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Discussion in 'Car Care and Detailing' started by Jimbobcook, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. Jimbobcook

    Jimbobcook MK2 Cupra R Stock+
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    My current (basic) setup is as follows...

    Full Clean

    Bodywork


    Water rinse
    Autobrite Citrus Pre Wash
    Water Rinse
    Auto Finesse Avalanche snow foam
    Water rinse
    Autoglym Shampoo and Conditioner
    Water rinse
    Autobrite Purple Rain
    Water Rinse
    Dry using 1200gsm Microfibre towel
    Autobrite Wax off
    Water Rinse
    Autoglym Clay Bar with Autoglym Rapid Detailer
    Auto Finesse Ultra Glaze
    Autobrite brilliance
    Auto Finesse Triple B
    Auto Finesse hard coat
    Meguires Liquid Wax
    Collenite 845 liquid wax

    Autoglym Fast glass
    Autobrite crystal glass
    Autoglym Rubber care
    Meguires Ultimate Black (Scuttle)

    Wheels

    Water Rinse
    Autoglym Shampoo and conditioner
    Water rinse
    Autobrite Purple Rain
    Water rinse
    Autobrite bright gel
    Water rinse
    Poor boys sealant x3 coats

    Interior

    Autoglym Leather care balm
    Autoglym Leather cleaner
    Autoglym rubber care
    Meguires Ultimate black
    Autoglym Fast Glass

    Pads/Towels

    Meguires microfibre buffing pads
    eBay applicator pads
    Meguires microfibre towel
    Autoglym microfibre towel
    Random 40x microfibre cloths (800gsm)
    1200gsm mini reaper towel
    1200gsm monkey towel
    1200gsm drying towel x2

    Quick Clean

    Water rinse
    Auto Finesse Avalanche snow foam
    Water rinse
    Autoglym Shampoo and Conditioner
    Water rinse
    Dry using 1200gsm microfibre
    Either Meguires Detailer or Autoglym Rapid detailer
    Maybe Wax top up

    Autoglym Fast Glass
    Autoglym Rubber Care
    Meguires Ultimate Black

    Wheels

    Water rinse

    Interior

    Autoglym Fast Glass
     
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  2. DarrenAnthony

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    Currently mostly using Auto Finesse.
    my AF.JPG

    Avalanche - Snow Foam
    Lather - Shampoo
    Glisten - Spray Wax
    Finale - Quick Detailer
    Revive - Trim Dressing
    Tripple3 - All In One Polish
    Ultra Glaze - Paint Glaze
    Radiance - Carnauba Creme
    Mercury - Metal Polish
    Imperial - Wheel Cleaner
    Iron Out
    Crystal - Glass Cleaner
    Gloss - Tyre Dressing
    Citrus Power - Bug & Tar Remover
    Total - Interior Cleaner
    Spritz - Interior Quick Detailer
    Dressle - All Purpose Dressing
    Hide - Leather Cleanser
    Hide - Leather Conditioner
    Tough Prep - Paint Preparation
    Tough Coat - Paint Sealant
    Glide - Clay Lube
    Clay Bar
    Handi Puck - Hand Polishing Puck
    Aqua Deluxe - Drying Towel.

    Also use from other people:
    AutoBrite Direct DA-12 Dual Action Polisher.
    Chemical Guys Blacklight
    Chemical Guys Hybrid V7 - Quick Detailer
    Meguiars Hot Shine - Tyre Spray
    Meguiars Ultimate Compound
    Poorboys Wheel Sealant

    How each item gets used is dependant on if I'm feeling productive or lazy lol.
     
  3. Jimbobcook

    Jimbobcook MK2 Cupra R Stock+
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    That's a nice bit of kit you have there!

    I'm a fan of the Ultra Glaze and Triple 3 but haven't really tried anything else of Auto Finese.

    Did you start with them or just found them better than anything else?

    I'm starting to find that anything by Autobrite is very good quality.
     
  4. Trout

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    Some of my favourite products are as follows....

    Bilt Hamber Auto-Foam (@ 4% via a pump sprayer, I no longer use snow foam)
    BH Auto-Wash (concentrated, so only use about 5ml in a bucket)
    BH Korrosol (fallout remover)
    BH Surfex HD (water based degreaser that an be diluted)
    BH Cleanser-Fluid
    BH Auto_Clay (water is used as the lubricant with this clay bar)
    BH Double Speed-Wax
    BH Finis-Wax
    BH Auto-Wheel (twice a year as wheels are sealed)
    BH Auto-QD (can be diluted)
    Race Glaze Nano Wheel Sealant (excellent durability and sooo easy to use)
    Finish Kare FK1000P
    Sonax BSD
    Sonax Sealant (Can't remember which one but it is in an aerosol can)
    Gyeon Q2 Tire
    Gyeon Q2 Trim
    Nanolex Urban Glass Sealant

    As you will see, there is one manufacturer that predominates, Bilt Hamber. I have never used any products from this English company that I have not been deeply impressed with. They may not be as well known as some of the big players, don't use fancy packaging and are often very cheap but are outstanding performers in their respective categories. Well worth checking them out.
     
