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Old 03-07-2015, 10:44 PM  
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Car Care and Detailing Thread

Others mentioned I should start this thread in my other thread. And while I won't have the new car for a while, I'd like to hear some thoughts and recommendations so I can have most of it on hand before the car shows up. My other thread had a lot of great posts in it and you guys have been a big help.

While black cars looks great clean, keeping it relatively clean in Phoenix might be the death of me. But I'll sure as shit give it my best shot.

I actually like cleaning and waxing our current cars but it's not like I am being meticulous about it. I've never had a car with rims either and I know those can get dirty quick. I've never owned a dark colored car and I've never had a car with leather. I plan to take really good care of this car and would like some tips on doing so. But I'm just a ****ing n00b.

I'll throw some links out from Amazon as I mention things.


Some of the things already on my list are:
1. Not sure if everyone recommends wool wash mitt over micorfiber here but many people I know do?
http://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Genuin...wool+wash+mitt

2. Grit guard and two wash buckets. One for rinse and one for soap/water.

http://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Genuin...wool+wash+mitt

3. Waffle Weave Drying towel. There are tons of towels out there but this seems to be able to take up a lot of water.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001Q8DMA0/...I21164SXVV1AWB

4. Car Wash

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009IQXFO/...b_recs_2_title


Some mention that after washing you should use a paint cleanser before waxing. But wondering if washing then clay baring is sufficient prior to wax?

I've seen this P21S Paintwork Cleanser mentioned on a few reads. Looks like good use for water spots and swirls prior to waxing if needed. Not sure if you would do entire car first or just use it for bad spots before waxing?

http://www.amazon.com/P21S-12350B-Pa...twork+Cleanser


Also, a company called Zaino has great reviews and recommendations. They have a package that looks like it includes all products I'd need together including wash, polish, wax, leather and tire care.

http://www.zainostore.com/mm5/mercha...y_Code=prokits



I do not have a polisher and would need to get one of those as well but not sure where to start on that front.



Can't wait to see what you guys have tried and recommend.
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Old 01-22-2018, 11:33 PM   #601
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The random polishers with 5.5" foam pads work great for polishing and building up protection. Saves an old **** like me a lot of work. With the new pads and compounds you can wet sand with them. The red pads are about all I use. The blue one do some work though.

I am still a Mother's Carnauba fan (the old stuff) and have 6 unopened tins so...and it's not going on a hundred a can (really $100?) I've been with it for 20 years. I got hooked on Mothers by using metal polishes as I had billet wheels and used their Mag polish after stripping and sanding cleared machined OEM wheels. Always been happy with Mothers but MG has nice stuff but I am old school I like depth.


The "swastika" wheels were machine finished and clearcoated, here they are bare polished metal

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Thanks for the help. I've always had 6-8 year old cars before this ever since I was in high school & college. So don't do much attentive washing.
I have the money and paid someone that works with Gary Dean to clean my car. They even came to my house. They learned the two bucket wash system from the inventor. There was not going to be any issues with possible scratches. But........

If you view this as a special car, not just something to get from point A to B, you should consider keeping it clean yourself. It has made me appreciate my car. That I "earn" the right to have such a special car. That mentality may not be you, but it worked for me.
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I found this old video of the first day I got my car. I told the dealer to not touch the outside of the car. To leave it as is off the truck from the factory. I drove it straight from the dealer lot to Gary Deans to get the paint corrected and sealed. I'd highly recommend this to anyone getting a new car that wants their paint to look as good as it was on day one.

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Old 03-30-2018, 01:08 AM   #604
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Ok, this may have been posted, but here goes: I have some kind of what looks to be mineral deposit streaks on two of the windows of my truck. These seem hard core and Windex won't touch it. I tried hitting it with a slightly abrasive wax, nope, still there. I may try 0000 steel wool with some kind of compound, or try to blade it off with a razor blade? Any idea how to attack this crap?
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Ok, this may have been posted, but here goes: I have some kind of what looks to be mineral deposit streaks on two of the windows of my truck. These seem hard core and Windex won't touch it. I tried hitting it with a slightly abrasive wax, nope, still there. I may try 0000 steel wool with some kind of compound, or try to blade it off with a razor blade? Any idea how to attack this crap?
I'd start with a single edge razor blade. Maybe treat it with a little "Goo Gone" first. Avoid getting it on your paint or chrome.
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I'd start with a single edge razor blade. Maybe treat it with a little "Goo Gone" first. Avoid getting it on your paint or chrome.
Yeah I have gone that route in the past with well water. Whatever this crap is, it seems to be very well established to say the least.

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Yeah I have gone that route in the past with well water. Whatever this crap is, it seems to be very well established to say the least.

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Good to know. I was out there with a new single blade razor getting after the mystery streaks, but it started getting dark on me. From what I could tell, it wasn't working very well.
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