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    hi all, i was at car loves today wash my 306 and as i was pick up the brush i saw a few rocks in it,luck i check it or i wood have scratch my car,so it u go too a car loves check the brush for any rocks

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    car lovers sorry for the spelling mistake
    97`black 306 style sold JFN 306
    04 Black 206 GTI 180 JFN 180 FOR SALE
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    i've been there once, i was stupid enough to follow their 1-2-3-4... step instructions on washing the car...cost me $20.... never again =P

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    Any of you guys ever thought about spending about $200 on a Karcher or similar?
    1450 psi with a couple of different wands to do differing type jobs.
    Couple of clues (that I found out the hard way about) always use a filter on the tap;
    Never use a hose that's been left out in the sun as it cracks the plastic cylinder head on the pump;
    If you don't want a plastic head, go above the 300 series models;
    Always switch off & discionnect power & water if there's going to be a time lag between when you finish using it & when you next intend to;
    YOU get to choose the chemicals you wash your car in; some in commercial car washes have been known to induce rust, but you can use it where ever & whenever you choose including underbody parts & (with extreme care) under the bonnet.
    Here's my BX 16Trs that I used mine on; this car was 13 years old when this pic was taken & had covered over 250,000 klms. Have a look under the mudguards. This was taken just after I sold it...to the first looker!! dance dance

    <img src="http://members.tripod.com/citf2/images/bx16trs18.jpg" alt=" - " />

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    [Edit] Link to photo...trying to outwit Triprodders mallet

    Got it!! If you just point & click it sends you back to their logo. If you copy & paste, it [email protected]#$%^&*(**!! They don't make life easy do they? clown

    <small>[ 04 February 2003, 09:02 AM: Message edited by: Alan S ]</small>
    If it ain't broke, use a 12" shifter.....that usually does the trick!!

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    Als done it agin! Great link matey!! tongue
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    UFO:
    Als done it agin! Great link matey!! tongue
    It as a case on "Now ya see me -- now ya don't"
    the bloody thing was there originally; I should have known better than trust Triprod mallet mallet

    Alan S cheers!
    If it ain't broke, use a 12" shifter.....that usually does the trick!!

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    In the light of water restrictions here, I've been using these DIY washes. Normally when I use one of those DIY washes, I bring my own bucket & sponge, so I use my own detergent & get to clean the car properly (I don't use brushes).

    You do a much better job than with the brushes, and it only costs you a few dollars instead.

    Still, I find that the wash at home with clean fresh home water is best.

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    anybody who has a DARK car....DO NOT USE THE BRUSH..it ll scratch your car (although i do use it on the jeep...but thats because i hate the thing)seriously though....with the water restrictions i ve been using the local wash as well and i do the same (preferably after hours) ie...bring your own sponge, bucket and wash and than u ll know u wont do any damage..,mind you it does help if you can bring your own TAP head because the taps at the wash usually dont have any (i was lucky when i found one left by one of the car wash staff,,..natuarlly i swiped it and use it when i need tap water.. )

    ps..note also that the PRESOAK stage does not do much good for your wax/polish so dont let it "soak" for to long as it strips away waxes as well as dirt...

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    ps..if you can afford it...take the car to a good
    "HAND WASH"...although they are hard to find (they usually just want your money and to get you out of there as quickly as possible)
    DOES ANYBODY REMEBER THE CALTEX SUPERWASH AT THE CORNER OF PUNT ROAD AND COMERCIAL RD in MELBOURNE....now that was a good car wash...

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    I just use

    1. High pressure soap spray
    2. Water rinse
    3. Wheel & tyre cleaner

    You don't need to use anything else

    I don't believe in liquid waxes & polishes - there's no substitute for elbow grease when it comes to these things.

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    BUT SURELY YOU DO WAX YOURCAR??? i m talking good quality carnuba like the mothers brand....your car is still new (what colour is it???) so you may not feel that it requires it....but a WELL waxed car washes "A LOT EASIER" than the one without any polish or wax....I know its a bit of a hassle but put 2 or 3 coats of good wax and u ll never look back...dirt just does not stick as much....

