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post #91 of 110 Old 29th January 2010, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Tiaguinho ,

Both cars are fantastic .. Do you fancy a short hols in Lux to do a Green Alpina ?? My B8 would
look much better with a professional polish I think !!

What is APC ? And where can I get some of that Snowfoam from . I use either Meguires or AutoGlym soap
but I've been looking for a foam product for ages and couldn't find one .

Whats the best make of polisher for beginers to use ?

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I have been thinking to visit Lux soon to visit a friend, maybe meet up for a beer?

APC is a All Purpose Cleaner. You have G101 from Autosmart or Meguiars APC. They are great for a lot of tasks. I use a dilution of 10:1 for all around and 4:1 for those areas which requires some extra cleaning power (engine bay for example).

A good polisher would be an Orbital machine. Has an acceptable learning curve, barely any chance to burn through the paint and it is perfect for starters.

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post #92 of 110 Old 30th January 2010, 03:42 PM
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Hey Chris,

I have been thinking to visit Lux soon to visit a friend, maybe meet up for a beer?

APC is a All Purpose Cleaner. You have G101 from Autosmart or Meguiars APC. They are great for a lot of tasks. I use a dilution of 10:1 for all around and 4:1 for those areas which requires some extra cleaning power (engine bay for example).

A good polisher would be an Orbital machine. Has an acceptable learning curve, barely any chance to burn through the paint and it is perfect for starters.

I'm always up for a beer with a fellow enthusiast .
Just gimme a little advanced warning to make sure I'm free as sometimes I can have quite a heavy schedule .

Thxvm for the info , I just found out that the stuff I've been using IS Meguiars APC !!
But I'm interested in the Snowfoam you were using , where can I find that ?? We don't have any 'real' outlets
here specializing in Detailing equipment .

Do you have any suggestion for makes for the orbital polisher , and where I might buy one pls ??

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Fantastic finish.... never heard of clay though, Is it actual clay? Is it easily available in UK and how do you use it?
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Detailing clay is a synthetic resin material, almost just like the clay that you played with as a kid, but more elastic This, when smoothly massaged on the paint (always using a lubricant), will pick up the contaminants that are stuck on the lacquer.

You would do the following (after washing your car properly):

1. Warm up the clay in a glass of hot water. You need to keep the clay warm, so it retains its full elasticity. This is important specially when its cold, since hard clay can cause some marring on the paint.

2. Apply lubricant on the paint, like detailing spray or a specific claying lubricant.

3. Glide the clay over the paint, only applying gentle finger pressure.

4. Keep it lubricated!

5. Knead the clay to always expose a clean surface.

You will notice that after claying a certain area, the paint will go smooth. This is because you have picked up all the contaminants that were stuck, like pollution fallout, tree sap, etc., leaving now a clean and ready paint surface for polishing.

If you need to know what you should buy to have a start on your Detailing Adventures, I have made a thread some time ago with some my personal recommendations: Washing my BMW M: What do I need?

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What are Clay bars/ How do you use them? Can you get them in uk?
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Fantastic job!! Great Prep work as well, and I wondered what simplier way was there to clean those rims with all the little holes in.
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I have some noob questions for tiauguinho (sorry if i spelt it wrong)
I figured a post would be better than a pm so other noobs like me can get useful info.....
1st: can u give me a quick explanation of the 2 bucket washing method?
2nd: i have a jetblack m5 and was wondering if i need to be even more careful with this color, (ive never detailed in a process like yours which i am trying to do the same to mine) and never used a orbital buffer but im borrowing one from my friend but i understand that i can ruine the paint with too much pressure so any tips would be helpful
3rd:never heard of the fast cut plus idk what its even used for as well as not knowing the application process, as well as the menz 3.02, menz 106fa, and the menz 85rd
4th: zymol hd cleanse and zymol concours you apparently use at the end to finish, what is zymol concours? and do you do any of these steps by hand?
sorry if i asked alot of questions but hopefully it will answer alot of others questions

ps: i recently emptied everything out of my garage so i have time for tlc on the car...thanx again
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