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Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Desmofan, May 6, 2010.

  1. Desmofan
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    [May 6, 2010]
    I just picked up my new A4 - 2006 Avant Special Edition in Misano red.
    The dealer had done a lovely job prepping it inside and out. It shone like a new pin.
    After a weeks use it needs a clean. What the heck to use...?
    Reading posts on this forum it seems like there are a lot of high tech options out there. Previously I've only ever had Autoglym products. Are these OK or should I avoid?
    What about the cabin? How do they get that wonderful showroom look to all the plastics?
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    [May 7, 2010]
    Hi desmofan,

    Congrats on the purchase!

    Halfords have got a good deal on at the moment if you want the products asap, however you will obviously find them online cheaper if you can wait a week.

    Im currently using:

    Meguires wash mit (avoid sponges)
    Meguires nxt shampoo - really nice smell to this :)
    meguires waffled drying towel
    meguires window cleaner
    wanted the meguires nxt wax, however i got the turtle wax ICE paste wax which gives a great shiney wet look!
    ive also got a coupel of meguires flannel type towells for wiping wax off and last buff over :)

    Have fun cleaning it, ive got the A4 B7 Saloon and that takes some time, will look forward to seeing some pics after the wash :)
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    [May 7, 2010]
    I've heard very bad things about the turtle wax ice, so be careful.
    If you search on here, a detailer called Jimmeh did a red RS4 which I beleive is the same colour as yours. Have a look at that, it will give you ideas. Also read the recommendations from polished bliss at the top of the page. Visit their website, a lot of high end products are not as expensive as you might think.
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    [May 7, 2010]
    Congrats on the new car mate,
    Autoglym is a perfectly good product range. Any product is only as good as the person applying it, there's a way to do everything, a 2 bucket method wash is essential to keep the car looking clean without swirling the paintwork (swirls are tiny faint scratches that are ineviteable wheen washing the car, the 2 bucket method reduces this dramatically.) Then dry with a microfibre drying towel. Maintenance totally depends on the products used, there is a massive amount of products available. Detailing sprays maintain paintwork protection. Polishes, sealants and waxes are a huge subject, as said by rowdyboy, check the guides at the top, or use a forum such as the one on cleanyourcar, there's some great chaps on there with alot of info.
    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=27
    Take a look at the link above, as for other products, look on polished bliss or www.cleanyourcar.co.uk
    HTH
    Neil
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    [May 7, 2010]
    what bad things have you heard... would hate to be using something that could damage the paint!
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    [May 8, 2010]
    Thanks for taking the time to reply fellas.

    I never heard of the "two bucket" method before - just goes to show that you never stop learning new stuff.

    A trip to Halfords this morning to aquire the basics I think.

    Watch out for piccies soon......
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    [May 8, 2010]
    You'd do well to damage the car with anything from Halfords TBH, even on a DA. Just couldn't be bothered topping it up every month, the wife would kill me, I tell you what though, used the Turtle wax platinum extra gloss a few years back! lasted a good while and gave a good finish, if you want a little more durability, top with that. Still got it in the shed and am tempted to top off my mazda with it!
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