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Picking up my new car on monday...advice please

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Staz, Apr 19, 2008.

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    I pick up my brand new Sprint Blue S3 on monday, after waiting for 5 months! I have been planning to get it detailed since the start and now I'm trying to make arrangements. I found a couple of local places on yell.com.

    Firstly an independant bloke who said he'd come round and spend the whole day just on the exterior and wheels (as that's all I wanted) and he'd apply Supaguard paint protection, for £120. He said to me during the conversation that a lot of companies would try and rush the job and send 2 blokes to do the job in only an hour. Also he stated the finish would last for 3 years.

    I tried another place who use autoglym. They told me that their finish was guaranteed for 10 years (as long as you follow their guidelines for washing) and that it only takes an hour to apply as they send 2 blokes around lol. But exterior only would cost £185. He also said there are no products on the market that protect alloy wheels, I thought that was strange.

    Any advice would be appreciated as I'm not sure what to go for. I wanted a product that would give some protection against stone chips but mr Autoglym said that none of them do that.

    I'm in the Bedford area by the way, any local recommendations would be awesome.
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    from what i have read on here..... i wouldnt touch either of the firms you have described........ if its applying Supaguard or autoglym....id do it myself as i know the job would be done properly and to MY liking.... search for polished bliss RS4 post, brand new car and the corrective treatment that was carried out.... spell binding
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    They sound amazing, a polish that lasts for 10 years, but have nothing that would work for wheels. What a pity they could have cornered the market.

    OMG there are some muppets out there!

    My advice would be to read the stickies on here and contact someone like polished bliss. They can either put you in touch with a firm that is reputable or sell you some good wash\polish kits and more importantly give you some guidance on how to use them. It should cost no more than you have been quoted to have it "professionaly done" and will give you a lot more satisfaction in the long run.

    The www.detailingworld.co.uk forum is also an excellent source of info.
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    Who would you recommend then? Product wise I mean.

    The point is I want someone else to do it because I'm not the best when it comes to polishing and waxing.

    I don't follow...:uhm:
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    I was being sarcastic, anyone who says they can polish a car with autoglym (or any other product) and it will last for ten years is not being truthful. Most products will last around 3-6 months at the most.

    If you do some searches on here and other detailing forums the general consensus is that the "supaguard" "autoglym" and similar treatments are not bad treatments but are in no way worth their cost.
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    Well I had heard 6 months was the norm so I mentioned that to him and he said you get a certificate and as long as you follow their guidelines for washing they'll guarantee the finish!
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    Guaranteed as long as they stay in business..........
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    The guarantee was from autoglym.
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    Personally IMO if im paying somebody the best part of £200 I want the car done indoors and not on my drive way....
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    Go on detailingworld then look in the regional section and find a pro in your area. Dont go with any of these supaguard guys.
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    As above. We use one of the best waxes in the world; over 60% pure white carnauba, £1852 a pot, and a single coat lasts six months tops, less on a daily driver that racks up the miles. No car care products offer protection for more than 6-9 months tops - guarantee or otherwise. If you want someone else do to the work for you, I'd give Nathan Willits a call. He's pretty close to you and does some great work with good products and no false promises...

    http://www.cambridgeautogleam.com/

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    the 'guarantee' on these products isnt worth the paper its written on as if yo look at the small print it says its guaranteed when 'washed and polished regularly' which makes the super 150million lightyears of protection from 1 coat of acrylic sealant pretty meaningless.
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    How much dude? I know your price list is on the site but how much to me ?
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    to you its a special deal of £280 for the zymol protection detail plus travel costs.
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    Inside and out?
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    inside is vacuumed and leather treated.

    Outside would be pre washed, shampoo'd, clayed if I felt it was needed on such a new car. Pre wax cleanse, finishing wax, dressings.

    Usually takes 6+ hrs and needs to be carried out indoors (need room to work around the car)

    If you do not have a garage your welcome to drop it at my garage in Ware, Herts.

    Please contact via the website for more info though.
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