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post #71 of 74 (permalink) Old 4th November 2005
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If you want to save money and get something that works great, go to Tesco and buy their own brand Wheel Cleaner.
It was about 2.47 for a 500ml spray bottle and is a weak hydrochloric acid solution. They also do a special brush for wheels. It's got a blue handle and black bristles and looks like a small bog brush. I think it was 1.99.
I do mine every week when I wash the car and they come up like new.
I did ones on a friends 306 that had never been cleaned for 3 years and they were covered in like a brown lacquer of dirt. I sprayed this stuff on and left it for a minute - admittedly, I had to really scrub, but they came up nearly as good as new.
I reckon the bottle of cleaner will last for about 25 sessions so it is brilliant value!
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we sell them Flash things in work (Woolies store manager!). I haven't sold any in about 3 months..!
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Okay, I know I'm digging up an old thread here, but I wasn't going to jump on the bandwagon and buy one of these at 20+ quid, so I carried on with the old bucket of soapy water, soft brush and hosepipe. I've not been doing at all badly, even when I've been using cheap car shampoo (though I prefer to use proper stuff.)

Then recently, I saw one of these Flash car wash systems on sale for 12.50. The box was a bit battered, but the contents looked to be pristine.

I've used it twice now, and the results are far from impressive. I know it says to use a sponge, but as I have a problem with one of my knees, it makes squatting down to do the sills both awkward and a little bit risky. (Well that's my excuse - put it down to laziness if you prefer ) So I used the brush that's worked successfully for me in the past.

I noticed straight away that the Flash shampoo stream is pretty weak. There's not a lot in the way of bubbles, and it's not a very effective detergent. It streaks straight off the diesel stains around the filler flap rather than making any attempt to cut through them. Of course when the car's wet, it looks lovely and clean, but once it's dried, I've noticed that it's still pretty much dirty all over. Nowhere near as dirty as before, but far from pristine.

The auto-dry feature is the only bit I'm remotely impressed with, and even then I wonder how much of it is placebo effect. If I could find the receipt, I might just take them up on their money back offer.
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post #74 of 74 (permalink) Old 10th March 2007
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I just cannot understand you paupers washing your car yourselves or taking it to the local brillo pad machine and as for using Flash

I take it to this man about every 2 weeks, he always does a passable job on it....

TechEBlog (Video) Most Expensive Car Wash Ever

Scroll down to watch a video of him cleaning one of my cars
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