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Old 30-09-2008, 11:52 AM   #1
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How To: Detailing/Serious Cleaning Guide (in progress)

I've realised that I have become obsessive. I'm thinking about Christmas already, and all that's on my 'want' list so far is cleaning products

So, the solution to any of these diseases is to join a community of sufferers who want to talk about it. I've found a great community (detailingworld.com), but thought I'd want to share my knowledge with you guys to save signing up blahblah.

So here's a few GOLDEN RULES if you want your car to look absolute sex. My next post will be my method.

1) Ditch your sponge - Invest in a couple of meguiars lambswool washmits.
Yes these are around 10 each but my god they help prevent scracthes to your paintwork. If you want to know more (including diagrams etc) see here. You don't need 2, but I use one for the top half of the car, and one for the grittier/muckier lower half.

2) Get another bucket - Wash your car with 2 buckets, one for cleaning the washmitt (nothing but water), one full of soapy water. This helps to prevent dirt particles and grit getting into the mitt when you dunk your mitt. Having a grit guard catches the grit at the bottom. I'll take some pics next time of the shit you have at the bottom of the bucket. You'll be very suprised.

3) Never EVER use fairy liquid - If you no longer live with your mum, or don't have a dishwasher, you'll know what fairy liquid does to your hands. I do the washing up at home, and my hands are pretty dry due to the stuff. 'Fairy soft' my arse. The same damage applies to your paintwork. Buy a shampoo, even a cheap 2 turtle wax one is better than fairy.

4) Ditch the chamouix, get a drying towel - another great method to prevent swirls. Halfrauds charge 12 for a good leather chamouix, save money with an 8 meguiars drying towel. You 'dab' rather than buff.

5) Clean your wheels first - so many people do this last. You'll only get crap over your car.

Onto the methods. I think it would be beneficial for people to use a similar format to what I have outset in the below post. Prices of products are also good to help people understand to what extent they're prepared to go. Mines rather average (no machine polishers etc), but if you have info on it, comment!
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Old 30-09-2008, 11:52 AM   #2
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I've probably spent around £125 on products, but some of these will last years so it's a worthwhile investment as I'm sure it holds the value of your car more, let alone the smile it puts on your face (isn' that why we all have rallyes anyway?.

**Products**
Buckets - 2x Meguiars/(Megs) buckets with Grit guards (£30 total)
Brushes - Toilet brush for inside of wheel, detailing brushes from anywhere really, don't pay more than £3 for a few.
Wash Mitts - 2x Megs Lambswool (£18 total)
Wheels - Bilberry Wheel Cleaner (£12), Poorboys wheel selant
Tyres - Asda tyre shine (£1 asda)
Shampoo - Megs #62 shampoo & conditioner (£7)
Bug/Tar remover - Poorboys bug/tar remover (£9)
Swirl remover - Scratch-X (£7)
Clay - Megs quick detail (£9)
Polish - megs step #2 (£7 part of £21 package combined with below)
Wax - megs step #3 (£7 part of £21 package combined with above)
Drying - Megs drying towel (£8)
Wax/polish applicator pads - Meguiars (£4)

Total - 125ish

**Exterior Clean**
I'll hopefully be using the following method. Note: Removing the wheels once in a while, not each time

1) Remove wheels from car.
2) Clean the caliper with a brush and shampoo
3) Using the dilute Bilberry Wheel cleaner, spray this onto the inside of the wheel, leave for 30secs and then lightly scrub with toilet brush.
4) Clean outside of wheels and bolt holes with Bilberry Wheel cleaner detailing brush.
5) Rinse gently and apply tyre shine. Check for nails/tread depth.
6) Fit wheels back on, apply poorboys wheel sealant
7) Clean door sills and boot seals etc with soapy (lower half) mitt.
8) Rinse these gently.
9) Clean wiper blades/ car rubbers with a soapy dishcloth
10) Pre rinse entire car
11) Apply poorboys bug/tar remover where necessary
12) Shampoo car with megs shampoo & conditioner using megs lambswool wash mits, one for top half, one for bottom half. Wahsmits to be applied using 2 bucket method with grit guards.
13) Apply fine (soft) soapy brush to any areas needed (around number plates, door handles etc
14) Light rinse (watering can on sprinkle)
15) Full rinse (watering can, no attachment)
16) Check car for any remaining bugs/tar. If any, apply poorboys again, apply shampoo and rinse.
17) Clay using megs quick detailer
18) Light rinse (watering can on sprinkle)
19) Full rinse (watering can, no attachment)
20) Dry using megs drying towel

21&22) Chil for an hour, play on a power ball to warm the arm up These things rock.

