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    So I used a bit of my spare time this weekend to wash the car (two buckets - how very obvious, but still took this forum to point it out to me) and to vacuum the interior. Now thats as far as I can go at the mo being a bit too "financially challenged" to buy clay, wax and polish.

    However the car looks sooo much better; but what really bugged me as I sat and watched the footie this afternoon was I could notice a bit of dirt peeking out from underneath the rear number plate.

    So I'm going to ask - does everyone else take their plates off?
    And are there any obvious, (but not so obvoius I've worked it out already) and simple ways of cleaning the metal on the inside of the doors and boot?

    You should've seen the look my wife gave me when I said I was thinking of removing the plates before washing it next week - perhaps I won't mention debadging it either...

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    i never take the plates off for a detaling session, i might do next time tho

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    normal clean every week plates stay on big clean every couple of months and plates and wheels come off

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    i take my plates off every other wash, wheel's off once a month or so for a full and propper clean
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    oh dear BoroDave, already you`ve fallen into the pool of vectraism, yes by all means take off the plates providing they`re not stuck on, i`m certain it will be a once only job, but then its into the hallowed grounds of the `detailing` section and that is when we all go paranoid about a small minute particle of dirt daring to attatch itself to the glorious veccy, and the sleepless nights of which cleaning product to buy next and then to try a different wax that has given a deeper gloss, welcome my friend welcome

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    Only time I took my plates off is to change them.

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    If their stuck on with d/s tape they get left on lol...when i used to goto town on my mk4 astr i used to remove the bump strips the lot

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    never ever took my plates off to clean behind them, whats the point, you cant see behind them once they are back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodworm View Post
    oh dear BoroDave, already you`ve fallen into the pool of vectraism, yes by all means take off the plates providing they`re not stuck on, i`m certain it will be a once only job, but then its into the hallowed grounds of the `detailing` section and that is when we all go paranoid about a small minute particle of dirt daring to attatch itself to the glorious veccy, and the sleepless nights of which cleaning product to buy next and then to try a different wax that has given a deeper gloss, welcome my friend welcome
    Get in! I haven't gone completely nuts then!
    They're defo not stuck on. Screwed in and not perfectly straight either, which has been bugging me every day for six months, but to align them straight means another hole in the plate which I know will be visible, even if only to me

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    but its the muck behind that runs down when the motor is cleaned that he`s on about

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