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Old 05-23-2002, 09:53 AM   #1
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Default Detailing! Whose a clean freak?

The best basics money can buy:

-Mothers California Gold Car Wash Soap (super slimy and foamy, best soap in town!)
-3M Imperial Hand Glaze. Easy on, easy off, super finish and long lasting, better than any shucks/department store stuff.
-One Grand Blitz Wax. The best wax for daily drivers. Ten miles thick and easy to take off as your intercooler. Apply? Simply rub on with your finger tips, let frost, and wipe off. *Poof!*


Some tips for you guys:
NEVER USE DISHWASHING SOAP! #1 tip o' the day! It'll strip off your wax, it'll strip off your polish, it'll strip off any amount of protection off the surface of your car. ONLY a good thing when you're wanting to start from a clean slate, with full intentions to polish, wax, and rewash your car. I guess it's ok if you like your finish to feel like sandpaper.

NEVER USE A SPONGE OF ANY KIND! Pores pores pores to hold dirt, sand, bug guts, rocks, or rubbing bird poo into your finish, over and over, back and forth across your paint! Synthetic fibers like the Chiwalla (sp?) or whatever? Toss it. Get rid of that car wash brush as well and throw out those insect gut removal sponge thingamabobs. Only 100% cotton towels (not the crap made in pakistan either! Only USA!) and REAL sheepskin wash mitts allowed here.

Blue Coral, Turtle Wax, Armor All, Nu Finish, Eagle One; THEY ARE SPAWNED FROM THE DEVIL! Stay very far away! If you have these in your garage, it's ok, you didn't know. Toss them.

Here are my routines:
Wash once or twice every week.
Wax at least once a month.
Polish every four to six months.
Clay Bar every six months.

Anyway, onto my routines!
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Old 05-23-2002, 09:57 AM   #2
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Here is my ultimate routine, all written down just for you guys, took me about an hour to write!

If car has been neglected, really dirty, blasted by sand, snow and/or insects to point your paint feels gritty and water doesn't bead on your paint, this what I typically do and recommend:

1. Handwash with dishwashing soap, Dawn works best to remove old wax, old polish, etc. Take time in cleaning crevices and getting all the surfaces of the car. Pay special attention to lower body panels and bumpers where extra crap may collect.

2. Dry with Absorber towel. A MUST HAVE. Better than any chamois known to man and the best $12 bux you'll spend on a detailing product. Don't scratch your paint trying to dry with a towel or cheap chamois. Simply lay on your paint, and drag it toward you. Poof! 90% of water absorbed and gone.

3. After car is completely dry, break out the Mothers Clay Bar Kit. Using quick detailer supplied by kit, spray generously (about half a bottle by the time your done with the entire car) on one panel at a time. Drag clay as per instructions and feel the paint become as smooth as butter. You'll literally hear this sandpaper sound as you glide it back and forth over the detailer. This sound will eventually disappear as all the contaminants are cleaned off. Test with finger. SMOOOOOOOTH.

4. Step back, drool.

5. Once complete, your car will look like an absolute mess. I don't recommend doing any of this if its hot and in direct sunlight. Don't worry about the chemical residue all over your car. This will be taken care of in step number-

6. Wash all over again. Only this time, use the car wash soap, your preference. Make sure it's really foamy and NOT from Blue Coral, Nu Finish or Turtle Wax. Armor All? You should be shot! Mothers and Meguiars are the only stuff I'll use in town. Mothers preferably.

7. Dry car again with Absorber.

8. Car should already be super shiny. But bare ass naked. No polish + no wax = no protection. Be careful here.

9. Break out the 3M Imperial Hand Glaze! It's a light polish, not a compound or cutter like some. Once more, stay away from blue coral, turtle wax, armor all, etc. Meguiars is good, but make sure it's a light polish. No cleaner polish/wax combos either!

3M IHG is the best stuff I've ever found. It's VERY easy to use. Simply apply to white cotton t-shirt (watch those seams and rip off the tag!) and gently rub into your paint. Work over one body panel at a time and let it completely dry. Should only take a few minutes.

Once it hazes, take another cotton t-shirt and test by buffing a small section off. If it smears, and/or leaves a residue which makes your paint appear darker in some places, lighter in others, it didn't sit long enough. When it's completely dry, it should simply rub off with little effort. DO NOT let it bake on your finish. It'll be a major PITA to take off then, which leads to unnecessary risk to your paint when you rub it off.

10. Step back, admire your work and throw back a beer. Drool even. Car looks better than your girlfriend.

11. Time for One Grand Blitz Wax! Smells so good you want to eat it. Buttery smooth and gives you that funny feeling between your fingers. Mmm, be one with the Blitz. Easiest, most friendliest wax ever made, and long lasting. You do not need any applicators, for you will be using your hand! Make sure your fingernails aren't long and pointy like Palpatine! You might scratch your paint.

Rub into your paint, one body section at a time. NO circles or swirls here, Mr. Miyagi. Apply over body panels in back and forth motions towards the front and back of your vehicle. You want to rub it in the direction the wind flows over the car. Fenders, hood, roof, trunk, they all get this treatment. Work over each section carefully and consistently, and don't go over areas you went over already. A little Blitz Wax goes a long way. Swirl your fingers tips into the wax can and apply. Keep your fingers always covered in wax and pay careful attention to your finger nails. You're literally applying a coat of armor to your paint and do not want to leave any scratches underneath it.

