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Offline Watts

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What detailing haven't you done today?
« on: 14 November 2018, 12:21 »
I presume we all have good intentions and a list of things to do but for various reasons haven't got around to it. So I thought a thread might allow people here to get it off their chest as afterall, a problem shared and all that :smiley:

I need to first of all clean my car, inside and out, been on holiday oop north in it plus commuting and lots of days out since we've had guests staying on and off for over a month and it hasn't had so much as a duster inside it! It needs a load of stone chips touching in, a small scrape on the bumper professionally attending to, a good wheels off decontamination, a polish and wax.

Excuses. We've had guests which has taken up all my days off for sometime other than the odd one at a weekend when car cleaning is frowned upon :rolleyes: Today is a bit tricky, dropped said guests off at Heathrow at 8, have the house to myself but as yet, no action in the resolving of the dirty car department. I'm blaming being tired given a long day yesterday with a late boozy night and early rising, definitely not laziness :whistle:

So, anyone else care to unburden?
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Re: What detailing haven't you done today?
« Reply #1 on: 15 November 2018, 16:54 »
My car is in need of a good wash, but there’s currently a distance of 6,700 miles between my car and me, so it’ll have to wait until I’m back in the UK and the miserable UK November weather before I wash it :sad:.

At least at this time of year there’s no problem with hard water spots drying on the paintwork before I have a chance to dry it after washing :smiley:.
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Re: What detailing haven't you done today?
« Reply #2 on: 19 November 2018, 21:29 »
Sounds like you making it sound hard work Watts!

Outside - A Golf can be done in about 1hr max (excluding setting up and putting away!) and that's a proper clean.
Inside - max 25-30 mins and thats including cleaning all the glass.

Helps if the car has a nice sealant on though as that makes the job easier  :smiley:
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Re: What detailing haven't you done today?
« Reply #3 on: 20 November 2018, 10:07 »
Bloody wheels take best part of an hour alone :sad: I've just been time poor lately, some opportunities coming up soon, weather permiting.

Looks like either I'm the only one not doing any cleaning (at least without a 7000 mile excuse) or the only one admitting to it. Or no-one else gives a monkeys about discussing it! Option 3 me thinks...
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Re: What detailing haven't you done today?
« Reply #4 on: 20 November 2018, 18:18 »
My Amarok is looking grim. I'm keeping on top of the interior, but it's not been washed for many weeks and being a working truck that gets the odd close encounter with foliage, the DPB paint isn't looking its best. It will probably go through the winter with the odd wash at a very good hand washing place that I have found, then get a full pro correction detail in the spring. I had it done when I first got it, so will be going back for more of the same.

The Tig get a bit more personal love, but nowhere near as much time as I'd give cars up to around 5 years ago. Life, work, cycling gets in the way. Besides, whilst it's nice to have a clean car, we are only custodians, so the beneficiary of all the hard work is the next owner, and will they care? Probably not. 
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Re: What detailing haven't you done today?
« Reply #5 on: 20 November 2018, 19:04 »
My car is in need of a good wash, but there’s currently a distance of 6,700 miles between my car and me, so it’ll have to wait until I’m back in the UK and the miserable UK November weather before I wash it :sad:.

At least at this time of year there’s no problem with hard water spots drying on the paintwork before I have a chance to dry it after washing :smiley:.

Anywhere nice?

I'm in the same boat, my car has been tucked away since the summer and won't be touched until I get back to the UK next year :cry:

I will make it up to him though with a service and new tyres as soon as I get home :grin:

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Re: What detailing haven't you done today?
« Reply #6 on: 20 November 2018, 19:29 »
My car is in need of a good wash, but there’s currently a distance of 6,700 miles between my car and me, so it’ll have to wait until I’m back in the UK and the miserable UK November weather before I wash it :sad:.

At least at this time of year there’s no problem with hard water spots drying on the paintwork before I have a chance to dry it after washing :smiley:.

Anywhere nice?

I'm in the same boat, my car has been tucked away since the summer and won't be touched until I get back to the UK next year :cry:

I will make it up to him though with a service and new tyres as soon as I get home :grin:

Hope you are both somewhere nice!

I will be using mine through the winter and I can't believe how much dirt is caught on the rear lip. I keep pouring water over it as a v temporary measure but it's definitely the 'detailing I haven't done today'!
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Re: What detailing haven't you done today?
« Reply #7 on: 21 November 2018, 07:21 »
My car is in need of a good wash, but there’s currently a distance of 6,700 miles between my car and me, so it’ll have to wait until I’m back in the UK and the miserable UK November weather before I wash it :sad:.

At least at this time of year there’s no problem with hard water spots drying on the paintwork before I have a chance to dry it after washing :smiley:.

Anywhere nice?

I'm in the same boat, my car has been tucked away since the summer and won't be touched until I get back to the UK next year :cry:

I will make it up to him though with a service and new tyres as soon as I get home :grin:

Hope you are both somewhere nice!

I will be using mine through the winter and I can't believe how much dirt is caught on the rear lip. I keep pouring water over it as a v temporary measure but it's definitely the 'detailing I haven't done today'!

Hog_hedge and andy28, I was in Singapore visiting an ex-pat friend who lives and works there. Unfortunately I’m back in the UK now, and a bit of a shock to the system coming from 27-30 degrees of warmth back to 5-6 degrees, wind and rain.:shocked: :grin:

Yes, this time of year, the rear lip - in fact the whole rear end - of any modern ‘two box’ hatchback car gets very dirty; a consequence of the shape of the car and road spray and dirt getting ‘sucked’ onto rear when the car’s moving forward. Not the nicest time of year for keeping a car clean, and when it is, it doesn’t stay looking that way for long!

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Re: What detailing haven't you done today?
« Reply #8 on: 21 November 2018, 17:24 »
Hope you are both somewhere nice!

I will be using mine through the winter and I can't believe how much dirt is caught on the rear lip. I keep pouring water over it as a v temporary measure but it's definitely the 'detailing I haven't done today'!

Nice is a matter of opinion :grin: there’s people out here who have it a damn sight worse let’s put it that way :whistle:

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Re: What detailing haven't you done today?
« Reply #9 on: 22 November 2018, 14:53 »
The rear of the Golf seems to have been designed to create a massive low pressure area, and consequently sucks up all of the water and crud which passes under the car and deposits it on the rear screen and bumper.

The only way to stop it is to have a diffuser like the one used by Aston Martin on their GT racers:



Beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder, and the results achieved in the wind tunnel.

For now, we Golfists are condemned to regularly washing our rear ends.