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Old 06-13-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Keeping it clean!

Just bought a 2013 5.0 black. Any suggestions on best wash, wax, spray wax, quick detailers? I used Mguiars on my 06, it was gray and didn't show stuff like the black does. I have heard Croftgate is good, but expensive.
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Re: Keeping it clean!

nothing you can do will keep it clean, all you can do is clean it regularly and then enjoy the 30 minutes of a clean black car.

Swirl marks will be your enemy though, use top notch cloths and be careful washing with water, try to filter it first to help reduce swirls.

Regular waxing etc with an abrasive wax will help keep the scratches down. As far as drying just wash the car only early or late when the sun is not out to dry the water to fast.
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Wash and wipe down with a Microfiber rag and then get some Turtle Wax Ice, best stuff out there.
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I use meguiar's ultimate liquid wax and turtle wax black detailer on my 97 and it looks great
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Re: Keeping it clean!

dont forget black chrome, windows, headlights/taillights they need protection as well
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Has anyone tried that new turtle wax black? It's like 20 bucks for a box was curious to try it but bent heard anything on it
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I normally do a 3 stage polish. Use a wool pad to get the deep scratches and swirls then a foam pad to soften it up and then finish with a wipe on wax. No matter what you use to wash your car and dry it. It will leave scratches as it still cause friction in the paint. So best bet is to use a hand squeegee to knock most of the water off
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Re: Keeping it clean!

Watch out for the damn birds! Every time I seem to wash and wax the bombardiers seem to always hit their mark! VERY FRUSTRATING!

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Watch out for the damn birds! Every time I seem to wash and wax the bombardiers seem to always hit their mark! VERY FRUSTRATING!
Your lucky to have birds, I get pterodactyls always trying to **** on my car. LOL!!!
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Re: Keeping it clean!

My 2012 GT Coupe is black too. As someone said it will stay totally clean for about 30 minutes. That said, try several brands and see what you like in terms of durability and ease of application. Try Car Care Online, he has some informative articles on types of products. I just started buying microfiber towels from Autogeek, also online. There are more products than we could discuss in a week and more coming out all the time. What's important is you stay with a regular routine and your car will look great.

Enjoy and congratulations on your new car.
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Thanks for all the good info!
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Re: Keeping it clean!

ive given up washing my car with water.... far to much hassle
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Re: Keeping it clean!

Im good buddies with a guy who sells and deals with croftgate, he is also a 2011 Mustang GT owner, very good stuff, I havent used it on my mustang yet..but if your interested in something from them I can talk to him.
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ive given up washing my car with water.... far to much hassle
I hate it to! But your lucky you don't DD it. In the fall it gets dry, and I love waterless then.

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Watch out for the damn birds! Every time I seem to wash and wax the bombardiers seem to always hit their mark! VERY FRUSTRATING!
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I use only Zaino products but, I had not washed my car in almost 4 months when I took my avitar pic or the above picture. I only mist it with Distilled water and used a microfiber cloth to dry or wipe the dust off daily. I don't rub hard, just enough to remove the dust and as soon as I see bird droppings, I get out my spray bottle of distiller water to wipe it off. I also don't make circular motions when drying. I wipe front to back on the top facing body parts and up and down on the side facing parts. I realize my car is not black but I have seen many cars that use this same product that are black and are beauitful! Many products thus far mention are great, I've tried a few but, keep coming back to Zaino. A car cover is a good investment. Good luck!
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I use only Zaino products but, I had not washed my car in almost 4 months when I took my avitar pic or the above picture. I only mist it with Distilled water and used a microfiber cloth to dry or wipe the dust off daily. I don't rub hard, just enough to remove the dust and as soon as I see bird droppings, I get out my spray bottle of distiller water to wipe it off. I also don't make circular motions when drying. I wipe front to back on the top facing body parts and up and down on the side facing parts. I realize my car is not black but I have seen many cars that use this same product that are black and are beauitful! Many products thus far mention are great, I've tried a few but, keep coming back to Zaino. A car cover is a good investment. Good luck!
Zaino is a very good product!! It's not cheap but it's awesome. I love their plastic and glass polish I use it quite frequently and still have ton left.
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Re: Keeping it clean!

I'm using the following kit from Zaino...the Z-5 is working pretty well.

