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Old 16-05-2018, 08:30 AM   #1
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New Car Wash - heavy criticism welcome

Hi all, long time lurker but only recently joined

i'm due to collect my new car in a couple of weeks and desire to give it a good clean and protection. I'm not going anywhere near the dealer applied product and would like to do it myself.

I plan on something like the following:
  • Pre-wash using valetpro citrus prewash followed by a snowfoam
  • decontamination using a tar and iron fallout
  • a good 2 bucket wash
  • thorough clay of the car
  • a hand polish
  • a layer of wax or sealant, I was looking at something such as dodo supernatural hybrid.

Please feel free to criticise if I have missed any major steps out or if anything is in the wrong order etc.
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Old 16-05-2018, 08:37 AM   #2
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That looks like a pretty good start. And the dodo hybrid is quite nice as well.
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Old 16-05-2018, 10:20 AM   #3
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I'd wash before the decontamination phase. Otherwise your tar and fallout products will be acting on the dirtyness rather than the bonded contaminents.
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That looks like a pretty good start. And the dodo hybrid is quite nice as well.
I've used the purple haze before and thought this looked a good combination. of a wax or sealant.

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I'd wash before the decontamination phase. Otherwise your tar and fallout products will be acting on the dirtyness rather than the bonded contaminents.
thanks for the tip, makes sense
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You'll get no real correction from hand polishing (I know I've tried). Your best bet would be something with good filling properties like SRP.
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Old 16-05-2018, 03:04 PM   #6
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Bilt Hamber cleanser polish is superb. Very good by hand but as mentioned will not correct anything

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Old 16-05-2018, 04:26 PM   #7
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You'll get no real correction from hand polishing (I know I've tried). Your best bet would be something with good filling properties like SRP.
Thanks, I realise theres no real subsitute for a machine polish. Unfortunately I dont have those facilities at the moment.

I super resin polish about the best I can manage by hand?
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Old 16-05-2018, 07:56 PM   #8
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SRP may seem like an incredibly ordinary product but it does work extremely well at filling small scratches and hiding imperfections. Of course it'll wash out eventually but it does give good results. I keep a small bottle of it in my kit, just for when I want to make the car look it's best after a wash.
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You'll get no real correction from hand polishing (I know I've tried). Your best bet would be something with good filling properties like SRP.
In a lot of cases that's true but it does depend on the circumstances. If like me for instance, you have a Jap car with super-soft paint, you can actually achieve good results by hand.

A few good foam applicators of various cuts, plus some good compounds like Scholl S3/S30 or Megs 105/205 and in soft paint scenarios you will see results.

Obviously you'll never do it as quickly as a DA, but this hobby of ours is well known to be a labour of love!
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SRP may seem like an incredibly ordinary product but it does work extremely well at filling small scratches and hiding imperfections. Of course it'll wash out eventually but it does give good results. I keep a small bottle of it in my kit, just for when I want to make the car look it's best after a wash.
good things to say about srp it seems then. I was intending to use dodo lime prime if i'm honest. would this achieve a similar affect?

Also. can anyone tell me what the difference between an apc and something like valet pro citrus pre-wash? Both seem to be used to rid the car of traffic and bug grime etc.
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