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156 GTA Cleaned

Hi

I say 'cleaned' as detailed would be insulting the real guys who spend nine hours cleaning their car. I don't have that spare time available at the moment.

So, this is the first chance Iíve had to use a load of new products on my 156 GTA. I bought these just before Christmas:-

Carlack 68 Nanocleaner/sealant & Collinite 476 wax
Poorboys wheel sealant
Chemical Guys Premium Blue wheel cleaner
Meguiars Tyre gel
EZ Detail Brush
Megs lambswool mit
Sonus towel

The process I used was

Rinsed with cold water through ordinary hose, as much pressure as tap/hose combo would allow (no jet wash or snow foam)
Washed with Megs mitt and Zymol shampoo, using two buckets
Dried with Sonus Perfect Shine drying towel
Removed tar with Autoglym Intensive Tar remover
Then clayed with Megs clay kit (with Megs quick detail spray lube)
Then shortcut to save time - wiped the quick detail spray off with Sonus towel (towel was going to get washed anyway)
Then applied the Carlack nanocleaner, and buffed off with micro fibre cloth
Then one coat of Collinite 476. Although it recommends two coats for longevity, I was out of time.

Photos follow (apologies, only had my mobile today), before beginning

Dirty 1

Dirty 2

Dirty 3

After washing and drying, I used the Autoglym Intensive Tar Remover

Tar

And then got onto claying the whole car. This shot was taken after claying, you can see the lube

Clay

Then used the Carlack nano cleaner, which continues to pick up dirt after claying. Shot below shows half of the roof after buffing the cleaner off, and the other half with the carlack drying

Carlack nanocleaner

Then the rest are taken afer applying the coat of Collinite. Didnít bother with dressing the tyres, after last week it only lasted about 1 day.

Collinite 1

Collinite 2

Collinite 3

Collinite 4

Collinite 5

Collinite 6

Collinite 7

That wax should last on the car until May or June.

Cheers

Alan
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You've done a great job That is some product on your car!

Thanks for the write up and pics

You car looks bloody stunning
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Good write up.


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Awesome... you gotta do the tires & wheels tho!!
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You car's a credit to you
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Your car's a credit to you
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Nearly as clean as mine Looking mint buddy Thanks for the tips
 
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Nice one Alan looks great

I use that Collinite and its good stuff
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That's good work!

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Re: 156 GTA Cleaned

Good job Alan, may I ask how long it took?

Also how do you rate the carlack stuff, how to you use it?

(I'm fairly new to the detailing game....)

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Good job Alan, may I ask how long it took?

Also how do you rate the carlack stuff, how to you use it?

(I'm fairly new to the detailing game....)

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Thanks for all the positive comments everyone.

Yeah I thought about doing the tyres just for the photos. I did my other car couple of weeks ago and used Meguairs tyre gel and it probably only lasted a couple of days in the current road conditions. So I thought I'd keep it until better weather. I should have added that I put on a single coat of Poorboy's wheel sealant on each alloy, helps make it easier to clean next time round.

Iain - the Carlack 68 nanocleaner is very easy to use. You can apply to the whole car then clean off.

The Collinite is meant to be a bit more difficult but I find it OK. What I done was apply to one side of the car then buff off, do the roof bonnet and bootlid and buff off etc.

Wanted to get two coats of Collinite on but as I said I was out of time, the kids were bored in the house and my wife was starting to appear at the door every five minutes with "you nearly finished, hurry up" .
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Stunning. Your paintwork looks like it's in tip top condition.

Carlack is good stuff. I use the AIO and the Sealant.
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I found the collinite really easy to get on and off. No streaks etc compared to any of the other waxes etc.
 
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