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Basic car cleaning kit

Discussion in 'Autocare, Detailing, Valet, Product reviews' started by rexemper, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. rexemper

    rexemper Senior Member

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    Hi

    Have to confess that I haven't washed a car in years - I've taken them to a car-wash or a hand-wash place and left it at that.

    However, I'd like to start doing thing properly and have been looking at some of the threads on here to get an idea of what to do, how to do it. In the past I would have grabbed whatever shampoo was available, a sponge and a bucket and that was it. Maybe an occasional hosepipe was involved.

    I don't think I'm ever going to have the time or inclination to be a detailer and spend hours on it, but I would like to do a decent job and keep the cars cleaner than they have been.

    So, my initial thinking was the following:
    Sonax Gloss Shampoo
    Sonax Xtreme BSD
    Sonar Extreme Wheel Cleaner

    Along with
    Car wash mitt
    Microfibre towel
    2 buckets

    Any thoughts?? Is it worth using a shampoo with a wax? Happy to learn.

    Thanks

    PS Both cars seem in good condition paint wise and seem like they have been looked after in the past (kept clean etc) but I don't know if they have any kind of finishes etc applied to them.
     
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  2. Yugguy

    Yugguy Senior Member

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    Foam lance http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washing-and-drying/foam-pre-wash/cyc-snow-foam-lance/prod_1296.html
    Foam http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washing-and-drying/valet-pro-ph-neutral-snow-foam/prod_500.html
    Wash http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washi...a-plush-micro-noodle-wash-mitt/prod_1251.html
    Wash http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washi...chemical-guys-citrus-wash-gloss/prod_345.html
    Dry http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/micro...38-x-28-microfibre-drying-towel/prod_154.html
    Clay http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/detai...fx-ultra-fine-detailing-clay-kit/prod_83.html
    Polish http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/pre-wax-cleaners/autoglym-super-resin-polish/prod_742.html
    Polish http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/accessories/foam-wax-applicator/prod_89.html
    Polish http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/micro...shag-pile-double-density-towels/prod_436.html
    Finish http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=471
    Glass http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/interior/3m-glass-cleaner/prod_809.html
    Leather http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/zaino/z-9-leather-soft-spray-cleaner/prod_472.html
    Smells http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/air-fresheners/chemical-guys-so-fast-apple-air-freshner/prod_539.html
    Wheels http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/ez-detail-brush/prod_480.html
    Wheels http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/engine-and-exterior/carpro-iron-x-500ml/prod_726.html
    Wheels http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/chemical-guys-wheel-guard/prod_197.html
    Tyres http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/meguiars-high-gloss-tyre-gel/prod_103.html
    Tyres http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/trim-tyre-dressing-applicator/prod_340.html
     
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    rexemper

    rexemper Senior Member

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    Wow that's a lot of products!

    Thought I'd start simple with a shampoo, mitt and a bucket.
     
  4. Wighty

    Wighty Senior Member

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    If you are going to start from scratch do an iron fallout treatment then a clay bar treatment . Plenty of info on clean your car website as well as juicy detailing and ultimate finish . Enjoy :p
     
  5. flowrider99

    flowrider99 Senior Member

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    I thought about cleaning the SL myself too but soon gave up that idea. I will periodically use a mobile valeter with basic washes by me in between for the SL and the ML can continue with the local hand wash guys.
     
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    rexemper

    rexemper Senior Member

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    I understand the individual words but not together in the same sentence!

    I think at this stage I just want to be able to wash the cars and have them look good for a while. Later in the year I might take them to get detailed but can't imagine its something I'd do myself.

    Starting to wash the cars again is partly as it'll give the kids something to do apart from being glued to screens of some sort!
     
  7. davemercedes

    davemercedes Senior Member

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    With the trouble I have bending and stretching the most I do myself is an occasional wash only (I've got a power wash). But luckily there's a yard with 7 or 8 East European boys and they do a superb job and ask me for for £6 for a wash and dry! I often give them a tenner because they really are conscientious and going by the "thank you's" you would think I'd given them the Crown Jewels!

    I keep hoping to find one of the new automatic chemical washes that I read about - which has no brushes - it sprays on and gets washed off - taking all the dirt off in the rinse (so they say).
     
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  8. flowrider99

    flowrider99 Senior Member

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    Great idea getting the children ti help. I have used Maguiers wash and polish in the past, you can buy a cleaning kit.
     
  9. Wighty

    Wighty Senior Member

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    Sorry...that probably is a bit advanced . Enjoy the basic wash with a mit .:p
     
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    rexemper

    rexemper Senior Member

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    Just been looking at some of these products and I really like the way you've broken it down and the products you've linked to all look really good. Think I'll give some of those a try.
    Thanks for posting these.
     
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    rexemper

    rexemper Senior Member

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    It's ok. Think I'll start with the basics!
     
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    Wighty Senior Member

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    Save the clay bar and fallout decontamination for next years xmas presents :p
     
  13. 00slk

    00slk Senior Member

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    I washed my lorry today, used cold water in a bucket, a sponge then hosed it off. Windowlened the glass, hoovered the inside and then used the dash board cleaner from the pound store......That's basic. :lol:
     
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  14. MALCOLM JOHNSON

    MALCOLM JOHNSON Senior Member

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    Tend to do a two bucket wash with a mitten post a hose down, cannot believe the amount of muck is held in the wash bucket.
     
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    rexemper

    rexemper Senior Member

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    I think that's what I'm going to go for too. With the addition of a detailer and wheel clean. Has to be a something that isn't too much of a faff else I'll never do it!

    The products linked to in one of the earlier posts look pretty good so need to decide what to buy.
     
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    rexemper

    rexemper Senior Member

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    Right - ordered some shampoo, detailer, wheel cleaner, cloths, mitt to start with.

    Just run a hose over the car to get the road dirt off and although its not clean, most of the dirt is off and the water is beading nicely so it seems it has some decent protection on it already. If so, that will make my job easier to keep it clean.
     
  17. Craiglxviii

    Craiglxviii Senior Member

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    Yug, I can see where I'll be taking my cars to get them properly cleaned in the future! :D
     
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    Craiglxviii Senior Member

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    You CANNOT beat Costco's microfiber cloths. £14 for 50. They're A3 sized, thick and superb quality. Next time you need some, if you're not a member or don't have a store nearby, let me know, I can get some for you and stick them in the post.
     
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    Wighty Senior Member

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    I second that ...bourght some about 8 years ago still got 40+ of them , they are really well made .
     
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    rexemper

    rexemper Senior Member

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    That is very kind of you. Will take you up on that I reckon. We have a store nearish but I'm not a member. Will see if the Mrs is going with a friend anytime soon.

    I had a couple of new (small) ones in a cupboard so just bought a large one for now for the main drying. Was planning on using the small ones for applying the detailer.

    Cheers
     

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