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#1 sidrick

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:20 PM

I'm looking to give the S2 a decent once over to see what state its tired paintwork is in.

Just looking for a wash, cut back and polish/wax, nothing fancy.

What's the correct process and recommended products for this?

#2 Craig855S

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:58 PM

Some woud say 2 bucket method, but since it's probably been washed a million times badly then i'd say just make sure you wash it properly (again ideally you want microfibre/lambswool mitts with a decent shampoo but really you only need to worry about what you touch the paint with AFTER you've spent all the effort and money getting it right)

So after you've given it a bloody good wash and dry you want to clay it with a clay bar and lubricant

After its clayed you could use the meguiars step 1 of the 3 step system, see where you are from there, if youre happy do the remaining 2 steps, if youre not then you may want to have it mopped or some touch ups done before you polish the rest up and put wax on, no point putting wax on rubbish paint you then want mopping
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#3 JC

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:07 PM

My suggested method:

wash with 2 bucket technique with autoglym car wash, using wash mitt
bilberry wheel cleaner
clay
polish using autoglym super resin polish
then a hard wax such as Collinite 476s for this time of year
Megs Endurance High Gloss Tyre Gel for tyres
Auto Finesse Revive Trim Dressing for plastics
Auto Finesse Crystal Glass Cleaner for glass


always depends on budget and time
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#4 sidrick

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:50 PM

Let's say I have a £50 budget and have no equipment (bar bucket and sponge). How would the above change?

#5 JC

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

Let's say I have a £50 budget and have no equipment (bar bucket and sponge). How would the above change?


I'd probably skip the last 3 steps then to bring it nearer to £50
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#6 sidrick

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:01 PM

Let's say I have a £50 budget and have no equipment (bar bucket and sponge). How would the above change?


I'd probably skip the last 3 steps then to bring it nearer to £50


I agree.

So assuming I need:

wash with 2 bucket technique with autoglym car wash, using wash mitt
bilberry wheel cleaner
clay
polish using autoglym super resin polish
then a hard wax such as Collinite 476s for this time of year

I need the car wash, resin polish, clay (what kind?). Not bad.

Wheels wil be left as they've been sprayed over the diamond cut and will be refurbed next year.

Not ignoring you, Craig, btw. Is mopping widely available? Is it expensive? What exactly does it do?

#7 JC

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:08 PM

CLAY link

I used to use megs and another, then just used the cheapest one, couldn't see any difference, only the megs lasted longer.

I'm sure you've seen plenty of pics of the work on my car, and others using said technique.

the megs 3 step i'm not a fan, i have it, but not found it that good on silver

I also use a sponge applicator on the wax and polish
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#8 bongo

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:26 PM

mopping is when people use a machine and a cutting paste to cut back the paint,

it will make your car look 10x better.

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id say for a budget.

turtle wax zip wax for shampoo (i think its great)

then this....

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:30 AM

I predict this will be a one off... So...

Take it to your local boswash.. Come home and wipe it down with IPA.. Then apply autoglym SRP (light abrasive and lots of fillers to hide the defects).. Then maintain with a glaze going forward..

This is the hiding approach.. Theres no point in doing anything more unless you're going to commit to a strict cleaning/maintenance regime.
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#10 shaun1988

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

I predict this will be a one off... So...

Take it to your local boswash.. Come home and wipe it down with IPA.. Then apply autoglym SRP (light abrasive and lots of fillers to hide the defects).. Then maintain with a glaze going forward..

This is the hiding approach.. Theres no point in doing anything more unless you're going to commit to a strict cleaning/maintenance regime.


Hi, im a retard, what do you mean by "IPA" and autoglym "SRP"? and you say maintain with a "glaze" going forward.

have no idea what all that means, please help?

#11 Stu

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:43 PM

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#12 Ahmotorsport

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:26 AM

Turtle wax shampoo with noodle mitt.

Some form of polish, they're all pretty good really. I use Autoglym.

Blitz Wax.

Autosol for any chrome bits.

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