I dunno... a bit of inclement weather and all the detailing threads stop!
This weekend I had my 2 buckets out and gave my new 145 a wash.
I had to leave the hosepipe in the sun for 30 minutes though and it did squirt out a bit of ice
but otherwise it was squirting away and the beast came up a bit shiny. Looooads of dirt in the first bucket! I used Meguiar's Hyperwash at some obscenely heavy dilution, so I had a lot of suds... the paint was a bit gritty and 'orrible and the soap helps protect it.
I decided to clay the beast too, because it was covered in berry juice marks and tar. It took a fair bit of effort as some of what I thought were marks in the paint were actually just stains, gunge and specks (emulsion paint?) which eventually came off on the clay. Meguiars again.. Quick Clay but I ran out their Quick Detalier so I used Poorboys' one.
A quick hose down again and a chammy (yes! I know... but it's immaculate my chammy) and job done... though the water that was left sitting on the paint was starting to turn to gel before I wiped it dry..
I decided to bung some P/Boys Natty Blue wax on there now as I didn't fancy leaving the beast all unprotected.
It was probably too cold for the wax but I left it ages to cure on there before I buffed it off. I can report that it brushes off ice crystals quite well..
and did bond to the surface okay. The Blue Stuff seems to work at any temperature between 0C and 40C. Splendid!
I gave the fella a hoover-out (dogs and fags c/o previous owner
) .. and I slapped some tyre shine on there. I used a Turtle Wax jobbie in a clear bottle... new to me but they didn't have my usual (Halfords regular). Seems okay.
Had another coopa and admired the view...
The lad without a name is "Francia Blu Metallic" apparently.
P.S. Obviously the next day it ****ed with snow and the council had their gritters out.. (which is more remarkable than my disappointment that the beast got mullah'd again).. though I can also report that Natty Blue does seem to shrug off frost and all sorts of gunge quite well, at least for a day or two.
Still beading, even in the snow!