Charlies guide to the Top kit and products we use

Discussion in 'Motorhome Detailing' started by Charlie, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. Charlie

    Charlie Funster

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    Thought a thread on what I / we use and find invaluable and can not only Aid valeting /Detailing but ease the pain and speed up the process.

    To open here are a few of my go to /Must have products.

    Any questions on specific products or an explanation on them just shout up !

    Top of my list are.

    Detailing spray..

    Really good quality drying towels and microfibre cloths.

    Autosmarts incredible G101 All purpose cleaner

    Meguires Hyper Dressing which is an all round ACE dressing for all interior plastics dash panels rubber mats tyres and so on.

    Tardis tar and glue remover.

    The incredible ultra high durability Colinite waxes.

    Menzerna polishes. Made in Germany and the finest polishes I have ever used and I have tried most of them .

    What I don't like are re packaged re branded products claimed to be specific to certain jobs but are just far more expensive. I hope in this thread we can identify these and in doing so prevent spending to much money on what we may just already have on the shelf !
     
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    My best bit of kit

    Measuring jug
    This makes sure I have the right dilution and don't waste any of my products

    As a side note I don't classify myself as a detailer just a very conscious valeter
     
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    Mattyjwr Funster Life Member

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    No clays or machines in your list @Charlie?
     
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  4. Charlie

    Charlie Funster

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    Yes mate... But I thought it best to mention favourites and leave the door open for others to post what have and like or dislike. (y)
     
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    Have used the Meguiars clay kit on my last car. A bit of an effort but worth it.
     
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  6. Charlie

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    But since you asked .................

    The venerable Makita 9227CB... A really great industry standard hard working machine with a great range of speeds and the important soft start.
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    Milwaukee AP12QE.. All the virtues of the above Makita but light as a feather ! Not quite as powerful though.
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    One of the oldest DA machines you will see if not the oldest.
    Its an American supplied 110 Volt Porter Cable.
    Bought from the states many years ago and still in the original box..

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    I've had the Original Porter Cable for ages!! Been good.
     
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    Since you have possibly forgotten more than I will ever know about detailing, I was curious as to why clays and machines were not included.
     
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    I haven't used my one for ten years or more . Many have tried to buy it but I can't bear to part with my tools. (y)
     
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    Can you recommend a polisher with soft start for less than £100? I won't be using it regularly so weight and quality is less of an issue than having a cheaper machine that will not cause more problems than it aims to solve.
     
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    I too measure products..

    The difference between a Detailer and a Valeter is the Detailer has OCD and to much time on his or her hands... :D

    Seriously Mike I could do neither for a living .. It really is bloody hard work often without thanks !
     
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    Hopefully one of the others can help with that mate. I haven't bought a polishing machine for many years. That Makita has been my main machine for at least ten years and has done dozens of vehicles. You may notice tape round the handle which keeps it from getting marked. I place it on a rubber/ foam mat to prevent it from damage. It never goes on the floor.

    I believe Silverline are a decent budget machine but I haven't used one. Check them out on EBay and look at the specifications..

    Top of the range today is the Festool Shinex but at £500 plus they are a bit strong...
     
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    Asda mf cloths
    Bilt Hamber clay.
    AG srp
    Collinite 476 to finish.
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    Great stuff Charlie.. But your really talking me out of going back from a PVC
    to any kind of motorhome..to much like hard work pal!lol
     
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    Soft broom and a bucket of soapy water followed by a hosepipe.
     
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    So could i ask which wax & which polish?
     
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    Which polish depends on what you want to polish... Also what you are looking to do IE remove scratches and swirls or just a buff up before waxing.. (y)
     
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    Motorhome is pretty clean so what do you suggest as an easy to use polish for all over before a wax all over?
     
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    @Charlie I am a complete novice when it come to vehicle cleaning/polishing/waxing/protecting. Never having really looked after my vehicles properly I now have a new Motorhome and would like to start now!(y)
    Do you have a thread explaining the process from start to finish?
    I have read in this thread about claying but have no idea what that is:rolleyes:
    I read your earlier thread on foam lances and found that very interesting.
    I don't think the wax (if there is any) on my new Swift is very good and would like to start from scratch and protect it before winter sets in.
     
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    @Baycott

    I'm led to believe that the accepted order is as follows:

    1)Foam vehicle.
    2) Rinse.
    3) Wash using 2 buckets.
    4) Rinse.
    5) Tar removal.
    6) Rinse.
    7) Clay (this is using clay or a substitute to remove tiny particles to ensure the body is smooth and fully prepped).
    8) Shampoo.
    9) Rinse.
    10) Dry.
    11) Polish.
    12) Seal.
    13) Glaze.
    13) Wax.
    14) Quick Detail spray.

    Now, some steps may not be necessary; however, for the ultimate in protection and looking after a paint finish these are the steps I have been advised are necessary for as good as you're going to get finish. On a MH, if you were to do all the above by hand, you won't get much change from 20-30 hours.

    Before doing my MH I got a couple of the car guys round for a drink and both had differing opinions as to the order above (i.e. seal & glaze). But then it would appear that this may have something to do with the type of products they use and how they may react with each other.

    I'd be interested in a pro view on how to keep a MH looking great and the full steps to go through, given the size and differing types or surface that you need to work with.
     
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