Arya2.0S wrote:Hey Nick, can you share any tips on the fine art of car detailing? I can never seem to get mine as clean as how i see other peoples cars online, especially yours. What sort of products do you use?
I was going to ask the same thing, do you hand polish or buff it off with those electric buffer things?? Thinking of buying one to save me the effort
Hi chaps. Sorry did not get a reply to you yesterday.
Yep just as Andy said I do indeed use Autoglym Super Resin Polish. Great stuff ! First came across this product when I had my previous '86 Laser. It was being demonstrated on a car at the Alexandra Palace Classic Car Show about 15yrs ago and gave amazing results right before my eyes !! Bought some from him there and then and was so happy with the results on my then Black Laser I have not used any other polish since. Now I know this is only personal recommendation but I really do like the stuff. They do a few different products but as this gives me the results I like I have stuck with it and still use it to this very day. It even removes light marks if applied with a slightly heavier hand. Don't know how you guys use it but I do a panel at a time, ie front wing, door, rear quarter. On bonnet I do it in two halves, same as roof ! Don't use a buffer, just good old elbow grease and decent microfibre cloths ! Now regarding the shine I get I think I am just blessed with a paint job that seems to take well to the stuff. Don't think I do anything too special, apart from taking my time over it
One very important tip when using this and indeed any polish/wax is you want the car panels to be as cool as possible when you apply. Do not do it in direct sunlight. Before when my previous Laser was parked on the road I used to move it over to the shady side of the road. In extreme heat wait till the evening if you can when the body panels get cooler. I always wash the car now then get it in the garage to polish.
I am very tempted to try an extra level of protection too.. I was chatting to some chaps at the mot garage on Thurs and they recommend applying Autoglym Extra Polish Protection after polishing with the Super Resin. It seals the shine to give an even greater protection to your polished shine. Any rain or new dirt just washes off this layer even easier than off the polished finish. I will report back if I do try this extra protection.
Now I also use Autoglym glass cleaner on the windows and I use Poorboys Pink wax on the alloys which not only shine them a treat but leaves a protective layer against dirt and the dreaded brake dust. I tend to rinse off my wheels after any sort of journey before putting B112 back in garage just to remove the brake dust. With the Poorboys wax it makes this easier too.
Oh yep, I also use the polish in the engine bay too which does amuse the neighbours somewhat !
All of this is pretty much a days work as I take my time and enjoy it
Hope this help ! But as said is only my personal choice of product to use. Many classic owners get stunning results using other methods/products. I just really like Autoglym !
All the best
PS I too agree chamois cloths are not as great as they were first rated as years ago. Times change and like it or not more modern products actually do a better job. I really like that drying cloth Andy mentioned. Not tried one of these but methinks its time now. Thanks for the heads up Andy