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    General Car Question .....

    As some of you know I am getting a new car ..

    I am plagued with swirls on the vec and getting another black car want to avoid them in the first place, what is the best way of washing the car to be 100% sure I wont get swirls ?

    Is a mit better than a sponge ?

    Read a bit about the 2 bucket method, is this the way to go ?

    The garage has offered my Autoglym Paint protection for £199 (including the interior and a big bag of AG products) is this worth doing, I thought it wold be better to get it home and carnuba wax it myself incase the garage put swrls in with there application ?

    Are old Tshirts and towels OK for polishing or should I buy microfibre cloths ?

    Not really been into detailing but want to keep this one swirl free ??

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    Mit is better than sponge, much softer so less chance of it scratching and yes use the 2 bucket method.

    Not sure about the AG stuff.

    Get yourself some good quality application pads to apply wax or polish and MicroFibre cloths from someone such as Meguires or AG to buff up with, they're not that expensive in the whole sceme of things.

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    I would have though a good coat of, say PS21S canuba wax, and buy some micro fibre cloths, that is what I would do but there may be better methods, that will enlighten us both..

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    Have a read on detailing world for the full picture but basically wash with a sheepskin wash mitt (EuroW ones from clean and shiny are the softest) and two bucket method. Use a good wash mixture like Megs NXT wash that won't remove previously applied wax. Dry with a water magnet by laying it onto the car and then pulling it off with no pressure. Apply polishes, sealants and waxes with microfibre applicators and polish off with plush microfibre polishing cloths. Hope this helps. Also as you are getting a brand new motor I would ask the dealer not to remove the protective wax that it comes from the factory with as they will probably introduce swirls if they do. Just collect it and do it yourself at home.

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    as far as the autoglym pack, I had a similar product applied to mine (Supergard)..it is supposed to be a paint protection and interior protectant with anti static properties ie attracting less dust etc...not worth the paper it is written on!...only good thing I can reccomend is the scotchgaurd thing that is applied to upholstry and carpets which is really good...basically any spills etc will sit above the fabric and not soak in giving u chance to mop it up quickly and avoid any stains...
    as for everything else, It would be far more easier for you to spend 200 or so quid on some quality products and do it yourself...the microfibres and the wash mitt are a must really...make sure you get proper microfibres for your paintwork..like the ones at clean and shiny and places like that..the 'cheaper' microfibres should only really be used on your plastics and interior and windows..
    for 200 quid or so you should be able to get yourself a very good collection which will last far longer than the dealer applied product..

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    richard just sent you a p.m ian white

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    Bainie
    have a look at this site if your thinking of getting some kind of idea about keeping your new vec c in good nick .
    i use there products and i think there great but its evey body has there own choice of what they like .
    http://www.meguiars.co.uk/

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    I've used Diamond Brite (Similar to the Auto Glym stuff), which doesn't protect the paint at all! You have to wash down the car with this polish that you put in warm water every month, which when it rains afterwards the water beads off, but the paint feels horrible, and doesn't look to good afterwards.

    I've now decided to just polish the car as normal with Auto Glym products, the Ultra Deep shine stuff, has brought my car up really nice, so I think I will carry on using that in the future.

    I would save the £200 as the others have said, and buy this for the interior:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DIAMONDBRITE-D...QQcmdZViewItem

    If you keep an eye on ebay you can usually just buy the can of the interior protector rather than the whole kit.

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    Its your washing and drying technique that are causing the swirls, good washing and drying techniques do save a lot of money in the long run, and by christ it took me long enough to figure it out. If your shelling out £ 15-£20K on a new motor then £ 100 in good wash kit and an hour reading guides on Detailingworld isn't going to hurt and save you in the long run.

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