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Rob Spec C
16-05-2008, 11:48
As above, where lads could get tips on products to use and guides on how to remove scratches etc, how to valet their cars properly and how to remove swirl marks and the like...
There are a few lads on here now that seem really into it so maybe? What do you think?

narked
16-05-2008, 12:57
good suggestion

markobucko
16-05-2008, 14:00
yeah i interested
my cars black and its a b***** to clean and keep clean.....like to know what equipment other guys use and methods to keep the finish...
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Cill
16-05-2008, 14:05
Great idea, I would like to see how others tackle there cars after a long drive or mud bath :evil:

Would be very useful :thumbsup:

imported_admin
16-05-2008, 14:41
In the main site (Links) I posted a link to this place:

http://www.autopia-carcare.com/how-to.html

keith555
16-05-2008, 15:17
good link paulo :thumbsup:

tells ya everything you would want to know.

i buy all the platinum turtle wax range off products.

they make the car turn out a peach afterwards. :shock:

Rob Spec C
16-05-2008, 17:39
I was kind of thinking along the lines of people posting their own so people could then compare products, give advice and the like. I know DaveR seems really into it and from the sounds of it he's quite good, and also Brocks who has just joined from scoobyireland and has some great threads there. Its something i am into (but not very good at) and it would be good for people to show off their work

daveR
16-05-2008, 18:04
Could'nt agree more with ya Blacklegacy(all though i dunno about me being that good at it :lol:)

I remember doing a full detail on the scooby just before x-mas!then i brought it to the cork meet the next day and some of the lads were amazed of the shine from it!!i tried to explain,with Niall, what i did to it but i think he was a little confused!

Id love to see a full on propper Detailing section on the site as there are a shit load of gorgeous cars here which could be even nicer with the introduction to the world of detailing :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

scoobymick
16-05-2008, 18:20
great idea :thumbsup:

actually enjoy cleaning my car myself but a bucket of water and good car shampoo followed by a spray on wax is as far as it goes for me :dunno:

would love to hear peoples suggestions, tips. products they use etc :thumbsup:

narked
16-05-2008, 19:13
great idea :thumbsup:

actually enjoy cleaning my car myself but a bucket of water and good car shampoo followed by a spray on wax is as far as it goes for me :dunno:

would love to hear peoples suggestions, tips. products they use etc :thumbsup:


But do you use two buckets, one for rinsing the sponge off before you put it back in the shampoo one.
This prevents the paint getting scratched by the dirt washing around in the dirty water and going back on the sponge. :thumbsup:

narked
16-05-2008, 19:29
This guy Clark is a detailer by profession and he has posted a brilliant thread on detailing his WR1

Well worth a read :thumbsup:

http://www.wr1oc.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9322

David

STiBrian
16-05-2008, 19:44
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But do you use two buckets, one for rinsing the sponge off before you put it back in the shampoo one.
This prevents the paint getting scratched by the dirt washing around in the dirty water and going back on the sponge. :thumbsup:
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So thats what the two bucket wash means, have always read about people doing it but never figured out what it meant :oops:

scoobymick
16-05-2008, 21:19
@Narked

No mate i dont do the 2 bucket wash but i will be from now on :thumbsup:

rb5scooby
16-05-2008, 23:22
hey lads i am a valeter working in a garage with the last 10 years so if ye want any advice with products etc just give me a shout. :thumbsup:

doggy
16-05-2008, 23:33
I think this is a great idea, I'm only getting into 'detailing' myself but I've got some great advice off the Car Care section on Scoobynet. That guy Clark from Polished Bliss in Aberdeen is a genius.

Check out www.detailingworld.co.uk for more....

PS A dedicated Car Care/valeting section might attract the likes of detailer.ie on as a trader or might entice some car care suppliers into giving a club discount/group buy

narked
16-05-2008, 23:43
I think Clark is gone out on his own now

markobucko
17-05-2008, 01:04
took most of the day to valet a car that wasnt really dirty
wonder what sort of bucks you pay for the whole job?????
:shock: :shock:

markobucko
17-05-2008, 01:12
anyone know bout the claybar??.....is it bought in the different car colours..ie black clay bar for a black painted car...
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

daveR
17-05-2008, 02:43
The clay bar is a standard white/gray colour and can be used on any colour car!cut it into 3 pieces as you shouldnt need to use a full bar on one car!
squeez it and extend it between your hands,use PLENTY of lubrication(meguires ''quick detailer'' spray is good enough) and rub gently against the car!When the bar gets dirty,fold and knead it to a clean side!also get yourself a Microfibre cloth!these are much better than cotton towels or rags! :thumbsup:

markobucko
17-05-2008, 13:19
any sites or shops in ireland sell the proper equipment or is most of that stuff got in uk or u.s???
:dunno: :dunno:

daveR
17-05-2008, 13:37
Halfords sell ''Meguires Smooth Surface Clay Kit'' for €37!it has everything you need and its very good the get started started with!

