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My husband was ever so proud when he bought his first car (going back a few years now) so since he was due to pick it up on Christmas Eve I decided to put together a car hamper for Christmas Day for him. One of the items I purchased was the less than catchily titled Sealey CC77, which is actually a polishing mitt for the car enthusiast.
I paid £4.45 for the Sealey CC77, plus postage and packing, from eBay, and I think a fiver is fair for this as it's pretty substantial when it comes. The Sealey CC77 comprises a black and white mitt type glove suitable for the left or right hand, and the buffing / polishing side is an air force blue type colour. It's made up of lots of thick strings of microfibre - it looks very similar to a mop head in fact - in fact, the best way I can describe it is that it's like a long pile bathroom mat (if you see what I mean from the picture!) The RRP is around £15.
The idea behind this 'shagginess' and the fact it's made out of microfibre of course is to increase the surface area and the absorbtion for buffing off the last bits of water after a wash and for really working in the wax (or whatever product you use on your car). It's very effective, too, my husband swears by it for a nice streak free finish.
The Sealey CC77 mitt pops into the washing machine, I would always advise giving it an extra spin at the end as it's so flipping absorbent it takes ages to dry, and can be line, radiator or tumble dried though you may risk a little bit of shrinkage if you put it through the tumble. I just pop it on the radiator and it takes about a day to dry (on sunny days you could leave it out on the patio table for example).
Overall hubby is very impressed with the Sealey CC77 and of all the things I bought him for his car hamper which have either been all used up or have broken this one still keeps going strong and is not quite as new (it's a bit faded from the sun and a few bits of microfibre have gone fluffy) it's still in excellent condition and has years left in it, I'm pleased to say. So if you can pick up a Sealey CC77 and you are into buffing and polishing your car, then I highly recommend it. It's far from an essential item but if you do like a nice shiny finish, then it's a great bit of kit and over the years it's sure to save you money as you can get a professional finish at home.
All together, I am very happy I bought the Sealey CC77 as a gift for my husband and highly recommend it for personal use or for car care hampers and the like. A very fair four stars out of five from me, it's a quality car buffing mitt, even if it has a bit of a strange name.
This mitt came in a car care pack that my family bought me to celebrate passing my D1 test which means I can drive the minibus which my dad runs! It was a few years ago now and the mitt is still with me but I no longer use it, you really can not beat a good sponge. This is alright for car cleaning but it is not as good as a sponge despite it looking impressive.
==Price and availability==
You can buy the mitt in a kit which retails at around £15 alternatively you can buy it on lines own for £5.40 and it is available from Aamzon, Tools Stop and Halfords.
The mitt is designed to be used on your hand and worn like a glove but I always found it easier using it like a cloth and gripping the exterior. One side is made of blue tassels that are made from microfibers and it is soft but quite shabby feeling, there is not enough of the tassels in my opinion. The tassels are quite long though and very absorbent they hold a lot of water so it is good for drying the car too. The tassels are designed to get all the dirt and bugs from your car with ease and leave it so that there are no streaks or fluff deposits left from the cloth. The microfiber fabric has a tight weave to keep all the material together.
The other exterior is spongy and has a white cloth over it so that you can use it to dry off the car or use it to wipe down the windows. I did not like cleaning the car with this side as I left the material was a little too harsh for the paintwork. There is a baggy cuff to secure it to your hand but this is far too big for me.
I would not buy another as although it has lasted ages, it has in fact not been used a lot. It holds water well and it's really absorbent but it just does not clean as well as it should. It creates a lot of foam and soap sods but the mitt does not get right into the dirt and lift it off, it needs a lot more effort than a sponge.
I am not overly impressed, in my opinion you cannot beat a good chamois and a sponge.
2-in-1 Shaggy Microfibre Mitt