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I was a little surprised to see only three threads on the topic of car detailing.

For the polishing of my cars, I have always used Autoglym Super Resin Polish or MER and occasionally Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection.
For my S-Type and now my XF however, I have used / am using Turtle Wax Precision Wax.
I have always washed my cars with Triplewax shampoo but have just "invested" in 2.5 litres of Autoglym shampoo conditioner.
For wheels I have tended to steer clear of purpose cleaners as I have always found a little polish once or twice a year always keeps them tip-top.

I'm intersted to know what you use.

I was going to get on to interiors but this thread is getting a little long...

The first reply stating "car wash" entitles that forum member to 12 months use of a Fiat Multipla. :roll::cry:
 
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Here's a typical wash (no mention of the c*r word;))

Spray the wheels with Bilberry

Snow foam
the car.

Power wash off.

Wash with Meguires Hyperwash.

Dry with a drying towel

Wax with either Collinite 915 or Swissvax (if it's too hot for collinite).

Wheel wax with Rimwax

Clean the chrome with Britemax.

Dress the tyres with Valet Pro.

Inbetween waxes I use Meguires synthetic quick detailer

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I also use fine detailing clay & Dodo juice slippy stuff when it needs it, followed by Swissvax cleanser prior to waxing.

Scratches are poished out with a Meguires DA & a range of polishes.

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I tell swmbo that it's actually cheaper than a gym membership & the calorie burn is about the same.:roll:
 

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Woah Gemset, that's brilliant. Thanks for the great response. :D
I'm going to check these products out and give a few (if not all !) a trial run.
I agree with your point on a work-out ;)
 

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The first reply stating "car wash" entitles that forum member to 12 months use of a Fiat Multipla. :roll::cry:
Okay, you got me, I was thinking car wash by the time the page loaded for the thread :twisted:.

This is not somthing I'm into, but I like a shiny car and can understand some folk have hobbies I don't share, and knowledge I could benafit from?????

So this is probably not what detailers would use on their pride and joy, but if you had to get the best result with the least effort (and sticking in the spirit of your post could not use the car wash) what would you use?

James
 

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Enjoy narked :eek: I'm sure you'll be happy together.



Best result, least fuss ?
Any car shampoo finished off with a spray of Car Plan Demon Shine mixed with water 50/50. If you're feeling energetic though, use as described on the bottle so spray on lightly neat and wipe with a micro-fibre cloth.
I'm off to be sick now.....UURRGGHHHH....my eyes, my eyes :cry:
 

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Thank you XFS. That's a shame on the lost threads (sounds like a film title)
I'll check it out.
Oh... and I think that my family would tell you that that ship has already sailed :roll:
Ho Hum
 

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Enjoy narked :eek: I'm sure you'll be happy together.



Best result, least fuss ?
Any car shampoo finished off with a spray of Car Plan Demon Shine mixed with water 50/50. If you're feeling energetic though, use as described on the bottle so spray on lightly neat and wipe with a micro-fibre cloth.
I'm off to be sick now.....UURRGGHHHH....my eyes, my eyes :cry:
OMG :-o - I didn't think you would actualy post a picture of one, your a maniac. (and I'm sorry, don't hurt me.)

James
 

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Either that (back hander) or no other cars were entered that year :p

Anyway...back on topic.
Does any one use (or admit to using) the dreaded washing up liquid to wash their car ?
 
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Why would anyone use that stuff on a car. I think everyone knows it's full of salt, but read this I found elsewhere some time ago...

Washing up liquid contains a cocktail of things which make it undesirable as a screenwash additive or for washing the car.

Salt - Aids corrosion of bare metal

Surfactants - Wetting agent will help water capilliary behind seals and could penetrate poor paint finishes taking the salt with it.

Formaldehyde - Perishes rubber

Sodium Laury Sulphate - Makes it 'thick' and feel slick - Made from animal fat that will biodegrade and cause offensive odour.
 
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Anyway...back on topic.
Does any one use (or admit to using) the dreaded washing up liquid to wash their car ?
Good grief No! :lol:

A quality snow foam pre soak followed by Duragloss 901 PH neutral shampoo with the two bucket method (taking in the lovely cherry aroma :))
 

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Thank you XFS.
Good to see that there's some ardent detailers here.
Methinks I'm going to learn some good tips. :)
 

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I normally use lukewarm water without any additive to wash my XF - any issues here ?
 

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PH neutral snow foam, bilberry on the wheels.
Turtle wax shampoo
two bucket method, with grit guard and lambswool mit
 
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