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I’ve bought the chemical guys stuff, will be getting the jet seal on a.s.a.p if there’s a decent day to do it. Just been out to put my glass cleaner/detailing spray in the boot as I was sure I read on here somewhere that there were nets either side of the boot to hold things in. But alas there are none so I need a new plan for storing them.
 

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I’ve bought the chemical guys stuff, will be getting the jet seal on a.s.a.p if there’s a decent day to do it. Just been out to put my glass cleaner/detailing spray in the boot as I was sure I read on here somewhere that there were nets either side of the boot to hold things in. But alas there are none so I need a new plan for storing them.
i have a shoe box without the lid in my boot. A couple of strips if sticky velcro on the bottom of box stops it moving.
 

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I’ve bought the chemical guys stuff, will be getting the jet seal on a.s.a.p if there’s a decent day to do it. Just been out to put my glass cleaner/detailing spray in the boot as I was sure I read on here somewhere that there were nets either side of the boot to hold things in. But alas there are none so I need a new plan for storing them.
 

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Love the magno grey colour and it is worth getting. I did decide to get my car wrapped in PPF. I plan on keeping the car and just want to protect it. Only had my front end wrapped so far and will book it in to get the rest finished when I have a few days off together 👍🏻 PPF looks great - you have no idea it’s there and total peace of mind knowing it’s protected.
 

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I think the nicest colour is the Matte grey and I'd love to have it. However I may settle for the mountain grey or digi white as I'm afraid of potential scratches 🙁 .
 

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I was one of those that thought it would be a pain but after having washed it twice, I can tell you it's actually easier than gloss colors. What you need is a set of matte paint products, microfiber washing mitt and microfiber drying towel. Aside from your main shampoo I highly recommend you also get what I call an emergency cleaner, to be used between washes, for example to get rid of bird poop or tree sap or just light dirt and fingerprints. You can do without the rest but if you're well equipped it'll make your life easier.

Here's my exterior washing/cleaning gear:

Nanolex Matte Reactivating Shampoo - my main shampoo. Note you need a shampoo specifically for matte colors, as they are wax and polish free. Using regular shampoo will add shine to your color, which will destroy it and I'm not sure if the damage is permanent, maybe someone else can chime in on that, but anyways just use matte paint shampoo.

Nanolex Matte Final Finish - my emergency cleaner

Nanolex Glass Cleaner - windows and windshield cleaner

Urban Glass Sealant - haven't used it yet as I'm being a little lazy, but you can read through the description. To be honest I find all windows and windshield are already a little hydrophobic, maybe because the car is still new, but I've watched videos of the sealant and I don't think you'll ever have to put your wipers on, like ever.

Nanolex Microfiber Wash - cleans the washing mitt, washing brush and towel. Depending on how dirty your car is, you may not have to use it after every wash. Plain water may be enough for a few times. After two washes both my mitt and towel are looking good, but I wash the car before it gets too dirty, which I highly recommend you do too. The product can even be used in the washing machine, but personally, I'm gonna stick to hand wash. Don't want any detergent residue mix with it.

Microfiber Madness Ultra-thick Wash Mitt - soft as silk, paint protective, dirt easy to get rid of using two bucket method. Here's a video of it.

Microfiber Madness Incredibrush Flat - exact same material as the wash mitt. I use it to clean both wheels and brake calipers, although for the outside I prefer to still use the wash mitt as it's easier to handle. But deep inside the wheel and in between spokes is where the brush shines.

Nanolex Microfiber Drying Towel - towel is huge and holds massive amounts of water. Actually it holds so much water it can dry your whole car without having to wring it out. In fact you probably won't be able to wring it out as no water will come out. Near the end of the drying process, the towel will get considerably heavy though.

