Cleaning product recommendations

ant431

New Member
Joined
May 25, 2020
Messages
3
Location
United Kingdom
Car
C300 Coupe
Hey people,

I was wondering if any of you could recommend me some good products and what method to use to wash my car with to make it ultra sparkly and shiny? I have a black C300 coupe and I have noticed some swirl marks, does anyone know how can I get rid of them?

Thanks!
 

OneForTheRoad

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Apr 20, 2015
Messages
2,559
Location
uk.
Car
2015 w204 c class amg sport premium +65 ford kuga 2.0 cdi zetec awd.. soon to be an e350 2017 .
A da sander and autoglym paint restorer. Poorboys blackhole afterwards. Then the next day itll be dirty again as mine is ..
 

daveenty

MB Enthusiast
SUPPORTER
Joined
May 12, 2007
Messages
3,500
Location
NW UK
Car
S63 Coupe
Hey people,

I was wondering if any of you could recommend me some good products and what method to use to wash my car with to make it ultra sparkly and shiny? I have a black C300 coupe and I have noticed some swirl marks, does anyone know how can I get rid of them?

Thanks!
Welcome to the forum. You will get many conflicting replies on here, some helpful, some not so.

I'd suggest having a look around the Detailing World Forum where there are a lot of knowledgeable people including many professionals. There are also many obsessives though they can be weeded out as you progress gently through the forum. :)

You shouldn't really need to ask many questions there, though I'd suggest a search first as whatever you need to know will probably have been answered.

As for the first section of your query, a decent mild shampoo using the 2 bucket method and a wash mitt (not a standard sponge) is the usual way.
 

Bobby Dazzler

MB Club Veteran
SUPPORTER
Joined
Jan 21, 2005
Messages
17,323
Location
Mittel England
Car
ML AMG-line Black Series
If you’re new to washing your car seriously then I would go for Autoglym products, they’re designed to be easy to use, at a reasonable price, and they perform well.
 

Stu101

New Member
Joined
May 23, 2020
Messages
14
Location
Hertfordshire
Car
340i
Beadmaker after cleaning really makes mine pop may be better products out there only one I have tried but am impressed
 

Bobby Dazzler

MB Club Veteran
SUPPORTER
Joined
Jan 21, 2005
Messages
17,323
Location
Mittel England
Car
ML AMG-line Black Series
What @daveenty said.

You will get as many opinions as there are products and methods available. We all want to convince you that what we use/do is best because this reassures us. :)
True, or a reflection of people doing what they believe is "best" and passing it on (which is self-assuring in itself).

I'll exclude myself from that though :) as despite recommending Autoglymn products I don't use them (except for cleaning the windows in the house), and I don't even wash my car! However Autoglym is a safe choice for someone new to car washing.
 

Rorywquin

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Nov 14, 2016
Messages
3,189
Location
God's County
Car
SL400 2017
True, or a reflection of people doing what they believe is "best" and passing it on (which is self-assuring in itself).

I'll exclude myself from that though :) as despite recommending Autoglymn products I don't use them (except for cleaning the windows in the house), and I don't even wash my car! However Autoglym is a safe choice for someone new to car washing.
Wasn't having a go at you,😳 I was agreeing with @daveenty.

Problem is that there are 1000s of good products out there .......... :) and any of the recognised brands would be a good starting point.
 

LeeJV

Active Member
Joined
May 8, 2019
Messages
367
Location
kent
Car
Mercedes C63 AMG editon 507
If you want good quality at a low price and for it to do what it says on the tin, all of these offer a full range of products that I have personally used for years
they work far better than Megs, Autoglym, Autofinesse and anything else you will find in Halfords

Bilt Hamber
Waxplanet
Wowos

I could go on for an age but all the products from these 3 companies work very well and are priced far better than most.
 

baxlin

MB Enthusiast
SUPPORTER
Joined
Apr 26, 2013
Messages
1,133
Location
Home Counties
Car
Volvo C70 and JZR 3 wheeler
If you want good quality at a low price and for it to do what it says on the tin, all of these offer a full range of products that I have personally used for years
they work far better than Megs, Autoglym, Autofinesse and anything else you will find in Halfords

Bilt Hamber
Waxplanet
Wowos

I could go on for an age but all the products from these 3 companies work very well and are priced far better than most.
That’s fine, and I have used (and liked) at least one Bilt Hamber product, but TBH, the OP requested specific products and methods.

