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...with a little help from Meguiar's.

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<div style="font-size: 12.222222328186035px; line-height: 17.77777862548828px; : rgb251, 251, 253;">I always use Meguiar's products but there are many other brands available if you prefer. Even so, you may find the method used useful to know:
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There's a lot of videos available to show how to keep your new car staying new.

http://www.meguiars.co.uk/video-demos

I will be applying two applications of Bilt-Hamber Auto Balm followed by Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax.

Wheels will also receive two applications of B-H Auto Balm.

Glass will also get the B-H A B treatment.

Tyres will have an application of Meguiar's Endurance Tyre Dressing (I also use the Meguiars applicator which makes it an easy job).

PVC trim will dull and when it does I'll use Meguiar's Ultimate Protectant Dash & Trim Restorer. Works like magic on any colour trim.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ysoJT8HBNk

This is my wife's 11 year old 206 after just one application; before/after:







...and it stays like that for weeks and weeks. Without doubt the best stuff I've ever used.




For 'in-between' sprucing up I will use Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer or Ultimate Quik Wax as necessary.

Meguiar's do lots of other products for full inside and out care of your car and brochures are available to see their range.



PS...and no I do not have anything to do with Meguiar's; they just make good products that are easy to use and give great results. The more'professional' among us may prefer some other make but for the keen amateur I don't think you can better Meguiar's range of products.











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I've been using Meguiars' products for some time now.

I can highly recommend their Detailer car shampoo for an every day washing product. I wash my cars and bikes using a snow foam followed by the Meguiars shampoos and they come up really well.
 

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Agree with Meguiar's products, i have horrible hard water here and use the Ultimate Wash & Wax. They even do a wax to make light / white cars gleam now, but will use up my Ultimate Wax first.

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Mac2008 said:
Agree with Meguiar's products, i have horrible hard water here and use the Ultimate Wash & Wax. They even do a wax to make light / white cars gleam now, but will use up my Ultimate Wax first.

Mac

I did wonder about their White Wax, but I've just purchased (before I chose White!!) Ultimate Liquid Wax so I'll use that first.

Have a look here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prjf85vEGHQ
 

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I queried with Meguiar's whether I needed to apply any 'base coat' (I was going to do a couple of applications of Bilt-Hamber Auto-Balm) and the reply I received was that i can apply Ultimate Liquid Wax without bothering with any 'base coat'.

They said:

"You do not need to apply anything before Ultimate
Wax you can go ahead apply it as soon as you have washed and dried the vehicle
off."



That means I can give it a coat on Thursday, then Friday and again on Saturday prior to going out and about on Sunday.



I'll still do the glass and wheels and black trim with B-H A-B though.



I'm ready......I just need my car.




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Al,

Glass will also get the B-H A B treatment.



What does theB-H A B treatment stand for?

Thanks
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Ah, that's Bilt-Hamber Auto-Balm.

Have a look here: http://www.bilthamber.com/auto-balm

Scroll down the page and look at the test panels comparison.

Al.





PS: I think I will give it one initial coat prior to the Meguiar's.









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allan40alt said:
Ah, that's Bilt-Hamber Auto-Balm.

Have a look here: http://www.bilthamber.com/auto-balm

Scroll down the page and look at the test panels comparison.

Al.





PS: I think I will give it one initial coat prior to the Meguiar's.

That's pretty impressive.
 

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I found it excellent at getting rid of swirl marks on the surface.

Not sure whether it removed or disguised them. Either way they disappeared on my black metallic Civic.

Then I'd go over with Meguiar's Gold Class Liquid Wax.







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so using the treatment balm. Does it make water bead off the glass then or am I being silly.
 

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We once drove to our relations about 112 miles and it rained really heavy a couple of times along the M25.

The sun came out and my Qashqai 'dried' itself as we drove along. Quite amazing to see the rain droplets just skate off.

When we arrived the car looked like I'd just polished it.

Amazing; but you must follow the application instructions and dampen the cloth/applicator and only use a tiny amount. Too much = hard buffing!.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iguuIHuL6w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsqJoG_tptw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyKJs403jO8
 

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On Tuesday I thoroughly cleaned my 2008 whilst it was in the garage.

It was sparkling. The wheels were gleaming.

Yesterday my wife decided to drive it to the swimming pool in Lutterworth.

She arrived back with dirt and mud all over it!!

It was covered in black rain. The wheels were messed up.

I had to wash it thoroughly this morning and leather it over.

This afternoon I've spent over an hour going over it with Meguiar's Quik Wax.

Her journey took about 30 minutes.

My cleaning took over 2 hours in total!!

Beginning to wish I'd gone for Nimbus Grey!
 

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Told the forum family that the best colour option out there is Nimbus Grey
 

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jinxx80 said:



Told the forum family that the best colour option out there is Nimbus Grey


I was only kidding.....



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I was only kidding.....



Al.

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Of course you were
 

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On Tuesday I thoroughly cleaned my 2008 whilst it was in the garage.

It was sparkling. The wheels were gleaming.

Yesterday my wife decided to drive it to the swimming pool in Lutterworth.

She arrived back with dirt and mud all over it!! 

It was covered in black rain. The wheels were messed up.

I had to wash it thoroughly this morning and leather it over.

This afternoon I've spent over an hour going over it with Meguiar's Quik Wax.

Her journey took about 30 minutes.

My cleaning took over 2 hours in total!!

Beginning to wish I'd gone for Nimbus Grey!
Hmm OCD?

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Al, you must be bored. Then again I get some strange looks from my wife as I use a leaf blower to dry mine off.

Before you laugh I learnt from a specialist detailer that leathering a car drags small bits of grit over the body especially if you live in a hard water area. The leather will pick up the grit and hold it tight to the car. My water is so hard it can dry and make the car look worse than before you started.
So now it's a good Meguiars shampoo then a sheet rinse and a quick blow dry.Then a dab with a microfibre towel if required. I must admit on the last few cars they picked up far less of the swirling marks as a result.

Hows that for OCD


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OCD! and OCD with a leaf blower!!

Hmm, I've never thought of that. Seems like a plan.


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Just reading the last 2 posts have made my day.
 
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