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Old 10-20-2002, 10:05 PM   #1
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Default best car washing products/method you've tried

Hey all,

What kinds of car washing products/methods would you recommend for washing a brand new rex? Other than those drive-thrus of course, I've heard those things can really scratch up your clearcoat.

All opinions welcome. Thanks.
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Old 10-20-2002, 10:28 PM   #2
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I got my WRX this past May, and I've been going to those DIY carwash places, bringing along a bucket, wash glove, chamois, and Meguiars car shampoo. I've used their Gold Glass wax a couple of times. I also use their quick detailer. Leaves a nice shine, and it works for me because they sell Meguiars in most stores, the waxing is an easy process, and it smells good

I've also heard good things about Zaino products.

And yes, those drive-thru washes will scratch your car.

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Old 10-20-2002, 10:49 PM   #3
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I use Zaino and the Z-7 Show Car Wash is really good. Smells great too. Whichever product you use though, be sure to use a car wash shampoo, and not dish detergent. Car Wash solution cleans but does not strip the protective wax.

I use a chenille wash pad and two buckets. One bucket has the soapy water, and the other bucket has plain water. Before loading up the wash pad or mitt with more soap, dunk it in the plain water bucket to rinse out the dirt and crap. This is so that you don't contaminate the clean soapy water, and don't rub dirt on your paint. You'll know the two-bucket method works when you pour them out. What's left of the soapy water will look clean and clear. The rinse bucket will be muddy.

For drying, I really like using a microfibre towel. Soaks up water quickly, rings easily, and doesn't scratch the paint.

Lots more advice can be had at www.autopia.ws.
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Old 10-20-2002, 11:51 PM   #4
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Im not too picky about my products but, I usually have Mothers or Meguiars wash, and a carnuba paste wax, not a cleaner wax however. Between waxings the Meguiars quick detailer works well. Things to remember when washing the car, dont use too high pressure for the water (especially those high pressure spray wash places), start at the top and work your way down, when you dry use a chamois or 100% cotton towells. When you wax dont go in a circular fashion like you may have seen.
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Old 10-21-2002, 04:15 PM   #5
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3M Imperial Hand Glaze followed by a good layer of One Grand Blitz wax. Both go on and off really easy.

I 100% agree with Slack2012 to not apply anything to your paint in a linear (non circular) motion.
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Old 10-21-2002, 07:48 PM   #6
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I'm a Griot's Garage fan. Pricey, but excellent products. I just wash, except for WRX Spa Day, when I:

Wash, with lambswool mitt
Paint Prep to remove old wax
Polish using Porter-Cable random orbital, and microfiber polish removal towels
Wax using same machine, again with microfiber polish removal towels

For washing, I dry with the microfiber drying towels, which rock, and use Griot's Speed Shine to keep baby looking good between washes. Tried Meguiar's 3-step, tried Xymol...Griot's works, smells and looks best, IMHO. I want to see a Zaino car, though. The fans of that stuff just love it.

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Old 10-21-2002, 08:33 PM   #7
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Zaino has the best products by far. http://www.zainobros.com... The car wash is awsome...and the "Z-6 Gloss enhancer" is amazing!! Spray on -- wipe off! No streaks! You can have the whole car showroom ready in 15 mins!

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Old 10-21-2002, 08:55 PM   #8
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Definitely 3M Imperial Hand Glaze and One Grand Blitz Wax. Probably the most user friendly, not to mention easy to maintain and use. As for car wash, I will never use anything but Mother's Gold.

I'm about to try some Klasse All-In-One and their glaze sealant, along with a fancy Porter Cable.

For the interior, LEXOL owns. Screw armor all.
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Old 10-22-2002, 01:24 AM   #9
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The California wiper blade. Its so cool you dont even need a towel to dry the car.
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Old 10-29-2002, 10:03 AM   #10
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I have been in the detailing industry for over two years. First off the California Blade is a miracle. I have used this blade on Aston Martins, Ferraris and much more without ever getting a scratch or mark. I follow the blade with a samois, then use the microfiber towels to dry the jambs and the car. A good foaming window cleaner is my favorite. As for compound, polish and waxing. I too would start with a fine grade clay bar, then (considering my car is in good shape) use a non oily polish, followed by a good clear coat sealant. These are the same steps I do and charge 200$$ on the street. Compound is for the real bad shape cars.
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