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Just wondering if there's a polish that'll make the 156 sparkle? I've partially polished (roof, bonnet and wings) the car using Turtle Wax liquid. It looks good, but being 14 years old the bodywork could do with a buffing, but I'm not spending hundred quid or so on a electric 'duel action' poilsher.

*EDIT* The colour is Arctic (light green)
 

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Mmmm... there's too many sub-sections on the forum. Never know which one is the best. :(
 

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Most modern polishes will improve the look but the real answer is just how much time you want to dedicate to doing so.
Give it a good wash and then apply your chosen polish one panel at a time. I would suggest roof first and then work your way down. If you have tar spots then sort them first. Once the car has a good coat of polish then all subsequent cleaning sessions will be easier.
 

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In rough terms you have several options in terms of polishing.

Firstly, to use an abrasive product which removes some paint to level it and increase the gloss. This can be done via machine or hand. Machine is generally much easier and will give better results but hand polishing can yield reasonable results

Secondly, use a 'polish' which effectively hides any minor marks by filling any groves in the paint. Absolutely nothing wrong with this approach. There are a huge range of product which can help such as Autoglym's SRP, Poorboys Blackhole etc

If it was my car and I was looking for a hand (abrasive) polish, I would buy a bottle of Meguiars Ultimate Compound and a applicator foam pad. I really rate the 'german' pads as these give you a soft and firmer sides so you can alter the amount abrasion. The Megs UC can be bought from Halfords and most online places. As for the german pads, not sure if they are sold in places like Halfords but might be worth looking

This is an example of a german pad Ultimate German Applicator - Clean Your Car, there is a huge range of this type of applicator and the several different brands I have tried have all worked well.

If you have T-Cut you can use it if you wish although I would suggest the more modern polishes will be easier to use
 

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Thanks all. I'll check out the above suggestions.

Don't feel T-Cut is the right choice. Too harsh on any paintwork.
 

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Thanks all. I'll check out the above suggestions.

Don't feel T-Cut is the right choice. Too harsh on any paintwork.
Definitely not T-Cut unless your paintwork is crap.
AG SRP is a good starter choice. But make sure you apply some wax afterwards and keep it topped up with something like AG Aqua Wax.
Read SRs sticky post about cleaning with AG products.
There are loads of alternatives but T-Cut isn't one of them. That said I do use T-Cht in her Ford Kuga sometimes because she makes a mess of her car but never on the Alfa's
 

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Quick update:

This morning I washed the car down by hand and added proper liquid Turtle Wax polish. What a difference that makes. Certainly looks better in the flesh than in photos. I can only conclude that my camera is rubbish. :thumbs:
 

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polishing improves the finish of your car by removing small scratches in the clear coat layer of your paint work. These small scratches effect the way light travels through the clear coat therefore and how the base boat color is displayed to our eyes.

Before you attempt to polish your car you need to know.

- Do not attempt to polish your car if you dont know how to clean your car properly beforehand

- Do not attempt to polish your car if you dont know how to clay bar clean a car beforehand

- generally trying to polish your car by hand is close to pointless and polishes that contain emulsifiers to try and fill the scratches are also a bit silly. Yes they can be effective in masking the spiral webs/defect lines but as the scratch is still there the path of light through the clearcoat is still effected in a negative way. Based on this statement your aim or intent when your polish a car should be to remove/correct the scratches on the clear coat. To achieve this you need an appropriate abrasive for the level of correction you require and a machine polisher.

Once flattend you then protect that flat clearcoat finish with a good wax or sealant. Anything else is a waste of time. As is autoglym SRP. But autglym EGP is a good(ish) sealant to use after the clearcoat has been flattened. (although theres better ones)
 

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polishing improves the finish of your car by removing small scratches in the clear coat layer of your paint work. These small scratches effect the way light travels through the clear coat therefore and how the base boat color is displayed to our eyes.

Before you attempt to polish your car you need to know.

- Do not attempt to polish your car if you dont know how to clean your car properly beforehand

- Do not attempt to polish your car if you dont know how to clay bar clean a car beforehand

- generally trying to polish your car by hand is close to pointless and polishes that contain emulsifiers to try and fill the scratches are also a bit silly. Yes they can be effective in masking the spiral webs/defect lines but as the scratch is still there the path of light through the clearcoat is still effected in a negative way. Based on this statement your aim or intent when your polish a car should be to remove/correct the scratches on the clear coat. To achieve this you need an appropriate abrasive for the level of correction you require and a machine polisher.

Once flattend you then protect that flat clearcoat finish with a good wax or sealant. Anything else is a waste of time. As is autoglym SRP. But autglym EGP is a good(ish) sealant to use after the clearcoat has been flattened. (although theres better ones)
Clay bars aren't necessary for a 14-year old car, unless you own a high-end showroom or you're a complete geek.

The bodywork on my car has come up beautifully and a dry cloth slides down the bonnet without any drag.
 

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Which polish is a bit like which tyres or which oil. You'll get 30 different answers and it ends up being no help at all because you don't know if you're machine polishing, buying Autoglym, poorboys, Mr Sheen or what. If it's an old car and you can't be arsed with machine polishing, Autoglym super resin polish with extra gloss protection will make it look great. You'll have to redo it periodically but when was polishing a 156 a chore?

Other products may be better or cheaper or dearer but they'll do the job for you.
 

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Clay bars aren't necessary for a 14-year old car, unless you own a high-end showroom or you're a complete geek.
yer your right, spot on.

Actually I recommend Halfords Super Sparkle Polish for you. Its easily available and well priced. Specifically aimed at "the fonz" catagory of customer like yourself (the showroom finish and geeks wont like it)

No need to clean your car before hand just rub this on your paint work as hard as you can. Its so good you can use toilet roll to rub it in. Takes no longer than 5 minutes to rub in all over your car. Guarantee'd sparkle....
 

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yer your right, spot on.

Actually I recommend Halfords Super Sparkle Polish for you. Its easily available and well priced. Specifically aimed at "the fonz" catagory of customer like yourself (the showroom finish and geeks wont like it)

No need to clean your car before hand just rub this on your paint work as hard as you can. Its so good you can use toilet roll to rub it in. Takes no longer than 5 minutes to rub in all over your car. Guarantee'd sparkle....
Yeah, there needs to be a modicum of realism -- my car's bodywork is very good for the age, but there is one slight flat spot (top of one wing). I'm okay with that... the car does exactly as it says on the tin. It is older than most in my area, but it doesn't look out of place (from a distance) amongst the newer Beemers, Range Rovers etc etc.

Up close it has a few digs and scratches... it's an honest car. :)
 

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Which polish is a bit like which tyres or which oil. You'll get 30 different answers and it ends up being no help at all because you don't know if you're machine polishing, buying Autoglym, poorboys, Mr Sheen or what. If it's an old car and you can't be arsed with machine polishing, Autoglym super resin polish with extra gloss protection will make it look great. You'll have to redo it periodically but when was polishing a 156 a chore?

Other products may be better or cheaper or dearer but they'll do the job for you.
Absolutely. Bang on! :)
 
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