23) Apply Megs #2 Polish and applicator pad
24) Buff out using microfibre cloth

25) Scracth-X where needed. This removes swirls


26) Apply Megs #3 Wax and another applicator pad
27) Buff out using another microfibre cloth

28) Apply mr muscle window cleaner to windows, simple paper towels will buff nicely.

*Inside* - (pretty basic)

1) Vacumn
2) Carpet and seat Shampoo (I got a really good one but forgot name)
3) Work in the shampoo, clean.
4) Dust dashboard etc
5) Apply a polish
6) New red/yellow/blue magic tree air freshners to match teh 'rallye' colours (sad I know!)

All in a days work

I've probably spent around £125 on products, but some of these will last years so it's a worthwhile investment as I'm sure it holds the value of your car more, let alone the smile it puts on your face (isn' that why we all have rallyes anyway?.

**Products**
Buckets - 2x Meguiars/(Megs) buckets with Grit guards (£30 total)
Brushes - 1x included with 'Wonder Wheels', 1x toilet brush, 1x fine brush (£2 for the 2 additional brushes)
Wash Mitts - 2x Megs Lambswool (£18 total)
Wheels - Wonder Wheels with brush (£8 total)
Tyres - Turtle wax tyre shine (£3)
Shampoo - Megs #62 shampoo & conditioner (£7)
Bug/Tar remover - Poorboys bug/tar remover (£10)
Swirl remover - Scratch-X (£7)
Clay - Megs quick detail (£9)
Polish - megs step #2 (£7)
Wax - megs step #3 (£7)
Drying - Megs drying towel (£8)

Total - 125ish

**Exterior Clean**
I'll hopefully be using the following method. Note: Removing the wheels once in a while, not each time

1) Remove wheels from car.
2) Clean the caliper with a brush and shampoo
3) Clean the inside of the wheel with wonder wheels and toilet brush.
4) Clean outside of wheels and bolt holes with wonder wheels and specialist brush.
5) Rinse gently and apply tyre shine. Check for nails/tread depth.
6) Fit wheels back on.
7) Clean door sills and boot seals etc with soapy (lower half) mitt.
8) Rinse these gently.
9) Clean wiper blades/ car rubbers with a soapy dishcloth
10) Pre rinse entire car
11) Apply poorboys bug/tar remover where necessary
12) Shampoo car with megs shampoo & conditioner using megs lambswool wash mits, one for top half, one for bottom half. Wahsmits to be applied using 2 bucket method with grit guards.
13) Apply fine (soft) soapy brush to any areas needed (around number plates, door handles etc
14) Light rinse (watering can on sprinkle)
15) Full rinse (watering can, no attachment)
16) Check car for any remaining bugs/tar. If any, apply poorboys again, apply shampoo and rinse.
17) Dry using megs drying towel

18) Scracth-X where needed.

19) Clay using megs quick detailer
20) Light rinse (watering can on sprinkle)
21) Full rinse (watering can, no attachment)
22) Dry using megs drying towel

23) Apply Megs #2 Polish and applicator pad
24) Buff out using microfibre cloth

25) Apply Megs #3 Wax and another applicator pad
26) Buff out using another microfibre cloth

27) Apply mr muscle window cleaner to windows, simple paper towels will buff nicely.

*Inside* - (pretty basic)

1) Vacumn
2) Carpet and seat Shampoo (I got a really good one but forgot name)
3) Work in the shampoo, clean.
4) Dust dashboard etc
5) Apply a polish
6) New red/yellow/blue magic tree air freshners to match teh 'rallye' colours (sad I know!)

