So this post may not be appreciated by everyone but I am going to publish it anyway!
As regular readers and anyone who knows me will know, cars are my passion. I love my VW CC. OK it’s not a supercar or even a top end brand, but it is the best car I can afford, and I love it!
I always try to look after my cars and, as my Dad will testify to, ever since I had my first car I was forever cleaning and looking after it. As the years have gone on I have got more and more into it!
On Saturday I came out and saw the CC in a very sorry state. Covered in mud and rain water marks. The wheels were almost totally mud brown! It needed a deep clean, inside and out!
I started with the inside and step one was a good vacuum. Following this was a dust and a dashboard feeder treatment. Then the windows were cleaned with Autoglym Fast Glass, followed by a leather clean and feeder , again using Autoglym Leather Cleaner and Leather Balm. When I do my leather seats, I always go for the Matt finish as I prefer this look to the shiny/glossy one. The front mats were jet washed and scrubbed before being treated to some Autoglym Vinyl and Rubber care. The rear mats were the only issue. They were filthy and I could not get them clean. Unfortunately I don’t own a wet vac as this would have done the job! They had to settle for a good vacuum instead.
Then it was the turn if the outside!
Here are some pictures of the “before” state of the car
A good jet wash was the first point to remove as much as possible followed by some snow foam which was allowed to sit to allow as much dirt as possible to be removed. After another jet wash, it was time for the lamb’s wool mitt and some car shampoo to give it a good clean using the 2 bucket method.
I then used a Meguiars Clay Bar kit to remove any final contamination before jet washing a final time to remove the lubricating spray use with the clay bar.
At this point I have a question. I am not a professional in car valeting or detailing (Yet!!) but I have been advised to use a clay cloth or clay mitt over a traditional clay bar. Any advice on this would be appreciated.
Once I had finished washing the car and wheels, I used a mountain of Microfibre towels to dry the car. I always do the door shuts and pillars at this point as well. Following this it was out with the Fast Glass again for all exterior windows and lights,
The car was then polished with the brilliant Autoglym Super Resin Polish from top to bottom!
Next was an application of Autoglym High Definition wax. I have never used this product before as it is very pricey but after taking the plunge it was well worth it! The wax had to sit for 15 – 20 mins so whilst waiting it was time for a new product. Rain X . I have never used this before but it was brilliant. It is designed to disperse the water that hits your windscreen. It is also good and helping to prevent too much ice build-up.
I can assure you it really does work and for the price it is exceptional value! I got mine for £5 from Halford’s.
After the Rain X was applied, I buffed off the Autoglym HD wax to leave a showroom like finish before using a cleaning cloth (as instructed) to remove the Rain X.
Then she was done! It only took 4 ish hours but the results were well worth it, I hope you can tell!
Undoubtedly there will be people saying that it will be dirty again in a few days, and they are right. I will, however, know that however dirty the car gets in the coming weeks it will be protected from the elements, road salt and much more that can damage a car and its paint work.
Have a look at a quick before and after video of the car!
Here are a few links for you
Autoglym products are brilliant and I would certainly recommend them to everyone. I get mine from Shaun at G’s Motor Spares on Flanderwell Lane in Rotherham but this link will take you to the Autoglym website.
This is the link to the Halfords site for the Meguiars Clay Kit and Rain X
Next weekend its Sam’s car for the full works!
Until Next Time…