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Old 03-10-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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Just got back from wallyworld and picked up some Meguiar's ultimate wash and wax soap. I usually just use the black ice soap but just wanted to try something different and this Meguiars looked pleasing to me. Just curious to see what you guys use.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:51 PM   #2
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Finish Kare FK118. Really great product
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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....currently? Optimum Car Wash and Duragloss Car Wash Concentrate (I buy both by the gallon).
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:30 PM   #4
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meguiars ultimate works pretty good for the price
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:42 PM   #5
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I use Armor all ultra shine wash &wax.. it works great for me
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:00 PM   #6
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I use Armor all ultra shine wash &wax.. it works great for me
Same here, good enough for my crappy paintjob.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:12 AM   #7
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i feel like everytime i wash my car with the black ice(turtle wax) it doesn't feel as smooth.whats up with that??
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:03 AM   #8
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Wally World doesn't sell it in a large container but Meguiar's NXT 2.0 Tech Wash is very good.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:40 PM   #10
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:55 PM   #11
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I probably do it wrong, but I'm curious how much better some of these products are versus others. Bugs are often tough, and I've typically had to resort to bug specific sprays (mild acids, etc.) to adequately do the job. I don't worry about grime so much as long as the car is waxed. However, when doing a new wax I use a prewax cleaner that does the actual cleaning job better than any soap I've ever used. At that point, the soap used sort of didn't matter. However, for the in-between washings, I am curious if anyone's really come across not just a good product but something really special that just really amazes you. Good is often easy to find. Special, not so much.
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:13 PM   #12
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I probably do it wrong, but I'm curious how much better some of these products are versus others. Bugs are often tough, and I've typically had to resort to bug specific sprays (mild acids, etc.) to adequately do the job. I don't worry about grime so much as long as the car is waxed. However, when doing a new wax I use a prewax cleaner that does the actual cleaning job better than any soap I've ever used. At that point, the soap used sort of didn't matter. However, for the in-between washings, I am curious if anyone's really come across not just a good product but something really special that just really amazes you. Good is often easy to find. Special, not so much.
For bugs, the best thing I found was to carry a detailing spray and microfiber cloth in the car, just soak and wipe them off quick when you see them. Leaving them on the car too long is the biggest issue.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:18 PM   #13
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I probably do it wrong, but I'm curious how much better some of these products are versus others. Bugs are often tough, and I've typically had to resort to bug specific sprays (mild acids, etc.) to adequately do the job. I don't worry about grime so much as long as the car is waxed. However, when doing a new wax I use a prewax cleaner that does the actual cleaning job better than any soap I've ever used. At that point, the soap used sort of didn't matter. However, for the in-between washings, I am curious if anyone's really come across not just a good product but something really special that just really amazes you. Good is often easy to find. Special, not so much.
IMO/IME, there can be quite noticeable differences in car wash soaps in regard to lubricity, cleaning ability, rinseability, foaming action, gentleness/harshness, etc.

Obviously, in the scenario you describe, it would be nice to have something with enough cleaning power to cut through that sort of contamination as you wash. However, you also wouldn't want something so harsh that it strips whatever wax/sealant you may have on your finish.

Personally, I believe a good solution for removing bug remnants starts with your LSP (last step product; wax/sealant/coating). Some are better than others at shedding contamination but in most cases, something is better than nothing when it comes to making a difference in this regard. It could certainly help make your wash routine more effective in removing such things.

I also agree with the earlier mention of addressing this type of contamination asap. The longer these types of thing s are allowed to dwell, the more difficult they can become to remove.

Either way, you can still run into problems with stubborn cases and will need something more effective. Here are just a few options off the top of my head:

Bug sponges - These are typically just sponges wrapped in a plastic mesh. Im not to fond of them personally but there are others who are quite comfortable with their use.

Bug & Tar Remover - Pretty basic.... This solvent can help loosen contamination making easier to wash off. Simply spray the affected areas, let dwell and then remove. Some will couple this procedure with a bug sponge. One drawback is that the solvent can also wreak havoc on your LSP (either compromising it or removing it completely in the treated areas).

Clay - This is an effective solution but can also remove some or all of your LSP requiring reapplication. However, there are less aggressive bars available that are meant for more frequent use and are more forgiving.


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Old 03-12-2012, 02:08 PM   #14
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Finish Kare FK118. Really great product
ONR for the winter and meguiars supersoap when i'm not using ONR.

been meaning to try FK118 though, heard good things.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:26 AM   #15
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i agree Kean when you talked about your LSP. i wax my car with a very light coat about every month or two and it seems like i don't really get that many bugs on my front bumper and hood.

As for the turtle wax black ice soap,i feel like it suds up a LOT and cleans well.but maybe its too harsh for my application as how i have to wax my car after everytime i use that stuff.becuse it leaves my paint feeling "dry" and not real smooth if that makes sense.
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