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Old 10-25-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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His might sound stupid but I just got a full detail. (clay, wax) the whole works. What's the best way to keep it that way? Wash more or less?
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:03 PM   #2
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washing and waxing i usually wax my car once every three washes
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:56 PM   #3
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Proper maintenance will keep your car looking great. A good selection of products and tools will make this task that much easier. I will agree, wash the car once a week and do not let the bird doo or bugs sits on the surface for extended periods.

I will give you a short list of the bare minimum essentials (IMO):
2 buckets (1 is fine)
Grit guard per bucket
Good wash media (wool pad or mitt or a high quality microfiber mitt is fine)
Waffle weave drying towel
Good quality soap (Adams, Megs ultimate etc.) NO dish soap.
A good QD (Adams, Megs, FinishKare etc)
High quality microfiber towels. I have heard good things about PakShak, Detailers Domain, and some of the Cobra brand towels.

I will add some things later as I get more time. All product choices (meguiars) are available at your local auto store. If you order I would suggest our vendors (Detailers Domain, Autogeek and AutoAesthetica....although I haven't seen him in quite some time). Learning how to properly maintain the appearance is the most crucial step. Everything else is simply fixing things caused by improper maintenance (in most cases).

If you have any questions please ask, this was a hasty write (at work) so it is no where near perfect. Maybe Kean will come in and bless you with his knowledge (he writes better heh)
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:57 AM   #4
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What is grit gaurd? And QD as in...? Quick Detailer? How often should the wash be
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:35 AM   #5
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What is grit gaurd? And QD as in...? Quick Detailer? How often should the wash be


This is a grit guard:

http://www.gritguard.com/the-grit-guard-insert.html



And yes QD is short for quick detailer, sorry. I usually wash once a week, some do it more. However, winter is coming soon so washing once a week may not be feesible depending on where you live.

For winter washing if you are gonna do it at home i would suggest this:
http://www.detailersdomain.com/Optim...ULA_p_154.html
It allows you to wash the vehicle without dragging you hose out. Just fill a bucket with water and use the appropriate dilution ratio. Best part is you can fill the bucket with warm water so your hands don't freeze .
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:12 PM   #6
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First off, a full detail is not just clay and wax. Wash, clay, and a coat of wax are the standards for a "basic detail". Not to take away from what you had done or how you car looks.
If you didn't have any kind of pre-wax cleaner applied, or polishing done then there is no guarantee that the wax and your paint are looking their best, nor that the wax bonded as well as it could. If you clay then wax right away you still have residue/particles from the clay and what lube was used. What wax was applied? Or was it actually a synthetic sealant?
Washing once a week with a rinse-less car wash like Optimum No Rinse will extend the life of the wax/sealant, and minimize water usage and the amount of abrasives that contact your car. The maintenance plan you do between details depends on how your vehicle is stored and what environmental conditions it sees in a week of driving. If it is a daily driver then washing more often is a must, and if stored outside as a daily driver then you need to apply a wax booster more often as well. A true carnauba wax in the best conditions will only last a few months, and in the worst conditions will only last a couple weeks to a month. If you are sticking with a carnauba based wax then you should plan on reapplying it at least once a month to ensure the paint stays covered with it and protected by it.
QDs are only intended to touch up very light dust, dirt, films, and finger prints. A spray-on/rinse-less car wash is intended for the weekly wash and can handle removing moderate dirt build up, safely, minimizing swirls induced from wiping during the cleaning process. When using the rinse-less method it is still a good idea to rinse loose dirt/contaminates off the paint before performing the full wash. And any heavy contaminates like dropping and bugs should be removed ASAP, as well as before the full wash, so not to introduce those things into you wash water. All these steps may seem more tedious than you feel necessary, however, it is usually the wash steps that induce the most swirls and defects on the average vehicle. And besides the environment your paint is in, abrasion is the other major cause for LSPs(waxes, sealants, & coatings) not lasting their expected life span.
Warm water is a great thing to use for washing your car during the colder months, however, one thing that breaks done organic waxes quickest it heat. So, always follow a warm wash with a spray wax to boost what wax is left.
Also touchless drying with the blower end of a filtered vacuum is away to reduce any swirls induced from your drying towels. Also, applying a QD or spray wax while towel dry helps reduce the chances of swirls; don't apply a spray wax/QD then blow dry the car.lol
Hope this helps.
If you had the detail done by a professional/reputable detailer they should have talked to you about a proper maintenance plan and how to wash the vehicle properly from this point on.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:43 PM   #7
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Fresh detail is a must. How much does it cost for professional detail ?
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:46 PM   #8
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if u are in canada, we would charge 350cdn
including polish + interior

wash
clay
polish
wax/seal
interior dust and protect
interior steam clean
interior shampoo + hot water extract
leather scrub + condition
all windows clean
door jam
rims cleaned
tire shine

i suggest using dish soap, it can remove most leftover wax / oil. and it makes newer layer of seal/wax bonds more.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:42 PM   #9
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Whats the best wax ?
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:14 PM   #10
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Yeah really whats the best wax ?
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:36 PM   #11
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There is no such thing as best wax.

Go with sealant, sealant last way better then wax.

I would recommand cquartz or optiseal
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:14 AM   #12
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There is no such thing as best wax.

Go with sealant, sealant last way better then wax.

I would recommand cquartz or optiseal
....as with most detailing products, "best" is all relative. In this particular case, it really depends on what characteristics you value/require in an LSP for your particular scenario.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:10 AM   #13
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Any other recommendations you can recommend ?
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:43 AM   #14
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cquartz
opticoat, optiseal they are all good and easy to use
zymol vintage, i can sell u some

in terms of best bang for the buck, go with merzana powerlock or 1z glanwax
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:40 AM   #15
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cquartz
opticoat, optiseal they are all good and easy to use
zymol vintage, i can sell u some

in terms of best bang for the buck, go with merzana powerlock or 1z glanwax
....you've been responding to a troll.
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:56 PM   #16
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Yeah got to have a fresh detail
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:26 PM   #17
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Fresh detail is a must. How much does it cost for professional detail ?
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What's next? vuittonprada? pradagucci? Stop flooding our forums with this nonsense.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:36 PM   #18
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Yeah wtf?^
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Of course a fresh detail
How about a fresh cup of shut the f up?
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:47 PM   #20
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Always tight to have fresh detail
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:30 PM   #21
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Score one for the mods!

Begone, euro-fasion-trash.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:34 PM   #23
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hey, as far as quick detail is concerned I've been using adams quick detail and it has been doing great so far no complaints. but i would consider a more affordable alternative, if there is one. do you guys know if maybe meguiars (sp?) makes something or any other respected brand you've had a good experience with?

i do of course realize that even if something that is comparable is cheaper it will only be by 1-2 dollars or so, but it does add up once you have to re-up on most of your wash supplies!
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:16 AM   #25
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Opti doubles as a qd and I use it as my clay lube
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