All in a days work.
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Old 30-09-2008, 12:37 PM   #3
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feck,

I use a pressure washer, 1 bucket, & a sponge. if Im feeling suitably benevolent and im going to polish a car
I use Mer, well it was good enough for Jesus.
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Old 30-09-2008, 12:42 PM   #4
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When I realised the difference it can make, I was rather amazed. For the investment, it's well worth it IMO. The products can be used on future vehicles and you can offer a good service to freidns/family at a good (but better than the polish) rate

I used to do 30p sponge asda, £2 chamouix asda and fairly liquid.
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Old 30-09-2008, 01:24 PM   #5
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mines a rally car mate, with matt black paint, i don't polish it.
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Old 30-09-2008, 02:00 PM   #6
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Sounds like all you need is a Chalk Board Rubber?
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Old 30-09-2008, 05:59 PM   #7
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Good advice for the 'bufty' there nick.

IIRC there's a good video on that site demonstrating the method (one legged guy washing the Mini).

Can you post a few before/after pics of your car ?
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Old 30-09-2008, 06:06 PM   #8
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Nick, try a turtle wax interior brush for seats and carpet. You will be pleasantly suprised with the results
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Old 30-09-2008, 06:13 PM   #9
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pointless on a white car,i once spent 10 hours of my life cleaning and polishing the car and all i can say is ill never get that time back ever
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Went down the obsessive route myself:





I am now my cars bitch!
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Old 30-09-2008, 06:31 PM   #11
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thats a black mirror not a car
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holy shit!!!! let me guess then it rained??
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On my next session I will be using Blue tape, showing the differences between certain stages.

One square will be the basic wash/chamouix
One will be treated with Scratch X
One will be the whole shibang

Only problem is, I'll then have to go back over myself which would be frustrating. Might do it to the girlfriends car and just let her drive around in a chequered effect clean haha

Jas, cheers for the tip, will try it

James, it is worth it with a white car. Giving it a session as outlined above, I'll only need to do it to such an extent once every 3-4 months
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Went down the obsessive route myself:
Why have you made your roof out of wood!
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detailing machine for the win! i did it on the rallye and the car was white before then after it was shocking at how yellow it was before! spent about 6 hours machine polishing it and wax the car everytime i wash it now.. dirt hardly sticks to it and it takes all of 10 mins to wax the whole car now the more wax on it the easier it is iv found.. and easier to maintain.. but now winter is setting in fast its hopefully goign to pay off as i cba to wash the car as much untill what little sun we do get comes out again lol
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Double polish and triple wax = problem solved for the winter

Would love to machine polish but a) I don't have 1, b) don't know anyone local who has one c) I would burn the paintwork. I'm one of those incompetent people
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i used the same type as what is in that picture 2nd one down.. i cannot rememebr what its called atm but it is very hard to burn the paint with it,
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Good guide there Nick, have made it sticky for you
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Went down the obsessive route myself:





I am now my cars bitch!
look at all that wasted storage space!! you could fill it with...well....car related guff
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I just pray that it rains really hard and in all directions.
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I used to be into detailing, My DC5 was a bit of a state when I got it, but with a lot of work it imporved 10 fold.

A quick before and after



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wish someone would do this to my car!

amazing work!
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Haha, I only just realised this site has a car cleaning related section.

I hate car cleaning, id rather drive it and blow the engine but for some strange reason today I cleaned/polished one of the rallye arches. Just to see if it would make a difference. Quite surprised, but think i will pay someone to do a proper job
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Don't use ordinary polish on your interior, try cockpit shine, cost about 7 a can, cleans, shines, protects and its available in lots of different scents I love washing and polishing my pug, the only bit I dont like is finding the new scratches and chips when i do, its quite depressing
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You may have mentioned this already. If you use a jet wash to rinse the car down and apply a traffic film remover to get rid the majority on the crap off your car this will prevent alot of paint swirls and scratches. I allways do the sills, wheels arches and the underneath. It sounds silly but it tends to improve brake response and the steering on the car. Everything else in the cleaing guide makes good sense to me.
If you can afford it you should try Swissvax polsih for the car. I trained to use thses products and they are amazing, you will love them Even white cars look amazing with this products they have a golden glow about them.
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