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    so all my bits and piece have come but im a little stuckfor order.

    heres what i think i have to do but correct me if im wrong

    1. snowfoam car and clean alloys
    2. do i then wash with a shampoo or is that covered by the snow foam stage?
    3. clay bar with the lubricant detailing spray
    4. dry car
    5. apply wax and leave to cure (how do i know when its cured; i have collite 476s)
    6. buff off and polish to shine
    7. treat wheels

    is that correct? i dont have a decent shampoo just generic turtle stuff. its not very good actually. though do even need to shampoo?
     
     

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    My routine is

    1. Bilberry wheel cleaner onto soak the alloys
    2. Snowfoam the car and wait 10 minutes
    3. Rinse
    4. Clay it if required
    5. Wash with a microfibre washmit
    6. Rinse
    7. Dry with large microfibre towel
    8. Polish
    9. Wax
     
     

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    I'd always recommend sorting the wheels first or you'll cause yourself more work in the long run!

    then snow foam is just for getting the worst of the caked on dirt off..

    you'll need to wash with a lambswool/microfibre mitt after that (2 buckets recommended, one for rinsing)..

    then clay if needed and rinse again..

    dry off thoroughly, shuts, petrol cap etc included to avoid having water running out when your polishing/waxing!

    then polish the car up and wax or seal it..

    as far as the collinite goes, don't leave it long what ever you do!!

    literally a minute or so before buffing max or it'll cake on.. although it says its easy apply/buff it will still cake on, especially if its a warm day!!

    you'll find a routine that suits you and works well anyway mate! each to their own and all that
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    so its recommended to wax a panel at atime?
     
     

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    yeah mate definitely!!

    I always do a panel at a time, otherwise the wax will dry up and that makes it harder to buff off
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    Quote Originally Posted by pallarisari View Post
    so its recommended to wax a panel at atime?
    Yeah deffo. The collinite is excellent stuff, but if left on too long is hard to remove and leaves dust. Just wax one panel at a time...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by baderlfc View Post
    yeah mate definitely!!

    I always do a panel at a time, otherwise the wax will dry up and that makes it harder to buff off
    Rotary polisher FTW
     
     

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    I use Klasse sealer before using Collinite and it does make a very good job. Best stuff I have ever used by a long way.
    I do as the rest with ONLY one panel at a time. There is no rush just get into the zone and enjoy the finished result.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky68 View Post
    Rotary polisher FTW
    don't tempt me mate! my ebay watch list regularly gets filled up with rotary polishers then i worry i'd wreck my paintwork and remove then lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by baderlfc View Post
    don't tempt me mate! my ebay watch list regularly gets filled up with rotary polishers then i worry i'd wreck my paintwork and remove then lol
    BMW paint is hard as nails matey, you would need quite a strong pad/polish combo to do any damage and even then you would have to be a muppet and hold the rotary in one spot for a while.
     
     

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