Collinite 476 Super Doublecoat Auto Wax

Collinite 476 Super Doublecoat Auto Wax is the first wax I ever used and might be the last wax i ever use.
Ok the tin looks like its fresh from 1970 and the back of the garage but you should really just invest in a tin which will cost you around £14 from various suppliers on the internet.
This is the main wax that i use and it gives outstanding results on all cars, the best combination i have found is on silver cars that are polished with Auto Glym Super Resin Polish and have a layer of 476 applied on top.
Only work on a panel at a time when your waxing your car with Collinite 476 as if it bakes on to a panel it can be a bit stubborn to buff off and make sure you apply it thinly. One way i have found to make sure its cured enough on a panel is the swipe test where you wipe your finger over the wax and if it removes without leaving and traces then it’s ready to be buffed off.

Do not apply Collinite in direct sun light or on hot panels as this increases the time in which the wax will cure but will also reduce the time the wax has to bond to the panel.
Collinite will layer very well, in laymans terms you can put more than one layer on top of each other. I’d only layer two coats on top of each other if the first is on top of freshly polished paintwork i doubt you would noticed much difference in applying more than 3 coats in one session. And with 2 coats you’re going to get nice even coverage.

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autoshineuk on March 24th 2009 in Car Wax

CleanIT Ultra Microfibre Cloth

Whilst i was in Home Bargains getting my Pink Washing Up Gloves i saw a small selection of Microfibre’s either 39p each for the ultra ones or the standard Microfibre at 3 for 99p since you could feel the quality of the 3 for 99p i thought I’d go for the 39p Ultra Microfibre.
I knew i shouldnt expect these Microfibre’s to be the best ever and start reccomending them to everyone and to behonest i wont be.
These are the Microfibre’s that you’d use inside the car for cleaning plastics or cleaning the window i just dont feel that i’d be buffing polishes off with. they’d get clogged up rather quickly due to the short pile that they have and i imagine you’d need about 10 to get an entire car buffed.

CleanIT Ultra Microfibre Cloth

CleanIT Ultra Microfibre Cloth

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autoshineuk on December 30th 2008 in Microfibre Cloths

Vileda Washing Gloves

The excuse i most often hear for not washing your car in the winter is just how cold your hands get. Yes i use it aswell because it is one of the most uncomfortable feelings i can imagine. 
So for 49p in my local Home Bargins i bought a fetching pair of pink rubber washing up gloves.
Ok my hands did get cold but they where just cold not damp and cold, and they soon warmed up when i got inside. I really only had them on while i was using cold water.
They where not as great as i had imagined but definetly helped and if pink isn’t your colour or worried about looking as camp as Christmas, then you can always get some yellow ones.

Vileda Pink Washing Gloves

Vileda Pink Washing Gloves

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autoshineuk on December 30th 2008 in Valeting Equipment

Autobright Buff Out Car Polish

Since my Menzerna Intensive Polish (PO85RD 3.02) which is a medium cut at 3.5 out of 5 on Menzerna’s scale i tend to use this the most and is now getting fairly low. I dont mind paying £20 for Menz polishes since they have always performed for me but after i saw some prices on Autobrights website i thought i best give one of there polishes a try.
The only gripe i have with Autobright is the website, and its mainly in the polish section theres 4 pages worth each displaying 6 products. ok so you say well thats not a bad thing. but i’m instaly faced with a mountain of car polishes to choose from I.E: Extreme Cut Q, Power Cut Q, Ultra Buff Q, Clear Coat  Polish Q, Foam Pad Polish and Lite Finish Q.
Ok so we can work out that Lite Finish will have little cut but high gloss, but whats the difference between Extreme and power, Its way to easy to spend 30 minutes reading through descriptions and changing your mind.
I had a few samples from Autobright before so gave them a ring and spoke to Geoff and after a few minutes he recomended Buff Out Q 946ml in a bottle so just under 1 litre but whos measuring and at £8.95 whos going to complain.
Ok so i got my order next day which was my only option as i ordered it on a thursday and needed it for a saturday job.
I was using Sonus SFX-2 Paint Polishing Pad on my G220 DA polisher. I found if you used to much Buff Out that it did create a bit of dust but nothing like Auto Glym Super Resin Polish creates.
It was easy to tell when it was time to buff the Buff Out off the bodywork as it hazed off very nicely if you applied the product thinly i found any dust was minimal.
The work time was about right for Buff Out, i could spread the product on a low speed the do a few passes on a medium speed building up to a high speed and then back to a medium speed.
In all honestly i was massivly impressed with how Buff Out performed at swirl mark removal.

