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Good product for keeping aluminium rails sparkly ?

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Can anyone suggest a product to keep the aluminium rails nice n shiny. Mine see to have some water type marks

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Yup, Dodo Juice's Supernatural Micro Prime is the business for bringing back their shine. It's my weapon of choice for this job. A little goes a L-O-N-G way!!Remember to seal them to try and reduce the marring you see just now. I attach a link for you:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/pre-wax-c ... _1064.html
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Thank you that's great !
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You're very welcome!
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Personalised plate.


The replacement; Summit White Astra (J) GTC VXR

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Good advice...

You mention sealing it as well.

As this is a wax, does this not seal it as well?

or does it need another product too!!?

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The Dodo juice isn't actually a wax. It's a polish and you will therefore have to either apply a wax or sealant.
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Black Onyx Solstice Alloys
380/360 led drls.
Osram Nightbreaker Plus Gold Edition bulbs
K&N Air Filter.
Personalised plate.


The replacement; Summit White Astra (J) GTC VXR

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mrizzle wrote:
Yup, Dodo Juice's Supernatural Micro Prime is the business for bringing back their shine. It's my weapon of choice for this job. A little goes a L-O-N-G way!!Remember to seal them to try and reduce the marring you see just now. I attach a link for you:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/pre-wax-c ... _1064.html


What wax do you use afterwards?

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Dogsbody wrote:
mrizzle wrote:
Yup, Dodo Juice's Supernatural Micro Prime is the business for bringing back their shine. It's my weapon of choice for this job. A little goes a L-O-N-G way!!Remember to seal them to try and reduce the marring you see just now. I attach a link for you:

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/pre-wax-c ... _1064.html


What wax do you use afterwards?


Any decent wax or sealant will help. I would suggest any with good durability ie Bouncers Satsuma Rock, Auto Finesse Spirit or BMD Morpheus or Taurus (Taurus contains PTFE).

The important thing to remember is NEVER use a strong TFR (Traffic Film Remover) on the car and NEVER let it or shampoo (or any product) dry on the car, as this is where the problem stems from initially.
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+1 for Bouncer's Satsuma Rock, tis a fantastic wax. I can't comment on the others that RCZ1 has mentioned as I've never used them but I'm sure that they'll be first rate if she's recommending them!
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Black Onyx Solstice Alloys
380/360 led drls.
Osram Nightbreaker Plus Gold Edition bulbs
K&N Air Filter.
Personalised plate.


The replacement; Summit White Astra (J) GTC VXR

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My missus is Head House Keeper at al local Retirement Village and she knows what products to use on what surface. I asked her last week to have a look at the aluminium rails and she looked at the water marks and gave me some Dettol Power & Pure Kitchen Cleaner.

It just took a little sprayed on a paper towel and all the water marks immediately came off, rubbed down with a clean dry cloth and they shined up brilliantly. I was tempted to use Duraglit but glad I didn't.

The only thing left which was bugging me as far as cleaning was concerned, were the tail pipes. I had previously tried Elbow Grease, Chrome Cleaner, Duraglit and WD40 but could not get rid of the Black Residue that has built up on the edges and seemed to burnt on.

The missus took one look and said she had the exact thing for it, Ceramic Hob Cleaning Paste and a scouring pad. 5 min's and job done, clean as a whistle, just needs doing weekly now to keep on top of it.

It would seem that the right household product can do as good as a job, if not better than specialist automotive products depending on the application.

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Woodso wrote:
My missus is Head House Keeper at al local Retirement Village and she knows what products to use on what surface. I asked her last week to have a look at the aluminium rails and she looked at the water marks and gave me some Dettol Power & Pure Kitchen Cleaner.

It just took a little sprayed on a paper towel and all the water marks immediately came off, rubbed down with a clean dry cloth and they shined up brilliantly. I was tempted to use Duraglit but glad I didn't.

The only thing left which was bugging me as far as cleaning was concerned, were the tail pipes. I had previously tried Elbow Grease, Chrome Cleaner, Duraglit and WD40 but could not get rid of the Black Residue that has built up on the edges and seemed to burnt on.

The missus took one look and said she had the exact thing for it, Ceramic Hob Cleaning Paste and a scouring pad. 5 min's and job done, clean as a whistle, just needs doing weekly now to keep on top of it.

It would seem that the right household product can do as good as a job, if not better than specialist automotive products depending on the application.


I would be careful. The scouring pad is going to scratch. Try wire wool grade 0000 it’s slightly abrasive but won’t scratch. Use it on my exhausts for years without issues. I use a lot of my car cleaning products in the house as they are better than household products.
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No scratches at all using the scourer as it is one found on the back of a cheap washing sponge (12 for £1.00) and it was wet and non abrasive to the chrome. Once the Hob cleaner did it's job by eating off the burnt in residue and wiped off, rubbed with a piece of Duraglit, polished and 1000% improvement, tail pipes all shiny & clean. As I said it took me approx. 5 min's when I had previously spent an age trying to get rid of this burnt on residue with no success.

Perhaps we just over complicate thing's and spend money unnecessarily on specialist product's that aren't really required to do the job in hand. I am not suggesting for one second to use household products on paintwork but they certainly can be used on other areas and especially the interior.

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Woodso wrote:
No scratches at all using the scourer as it is one found on the back of a cheap washing sponge (12 for £1.00) and it was wet and non abrasive to the chrome. Once the Hob cleaner did it's job by eating off the burnt in residue and wiped off, rubbed with a piece of Duraglit, polished and 1000% improvement, tail pipes all shiny & clean. As I said it took me approx. 5 min's when I had previously spent an age trying to get rid of this burnt on residue with no success.

Perhaps we just over complicate thing's and spend money unnecessarily on specialist product's that aren't really required to do the job in hand. I am not suggesting for one second to use household products on paintwork but they certainly can be used on other areas and especially the interior.


Although I don't know or confess to knowing the products RCZ1 uses on her car, I must agree that you should use caution when using household products. I have seen the top of some cookers and they look like ice-skating rinks !!
Yes some products will be absolutely fine to use on the car, for instance white vinegar solution or window cleaner for the windows. But I would say these products are developed for the home and not the delicate composition of automotive components including paint, if any was to be accidentally spilt on these type surfaces.
But please don't stop from giving us you're tips, it maybe that you've found a spot on product for cleaning your exhaust and this could help some forum members !!! So, don't be discouraged. :thumbup:
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Sorry, I used the word "paste" for the Hob cleaner, when it is actually a "cream", no wonder there was a sharp intake of breath and thoughts of scratches every where. The missus just pointed this out to me when she read this thread and hit me around the back of the head.

I use leather suite wipes for the seats and dash, ordinary wipes for plastic areas and pledge for the windows. I have used these products for years on all my vehicles without a problem but specialist products at times were required for items such as the soft on my MGF. I always used Duraglit to clear it's tail pipes which cleaned it up no problem

As regards the RCZ different materials and problems require different solutions and the Tail Pipe issue was the biggest pain in the a---, as it was so dirty with baked on dirty exhaust emmissions. They are now clean and shiny as they should be but if others use an alternative method, fair enough, I think that the missus has found a cheap, cost and time saving method to clean the pipes with no detrimental effect.

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I did a post last year or maybe earlier, (can’t find it now) I used Jeyes Kleen Off Ceramic Hob cleaner to get unmovable black marks from the bottom of my exhaust tips. I didn’t use any abrasive application method, just a cloth. I also went over them with chrome cleaner as this also leaves a protection on the surface of the chrome.
They have remained easy to clean ever since, providing its done regularly.
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