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Old 11-06-2018, 02:51 PM   #1
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Best pre-wash routine???

Hi all,

As Ii take delivery of a new car at the weekend I want to give the car the best possible start so am looking for some advice on the best pre-wash products and routine to go through.

I have been thinking snow foam and then clay bar but is there anything else I need to consider like Iron deposit removal?

Many thanks
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:04 PM   #2
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Pre-Wash:
Bilt Hamber Snow Foam.

Decon:
Tardis Tar Remover.
CarPro Iron-X.
Meguires Clay Bar Kit. (This "could" marr the paint. Preferred to be used if you plan to polish).

Wash:
Meguires Wash Plus. (This "could" marr the paint. Preferred to be used if you plan to polish).
G3 Body Prep. (Substitute).

Wax:
Bilt Hamber Double Speed Wax

Are you looking to polish the car to remove clear coat defects? If so, you'll need to do that after the decon and wash.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:11 PM   #3
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The above is a good routine, remember if your going to clay you'll need to polish.

I would also go for a sealant over a wax
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:20 PM   #4
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This is what I posted recently:

Tell them not to wash it on delivery!! Very Important.

I took delivery of my first ever new car last week and told them to just remove the transport protection so they could check the bodywork and not touch the paintwork. I reminded the salesman a couple of times and I took delivery with the car dirty and still some stickers on the body and transport "crayon" markings on the windscreen.
I quite enjoyed taking off the various bits they'd left on. Felt like unwrapping my new toy.

Then spent the weekend cleaning her.
Pre-Wash (BH Autofoam)
Wash 2BM with grit guards (BH AutoWash)
Gyeon tar remover
Rinse off throughly
AG Magma applied to bodywork and wheels - Surprising amount of fallout picked up during transportation (only 10 miles on the clock)
Pre-Wash (BH Autofoam)
Wheels cleaned with unbranded microfibre mit and suitable brushes for my type of wheel
Shuts all done with diluted APC and detail brushes.
Wash 2BM with grit guards (BH AutoWash)
Dried with Optimum No Rinse diluted to QD strength as a drying assist
Poorboys Black Hole (dark coloured car)
Topped off with Collinite 915

I think that's it.
Oh, and then it rained, so I washed it again

The only addition for me would have been using a proper ceramic coating, but I decided not to mainly on cost grounds and lack of experience and somewhere to do it inside over a couple of days.

I didn't think a clay was required and I would probably have introduced more issues requiring a full polish on what turned out to be pretty much as good paint as I could expect.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:16 PM   #5
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Thank you all.

Really appreciate the advice and detail you are providing. I have detailed cars before however this was many many years ago and have none of my old stuff so wanted to get advice on what you are recommended and products - so thank you.

I plan to do the full works (apart from machine polish at this stage) so pre-wash, wash, polish, wax and seal so any recommendations on products would be greatly appreciated.

I have previously used DODO Juice wax, AG polish and built hamber clay with a generic snow foam and AG shampoo and britemax chrome cleaner and sealant - looking to step up the game a bit.

The car is a dark blue if this helps.

Looking to get all the stuff needed in one hot to get cracking.

Also, the wheels are diamond cut wheels with a black face and chrome edge, any advice on cleaner/wax/sealant?

Finally there is a small amount of plastic black trim I want to treat to avoid fading - any advice on this?

Thanks again all - loving the forum.
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