Auto Bright Buff Out
Auto Bright Buff Out

I would say the cut is probably about the same Menzerna Intensive Polish (PO85RD 3.02) and the gloss effect i would say again on par with Menzerna.
Since the Autobright products are at a lower price than other high class car polishes such as Menzerna and Meguiar’s,

I could easily be converted to use there products more often, i would just like to see how it performs on a few other cars.

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autoshineuk on December 26th 2008 in Car Polish

Stanley Mobile Work Center

The time has come where the brown box i have been carrying Polish, Carnauba Wax and other various Valeting supplies round in has come to the end of its life and its bit of a pain emptying it every time i finish a job and spend 15 minutes putting everything back in there places. 
I spent a while trying to find a solution from various Detailing and valeting websites and the best i could find was the Meguiar,s Boot Organiser, it didn’t really meet my needs as i wanted so i could store the majority of my valeting products safely and neatly.
I then started looking at tool chests and found the Stanley Mobile Work Center which seemed to fit all my needs.
Stanley Mobile Work Center

Stanley Mobile Work Center

My ever great plan was to store the Meguiar’s G220 DA machine polisher in the bottom and store my 1 litre bottles of polishes behind on the little shelve bit  that is the wheel arch.
Then all my microfibres and wash mits in the top section and my brushes on the removable tray that sits in the top compartment.
Putting larger containers in such is the Meguiar’s Wheel Brightener and Dura Brite Sealant is silly but at least now they’ll be room for them on the shelve, and to be honest the Meguiars Wheel Brightener gets diluted into another bottle and the Dura Brite Sealant gets separated into a 1 litre bottle so really there’s no need to be carrying them about.

Stanley Mobile Work Center Bottom Compartment

Stanley Mobile Work Center Bottom Compartment

Easily big enough for my Meguiar’s G220 and 4/5 bottles of car polish on the shelve.

Stanley Mobile Work Center Top Compartment

Stanley Mobile Work Center Top Compartment

Today was the day i was informed i had to sort all my car valeting / detailing products out so i wheeled out my new storage and was quick suprised how well it held everything.
G220 in the bottom with D handle on but no backing plate. was nice and snug so it wont be rattling around, anyway check out the photos below

Stanley Mobile Work Center Bottom Compartment Full
Stanley Mobile Work Center Bottom Compartment Full

After looking at hte picture if i’d of turned the Auto Glym bottle on its side, i would probably of got antoehr two bottles on there but it is pretty much full and house’s what i need.
 

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autoshineuk on December 26th 2008 in Valeting Equipment

Orange Compound Pad 150x25mm

I’ve been after a some new pads for my Meguiars G220 DA Machine polisher for a while now, and whilst i was placing my order with Autobright.co.uk, i thought i’d ask about polishing pads these arent on the website yet but i was informed they will be soon. The polishing pad was £4.75 which i didnt think was bad compared to the Sonus SFX range which retail at about £9 and the Meguiars at £11.
The hook and loop (velco) attachment on the back is attached very well to the polishing pad and i’ve tried to pick a bit off but it started to hurt my fingers first so i gave in and admitted defeat.
Personaly i dont really use the heavy cut polishing pads as i tend to find that you get alot of vibration from them and its very rare that you ever need such a drastic cut,  and i tend you use a polish with more cut and stay on a polishing pad which is less aggresive.  i would compare the compound pad to Sonus SFX-1 Swirl and Scrtach Remover Pad.

