Good evening people of bit-tech. I know a lot of you are into cars and after spending yesterday evening and most of today cleaning mine I thought I would ask what products and techniques you use to clean your pride and joy. After spening about 4 hours cleaning it yesterday, I was pretty happy with the results, having done: De-Tar --> Hand wash --> re-soak --> Chamois --> Wash alloys --> Detail alloys --> Gel Tires --> Wax paint --> Hoover interior --> Dust & polish dash & console --> Clean glass But I got home from work this afternoon and saw that the paint (pearlescent black) didn't have the deep, wet look to it that it should the day after getting so much attention, so I went at it again, with more effort and much more time. I just got finished about an hour and a half ago as the last rays of light faded, and am much happier with what I've done today. It may have taken much longer (about 8 hours total) but this time I am 100% sure the car has a show finish on it. I'll take pics tomorrow for sure, but here's my method and what I used - 1. De-Tar - Loosen bugs, dirt, road tar, brake dust and other contaminants from the paintwork. I use "Concept" branded tar & glue remover which seems to be discontinued but I have two gallon drums of it. I appy it with a standard spray bottle. 2. Wash - Meguiars gold class car shampoo, Kent carcare wool wash mitt and hot water. "Soaker" attachment on the hose. 3. Chamois - re-soak the whole car after washing then dry the paintwork off to remove most water stains. Kent carcare high quality chamois leather. 4. Wash alloys - my alloys have a narrow pattern that the sponge or brush has no chance of getting into. I use one finger on a soapy wet cloth and make sure to get all the brake dust and road dirt off, then coat them with Meguiars quik wheel detailler spray. Applied w/ Kent carcare microfiber towel. 5. Clean Tires - some hot soapy water and a brush gets the dirt off, then I treat the walls with Meguiars endurance high gloss tyre gel. Applied w/ old rag & toothbrush to work it into the wall pattern. 6. Clay bar - This is the step I skipped yesterday, and it made a massive difference. It's also the reason it took me 8 hours to detail my car today, instead of the 4 it took yesterday. I used a 100g Meguiars quik clay bar with the Meguiars quik detailler spray as lubricant. You wouldn't believe the amount of contaminants this bar took off my paint today. The bar was filthy by the time I had finished. Tree sap, brake dust, tar etc etc. Detailler spray was applied after each section of claying and buffed out w/ Kent microfiber towel so as not to leave streaks. 7. Wax - I did it with synthetic carnauba liquid wax yesterday, from Turtle-Wax. Wrong choice. This car is almost new, and I shouldn't be cutting corners by using the quick method of applying wax to a new paint finish that needs some protection built up on it. Liquid wax will eventually be all right for quick shine ups but today I did it properly, and used a natural carnauba paste wax by Turtle-Wax applied w/ Meguiars foam applicator pad and buffed out in two stages using Kent carcare 100% cotton microfiber. It came up a treat. This achieved a deep, glossy wet look finish. 8. Glass - There was quite a lot of overspray on the glass from the paint detailling stage, so I polished up the glass and mirrors inside and out with some Simoniz branded auto glass cleaner applied with Kent microfiber. 9. Plastics & trim - I'm not perfect at waxing, and I hit the plastic door strips and bumper trim a couple of times when applying the wax, so I went round the whole car and cleaned all the trim (doors, bumpers, mirror brackets, wipers etc) with AutoGlym vinyl and rubber care, applied carefully with a clean microfiber. It takes even the thickest, caked on wax off plastic trim. I've seen people on car care forums talking about using peanut oil, toothpaste and platic erasers to remove wax from trim. All you need is this stuff! 10. Dashboard & console - I did it thoroughly yesterday with Holts Simoniz branded dashboard shine spray and a microfiber towel. It's vanilla scented. Mmmmm. And it puts a nice shine on your dials, dash and console. 11. Clean upholstery - Like I said this car is not long new, so thankfully my upholstery or carpets don't have a mark on them just yet. I hoovered the carpets yesterday but had there been any stains that needed to be removed from the seats, I'd have used Turtle-Wax Power Out. I swear by this suff. A girl threw up in the back of my car one night I was a designated driver and I thought I was never going to get the stain out of the seats. I bought this stuff the next day and once I was finished you'd never know there was anything there. It just works. Annnnnd that's about it. If you read all that, good on ya I'm seriously pleased with how the car looks this evening though, and will get some photos of it tomorrow to post. "anything looks better when it's clean" So what are your car/ bike detailling techniques, what products do you use and how often do you do it? /discuss Vehicle - 2010 Renault Clio iMusic 3 dr, 1500 DCi / Black Pearl.  As promised, here are some photos from this evening. Excuse the lack of quality as far as the photography is concerned, I'm still learning and am only using a P&S camera at the moment.