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    I have heard many products mentioned here for cleaning and polishing your cars but what is the best products and used in what order? I would love to give "Victoria" a mirror shine.

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    The best advice i can give is to seek advice from Lump .

    If you want to know about some different products and the process of applying them etc... then he's your guy, you can spend a day with him and learn a hell of a lot , i know i did

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    megs clay, autoglym deep shine, megs gold class, and top up with megs quick detailer in my opinion....but only clay once a year or so im told

    use a LOT of graft with the polish, and maybe even do it a few times before it starts to look great

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsco View Post
    The best advice i can give is to seek advice from Lump .

    If you want to know about some different products and the process of applying them etc... then he's your guy, you can spend a day with him and learn a hell of a lot , i know i did


    also top advice

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    oi! Lump! where are youuuuuuuuuuu! Does he do windows as well

    I want the best thing to wash with, best wax, alloy cleaner etc.

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    wash with megs pink wash - not too harsh, and alloys....id say just clean with the same stuff after...i think alloy wheel cleaner is very abraisive andtakes the paint off far too easily

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillydabrat View Post
    I have heard many products mentioned here for cleaning and polishing your cars but what is the best products and used in what order? I would love to give "Victoria" a mirror shine.
    Depends what your after mate. Are you just wanting to get some stuff from Halfords or are you willing to go online. What budget are you looking at for an initial lay out?

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    It's all about how deep are your pockets.

    The main thing is get a decent wash process to prevent scratches and swirls, various prewashes foamings etc all help.
    There are lots of products to use for that the main thing is a foam lance that will cost about £45
    2 buckets, lambswool wash mitt and a nice slippy shampoo

    There is no point polishing a dirty surface, it makes it hard work so clay the surface to remove bonded contaminants. paint will be left smooth as glass.
    cheap, meguiars quick clay has all you need
    better and cheaper sonus green clay and mequiars last touch (last touch has multiple uses)
    another option is bilt hamber clay it can be used with water as lube.

    Wash the car again to remove clay and clay lube (mainly clay lube).

    Polishing with abrasives to remove swirls and scratches. To make real headway you need a machine, can be done by hand but it takes ages.
    most products will get results, too many to decide from I like meguiars #83 and #80, menzerna 3.02 and 85rd and 3m fast cut plus and ultrafina.

    You could polish with a filler heavy polish like autoglym SRP which will mask swirls and some scratches. but the fillers can be removed if your protection layers fail and you need to do it all again.

    If you polish with abrasives then a paint cleaner is a good step here, if using filler polishes then paint clean before.

    You can then add a glaze for a wet look finish meguiars #7 or deep crystal step 2

    Then an LSP, last stage product, waxes or sealants all used to lock in the work you have done and add a little to the shine most of the finish comes from the preparation.
    Waxes you can spend as much or as little as you want up to £30,000 the expensive stuff? I can't see it being 300 times better than a pot of £100 wax or 1000 times better than a £30 wax. its all about your budget.
    Sealants are pretty good as well and tend to have the edge when it comes to durability

    Then you can apply quick detailers, spray and wipe product over your wax layers to just add that final bling, some add protection as well that lasts others are pure show off stuff.

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    Also check out the Detailing Section, some great new guides have gone up as Stickies.

    For beginners I always recommend a wash mitt with 2 buckets followed by Autoglym Super Resin Polish and Extra Gloss Protection. Cost you around £25 and you will get great results.
    If your happy to spend a bit more, get a Megs clay kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigP View Post
    Also check out the Detailing Section, some great new guides have gone up as Stickies.

    For beginners I always recommend a wash mitt, 2 buckets followed by Autoglym Super Resin Polish and Extra Gloss Protection. Cost you around £25 and you will get great results.
    If your happy to spend a bit more, get a Megs clay kit.

    i tryed the autoglym extra gloss protection and it seemed to make a mess of a black car....not sure why because i got it from a mate who used to use it on his black celica and got good results but when we tryed on my signum.....useless

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