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Offline Jeff Wood

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Re: DIY or Pro?
« Reply #20 on: 18 June 2018, 13:55 »
arrr OK, thanks again,
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Re: DIY or Pro?
« Reply #21 on: 18 June 2018, 14:05 »
If I were you Jeff I'd keep it simple, as low contact as possible and not rush into anything. I'd use this as a good opportunity to assess the condition of the paint as it may need a machine polish should you be wanting it at it's best. I'd wash, decontaminate, wash and dry. Then check all over to see if it needs claying and for any swirls. Then I'd wax and think about what I need to do next (clay and polish, hand or machine) and plan to do it in the autumn when the weather cools. I'd add that I am very much a novice to all this too which is why I suggest caution, should you feel confident in your abilities then do go ahead at your own pace! Also, despite meaning to for the last 2+ years I haven't yet polished mine :embarrassed: :whistle: :laugh:
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Re: DIY or Pro?
« Reply #22 on: 18 June 2018, 15:01 »
Good advice there Watts. :smiley:
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Offline Jeff Wood

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Re: DIY or Pro?
« Reply #23 on: 18 June 2018, 15:13 »
agreed, thats what I'll do, thanks all..

I'll post some pics when I've done it :)
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Re: DIY or Pro?
« Reply #24 on: 18 June 2018, 20:08 »
Thanks for all the info guys.
I'm going to get the Pro to do the initial.
Hopefully I can book him as soon as I know when I can collect the car. If I can't make an appointment for quite a few days due to needing to get to work in the car I will decontaminate it with as little contact as possible just so it's clean. Then let the pro clean and polish it when I can get an appointment.
I still need to buy shed loads of cleaning products for the future  :huh:

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Re: DIY or Pro?
« Reply #25 on: 18 June 2018, 21:23 »
Thanks for all the info guys.
I'm going to get the Pro to do the initial.
Hopefully I can book him as soon as I know when I can collect the car. If I can't make an appointment for quite a few days due to needing to get to work in the car I will decontaminate it with as little contact as possible just so it's clean. Then let the pro clean and polish it when I can get an appointment.
I still need to buy shed loads of cleaning products for the future  :huh:

If you’re getting a pro detail, there’s little point in you decontaminating it yourself. The pro will do it as part of a new car detail. Leave it him.

You don’t need shed loads of gear.  Start with good quality basics and build from there. 

Couple of buckets and grit guards
Decent wash mitt
Wheel mitt
Decent shampoo
Good microfibre drying towels
A few microfibre cloths.
Some sacrificial protection to top up your pro applied protection - be guided by your pro detailed to choose something compatible with your pro detailed applied protection. If nano coating, stick with stuff with same chemical base.  If wax, choose compatible organic based top up protection. 
Wheel sealant - though what you choose for bodywork could do the job.
That’s the basics.

Other stuff, like tyre dressing, glass cleaner, interior cleaner, tailpipe polish can be added as you desire. 
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Re: DIY or Pro?
« Reply #26 on: 19 June 2018, 10:37 »
I think if I was doing things over I would have probably gone for the pro detail asap after picking my car up.  Just to give it that solid foundation.  This is definitely one of the best detailing sections of any forum I have been on.  I have always taken care when washing any of my cars, but I have learned loads of cool tips and product recommendations on here.

I watched my neighbour the other day give his brand new Audi A6 Black Edition its first wash.  It took him about 30 minutes and consisted of a jet wash rinse, a single bucket of water and a 99p sponge.

Just shows having a nice car, doesn't guarantee people care about such things.
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Offline Mike J

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Re: DIY or Pro?
« Reply #27 on: 03 July 2018, 09:58 »
Spills
Your in my county.
We have one or two superb detailers around, one if which I have used since my car was PDI'd.

If you find a company that is detailing manufacturers unregistered cars worth upwards of £1/2m for exhibitions the  then you know your onto a good company.

My advice;
TELL your dealer if they touch the paintwork you will refuse the car!
They are only allowed to clean the windows required for the PDI, everything else stays as it rolled off the transporter.
Second don't have your number plates screwed on, one dealer still screwed the plates on despite the owner insisting they were stuck on (there are some real dummies out there)!
Liase with your choosen detailer on everything!
It will take two days to complete the work so don't be in a hurry.

See my post about my new car, the dealer I used and importantly who detailed it (and who still cleans it).