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Old 11-14-2014, 03:11 AM   #1
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Sorry I'm sure it's been posted on here somewhere but the search engine sucks. I have a 5 day weekend and I plan on really cleaning the car. Looking for some do's and donts. I'm currently using some meguires car wash I bought from autozone and armor all for the tires, that's it. I'm curious as to what soap, car wax, engine detailer, tire cleaner, and interior cleaner you guys are using. I have cloth seats that I'm not worried about cleaning as they are immaculate, im talking dash and panels. I've just been wiping them down with a microfiber cloth to remove dust. The dealership cleaned the engine with some shiny stuff, not sure what it is and I've used a rag to wipe some dirt off it couple times since I got it. I've never waxed a car before, always payed for it. I love this car and don't want someone doing a crappy job so I'm going to give it a try myself. At least if it doesn't come out good I did it myself. So some help on cleaning products and cleaning accessories would be helpful.If there's another thread that you want to point me to instead of answering would also be very helpful. Thanks in advanced.
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:27 AM   #2
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I use a Mothers clay bar and Meguiars gold class wax. There are a lot of options out there. AutoGeek.com has a lot of good stuff like Adams ect. I hear Aerosapce 303 for vinyl is good. Got a bottle of that at Napa per another thread.
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Those look nice and shiny. Thanks to whoever moved this into the appropriate place, still learning my way around the forum.
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Old 11-14-2014, 07:49 AM   #5
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Just hit the big mustang evolution banner on top of page and a whole new world opened up. Haha, this whole time I thought it was just the forums you get from clicking on the gt or v6 forum up top. Should make searching for things easier.
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lol. well personal preference, I currently use stuff that can be bought in stores, not the Eite Online only stuff.
My favorite brand is Surf City Garage. I use the car wash, the wax, the spray detailers, and interior cleaner. most of those can be bought at a walmart.
the stuff in the engine bay is usually tire shine. if its nice and shiny, then cleaning the engine bay should be a breeze. I use Simple Green under the hood, and usualy an interior shine on the rubber and plastics. If its already pretty clean, dilute the simple green. if its an old used car, full strength.
Tires, ive heard that meguiars purple gel stuff works the best. Ive only used the cheap stuff and usually disapointed. I have a can of TurtleWax tire foam, which does what i want it to do. makes the tires blacker, but not glossy. Rims, i try to stick with regular car wash unless it gets real dirty. i its maintained clean, its easier to keep clean. otherwise i use meguiars wheel cleaner (purple bottle)
I apply my wax by hand most of the time but orbital buffers are great.
between waxing, i like to use a spray wax after a wash. right now my favorite is the surf city garage hot rod detailer. says it has extra uv protection, and it leaves a nice shine. for cleaning dust off, i usualy use their other quick detailer and a microfibre.
if you have any other specific questions, just ask. im not a professsional, but ive been detailing for years now, so have a lot of hands on experience with different products and methods, and always happy to share.
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I use Meguiars Gold Class wash, their Ultimate Quik detailing spray and tire cleaner. On the inside I use 303 Aero. It doesn't leave the interior shiny, just clean, and it doesn't attract dust like Armour All.
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Alright here is what i do....

2 bucket method: Fill up 2 buckets of water, and put grit guards in both of them. Then put your car was soap in only one of the buckets. What you do is rinse off the car like normal and then take your wash mitt from the bucket with the soap, wipe down a panel of the car, and then put it into the bucket that does not have soap in it, rub it against the bottom where the grit guard is, it acts just like its name, it collects the dirt and traps it down there. Then after that transfer the mitt over to the other bucket with the soap, and do the same thing, that ensures you get ALL of the dirt off the wash mitt before putting it back on the paint.

Then what i do about once or twice a year is clay bar the car, literally you take small pieces of clay, flatten them out and rub them along your cars paint, it collects all the tiny tiny contaminants that are stuck to the paint you normally wouldn't even see. Some people dry off the car when it is clean and use detail spray as lubricant ( you need lubrication for it), what i do is in the middle of the washing when it is all soaped up then i use it, goes much faster.

As for waxing, well there are a few different types of things you can do.

