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Old 25-04-2018, 09:01 PM   #1
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Maintaining a tyre dressing applicator....

Quick question guys...


i got the tyre dressing applicator pad that attaches to the autofinesse handipuc and its really good.

But...with products like meguiars gel,very greasy very sticky...they obviosly clog up straight away.

I find it preety impossible to clean, gloves on and try and remove all the grime soaked in but it makes a horrible mess in the sink obviously ...

So...do you guys bother to wash them out or just re use while theyre soaked with previous dressings?

i cant keep buying more applicators after each use. I dont want to buy cheap sponges neither because the handi puc works so well.

so what do you do?
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Old 25-04-2018, 09:04 PM   #2
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I just use a car washing sponge, cut up to 2" slices and use these for the tyre dressing, keep it as in in a little pot and when knackered, in the bin and cut another 2" section. Don't bother to try to clean it...
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I just use a car washing sponge, cut up to 2" slices and use these for the tyre dressing, keep it as in in a little pot and when knackered, in the bin and cut another 2" section. Don't bother to try to clean it...
thats fair but the reason i want to keep my current applicator is it works well with the handicup, gets nice even coverage
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thats fair but the reason i want to keep my current applicator is it works well with the handicup, gets nice even coverage
That's the issue with certain tyre dressings - obviously if it was easy to clean the applicator, then it wouldn't last well on the tyre

I personally wouldn't bother cleaning it - just use it for that tyre dressing and keep in a plastic pot ready for next use...
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That's the issue with certain tyre dressings - obviously if it was easy to clean the applicator, then it wouldn't last well on the tyre

I personally wouldn't bother cleaning it - just use it for that tyre dressing and keep in a plastic pot ready for next use...
do you think the fact its not a clean applicator, could it have an affect on future reapplications with finish/durability?
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do you think the fact its not a clean applicator, could it have an affect on future reapplications with finish/durability?
I can only go off my experience with Megs Endurance tyre dressing and AG tyre Gel (have separate applicators for each) and np, I've not noticed any difference in the performance or finish.

In effect, all you're using is an impregnated applicator - so as long as you're using the same applicator for a single product, can't see any issues
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I can only go off my experience with Megs Endurance tyre dressing and AG tyre Gel (have separate applicators for each) and np, I've not noticed any difference in the performance or finish.

In effect, all you're using is an impregnated applicator - so as long as you're using the same applicator for a single product, can't see any issues
top man thanks .i wont bother cleaning it then
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top man thanks .i wont bother cleaning it then
No problem bud

I use an old plastic box to keep mine in, so keeps it clean from picking anything up - did try popping in a plastic zip bag initially, but no good, very messy - no issues with popping it in box
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Quick question guys...


i got the tyre dressing applicator pad that attaches to the autofinesse handipuc and its really good.

But...with products like meguiars gel,very greasy very sticky...they obviosly clog up straight away.

I find it preety impossible to clean, gloves on and try and remove all the grime soaked in but it makes a horrible mess in the sink obviously ...

So...do you guys bother to wash them out or just re use while theyre soaked with previous dressings?

i cant keep buying more applicators after each use. I dont want to buy cheap sponges neither because the handi puc works so well.

so what do you do?
I have a few but so far the handi puck with the tyre applicator is the best. I don't clean mine. I leave it upside down in the dedicated pocket!

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I have a few but so far the handi puck with the tyre applicator is the best. I don't clean mine. I leave it upside down in the dedicated pocket!

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I sometimes use a Kiwi Express instant Shoe shine sponge, once the kids have 'cleaned' their shoes and then left top off so it's dried out..
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