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Guide to Keeping It Shiny!!
« on: May 09, 2006, 21:47:04 PM »
Keeping your car Shiny!

After using most car care products on the market including the ranges from Turtlewax, Autoglym, Simoniz, Triplewax etc I have found the best polish to be MER put on sparingly but left on for as long as possible, an hour usually does the trick.

For weekly use Car Plan TRIPLEWAX car shampoo is one of the cheaper products but leaves a really amazing gloss. Its worth noting if you have a metallic/pearlescent paint it really is worth checking that it says on the container if its safe to use on clear laquered paint - normal polish has a mild abrasive used to take off oxidised dead paint but this will strip the laquer layer of a metallic/pearlescent very quickly and leave it dull and scratched.

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"MER is excellent for keeping your car nice and shiny. It certainly does this and also provides a very good protective finish. However, there is a downside: I believe that MER is a silicone based product, but for what ever reason, the problem with MER is that it resists paint as effectively as it resists dirt. Consequently, it is necessary to apply a silicone solvent to clean off the MER and then wash thoroughly before you can properly apply any touch up paint. If you don't do this the paint is not likely to adhere properly."
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Re: Guide to Keeping It Shiny!!
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2006, 21:19:37 PM »
I use MER on my cally, the results are super, I rinse the dirt off, wash with autoglem and then apply MER which can be applyed to slighty damp car and can be applyed in direct sunlight which you cant do with most products. MER 5***** ;)
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Re: Guide to Keeping It Shiny!!
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2007, 18:08:28 PM »
After using most car care products on the market including the ranges from Turtlewax, Autoglym, Simoniz, Triplewax etc I have found the best polish to be MER put on sparingly but left on for as long as possible, an hour usually does the trick.

For weekly use Car Plan TRIPLEWAX car shampoo is one of the cheaper products but leaves a really amazing gloss. Its worth noting if you have a metallic/pearlescent paint it really is worth checking that it says on the container if its safe to use on clear laquered paint - normal polish has a mild abrasive used to take off oxidised dead paint but this will strip the laquer layer of a metallic/pearlescent very quickly and leave it dull and scratched.


Hope I don't upset anyone by this post but after reading the above post I thought I'd update it with a proffesional input.
1.most polishes on the market these days are suitable for all paint types.
2.only compounding polishes such as those from g3,3m etc are really abrasive and unless appplied correctly with the right polishing equipment and knowledge will damage your paintwork.
3.most bodywork damage is caused by inproper washing and polishing teqniques
4.Never use a sponge to wash your car,they trap dirt close to the panel causing scratches and swirling.
5.Never use cotton cloths or old rags to polish your car.Microfibre cloths are best for polishing and polish is best applied using applicator sponges specially made for the job.
6.always follow a polish with a good quality wax,this is what protects your car from the elements.
hope this helps some of you but remember before you start to polish any car ensure that it is as clean as you can get it with a good rinse before you wash it and another good rinse after.

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Re: Guide to Keeping It Shiny!!
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2007, 21:33:30 PM »
I use T cut Metalic and good old elbow grease once every 3 months and triplewax car shampoo once a week and my shine is amazing