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    Hi all I am quite new to he cleaning process and would like some advice. I will be purchasing some materials soon and would like to buy the best my budget will allow.

    I was going to go with autoglym shampoo, clay, srp and bumper care. Would this be ok to use or would I also need a wax along with this or is there better products out there at the same price?

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    What colour is it?

    it all depends on what you want out of cleaning your car ... what are you looking to do?
    remove swirls?
    restore shine or deep colour
    just clean and get it looking really good

    The products you have suggested
    SRP is really good at hideing swirls and small scratsches
    ag shampoo - i use megs gold class goes a long way it is a really good at cleaning
    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washin.../prod_423.html
    if its a dark colour car i wouldnt clay it,
    bumper care - never used it

    as for a wax to finish it off, i would reccomend collinite 476s its very durabel, very cheap, easy to apply by hand and looks stunning
    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/co.../prod_451.html

    Have you thought of anything for the wheels? i would reccomened bilberry. its non acidic so you can leave it on for as long as you want, you can mix it with water so you can use less for when wheels are less dirty, long lasting
    http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels.../prod_499.html
     
     

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    I always use cleanyourcar.com

    There are some brilliant detailing guides on detailing world and plenty of advice.

    Just buy some basic products, it's more about technique than product to start with, some cheap polish and cheap wax can go very far! It's worth seeing if any of your friends have a dual action polisher to play with as that will make life much easier!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbbie View Post
    Hi all I am quite new to he cleaning process and would like some advice. I will be purchasing some materials soon and would like to buy the best my budget will allow.

    I was going to go with autoglym shampoo, clay, srp and bumper care. Would this be ok to use or would I also need a wax along with this or is there better products out there at the same price?

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    hi
    i have always used the turtle wax zipwax shampoo from halfords(always on sale at this time of year) as the main washing agent,then i would shammy the car to get rid of excess water and water marks,i would then spray all four tyres with autoglym tyre shine then i would use Autoglym super resin polish as the main wax, let it dry then buff it off and then for that finishing touch i would apply autoglym extra gloss protection,which gives it the high gloss finish, all these items that i have used over many years are commonly available on fleabay or any motorist shop and best of all they do work,.a brilliant finish is achieved by taking your time and doing a good job..what you put in is what you get out..
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyson01 View Post
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    i have always used the turtle wax zipwax shampoo from halfords(always on sale at this time of year) as the main washing agent,then i would shammy the car to get rid of excess water and water marks,i would then spray all four tyres with autoglym tyre shine then i would use Autoglym super resin polish as the main wax, let it dry then buff it off and then for that finishing touch i would apply autoglym extra gloss protection,which gives it the high gloss finish, all these items that i have used over many years and are commonly available on fleabay or any motorist shop and best of all they do work,.a brilliant finish is achieved by taking your time and doing a good job..what you put in is what you get out..
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    here are few pictures off cars that i have owned over the years and used all the above products i have described on, so you dont think im talking rubbish..
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    Quote Originally Posted by newbbie View Post
    Hi all I am quite new to he cleaning process and would like some advice. I will be purchasing some materials soon and would like to buy the best my budget will allow.

    I was going to go with autoglym shampoo, clay, srp and bumper care. Would this be ok to use or would I also need a wax along with this or is there better products out there at the same price?

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    i personally wouldn't bother with ag shampoo, try zymol its available in halfords and is a similar price to ag and a far superior product imo, everything else is fine clay, then a good going over with srp and finally a nice wax will make your car look lovely, i would highly recommend ag's high definition wax or if your on a budget try ether poorboys nattys paste or collinite's 476s both very good for the money, both are available from cleanyourcar.co.uk or performancemotorcare.co.uk
     
     

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    Try and see when halfords are doing 3for 2 or even better buy 1 get 1 free then you can go mad! I normally use megs gold class shampoo but you can pay £16 in halfords thats why its best to get it as part of the deals or go online.

    I have also used turtle zipwax in the past, for the price you cant knock it one bit!...
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    hi just been reading this thread.

    any advice for a black bmw? , light scratchs and bit neglected paint wise but nothing too serious other than some touched up areas. is it worth T cutting first?

    also the convertible roof has minor green (moss id say) patchs here and there any advice for getting rid of this.

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    Guess this is another chance for my opinion

    Right, I do agree that some of the above products are ok for keeping a car clean but I truly would not recommend going to Halfrauds regardless of what deals they have on purely on the basis that even on a B1G1F offer you will still be overcharged...

    Shampoo - Well for a start this whole process will be a waste of time if you cant maintain the finish, so it would be worth investing in 2 decent buckets preferably with grit guards. A decent wash mitt is a must, preferably lambswool so that any grit or dirt will sink into the mitt to prevent further paint damage. Onto the shampoo itself, I used to be a fan of Megs Gold Class until i realised that it will strip your wax/sealant away after a few uses which is quite frustrating when it takes a good while to apply a wax fully in the first place. My personal favourite it DodoJuice Born to be Mild, due to the fact that it is designed to be wax friendly, smells good and has carnuba content. Though it may not look like your getting much for the money a 500ml bottle will outlast most 2L bottles of shampoo due to its 1:800 dilution ratio. It acts as a brilliant lubricant between paint and mitt and with a decent mitt will protect your car very well from paint damage occuring during the wash process. To dry a chamois is a NO NO! Get yourself a couple of decent microfibre or even better waffleweave cloths and pat dry (DON'T SWIPE)

    As Sam mentioned, Bilberry wheel cleaner is very good for removing light and heavy dirt and contamination on wheels, whilst still being gentle to the finish.

    After the wash process a clay every few months is a good idea purely to get out all of the contaminents that have been ground into the paintwork from every day use, definitely a must before the first time you wax it or you will just be sealing the contaminents in further. A good one to start with is sonus green ultra fine clay as it is one of the more gentle ones and it is easy to use. Just make sure the clay is kept soft by keeping some in very warm water whilst using another bit and keep alternating. Use lots of lubricant which can just be a high concentration shampoo mix in a spray bottle or a dedicated clay lube, they both do the job.

    Now onto polishes which is a big area, and alot of people wont like what I say, but AG SRP has always been slightly counter productive in my eyes, purely because it is a filler polish as well as a very light cutting compound. So you end up cutting down the surface for no reason and only filling the imperfections, which means that a wax wont bond to the fillers and as a result the first time it rains your results will be washed away. So using just a filler polish is a safer way to get pretty much the same result. I dont have any personal recommendations for this as when detailing cars I have always been lucky enough to have enough paint to comfortably cut the paint down with a machine polisher. To get a permanent result from SRP by hand you would literally have to spend about 2 days non stop just on the polishing process and anyone who has machine polished a car can vouch for me that to get a decent result even with a machine takes alot of work. Not just a once over with some halfords products. This is not to say dont use it, just dont expect the car to look brand new after 3 hours work.

    Finally, wax is an often ignored stage during the cleaning process yet is one of the most important. Without going too in depth, a wax like Collinite 476s, Collinite 915 - Marque de Elegance (My preference) or Victorias concourse Wax are all very durable and will last a good few months at a time. The last two will give a clearer coat, which generally means a nicer finish, but 476s is most peoples choice for its durability. And unless you are really picky with the finish you wont notice the slightest bit of difference. A good wax will protect your paintwork for a good few months though it should be topped up every couple of months between clays.

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