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Can I ask how one washes a car without water??
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Can I ask how one washes a car without water??
Waterless car wash.
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Poorboys products. I use the polish and blue wax. Makes the garage smell good too.
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Im really impressed with the turtle wax ice products. For the money i have had great results. Im gonna check out the zaino products for sure. Awful lot of people here suggest it.
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Bought the Turtle wax ICE wash, polish and spray mist today. Will update as to my results!
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I gotta stick with Maguires cleaning products, but a lot of it is how you work with it. For instance my buddy uses Turtle Wax on his car, I just can't use the stuff the way he does. Same thing with him & Maguires, he doesn't have the finesse I do with it.
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I always used Mcguiar's on my old car. It works well. I don't have the "finesse" or patience for conventional wax. I always end up with white stuff on the plastic and rubber that won't come off! Thats why I'm looking forward to the polish. Can use it on glass, metal, plastic, rubber etc....
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Re: Keeping it clean!

On Turtle Wax black kit, I've used it and am not impressed. It's messy and doesn't do that great of a job. I picked up some Bullet Polish at a car show yesterday and it's easy, cheap and fast. My black 5.0 has never looked so good.

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Has anyone tried that new turtle wax black? It's like 20 bucks for a box was curious to try it but bent heard anything on it
Not impressed. Messy and not any better than anything else I've tried. Bought some Bullet Polish at a car show yesterday and it's amazing. I don't impress easily. $14.95 for concentrate to make a gallon. Goes on like windex. Wipe off haze. Can even use in sun. My Black 5.0 has never looked so good.
I did the whole car including windows in a half hour. I even tried on my kitchen granite and it worked great.
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On Turtle Wax black kit, I've used it and am not impressed. It's messy and doesn't do that great of a job. I picked up some Bullet Polish at a car show yesterday and it's easy, cheap and fast. My black 5.0 has never looked so good.

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Not impressed. Messy and not any better than anything else I've tried. Bought some Bullet Polish at a car show yesterday and it's amazing. I don't impress easily. $14.95 for concentrate to make a gallon. Goes on like windex. Wipe off haze. Can even use in sun. My Black 5.0 has never looked so good.
I did the whole car including windows in a half hour. I even tried on my kitchen granite and it worked great.
Ya I used it too pretty messy. I'd rather just do a 3 stage polish with a wool and foam pad and spend the extra hours to get it nice. Normaly can do around 20 washes after that before its all gone
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Re: Keeping it clean!

Black is tough. My last car was black & while I kept the swirls down, there was no avoiding them completely. I always used Meguiars on it. I'm trying out Surf City Garage now--good so far & since they are local to me I gotta give them a shot.

I avoid Turtle Wax for the same reasons as everyone else, it's just a mess.
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'13 Black GT here. I tend to use all Meguiar's products with microfiber sponges and towels, squeegee with a waterblade (its like a giant silicone wiper blade) and finish up drying it with a good chamois. I find the trick to getting black to look great is to make sure you DRY it, do not let it airdry or you will get waterspots everywhere.

As for waxing, I use (again with the Meguiar's) Ultimate Polish, then the Ultimate Liquid Wax. It takes some effort and time to get the wax on nice and smooth, but it keeps it pretty shiny for a while. I might swap to the ultimate spray-on wax for this next carwash, it just takes too long to get the liquid wax on and looking nice. I think the real trick to getting a smooth-as-glass finish is to make sure you are using the polish semi-regularly.

Oh, and your enemy is dust and pollen. I have a good california car duster that I'll very lightly use daily to take off most of the stuff, and it seems that I don't look like I need a wash nearly as often. The trick is to use it LIGHTLY or you risk jacking up your clearcoat.
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Check out the website or link below and I will let the photo's speak for themselves! I hope I haven't broken any rules! You use such a tiny amount of ALL their product that it last for a VERY long time. And if you run out of anything, it will be the Z6. Truly amazing!!!

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'13 Black GT here. I tend to use all Meguiar's products with microfiber sponges and towels, squeegee with a waterblade (its like a giant silicone wiper blade) and finish up drying it with a good chamois. I find the trick to getting black to look great is to make sure you DRY it, do not let it airdry or you will get waterspots everywhere.

As for waxing, I use (again with the Meguiar's) Ultimate Polish, then the Ultimate Liquid Wax. It takes some effort and time to get the wax on nice and smooth, but it keeps it pretty shiny for a while. I might swap to the ultimate spray-on wax for this next carwash, it just takes too long to get the liquid wax on and looking nice. I think the real trick to getting a smooth-as-glass finish is to make sure you are using the polish semi-regularly.

Oh, and your enemy is dust and pollen. I have a good california car duster that I'll very lightly use daily to take off most of the stuff, and it seems that I don't look like I need a wash nearly as often. The trick is to use it LIGHTLY or you risk jacking up your clearcoat.
Is this the california duster that everyone refers to using???

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