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Old 01-05-2018, 12:59 PM   #1
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Your never too old...as the saying goes!

Am I the oldest contributor? I take a look at myself sometimes and think, 'what am I doing' but once caught, the bug is here to stay!

Last month I turned 78, that's right 78, I was born in 1940.

I've driven since 1962 and always had pride in whatever car I have owned.
I started dabbling in detailing around 20 years ago. Up to that point it had always been a wash and wax and a silicone spray for the inside!

Ten years ago I joined Detailing world and (according to my wife) "completely lost it"
I invested in a DA quickly followed by, it seemed, every compound, polish, wax, claybar, microfibre cloth I could lay my hands on. I was well and truly smitten.

Detailing world is without doubt the best one stop shop advice centre for anyone who has a flair for car care. The amount of advice available enables everyone to find whatever it is they are looking for and it's brilliant.

Recently I find the machine polishing is getting very difficult. I can do a small panel at a time but machining the vertical surfaces plays havoc with my arms.
I have just bought a new car, well it's 2 years old but new to me. It's dark red and shows lots of swirls as this colour does. " we do a superb valet" the salesman told me and I have to admit when I collected the car it was very shiny.
Still, it didn't take me long to get stuck in and, as I said, being unable to use the DA I decided to do what I could by hand.
Decon' Clay, Megs ultimate compound and Collinite 476. All trim and tyres Valet Pro Black to the Future.

The swirls are still there but it gleams and I'm happy. Maybe I will get a couple of pics up once I figure out how to

Why am I telling you all this? well it's a bit chilly out there and I'm waiting for my ONR to arrive from Cleanyourcar! I now live in a retirement complex and don't have access, in my parking spot, to water or electrics so once again Detailing World pointed me in the direction of ONR and I can't wait to give it a go. It sounds to be exactly what I'm looking for.

So there you have it guys, sorry If I've bored you but you deserve to know. Age is no barrier except for the more physically challenging jobs. The enthusiasm never wanes so if you've ever wondered..don't.. carry on regardless and enjoy every minute of caring for your car.

Harry
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I hope i can still do a reasonable detail at 78 - well done you

Perhaps the Worx Hydroshot might be worth a look, even if its just to knock off the worst dust and dirt before using ONR. Its not going to change your world but it might help with your limited utilities.

Or perhaps a pump up pressure sprayer (Hoselock 7litre) with BH Autofoam followed by a watering can rinse off as an initial pre wash process ?
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A gloria FM10 and a Worx hydroshot is the combo im about to attempt as i live in a flat with no water access by the car.. fingers crossed! Good work!
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your as old as the paint your feeling...oh wait that something else haha.

I think it great you have a passion for something and not let age dictate what you can do a true inspiration
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One thing about retiring, is that I'll have more time to do detailing and other hobbies. There is just never enough time to do 'stuff' these days. Hopefully for me retirement is not in the too distant future. All the best @westerman.
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great to have you on board - Sounds like ONR is the right thing for you for sure - Perhaps find a good Hand wash car place as well for those really dirty days ...
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Welcome and it's really great to hear your story.
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great to have you on board - Sounds like ONR is the right thing for you for sure - Perhaps find a good Hand wash car place as well for those really dirty days ...
Thanks for the welcome. I don't get many 'dirty days' these days ( and yes I'm still talking about the car) One of the advantages of being retired is you can choose your days on when to drive. If I was to get caught out, my daughter lives not too far away and I can use her drive and pressure washer. I just feel the ONR will be perfect for keeping away the dusty grime and the seagull poops that rain down on us here near the seaside. George Formby called them " messages of love" I've got a far better description, not suited to here though

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Once you get use to the different way of washing, ONR is fantastic! I no longer wash my car any other way.

If they let you out the complex on good behaviour , there is Waxstock in July.
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Old 01-05-2018, 03:32 PM   #10
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There's a group of geriatric warriors in every car forum I've been Problems with a DA aren't that of an issue to me ... I very rarely DA the clearcoat. Maybe soemthing like quickjacks would help you? Or another sort of permanent scissor lift or so ... this makes washing, polishing etc the lower areas of a car way easier.

PS: Yes, you're never to old to have a satisfying childhood!

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