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    Right, need a little help if possible people, before i left the UK i started building up my car care kit, and started taking a keen interest in the detailing threads and how to's. When i return to the UK i want to properly detail my car, but im going to need a few more bits and peices, and thats where you come in :P

    So at the moment im washing the car using Autoglym car shampoo, polishing the car using Autoglym Resin Polish and the wheels are taken care with AG Alloy wheel cleaner and AG tyre dressing.

    Now what im after really is a decent machine polisher, decent cutting pads and a decent cutting compound to care of the quite frankly rediculous amount of swirls in the paint.

    Also a Clay bar and lubricant, as the car has never been clayed, and i would like to this as part of the detailing.

    And lastly is there anyone in the West Midland area that can recommend a body shop as i do have some orange peel on the front bumper and some damaged paint on the drivers door and drivers wing mirror.

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    Looks like you've got the basics right, you just need add a good wax to your list, as your already using AG products id recommend AG HD wax, buy from Ebay or Amazon for around £25. Clay bars, only one to get interested in is Bilt Hamber. Around £10 delivered off ebay, The benefits are that you will never run out of lube, compared to the overpriced kits from Auto Glym or Megs.

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    I take it the bilt hamber clay is the one that uses water for lube? ill take a look into the AG wax, any ideas on a polisher?

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    Going for a machine is down to what type you are happy with a dual action or rotary, both in the wrong hands fraught with danger of course.

    As for polishes AG SRP is a very fine polish (about to be replaced from what I hear ) and is very good to use work and as it has fillers does mask a degree of swirling and marring.

    If you choose to go beyond the high street brands the world is your oyster, I have in my collection (not exhaustive)

    autosmart G101 APC (just an all purpose cleaner that is diluted from 6:1 to 20:1 so lasts forever
    Bilberry wheel cleaner (awesome no touch performance)
    Autosmart Tardis tar and tree sap remover

    AG silicone resin polish forms a good backbone to my own regime
    AG extra gloss
    AG ultra deep shine
    Meguiers NXT
    Chemical Guys Cherry wet wax
    Chemical Guys Butter wet wax (non-abrasive and very good to work)
    Zymol cleaner wax (very mild swirl remover)
    Autosmart Carnauba Gold
    Chemical Guys XXX Hard paste wax 3x carnauba
    Meguiers quikdetailer spray

    Shampoo's I still do by hand but will be moving to a lance and snowfoam in a few weeks time, but I use
    Chemical Guys extreme wash and wax and Simoniz wash & wax
    Clays
    I stick with Chemical guys medium unless I have a load of overspray or contamination to remove

    So, I mix and match a lot depending on mood or time available and I am always looking for new and better polishes.

    Visit carwashnwax.co.uk and have a look at the range and variety or www.autosmart.co.uk it will be expensive though

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoSt View Post
    I take it the bilt hamber clay is the one that uses water for lube?
    Correct

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    Thanks for all the info

    I have machine polished the car before, however that was just to polish, i havent used any cutting compounds before, also this was a using a borrowed polisher, this is why im looking into getting my own, just wanted to get some idea's of you guys as i have seen some stunning looking cars on these forums.

    i have pretty much spent the entire day looking at detailing guides, theres some conflicted idea's between people, but i have got the jist of it i think, as for the cutting, looks like i will just have to make sure i prep the car properly, take it steady and hope for the best.

    The AG SRP definatly reduced the swirl marks on the vec, but i think they were that bad to begin with that its didnt really stand a fighting chance and removing them completely.

    Just gotta wait until i get back to the UK in 2 months time to put it all into practice, also practicing on my current vec proberly isnt a bad idea as shortly after i return i will be trading it in for a newer one

    also has anyone used these before? www.cleanyourcar.co.uk (i was reading one of the guides on there and noticed they sold stuff )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Mc View Post
    Visit carwashnwax.co.uk and have a look at the range and variety or www.autosmart.co.uk it will be expensive though
    I had a feeling this detailing lark would start becoming expensive, cant argue with the results though.

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