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Advice on external care

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by adamccc, Jul 2, 2013.

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    [Jul 2, 2013]
    Hi guys,

    After having my S3 for almost half a year and surviving a harsh winter (not helped by my car park having four trees in it that sprinkle **** all over it everyday); she's starting to not look at majestic as usual - I try and get around to washing once a week:

    Quick spray with the jet wash
    Soapy warm water with some turtle wax in to and a sponge to get rid of the grime
    Another spray
    Then dried with a leather

    Is there any extra steps/products etc. I should be using to get a really good, long lasting clean and shine?
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    My advice is that you forget about the sponge, you make tons of swirls with it, and all kind of other damage to the paint. You need to buy a wash mitt made out of lambs wool, that's for the washing part, and a microfiber towel for the drying part, it can be used also for waxing and washing/drying the windows etc.. Everything is well explained in this video, it's long but very helpful, it changed my whole perspective of how to wash and dry a car in a safe way, without damaging the paint..check it out..

    Audi R8 BLACKBIRD: Basic Car Wash Techniques - /DRIVE CLEAN - YouTube
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    [Jul 3, 2013]
    ^^what he said^^
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    Check out the detail forum.
    Everything on cleaning your car and what to use will be in there.

    Just expect to have a lighter wallet afterwards. :sob:
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    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

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    Depends how involved and how much money you want to spend on stuff tbh. As said, it can be expensive

    A good place to start is by reading about safe cleaning methods, e.g. Snowfoaming and then Two bucket method with a wash mit and some decent shampoo. Below is a decent guide to help...

    Good Washing Technique - Detailing World
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    [Jul 6, 2013]
    Thanks for the help, went out and brought a few microfibre bits, tyre brush and wax and has come up a treat.

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    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

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    Even though it's a bugger to keep clean, Black always looks spot on when it's been done.

    Prima Amigo + Vics Concours Wax = Amazing on Black!
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