Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Thursday June 4, 2020
Home Forums Images WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Car Care & Detailing

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.







* As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads. 
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-27-2003, 02:50 PM   #1
remz01
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 32369
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Florida
Vehicle:
2004 wrx
java black

Default What is the best way to wash your scoob?

soaps, wax, techniques. please share. thank you.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
remz01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 12-27-2003, 03:01 PM   #2
philodox
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 40522
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Vehicle:
2004 WRX Wagon
Silver

Default

I use a non-detergent based soap, like Meguiars Soft Wash Gel, to wash if I don't plan on doing a wax. Softer soaps leave the wax (more or less) on the vehicle. If you want to rewax then using something a little harsher. When I was I use a high quality mitt, and I do one section of the car at a time... something like half the hood, then the front driverside quarter panel, front bumper, etc. Each section I make sure to use both sides of the mitt, then thoroughly rinse to make sure I don't bring along too much dirt that will scratch the paint.

When rinsing off the car I just drip the water over the top. Dry using 100% Cotton terry cloth towels (don't use the cheap stuff from AutoZone and crap, they will ball up and lint and leave stuff all over your car) in a unidirectional motion... front to back, usually. This prevents swirlies.

I use a high quality carnuba based wax, but plan on using Zaino soon. The brand of wax will vary based on who you ask... I use Meguiar's Gold Class... works well, but doesn't last that long.

Hope this helps. Check out www.autopia.org for car detailing forums... really good info.
philodox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2003, 05:17 PM   #3
slickvic
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 29727
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Indianapolis
Vehicle:
2003 Impreza WRX
Black

Default

Go to www.zainbros.com and it will tell you everything you need to buy and how to use it. I use the stuff and my car and the shine is amazing and the wax will last a long time. Its been about 4 months since i last wax and the water still beads and sheets of the car like the first day i waxed. Another nice thing about Zaino is that once you've waxed it everytime you wash it you get back that same great shine.
slickvic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2003, 10:02 PM   #4
Ride Operator
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 18710
Join Date: May 2002
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: no go, no show
Vehicle:
02 GDA PSM
12 Impreza Sprt Lmtd MBP

Default

Zaino Bros. is the shizzle.

One more time:
www.zainbros.com
www.autopia.org
Ride Operator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2003, 10:55 PM   #5
dman918
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 11202
Join Date: Oct 2001
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: McHenry, IL
Vehicle:
2009 Infiniti G37X
Prev: 2006 STi with stuff

Default

Wax on, wax off.
dman918 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2003, 03:21 AM   #6
02M3power
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 37461
Join Date: May 2003
Vehicle:
2004 STi
Silver

Default

go to properautocare.com

Get the Pinnacle Souveran kit. A bit pricey (a tin of just the wax is $80 or so...) The whole kit is more cost effective. Buy Zaino if you only want your ride to shine (really shine) for about a month which is about as long as it takes to apply. It may still bead after several months but so does just about anything and that shine isn't the same as two months ago. Use the quality microfiber items properautocare.com has listed - not the junk you can buy are your local xyz auto store, not cotton towels, etc. The microfiber products will make a big difference. Buy a cotton towel, the 100% cotton ones Zaino suggest. Then compare it to the microfibers products from properautocare.com. The towel will feel like 80 grit sandpaper.

You can do your own test too - have a friend buy zaino and you use the Pinnacle kit. After several layers of Pinnacle and zaino, Compare them. Doesn't take 80 million steps and another 40 million hours to apply. Then look at them in a month and see which you like best.

Meguires, Turtle Wax, Mothers, and all the other stuff for $10 is great if all you want to do is keep your daily driver looking ok. If your ride controls you, don't buy any of it

For a nice, long lasting shine, Blackfire is good. bimmer.org and eastcoastbmw.com both have several tests posted with a ton of info. Corvetteforum.com too. A google search should turn up a ton of hits. Or you can do like a lot of us, try everything under the sun, spend a fortune, and then buy the good stuff There are several good products out there and you will get a ton of opinions just like the dino oil/syn oil exchanges.

Last edited by 02M3power; 12-28-2003 at 03:32 AM.
02M3power is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2003, 07:52 AM   #7
links_courses
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 42207
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
Vehicle:
2004 WRX Sedan
PartyPoker Fiend

Default

ZAINO! It is a non-wax polymer so will last longer than wax. I also use a powerful leaf blower to dry my car. No swirl marks from using a drying towel.
links_courses is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2003, 09:44 AM   #8
grknss
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 44592
Join Date: Oct 2003
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Red Banks, MS
Vehicle:
2004 WRX STI
Platinum Silver Metallic

Default

touchless car wash
grknss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2003, 10:33 AM   #9
Rev1
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 51240
Join Date: Dec 2003
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Chicago
Vehicle:
08 Lexus IS350
Black

Default

Quote:
Originally posted by grknss
touchless car wash
The water won't get through the scoop that way? I guess that'll be my only alternative during the winter, as well.

