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Old 04-08-2002, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default Car detailing...How well do YOU take care of her?

Hey there just had the idea of seeing what kinda things people do to their cars in order to keep them shinning and looking ppuurrty

Personally i have a black wrx so cleaning is most likely more then say a silver owner

I wash my car twice a week using the yellow soap that kinda smells like banana's. Use a wash bucket and a rinse bucket to keep her scratches down to a min.

After i go over the whole car with something like a quik detailer or the quik wax from Meguiars as the absorber and water blade dont get everything off and i always have little water spots

Windows - Once a week inside and out
Wax - every other week or when im really bored - Gold class by Meguiars
Vaccum - mats,floors seats ect once a week
Interior - use a non shiny spray cleaner for the dash and other plastic stuff once a week
Engine - spray with soapy water each wash and every once in awhile spray some engine detailer

Then after a nice wash ill bust out the california duster everytime i come home to park her and it gets about 4-5 extra days of somewhat clean car out of it instead of in one day its back to all dusty and gross

What do you people out there do with the cars?

Also any cool new products or something to write home about that maybe others like myself arnt currently using that might help???

Thanks
Danny

P.s. just washed the car so its all nice now.. Just bought for the first time the Meguairs quik wax and it actually worked pretty good. Would reccomend it to others!
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Old 04-08-2002, 07:28 PM   #2
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Buy a book a read up on it!


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Old 04-08-2002, 07:28 PM   #3
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You have too much time on your hands! haha. Im lucky if I can find time to wash it once a month, let alone twice a week>! If you have some extra time you are welcome to come and wash my car for me. Ill pay you! heheh
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Old 04-08-2002, 07:37 PM   #4
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Help, I can't get my Mazda any cleaner!
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Old 04-08-2002, 08:08 PM   #5
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I take care my car better than anything else

If it's driven all week, it'll get washed by the weeks end, if hasn't been driven all week it won't, because.... it's garaged quite often, hasn't seen much rain, and hasn't seen ANY snow ( blasphemy!)...

Washing consists of:
Lambs skin/fur washmitt (for car), foam sponge(for wheels, wheel wells, underbody of bumpers, skirts)
Bucket with....
ZipWax car wash from TurtleWax, hey its cheap and I get alot of washes out of it, not like the tiny little Meguiars bottles for like $6 a pop.
No rinse bucket... JUST USE A HOSE!

Dry her up with Canon cotton towels
Mother's Clay bar if necessary
Meguiars ScratchX if necessary (which it rarely is )
Meguiars Gold Class liquid wax
Everywhere, even wheels
and I now have the #9 Swirl Reducer
Finish 2001 or something from TurtleWax again for the interior, not shiny like Armor All, protects from UV rays.
Tire shine... I forget which brand, but it rocks
Vacuum everything
Clean windows, which I have YET been able to clean to a perfect shine, There's always streaks and crap, I need to find a good glass cleaner.
Polish up the 'ol N1 with some Mother's metal polish
clean the engine bay, detail it if necessary (you could eat off my engine if you wanted to)
and I'm done

After a day of driving I tend to wipe the car down with the 'ol Califonia Duster and then go over the car with some Meguiars QuikDetailer, if needed.

In all... takes me about 4-8hrs, depending on certain things. It once took me 10hrs to clean a car, my aunts A4. It hadn't been detailed in over 2 years, lets say it came out looking brand new But I didn't get paid for it... it was a favor.

Anyone looking for a car detailer?

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Old 04-08-2002, 10:16 PM   #6
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My car is detailed professionally once per week by my friend who owns a detail shop. I do computer work for him and his employees detail my car every wednesday. They evern take the wheels off and clean the inside of the car. But as far as getting rid of the water spots heres what we do.

Wet the car down with light water(no pressure)
Wash the car with soap
Dry the car with 2 leather rags(verry soft lkeather, like katskin)
Finish Drying with Soft cotton blue cloths to get rid of any spots
Wax car with a light wax
remove wax with blue cloths
Wax with a thicker wax
Remove that wax with the blue cloths

I never have spots, ever. Now this is also professional stuff which is very pricey. Maybe thats all it is that keeps it clean. Of course if other things are required, clay bar, scratch remover or anything its done when needed.

