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Re: Couple of amateur questions
« Reply #10 on: 13 March 2018, 22:40 »
Body towels, wheel towels, tire dressing and a new interior cleaner, I reckon this thread has costed me already around 40eur and counting :grin: (at least I am not going for the dryer also)

Gave it a thorough interior clean because it was totally disgusting.  Tried Gtechniq Tri-clean on the whole interior. Found it very good on seats and textured plastics etc, but rubbish on piano gloss trim, left a smeary residue which required too much buffing to effectively remove. Was ok on carpet.  Very antiseptic smell which I didn’t mind.

That is exactly what I was describing! "Smeary" is the right word and if you say you also had to insist to remove it from the plastics then I understand I didn't do something wrong. So I think I'll keep it for the seats and carpets and get something like Poorboys Natural Look which seems to be everyone's favorite interior cleaner??

One more thing that I remembered, how do you guys clean the wash mitt and towels?

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Re: Couple of amateur questions
« Reply #11 on: 13 March 2018, 22:55 »
Body towels, wheel towels, tire dressing and a new interior cleaner, I reckon this thread has costed me already around 40eur and counting :grin: (at least I am not going for the dryer also)

Gave it a thorough interior clean because it was totally disgusting.  Tried Gtechniq Tri-clean on the whole interior. Found it very good on seats and textured plastics etc, but rubbish on piano gloss trim, left a smeary residue which required too much buffing to effectively remove. Was ok on carpet.  Very antiseptic smell which I didn’t mind.

That is exactly what I was describing! "Smeary" is the right word and if you say you also had to insist to remove it from the plastics then I understand I didn't do something wrong. So I think I'll keep it for the seats and carpets and get something like Poorboys Natural Look which seems to be everyone's favorite interior cleaner??

One more thing that I remembered, how do you guys clean the wash mitt and towels?

Yeah stick to Poorboys for trim, much much better.

If lambswool mitt, hand wash as you might a cashmere jumper. Hand wash in mild detergent, rinse, gently squeeze out excess water, reshape and air dry then if you can be bothered, a brush with a pet brush. 

For microfibre towels and cloths:

Non bio washing liquid.  No fabric conditioner, as this affects the absorbency of the fibres.  Coolish wash 30/40°.  Line dry or tumble dry (no dryer sheets for same reason as fabric conditioner) to 80% dry then air dry last 20%.
 
I’ve been using this lately and it does really make a difference and brings the pile right back up, especially on plush microfibres. https://wo-wo.co.uk/collections/wo-wo-car-detailing-products/products/wo-wo-microfibre-refresher-500ml
 
This is worth a read about microfibres in general.
 
https://www.theclayclothcompany.co.uk/page_3289214.html
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Re: Couple of amateur questions
« Reply #12 on: 14 March 2018, 07:21 »
Thanks, seems more reading and shopping is on the menu!

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Re: Couple of amateur questions
« Reply #13 on: 15 March 2018, 06:40 »
Sounds like you've got most of the basics covered.

You can never have enough microfibres! I buy packs of 10 blue one as you use them for lots of different applications.

For drying, I currently using these and they are nice and well priced - http://www.slimsdetailing.co.uk/chemical-guy-workhorse-black-microfiber-towel-pack-of-3.html

Interior wise I don't ever use any dressings. A really effective way of cleaning all the plastics especially round the footwell and doors, use APC diluted in spayer and mist on a microfibre and wipe. Can be use to clean seats as well and carpets. I use the GTechniq one, which I use for cleaning engine bays, door shuts and it can be used on wheels.
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Re: Couple of amateur questions
« Reply #14 on: 26 March 2018, 16:19 »
Suggestions between Meguiars Endurance and Autobrite Endurance Trim and Tyre Gel?  Looking to add one more item to my order from UK so that I save on shipping and these two are available in the selected shop. Looking for something as easy to use and as eco-friendly as possible, can't stand heavy smells (even if it's only in my garage).

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Re: Couple of amateur questions
« Reply #15 on: 26 March 2018, 20:08 »
Suggestions between Meguiars Endurance and Autobrite Endurance Trim and Tyre Gel? 


Neither.

How about CarPro Perl ?


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Re: Couple of amateur questions
« Reply #16 on: 26 March 2018, 23:12 »
No objection but it's just not available from the shop I'm buying and the whole point is paying only once for shipping. I basically haven't used any tyre dressing before so I thought I just add one such product in the basket because I'm making a big-ish order, I'm sure I could leave without one just as I have lived so far  :tongue:

Is it that none of those items work well or you just prefer CarPro?

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Re: Couple of amateur questions
« Reply #17 on: 26 March 2018, 23:31 »
Suggestions between Meguiars Endurance and Autobrite Endurance Trim and Tyre Gel?  Looking to add one more item to my order from UK so that I save on shipping and these two are available in the selected shop. Looking for something as easy to use and as eco-friendly as possible, can't stand heavy smells (even if it's only in my garage).

I’d go Meguiars Endurance.  It’s good stuff. My second favourite tyre dressing. Silicone based which means much more durable than water based.

A while back I posted a run down of tyre dressings I’ve tried in order of pref...

http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=280823.msg2570362#msg2570362
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Re: Couple of amateur questions
« Reply #18 on: 27 March 2018, 08:45 »
Hmm, let's see if I can find your #1 preferred item. Seems Meguiars is kind of messy to apply and I'm after something as simple as possible. Or else I can scroll down your review list  :smiley:

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Re: Couple of amateur questions
« Reply #19 on: 27 March 2018, 09:31 »
Hmm, let's see if I can find your #1 preferred item. Seems Meguiars is kind of messy to apply and I'm after something as simple as possible. Or else I can scroll down your review list  :smiley:

https://www.achemshop.co.uk/product/hi-shine/

Delivery charge is a bit steep but it’s worth it.  But, you mentioned you don’t like strong smelling chemicals, so this will not be for you, as it’s potent stuff, very strong solvent smell, but brilliant potent stuff.
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