Yes Autoglym, it's the old green snot formula, haven't tried the new clear gel version yet as it lasts so long.
AG plastic trim gel...... Is that AutoGlym? I'm looking for a good treatment for plastic and rubber window seals etc. (y) 🏻
Thanks, ordered both (y) Great deal, I use this all the time and the seal once every 4-5 washes too. As for foam not sticking, I've never had an issue (even from wet), just bought a brass snow foam from eBay (nothing expensive) Only one I have and was when I first got the polar blast last year, goes one much better after some tweaking with the foam gun.
No I bought the specific Nilfisk snow foam thing. And it does produce a good foam, just doesn't cling, but I have been rinsing the car first. So next time I'll do it dry (ooh err).
Before and after using all 3 steps, BH auto wheel and AG plastic trim gel. Looks like decent results to me.
Good system, if you use a pressure washer, and don't want to spend ages, and physical effort on your car, especially in colder weather. I just do a decent detail and Wax once a year now, with a decent sealent. If you use this system, try and get a spare pressure wash bottle, makes life easy. Relatively cheap per wash too, and decent protection on wheels. It's recommended to only apply polar seal once a month, and don't overdose the mix ratio. No need for snow foam, unless the car is filthy. A drop of screwfix no nonsense car wash in the rinse bucket, helps things along, and keeps cost down.
Same. The other two are decently average compared to the best in class. They smell nice is about as good as it gets.
Uh oh. This will be interesting.
Decent bundle but imo the Polar seal is the best of the lot. In winter, you do not want to be out in the cold for long. This makes applying protection a cinch.
Going back to coating leather, you could pretty much throw anything at it and it'll be fine. Same with car fabric. But unless you know the specs of the interior, many people probably wouldn't know the difference between leather and anything else.
Making comments like that cause people to go and buy something off the shelf in tesco and destroy their price and joy! Some do, some don't. Generally the older folk with far too much money take an interest in what I'm doing. I would too if I spent a truckload on an expensive prestige car and barely drive it. It is like most products. But you can buy dedicated leather cleaners for leather, car shampoo for paintwork etc. I assume you wouldn't get some car shampoo and use it on your interior carpets, would you? But would probably do a job to a degree, but there's usually a reason why there are dedicated products, unless it's autoglym who have a different shampoo for each day of the week. Depends on the type of leather and how dirty it is. An apc is fine if used the right way. Generally a good degreaser works well for me, most of the human spillage, hair grease etc is destroyed by a degreaser. Incredible on fabric seats and carpet, too. But anything more upper class will get colour locked. Not cheap, not a lot of product, but it's worth it and safer on the higher end cars. I don't fancy paying a 4 figure sum for a leather restoration. It works for me so I stick with it.
I appreciate your reply, I did say ‘usually’ at the end. In my experience, I don’t think many people who pay someone to detail their car seem to be too concerned with the products they use, just that they do a good job. Also I agree APC if not used correctly can cause damage, however that’s true of any product, I’d think you’d agree? I’ve done quite a lot of research on car detailing and a lot of the professionals who do detailing as a business recommend cleaning coated leather with diluted APC. However, I myself are not a professional so would ask what you yourself use to clean coated leather seats? As you don’t actually say in your reply. Thanks in advance fir your response. (y) 😄
I'm so pleased people like you exist otherwise I'd be out of work. If I turned up to some of my clients' motors with a spray bottle of apc they wouldn't be best pleased. Apc is prone to water staining if not used carefully with the right technique. It'll also dry out leather seats. There's a reason why companies like colour lock exist.
It does not come up on offer that much TBH, the Collinite wax is half the price and is very good I’ve heard. (y) 😄
Thanks for the info, might see if the HD wax comes up on offer as not due to get the car until late September unless it gets delayed in production but going back to cleaning and valeting myself zero by as the local places aren’t doing a great job at the minute plus least doing it yourself there’s more care in it too. I hope I won’t be cleaning anyone else’s car though haha
The point of a snow foam is to help remove bonded contaminates and heavy residue build up prior to touching the clear coat with a wash mitt. Therefore reducing the risk of swirl marks and fine scratches. It also should help make any residue lift more easily. I find Bilt Hamber auto foam the most effective. I may give polar blast a go at some point but in general the BH seems to get the best results.
I’ve used Autoglym HD wax and its been brilliant and very long lasting, they recommend doing it with the seasons I.e 4 times per year if you have the time. On great tip I found was after washing car and drying paint, but before waxing I use Dodo Juice Lime Prime Pre Wax Cleanser’ - as have it on really good authority it cleans the paint of all residue before waxing gets and so helps the wax bond better to the paint, which results in the wax lasting longer, it’s definitely worked for me! You don’t need to use much of it, same with the HD wax don’t over apply. It makes the wax layer last much, much longer. Other (cheaper) waxes I’ve heard great things about (but not yet used myself as the HD wax pot lasts a long time as you don’t use much each time) are ‘Collinite 476S - Super Doublecoat Auto Wax’ (about £23 including delivery) and ‘Bilt Hamber - Double Speed Car Wax’ (about £20 including delivery). Have fun with the waxes, be warned it gets addictive and you end up offering to do friends and families cars! (lol)
Get Bilt Hamber Autofoam instead, be warned does not foam as much as others but does a great job gently.
