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    Winter wash

    Time to give the car that bit of protection for the winter. Went and bought myself a halford jetwash on sat seen as they were half price.

    heres what iv done so far:

    Blasted the thick off with the jetwash
    Covered car in detergent with the jetwash and left to soak
    sprayed the car down and then sponged it all
    rinsed car
    dried the car with the shammy
    applied 2 coats of paint seal
    treated the windows with rainx
    cleaned the wheels and calipers
    paintsealed and polished alloys

    tomorrow im gonna give it a couple of coats of polish and then a couple of coats of wax then that should be it until it warms up a bit.

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    Looking good mate, but am wondering something, you say you used a paint sealant then polish, it should be the other way around and you would benifit a lot more with a decent wash mitt instead of the sponge and a drying towel instead of the chammy.

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    ^^^^^

    what he said.

    a bit of tyre dressing will help lift the look further.
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    first time at trying to do it properly lol. iv got a wash mitt sat on the shelf so will use that next time. the car already had a couple of coats of polish under the dirt. would that have been washed off? its autoglym resin polish. forgot to mention the tyre dressing too... waiting for it to be delivered. its been tanking down so not had chance to do anything else yet.

    what do you use for a drying towel? is it something you buy or just a household towel?

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    lovely moter by the way!
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    SRP has a slight bit of sealant in it so it wont have been washed of fully but that all depends on how long its been on for as well but since you have used a sealant recently id say you will be OK for a little while without a top up (depending on quality of sealant) but if you really want to polish it again then id suggest claying it back to bare bones and then give it another go, polish then sealant/wax or both in that order.
    And don't worry if it was your first detail as everyone starts somewhere and it still came up good.

    You would usually buy a decent drying towel as they are more plush than say a bath towel but if your on a budget the you can use one just make sure its soft and tread carefully.

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    thanks
    im gonna knock it right back when the weather improves. just wanted to get some protection on asap. how do you get that mirror finish? just been looking at these and iv never been able to get this kind of shine

    http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/sh...d.php?t=231163

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    polishing doesn't add a layer on top it removes the a very small amount off the top of the surface. you cant wash off what isn't there.
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    You will be pushed to get a total mirror finish as silver cars don't allow it so much you can hope for a lot of depth and a wet look to the car and that comes with a very good polish preferably by machine then a good sealant/wax or both.
    basically its more about the prep.

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    this is the best i could do on silver.
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