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Old 08-03-2018, 02:36 PM   #1
stubobby
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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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