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Old 16-06-2018, 05:47 PM   #11
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What are the best products for each stage of the wash?

Iím a bit of an Auto Finesse fan boy so would agree with the AF suggestions. The products I have from them are:

Citrus Power - pre wash that is wax safe and great for more heavily soiled areas.
Avalanche - snow foam that is citrus power enfused, my go to
Lather - ph neutral shampoo so wonít strip wax decent but doesnít foam loads
Revolution - wheel soap great for sealed wheels, not as harsh as other cleaners
Crystal - I have a small bottle of this for when I do clean my glass specifically itís great
Revive - again a small bottle of this, stuff last for agessss on plastic trim, not as good on rubber but donít think I cleaned it as well
Tripple - all in one polish, great stuff and cheap!
Tough coat - paint sealant, not seen great results with this but probably because I layered it on Tripple rather than Tough prep but it did last ages on glass
Finale - quick Detailer which is ideal as a drying aid/removing water spots but not really for extra protection
Glisten - spray wax, gives a good gloss, easy to use and tops up protection and beading
Aqua deluxe - as above drinks water!
Glass waffle - not as sold on this one
Finishing towel - great for hard to remove products
Duo edgeless - good all round microfibre
Total - interior cleaner... decent!
Satin - tyre creme, jury is still out on this one nice satin look but I prefer a dripping wet gloss. Doesnít last too long

Other products Iíve used:
Demon range from car plan - demon shine is good as a drying aid, demon machine is a good but harsh degreaser and demon clean is a good apc, the rest is cheap crap so avoid!
Collinite 845 - liquid wax... buy buy buy! Can use on paint glass wheels and exhaust, good shine and lasts long.
Poorboys wheel sealant - ok if you lay it on thick and multiple layers
Simoniz hard wax - just too much hard work to remove
Simoniz wash and wax - decent and cheap
Simoniz microfibre wash mitt
Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer - not good as a Detailer as such basically a spray sealant but the stuff is honestly awesome beads like crazy
Maxed power TFR - cheap as chips for 5l concentrate wax safe at 9:1


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Old 16-06-2018, 09:35 PM   #12
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it does help to hear what people rave about though. If it weren't for this website, I would have just stuck to AG, cos it looked fancy, and you could get it easily at Halfords. While they have some good stuff, I have swapped out pretty much every 'category' for a different companies offering.
This is literally the reason I joined the forum, to find out what the people who actually know what they're doing use.

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Old 17-06-2018, 08:02 AM   #13
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I do agree but I would find it better to read The Studio section and see what people have used when theyíve detailed each car, when you see results you look like.
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Old 17-06-2018, 11:40 AM   #14
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I do agree but I would find it better to read The Studio section and see what people have used when theyíve detailed each car, when you see results you look like.
That's a good shout. Can't seem to find the studio section on the app though. Would you be able to link it?

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Old 17-06-2018, 11:47 AM   #15
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That's a good shout. Can't seem to find the studio section on the app though. Would you be able to link it?

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It's in the gallery section along with the showroom and the international showroom amongst others.

The studio is for the DW supporters and the showroom is for us amateurs.

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Old 17-06-2018, 11:58 AM   #16
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How many posts like these have I seen before, let's just say it's all subjective and everyone's opinion will differ from each other.
I agree with Blueberry, one person's meat can be another's poison, most people don't know enough about products, therefore, get carried away with the clever marketing and the "Hype".Most people wouldn't be able to tell how many of the same product they have sitting on their selves but in differing labels.
I will refrain from listing the products I use simply because I take my own medicine and I do my own research before I make a purchase and then master the use of the product.
I'm clearly not a fanboy far from it.
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Old 17-06-2018, 02:41 PM   #17
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How many posts like these have I seen before, let's just say it's all subjective and everyone's opinion will differ from each other.
I agree with Blueberry, one person's meat can be another's poison, most people don't know enough about products, therefore, get carried away with the clever marketing and the "Hype".Most people wouldn't be able to tell how many of the same product they have sitting on their selves but in differing labels.
I will refrain from listing the products I use simply because I take my own medicine and I do my own research before I make a purchase and then master the use of the product.
I'm clearly not a fanboy far from it.
So your opinion is "people don't know what they're doing and I'm not going to help"...thanks for the input.

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Old 17-06-2018, 03:03 PM   #18
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So your opinion is "people don't know what they're doing and I'm not going to help"...thanks for the input.

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I thnk you've taken the post the wrong way and being unfair on suspal.

I apreciate what you are trying to do but as others have said it's only opinions and you potentially could be buying a product because it has a big following rather than it actually working.

I have a number of products some I like some I don't and most have been bought after reading about them on here or when a company offers a sale and I want to try their products.

I could list numerous products on here which I don't like or rate yet others would come on to say they disagree.

Gareths post earlier is a good example (not having a dig just using it as an example as each to their own) by his own admissions he says he's a fanboy so all the products he recommends are AF. I have used a nubmer of AF products some I like some I don't for instance Finale and the Aqua deluxe I didn't like or rate at all yet others say it's great. How many other manufacturers has he tried to compare against. My first snowfoam was Meguiars Hyperwash which I thought was pretty decent and would have recommended it at the time. Having now tried numerous snowfoams I have to say in my opinion it is very poor and I would never buy it again. My opinion and no doubt others will come on here to say they use it and it is great.

As blueberry said a good idea is to go into the studio or potentially even the showroom you will see what products others are using and can make your own decision.

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Old 17-06-2018, 04:09 PM   #19
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Nice summary. I have tried loads of stuff over the years. I try not to buy the latest thing and seek views of others. Thatís what I like about this forum. Some products work for me others donít.


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Old 17-06-2018, 04:25 PM   #20
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Category: Pre-wash.
Product: bilt hamber Autofoam
Reason: it actually works and it's a great price, other foams I've tried are hopless

Category: Shampoo.
Product: car chem 1900:1
Reason: it's one of the slickest shampoos I've tried to date, very economical and you can choose your own scent when checking out if you wish!

Category: Detailer
Product: optimum instant detailer
Reason: VERY slick finish with it being Teflon based and has great beading, smells like bubblegum, very morish

Category: Drying towel
Product: rag master waffle weaves or minx
Reason: holds a good amount of water and they're well known for their quality towels

Category: Wash mitt
Product: rag master wash mitts
Reason: same reason as previous, very soft and quality mitts.

Category: Microfibre cloth
Product: rag master eagle edgeless, creature or minx
Reason: rag master towels again.... Eagle edgeless for finishing touches, creatures for polishing and minx for any general areas like door jambs where I may get grease on them.... Again, just very soft quality towels that will outlast many other towels you may have (given you don't fry them)

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