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    best way to wash a car?

    asking a bit of advice on how best to wash a car. i gave mine a quick do over the other day as i didnt have much time and got wrong for using a sponge as they scratch your car? also for using buckets instead of a hose, which i would have done but like i say i didnt have long. also after its been washed is it best to use polish or something else? i have wax but i know its only meant to be used twice a year so what can i use at other times?

    any advice appreciated as i would hate to scratch or fade my paintwork without realising it

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    What I do, and I'd recommend this to anyone, pop down the road to the hand car wash and pay the Polish/Romanian/Turkish lads that work there £5 to do it. Lovely job they do too.

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    Evil_monkey;8103291

    What I do, and I'd recommend this to anyone, pop down the road to the … What I do, and I'd recommend this to anyone, pop down the road to the hand car wash and pay the Polish/Romanian/Turkish lads that work there £5 to do it. Lovely job they do too.



    we dont have any here. we have a hand one but no foreigners to do it lol

    who said you would scratch the paintwork with a sponge...if that was true why would they sell them in halfords? lol

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    numptyj;8103301

    who said you would scratch the paintwork with a sponge...if that was true … who said you would scratch the paintwork with a sponge...if that was true why would they sell them in halfords? lol



    he says to get a lambswool mitt or something :? saying that he spends 8 hours washing his car, i told him im no way spending that long on it, maybe 2 hours max?

    donna-lou;8103311

    he says to get a lambswool mitt or something :? saying that he spends 8 … he says to get a lambswool mitt or something :? saying that he spends 8 hours washing his car, i told him im no way spending that long on it, maybe 2 hours max?



    rofl

    a car would take like 30 mins max to wash

    rinse of excess dirt first

    get bucket and sponge with some car soap/solution in it

    clean with the sponge then rinse again

    then use a chamois to get rid of the excess

    use balled up newspaper on the windows to get rid of smears.

    as for wax/polish etc not sure bout that stuff

    also u can get some stuff from tesco and u spray it on the sidewall of your tires and it makes them look like brand new pretty cool stuff

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    donna-lou;8103298

    we dont have any here. we have a hand one but no foreigners to do it lol



    So get a non foreigner to give you the hand job.

    numptyj;8103322

    rofla car would take like 30 mins max to washrinse of excess dirt … rofla car would take like 30 mins max to washrinse of excess dirt firstget bucket and sponge with some car soap/solution in itclean with the sponge then rinse againthen use a chamois to get rid of the excessuse balled up newspaper on the windows to get rid of smears.as for wax/polish etc not sure bout that stuffalso u can get some stuff from tesco and u spray it on the sidewall of your tires and it makes them look like brand new pretty cool stuff




    You clean your dads car then Numpty?

    donna-lou;8103311

    he says to get a lambswool mitt or something :? saying that he spends 8 … he says to get a lambswool mitt or something :? saying that he spends 8 hours washing his car, i told him im no way spending that long on it, maybe 2 hours max?



    I have had one of those in the past and it was excellent. However, from my experience, sponges are fine as long as you don't use those little washing-up sponges with the scourer on one side :thumbsup:

    Also, if you are using a sponge and drop it on the floor, then throw it away - don't use it again. You might think you've got all of the grit off it but your paintwork will tell you a different story.

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    Evil_monkey;8103336

    I have had one of those in the past and it was excellent. However, from … I have had one of those in the past and it was excellent. However, from my experience, sponges are fine as long as you don't use those little washing-up sponges with the scourer on one side :thumbsup:Also, if you are using a sponge and drop it on the floor, then throw it away - don't use it again. You might think you've got all of the grit off it but your paintwork will tell you a different story.



    good advice about the sponge and grit, never thought of that :thumbsup:

    and i wouldnt dream of using a scouring sponge lol

    guv;8103328

    So get a non foreigner to give you the hand job.You clean your dads car … So get a non foreigner to give you the hand job.You clean your dads car then Numpty?



    nope

    he gets the polaks down the road to do it lol £5

    Ive helped my bro a couple of times, by help I mean standing around watching him do it haha

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    junkenstein73;8103365

    http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/index.phpCheck out this forum if … http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/index.phpCheck out this forum if you really want to see how to do a proper job



    i looked on there but too much to go through and not very easy to navigate through, i dont want nothing technical just a bit advice on a basic wash

    donna-lou;8103376

    i looked on there but too much to go through and not very easy to … i looked on there but too much to go through and not very easy to navigate through, i dont want nothing technical just a bit advice on a basic wash



    ehow.com/how…tml

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    very hot water, car 'wash and wax' in a bucket, probably only need 1/2 a bucket

    a microfibre glove mit

    wash top down, wheels do them last, rinse out the wash mit in clean water for next time

    whencar has dripped dried, use clean tepid water and a microfibre window cloth or chamois to clean the glass

    job done in about 10 minutes for the wash, and later 5 minutes to clean the glass and wing mirrors,

    i have been cleaning my own cars and motorikes, some of them restored vintage for 20 or more years, and they look perfect when done, and i dont spend hours each time either

    [QUOTE=guv;8103328]So get a non foreigner to give you the hand job.




