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Washing Your Car Safetly

Post by HughesD03 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:25 pm

I've just bought some Valet Pro PH Neutral Snow Foam, Autobrite Banana Gloss and a Lamb's wool mit and have to admit they're fantastic.

I now have a very shiney M140i
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Post by D6EML » Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:16 pm

HughesD03 wrote:I've just bought some Valet Pro PH Neutral Snow Foam, Autobrite Banana Gloss and a Lamb's wool mit and have to admit they're fantastic.

I now have a very shiney M140i
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Mineral grey looks great when clean Iv got to say

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Re: Washing Your Car Safetly

Post by Trundle » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:06 pm

This is a great topic, ive always had a bit of a fear of polishing and waxing old cars due to fear of messing it up! Now ive got the BMW I want to try and get the paint looking great. Its obviously been washed with sponges in the past, so I've picked up a few bits on recommendation from this forum to see if it makes a difference, critically the lambswool mitt and some of the autobrite bits.
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Post by RBS Bob » Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:09 pm

No harm done polishing and waxing old paint.

Just ask my 24 year old Pug.

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Post by golfer » Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:32 pm

RBS Bob wrote:No harm done polishing and waxing old paint.

Just ask my 24 year old Pug.

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Post by HughesD03 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:23 pm

Not a big fan of the Valet Pro PH Neutral Snow Foam I recently bought. Went to use it yesterday and it had pretty much solidified. I'm assuming it's because of the cold weather.


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Post by RBS Bob » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:41 pm

HughesD03 wrote:Not a big fan of the Valet Pro PH Neutral Snow Foam I recently bought. Went to use it yesterday and it had pretty much solidified. I'm assuming it's because of the cold weather.


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Bring it into the warm and shake it.
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Re: Washing Your Car Safetly

Post by Blackroc » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:55 pm

RBS Bob wrote:
HughesD03 wrote:Not a big fan of the Valet Pro PH Neutral Snow Foam I recently bought. Went to use it yesterday and it had pretty much solidified. I'm assuming it's because of the cold weather.


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Bring it into the warm and shake it.
^ this

It's well known ValetPro foams do this. They are perfectly fine once warmed up again Image


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Post by Flat out » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:04 pm

Blackroc wrote:
RBS Bob wrote:
HughesD03 wrote:Not a big fan of the Valet Pro PH Neutral Snow Foam I recently bought. Went to use it yesterday and it had pretty much solidified. I'm assuming it's because of the cold weather.


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Bring it into the warm and shake it.
^ this

It's well known ValetPro foams do this. They are perfectly fine once warmed up again Image


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Yep same happened to mine so kept it in the house for the Last week and it sorted itself , it was back to normal on Sunday
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Post by jared stone » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:40 am

HughesD03 wrote:
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:23 pm
Not a big fan of the Valet Pro PH Neutral Snow Foam I recently bought. Went to use it yesterday and it had pretty much solidified. I'm assuming it's because of the cold weather.
You're right!

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Post by Barlz91 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:47 pm

Spent the last week reading all these guides and buying some products and just wanted to say thanks for the effort of putting them together. The E82's looking spot on now!Image

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Re: Washing Your Car Safetly

Post by swanny71 » Sun May 13, 2018 5:17 pm

Bit of Pro advice please Blackroc.

Despite following your excellent guide I’m still getting small scratches on the 1M’s paint after washing - it’s black so they are obvious.

Are there any other tips for avoiding them?

Lambs wool mit is put though washing machine (separately) after each use. Drying microfibres also and I’ve tried using a quick detailer spray as a drying aid, which helped a little.

It’s doing my head in!

And finally is a citrus Pre wash safe to use on the wax (Poorboys black) that’s on the car.

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Re: Washing Your Car Safetly

Post by .Griff. » Sun May 13, 2018 5:35 pm

swanny71 wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 5:17 pm
Bit of Pro advice...................
Probably wise to set out what your wash routine is.

Without knowing what stages you've gone through it's hard to help.

Are you pre-washing? Are you removing contaminants? Are you washing in straight lines? Two bucket method or three?
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Re: Washing Your Car Safetly

Post by swanny71 » Sun May 13, 2018 5:53 pm

.Griff. wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 5:35 pm
swanny71 wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 5:17 pm
Bit of Pro advice...................
Probably wise to set out what your wash routine is.

Without knowing what stages you've gone through it's hard to help.

Are you pre-washing? Are you removing contaminants? Are you washing in straight lines? Two bucket method or three?
As per Blackroc's guide, except no citrus Pre-wash and car never really gets that dirty.

Rinse with power washer
Bilt Hamber snow foam via power washer
Rinse
2 buckets with grit guard, Meguiars Hyper Wash, Meguiars lambs wool mitt.
Rinse as I go with power wash
Dry carefully (patting) with drying towel (silverback?). Even tried blow dry with leaf blower - much to the amusement of the Mrs :oops:
As I mentioned all wash gear is put through washing machine separately afterwards and stored carefully.

Maybe this particular black paintwork is just a nightmare....... :?
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Re: Washing Your Car Safetly

Post by .Griff. » Sun May 13, 2018 6:14 pm

swanny71 wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 5:53 pm
.Griff. wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 5:35 pm
swanny71 wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 5:17 pm
Bit of Pro advice...................
Probably wise to set out what your wash routine is.

Without knowing what stages you've gone through it's hard to help.

Are you pre-washing? Are you removing contaminants? Are you washing in straight lines? Two bucket method or three?
As per Blackroc's guide, except no citrus Pre-wash and car never really gets that dirty.

Rinse with power washer
Bilt Hamber snow foam via power washer
Rinse
2 buckets with grit guard, Meguiars Hyper Wash, Meguiars lambs wool mitt.
Rinse as I go with power wash
Dry carefully (patting) with drying towel (silverback?). Even tried blow dry with leaf blower - much to the amusement of the Mrs :oops:
As I mentioned all wash gear is put through washing machine separately afterwards and stored carefully.

Maybe this particular black paintwork is just a nightmare....... :?
I think it's always worth remembering that ANY contact with the paintwork has the ability to leave swirlmarks so I wouldn't be too hard on yourself.

That said even after pre-wash and physically washing the car some contaminants will remain. Have you tried using fallout remover to see if there's anything bonded to the clearcoat you're not aware of?
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