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    Hi I've just managed to take advantage of the weather and done mine. I use a bucket and microfibre mitt by the way and do have a polishing machine. Use a Clay Bar to take off the old wax then wash the car. Apply a glaze such as Poor Boys Black hole or Chemical Guys EZ Glaze. Finish with your choice of wax. I used EZ Glaze and Collinite 915. You can simply use Autoglym Super Resin Polish after the Clay bar and wash if you wish. This is how mine looked today after the clean which took about 12 hours!
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    This what I use plus few more from bmw http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CAR-CLEANING-K...item45f227bbdb cheap set and quick to use.Think sonax does it for BMW.For washing I'm using people from Romania(cheap but pure quality) they are best DJs in scratching.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by haitch View Post
    Hi I've just managed to take advantage of the weather and done mine. I use a bucket and microfibre mitt by the way and do have a polishing machine. Use a Clay Bar to take off the old wax then wash the car. Apply a glaze such as Poor Boys Black hole or Chemical Guys EZ Glaze. Finish with your choice of wax. I used EZ Glaze and Collinite 915. You can simply use Autoglym Super Resin Polish after the Clay bar and wash if you wish. This is how mine looked today after the clean which took about 12 hours!
    Looking very tidy mate!
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    I use megs gold class shampoo (Single bucket coz im lazy)
    Microfiber towel
    Then megs clay bar kit
    Followed by a rinse and dry with a towel again
    Autoglym super resin polish http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AUTOGLYM-SUPER...item1e5b59ae77
    Autoglym extra gloss protection http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Autoglym-Auto-...item4a9fe001d3
    then finally collinite 476 for the wax. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Collinite-476-...item2556302076

    Here is my dads merc after the above process. I did it over easter, it hadnt been polished in 4 years...



    Like everybody has said Seb, everyone has there own methods and cleaner they prefer. The car gets this treatment around every 6 months as im not a cleaning freak. I wash it once a week and you have seen my car...
     
     

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    Cheers for the input Steve!

    Im going to give Megs gold class a go I've never tried a clay bar before so I may have to give that a go too!

    How easier are clay bars to apply?
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    Quote Originally Posted by afcneal View Post
    Seb - thought you were at the shops/under the thumb today?

    I burst my clay-bar cherry a fews weeks back - a doddle if you use loads of lube (don't start!) but I was disappointed how little stuff it took off - and that certainly ain't my brilliant cleaning method!!
    ....I should be. But have only just woke up!

    Lots of lube.......got ya!
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    Lots of lube is fine, but back to the clay bar issue I Have started using Bilt Hamber soft and its a real doddle as you only need water as a lube so no expensive detail spray stuff. It's true sometimes you don't see much dirt on the bar but the surface of the paint feels like glass if clayed properly and the resulting polish has a much better finish. I also like to clay the windows for a streak free finish and the old bar can be also used to good effect on Alloys too.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6891_seb View Post
    Cheers for the input Steve!

    Im going to give Megs gold class a go I've never tried a clay bar before so I may have to give that a go too!

    How easier are clay bars to apply?
    To answer your question..dead easy to use a claybar. Just make sure you wet the bar AND the surface. Do about 2 square feet at a time and when you see residue on the bar, fold and work the bar to a clean surface and away you go again. Apply hardly any pressure and just let the bar slide over the paint. Too much pressure can mar paint but with only light pressure and lots of lube it's safe.
     
     

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    OK today I used a washmitt and tried Megs Gold class shampoo for the first time...very impressed

    ...Have a couple of days off the end of next week so am planning a detailing day where she will get the FULL treatment!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6891_seb View Post
    ...Have a couple of days off the end of next week so am planning a detailing day where she will get the FULL treatment!
    You'll be getting strange looks from the neighbours again have you got any snowfoam that usually gets the curtains twitching
     
     

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