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How to effectively machine polish with a dual action polisher

Polishing a car is the one step that can truly make the paintwork shine like new. When you clean your car you remove all the dirt from the surface, but you leave behind all the little scratches (also known as swirls) that are marked in the paint. These have generally appeared as a result of […]

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Advanced cleaning – the dark art of claying

Clay bar theory Following on from the guide to removing bug splatter and tar using chemicals, we will look to using car specific clay bars to clean the final bits of dirt off of the paintwork. We will therefore pick up after a treatment with Tardis, with few contaminants left: A clay bar is used […]

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Intermediate cleaning – last stage protection

Assuming you have followed all the previous cleaning guides and are now at this stage you should have very clean paint – congratulations! The next step is to apply a suitable layer of protection to lock the fresh paint away from the dirt and grime of the road. This will make future cleaning sessions a […]

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Basic wash – Washing the car: Two bucket method

I’m going to cover the famous two bucket method of cleaning a car now. This is the basic wash technique and will be used as a base point for virtually all intermediate and advanced car cleaning tasks. Assuming you take good care of your car, most washes will only involve a rinse/two bucket wash/dry cycle […]

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Basic Wash – Rinsing and pre-washing

Rinsing Before stating the process of wiping the car with the wash medium it’s best to remove as much dirt and dust as possible with a rinse and, if possible, a pre-wash. When rinsing the car it is advisable to try and blast off dirt and grime at acute angles so as not to hammer […]

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Basic Wash – We hate sponges!

When washing a car you are, at the risk of stating the obvious, removing dirt from the car. While this may sound simple it is actually difficult to effectively remove the high quantities of dirt and debris picked up from day to day use without damaging the paint. Lets consider first the wash medium (what […]