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Old 06-21-2005, 08:41 AM   #1
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Default How to properly wash your exterior?

I'm actually a bit surprised to have not found a sticky on this.

I'm looking for full instructions on how to best treat your exterior, from someone(s) experienced with Subaru paint..

i.e. how-to Claybar, rubbing/polishing compound, etc etc etc.
If any exterior detailing gurus wanted to make an faq sorta thing for this, I think that'd be awesome.
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Old 06-21-2005, 08:53 AM   #2
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autopia -dot- org - sorry, can't post links yet, <10 posts

great how to's and product recommendations
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Old 06-21-2005, 08:57 AM   #3
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+1 for http://www.autopia.org download their e-book. best detailing guide out there and its free.
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Old 06-21-2005, 09:24 AM   #4
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There is a good wash sticking in the detailing forums at www.danase.com/forums
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Old 06-21-2005, 10:52 AM   #5
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+1 for http://www.autopia.org download their e-book. best detailing guide out there and its free.
+1
autopia is a great resource, definitely check them out.
properautocare.com is also a good place for tips.
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Old 06-21-2005, 11:13 AM   #6
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No real need for a Subaru specific faq on auto detailing. IMO, the paint on my 04 WRX is no better or worse than most other cars on the road. Paint jobs are just not what they used to be. That said, I think the Subaru paint "issue" is blown out of proportion.

I just did the exterior of my car over the weekend.

1) Wash
2) Clay
3) Wash again
4) Polished with Poorboy's SSR2
5) Klasse AIO
6) Klasse SG (2 layers)
7) P21S Carnuba
8) Poorboy's trim restorer

I still need to clean up my windows and the engine compartment.

I was under the impression that the Klasse products were difficult to work with. I had no trouble at all with them. Sure it's a lot of work, but the end result is fantastic, and it will last a long time.

You could always pay a professional detailer to do it for you. I think that would be money well spent.

As already said, www.autopia.org is your friend.
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Old 06-21-2005, 12:54 PM   #7
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I use 2 buckets (one for soap, one to rinse), 2 sheepskin mitts (one for the paint and glass, one for the wheels/tires/etc), I rinse the car frequently as i'm washing and i use microfiber towels to dry (one big waffle weave for paint and glass and a bunch of little ones for door jambs and wheels and stuff)

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haha.
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Old 06-21-2005, 01:42 PM   #8
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autopia it is, thanks.

I washed, compounded, color treated and waxed her this weekend, but I think the next weekend of all sun I have im gonna buff out all the scratches, pop out as many dents as I can, clay it, and give it the mcguire 3 stage process... should be purty
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