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    top tips/products for the newbie?

    Been really eager to give my car a good clay 'cos after seeing the results of some peopels cars on here, in comparison my paintwork looks pretty shabby. I'm clueless when it comes to all this detailing and all that so what would be your advice in terms of products and method for a first timer?

    I thought it was as easy as wash it, clay it, wax it but it seems you need to spend alot more time rinsing in between claying/waxing or something and you also need to leave certain waxes on for 20+ mins for it to cure?

    Was looking on the website er...cleanyourcar (wont post the full link not sure if im allowed to) and they seem to have all the stuff on there that you guys talk about on here but Im just lost with stuff like pre-wax cleaners, polishing, glazes???, sealants?

    any help would be much appreciated

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    Hi m8, there are a couple of pro detailers on here who will help you out soon enough but for time being read the stickys at the top of this section or search some of the older threads as all of this as been covered at some time or another..

    wish I could help more but I have only had one half decent attempt at detailing myself at the moment.

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    Basic system goes:

    Rinse wheels
    Clean wheels with dediacted cleaner and various brushes
    Rinse wheels again, if not clean enough, repeat and rinse ( you may need to strengthen the cleaner slightly )
    Rinse car
    Foam ( if you wish )
    Rinse
    Foam again ( not essential )
    Wash from top to bottom with 2 buskets and wool mitt
    Rinse
    De-tar using dedicated tar remover to save clay getting beat up
    Rinse
    Clay
    Rinse
    Dry
    Polish ( if neccesary )
    Pre-wax cleanse or skip the polishing and go straight to dodo juice lime prime as the micro abrasives will help lift the finish and the glazing oils will really liven the gloss.
    Seal ( if you wish, I hate sealants personally )
    Wax

    Pre wax cleansers are typically wipe on wipe of rather than apply to whole car and then remove, using lime prime will cause you issues with removal so a panel or half a panel ata time will give best results.

    Waxes usually have an average cure of 15-20 minutes then remove.
    With waxes, less is better so a whsiper thin layer is all that is needed.

    Clean your car has a helpfull little forum to ask questions on.
    There are plenty of helpfull folk on there pro and hobbiest even beginer ( all start somewhere )

    Detailing world will be another helpfull source also.
    Have a mooch around and you should find plenty of interesting ( maybe conflicting at times ) info.

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    thanks for the step by step scott, will definitely be using that Have been looking at buying a bunch of stuff from CYC and buying a pressure washer to go with it. Any chance you could give me the name of any de-tarring products? Also if you know of any top notch alloy cleaner out there 'cos I've got some autoglym wheel cleaner and it does a good job but it doesnt seem to be able to remove those really really stubborn black dots on certain parts of the alloy. It got rid of alot of em when i first used it but theres a few build ups of brake dust that just refuses to come off!

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    If you know of an autosmart rep then smartwheels from them is about as good as you can get for non acid cleaners and cheap for 5ltrs.
    Also tardis, this is by far one of the most effective dedicated tar removers out there.

    From CYC, billberry is a good cleaner but for dark areas that arent coming off with AG I would consider meguiars wheel brightner.
    Both the AG and wheel brigtner are acid cleaners but wheel brightner is far more effective to that of AG.

    For tar, valetpro citrus tar remover or AG intensive tar remover.

    You may find that some of the dark areas you mention are pitting which is when the break dust has etched into the wheel.
    You can try clay but if neither clay nor acid doesnt work your stuck with it unless you fancy forking out for a refurb tbh.

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    What he said
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