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Old 06-11-2002, 04:52 PM   #26
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Has there ever been a thread on here (or other source) that gives you the ins and outs and do's and don't of washing/waxing/etc?
Any threads of note or pointers?

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Take a trip over to http://www.autopia-carport.com and go to the "Detailing University" form. Then, read, read, read. You'll find several i-Clubbers over there.
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Old 06-11-2002, 07:01 PM   #27
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I live in an apartment complex so I'm forced to go to a DIY car wash and bring a bucket, mitt, chamois, and towels. I just got my WRX 3 weeks ago. Although I can get it clean after I wash it, it seems the wax is mostly worn off. I rub my hand on the paint surface and some sections squeak and some are smooth. I've never waxed a car, unless you count the auto car wash wax spray that you pay an extra $5 for.

Do any of you guys also go to a DIY car wash? If so, do you wax your car there or wait til you get home? About how long does it take to wax including waiting time? I know it depends on the product used and other factors, but I'm just wondering what some of you people do.

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I went to one in the trib (damn change machine was busted, walked around town for 20min to collect enough quarters, damn stores with 4 qtrs!)

Anyway, I turned on the water, filled my buckets (one for soap, one for dirty rinse), sprayed down the car until the water ran out.

Then I washed the car with the soap from the buckets (I used Dawn to strip wax for prep). After I was all done I put more quarters in to rinse it all off until the water stopped.

Then I dryed it with a chamois.

Then I clayed, polished, and waxed.

Took me a long time but I only needed the stall for an hour or so, after that it was all dry work.
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Old 06-12-2002, 01:34 AM   #28
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I went to one in the trib (damn change machine was busted, walked around town for 20min to collect enough quarters, damn stores with 4 qtrs!)

Anyway, I turned on the water, filled my buckets (one for soap, one for dirty rinse), sprayed down the car until the water ran out.

Then I washed the car with the soap from the buckets (I used Dawn to strip wax for prep). After I was all done I put more quarters in to rinse it all off until the water stopped.

Then I dryed it with a chamois.

Then I clayed, polished, and waxed.

Took me a long time but I only needed the stall for an hour or so, after that it was all dry work.
Thanks Frederf. What brand do you use for the clay bar, polish, and wax? I've read a lot of good things about Zaino, but it seems like its a lengthy process compared to other brands. This is the first car I'm actually going to take care of , so any insight is appreciated.

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Old 06-12-2002, 09:42 AM   #29
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I don't know much about clay bars, but I can respond about the zymol...

I tried the zymol wax once on my old GTI and hated it. Didn't work for crap...

When I did my first hand wax on my sooby I figured I would try it again. I used the zymol auto wash to start out with. Bucket of water, capful of the stuff, wash mitt. Went to town.

The zymol auto wash alone left the car feeling so smooth it was great.

I then got a nice new wax applicator and started waxing the car with the blue zymol wax in the squeeze bottle. Awesome stuff. Once I was done the car was better than when I got it, and the wax lasted almost a week...

I love the stuff, and I plan on using it for a while...
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Old 06-12-2002, 07:21 PM   #30
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Well, the thing is when you go Zanzio (nice product, lasts a long time between coats) you enter the magical fairy land of synthetic car protectant... which isn't that compatable with a lot of more classical products. Basically before you apply it you have to get off any oils left by waxes, polishes, etc. After you've applied it you can but natural wax on top of it.

I use the mother's clay bar because it's available in the store. From what I can tell clay is clay.

For polish I use meguiars, but that's before I learned a whole bunch. I hear the 3M stuff is nice.

I've tried turtle wax, zymol cleaner wax, and I've yet to try zymol carbon wax. On the natural wax end you can't go wrong with zymol, griot's best of show, blitz, and sourvingon (sp).

The thing is the proper method gets results not just expensive stuff. First wash with Dawn dish soap [or a paint cleaner, but those are $$]to strip off waxes, oils. (Don't do it too often because it can be hard on your paint). Then clay until it's like glass. Then fix any big scratches/swirls, then polish to remove oxydation, then you can wax.

You could do the above with cheap products and get a very good result.

Once you've done that all you have to do is wash/wax. If the paint no longer feels like glass after a wash, strip the wax and clay it over again (fix swirls/scratches and polish off oxidation). Then wax it again.
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