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Hi there guys,

I'm a complete newbie! Just bought my first ever Alfa 147

Apart from washing our car when I was a kid, and therefore knowing the basics, I need your help getting my new car to shine.

Let's start just with the cleaning process, shall we? I'll study the "preparing for"; "polish" and "waxing" later on.

I have to go shopping for everything required to clean the car in and out.

Can you guys help me with the shopping list?

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Quantity | Object
- 1? 2? Buckets?
- ? Cloths for washing? drying?
(paint)Body; rims; plastic; fenders; glass etc?!?
- ? | brushes
(paint)Body; rims; plastic; fenders; glass etc?!?
- Shampoo?!? which one?
- other?!

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Quantity | Object
- Vacum cleaner
- brushes? Cloths?
- Products?

I just don't want to buy too much things or too few.
I'm guessing I'll get my own method with practice, but I sure could use a push.
For now I'll be using the step by step guides that I find here on the foruns to be able to use the things you'll tell me to buy correctly!

Thanks in advanced
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Hi there guys,

I'm a complete newbie! Just bought my first ever Alfa 147

Apart from washing our car when I was a kid, and therefore knowing the basics, I need your help getting my new car to shine.

Let's start just with the cleaning process, shall we? I'll study the "preparing for"; "polish" and "waxing" later on.

I have to go shopping for everything required to clean the car in and out.

Can you guys help me with the shopping list?

OUTSIDE
Quantity | Object
- 1? 2? Buckets?
- ? Cloths for washing? drying?
(paint)Body; rims; plastic; fenders; glass etc?!?
- ? | brushes
(paint)Body; rims; plastic; fenders; glass etc?!?
- Shampoo?!? which one?
- other?!

INSIDE
Quantity | Object
- Vacum cleaner
- brushes? Cloths?
- Products?

I just don't want to buy too much things or too few.
I'm guessing I'll get my own method with practice, but I sure could use a push.
For now I'll be using the step by step guides that I find here on the foruns to be able to use the things you'll tell me to buy correctly!

Thanks in advanced
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Buckets? 2, one with shampoo in it and the other with just water
Cloths for washing? Lambswool Mitt is the best, and they are not terribly expensive
Cloths for drying? I use a waffleweave cloth, is soaks up the water really well
(paint)Body; rims; plastic; fenders; glass etc?!? By this do you mean polishes? if so
Body - Autoglym Super resin polish is an excellent starting point for someone new to cleaning, excellent value for money, slightly dearer is Meguires and their 'gold class' range
Rims - i use a product called Billbury, it is a diluted wheel cleaner and is excellent, you have to be careful with wheel cleaners as some contain strong Acids that will damage an unlaquered wheel or one that has pain damage
Plastics (mouldings, fenders) autoglym do a good vinyl and rubber treatment, Meguires do a trim detailer, both look good
Glass - I use Autoglym glass cleaner, does exactly what is supposed to do

brushes - i have cheated here, i use a few soft toothbrishes and a toilet brush!! in my view just as good as some of the expensive brushes and because they have longer handles i can clean the inner arches as well

- Shampoo? I use Zymol, it is a little expensive but is totally fantastic, and it doesn't contain Wax
- other? Yes, consider getting some Clay, use this to get rid of the tiny contaminants that washing and polishing will not get rid of, again Meguires do an excellent clay kit.
In addition thing about Wax as well, there is a difference between polish and wax, polish will protect and give the paintwork, by adding a coat of wax after you have polished it will give it greater depth...

have fun :thumbs:
 

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Jay W,

Thank you SO VERY much for your insight :)
I was afraid people would see me as TOO much of a newbie to even care to answer.

I'll try to post some pictures of the car, so that people can give me some more precise pointers on how to get rid of stains and colour fading.

Meguires was the only site I had seen.
Can I buy it online? Europe/Portugal
Are they good value?

Their 5 step cleaning practice, caught my attention - the videos are quite self explanatory also.

They DO use "clay" - Can't really understand what clay is!
Can you explain?

About the brushes :wow: ?!?!?!?
What should I look for in a brush? I'm afraid of scratching the car!
 

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Clay is like posh plasticine. :D

It works by pulling contaminants off the paint, rather than abrading them, so it's really effective yet gentle. Good stuff (as the actress said to the bishop).

For your car cleaning reginme you need:

2 buckets (as above)
1 sheepskin mitt (or microfibre mitt)
1 drying cloth or a chamois leather (people will tut... but wash it after every use and it'll be fine)
1 clay bar and detail spray (Halfords sell an own-brand kit and the Meguairs kit)
1 polish (Autoglym Super Resin etc. but it has to be mildly abrasive and I think for a beginner, also contain some fillers)
1 polishing pad/applicator
1 wax (take your pick.. but you can do worse than starting out with the Turtle wax paste Halfords sell and then go for a more specialist product once you're familiar with your regime)
1 foam applicator for the wax (Halfords sell a Meguiars 2-pack so that sorts it)
2 big polishing cloths (m/fibre... Halfords again) or an old bath towel.

1 Mr Muscle glass cleaner (does the same job as Meguiars and Autoglm.. just not so "works" in the packaging)
1 Tyre shine (Big H again)
1 Interior cleaner (Halfords range gives a slight shine, Simoniz is matt)

Various cloths for the last 3 items.. ideally colour coded so you remember which cloth is for which.

Ralf S.
 

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If your starting out like me get yerself down to tesco as they have a grwat range of MicroFibre cloths (2 Pack) and a Mitt which are only £2.96 respectively:thumbs:
Halfords are doing 3 for 2 at the mo aswell. With your 1st purchase you cant go far wrong with Autoglym 2 pack with Super Resin Polish and Body Conditioning Shampoo, AG Aquawax and a Meguiars Wtaer Magnet Drying Towel. You'll only pay for 2 of the items so it should be around £24. The Aquawax is awesome and is sooo easy to use. Ideal for starting out but gives a cracking finish!
 
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