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Old 08-04-2005, 09:53 PM   #26
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ok pics finally.....I suck at photography, but hopefully you can see some of the shine











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Old 08-04-2005, 10:12 PM   #27
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nice. very clean. white is a hard color to really make pop, but this looks great.
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Old 08-04-2005, 10:43 PM   #28
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Those of you that use dedicated towels, like the terry cloths and microfibers, do you wash and reuse any of them? If they can even be washed without being distroyed in a washing machine? I just use old bath towels and wash them after Im done, they come out soft and best I can tell clean. Im just wondering if you all just once and gone your towels or keep em around a while.
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:59 PM   #29
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I used to use 100% cotton (US made) towels. I've since switched exclusively to microfiber (old cotton for really dirty throw-away jobs). They get thrown in the wash when there's a full load worth, washed with liquid laundry detergent, white vinegar in the rinse (fabric softener cup) to remove residual soap, thrown in the dryer on low - NEVER with fabric softener (hard silicates will scratch paint).

Reuse until they fall apart. Never reuse without washing. If it falls on the ground, into the Dirty bucket it goes.

That's how I do it, anyway.
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Old 08-05-2005, 12:54 AM   #30
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agreed,

I go to great pains to keep my giant waffle weave drying towels clean. There is a $h1t storm if people get dirt on them
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Old 08-05-2005, 06:34 PM   #31
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:03 PM   #32
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Are those waffle weave towels soft? they look like they would scratch the car. They absorb alot of water?
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:38 PM   #33
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GREAT WRITE UP! i would like to further emphasize the importance of step 6 in this-polish the paint. if you have the time to use wax, make sure you polish the paint. you are actually removing all oxidation, ground in dust, and old wax when you do this and you get 100 times better results with whatever wax you use. Great job man.
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Old 08-06-2005, 12:14 AM   #34
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Are those waffle weave towels soft? they look like they would scratch the car. They absorb alot of water?
Very soft, assuming they're clean microfiber and they've been washed before their first use. Yes, they absorb a LOT of water. If you use the "drying with the hose" method, one MF drying towel should do the whole car. Plenty of places sell them, pakshak.com has a ton of MF towels, Autopia-carcare.com (Sonus brand), exceldetail.com (GREAT washmitts, too), Meguiar's and others.

Drying With the Hose: take the sprayer off the end of the hose and let a smooth steady stream of water "sheet" over your car. Follow the sheet with the hose (back and forth, maintaining the sheeting) down whichever way it goes and it'll take 90% of the water off the car. Only works with a clean, waxed surface (haven't tried it with a polished/unwaxed surface).
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Old 08-06-2005, 02:52 AM   #35
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Any where that you know that I can get that bug cleaner prewash from besides that link you have posted? Shipping is like $12. Car looks really great btw
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Old 08-06-2005, 04:44 AM   #36
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You beat me to it animes2k! But very well put. I agree 100%. The giant sonus drying towels I have in that link are awsome. One or two and the WHOLE car is dry.

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Any where that you know that I can get that bug cleaner prewash from besides that link you have posted? Shipping is like $12. Car looks really great btw
1z.com has a dealer locator thing. I found a site that has the insect remover stuff...but I am not sure about shipping....

http://www.openroadmotoring.com/einszett.htm
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Old 08-08-2005, 04:46 PM   #37
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bump

I see a lot of confused people in this forum asking where they should start with detailing....
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Old 08-12-2005, 12:37 AM   #38
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Old 08-12-2005, 12:39 AM   #39
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I ordered some of that bug remover/prewash from a place I found that stocked it and also gonna give the wax a try as well.
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Old 08-12-2005, 12:47 AM   #40
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I can feel my right arm ache just reading this post...
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Old 08-12-2005, 12:50 AM   #41
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I can feel my right arm ache just reading this post...
Haha, thats why I invested in a Porter Cable buffer , I highy recommend it.
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Old 08-12-2005, 01:52 AM   #42
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its not hard....the polish is super easy to apply and the Glanz wax doesnt take much buffing at all to make it shine.
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Old 08-12-2005, 02:02 AM   #43
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To be more exact, polish isn't "applied", it's worked into the paint until it breaks down sufficiently (i.e. "polishes" the paint, more accurately clear coat). I've worked some products in small spots by hand (Poorboys SSR2.5, Menzerna IP) and it's no fun. If you've got ANY significant polishing to do (swirl or defect removal over more than a small area), a PC buffer is highly recommended. You almost have to be TRYING to mess up the paint with a PC. Probably find 'em on ebay for a decent price.

Since I've gotten a little more into this and have been doing cars for money, I've invested in a rotary polisher. Makes very quick work of defects, swirls, scratches, but has the potential to damage paint quite easily.
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Old 08-12-2005, 02:09 AM   #44
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From my original post:

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Remember you arent applying this polish like wax. You are using it to clean the paint.
Yea im lazy....

I actually have a craftsmen buffer, but I prefer to do it by hand. The buff cant always reach tight spots and you end up going back afterward and touching up a bunch of areas by hand anyhow. But thats just me, maybe I just like to stroke my car....
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Old 08-12-2005, 02:23 AM   #45
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You're probably better off doing it by hand than using that buffer, anyway. Those are only really effective for applying and removing wax, if that
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:05 AM   #46
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Thought I would bump this with all the winterizing going on
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Old 12-09-2005, 03:46 AM   #47
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Awesome guide man... Too bad this couldnt come out in the summer time... Oh welps spring will be here soon hehe
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Old 12-09-2005, 08:20 AM   #48
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great imfo THANKS
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Old 12-09-2005, 02:14 PM   #49
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Something else, I was visiting my parents at their new home and didn't notice their lawn sprinklers come on until it was to late.
I go in the house pissed off and my Dad tells me to follow him to the garage as he has something to show me.
He breaks out the leaf blower and blow drys my car! Every seem/water channel is dry and it only took a few minutes!
I have a microfiber towel that I love but after seeing that I'm looking for a decent electric leaf blower!!
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Old 12-09-2005, 02:19 PM   #50
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not a bad idea, but I would have to buy one brand new and use it strictly for car drying, as to not shoot any debris at my high quality subaru paint job
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