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Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by PoshTwit » Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:07 pm

Just a quick note to say, as Professional Detailer in Residence, please feel free to contact me using the links in my signature for any advice on preparing or detailing your Scimitars (and any other vehicles).

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Post by PoshTwit » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:51 pm

COMING SOON!

I will post a (semi) regular article here of various detailing processes which I hope people will find interesting and useful.

I was going to start with flatbread following some recent comments here, but I can't help but think correct washing technique would be a better starting point.

As ever I am open to suggestions, but I will try to get the first one here in the next fortnight or so.


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Re: Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by AJL Electronics » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:58 pm

Well I managed to get engine oil on my Dralon passenger seat. ;-(


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Re: Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by PoshTwit » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:12 pm

AJL Electronics wrote:Well I managed to get engine oil on my Dralon passenger seat. ;-(
Are we Noggin-ing tomorrow? I'll have a look at it if you like?


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Post by AJL Electronics » Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:02 pm

I have just got the new engine and box in, so hopefully yes. The car is in a disgusting state so needs a good wash and brush up anyway.


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Re: Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by nickkeyser » Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:49 pm

PoshTwit wrote:COMING SOON!

I will post a (semi) regular article here of various detailing processes which I hope people will find interesting and useful.
Worryingly, I'm looking forward to these!

Im a good few hundred miles from cheshire too!


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Post by PoshTwit » Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:52 pm

nickkeyser wrote:Worryingly, I'm looking forward to these!

Im a good few hundred miles from cheshire too!
It's an affliction. They got me and I only lived in Lymm between the ages of 2 and 7!!!


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Re: Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by scmarf » Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:03 pm

Just priced up some Ford engine enamal (blue) from Frosts to tidy up. £21 + VAT and P and P? :shock: Is it really that special?


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Post by AJL Electronics » Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:14 pm

Ken and Lynne. £6 it costs in a range of colours. You will have to look them up, because I can't find their card.


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Re: Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by scmarf » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:15 pm

From a Google search:
There is another company I've used and the owner is very knowledgable, they don't have a web site but do mail order. Ken And Lyn, Buxton, Derbyshire 01298814813 07778165966 07779142188.
Haven't contacted them yet but will do thanks :)


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Re: Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by scmarf » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:05 pm

Had to prepare the Fiesta for sale last weekend. Thought I'd try the POR15 Marine Clean in the engine bay. As I have been disappointed by Gunk's water based engine cleaner in the past I was not expecting great things but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how it performed. I diluted it maybe 2:1 with water as suggested into a separate bottle and sprayed it on. I then worked some areas with an old washing up brush and hosed everything clean. It took me about half an hour.

It was a bit of a surprise to find I had to decant and dilute as it arrives with a spray cap so I had to scrounge an old bottle from SWMBO.

Any comments? Has anyone else had success with Marine Clean?

I will try and post some before and after pictures tonight.

PS. According to the small print you need to wear SCUBA diving gear when using it to prevent 'organ failure' :shock: . I suspect that is due to the nature of the litigation society in the USA from whence it comes but it must have given the neighbours cause for concern.


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Re: Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by Oaksey » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:25 pm

I used marine clean on the inside of an E type fuel tank. It worked reasonably well so use it if you've got it. I find steam the best thing for engine bays tbh


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Re: Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by mn757 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:30 pm

Funnily enough I've just used Screwfix Degreaser on my Royal Enfield motorcycle (which was in a bit of a state). The degreaser had it looking like new in no time and with minimal work, I was very impressed for what it cost

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Re: Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by ScimmyMike » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:02 pm

Personal choice is Bilt Hamber's Surfex HD, works great IMHO, cleaned my colognes sump up beautifully last year, have also used to clean many other components before painting them


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Re: Detailing and Show Preparation Advice

Post by scmarf » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:57 pm

scmarf wrote: ....

I will try and post some before and after pictures tonight.
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