Orange Compound Pad

Orange Compound Pad

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autoshineuk on December 18th 2008 in Foam Pads

Autobright.co.uk

Firstly a big thanks to Geoff and Donna over at Autobright.
Geoff thanks for spending a good 15 minutes on the phone with chatting through you range of polishes and giving me your honest opinion.
As i find good customer service isn’t always the best from some companys and there willing to sell you anything as long as you buy it, where as you wanted to give me the right product.
Donna a big thanks for the three samples you sent over with my order and getting all my order sent out with next day delivery.
This is my first order that i have placed with Autobright and will definetly be using them again.

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autoshineuk on December 18th 2008 in Car Valeting Product Suppilers

Why you should use a Clay Bar

Earlier this year was probably the first time i had clayed my car and this is what really put me in to a detailing world. I was in my local halfords and spoted a Meguiars Smooth Clay Kit. ok it was £14 but you got two peices of clay, Mircofibre and a small bottle of Clay Lube.
After Claying my entire car the paintwork was almost glass like to touch with no roughness. the entire process probably took me around 1hr too complete i did take a bit more time doing it, as it was my first time attempting to clay a car.
I have just been browsing you tube on my lunch and found this great video from Meguiars them selfs. if this doesnt convince you that you need to clay your car nothing will.

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autoshineuk on December 16th 2008 in Clay Bars, Videos

My Poorly Sport Ka

Well it looks like my Ford Sport Ka is going to have a trip to my local garage this week since the battery light keeps illuminating whenever i decide to put my foot down. At the moment i have some cat5e cable attached to the battery so that my multimeter leads are extended, the reason i have done this is so that when the light decides its going to light up i can see if there’s a spike in the voltage going to the battery this should pretty much pin point the alternator as been at fault.
This is kind of spooky but my Fiesta RS Turbo did exactly the same when i had it rolling roaded at Well Lane in Batley near Leeds it created a spike at 100mph.
My main issue is that the alternator on my Sport Ka is buried beneath the water pump and i don’t see it been a cheap job to sort id guess at least £200 or upwards, this wouldn’t be to bad but since its Christmas in a few days money is short and my Sport needs taxing before the end of December, insuring in January oh and a MOT in January as well.
So since i could be without with out my Sport Ka for a few days i have been looking at a pretty niffty website offering car hire, it seems to compare all the prices for car hire with the major companies such as Easycar and Budget.

Ford Sport Ka

Ford Sport Ka

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autoshineuk on December 16th 2008 in General

Terry Towel Sponge Applicators Twin Pack

I was doing a usual order from ValetPro.co.uk, the same guys that make Bilberry Alloy Wheel Cleaner and noticed that they did a twin pack of Terry towel sponge applicators for £2.50, which i thought was a very resonable price, so they got added on to my order.
On ValetPro.co.uk it does say mainly used for applying polish but on the packaging it does say,

“High Quality professional applicator pads for applying Proectants, Sealants, Waxes and Polishes.

I did chuckle when i saw the logo “Not For Wimps”
These Terry Towel Applicators seem fine, the pile on them is really short and to be honest i cant see that they are going to give me any trouble, i’ll be trying them out soon with a Sealant and Paste Carnauba Wax.
I think i’ll be ordering some more of these if there hassle free with Wax and Sealant application.

Update: 21/12/2008

I used both of the applicators and a recent car valet, and both on a liquid sealant and a paste wax these Terry Towel Applicators really impressed me. They could do with been a little bit larger in diameter which would make them alot easyier to hold.

Terry Towel Sponge Applicators

Terry Towel Sponge Applicators

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autoshineuk on December 12th 2008 in Applicator Pads