Car Washing: advice and suggestions

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Stimulated!
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Re: New forum request

Post by Stimulated! » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:06 am

Does it make any difference if you use hot or cold water to wash the car?
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Re: New forum request

Post by Onionrage » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:23 am

I would suggest warm water in the wash bucket. Two reasons for this:

1. Shampoo does not lather properly if the water is too cold
2. My hands do not work properly if the water is too cold (UK based people especially) !!!
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Re: New forum request

Post by Stimulated! » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:55 pm

Thanks for the help everyone - I successfully cleaned the F-Pace with my new shampoo, wash mitt and drying towel.

Now I need to go back to the detailing supplies shop for a little towel to work round the door handles etc.

I can see what you mean Arianne about it being addictive!
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Re: New forum request

Post by Apollya » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:26 pm

Stimulated! wrote:
Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:06 am
Does it make any difference if you use hot or cold water to wash the car?
Will depend on the chemicals (shampoo) used for cleaning, some might not need warm water, but might also have improved performance with warm?

At the same time any grease on the vehicle might be loosened by warm water, raising it's temperature will likely lower it's viscosity making it easier to remove, note likely as depends on the rheological properties of what you are removing.
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Re: Car Washing: advice and suggestions

Post by Mbadger77 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:28 pm

Good basic advise. I've never really thought about it much but I've ruined this cars paint.
I got mine ceramic coated and it's great but they put a sponge in the care pack so I stupidly used it.
Progressed to lambs mitt now and take more care but I have swirl marks in my black paint and also a hedge has made a few more scratches so I'm getting it detailed again properly and get the new wheels coated
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Re: Car Washing: advice and suggestions

Post by Littlewig » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:59 pm

I find it quite carthartic doing all the various detailing and seeing the results from paintwork decontamination to polishing.

Best advice is forget the crap in Halfords and check out the online stores with reviews from users for good quality products for your F-Pace.
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Re: New forum request

Post by Tim W » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:05 am

corriescar66 wrote:
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:13 am
There is an important step that Arianne seems to be missing... First jet wash to remove as much dirt as possible, but then use a quality 'snow foam', leave for 10 mins, then rinse again with jet wash, before moving on to shampoo/mitts....

I'm relatively new to these methods, but the snow foam really works in removing 90% of dirt & the less grit before wiping anything on the paint the better...

While the F Pace is ceramic coated, it works well on the other cars too.

I'm not convinced by the two bucket method & have now moved on to one bucket & 4 mitts!

Hope this adds to the food for thought!
Be careful with jet washing a car.

The power of a jet of water can damage parking sensors, get under stone chips and lift lacquer and paint. It can also make its way into other sensitive parts of the car. A hose, bucket or water can is a gentler and safer way to pre-wash and rinse.
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Re: Car Washing: advice and suggestions

Post by Tim W » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:25 am

Littlewig wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:59 pm
I find it quite carthartic doing all the various detailing and seeing the results from paintwork decontamination to polishing.

Best advice is forget the crap in Halfords and check out the online stores with reviews from users for good quality products for your F-Pace.
That's a bit of a sweeping statement about Halfords. They have some very good products for cleaning a car.

For example it stocks Maguiars. These are top quality products and if used correctly will give your car a lovely finish and preserve the paintwork, plastics, interior, glass, etc.

Maguiars Quik (yes it is without a c) Detailer is something I use a lot, and again if used correctly it works superbly.

The main thing is to research before you buy and take your time and ce careful.

Personally I think the best cleaning product you can get is common sense.
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Re: Car Washing: advice and suggestions

Post by Big Pimp » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:47 am

Arianne,some great advice there and fantastic to see another person who wants to look after their paintwork properly.

It's also something I do, and sell, and if it is ok with moderators I could make a couple of offers in the site.

A step Arianne left out, maybe intentionally as not everyone would have access to one is a 'snow foam' stage.

Foam by itself isn't a great cleaning mechanism, but when utilised correctly it offers longer dwell times and depending on your waxes / sealants may lead to a 'touchless' wash in which 90% + of dirt and contaminants are removed without the need to put a mitt near your cars body.

The washmitt lambswool vs microfibre debate is still ongoing. I myself have moved to Microfibre for a variety of reasons and still have a swirl free car 4 months after getting it (and it's washed at least 2 or 3 times a week!)

For drying, there are different techniques you can use also to minimise marring and these depend on your towel of choice.

I'm going to add a couple of videos I have (unprofessionally) made showing products (cloths etc) in use.

if anyone has any questions feel free to ask and I too will offer my advice and experience.

Thanks

Ross

A car wash demo showing cleaning steps (sped up) on my last RRS:
https://youtu.be/b5b2hCaJTrM

A demo of which drying towel to use on my F-Pace:
https://youtu.be/SYk5kI6_ZuA

A foamy F-Pace (you know live got it bad when you're washing at night!):

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And my wash & dry bundle with some bumf from another forum I frequent:

***** Wash & Dry Bundle *****

Ok, so as this thread has continued to grow and evolve it's sometimes hard to keep up

Following on from a few successful trials with a new waffle weave towel (which is huge, very absorbent and is inflicting zero marring) I am making up a wash & dry bundle.

Included will be:
My Microfibre wash mitt. It's red and white and is made by the same UK manufacturer who make mitts with a lovely techniq ;)

Also included will be the wheel mitt which again, is a lovely soft Microfibre which allows you to get all spokes including rears done easily with all the dexterity of using your hand as opposed to brushes etc.

Finally included in the bundle is one of the new Microfibre waffle weave drying towels.

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Re: Car Washing: advice and suggestions

Post by Gem » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:16 am

Great thread. I got the paint protection pack thrown in with the car so it was polished when I picked it up. Then have the bag with all the various bottles for cleaning and cloths as well. It is nice at the moment as the dirt seems to not sit on the wax and I gave it a quick jet wash with no soap and it came up well. I like my car clean but not obsessive. I have a nilfisk power washer and had a traffic film remover tub (which is now empty and needs replaced) and a foam soap by swarfega. I have never managed to get the ratio of soap to water in the bottle that attached to the power washer from what I can see.

Not sure what film remover and soap I should go fo?


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