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


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#41 OFFLINE   mmorri12

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:16 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..

another vote for chemical guys. all of their products I have tried, I really like. if you wash your car a lot, then go for the gallon size jugs. it's really economical compared to the smaller sizes. 

 

I cant comment on the concourse but can confirm the jetseal 109 is a really good polish/sealant. I also like their diablo wheel cleaner (I have not had to scrub a wheel since using it). and for wash soap, I have one of their foam lances so I use their foam (citrus wash and gloss) and they really give a good suds with either the pressure washer/lance or the bucket method.


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#42 OFFLINE   acdii

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 02:43 PM

I may give them a try, I could really use some good wheel cleaner, the wheels on the FTI are gloss black and the brake dust and road dirt really show quickly. 


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#43 OFFLINE   HenryVIII

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 12:33 AM

Sorry Acdii this is going to counter your recommended use but:

 

Do NOT use dish soap.

 

I just saw an episode of Motorweek. They went over a few things of dos and don'ts of car washing. Using dish soap/detergent is a definite NO. As Motorweek stated, dish soap removes EVERYTHING. The most important thing they highlighted was that using dish soap can prematurely age the clearcoat on your car.

 

Honestly as inexpensive as car care products can be, you can find much better suited and formulated products that will do the same job. I use Wolfgang Paintwork Polish Enhancer ( http://www.autogeek.net/wg2000.html ) and use this after I clay bar the car to remove deposits and such. I've been on the same bottle for years. Why potentially risk damaging your clear coat?


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Posted 16 June 2013 - 02:27 PM

I know where they are coming from, and they are correct, however, what they are referring to is your average car owner going out and hand washing the car every weekend, and they are 100% correct.  It will destroy the cars finish if you do that. If you are doing a start to finish detailing of the paint, then following the recommendations from Zaino will have no ill effects on the paint since you are applying protectant right after stripping off all the old wax and dirt.  Also if you only use Zaino and never wax again, you never have to use Dawn ever again to clean the car.

 

Another way to strip old wax off is to use a chemical degreaser that is used to prep the paint before repainting, however, I would much rather use Dawn than that stuff, it smell nasty and you dont want it on your skin, plus you have to wash it off or the wax wont really stick well.

 

Besides Dawn is very gentle, have you see them washing birds and animals after an oil spill, they use Dawn to clean them.


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#45 OFFLINE   HenryVIII

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 04:19 AM

Okay I want that to be clear to readers and owners here. For those readers please be careful because paint and clear coat finishes are very thin on new cars.


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:16 PM

When you have the time. This is a great series on a 2 bucket car wash.

 

Starting with this one.

http//:www.youtube.com/watch?v=w09r6m6sRCA

 

Link came off the Tesla Model S guide.


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:08 AM

I use the 2 bucket system too. Especially since I have a gravel drive and the underside of the rockers and wheel wells gets fine grit on them. 

 

BTW, my wheels are always clean! Its like NO brake dust, ever!  Couldn't say the same for the 2010, there was always some small amount on them, even though the pads had little wear after 44K. 


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:32 PM

The 2 bucket system is the only way to go.  Have been using it for many years on our daily drivers and show cars.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:06 PM

Somewhere I read about using a hair dryer to blow water off the flat surfaces so that there's less water to soak up with the rags. I washed both cars tonight and tried this. It's amazing how well the hair dryer works to blow the water off the car. Then there's only a little bit of water left to wipe away with the towels. It means I was able to use only 4 towels to dry both cars. Without the hair dryer I would probably use 4 towels to dry each car... I no doubt looked rather silly using my wife's pink hair dryer to dry the car, but it was rather quiet in the garage at our apartment so I didn't mind ;)


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:53 PM

 I no doubt looked rather silly using my wife's pink hair dryer to dry the car,

 

This is where pictures would help -


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 06:32 AM

My water is very hard.  It seems to me that would leave a lot of mineral deposits behind.  Why not use a leaf blower to blast the water off of the car at 200 mph. ;)



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 08:54 AM



This is where pictures would help -

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My water is very hard.  It seems to me that would leave a lot of mineral deposits behind.  Why not use a leaf blower to blast the water off of the car at 200 mph. ;)

Our water is hard too...a leaf blower isn't a bad idea if you have one :) blowing the water off with air is what most drive through car washes do. If I had a leaf blower i would definitely use it for drying the car.


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 09:10 AM

Ok - the pink hair dryer has got to go. :stop:  Unless you have the wife doing it and since you do have two cars there is no reason she can't help.

 

Another suggestion, for those who do not own a chamois and are too lazy, (just kidding :victory:  ) would be to use your air compressor that you have in your garage for inflating tires. You do have one right? There is a nozzle that came with mine that allows you to do that, however I like to dry it by hand to be safe.

 

A leaf blower will work fine up top, but if there are dirt, sand or stone particles caught in the gaps you might damage your paint because it is so strong. And doing the bottom with that puppy will almost guarantee you that you will have something fly up and hit the car.

 

TLC is best done with a nice clean chamois or microfiber towel. I have dozens of them and wash them all after each use.


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:39 PM

I use those synthetic chamois to dry the car and compressed air to blow out the water around the mirrors and door handles, and especially the trunk. Then I polish with the towels.  I keep the syncham clean by washing it with Dawn every so often, rinsing it out well and storing it damp.  They are a real bugger to use if they dry out though. 


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:45 PM

Unless you have the wife doing it and since you do have two cars there is no reason she can't help.

 

Good one inco! 

I like that, yeah HB, get Mrs HB out there.  animated-smileys-bath-wc-015.gif

LOL !

 

I once asked my wife why she needed to store stuff in MY garage. 

She pointed out that our laundry washing machine and dryer were in MY garage so she guessed that meant I'd be doing all the laundry from now on.

I learned my lesson - sit, stay, I'm a good dog now. 
 

 


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 01:32 PM

Good one inco! 

I like that, yeah HB, get Mrs HB out there.  animated-smileys-bath-wc-015.gif

LOL !

 

I once asked my wife why she needed to store stuff in MY garage. 

She pointed out that our laundry washing machine and dryer were in MY garage so she guessed that meant I'd be doing all the laundry from now on.

I learned my lesson - sit, stay, I'm a good dog now. 
 

 

Had that happen once............once.  I moved the damned things to a different room.  Worked like a charm. 


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