Chemical Guys TORQ Foam Blaster 6 - this may be one of the least important items on my list, but it makes the whole process a little easier. Don't bother if you already have a pressure washer, but if you don't, it's a h3ll of a product. Although it's no match to a pressure washer, the amount of foam it produces is pretty incredible. That said, I keep it at setting 5 which is the highest. I've found anything less than that, foam is a little poor. You will go through a whole bottle pretty quick though. I make it just in time it runs out. There is a mark that shows how much shampoo you'll put in, but if you get the shampoo on my list, it's highly concentrated so you should be fine with half of what the bottle says. Best follow Nanolex instructions (think it says something like 30ml). I also put a little into my clean bucket, just so the mitt gets a little shampoo on it before applied on the car, for extra lubrication. Lubrication is your friend.

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As mentioned earlier, matte color is actually easier to clean for a striking result, for one important reason, that any imperfections aren't as visible as in gloss. The only visible imperfection is water spots, that can easily be dealt with if you wash and rinse your car every once in a while. Don't wash the whole car before you start rinsing. Wash and rinse one panel at a time, like start from the hood, wash and rinse, next do the windshield, wash and rinse, then the top, then one side, then the other, and finally the rear. Leave the lower parts for last, including the wheels. Oh and choose a spot away from direct sunlight. Don't forget to keep the car wet, until you're ready to dry it off. You don't want any parts drying out while you're still washing it, that can leave water spots. Minor imperfections can be dealt with the final finish product, like if you've already dried it off when you notice the imperfection, but sometimes water spots require an extra wash, so just follow the one panel at a time method and you'll be good. Easy peasy.

Matte only real downside is that if you scratch it, it's more expensive to fix. Which is why you should NEVER apply pressure with the mitt, or towel. That's why matte shampoos are in fact stronger, to soften up all that dirt for you so that you won't have to apply pressure. Also, no circular moves with the mitt. You need to move horizontally or vertically, and always gently. Think about massaging your wife. You don't want to hurt her.

Two bucket method. As mentioned earlier, its a method in which you use a clean and a dirty bucket. Dirty bucket best have dirt trap inside. Rinse the car, then start with the foam blaster or pressure washer and spray a panel (not the entire car), go to your clean bucket which has a little shampoo in it as well, dip mitt in, do said panel. Rinse it out. Dip mitt into dirty bucket, press it against the dirt trap and move it around a bit. Wring it out a bit outside the bucket, then dip it into your clean bucket which has the shampoo and leave it there for a while until you use your foam blaster or pressure washer on another panel. Pick up the mitt and repeat process. After a couple panels you may notice that the ones you did first have started drying out, just go there and rinse it back, keep the entire car wet at all times, until you're ready to dry it off. The foam blaster on my list has a clip that makes it very easy to go from foam blasting to plain water, and that's very convenient as I move from panel to panel.

And if I'm not forgetting anything that's about it. As for your dilemma, aside from personal taste, matte color is nothing to worry about. If you ask me, I couldn't have made a better choice. (y)
Thanks for putting up a really helpful advance has given me some peace of mind on my colour choice for my order now.
 

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I have no regrets even after a year. Its the first thing people comment on. Easy to clean too 👍
 

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Thanks for putting up a really helpful advance has given me some peace of mind on my colour choice for my order now.
Glad that you found it helpful. As @steve_3939 said, about a year later and still no regrets. It looks so soft and smooth people like to touch too. It actually does feel a lot different than gloss/metallic.
 
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I have no regrets even after a year. Its the first thing people comment on. Easy to clean too 👍
Was not sure at first as said to myself would never have another grey car ,But there was a a35 parked around the corner from our home in DMG colour and my mind was made up , Looked really special .
 

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Was not sure at first as said to myself would never have another grey car ,But there was a a35 parked around the corner from our home in DMG colour and my mind was made up , Looked really special .
where are you from?
 

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To far to take a close up of mine then 👍
Just been for a look though the nearest Merk dealers car park . was dithering on the colour ,worried about the maintenance ,even thought of changing to more usual colour .but seeing in the flesh on 2 A35s confirmed my first choice was correct, looks wonderful and knew I would probably regret compromising . ...ordered now .not got a Date .yet probably next week .
 
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