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Old 08-03-2018, 03:36 PM   #1
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Newbie seeks advice

Hi all Ė hope this find you well.

I posted a hello in newbies...

I am looking for some beginner advice for detailing. I unfortunately have had a really bad experience with a gtechniq coating applied to a car whereby it simply didnít last. The detailer who applied it has a great reputation and definitely knows what hes doing, but for whatever reason it just didnít work for me. It just didnít stay on the car and quite a short time after application the water no longer beaded.

Despite the detailer offering to redo the work, geography and the fact I was trading the car meant I didnít take him up on his offer which was my choice but ultimately I was left feeling that I had wasted a hug sum of money.
Anywho Ė onwards and upwards as they say.

I was hoping the community on here could point me in the direction of a kind of idiots guide to detailing citing some techniques and products. I donít aspire to achieve the same result as a pro, but am quite confident I can look after my own car. I already own come kit, karcher, snow lance, mits, buckets, etc etc.

I have always liked autoglym previously (sorry if thatís a bad word) but was wondering how things should be done.

So any hints or tips are welcome and answers to the following appreciated.
Is it possible to do a new car corrective detail at home? What kit do I need? Advice on a good polisher without breaking the bank? What product do I use? Can I ďburnĒ the paint if I donít know what I am doing? Whatís the order of sequence, wash, clay, polish, wax etc etc etc? when do I know to used de-tar or any other specialist products for that matter?

I know there is lots of questions, but if anyone can summarise a good weekly / monthly routine to keep my car as nice as possible I would appreciate it. I have always been impressed with the Swisswax results I have seen photos of but again it seems to be ££££

Thanks and regards to all

Stuart
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Old 08-03-2018, 06:19 PM   #2
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Hi, welcome from a fellow Scot. Wow that's a lot to ask and probably the best advice would be to check out the Technical section. There are great guides and stickies in there that you should read end to end, like I did - several times. Start slowly and don't rush into buying unnecessary products and equipment. Start with the basics and keep up to date with ongoing developments here.
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Old 08-03-2018, 07:39 PM   #3
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It'll take time but like rubberducky1957 says just read some of the guides and stay regular on this site and it will come to you. We all started at the bottom. There really isn't an idiots guide, just experience really. But this little diagram is as good a start as any, just get to know the stages and give it time and you'll be fine. Oh and Autoglym products are absolutely fine, if you used nothing else but all would be OK.

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It'll take time but like rubberducky1957 says just read some of the guides and stay regular on this site and it will come to you. We all started at the bottom. There really isn't an idiots guide, just experience really. But this little diagram is as good a start as any, just get to know the stages and give it time and you'll be fine. Oh and Autoglym products are absolutely fine, if you used nothing else but all would be OK.



Thanks for the screen grab - thatís exactly what Iím looking for... and then to understand the finer points of each stage...

Sorry if Iím being thick but where is the technical section??

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Read the polishing guide today - very interesting and good
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Welcome. There's always someone willing to give advice on here so you can pick up some great tips, I know I have. The other thing is to have a look on youtube as there are some great vids on there, although some are obviously just trying to sell you stuff.
Just make sure you warn your bank manager as you'll gets lots of product recommendations.
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