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    Hello all...

    Hoping you can offer some help/advice. In an ideal world I like to wash my car every 2 weeks, but in reality it gets a good every clean every 3-4 weeks!

    I've never been really a cleaning/detailing freak, as long as its clean and shiny im a happy boy. I have always used Turtlewax Zip wax as its been cheap and cheerful. I have used this with a simple sponge and bucket and dryed with a leather.

    I've been reading lately that a sponge and bucket = a big no no!

    Recently I have swapped my leather for a Spautopia Valeting Towel which is very good!

    I have read that using a microfibre mitt is much better than a sponge and using the 2-bucket method is much better! (I dont have the facility for a pressure washer before anybody mentions one)

    Im going to order these:

    Easirider Lambswool mitt
    Mircrofibre work towel x 3
    Clear bucket (for obvious reasons)

    What do you guys reckon?

    I have things like wheel brushes, AG polishes and sprays so Im OK on that front but can you guys recommend a decent shampoo that would be better than zipwax?

    I have heard some good reports on the Chemical guys range So may well give this a go!

    As you can prob tell Im not able to fork out loads of money on cleaning products but am hoping that the above items will be a good buy!

    Any input will be apreciated!
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    Megs Gold Class
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    In no particular order,just some that i like using.
     
     

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    Seb if you get to Halffrauds they usually have a buy 2 get one free on cleaning stuff I would recommend the Mequars range or even AUtoglym-I like autoglym super resin polish
     
     

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    Thanks guys...

    I may try Meg gold class as it looks decent and isnt too pricey! (I will defo go Halfords for 3for2 Cheers Steve)

    I use autoglym polish and sprays so I know they are decent, has anyone tried Autoglym shampoo?

    Sparky that Dodo juice is expensive! I bet its good tho right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by afcneal View Post

    Never use a pressure washer (apart from underneath) - it completely wrecks BMW PDCs (I'm told...............)
    Have heard this too Neal But I would like to try out snow foaming if I got the chance!
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    Like many things in life[ your car included] you pay for what you get. There are hundreds of different cleaning products and not everyone will get on with the products i use but, i use a snow foamer,pressure washer and a rotary and they are what work for me.
     
     

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    As mentioned there's loads of products out there that "do the job" my advice is decide which your going for then shop around as some suppliers give free shipping when you spend over a certain amount.

    A fiver for a bucket imo your better off getting 2 at a quid a piece from th'asda and buying a grit guard for your rinsing bucket.
    If you haven't access to a hosepipe a large watering can will rinse an E46 down.

    I use a product called Duragloss 951 Aquawax which goes on when the car has been rinsed and it gives an added shine, which should help the "cleaned" look to last longer.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowTech View Post
    As mentioned there's loads of products out there that "do the job" my advice is decide which your going for then shop around as some suppliers give free shipping when you spend over a certain amount.

    A fiver for a bucket imo your better off getting 2 at a quid a piece from th'asda and buying a grit guard for your rinsing bucket.
    If you haven't access to a hosepipe a large watering can will rinse an E46 down.

    I use a product called Duragloss 951 Aquawax which goes on when the car has been rinsed and it gives an added shine, which should help the "cleaned" look to last longer.

    Yeah a fiver is a bit steep! Look at this looks decent but £20!!
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    I was always an AG user but after using Meg's stage 2 polish and then followed by a coating of Carnauba stage 3 wax I will never go back I think but it is always down to personal preference
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6891_seb View Post
    Yeah a fiver is a bit steep! Look at this looks decent but £20!!
    As usual E-bay seems to be cheapest for the guards or if you really want the bucket http://www.camskill.co.uk/products.p...19p10090&rs=gb
     
     

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