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Offline tony_ack

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Okay, yet another 'which products' thread. I've done my best to include loads of information to get the right choices.

I've listed the products I currently use, but I'm looking to see what's available - also feel free to use mine as a template to show off what you use!

The car:
Mk2 Golf GTI, 17 years old, big bumpers, BBS RA alloys
Paint colour: Pearl Grey Metallic
Paint condition: Good, some light swirling and a couple of light scratches. Loads of stonechips on the front
Interior: Fabric

Products:

Washing
Budget £20
Current products: Autoglym Bodywork shampoo and conditioner, two buckets, Halfords sheepskin wash mitt

Drying
Budget: £10
Current product: Halfords waffle drying towel (x2)

Claying
Budget: £25
Current product: Meguiars claying kit

Polishing
Budget: £20
Current product: Autoglym SRP, Halfords peachskin microfirbe cloth (hand polishing, though I may get a machine polisher at Christmas  :smiley:)

Waxing
Budget: £30
Current products: Meguiars liquid gold, Flash applicator pads

Sealing
Budget: £20
Current products: none

Wheels
Budget: £15
Current products: Meguiars hot rims, GSF alloy wheel brush, Halfords peachskin Microfibre cloth

Engine
Budget: £15
Nothing currently, though I do have some degreaser

Black Trims (bumpers, arches, spoilers)
Budget: £10
Current product: Morrisons liquid scuff remover with foam applicator, microfibe cloth (I've yet to find anything better!)

Glass
Budget: £5
Current product: Autoglym fast glass, kitchen roll/blue roll

Dashboard
Budget: £5
Current product: Halfords interior spray (non-gloss), microfibre cloth

Interior Fabrics
Budget: £10
Current product: Autoglym interior trim, microfibre cloth. I also have a wet/dry VAX, but I need the small wash tool



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1995 VW Corrado VR6

Offline dragonfly

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Re: Wash and detail products... what I use/what I should use
« Reply #1 on: 08 October 2009, 09:20 »
Car:
1992 Tornado Red mk2 GTi 16v
BBS RA
Paint is in good condition some light swirls.
Interior - Fabric - late spec rainbow

Products:
Washing
Supernatural Shampoo/CG Maxi Suds or CG wash and Gloss washed with a Wookie Mitt from Elite Car Care

Drying
Waffle Weave from Elite Car Care (seperate waffle for door jams and wheels)

Claying
Megs but will be moving to Bilt Hamber

Polishing
Poorboys polish/Clearkote Red Moose

Waxing
Collinite 476 and Pete's 53

Wheels
Megs Wheel Brightener with a Vikan brush. Waxed with Rimwax

Engine
Autosmart Tardis ot Megs Degreaser
Dressed with Megs All Season Dressing

Black Trim
Black Wow/Peanut butter/Mer bumper gel or Autoglym bumper gel

Glass
Megs Last Touch

Dash
Nothing. Seals are dressed with Zymol Vinyl

Interior Fabric
CG Stain Remover or damp sponge.






Offline Schuey

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Re: Wash and detail products... what I use/what I should use
« Reply #2 on: 10 October 2009, 19:27 »
Definitely ditch the Meguiars clay kit & buy the Bilt Hamber soft clay which requires no lube, just water.

Nothing against the Meguiars it worked very well, used it prior to the Bilt Hamber just found the lube expensive.

Offline stealthwolf

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Re: Wash and detail products... what I use/what I should use
« Reply #3 on: 11 October 2009, 23:15 »
The car:
MK5 Golf GTI Edition 30
Paint colour: Diamond Black Pearl
Paint condition:Very good
Interior: Fabric/semileather

Products:

Washing
Budget £20
Current products: Dodo Juice Born to be Mild, two buckets, Eurow plush sheepskin mitt

Drying
Budget: £20
Current product: Chemical Guys Miracle Dryer

Claying
Budget: £25
Current product: Meguiars Smooth Surface Clay Kit

Polishing
Budget: £--
Current product: Meguairs G220 Dual action polisher; 3M pads (polishing, buffing and cutting), Menzerna polishes (got the lot for £200 as a group buy deal).

Glaze
Budget: £20
Current Products: Dodo Juice Lime Prime Lite

Waxing
Budget: £50
Current products: Dodo Juice Supernatural (or Collinite 476s if it's winter)

Sealing
Budget:--
Current products: none

Wheels
Budget: £40
Current products: Bilberry wheel cleaner, swissvax-style brush, Meg's Endurance Tyre Gel, Poorboy's Wheel Sealant, Collinite 476s

Exhaust
Budget: £15
Current products: Halfords Engine Degreaser, WD40, Autosol Metal Polish, Wirewool (grade 00)

Black Trims (bumpers, arches, spoilers)
Budget: £10
Current product: Autoglym Vinyl and Rubber

Glass
Budget: £10
Current product: Megs Next Gen Glass Cleaner, special glass polishing cloth

Dashboard
Budget: £10
Current product: Poorboy's Natural Look Dressing

Interior Fabrics
Budget: --
Current product: Nothing. Just vacuum and wipe with a damp cloth

Interior Leather
Budget: £20
Current Products: Glipitone leather cleaner and conditioner.

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Re: Wash and detail products... what I use/what I should use
« Reply #4 on: 12 October 2009, 11:27 »
The car:
Multiple Cars
Paint colour: any
Paint condition:Very good to bloody awful
Interior: Fabric/semileather/leather

Products:

pre wash & arches
Budget:
current Products: autosmart hazsafe/chemical guys orange degreaser/autosmart g101 degreaser combi mix in hand held pressure sprayer

foam
budget:
current products: elite/valet pro snow foam with elite heavy duty foam lance

Washing
Budget £20
Current products: autosmart duet / autosmart autowash, washmitt

Drying
Budget: £20
Current product: megs/sonus/dodo waffles

Claying
Budget: £25
Current product: sonus/autosmart clay & dodo born slippy

Polishing
Budget: £--
Current product: Meguairs G220 Dual action polisher; elite/megs, Menzerna polishes/megs/dod polishes - currently looking for a rotary

Glaze
Budget: £20
Current Products: Megs no.7 show car glaze

Waxing
Budget: £50
Current products: Dodo Juice various/ chemical guys 50/50, or collinite 915

Sealing
Budget:--
Current products: jetseal 109 (very very good product) or colli 476

Wheels
Budget: £40
Current products: autosmart smart wheels, vikan wheel brushes (various), poorboys wheel sealant

Exhaust
Budget: £15
Current products: Autosol Metal Polish, Wirewool (grade 00), belgom alu

Black Trims (bumpers, arches, spoilers)
Budget: £10
Current product: autosmart highstyle

Glass
Budget: £10
Current product: autosmart silver screen, autosmart glass clear, special glass polishing cloth

Dashboard
Budget: £10
Current product: megs APC

Interior Fabrics
Budget: --
Current product: george with autosmart biobrisk/brisk low foam mix with G101

Interior Leather
Budget: £20
Current Products: Glipitone leather cleaner and conditioner.

Offline tony_ack

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Re: Wash and detail products... what I use/what I should use
« Reply #5 on: 14 October 2009, 16:13 »
I think the lesson so far is that I could be using a lot better products for similar money.

And don't skimp on the wax  :smiley:
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1995 VW Corrado VR6