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Offline buckwits

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Cleaning.
« on: October 09, 2017, 07:49:43 PM »
Hi all, just got my 124 and it has the heritage pack with matt black bonnet and boot. Are there any dos and don'ts when cleaning/waxing? Also its my first soft top, are there any products for cleaning/preserving the hood?

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Re: Cleaning.
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 08:18:16 AM »
Having investigated the black bits on my car as carefully as I dare with a scalpel on the hidden bits, it seems that the bootlid is painted matt (actually more satin) black whilst the bonnet, which is two colours, is a vinyl wrap.
Basically, the rule is DO NOT use wax on the matt black bits unless you want them to start shining up more.  Care advice for matt-finish wraps generally says that using a wax polish or a wax shampoo will remove the matt effect, which is common sense really.  I use a wax-free shampoo, double-bucket, then dry off with the towel, and wax the red bits. 
For the hood, just use the same shampoo and try to keep the more solid crud out of the drain channel around the base.
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Re: Cleaning.
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 07:04:54 PM »
Excellent stuff, thanks taking the time.

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Re: Cleaning.
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2017, 05:33:58 PM »
You can get cleaners for matt finishes. My mate uses it on his bike.

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Re: Cleaning.
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2017, 09:19:41 PM »
i wonder why the boot is painted byt not the bonnet :S i guess its easier to paint the boot as its all black?

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Re: Cleaning.
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2017, 09:24:26 PM »
I have the roof and spoiler on my Comp wrapped in matte/satin black and use Chemical Guys Meticulous Matte Detailer to look after it. It's also suitable for use on matte paint finishes.

http://www.slimsdetailing.co.uk/chemical-guys-meticulous-matte-detailer.html
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