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Having seen the power of this stuff last year on a relatives car, I'm convinced it's the best for the job.

My Panda has been washed and waxed but for over a year now there are the remains of flies and tar on the extremities of the bumper that only picking at with my nail can get off, and even then there's a light brown patch... I gave up and concluded that it was impossible with reasonable effort.

Excited to get this as I ordered 5L's from eBay.. Going to completely drench each panel in it with careful attention to every spot at the indoor garage some day.. my understanding is that it removes wax coating completely and is actually sold as an alternative to the clay bar without the risk of scrapes and holding dirt..

Then put a fresh coat of Turtle Wax on and that should do for 2017! Hope it's noticeably better applied as I've never clay bared the car before whatsoever.

Have you ever used AutoSmart Tardis and how was your experience with it? Any tips?
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AS Tardis will definitely remove nearly everything. I would just apply it to the area's that it's needed and not the whole car. Washing up liquid will strip off anything else and save your good stuff for another day.

If you do use the Turtle Wax stuff then give it a couple of coats and don't get it near the black trim. I would use masking tape to give you peace of mind of not getting the wax on it.

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From the safety data sheet it's a mixture of white sprit and xylene about 50:50, no more than 60:40 either way. I would not use it on a car that had been touched up (or older cars with celulose paint), or leave it on too long. Also a bit of a fire hazard, don't use synthetic cloths, static from them is enough to ignite xylene.
Edit: The safety sheet says "for professional use only" So no warrnty or comeback if it takes your paint off.

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AS Tardis will definitely remove nearly everything. I would just apply it to the area's that it's needed and not the whole car. Washing up liquid will strip off anything else and save your good stuff for another day.

If you do use the Turtle Wax stuff then give it a couple of coats and don't get it near the black trim. I would use masking tape to give you peace of mind of not getting the wax on it.

Post up pictures of it finished, as it's forum law.....lol 😋
I never thought about masking tape! Might just cover up all non paint work and just plaster the Turtle Wax on! Does multiple layers actually build up to a better finish? And should I do them over time, or after the first coat, get working on the second straight away?

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From the safety data sheet it's a mixture of white sprit and xylene about 50:50, no more than 60:40 either way. I would not use it on a car that had been touched up (or older cars with celulose paint), or leave it on too long. Also a bit of a fire hazard, don't use synthetic cloths, static from them is enough to ignite xylene.
Edit: The safety sheet says "for professional use only" So no warrnty or comeback if it takes your paint off.

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I'll be careful, we used this on another relatives car which is why I'm so confident in it - after seeing it for real. It's a 2005 Panda so modern paint (I'd like to think)! Mostly I was thinking of applying it to all areas as the car has wax layers from the past on it , as well as grit everywhere. As a one off, not a recurring intense acid treatment that no doubt would strip it :O
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Re: AutoSmart Tardis

WHile I dont like the price, or the bulk residue, Autoglym standard polish will get rid of nearly anyhting including stubborn insects and tar. It leaves a nice shine but is short lived in this. I use it generally for cleaning the paint and then apply Armorall shield which lasts really well, up to 6 months on low mileage use. This stuff leaves no residue and is the best thing I have ever tried in plastic trim and rubber door surrounds, leaving them looking as new. Aldi sell a car wax that is also pretty good and a good cleaner too. On older paints, some good quality wash and wax products do a pretty good job. I always wash first apply the stuff neat with a wet sponge and then pressure rinse. I sometimes mix a black polish with the autoglym to reduce the residue and polish dust colouring stone chips. Black polish can be really good at covering minor scratches. Not on white paint though as it can discolour and take an age to buff off. I have tried autoglym paint sealant and found it to be as good as useless. This may be how I use it though. If I could only have 1 product of all the ones I have ever tried it would be the armorall shield. I think this stuff is magic!
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I have found applying a second coat will sort out parts missed in the first coat, and fill in any voids in the paint with more product. Whichever works best for you products wise then use that. I use a glaze or polish, and then a wax after that to give a great finish. It's forum law that you post photos of your finished work.....lol
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Spray on leave to soak in you will see the tar running wipe off no worrys about the paint on cars that are lacquered.
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Just arrived today!!!!
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How was it? Love it or hate it.....
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How was it? Love it or hate it.....


Didn't work as well as I remembered it too.. it worked as expected on the side of the car but the bumper I found myself having to scratch with my fingernails to displace insects which then left a red mark.. the AutoSmart didn't work at all on those ones sadly.

Also realised that when I did clean every speck.. all the spots are missing paint sadly
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