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Hi all. I'm spending a pleasant day washing and polishing the car. it's a long time since I owned a black car and I forgot how hard it is to get a good smear free finish with no water marks. Anyway, I've been hard at it with the Autoglym super resin polish and am waiting for the sun to go down a bit before having a go with the extra gloss protection. I've got to get some pics of my own but these are the dealers' promo shots for their website.

I've already taken some stick from friends and colleagues alike about the rather funereal appearance of the car and the mickey taking has seen no let up since the V5 document turned up and the previous owner turned out to be a funeral director in Northampton :cheesy:
 

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Very nice Philo :cool:
 

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I think you wagon guys are starting to out number us. :p
 

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a funeral director huh, lets hope the guy didnt bring his work home with him, hehehe.
 

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What have you done with the vert then Philo?
 

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Congratulations on your new car. Black's a great colour, but a pain to keep clean.

Have you tried using one of those squeegy blades instead of a chamois?

Tried one for the first time this weekend, can recommend it, but still need the chamois for those places you can't get the blade in. But it shifts loads of water really quickly.

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can't resist, your car's so popular, people are dying to get in there :lol: :roll:
 

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the squeegy blade didnt scratch at all?
 
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OddyseusDSM said:
the squeegy blade didnt scratch at all?
I use a blade followed by a leather. No scratches at all, but you must make sure you have fully washed all the dirt off first..:D Really cuts the leather work down by half . :cheesy:
 

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Hey fellas with the darker cars amongst us, I picked up a Pure rinse car filter from ionicsystems.com. Basically an ionic filter you put in line when rinsing your car, fits Hozelock fittings, quick whizz over after washing. My motor is black and I live in a very hard water area and I've never needed to leather it since using this filter. Cost 42 quid and does about 40 washes. Saves the old elbow grease.
 
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Hey fellas with the darker cars amongst us, I picked up a Pure rinse car filter from ionicsystems.com. Basically an ionic filter you put in line when rinsing your car, fits Hozelock fittings, quick whizz over after washing. My motor is black and I live in a very hard water area and I've never needed to leather it since using this filter. Cost 42 quid and does about 40 washes. Saves the old elbow grease.
Basically a quid a wash. Love the idea....Mmmm maybe :)
 

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What have you done with the vert then Philo?
Hey there. Sad to say I part ex'd it. Got a good deal at Bond Street Saab in Leicester and they punted it out through their...I can hardly say this...Kia dealership down the road. They sold it in 3 days flat too. I wouldn't have sold it but it would have been so much more expensive metalwork on the drive getting a outing once a week. The impending arrival of our first born means I've had to go for more practicality.

Contary to any rumours, the 9-5 is NOT haunted and the radio picks up more than just gentle organ music
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Xalfa, interesting idea, I'll give it a try and see how I get on. I don't trust any of my window sqeegies on a job like this so I'll get me a new one.
 

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Finn, just looked at the invoice to get the web address, it cost £10.21 to post the bleedin' thing plus the vat:roll: The filter was £25.52 excl vat. Works well though.
 
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Finn, just looked at the invoice to get the web address, it cost £10.21 to post the bleedin' thing plus the vat:roll: The filter was £25.52 excl vat. Works well though.

£10.21 WOW, was it delivered by Taxi :lol:
 

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Very nice looking! Of course, I'm partial to wagons! :lol:
 

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Xalfa, interesting idea, I'll give it a try and see how I get on. I don't trust any of my window sqeegies on a job like this so I'll get me a new one.
The blade I bought is made by Turtlewax, cost £9.99 from Nova/Corsa heaven - Halfords.

No scratches either.

Like the sound of that water filter though.
 

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Finn said:
I use a blade followed by a leather. No scratches at all, but you must make sure you have fully washed all the dirt off first..:D Really cuts the leather work down by half . :cheesy:

Visiting my local SAAB dealer once I saw their Valeter(?) using one of these blades on a car out the back. My mate also asked me to buy him one when I went to Costco to use on his new M3 Convertible...but I dont know if Id have the confidence to use one myself.
 
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