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Rich_Eason   
Wed Dec 05 2012, 05:51am

Member No: #90
Joined: Jan 29 2007
Location: Bristol
Alot of stuff also goes on Halfords clearance this time of year seperate to the Sale...

Usually pick up one or two of the big 5l bottles of DemonShine for £10
Various 3 for 2's or BOGOF and lasts for ages - still working through second of two bottles I picked up two years ago.

You need to go in and have a look as I found there is more on offer in store than online. I picked up a cheapo pressure washer (£30) in the sale year before last. Nothing outstanding but has enough umpf for winter cleans and powerful enough for path cleaning etc...

Plenty more gen avaliable from an ex employee
FakeConcern   
Sat Oct 26 2013, 02:06pm
Member No: #24127
Joined: Feb 05 2012
Location: Bexhill on Sea
Where is Darren?

Anyway I'm sure others can answer some questions.

1)How often is it safe to use a clay bar given that it's an abrasive?
2)when using a wash mit or drying cloth this time of year does anyone else find lots of sharp seed pods & other plant bits stuck in them? Never get this with sponge & chamois! How do you wash them out, washing machine doesn't touch them?
Commodore   
Sat Oct 26 2013, 02:41pm
Member No: #21107
Joined: Jul 31 2011
Location: Ruislip, Middlesex
FakeConcern wrote ...

Where is Darren?

Anyway I'm sure others can answer some questions.

1)How often is it safe to use a clay bar given that it's an abrasive?
2)when using a wash mit or drying cloth this time of year does anyone else find lots of sharp seed pods & other plant bits stuck in them? Never get this with sponge & chamois! How do you wash them out, washing machine doesn't touch them?

Unfortunately Darren's C4 suffered a major electrical failure and has been off the road for some time now, possibly permanently.

In answer to your questions:

1) As long as you use plenty of clay lube and don't let it bog down, regular claying should not cause any issues on paint & clear coat that is not chipped or peeling. However, you should only need to clay a couple of times a year, once a quarter at most.
2) Don't have this issue. Pre-washing with snow foam and liberal pressure washer blasting ensures such material is removed from the car before a wash mitt ever touches it.

Hope that helps.

Chris
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 FakeConcern (26 Oct 2013 : 15:34)
FakeConcern   
Sat Oct 26 2013, 03:12pm
Member No: #24127
Joined: Feb 05 2012
Location: Bexhill on Sea
Poor Darren, I missed that.
I should be ok with the clay bar as I use quick detailer as lube & last did it a year ago.
The plant bits in the cloths don't come off of the car, they tend to blow into the bucket I rinse them in or blow straight onto them!

Another question; I use one of those car squeegee things for the glass (my whole roof is glass, remember) but I wonder if it's safe to use on the paint?
wozza   
Sat Oct 26 2013, 04:05pm

Member No: #2
Joined: Aug 12 2006
Location: Manchester
Darren got rid of the C4, now has an Alfa 147.
Got fed up of the C4 and it's reliability issues and so got rid after fixing it. Only saw him a couple weeks ago as he came down to Manchester.

To answer the mitt and contaminants thing, I brush mine. (actually says to do it in the instructions for the mitt) yes it actually came with instructions. One of the Dodo Juice supernatural mitts.

Squeegee things, no don't use it on paint. Glass fine, paint no. Just use a decent drying towel. The one I got is rather large, covers 1/2 the roof and a bit more. Takes a couple minutes to dry the car.
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 FakeConcern (26 Oct 2013 : 16:11)
FakeConcern   
Sat Oct 26 2013, 04:17pm
Member No: #24127
Joined: Feb 05 2012
Location: Bexhill on Sea
wozza wrote ...

Darren got rid of the C4, now has an Alfa 147.
Got fed up of the C4 and it's reliability issues and so got rid after fixing it. Only saw him a couple weeks ago as he came down to Manchester.

To answer the mitt and contaminants thing, I brush mine. (actually says to do it in the instructions for the mitt) yes it actually came with instructions. One of the Dodo Juice supernatural mitts.

Squeegee things, no don't use it on paint. Glass fine, paint no. Just use a decent drying towel. The one I got is rather large, covers 1/2 the roof and a bit more. Takes a couple minutes to dry the car.

