Road Grime Removal

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Spongebob290
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Road Grime Removal

Post by Spongebob290 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:24 pm

Hi fellas.

I wash my car every week and also apply good quality wax three or four times a year or so. At this time of year although the paint is shiny, it tends to get dirt stuck to it down the sides, bottom of the doors and round the wheels. You cant see it but it feels rough to the touch. I have brushed it with a car wash brush over and over...and even applied bug remover cream but the areas are too large for this. Is there a "bug removal" sponge anyone recommends? I don't want to use one that would mark the paintwork obviously. There are plenty to buy but most have the odd bad review claiming it scratches the lacquer.

Or if someone has any other tips or suggestions please let me know.

Rob
Bob

Grey Astra K SRi, SATNAV 2016, 1.6 Automatic Diesel: with Safety Pack, Keyless, Parking, Intellilux (these lights are superb) :D


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Yozza
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Astra Model: 2016 1.6 CDTI SRI Sports Tourer
Astra Colour: Summit White
Location: Runcorn, Cheshire

Re: Road Grime Removal

Post by Yozza » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:50 pm

Have you tried TFR (Traffic Film Remover). This seems to work well for me.
Vauxhall Astra SRI Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTI in Summit White


Butcherboy
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Location: Lincolnshire

Re: Road Grime Removal

Post by Butcherboy » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:02 pm

I’ve used clay bar before works a treat you would be surprised how much grime it removes. I did it the other day after I’d washed my car and my clay bar had lots of dirt on it after use
Butcherboy 8-)


FiestaRed
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Re: Road Grime Removal

Post by FiestaRed » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:08 pm

Have a look over on Detailing World they have loads of posts and answers to problems like yours but first make sure you're wearing trousers with very deep pockets. It can get extremely expensive once you start.

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/index.php


Spongebob290
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Re: Road Grime Removal

Post by Spongebob290 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:41 pm

Thanks for the info fellas.

You are right about detailing world....lots of info with links to errr...expensive shampoos. But it did give me info on what to buy from the local car shop. Degreaser and snow foam. It has the unfortunate result of removing the wax which is a drawback. But if that's how to remove that dirt then so be it.

I have used a clay bar before it's hard work and very involved. The results are outstanding though....smooth and shining brilliantly. I would say it is a last resort and not to be done too often.
Bob

Grey Astra K SRi, SATNAV 2016, 1.6 Automatic Diesel: with Safety Pack, Keyless, Parking, Intellilux (these lights are superb) :D


Jozsef_hu
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Re: Road Grime Removal

Post by Jozsef_hu » Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:34 pm

I would recommend using a tar remover, e.g. Carpro Trix, Autoglym Intensive Tar Remover.


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Re: Road Grime Removal

Post by Gkf9 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:08 pm

I've ordered some Auto smart Tardis, everyone raves about it all the time.

Trouble is you can only get it in 5 litre cans at £40ish a shot.

I've managed to order 1litre off eBay, obviously been decanted from a big can, and sold on as a profit. But I really wanted to try it out, if it's good, I'll buy the 5litre can.

Should last quite a while.
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ScotsDude
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Location: Falkirk

Re: Road Grime Removal

Post by ScotsDude » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:52 pm

Could try a Clay Mitt as well,less hassle than the bar and can cover bigger area faster.I got a mitt for keeping it free of as much crap as i can and use a clay bar on her once a year before winter comes along.


Sanitizer
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Re: Road Grime Removal

Post by Sanitizer » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:01 pm

Machine polish the crap off it with g3... (cutting compound)
Paul W...


BRUCE225
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Re: Road Grime Removal

Post by BRUCE225 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:20 am

ScotsDude wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:52 pm
Could try a Clay Mitt as well,less hassle than the bar and can cover bigger area faster.I got a mitt for keeping it free of as much crap as i can and use a clay bar on her once a year before winter comes along.
Do you recomend the clay mitt, once clay bar'd my Clio sport and thought never again with how long it took but now i've seen the mits might be tempted.


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