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    Default Detailers Versus Non Detailers

    OK it is after 11pm here and I am bored in my hotel room. Fed up with clearing my email, so here is a question.

    Following the various threads it seem that there are two distinct types of enthusiasts - people like myself who really like the car but regard it as a tool to be used and other people who take a lot of time and pride in making their car look as good as possible.

    Yes, I know it is yet another poll, but please indulge me just this once. How many do what.

    P.S. Thanks to all you detailers out there I had great fun today winding up our Asiapac sales manager by pointing out all the swirl marks on his pride and joy midnight blue Lexus - I would never have known without this forum - he is heading for a detailing establishment first thing tomorrow
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    Tried to put a poll but got a few too many words (trying to be funny) so the poll failed to post - let's have some responses anyway - and the reasons for so doing.

    FYI I really admire those cars that are beautifully kept - they just remind me of the pitiful state my own car is in

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    I just used to wash mine with a sponge and AutoGleam Car Wash....

    Now I use a Meguires Wash Mitt and AutoGleam Car Wash....

    Loads of swirls on my car... cant be arsed to be a detailing wizard on this one, as it does too many miles on the motorway... Stonechip City !!

    Maybe on my next car I will take more time from the start...

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    I get my car detailed by a pro at the start of the season and then again in between if it needs it. Otherwise it's the standard one bucket method and a sponge.

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    I like to detail the car, everyone to there own, but i find it very relaxing, really enjoy it .... Trying different products out and seeing the results .. Bought a PC
    and wash the car every other day, two buckets and a mitt, though there is more job satisfaction with black over the silver. Going to order some Yellow Moose waxes and give that a bash next, cream wax followed by a finishing wax, hopefully will give a wetter looking finish ..


    Bryan has a lot to answer for I can tell you

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    I'm more the bucket and sponge method for the GSi... it is used fairly hard for work, so it just gets a slosh over when i can't see what colour it is, thou it does get better car in the summer, fortnightly waxes and all that..

    Mrs GSi's cars get regular pro cleaning and detailing..the old vectra was never found dirty and the signum is following suit..

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    I really wish that I had the inclination to do it - if I ever get the time, car washing really IS theraputic. Just wish I didn't spend half my life in a plane

    Mind you, sailing is a great relaxant.......... hard work sometimes but rewarding

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    Sponge - nooo!

    I thought I kept my paintwork it top condition until I joined Detailing World.

    I no longer use a sponge and use a lambswool mitt, if the car is very dirty I will use the 2 bucket method, plus I always rinse the car with a hose to remove any loose (and potentially scratchy) stuff before I start with the washing.

    I clayed the Sig last week (16k miles) and got so much stuff off it, benefit of a silver car is that you can see some of the specks you want to get off.

    Gave it a going over with some XXX hardcore paste carnauba wax.

    I also own a Biltema (variable speed, 2 pad) polisher, glaze and a couple of polishes. I enjoy the fact that I can make the car look really, really good, rather than just 'good'.

    Even the condition of the paint on the wheels looks better with my new products.

    I haven't used the Biltema on the whole car yet as I'm still finding out what it can do and which pads to use. But it did a great job on getting a huge scuff mark of the rear arch of the MG ZS which has been there since I bought it.

    If you really want to understand how to get the best from your car read DW.

    P.S. those yellow dusters you often use in the house, don't use these for polishing a car as they scratch! Best stuff to use is a micro fibre cloth. If you are unsure of a cloth try it on one of the other half's Rod Stewart CD's (or equivalent), if you can see scratches on it, don't use it on the car

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    Your ZS looks a peach by the way. Had a ZT for two years which I loved.

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    It shows more on darker cars - but even when my (Ultra blue) one is clean I see the swirl marks and I can see why people want to get rid of them. The temptation is there to go on the full detailing trip - is this the dark side looming?

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