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Old 04-09-2004, 11:52 PM   #1
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Well there are 2 things I dislike about my baja. 1 is the engine knocking that you hear when the radio is off, but since I keep my radio on most of the time it dont bother me, but what really irritated me was today was after I decided to clean my baja. Now I did the usual with the same car sponge, same water, same soap. But when I went to try and take off some of the tar/crud off the silver panaling, and let it dry, I ended up getting light spots where I scrubbed at. Now I was only a little irritated when I had foot long scratches down my hood from the elements and chips all over the hood, but come on...10,000 miles and the thing looks like its been in a war zone. Maby some mothers polish will get them out.
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Old 04-10-2004, 12:08 AM   #2
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I got my turbo just before Christmas and the first thing I did to it was wax it. When I was washing it I noticed some long scratches all over it. I thought crap whatís with all the scratches, I found out that they were from the sheets of plastic they use in shipping. They rub right out and the paint looks really good after the wax.
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Old 04-10-2004, 02:41 AM   #3
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The engine knocking is a Subaru trademark, especially in lower temps.
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Old 04-10-2004, 10:51 AM   #4
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Ahhhh....the sheets of plastic....yea I know about that, I have adheasive all off the roof. I thaught they were scratches too lol. I'll take pics later of the marks/sratches. Gunna be busy building my sub box but I need to work so I can get some wood. I'll let you decide what I can do about the marks in the paneling. Thanks for letting me know about normal engine knocking.
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Old 04-11-2004, 02:47 PM   #5
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how hard did u scrub the paneling? and what did u use on it?
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Old 04-12-2004, 09:30 AM   #6
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The paint on my cladding is chipping away a little bit on the front drivers side..a little touch up paint should fix that...but be careful of the powerwasher..
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Old 04-12-2004, 10:37 AM   #7
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Subaru paint hasn't ever been the best...
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Old 04-12-2004, 12:44 PM   #8
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Subaru paint hasn't ever been the best...
At least with how thick they paint their cars. Their paint is, from experiance, expensive and really good. That is why they use a thin coat, which scratches and dings easily.
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Old 04-13-2004, 10:40 AM   #9
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Hi everyone! When you say "engine knockng", do you mean a "ping" sound when accelerating? I live in a cooler climate - New England - and that's what happens top my '03 Baja. Not too loud, but enough to get my attention. If it's a Subarau trademark, I won't bother to have it looked at. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-13-2004, 02:18 PM   #10
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Ah the wonderful world of perceptions of engine sounds.

Its a fast knock. But take a look at this pdf for more info to set your minds at ease.

http://www.endwrench.com/pdf/engine/...iseInfoS01.pdf
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Old 04-13-2004, 03:04 PM   #11
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Yup - That's it. Thanks for the info. SouthShore!
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Old 04-14-2004, 07:17 PM   #12
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Personally I use DAWN dish soap which I use for the others cars too. Cant really "scrub it" since the car sponge is so thick. I Personnaly think it just happened when the other crud was on the sponge. Cant really take a pic since it has been raining constantly.
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Old 04-16-2004, 09:24 AM   #13
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Personally I use DAWN dish soap which I use for the others cars too. Cant really "scrub it" since the car sponge is so thick. I Personnaly think it just happened when the other crud was on the sponge. Cant really take a pic since it has been raining constantly.

