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Car washing and paint correction

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by Puttit, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. Puttit

    Puttit Member

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    hi all, I am keen to learn where you recommend to have your cars washed in Melbourne, on that, can any of you recommend paint correction providers. Any pics before and after are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. PJF000

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    I wash by hand. Wouldn't trust a car wash. Used VIP Car Care in Moorabbin for ceramic bond coating. They also do paint correction etc. Reasonably priced and did a great job.
     
  3. ROBiiE

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    I also wash by hand. I agree with PJF000, definitely stay away from car washes!

    I thought I was washing properly by hand! But alas, after 10 months of ownership, I had a few scratches and some slight swirls. It was kind of annoying! After some research, I found out I wasn't washing as good as I could be. A pre-rinse foam wash with a high pressure cleaner followed by a two bucket wash is the way to go. Time consuming yes, but worth it as it reduces the risk of inadvertently causing scratches and swirls. Google it; there is a lot of information out there.

    Regarding paint protection, a friend of mine recommended Frank @ Bright Shine in Sydney. I booked him in and he performed some minor paint correction and then applied paint protection with an Australian product called Body Armour 9H that he is the distributor for. Check out their website as they have some approved applicators in Melbourne. Body Armour 9H permanent paint protection
     
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  4. Dborn

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    Opticoat pro plus. I use a pressure washer to apply foam. Then pressure wash that off and finally dry with a synthetic chamois. No buckets. Very quick, effective, and no swirls/scratches. Doubtless the coatIng helps both dirt removal and resisting scratches and swirling. 2 years plus now.
     
  5. ROBiiE

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    Yes, I agree Dborn. I guess it depends how often the car is washed. If left for a while sometimes its too dirty and needs a bucket wash. But yes, I try to avoid the bucket wash as well as no contact with the car means no chance of scratches and swirls!
     
  6. ShockOnT

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    I usually use a contactless car wash (pressure), to keep it reasonably clean then do the occasional bucket wash.
    Carnauba wax has made life much easier, as dirt and sap no longer stick (I street park a lot).
    When bucket wash it is crucial to remove as much dirt as possible with hose or pressure washer. Use two buckets, one for rinsing and one for foam. Never use circular motion when cleaning, always run straight lines. Mr Miyagi lied to us:)
     
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  7. garyjac

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    Foam the car with a foam "lance". Let it stand for 3 to 5 minutes to "drool off" the car and take the shyte with it. That gets rid of the major (and some minor) micro dust. Two bucket wash essential if you have a daily driven car to get rid of "the scum" that foam won't take off. Circular or straight lines wiping will have exactly the same result if you leave micro grit on the car - micro scratching.

    Coatings (like Gyeon Mohs+) are superior to waxes, unless you enjoy waxing the car every month (and some people do, that's fine). Gyeon is a new(ish) player in the coating market, but offers a DIY package that anyone with some patience and a Random Orbital polisher can apply. Cost about $400 including buying the polisher if you don't own (or want to rent) one.
     
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