If you want a more professional product give these guys a shout www.detailer.ie (http://www.detailer.ie) :thumbsup:

narked
17-05-2008, 15:27
€425 for detail, hand in car in the morning and get it back that evening.Well worth it :thumbsup:

markobucko
17-05-2008, 21:41
thanks guys..great help....
think i'd be more interested in gettin pros to do it...didnt realise it would be that steep :shock: :shock:
want it spankin for scoobyfest if i can
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

narked
18-05-2008, 12:37
I think thats reasonable,all the products they use and time involved.

Probably take an average guy the day just for the wheels,they do the wheels,restore the paint,2 coats wax,seal the wheels and paint twice in a day :thumbsup:

keith555
18-05-2008, 12:45
so if we all start doing our own cars now we'll get them done by sso.

i put a lot off effort into getting my car looking the best every few days i cant even stand dust on the car i usually throw a damp shami over it every second day.

going out now to give it a wash and wax so will post up the out come tonight and products i use.

i dont think i'd be able to hand over that kind off money just for a car wash and i know how much effort and stuff they do to the car but still couldnt.

narked
18-05-2008, 14:08
Dont forget the two buckets :D

STiBrian
18-05-2008, 19:52
Dont forget the two buckets :D


Good man, used the 2 bucket method today :thumbsup:

daveR
18-05-2008, 19:57
Id love to get it done by the pro's!i think its well worth the money!if only they came to cork..!

keith555
18-05-2008, 20:25
here are the products i use when bonding with my car

car comes out a peach. even if it takes me 3 hours or more cleaning it.

well worth the effort doe

washing the car
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/keithwrx/DSCF0521.jpg

two buckets(one for cleaning product and 1 for water to rinse)
turtle wax zip wax wash and wax
sponge with soft side and bug/tar removal side
cif(to clean black off tail pipe)
shamis to dry
turtle wax insect and tar remover

wheels
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/keithwrx/DSCF0519.jpg

turtle wax alloy wheel cleaner
turtle wax wheel polish
turtle wax wheel protector
sponge(wash down wheel)
brush(wash tyres)
turtle wax tyre dressing
small sponge(aplly tyre dressing)
turtle wax insect and tar remover

waxing
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/keithwrx/DSCF0522.jpg

turtle wax car wax
polishing clothes
buffer pad

interior and windows
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh34/keithwrx/DSCF0520.jpg

turtle wax fresh shine
turtle wax interior cloth
turtle wax glass clean

doggy
18-05-2008, 22:08
Nice collection there Keith :thumbsup:

markobucko
18-05-2008, 22:25
guess ya swear by the turtle wax products keith !!!!!!!!!
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

STiBrian
18-05-2008, 22:27
Used to use turtle wax too, since using meguiars I've never gone back though.

I must admit I $hit myself when I saw the cif cream though :shock:

keith555
19-05-2008, 01:01
Used to use turtle wax too, since using meguiars I've never gone back though.

I must admit I $hit myself when I saw the cif cream though :shock:


yeah could ya imagin

i wash my car twice a week using cif :lol:

Altezza-Dan
29-05-2008, 14:35
I use
Wash the car with whatever shampoo i have at the time, usually Turtle wax shampoo and Meguairs MF wash mitt
Clean alloys and tyres with sponge
Rinse the car off with jet wash
Let the heavy water drain off.
Use a silicone blade on the windows to wipe off excess water, leaves them streak/spot free.
Use silicone blade to wipe excess water of the rest of the body work.
Spray the tyres with Son of a gun back to black
AutoGlym car glass polish on the windows
AutoGlym Ultra deep Shine polish on the bodywork, apply with MF cloths and buff off, do one side at a time.

The ultra deep shine polish really brings out the colour and dark paints. The car could still do with a good paint restoration. as a lot of swirl marks etc that the polishing wont remove. Might look into getting an orbital polisher and doing it myself.

B4 Alan
30-05-2008, 23:34
Lads,

You should try Autosol Metal Polish on your exhaust :thumbsup:
You will never see it shine as much and it also removes all the carbon :thumbsup:
They stock it in Halfords......

Alan.

jafro
30-05-2008, 23:39
autosol is all i use on my bike for all chrome its the puppys privates :headbanger:

briancollins
31-05-2008, 00:40
Farclea G3 paste will remove swirl marks, not the liquid :thumbsup:

daveR
31-05-2008, 12:58
Lads,

You should try Autosol Metal Polish on your exhaust :thumbsup:
You will never see it shine as much and it also removes all the carbon :thumbsup:
They stock it in Halfords......

Alan.




Always use it!its a class piece of kit and it only cost €5!!

markobucko
02-06-2008, 14:54
Farclea G3 paste will remove swirl marks, not the liquid :thumbsup:


do you need an orbital polisher to use that stuff brian????

briancollins
02-06-2008, 16:04
Farclea G3 paste will remove swirl marks, not the liquid :thumbsup:


do you need an orbital polisher to use that stuff brian????


