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    Default Car care - what to use?

    I'd like to know what other members recommend for car care. I'm finally getting serious about keeping the Megane looking as good as it can.

    I need a carpet/cloth seat shampoo, and an interior plastic protector (and, by extension, exterior plastics). Apparently there is better stuff than ArmorAll?

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    Definitely don't use AmorAll unless you want to ruin your car.
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    Autoglym and Meguirs make good products and their range is extensive. I don't like Armorall on interior surfaces either.

    If it has external plastic that is meant to be jet black but has faded, consider Forever Black, but mask off, wear gloves and apply several coats with a rag rather than the applicator in the retail pack. 303 Aerspace Protectant is great for all types of plastics and vinyl, but will wash off in time.

    Get an automotive clay bar if the paint fells gritty after a wash. It can make an enoormous difference. 3M make a very good one, but it's about $50 retail.

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    Autoglym interior cleaner is the best on the market, bar none.
    Stay away from Armor all its full of silcon and fries plastic. Try 303 protectant, no slicon, looks natural and lasts both inside and out.
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    I m currently using a number of products...autoglym extra gloss or nxt depending on condition..I am about to redo my 604 with extra gloss...I ll post pics next week... Last couple of cars I ve done i used porzalack but I m getting to old for such "hard" buffing waxes...but the shine and protection it offers is excellent value for money...
    I ve been trying to revive the 604 leather for the last few weeks by giving the seats liberal coatings of armourall leather conditioner and it appears to be a poor performing product considering it took 303 2 days to achieve what it took Armourall 3 weeks...I ll use up the rest of the container but would not recommend others buy it...

    My top three pics are NXT, extra gloss from autoglym and the autoglym resin...
    All are excellent value for money...
    For glass I recommend mequires glass cleaner...
    Their clay bar is good a swell...
    303 for plastics (and leather)
    leather specific..autoglym and sonax are best mid priced treatments...mequires is prob. the worst
    Carpets...new mequires (can not remember name)..something "out"... is decent ..most other foam types are probably all filled in same factory...
    Tyres...mequires gel still outperforms most..but I m happy with most silicone based spays...
    Wheel cleaners...most are good..all wheel by mequires and sonax f1 stuff are the better ones...be careful not to pick the acid based jobs accidentally...
    The other company to consider is Mothers...they are a direct competitor to meguires (american company)..most of their stuff is good... but I think they ve lost the plot...they now make a sealer to put on top of final sealer...go figure...



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    +1 for Autoglym, used to import from the UK before there was Aussie distn.

    Lately been trying chemguys, some really good stuff. Claybars at different grades, cuts down to 7000 grit, and good wax (like over 53% carnauba) and awesome sealers (like jetseal). All at reasonable prices.

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    I've found 303 good for interior plastics, Meguairs for paint, and Mothers for leather. Penetrol for external black plastic.
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    morning fresh and a bucket of water ...... whatever sponge you can find around the place. It works great, removes the cobwebs, pollen and dirt covering the cars quite well..... Except the spots you miss.... Don't worry about them, the car will look just like them within a few days either way... so it'll all match again the spiders living in the mirrors usually re-spin there cobwebs within a few days too.

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    Penetrol is ok - a total effort to get off your hands though and don't use it on the interior, as it leaves everything with a sticky residue (which attracts dust)...

    +1 with the Autoglym range, although the Mothers Carnuaba wax is very good from experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STALLED View Post
    Penetrol is ok - a total effort to get off your hands though
    Tier one car cleaning fanatics wear gloves when caring for their cars (amongst other things).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206 View Post
    Tier one car cleaning fanatics wear gloves when caring for their cars (amongst other things).
    Is that so? Note to self: Must get me some gloves... I would hate to be thought of as second rate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLC206 View Post
    Tier one car cleaning fanatics wear gloves when caring for their cars (amongst other things).
    What kind of gloves do you wear? I use surgical gloves. But in summer they get rather hot and sticky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ810 View Post
    What kind of gloves do you wear? I use surgical gloves. But in summer they get rather hot and sticky.


    Maybe recycle the ones that come in the box when you colour your hair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 63-1092 View Post
    Maybe recycle the ones that come in the box when you colour your hair.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 63-1092 View Post
    Maybe recycle the ones that come in the box when you colour your hair.

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    Maybe recycle the ones that come in the box when you colour your hair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poo-Go View Post
    I've found 303 good for interior plastics, Meguairs for paint, and Mothers for leather. Penetrol for external black plastic.
    Trawling (very) old threads of mine... didn't remember seeing this at the time, but in a total coincidence I bought some Penetrol for the first time yesterday to help with some house painting. Would never have guessed it was suitable for this purpose. Does it also work on rubber?

    Really must check out the Autoglym stuff, unless there's been anything better since?
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