Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23

Thread: These Waterless, Steam valeting companies

  
  1. #1
    Status
    Offline
    domino's Avatar
    User
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    6,269
    Mentioned in
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    These Waterless, Steam valeting companies

    What do people think or know about them?

    My car's getting work done on it.. in about 15 minutes and it's by one of these guys who uses the waterless system.

    I'm more concerned about getting the inside done, not too bothered about the outside because I can do that myself. He's also got a polisher that I'm getting him to use to get the swirls out... he says he uses T-Cut. I'm a bit concerned about this because I know if you overdo it, you'll get like, 'bleached' areas on the paintwork. So, I'm gonna have him do a bit that I know is particularly bad before letting him lose on the rest of the car.

    Back to the point in hand, the waterless system. Is this any good? Especially for cleaning the outside of the car.

    Any gen welcome

  2. #2
    Status
    Offline
    Paul's Avatar
    Ex-Astra Owner
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    12,861
    Mentioned in
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)
    How the hell can you have waterless steam?!?

  3. #3
    Status
    Offline
    domino's Avatar
    User
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    6,269
    Mentioned in
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)
    I'm guessing it's a case of they don't wash your car with the conventional water... but use steam, generated from water :P

  4. #4
    Status
    Offline
    Paul's Avatar
    Ex-Astra Owner
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    12,861
    Mentioned in
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)
    Was going to say that guy is a genius is he has invented waterless steam

  5. #5
    Status
    Offline
    AstraKid1's Avatar
    AOC Fanatic
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    843
    Mentioned in
    1 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)
    I wouldnt have anybody go over my car with T-C*t, using a polisher, thats a certainty!! And TBH I wouldnt have anybody do ANYTHING to my car, who thought that was a good idea.

    Hope the "magical mist" does the interior justice though....
    "Take the time to make some sense, of what you want to say, and cast your words away upon the waves."

  6. #6
    Status
    Offline
    domino's Avatar
    User
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    6,269
    Mentioned in
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)
    Well.....

    I'm not entirely happy.

    The interior is brilliant, very clean and the upholstery is total mark/stain free.

    I told him before he started that he can wash the outside via the steam method, but to call me down before using the t-cut etc. So, he'd put t-cut on the front drivers panel and only THEN called me down. He pulled out the polisher and started going over it and I have to say, my heart sank and I cringed. It's made the front panel really dull and lifeless so I'm going to have to go over it again myself with some SRP and elbow grease I think. I'll also need to build up the layers of wax again - i think the steaming took a few off.

    All in all, not the best job in the world, certainly not on the outside, but I'm pretty happy with the insides

    5/10 i think.

  7. #7
    Status
    Offline
    gazTD's Avatar
    AOC Gold Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    14,381
    Mentioned in
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)
    Hope you never paid the guy for ruining your paint. As soon as i read the T-C*t and machine polisher bit I nearly cried. I wouldn't trust any "Valeter" who uses T-C*t. I wouldn't even let them go near the car if they paid me!!

    Sounds like a cowboy to me.
    Gaz

    No longer owns an Astra


    Bye bye VXR Castle Combe Edition - because it's done more laps of Castle Combe than most Bergs have of the Ring

  8. #8
    Status
    Offline
    nry's Avatar
    Cumbria RO | Club Team
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    25,986
    Mentioned in
    48 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)
    Given TCut and elbow grease is darn abrasive, I dread to think what it would do if used with a polisher!

    I'd expect steam to strip wax off though, the steam will be VERY hot, melt the wax and anything else you've got there too I'd say.

  9. #9
    Status
    Offline
    domino's Avatar
    User
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    6,269
    Mentioned in
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)
    question is.. trying to fix it now :/

  10. #10
    Status
    Offline
    coupe-luke's Avatar
    AOC Regular
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    147
    Mentioned in
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)
    something like g3 with an orbital to take the worst of it off, a good coat of polish then build up a nice layer of wax
    2000 1.8 Coupe- Irmy grill + front splitter, Aero-flat wipers, D/restrictd air box + Courtenay panel, Audi LED style day lights , SE2 wheels

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. waterless coolant? anyone using it? or know much?
    By amatthews45 in forum Astra Discussion & Chat
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 26-10-2012, 22:23
  2. waterless car washing?
    By bhalay207 in forum Car Care and Detailing
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 28-02-2010, 21:11
  3. waterless wash
    By 4STRA in forum Car Care and Detailing
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 24-08-2009, 14:46

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •