Finally had some time today to clean up the beast.
Last weekend I bought some new toys at Halfrauds in the 2for1 promotion, so at bathtime today, we experimented with the following products:
- AutoGlym Shampoo and Conditioner (Green lable)
- Turtle wax (green bottle, not new, been using it for a while and not happy with all the white muck...)
- 'Dead Rabbit', big fluffy white thing you shove your hand up
- Blue microfibre cloths
- AutoGlym alloy wheel cleaner (orange lable)
- Halfords 'wet look' tyre spray (blue bottle)
- Car vacuume cleaner I found in my parent's garage when last visiting...
Was very impressed with the AutoGlym shampoo/conditioner. Two caps-full gave loads of suds, the green slime smelt good and it generated a nice thick cover on the car when applied with a normal sponge. The foam didn't run off too quickly either, certainly time to wash out and refill the bucket with clean water.
When taking the soap off, I noticed that the water was beading. I was very impressed with this, you could see the product was working nicely and the water ran off well, washing away the soap nicely. Two buckets later, it was remarkably easy to get the water off with a chamois.
Quick buzz over with one of the microfibre cloths, made easy work of remaining water and marks, feel nice to use and skim over the surface well, leaving a visible residue on the cloth of any remaining muck the soap didn't remove.
Applied a coat of the TurtleWax using the rabbit thing. Worked surprisingly well for a cheap fluffy thing. The wax applied evenly, though required a run over with a slightly more coarse cloth (more so than the microfibre) to get it rubbed in. I'm not a fan of this wax, it leaves white rubish in all the door and window gaps and creates more work. The reverse-parking sensors are an absolute pain to clean when the wax gets in the tiny spaces and makes them white (on a black car anyway!). Another run over with the microfibre cloth to remove any finger marks or streaks.
I decided to take the BMW roundel off while I was doing this. Bit of an effort, but screwdriver wrapped in soft cloth simplified things. Just needed to work the top and the bottom gradually - be careful to keep the screwdriver covered, it tries to get out of the cloth and eat your paintwork...
Gave the windows a good clean with another microfibre cloth, inside and out. Opened up the bonnet, had a quick wipe around with an old cloth to get the muck out of the corners etc. Opened up the pollen filter and gave it a very good shake while I was in there.
When the body was done, I moved to the wheels. I used the AutoGlym alloy wheel cleaner which directed you to just spray it on, leave for a minute then wash off with cold water. The sprayer is a bit rubbish, I had to use a lot of product to cover the whole wheel as it doesn't 'spray', it sort of 'splurted' out. May just be my bottle, but not great. Washed off the gumk with cold water. Annoyingly I don't have access to a hose or sprayer here, so had to use an old sponge to clean the wheels. They look OK, but I think I could do better with normal shampoo, a hose with a power lance and some elbow grease.
Finished the job by spraying the tyre walls with the wet look spray. This does look super, especially on a black car, though god knows what's in it, it made a very slippery puddle on the floor. Some sort of silicon perhaps?
Oh, actually, I did one last exterior thing - I used one of the microfibre cloths on the exhaust tips with some WD40. It seems to cut through the crap that gets on there and leaves them super shiney.
Moved to the interior with the car vacuume, cute little thing that did a good job. I didn't bother doing anything to the leather seats as I was using the car shortly afterwards. May do that tomorrow, I have some armourall wipes that seem to do a good job.
Photos of the glimmering clean beast below, comments/criticisms about my technique or the products welcome!