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Old 11-11-2017, 08:38 PM   #1
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Newbie - advice needed

Just sold my Elise and bought a lovely Honda S2000 in Moonrock - not had chance to clean it yet, as only got it home last Sunday.

The car is very low mileage and in generally great condition but there are swirls for sure which I'm going to have to sort.

The advice I need is in two areas - firstly to get the paint sorted I feel I should take it to a detailer who can give me a great starting point that I can do my best to maintain.
I'm in Mid-Sussex can anyone recommend a good detailer for paint correction to get the swirls removed? And what sort of price would this generally cost?

And secondly, is there anywhere that has a list for a reasonable beginners kit to start with?

Appreciate any pointers from the wealth of expertise on the forum - thanks in advance.
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Old 14-11-2017, 03:27 PM   #4
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And secondly, is there anywhere that has a list for a reasonable beginners kit to start with?

Appreciate any pointers from the wealth of expertise on the forum - thanks in advance.
I can't recommend a detailer but for a beginner's kit list you would want:

Some form of pre-wash - I like Bilt Hamber's Auto Foam but again there are lots of other good ones. This is applied to the car before you touch it, this can be done via a snow foam lance if you have a pressure washer, or via a pump sprayer (which I use even though I have a pressure washer). This is allowed to dwell for ~5 minutes before being rinsed off, either with a hosepipe or a pressure washer, this clears off the majority of the muck, especially the larger and "sharper" particles, before you actually touch the car so the chance of inflicting damage to the paint is much reduced.

Two good size buckets (don't need to be "special" car washing ones - the plasterers buckets from B&Q for about £6 each are good) for the bodywork, and another one for the wheels (the orange B&Q ones for £1 are fine for this). The idea here is to have suds in one and clean rinse water in the other, after washing each panel you can rinse your wash media in the clean water, avoiding rubbing the dirt over the paintwork

Some quality shampoo - something like Car Chem 1900:1 works well and is good value

Some good wash "media" - eg Adams Wash Pad for the bodywork, and something separate for the wheels eg a microfibre chenille mitt

A good drying towel - I have a "Drinker XL" from In2Detailing which I can recommend, but there are lots of other good ones. In conjunction with the drying towel it's useful to have a drying aid / QD; something like Finish Kare #425 Poly Wipe is a good bet

To be able to do the wheels you ideally want some wheel cleaner - something like Auto Glanz Alkalloy which can be diluted as needed - you can also look at things like Wheel Woolies to be able to get into the barrels between the spokes. Worth getting a spray bottle (even a smaller pump sprayer) to apply this to the wheels.

All of this will let you get the car clean and dry in a "safe" fashion. There's a huge amount of other stuff you could add, we haven't gone anywhere near protection for glass, paint or wheels yet, or done anything with the interior

Have a read of the following link for further explanation of the whys and wherefores:

http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acata...nd-drying.html

The other articles are also well worth a read: http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acata...re-advice.html

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Welcome. Great choice of car btw.

Reasonable kit - yes

Reasonable price? Good luck with that one

Seriously though lots of difference advice and opinions here.
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Just sold my Elise and bought a lovely Honda S2000 in Moonrock - not had chance to clean it yet, as only got it home last Sunday.

The car is very low mileage and in generally great condition but there are swirls for sure which I'm going to have to sort.

The advice I need is in two areas - firstly to get the paint sorted I feel I should take it to a detailer who can give me a great starting point that I can do my best to maintain.
I'm in Mid-Sussex can anyone recommend a good detailer for paint correction to get the swirls removed? And what sort of price would this generally cost?

And secondly, is there anywhere that has a list for a reasonable beginners kit to start with?

Appreciate any pointers from the wealth of expertise on the forum - thanks in advance.
Hi and congrats on the s2000, amazing cars! I'm getting my FN2 type r professionally detailed which includes a full wash and decontamination, 2 stage machine polish and ceramic coating applied to protect the paintwork. This is costing me £300.

The guy I'm getting it done from does it as a part time hobby which might explain the excellent price.

Other quotes i recieved for the same work on my car ranged from £450 to £800!

I would recommend Lee who owns CVS valeting based in reading, Berkshire. He might be willing to travel to you and I've had my car done my him and he does an excellent job

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