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    I do wax the cars. Have no idea how these 'spray on, mixed in soap' polishes & waxes work.

    They don't even make the car look better. In fact, there was a time when I was using wash & wax to clean the car at home, and I found it dulled the finish.

    I've been using shampoo ever since, and it's been great. Agreed on good waxes - the factory wax I use on the Volvo is brilliant, the car feels so oily smooth afterwards. A very good quality tinned wax.

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    i agree....i think the wash/wax combos dont work to well...especially if the car has a lot of unpainted rubber/plastic as the wax builds up on those surfaces and eventually dulls them... a good exemple of this is the 205 gti body trim...with wax build up on the plastics plus the effect of UV and you can understand why they go so light gray...i mean would you wash your hair with a TWO in one shampoo/conditioner...evreybody knows how bad they are...they neither wash your hair well nor do they condition...same for car washes with wax in them..they dont wash well and they dont wax well-waste of money....
    like you said: nothing beats elbow grease...

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    I used to normally use Mcquires Wax, comes up real shmick but expensive and only lasts a few washes/weeks.

    I recently got some bulk polish from a prestige car cleaning place which goes on and off alot easier and gives a better shine to the car. It seems to last about the same aswell. I think my car needs a fine cut to get some of the surface scratches out aswell.
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    Apparently aircraft polish that the Boeings & Airbuses wear is amazing on cars.

    Just a bit hard to get hold of.

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    Hi all,

    Regarding those security taps, I have found a way around them. Get a 10" shifter out of the trusty tool bag in the boot and loosen the top as if you were going to replace the washer, not too much though, you'll have water everywhere. It has the same effect as using the handle. Great when you need water on a hot summer's day.

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    The Karcher I have is one of the bigger variety & being on tank water (and a leaky tank) I have to watch how much water I use. Mine from memory only uses a paltry amount, about 380 litres per hour, but you only have water flowing through at full rate for a matter of a few minutes so you're flat out using more than a couple of bucket fulls unless of course you're doing a full on detail.
    I agree with Justin about taking your own detergents. A mate of mine worked as a rep for an industrial chemist a few years back and took me on a job with him one day because he said I wouldn't believe him unless I saw this; it was a car wash with a problem. Where the detergent they used over sprayed on to the signs and gutters of the building, they continually rusted & this guy was called in to offer a solution. He wouldn't even park his car within 50 feet of the place, do you blame him?
    As far as polishes go, you'll reckon I'm doing a leg pull but in the car yards, we used to find the best & longest lasting polish for cars constantly left out in the semi - tropical elements we get here, was the old Re-Po...the stuff that smells like rotten bananas. It worked particularly well on irredescents; didn't go dull & scummy as others did. We bought a new piano a few years back & when it arrived, we were instructed to wipe over with a soft dry cloth and when polishing was required, not to use furniture polish (Mr Sheen in particular) but instead Re -Po car polish. The reason they said was because it contains no silicone waxes, which was the reason we used it on the cars.
    Food for thought?

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    dino:

    ps..if you can afford it...take the car to a good
    "HAND WASH"...although they are hard to find (they usually just want your money and to get you out of there as quickly as possible)
    DOES ANYBODY REMEBER THE CALTEX SUPERWASH AT THE CORNER OF PUNT ROAD AND COMERCIAL RD in MELBOURNE....now that was a good car wash...
    Until recently my wife was using one a bit further along in Collingwood / Fitzroy in Hoddle St (somewhere on the city side of the road between Victoria St and the Commission flats) . I'm pretty sure they are still there. Always did a great job on her Seat until her workplace moved.

    Cheers

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    i wash my car with meguiars cold class, but with the water restrictions 8am to 8pm car lovers was the only place to go to as i don`t like going to car wash places
    97`black 306 style sold JFN 306
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    Using the brush at those self serve car washes scratches the paint. You can see the damage under a flood/ spot light in your garage.
    I don't use a detergent to hand wash as it burns the polish off.
    It costs more but a bottle of macgiuars car wash non-detergent will keep your shine/ shield a lot longer especially if you keep the car mostly under cover.

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    What is the Meguiars shampoo made of if it's not detergent?

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