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Old 02-02-2009, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default I never use soap or wax?

This is the first time that I post in this section, and the amount of info is overwhelming.

I really have no idea on how to properly wash a car, and never in my life I have used was. I was tough by a mexican guy to spray water all over the car to remove dirt, than with a towel wipe the car, than wash the towel again and wipe the car again, finally dry the car with another towel.
The car actually looks really good after washing, in fact it looks better than when I used soap. So my current detailing supplies are water and towels that I sometimes bring back by mistake from my gym .

So what's the proper way to wash a car? What supplies should I buy? What products do you recommend? I am not looking at spending a ton of money, I just want to take care of my car and make him look good.

I post some pics of my car when I get home.

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Old 02-02-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
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You wipe the car after you rinse?

Never hear of that method..

I want to make sure all the dirt is off as much as possible.

1. I rinse the car with a garden hose.
2. I use a brush (my own, not a public one) and dip into a bucket of warm soapy water and scrub.
or
2b. I use a sponge and use the same method and then rinse the sponge off in another bucket of water to remove contaminants.
3. Rinse again.
4. Dry with shamoi

Anything stuck on there I use clay bar.

Meguiar's car shampoo or Turtle Wax ICE car wash I hear is good.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:06 PM   #3
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:19 PM   #4
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WTF lol ^^^^this is better man cute girl also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3g_V...eature=related
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:39 PM   #5
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:14 AM   #6
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haah funny clip.

this is what i do.

1) hand vacuum interior
2) wash wheels with separate rag, little soap, and water
3) let hose run for a little bit. rinse wheels and car thoroughly, top to bottom.
4) with microfiber sponge, wash 1/2 car, rinse. wash other half of the car, rinse. (i do this because the sun and wind tends to dry the soap rather quickly.
5) pull wet car into garage or shade and dry with The Absorber.
6) with regular microfiber towel, i dry the door frame, hatch frame, and any excess water from any other cracks. dry wheels with separate rag.
7) wax (every 2 months) and armor all tires every month.
8) drive car around the block a couple times to let all that other excess water to leak out. there's always water that comes out from the sideview mirrors. wipe off excess water.

i wash and reuse microfiber towels and just throw away any dirty ones. never drop anything microfiber on the ground or it becomes useless. it picks up small pieces and rocks that will leave small scratches on your paint.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:35 AM   #7
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www.autopia.org

read everything

easily attainable products:
meguairs gold class car wash (advance autoparts etc)
vroom microfiber towels (orange and gray from target)
vroom microfiber chenille was mitt (target)
stoners invisible glass (advance autoparts)

use 2 buckets, one with soapy water, one with regular water... rinse the wash mitt in the regular water before you go back into the soap. wash from top down. be careful, don't use a lot of pressure.

don't let your towels or mitt touch the ground, any contaminates in them will scratch/mar your paint.

check out:
www.autogeek.net
www.detailersdomain.com
www.detailedimage.com

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:44 AM   #8
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Introduction to Car Detailing
http://www.autopia.org/publish/artic...ing/Page1.html

How to Wash and Dry Like a Pro
http://www.autopia.org/publish/artic...Pro/Page1.html

Keeping Your Car Protected by Waxing or Sealing
http://www.autopia.org/publish/artic...ing/Page1.html
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:24 AM   #9
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Well Juan are you wanting to get directions on a full detail or did you want to know how to quickly wash a car every 2-3 weeks so it looks nice?
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:35 PM   #10
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:51 PM   #11
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this is how shiny my car is after I washed using my method



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Old 02-03-2009, 05:57 PM   #12
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not that your car isn't clean or anything, but just about anything will look good with those kind of effects.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:00 PM   #13
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not that your car isn't clean or anything, but just about anything will look good with those kind of effects.
................... you didn't see the smily face ?
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:15 PM   #14
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i did see the smiley face. i guess it could mean a lot of things?
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:28 PM   #15
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Wow, you have a lot to learn. The links posted are good information, but I think you need to start out a bit more slowly, or you could get a bit overwhelmed and give up. This is what I recommend you start off with as bare minimum. Just I'm afraid your car is already swirled pretty badly, but this should help 'hide' and reduce it in the future.

What to buy.
1.) Chenille Wash Mit - either terry or microfiber (MF) is fine
I avoid sponges for paint, they don't do a very good job on preventing dirt from scratching your paint.
2.) Car Wash Soap - Whatever you want. Cheap stuff, you just have to use more. Reason you don't want to use dishsoap or some other random is that they will remove wax from the car which you will apply later.
3.) Microfiber Drying Towel or a Chamois towel (i recommend synthetic). You need to dry the car after you wash it because of water spots. Waterspots left on paint for a long period of time will etch and damage paint. DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD TOWELS. They are very abrasive to car paint.
4.) Wax. Again, whatever you want since you're just beginning. I recommend a synthetic wax like Meguires NXT since it's easy to apply and lasts average time. This protects the paint from the elements. Also makes washing a LOT easier. You'll need an applicator pad. Any will do. NXT comes with its own,
5.)Random MF Towel - All purpose, you'll need this to remove the wax.

First off, you can either go to the 2 bucket system like others have suggested, or at minimum, you want to hose off your wash mitt every time BEFORE it goes back into the bucket. This is after every panel. Wash from top to bottom. Break the car up into sections at a time. Make sure you use plenty of soap, just not so much where you're wasting it. Read the measuring directions on the back of the bottle.

