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    rolleyes Best way to detail white vectra!?!

    Hi all, just after some advice...

    i have a white ex police vectra which i dont think has had a good proper detail in its life.... 03 plate!! so you can imagine how bad the paint work feels and looks... does have laquar coming away in areas but getting this sorted but after i want to give it a detail its never had before to get get the paintwork looking showroom again... advice on what to do and what products to use for white car will be great!!

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    Hi ben ,
    the way to tackle a car that has never had a good clean before is to firstly wash it with a good ph neutral shampoo next up i would treat the car to a claying this will remove all the surface contaminents , once thats complete wash the car again , dry then use a cleaner wax to bring the paint back to life .
    All of these can be easily aquired from your local halfords
    So you need a ph neutrol wash _ Zymol auto wash
    A clay bar kit, auto glym or mequiars
    A cleaner wax mequiars again or Zymol , if you buy the mequiars clay bar kit then a small bottle of cleaner wax comes with it
    hth regards bob
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    if its really bad , swirls , scratches , etc ,
    i would get it machine polished , and then just keep on top of it , after that
    it will be well worth the money !

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    any others want to add? i will be doing this very soon i thought there was alot more into as i have done abit of reseach myself...

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    Well for a full detail I always start with the dirtiest parts first. Degrease the engine bay, under the bonnet, all the door shuts and all around the boot lid and shut areas and the inside the wheel arches and wheels. For a better finish to the wheels and wheel arches remove the wheels. Rinse it all down fully and re do any areas missed.
    Then on to the body, snow foam, twice if it really is bad, power washing off, paying attention to the window seals as a lot of grim and green algae build up there.
    Once rinsed down a good hand wash with a strong APC, or fairy liquid to remove any leftover wax or polish.
    Clay the car to remove any bonded contaminants, including the windows.
    Rewash with snow foam or hand wash using a good quality shampoo, Zymol Autowash being my choice at the moment.
    Fully dry the paintwork.
    If you have a DA or Rotary then its time of the hard work with a machine polish, if not its polishing time with any polish of your choice. AG SRP is my polish of choice, cheap and cheerful and really does the business, remember not to forget the door shuts and sills.
    The hard work is now mostly over and a good couple of coats of wax will help protect your hard work.
    Finish off the engine bay and any door rubbers with AG Vinyl and rubber care.
    Alloy Wheels can also be polished and waxed.
    Dress the tyres, I use Megs Ultimate tyre gel.
    Windows cleaned using AG Window polish, it really cuts through the grim.

    Stand back and admire your work.

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