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Old 08-01-2005, 01:40 AM   #1
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Default How-to make your car look perfect (polish, wax, etc)!!

I made this because the world of car care is such a confusing place. By trial, error, and lots of research I have found some of the best car care products. So in this simple guide I have outlined the techniques/products which have given me the best results. I am a normal person who has a job and cant spend several days detailing my car, but still wants a professional look.

1st step = Inspect the car and spray any bug splatter spots that look like they will be hard to remove with the wash. I use this:
http://1z-usa.com/miva?/Merchant2/me...y_Code=prewash
Some may argue how neccesary something like this is....but IMO its better than scratching them off with your fingernail during the wash...which I used to do. This stuff will make them melt away.

2nd step = clean the wheels. Use any wheel cleaner you like, some are more harsh than others. The acid based ones will work great to remove baked on brake dust but are pretty hazerdous to your health...so be careful. Also be sure to clean and scrub the rubber sidewall. Otherwise it will become grey and hard over time. Even if you dont clean the rubber, I hope nobody actually keeps tires long enough for them to turn grey Moving along.....

3rd step = wash the car. Use a carsafe wash. I used to use NXT wash...but I found that Sonus gloss shampoo gets out more dirt.
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/son-500.html
Its real strong stuff so dont use a lot. I use this:
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/oxo-17007.html to actually scrub with. Some use ultra soft wash mitts, but IMO they dont remove any grime and that OXO brush wont scratch the paint one bit...so why not?

4th step = Dry the car. All I use is a large microfiber towel with a deep waffle weave.
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/mf-200.html

5th step = clay. I would only recommend this step if your paint is pretty rough to the touch after washing it. Any type of detailing clay will work really, but make sure you use plenty of lube and not a lot of pressure. Reform the clay when it becomes dirty. Dont bother with expensive "clay lubricating spray". Just use some soapy water in a spray bottle.

6th step = polish the paint. This will remove all the oxidation, acid rain spots, small scratches, swirl marks, and any general deep grime that the wash/clay didnt get. This step is ABSOLUTELY essential to getting a deep shine in your paint and properly preparing it for waxing. The best general polish I have ever used is this:
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/kus-kla-10.html
To apply it I use this:
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/vk-101.html
More is less and the application could not be easier. Put a small amount on the pad, rub in long straight lines one panel at a time. Remember you arent applying this polish like wax. You are using it to clean the paint. Without letting the Klasse dry, use a 100% terry cloth towel to rub the polish off, using the same technique as used with the application. Be sure to have PLENTY of these towels because they easily get caked with dirty polish. Keep rubbing until all the polish is gone and the paint has a smooth deep shine.
NOTE: for paint that has been neglected and has heavy oxidation/waterspotting a stronger polish may be needed. 1z has some good polishes for this:
http://www.1z-usa.com/sys-tmpl/paintwork/
Follow the directions on the specific bottle for application.

7th step = wax. This is where things get personal. Everyone has their favorite wax. Some like the deep wet look of natural carnuba wax, while other prefer the more mellow but longer lasting synthetic waxes. I don`t mind carnuba...but IMO it simply doesnt last long enough for my taste. My favorite is this:
http://www.1z-usa.com/sys-tmpl/waxstep2/
It lasts a very long time and is super easy to apply/buff out. Again, more is less. This stuff has the consistancy of water. I use the same applicator as with the polish (be sure to wash it thoroughly/dry completely before using with wax). Pour a small amount into the pad and wipe onto the paint. Remember with this wax, you are applying it to the paint, so no pressure is needed, just enough to coat the whole car with a thin layer.
NOTE: do not wax the car in direct sunlight or you will have major problems.
Let the wax dry to a cloudy haze. It is essential the wax drys completely or it wont be able to work its magic. When dry use the same 100% terry cloth towels to rub the wax off, use long straight strokes one panel at a time. Circular motion will leave nasty swirl marks. When you first start to rub the Glanz wax off it will be semi difficult and looks like crap. But keep going and it will quickly turn smooth and give a great deep shine. Make sure you dont rub for too long with one towel because it will become caked with the wax you remove, and will no longer work correctly. I usually use 4-5 clean towels when I do my entire car. Dont worry though, terry cloth towels are cheap.
After all that some people go back and do a final buff of the car with a microfiber buffing towel. At this point though, the car already looks about as good as it will get...so you decide if you have time/energy left to do a final buff.

8th step = clean the glass This is a very important step to make your car look great. Dirty glass can ruin the whole car no matter how deep and shiny the paint looks. I use 3 drops of dishwashing soap to a gallon of water. It works great to get rid of grease but doesnt leave a film. Then use some newspaper to dry the glass. Newspaper is great beause it doesnt leave any lint and the ink actually works to polish the glass.

Now step back and admire all your work. The car will look fantastic. I usually like to clay the car twice a year, then polish/wax it every 3-4 months. Some people like to do several coats of wax. Its not a bad idea, but make sure you let each coat cure for 24hours before applying the next. The more coats of wax you apply the deeper the shine will get.

