Wash & Wax Time . . . . . . But Which One And How?

Discussion in 'Exterior Styling, Bodywork & Detailing' started by Dellmassive, 7 Jul 2018.

  1. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Guru

    Wash & Wax time . . . . . . but which one and how?

    So kinda as the title implies it time to wash the van... (getting tree sap on paintwork from that poxy tree)

    took to the local american hand car wash was yesterday for the external wash . . £10 later all nice and shiny

    but they never do a proper wax to protect the bodywork. (just that odd liquid spray stuff)

    so this morning it was wax time..

    @Tourershine would be very proud of me.

    before wax . . . . .


    and after wax . . .


    Now i always used to use "mer" in the blue bottle with the gold cap . . . . (remember all those guys at the Sunday market using mer on a mini bonnet and setting fire to it to show how good mer was =])

    anyway . . . decided to try this for a change . . .


    ok . . . So i know the proceedure.

    - rinse off van
    - wash van with soapy water (not washing up liquid)
    - rinse off van
    - dry van with chamois to get rid of water spots
    - apply wax in cool temp/out of direct sunlight
    - rub off wax
    - stand back and pat yourself on the back for a job well done
    - crack open a beer and relax

    My questions to all you T6 Valeting Gods are:

    what different methods are there,?
    what wax/wash products do you all use?
    how do you all wash your motors (carwash/handwash/wash at home jetwash/dont wash/other)?

    So basically who does what, when and how............................ GO >
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  2. Ed Webb

    Ed Webb Webber VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

  3. N58amx

    N58amx Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Looking good,
    You really want to seal in all your hard work now over the top of ag srp
    Something like ag uhd wax would be great
    Last edited: 7 Jul 2018
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  4. T6180

    T6180 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    my order is as follows

    de-bug and tar
    Autogylm polar blast snowfoam
    Ultra HD shampoo
    Autoglym super resin polish
    Autoglym HD wax

    in between was consists of

    Autoglym quick detailer
  5. Tourershine

    Tourershine Senior Citizen VIP Member T6 Legend

    Here's a fact, Silver is a brilliant colour. It hides the dirt really well, needs very little maintenance, and looks great 90% of the time.
    The downside to the colour Silver, is it looks just as good after a wash, as it does after several hours of detailing, that's the only reason I cannot own a Silver vehicle, because I like the hours of work results.

    If that was mine, i'd use the SRP like you have, yeah some belch on about it being full of fillers, so what, this is a daily driver, not a show vehicle.
    Then i'd probably finish with a coat of HD wax to harden up the SRP. That's it. Do that once every few months, and you will always have a van that looks great.... Unless...... You do as you've already done and take it to the local wash monkeys. They will remove all your hard work in a single wash, so all that effort will be pointless.

    If however you want to look after it yourself, do as I just mentioned, maintain with Autoglym Shampoo/Conditioner, and use something like Autoglym Rapid detailer in-between.
    I would however suggest you use that cloth for what it's designed for (your face) and swap for some nice microfibre cloths. (Costco do the best imo)

    There are loads of products available to detail your van, and all claim they are better than the others, but to be fair as a general all purpose, easily available brand, you cannot really go wrong with Autoglym.
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  6. N58amx

    N58amx Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Also Worth mentioning that ph neutral shampoos will also not strip wax /sealants etc . So read the bottles of so called wonder shampoos/snofoams etc

    Theres plenty of stuff out there that will strip your hard work in a heartbeat.
    Listen to the man above :D
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  7. Generaljake

    Generaljake Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    two bucket method and never let anyone else wash it unless they are professional detailer
  8. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Guru



    I've just added a clay bar to my arsenal..

    Now I need to get some Autoglym HD wax.
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  9. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Guru


    Great details there..

    That's exactly why I have a silver van and silver car.... it looks good even when dirty...I'm a bit lazy when it comes to washing them.

    I'll get some Autoglym HD wax as suhested and try that too.

    I didn't realise that the wash monkeys would strip the wax off the paintwork....but thinking back on it now it makes sense... the white streaks and dry to the touch non wax feel after.

    Maybe I'll jetwash and 2x bucket myself next time.

    The white cloths were from Costco as car polishing cloths....but I'll swap them out for microfiber as suhested.

    I'll look into that shampoo too.

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  10. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Guru


    I'm gonna get two buckets today. Halfords are doing the big yellow ones with the grit guard mesh spider thing in at the bottom.

    And you get 10% off with an AA card too.
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  11. JonB

    JonB Member

    Sorry to sound dull but what is SRP?
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  12. N58amx

    N58amx Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Autoglym super resin polish ,,
    Ita a paint cleanser/fine filler/all in one polish type product
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  13. Ads_Essex

    Ads_Essex Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    As dear as those buckets end up being, you do at the end see how they have done their job.

    You’ll wonder how you ever lived without claybar :thumbsup:
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  14. Pauly

    Pauly Senior Member VCDS User Admin Moderator

    That’s my favourite line of the day
  15. Tourershine

    Tourershine Senior Citizen VIP Member T6 Legend

    I'm here all day.
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  16. Neilson

    Neilson Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    You guys cost me a fortune at the weekend!!

  17. Tourershine

    Tourershine Senior Citizen VIP Member T6 Legend

    Would it of helped if I'd of mentioned I have a trade account with Autoglym :eek:
  18. richi

    richi Richard Oliver VIP Member T6 Guru


    I see halfords have put up the price of that HD wax now we have all started buying it:rolleyes:
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  19. Dellmassive

    Dellmassive 204 T32 DSG LWB SPORTLINE PV MY18 VCDS User Moderator VIP Member T6 Guru

    Here we go then, ive joined the club and got the proper kit...... had to sell a kidney though....!!

    (Mr Halfords was very happy . . . but 10% off with AA card so only had to sell one kidney instead of two)


    went for the HD WAX as recomended . . . pricey!!!! and some bug and tar remover for the tree sap and a squeegee.


    went for some PH neutral shampoo, oh the clay bar from the other daY......


    Then to keep @Tourershine happy and @Pauly amused ive ditch the white flannel cloths for some microfiber jobbies,...waxing pads. micro cloths and micro wash mits.


    and not forgetting the "two Bucket method" & Grit gurads . . . .


    hopefully thats the lot . . . . . . . .
  20. N58amx

    N58amx Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Nice haul ! Thatl keep you busy , and the car looking sweet.
    Now you just need some fallout remover:thumbsup:
    Dont worry , its only money :laugh:
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