Rub it gently into your paint, almost zen like. Once it frosts to a light haze, buff off with a soft t-shirt or microfiber towel. Keep doing this over the entirety of car until you are completely done.

Can't find Blitz Wax in town? Order it online, you won't be sorry! ( www.carcareonline.com , www.motorhead.net ; you can find the other stuff I've mentioned here as well, 3M IHG is your friend!)

12. Admire your work. I guaran freakin' tee you your car will be as slick as whale snot. Not to mention gorgeous. Call up your friends and show them, and rub in the fact that you saved yourself the $100 bux they spent on a commercial detailer, where your car is simply an employee's next step to a paycheck.
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Typically, I wash my car once or twice a week with car wash soap and dry it with an absorber. That is it. All you really need if you keep a healthy coat of wax on it at all times.

You can tell if you need wax. The water won't bead and you'll literally have to rub the dirt off your paint to get it off. You shouldn't have to rub it. It should simply wipe away with minimal pressure. If you feel any resistance on the paint as you wash, it's a good idea to rewax it. Feel any small amount of grit, break out the dishwashing soap, polish it, then wax it. Only use a clay bar every six months or so. It'll make the paint like brand new.

I recently did this to my dad's black car (just bought it, wasn't take care of by previous owner and it's a '98) and the paint was as smooth as the day it rolled off the assembly line as soon as I was done with it. Unfortunately, since the last person didn't take care of it, there's quite a few blemishes and scratches on the paint that any amount of detailing won't take off and only a body shop can fix. However, wherever the paint is undamaged it is beautiful. Like staring into a glass lake.

Sorry to write a book!

Anybody else have any tips? An awesome solution to cleaning your glass is #0000 steel wool and clearview glass cleaner. Just make sure the cleaner has no ammonia and you'll be fine. Also make sure it's the steel wool with FOUR zeros. Buff and dry off with a newspaper.

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Old 05-23-2002, 10:41 AM   #3
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Zaino is the only way to go for paint care products, if you haven't ever tried their products you don't know what you are missing. Check them out at www.zainobros.com.
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Old 05-23-2002, 02:06 PM   #4
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Yup, Zaino is the only way to go.
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Old 05-23-2002, 02:11 PM   #5
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Good write up, one comment tho. Eagle One Products are not like Armor-All or anything like that. The name makes it sound that way. But Eagle-One is very very good (Same class as Meguiers or Mothers). They probably make the Best Tire "Shine" Products that you can get for not spending more then $8.00, there waxes and washes are great too. VW uses Eagle One as there "Car Cleaning Products" I am sure you have heard about the car care stuff that you can buy from the VW Dealer, all that stuff is, is Eagle One stuff.
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Old 05-23-2002, 02:34 PM   #6
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That is the formula that kevin and I have use for awhile. The only thing different is that I use all Meguiars products. I have been using them before you could buy them on the shelf. Glad you can now .

I'm a little more anal on my car then Kevin when it comes to the inside. I vacum and shampoo my own carpets. I vacum almost everytime I wash the car and shampoo once a month. I care a lot about what my interior looks like, its the part that I see the most .
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Old 05-23-2002, 05:27 PM   #7
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Lee's a little more anal of the interior because he makes more of a mess than I do. This one time, I found 50 french fries under his front seat and...........j/k

I haven't used Zaino yet. I would definitely like to try!

As for tires and wheels, I use meguiar's endurance (that weird tire gel stuff) and lasts a long time. Just don't drive your car before it dries. For wheels I use the leftover soap and water and a soft brush, and always try to keep a coat of wax on them. I didn't know eero uses eagle one. I thought they used something like P21s or something. That's good stuff too!
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Old 05-23-2002, 06:21 PM   #8
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hey you guys wanna detail my car??? ill give you 10 bucks heh!
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Old 05-23-2002, 06:59 PM   #9
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I used the Zaino tire cleaner and it works the best so far. It gives your tires the new look (nice shiny black) and it stays that way for 2-3 weeks of driving. Works real well.

On the interior, I use the Zaino Leather Cleaner and Leather Softner. Makes the entire interior nice a pretty. Now, if only I could find something to take out those wrinkles that leather seats get in them after a period of time...

On my windows I used GM Window Cleaner. That **** will take anything off from bug guts to shoe polish.

That's about it.

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Old 05-23-2002, 07:08 PM   #10
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Well Eero doesnt use Eagle One (Eero doesnt even detail cars, they out source to that Detail Shop right next to them). But it is VW that uses Eagle One. VW sells "Volkswagen Apporved" Car Cleaning Products, and all that is, is just Eagle One Stuff.
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Old 05-24-2002, 06:25 AM   #11
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hey you guys wanna detail my car??? ill give you 10 bucks heh!
Ya sure 10x10 and i'll do it.
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Old 05-24-2002, 06:44 AM   #12
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If you want an over load of info on detailing check out htis web-site. This guy is one of the sponsers of the Z forum that I am a member of and he competes on the national level in the concourse competitions. I think you will find all the info you would ever need for detailing.
http://www.avalonracing.net/detailzone.htm
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