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Cleaning the bodywork
December 11, 2015
4:50 pm
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Baldeagle
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Hi All,

Having finally got the car on the road in September most of the limited driving I have managed has been in dirtier conditions.
So my question is 'how do I clean it'?
I know there are products on the Kitspares site but which ones to use and in what sequence. I did give it a wash with soapy water but the end result was not good. Also not sure about polish etc.
The car is a stainless steel body version.

Christmas Wishes,

Colin

December 11, 2015
5:44 pm
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Hi Colin

Mine too is the stainless version

For GRP..standard wash and wax and leather

For the stainless...not an easy thing to clean but the way i do it is.......dampen the panels...sponge lightly with standard wash & wax....rinse.....dry softly with wash leather...allow to dry and then to finish i use "Windolene" BUT NOT THE PINK STUFF !!!.....chances are if you look in the cupboard under the sink you will have some spray window cleaner of some description, this works really well but use lightly and use plenty of kitchen roll and not too much pressure.

Sometimes after that it improves it further by just breathing on the panel and again a light buff with the Kitchen roll

Sounds like hard work but is quite easy once you get the knack.

What a sad git i am !!!!

let me know how you get on

Neil

December 11, 2015
11:35 pm
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RobertH
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Might be worth looking at something like this.

http://www.vyair.com/scripts/p.....product=88

Filters the water, no rain spots, no need to dry off afterwards.

Rab

December 11, 2015
11:47 pm
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Andi
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I used to stress about cleaning stainless.....................................................
Until I acquired aluminium grrrrrrrrrrr

I find stainless, needs a car type wash solution, then dry with a chamois. Then a cheapo glass cleaner and buff will suffice.
But keep the spray in the car with a micro cloth for those annoying puddle moments. Surprised

Andi

December 12, 2015
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Simon
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Thanks for input everyone, this example shows that, in use experience is far far more useful than the factory, one size fits all answer.

Thanks again.

December 12, 2015
7:53 am
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RichardL
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One vote for

Traditional carwash soapy/water when its really mucky

For normal washes/cleanups - check out 'showroom shine / greased lightning' - wipe on / wipe off with a microfibre, does a dry wash and polish all in one go.
If you can get past the cheesy TV selling on ideal world - this stuff actually works - stainless, grp or paint (no experience of it on ali)

Zero GT: On the road Summer 2013. Experience: 1x Amateur build Zero. Build Diary: Richard's GBS Zero

December 12, 2015
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Ben Shepherd
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I use a steam cleaner to clean pretty much everything! My car has painted aluminium panels so haven't used the steam cleaner on stainless panels, but I have used it on other stainless stuff in the kitchen and it's awesome - gets everything really clean and doesn't leave any residue. The only problem I can foresee using it on the car is that there wouldn't be any protection once it's clean, might need to polish it or something perhaps...?!

Ford-based narrow body, read about the build here: http://gbszeroespana.blogspot.com.es/

December 14, 2015
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Wow, great response.

Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll arm myself with a few products, pray for a nice day on the 25th December and hopefully make myself scarce for as long as possible!

I'll let you know the outcome.

Merry Christmas,

Colin

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