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Old 09-06-2012, 01:02 AM   #2851
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:24 PM   #2852
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My friend Derek helped me give my car its first hand washing...

Here are some "before" pictures. Fresh out of the touchless car wash. It was much worse than it looks!









Washing...



Washed...



Waxed...

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Old 09-08-2012, 11:24 PM   #2853
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Done!









And a few more...






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Old 09-08-2012, 11:29 PM   #2854
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As someone that details on the side I'm glad you got to finally see the magic black cars are my favorite because they always look 100x better after
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:33 PM   #2855
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It really does look incredible now. I could only imagine what it would look like after clay and polishing. Just the wash and wax made a giant difference. The paint looks so much deeper and clearer now. It's so nice and shiny!
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:46 PM   #2856
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It really does look incredible now. I could only imagine what it would look like after clay and polishing. Just the wash and wax made a giant difference. The paint looks so much deeper and clearer now. It's so nice and shiny!

Just wait till you have someone professional (or someone good at what they do) 4 stage it
Also using a good paste Lusso Oro Premium Carnauba Wax is just nom nom nom

My cheap quick wax is 1z Einz Glanz

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Old 09-08-2012, 11:46 PM   #2857
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I also detail on the side.. I can definitely appreciate this! Looks great! Which wax?
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:19 AM   #2858
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Just wait till you have someone professional (or someone good at what they do) 4 stage it
Also using a good paste Lusso Oro Premium Carnauba Wax is just nom nom nom
If it doesn't make my car faster, and it costs a lot, then it probably won't happen. Lol. I'm pretty happy with how it is now. Maybe someday long down the road I'll get it detailed professionally.

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I also detail on the side.. I can definitely appreciate this! Looks great! Which wax?
We used Meguire's Tech Wax 2.0. It was very easy to work with, and I think it did a very good job.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:35 AM   #2859
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If it doesn't make my car faster, and it costs a lot, then it probably won't happen. Lol. I'm pretty happy with how it is now. Maybe someday long down the road I'll get it detailed professionally.


We used Meguire's Tech Wax 2.0. It was very easy to work with, and I think it did a very good job.
Just get it professionally done (or buy the equipment to do it yourself) then hard bodied *wolfs hard body* . Good for about 2 years before you need it done again +)
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:24 AM   #2860
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or, clay bar (in the future) and wet wax like we did... save the money and time and make the car faster!
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:45 AM   #2861
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or, clay bar (in the future) and wet wax like we did... save the money and time and make the car faster!
Why clay when you can autoscrub now?
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:02 AM   #2862
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Why clay when you can autoscrub now?
I just Googled it. This looks pretty cool... Have you used it on your car? I would need to do it by hand... No power tools on my end.

http://www.nanoskinusa.com/_e/AUTOSC...art_Up_Kit.htm


Ben maybe we should do this next time.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:36 AM   #2863
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How much is it? Can it be done by hand?
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:43 AM   #2864
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How much is it? Can it be done by hand?
Most likely.. but it would take ages. Similar to using compound/polish by hand it takes A LOT of time compared to just getting a buffer for cheap.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:58 AM   #2865
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I just Googled it. This looks pretty cool... Have you used it on your car? I would need to do it by hand... No power tools on my end.

http://www.nanoskinusa.com/_e/AUTOSC...art_Up_Kit.htm

Ben maybe we should do this next time.
I use a griots orbital 6 inch and 3 (mostly inside and tight spaces) A buffer when on sale can be had for 150ish. I use this thing all the time saves me hours of time. Typical claying takes hours. With the autoscrub 15-30 mins max. First use make sure to break it in on a windshield. Best part is if you drop it accidentally on the floor you just rinse with water.
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:23 PM   #2866
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How much is it? Can it be done by hand?
Sounds like it wouldn't be ideal to be done by hand. Maybe next spring i can invest in one and we can try it out.


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I use a griots orbital 6 inch and 3 (mostly inside and tight spaces) A buffer when on sale can be had for 150ish. I use this thing all the time saves me hours of time. Typical claying takes hours. With the autoscrub 15-30 mins max. First use make sure to break it in on a windshield. Best part is if you drop it accidentally on the floor you just rinse with water.
Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:07 PM   #2867
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I had so much fun washing my car yesterday, that I decided to wash my wife's today. Her's is 4 years older and has also seen the same amount of exterior care (none). It was in similar shape, but worse overall. Lots of swirls and built up residue, but she also has a lot more dings and deeper scratches.

Here's how it started. Fresh out of the touchless car wash.













I sprayed it all down and then started washing it. The passenger front quarter panel was the first thing I did. After just washing it (still wet) I was blown away by how different it already looked! The blue flake in the Nighhawk Black paint was really starting to show!





I finished up washing and drying and then waxed in the same manner as with my car. It turned out looking really good. The deep scratches are still there, but I got rid of all the thick grime and the wax covered up a lot of the lighter swirling and small blemishes. The paint looks sooo much smoother now.





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Old 09-09-2012, 11:07 PM   #2868
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And here are some outdoor shots.











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Old 09-09-2012, 11:09 PM   #2869
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Only you could make a Civic look good.
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Only you could make a Civic look good.


nice job on the washes
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:40 PM   #2871
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agreed, well done!
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:58 AM   #2872
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Glad it worked out. What did the wife say?
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:02 AM   #2873
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you should do a 30-100 pull in you civic and I'll do one in mine..lol
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:17 AM   #2874
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nice job on the washes
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agreed, well done!
Thanks. I like the Civic. It's a good car for what it is.

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Glad it worked out. What did the wife say?
She didn't even look at it last night. Her comment this morning was how clean and slippery the door handles were. Haha.

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you should do a 30-100 pull in you civic and I'll do one in mine..lol
I'm guessing it will be close to the pull I did in my Accord, maybe a bit slower. They're similar power and weight, but the Accord was a 5MT and the Civic is an Auto. I'm not sure the Civic has ever gone that fast...
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:12 AM   #2875
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Awesome car! I was pretty set on an STi but now you make me want to just get a WRX and build it up as well.. will have to see what pops up!

Main thing im worried about is the gearbox..
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