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Regretting Diamond Black!

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Cant keep it the bloody thing clean for even a couple of days!! and after I cleaned it the other day in a Petrol station jet wash, the shampoo brush has hideously scratched the whole car! swirl marks and scratches everywhere! damn damn damn! wish i had got silver now.

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no no no, bit of polish will buff that out.

Always bet on black man, come on it's cool - would Don Colliani have traveled around NY in a Reflex Silver car!

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But that's what you get from using public car washes. The brushes used are quite tough and not kept clean, add to that the soft VW paint and it's bound to happen.

You'll be able to remove the swirl marks though, just get some advise in the cleaning forum 169144-ok.gif

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yup, my experience with a previous black car convinced me to get a different colour.

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Its why i did not go for black myself looks great when clean but keeping it clean and looking good is hard work.

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crikey! I don't stand a chance - I've haven't cleaned my current car in about a year and a half!

(some bloke at Sainsbury's did it last time I went there for a fiver!). smashfreakB.gif

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had a black a3 and it broke my heart every stone chip scratch ding showed up plus even if the weather was dry you couldnt keep it cleam more than 2 days in ireland

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I'm surprised how easy mine is to keep clean! It's my first black car (apart from the Capri!) and I'd heard all the horror stories but I wanted to own one just once. I think it must be down to the waxing I gave it when it was new as the dirt just seems not to stick too bad, and even when it does it wipes off really easily.

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Thats good to hear Aswall, I am waiting for my Diamond Black GTI and have heard many horror stories like this and not having owned a black car before, it's good to hear it may not all be doom and gloom.

You mentioned the waxing you gave it, what type of wax was it?

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Hi Rayza. Just been into garage to check and it was Simoniz stuff from Halfords. Also used the same make carwash with a wax additive when I washed it, though the last few times it has just been a bucket, sponge and a sachet of carwash stuff from a box of the stuff my neighbour gave me. The wheels are extrememly easy to keep clean as well, by far the easiest of any alloys I've ever had.

Don't worry, it'll be great 169144-ok.gif

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phew. probably won't be asking the man at sainsbury's any more, despite the sterling effort he made on my alloys.

just have to learn about car QT, and learn about waxing. Was it easy to do Aswall? (even for a beginner)

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Hi Aswall

What a quick response! Thanks for the info mate. Good to hear you dont have to do anything really special other than a good clean and wax. Well you know what the first thing I will be doing when I get the car.

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my friend, the reason that i got my GTI silver color is the same that happened with you, i used to have a Lumina SS black color, i used to face hell to keep it clean,and whatever you do u will have scratches all over, so silver is doing great with me, it is the best color ever on the MK5 with all my respect to other colors( red robin will kill me now grin.gif)

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No he won't kill ya! I like most of the colours. One for every taste 169144-ok.gif

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Using a jetwash brush on it is sheer lunacy!!!!

However, you should never buy a black car unless you expect to put a lot of time and effort into keeping it clean - and by that I mean washing it twice a week minimum.

I'd say this though....a good couple of coats of Pinnacle Souveran Wax, leaving 24 hours between each application, and you'll find it's an awful lot easier to keep clean in future.

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Yes, black is a little harder to keep clean given that any dirt which dries start to look white. I look at it as a plus point - im especially careful around these dirty areas when I clean and not put too much pressure on it. in fact im trying a new cleaning technique to reduce swirl marks and it seems to be working – just using the palm of my hand to wash!! It was suggested to me by my cousin. What I do is have a soaked sponge in my left hand which I use like a squeegee and I use my right hand to swish the water over the paint surface. The advantage of this technique as pointed out by my cousin is that ill be able to feel any grit and back off on the pressure. I don’t normally apply any contact pressure in most circumstances anyway but use the aqueous pressure to get the dirt off. The drawbacks? – potentially hard on the skin surface given the stuff that can come in contact with the paint surface.

ive got no regrets with black. its classy. the only people who look at the car are those who know it. and thats good enough.

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sounds good - I'll try it.

I want black because I want the car to go unnoticed - especially when it's parked on the street in London!

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my last car was black. never again though because keeping it cleanis a nightmare. went for the stell grey and i dont have to clean her every time it rains. JOY

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Use the two bucket method with a lambs wool mitt. It's proven to reduce swirling.

No swirl marks on my car after 5 months 169144-ok.gif

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yep mu, just rememeber you dont need "contact" between your palm and the paint surface. just think of swishing the water over the paint surface. water is in between your palm and the paint. do wet the paint surface first to soften any grime on it. i know it sounds like you'll be using a lot of water as you'll be unfortunately. if you got a hose (and are allowed to use it) that helps. just keep running the water and using your palm to put that extra energy in driving the grime off. !! i think of it as in between using a pressure hose (too strong ) and water running over it (too weak).

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So my paint work is recoverable then? that would be a huge relief! i might have a go at it in next couple of days, i have some meguiars nxt polish and i might have a go with that, if that doesnt work I might have to pay a specialist car valet to try and recover it!

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Valeters can 'mop' a car. Trust me, when you've seen a black car covered in hot metal shavings from an angle grinder be removed, swirls from a jet brush are nothing! 169144-ok.gif

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I've just been looking through the used car list on VW's website. There sure are a lot of black GTI's on there.

Spotted a really good value red DSG in Bury - shame I need 5 doors, and it's only got three.

Si.

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