An important note. After your regular washings of the car (when you are not waxing it), I like to finish the car (after drying) with a fine detailing spray. It will help protect the paint that may have been missed when you waxed, or any surfaces that have had their wax somehow removed (bug spots). I like the Sonus stuff:
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/son-200.html
but I think just about anything will do. Spray it on (you can even do the whole car) and then buff it off with a fine microfiber towel:
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/mf-201.html

Well I am sure I missed something, but this is a general how-to of a deatil job. I would like to stress that this is how I PERSONALLY like to detail my car. Everyone you talk to has their own methods and products...but the stuff outlined in this writeup is easy and quick to do by hand. Something else may give you a deeper "wet" look but may take forever to apply and not last very long. Plus I dont have a million different micorfiber towels and applicators for every step. I have the microfiber waffle weave towels for drying, terry cloth towels for polish/wax. And then use basically any microfiber towel for the detailing spray.

With that being said feel free to make any suggestions...but if it is something like "i prefer XXX brand of wax", well go ahead and make your own little guide

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Old 08-01-2005, 01:48 AM   #2
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Tucson? Word.

Great write-up, bookmark added for the next time I get froggy(when it cools down).

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Old 08-01-2005, 04:43 PM   #3
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damn this should be a sticky!!!
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Old 08-01-2005, 05:03 PM   #4
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Does Sonus gloss shampoo remove wax?
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Old 08-01-2005, 05:07 PM   #5
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nope, and they even say it helps to extend the life of your wax. Who knows about that part ...but it pulls up more dirt than other car specific shampoos I have used. Plus it leaves the car very shiney....
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Old 08-01-2005, 05:53 PM   #6
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nice write up! any suggestions on the interior of the car? like ive heard from several people that "pledge" was actually better than "armor all" for protecting plastics, ect ect. any word from you on what you use? something that has uv protection would be awesome, i live on the coast and my suby gets lots of sun and salty air. thanks for any help. also, is there an auto parts store that sells all that stuff or do you have to order it online?
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:00 PM   #7
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don't use armor all it sucks, I used if for a while now I regret using the crap... use 303 Aerospace protectant.

http://www.autopia-carcare.com/303-230330.html
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:01 PM   #8
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also use a windsheild metallic screen thingy! to keep your car cooler when parked.
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:11 PM   #9
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wow, talk about good timing, as it just so happens that we have a stat holiday today.
Time to get offline and wax the battlewagon.
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:42 PM   #10
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^^ nice

for the interior I just use a damp rag and wipe everything down good. I use the same solution for washing the windows as I do on the interior. I havent had any problems with my plastic or leather...

What I found helps protect interiors against heat the best is tint. Something even light like 35% reduces heat inside the car a ton and blocks most UV rays. You dont need to go super dark either to get good protection.

I agree though something like aerospace or other waterbased stuff does fine. I have no brand preference. I hate armor-all though...makes the car look greasy..
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:14 PM   #11
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yeah totally, armor all makes it hard to hold onto stuff inside. i do have tint on all 5 back windows, the nice stuff i had professionally installed that claims to block 99.9 percent of uv rays, but the winshield and dashboard is what concerns me, i do use those screen thingys when i remember. thanks for answering my question though. what about getting the stuff? only online or is there an auto parts store that carries it? thanks again.
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:19 PM   #12
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you can probably find retailers that will carry this stuff. But 99% of the time you will be paying less online and probably have the ability to get large quantities of exactly what you want.

however, you also have to remember a lot of these products are imported from germany, so it will probably be difficult to find it in retail stores in the states.

But hey, if you can find it cheaper in a store than online....awsome... I have stopped looking
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:35 PM   #13
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Any before and after pics of the process?
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Old 08-01-2005, 09:12 PM   #14
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you bet, I am going to do the whole process in a few days when I get my new applicator pad.... (my dog felt the need to chew up the old one )

I wish I took before/after pics of when I detailed my sister`s Jetta. Imagine 3 years of college....outdoors....and no washing because "it just rains every other day"....
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Old 08-01-2005, 09:17 PM   #15
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Any before and after pics of the process?
if you check out the Click and Brag forum over at Autopia, you'll see some pretty amazing results.
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:26 PM   #16
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:42 PM   #17
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THIS NEEDS TO BE STICKIED..
great write up!!!! thumbs up man..
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Old 08-02-2005, 01:11 AM   #18
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awesome writeup, i currently use the nxt stuff but i am willing to try out anything new and hopefully better. i will definitely try going your way as i'm sure its worth it
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Old 08-02-2005, 08:31 AM   #19
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Nice write up!
I agree that Step #6 is most important. Using a polish after deep cleaning and prior to wax really smooths out the surface. I've been using 3M Imperial Hand Glaze and the result is amazing.
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Old 08-02-2005, 03:03 PM   #20
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thanks guys!!

pics tomorrow hopefully
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Old 08-02-2005, 06:22 PM   #21
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niceee.....bookmarked!
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:44 AM   #22
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Very nice writeup, Thanks!!
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:55 AM   #23
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I recently washed my car and added rain-x to the windshield....Holy crap! I don't even need wipers anymore
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Quote:
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you bet, I am going to do the whole process in a few days when I get my new applicator pad.... (my dog felt the need to chew up the old one )
yeah, but at least he has shiny teeth now
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Old 08-03-2005, 10:53 AM   #25
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Awesome guide, my suby is my first vehicle where I need to actually take care of the paint and I had no idea how
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