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Old 13-06-2013   #91
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Re: Basic Guide: How to Clean your Car

The real shine comes from the prep work, iron removal, clashing etc.
@Andy Monty is the man for that.

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Re: Basic Guide: How to Clean your Car

I'm looking for some guidance as to whether what I'm thinking of doing will achieve the desired results.

I've recently purchased a new'ish(6months old) panda and it has some very light swirls. I've washed the car a couple of times with a wash and wax type product and I tried some meguirers quick shine. However the swirls are still visible, my GF doesn't think they are noticeable but after spending 45-90mins washing the car they certainly are...

Anyway I've read through a few threads and I think I have a plan of action but want to check there isn't a better way of going about sorting this. I was planning on washing the car and then applying either a SRP or maybe Bilt hamber auto balm. Then applying the quick shine.

I don't have the cash or experience for machine polishing but will the SRP/autobalm get rid of the swirls and will I be able to achieve a deep shine with these products?

After this should I just use a wash and wax product every 7-14days? I'm looking into a snow foam lance but I don't think any fit my pressure washer.
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Re: Basic Guide: How to Clean your Car

im hoping to get my [first] brand new fiat in a few weeks [having driven bangers for years which didnt need looking after] so when i get the car home is the advice given at the start of this thread what i should be doing to my new car? or should something else be done to protect a new car at the start
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Re: Basic Guide: How to Clean your Car

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im hoping to get my [first] brand new fiat in a few weeks [having driven bangers for years which didnt need looking after] so when i get the car home is the advice given at the start of this thread what i should be doing to my new car? or should something else be done to protect a new car at the start
Your car will have made a whole Journey from the Pomigliano plant (assuming it's a new Panda), catching all kinds of nasty stuff already.

You would want to take all the steps described in the FIPO of this thread.

After you have clayed, polished and waxed the car. Keep a good washing and drying routine. I use a spray wax every 6 weeks or so and it keeps it good for a year.

I clay, polish and wax our cars once a year.
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Re: Basic Guide: How to Clean your Car

Can't wait to try the steps when I get my Panda. Sounds like it'll take a few hours, but by god, worth it if I can get it looking like those Punto's at the end!
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