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#1 Russ77

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:59 PM

(This is not a complete list or a product guide, just what I find useful)

Washing/Drying Weekly or as often as necessary

2 Buckets
Grit Guard (optional but a good idea)
2 Wash mitts (one should preferably be lambs wool the other can be synthetic)
Shampoo (Meguiars/Autoglym are a good place to start)
Microfiber drying towel
Microfiber cloths
Quick Detailer spray (optional but helps with drying)
Wheel cleaner
Wheel cleaning brush/sponge
Old cloths/drying towel/leather for drying the wheels and/or cleaning the door jambs

Claying: Should only need to do this a few times a year but can be done more often if necessary

Clay bar (sorry to state the obvious :lol: )
Quick Detailer spray
MF cloths
Sealable plastic bag/container to store the clay in

Polishing: 2-3 times a year, less if machine polishing

Polish (again quite obvious)
Foam/microfiber applicators
MF cloths
QD spray

Waxing: Every month or so depending on the wax/LSP you use.  If you wash your car and the water doesn't bead it needs waxing ;-)

If you clay and/or polish your car you need to wax it.

Wax (I think you get the idea now :lol: )
Foam/microfiber applicators
MF cloths
QD spray

Interior:

Depends on how serious you want to get about this :lol:

My current arsenal consists of:

Wet/Dry Vac
Steamer
Small paint brush (good for vents etc
Meguiars brush
Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner
Armoural interior/dash wipes.

#2 naxtek

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 03:42 PM

Sounds great advice as usual Russ!

Being overly picky here/adding a few minor points I can think of off the top of my head:

I don't get on well with most of the Meguiars shampoos, NXT and Gold Class seem to strip my wax  :evil:.  Meguiars Softwash Gel seems alright though, but my fave is Poorboys Super Slick & Suds.

Might want to mention that the best drying towels are ussually 'Waffle Weave' microfibre.

Clay bar - many people seem to buy the wrong grade at first, might want to mention medium grade clay tends to work best for most people.

Also, what about different types of polish and their purposes? Compounds, glazes. etc.  I know it's a broad subject though...

Oh also, Poorboys Natural Look dressing for the interior is amazing :D

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 05:10 PM

Fair points........

Megs shampoo wise, I've never had any problems with.

Polishes, that's a whole other topic :lol:

Wanted to keep things fairly generic and not do too much in the way of product recommendations as one man's treasure is another man's junk and vice versa :wink:

That's not to say we can't do a review of different products and make it another sticky :wink:

Tell you what, I'm all posted out right now, you start it, I'll make it sticky :lol:

Might be an idea to "sectionise" it i.e. Wash/clay/polish/wax/accessories etc?

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 06:07 PM

Cool, can do.  I'll get my writing hat on later and put something together... :)

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:51 AM

what is a decent tyre shine that doesnt dry/evaporate with in the first half hour of applying?

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:54 AM

martin1990 said:

what is a decent tyre shine that doesnt dry/evaporate with in the first half hour of applying?

I've used Meguiar's Endurance Tyre dressing for a few years now and that stuff lasts for a while!

Depending on how much driving on wet roads you do, it'll normally be good for around 3 weeks.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 11:50 AM

+1 for megs endurance..

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 12:32 PM

ok thanks