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Old 07-15-2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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Anybody here completely detailed their own car from the inside out? I want to know what are the best carpet/seat cleaners that I could buy at a store. Also what cleaning procedures work best. I also want to detail my own engine and was also wondering how to do it. I have detailed a few engines before but not a mustang. Is there something I should avoid/cover?
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Anybody here completely detailed their own car from the inside out? I want to know what are the best carpet/seat cleaners that I could buy at a store. Also what cleaning procedures work best. I also want to detail my own engine and was also wondering how to do it. I have detailed a few engines before but not a mustang. Is there something I should avoid/cover?
I've never completely detailed my car, but I do know for a fact that Armor All works really well on interior. I used the cleaner on my old stang all the time (dash and leather seats), but I haven't used the cloth/carpet cleaner they make. I'm sure there's better items out there, but Armor All is cheap, easily available, and they make various cleaning items. Never let me down yet.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:28 PM   #3
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i will never ever use armor all on anything of mine...i've seen way to much damage caused by the stuff over time (i.e. cracked vinyl, and spotting)

for detailing the engine just make sure to cover the electricals when you do the cleaning. i just did a quick write up in another thread in the general discussion section. pm me if you have any questions
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i will never ever use armor all on anything of mine...i've seen way to much damage caused by the stuff over time (i.e. cracked vinyl, and spotting)
I've never actually heard of this. What kind of time period are we talking? I just used it because it removed dirt and grime so easily, never really looked into the cons of it, though.
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I've never actually heard of this. What kind of time period are we talking? I just used it because it removed dirt and grime so easily, never really looked into the cons of it, though.
i've seen it a lot from work...i only use meguiars for interior cleaning
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i've seen it a lot from work...i only use meguiars for interior cleaning
I haven't used anything on my new gt yet. Thanks for the heads up, though.
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I haven't used anything on my new gt yet. Thanks for the heads up, though.
no problem...if you like the shine of Armor all then try the extreme shine by meguiars...i like the natural shine though...just a nice clean without the gleam
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i've seen it a lot from work...i only use meguiars for interior cleaning
Meguiars is really good....how about any cloth seat cleaners????
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Meguiars is really good....how about any cloth seat cleaners????
i used blue magic cleaner for spots and the such...now that i have leather though i use meguiars cleaner & conditioner gel
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i used blue magic cleaner for spots and the such...now that i have leather though i use meguiars cleaner & conditioner gel
+1... I just use a damp cloth for the interior dash and door panels. Never armor all. Too much dirt and dust sticks to it, especially having a convertible. As far as engine detailing, I let the motor warm up a bit then spray it with simple green, close the hood a little bit to give it a "steam bath" effect, then scrub it down and hose off. I made the mistake of using purple power degreaser and it blemished my polished aluminium. Had to repolish stuff. Then I use black magic tire wet spray and shine up the engine bay, a lil chrome and aluminium polish and done!
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Meguiars is all I use on my black gt, nothing else. Far as a carpet cleaner I use Oxy Clean or something like that. The wax I use is Meguiars Gold Class or Nex Gen. The wash I use is Deep Gloss car was by Meguiars. Some of the names might not be right but its close Im not at home right now I cant remember the exact names. Autozone sells more of it at a decent price. Turtle wax isnt bad, but I won't use it because too me it doesnt do as a good job as Meguiars but I have nothing agaisnt it, I use it on my white 08 Impala. The leather cleaner is awesome, along with Blue Magic leather conditionar.Far as inside on the dash and etc I just use Armor All Natural Finish sprayed on a micro fiber rag or the Armor All wipes, too me its doesnt have that creasy feeling or attracts dirty later on.

Far as rags and stuff use anything that is micro fiber or old T-shirt esp the detailing rags, wash mit go with something that is really soft and not corse ( esp if it is black). Black cars are very picky trust me, my car is 12 years old and it still looks brand new after using Meguiars waxes, IMO.

Far as engine just use any de-creaser spray the engine let it sit for say 5 to 10 mins and then was it off with a hose and spray nozzle. Avod electrical connectors like the main body harness in the left corner of the car, fuse boxes, or I wouldnt really spray or dose the Tb area or are filter. If you can just wrap them with a plastic bag or any of the above items cuz if you flood these areas you will be on here asking why my car won't run or etc. This is all based on what I do when I clean my cars or other peoples cars when I clean them on the side and it works and they have been happy.
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Anybody here completely detailed their own car from the inside out? I want to know what are the best carpet/seat cleaners that I could buy at a store. Also what cleaning procedures work best. I also want to detail my own engine and was also wondering how to do it. I have detailed a few engines before but not a mustang. Is there something I should avoid/cover?
Not only mine but several.
Supplies needed:
Dawn Ultra
Meguiars Gold Class wash Mothers is good to.
3 Soft towels just for the outside
2-Giant Cotton towels clean and of good quality
Wax Meguiars, or Turtle Wax ICE seem to be favorites here never used either.
You can try Swirl remover if its bad.
Microfiber towels to remove wax.
High quality bonnet to apply.
SprayWay glass cleaner
Tires wheels soap and water works great. Get a spray bottle to mix. I use a concentrate designed for detailers. Only b/c it's faster to use on other cars.
Leather Lexol to clean leather, Lexol to condition leather.

Carpet/upl I haven't found one cleaner I like. Adams has a good Product I'm ready to try.

Engine- make sure it is ICE cold cover distributor cap if equipped, intake/airbox, cover battery. It's a good to cover visible electrical connections including the fusebox. I cover the alternator as well. Grocery store bags work great.

After that is done. I get simple green or any all purpose cleaner really (no bleach) and lightly mist areas, take a soft brush and gently wipe. Rinse with water not a stream but a fan of sorts. I angle the hose to the side. Now remove covers, get a few clean older towels and wipe up remaining water. If the battery terminals have corrosion on them get some battery terminal cleaner not only are you keeping them clean, your helping the battery.

I don't know what store bought stuff to use to dress the bay. I use SprayWay instant shine. I love it, because it works on wheel wells, inside the car, and the engine bay.
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^^+1 on the lexol I've got a real small bottle of it I couldn't remember the name of it. Little orange bottle with whithers lettering..great stuff!

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