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Old 06-18-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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So I just got my 2011 wrx last week and it's time to clean it. I did a search and didn't find anything but i was wondering if i should take any precautions when spraying around the hood scoop? It seems pretty open and I'm not sure if its bad to get soap or water sprayed in there. Also any advice on what is most commonly used to clean the dash that won't cause it to dry out or crack would also be helpful.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:03 PM   #2
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You will be fine with water and what not in the scoop. Doesn't mean go spraying directly into it for a long period of time. If you can drive in the rain with the car then getting water in the scoop is not a problem at all.

A good product I like to use for the dash is Aerospace 303. Leaves a nice finish and its not very greasy like armor all, which means it will not attract as much dust. Also its considered to be like an "SPF 40" for your plastics and protects against the sun.

It can also be used on exterior trims and anything plastic/rubber. Also use it as a tire shine, this stuff goes a long way.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:08 PM   #3
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I figured as long as I didn't high pressure wash in the scoop I would be fine And thanks for the advice on the dash I will have to look in to getting some of that.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:26 PM   #4
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just picked up my 2011 WRX yesterday, and I want to try and clean it once a week. so im gonna follow this thread let my last car get too dirty before cleaning it before
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:33 PM   #5
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I know what you mean I had bought a used z28 before my wrx and the last owner let it get so dirty the interior looked black when it was tan. So I want to keep my new car looking good. Plus it makes cleaning it so much easier if you maintain it.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:00 AM   #6
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Is there a newbie guide anywhere how to take care of our paint? I've noticed some swirls and I want to take care of it as best as I can
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:47 AM   #7
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Is there a newbie guide anywhere how to take care of our paint? I've noticed some swirls and I want to take care of it as best as I can
I put together this library of links a couple of years ago to help folks in your situation. The topics are broken down into sections to try and make it easier to find topics of interest. Hope it helps:

Detailing Library

Also take note on post # 4 (the end of the guide) where I have provided links to various detailing forums where you can expand your research.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:56 AM   #8
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Thanks! I think I did stumble upon that before, but was daunted by how much info there seemed to be. I'll give it a shot again.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:24 AM   #9
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Thanks! I think I did stumble upon that before, but was daunted by how much info there seemed to be. I'll give it a shot again.
Don't worry about reading through all of the information. Just pick the links/topics immediately applicable to your situation.

Here are a few general ones to choose from (taken from the Library) that should help get you started.

Articles by Mike Phillips by Mike Phillips
VIDEOSAutogeek’s Show Car Garageby Autogeek
Autopia Guide to Detailing by David Bynon
Auto Detailing Facts, Tips & Tricks by Autogeek
VIDEO:Meguiar's USA YouTube Channel by Meguiars
VIDEO:Videos on Meguiar's.com and the MeguiarsAsia YouTube Channel by Meguiars
Ask The Detail Doctor by Properautocare.com
Detailing Tips by Properautocare.com
VIDEO:Adam's Polishes FREE Detailing "How To" Videos by Dylan @ Adams


EDIT: Looks like MOL - Meguiars OnLine is currently down so ignore those links for now.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:39 PM   #10
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Check out this thread. This guy covers it all

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1583778
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:02 AM   #11
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To take care your paint use quality products to wash the car. and for swirls don't spray the water in high pressure on very dirty car.use clean cloth or microfiber towel to dry it.
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:32 PM   #12
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ive been using Mothers brand wash/wax on my 08 swp wrx. It leaves a really nice finish
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:34 AM   #13
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the water going in the hood scoop shouldn't hurt anything. and to clean dashes i found that a product called "protect" makes the black dashes look shiney and very nice and almost like new. for the paint there is stuff called "swirl remover" and is almost like a wax, but removes all the swirl marks
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:33 AM   #14
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....I smell a spammer.
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the water going in the hood scoop shouldn't hurt anything. and to clean dashes i found that a product called "protect" makes the black dashes look shiney and very nice and almost like new. for the paint there is stuff called "swirl remover" and is almost like a wax, but removes all the swirl marks
.......huh?? Your kind ain't welcome here boy!!!
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