Hello Again and welcome to another one of my DVD
In this one I borrow my neighbours dirty old
fiesta and a couple of days later return it in an unbelievable
condition, quite honestly it was hard to believe its the same car.
If you have a car that doesn't quite have the sparkle it could have,
then this is the way to go.
Take a look round your car and I mean everywhere,
in the boot, under the bonnet, when you open the door in the door
shuts, in all the nooks and crannies of the trim and gutter areas
where boot bonnet and doors shut, around the engine bay infact
everywhere that doesn't normally get cleaned when you wash your car.
When I collected the little Fiesta you could run
your finger across the paint and it would have a white powder on it
and the paint felt rough and had no shine whatsoever, the door shuts
and under the bonnet was equally filthy and nasty to look at.
The little fiesta had a bit of rust and crust on
the front and rear valance with a big orange rusty stains around it
and also had some supermarket trolley action around the wheel
arches, then there's the finger scratches by the door handle that
accumulate dirt over the years and show up horribly on a white car
and most cars.
The bumpers had faded and had that sun bleached
grey look about them that just says I'm an old car as well as the
trim and some of the dash. Carpets and mats were also well in need
of a proper clean although under the dirt were in quite good
undamaged condition. Door panels and pockets had scuff marks on them
from shoes getting in and out and also a favourite place for dirt
that you don't always notice is the area around the door that meets
the rubber when its closed and under the door too !
Why bother cleaning these areas ? Well if you add
up all the small areas that aren't usually seen then your car will
never look clean. Its the reason why your car looks so good when you
send it to the valeters, they do these areas so when you get it back
and glance over the bits you expect to be cleaned you are happy
because the other areas don't stand out as being dirty.
When you've seen the DVD you will be confident and
able to do a professional job yourself and obviously you have a bit
more passion to do your own pride and joy even better.
There are a few items you'll need to do the job
yourself and one of them is a pressure washer of some type. A garden
one will do the job but if there's a couple of you or more then you
could rent a hot washer which just makes the job a little easier, a
wet Hoover if you want to properly clean the interior and a mop for
the compounding of the paint.
Sounds expensive !! Not really, if you could find
someone to do a proper valet and compound polish and wax your car
including under the bonnet, wheel arches, interior, boot etc you
would be looking at the £175-£220 mark and after spending the money
you'll have a clean car to show for the money once! but if you put
that money into the tools you'll have something to show for your
money as well as a clean car. i.e. the equipment to do it again and
again or even charge others for the service or hire of the kit!
(just a thought)
Pressure washers can be had for as little as £59
and when you've finished your car you can do the patio (or not!) and
anything else you can think of and of course your car again when it
needs it, then there's the "mop" (car polisher) which is my
favourite tool and the most important one I think as it saves most
labour and will make the biggest difference to your job. So even if
you don't want to spend the money on a pressure washer you can still
achieve a pro finish with the polisher as they are only around 45
The wet hoover can be any household wet model as
the detergent can be sprayed on with an empty window cleaning spray
bottle (Hot water is best) and the results that can be achieved are
superb and any car could be made to gleam !
How to use a pressure
washer on your car is shown on the
DVD including how brutal you can be with it if needs be and the best
detergent to use on the job without spending a fortune on lots of
different types, you'll see what the pro's use.
How to use a wet hoover on
your car and to great effect with
no need to be shy on the amount of water you use.
How to use a polisher or
mop on your car and what to look
out for so you don't damage your paintwork and get the best results
So there's another hour and a bit of amusement and
info showing what can be done with a minimum amount of equipment and
I believe you can truly change the look of your car just by giving
it a professional clean and shine giving the areas that don't
usually get done the attention that really makes the difference.