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need to start gearing up for the summer months (if we get any) and start keeping me car cleam, had car for 5 month and when i got it is clean nut like most second hand black cars it has swirl marks in the rear quaters, not bad but once you notice it it stares at you!!!!!

anyway what kit should i get, autoglym, meniguars....... got autoglym but i really want something that is going to dig a bit deeper and shine a bit longer. i got my ears flapping:naughty:
 

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cheers matey! dont suppose you wana lend me your back lights for a few years:smthumbup
 

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Evo paint is incredibly soft and thin compared to other marques, so it is very important that the products you use are very easy on and off, otherwise you will induce marring which will ultimately lead to the appearance of more swirl marks in full sun conditions. Here is a routine and list of products that I would recommend for keeping your car in tip top condition...

Wash (ideally every week)

Advanced Car Wash Kit - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/advanced-car-wash-kit-wash.html (choosing the Blackfire shampoo)

Decontaminate (once or twice a year, spring and autumn are the best times)

Step 1 - Autosmart Tardis (to remove tar spots, tree sap, etc) - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/autosmart-tardis-clean.html

Step 2 - Meguiars Quik Clay (to remove industrial fallout, soot, etc) - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/meguiars-quik-clay-kit-clean.html

Polish (after claying, thus done once or twice a year)

To correct swirl marks and other light to moderate defects (fine scratches and etching) on your car, we recommend a two stage process starting with Menzerna Intensive Polish in conjunction with Lake Country German CCS Light Cut Pads. Working small areas at a time using moderate pressure should enable you to correct around 95% of the defects present in just 1-2 attempts per panel. Any remaining defects should then be partially hidden and the overall finish refined with Blackfire Gloss Enhancing Polish in conjunction with Lake Country German CCS Polishing Pads. Working small areas at a time using light pressure should enable you to partially hide any remaining defects and maximise the gloss in just a single attempt per panel. You should be aware from the outset that although this method will yield very good results, it will require a reasonable amount of elbow grease!

Menzerna Intensive Polish - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/menzerna-intensive-polish-polish.html
Blackfire Gloss Enhancing Polish - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/blackfire-gloss-enhancing-polish-polish.html
Lake Country German CCS Pads - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/lake-country-german-ccs-pads-polish.html
Poorboys Super Thick & Plush Towels - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/poorboys-super-thick-and-plush-towel-polish.html

Protect (apply a fresh coat at least every 3 months)

Blackfire Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protection - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acat...mond-all-finish-paint-protection-protect.html
Blackfire Ultimate LSP Applicator Pad - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/blackfire-ultimate-lsp-applicator-pad-protect.html
Luxury Deep Pile Buffing Towel - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/deep-pile-luxury-buffing-towel-protect.html

Of course, if you are feeling flush and want to take the quality of the final finish further, you could always add the Blackfire Midnight Sun Paste Wax over the top - this will add extra wetness and gloss, and can be bought either on its own or as part of a kit, details here...

Blackfire Wet Ice over Fire Shine Kit - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/blackfire-wet-ice-over-fire-shine-kit-protect.html

I hope that helps, if you have any more questions or would like more info please don't hesitate to get in touch, I'm always happy to help. Finally, some pictures to whet your appetite, showing the finish the Blackfire range gives on black...







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We have two favourites: either Blackfire Long Lasting Tyre Gel, or Gloss It Signature Tyre Gloss. The former (Blackfire) is a water-based gel that you wipe on using a foam pad; it gives a rich, dark, glossy look, and lasts 2-3 weeks at a time (longer if you layer it). The latter (Gloss It) is a very thin water-based spray on product; it gives a very natural looking sheen, and also lasts around 2-3 weeks at a time (providing you apply two layers and allow each to soak in for 10 mins prior to buffing off lightly). We're currently using the Gloss It a lot, as the final look is more subtle, and don't let the spray on application method put you off - it's far less messy than you'd think. Here are some example images for you...

Blackfire Long Lasting Tyre Gel



Gloss It Signature Tyre Gloss

Sprayed on and soaking in...



...after being buffed off...

 

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cheers for the advice on the products and techniques, first class stuff!!! if you were in the north east i would be your best customer
 

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I have the Blackfire stuff and Menzerna stuff too bought from Polished Bliss, Menzerna is the best stuff Ive ever used to remove swirls without the use of a machine, it takes a bit of elbow work but the stuff is great, lasts a long time too.
 

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cheers matey! dont suppose you wana lend me your back lights for a few years:smthumbup
once youv tested all the stuff mate giza shout and we can test it on mine :angel:

and btw you need a clay bar they are brilliant i bought the magoires how ever you spell it clay bar as it is one of the least abraisive and if i remember rightly is not abraisive at all ;)

oh and i use a snow foam lance everytime i wash the car and the 2 bucket method nasty to keep them swirls down on black
 

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Awesome results, above, from Polished Bliss...

I use, in order:

Meguiars Hyper Wash
Meguiars Quick Clay bar
Clearkote glaze
Chemical Guys polish
Collinite wax

The for the wheels,

Meguiars All-in-one wheel cleaner
Chemical Guys wheel wax.
 

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polishing a black EVO - cheaper alternative?....

Tried many different combo's on various cars over the years, cheap and expensive products, but did the following routine on my black Tommi Makinen with excellent results.. Suprisingly cheap too....

-wash and dry car - standard car shampoo 'with polish'.
-Meguires clay bar to get rid of any grime on the surface of the paint
-Wilkinsons (yes wilkinsons £4) paint restorer, applied with electric polisher at low speed to cut the paint back and remove swirls without taking too much off.
-wash and dry car again to get rid of any dust/residue out of the chips etc
- Meguires paint cleaner to make it squeaky clean
- wash car again to get rid of any dust/residue
- Black colour magic polish... from the pound shop! to fill in any remaining light swirls
- buff to a nice shine
- final coat of Harley Carnauba wax (no need to wash the car before as the wax picks up any remaining residue
- use electronic buffer to get a high gloss finish
- have a well deserved brew and admire the mirror finish, swirl free paint :D

Note- only use microfibre cloths. Many pound shops are doing them at 3 for £1. I now have a cupboard full of them :smthumbup

Hope this helps

Rob
 
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