Clay question and Items to take on Holiday for a 'Holiday detail'

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  1. A210AMG

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    Hello

    Since owning my Current car its never had a 'proper' clean, I bought it during November and then through the bad Winter never got round to it. Then Little one number two has taken a fair bit of time...

    Don't get me wrong its had a weekly wash / tyre black and I've attempted to clean the engine bay.... but little else.


    I'm looking at getting a Clay bar and 'trying' it. What do peope recommend, over on Detailing world they suggested a Bilt hamber bar as you can use it with water? I've no idea and would have probably gone for the Kit such as Autogylm.


    Then my other question.... Due for some holidays soon and in the evening while away either at the Caravan site or Holiday home in France I want to give the car a good 'deep' clean...:thumb:


    What would people recommend I take with me? The car is Silver and have to say in this picture already looks pretty good, but it Needs a good polish / the trim bits need a clean / tar etc

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  2. JOB-BLACK-RAT

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    Have a look on YOUTUBE on 'how to claybar your car', I used a Meguiars kit for £26 from Halfords.

    The kit comes with all you need and enough to do it 4 times or so. The silky glass feel to the paint after you have done is fantastic and the whole process helped me remove most of the 'swirles' from the last owners poor polish job :thumb:
     
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    A210AMG

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    3 for 2 at halfords also :)
     
  4. 300CE

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    I've got the Bilt Hamber one as it has a good write up, is a larger size bar and you can lubricate with water (as you stated). I'll be using it for the first time on Friday & will let you know what the finish is like.

    As JBR says, check out you tube for videos on how to clay & you should also have a look at the 'polished bliss' website as it is very informative & has howto's.
     
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  5. Chrishazle

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    I've used the Bilt Hamber regular on all 3 of my cars - and would highly recommend it as best value for money. £10 worth of clay, I still have 1/3rd of the bar left, and water instead of £8 detailing spray as the lubricant.

    After that, if you want to continue, it's elbow grease (or DA polisher!) and paint correction. I did my silver C270 with Autoglym Bodyshop 02B/03B and a DA polisher, and the dull grey silver became shiny blueish silver.

    There are plenty of threads on here (or, if you want to get anoraky and have lots of time/money, on A world for detailers...) about what comes next - basically paint cleaner fluid, polish, glaze, wax, more wax.

    Have fun - it's worth it!
     
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    Thanks so far :)

    I'm already on the detailing world forum its car cleaning but not as we know it :)

    Think I will go for the Bilt Hamber, any one or are they all ok as there are different versions..

    I'm already looking at these polishing machines and like the idea of one :)

    Polishing Kits/Machines
     
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    Where about's are you/ Perhaps there is a member here , that can let you try his if you are local?
     
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    I also have a DAS6 - with the full set of 4 Sonus pads. Paid about £80 for the DAS6 and £30 for the set of 4 pads.
     

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