A little step by step guide here as to how I like to wash/detail he coupe.
Any critisisms, notes may be added, i'm always open to new suggestions!
Here it is looking very dirty. Have to love the combination of dirty water spray and road salt
First thing I like to do is rinse it thoughrally with 'sheet' water as i call it, basically just let the water come out of the hose normally and slide down the paint, I find if you were to pressure wash straight away it can work dirt and grit in to your paint.
After this a pre-wash foam is applied, Personally I use Valet Pro Neutral PH Snow Foam, and mix a solution either with chemical guys Maxi suds II or AutoGlym Bodywork shampoo. In this case Autoglym.
This is the fun bit, i usually like to apply the foam with more air less water as this produces a thicker foam which sticks to the car longer. Pics are just before washing the foam off.
Then on to the '2 bucket' method, i'm pretty sure everyone is familiar with this! Basically you have 2 buckets one warm with cleaning agents, and another for rinsing the mitt, this stops the contamination of grit in the warm water bucket!
Also a wash mitt is essential for car washing as it traps dirt particles within the fibres and therefor doesn't drag them along the surface and cause swirls like sponge does. Just for the record mine is a Megs Lambswool Mitt.
After a wash with the mitt and a rinse, the finished article comes out like this.
Front with behind plates cleaned.
Now on to claying. I personally use Megs Clay with Megs Quick Detailer
Here's the clay before...
And here it is after doing the bootlid. Car looked clean didn't it!
That's all i've achieved today! Tomorrow I'll be applying a few coats of various polish, and show car glaze, sealed with a resin polish and a Megs NXT wax.
Before moving on to alloys and tyres, and other finer detailing!
First applying Megs Cleaner/Polish dual action which is slightly abrasive, I toyed with the idea of applying Diamond cut compound first, then decided againt it as time asn't on my side.
So first up I prefer to masking tape of the joints which will be machined polished, the bottom I leave for hand polishing.
Half way through...
Here it is after 1 coat of Megs Dual Action
Then followed by another coat Of AG Super Resin (No photos as it's self explantory!)
Then a quick shot after the Super Resin and the Extra Gloss Protection
And here after 2 coats of Megs Techwax
Now on to the wheels, after the 5 coats of reccomended Poorboys wheel sealant Gaz advised to do! And Megs Edurance gloss gel.
Unfortunately there's no photos of the finished article just yet as it got too dark. But i'll grab some tomorrow and i'm sure there will be some from the AOC meet tomorrow which i'll add up too!
As usual, any question,comments of critisisms, post them up!