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    As you might know from my other posts that I've gone from 0 to 60 in buying a E91 in about 5 seconds.

    Anyway, it's Sapphire Black and I want to take better care of this car than I did on any of my other cars (including Wifes Cooper S). I've read quite a few threads on here and the detailing guide sticky and have come to the conclusion that as amazing as the cars look, I know my own limitations of time and ambition.

    It also seems like a small fortune can be spent of products to give the cars these amazing finishes but I won't be able to go out and buy myself 200 quids worth of gear but I could justify spending £30-£40 in purchasing a few of the essentials, with a view to adding to the collection.

    It seems Meguairs is popular (I'd heard of it from ukmkivs.net) and they do a 3 step system but then I read that step 1 and 2 are abrasive.

    Also, the car will have been supaguarded by the time we pick it up so will this affect my purchases?

    So, so far the things I am planning on getting are:

    1. an extra bucket (so I have 2)
    2. a sheepswool mitt
    3. Microfibre cloths (lots of)
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    I now need help in filling the rest of the numbers if you wouldn't mind.
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    Meguiar's clay kit
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    Meguiar's quik detailing kit
     
     

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    MrSossidge,

    FWIW, my cleaning regime would consist of;

    Meguiars Clay Kit (£25 from Halfords, £10 from ebay)
    Autoglym Super Resin Polish
    Autoglym High Def Wax (£40 from Halfords, £20 from ebay)

    I use Microfibre cloths from Costco (30 for c£12) for drying, polishing and waxing.

    I use a foam lance attached to a Karcher pressure washer (c£50)

    Sometimes use a quick detail polish post drying too.


    It is expensive to start, but a lot of the stuff lasts a long time. The clay kit can be stretched to a couple of applications which is enough for a year, the polish should do your car half a dozen times, and the wax probably good for 3 years of use. The cloths are put in the washing machine every week and seem to last really well, and the lance gets used on 3 cars at least once a week.

    My regime is in this thread...

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    you've said you getting a mitt and a bucket, you also want a load of microfibre cloths..

    dodo juice sour power shampoo is the best ive used for cleaning, although megs gold class is better value for money!

    bilberry wheel cleaner is an essential as far as im concerned aswell.

    megs quick clay kit may be needed,

    a good polish, megs step 2 is good!

    and a quality wax, best ive used is autosmart carnauba wax which is also excellent value for money!

    and some good all round cleaner like autoglym interior shampoo which can be used for allsorts!

    that little lot will set you back £40 or thereabouts and your all set!
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    Ok, thanks guys.

    Some microfibre cloths then. Are they a standard size? The ones I have are used for cleaning the plasma and PS3 ands are about the size of a hankie.

    So from reading the responses how does this sound.

    Sour Power Gloss Enhancing Shampoo.
    Meguairs Clay Kit
    Autoglym Super Resin Polish
    Autoglym High Def Wax

    Meguairs Quik Care Detailing Kit in between waxes.
     
     

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    I find the autoglym super resin polish leaves to much residue and is very mildly abrasive would suggest using wax instead also someone mentioned somewhere to get loads of microfibre clothes very cheap-will try find out where............
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSossidge View Post

    Sour Power Gloss Enhancing Shampoo.
    Meguairs Clay Kit
    Autoglym Super Resin Polish
    Autoglym High Def Wax

    Meguairs Quik Care Detailing Kit in between waxes.
    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    I find the autoglym super resin polish leaves to much residue and is very mildly abrasive would suggest using wax instead also someone mentioned somewhere to get loads of microfibre clothes very cheap-will try find out where............
    So I could ditch the polish and go straight to the wax.
     
     

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    They both essentially do the same job-except that polish is mildly abrasive
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSossidge View Post
    Ok, thanks guys.

    Some microfibre cloths then. Are they a standard size? The ones I have are used for cleaning the plasma and PS3 ands are about the size of a hankie.
    Costco seem the cheapest, are you a member ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark@vorny.co.uk View Post
    Costco seem the cheapest, are you a member ?
    No, but I am at Makro. I might take a trip out there this week.
     
     

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