User Tag List

Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Polishing and Detailing a Car - How?

  1. #1
    Regular Member The Doc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    'Norf Yorks.
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default Polishing and Detailing a Car - How?

    Never done this before and once I get the Vec back from the bodyshop (See signature) I want to keep all the paint and wheels etc. looking spot on. Especially now the summer is coming.

    So whats best for an everyday car?

    Meguiars?

    Really haven't got a clue here, company valeter cleans the car twice a week but nothing special. This is the only car I have done quite a bit to the bodywork etc. and bit of pride in it. If you see where I am coming from?

  2. #2
    Regular Member Andy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Tyne & Wear
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    comes down to how much time you want to invest in the car.

    If you just want it too look clean for a few years until you sell it, i'd just leave the valeter giving it a clean twice a week.

    If you want people to stare at you as you drive past, then it takes a bit of initial effort, but suprisingly little upkeep afterwards.

    For the former, a simple 'polish and go' product like Autoglym super resin or Megiuars NXT or Gold class wax will suffice. If you can spare some time to clay the car it will be money and time well spent. Then just wash the car each week with a good quality shampoo, ie bin anything with TFR (traffic film remover), like most pro valeting products have, and pop to halfords for some meguiars NXT shampoo which wont strip your wax, but also contains glossing agents.

    For the latter, read the sticky on 'achiveing the perfect finish' and follow that as much as you can. It will take a full day to do, maybe more, but will look like a different car. Its also easy to upkeep by washing as described in the article and adding a coat of spray wax after every wash. If you cant find the time, log onto detailing world and pm L200Steve. Ask him nicely and he may give your car the full works. The cost varies depending on what you want doing and how interested you are in learning to do it yourself. ie ranges from £40 for genuine interested people who stay the day and get stuck in with some hands on, to £120+ if you just want to leave the car with him for the day.

  3. #3
    Regular Member Harry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Uxbridge, London
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    well i'm a newbie at all this detailing so i'll tell you what i do:

    2 bucket wash method some Autoglym product and a lamb wash mitt
    rinsed off and run a water magnet over it
    bought a meguiars alloy wheel brush - very handy for the SRi hard to reach areas
    meguiars 'hot wheels' alloy cleaner
    and finally a terry cloth for the windows and mirrors brings them up a treat!!
    i need to get some spray wax to top it up each week
    some tyre "wet look" spray is a must aswell!

    i clay-ed the car a few weeks back and also used the meg's 1-2-3 bottles.

    is it me or does the carnuba wax smell like banana milkshake???

    there's a million products out there that people use and i won't even pretend to know the difference between them.

    my advice is keep it simple and once you get used to it then start experimenting. seeing some of the "collections" of cleaning equipment on here it can get quite costly and addictive!!

  4. #4
    Regular Member The Doc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    'Norf Yorks.
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    Thanks guys

    Meguairs sounds a good start then

  5. #5
    Regular Member Steven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Dalriada
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    i interested aswell CDTI as im a bit like yourself never done it before..

    im sure bryan will give you some good advice

  6. #6
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    South East
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    As Andy stated.

    I justed used normal wash, megs clay, megs stages 1,2,3 using megs terry towel. Will top up just using the banana wax (megs stage 3).
    Andy what do you actually use for the tyres. Im using some turtle wax wet look thing which is fine but any wind it will blow over the brakes and body work. It states wash off the body work immedietly which does sound good to me.

    M

  7. #7
    Regular Member The Doc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    'Norf Yorks.
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    Once again top notch guys

  8. #8
    Regular Member Andy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Tyne & Wear
    Problems Posted
    0
    Problems Solved
    0
    Best Answers
    0
    Good Answers
    0
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vehicle InfoStats





    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by vectrasri03
    As Andy stated.

    I justed used normal wash, megs clay, megs stages 1,2,3 using megs terry towel. Will top up just using the banana wax (megs stage 3).
    Andy what do you actually use for the tyres. Im using some turtle wax wet look thing which is fine but any wind it will blow over the brakes and body work. It states wash off the body work immedietly which does sound good to me.

    M
    I use some Autoglym trade stuff called Rubber cleaner #5. Liquid applied from a garden spray thing so i get the wind problem too lol. To avoid that, try some meguiars endurance gel. Its probably one of the best there is and will give either a shiny or satin finish depending on how much you apply etc.

    I used to use that turtle wax stuff, its really good, but its cheaper for me to by 1gallon of the autoglym stuff for £30 than lots of 500ml bottles for £8.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Polishing Kit
    By martin_SRI in forum Detailing and Car Care Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 22nd August 2011, 23:08
  2. Her first polishing
    By GTS in forum Quick Photo Album
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 28th July 2011, 20:51
  3. Polishing
    By Tony1969 in forum Detailing and Car Care Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 3rd December 2009, 22:24
  4. car polishing
    By happypostie in forum Detailing and Car Care Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 13th February 2009, 18:40
  5. Polishing day
    By grumpano in forum Quick Photo Album
    Replies: 42
    Last Post: 10th May 2006, 16:24

Visitors found this page by searching for:

Nobody landed on this page from a search engine, yet!

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •