Going to pick up my new spider on Saturday (yippie!!)I have just one reservation - the car is metallic black, it's not that I have anything against black (i love it) but it does show every scratch and blemish. Someone told me that you can have a special treatment applied to the paint work to protect it. Is this true? is it worth it? and is expensive?
I too have a metallic black GTV. Trust me they look fantastic when clean.
I normally use Autoglym's super resin polish on the car as this does a good job of protecting the paintwork, and gives a deep lasting shine. I have also used autoglyms extra gloss protector - this is a sealant, it does not polish or clean, but simply provides the paintwork with a protective barrier against the elements, so the 'waxed' finish lasts longer. Both are easy to use, relatively cheap, and give very good results.
My GTV is gleaming balck too. It gets a seriously thorough clean and wax as often as possible. Thing is when it's clean you can see the plethora of stonechips and it's upsetting.
I use Turtle Wax Emerald polish which is excellent stuff, relatively expensive but you have to had a stron garm for buffing (unless you are as lucky as me and the Mrs is a willing polisher!)
I have decided to try a colour based wax, I am sure i have seen them before. I'm on the hunt this weekend. I'll let you all know how it goes....
Just to add my two cents worth, I had been using Autoglym resin polish and gloss protector on my Alfas for years and it always gave excellent results.
When I got the 166 which is Luxor nero, I thought I'd try Zymol wax. This stuff is very expensive and you have to buy it online but the results are superb. They make a wax specifically for Italian cars called Ital wax.
My Mrs had a similar treatment on her old Clio.It worked pretty well,but I reckon that you may asweel spend the £200 on cleaning products instead.Zymol is now sold in Halfords,at £15 a bottle.Is this similar to the stuff in the £100 kit?
The Zymol sold in Halfords is definitely not the same stuff as sold through their website. Strangely, Zymol describe the Halfords wax as a premium product, I always thought that meant top of the range. Did you check out the 'Vintage wax' on their website ? £1299.99 for 623g eek! eek! .Still, it's refilled for life, so if you're young enough, and you use it enough it could work out cheaper than Turtle wax .
The Ital wax is good stuff, developed for Italian
cars, which have a softer paintwork, apparently.
And boy, did I get it in the neck from my wife when she discovered I spent all that dosh on some car wax wink
Even so I might give the £15 stuff a go and see how it compares with Autoglym.Apparently it still contains many of the essential ingredients like caranauba,Coconut oil,kitten vomit,essence of Gnats testicle and bat saliva. wink
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Punts:
<strong>Reading all of this makes me feel inept! I think I'll book the motor for a full respray instead!
Any suggestions for a mad colour? A nice metal flake somewhere in there too....</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">what about flourescent orange?
Try using Meqauirs(spelling may be different!).I've been using their car shampoo and 3 part system.
1. Deep polish
2. Surface polish
3. Carnuba wax
(it is hard work but worth it)
with very good results on my black GTV, the polishing pads are also very good, economical too.
Leather cleaner/food also good on natural Momo.