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Hi All,

Having previously been a sponge, one bucket, no wax kind of guy, the purchase of my new (new to me) car means I want to keep it looking that way.

I loved polishing my previous cars but now I want to do it right!

Here is the vehicle (pick it up saturday, can't wait :D )



This is my first ever Black car.

I've compiled a list of what I think I should get:

1.) Pre-Wash

Snow Foam Lance
http://www.autobritedirect.co.uk/in...heavy-duty-foam-lance-various-connectors.html

Snow Foam Product
http://www.autobritedirect.co.uk/index.php/bestsellers/super-snow-foam.html

Alloy Wheel Cleaner (Non-Acidic so is really safe to use and won't damage any of the paintwork)
http://www.angelwax.co.uk/?wpsc-product=superior-automotive-wheel-cleaner

Use these then rinse it all off.

Then use this All Purpose Cleaner and small brush for badges, door shuts, around grills etc to get the last bits of grit out from everywhere...

All Purpose Cleaner (Diluted to 1:20 in water????)
http://www.autobritedirect.co.uk/in...eclean-x101-superior-all-purpose-cleaner.html

Small Brush, say 3 of these, keep one for wheels, one for badges, door shuts etc and then one for inside.
http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/valet-pro-inch-round-wheel-brush/prod_973.html

2.) Wash and Clean

Sheepskin Lambswool Washing Mitt (Never using a sponge on a car again!!!)
http://www.sheepskinshop.co.uk/productlisting.aspx?cid=77&pid=69&c=Sheepskin

Wash Buckets (For 2 bucket method)
http://www.autobritedirect.co.uk/in...t-guards/detailing-bucket-combo-pack-kit.html

Using this shampoo:
http://www.angelwax.co.uk/?wpsc-product=angelwax-superior-automotive-shampoo

Once this is done, Rinse.

Patt Dry using Microfibre Drying Towel:
http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/washing-and-drying/huge-38-x-28-microfibre-drying-towel/prod_154.html

Once Dry

Fallout Remover
http://www.angelwax.co.uk/?wpsc-product=revelation-fallout-remover

Clay the car here?

Rinse off

3.) Finishing

Wax for Paintwork - Seems to be very specific to Black cars :)
http://www.angelwax.co.uk/?wpsc-product=dark-angel

Wax for Alloy Wheels
http://www.angelwax.co.uk/?wpsc-product=bilberry-wheel-wax

Glass
http://www.angelwax.co.uk/?wpsc-product=superior-automotive-glass-cleaner

Glass Water Repellent
http://www.angelwax.co.uk/?wpsc-product=h2go-rain-repellent

What do you think? Anything you would change?

Also would like opinions on buying a buffer/machine polisher...what can I use with one to polish this up really nice before applying wax, without the worry of stripping paint off etc.

Kindest Regards

Jamie
 

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welcome to DW :thumb:
looks good to me although non acidic wheel cleaners are not as 'safe' as some think. they are normally alkaline which is as bad as acid in some cases.. seal your wheels and soapy water will surfice.
i would get a set of these too.. http://envyvaleting.com/products_info.asp?id=151

As for polishing, well you'll be 'stripping' paint off, just depends how agressive a pad and polish you use, which depends on how bad the paint is..
 

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Thanks Guys.

Does anybody have any recommendations on the Wax?

I picked out Dark Angel because it says it's made for Black Paintwork but obviously I have no idea if this is any better than a product from another company? Having said that I will probably get this as I like all the reviews for Angelwax Products :) and love the fact they're British and priced very well.

Also with the Rotary Polisher, what would you recommend to use, to just go over the car to give it a really deep shine if the car doesn't need any correction?

Thanks :)
 

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Dark Angel gets some great reviews.
I love their shampoo & glass sealant :)

When I had a black car Poorboys Blackhole was a favourite of mine :thumb:

For the buckets I'd probably just grab some builder's buckets from B&Q.
 

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Welcome Jamie! Lovely motor!

For polisher, a DAS-6 DA will be perfect or you mate. Once your car is polished (with the DA), you can use it to apply waxes, sealants, pre-wax cleaners, etc. they are extremely handy! ;)

For wax recommendation, what do you want out of a wax exactly? What is your price range too?
 

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List looks almost perfect!!!! I'd personally get the Angelwax bilberry concentrate 1L wheel cleaner as this will make 5L+ of wheel cleaner where as the 500ml is already diluted ready for use. I'd also look at getting either AS G101 or BH Surfex HD as your APC because again these dilute a lot fruther than most APC's. Drying towel I would highly recommend a Yellow Uber drying towle as for patt drying .. it's unbeatable. I'd also get the plaster buckets from Wickes as these will save you a few bob over paying loads for just 'plastic'. If you've got the money then AW desirable is a great wax!
 

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Thanks Guys, will take all your recommendations into consideration etc...really helpful thank you!

Will head to Wickes on the weekend and get the buckets then :) Couple of you have mentioned the yellow Uber Towels so they will have to go on the list also :)

Ref Wax - Well I want a really good shine/reflection, I want it to last a good time and provide a bit of protection.
 
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