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I've Never Polished My Car

I've owned my Ti for about 14 months now and I've been inclined to polish it, until now.

I regularly wash it but that's about as far as I go.

Which products would you 'experts' recommend to get my paintwork looking it's best and in which order should I use them?
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Definitaley will need claying after washing,wash again with proper autowash (not fairy liquid) then if no paint restoration is required you could go for a pure polish (megs no 7 is pretty good),no abrasive quality in pure polish,then depending on the colour of your car a wax or sealant to protect the paint/polish.
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As you know I'm a bit obsessive about cleaning my car, well more like OCD to be honest.

How much do you want to spend?

Seeing as it hasn't been "cleaned" properly in a good while you'll need to polish it first (claying made bot all difference to mime), then wax it. Don't bother with the stuff in Halfords they're purely cosmetic and short lasting (oo err).

Have a gander on here;

www.cleanyourcar.co.uk

I personaly use Dodo Juice Lime Prime as a polish the Orange Crush as the wax;

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wax/do...ce/cat_59.html

Just like L'Oreal.............
 
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Re: I've Never Polished My Car

I have a few bottles of stuff sitting, mostly unopened, in the shed;

Auto Glym Super Resin Polish.
Meguiar's Gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner.
Meguiar's Gold Class Clear Coat Liquid Wax.
T-Cut Metallic Colour Restorer

Is any of it any good?

The car is Lipari Grey metallic.
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As you know I'm a bit obsessive about cleaning my car, well more like OCD to be honest.
Wanna do mine?

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How much do you want to spend?
Not much. :blush:
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I have a few bottles of stuff sitting, mostly unopened, in the shed;

Meguiar's Gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner.
Meguiar's Gold Class Clear Coat Liquid Wax.
Auto Glym Super Resin Polish.
T-Cut Metallic Colour Restorer

Is any of it any good?

The car is Lipari Grey metallic.
No, not really.
 
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Wanna do mine?


For a fee, I may consider it.
 
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For a fee, I may consider it.
Do you charge more than the asylum seekers at the Albanian car wash in Stockton?
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Do you charge more than the asylum seekers at the Albanian car wash in Stockton?
Only to you.
 
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Only to you.
7 it is then.
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7 it is then.
Off you go to Stockton then.
 
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I have a few bottles of stuff sitting, mostly unopened, in the shed;

Auto Glym Super Resin Polish.
Meguiar's Gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner.
Meguiar's Gold Class Clear Coat Liquid Wax.
T-Cut Metallic Colour Restorer

Is any of it any good?

The car is Lipari Grey metallic.
Using what you already have Ros, I would wash it first ( Meguiar's Gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner), then use the polish which also cuts the paint back a bit - not as much as the paint restorer, but enough to remove any grime ( Auto Glym Super Resin Polish) and then use the clear coat and wax (Meguiar's Gold Class Clear Coat Liquid Wax).

I don't think you'll need the T-cut if you use the Auto Glym but next time (i.e. next summer ) you could always use the T-Cut between the wash and polish.

 
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Whatever you do dont clean it today mate - to hot!

I tend to wash mine with a decent shampoo - anything but washing up liquid! Nice tip is have two buckets - one with warm soapy stuff and one with clean warm water and dunk the sponge in the clean water bucket between washing from the soapy one. Its amazing what a differnec this makes - especially when it come to leathering off - a hell of a lot less streaks.

3 or 4 times a year I'll then give it a going over with T-Cut - but pretty lightly so as to not remove too much paint but this gets the road grime off (and great for getting flys off) and then, like them or loath them, (and because my cars black) I use the black coloured polish to get a decent lustre.

Given you use your car every day - as opposed to it been a concourse show car - then you need to weigh up the cost of buying tip top stuff versus the fact that within hours of polishing it, it'll be dirty again!

Other thing of course is decent cloths - not old nylon shirts with buttons still attached - and throw them away if they ever fall on the floor (unlike my brother who dropped the sponge on the floor and went used it straight away again - lovely swirly patterns all over his bonnet )

Avoid the Calamari

It sucks...

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T-Cut?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

It is the saliva of the Devil.
 
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T-Cut?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

It is the saliva of the Devil.
The colour restorer stuff isn't as savage as the norm
 
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T-Cut?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

It is the saliva of the Devil.
Each to their own

Swear by the stuff

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Each unto their own.
Whatever

What have you got against T-cut anyway? What do you know about it that you're not sharing I'm worried now
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especially when it come to leathering off - a hell of a lot less streaks.
I wouldn't use a leather, get yourself a microfibre cloth for drying. Any particles of dirt left after washing will stay on the surface of the leather causing slight swirls.
The microfibre cloth will draw any particles in to its fibres, so less chance of swirls.
Also some people like to pat dry rather than rubbing.

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Re: I've Never Polished My Car

I'm not a great "detailer" but one of my mate's t-cut the bonnet of his Calibra ... it needed to be resprayed ...
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Whatever

What have you got against T-cut anyway? What do you know about it that you're not sharing I'm worried now
You T-Cut away until you heart is content mate. Have a look on any car detailing sites and you will never see T-Cut for sale.

Take a look at Chris's earlier post.
 
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Anyway.........back to Roswell's original question;

You get what you pay for is the long and short of it.
 
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I agree with Paintergirl, wash it with the Megs shampoo (two buckets), massive sponge and use a microfibre cloth to dry well.
If you have any small surface scratches or rub marks, use the T-Cut colour restorer to gently buff them out.
Then use the Super Resin to polish the whole car, see if you can get a reasonable buffer to do this which will make it a hell of a lot easier.
Use another clean microfibre cloth to remove the polish.
Get an applicator pad to apply the wax and then use another microfibre cloth to remove the wax layer once dry.

Then, and only then, can you open a beer and enjoy.
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Polish on it's own is no good - you need a wax on top.

As said on a previous thread, "Autoglym is the Vauxhall of the car cleaning world".
 
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Polish on it's own is no good - you need a wax on top.

As said on a previous thread, "Autoglym is the Vauxhall of the car cleaning world".
Stop being so anal, most of what Roswell has already will do what he wants, it'll clean it, it'll protect the paint a bit. I really doubt he wants to spend all of his valuable personal time cleaning a car that at the end of the day will just look dirty again in a coupla days being dark grey.
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