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Old 12th June 2012, 08:26 PM
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Lightbulb TK's top 10 detailing tips for Tim.

OK folks - Tim has his new car - and it's a very good one too.
With the Concours fast approaching the challenge is on to help Tim present his car in the best possible way. Post your top tips here and let's see what we can do to help Tim across the line!!!
Are you up for it?
E200K - you should have some bright ideas!
Michel - what about you?
Motec? Tony? All of you!!!!
Come on chappies - time to pool our collective wisdom here.
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Old 12th June 2012, 08:48 PM
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Thanks very much Brian the tips would be great!

I have a bit of the dreaded black brake dust that I can not remove from the front right and back right hand alloy wheels I did try plenty of elbow grease but to no avail!

Pre-Concours detailing tips guys you have my full attention.

Cheers.
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Thanks very much Brian the tips would be great!

I have a bit of the dreaded black brake dust that I can not remove from the front right and back right hand alloy wheels I did try plenty of elbow grease but to no avail!

Pre-Concours detailing tips guys you have my full attention.

Cheers.
Hi Tim, planning is really important. Take a good long look at your car from every angle and in every light. Use halogen lamps to look for swirls and marks in the paint. Crawl underneath the car. Spend time inside it looking everywhere. Make a note of every defect you find.

Then educate yourself on the various detailing products available and how to use them. Get a really good understanding of what they do and how they work.

Make a plan and devote the time to putting it into action. The rewards will be tremendous.
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Hi Tim, planning is really important. Take a good long look at your car from every angle and in every light. Use halogen lamps to look for swirls and marks in the paint. Crawl underneath the car. Spend time inside it looking everywhere. Make a note of every defect you find.

Then educate yourself on the various detailing products available and how to use them. Get a really good understanding of what they do and how they work.

Make a plan and devote the time to putting it into action. The rewards will be tremendous.
Brilliant advice Simon thanks mate.

How about a visit to the Bay before this years Concours, please lend me a hand detailing the 300SE?

Remember we discussed mid-to-late last year you visiting the Bay to help me detail the 260E.

Organise in the next few months before the Concours how does that sound Simon?

Provide you with lunch and a drive in the 300SE how does that sound?

Many thanks,
Tim.
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Old 15th June 2012, 10:28 AM
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Brilliant advice Simon thanks mate.

How about a visit to the Bay before this years Concours, please lend me a hand detailing the 300SE?

Remember we discussed mid-to-late last year you visiting the Bay to help me detail the 260E.

Organise in the next few months before the Concours how does that sound Simon?

Provide you with lunch and a drive in the 300SE how does that sound?

Many thanks,
Tim.

Honestly this is something best tackled yourself, there are a few great tutorials on product websites and even DVD's available on the subject for free or a small amount.

There is nothing as educational as hand washing your own car with a microfibre or lambswool mitt and some great product and its never the same if someone else does it.

Its not hard and suppliers have excellent resources to bring a smile to your face with the satisfaction of a job well done.

Even clay blocking back although hard work brings incredible results and think of the calories burnt!

As I understand it the initial process takes 2 or 3 days and a cool shady spot, you will spend between $200 and $500 acquiring the product and tools and then its time to roll up your sleeves and get off the tit n get your hands dirty.

I use Nitrile gloves, a good non latex (So it wont melt in fluids) workshop glove for some work and my bare hands for other stuff.

The guys here can probably tell you where to go, then spend some dough buying product and get stuck in!

its worth knowing you did it yourself.
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BTW Tim, piccies and progress reports would be GREAT Tim! I dont think anyone here has done a step by step Tim.
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Hi Tim, planning is really important. Take a good long look at your car from every angle and in every light. Use halogen lamps to look for swirls and marks in the paint. Crawl underneath the car. Spend time inside it looking everywhere. Make a note of every defect you find.

Then educate yourself on the various detailing products available and how to use them. Get a really good understanding of what they do and how they work.

Make a plan and devote the time to putting it into action. The rewards will be tremendous.
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Hi Tim, planning is really important. Take a good long look at your car from every angle and in every light. Use halogen lamps to look for swirls and marks in the paint. Crawl underneath the car. Spend time inside it looking everywhere. Make a note of every defect you find.

Then educate yourself on the various detailing products available and how to use them. Get a really good understanding of what they do and how they work.

Make a plan and devote the time to putting it into action. The rewards will be tremendous.
LOL Seems I missed this post Tim, As E200k Said Tim, The rewards Tim will be tremendous mate.
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Hi Tim i was told by a Freind years ago to wash windows with hot water a cap of meth spirits and to use 1 cloth to apply and another to dry. It leaves no chemicals behind and windows are spot free.A soft tooth brush for around switches and air vents. To see real clean look at these pictures http://www.flickriver.com/photos/mer...r-interesting/ And this is how to detail a car for a concourse watch this SL detail and Learn Grass hopper http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ad.php?t=82092
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Hi Tim i was told by a Freind years ago to wash windows with hot water a cap of meth spirits and to use 1 cloth to apply and another to dry. It leaves no chemicals behind and windows are spot free.A soft tooth brush for around switches and air vents. To see real clean look at these pictures http://www.flickriver.com/photos/mer...r-interesting/ And this is how to detail a car for a concourse watch this SL detail and Learn Grass hopper http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...ad.php?t=82092
This is terrific Motec great advice thanks very much.

I just can not remove the brake dust on the front and back r/hand alloy wheels the brake dust is caked on what's the best way to remove the brake dust?

Alloys could do with a good polish there is a bit of oxidization on the alloys what's the best to remove the oxidization?

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Hot tip - polish your glass with a glass polish such as Autoglym. Wind down the window by about 20 cm so you can also polish the top edge of the glass where it goes into the top channel.

Brake dust? Let's see some photos of the wheels Tim so we can advise you.
My favourite tool when brake dust is in a corner is a sharpened pice of bamboo used as a scraper in conjunction with wheel cleaner.

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I think SEL_69L would have some of the best tips.
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I think SEL_69L would have some of the best tips.
He will but I expect you to contribute too Michel. The honour of TK is on the line!
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Hot tip - polish your glass with a glass polish such as Autoglym. Wind down the window by about 20 cm so you can also polish the top edge of the glass where it goes into the top channel.

Brake dust? Let's see some photos of the wheels Tim so we can advise you.
My favourite tool when brake dust is in a corner is a sharpened pice of bamboo used as a scraper in conjunction with wheel cleaner.

Regards,
Brian
Morning Brian,

Yes I have used AutoGlym glass polish before and it is an excellent product.

I will have to take some photos of the two wheels that have the brake dust caked on which could be easily removed with wheel cleaner.

Brian your suggestion of sharpened piece of bamboo to clean wheels never have heard of that before.

Cheers.
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Morning Brian,

Yes I have used AutoGlym glass polish before and it is an excellent product.

I will have to take some photos of the two wheels that have the brake dust caked on which could be easily removed with wheel cleaner.

Brian your suggestion of sharpened piece of bamboo to clean wheels never have heard of that before.

Cheers.
Bamboo is soft and does not scratch the wheels but will break open the crust of brake dust. Of course, you may not have heard of it before as it is my own invention. Many of my compounds etc are my own developed over the years It works.
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