover and give it a whirl next weekend. Should’ve asked yesterday as no way I can get it for tomorrow :p
     
  7. Gilbert89

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2011

    Posts: 2,039

    Location: Sheffield

    I did find this product unbelievably good although seeing how purple my wheels turn using this wasn’t sure if it was overkill for weekly/fortnightly washes as none of the brake dust tends to be imbedded.

    I might buy this in 5L form and depending on how heavily soiled the wheels are will try diluting it to make it go a little further, with the spray bottle included I went through it quite quickly I must admit.
     
  8. kinetic747

    Mobster

    Joined: 2 Apr 2006

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    Thanks, I'll give it a go. I try to clean my car once a week, every other week in winter, so I'm hoping it'll be fine. :)
     
  9. chroniclard

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Apr 2014

    Posts: 20,843

    Location: Hertfordshire

    First "wash" and tried out Gyeon Can Coat, pretty damn easy to apply ceramic coating. Came out pretty well I think. :) (Used most of the products listed a few posts above, next job is wheels off to use the Gyeon Rim coating)


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  10. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Oct 2006

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    Alternatives to RainX? I had a supply from years back which worked well but now that has run out I've tried bottles from 3 different vendors, thinking one might have been fake or faulty, and while it works well in heavy rain in light or misty rain it smears up and leaves a milky white film on the windscreen for a few seconds which is actually dangerous - even after making sure to thoroughly clean the surface of contaminants and put new wiper blades on.
     
  11. Robbo

    Capo Crimine

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    Gtechniq G1/G5, generally considered a better version of RainX.
     
  12. Gilbert89

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2011

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    Location: Sheffield

    Soft 99 - Ultra Glaco

    Worth a look into.
     
  13. V_R

    Sgarrista

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    Location: UK

    I stopped using RainX due to wiper judder. I now use it on the shower glass! :D
     
  14. alexakasloth

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,947

    Location: Newhaven, Sussex.

    That's a brilliant idea!
    I have the turtle Wax stuff, used it for the first time and it seems to do a nice job judging by the beading, only used the car a couple of times in the rain since applying so can't comment on longevity.
     
  15. Gilbert89

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2011

    Posts: 2,039

    Location: Sheffield

    Autobrite appear to have a sale on so what better excuse to pick up a bunch more products…

    I need a new drying towel, shampoo and wheel cleaner.

    5L Purple Velvet - High Gloss Shampoo (Usually go for a Shampoo with no gloss enhancers etc but going to give this a go)

    5L Brite Gel
    (Watched a couple of videos seems to work well when agitated and due to the consistency and cling)

    The Hustler Twisted Loop Drying Towel
    (My Auto Finesse Aqua Deluxe has seen better days as it’s lost some of it’s plushness and isn’t as absorbent as it used to be)

    Minus the above is there any product of Autobrite which is a must have? Any hidden gems, only ever used Magifoam from Autobrite.
     
  16. Kei

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Oct 2008

    Posts: 2,731

    Location: South Wales

    Got a load of Koch Chemie polishing goodies as Slims were selling some of it off cheap. I also got a clay mitt & some more magic erasers.
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  17. dLockers

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

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    I've got the D3 Clay Mit in my Amazon basket. Am I right in thinking this is a replacement to a clay bar?

    I need to do my winter clean and I'm not sure we'll get much more decent weather.

    What would folks recommend as an ultra-durable winter polish/wax? The Ultra Deep Shine I've been using is great for summer but not sure it'll last too well in winter.

    I think I'm out of shampoo as well if there is a recomm?
     
  18. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

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    Shampoo it doesn't really matter that much, Autoglym, Meguiar's Gold, they all work well for me. How thorough you are with your washing means more to get the best results.

    The Clay Mit does work, but it will likely introduce swirl marks because you can't guarantee washing every little particles out, unlike a clay bar where you can fold it away. Make sure you rinse/wash it thoroughly after every sweep and get the car as clean as you can before using it.

    As for wax, save time and try some silicon based stuff like the Meguiar's (blue bottle), you can apply it with a cloth but do throw the cloth away afterwards.
     
  19. GravyMonster

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: The land of milk & beans

    Does anyone have any recommendations for decent wheel cleaning brushes that don't fall apart after about 10 uses? I've gone through 3 packs of these and it's getting ridiculous now - even after meticulous cleaning and drying after each use they disintegrate all over my driveway.
     
  20. Dis86

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    Location: Northern England

    Alternative to but not replacement for.