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Its that time of year again (certainly UK anyway) where the car doesn't stay clean for long. I started using Autoglym products a few months back and think they're great. What does everyone else use?
 

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Here's the information I was provided, given its colour is a dark blue. Here is a comprehensive annual cleaning routine for you to follow; it's what I would personally do if I had the same car and had to contend with mainly working outdoors, but you may wish to skip some steps if it seems a bit much...

Stage 1 - Wash (to remove loose dirt and grime - aim to do this every 1-2 weeks)
Wash the exterior routinely in line with the advice provided in this online guide - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/safe-washing-and-drying.html - using the following products...

2 x http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb-clear-wash-bucket-cat3.html
1 x http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/auto-finesse-imperial-cat4.html
1 x http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/pb-wheel-woolies-cat4.html
1 x http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/blackfire-gloss-shampoo-and-conditioner-cat3.html
1 x http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/flexipads-merino-wool-wash-mitt-cat3.html
1 x http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/microfibre-madness-dry-me-crazy-towel-cat5.html (don't bother drying off if you are going to perform stage 2 next)

Stage 2 - Decontaminate (to remove bonded contamination - aim to do this 1-2 times a year, first time next spring assuming that the dealer hands the car over perfectly clean)

Decontaminate the bodywork, wheels and glass in line with the advice provided in this online guide - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/decontaminating-paint.html - using the following products...

1 x http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/autosmart-tardis-cat6.html (do this step before claying and rinse thoroughly)
3 x http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/atomiza-microfibre-work-towel-cat24.html
1 x http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/meguiars-quik-clay-kit-cat1.html (rinse thoroughly afterwards and then dry off)

Stage 3 - Paint Preparation & Protection (to enhance the gloss and lock in the shine; see below for frequency comments)

Given the colour of the car, I would personally choose a synthetic sealant as opposed to a wax, simply because the finish will be sharper and more reflective, and more durable too. Right now, the product of choice for cars with dark metallic paint is the Blackfire Wet Diamond Kit; this has really moved the game on in terms of durability (4-6 months per full system application), is ridiculously easy to apply and buff off, and leaves a truly stunning high gloss finish that looks amazing on dark metallics...

1 x http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/blackfire-wet-diamond-kit-cat1.html

Note that the idea with this system is to do perform a full application at the outset (glaze > sealant > quick detailer), and then simply use the quick detailer after each wash to top up and maintain the finish. You can also add extra coats of the sealant as and when you like after washing and drying first.

Other Exterior Products (use routinely as and when needed) (see links for details, how to use instructions and related products for applicators/towels)

Alloy Wheel Protection - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/auto-finesse-mint-rims-cat15.html (3 months of protection per coat)
Durable Tyre Dressing - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/blackfire-long-lasting-tyre-gel-cat15.html
Potent Glass Cleaner - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/auto-finesse-crystal-cat16.html (also perfect for interior use)
Exhaust Tips Polish - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/raceglaze-alutech-metal-polish-cat20.html (if required, depending on nature of tips on car)

I hope the above helps. You will find comprehensive how to use instructions on each of the above links, but if you have any more questions please feel free to fire away - we're always happy to help.
 

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I've used Autoglym for years and like it a lot. So much choice and recommendations on the internet now, but I'll stick with what I know and like.
 

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Believe it or not, I use hair shampoo on my cars... The reason for it is because the pH balance in hair shampoo is neutral. Besides, it foams more... And yes, I am a chick
 

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I use a combination, for general washing, valet pro ph neutral snow foam and megs gold class shampoo (make sure you use the correct concentration)

For a polish and wax, after washing as normal I use iron x to remove fallout, then tardis to remove the tar. Megs or sonus clay bar, then a machine polish using my megs G220 DA first with megs ultimate compound and a megs polishing pad, then I clean and finess the paint with swissvax paint cleaner (professional) and a megs finishing pad. I then wax with swissvax best of show
 

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I'll start again. When the car was new I cleaned it thoroughly then used Blackfire Wet Diamond Kit from Polished Bliss. It is the product they recommended for a dark coloured car. I use the Blackfire Conditioning Shampoo to wash, using the two bucket technique, with a wash mit. I dry with Microfiber Madness Dry Me Crazy Towels rather than a leather, as that prevents swirling. The finish has excellent beading, such that a quick wash and dry can be done using just clean water.

