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    Idiots guide.

    Hi all.
    Would like to know that products you use to clean your cars.
    May sound like a silly question but now i have a car with decent bodywork i would like to keep it at its best for as long as possible.
    I have cleaned plenty of cars over the years mine and customers at work but apart from washing, a bit of polish, a hoover and some dash cleaner thats about as far as my knowledge goes.
    Anyone got an idiots guide of best products to use and how best to use then?
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    i use autoglym for paint and wheels...on the black plastics,i use smooth peanut butter,gives a than other products i tried...good original appearance and the oils in it make it last longer

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    Ive been using meguiars for years and swear by it.. and they have a very helpful forum
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    I have a guide on BRV

    http://www.bigredvolvos.co.uk/galler...y_2006_CYC.htm

    I also use Snow foam prewash instead of an initial rinse.

    Best thing to start with is to buy 2 buckets! 2 bucket method is a must in order to avoid further damage to your clearcoat. Grit guards in the buckets are optional but recommended.

    you could do worse reading the advice on here too...

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acata...re-advice.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by shepbomb View Post
    Ive been using meguiars for years and swear by it.. and they have a very helpful forum
    +1 for me

    For a combination of quality, cost and ease of use i think they have excellent products.
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    Two bucket method when cleaning a dirty car is a MUST in my eyes.

    I use

    Meguiars NXT Generation car wash

    Sheepskin wash mit for the body and a synthetic wash mit for the wheels.

    Three buckets used, 1 for the wheels inner arches and sills, 1 for the body and glass and the other is fresh water used in conjuction with the bucket I use for the body.

    Autoglyn Ultra deep shine is a very good polish great for hiding minor scratches etc.

    Poorboys blue wax

    Poorboys body sealant

    Autosol for the exhaust

    Autoglym glass cleaner and Rainex for the windows.

    Zymol polish for the wheels



    They're the usual culprits for me...although I use others if I'm going for a valet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamT4 View Post
    +1 for me

    For a combination of quality, cost and ease of use i think they have excellent products.
    +2 can't fault meguires...................very good products and easy to use............i wash my car once a month using meguires wash n wax and it always gets comments at essex meet about how clean my car is

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    seems the general consensus this meguires......never seen or heard of it!
    is this mail order?? it sounds good by what you fella's say..........
    or is my local motor factors s***!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 850-shane View Post
    seems the general consensus this meguires......never seen or heard of it!
    is this mail order?? it sounds good by what you fella's say..........
    or is my local motor factors s***!!!!!
    LOL you have never heard of it they are the future autoglym, there proper detailing range is quite good but you wont get it in halfrauds, you will get there standard stuff though. I use there hyper wash for my snow foam lance, multi purpose cleaner, all season dressing, last touch and degreaser. Detailing gets very expensive if you get into it so be warned
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    I use quite a lot of Chemical Guys (CG) stuff from Cleanyourcar

    Personal favs/highly rated products

    prewash - Snowfoam & Megs Hyperwash - Karcher foam lance
    Wash - Waschmitt foam wash mitt - CG Citrus Wash & gloss
    Clay - Sonus grey or green
    Wheels - Bilberry wheel wash (diluted 1 in 5)
    Iron X Soap for very bad wheels

    Carlach68 special cleanerl ( degreaser) great for engine bays
    Aerospace 303 protectant as a dressing
    Fav wax - CG Petes 53 signature paste wax.

    CG waterless carwash/QD

    There are many other bits for machine polishing that I use but to be fair I wouldnt bore you with them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wobbly Dave View Post
    I use quite a lot of Chemical Guys (CG) stuff from Cleanyourcar

    Personal favs/highly rated products

    prewash - Snowfoam & Megs Hyperwash - Karcher foam lance
    Wash - Waschmitt foam wash mitt - CG Citrus Wash & gloss
    Clay - Sonus grey or green
    Wheels - Bilberry wheel wash (diluted 1 in 5)
    Iron X Soap for very bad wheels

    Carlach58 special cleanerl ( degreaser) great for engine bays
    Aerospace 303 protectant as a dressing
    Fav wax - CG Petes 53 signature paste wax.

    CG waterless carwash/QD

    There are many other bits for machine polishing that I use but to be fair I wouldnt bore you with them all.
    What can you use with the clay bar if you run out of spray solution. Also I read you can use the clay bar for your windscreen too. That right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haizum74 View Post
    What can you use with the clay bar if you run out of spray solution. Also I read you can use the clay bar for your windscreen too. That right?
    Buy more, soapy water but i wouldn't recommend that. Get megs last touch. Yes u can do windows
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    I have a gallon of Megs last touch - which you can dilute 1 in 4 which is plenty good enough for claying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by volvokid View Post
    Buy more, soapy water but i wouldn't recommend that. Get megs last touch. Yes u can do windows
    Only got small pockets. There must be something else you can use.

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    i use majinly auto glym, never cared much for the meggys shampoo.

    I use the meggys glass cleaner and tyre shine though... they are pretty good
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    Megs endurance tyre thing when I remember is good stuff. I have gold class shampoo - but only for when I accidentally run out of CG stuff.
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    Hi I use Zymol on my V70 its not cheap but if you get the starter pack it comes with a pre cleanse and a jar full of wax and cleaning cloths. Easy to use and a fantastic deep shine. this wax is used on show cars and has won many awards

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    Welcome to the forum : I also use Zymol (the cleaner wax with banana and stuff in it. smells lovely lol) simoniz shampoo (can't remember which but it's thick and bright yellow) hard shell wax and autoglym Gold, but not necessarily in that order lol.

    Why not pop over to the "introduce yourself" forum and say "Hi", tell us a bit about yourself I see you've been a member since 2009 and not had any posts - silent type? lol.
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    Thinking of organising a detailing day for anyone from newbs, keen amateurs, OCD to professionals alike? What do people think?
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