My car has gotten pretty scratched up. I may have an enemy scratching my car when I'm not looking, or, more realistically, it's caused by the branches and rocks flying all over the place, since I pop to the countryside a few times a month.
I have never done anything of the sort. I have never polished a car, or waxed it, or did anything more complicated than a car wash (pressure wash). But I want to learn. I watched videos on removing scratches and polishing, and I think I could do it, even without the tools. If you guys recommend me to just pay someone to do it, I'll do it if it's the better option. But keep in mind that the guys offering these services do not wax it after polishing, and they charge extra for it. I have a coupon for polishing/deep-cleaning seats, which brings it down to 20€ from 40€, and by using that service I also get 30% discount on waxing, but I don't know how much that costs. And they are a fairly reputable shop.
But I'd prefer doing it myself and learning. I have looked for the items that I need and found these:
- The wax applicators are very cheap at 3€ for a pack of five.
- Sonax Wax + Polish - 250 ml = 6€ (I need suggestions for this, is this brand any good, and most importantly, should the wax and polish be separate from each other or should I just apply it once and consider it both polished and waxed?)
- Sonax Wax - 500 ml = 12€
- 3M Wax (doesn't say how big is the bottle, guessing 500ml) = 25€
Obviously the 3M is going to be best, but it's more than what I expected this whole thing to be. Also, can't find Sonax polish, it seems to only come in Wax + Polish form, AND all of these bottles have a designated color to them, e.g. white, red, blue. Does this mean it can only be used on cars of that color? I'm guessing that's what it means. My car is green and there isn't a green one for sale.
Can't find any polish other than 3M, which is 27€, quite a bit more than I'm happy to pay.
What do you guys think? Should I just get it down to the shop and use my discount codes (which I got for free) and risk not being happy with it, or do it myself till there are no scratches and the car is shiny?
Also, wheels have brake dust that just won't come off at the car wash. Do they require sanding or just shampoo them? Also, I can't wash my cars by hand because I live in an apartment complex and we are literally forbidden by law to do it on the street without a drain on the road, which it doesn't have.
Thanks and sorry for the dumb questions.
Found these "durance"
ones from Shop4Parts, but they don't seem to ship to my country. Asked them if they can ship here.
Hoping this thread gets some kind of a reply. Also, can you tell me the order I should be doing things (if doing them myself). Should I also get a claybar? There's a 3M 100g one that's quite affordable. When should I clay the car?
5. Wash again?