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Old 04-08-2002, 11:10 PM   #7
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This was the ritual that I just followed:

1) Wash the car with lambswool wash mitt and car wash, both from Griot's Garage.
2) Dry with really nice microfiber drying towels, from GG
3) Paint Prep, from GG, to remove old, inferior waxes
4) clay treatment, from you-know-where
5) polish with my Porter Cable machine and GG Machine Polish nr. 3 (mildest), removing polish with microfiber polish removal towels
6) wax with Best of Show wax from...you guessed it! Remove wax with special bonnet for the orbital, designed by GG
7) park car...police won't let me drive it during the day because it blinds people!

Seriously, my paint is a soft and smooth as a baby's butt. The car just glistens. Who knew that the silver paint was so deep and metallic? Until you use Griot's Garage stuff, you haven't treated your baby right.

Oh, between waxes I keep baby shiny with Griot's Speed Shine, and use their cotton towels with the Speed Shine.

Keith, try Griot's Garage glass cleaner, and their lint-free towels. Makes your glass transparent, and not a hint of a streak. The stuff isn't cheap, but nothing else will touch my car.

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Old 04-08-2002, 11:37 PM   #8
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I've never waxed this WRB sedan yet (and it's raining out today, and you can tell )

I'm gonna give an honest try with Zaino's bazzilion step car "wax/polish", I've seen pictures, and one car up close, and it's amazing.

I wonder if I will get tennis elbow from all the steps though

I'll probably order it directly from them tommorow.
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Old 04-09-2002, 02:35 AM   #9
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Ouch! 10hrs.... and once a week if it's driven, and I thought my 2-3 hr car wash was long
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Old 04-09-2002, 03:08 AM   #10
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moss - Dont know anyone looking for a detailer

Gtguy - I'm sure Griots Garage could use a salesman

Damn after reading that i went outside and threw everything away and ill will order EVERYTHING from them tomorrow

Least im not a weirdo and otherpeople do the same crazy things all the time for their beauties
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Old 04-09-2002, 09:29 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by DubbleURX
moss - Dont know anyone looking for a detailer

Gtguy - I'm sure Griots Garage could use a salesman

Damn after reading that i went outside and threw everything away and ill will order EVERYTHING from them tomorrow

Least im not a weirdo and otherpeople do the same crazy things all the time for their beauties


I've always been a car care psycho, in part because my first cars were black (never again, I say, never again!). I've tried all kinds of stuff: Meguiars', 3M, Auto Glym (nice stuff), Zymol (both real and fake...blue stuff at Trak Auto). The Griot's stuff is the best that I have used, and I'm really picky. It's foolproof, plus it smells nice.

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Old 04-09-2002, 09:46 AM   #12
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Default Wax

I agree with gtguy, Griot's has good stuff at an affordable price. However, I use a lot of Zymol products(not the stuff you find at Autozone). It is very expensive, but nothing can touch it. For wax I use Concours (about $200 for a 10 oz. jar). You actually put it on with your hand, let the heat of your hand melt the wax. Very greasy type wax. Protects forever, or at least it seems like it! My buddy is a professional detailer, so we are always trying different products. A few of us are going to picth in on Zymols "Vintage" wax(about $1500 for a 20 oz. jar). Sounds crazy, but Zymol refills it for free for ever. That stuff should rock! Zymol does have one wax better than the Vintage but I forget the name of it. Check out their website. I also use their "Auto Bathe" soap which is really safe for waxed finishes. It is super mild. Their "Field Glaze" is a spray wax/quick detailer. The Griots is easier to remove, but the Zymol protects a little better. I like both of them a lot.

Keep your rides clean!

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Old 04-09-2002, 08:57 PM   #13
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Brand new Rex owner here...so I have a few questions concerning car care.

