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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10th April 2013, 21:06 Thread Starter
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What products do you use or recommend? A colleague of mine at our Fire Station valets cars on his days off and has recommended several products which I've just ordered to keep the Antara in 'showroom condition' or even better possibly.

He recommended.....Maguires Gold Class Shampoo

Maguires Mirror Glaze 16 Polish/Wax

Bilt Hamber Auto Wheel Cleaner

CarPlan Tyre Slik

None of it was cheap but if his car and customers cars are anything to go by then my Antara is in for a treat.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10th April 2013, 23:19
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What products do you use or recommend? A colleague of mine at our Fire Station valets cars on his days off and has recommended several products which I've just ordered to keep the Antara in 'showroom condition' or even better possibly.

He recommended.....Maguires Gold Class Shampoo

Maguires Mirror Glaze 16 Polish/Wax

Bilt Hamber Auto Wheel Cleaner

CarPlan Tyre Slik

None of it was cheap but if his car and customers cars are anything to go by then my Antara is in for a treat.
I have a thread on here with some info on the stuff I use. It's all down to personal taste but all the stuff I use I would highly recommend.Look here
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I am becoming more and more convinced that you (Grumps) is on some sort of commission for these companies

In fairness I have purchased a couple of those published in the thread "over there" and they do work very well


I have been known to wash my Antara now and then

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11th April 2013, 17:35
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I'm afraid I'm the laziest person in the world when it comes to car washing.
Apart from a couple of hosings down with a power washer to get the mud off, I've only washed the car once since I got it, and that was at the local Morrison's car wash.

When you live on a farm, car cleaning is never at the top of your todo list.




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Just picked up my car from its first service. Washed and vaced for me. Saved me a job.
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Just picked up my car from its first service. Washed and vaced for me. Saved me a job.
Noooo don't let them do it they scratch all the paintwork with their brushes and dirty water. I always tell them not to wash my car. Tbh it doesn't need washed anyway
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Just picked up my car from its first service. Washed and vaced for me. Saved me a job.
Noooo don't let them do it they scratch all the paintwork with their brushes and dirty water. I always tell them not to wash my car. Tbh it doesn't need washed anyway

I think world war 3 would break out if any dirt dare to go near your car Grumps . .
I'm not a regular car washer normally leave it to the rain. Too busy working (well that's my excuse).
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Sorry folks, guess I should have checked first if there was a thread on this already. Me bad.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 25th November 2014, 01:22
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Brother in law was a pro car valet and he did a smashing job. He always swore at Autoglym.

Do note that all the car products that have 'polish' in their name are abrasive and sooner or later will wear off your top protective clear coat from the paint.

I've used a number of specialised polishes on rotary and dual-action machines and the best I've come across for removing minor surface scratches (or restoring after clay bar) is Britemax Black Max Ultra Fine, which can and will remove 4000 grit marks. Do note that although it is ultra-fine it is also rather fast cutting, do not get carried away with it. The AG and Megs polishes contain silicones and resins which Black Max does not, so you can spray straight down on it if required, or apply a pro paint sealant.

Then seal the fresh surface e.g. Britemax Extreme Elements, then wash and wax it. The carnauba car waxes set almost as hard as concrete and protect the paint through winter and several washes.

Having got a motor tarted up I lose interest and run it through an automatic car wash when I get a tuit.

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