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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:45 am 
When 'that will do' is not good enough.

Many the time I reflect upon Detailing a car, I often think..."if only I had done x, y or z and not just settled for a, b and c."

so my tip for today is in 2 parts:

Carefully consider what you want to achieve and plan around that.

Don't settle for anything less than you have planned for.


You are wasting your own time, efforts and talent to settle for second best!


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:44 pm 
One of the reasons why tyre dressings fail, is that the rubber beneath them are dirty. The dirt is clogging the pores of the rubber, thereby making it difficult for the dressing to adhere.

A quick brushing isn't always sufficient to remove the dirt. So keep applying APC and brush, then rinse, repeat until you see no dirt in the cleaning solution.

Then apply your tyre dressing.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:37 pm 
Exhaust tail pipe!

We all forget to give this a good clean...so give it a drenching in APC and agitate with a stiff brush to get the mud and crud off. When clean, try some iron fallout remover to remove any rust. Then polish up with fine wire wool (00 or finer grade) and metal polish and seal with a high temperature sealant (FinishKare P1000 is perfect for this).

It's the icing on a cake to a detailed nice shiney car :)


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:14 pm 
Most modern cars have headlight lenses made from plastic. We all know that the plastic lenses can 'fog' over time and can be restored with polishing and then re-sealing.

What we often forget to do, as they are often taped over when polishing, is to polish side, repeater and rear lenses which are almost all plastic.

So next time, including me, don't neglect polishing and resealing these.

After polishing, don't forget to apply rubber seal restorer around them with a cotton bud/Qtip.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:53 pm 
Another one of those negelcted areas.......Wing Mirror covers.

Inside the cowlings, you will find a huge amount of accumulated dirt and grime that even a pressure wash won't fully remove.

So pop out the mirror (easily done) and clean inside the cowling using an APC solution and detailing brush, and rinse clean and then dry.

before you replace the mirror, give any electrical mechanisms and contacts a spray with WD40.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:31 am 
Cleaning the glass windows

Never spray directly onto the glass....the overspray can cause staining on dashboards and even remove the protective layers on the external paintwork.

Instead, spray a little onto an open microfibre cloth and wipe this onto the glass. You will get an even distribution of the cleaner, more control and less chance of smearing.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:21 am 
Today's tip is....don't wake up at 4.30 in winter and decide to wash the car....It's still dark outside! :lol: :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:55 pm 
With Winter coming to an end, now is a great time to remove all the embedded grime and fallout from all your vehicles external glass.

Apart from a shampoo wash, grab some clay bar and lube and really work it into the glass... it will pick up huge amounts of nasty muck.

Then give the glass a good clean...my personal favourite is Angelwax's Vision (a strong amonia based cleaner) and then re-apply at least one or two coats of glass sealant.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:56 pm 
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Today's tip is....don't wake up at 4.30 in winter and decide to wash the car....It's still dark outside! :lol: :oops:




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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:01 am 
Over the winter months, dirt can get trapped around the seals of windows and even green mold can start to develop.

Do, when you perform your regular wash, aggitate the shampoo around these areas with a soft detailing brush. This should get rid of a lot of the crud.

For green type mold, spray on some 'milton sterlizing fluid' (baby bottle cleaner), aggitate and then rinse.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:23 pm 
Spring is nearing and those of us with 'rag tops' are thinking about cleaning the fabric.

I won't go into the whole procedure for cleaning them, just one small tip.....

When you apply the cleaning fluid, give the fabric a good scrub IN THE DIRECTION OF THE WEAVE with a pigs/horse hair brush.

Pigs hair is coarser and stiffer than horse hair. So for 'mohair' type fabrics, horse hair is far gentler. Horse hair brushes can be purchased from Equine supply shops.

Brushing across the weave will just push all the grime into the grooves.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip of the Day...
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:25 pm 
Now that the weather has improved, you will probably find loads of mud and grime clinging onto your wheel arch liners.

The ideal way in getting to all this, is to take the wheel off and then get scrubbing. However, most of us don't have time do do this, so here's my tip...

Spray inside the wheel arch with an All Purpose cleaner (APC), leave to dwell for about 5 minutes and then use a long handled toilet brush (you can buy these for about £1) to aggitate and scrub the liner. Then give it a good blast with a pressure washer and watch the dirt fall away. You might need to repeat this process to get it thouroughly clean.


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