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Washing/Detailing your car: What do you do/use?


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#21 OFFLINE   con_fusion

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 10:07 PM

Hey folks,

I'm seeing that a lot of people are using high quality made in the USA 100% cotton towels for drying and polishing.

I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and couldn't find a white 100% USA cotton towel. There were some very plush made in Pakistan or India but no USA towels. It was kind of funny seeing the reactions of some of the lady shoppers as I checked the softness of the towels...

Is there any place local to find this animal? If not, recommendations on where to order from?

I'd prefer to find it local if possible.

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#22 OFFLINE   drolds1

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 01:57 AM

It''s now virtually impossible to find 100% cotton towels made in the USA. I used to use Cannon-Fieldcrest but they were bought by a company called Pillowtex and they refused to move their manufacturing overseas. Since no good deed goes unpunished, they're now out of business. I believe the only towel factory left in the USA is "1888 Mills." You can purchase at Macy's or order from Amazon.

Personally, I've switched to high-quality microfiber. You might want to consider it as well. High-quality, dedicated MF towels will not harm your finish. Professional detailers use them, so you needn't worry. I get mine from Autogeek but there are plenty of other places.
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#23 OFFLINE   tommjr

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:11 PM

Anyone tried waterless spray-on car wash? My grandfather uses the Griot's Garage stuff on his classic cars and recommended it to me: Waterless Spray-On Car Wash

Sounded great to me for both environmental and financial reasons... I have a tuxedo black Sport and keeping it looking clean will be a challenge, so using this to spot-clean would be handy.

Anyone else tried it?

#24 OFFLINE   fusionff

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 06:54 PM

I wouldn't use it on my car. You really take the chance of scratching the paint with products like these. Get out the bucket, soap, & sponge and clean your car the right way.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:45 AM

Question about staying away from Armorall, I understand not using the original on leather but did he mean all armorall products? If so why? since they make wipes with original, leather, glass, and all purpose cleaner. (assuming all purpose is like a wet wipe)
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#26 OFFLINE   ninjasenses

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 02:44 AM

Heres my usual regimen:

Use general soap from the autostore and water
wash it panel by panel and try to keep the car wet during the whole process
After the car is washed i do the wheels
the key and I think this rerally works is to use wax as you dry
when i dry the car i spray this on each panel and wipe it down with a regular cotton towel(microfiber will work better)
after i use black magic on the tires..they have this deodoerant stick looking think for tires that works great

the wax as you dry is amazimg, it give it that shine you want and you will notice when it rains the water beads right off...I highly recommend it

#27 OFFLINE   kbmag1

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 05:59 PM

Picked up my new 2010 sport and enjoyed detailing it .
I used MF wash mitts and towells.
Meg's gold car wash
Pinnecle clay bar w/ bar lub spray
wolfgang prep/polish
wolfgang 3.0 sealant...which requires a 12 hour cure, so I let it rest overnight
Collinite 845
wheels and jams had sealant and collinte applied
tires dressed w/Optimum OptiGaurd
leather dressed w/Optimum
carpet rec'd auto scotchgaurd

Durogloss AW for future post cleaning/drying.

The tux black shines up deep and wet well.
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#28 OFFLINE   Venegas22

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 06:09 PM

Use Mothers polish. And wash the car with Turtle Wax Love it! Nice shine to it!

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 04:00 PM

I've always used Meguiar's 3 step wax for detailing. Applied and wiped off by hand. I do have a 10" orbital buffer, but it tends to leave swirlies. It's a lot of extra work to do it by hand, but the results are so much nicer. As for my normal wash regimen, I use Meguiar's Caranuba car wash concentrate and it does the job rather well. For the tires, I've sworn by Westley's Black Magic for years. I currently use the Wet Shine spray-on tire gloss. With my rims, I use a narrow nylon brush with the car concentrate to get in the spokes and around the rim itself. Never have found a "safe" rim cleaner that was spray-on/wash-off with any decent results.

I've been using The Absorber to dry the car with. I hate going through several towels to dry the car off, but does it really drag that much dirt when drying?

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:15 AM

ChemicalGuys.com is the spot for me to find great products, great service and fair pricing. Try their 50/50 concourse paste and Jet Fuel protector. You will not be disappointed. Orders usually ship next day..