I’ve just had very bad customer service from them. The people in the store don’t seem to have had any CS training. My car battery needed replacing and was under warranty and I had a problem getting it replaced. They even told me that they hadn’t sold those batteries back then. I had to pay for a new one but eventually got my money back. I won’t be returning there in a hurry.
You're more than welcome. Of course since then youve had plenty of opportunity to explain your anti-halfords stance but.........
I’m not great with words when I’m tired. Thanks for pointing it out my failure.
Best post ever!!! Well thought out and executed im sure your input will prevent other from using their business.
IDK. They brought out HD wax, the triple snow foam, blast, polar thing which has brought the whole detailing thing to the masses for those who only shop at Halfords. I saw there’s a new bird etching product that heats the paintwork.
Still one of the best polishes out there.
I'm a duper, not a dupee!
Sounds good, thanks for the response! I'll have to keep an eye out for the sales :)
Yeh you probably just want a light cutting agent like super resin polish followed by a paint sealant or wax if you prefer
Have to admit I'm not well versed in car care, it's a few light scratches on the bumper, none of which can be felt. So something to get rid of them then seal it all in... If that makes any sense whatsoever lol
Wax is for protecting paintwork. Super resin polish from AG or a compound from farecla or Koch will do well, depending on how bad the paint condition is.
I’ve been using Aqua Wax for years. I buy it in 5l containers. It is brilliant. Make sure you use a clean microfibre cloth and change it when it gets wet. No smears just a really quick easy shine that beads nicely when it rains.
Good as a gift set for someone and meets a bare minimum standard imo. The offer/price is good for a shampoo and wax but better products are available albeit more expensive. Given heat
Tried this for the first time today. Wet it and rinsed it first. Washed the car, open hose to remove most water. Thought I would just see how it performed. I think the best I will can say is it is good for removing final drops and drying windows. Not much use if you dont "open hose" your car and have a sopping wet vehicle because it doesn't have much capacity. I envisage wringing it out constantly will quickly shorten it's life as many have found. So OK to have for light use, not a main towel. In which case, there are plenty of cloths that offer what it does. Happy at the price I paid, wouldn't be happy at the higher prices.
I bought this offer to test out. Think I'll just use on glass. One of the reasons I moved away from chamoise leathers was lots of noise that they drag dirt and can micro scratch. This feels somewhere between the 2 without the big thick Pyle of drying towels.
Have few of these good value. Big meguiars one is good also for just dragging across the car to absorb large amounts
I use 2 of the RAC towels from B&M. First to do a bulk water collection, which be wrung out as I need, the second to finish off the remaining drops and tidy up
Ordered, plan to use after open hose, larger towel, sidekick for droplets etc., then this. Nearly ordered last time but now a bit cheaper. Only way to decide if it works is buy one. (y) PS Hot price. 🔥
I agree the Meguiars is far far superior. This Autoglym product is rubbish.
Might give that a try, my favourite has been Bilt Hamber but just a shame it’s so expensive
I use this Simonez iron active wheel cleaner, acid free. If you have some stubborn grime and build up on your alloys, this is pretty good. I would say don't use it for regular weekly washes perhaps because I think its quite strong. Turns a purple colour indicating when you should wash it off... https://www.amazon.co.uk/SIMONIZ-SAPP0179A-Active-Cleaner-Purple/dp/B08Y3ZJFXK/ref=asc_df_B08Y3ZJFXK/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=500814794818&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3217365976973478089&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045651&hvtargid=pla-1238880517640&psc=1
Back up in price again.
This is acid based? Crazy bad to use on alloys over the long run. Even the Bilt Hamber alloy cleaner is good at what it done but expensive and surfex HD will easily do the job itself if the alloys aren’t too far gone at a fraction of the price.
Comes in some of the kit bags which go in offer at times, that's how I discovered it and it works well.
This stuff does a pretty good job. Definitely one of the better cleaners.
Better deal from Amazon as it is delivered but also available from Halfords at the same price.
I had the misfortune of having to clean dog sick off the back seat of my car recently. Fabric seats in a VW and I must say this stuff did a superb job. Like way better than any of the foam stuff you might normally buy.
I've got the autoglym polar blaster lance and I think its great feels solidly built £40 full price but think I picked mine up for £25 when ebay had a 20% off code
It just gets the worst off and loosens up the remaining crud for the wash stage. Not an all in one cleaner. A snow foam is especially handy in winter when going straight to wash risks dragging gritty dirt over the paint. Also handy in winter to use midweek if you car is particularly filthy to just get the worst off in between weekend washes.
Can you use this as over all cleaner or does it have to be used as a pre wash followed by a shampoo?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07T6KS5BJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_B7D38VF4470Y833RD78T?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 Can personally recommend this Lance I've used it about 30 times already with this polar blast foam. Works really well with Karcher and currently on Prime day deal for cheapest I've seen it. Use warm water with this foam and it works well as a pre wash to get most of the muck off. Cracking deal Op (y)