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Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Robhullfury, Feb 16, 2013.

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    [Feb 16, 2013]
    As the thread title. Bought an a3 last week and vowed to look after it what stuff do need to get started. Read about machine polishing and clay bars? I normally just chuck a bucket of soapy water all over the car and wipe then hose it off. I have got one of those hydra blades but felt like it was scratching my old car all the time so if anybody has any recommendations on chamois to buy/avoid. Don't mind spending a few quid if it'll last and keep it looking nice and clean.

    thank you in advance
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    This hobby can become seriously expensive once your hooked lol

    I wouldn't call my self an expert but I use muc off über shine with a sponge or two I have a grate for the bottom of the bucket too so the sponges don't pick up any grit.

    If its totally covered use a pressure washer to take the major stuff off.

    Bilt Bamber auto clay i use this and rate it very highly a great price too!

    The new formula auto glym super resin polish (SRP) is a good start to hand polish with. Not really done much with a machine so couldn't help you there.

    And see the stickies in this section for waxes there's some great pointers there.

    Like I said I'm not expert but when some one like Jen from juicy detailing or n8 from kowalski sees this they will give you better and professional advice.
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    [Feb 16, 2013]
    Dont use a chamois or a sponge ,use 2 bucket method with grit guards, using proper wash mitt and drying towels for wiping it down.
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    [Feb 16, 2013]
    I remember the story of a members neighbour cleaning his new jag with a washing up sponge and when he came to a stubborn bit he used the green scourer bit :slapped:
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    I think the best answer I can give is to ask a question. :) Do you want to sort it out yourself? Things like machine polishing require time and patience. What I mean by this is rather than buying tons of new stuff and spending a lot of money, would you be better paying a professional detailer to sort the car out and then spend a lot less money buying a good wash mitt and shampoo and keeping on top of it?

    So, what would you like to achieve?
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    What im really after is just keeping it clean and well polished. My vectra i just sold have alot of tar on it etc and i was hoping to keep the audi cleaner and well maintained bodywork wise. maybe machine polished is ott. But thinking of a clay stick some decent polish and soap etc.... What products really should i be looking at and essentials really. Could do with recommendatilons on interior cleaning products too. I have a son who likes to kick his feet on chairs and a wife who feeds him in his carseat grrrrr.
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    thats great LOL :laugh:
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    +1...... Got 'hooked' about a month ago, there's no going back for me now, I'm like a detailing junkie, can't get enough of it, however me and my family now live on bread and water...lol

    First thing I'd suggest (as I was advised) is get RID of sponge and flexiblade! ASAP.... Those two words are like blasphemy of the detailing world!!
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    [Feb 17, 2013]
    roger there off to the wifes bucket of cleaning stuff (which never gets used)

    ill have a read of the articles. Thanks all.
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    I hope she's got more than one bucket as (when you read the articles) you'll notice only using one bucket is another no no
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    I'm going to "out" myself here and say I only use one bucket with a grit guard. There, I've said it. :) I do use a pre-wash and pressure washer rinse first.

    I can see you got lots of useful pointers Rob and the Polished Bliss guide is a great place to start. If you have issues again with tar it might be worth taking a look at CarPro Trix. This is a useful 2-in-1 product that will get rid of tar and Iron contamination.

    Other than that, have a read. See what suits you and ask questions here. We're happy to help.
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    [Feb 18, 2013]
    just go to A world for detailers...
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    Scotty, I'm lost for words!! Lol after all you've taught me how could you! Haha
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    Next you'll be telling us your using a yellow sponge that you dropped and continued to use!
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    Amen! If nothing else...this should be the fundamentals of car washing! After seeing the colour the rinse bucket gets after a wash on a relatively clean car I dare think what damage can be done on a filthy motor!

    Im tempted to go down to my local £5 car wash and educate them myself!!
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