My salesperson recommended that I not wash the car with any soap the first month as the paint needed to cure further. He also told me that the dealership applied a coat of wax for me. I washed the car with just water and used an Absorber for drying this past weekend. How long did you guys wait before you washed your with car wash soap and applied your first coat of wax? What did you use to strip the dealer's wax if any? What would you recommend to strip this wax?

Some of you mentioned cleaning your engine compartment with soap and water. I'm really interested in knowing how you did yours. Was in necessary to cover any parts or did you just get in there and wash away and rinse?

Thanks all,
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Old 04-10-2002, 05:50 AM   #14
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i always enjoyed talking about care care. i really enjoy washing my car and seeing the shiny end result.
i wash my car with a washer mit, although i might not recommend it much, because if you dont rinse it out thoroughly, sand might get stuck in and when you wash your car, it might stratch the paint.
for soap, i use meguiar's gold class shampoo. works pretty well. wash from the bottom to the top, to get the dirt first.
then i hose her down.
use absorber wipes to dry her off, including the windows.
if i feel like it ill polish her with meguiar's deep polish.
then wax her with meguiar's cleaner wax. but i recently bought the gold class liquid wax. cant wait until it stops raining.
the windows i just use windex, and newspaper.
for the tires i just scrub them down, and then use the tire gel. very messy though. id recommend black magic spray, less messy and shines just as long.
soon i plan on getting the mothers clay bar. i got some grime that's stuck on the paint. i want it off!! and i gotta get the wheel cleaner to get the brake dust off.

im not too sure about not washing a new car with soap. i had to. when i had to get my win installed, they didnt wash her up for me so i had to do it the next day.
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Old 04-10-2002, 08:28 AM   #15
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Pablo: When was a salesman ever right? Your Subie paint is fully "cured." First, the factory bakes the finish on -- so all the solvents are evaporated in the factory process. (This may not be the case for painting from your body shop!) Second, your car was on a boat, then a train, then a truck, then the dealer's lot for, like, what, oh, 2-3 months. Wash and wax away.

Broad: I too had the Zymol bug for a while. I am not flaming you for your preferences but I can to view most of its products as inferior -- particularly Concours. I found that wax to last just about as long as it took me to apply it! I found much better products and very good advise at http://www.autopia-carport.com
Check it out -- and save some money when your Zymol runs out! For example, I much prefer the finish and protection of Pinnacle Souveran over Concours (at about $65 versus $200). Others swear by OneGrand Blitz ($15)!
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Old 04-10-2002, 10:06 AM   #16
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Good points MH

My salesperson was actually a cool fella. South African, followed WRC, and knew quite alot about the Rex. But his paint statement was a little bizarre.

Any thoughts on stripping this dealer wax off? Or would you guys just clean and re-wax over the top of the old wax?

Thanks for the tips gang,
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Old 04-10-2002, 12:46 PM   #17
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My car is detailed professionally once per week by my friend who owns a detail shop. I do computer work for him and his employees detail my car every wednesday. They evern take the wheels off and clean the inside of the car.
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you have to luv buddies with detail shops
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Old 04-10-2002, 01:06 PM   #18
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if u wash it all the time, ur gonna start seeing rust. cars, as any metals, need time to completely dry inside and out.
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Old 04-10-2002, 02:09 PM   #19
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Pablo: When was a salesman ever right? Your Subie paint is fully "cured." First, the factory bakes the finish on -- so all the solvents are evaporated in the factory process. (This may not be the case for painting from your body shop!) Second, your car was on a boat, then a train, then a truck, then the dealer's lot for, like, what, oh, 2-3 months. Wash and wax away.

Broad: I too had the Zymol bug for a while. I am not flaming you for your preferences but I can to view most of its products as inferior -- particularly Concours. I found that wax to last just about as long as it took me to apply it! I found much better products and very good advise at http://www.autopia-carport.com
Check it out -- and save some money when your Zymol runs out! For example, I much prefer the finish and protection of Pinnacle Souveran over Concours (at about $65 versus $200). Others swear by OneGrand Blitz ($15)!
Roger that, mh! Auto salesmen are rarely truly knowledgeable about any aspect of what they're selling. If you find one that is, he's a treasure, especially if he's a good guy to deal with.

