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Hey guys,

I have recently picked up my new 208, It is my first brand new car so i want to keep it in top condition.

What do you guys recommend as good car care products. I want to do the exterior, interior, tyres, glass and everything really. I have heard autoglym is good make, what do you guys recommend??
 

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Yes, the Autoglym products give good results but there are a lot of good
products out there. These 'nano' technology sealants look interesting
despite the extreme high cost of some of them. At the bottom line I
believe that it is how you clean your car and not only what products you use
that will keep your car looking good. Search youtube for some good advice
in this area. I recommend the ones by AmmoNYC and Chemical Guys.
Even though they push their products (AmmoNYC not as much as Chem Guys)
they show you good car detailing methods. Over time, washing your car
incorrectly will damage the paintwork.

My regime is:Exterior:Wheels: Cleaned them first. Use a non acid based wheel cleaner that is safe for all wheel types. I spray this on and then agitate with soft wheel brushes (Uber Hogs hair wheel brush and a spoke back Wheel Woolie (this reaches behind the spokes and the inner rim of the wheel)). I rinse and wipe down with a microfibe cloth and then apply a wheel wax (Swissvax) which keeps the wheels looking good longer and makes it easier to clean off the brake dust when you do wash them.Windows: After cleaning the paintwork (see below) I did the windows last. Make sure you use a window cleaner that will be safe for tint. That means no windex or the like that contains ammonia. Remember to clean with one microfibre cloth and buff off with a different clean one.Paintwork:

1. Foamed and rinsed with a Karcher Usually I use an Autoglym or Meguiar's gold class wash which will not affect waxes or sealants as they clean.

2 Washed (using.
AutoglymBodywork Shampoo Conditioner,<u style="font-size: 9pt; line-height: 12pt;">with the two bucket method[/u](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xobp-uptqtA). Remember Never to move your wash mitt in circles, always straight lines . Circular scratches are more noticeable in paintwork than straight ones.Invest in a good mitt - sheepskin or quality microfibre.

3. Dried using water
blade, chamois and /or microfibre drying towel ( I tend to use the blade and MF towel).

4. Clayed the entire
car (only way to removecontaminants before polishing).

5. Deep cleaned paint
using Autoglym HiDef Cleanser

6. Sealed using 2
coats of Fireglaze Plus Polish (let first coat cure for a day before applying
the 2nd coat )

6.1 This particular product is also
a sealant. Note that there are now some very good sealantsavailable. I was thinking of trying the
Chemical Guys Jet Seal 109 next. (Sealants are also very
goodfor your head & tail lights and glass as well as paint.)

7. Finally applied one
or two coats of Autoglym HiDef wax. Note that a lot of the bodyshop pros
recommend Collinite (their 476-(extremely long lasting) or theirMarque D' Elegance (higher carnauba content)).Note that once you go the whole hog and do the above you should only have to do a 'maintenance' wash when required. A good quality sealant should last 1-2 years. A good quality wax (which adds extra depth of colour and gloss when applied on top of sealant) lasts 4-6 months. Remember to 'clay' the car before each time you glaze, polish, seal or wax.

Thisis a flow chart for the
exterior process:

http://www.chemicalguys.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/detailingflowchat.jpgInterior:

1. Dusted with a microfibre towel
regularly

2. Removed mats, brushed down first (it
makes vacuuming faster and easier) and then vacuum

3. Vacuumed interior: carpets and seats
(pay attention to all the crap that gets in the seams of the seats as this will
abrade your fabric or leather).

4. Treat and clean seats as regularly
as they require (depends on how much dirt gets into your car. If you have kids
whom you drive around, be prepared to do this step more often)

4.1 If you have cloth, I'd
recommend 3M Fabric Protector (inexpensive and very effective) now when it is new. To clean later use a good product like
autoglym Hi Foam interior shampoo.

4.2
If you have leather, make sure that the leather is kept clean and is kept
'nourished'.

4.2.1
Use a good pH balanced cleaner (gentle on leather) and then something that
feeds the
leather (currently I use Swissvax Leather Milk and then top it with Swissvax Elephant fat - Museum
formula Leather Preserver).

5. Interior panels: After a dust and
clean (if necessary) I apply a cleaner/protectant. Currently I am using, and am very impressed with,
Sonax dashboard cleaner-matte finish. Very good for the textured dash and door
panels in the Pug 208. If they ever get very dirty, I would use one of those handheld steam machines. That cuts through the oldest ingrained dirt. Wipe up with a microfibre towel and you'd be amazed how much dirt comes off!



Here are some recent photos just post
clean:


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It's been about 3 weeks or so since I did the full clean mentioned above. Today I just gave it a wash. The paintwork is so slick and slippery, that when I threw a microfibre towel on the bonnet, the towel slid off.
 

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Thanks, I just like learning new things so I have done a lot of research on this subject via the net and speaking with pro detailers. Mind you, I am just an amateur who recounts what I have experienced myself only.I used to be a lecturer in an Art & Design College so am used to laying out information so that people can understand concepts easily. I hope I have done so in myexplanationabove.
 

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In the vain of 'you never stop learning' allow me to contradict myself re the advice to use a dishwashing detergent to strip old wax off your car. I was speaking with two pro detailers a few days ago and they told me not to ever use that as it can have an adverse on the clear coat. Not wanting to suggest a harmful procedure, I have removed that text from my earlier post.Edited by: esterhazy
 

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Try Bilt Hambers cleanser polish followed by their Hydra Wax, amazing results, since passing my test in 1965 I must have used almost every polish known, this is the best I have ever used!
 

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Hi! Brilliant detailed information & the results in your photos speak for themselves.I have written down all the products that you recommended & will search them out.I think peugeot should contact you and offer you a well paid job as senior demonstrator & instructor to visit all peugeot dealers in this country & others to show the standards that can be and should be strived for & empowered with the clout to visit any dealer without notice to see that it has!Thanks for all your very well layed out & very well detailed valuable information.


Brilliant Post!Dipstick.
 

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Thanks you very much for the kind words. You have a very interesting take re the dealers. I agree. I now ask that my dealer not clean my car when I have it in for a service. I believe that the few scratches that are on there were due to lack of attention to detail by their staff.
 

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Whenever my car goes in the dealers for whatever reason, I always make a point of telling them : do not wash the car:
 
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