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    Washed car yesterday and applied wax (car plan cheapo stuff) for first time and was realy not happy with the results. So had a look in this section for a bit of advice. My god, there's far more to it than I thought.
    The paint is rough to the touch, feels a bit like overspray and there are bits of what loos like tar here and there. So its time to get a little more serious.
    I am going to put together a little starter pack from the local motor factors, and if I get more into it will start to look at buying better products of places like Clean & Shiny.
    So this is what I am looking at after the initial wash/dry:-

    Meguiars clay (Looks like a spray and some sort of pad)
    Meguiars stage 2 (polish)
    Meguiars stage 3 (carnuba wax)

    So what do you guys think. Bear in mind I am not going to spend to much money, this little lot comes to about £26 and thats before pads and microfiber cloths.
    By the way the car is star silver.

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    If the paint is rough then it is worth claying, then I would polish it with something like meguires NXT Tech wax , it is a cleaner wax, then to finnish off use PS21S canuba wax, that is what I do except I have not clayed it yet. There are far more time consuming methods you could try, and I dare say someone will be along to say how to do it, but if you do not have much time then I find what I have just mentioned very good.
    If you do buy micro fibre cloths get the good ones, not the ones you see in the supermarket.. they can scratch the paint, the more expensive one,s made for the job are the best.

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    Cheers ed, they have not got to much down the local halfords yet just some meguires and cheepo car plan stuff

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    The magiures is not bad stuff ,it will get you started, and I dare say the taste for detailing.

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    refresh!

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    could also try the megs stage 1 cleaner too with the other 2 stages you have there!
    also, if you are using a sponge, ditch that and get yourself a lambswool wash mitt or something similar..available from halfords and other motor factors, as this will help keep chances of scratches and swirls down to a minimum..also use the 2 bucket method...one bucket clean water..one bucket wash solution..every time you wash a panel/area, give it a rinse in the clean bucket then put it back in the wash bucket..this will help to get rid of your grit and cr.ap and again avoid scratching your car..

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    Got the glove mate, not used 2 bucket method though,will do so next time.

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    Once you have clayed and done the Megs stage 1,2&3 get yourself a bottle of Optimium Car Wax (OCW) from http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/ It is a spray wax, basically after future washes spray onto a microfibre cloth, wipe onto a panel then buff of with clean microfibre. This will keep your wax topped up after subsequent washes and gives the same results as your first full detail but in about 20 mins. Get some Megs NXT wash for washing as this doesn't strip off the wax you've applies like cheapo stuff does.

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    nxt stuff is great....megs also do nxt spray wax...apply same as above.

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    Was wondering about washing and if it would strip the wax back. Just us turtle wax shampoo at the monent.

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