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Car washing

Discussion in 'Exterior Styling, Bodywork & Detailing' started by Chriswhit, 6 Jan 2017.

  1. Stevefrs

    Stevefrs Member VCDS User VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Having had mine cleaned by the dealer prior to collection . Never again.
    Went elsewhere to remove all the marks and added a gtechniq ceramic coating afterwards.
    Dealer has agreed to foot the bill for the damage which is good . Sticker on the dash moving forward to say DO NOT CLEAN.
    Maybe a bit OCD but I would rather have a dirty van than let other people wash it.
     
  2. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad California 204 4motion VIP Member T6 Legend

    Exactly what I do.
     
  3. Alan Walsh

    Alan Walsh Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Just had mine coated with the Williams ceramic coating and a top layer of wax for a nice shine. The coating is supposed to last 3 years and the wax re done every 6 months. Have to say it looks better than when I collected it 12 months and 27k miles ago. Beaded up lovely in the rain today.
     
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  4. StudleyGlass

    StudleyGlass 150 DSG Kombi Highline Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Getting better at this foam lark and getting me detailing skills better. I have only done me van twice from new as this time of year i find it pointless with the sh@t that's on the roads. Keep washing can do more damage than good especially if it not done right and im no expert. I had a good coating put on it when it was new to help protect the paint so when the better weather comes it should still be a good finnish.

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  5. Caravellet6

    Caravellet6 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    White does look great when it's clean though!
     
  6. StudleyGlass

    StudleyGlass 150 DSG Kombi Highline Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    I do agree @Caravellet6 but it it also gets dirty quick too. Never had a white vehicle before but i do like it more and more...........good job really :)
     
  7. Chriswhit

    Chriswhit Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Going to snowfoam mine in the morning , wash the salt and road crap off . Two bucket wash , towel dry and a quick detailing spray to keep it nice and shiny .
    Looking forward to my PB big brake kit being delivered next week and going to fit new tyres at same time .
     
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  8. StudleyGlass

    StudleyGlass 150 DSG Kombi Highline Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Looking forward to seeing them big brakes @Chriswhit :)
     
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  9. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad California 204 4motion VIP Member T6 Legend

    Big brakes are good. :D

    I see you are a fellow Legend @StudleyGlass
    A right pair of forum geeks!
     
  10. StudleyGlass

    StudleyGlass 150 DSG Kombi Highline Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    One thing are never be is a legend. Never been on a forum before , must be good here ;)
     
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  11. BiTurbo

    BiTurbo Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    No to car washers, the only person that touches it s me..... end off.
     
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  12. DaveyB

    DaveyB Senior Member Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Jeez @StudleyGlass what have you washed it with, you've turned it golden! That must be some pretty awesome shampoo, either that or your middle name is Rumplestiltskin.
     
  13. StudleyGlass

    StudleyGlass 150 DSG Kombi Highline Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    I think it's that rare thing called sunshine @DaveyB :)
     
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  14. James_t28

    James_t28 New Member

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    What do you guys use to clean/ dry/ polish the roof properly?
     
  15. HHO

    HHO Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Meguiars Ultimate Compound and a good coat of wax a couple of times a year.
     
  16. Fish

    Fish Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Carlack
     
  17. xpfloyd

    xpfloyd Senior Member T6 Guru

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    Polish hand car wash down the road - £4 done. Although this thread is making me think I should rethink this but it's always spotless and no signs of paint damage
     
  18. Polzeylad

    Polzeylad California 204 4motion VIP Member T6 Legend

    A wobbly ladder and a slightly nervous expression.
     
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  19. James_t28

    James_t28 New Member

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    This is exactly what I was wondering! Being myself 5ft 7 and struggle to de-ice the windscreen in the morning let alone clean the roof! ;-)
    The thought of falling off the wobbly ladder and scraping the side of the van is not a good one! I guess I was wondering whether anyone uses any long reach type tools which allow a good clean, with no risk of damaging.

    "Polish hand car wash down the road - £4 done. Although this thread is making me think I should rethink this" - Making me think the same. I have been paying a chap who comes to our work £15 a wash. Nice and convenient, but although the paint wash looks good, the sidebars etc have not been cleaned as well.
     
  20. HHO

    HHO Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

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    I use one of these folding steps/stools (B&Q)

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