Now rinse the car with the hose. Blast off the majority of mud, salt, debris and just make sure the car is wet everywhere you're going to wash.

Wash in a back and forth/side to side motion. Washing in a swirl fashion will only serve to create swirls, not get your car cleaner. After you complete a section, blast off your mitt or rinse bucket if you went the 2 bucket route. Toss it into the soap bucket. Then rinse off your soapy panels. Repeat until all panels are done and car is clean.

When you're done, dry it. Most drying towels work best wet as you will find. When it gets saturated with too much water, wring it out and continue until the car is dry.

Wax. ALWAYS ALWAYS wax in the shade. Make sure the paint is cool. Otherwise you're going to hate your life and learn the hard way. Again, wax in a back and forth motion, not circles. Most people over wax (wasteful and time consuming), but I wont' get into that. Just read the directions on the bottle. Wipe off with the MF towel. Do a panel at a time. For waxes like NXT, it's pretty forgiving so I do the whole car.

That should be enough to get you started. If you like the results. That's when I would read more and invest more. What I have just listed should help prevent any more additional damage to happen from improper washing and add some protection in there too.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:27 PM   #16
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/\ WOW I have a lot to learn , I think is easier swapping injectors
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:41 AM   #17
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Haha! It's not so bad. Once you start a pattern, you don't even think about it. If you get too lazy, a touchless doesn't harm your paint. Granted it won't get it completely clean, but it shouldn't incur any damage.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:51 AM   #18
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get a job at a local dealership in the "make ready" department.

2 weeks later

be king of washing your car

then take home as many products as possible


nuff said
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:58 AM   #19
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Wow, you have a lot to learn. The links posted are good information, but I think you need to start out a bit more slowly, or you could get a bit overwhelmed and give up. This is what I recommend you start off with as bare minimum. Just I'm afraid your car is already swirled pretty badly, but this should help 'hide' and reduce it in the future.

What to buy.
1.) Chenille Wash Mit - either terry or microfiber (MF) is fine
I avoid sponges for paint, they don't do a very good job on preventing dirt from scratching your paint.
2.) Car Wash Soap - Whatever you want. Cheap stuff, you just have to use more. Reason you don't want to use dishsoap or some other random is that they will remove wax from the car which you will apply later.
3.) Microfiber Drying Towel or a Chamois towel (i recommend synthetic). You need to dry the car after you wash it because of water spots. Waterspots left on paint for a long period of time will etch and damage paint. DO NOT USE HOUSEHOLD TOWELS. They are very abrasive to car paint.
4.) Wax. Again, whatever you want since you're just beginning. I recommend a synthetic wax like Meguires NXT since it's easy to apply and lasts average time. This protects the paint from the elements. Also makes washing a LOT easier. You'll need an applicator pad. Any will do. NXT comes with its own,
5.)Random MF Towel - All purpose, you'll need this to remove the wax.

First off, you can either go to the 2 bucket system like others have suggested, or at minimum, you want to hose off your wash mitt every time BEFORE it goes back into the bucket. This is after every panel. Wash from top to bottom. Break the car up into sections at a time. Make sure you use plenty of soap, just not so much where you're wasting it. Read the measuring directions on the back of the bottle.

Now rinse the car with the hose. Blast off the majority of mud, salt, debris and just make sure the car is wet everywhere you're going to wash.

Wash in a back and forth/side to side motion. Washing in a swirl fashion will only serve to create swirls, not get your car cleaner. After you complete a section, blast off your mitt or rinse bucket if you went the 2 bucket route. Toss it into the soap bucket. Then rinse off your soapy panels. Repeat until all panels are done and car is clean.

When you're done, dry it. Most drying towels work best wet as you will find. When it gets saturated with too much water, wring it out and continue until the car is dry.

Wax. ALWAYS ALWAYS wax in the shade. Make sure the paint is cool. Otherwise you're going to hate your life and learn the hard way. Again, wax in a back and forth motion, not circles. Most people over wax (wasteful and time consuming), but I wont' get into that. Just read the directions on the bottle. Wipe off with the MF towel. Do a panel at a time. For waxes like NXT, it's pretty forgiving so I do the whole car.

That should be enough to get you started. If you like the results. That's when I would read more and invest more. What I have just listed should help prevent any more additional damage to happen from improper washing and add some protection in there too.

can't forget about that "bug sponge". for the bugs who think they can spend the rest of their after life on your front bumper
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:02 PM   #20
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I was tough by a mexican guy to spray water all over the car to remove dirt, than with a towel wipe the car, than wash the towel again and wipe the car again, finally dry the car with another towel.
I can't imagine how damaged the surfaces of those cars that guy washed
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:07 PM   #21
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I can't imagine how damaged the surfaces of those cars that guy washed
Try not to think about it. It will only bring pain.
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/\ WOW I have a lot to learn , I think is easier swapping injectors


lolz
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:13 AM   #23
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apart from a few particulars, washing your car isn't that hard. its just about using the right stuff to wash, dry, and wax.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:18 AM   #24
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this wont end well
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get a job at a local dealership in the "make ready" department.

2 weeks later

be king of washing your car

then take home as many products as possible


nuff said
My work areais right beside that dept. and I have ended up teaching them some things. Also I get almost all the free Duragloss product I need.
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