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Old 15-10-2018, 03:54 PM   #1
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Hi All,

For the past 6 years I've owned a car that I've never really taken to so didn't tend to look after it half as much as previous cars (hastily bought when we had kids as my Fabia VRS wasn't big enough). Due to this I haven't really kept up with what are the best products and just occasionally bought things that I used years ago.

At the weekend however I picked myself up an Astra Sports Tourer CDTI SRI in black, one which I tend to look after!

In my current small arsenal of cleaning products I have some Autoglym Shampoo, PB Blackhole and some Bilt Hamber double speed wax. Wheel wise I just have some cheap and cheerful Triple QX Fall Out remover from eurocarparts.

Would the above still be adequate for keeping the Astra looking nice and clean or is there something much better to replace these things to someone on a reasonably low budget? Am I missing anything vital? I'd like a nice glossy finish.

Thanks for any help!

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I'd be inclined to look at a Tar remover and some form of clay either a bar or a mitt

Widely available and Bilt Hamber is very good value and readily available online
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I’d get some tar remover - AG tar remover is good and inexpensive and probably an everyday wheel cleaner - Power Maxed frequent use wheel cleaner is good.

G3 clay mitt is good and easy to use if you want to decontaminate the paint.
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I’d get some tar remover - AG tar remover is good and inexpensive and probably an everyday wheel cleaner - Power Maxed frequent use wheel cleaner is good.

G3 clay mitt is good and easy to use if you want to decontaminate the paint.
In the spirit of agreeing and disagreeing with Andy here, I'd strongly recommend a tar remover but maybe something a bit stronger from Autosmart. I'd be a bit wary of a clay mitt on Vauxhall paint which can be soft and prone to marring.

Just be wary especially as it is BLACK and be prepared to correct the paint anyway.
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Thanks guys, yes a Tar remover is definitely on the list to buy... the Wife's car is red and shows the tar spots badly so it'll be good to have. I'll check out the Power Maxed frequent use wheel cleaner, seems cheap at eurocarparts which is local to me. I tried clay barring my black Fabia VRS once and I don't think my technique was right... may have another go but it's a bit beyond me as a pure amateur haha.
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I tried clay barring my black Fabia VRS once and I don't think my technique was right... may have another go but it's a bit beyond me as a pure amateur haha.

With the way clay has moved in the last few years you’ll find it very quick and easy. If you were more into the scene around 5 years ago then the mitts and cloths were just starting to come around.
I use the AutoSmart clay cloth...
Bowl of warm water, bottle of diluted qd, and you’re well away.
It used to take me around an hour to clay a car with a bar. It takes me longer to make a cup of tea for guests now than it does to clay a whole small car.
There is a time and a place for a bar, but the clay cloths are so easy to use and quick to use it’s a pleasure to do...

Just my opinion
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As people have mention ref. the clay etc for decontamination. Black is always hard to keep looking sweet. But the PB Blackhole is fantastic at hiding those imperfections. and that wax on top you should be looking sweet for 2 months +
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