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Old 11-01-2017, 03:50 PM
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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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Old 11-01-2017, 04:18 PM
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Wow that's a lot of products!

Thought I'd start simple with a shampoo, mitt and a bucket.
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:21 PM
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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
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:32 PM
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If you are going to start from scratch do an iron fallout treatment then a clay bar treatment
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!
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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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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!
Great idea getting the children ti help. I have used Maguiers wash and polish in the past, you can buy a cleaning kit.
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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!
Sorry...that probably is a bit advanced . Enjoy the basic wash with a mit .
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Sorry...that probably is a bit advanced . Enjoy the basic wash with a mit .
It's ok. Think I'll start with the basics!
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Foam lance http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washin...prod_1296.html
Foam http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washin.../prod_500.html
Wash http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washin...prod_1251.html
Wash http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washin.../prod_345.html
Dry http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/microf.../prod_154.html
Clay http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/detail...t/prod_83.html
Polish http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/pre-wa.../prod_742.html
Polish http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/access...r/prod_89.html
Polish http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/microf.../prod_436.html
Finish http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/index....&productId=471
Glass http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/interi.../prod_809.html
Leather http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/zaino/.../prod_472.html
Smells http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/air-fr.../prod_539.html
Wheels http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels.../prod_480.html
Wheels http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/engine.../prod_726.html
Wheels http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels.../prod_197.html
Tyres http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels.../prod_103.html
Tyres http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels.../prod_340.html
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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