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Old 06-13-2009, 06:05 PM   #1
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Here's something everyone probably has an opinion on lol. What is the best way to keep your mustang looking new the longest?

Unfortunately my mustang is parked outside 24/7 which pains me to do but seeing as I don't have much choice at the moment I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations to keeping it like new the longest. I use Meguire's next generation 2.0 wax, and I wax it once a month so pretty regularly and armor all products on the interior. Also I recently purchased a car cover to protect it from any UV damage.

In the winter I plan on storing it but as far as the summer goes definitely like having it close at hand lol.
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I'm not the best person to answer this as mine sits outside 24/7/356 and gets driven everyday rain,shine,snow or sleet But your on the right track, the car cover will help a lot if you don't mind putting it on and taking it off all the time. Washing and waxing,by hand for the wax as a buffer will wear the clearcoat/paint faster. Try to dry it as completely as possible either by hand or let mother nature take care of it while cruising down the highway. Interior just like you are, clean, armor all (just be carefull as over time it will dry out the interior if over used). Clean the carpets with a carpet cleaner every so often, but again make sure everything gets completely dry, using a blow dryer works good. Just don't forget to enjoy it
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Ask A HARLEY OWNER. Maybe they make one of these for cars.
Harley® Bubble / Sport, Cruising, 94662-98, The Harley Bubble is designed to constantly fl
Even has a foam filter to keep the dust off.
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Well the best way to take care of the car for a novice IMO is Meguirs. I keep it washed and waxed but when its times for it I will Clay bar it, polish wax it, protect(carnuba) it, and seal it.
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every year wash the car with dawn two times really really good, then clay bar the car really good (meguiars has a good clay bar), then wash with dawn again and fully dry.

After this the paint will need to have protection put on it how ever you like.

I use DWG International™ - Manufacturer of Dri Wash 'n Guard® since I hate washing my car and this protects trim, windows, rims, as well as paint.

I clean my car if its daily driven every week, get the bugs off (MUST) every time you can as this is the main damage on a car thats daily driven.

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protect the trim, most neglect it and it fades and looks nasty
remember to clean the fender wells out
learn to dry the car so you dont get water spots or use filtered water to remove the minerals that cause water spots
Clean the engine every time you wash the car, just wipe it off, keeps it looking new.

at the end of the day everyone will tell you what products to use, just see what works best for you and go with it~ keep up a regular schedule of upkeep and it will stay nice for a long time.
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protect the trim, most neglect it and it fades and looks nasty
remember to clean the fender wells out
learn to dry the car so you dont get water spots or use filtered water to remove the minerals that cause water spots
Clean the engine every time you wash the car, just wipe it off, keeps it looking new.
these are very important steps to a nice clean car
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also headlight/taillights need attention as well else they will fade/crack
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What do you use to protect the plastic trim on the car?
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What do you use to protect the plastic trim on the car?
If its black I usually use Mother's Back to Black but now some waxes for your paint can be used on trim such as Meguirs Tech Wax 2.0
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really? I always thought wax would make your trim dull & pasty.
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really? I always thought wax would make your trim dull & pasty.
Thats REAL wax not the new stuff that comes off first time it rains. If it goes on with water what do you think it comes off with.
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Thats REAL wax not the new stuff that comes off first time it rains. If it goes on with water what do you think it comes off with.
This new wax is acutally a liquid sealant. Its not paste.
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This new wax is acutally a liquid sealant. Its not paste.
Liquid=water
I used it once and went right back to carnuba, it washed off within days.
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Liquid=water
I used it once and went right back to carnuba, it washed off within days.
I washed, clayed, polished(cleaner wax), carnuba'd (protectant), and used this stuff (sealant) and it is still 2 weeks strong with daily driving. Just the other day I spray detailed.(Mist and Wipe)

It's not meant to be used as a single layer wax. Only to help seal the wax. IMO.
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On my current mustang i just dawn it since i plan to have it painted within a couple years anyway.(too many rock chips/scratches and someones slammed their doors into it twice) On my ranger my last mustang (yellow) my bike and my wifes Fusion. If im going to wax them ill soak them in dawn mixxed with degreaser, wash,dry,use paint cleaner(polish),Glaze(sealer),Carnuba wax, then finish it off with detail spray to smooth out the wax. I use both mothers and maguires and a few black magic products. Stoner invisable glass and exterior trim shine. If im not going to wax i use mothers car wash soap.
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Not bad for a 14 year old bike huh
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can't see bike pic due to some BS at my work (my proxy/CGI service program) chooses what files It loads sometimes. I have to use it to bypass the firewall here with no trace of what I have been doing unless they screen watch me.
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I personally hate waxing its messy, gets everywhere and you have to have a super clean car first... so I avoid it. Ive yet to put wax on mine
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Not bad for a 14 year old bike huh
Nice bike, got a 83 750 shadow...take some time to get it lookin like that though
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I personally hate waxing its messy, gets everywhere and you have to have a super clean car first... so I avoid it. Ive yet to put wax on mine
Just takes a lot of time and patience. I have probably stripped and waxed my car 5 or 6 times in the last year, but that is what I do on my spare time.
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yea, I dont mind taking time I just dont like wax in general.
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Just takes a lot of time and patience. I have probably stripped and waxed my car 5 or 6 times in the last year, but that is what I do on my spare time.
once a year each for me maybe twice. In my spare time I scrape parts off my bike!!!! Seriously thats why i had to put my footpegs higher. I scraped the hell out of the stockers. I havent taken it to the track yet but others who have got high 11s low 12s stock.
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