Use something other than dish soap on your Baja. I have heard that dish soap isn't good for a cars paint...
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Old 04-16-2004, 12:35 PM   #14
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I have been told several times not to use dish soap because it is too strong. You need to use a mild soap and the mildest dish soap is just too strong.
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Old 04-16-2004, 03:13 PM   #15
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I've tried the MR. Clean Auto Dry car wash on my Black Baja. Not to bad. You still need to use a sponge and wipe the dirt off but it dries without any water marks because it uses a pur water filter and a polymer like jetdry for you dishwasher. You can find coupon on their Web site.
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Old 04-16-2004, 03:23 PM   #16
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But you still have to wax it, don't you? So this thing just dries clearner (less water spots due to filtered out mineral)? So this is strictly pre-waxing condition making? Would that make that much difference?
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Old 04-16-2004, 03:25 PM   #17
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I don't wax my car every week. Plus, you should really remove the water spots before waxing. This is just so you don't have to hand dry. (You also could just use a leaf blower I guess. ) With all the pollen in the air this year I've had to wash my car almost once a week. We havn't had much rain to clean it off. Still, it's a better choice than dish soap.
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Old 04-16-2004, 07:29 PM   #18
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I am not sure about the Mr Clean Auto Dry, but the Turtle wax self dry works really well. It has a wax mixed in with the soap so after you spung down the car, the wax attatches to the paint and when you dry the watter just sheets off of it. When I use it, I find that I need to wax the car about 80% less because you are applying a small amount on each time you wash. I have found that this product is hard to find, but it really works well. There are little watter spots, but since I have a black car, I still need to dry it because it will show them all and I found that drying the windows helps too. But it is not that bad. When I had my silver car, I never needed to dry it. But I would dry the windows anyway because I just hate looking though a window that has any spots on it.

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Old 04-25-2004, 12:48 AM   #19
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Okay, I can't use a product made by a company that markets their cleaners for FLOORS. LOL I have 10 cars over the years, and tried just about everything on the market. To me, Meguires is probably the best. Thier car wash works great, their waxes look awesome, and I have never had any problems with anything they make. There was one years ago called rain something (not rain x) that made a good car wash as well.
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Old 04-25-2004, 06:08 PM   #20
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I agree that Meguires is prolly the best stuff to use and you should NEVER use dish soap on a car unless you are going to wax it that very same day. The soap takes all the wax off the cars just like the grease in frying pans!!!! But if you want to wax it use it so u have a nice clean surface! Dawn is what I used at the detailing shop I worked at, and for white cars simple green/mean green is killer w/ a terry cloth, then wash it with soap!!!
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Old 04-26-2004, 11:11 PM   #21
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04turbogurl is right on, donít use dawn unless you are cooking something on the hood and need to get the greasy stuff off.
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Old 05-16-2004, 09:51 PM   #22
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I have those little scratches, too. Will have to try a good wax. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 05-24-2004, 08:38 PM   #23
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I agree with most; Dawn is great for dishes, but hell on wax. I've also used the Mr. Clean AutoDry, and agree, used as the "final step" in a wash, it's something to see work. I still use a regular car wash soap (I think it's Meguiar's; I get it at Costco) to do the first wash, with sponge, soft brush, etc. Simple green on the wheels/rotors, etc. The AutoDry stuff just keeps water spots from forming, which makes for easier waxing, most of all. Hey, the wife bought it for me.....if she catches me not using it, I might take and ass-whooping.

As far as light scratches go, I have a black metallic, and I think we can all agree the dark cars show the scratches and swirl marks worse than any other. I too, had the plastic sheeting marks, and also thought they were scratches. I have also had problems with windshield washer fluid leaving water spot/stains on the hood just rear of the washer nozzles. I diluted the washer fluid 50/50, and that problem has diminished.

I've had amazing success with Mothers', and the Mothers Clay Bar, to remove all the crap that accumulates on the paint.

Every six months or so, I Clay bar the whole car, using up a whole spray bottle of the Mothers spray wax as a lubricant. This truly gets right down to the perfectly clean surface, including removing "love bugs" (those of you not in Florida are probably scratching your heads......). Once I've finished (by hand only, by the way), I then put on two or three coats of Mothers paste wax, removing again, only by hand.

This "base coat" allows for me to come back once a month, after washing, and use the Mothers spray and wipe wax. I can stand up a ruler on end, and read the reflection up 3 or 4 inches on the ruler, clear as day. The other thing, the paint keeps it's "glassy" appearance better after using the Clay bar.

It is an extremely time-consuming process (especially the first time), so set aside a full day, but when it's done, look out.

Also, right after you get done, a bird will crap on the hood, just so you know.
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