So, my two penn’th....

I’m happy with hosing the car, then 2 Bucket method wash (2BM), rinse, then occasionally I treat the car to a claying with a G3 clay mitt (about 11quid), wash again, rinse, pat dry, then Autoglym SRP (to help hide the swirl marks) then G3 Super Paste Wax.

I might use Poorboys Black Hole instead of SRP as it doesn’t seem to leave as much white residue in the panel joints.

I use Meguiars Endurance to dress the tyres.

The clay mitt, SRP and wax aren’t required every wash, obviously, so for regular washes I use the 2BM, rinse, and dry using Meguiars Last Touch - bought online in a 3.75 ltr container and diluted - as a drying agent and to top up the shine.

From this, you can possibly tell I’m not a ‘detailer’, just an enthusiastic amateur. However, these products are easily found, are not expensive, and are suitable to be applied by hand. But as said in an earlier post, you will get as many opinions as people, and I’m sure to be doing something incorrectly!

PS. Washing mitt and microfibre towel, not sponge and chammy👍
 
Last edited:

ChrisEdu

Active Member
Joined
Sep 5, 2005
Messages
875
Car
W211
Car Chem had a good deal on a set of products. I have been very pleased with those I bought.
 

Chrishazle

MB Enthusiast
Joined
Nov 13, 2008
Messages
3,895
Location
Nr Ashford, Kent
Car
2008 S204 C220CDI Elegance Estate Auto, 2008 R171 facelift SLK280 Auto.
What's the best oil, what's the best wax, this is one of those threads that normally means :

Popcorn - check
Beer - check
Armchair - check

let battle commence!

Detailingworld is OK if you have lots of time and understand that they have a very strict "no name and shame" policy, so you'll see loads of recommendations but no critical reviews - i tried posting a factual, non critical review on there after a pro detailer made a pigs breakfast of my 968 cab, it was immediately taken down. PCGB forum did the same. However, for basic car cleaning methods you will find good advice there if you're selective about what you read.

Preparation is the key - you won't get a good result if your prep is crap, so first you need to prep the paintwork. This means wash (2BM, wash mitts (lambswool for the top bits, microfibre for the bottom mucky bits), decontaminate (IronX or similar to get rid of brake pad debris etc) followed by another wash, Tardis or similar to get rid of tar spots (followed by another wash), then clay (I use 1/4 of a Bilt Hamber clay bar with water as the lubricant) followed by another wash - then you're ready for paint correction to remove swirl marks etc and you enter a new world of pain! As an amateur this means a DA machine like a Kestrel DAS6 or similar, correct pads, correct paint correcting fluid, and yet another wash. Then it's polish - my preference is 3M Perfect-it but that has to be applied with a DA or rotary and correct pad, then finally wax/ceramic/flavour of the month protection - and that's another popcorn/beer/armchair moment!

Just to add to the fun, your car is black, the worst possible colour, just search on here as there are so many cries for help of "how the **** do I get/keep my black car looking good??!"

Welcome to the painful and expensive world of detailing you car - been there, got loads of products, seen the benefits but can't do it any more so have the DA, pads and loads of products gathering dust!
 

W1ghty

Active Member
Joined
Jun 27, 2020
Messages
93
Location
Sunny Essex
Car
E320cdi and CLK200
Sonax BSD (brilliant shine detailer) is very easy to use, good value , and creates some crazy levels of water beading as well .
 

zipdip

MB Enthusiast
SUPPORTER
Joined
Mar 5, 2015
Messages
2,955
Location
Essex
Car
s320
Hey people,

I was wondering if any of you could recommend me some good products and what method to use to wash my car with to make it ultra sparkly and shiny? I have a black C300 coupe and I have noticed some swirl marks, does anyone know how can I get rid of them?

Thanks!
The guys are going to love telling you there cleaning methods,and do not get them onto clay bars and mopping,it could well result in the longest thread of the year,when I get the photo on my laptop I will put up the products I use and their cost :cool:
 

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Top Bottom