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Old 11-15-2002, 08:18 AM   #1
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Question car care

are there any special things you guys do to keep your cars nice clean and shiny?? what types of products (wax, polish, etc) do you use, how often do you wash..all those good info tidbits plz i'm still tryin to find out the best products to use, what kinds of things i hsould get etc. thanks for your replies!~

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Old 11-15-2002, 04:29 PM   #2
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The best thing I have found to do to keep my car clean is to cover it during the day when I am at work. I bought a California Car Cover in Superweave material - amazing cover. It can be cleaned in a standard washing machine and folds to the size of a shoebox.

Other than that, I try and wash the car once a week. Every 3 months or so I spend a day with 3M Imperial Hand Glaze and One Grand Blitz wax. These two products are really easy to use and give a nice deep shine.
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Old 11-15-2002, 05:03 PM   #3
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Wow..I thought I was the only freak who covered my car [at night - mainly for theft deterrent and to keep those damn local stray cats from scratching up the paint on the hood] and washed it once a week.

BTW - what do you use to dry the car off? T-shirts are limited in supply, bath towels will get me yelled at for a week, and chamois is expensive...
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Old 11-15-2002, 05:22 PM   #4
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I drive on as many dirt roads as i can in snow, mud, wet, and dry.

that way i have to wash my car about 2 times a week. seems to work good exsept for the rare high speed off involving spining the car into the field.

I dont lie just look at the bottom of my car with all the huge rock dings in it. body looks good though.

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Old 11-15-2002, 05:26 PM   #5
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Yeah, we're a sick breed!!

I currently use a Watersprite simulated chamois - not the happiest with it as it is kind of streaky. I used to be an assistant parts manager at a Honda dealer and the guy that supplied the dealer with detailing supplies gave me a simulated chamois that was just incredible. It finally wore out after 7 years of heavy usage. I am still looking for something equivalent...
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Old 11-15-2002, 07:53 PM   #6
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It's pricey, but www.griotsgarage.com. The place rules. It's all that I use on my car now. For drying, people swear by the California Water Blade, but I like microfiber towels. Two get the whole car dry as a bone, including inside the door sills, under the liftgate, etc.

I just put two coats of wax on, which should hold me until the first warmish late-Feb. day up here Chicago way.

Oh, and always, always hand wash, preferably at a real hand wash place, rather than an assembly line joint, where your car gets washed with the dirt of the car that was just in line in front of you.

The place that I go to has individual wash stalls. You pull in, and you get your own fresh water. They use lambswool mitts, and microfiber drying towels. Plus, it's cool to see a lineup like: Porsche 911, Rolls-Royce, S-Class Mercedes and my WRX wagon.

Guess which car everybody always asks about?

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Old 11-15-2002, 09:18 PM   #7
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It's pricey, but www.griotsgarage.com. The place rules. It's all that I use on my car now. For drying, people swear by the California Water Blade, but I like microfiber towels. Kevin
Only problem with the water blade is if you don't get all the water or if it's slightly dirty - you leave streaks behind [I know this from experience].
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Old 11-15-2002, 09:35 PM   #8
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Old 11-15-2002, 09:39 PM   #9
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Griots.......Outstanding products.

But be careful with there catalogs....You could blow $5k PLUS on cool stuff for your garage.

Hmm revised warning...Looks like $8K actually.
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Old 11-15-2002, 10:23 PM   #10
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use any product by meguiers they make everything glimmer and shine i have a black wrx and so i have to keep it clean
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Old 11-15-2002, 10:32 PM   #11
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nothing better than zaino.. I read a couple posts about waxing and a few people mentioned zaino, but everyone always said "its to expensive".. its expensive for a reason.. its the best IMO used meguiers on my previous car and I think its nothing compared to zaino.. but then again zaino isn't a wax. Nothing like putting it on, waiting 30 mins, wiping off with none of that white residue floating around. And then when your car gets a little bit dirty you spend 5 minutes with the spray and wipe it down and it looks like you just got done putting a coat of zaino on.

