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Not sure if a thread had been started yet, but thought it would be good to start a thread to show what we are all buying - it might be a useful resource for others to get some product recommendations they might not have thought of?

 

Anyway, with my R arriving on Saturday (and the wife's Polo GTi), I've just been stocking up on some bits I'm low on, or fancied trying. I've also recently had a clear out of old products and samples I'll never use!

 

So just ordered from Slims:

 

Auto Finesse Avalanche Snow Foam - 5L

CarPro Iron X (Lemon) - 1L

Slims Wash, Rinse, Wheels bucket sticker set

Farcela G3 Clay Mitt

GTechniq I1 Smart Fabric

GTechniq I2 TriClean Interior Cleaner 

 

And Polished Bliss:

 

R222 gloss enhancing paintwork cleanser

Polished Bliss Luxury Wheel Woolies

Polished Bliss air freshners (x6)

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Over £200 on not really very much from Polished Bliss , although that is including 2 water filters. Am going to try AutoFinesse version of Iron X ( because I was placing an order and paying for postage blah blah ) and I did quite a bit of detailing of the RS last year (and lots of washing and cleaning before a show) so ran down my stocks of sort of consumables (foam pads, microfibre pads, snow foam)

 

Next order will be with Clean Your Car for one major item 

 

And then in a month or so its time to decide on my wax for the year ! 

 

Expensive hobby - hate to think what I have actually spent just detailing my own car (sometimes 2 ) over the last 15 years !!

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Over £200 on not really very much from Polished Bliss , although that is including 2 water filters. Am going to try AutoFinesse version of Iron X ( because I was placing an order and paying for postage blah blah ) and I did quite a bit of detailing of the RS last year (and lots of washing and cleaning before a show) so ran down my stocks of sort of consumables (foam pads, microfibre pads, snow foam)

 

Next order will be with Clean Your Car for one major item 

 

And then in a month or so its time to decide on my wax for the year ! 

 

Expensive hobby - hate to think what I have actually spent just detailing my own car (sometimes 2 ) over the last 15 years !!

 

Bet I can guess what that is ;-)   What's on the wax shortlist Colin?

 

I've had a rare couple of weeks where I haven't bought any detailing stuff.  Though earlier in Jan I bought the Meguiars Microfibre Correction DA System (pads and polish) to try as an alternative to my usual Poorboys SSR polish and Chemical Guys Hex/Meguiars foam pads DA combo.  Entirely happy with my usual route for swirl correction but it was suggested to me (by Mainframe) that the Meguiars Microfibre system has shown to be effective in levelling (to a degree) orange peel, which is more prevalent and noticeable on black paint. So as I'm doing a polish in spring anyway, thought I may as well try it out.

 

I was all set to continue my detailing purchase hiatus, but this morning I had an email from Ultimate Finish advising that the sample pots of Swissvax Best of Show are back in stock, so bang goes all my good intention.  :rolleyes:

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Bet I can guess what that is ;-)   What's on the wax shortlist Colin?

 

 

Mmmm its either the Zymol sampler kit #2 - Concours, Destiny, and Atlantique Wax in 56g tubs plus HD Cleanse (which i really like and used a lot before) or decide on one , probably Concours, and buy the kit in the nice box (although there are perhaps a couple of products I would not use in there - I just like the nice box.... ). The 911 Turbo was prepared with Zymol and at the time of the picture was probably a few layers of Destiny over a couple of Concours. I had used all the Atlantique in 2005 when i entered the Porsche Club shows. Its one of the nice things I like about quality wax - it can be layered and Zymol actually say that can mix the different waxes and get good results. 

 

And yes its the £200 Vac and Blo' but also I have to consider a new DA soon this year. I am still using the Porter I bought when I first started and back then it was supplied from the US so 110V so I have a massive transformer that weighs a ton and takes up unnecessary shelf space and has lots of cable... Its also quite unwieldy although the weight is not too bad at 1.8kg - thats lighter than a lot I have looked at. I think the shape is the problem because although it has a side handle it doesn't have a front grip like a lot of the more modern machines. And so it feels heavier because it is more compact.

 

I did consider Flex but they seem a bit pricey and a bit complex with their own backing plate system. So it is the DAS-6 PRO as it seems quite compact , or the PLUS with the larger throw,  or maybe even the Vertool that has an even larger throw. Its a minefield of choice - too much I think!! 