Now what was the problem with that?
 

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I use Turtle Wax Zip Wax Super Concentrated Wash & Wax, twice the amount recommended in the instructions, in a bucket of warm water. I apply it with a cheap sponge, rinse it off with my garden hose, and finally dry with a chamois leather. The wheels are the most difficult part ~ they require a veritable assortment of brushes and sponges.

According to Turtle Wax ~ "Zip Wax is the world's most popular car wash and wax. It's unique fast acting formula deep cleans, shines and adds Turtle Wax in one easy step to give your car a shining, streak free finish every time."
 

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When I got the car, I removed the wheels, cleaned the inner rims of grease and residue, and applied a coating of Auto Finesse Mint Rims. All I now do, even after a year, is to pressure wash the wheels, being careful to get into the inner rim, (without soaking myself :) ) Most of the brake dust and other dirt just comes off. Occasionally I have to go over the outer rim with a sponge or old mit, and use a brush or some other means of wiping over the inner rim.
 

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When I got the car, I removed the wheels, cleaned the inner rims of grease and residue, and applied a coating of Auto Finesse Mint Rims. All I now do, even after a year, is to pressure wash the wheels, being careful to get into the inner rim, (without soaking myself :) ) Most of the brake dust and other dirt just comes off. Occasionally I have to go over the outer rim with a sponge or old mit, and use a brush or some other means of wiping over the inner rim.
Get some bilberry wheel cleaner apply that and then jet wash, then get a microfibres wash MIT to clean inside (including the back of the spokes) and outside the rims properly, whatever protection you have on your car you can not get it really clean without physically washing it.

Re protectin, I use a similar method as I use on my paint work but use a wheel wax, swissvax autobahn, instead of best of show.
 

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I use a combination, for general washing, valet pro ph neutral snow foam and megs gold class shampoo (make sure you use the correct concentration)

For a polish and wax, after washing as normal I use iron x to remove fallout, then tardis to remove the tar. Megs or sonus clay bar, then a machine polish using my megs G220 DA first with megs ultimate compound and a megs polishing pad, then I clean and finess the paint with swissvax paint cleaner (professional) and a megs finishing pad. I then wax with swissvax best of show
And I thought I was doing well just getting round to washing my car. Impressive!
 

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There is an advantage in using good waxes or synthetic polishes. It is much easier to clean the car. You don't have to spend so much time outside avoiding SWMBO :)
 

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How many days did this take ??? I think my family would like me to spend the same quality time on them !!!

Just tried Meguiars Ultimate wash & Wax, and Mequirs NXT Tech Wax. For me the result is brilliant. Sure I could spend $1000 on some swisswax, but I would rather spend it on Coffee and Cake.

Here is tip, make sure you wipe the wax off the reversing camera !! Took me 10 seconds to realize what was going on and that the camera wasn't broken.
 

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How many days did this take ??? I think my family would like me to spend the same quality time on them !!!

Just tried Meguiars Ultimate wash & Wax, and Mequirs NXT Tech Wax. For me the result is brilliant. Sure I could spend $1000 on some swisswax, but I would rather spend it on Coffee and Cake.

Here is tip, make sure you wipe the wax off the reversing camera !! Took me 10 seconds to realize what was going on and that the camera wasn't broken.
I can get 2 cars washed on a good day (about 3.5 hours per car), and it takes 2 days (a weekend) to clean and polish and wax each car (paint work only), time well spent.

How are you getting wax on your reversing camera:s be more careful
 
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