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OK, so I have the new Juke and after 48 hours I'm painfully aware that it's not as clean as when I picked it up. It's probably going to get a wash over the bank holiday weekend.

I happen to have a set of autoglym products I bought when I got my last car, but never actually used since I just went down to the garage for a quick hose job*.

So I figure I'll use those, but I've heard a lot on here about the miracle of Snow Foam so I think I might go for that. So the questions:

1) I don't have a pressure washer - is the hose pipe attachment good enough to be worth while?

2) which brand of snow foam should I be going for, there seem to be a couple

3) is it really worth it?

I feel like I'm starting down a dark road to car cleaning OCD when I really would rather spend my time driving rather than cleaning her, but I also want her to look good while I do!




* open invitation to **** 'n' JOY's innuendo funtime.Edited by: Wraithen
 

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</font>Well, you know what my answer will be
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</font>I’d rather spend my time driving it than ‘detailing’ and
hugging it.

</font>Protect it well with a good polish and wax and even my
1 bucket 1 sponge method works well enough. When I sold my 10 year Honda the
wifey said that it was the best bodywork she had ever seen. Well, I assumed she
was talking about the Honda.


</font>Seriously though, there are so many products out there trying
to part you from your cash, it’s really down to, what works for you. I’m sure I’m
not the only one who has a garage full of cleaning products, only to use a few
of them.

</font>My previous cars have always been ruined by other
people, car doors, stone chips, grit blastedetc. not by my bucket and sponge!


</font>Rocks, don’t even think about suggesting a bonnet gimp
mask!


</font>Serious replies coming shortly.....

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That's a serious response - I just have nightmares of not finding a small piece of grit in the sponge until after I've scratched circles into the paintwork


This is my first new car - my wife is not being particularly patient with my new over-protective nature.
 

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</font>I spend a few minutes hosing the car down first. <?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />

</font>Then wash the car down from the top, leaving the plastic trim.

</font>Refill my bucket and clean the plastic trim with an old sponge (this is
where all the grit really sticks). So technically a 1 bucket 2 sponge routine
before I'm jumped on.

</font>Then hose inside the wheel arches & clean the wheels inside and out
- I like a clean alloy.My 1 hr a week has served me well for 20 odd years andalways have the
cleanest, shiniest car in the street (if I do say so myself) except for the guy
over the road who runs out with a duster the minute he gets home


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</font>The key is in the protection; give it good polish and wax togive your
paintworka good start to life. I tried Snow Foam once, not for me


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I think it's as Mez says. Give it a good start to life. I use the Autoglym products. First wash give it the full going over then after that it's a quick wash and dry.




Mez. Not sure I like that snow foam.


Lj2.Edited by: LazyJuke
 

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You caught me off my grit guard
 

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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Well, Mez, you haven't got me converted just yet... you glossed over the complicated polish and (and?) wax part - which is actually the most daunting for me.

And thanks, Rocks, that's the one I saw on Amazon and was thinking about - perhaps a modified one bucket, two sponges, one snow blower method would work?
 

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There's more to life than waxing and polishing cars, Wraithen. Don't listen to Mez or Rocks.
You should have got it supa guarded at the dealers, then you could have sat back and enjoyed todays sunshine.

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</font>Again there are so many to choose from it’s what works
for you. Some on here rate Autoglym HD wax. <?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />

</font>I use Turtle Wax Platinum Extra Gloss to polish which
is really easy to use; it gives a glass like finish. Then I seal the gloss with
Collinite Wax which takes a bit of elbow grease but it gives a good thick
protection. Sometimes I can see where I think the car has been scuffed only to
find it was just the wax coat... phew. Collinite is really hard wearing and
lasts for months & months. So all I have to do is wash & go.

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
That was way too expensive for me, JOY - I might have more money than sense, but that's a reflection on how little sense I have more than a positive financial endorsement!
 

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I agree with the collinite for a wax, great protection and the durability is proven! It's in all the hardcore detailers winter protection kit

Just get yourself the basics, a bucket, wash mitt, drying towel and a wax.
If you like doing it you can always get extra bits as you go along. Cleaning your car its not everyones cup of tea, I personally love it, cleaning is inspection. Last weekend clean I noticed that one of the bolts had come out of the front styling plate so I could fix it. If I hadn't been cleaning it I wouldn't of found it, and that could of been costly.
 

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Theory is a pressure washer can ingrain the dirt into your paint and cause swirls, therefore new washer available for hire..

 

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Shhhh you said you wouldn't share that picture
 

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Couldn't wait for tomorrow - gave her her first proper wash when I got home. I love snow foam!

The polishing and waxing might have to wait a little though.
 

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Get yourself a quick detailer this will give you an awesome shine after each wash and is really quick as you can use it during the drying stage
 
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