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Old 05-07-2009, 05:40 PM   #1
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Post Detailing on a budget !

Ok chaps - what with the current economic position etc

I was thinking of trying to put together a "detailing on a budget"

Perhaps good value buys ? alternative uses for products / products that can be used for more than one job / hand polishing etc etc

Any ideas post away in here - then we can try and put together a guide which might help people

For instance the old fashion way of cleaning glass - a drop of fairy /vinegar and newspaper
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A cheap APC from your local supermarket is 90% as effective as megs APC and 10% of the cost.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:47 PM   #3
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A cheap APC from your local supermarket is 90% as effective as megs APC and 10% of the cost.
Any ones in particular mate? Have heard Daisy APC mentioned but tbh I stick with bulk buy stuff. Is it with the usual cleaning products?
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:50 PM   #4
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In summer when all you really want to do is remove a layer of dust, you can get away with a cheaper bulk solution, I like Meguiars Hyperwash, still playing with the dilution, 1 shot (30ml) mixed with warm water didn't seem to quite be as thick as my regular snow foam, so going to use a little more next time.
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Wilko's Paint restorer (which is t-cut metallic) doubles up as glass polish.
Car pride wicked wax (hard wax ) 99p, Wizz leather conditioner or astonish leather cleaner 99p, asda tesco car shampoo 69p, in fact car pride do a host of products 99p, remember the punto which was turned around with just 99p products ?
Also there are stores like home bargains and poundstretcher, you can pick up branded names for a well discounted price.
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Any ones in particular mate? Have heard Daisy APC mentioned but tbh I stick with bulk buy stuff. Is it with the usual cleaning products?
Yup daisy is very good, it's my personal favourite. I've also tried tesco's own brand and it was almost as good as daisy, just needed to be mixed slightly stronger to get the same cleaning.

But yeah daisy is my recommendation last time i bought it was 68p for 1.5 litres and buy 2 get the 3rd free. So that worked out £1.36 for 4.5 litres.
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Probably not the greatest but Asda were doing 5 litres of Simoniz wash and wax for £3, black buckets for £1 each and MF Washmitts and 6 packs of MF Cloths both for about £3.
Halfrauds are still doing 3 for 2 on car products too so you can pick up AG SRP and EGP plus another for about £20.

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Surfex HD surely?
Highly dilutible so will go a long way with wheels, bugs, pre-wash, engine bay.
303 Aerospace Protectant - tyres, wiper blades, exterior rubber and trim, interior plastic, and leather (not tried that one myself though, but their suggestion).
Glass - any decent off the shelf glass cleaner, or one the commercial cleaners use, as it has more IPA in it.
That said, 20% IPA solution should suffice in itself, if you have some already.

How budget is budget?
Any ceiling on what's classed as budget products?
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QD Discount stores: AG srp £9.99 litre, wheel brush £2.99, tyre gel applicator 99p.
Pound wise: 1 litre AG shampoo £1, my wife bought me a bottle. Was sold out when I went back to buy the entire stock

http://www.qdstores.co.uk/storefinder.asp

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^ Pjs I guess im looking at getting the best avaliable products hopefully still recognised brands but for those that dont have a endless budget or are ona tighter budget

Any help really ?

I was thinking or perhaps having several budgets - perhaps below £5 - £10 - £20 ?



Chaps at the moment im really looking at products and uses and applications rather than shops and stores

Im looking for information to try and put together a guide ...
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