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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 26th March 2013, 01:38 Thread Starter
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I copied this thread over from another forum.

So you have your Antara but how easy is it to wash and polish and keep clean.

Well I think it's one of the easiest cars I have owned to was and polish. Apart from needing a set of set of steps to was the roof that is.

The 19" alloys are pretty easy to clean although because they are so open you need to clean the inside of the alloys which is fairly easy to sponge.

After two weeks without a wash the weather and and the dirty roads have left my Antara the dirtiest it has been. The mud flaps help but even with them the back wash really bad.



So out with the snow foam





After the snow foam has done its job it's a power wash clean and then hand wash with lambs wool wash mitt. Alloys are then sprayed and cleaned outside and in.

So this is how it looked after its was washed and towel dried.





But I'm not finished there I have started to get it prepped for winter so it was out with the clay bar and then a polish and wax. Dress the plastic trim and tyres polish the class inside and out.

I'm still working on it but will post a couple of pics tomorrow when I'm finished. The paint work is surprisingly after 7 months is still perfect except for a couple of very small stone chips which I'm touching up at the same time.
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 26th March 2013, 01:44
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Some people have tooo much time on their hands.
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post #3 of 35 (permalink) Old 26th March 2013, 01:47 Thread Starter
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For anyone who doesn't know what Claying is about when I said I used clay on my Antara its exactly what it is you use a bar of clay and rub it over the paintwork to remove all the crap. It's amazing what it does.

On a 7 month old car that's kept pretty clean here is what the clay be looked like after doing the bonnet of the Antara



Other things I use on a regular basis are iron x. If you haven't used it get some its fantastic. Spray on dry alloys leave and power wash off. Beware it smells terrible but its fantastic.

http://www.detailedclean.co.uk/wheels-and-tyres/carpro-iron-x-500ml-473

Then its on with the snow foam and leave for 10-15mins then rinse off the snow foam and iron x.

Time to handwash using a meguires wash mit then rinse.

Into the garage to tiwel dry off, Hoover and clean the interior.

I use car pro perl to clean and shine the interior trim. I also use it for the external black trim and the tyres.

Again brilliant stuf if you haven't tried it. It's similar to autoglym vinyl and rubber care but it is cheaper and better you can dilute it to your needs.

http://www.detailedclean.co.uk/wheel...perl-500ml-482

I then clean the glass inside and out using autoglym fast glass and glass polish for the outside of the windscreen.

The last thing I did was give the leather seats a clean and then condition using these

http://www.detailedclean.co.uk/inter...aner-500ml-345

http://www.detailedclean.co.uk/interior/leather-care/auto-finesse-hide-leather-conditioner-250ml-346

Btw it might sound like I Was all day doing the above but it took less less than 2 hours.
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One other tip given to me for all you new Antara owners

if you want your engine bay to still look still looking like new. 6-12 months on




Thanks to a tip from a mate who's obsessed about cleaning his car. When I got my Antara he told me to spray the engine plastic parts and paintwork with this http://www.autoglym.com/enGB/product...6VQ=HE&Range=1. The trick is to do it when the engine is slightly warm. When you do it it will look milky white but when it drys it looks great.
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what is this snow foam you use and where do you get it and do you use your power washer to apply
sorry not seen this before . i,ve had a sheltered live lol.
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what is this snow foam you use and where do you get it and do you use your power washer to apply
sorry not seen this before . i,ve had a sheltered live lol.
It's same thing as those hand wash car washes that are all over the place these days usually run by some nice Eastern Europe guys.

It's done via a power washers using a special spray bottle. Kinda The same as the ones you get with your power washer but specially designed for snow foam because you can adjust how thick the foam is.

I use this one but you have plenty to pick from

http://www.detailedclean.co.uk/washi...foam-5-litre-3

And this is the the spray bottle. It's expansive but good

http://www.detailedclean.co.uk/washi...s-fittings-131

If you look on YouTube you will find loads of videos on snow foam.

If you have anymore qustions just ask

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My God Grumps.....you really are a walking talking encyclopedia of cleaning products

To be fair, I have followed your example and purchased a couple of items that you suggested and they have proved to be as good as you first suggested.


Unfortunately, being a "poor" pensionerI need to watch my pennies and need to save up to buy your other items.
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I was thinking exactly the same thing
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post #9 of 35 (permalink) Old 27th March 2013, 21:47
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Grumps, your bloc drive looks nice and clean as well


Are you sure your not just trying to out do your Kia driving neighbour

Cheers Marcus 247(my first 3)
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Grumps, your bloc drive looks nice and clean as well
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Are you sure your not just trying to out do your Kia driving neighbour
Power washers are a wonderful thing.

And my neighbour never never washes their car.
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