Cleaning advice please.

For Discussion on vehicle cleaning, detailing and care, and the RSSOC Concours

Moderators: scimjim, Roger Pennington, Lukeyboy46, philhoward, erikscimitardemon

Post Reply
User avatar
oldynewby
Posts: 123
Joined: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:24 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales.
Been thanked: 3 times

Cleaning advice please.

Post by oldynewby » Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:51 pm

Hi All,

I'm in the process of recommissioning my SE6 (ORF 876P), hopefully for May 1st but I need to give it a bit of a dusting off first.

To my shame it's been festering on my drive for about 2 years as I didn't use it last year, and it's covered in all sorts of moss and gritty nastiness which needs to be removed before I can proceed with the shampoo, clay, colour restorer, what have you.

Having researched this on a few forums, my plan is to jetwash the grit and moss from a distance to shift it prior to snow-foaming the car with Demon Foam. Afer a proper wash with Auto Glym shampoo using the 2 bucket method I'll use Meguires clay bars and Quik Detailer as a lubricant, followed by a going over with G3 Colour Restorer using their waffle pads. Lastly a good dose of Auto Glym SRP.

My main concern is that I don't create further scratching while removing the grit and moss. Should I use the jetwash or a normal hose? Also would it be safe to use a soft brush to help shift the crud?

I've never set out to clean a car to this level before so any help/ comments would be very much appreciated.

Thanks, Paul


1976 GTE SE6 ORF 876P
2010 Ford Mondeo 2.0 Titanium X Estate

Previous classics: 1972 Sunbeam Imp Sport, 1968 Sunbeam Stiletto

User avatar
scimmy_man
RSSOC Member
Posts: 1642
Joined: Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:07 pm
Location: selby yorkshire
Has thanked: 4 times
Been thanked: 25 times

Re: Cleaning advice please.

Post by scimmy_man » Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:25 pm

try TFR before the jetwash


I've taken a vow of poverty ...... Annoy me by sending me money!!

User avatar
oldynewby
Posts: 123
Joined: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:24 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales.
Been thanked: 3 times

Re: Cleaning advice please.

Post by oldynewby » Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:47 pm

TFR? The Fat Rabbi, Tiny Furry Rabbits, Ten Frogs Ribbeting...?


1976 GTE SE6 ORF 876P
2010 Ford Mondeo 2.0 Titanium X Estate

Previous classics: 1972 Sunbeam Imp Sport, 1968 Sunbeam Stiletto

User avatar
philhoward
RSSOC Member
Posts: 22684
Joined: Tue Aug 29, 2006 5:41 pm
Location: Staffs, UK
Has thanked: 32 times
Been thanked: 409 times
Contact:

Re: Cleaning advice please.

Post by philhoward » Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:03 pm

Traffic Film Remover


Phil Howard
Scimitarweb Forum Admin
SS1's - 1600 Rooster Turbo; Sabre Mk1.5
SE5a Barn Find Project 24 Valve conversion
Previous: SE5/5a/SS1 No.1/SS1 Rooster/SS1 1800Ti
http://www.ss1turbo.com
Never try and argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you based on experience.

User avatar
oldynewby
Posts: 123
Joined: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:24 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales.
Been thanked: 3 times

Re: Cleaning advice please.

Post by oldynewby » Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:16 pm

Thanks for that Phil, although I'm not sure that's what it needs as a first stage. The crud on the car is mostly sand and grit, Sahara dust if you like. It'll need to be addressed before anything else. Perhaps TRF as the second stage.

Cheers.

Paul.


1976 GTE SE6 ORF 876P
2010 Ford Mondeo 2.0 Titanium X Estate

Previous classics: 1972 Sunbeam Imp Sport, 1968 Sunbeam Stiletto

windy
Posts: 1820
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:01 pm
Location: Near Shrewsbury
Has thanked: 13 times
Been thanked: 38 times

Re: Cleaning advice please.

Post by windy » Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:25 pm

Get everything wet & leave it wet for an hour or 2 before jet washing so as to give the crud time to loosen its grip.

Best not done on a sunny day.....



User avatar
PoshTwit
Posts: 549
Joined: Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:38 pm
Location: Gloucestershire
Has thanked: 8 times
Been thanked: 10 times

Re: Cleaning advice please.

Post by PoshTwit » Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:55 pm

Please do not resort to TFR. That is what your £5 hand wash Johnnies use to strip tar spots, etc from your wheels and lower panels so spraying it all over the car is far from recommended.

I suggest you try a citrus-based pre-wash such as that made by ValetPro. It can be diluted to suit and is rather milder to your paint than TFR would be.

As Windy suggested, keep it wet with your pre-wash mixed in a pump sprayer and then rinse off the worst that it has lifted. Then go with your snowfoam, rinse, 2-bucket wash, rinse and then pat dry.

If it were me, I would be using steam to soften and gently remove the detritus from the bodywork (especially if there is grease or oil present) before then going for a pre-wash, rinse, 2-bucket wash, rinse and pat dry.

Do get in touch through my website if you would like any further assistance.


Image

Nationwide Mobile Car Detailing, Refinishing and Cosmetic Rejuvination Specialising in Classic and Sports Cars
Professional Valeters & Detailers Trade Association - Master Trainer

Mobile Car Valeting in Gloucestershire

Berkeley Stroud Thornbury Dursley Tetbury Nailsworth Cirencester Gloucester

Our Website Our Facebook Page Our Twitter Feed

User avatar
oldynewby
Posts: 123
Joined: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:24 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales.
Been thanked: 3 times

Re: Cleaning advice please.

Post by oldynewby » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:18 pm

Thanks for the advice Rich, and thanks for the offer. I plan to do it this weekend so we'll se what the weather's like. Just my luck it'll be blazing sunshine!


1976 GTE SE6 ORF 876P
2010 Ford Mondeo 2.0 Titanium X Estate

Previous classics: 1972 Sunbeam Imp Sport, 1968 Sunbeam Stiletto

Post Reply

Return to “Polishers' Corner”