Can't stand freezing myself to death washing my car at 35F.
Rev1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2003, 10:40 AM   #10
migs76
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 23934
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Richmond, VA
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by STi_Thunder
The water won't get through the scoop that way?
uh oh...wait for it....
migs76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2003, 01:17 PM   #11
WorldRallyYellow
*** Banned ***
 
Member#: 50215
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: www.gravelcrew.com
Default

WorldRallyYellow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2003, 01:57 PM   #12
ryland
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 26359
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Rochester, NY
Vehicle:
2004 WRX
Java Black

Default

Don't drive your cars in the rain either, water might get in the scoop and kill your transmission and void your warranty.
ryland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2003, 04:18 PM   #13
Rev1
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 51240
Join Date: Dec 2003
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Chicago
Vehicle:
08 Lexus IS350
Black

Default

Quote:
Originally posted by ryland
Don't drive your cars in the rain either, water might get in the scoop and kill your transmission and void your warranty.


Don't care about the water, but those soap/suds/clearcoat protectant from tunnel car wash, whatever... Nah ... It doesn't matter...
Rev1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2003, 06:39 PM   #14
sneeky
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 44639
Join Date: Oct 2003
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: They say it's the armpit...
Vehicle:
STi
the 35 awaits you...

Default

Quote:
Originally posted by ryland
Don't drive your cars in the rain either, water might get in the scoop and kill your transmission and void your warranty.

....i hope you're kidding
sneeky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2003, 10:53 PM   #15
Jasvboost
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 37160
Join Date: May 2003
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Heart of the Streetz, CT
Vehicle:
RIP 04 Stg2 JBP WRX
07 SWP WRX 335/350 HTA68!

Default

No hand washing allowed in my apt complex. (moving soon, so that will change) But I go to the local car wash bays. Regular wash, then dry. Then use Zaino Z-6 spray to go over the entire car. Wax about every 3 months. That's all it takes.
Jasvboost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2003, 04:25 PM   #16
PoopRSkupe
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 48886
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Central Jersey
Vehicle:
'00 WRS
'08 Forester XT

Default

i never thought about the leafblower... im gonna try that!
PoopRSkupe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2003, 04:59 PM   #17
Rentalpillow7
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 42141
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Huntington Beach
Default

i use a leafblower. Works decent. Its good to get the H2O out of the mirror and door handles etc. etc.

Zaino is good stuff.
Rentalpillow7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2003, 08:29 PM   #18
niceguybille
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 17642
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: moore, ok
Vehicle:
02 wrx
mbp

Default

aw, leafblower....that is a good idea. i second the properautocare.com and the autopia.com...both good websites

i use blackfire products, they are the best on dark color vehicles imo
niceguybille is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2003, 09:05 PM   #19
ANashTy
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 31931
Join Date: Jan 2003
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Tyngsboro, MA
Default

its all about trial and error .. youll find your own combination of products you like to use. You also have to take into account how much time you have to take care of it and how much detail and effort you want to put into it.

Andy
ANashTy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2003, 12:12 AM   #20
Kean
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 25187
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: So. CA
Vehicle:
'08 Foz Prem TGM
'10 Challenger R/T Blk

Default

I don't agree with 02M3power's opinion that Zaino products take forever to apply and don't last. If you follow the directions and use them properly, it is relatively effortless compaired to other products I've used (and durable). Periodic applications of Z6 (detailing spray) really help maintain the shine.

There are other products out there that are just as good and/or better, but the main reason I currently use Zaino is it's ease of application.

Here's another site that may be of help:

http://www.autopia-carcare.com/

- Kean
Kean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2003, 06:40 AM   #21
atomicapples
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 12626
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: morristown, nj
Vehicle:
02 2.5 rs
silver

Default

does anyone use the absorber of the california wiper to dry their car?
atomicapples is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2003, 12:52 PM   #22
Kean
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 25187
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: So. CA
Vehicle:
'08 Foz Prem TGM
'10 Challenger R/T Blk

Default

Quote:
Originally posted by atomicapples
does anyone use the absorber of the california wiper to dry their car?
I used the absorber a couple of times but I found it left a film of water that it wouldn't pick up like my chamois does.
Kean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2003, 01:37 PM   #23
Rev1
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 51240
Join Date: Dec 2003
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Chicago
Vehicle:
08 Lexus IS350
Black