As I said before, poor Darren, an Alfa for reliability though, really? What did he think of your Monaro?
I don't remember instructions, but brushing may work, I had been picking the bits out, but takes ages.
My drying towel is fairly big & works well enough to do 3 Clios or a C4 & a Clio, but is a pain to get dry afterwards!
I'll stick to the roof & windows with the squeegee thing!
Commodore   
Sat Oct 26 2013, 05:28pm
Member No: #21107
Joined: Jul 31 2011
Location: Ruislip, Middlesex
FakeConcern wrote ...

Another question; I use one of those car squeegee things for the glass (my whole roof is glass, remember) but I wonder if it's safe to use on the paint?

Really not a fan of those squeegee blades, far too easy to get a bit of dirt or grit (or plant material) caught under one as you do a swipe, and before you know it, scratch (on glass or paint).

As Wozza said, you are far better off with a drying towel or two. I use the Kent Drying Towels (usually £2-£3 each from B&Q or Amazon, and the Asda Drying Towels (which are the Kent ones in a different wrapper), usually £2 each at your local Asda in the motoring aisle. Wash before use, and always wash using only liquid detergent - no powder, no softener. Same applies with your wash mitts and micro fibre towels.

Also, do you have grit guards in your buckets? Might help with your problem with plant bits getting caught in your mitt, as you can scrub it against the grit guard every rinse and every time you go back into your wash bucket.

Alternatively, a microfibre noodle mitt (which is what I use) should be far less susceptible to plant leavings getting stuck in the noodles.
Commodore   
Sat Oct 26 2013, 05:33pm
Member No: #21107
Joined: Jul 31 2011
Location: Ruislip, Middlesex
Commodore wrote ...

Really not a fan of those squeegee blades, far too easy to get a bit of dirt or grit (or plant material) caught under one as you do a swipe, and before you know it, scratch (on glass or paint).

As Wozza said, you are far better off with a drying towel or two. I use the Kent Drying Towels (usually £2-£3 each from B&Q or Amazon, and the Asda Drying Towels (which are the Kent ones in a different wrapper), usually £2 each at your local Asda in the motoring aisle. Wash before use, and always wash using only liquid detergent - no powder, no softener. Same applies with your wash mitts and micro fibre towels.

Also meant to add that letting a free-flowing hose (not the pressure washer) run over the car as a final, final rinse will leave far less water on the body to dry off, especially if you are waxed up.
FakeConcern   
Mon Oct 28 2013, 11:51am
Member No: #24127
Joined: Feb 05 2012
Location: Bexhill on Sea
Commodore wrote ...

FakeConcern wrote ...

Another question; I use one of those car squeegee things for the glass (my whole roof is glass, remember) but I wonder if it's safe to use on the paint?

Really not a fan of those squeegee blades, far too easy to get a bit of dirt or grit (or plant material) caught under one as you do a swipe, and before you know it, scratch (on glass or paint).

As Wozza said, you are far better off with a drying towel or two. I use the Kent Drying Towels (usually £2-£3 each from B&Q or Amazon, and the Asda Drying Towels (which are the Kent ones in a different wrapper), usually £2 each at your local Asda in the motoring aisle. Wash before use, and always wash using only liquid detergent - no powder, no softener. Same applies with your wash mitts and micro fibre towels.

Also, do you have grit guards in your buckets? Might help with your problem with plant bits getting caught in your mitt, as you can scrub it against the grit guard every rinse and every time you go back into your wash bucket.

Alternatively, a microfibre noodle mitt (which is what I use) should be far less susceptible to plant leavings getting stuck in the noodles.

I have the B&Q towels (that the plant seeds get stuck in!)
I don't have grit guards, but may get some. I usually rinse the mitt with the hose after dipping in the bucket.The plant bits float in the water, though! I have seen the noodle mitts & may get some now & see if they are better.
I also rinse the car with a hose, not pressure wash, but if it's windy the bits stick on it again quickly.
Rich_Eason   
Mon Oct 28 2013, 02:32pm

Member No: #90
Joined: Jan 29 2007
Location: Bristol
FakeConcern wrote ...

I have the B&Q towels (that the plant seeds get stuck in!)
I don't have grit guards, but may get some. I usually rinse the mitt with the hose after dipping in the bucket.


Why bother?

A couple of weeks ago I passed through Chard on my way down south. Sat at some TLs I was looking at some guys in an old Petrol Station 'hand car wash' type place finishing off cleaning a car.

Operative squeezed out his cloth, pulled it square, laid it on the forecourt floor and blasted it with the pressure washer.

Job done, cloth washed clean and completely debris free....
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