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The great car washing thread.

Discussion in 'Car Care and Detailing' started by Cheesy_wotsit, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. Cheesy_wotsit

    Cheesy_wotsit Active Member

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    I did a search to see if their was any singular thread for hints tips, techniques, products or even decent services for washing cars and all I could find was a few loose threads about interior and wheel cleaning and a few random posts in other threads that hinted at some folk using some seriously exotic (not sure if that's the word) stuff to wash their cars.

    Of course if there is a thread like this already then a link to post and a gentle note tell me to shut it would be appreciated.

    So yeah tell us about what you think is the best way to keep your car clean and looking great.
     
  2. mrbugle

    mrbugle Active Member

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    detailingworld has an excellent Noob section I used, I got advice on which products to use from the dude who Detailed my car after I bought it. Prepare to spend around £150-£200 on products alone, but you can buy things as needed of course. Wheel woolies are super handy, as is a deep plush drying towel.
     
  3. Dr.Dash

    Dr.Dash Active Member

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    Some people like spending a full day cleaning and polishing their cars, I'm not one of them.

     
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    Depends on the level you want to making your car immaculate - but a simple 2 bucket approach is always good to start. It minimises the dirt / grit to avoid small scratches you could spread onto your car's paintwork.
     
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  5. Big Col

    Big Col Active Member

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    at the very least do this. 2 bucket method, quality shampoo (not fairy liquid) and don't use a sponge. Start at the top and work down. Rinse the car before you start and rinse regular during.

    After that it's endless how far you can go. Clay bar, polish, wax, ceramic coatings. If you catch the bug before long you'll be cleaning it with holy water and a wash mitt made from virgin unicorn pubes :happy:
     
  6. kazand

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    I'd recommend investing in a jet wash with a foam attachment. Use this to pre wash the car , to loosen/remove dirt & grit before using the two bucket wash. With regards to the jet wash, don't worry about getting one of the all singing all dancing really high pressure models, yes high pressure will shift things but you also risk damaging paintwork etc. Flow rate is more important.
     
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    I'd recommend investing in a good basic 'starter washing kit' for regular washing;

    Two buckets; one for shampoo and water mx for washing, and one for clean water for rinsing your wash mitt during washing.
    A couple of grit guards for the buckets are useful to keep any dirt and grit from washing in the bottom of the bucket below the guards and not re-applied back on your paintwork.
    A couple of wash mitts; one for wheels and the other for bodywork.
    A ph neutral shampoo.
    Some good quality car drying towels.

    If you've got access to an outside tap, a hose for rinsing or longer term (if you've not got one), a pressure washer is useful.

    As mrbugle suggests, the guides on Detailing World are a good place to start and well worth a read. A starter washing kit and a good washing technique is a good starting point to keep your car in good shape and will help to minimise inflicting swirls to your paintwork. Periodic decontamination, polishing and waxing will then help protect it from the elements.

    How far you want to go with maintaining your car's paintwork is up to you. Some people get really into car detailing in a big way and invest in the type of equipment used by professional detailers to keep their cars in tip top condition. You can still achieve some pretty good results though without going that far.
     
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    I use Optimum no rinse and shine for whole car - two bucket system - and optimum spray on wax. Prior to washing I rinse off the most heavy dirt like you would normally do.
     
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    If I'm in a hurry, I'll clean the wheels with wheel cleaner, rinse the whole car down wit water. Apply prewash to lower half of car, wait a few minutes and rinse the whole thing down.
     
  10. Syphon

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    Didn't search hard enough :)

    Moved to our dedicated forum for car care and detailing.

    Scott
     
  11. Cheesy_wotsit

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    Lol yeah kinda went Doh! when I saw it had been moved to a forum dedicated to this exact topic.
     
  12. alexalex

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    I've got mine washed today.
    By nature, I am a clear car nut....

    But I rarely have the leisure of time to spend time washing my car or spend hours cleaning it. I use Car detailing Brampton for washing. I like their attitude to their work.
     
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    I've washed it today and here is what I purchased for my car [​IMG]
    I found this screwdriver with a diversion inside among these diversion safes for car . I'm a person who cannot go without cash in my car. Plastic cards are great but sometimes only cash can help:) And this screwdriver keeps it in safety:)"
     
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    Cool stuff
     
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    Personally, I do a major detail day (per vehicle) in the late fall and late spring. I'll probably spend 8 hours per car and finish everything off with an excellent sealant that will carry me for 6 mos or so. I typically power wash the engine compartment at the end of winter. But next time I'll do professional detailing here
     

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