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    Default Detailing Newbie

    I want to make my car as clean and shiny outside and in as it can possibly be . Where do I begin?

    I am new to proper car "detailing" but am the proud owner of a reasonable Autoglym Car Care Kit, which I was given upon subscribing to a particular car magazine over a year ago. I have added a few products to it but not actually got around to using it yet!

    How do I clean the engine and the underside, for instance? Should I get myself a pressure washer?

    Any advice gratefully received!

    Paul

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    Hi Paul,

    I assume you have AG shampoo, SRP, EGP, glass polish, if yes then here we go: -

    In this weather your car will be filthy from time to time sooo,

    Start with the wheels and arches and tyres

    Spray with pressure washer
    Apply either Megs APC or AG Engine & Machine Cleaner
    Agitate with a brush
    Rinse with pressure washer
    apply AG Vinyl & Rubber Care to under arch area

    Now wash car as follows: -

    First rinse (no perssure)
    Rinse again using pressure washer (when you get a pressure washer)
    Mix up a wash solution as directed on the bottle + 50%
    Wash using a mitt (halfords do these) only do down to the bump strip first then move lower.
    Rinse again (no pressure)
    Dry using a drying towel (Halfords again)
    Apply SRP thinly and evenly medium pressure
    Apply EGP as above and leave for 20 or 30mins then buff up
    In this weather I would apply either Megs #16 or Collinite 476s (both waxes)
    Apply AG glass polish, again thinly and evenly then buff up
    Apply tyre dressing and a wheel wax to wheels

    As for the engine bay it's like this: -

    Cover the alternator etc with double thicknes clingfilm
    Apply AG Engine & Machine Cleaner liberally
    Agitate as needed
    Rinse (no pressure)
    Apply AG Vinyl & Rubber Care (just spray on and leave)
    Close bonnet job done

    As for the underside you want an under carraige lance.

    Also check out this link: - http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/index.php

    Bryan

    PS if you really want to give your car the WOW factor I would definately use Megs #7 Show Car Glaze, it doesn't dry and can be problematic to apply BUT I have used it recently and it was a doddle to both apply and remove, I think it like the freezing conditions we have at the mo, I would then top with Megs #16.........I'll send you a PM!
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    Looks like Bryan's got the process covered!

    If you need any further assistance of techniques and products give us a shout!

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    a good source of guides are on www.detailingworld.co.uk , www.cleanandshiny.co.uk or
    www.polishedbliss.co.uk other than that bryans got it covered

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    Good stuff from Brian there, but one thing I would never use is a pressure washer on the paintwork, youre much more likely to scratch it with a blast of water. Much better, imo, to use a good flow of water to "wash" the muck away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    but one thing I would never use is a pressure washer on the paintwork, youre much more likely to scratch it with a blast of water. Much better, imo, to use a good flow of water to "wash" the muck away.
    The only thing about that Ian is that at this time of year the muck can be thick and using just a "flow" of water won't remove much of the muck which you would then rub "into" the paintwork which will do more damage than a quick blast with the pressure washer, you could start off at low pressure and work your way up to a pressure you feel comfortable with.

    I personally use AG Powermax3 as a pre wash foam before even rinsing the car this does loosen and remove most of the muck and most of the rest is removed just with an open hose rinse.....but this is additional expense and where do you stop eh

    Bryan

    PS the AG Powermax3 is about to be replaced with something even better

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    Excellent stuff, guys! Many thanks. Bryan - you have PM.

    I used to just wash and wax my cars and be delighted with the results. Then the Vec came along. It's too gorgeous to merely keep clean! It is screaming out for some proper detailing. I have never really done anything like this before and just a wash and wax (including Gunking the engine) on my Imp used to take the best part of a summer's day!

    Anyway, I'll give it a try when I get some time after Christmas. I don't have a pressure washer or many different types of polish, etc. but I do have the makings of a decent AG product collection!

    Thanks again! Back on 3rd January. No internet at home! Merry Christmas and a happy new year, all of you!

    Paul

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