Paul Alexander wrote:on a side note, can anyone recommend a decent polish for the elan?
When you say 'polish' do you actually mean polish, or do you mean wax? (and if you mean 'wax', do you actually mean wax, or synthetic stuff?)....
A polish is a cutting agent which will remove the top layer of paint (or clearcoat), together with any oxidisation and contamination.
Then (or instead of), you can use detailing clay to remove old wax and surface contaminants (but if well polished, it shouldn't need it).
It is only then that you should apply 'wax' to give it a nice shine and protection.
(all this info is courtesy of my painter, who has told me what i need to do to keep mine looking good)
Anyway, for a polish, i would recomment Farecla G10, or T-Cut.
For a 'wax' there are 4 basic options - 1) Beeswax, 2) Carnauba Wax, 3) Liqid Wax (which is a combination of 1 & 2 in a thinner solution), 4) Synthetic Resin Wax
Each have their own advantages and dissadvantages - The best shine will come from Carnauba, but it doesn't last long (consider it for 'show' use), next best is Beeswax, and it should last a month or more - both of these are a thick paste and are hard work to apply - but look good when done.
Liquid wax is easy to apply (especially in the spray-trigger bottles), and quick to buff - but again doesn't last for long (reapply every fortnight after a good wash, and it's not a hard job).
'Best' is the Synthetic Waxes - very easy to apply (liquid), easy to buff, last for 6 months or more - but cost far more than traditional waxes.
There are a hundred and one different ones availlable, and a trip to Halfords will give you a huge selection....
..... but I have got Meguiars Nxt gen 2.0 tech wax
to put on mine - I got it online for about £16 IIRC.
It's only 'downside' - apart from the price - is that masking tape doesn't stick to it for about 6 months (apparently!) - but I can't see that as a problem - all reviews say it keeps its 'water beading properties' for over 6 months - even with regular washing.
As with any such product, the more (thin) layers that you apply, the deeper the shine and higher the level of protection - the advice I was given was to wax it twice, about a week apart, then after another month, (with regular washing) apply it again, then as and when I want to do it.
For a better shine, go for a 'show' wax, but it will need doing quite often - but there is nowt wrong with a good synthetic protection layer, and an odd Carnauba waxing if you want it extra shiney for a special day.