Cleaning.

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Davemc
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Cleaning.

Post by Davemc » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:09 pm

Afternoon everyone. I’m new here having just bought the well known KBAN :-)

I haven’t washed my own cars for years as they’ve been new things that I haven’t really cared for however I don’t want to be taking the XM to the car wash, I want to do it myself.
Just wondering what products people are using to keep on top of their cars.
Thanks in advance.
Dave.

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Re: Cleaning.

Post by onza100 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:36 pm

I could talk about cleaning for hours as its one service I offer at work.
If you don't like cleaning I would recommend having it ceramic coated professionally.
If you do a good machine polish and wax would be the way I'd go.
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Re: Cleaning.

Post by Davemc » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:48 pm

I don’t mind cleaning, I’d like to start doing it as I don’t trust a car wash, was just wondering what people were using

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Re: Cleaning.

Post by White Exec » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:22 am

Ours has always been carwashed, with periodic handjob with Mer.
Never any damage, so long as roof aerial is removed, and mirrors swung in.
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Re: Cleaning.

Post by Dieselman » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:51 am

Hose, bucket, car wash and wax detergent, microfibre wash mitt.
All automated car washes inflict some damage at each wash and can damage trims and attachments. They also fail to clean very well.
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Re: Cleaning.

Post by onza100 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:09 pm

Car washes are horrendous machines. I've had to correct the damage they inflict many times.
Cheap hand car washes are nearly as bad often using chemicals that shouldn't go near a car.
I normally do a full decontamination, clay bar polish and wax when I get a new car.
After that it's easy to maintain with snow foam, two bucket wash and spray detailer to top up the wax.
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Re: Cleaning.

Post by ONMBDM » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:57 pm

It's all part of the fun getting to look back on your hard work and see the improvements you've made... I wanna myself but the weather here isn't letting me right now, interior done though!

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