Caranuba paste wax: Good protection and great shine, for this it comes in a tub and you use a hand applicator and put some on the pad and the begin to wipe it on the car in straight lines (don't pay attention to the wax on wax off of the karate kid).

Caranuba liquid wax: Essentially the same thing, application is it is in more liquid form and you squeeze out a little onto your applicator. Portion control is easier with the paste, as if you use too much it is too hard to get off.

Synthetic wax: Wax made out of polymers, supposed to be "better" but i personally don't like it too much.

Glaze: A glaze is kind of the same, it is usually applied like a liquid wax. A glaze isn't as durable as a wax, but it makes the paint POP. So if your car only goes out on weekends or every other weekend this is for you.

Sealant: A sealant is the opposite of a glaze, it is super durable to where you won't have to apply again for damn near 6 months, but it isn't as shiny (still more shiny than nothing on your paint at all).

As for the interior, you don't need to be as super careful with it since it doesn't scratch like paint. Right now i just use an all purpose cleaner and it works great.


As for products i recommend, i recently switched over to all Adams products, they are on the more expensive side, so they aren't for everyone. But i really like them.

I don't have access to a hose at school so i use their rinseless wash, it is essentially the same as normal car washing, but i don't have to rinse the car down, i just spray a diluted mix of it on the paint before hand from a spray bottle, then take the microfiber towel i use out of the bucket and wipe it down, then take a dry one and dry it off, no need to rinse it off at all. Most of these you can only get online, unless you have specific dealers in your area.

Here are a few links of the stuff i use. I could have typed more, but i have to get ready for class in 30 minutes.

Rinseless Wash
Detail Spray
Detail Spray
Wheel Cleaner
All Purpose Cleaner
Tire Shine
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Bucket & Grit Guard
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ugh i just had a ton of writing in here to add to all of this and i hit the back button and it left the page. so im just gonna narrow it down to this:

^I agree with soccerluvr4^

Ive never used adams products myself, but i bet they are pretty good.
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In between classes... But I used to use all Meguiars stuff, I love Adams even more now so I'm slowly switching over.


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Old 11-16-2014, 10:38 PM   #11
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For the interior I use the armour all interior wipes they work great o everything including the seats and carpet they really works, cleaned the interior of my car like a month ago and have had no need to clean it since and it doesn't leave any long or smell behind even though I think they have some out their that is scented
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Thanks you guys, didn't get around to cleaning it thus weekend so hoping for tomorrow or Tuesday. Glad it's not very dirty.


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If you want quick results after wash, try eagle one spray nano wax.

The Toyota brand wash is probably the best I have seen for water beading, better than gold class and Adams pink

I also used Adams quick sealant and it lasts very long


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If you want quick results after wash, try eagle one spray nano wax.

The Toyota brand wash is probably the best I have seen for water beading, better than gold class and Adams pink

I also used Adams quick sealant and it lasts very long


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The pink stuff by Adams is detail spray. It does have a tiny bit of polymers in it, but it's not a spray wax.


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1. Adams Rinseless Wash
2. Chemical Guys Wet Mirror Finish Glaze
3. Meguiars Ultimate Paste wax

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Maguires here


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1. Adams Rinseless Wash
2. Chemical Guys Wet Mirror Finish Glaze
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If it werent for permanent bug damage on the front bumper, and highway damage on the front hood, mine would be lookin like soccerluvr's bullit, except white. the rest of the paint is very good for its age. except for a couple dings and scrapes. i was stuck living in an apt for a year where all the neighbors pretty much gave up in life and drive beaters. cant wait to get out of this town, then ill be ready to repaint.
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3. Meguiars Ultimate Paste wax

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I used Adam's rinseless wash this weekend, for the first time, and I really liked it. It smells good. Only complaint I have is that the spout leaked and had it all over the place.
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I used Adam's rinseless wash this weekend, for the first time, and I really liked it. It smells good. Only complaint I have is that the spout leaked and had it all over the place.

That part you gotta make sure you press down firmly when you are done. When you pull it up to pour it will literally just start to come out. You can control how much it comes up and down though.


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Andrew, I thought I knew who you are. Lol. Your on Lethal Mustangs FB. Your car looks great.

I'm an admin over at Lethal. 😎

Yea. I recognized you also lol


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