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Took my new car to see a professional detailing specialist today – to get the best advice with regards to washing and maintaining its ‘showroom’ look. I asked the dealer not to apply any paint protection as I want to keep it in tip-top shape myself. Anyway, for the Ultimate Black paint finish I’ve been advised:

Snow Foam
Snow Foam once or twice a week. I was advised not to physically hand wash, wax or even dry the car more than once a week. If I snow foam the car during the week, rinse then take it for a spin to dry off!

• Bosch Aquatac Clic 125 Pressure Washer
• HD Foam Lance
• Meguiars Hyperwash

Weekly
Snow foam then wash with the 2 bucket method.

• Meguiars NXT Car Wash
• Meguiars Lambswool Mitt
• Meguiars Water Magnet Drying Towel
For tyres:
• Blackfire Long Lasting Tyre Gel

Monthly
Normal wash then apply:

• Blackfire Midnight Sun Ivory Carnauba Paste Wax
• Blackfire Deep Gloss Spray Sealant

For alloys:
• Poorboys Wheel Sealant

Twice per Year (April & November)

• Meguiars Detailing Clay + Meguiars Quik Detailer
• Blackfire Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protection

That's the plan anyway!
 

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t2dav said:
whats snow foam?
Its a lance that you can fit onto a power washer to give you great soapy suds. The less you actually touch the car the better - so the snow foam can work on the dirt without much elbow grease. It's really a first step in the wash process so that you don't inflict swirl marks when you do actually physically wash the car....

See the pic...
 

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Your Maserati? :)

And how much are these snow foam thingies and will they fit on my Karcher Jet Washer? :D

I really want to get into a proper wash routine. I've been 'washing when it needs it' using my local A1 Auto Store's wash 'n' wax shampoo and a microfibre wash-mitt, and just a wheel cleaning spray with a wheel cleaning brush, and then dry with a chamois. Is this okay for the car? :(
 

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It's a lot of reading! I've been reading the Polished Bliss website only to find out how many things I've been doing wrong. :evil:

One thing I have noticed is how expensive the products are. I like the idea of the foam lance, so I'm going to give my car a good wash! - The proper way!
 

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Having spent that much time washing, cleaning, polishing and buffing my car I would be too knackered to take it out and get it dirty again! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Having spent that much time washing, cleaning, polishing and buffing my car I would be too knackered to take it out and get it dirty again! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
And more important, if you take on board all the advice offered by the "experts" you will have probably done it badly :lol:
Me, I just read the instructions on the makers bottle :lol:
 

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Yes, I've spent a small fortune on all sorts of exotic stuff - it comes back to good old Autoglym for me everytime. I plan to have a valeter give the car a good going over once a year with something like Collinite which sounds good and do it myself in between times. The new Autoglym Aquawax does a jolly good job and can be used on all surfaces even when wet. Sorry to say but I think this detailing thing is all a bit over the top - the car gets filthy again anyway within seconds.
 

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Martin said:
Yes, I've spent a small fortune on all sorts of exotic stuff - it comes back to good old Autoglym for me everytime. I plan to have a valeter give the car a good going over once a year with something like Collinite which sounds good and do it myself in between times. The new Autoglym Aquawax does a jolly good job and can be used on all surfaces even when wet. Sorry to say but I think this detailing thing is all a bit over the top - the car gets filthy again anyway within seconds.
Would not disagree with the basic thrust of your remarks but I would say that a Detailing session will generally give a very satisfying finish on which to apply your favourite polish. It really does work and it requires minimal attention after it is done, in my view :lol:
 

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I always use Swissol wax. Its brilliant stuff - can be applied in direct sunlight, you can apply the wax do the whole car before buffing up with a microfibre cloth. Gives a great shine which makes it look like the car has come from the showroom.

For wheels I use MC2 - Multiclean - which bring the wheels up a treat!
 
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