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What should I use to look after the beautiful black paint?
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Re: Getting a new GT Blackline soon

As it'll be new, I'd vote for a decent shampoo like Autoglym or Turtle Wax, applied using a microfibre mit, using a meguiars grit gaurd bucket. Squirt with AutoGlym Aqua Wax and dry / polish with the microfibre cloths provided. No easier way of keeping a new car clean & shiny IMHO
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Where can I pick these up from?
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Personally I'd be using a paint cleanser then a glaze (megs #7) and then a premium wax (zymol/dodo/vics concours etc). I find you get what you pay for and also if it's really easy/quick to do then it's just as easy/quick to fade away especially since the car is black you'll be washing it more often than a lighter coloured car.
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Re: Getting a new GT Blackline soon

I didn't think it was advised that you polish/wax a car so soon after delivery.

If you do, I would recommend Poorboys Shampoo which is a professional detailing product and doesn't strip your wax off! (like some).

Also use two buckets (one for good water, one for rinsing), wash car using above shampoo and a lambswool wash mitt (much deeper pile than a sponge...so your not pushing grit over your car!
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Halfords.
Personally I'd be using a paint cleanser then a glaze (megs #7) and then a premium wax (zymol/dodo/vics concours etc). I find you get what you pay for and also if it's really easy/quick to do then it's just as easy/quick to fade away especially since the car is black you'll be washing it more often than a lighter coloured car.
Perfect method fella, one thing i would add is maybe use meguiars #16 wax, its a very good wax (actually its zymol carbon as meguiars made it for them) but sold for about 15 instead of the rip off price zymol want.

Also i would demand the dealer does NOT prep the car, they will make a balls of the paint using brown water and a wrag, some of the dealer prep i have seen is quite remarkable
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Re: Getting a new GT Blackline soon

I'm currently using the following products...as you can see i like meguiars!

Meguiars Lambs Wool Mit
Meguiars Gold Class Wash
Meguiars Water Magnet Drying Towel
Meguiars NXT speed detailer
Meguiars #26 Hi-Tech Yellow Paste Wax
Meguiars Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner
Meguiars Endurance High Gloss Tyre Protection Gel
Loads of foam applicators and micro fibre clothes.
think thats it!!

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Re: Getting a new GT Blackline soon

nice - I'm using some meg's stuff as well
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Very nice Vee cee,good work!!
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Nice finish there! lovely and wet looking
Megs do make some great products
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Re: Getting a new GT Blackline soon

My Blackline has recently moved home as I moved to the opposite side of the world, however, I washed mine with Turtle Wax shampoo, two bucket method and microfibre cloth.

Then used Chemical Guys Pete's 53 wax (by far the best I have ever used and @ 25 a tub will last about 3 years, used Swissol Scuderia on my Alfa's before) with Chemical guys sealant over it. Then a splash of Megs Ultimate Quik Detailer each time you wash and dry it although I believe the Autoglym Aqua Wax is just as good.
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Have a look at Washing & Drying - Autopia.org

Concentrate on the process more than the products and your paint will look good for years
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Re: Getting a new GT Blackline soon

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i purchased my gt blackline 6 months ago,the rear wheel archers are pepperd with stone chips,i would strongly recommend paint shield protection(plastic film) for the rear archers,if you have a look at the brera it has this film on as a standard fitment,whilst being black it looks awfull because the stone chips show white.if i purchase another gt this would be my first action
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i purchased my gt blackline 6 months ago,the rear wheel archers are pepperd with stone chips,i would strongly recommend paint shield protection(plastic film) for the rear archers,if you have a look at the brera it has this film on as a standard fitment,whilst being black it looks awfull because the stone chips show white.if i purchase another gt this would be my first action
This is strange, its not known on the GT's for this to happen

Certainly on my Blackline (7mths old) the rear arches were perfect and I'm not known for taking it easy while driving. It was also driven on lots of different roads, incl. in the Scottish countryside on single track farm roads.

Perhaps you should get yours checked and get ARUK to pay for a respray.
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What should I use to look after the beautiful black paint?
1. DO NOT let the dealer touch the paintwork.
2. Follow this guide to prepare / wash : CleanYourCar.co.uk - View topic - Basic Car Washing Guide

 
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