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    Hi guys

    Ive recently got my self a Black 520i and wanted to know what is the best method for cleaning polishing waxing and what products would you recommend to be the best.

    The paintwork doesnt have any scratches and I dont think has been cleaned in about 6months. So will need a good washing first. Ive read about wet clay, can people also recommend a good clay brand to use.

    If you guys could briefly explain how you take care of your exteriors it would be greatly appreciated

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    Hi,

    Ideally you want to buckets, 1 with the shampoo, the other with clean water, after each pass over the surface of the paint rinse the mitt in the clean water, try to remove as much of the surface dirt and film before coming in contact with the paint, this is where a foam lance can be of great help as it clings to the paint and draws the surface dirt down and softens it.
    A good quality plush drying towel is a must for keeping the paint marr free.(no chamois).

    For a good mild clay to begin with something like Meguiars mild or Sonus green will be fine, keep the paint lubricated (weak solution of shampoo or meguiars last touch through a trigger spray) and gently glide the clay over the surface until a glass like touch is achieved.

    If you paintwork is defect free, which it probably isn't, then a paint cleanser followed by a wax will be fine, alternatively you can use an All in One product cleaner/polish/protectant something as simple as AG SRP which also has filling abilities to hide some defects, then just top this with a wax of choice.

    Some of the brief guides on my site may help a little or the full wash details can be seen on my write ups on this forum.
    http://gleammachine.net/page11.htm

    Also a couple of good online stores that stock most of the above,

    http://www.i4detailing.co.uk/
    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/
     
     

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    Liking it Rob, liking it
     
     

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    Thats a good basic cleaning guide there Rob.

    I'll have to start calling you Dave_KG

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    Excellent link above, by gleam MC.

    I dont have much to add, as I dont know much, but I've found out that:

    1. A clay bar will work wonders, listen to hear when the paint surface is clean, difficult to explain but you'll soon get the hang.

    2. Autoglym Super Resin polish is a fantastic product easy to apply, easy to remove and with a long life. With Autoglym Super Resin you may get away with polishing the car only twice a year.

    3. Autoglym super resin polish is total carp on any dark colour, so you've got to use carabunda based waxes which look fantastic when applied, but last only three or four weeks.

    http://www.autoglym.com/enGB/product...6VQ=HD&Range=1
     
     

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    thank you very much gleammachine, the foaming looks quite fun so i think ill be ordering the attachment for my karcher.

    Alot of people say using a pressure washer on paintwork damages the laquer, but im guessing this is only with it on a really fine powerfull spray right?

    Also I polish use paint cleanser then wax right?

    Thank you very much for all of your help
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Race Valeting View Post
    Thats a good basic cleaning guide there Rob.

    I'll have to start calling you Dave_KG

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    Cheers Paul, put the guide on my site as some of the explanations kind be a bit mind boggling to people viewing who are not in the know.

    Quote Originally Posted by lostagain View Post
    Excellent link above, by gleam MC.

    3. Autoglym super resin polish is total carp on any dark colour, so you've got to use carabunda based waxes which look fantastic when applied, but last only three or four weeks.
    AG SRP is a very under-rated product, if used correctly can produce a very decent finish on a budget, the reason I suggested it is because it's readily available if you choose not to order online, it will work equally as well on dark or light colours.
    Some of the cheaper carnuaba waxes may only last a few weeks, the ones I carry will offer 3-4 months between top-ups but then their a lot more £££'s.

    Quote Originally Posted by emphasis303 View Post
    thank you very much gleammachine, the foaming looks quite fun so i think ill be ordering the attachment for my karcher.

    Alot of people say using a pressure washer on paintwork damages the laquer, but im guessing this is only with it on a really fine powerfull spray right?

    Also I polish use paint cleanser then wax right?

    Thank you very much for all of your help
    If you hold the pressure washer on the paint too near on a pencil jet then theres a good chance of damaging the paint, I always keep mine about 2 foot away from the paints surface, you don't need a powerful jet as the cleaning products will do most of the work for you.

    Wash, clay, paint cleanser, wax.
     
     

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