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Old 16-05-2021, 04:55 PM   #1
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Hi,
I have 3 vehicles I need to clean a lot more often than I do. I have been watching a few utbe detailing vids to get an idea of what i want but I only want to do a 'light' detail? or good wash.

what are the basics I should start with and are there any recommendations as I don't want to spend the earth?

Jetwasher
Traffic Film remover
Snow Foam
wheel cleaner?
various brushes
wash mitts
drying towels?

or is there a thread already for this?

thank you in advance
(if it's in the wrong place could an admin move it please?)
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Old 16-05-2021, 05:01 PM   #2
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You'll need
Buckets or bucket, depends on your chosen method
Grit guards - some say they arent needed
Shampoo
Maybe a drying aid to avoid deposits when rinsing off.

Otherwise you have a good list going on
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Old 16-05-2021, 05:31 PM   #3
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Probably should have added
I have buckets and grit guards already
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Old 16-05-2021, 05:44 PM   #4
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Looking to spend around 150 on the washer, though have just seen the ava g55 is it worth going to 200 for this?
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Old 16-05-2021, 06:13 PM   #5
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I'd consider something like Koch Green Star / BH surfex as one of the basics. Very versatile, and can tick some of the products you need, as it can be used as a pre-wash, wheel cleaner or just a general cleaner, depending on dilution. Saying this because starting from scratch can be heavy on the wallet, and so having a product that tick multiple boxes is welcome.
Power washer wise, I'd look at Karcher machines. Just have the lower model (k2 it is I think) and it has been fairly reliable and cheap for a weekend warrior.
Accessories wise, I like to have a pair of boar's hair brushes, and some soft ones as well. Then you will need a wash mitt(s), I prefer to have some cheaper ones in the arsenal too, for the lower parts of the car. And lastly a bunch of microfibres, short pile and plush ones too. Decent quality MFs that won't cost fortune made by Paragon microfibre. Throw in a waffle weave for glass cleaning, and a drying towel.
Depending on the state of the cars in question, I'd consider a decon products in form of iron and tar remover.
Lastly a good QD to finish off the wash, or aid in drying. Sonax BSD for example is well regarded, providing decent protection and beadage.
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Old 16-05-2021, 08:03 PM   #6
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I second KC Greenstar.
I've had some, unused, in the garage for well over a year....as you do
Decided to try it as my prewash the other day at a weak dilution ratio of 1:30 and was totally blown away at the amount of dirt it removed. This will now be my go to product from now on
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I have put together a list of the basics for you to get started

I recommend you check out Nillfisk they have some good pressure washers under £150
  • Wheel cleaner
  • Snowfoam
  • Shampoo
  • Tyre dressing
  • quick detailer
  • Trim dressing
  • all purpose cleaner
  • Pressure washer (if you got a tight budget recommend a Nillfisk)
  • Good quality microfibre drying towel
  • Good quality wash mitt
  • Good soft detailing brushes (get a couple they are handy)
  • General purpose microfibre cloths

That should be all the basics you need to get started.

Also take a look at some of our products we offer at https://reflectionhd.com we got a high quality range of detailing products.
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Old 16-05-2021, 09:50 PM   #8
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Hi,
I have 3 vehicles I need to clean a lot more often than I do. I have been watching a few utbe detailing vids to get an idea of what i want but I only want to do a 'light' detail? or good wash.

what are the basics I should start with and are there any recommendations as I don't want to spend the earth?

Jetwasher
Traffic Film remover
Snow Foam
wheel cleaner?
various brushes
wash mitts
drying towels?

or is there a thread already for this?

thank you in advance
(if it's in the wrong place could an admin move it please?)


Honestly, it depends what you mean by a light detail. To me a light detail means a complete decontamination of the car, a machine polish (or hand) to remove light swirls, and then a glaze and LSP (wax or sealant) to top it off. All in all this process would take me an entire weekend.

However I have been known for overkill haha.

If you're looking for a good clean, that brings the car up nice and shinny (and you're not too worried about every swirls mark).. then I would start very simple, especially if you're ideally not looking to spend a lot.

A pressure washer is always nice and desirable.. but not essential by any means, same with snow foam. Truth be told, in my eyes the best 'bang for buck' wash routine is:

- Two buckets (if you buy huge 25 litre buckets, then grit guards aren't essential - just avoid the bottom of the bucket)
- Two wash mitts (one for the dirtier parts towards the bottom of the car)
- A wheel cleaner and some brushes to agitate (Bilt Hamber - Auto Wheels always gets good reviews)
- A decent shampoo (too many to choose from)
- Autoglym super resin polish
- Perhaps an easy to use spray sealant/quick detailer like Gtechniq C2V3 or Autoglym aqua wax
- Tyre dressing (megs endurance is good starting point, and can be picked up most places)

And that's it for a good 'quick wash' that will probably leave you feeling quite impressed and happy!

Unfortunately the longer you stay on here, the more you get drawn into trying new products, doing more and more, and getting more obsessed with swirls. I remember back 10 years ago, I was happy using the old 'megs three step 'paintwork cleaner, polish, and wax' from Halfords every other weekend. I was always really impressed and proud of the finish.... whereas these days I'm obsessing about every swirl or mark, and continually experimenting with new products.

Hope that helps.. It's a really hard question to answer.. but we're all a helpful bunch on here It just depends what a 'light detail' means in your eyes and how much time you're looking to spend on the cars!
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light detail is a good wash on the disco 3 and clio of them, but a bit more on the Stelvio
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No machine polisher?
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