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Washing my brand new clio

The question is please... do i wash my brand new clio with car shampoo or just plain water ? The clio manual says to wash it with water however the platinum protection pack includes car shampoo.
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Re: Washing my brand new clio

All I can say, I had a new 2008 Megane & washed using car shampoo, it never seemed to harm it.

I wouldn't recommend an Auto car wash though.
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Re: Washing my brand new clio

If you want to keep the paintwork as scratch free as possible best to pressure wash as much dirt as you can from the car then use the "2 bucket car washing method".....google it and you'll find loads of tips on car washing.


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Re: Washing my brand new clio

It is not recommended to use a pressure washer as it forces water into places water was never intended to enter. Plus the water pressure on most washers is far too high - look what it can do to concrete.

Soak the car well with a mains pressure hose - leave to sit for a few minutes to allow crud to soften - then wash with a soft hand car wash brush (natural bristles if you can afford such) - don't forget to rinse the brush frequently. Any dirt trapped in a brush will rinse out more easily than any sponge. When finished dry off with a genuine chamois leather regularly risnsing in clean water for best results.
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Re: Washing my brand new clio

Having ruined my previous car's lacquer by using a sponge, (lots of sand had come down with last rainfall only I didn't know it was sand before I started sponging), I then heard later DON'T use a sponge because it grabs onto all the grit and then drags it across the surface.

Instead (as recommended) I now only use a wash mitt ~ has long fibres so any grit is trapped but goes more deeply into the fibres, and so is not dragged across the rest of the car.


And yes I would use a car shampoo.

Yes and rinse first, ideally.

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