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post #1 of 12 Old March 18th, 2016, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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New to the self wash game (again)

Ok, I need some options on what to do and what to get for basic washing/upkeep of my truck.

It is black, I've never waxed it since I got it roughly 7k miles ago. What's steps should I go through to get it nice and clean with a good wax?

As of now the paint isn't slick at all, micro fiber won't slide across it.

I'd like to know cheap (part store) brands that I can go get to use sometime and have it as back up and a nice set up of decent wash, wash, and what not that I'll probably have to order online.


All help would be appreciated.


Also will get pic later but I have what seems to be a grease/oil stain (has that rainbow look) on my tailgate that I can see but can't feel and won't go away.

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post #2 of 12 Old March 18th, 2016, 04:38 PM
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For the cheap stuff - go to Walmart. The one's around here have bigger car detailing sections than the auto-parts stores and typically the prices are significantly less. They carry consumer quality wash, polish wax etc. and plenty of microfiber towels and sponges.

For the higher quality products - autogeek is a good start. They have lots of information on detailing and carry countless products. This forum here also has a lot of information of high quality products and how people have used them. You just have to search for it. If you find a product you like on auto geek, you can also compare prices with other places such as amazon. I purchase the majority of my car care stuff from amazon and a local automotive paint store.

Is the grease stain on the paint or the plastic inside portion of the tail gate?
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For the cheap stuff - go to Walmart. The one's around here have bigger car detailing sections than the auto-parts stores and typically the prices are significantly less. They carry consumer quality wash, polish wax etc. and plenty of microfiber towels and sponges.

For the higher quality products - autogeek is a good start. They have lots of information on detailing and carry countless products. This forum here also has a lot of information of high quality products and how people have used them. You just have to search for it. If you find a product you like on auto geek, you can also compare prices with other places such as amazon. I purchase the majority of my car care stuff from amazon and a local automotive paint store.

Is the grease stain on the paint or the plastic inside portion of the tail gate?
Thanks, I was looking for actual product names that are the best of the cheaper. I was just trying to avoid anything that may be harsh. Thanks for the auto geek one, I'll check them out.

Is it safe to assume my paint isn't smooth/slick because I haven't waxed it? Does the factory put anything on them?

As for the spot, it looks more like bubbling clear now. But no worries it wasn't!



Now that it's like that it actually cleaned off with a micro fiber and some cleaner.


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Meguair's and mother brands can be had for cheap. They also sell professional products that cost more.
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The paint isn't smooth because there are very fine contaminants bonded with the paint that won't be removed by washing. You will need to use a claybar or alternative to remove it.

You need to

1. Wash the truck using the two-bucket method and dry.
2. Clay bar the truck using a Nano Skin sponge and Ultima Waterless wash as lube.
3. Wash the truck again with two bucket method and dry.
4. Seal the paint with Sonax Polymer Net Shield.
5. Top with Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer and reapply the BSD once a month after a maintenance wash.

Don't even both with Walmart products. The boutique stuff available online is so much better, lasts longer, takes less product to get the same effect and isn't much more expensive. I buy my products from autoality.com.

To properly maintain the exterior of your truck you will need:

-Two 5-gallon buckets

-Two grit guards for the buckets

-Wash mitt

-Good quality microfiber towels

-Nano Skin sponge (reusable alternative for a clay bar)

-Car wash soap (I like Duragloss 901)

-Ultima Waterless Wash+ concentrate (you dilute this for use as a quick detailer, clay lube, drying aide, glass cleaner, as well as others. Very versatile product and a must have IMO)

-Sonax Polymer Net Shield - SPNS (a paint sealant that is an alternative to a carnuba wax that is much more durable and hydrophobic. Very easy to apply, works fantastic and lasts 5-6 months)

-Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer (this works as a spray wax but refreshes the SPNS. You can reapply about once a month to keep the SPNS fresh and the truck looking great)
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The paint isn't smooth because there are very fine contaminants bonded with the paint that won't be removed by washing. You will need to use a claybar or alternative to remove it.

You need to

1. Wash the truck using the two-bucket method and dry. How To: 2 Bucket Car Wash Method - Chemical Guys Detailing Car Care - YouTube
2. Clay bar the truck using a Nano Skin sponge and Ultima Waterless wash as lube.
3. Wash the truck again with two bucket method and dry.
4. Seal the paint with Sonax Polymer Net Shield.
5. Top with Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer and reapply the BSD once a month after a maintenance wash.

Don't even both with Walmart products. The boutique stuff available online is so much better, lasts longer, takes less product to get the same effect and isn't much more expensive. I buy my products from autoality.com.

To properly maintain the exterior of your truck you will need:

-Two 5-gallon buckets

-Two grit guards for the buckets

-Wash mitt

-Good quality microfiber towels

-Nano Skin sponge (reusable alternative for a clay bar)

-Car wash soap (I like Duragloss 901)

-Ultima Waterless Wash+ concentrate (you dilute this for use as a quick detailer, clay lube, drying aide, glass cleaner, as well as others. Very versatile product and a must have IMO)

-Sonax Polymer Net Shield - SPNS (a paint sealant that is an alternative to a carnuba wax that is much more durable and hydrophobic. Very easy to apply, works fantastic and lasts 5-6 months)

-Sonax Brilliant Shine Detailer (this works as a spray wax but refreshes the SPNS. You can reapply about once a month to keep the SPNS fresh and the truck looking great)
Thank you for that! I'll be getting on this soon!









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Gotcha, I haven't price checked any of it other than the spns yet. Is the duragloss around 30$?

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One way to go...

Walmart or your local auto parts store has some great basics at a great price.

Mothers California Gold Carnauba Wash & Wax
Mothers California Gold Clay Bar
Mothers California Gold Synthetic Wax

That'll get your paint looking great for under $40 and enough to keep it that way for a year or more.

I highly suggest drying with Mothers California Gold Spray Wax after each subsequent wash -- wax-as-you-dry.

For interior, VLR covers pretty much everything but cloth/fabric/carpet... do a good vacuuming first.

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Haven't had the best of luck with the Gold Spray Wax, switched to the Lucas Spray wax with good results. I do like the Mothers Carnauba paste and liquid waxes.

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Follow the 2-bucket wash method to avoid paint marring. For cleaning supplies, Megs and Mothers are good and still affordable.
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