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Heya,

I'm looking at protecting my paint and making it shine that much more in the sunlight however I don't know which products to use!
Any suggestions?

Here's a picture for reference - IAC, Sunspot Yellow.

 

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Best suggestion is to head over to The Worlds Largest Resource for Detailers, Valeters and Car Cleaning and take a long time reading.

There are countless different products - from filler heavy all-in-one products to specialist polishes of various grades, waxes, sealants and glazes. There are wide variations in price for products (not necessarily related to the final results), and wide variation of opinions on many products.

In the end, it is the shine from the paint itself that determines how good it looks in the end, so it is worth spending the time and effort to get the paint surface as good as possible to begin with.

I don't know how much you already to your car, or want you want to spend, or indeed how much effort you want to go to, but most people would follow a procedure something like this:

Wash thoroughly with a detergent to remove as much dirt and traffic film as possible.

Remove any obvious spots of tar with a tar remover/paraffin

Go over the surface with a clay bar to remove bonded particles that are stuck firmly to the paintwork - if it hasn't been done before, you will be amazed at the muck it takes off.

Rinse off, then dry followed by a polish - ideally using a machine - a decent dual action polisher such as a DAS-6 or Meguiars G220 - various car cleaning suppliers sell kits containing one of those machines complete with suitable pads and polishes for not too much money - Car Care Products | Detailing Products | UK - Clean Your Car is a site I have used in the past and is safe and reliable to deal with.

Alternatively, a filler heavy product such as Auto Glym Super Resin Polish can give good results, but of course, the fillers do disappear over time, leaving the swirls showing again.

Then you need to seal/wax/glaze according to your choice having read up what products add to the appearance. If using AG Super Resin Polish, their Extra Gloss Protection is highly recommended. If the polishing stage is done right, you will probably find that the last stage product you use won't have a great effect. As always, preparation is everything.

Having acheived a high shine, you need to keep it as good of possible by starting your regular cleaning by removing the thick dirt and grit with a pressure washer or hif=gh pressure hose, and then using two seperate wash buckets - one to contain the shampoo mixture, the other to hold clean water to wash the muck out of your sponge or washmitt before you go back into the shampoo with it, and prevent grit building up in it (which would then cause scratches and swirls in the paint again.
 

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Really appreciate the effort you put into posting this!

I'll give the clay bar a go - sounds interesting. I'll pop into Halfords tomorrow with my Christmas coupons.

I should also get around to setting up the pressure washer again... Get inside all of those filthy sills.
 
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