It's not advised to take it though a car washApologies if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find a specific thread.
Is it safe enough to take an RCZ through a bog-standard machine car wash eg: the one at my local Sainsbury's garage? I've only just had my RCZ delivered yesterday, but it travelled 300 miles to me so I'd definitely like to give it a good clean.
Unfortunately, where I live makes it pretty difficult to clean the car myself. Has anyone else in the UK taken their RCZ through a machine wash, and was everything alright?
Thanks a lot
And my family says I'm paranoid because I spend an entire day cleaning the car... I'm gonna refer them to this post from now on, maybe they'll get off my back (Is it done yet? You still washing it? What are you cleaning NOW?! You done? Still at it? Don't tell me you gonna come back tomorrow to wash it again! Pfff... the nerve on these people! They just don't get it!)Comprehensive Car Detailing Guide by RCZ1 Part 4
10. Quick Detailer
A Quick Detailer (or QD) is used to add an extra layer of shine, if you like. They tend to be used after subsequent washes following a wax or sealant being used. It prolongs the life of the wax / sealant and also gives that "just waxed" look. After a normal wash, when the car has been dried, apply the QD (couple of squirts per panel and then buff with a clean sift micro fibre cloth) and you are done. It's also very useful on windows too.
Chemical Guys Synthetic Quick Detailer
Chemical Guys V7 Hybrid
Dodo Juice Red Mist Tropical ( use this about 3 weeks after you have waxed the car, onwards)
Zymol Field Glaze
Spray the windows with a glass cleaner and wipe with a soft micro fibre cloth. If windows are heavily watermarked then a glass polish may be required.
You may also want to apply a water repellent to the windows, especially the windscreen and rear window. A water repellent will repel the rain and move up the windscreen, especially at higher speeds, reducing the need to use your windscreen wipers as often. One that I have used and is MY favourite product ever is G-Techniq G1. Even at low speeds the water repels on the RCZ and lasts 2 years or 20k miles.
Meguiars NXT Glass Cleaner
Werkstat Prime - very good glass polish and also good on the roof arches.
G-Techniq glass cleaner
G-Techniq G4 - glass polish
G-Techniq G1 -water repellent
12. Sealing and Protecting Alloys
Once you have thoroughly washed and cleaned your alloy wheels, removing all brake dust, tar spots, etc then it is beneficial to seal your alloys with a wheel specific wax or sealant. These act in much the same way as those you put on the paintwork. They help to stop brake dust etc adhering to the alloys and make it much easier to clean them each time you wash the car. You will only need shampoo and water. Again, some last longer than others and there are plenty on the market.
G-Techniq C5 wheel armour - lasts a year to 18 months
Planet Polish Wheel Seal and Shine lasts for 3 months between applications (6 months with 2 coats) and adds a lovely shine too.
Chemical Guys Jetseal 109 - lasts about 2 months
13. Applying Tyre Dressing
To finish the look of the car and to give that "showroom look" then a tyre dressing is a necessity. To my mind, it just finishes the car off. There are lots of tyre dressings to choose from. Some give a matt finish, some glossy - it all depends on the look you like. These are usually applied with a pad or foam sponge. Less is definitely best as too much can cause the product to sling along the side of your car when you are driving. Usually wipe down each tyre after half an hour to remove any excess. My personal favourite is Meguires Endurance Tyre Gel.
G-Techniq T1 (does not sling)
Carpro PERL (can be used neat or diluted half and half)
Autosmart Highstyle (*can sling on white or light coloured cars)
Meguiars Endurance Tyre Gel (*can sling on White or light coloured cars)
Autoglym Tyre Dressing
14. For Those With Exposed Exhaust Tail Pipes.
Don’t forget to clean and polish your exhaust tail pipes. Like the tyres, it finishes off the car nicely. I use the Britemax twins to clean and polish mine. The wire wool is used with the Easy Cut to remove stains, etc.
Britemax Easy Cut – Metal Cleaner and Polish
Britemax Final Shine – Metal Polish and Sealant
Extra Fine Grade Wire Wool #00
Also worth coating the exhausts with G-Techniq C5.