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Post by Kingfisher » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:27 pm

What's best for washing when the car is all waxed up and looking perfect with no hint of swirls anywhere? Just like glass with no marks at all just a very deep shine. At the moment I'm just using 2 x buckets of cold water and a wash mitt followed by a light chamois off. I'm loathe to use anything that makes bubbles in case it takes the wax off but is there some whizzo stuff on the market which won't affect the wax? .... Ta for any suggestions ... :)

Edit: Just noticed a similar post further down ... I'm also using Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection after washing but on top of I know not what ... it was perfect when I collected it!
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Post by Buckz » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:51 pm

Wax won't get removed with car shampoo.. don't use leather to dry either, bad old school​ way of doing things. Stick with a proper drying towel.

I use snow foam or citrus pre wash on my cars and then two bucket method and quick detailer at the end.
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Post by Nanu » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:48 pm

Maguires Gold Shampoo is good stuff
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Post by Smartbear » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:38 pm

+1 for a quality microfiber drying towel over a chamois leather :thumbsup:
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Post by LordOxygen » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:18 pm

Nanu wrote:Maguires Gold Shampoo is good stuff
+1

I've been using that for ages now, excellent stuff and doesn't strip wax.
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Post by Sgreen » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:21 am

Use a small handheld leaf blower for drying off the car, that way eliminates potential scratches when drying your car, especially if any debris falls on the car after washing but before drying. Also gets the water out of those numerous hard to dry places :)
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Post by scooobydont » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:07 am

As others have said, bin the chamois and get a micofibre drying towel, you will not look back. I use poorboys super slick and suds shampoo but most dedicated shampoos will not have the strength to lift the wax.

You can use a quick detailer to top up the wax but need to be careful to avoid creating any scratches when applying, again micro fibre clothes are the way,spray on, wipe and buff off. Just ensure your bodywork is squeaky clean beforehand.

There are a million and one different shampoos, quick detailers and waxes out there, no 2 people use the same :D

All you will ever need and more can be found on here:

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/index.php

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Post by lordgrover » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:34 am

Kingfisher wrote:... At the moment I'm just using 2 x buckets of cold water and a wash mitt followed by a light chamois off. ...
I think water alone won't provide enough lubrication and will do more harm than a nice sudsy wash with a decent car shampoo.
As others have said, chamois is far from a good choice - ideally a warm air blower but a little extravagant for most of us :lol: . Realistically a couple of waffle weave mf towels and a leaf blower should do the trick nicely.

ETA. You may find this interesting too: https://youtu.be/oWnbAxhjgrE
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Post by Kingfisher » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:00 pm

buzyg wrote:I fear OCD is catching on this forum :wink: :thumbsup:
Yes, strange isn't it? I've got a perfectly nice Jaguar which was a lot more expensive than the Z4 yet I'm not the least bit obsessive about that one! Maybe it's because I drive the Jag all the time and save the Z4 for occasions ... daft anyway! ... :?
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Post by JAD » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:22 pm

lordgrover wrote:
Kingfisher wrote:... At the moment I'm just using 2 x buckets of cold water and a wash mitt followed by a light chamois off. ...
I think water alone won't provide enough lubrication and will do more harm than a nice sudsy wash with a decent car shampoo.
As others have said, chamois is far from a good choice - ideally a warm air blower but a little extravagant for most of us :lol: . Realistically a couple of waffle weave mf towels and a leaf blower should do the trick nicely.

ETA. You may find this interesting too: https://youtu.be/oWnbAxhjgrE
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Post by Buckz » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:26 pm

Kingfisher wrote:
buzyg wrote:I fear OCD is catching on this forum :wink: :thumbsup:
Yes, strange isn't it? I've got a perfectly nice Jaguar which was a lot more expensive than the Z4 yet I'm not the least bit obsessive about that one! Maybe it's because I drive the Jag all the time and save the Z4 for occasions ... daft anyway! ... :?
Oh, and I've just ordered a Meguiar's drying towel.
surely it depends on the person? some people make sure they care for their paintwork/cars 100% others do the bare minimum of manufacturers servicing and fixing things that break and drive with swirled up paint and are happy.

same way some people wear socks with holes in them and others don't ;)

I am very much ocd about my cars/things in general and if something doesn't look/sound right I'll be on it instantly whereas other people I know simply blank/ignore it and are happy.
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Post by Bing » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:21 pm

Wash with Megs, then rinse with water run through some of this : http://www.cleaningspot.co.uk/acatalog/ ... tml#SID=29

...in one of these, which just goes between the tap and your hose : http://www.cleaningspot.co.uk/acatalog/ ... tml#SID=29

Or just buy a full one : http://www.cleaningspot.co.uk/acatalog/ ... tml#SID=29

And you will need one of these to re-fill it : http://www.cleaningspot.co.uk/acatalog/ ... tml#SID=29

Best £100 I spent on a cleaning product, without exception, though needs £70 spent every two refills. Each refill lasts me about 5 months as I only use it for one car and the windows of the house occasionally.

You rinse the car as you wash with perfectly pure water so you do not need to dry with anything except air, as it will not leave watermarks even on the hottest summer day until the sand starts to go off (which you can monitor with a cheap water purity meter : http://www.cleaningspot.co.uk/acatalog/ ... tml#SID=16).

If you need to polish and wax the car use a small blower as suggested and then you literally have to tickle the car with a clean microfibre cloth.

One of the main reasons I love it is because it cuts down the time it takes to clean the car by a huge amount, especially in the summer when unfiltered water dries, leaves watermarks, and then needs quick detailed or polished/waxed to get rid of them. And it helps to preserve paintwork, of course.
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Post by Kingfisher » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:01 pm

Buckz wrote:
Kingfisher wrote:
buzyg wrote:I fear OCD is catching on this forum :wink: :thumbsup:
Yes, strange isn't it? I've got a perfectly nice Jaguar which was a lot more expensive than the Z4 yet I'm not the least bit obsessive about that one! Maybe it's because I drive the Jag all the time and save the Z4 for occasions ... daft anyway! ... :?
Oh, and I've just ordered a Meguiar's drying towel.
surely it depends on the person? some people make sure they care for their paintwork/cars 100% others do the bare minimum of manufacturers servicing and fixing things that break and drive with swirled up paint and are happy.

same way some people wear socks with holes in them and others don't ;)

I am very much ocd about my cars/things in general and if something doesn't look/sound right I'll be on it instantly whereas other people I know simply blank/ignore it and are happy.
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Post by GAZA62 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:01 pm

As above get a good drying towel and when drying the car spritz the panel with some QD helps the towel glide.

Re using EGP this goes under your wax not on top.
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