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Though earlier in Jan I bought the Meguiars Microfibre Correction DA System (pads and polish) to try as an alternative to my usual Poorboys SSR polish and Chemical Guys Hex/Meguiars foam pads DA combo.  Entirely happy with my usual route for swirl correction but it was suggested to me (by Mainframe) that the Meguiars Microfibre system has shown to be effective in levelling (to a degree) orange peel, which is more prevalent and noticeable on black paint. So as I'm doing a polish in spring anyway, thought I may as well try it out.

 

I have been using Wolfs,  then Mezerna,  and then Blackfire , always with Lake Country Hydro tech Pads (usually just the Orange) for the last probably 6 years. Prior to that it was Swissol (which became Swissvax) but always Lake Country!! Problem is that they clog quickly - probably need 4 pads to do the RS3 so its lots of pad washing .... The final finish pads are not too bad but then the product is generally lighter anyway. And yes I have generally applied finishing polishes and glazes by machine!!

 

I saw the Meguirs system at PB when I was browsing for stuff to fill my Cart - be interested how you get on. The cutting compound is not super expensive @ £26 and from what PB say the results could be quite good. 

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Mmmm its either the Zymol sampler kit #2 - Concours, Destiny, and Atlantique Wax in 56g tubs plus HD Cleanse (which i really like and used a lot before) or decide on one , probably Concours, and buy the kit in the nice box (although there are perhaps a couple of products I would not use in there - I just like the nice box.... ). The 911 Turbo was prepared with Zymol and at the time of the picture was probably a few layers of Destiny over a couple of Concours. I had used all the Atlantique in 2005 when i entered the Porsche Club shows. Its one of the nice things I like about quality wax - it can be layered and Zymol actually say that can mix the different waxes and get good results.

 

And yes its the £200 Vac and Blo' but also I have to consider a new DA soon this year. I am still using the Porter I bought when I first started and back then it was supplied from the US so 110V so I have a massive transformer that weighs a ton and takes up unnecessary shelf space and has lots of cable... Its also quite unwieldy although the weight is not too bad at 1.8kg - thats lighter than a lot I have looked at. I think the shape is the problem because although it has a side handle it doesn't have a front grip like a lot of the more modern machines. And so it feels heavier because it is more compact.

 

I did consider Flex but they seem a bit pricey and a bit complex with their own backing plate system. So it is the DAS-6 PRO as it seems quite compact , or the PLUS with the larger throw, or maybe even the Vertool that has an even larger throw. Its a minefield of choice - too much I think!!

Some very nice things on your wax shortlist. Look forward to seeing the results of whichever one you ultimately choose.

 

I also often use DA to apply sealants and glazes with a fine finishing pad. I love the thin and perfectly even layer you get with a DA and it takes no time at all. I have also applied liquid waxes that way too, but as I I predominantly use hard wax, that a job by hand, as you know. And there's something very appealing about applying a good wax by hand, and as you do, I love the layering qualities of a decent wax.

 

There is a lot of DA choice out there. My Meguiars G220 is fine but if were buying today I go for the DAS-6 PRO Plus without a doubt.

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I have been using Wolfs, then Mezerna, and then Blackfire , always with Lake Country Hydro tech Pads (usually just the Orange) for the last probably 6 years. Prior to that it was Swissol (which became Swissvax) but always Lake Country!! Problem is that they clog quickly - probably need 4 pads to do the RS3 so its lots of pad washing .... The final finish pads are not too bad but then the product is generally lighter anyway. And yes I have generally applied finishing polishes and glazes by machine!!

 

I saw the Meguirs system at PB when I was browsing for stuff to fill my Cart - be interested how you get on. The cutting compound is not super expensive @ £26 and from what PB say the results could be quite good.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the Meguiars MF system compares to my usual one, and more importantly if it does lessen (even a little) the orange peel. Even if it doesn't have any impact on the orange peel, it may prove to be a more streamlined system. And if the results on swirls and defects are as good as my current approach then it will be worth it. The pads and polishes came to about £110 all in. I'll feedback when I've tried them out.

 

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Polish build up often depends on the polish compound I find, some clog more than others. Ido often clean pads on the fly if they get a lot of polish build up on them.

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Well my self inflicted detailing purchasing blackout has failed spectacularly - just about to buy a sample pot of Swissvax Best of Show. Well it's back in stock now so I feel obliged to, lol.


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Away for a week's ttrip to my home county of West Yorkshire this weekend - cue lots of spirited R driving up and down some real hills (finally), then on my return, the Swissvax Onyx on the bonnet will make way for the Best is Show which is next on the testing list.

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