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 11:29 PM

Picked up my new 2010 sport and enjoyed detailing it .
I used MF wash mitts and towells.
Meg's gold car wash
Pinnecle clay bar w/ bar lub spray
wolfgang prep/polish
wolfgang 3.0 sealant...which requires a 12 hour cure, so I let it rest overnight
Collinite 845
wheels and jams had sealant and collinte applied
tires dressed w/Optimum OptiGaurd
leather dressed w/Optimum
carpet rec'd auto scotchgaurd

Durogloss AW for future post cleaning/drying.

The tux black shines up deep and wet well.

 

I use Autogeek products. I specifically like Wolfgang Sealant and their polish enhancer/old sealant remover.

 

I use:

 

Wash: DP Shampoo with MF bone. Natural sea sponge for the nice car, MF waffle cloth to dry. I use black MF cloths for wheels.

 

Clay Bar: DP rinseless wash/gloss with water for lubricant, Pinnacle clay or Meguiars Clay, MF edgeless cloth to dry after claybar

 

Polish & Sealant: Wolfgang Paintwork Polish Enhancer w/gray buffing pad, Wolfgang Deep Gloss Sealant w/ Red Pad, wait 45 min, buff clean with MF cloth 12 cure time.

                    

Next day admire and appreciate your work. :) Should last you 3 months easy.

 

Winter Washing: Bucket with semi-hot water and DP Rinseless Wash and gloss and MF washing cloth. Great in getting the excess salt off after a storm or when it's way to cold to wash or avoid using the auto wash. Sometimes I go in the touchless auto washes.

 

Interior: I use Pinnacle and Wolfgang care products. Pinnacle's vinyl restorer gives your dash a matte/satin sheen to it instead of that typical Armor All (over)glossy shine. Pinnacle is highly recommended!

 

Carpet cleaner: DP Carpet & Upholstry cleaner. Great for home use too! Seriously! It works lol! Don't let it sit and wait too long however.


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#32 OFFLINE   acdii

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:03 AM

I havent found an interior protector yet that didn't outgas onto the windshield.  Seems like no matter which one I tried, a few weeks later I had gook on the inside of the window. 


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#33 OFFLINE   mokee

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:15 AM

I use Turtle Wax Ice wash and liquid "wax" on cars, truck and boats. I use to use Mothers, 3M and Collinite products, but I guess I not a "wax on wax off" type of guy anymore. The easier the better... What's this claybar you talking about?


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:44 AM

http://www.mothers.c...ucts/07240.html

 

 

THis is what I usually use. I also have clay bars from Zaino, more expensive, and a wee bit better, but the ones I linked are your best bet, easy to get, and use right out of the box. 


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:43 AM

What's this claybar you talking about?

 

I think everyone has their preferences on cleaning/detailing/brands... just like preferences for beers, or cars, or whatever.  They all get the job done to varying degrees, and the one you like is always the best and the guy who has another preference doesn't know what he's talking about.

 

I like Meguiars, below is a quick 2 minute clip on using a clay bar.  Use this brand or another, I think the concept is the same.

 


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:56 AM

I use that too. Either one, Mothers, or Meguires is good, just depends on pricing, whichever is on sale I get. 


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:13 AM

I see. Kinda like an eraser for car finish. Wonder if it'll work on FRP.



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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:12 PM

Here is an attachment that I've attached to a cordless drill and used for several years (and bristles have not deteriorated)... give it a spin in the bucket and then hold sideways against the wheel and hit the trigger (each wheel takes about 15-20 seconds)... works very well on my 17" wheels and I've just visited my dealer to see the 18" wheels (that come with Titanium Hybrid) in person and using this would probably be a big time saver with all those 'spokes'.  I saw this in the Skymall magazine several years ago while on a flight and was the only time I've ever ordered from there (don't see if on their site now)... but you can also find similar ones at (both URLs are for same product, first appears to be a pass-through with Amazon - for those who may not want yet another customer account etc):

 

http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B002DLYV22/

 

http://drillbrush.ne..._and_Black.html

 

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Added - I also bought one of the below, was $20 more than the one above, and doesn't seem to work as well (though probably more suitable for hard-to-reach places on the rims, etc).

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:42 PM



Here is an attachment that I've attached to a cordless drill and used for several years (and bristles have not deteriorated)...

 

Looks like it would work great!

 

Hmmm...  Probably could replace my electric toothbrush too...  [attachment=1335:smiley-chores014.gif]


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:47 PM

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