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    Default Car care - The Easy Way !

    Looking for an easy way to keep the car clean. Its a black Sapphire 2007 vectra.

    I travel propably close to 600 miles a week, mostly motorways. The last part of the journey to work entails passing a local cement works. They stockpile the sand along the main road and the wind tends to blow this into the road and onto the car. I always have a trail of sand along the wheel arches and salt deposits everywhere thanks to the motorway driving.

    The car at best gets washed every fortnight.........kids, time, etc. Normally just a pressure rinse off, hand wash (sponge !!) and cold rinse.

    I have a karcher pressure washer. Looking to buy the Autobrite foam gun and snow foam..and a mitt. Ideally I want a clean car with a wax finish...preferably through the karcher.

    Thoughts on how I get the best results to keep the car as clean & proteded as possible. Thanks

    PS - Are there any local Autobrite stockists in the North East or is it mail order only.

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    collinite 476 I hear is good for durability

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    a good clear day to give it a good wash/polish/seal/wax process... then a weekly wash will sort it out.. and the wax will help keep the cr4p sticking to the car/easier to wash..

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    Or if you're really lazy, get some car shampoo which is wash'n'wax, and a bottle of spray wax.

    Wash - 20 mins
    Dry - 10 mins
    Wax - 10 mins

    So less than an hour including tidying up

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    As has been said, take a full day out now and it'll save you so much time later.

    Give it a good wash, dont use the karcher directly, is only good for applying the snow foam. Your better off with a gun on the end of your hose pipe for rinsing, looking for a good flow of water to gently get rid off the muck. Use two buckets to wash it, one with shampoo one with clear water. This way you are not putting the muck back on the car.

    Next you can clay it.

    Then clean the paint with paint cleaner.

    Now polish it by hand. This will get rid any very minor paint defects and bring out the met flake in the paint.

    Then finally wax. This is the most important bit to spend your money on imo, as this is the bit that will last for the next 6 months. Colonite comes higky recommended for durability.

    For your weekly (preferably rather than fortnightly)

    wash as above, dry most off with a drying towel and then to perfect and maintain use speed wax, which can be applyed to damp paintwork. Your wash should take approx 1 hour including wax.

    Think of like spraying your car. The preparation makes the finish. A full detail twice a year and youll be amazed how with very little and often maintenance how shiny your car will be.

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    Thanks Guy's

    Looks like a days cleaning in order.

    I think I'll wait till the gritters have finished. That way I can enjoy the clean look for longer.

    I still rememner when the car turned up 3 months ago. The pearl effect was amazing. Now its just another dirty black car.

    Roll on the better weather

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