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:) just had a good couple of hours cleaning the car. has anybody got any tips on how to polish the intricut part of the beautiful front grill, i notice that the dirt is building up in those small holes :?: :?: :?:
 

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I would suggest a couple of options: A soft wheel brush or a thick-piled wash mitt.

Some wash mitts here: http://www.performancemotorcare.com/aca ... Mitts.html (Pure woll wash mitt on that page)

Or a soft wheel brush: http://www.performancemotorcare.com/aca ... aners.html (the Mother's Wheel Brush on that page)

Use plenty of good-quality car shampoo and leave to dwell for a couple of minutes before agitating with the wash mitt or wheel brush. Be careful about useing a pressure washer on the grill as it may damage whatever it behind it. I use a normal hose.
 

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Maybe you can powerwash the 'chrome effect' off. Must say the only thing I don't like is the grill, it should either be a proper metal grill or a black plastic grille, don't like the obvious plastic chrome stuff.
 

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How about using compressed air after washing, hosing, mitt using, drying to thoroughly dry the grill.

This is how I have seen specialist car dealers ensure they get a car as clean as possible. It can take them several washes to get a car ready for sale, cleaning all those arkward places inside doors, the boot and bonnet closing area that collect dirt and leaves.

Tony.
 

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I find that "detailer " deposits remain on the inside of the grill after application and when dry, form a greyish powderery substance. In order to benefit from the "detailer" I have found that a small bottle brush, about the diameter of a test tube is ideal for poking in the many holes. Laborious certainly, but it does the job very well indeed. :)
 

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Personally I would not use a pressure washer or an air hose and fire it at the front grille. You may damage the radiator which sits immediately behind the grill.
 

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This is a venetian blind cleaner.

Looks like it is perfect for the job, but not quite!

The pitch of the 'blades' is fractionally out and it is a smidge too large.

As yet I have not looked to see if there are different sizes, or checked to see what sizes do paint rollers go down to.

I think that this is the way to go, unless you know better?
 

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Mines not that dirty yet but it will be in time. So, thinking ahead, I think I'll spray some decent APC onto the grill before I wash the car, leave it to soak as I mit the car with shampoo and then agitate the cleaner on the grill nooks and crannies with a soft brush before rinsing off it all off. Any stubborn grime I'll remove with a non abrasive cleaner, I find the car Paint Cleaner works well on chromed plastic. Then I'll finish off with a coat of clear wax to make it easier to clean in future.

Hmm, after reading back what I have just written it may be also that I cant be bothered and just leave it dirty ;)
 

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This is THE ULTIMATE grill cleaner
 

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Looks really effective, if a little expensive.

One of the downsides I can see is the necessity to tow a smal plastic house behind you in which to store your grille-cleaner.

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Oooo, where can I get one of those? The one I have batted me round the ear when told to do it!!
 

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Love that last picture, bless her!! At least you had the decency to give her a seat to sit on.
 

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I use a test tube cleaner with a cotton head to clean my grill.
They are a couple of pounds on ebay.
Search for 'test tube cleaning brush'
 

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Welcome to the forum Mike :)
That's an interesting solution, I noticed that two sizes are available and I wonder which one you chose :?:
I presume it was the larger.
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19-25mm
 

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Mike said:
I use a test tube cleaner with a cotton head to clean my grill.
They are a couple of pounds on ebay.
Search for 'test tube cleaning brush'
Hi there Mike very good of you to share your clever idea. We need all the clever people we can get on this forum ;)
I am sure we would all be pleased to see your cleaner in action, if only to obtain a view of your XF :)
 

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I use an old fashioned wire wheel spoke cleaning brush, I imagine they are available still from good accesory shops.

Johnb

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