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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:17 pm 
Spray trigger bottle's have a small filter on the bottom to stop anything from being sucked up into the trigger.
Well cut one off about 5ml from the end and pop it on the end of your draw pipe on your foam lance it saves the hassle of stripping your lance down.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:08 pm 
Always give products a good shake before you use them (where appropriate):

The abrasive content of polishes often sink to the base of the container.

The various parts of Glazes can separate.

The carrier oils in waxes, if stored in too warm an environment, can separate. Stir the wax and the oils back together...sometimes the wax needs to be softened by placing the container in a warm water bath.

Some sealants, it's best not to shake as it can mix air into the product.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:40 pm 
To stop those 'water runs' coming from grills and wing mirrors....if you don't have a blower function on your vacuum cleaner.....use a hair dryer set on low temperature to blow out the pooled water.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:13 pm 
When you need to remove decals and badges which are held in place by double sided tape and/or prongs/lugs....don't use a screwdriver as you can damage the paintwork or dent the panel.

Instead, use dental floss (tied in a loop). place a strong piece of wood, say 1" square by 8" long through the loop. Slip the dental floss loop under the decal's edges and then turn the wood like a tournaquet.

The dental floss will cut through the tape and the badge/decal should pull off easily with a slight upward gentle tug.


The need to remove badges like this is not uncommon...especially on older front bonnet badges where the plastic coatings have started to peel away and need to be replaced.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:49 pm 
Door shuts, do them as part of your regular wash.

No point in making a smashing job of your regular wash for it to be marked with runs / debris next time it rains as you haven't washed and rinsed the door shuts.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:24 pm 
Expanding upon Torques tip.....

Don't forget to clean the run off internal rebated areas around the front and rear bonnet's. They accumulate all kinds of crud.

Vacuum out the areas to start with, then with a mild All purpose cleaner solution apply it in the area, aggitate with a detailers brush and then carefully rinse it down and dry. Then apply a long lasting sealant (such as FinishKare P1000) to gully's paintwork as it is highly likely that this area has ever had any protective coating applied.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:59 pm 
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If you get wax holograms :twisted: , mist the panel with chilled distilled water and rebuff with a microfiber cloth.

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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:35 pm 
Don't forget to thouroughly clean INSIDE the tread on your tyres and the engine-side walls ...... and not just the outer walls.

Give them a good scrub with a floor brush and APC....if you are REALLY OCD...you could apply a tyre sealant inside the tread walls and base with a cotton bud to potect the rubber.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:40 pm 
willington wrote:
if you are REALLY OCD...you could apply a tyre sealant inside the tread walls and base with a cotton bud to potect the rubber.


:shock:

and here was me thinking I knew it all :wink: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:47 pm 
I've never gone as far as detailing inside the tread of a tyre...but would do so if my car was in a competition....am I that OCD...possibly! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:39 pm 
If you have a fabric roof and are tempted to blow dry it.......

Don't put a small air nozzle too close to the fabric as it will cause 'lines' to appear.

Instead, use a wide air nozzle and hold it about 18" from the fabric and overlap the air jet pattern so no lines appear

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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:18 pm 
With the cold weather, products such as sealants and waxes take longer to cure.

So apply multiple thin layers to have any chance of adding an effective protective coating.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:41 am 
We see and hear all the time about 'wonder products'. But are they that good? Are they just a re-branded product with flashy marketing hype and cost twice as much as the original and ten times diluted? The list of questions can go on.

For an example, someone posted on this Forum details of a 'waterless wash'...which turned out to be a sales pitch by their agent and made claims which just didn't stand up to any scrutiny.

So my tip for today is.....before you are tempted to buy a product, ask in this Forum first.

There is a vast wealth of talent and experience within our membership...so utilise it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:29 am 
Dust tends to accumulate on the air vent blades. so wipe them clean and apply a trim dressing which has anti-static properties.

Leave the trim dressing to fully dry, after wiping off any excess product, before switching on the air con or blowers.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:30 pm 
One of the most neglected parts of a car, in detailing terms, is the front grill.

Normally, we just give it a quick once over with a mitt, rinse and then wipe over with a drying cloth. Nothing wrong with that for maintenance, but the front grill gets a lot of battering from the elements.

Some cars have chromed grills, but most have plastic. These are easy to remove by just undoing a couple of screws and enable you to give them a through clean and protective coating, at a far easier working angle, before you screw it back in place.

This method will not only save you time, you wont be hurting your knees trying to detail the grill insitu and you will achieve a far better result.


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