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I love my Alfa as much as the next man so I like to keep it looking tip top and love nothing more than spending Sunday making it look immaculate, and let me reassure you it does!

So when I look at all the threads regarding car cleaning where people are advising to use this product for this and a different product for that, I often wonder how people can afford all these products?

Unfortunately, like many others I do not have the luxury of going down Halfords and buying the complete range of AG products for every little part of the car.

So here's what I use and how I keep mine looking good on a budget, I will say before I start that the key to a clean car is not how expensive a product is or how fancy the bottle may look, It's all about getting into a routine where by you try a give it a once over at least once a week if possible or as often as you can to keep the grime down.


My weekly routine is as follows,

The Interior.

Go over the dash with a damp clean chamois leather.

Hoover the mats, including the dash and air vent grills with brush attachment.

Go over the windows with Mr Muscle window cleaner or what ever is in the cupboard under the sink.

Every couple of months clean the leather seats with a Dove bar soap.


The Exterior


I use Carplan TrippleWax or Turtle Wax Zip Wax car wash shampoo wich ever is on offer or whichever is cheaper at the time of requiring a new bottle using a sponge and one bucket starting at the top and working my way down to the alloys which are dealt with last.

Use a good quality chamois leather to dry off which includes door sills, boot sills and bonnet sills.

Every couple of months go over it with AG SRP to keep up the shine including the alloys.


And hey presto an emmaculate looking car at a budget, no need to re mortgage for a trip down Halfords of for an extension to keep all my bottles in!

Yes, yes, the use of one bucket and a chamois is going to cause a stir, but hey, I have always cleaned my cars this way and have never had any problems what so ever with swirling etc.. bare in mind manufacturers will tell you what you want to hear, after all they are trying to sell you something.


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Re: Cleaning without a re mortgage!

i have an almost identical routine as you, only difference being i use a spray wax from the pound shop most of the time, then every once in a while i use a meguires wax and do a proper job (maybe once every 6 months)


spray wax is great as it works a treat on all the plastics too

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I have got a garage full of poundshop cleaning products.
 
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Interesting.

I once spent 32.50 on some wax. It did a good job, but I found one at under half the price (for under 15) that gave 3 times the results and was easier to apply and remove.

Dodo Juice and Collinite 476 respectively.

I'm not an AG fan (Aqua Wax aside) but if you did "upgrade" (without remortgaging) you'd notice an improvement of appearance and longevity.

Just my opinion of course.
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One thing i would say if swap the chamois to a good quality microfibre drying towel. There less chance of inflicting swirl marks.
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Thanks for the replies guys!

At least some people have'nt black balled me for this thread.
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I'm sure someone will be along shortly Give them a chance, the thread hasn't been open for a day yet
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I shampoo'd my seats with the wife's Body shop hair shampoo last weekend.
The results were excellent.
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I shampoo'd my seats with the wife's Body shop hair shampoo last weekend.
The results were excellent.
I bet it was your shampoo really.........
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It all ends up with me. She'll choose a different brand and leave me to use the dregs of the last "miracle" hair treatment.
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Re: Cleaning without a re mortgage!

lewis1, well said, and although I do use a wider (and more expensive) range of products than you, a lot of what you say is quite true.

It all depends on individual choice and how much time and effort one wants to expend.

I've always said that it is 90% technique and attitude and 10% product.

While I am typing this, my next door neighbour is busy washing his beautiful 1988 XJ6 Sovereign in the blazing South African sun. But hey, he's having fun and he loves his car.

Who am I to criticise him?
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Sure didn't Carplan triplewax win a few awards? Personally I have never used it but I bought a bottle of it in asda for 2 last week, and it was also 100% extra free.. Not bad going
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Good thread Lewis , and very true, some of the more expensive products are just a waste of money.
 
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i have an almost identical routine as you, only difference being i use a spray wax from the pound shop most of the time, then every once in a while i use a meguires wax and do a proper job (maybe once every 6 months)


spray wax is great as it works a treat on all the plastics too
Looks like a job well done
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As I have finally got around to taking some pics, thought I would put one on the end of this thread to show how she looks, this was done in between rain showers today so was a little rushed, hope u like

C:\Users\Darren\Pictures\Alfa Romeo\DSC00359.JPG


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Trying again!

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this is'nt going well is it
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using a sponge and one bucket starting at the top and working my way down to the alloys which are dealt with last.

Yes, yes, the use of one bucket and a chamois is going to cause a stir, but hey, I have always cleaned my cars this way and have never had any problems what so ever with swirling etc.. bare in mind manufacturers will tell you what you want to hear, after all they are trying to sell you something.


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I won't criticise at all, but only make a recommendation. Buy at least one more bucket - only a fiver or probably less. It will reduce the chance of picking up grit in the sponge and washing the car with a dirty/gritty sponge, especially in winter.

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It's good to see a thread that's not sponsored by [insert car product brand name here]. We really don't need to spend buckets of cash on separate bubbles for the rubber trim, separate bubbles for the wheels, another one for the tyre sidewalls ....

Got separate bottles of shampoo and conditioner for the leather seats in the house which are good enough for the car
Also got Windowlene for the house - that's also good enough for the car
If the washing machine is good enough for the bath mat it's good enough for the car mats
Hoover once every couple of weeks and wax the car once every quarter, job's a good'un!

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I shampoo'd my seats with the wife's Body shop hair shampoo last weekend.
The results were excellent.
Soda crystals work really well too. The seats in my sierra were disgusting when I bought it (17 years and 108,888 miles of dirt). After a few hours cleaning the whole interior with soda crystals they were literally like new (beside one small burn), they did wonders for the headling too.
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Soda = salt.

No No No.
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The only thing i would say is use two buckets and a wash mitt. but other than that is personal choice. I always say its not what you use but how you use it. A bit of elbow greese goes a long way.
 
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Soda = salt.

No No No.
What's wrong with salt and fabric? It didn't have any side effects.... using it on the bodywork would be a different story though
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