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Fatcats Shine

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Re: Fatcats Shine

Postby xjr41 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:00 pm

Meguiars is OK, theres lots better out there and cheaper. Do some research before spunking a load of cash on Meguiars just because of the name.

Meguiars is popular because they have a large presence in the 'Max Power/Fast Car' world, not through the performance of their stock.

Bilt Hamber, Poorboys, Dodo Juice, Sonax, Zaino, Chemical Guys, Collinite etc, to name but a few.

And as Mark says, you should never use wash using washing-up liquid, it strips any layers of wax already there and it also has a high salt content. So you are forcing rust inducing water into every orifice of your car!!
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Re: Fatcats Shine

Postby nlcrane » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:37 pm

It seems to be quite an art washing a motor, schools of thought differ, one bucket, two buckets, three buckets etc. I even saw a heated argument once between two professional chauffeurs on whether to start washing from below or from above, one said that starting from above allowed the loosened grit to run down the paintwork and could damage the finish. One thing I do know is not to attempt it in the full sunlight of Spain as it will dry too fast and leave streaks. I, myself, had to buy a reverse osmosis filter in an attempt to soften our estate’s well water when washing Sovereign; otherwise it dried with some ugly stains that had to be polished out.
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Re: Fatcats Shine

Postby xjr41 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:56 pm

Should always use 3 buckets.
1st for the wash, 2nd for rinsing the glove, 3rd for doing the wheels.
Sounds a load of hassle but the more dirt you can keep from smearing and damaging the body work, the better the polished finish will be.
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Re: Fatcats Shine

Postby MagicDoormouse » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:37 pm

I like a hose as well
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Re: Fatcats Shine

Postby naki_k » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:54 am

I rely on the rain for my washing service! Frequent service too recently!
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Re: Fatcats Shine

Postby MagicDoormouse » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:43 am

I do like the quality polishes I must admit but I am loathed to pay OTT prices??? I guess the top stuff is for the detailers amongst us?
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Re: Fatcats Shine

Postby xjr41 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:49 pm

There are reasonably priced polishes out there but your right.... there are some ridiculous priced polishes as well.

65k for a car wax?? http://swns.com/news/british-businessman-launches-worlds-expensive-car-wax-costing-65000-38132/

100k for a car valet?? http://www.performancemotorcare.com/car-cleaning-product-news/worlds-most-expensive-car-wax/1808
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Re: Fatcats Shine

Postby MagicDoormouse » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:35 pm

I'd like a job like that? ;)
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Re: Fatcats Shine

Postby DB28704 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:57 am

And...let me bring this thread back from the dead!! ;)

I've been using the Meguiars poly wax and I am really happy with it overall.

That being said, my car unfortunately had to weather an outside stay in glaring sun and high humidity this past summer and I've noticed what appears to be acid rain damage.
I've used rubbing and polishing compound and a small DA buffer, but it just doesn't seem to have enough "cut" to get down into the clear coat enough to get rid of these patches.

I've never used a clay bar, would this be something I could try to get rid of fine swirls as well as these patches of, what I assume to be, acid rain damage?

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Re: Fatcats Shine

Postby MagicDoormouse » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:13 am

PM J.R. on this, he'll give you a definitive answer
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