So... picked up the car in my sig last week, started reading this forum with interest, always having used sponge and chammy in the past I thought I'd give the mitt and cloth a go, and at the same time following some positive feedback on here I got some of the NXT car shampoo and tech wax.
Washing - two bucket method
Hosed down the car first, not really that dirty, just some residue left from standing in a couple of showers and a dry 260 mile round trip to Gt Yarmouth this weekend.
Mitt - Easy enough to use, getting a good feeling about this....
Shampoo - not that impressed - followed the instructions but lack of suds after first few uses, seemed to do the job though, not sure how it would fare on a dirtier car. Totally useless on dried on bugs which my previous product used to get about 50% off.
Cloth for drying - had real problems with this. Was great at the start when the cloth was dry, but once it got wet how the hell do you get the last few drops of water off without smearing it and it then drying leaving marks?
Tech Wax - Easy to apply - did rear wing, getting a good feeling about this....
Left to dry, start to wipe off. WTF! Smear smear smear smear
Tried again on different part of car, tried less wax, tried more wax, smear smear smear.
Persevered but the bonnet looked so bad I ended up going over it with my old car wax and as usual it came up pretty well.
So, car looks great at a distance and at certain angles but close inspection and it looks a bit rubbish.
Will all be down to user error - so what am I doing wrong? Buying more cloths would solve the drying issue but I really couldn't get to grips with the wax at all. Pretty frustrating - about 20 years ago I trained up to be a paint sprayer and got to be a dab hand removing defects and general polishing (Farecla on an orbital mop, followed by whatever wax we had in - times have changed!).
Still a pleasant enough couple of hours, even if No1 sons idea of cleaning the 20 spoke wheels was to wipe the tyre!
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