My experience with the expensive Zymol stuff was that it worked great, but didn't last long, and was a stone-cold PITA (pain in the ***) to work with. For about a month, my car was the envy of the world. The Griot's stuff gives that same translucence, for twice as long. Pretty cool. I still recall finishing the car and thinking, "Oh, THAT's why they call it Platinum Silver METALLIC." It sparkles.

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Old 04-10-2002, 03:48 PM   #20
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I think I take good care of my car. The dealership on the other hand... Don't worry I'll write up a report on what they did and how you can avoid it. I need to get the pictures scanned. They finally did fix it in the end though. Now everyone stops and looks at my car like before. Having a clean car that gets people attention makes me proud.


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Old 04-10-2002, 06:15 PM   #21
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This was some after school work I did today.

First I took out all the floormats and vcuumed the car inside and out.

Then I vacuumed the floor mats and scrubbed them with a carpet brush and prestone followed by a hish pressure hosedown and a blow dry by my shop vac and let them site in the sun to dry further.

After that I cleaned the tires and wheels using some soap and water to get the dirst off and brushes for the tires and wheels.

Following that I washed my car with 100% cotton chenelle viking wash mits. Using Zaino z7 car wash. I used a total of 3 mitts. Also used a wash bucket and a rinse bucket and I keep my car in the garage while I wash so the sun doesnt dry the water into spots whatsoever.

1st mit: wash the roof..rinse wash the hood and trunk ... rinse and was the sides ABOVE the beltline and rinse.
2nd mit: Everything below the belitline including the bumpers
3rd mit: under the car, all the sides that curve under the car, under the side skirts and the wheel wells.

After washing I dry the car with Microfiber towels from neatitems.com.

After drying I go over the whole car with a quick datailer ( zaino Z6)

After quick detailing I pull the car into the sun and apply a coat of Z5 using a cotton applicator. The reason I pulled it into the sun is because you are supposed to use very thin layers and you need the sun to see where you applied it.

Waited about 45 mins and remove the zaino, QD some spots, clean the windows with stoners invisible window cleaner and clean all the plastic with stoners plastic stuff I forget what its called.

If I hadnt used z12? polish on the windows a few days earlier I would have done that again adding another coat of polish to the windows.

If this was a comeplete detail from scratch I would have washed with dawn first, then clayed then used a SMR like 3m SMR then washed again with dawn then applied Z1 followed by Z5 ect ect.

I do other things but they slipped my mind right now.

Bryan

edit: when i take the car to the dealer I MAKE SURE they write on the service slip not to wash it, that was if they do I can nail em on it.
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Old 04-10-2002, 08:52 PM   #22
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Cool Hot Car!

I wash and wax mine just about every weekend!!!

I use Zaino Bros. wax! It works amazing.
See for yourself!!!
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Old 04-10-2002, 10:59 PM   #23
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at least you CAN wash. We have a state wide water emergency here in NJ. My neighbor got slapped with a $1000 fine for washing his Mustang!! sucks
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Old 04-10-2002, 11:30 PM   #24
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I've done the three step deal with Meguiars products in the spring and late summer. In between, I've used the swirl remover and the Gold Class liquid every few weeks. But I think this time I'm going to try the clay bar routine to see how that works and maybe try the Pinnacle or Griots stuff since a lot of people seem to like them.
Also in the spring, I'll put my car on jack stands, rotate the tires and clean and paint the wheel wells and brake calipers with a coat of Rustoleum satin black. Clean the inside of the wheels with a wheel cleaner. And for another cheap but real effective touch, I paint the brake rotor hubs with Rustoleum aluminum paint (hey, it's better than rust).
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Old 04-11-2002, 01:09 AM   #25
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Does anyone know if the california duster scratches the car? My car is WRB and I dont want to get any swirl marks from all the dust here in central oregon. I have tried it once (sister bought it, sits in the garage) but I got scared after a quick swipe and put it away.
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