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Thumbs Up February Detailing Competition Entries

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My entry this month is my Spider I just gave a lengthy clean to. No photo editing apart from blurring the number plate which from reading the rules is allowed. Only other thing I did was compress them down to size to within the 200kb upload limit per picture.

Routine was as follows.

Wheels

Light spray with pressure washer
Used Meguiars Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner
Then used a Muc-Off wheel brush to get the the areas wheel polish/cleaner cannot get to
Finally sprayed off with pressure washer


Body

Sprayed with pressure washer all round
Used cherry snow foam for first coat, gave a couple minutes to settle in
Blasted off with pressure washer
AutoChem Wash & Wax shampoo used (it was very cheap and ok for the price but I won't be using it again, nearly out of it anyway)
Again pressure washer used to rinse it off
Let to dry a little and then used AutoGlym microfiber towels to dry the car and wheels


Afters

Used AutoGlym Super Resin polish (first time I used polish, it was pretty good stuff, although I'll be getting some better applicator pads)
Then buffed off with the AutoGlym microfiber towels for polish wax
I ran out of time for waxing, I know what I need to sort now for next time to speed things up so that I can apply it


Overall the end result turned out quite nice, the polish does help giving it that extra little bit of shine. I can improve though so every attempt is a learning curve. Still it's a lot better than when I first started out washing my cars myself.
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Liking the work you've done there, looks great!

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Many thanks! Glad you like it, I'm still somewhat getting to grips with washing as there is so much stuff and methods out there it is easy to get lost in it all. I just ordered some AutoBrite Brilliance Polish and scratch/swirl remover as that is another area I need to address.

I have been looking at clay bars and I think I'll most likely be getting one soon, sounds like they'll help the wax give it a better finish on the occasions I apply it on. I'll just have to start earlier for when I get my full works setup in gear (wheels, snow foam, shampoo, polish, clay bar then finally wax). As you said I plan to do that when the weather gets nicer and warmer.
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Many thanks! Glad you like it, I'm still somewhat getting to grips with washing as there is so much stuff and methods out there it is easy to get lost in it all. I just ordered some AutoBrite Brilliance Polish and scratch/swirl remover as that is another area I need to address.

I have been looking at clay bars and I think I'll most likely be getting one soon, sounds like they'll help the wax give it a better finish on the occasions I apply it on. I'll just have to start earlier for when I get my full works setup in gear (wheels, snow foam, shampoo, polish, clay bar then finally wax). As you said I plan to do that when the weather gets nicer and warmer.

Just a friendly heads up but I'd clay bar before you polish the car. it's the first thing I do after washing the car.

I'll also be adding an entry I think for this month after spending a while cleaning today. Just need to get photos. Can anyone point me to the rules ?


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Detar before claying, you'll reduce the chances of scratches, & it'll making claying easier & faster.

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So after spending a while cleaning and polishing yesterday I thought I'd submit an entry for this month.
Most of the products used were from a local independent supplier apart from the final polish I applied (Scott's paint protection)
My car was washed, de tarred, clayed and polished twice. Once with a cutting polish to remove some fine scratches and then once with a paint protection polish. All buffed up using a dual headed machine polisher.





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Took advantage of a nice sunny day to give the GTV a wash
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Quick clean today, to get the thick off as it were. Bouncers Slick Mick shampoo , inside dome with Nanolex interior and glass cleaners.
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Blueee hadn't been washed since the end of the year

Saturday was a nice day so out came the pressure washer for a 50.Cal Combat Neutral Snowfoam & wash, just a quick job but good results

It rained again today though

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