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      10-01-2020, 10:34 AM   #1
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Cleaning my car...

So im going to buy the following:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karcher-Con.../dp/B01MCRE5HA


What else do I need to keep my car in good nick? Shampoos, foam etc....? Are there any pack available anywhere? Halfords to get the rest??
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      10-01-2020, 11:09 AM   #2
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So im going to buy the following:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karcher-Con.../dp/B01MCRE5HA


What else do I need to keep my car in good nick? Shampoos, foam etc....? Are there any pack available anywhere? Halfords to get the rest??
I would buy the K4 from B&Q at £175. Don't buy the Karcher foam bottle. Buy Either Autobrite or Prokleen. These are a bit dearer but worth it IMO. I like the Autobrite shaped bottle and they have a sale just started today. There snow foam is ok but Bilt Hamber gets all the ticks.
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      10-01-2020, 02:07 PM   #3
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I've used the following on my car - fresh from the dealer on Friday. And used all the products on previous cars too, with the exception of the Turtlewax product.

Autoglym Polar Blast snow foam (with the Karcher nozzle - it's fine, but going to get the Autoglym Polar Blaster).
Contact wash - Meguiars Wash Plus (good for clearing any crap off the paint). I usually use Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner.
Decontamination & Wheels - Autoglym Magma. I've also used Auto Finesse Iron Out which is great too, and just buy whatever is on offer.
Dry - just get a good quality micro fibre drying towel and some micro fibre cloths.
Polish - Autoglym Super Resin Polish
Sealant / Ceramic coating - Turtlewax Hybrid Solutions Ceramic spray coating. This product is awesome! The water beading is amazing. I washed the car again the next day to apply a second coat of this. It's meant to be good for up to 12 months, but I'll probably do it again after 2-3 months.

Pic below - would probably get a better effect in direct sunlight, but still looks good to me!
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      10-01-2020, 02:41 PM   #4
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I use Bilt Hamber (BH) auto foam
Koch Chemie Nano Magic shampoo
BH Auto Wheel
BH Korrosol Iron fallout remover
BH surfex HD for general wiping (doorshuts/interior at different dilution ratios)
Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Wax
Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic detailer

That's kind of the basics for me I guess, not really into detailing nor do I have the time so just make sure I give the car a nice clean myself. My previous car only ever went to a hand car wash place.
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      10-01-2020, 04:23 PM   #5
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I use Bilt Hamber (BH) auto foam
Koch Chemie Nano Magic shampoo
BH Auto Wheel
BH Korrosol Iron fallout remover
BH surfex HD for general wiping (doorshuts/interior at different dilution ratios)
Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Wax
Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic detailer

That's kind of the basics for me I guess, not really into detailing nor do I have the time so just make sure I give the car a nice clean myself. My previous car only ever went to a hand car wash place.
Yeah same here. I have only ever used a hand car wash place but want to eventually ceramic coat my vehicle, but want a quick and easy method to wash at home after coating it.
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Just need 2 buckets, snow foam lance (I just got a the basic cheap one from in2detailing).

I also use a trigger gun attachment for my karcher as it's less cumbersome then the original karcher one and easy to clip on the nozzles and snow foam lance https://www.in2detailing.co.uk/produ...elease-nozzles

Rinse off the foam, shampoo the car, rinse and then dry. That's my usual normal wash.

If I've washed it not long ago and it's just a bit dusty/grubby I'll just snow foam the car and rinse it without any contact washing.
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Just need 2 buckets, snow foam lance (I just got a the basic cheap one from in2detailing).

I also use a trigger gun attachment for my karcher as it's less cumbersome then the original karcher one and easy to clip on the nozzles and snow foam lance https://www.in2detailing.co.uk/produ...elease-nozzles

Rinse off the foam, shampoo the car, rinse and then dry. That's my usual normal wash.

If I've washed it not long ago and it's just a bit dusty/grubby I'll just snow foam the car and rinse it without any contact washing.
Nice one! Thatís more like it! Nice and simple! Which foam do you use mate?
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Just need 2 buckets, snow foam lance (I just got a the basic cheap one from in2detailing).

I also use a trigger gun attachment for my karcher as it's less cumbersome then the original karcher one and easy to clip on the nozzles and snow foam lance https://www.in2detailing.co.uk/produ...elease-nozzles

Rinse off the foam, shampoo the car, rinse and then dry. That's my usual normal wash.

If I've washed it not long ago and it's just a bit dusty/grubby I'll just snow foam the car and rinse it without any contact washing.
Nice one! That’s more like it! Nice and simple! Which foam do you use mate?
I use Bilt Hamber Autofoam
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So im going to buy the following:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karcher-Con.../dp/B01MCRE5HA


What else do I need to keep my car in good nick? Shampoos, foam etc....? Are there any pack available anywhere? Halfords to get the rest??


Car was treated to a ceramic coating from New a year ago. My normal clean is

Light low pressure cold water rinse from Jet
wash Karcher 7

Foam using autobrite Snow foam and gun

Wheels using Billberry Wheel cleaner

Use two buckets - one with Meguirars gold shampoo in mix + one clear water to rinse mitt

Noodle mitt to clean car

Clean wheels using Wheel Woolies

Rinse car with Jet Wash

Dry with BLO Dryer - gets all the crevices done !


If I need to do a short clean or do a top up coat I use Detailed online Nano Sealant. This stuff does NOT bead up - The water just sheets off

You can spray directly on a wet car and rinse then drive down the Motorway - Job Done
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So im going to buy the following:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karcher-Con.../dp/B01MCRE5HA


What else do I need to keep my car in good nick? Shampoos, foam etc....? Are there any pack available anywhere? Halfords to get the rest??
After G3 Ceramic

Looks exactly the same 1 year on
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+1 for Bilt Hamber Autofoam and also their Auto Wheel.

Meguiars for the rest of my bits.
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+1 for Bilt Hamber Autofoam and also their Auto Wheel.
Same here. I have a range of products as a result of my part-time detailing but recently tried the Polar Series. It's pretty good but quite time-consuming using the SF lance for all 3 products.

Looks well when finished but don't think you get 4 weeks of protection.

Foam can made thicker if required:


Seal creates a massive bead when applied:


Good gloss:
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+1 for Bilt Hamber Autofoam and also their Auto Wheel.
Same here. I have a range of products as a result of my part-time detailing but recently tried the Polar Series. It's pretty good but quite time-consuming using the SF lance for all 3 products.

Looks well when finished but don't think you get 4 weeks of protection.

Foam can made thicker if required:


Seal creates a massive bead when applied:


Good gloss:
Lovely result !!

i use a mix match (always changing):
Dragon Breath for iron remover on wheels and lower half of paint
Gyeon Bathe+ in the foam cannon & then again with microfibre mitt on contact wash
If feeling extra kind or feel it needs it, Bathe + onto a cloth and rub on and polish off
I also use Gyeon wet Coat and TLC2 when protection wears off, lasts around 5 / 6 months
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