    Now that's just rude......:whistling:

    detailingworld.co.uk/for…e+r

    This guy spent 10 hrs doing this honda civic, Bit ott maybe but stunning results

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    numptyj;8103386

    http://www.ehow.com/how_1328_wash-car.html



    exactly what i was after! thanks :-D have some rep

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    numptyj;8103375

    nopehe gets the polaks down the road to do it lol £5Ive helped my bro a … nopehe gets the polaks down the road to do it lol £5Ive helped my bro a couple of times, by help I mean standing around watching him do it haha



    Strangely enough, both the new cars got a wash last weekend for the first time. (I paid the wife in kind) The old one went through the cheapo £2 car wash today as its having its MOT tomorrow. Shame the hoover at the garage wasnt working. It needs it badly (been used to take crap to the dump and it stinks!) Cant have a smelly car taking us to the airport in 2 weeks!

    rob585;8103403

    Now that's just rude......:whistling:



    No.. its class humour.:w00t:

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    junkenstein73;8103425

    http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=114194&highlight=type+rThis guy spent 10 hrs doing this honda civic, Bit ott maybe but stunning results



    oooh shiney :-D

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    so what would be the best way to wax or polish? would microfibre cloths do as i bought some new ones especially?

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    donna-lou;8103491

    so what would be the best way to wax or polish? would microfibre cloths … so what would be the best way to wax or polish? would microfibre cloths do as i bought some new ones especially?



    after you have washed and dried as i said before

    now to polish, use a damp new bathroom sponge and liquid name brand wax

    used a damp sponge to apply the wax, not going in circles as you would think, just gentle application in long lines

    use a small amount of wax and work one one panel at a time, it applies a thin coat of wax with this method, redamp the sponge for each panel

    then use microfibre to remove wax once it has dried to a dull finish, polishing it gently

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    jubbyme;8103529

    after you have washed and dried as i said beforenow to polish, use a damp … after you have washed and dried as i said beforenow to polish, use a damp new bathroom sponge and liquid name brand waxused a damp sponge to apply the wax, not going in circles as you would think, just gentle application in long linesuse a small amount of wax and work one one panel at a time, it applies a thin coat of wax with this method, redamp the sponge for each panelthen use microfibre to remove wax once it has dried to a dull finish, polishing it gently



    ooh so this means i need to buy more sponges :oops: i assumed i could put it on with a microfibre cloth

    donna-lou;8103311

    he says to get a lambswool mitt or something :? saying that he spends 8 … he says to get a lambswool mitt or something :? saying that he spends 8 hours washing his car, i told him im no way spending that long on it, maybe 2 hours max?



    donna, your brother is a nob.

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    no, dont apply wax with a cloth! goes on way too thick, and hard to get off again, only use wax out of sunlight too, or it bakes on

    so it takes me 10 to wash, 5 to clean windows, and 20-30 if i wax the car, which i only 2 twice a year, as the wash and wax keeps a wax coating on the car

    bathroom sponges are like 15p each at wilkinsons, a lambswool or microfibre mit about 2-3 quid, wash and wax about 3quid for 50 washes, wax about 5 quid for a bottle which will do 10 wax jobs

    if you rinse out the sponge at the end of the job, the wax comes out, so its not wasted


    if you need me to break down the stages again please ask me, follow my previous posts!

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    pinkleponkle;8103581

    donna, your brother is a nob.



    its not my brother, where did i say it was him? :whistling:

    Supermod

    This thread gave me inspiration and I now have one clean car!!

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    magicjay1986;8103929

    This thread gave me inspiration and I now have one clean car!!



    haha happy to help :w00t:

    Supermod

    donna-lou;8103945

    haha happy to help :w00t:



    :thumbsup:

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    magicjay1986;8103929

    This thread gave me inspiration and I now have one clean car!!



    Did you sort out the scratches on your car? x x

    If you've got no Car Wash (I use Meguirs) try Baby Shampoo... If it's mild enough for babies scalps it's not going to damage paintwork :thumbsup:

    Supermod

    DLM;8103998

    Did you sort out the scratches on your car? x x



    No, still havent. I think (as the weather has been so nice) I will try and get it done this week after work!

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    magicjay1986;8104602

    No, still havent. I think (as the weather has been so nice) I will try … No, still havent. I think (as the weather has been so nice) I will try and get it done this week after work!



    Good stuff :thumbsup:
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