April 16, 2020
With Corona comes the lockdown. With the lockdown comes an opportunity. An opportunity to get your garden sorted and clean your car apparently. A walk through our village looks like preparations are underway for a village of the year judging, or a car concours event on the village green. Spick and span to say the least. Anyone who knows me knows that I love washing cars so am overjoyed to see everyone else putting in the hours too. I’m not sure what it is about the process that I love, its got quite high levels of satisfaction though. It’s always good to do something that you can stand back and admire, and see your face in at the end of it. I’ve expanded my knowledge and progressed from washing to ‘light’ detailing now with some good results using fairly low abrasive polishing compounds and a dual action polishing machine, still as an amateur but enough that I was quite chuffed when recently a couple of people have asked my advice with what processes and products to use. Now, most importantly, there are a lot of options when it comes to making a purchase, whether it be consumables or equipment but when I got a bit carried away emailing a list of dos and donts to a mate of mine I thought I’d post it here as it might help someone else in a similar situation. Its not an exhaustive list, other similar products exist. There’s generally products designed for the consumer which have the lowest element of risk when it comes to cocking up your paintwork and there’s more professional products for pro detailers who know exactly what they are doing. I use and list below consumer products of which I’ve tried and are available particularly at this time during lockdown for my mate to order online and get cracking with. The links are live at the time of writing but will undoubtedly expire in time. Most products listed are made by Meguiars, but have a shop around you can get some great deals from others such as Autofinesse, AutoGlym, the list goes on. If any of them want to sponsor me that would be amazing ta. There’s a couple of stages missing if you want to get really particular but it was intended as a ‘how to get started’ list more than a comprehensive guide. He actually asked what to do as his Black Porsche Cayman had a build up of light swirls which needed correcting and a proper overdue deep clean. I’m not an expert so if there’s anything else you can suggest please speak up in the comments. Disclaimer – I’m obviously not responsible for any damage to your pride and joy which may or may not happen by following my instructions, wash at your own risk….
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