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  5. DarrenAnthony

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    I used to use a lot of Meguiars stuff. But I found their interior cleaning products just didn't hit the mark at all, then a mate put me on to the Autofinesse Spritz and Dressle, which really did a good job. After that I started trying more of their products and found them all to be pretty good.
    Yeah, The Autobrite Direct products are all pretty good too. I have a mate who only ever uses their stuff and his car is always sparkling.
     
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    I forgot to add that the best piece of detailing kit I have ever bought, is a DI vessel. Yes, I know it's not a product but I wouldn't be without one now.
    No possibility of drying towel induced swirls. No water marks which is great in summer when the car dries quickly in the sun. It's also great in winter when you have to spend less time out in the cold, just rinse and go in and have a cup of tea. When you don't have one you think you don't need one and when you have one you couldn't live without it. Of course it really only works on a waxed or sealed car.
     
  7. Jimbobcook

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    A DI (de-ionisation) vessel in this context usually looks like an air tank used for diving with a hozelock type inlet and outlet on top and are often used by window cleaners. It is fed from the tap with the water passing through a resin inside the vessel removing the dissolved ionised solids such as salts and minerals.

    It is these dissolved solids that leave the marks on the vehicle when the water has evaporated and are present at higher levels in hard water areas than in soft water areas.
    They are 100% removed and levels can be measured by means of a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) mete with the readings are usually in parts per million

    So when it is hot and sunny, for example, no water marks are left as only pure water is on the car as the dissolved material has been removed and when the water evaporates you are left with nothing but a spotless car.

    It is much quicker and streamlines the washing process. It also does away the need for towel drying with its attendant risks.

    So a DI vessel is basically a water filter.

    I hope my explanation is clear enough.
     
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    Perfect... now what sort of cost are we looking at to get something like this installed lol I looked at the idea of a heater blower to dry the car but this sounds good so I can clean the house windows while i'm at it lol

    How often does the filter need replacing?

    Sorry for all the questions lol

    Cheers
     
  10. Trout

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    The forum should be about answering questions and helping others, it's not a problem.

    About £120 or so, filled.

    As for how long the resin needs replacing, how long is a piece of string?

    It depends on how hard the water is, the flow rate and quality of resin etc.

    I normally use mine for final rinse only (3 cars) at lower pressure with open hose to sheet the water off the car. I live in a soft water area and it lasts me about 2 years before needing to be refilled with fresh resin.

    I also use the filtered water to dilute screen-wash. When the tap is turned off there is some residual pressure in the vessel so I open the valve at the end of my hose again and drain the residual filtered water into a container(s) so as not to waste it. I am tight that way!
     
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    Thanks for the info!

    I have just got an outside tap installed in the garage for washing the car and we live in a hard water area so maybe for me refill once a year...

    I'd be the same with screen wash haha

    Is there a company/resin I should be looking at?

    Cheers
     
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    I believe there are a few companies supplying window cleaners that sell them. One detailing company in Stamford near Peterborough sell a couple of different ones too. There is some talk that the height to circumference ratio makes a big difference but one thing for certain is the quality of the resin used is the main thing.
     
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    What’s the best product people have used to restore the Black to the external trims?

    The Window Rubbers on my Cupra have white marks from previous cleaning and also the Black Front Grille (Above and Below the Bumper) the Wing Mirror Housings and Rear number plate surround all could do with a spruce up.
     
  14. Legojon

    Legojon I only wanted a remap
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    I've heard really good things about Gtechniq C4 which is claimed to last a couple of years. But haven't got round to trying it yet. Especially as I have 2 bottles of autoglym trim gel left (which I find works well for 3-4 weeks for me).
     
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    Does it work on Rubber and Hard Plastics?
     
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    Legojon I only wanted a remap
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    It definately works on plastics... I had to google rubber but found this from a Gtechniq rep:
    "c4 will work on any molecule that has a hydroxyl group in it which includes man made rubber. just be sure to folllow instructions and remove excess product.".

    So ye, check your molecules!!

     
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    I have every Gyeon product.

    Have used many other products, Gyeon is in a different league imo.
     
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    I have used C4 in the past and cleanliness is absolutely vital. Any surface that you wish to coat with C4 must be spotless for good adhesion. When applied properly it does last a long time which might not be a massive benefit if you don't keep the car for long.

    If you are looking for something a bit more forgiving to apply then Gtechniq have a product for tyres and trim called T1.

    More recently I have used Gyeon Q2 Tire on rubber and Q2 Trim on the hard plastic trim. I will most definitely be using these two Gyeon products in the future.
    There are of course many other alternatives and as always, you pays your money and takes your choice.
     
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    I forgot to mention in my previous post an APC/degreaser that is very powerful yet perfectly safe to use on rubber.
    It is made by Bilt Hamber is called Surfex-HD and is water based. It is normally diluted and is therefore very economical to use. It can also be used domestically e.g. cleaning a hob or cooker hood.
    It quite literally is an All Purpose Cleaner.
     
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    Legojon I only wanted a remap
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    I think I'm going to have to break my cleaning product amnesty (not buying anything new till I've used the 40+ bottles I already own). I have to give Gyeon a try now!
     
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