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Old 19-06-2017, 12:17 AM   #1
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Black car detailing

Hi

Having a black bmw 320d means that I have to constantly watch scratches, swirls on my car when it gets cleaned.

I am wondering if someone, with a similar colour car, could give me some help on how to properly clean a black colour car.

I have heard of the two buckets method, which is what I'll be using but I don't have any product and would like to know what are some good products(not too expensive) to detail the car from scratch.

Things such as car shampoo, tar remover, clays, fibre pads and brushes? does anyone know a place I can get them for a good price (I'm thinking of ebay but need to know the name/brands of these products)

I hope someone can help me. thanks
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Old 19-06-2017, 05:49 AM   #2
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hi

I own a black mk4 golf and a black Subaru sti

this is what I use which I like

shampoo
megs shampoo plus

washmitt
dodo juice wookie

clay
megs clay

polish
auto glym srp

wax (depending on time of year and what finish/duration im after
chemical guys pete 53
dodo juice purple haze
dodo juice supernatural hybrid
ag hd wax
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Old 19-06-2017, 05:58 AM   #3
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My advice is to take advantage of pre washing, the more dirt you can get off the car before you touch it the better. So what I use is...
Rinse
ODK breakdown- citrus pre cleaner
Rinse
ODK arctic- snow foam
Rinse
ODK jet (3 bucket method)
Rinse
Then very carefully dry
Polish
Wax etc.etc.
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Old 19-06-2017, 07:29 AM   #4
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As previous really, you want to try and get as much off before touching the car.
I tend to do the pre-wash first, whether it be Koch Chemie Greenstar or straight to snow foam, rinse then 2 Bucket method using a Dooka wash pad with Autoglym UHD shampoo - although at £17 it may be a bit more than you wanted to spend. Then dry with a Drinker XXL drying towel. Wax on top.
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Old 19-06-2017, 07:37 AM   #5
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I own 3 black cars (crazy I know). I don't buy products specifically for them because of their colour, but I always snow foam them before using a 2bm wash and then dry with a good quality towel and not a leather and you should be fine. I also make sure they have a good amount of protection, fusso dark coat currently.
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Sapphire Black 320d

For a weekly / fortnightly wash,
I foam with Bilt Hamber Auto-Foam (Got mine from Slims but widely available)
Jet wash off
two bucket wash with Simoniz Wash And Carnauba Wax (Costco £7 ish, 5 litre) Wash buckets EPC <£7 on an offer, pic shows black buckets but they send yellow Meguires buckets with logo

rinse
Dry with Martin Cox microfiber drying towel (Slims £6) using Carplan No1 Super Gloss as a drying aid (£8 Wilkos / Sainsbury / ECP)

Occasional clay - Bilt Hamber clay with shampoo mix in wash bucket for lube £10-£12 200g bar.
or Farcala G3 mitt £12 - I like to use both, mitt for most of the car and clay for heavier contamination

LSP - Bilt Hamber Double Speed Wax - £17 inc applicator & microfiber

Tar remover, wheel cleaner, glass cleaner - all Simonize from Tesco on half price offer £2.50 each

Microfibre cloths 36 for £14 Costco

Paint correction - DAS 6 Pro - Meguires Ultimate Compound - CG Hexlogic pads


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Thank you so much guys, I'm gonna start looking into these products.

I know a few stores have been mentioned(costco isn't close to me) and wondering
if anyone knows any other place where I can get things like wheel brushes, interior cleaning
brushes,foam pad?

Furthermore, my car is half leather, currently I have a few auto glym products for the leather
but are you aware of the trimps on the car(like the dashboard)? are those leather or plastic?
what's a good product to give that dashboard as well door trim a good black dark colour?
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http://www.screwfix.com/p/hilka-pro-...tor-pads/6479r

Be careful with cheap wheel brushes some have a wire core with a plastic cap on that comes off
I use different coloured wash mitts for different areas of the car - grey one for wheels
I have Wheel Woolies too - great but expensive when starting out


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Old 19-06-2017, 12:01 PM   #9
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Welcome!

Black is a hobby not a colour

Get the basics right and go from there. Two bucket wash and use a separate mitt for the wheels. Invest in a good quality MF drying towel too.

I find Bilt Hamber's products to be excellent, and the best value for money in the market.

My weekly routine is:

Snow foam with BH Auto Foam
2BM with BH Auto Wash
Dry with Microfibre Madness Dry Me Crazy
Top up with BH Auto QD

Prep is everything, there is no substitution for clean, de-contaminated paint. I de-con with CarPro Tar-X, Iron-X (or BH Kerrosol) and BH clay.

My current LSP is Soft 99 Fusso. I've used many, many types of LSPs and I find Fusso excellent (and cheap!). Here's my steed after her weekly wash:

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For me the key point with a black car is the final wipedown after a wash, especially if you live in hard water area.

Dry with a plush microfibre, then use a good QD with a soft microfibre to remove any drying marks and finish the car off. Chemical Guys V7 is perfect for this, it melts into the paint, is super slick and doesn't streak, the less effort required the better as it reduces the change of marring. Mix in a bit of Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer if you want to improve the beading and longevity of the V7.
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