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    So ive had my latest BMW for around 5 months now and i want to go over the whole car with a clay bar and polish and wax.

    I have got an autoglym set which i bought ages ago for my last BMW, gave an ok finish but not what i want now.

    Ive heard DODO Juice is very good especially supernatural wax? and am thinking to go the whole way and get a polisher/buffer machine too,

    Any recommendations on stuff i need, i mean is there a whole kit i can buy and what is the best stuff for a silver coloured car?

    I dont mind spending upto a maximum of around £250 on machine, waxs, clothes or anything else i need, so basically starting from scratch with a whole detailing kit?

    Thanks in advance for any help
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    I just bought dodo jucice super natural and it is very good, allbeit expensive.

    I have had a machine polisher for around a year now, and its great would reccomened one,

    take a look on cleanyourcar.co.uk they have sets of machine polisher, pads and polish to get you going and are good quality

    First things oyu will need: i have listed what i use

    Good quality lambs wool wash mit
    2 Buckets
    Drying towel

    Good qualtiy car shampoo - megs gold class
    Wheel cleaner - bilberry
    Wheel brush

    Clay bar and lube - there are loads arround

    Polish (with machine polisher) - menz power cut, gloss and final cut
    various pads - you will need a scratch/swirl remover, finsihing pad and a few pads for applying wax

    Wax - collinite 476 is a very good durable wax, that looks good and is very easy to apply and cheap, a good introduction i would say

    Micro-fiber cloths - you will use a lot of these - if you are a member at costco they do a massive bag of 50 mf cloths for like £12 a baragain,

    For the glass:
    i use normal household glass cleaner then a coat of collinite wax
     
     

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    Thanks for all that Sam, just a couple of questions;

    Any polisher you would recommend? or are they all similar? Also there seems to be a lot of pads these things can take, im assuming you buy a polisher and then select what backing plate you want and the pads for that plate?

    Any recommendations on a clay bar as ive never used one before and im assuming my car has never been clayed before? im thinking maybe something mild to aggressive?

    Whats the purpose of two buckets?
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    Two buckets for the two bucket wash method,

    You have one bucket with soapy water the other with water, you get your mit soapy, wash it over the car, then rinse the mit in the clean bucket before getting more soapy water, this keeps dirt out of your water so you don't scratch your paint

    Pads generally come in two sizes, so you will ideally have to backing plates
    The pads come in variouse colours denoting. The type of cut you get, I use the chemical guys hex-logic pads, I'm on my bb will post link later, all you really need is a swirl remover or scratch remover pad (in both sizes) a finishing pad (in both sizes) a final finsih pad (in the bigger size for applying wax)

    There are two types of machine polisher, rotary and da (dual action)

    There are loads of discussion over which is better, I have a da but if I was to buy a new one I would get a rotary,

    Clay bars, they arnt really rated in terms of aggression, I have had a few types and tbh they are all of a much ness, you can get them ina set clay and lube
     
     

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    i bought a clay bar from halfords it was ok, autoglym is good but theres, loads of other waxes and sealers which are probably better.

    do a search for deataling world on google loads of info and suppliers on there.

    2 buckets is, you sponge will be full of dirt that is coming off your car so you don't want all that going into your soapy water so rinse it out in the other bucket first.
     
     

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    Hi - and welcome to the shadey world of detailing... check out Deatiling World if you are serious!

    Clay bars do come in various grades, so like anything else, start with a finer grade and move up until you get the result you want. Also a fine grade will usually remove more stubborn marks, but just take longer.

    I would also not knock Autoglym products.

    There is a lot of snobbishness surrounding their stuff as Halfords sell it... so it cant be good, can it!??! Snake oil is never found on the high street is it!??!

    Personally, I like the Poorboy's range of SSR polishes, followed by a glaze (colour of car dependant) then a deceint wax. Autoglym HD wax is excellent and at a great price on the bay.

    Super resin polish (SRP) and enhanced gloss protection (EGP) are excellent.... durable too.

    SRP contains fillers, so will hide a multitude of fine scratches and swirls that otherwise need a machine polisher to remove.

    If you are new to machine polishing, a DA is easier to use... takes longer, vibrates, but removes mearkly all the risk of paintwork damage for a beginner. A rotary polisher gets the work done quickly, but generates a lot of heat... so you need to watch what you are doing or you can damage more than you fix.

    At the end of the day, you will end up bying many products until you find some that you like working with... use them for a while...read of others online... and buy some more. Then end up with a garage full of products you have only 2/3rds used!

    Have fun.

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    Generally speaking anything made by chemical guys or poorboys is going to be spot on.. but even them brands have numerous different versions of shampoos, sealants, waxes, polishes, quick detailer etc!

    As a newbie to detailing you may find this site very helpful:

    www.polishedbliss.co.uk
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    these are the chemical guys pads i use: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish...ds/cat_82.html

    i use yellow, green, white and red in the 5.5" and orange, white and black in the 4"

    Here are some machine polisher with pads and polish deals, http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish...ds/cat_82.html

    there are both DA and rotary there,

    this is the one i bought, http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/polish.../prod_675.html

    the pads and polish was good, i have replaced them as they wore out

    Clay sets: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/detailing-clay/cat_9.html

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    I would also not knock Autoglym products.
    .....

    Super resin polish (SRP) and enhanced gloss protection (EGP) are excellent.... durable too.

    ....
    +1 SRP is very good for 'hiding' small scratches and marks between full details or when you cant be bothered to get the machine polisher out, every one should have a bottle in there box
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam1832 View Post
    +1 SRP is very good for 'hiding' small scratches and marks between full details or when you cant be bothered to get the machine polisher out, every one should have a bottle in there box
    I have a full Autoglym set at the moment and know i have some SRP in there, never used it though as in the past have been too lazy and always take the car to a hand car wash. I will be changing my ways though after seeing the sort of finish you can get with a bit of elbow grease and a machine polisher!

    Thanks for all the info guys, im sure it will come in handy along the way...
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    Ive spent a lot just like you want to with Chemical guys,
    I just said this is my budget this is what I want to achieve and the next day a big box turned up

    Rather than trial and error just ask the pros!
     
     

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