Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

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Re: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

Post by jncevcosta » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:56 am

As Opel paint is known for being delicate and wanting it to last as long as possible I took the balances and bought some car detailing products to avoid paint damage when washing the car.

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Re: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

Post by iavorid » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:07 pm

Whooa... looks like things will be properly taken care of! ;)
Can you please specify the products to make the topic as detailed as possible. What is this round plastic object behind the greenish brush?
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Re: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

Post by FiestaRed » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:39 pm

iavorid wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:07 pm
Whooa... looks like things will be properly taken care of! ;)
Can you please specify the products to make the topic as detailed as possible. What is this round plastic object behind the greenish brush?

Not sure but it looks very much like a "Grit Guard" for the bucket. As you wash your mitt, the grit should come off and fall through the holes in the guard so it doesn't get picked up next time you rinse the mitt.

Reading that back it sounds a bit rude, does anyone on here often get grit on their mitt.?


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Re: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

Post by jncevcosta » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:43 pm

FiestaRed wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:39 pm
iavorid wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:07 pm
Whooa... looks like things will be properly taken care of! ;)
Can you please specify the products to make the topic as detailed as possible. What is this round plastic object behind the greenish brush?

Not sure but it looks very much like a "Grit Guard" for the bucket. As you wash your mitt, the grit should come off and fall through the holes in the guard so it doesn't get picked up next time you rinse the mitt.

Reading that back it sounds a bit rude, does anyone on here often get grit on their mitt.?
Exactly. :D

The products are mostly from Chemical Guys. I took some promotions on amazon and on their site and I ended up making an investment to be able to wash the car without worries.

Starting the list:

2x washing buckets
2x grit guard
Apc: CHEMICAL GUYS ALL CLEAN CITRUS BASED ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
Glass Cleaner: CHEMICAL GUYS SIGNATURE SERIES GLASS CLEANER
Wheel Cleaner: CHEMICAL GUYS DIABLO GEL WHEEL RIM CLEANER
Decontamination: CHEMICAL GUYS DECON V3 WHEELCLEANER DEIRONIZER
Shampoo: CHEMICAL GUYS CITRUS WASH AND GLOSS CONCENTRATED CAR WASH
1x brush to clean the rims
6x microfiber towels
1x waffle towel

And then I still need to get CHEMICAL GUYS COLORLESS ODORLESS LEATHER CLEANER and CHEMICAL GUYS LEATHER CONDITIONER for the treatment of the hides in the interior and more microfiber towels.

Microfiber towels are never too much. :mrgreen:


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Re: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

Post by FiestaRed » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:15 pm

Looks like you'll be busy for the next few days at least. :D


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Re: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

Post by jncevcosta » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:51 pm

FiestaRed wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:15 pm
Looks like you'll be busy for the next few days at least. :D
Unfortunately the forecasts point to rain next weekend.
I hope that the meteorologists are mistaken and that at least next Sunday does not rain so that I can wash the car.

The A4 of my girlfriend's parents also needs to be washed and well washed, both exterior and interior. And I believe it is the car that will notice the differences between before and after. :mrgreen:


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Re: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

Post by iavorid » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:00 am

Hey Costa, have you considered buying the Chemical Guys Carnauba paste wax? If so - any thoughts to share? I wonder if anyone tried it out yet?
I was looking into this or maybe even going ahead with a glass/ceramic coating.
Looking forward to seeing an Astra coated.
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Re: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

Post by jncevcosta » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:40 am

iavorid wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:00 am
Hey Costa, have you considered buying the Chemical Guys Carnauba paste wax? If so - any thoughts to share? I wonder if anyone tried it out yet?
I was looking into this or maybe even going ahead with a glass/ceramic coating.
Looking forward to seeing an Astra coated.
I have not yet bought any wax or claybar because I am waiting for the good time to do this type of treatment.

As I will apply a ceramic protection in the car in April / May may not even get to buy the wax, because the company that will do the service before applying the protection cleans the paint. :)


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Re: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

Post by iavorid » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:18 pm

What do you reccon - ceramic coat will be the better option?
I wonder - do you need to strip it in a year or so before reapplying the coating again?
If so, I think the better option is to have the wax instead, as it wears off in few months and the treatment is simpler (not that demanding).
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Re: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer 1.4T

Post by FiestaRed » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:15 pm

iavorid wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:18 pm
What do you reccon - ceramic coat will be the better option?
I wonder - do you need to strip it in a year or so before reapplying the coating again?
If so, I think the better option is to have the wax instead, as it wears off in few months and the treatment is simpler (not that demanding).
I found it hard to believe at the time, but when I collected my new ST a few weeks ago, the dealership told me they had applied ceramic coating although I'd turned down the option when I ordered the car.

Having read a little bit about ceramic coating since then, in general, and if applied correctly, the coating should last for about 18 months. I also asked on the Detailing World forum how to maintain the coating and the main replies from a couple of manufacturers was simply wash and dry but not apply anything else over the top of the coating.


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