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    I was thinking of washing my dads car, its roughly 10 years old now in a really light green(looks silver at night) and was looking around seen some of the Auto Glym deals and products over the net and was wondering if anyone had some advice about the use of some of the produts and some minor questions

    Is there a difference between Wax and Polish ?

    any paticular order i need to follow in washing the car ?

    I was also told about the lifeshine service some dealers offer by auto glym (any recomendations should i go for it, do it my self)

    Any hand tools or stuff i need.

    Oh Yeah i have seen the following products whcih i was thinking of buying


    Chamois told this was good stuff to dry the car
    cgi.ebay.co.uk/2-L…095

    Lifeshine kit PDI (dont knw what the pdi is for)
    cgi.ebay.co.uk/AUT…3a6

    something to apply the polish on with
    cgi.ebay.co.uk/Aut…e69

    Some body shampoo to wash the car with
    cgi.ebay.co.uk/AUT…11c

    SOme micro fiber clothes
    cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/…dll?ViewItem&item=120553566318&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

    Glass cleaner
    cgi.ebay.co.uk/Aut…e92

    Anything i am missing, anything anyone can recomend anything you can think of would be of a great help

    Thanks everyone in advance who reply

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    Original Poster Banned

    anyone ...

    Original Poster Banned

    do i have to register? do you have any recomendations

    Banned

    ok, you want

    wash and wax
    a car wash mitten, looks like a load of noodles on a glove
    a washing up brush
    vileda flunkey (or a chamois if you cant find)
    a nice new bath sponge
    some good quality name brand wax
    an inside place to wax the car
    a nice fresh clean soft towel


    wash car in very hot water and wash and wax with your mitten, take car not to rub, and get the lower parts of the car (leave the wheels for now)

    chuck the water and make another batch of wash and wax, now do the wheels using the washing up brush

    allow car to dry as much as possible. Now using plain cold water, put the flunkey or chamois in, and wring out, and clean the windows.

    When car is bone dry, move to garage (must be out of the sun), damp your sponge, dribble some wax on one panel at a time, and gently rub all over the panel, redamping the sponge for each panel

    this makes sure only a haze of wax goes on, and not a thick layer
    it should dry to a haze within a minute, and use the towel to gently buff off the haze

    You don't have to register to read the forums but you do if you want to post on there - much like here really.

    Wouldn't use a chamois again myself. Have a look for plush dyrying towels which are suppsed to be much better. Washed my car last night and just dried it off with a couple of micro fibre cloths and that worked fine.
    Claying your car is supposed to be really good but the stuff is quite pricey.

    I'm getting my car professionally detailed in a couple of weeks so it will be machine polished and have several coats of wax put on it. After that it should be dead easy to keep clean.

    Most of the stuff referred to on that site is stuff you've probably never heard of and Halfords etc won't stock a lot of it.

    It's definitely worth posting on that site and asking for advice as they're all very helpful there.

    Original Poster Banned

    how long do i have to leave the wax on, is waxing and polishing the same car, also im gonn add some rep for the help thanks once again. what do you think of the products i have listed in the description

    Would advise rinsing off any muck before you start washing as big lumps of gunk can get stuck in your sponge/mitt and then be dragged across your paintwork....Not Good..

    Autoglym products are very good, the hd wax is awesome if a little expensive

    Polishing brings back the shine, waxing protects the shine afterwards.

    Auto Glym Super Resin Polish is reckoned to be good stuff as it gets rid of a lot of fine scratches.

    Original Poster Banned

    can you do both wax and polish ? if yes any particular order ?

    polish first (well, actually wash first) , wax last.

    Original Poster Banned

    Auto Glym Super Resin Polish - how long do i leave the polish on before removing it ? do i apply it to 1 panel let it sink in and then remove or apply to the full car and then remove the polish? i seen some of them auto glyms micro fibre cloths and a sponge applicator for apply the polish any good ?

    I would be extra careful at the moment with the volcanic ash that will be sitting on your paintwork. It's extremely abrasive so sprey the car down with the hose to get it as clean as you can. Then just use some cheap car wash at first with a soft sponge changing the water regularly. Then go onto the good advice given above.

    Polish 1 panel at a time, leave on till it goes hazy then buff off

    Original Poster Banned

    lol, I think im safe in Yorkshire no ash arond havnt seen anything falling from the sky yet.

    Maggy;8446479

    Auto Glym Super Resin Polish - how long do i leave the polish on before … Auto Glym Super Resin Polish - how long do i leave the polish on before removing it ? do i apply it to 1 panel let it sink in and then remove or apply to the full car and then remove the polish? i seen some of them auto glyms micro fibre cloths and a sponge applicator for apply the polish any good ?



    No idea mate, never used it myself. the bottle will have full instructions.

    TBH I got my microfibres from Asda, about £3 for 6. If you get a CD and give it a hard wipe with a cloth, and it doesn't leave fine scratches on the CD then it should be fine for your car. Well that's what a pro detailer told me the other day.

    One cheapo tip for you - Tesco own brand "Daisy" all purpose cleaner. 99p for a litre. Before I washed my car last night with the shampoo etc I mixed it up 1 part Daisy to 4 parts water and sprayed it onto my car with a cheap garden pressure sprayer from Wilkinsons and let it soak into the dirt. It's dead easy to clean after doing that and you can use the same stuff on your wheels. It's great stuff, Even cleaned my fabric seats with it. Don't be fooled into thinking that only the expensive stuff is good.

    Maggy;8446525

    lol, I think im safe in Yorkshire no ash arond havnt seen anything … lol, I think im safe in Yorkshire no ash arond havnt seen anything falling from the sky yet.



    I assure you it's there. They are just tiny particles.:thumbsup:

    Original Poster Banned

    lol im gonna look out for them, are they like little stones falling from the sky

    Original Poster Banned

    thanks will look into getting a bottle of daisy and cleaning the car before i start

    Original Poster Banned

    What kinda wax should i get one in a botle i.e liquid one in a tin some solid stuf or a spray ?

    Banned

    liquid wax, preferably turtle wax
    and the same brand in wash and wax

    Original Poster Banned

    Afer I have polished my car how long after wards should i wax it, like 2 hours laters or can it be done straight away
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