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    My first EVER detailing attempt on my day off work.........

    I was really pleased with the end result (see pictures below) but I would really love some feedback from the detailing pros on the process I used and some answers to a couple of questions I have.

    Looking forward to your constructive criticism!

    First off the process:
    Interior – Turtlewax ICE Interior Cleaner

    Wheels – Megs Hot Rims Wheel Cleaner, Megs Nxt Generation Metal Polysh, Megs Endurance High Gloss Tyre Shine

    Washed – Meguiars Gold Class Shampoo using two bucket method and Megs wash mitt, Megs APC

    Windows – Megs Nxt Generation Glass Cleaner, Rainx

    Scratches – Megs Scratch X

    Polish – Step 1: Megs Deep Crystal Paint Cleaner
    Step 2: Megs Deep Crystal Car Polish

    Waxed – Megs Gold Class Wax

    Secondly the questions:
    - I really want to clean the engine bay but what product should I use and how do you do this (I’m afraid of getting water/product somewhere I shouldn’t!)?
    - I want to add some extra steps to the process so can someone recommend products for the following and suggest where they fit in the above process:
    Snow Foam, Clay, Glaze, Sealant
    - A friend has told me to wash again after claying a car is this advised?
    - I’m looking at getting a machine polisher, are they really worth the money and can someone recommend a good one that doesn’t cost the earth!
    - Lastly can someone recommend another polish as I really don't rate the Megs Deep Crystal Car Polish used in Step 2

    Thanks in advance and thanks for looking.
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    Car looking well cool RedRise . Had nice weather today, and even I was out cleaning both cars . Not as detailed as you have done though
     
     

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    looking good matey
     
     

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    Great Job RedRise
    The colour looks fantastic .

    Whooops sorry RedRise I've just noticed that its polish you're after not wax, ignore the wax info below!!!

    AutoGlym Super Resin Polish has been recomended to me due the the amount of fillers in it,the polish helps mask all the nasty little scratches


    I had a local detailer take a look at my motor the other day and he recomended Chemical Guys - Pete's 53 Paste Wax which has a
    very high percentage of carnuba wax, its recomended for darker paints(mines black) and its relatively cheap at £23

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/ch.../prod_337.html

    also I have heard that Dodo Juice is a good product, their Purple Haze and Blue Velvet are also for darker coloured paints.

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/do.../prod_404.html

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/do.../prod_398.html

    these links are all from one website, i'm not promoting it, it was the first one that came up

    quality job though , don't suppose you want to practise on mine?..............
    Nah, didn't think so

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    that looks the works
    top job!
     
     

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    Stunning coupe, great colour.
     
     

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    Awesome work on an awesome car, I'd love one of these in that exact colour so I'm very jealous
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRise View Post
    My first EVER detailing attempt on my day off work.........

    Secondly the questions:
    - I really want to clean the engine bay but what product should I use and how do you do this (I’m afraid of getting water/product somewhere I shouldn’t!)?
    - I want to add some extra steps to the process so can someone recommend products for the following and suggest where they fit in the above process:
    Snow Foam, Clay, Glaze, Sealant
    - A friend has told me to wash again after claying a car is this advised?
    - I’m looking at getting a machine polisher, are they really worth the money and can someone recommend a good one that doesn’t cost the earth!
    - Lastly can someone recommend another polish as I really don't rate the Megs Deep Crystal Car Polish used in Step 2

    Thanks in advance and thanks for looking.
    Hi again.............

    I just wondered if you'd considered getting your motor detailed?
    firstly they will get all the swirl marks out of your paintwork and as you use the correct car washing technique you should never get them again.
    You could watch the detailer do his work and note in what order he does
    the various cleaning/cleansing processes,
    I'm sure they'll give you loads of advice on products and tips of the trade.
    Finally though you'll have a beautifully clean car with a fantastic gloss shine that you'll be able to keep up
    and have no need to purchase any expensive hardware.
    I'm sure its about £200-£250 to get it done.
    Just an idea that fellow forum member G4EDW put to me a couple of weeks ago?

    regards
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowTech View Post
    I had a local detailer take a look at my motor the other day and he recomended Chemical Guys - Pete's 53 Paste Wax which has a
    very high percentage of carnuba wax, its recomended for darker paints(mines black) and its relatively cheap at £23

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/ch.../prod_337.html

    also I have heard that Dodo Juice is a good product, their Purple Haze and Blue Velvet are also for darker coloured paints.

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/do.../prod_404.html

    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/do.../prod_398.html

    these links are all from one website, i'm not promoting it, it was the first one that came up
    First off thanks for all your comments guys, it makes me feel like my hard work was worth it

    SlowTech thanks very much for the product recommendations, dont worry about sounding like you are promoting cleanyourcar.co.uk a friend recommended i join the forum there to discuss my detailing questions. If anybody is interested in detailing or has any questions about it i'd recommend joining up as these guys really do seem to know their stuff

    I posted the following thread and got some great feedback:
    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/forum/...pic.php?t=6358

    Thanks again guys, look forward to seeing your motors gleaming
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowTech View Post
    Hi again.............

    I just wondered if you'd considered getting your motor detailed?
    firstly they will get all the swirl marks out of your paintwork and as you use the correct car washing technique you should never get them again.
    You could watch the detailer do his work and note in what order he does
    the various cleaning/cleansing processes,
    I'm sure they'll give you loads of advice on products and tips of the trade.
    Finally though you'll have a beautifully clean car with a fantastic gloss shine that you'll be able to keep up
    and have no need to purchase any expensive hardware.
    I'm sure its about £200-£250 to get it done.
    Just an idea that fellow forum member G4EDW put to me a couple of weeks ago?

    regards
    Hi SlowTech,

    Yeah i have thought about this, but the problem with me is when i get my teeth into something i cant let go so i really want to try and have a go at the whole process myself first as i dont think i could stand looking at the car after the detailer had finished thinking wow that looks amazing but i didn't do any of it

    That said i've seen the results of some of the work detailers have produced on the cleanyourcar forum and they really are worth their weight in gold

    If it all goes wrong and ive spent a small packet and wasted loads of my time i'll no doubt be eating my words

    Thanks for the wax (i was looking for this also) and polish advice i'm going post a list of what i'm going to go with on the cleanyourcar forum once i've decided and see what the pros come back with
     
     

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