oh and I was lucky enough to have a friend that sells it so I got 10% off
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Old 11-16-2002, 12:33 AM   #12
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I've kicked around a few forums since I have a Vette and a WRX. Zaino is supposed to be good but I personally don't like the plastic looking shine it gives. It takes alot of time the first application and if you switch products you should remove it and that's a real chore. I use 3M swirl remover, followed by Mequiers polish once a year on my Vette. Then Mequiers Classic Paste Wax for a max of 2 coats. I touch up with a California Duster and the spray on Quick Detailer. Works great for me-it's a '99 and looks showroom. I dry using a craftsman 220mph electric leaf blower and follow up with 100% Cannon Fieldcrest towels. There is a website where you can get the towels at a discount. Real bottom line - if you like it, use it.
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Old 11-16-2002, 01:18 AM   #13
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Real bottom line - if you like it, use it.
thats what I agree with the most! although I have never thought about using a leaf blower to dry my car
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Old 11-16-2002, 03:25 AM   #14
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I'm still trying to figure out how to wash and wax my car. What I definately know how to do is dry and keep clean. My last two cars were black and everyone knows how hard they are to keep clean. I dust my car once a day (twice if I have to park under a tree or if there is a lot of pollen and dust). To dry, I swear by the California Water Blade then finish up with the Absorber chamois. *sp

I remember when I was younger, my father had a Peugot 505 and he took really good care of it. One summer he left a blanket on the hood and when he removed it all the paint had spider-webbed. It was a very hot day and the car was in direct sun. This was also just after a drive so the engine was hot too. He waxed that car till the cows came home and never got the webs off. I've never heard of a car cover ruining a cars finish but I don't think I would use one just incase it could have the same adverse effect. Anyone seen this happen before?

My auto shop teacher also recomended against them because he said that they trap moisture and will cause rust. I dunno about that one though.
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Old 11-16-2002, 07:32 AM   #15
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I try to wash every 1-2 weeks, and I use an Absorber to dry my car off. I think the drying is as important as the washing, and the Aborber is by far the best chamois-like thing I have found. Too many of my friends just wash their car really quick, and they get spots all over it from not drying it properly.

Every 2-3 months, I use a clay bar and wax with Zymol. I really think the clay bar works well at getting the tiny particles up that leave your finish less than smooth.

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Old 11-16-2002, 10:18 AM   #16
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I own a detail shop, and when it comes to car care it mostly depends on how the car is used, and where it is parked most of the time.

As you can see by the responces above how often you wash your car depends on you. You don't need to wash your car that often, but keep in mind that bird crap and tree sap can stain your paint if it is left on there too long.

On on average you should wax your car every time you change the oil. Wind-erosion is a bigger fact than you may think. I take great care of my REX, and if I take a 2000 mile trip with it, when I come back you can tell it needs a wax (the water doesn't bead up when it is wet).

As for what you use to wash, use anything that has Carnuba wax in it. Don't use dish-detergent! I use the California water blade in my shop and have never had a problem with it. The only thing you have to do is make sure the vehicle is rinsed off VERY well. My own dad scratched his 911 because he didn't rinse it off good (he should have rinsed from top to bottom off course). You will have to touch it up a little with a regular towel but the blade does 90% of the work.

As for waxing the vehicle, buying a $20 orbiral buffer from Wal-mart will save you a lot of time and wax. You can use it for the big surfaces, and get the little folds and edges by hand. What sort of wax you use is up to you. Keep in mind you get what you pay for. I like Zymol and Liquid glass the best myself, they are both easy to use (liquid, not paste).

As for deep cleaning of your paint, as long as you keep it waxed form day 2 you won't need to really do this. The only thing you might want to do if your car doesn't feel smooth anymore is use clay on it. Mother's has a good kit they sell that includes a clay bar. It's really easy, almost idiot proof, just follow the directions on the box.

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Old 11-28-2007, 12:09 PM   #17
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I might be alittle anal as far a keeping my cars clean but for all my life , and Im in my fiftys, I love to clean and drive my cars. Even some older daily drivers I have had were more often clean than not. Now, I never have used Zaino or any of the so-called high end polish or waxes. I was told many years ago that if I was going to wax my car often then it was suggested that I use an easier less expensive, softer, not harder or long lasting waxes. I basically use mothers, Mcguires and perhaps my favorite is KIT, a soft cream.. Hey, thats just me.
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