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    Default Getting the car looking good ( novice )

    Guys (and gals)

    Just looking for a bit of advice and guidance really.

    I want to get the car looking reasonably good, however i'm not one of the guys that looks for it to be pristine, and i'm on a relatively tight budget.

    Would I be right in saying that this would be the correct order for getting the car cleaned and looking half decent.


    Washed using Autoglym or Triplewax car shampoo.
    Then some Augoglym Super Resin Polish.
    Followed by Autoglym gloss.
    And finally Collinite Wax (915)


    Oooops, forgot to say my car is Silver coloured.

    Thanks guys.

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    After washing try using a cleaner wax ,like maguiers or zaino then use the Ag srp followed by the collinite, by the autoglyym gloss i assume you mean AG extra gloss protection to finish off with
    Driving vauxhall,s for 30 + years
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    Yeh, Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection.

    So this would go on after the Collinite then ?? (915 is this the best for silver cars ?)

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    It go's on before the collinite mate. Sealant then wax

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    I wouldn't bother with the sealent stage if your buying the products save the money and just go with colly.

    Wash, 2 buckets
    Clay
    abrasive polish or SRP to hide swirls (if you do this then skip the cleanse)
    paint cleanse megs step 1 is good or dodo juice lime prime lite
    glaze again megs step 2 polish is good.
    Wax colly 915 is perfect (well if it didnt smell so bad)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaz4d View Post
    Guys (and gals)

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    Followed by Autoglym gloss.
    And finally Collinite Wax (915)

    Thanks guys.
    what is this gloss and wax stuff like? i did my car today ( took more than 3 hours ) and didnt use either...I could see everything, car was like a mirror. Does this other stuff make a fair difference or not worth bothering with ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaz4d View Post
    Washed using Autoglym or Triplewax car shampoo.
    Then some Augoglym Super Resin Polish.
    Followed by Autoglym gloss.
    And finally Collinite Wax (915)
    That should work great mate, pretty much what I do on my Star Silver Vectra.
    I would have a look into using the Two Bucket method when washing to help prevent scratching and do a bit of reading on claying as that can give some great results.
    Pics when your done please.

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    As above, wash with 2BM, then clay (the Megs Quick Clay or Smooth Surface Kit is fine for this).
    Do you wheels first, then door shuts, fuel cap etc then give the car a quick spray over to get any loose dirt off (power wash if available) - most people make the mistake of leaving the wheels and shuts till last, and then go and spray wheel cleaner all over everything and then the the brush out that splatters dirt and cleaner all over your nice clean paintwork...

    Remember, you don't need to dry the car before claying, the surface water will actually help the lube.
    Wash again 2BM AFTER claying, and dry (use a waffle weave or similar, not a chamois).

    As for polish I personally would suggest AutoGlym SRP and then go to AG Extra Gloss Protection (EGP).
    This is a well known and proven method to getting a great finish that lasts.

    Work the SRP in well to break to down, you can also layer both products.
    Some people don't see the point in layering SRP twice because they say the abrasives in the polish would remove the fillers put down in the first layer - however, if you use a lighter pressure on the second layer you'll be fine and will get max effect from the fillers.

    Then EGP - again this can be layered, but no adbrasives to worry about here, just leave it to cure for around an hour if possible between coats.

    Technically you can then leave it, as EGP is a sealant so does not need a wax over the top, but if you already have the wax then go for it.
    I would leave the EGP to cure for 30-60 mins then wax - again, this can be done in layers, but depending on weather conditions it may need a longer curing time between layers.

    Don't be fooled in to thinking the EGP and Wax will give you your mirror finish... these will do nothing unless the hard work has been put in during the earlier stages (clay and polish in this case) - so spend your time on the clay and SRP, the EGP and wax just seal in the finish will giving it some depth and a little bit of shine.

    Hope this helps.

    Quote Originally Posted by bertbuckie1 View Post
    what is this gloss and wax stuff like? i did my car today ( took more than 3 hours ) and didnt use either...I could see everything, car was like a mirror. Does this other stuff make a fair difference or not worth bothering with ?
    taken from above:
    Don't be fooled in to thinking the EGP and Wax will give you your mirror finish... these will do nothing unless the hard work has been put in during the earlier stages (clay and polish in this case) - so spend your time on the clay and SRP, the EGP and wax just seal in the finish will giving it some depth and a little bit of shine.

    Basically, the EGP is a sealant, which does exactly as it sounds, it seals in the finish that you have created with the previous steps.
    Wax is in basic terms, a natural version of the sealant, made with Carnauba not chemicals - although some waxes will have a lab influence

    Hope this helps you both.

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