Not essential mark,
A good hard goin over by hand does the job and use a good hand polish afterwards brings the up lookin like new :thumbsup:

doggy
05-06-2008, 23:50
The June Bank Holiday was a cracker of a weekend so this is how I spent Sunday to keep the Scooby clean....
(Apologies for the photo quality, I used my phone rather than risk sending the Nikon for a bath)

First the wheels, these have been given a good going over in March (http://www.isdc.ie/discussion/index.php?topic=7272.0) so they just needed a bit of protection to keep em looking sweet. Mild solution (so as not to strip previous protection on wheels) of Flash APC diluted with water in a garden sprayer to eat into the grime.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008.jpg

Left to soak for a minute before a wash down with AutoGlym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner, an old microfibre wash mitt and rinse. At this stage I also gave the mudflaps and wheel arches a rub.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008001.jpg

Next the door/boot/engine/fuel tank shuts. Skilled people at this can rinse using a hose with the doors open, the last time I tried that on my old car I got the interior wet so I content myself with using a microfibre wash mitt and the AG Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner to clean, before 'rinsing' with a wet Halfords valeting cloth. Here's the shuts before....
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008002.jpg

...and after
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008003.jpg

With the dirty work done, the bucket was rinsed and the Zymol shampoo came out. I used the 2 bucket method, one with suds to wash and one with plain water to rinse the wash mitts. When I first heard of this method I thought it was a bit over the top, but when you do it the first time and see the crap that comes out of the rinse bucket that would usually be sc***** all over the car , you'll never go back.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008004.jpg

I was too busy to take photos as I washed, especially since the suds were drying off in a matter of minutes. Next step was to get rid of pesky water spots since it was so hot I couldn't get the car dried off properly without the water spots. The offending items were removed with a Tesco MF cloth and Megs Quik Detailer.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008006.jpg

Here's the before picture to show what I needed to get rid of
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008007.jpg

This step was important since if I neglected it I ran the risk of sealing the spots in with the wax. My wax of choice is Poorboys Nattys Blue Paste Wax, applied using a Meguiars applicator pad and buffed off with an Autoglym Perfect Polishing Cloth.
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008011.jpg

Now back to the wheels. Using the MF cloth and Meguiars Quik Detailer gets rid of the water spots, followed by Poorboys Wheel Sealant
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008008.jpg

Wheel sealant left to cure for about ten minutes....
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008009.jpg
....and wiped off with MF towel to bring up the shine (light in photo is a bit harsh so apologies for the poor quality)
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/01062008010-1.jpg

The tyres were dressed with Autoglym Vinyl and Rubber Care. The end result is this:
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/02062008.jpg
http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e360/corolla_ae111/scooby/02062008001.jpg
:subaru:

PS, based on the interest in this thread, I think there may be enough to merit a dedicated Car Care/Detailing forum :dunno: Maybe the likes of www.detailer.ie would do a club discount/group buy if we had enough interest?

kanye west
06-06-2008, 01:35
Is that a UK300 doggy ?

doggy
06-06-2008, 08:51
Is that a UK300 doggy ?


Got it in one, well spotted :thumbsup:

daveR
06-06-2008, 13:39
Nice work doggy :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

you ever use a grit gard?brings a hole new meaning to the two bucket method :headbanger: :headbanger:

The Megs quick detailer is very good for those water spots and a quick wipe down in between washing,but i think the poorboys spray and wipe stuff is much much better!just to let ya know ;)

Keep up the good work and keep them coming!!

doggy
06-06-2008, 14:12
Never tried Grit Guard since I thought you had to buy buckets to match and the B&Q builders buckets are nice and cheap. Must try that spray and wipe stuff, do you know anywhere in Ireland that sells this type of quick detailer in bulk? i'd use a fair bit of it but shipping from the Uk is very expensive.

daveR
06-06-2008, 21:34
www.poorboysworld.com (http://www.poorboysworld.com)
every order over $250 has free shipping AFAIK!as for the bucket being the same size as the grit gard,i would presume you are right,but it would be would getting a bucket and grit gard that match!
the two bucket method is fine tho. id recommend it to anyone that puts a wet sponge/mitt near a car!
:thumbsup:

markobucko
06-06-2008, 21:57
www.poorboysworld.com (http://www.poorboysworld.com)
every order over $250 has free shipping AFAIK!as for the bucket being the same size as the grit gard,i would presume you are right,but it would be would getting a bucket and grit gard that match!
the two bucket method is fine tho. id recommend it to anyone that puts a wet sponge/mitt near a car!
:thumbsup:
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is it free to ireland dave???
:dunno: :dunno:

daveR
06-06-2008, 22:15
Just had a quick look through the site there and that offer is for our yankee friends only!sh1t :doh: :doh:

Had a word with andy on www.detailer.ie (http://www.detailer.ie)!im sure he'll do ya a good deal and he's based in dublin :thumbsup:

doggy
06-06-2008, 22:23
Had a word with andy on www.detailer.ie!im sure he'll do ya a good deal and he's based in dublin

Any chance of a group buy or discount for members :dunno:

markobucko
06-06-2008, 22:27
yeah...would defo spend few quid with them!!!!
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

daveR
07-06-2008, 15:23
Had a word with andy on www.detailer.ie!im sure he'll do ya a good deal and he's based in dublin

Any chance of a group buy or discount for members :dunno:

I know you get a discount when you register on the site,but i think it only lasts a few days! ! !