The Banker has just asked what the cleaning regime is with Eugene, as it does tend to look ok, without a lot of time spent cleaning/polishing... I am not a 'polisher'.
There are a few random posts within the forum on what I do/use, but it kinda makes sense to collate the info into a single post.
First, today Eugene is bare Aluminium and Carbon.
(There have been a few different iterations of Eugene...)
And a lot of people seem to think keeping bare aluminium and carbon clean is difficult, and takes a lot of work...
As I prefer to be driving, not polishing, that's something I wanted to avoid.
So after a few different approaches I now have a really simple regime for keeping Eugene looking good, without lot of work.
(Be aware I do not want shiny aluminium...)
So to the cleaning approach:Carbon
It is worth noting that the Carbon is not lacquered, as all the research I did before going carbon (and the carbon 7s I have seen with lacquered finishes) tend to suffer white contamination from water/sunlight/UV, especially as the lacquer chips. So I have pre-preg, with no top finish.VonHaus Random Orbital Polisher
Kit EASYGLOSS Carbon Fibre Polish & Protec
t & TOPFINISH 2 Black Nano Polishing Compound
The polish is used on Carbon racing yachts, so the level of protection it provides is excellent - both against water/salt and sunlight/UV.
(It is sunlight UV that interacts with moisture within the carbon weave that causes the white contamination, so good UV protection is really needed!)Aluminium
With the Aluminium I prefer a 'brushed' look, rather than mirror shiny look (I did try that first... didn't like it.)
And I've found the brushed look really easy to maintain.Scotch-Brite™ Hand Pad 7447
& Scotch-Brite™ Hand Pad 7441
The Red is the one I prefer, but the White is softer.
And all 'strokes' are in the same direction across the whole car - keeping the 'brushed look' consistent.
After the required finish is attained, any good wax type polish can be used to prevent water marks.
(Presently I use a 'black' wax polish, as I prefer the look compared to plain aluminium.)
(The above piccy of Eugene is a good example - the finish was original done months before, with just the occasional wash and rinse with a snow-foam to get the muck off...)
I am also about to test the products from https://www.everbritecoatingsuk.com/,
as a possible alternative finish - but as yet am uncertain, as you can't add 'polish' on-top, or underneath, unless it is water based... but I am trying within the engine bay...
And when first cleaning any Aluminium, this is a good general purpose cleaner, in conjunction with the 3M hand pads: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MMHXGI2/ref=pe_27063361_485629781_TE_item
Hope that helps