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Discussion in 'Detailing' started by nicklght, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. nicklght
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    nicklght Imthegod

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    [Jul 24, 2007]
    Hey alright everyone! Im after a bit of help with products for my 2001 silver S3 i wash it once a week and maintain it to the highest standard but i never knew there were so many products avaiable! I noramlly use autoglym products to wash it and polish it, but it wasnt until i read the useful guides on this site that i realised there are much better and probably less harmful products for my car!
    As i said ive read through the guides and have found them really useful but im still confused about what products to use:readit::think:
    Im going to a show at santa pod on 4th august and want my car looking as good as possible for that and for the future!

    The products i am after are :-
    • Polish ( For use by hand as i dont have a machine)
    • Wheel cleaning products?
    Have also heard about sealents and clays? I have know idea about theses so if someone could point me in the right direction! that would be great.

    Sorry about all the questions and being a pain but my car is my pride and joy and i like it too look good.

    1 final question does anyone recommend these?


    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_186383_langId_-1_CarSelectorCatalogId__CarSelectorGroupId__varient__categoryId_31485_crumb_33958-33974_parentcategoryrn_31485


    Thanks again everyone and look forward to hearing from you
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    JGrant1285 Sir Scouser Benitez

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    nicklght Imthegod

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    [Jul 25, 2007]
    Thanks for the reply! Will purchase it when its back in stock! So is there anything else i need or anyone recommends?

    Thanks again!
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    [Jul 25, 2007]
    Never use squeegees or chamois.

    Dry it off with microfibre towels.
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    Clark@Polishedbliss Professional Detailer

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    [Jul 25, 2007]
    As above, go with the werkstatt acrylic kit and you wont be disapointed, the more layers you give the car the wetter it looks - it offers very good durability too!

    Slick and Suds is a great shampoo, i'd also recommend Meguiars Shampoo plus.

    To get the most out of your car car's looks, especially on silver then you should clay it, something like Meguiars Quick clay should be fine for yourself.

    Lastly, as said above, dont use water blades/chamois etc as they will inflict marring and scratches - use a waffle weave drying towel using the pat dry method,

    hope that helps :icon_thumright:
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    nicklght Imthegod

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    [Aug 14, 2007]
    Thanks for all the information everyone! Im just about to purchase these items

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb500wash.html#aPB500

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb100clean.html#aPB100

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb200wheels.html#aPB200

    For now as im currently saving for my wedding and ive just bought a house! ( I need to win the lottery) Anyone know the numbers for this weeks draw? LOL :icon_thumright:

    Then going to purchase this before the end of the month

    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb505protect.html

    Hopefully there arent anymore products i need are there?

    Just started to notice swirl marks on my roof they arent bad but i can notice them, will these products help get rid of them or do i have to pay someone to come and sort it out?

    Ive just moved to portsmouth are there any (Good) detailers round this area?

    Thanks again everyone!
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    [Aug 14, 2007]
    Putting waxes and polish etc will mask the swirls but won't get rid of them. To do that requires something abrasive (and a deep breath).
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    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    [Aug 15, 2007]
    The Jeffs kit won't hide swirls, so better to hold off for a while longer until they worsen, then either bite the bullet and get a polisher, or else get a pro detailer in to de-swirl the paint for you. I know of several good hobbiest detailers in your area, Neil_S is a member on here and based not far from you, and his work is spot on - would be worth buying him a pint or two if you need some on the ground advice/help. Other than that, the above list should serve you very well indeed. :)
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    nicklght Imthegod

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    [Aug 15, 2007]
    Thanks for the replys and the info, How can i get hold of neil_S? I wont be getting a polisher as i will most probably take the paint of my car lol
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    [Aug 15, 2007]
    Hiya,

    I've PMd Neil over on Detailingworld for you mate and when he picks the message up he should be in touch.

    Hope this helps.

    JOHN
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    [Aug 15, 2007]
    Thanks Rich, Nicklght I'll drop you a PM :thumb:
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    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    [Aug 20, 2007]
    Very welcome! :icon_thumright:
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    [Aug 31, 2007]
    Got the products and i spent 4 hours washing the car on sat it was so clean and shiny but as i was in a rush to meet my mates at the pub forgot to take pictures. S**T. As it rained that night i didnt want to take pictures the next day as i didnt feel it looked the same! LOL

    Thanks everyone on the recommendations of products and the guides.
    (2 bucket method) AWESOME!!!!
    I also used the clay which was really easy to use and i was suprised by how much **** it took of the car just after i cleaned it!
    How often are you meant to use the clay?

    Will be cleaning the car again this weekend so will post some pics!
    Thanks again everyone

    Heres a couple of pics of my car after a quick wash the day before!
    [​IMG][​IMG]
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    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    Looks great! Use the clay 1-2 times a year whenever you want to strip everything off (protection and contaminants) and start over again from scratch. :)
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    [Nov 2, 2007]
    Morning everyone its the first time ive had time to wash my car and use the http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb505protect.html
    It looks sooooooo good spent roughly about 4-5 hours washing using lots of products and will be putting some pictures up soon! But theres a few things i need to know
    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb500wash.html
    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb100clean.html
    http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb505protect.html (all bought from www.polishedbliss.co.uk )

    is there anything else anyone recommends?
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    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    [Nov 5, 2007]
    With the Trigger, wiping on and wiping off is enough, so a whisper thin coat is all you need to see/acheive when applying it - less is more! All pads, towels and mitts should be washed in a washing machine at a low temperature using a gentle non-biological liquid detergent (avoid soap powders and detergents containing bleach or fabric softeners), before allowing everything to dry out naturally. I don't think there's anything you need to add to your routine, just focus on getting as many coats of Trigger on the car as possible. :)
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    [Nov 5, 2007]
    Here are the pictures




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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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    WX51TXR Polished Bliss

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    That's pretty wet looking for sure... shame the camera focus/sharpness is letting the finish down a bit; I'm sure it looks more awesome in the flesh. :icon_thumright:
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    Yeah i know it looks so much better in the flesh, the photos were taken with my mobile( Nokia N95) so its time i think i invested in a decent camera! Will have to ask the gf for 1 for xmas! :asskicking:

    Thanks again WX51TXR and everyone else for all your recommendations!
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