Default

Quote:
Originally posted by atomicapples
does anyone use the absorber of the california wiper to dry their car?
California Blade ... I am just careful to keep the blade soft, as I've seen how thin the paint is ... probably I'll get a leaf blower instead ...
Rev1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2003, 03:33 PM   #24
02M3power
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 37461
Join Date: May 2003
Vehicle:
2004 STi
Silver

Default

I will clarify my statement then. Compared to say, Pinnacle Souveran, it takes forever to apply. Pinnacle is as easy as wipe on, wipe off...you don't even have to wait for it to haze. Plus, it smells really good : ) Compared to Mothers liquid Carnuba, Zaino takes forever to apply. Compared to a Zymol, it takes forever to apply. How long does Zaino suggest you wait for each coat to dry and the different steps? Don't they suggest waiting overnight or something? I can't recall. Of course, I hate Meguires, 3M wax, and also a few others but that's just me.

I just wanted to offer a different opinion on Zaino - I've used better and for the effort required, it ain't worth it for me. Especially after I layered Pinnacle. Ask most - it is very hard to beat Carnuba for for depth of shine but it won't last as long as say Blackfire. But, my E46 wasn't my daily driver so I didn't care. My STi, I'll go with a non-carnuba I think...

Blackfire is good stuff and does wonders for dark colors - and it beats both Zaino and Pinnacle Souveran (a carnuba) for durability. These threads get about a good as the ones about dino/syn oils. And we all know why those dino people are wrong so no need to start a thread on that : )
02M3power is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2003, 04:18 PM   #25
Kean
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 25187
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: So. CA
Vehicle:
'08 Foz Prem TGM
'10 Challenger R/T Blk

Default

Quote:
Originally posted by 02M3power
I will clarify my statement then. Compared to say, Pinnacle Souveran, it takes forever to apply. Pinnacle is as easy as wipe on, wipe off...you don't even have to wait for it to haze. Plus, it smells really good : )
I've never used Pinnacle so I couldn't tell you.

Quote:
Originally posted by 02M3power
Compared to Mothers liquid Carnuba, Zaino takes forever to apply. Compared to a Zymol, it takes forever to apply. How long does Zaino suggest you wait for each coat to dry and the different steps? Don't they suggest waiting overnight or something? I can't recall. Of course, I hate Meguires, 3M wax, and also a few others but that's just me.
I've used several carnuba products and polishes including Mother's, Meguires, Zymol, etc. I still found Zaino easy to apply and it doesn't leave a wax build up on the surface, crevices, or trim.

You have to wait 1/2 hour before removing the polish (not hours). If you use the ZFx accellerant, you can apply up to 3 coats per day (and you don't need to use the Z1 to prep the surface).

Quote:
Originally posted by 02M3power
I just wanted to offer a different opinion on Zaino - I've used better and for the effort required, it ain't worth it for me.
Nothing wrong with a different opinion, just wanted to make sure the facts regarding the application of Zaino were clear.

Quote:
Originally posted by 02M3power
Especially after I layered Pinnacle. Ask most - it is very hard to beat Carnuba for for depth of shine but it won't last as long as say Blackfire. But, my E46 wasn't my daily driver so I didn't care. My STi, I'll go with a non-carnuba I think...

Blackfire is good stuff and does wonders for dark colors - and it beats both Zaino and Pinnacle Souveran (a carnuba) for durability. These threads get about a good as the ones about dino/syn oils. And we all know why those dino people are wrong so no need to start a thread on that : )
I've never tried Blackfire but I've had awesome results with Zaino on my Black '03 WRX. Of course, this is a subjective argument.

I may even try Blackfire or other products at some point. In my 20 yrs of vehicle ownership, I occasionally switch between products. Sometimes you never know how good a product is until you try it out for yourself.

- Kean

Last edited by Kean; 12-30-2003 at 04:29 PM.
Kean is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is the best way to store your wheels/tires for the winter? Bankie Tire & Wheel 3 11-13-2005 10:30 PM
How is the best way to wash a leather riding jacket? waitandbleed92 Off-Topic 7 12-18-2004 11:10 AM
What is the best way to lost the last of the gut koolaid Off-Topic 16 11-23-2003 01:08 PM
what is the best way to clean your engine?? waitandbleed92 Interior & Exterior Modification 1 07-20-2003 09:13 PM
What is the best way to bleed the brakes? WRXwannbe Brakes, Steering & Suspension 4 10-27-2000 07:24 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2020 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2019, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.