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detailing questions please

hey guys.. ive had my gt about 3 weeks now and just been washing it regularly every week.. but i want something more.. i know its alot.. but any help would be appreciated.. so i have some questions...

----Exterior...
what kind of soap?
do you use a sponge? mit? anything else?
and drying?
oh yeah.. and tires and rims?


----Now on to the Interior ...

i have just like the regular interior wipes but i dont know if i should use them or not.. in the pics please tell me what i should use for each section i point out....

what should i use to clean this.. and can i use the same stuff on the mesh jersey type material.. (leather??) or w.e it is.




nextt. just all the little accesories on the dash and everything..



and lastly.. which stuff should i use on my leather to protect it?




thanks alot..


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nothing done 2 it yet =/
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post #2 of 13 Old October 13th, 2007, 12:34 PM
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i know when i wash i use all maguires products...i prefer the gold class.

gold class wash
claybar(if needed) with detailer for lube
deep crystal paint cleaner
deep crystal polish
gold class wax


I do this whole step about 1ce every season change so every 3 months

for ur interior if u need to clean apol. i use this stuff called tough stuff carpert cleaner...ull find it in walmart for about $3

for ur vinal and leather just use armorall or ur fav leather buffer

for the access. in ur dash
metal-buff with neverdull and buff off
plastice use maguires plastic cleaner...

and then finsih it off with a nice air freshener!

happy cleaning!
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For leather use a special leather soap (blue ribbon makes an amazing one but its hard to find in some areas) in combination with a conditioner. Lexol works pretty good and its probably the cheapest stuff that's actually worth buying. I have another big car buff sitting next to me who said to check out meguiars line of products (they're online he says).

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you haven't had your car for very long...so you won't need to wax for awhile. Use non abrasive soap when washing your car. Your local autmotive place will have plenty to choose from. This is so you don't accidentally strip your wax. Use a mitt, the softer the better.

Aftter washing.....throuroughly dry your vehicle. Drying they make a towel that's almost like leather. I forget what it's called. I'm sure someone can help me out with this one. Or you can use terry cloths...I use those quite often. After drying, Turtle Wax makes an excellent product called "Ice Magic". It's an in between waxing detailer. You can put this on in the beating hot sun if you want, along with spraying it on plastic pieces. It's good for the whole exterior of your vehicle except windows.

When it does come time to wax, there are a few different options. Carnuba wax only lasts about a month depending on how well you take care of the wax. Some companies such as Turtle Wax makes a synthetic wax that lasts around 6 months. That is what I use. Hand waxing takes a long time and can be a pain. For $20, you can buy a low speed orbital buffer to make waxing easier. However, before I wax, I claybar (if needed) and make sure to use a polish to bring out the shine. Yes, there is a difference between polish and wax. I think the last time I picked up polish, i used mcquires gold class polish.

That's my 411 on washing/waxing.
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I'm with breakout on the claybaring. It's totally worth the extra effort.

In addition you can use a special kind of foam insulation that actually works fantastically... I'll figure out what kind it is. My uncle uses it on all of his classics (the guy has a car for every letter of the damn alphabet oO). But this is cheaper than a really soft mitt, however that works just as well.

Don't fall into some of the gimmicky hard bristle brushes for washing... those will more than likely scratch the wax if not your car. However if you like the whole concept of hooking up to the hose and soap and all there are some very soft ones, but I would recommend a mitt.

Lastly an odd little fact. Rain water is the softest water and the best for washing your car... so take advantage of those warm rains

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The "almost leather wipe" is called a Chamos Cloth I belive, spelling mya be worng. They are not cheap, but not to much either. Walmart has them. I use one for my car and it works great. Just have to go over the car about 3 times for a perfect dry.

I have a question about the Turtle Wax Ice product line. I see they have a Spray and a Clay bar type. Would this be good to get if I need a new Wax job but dont have the time to do it for a few weeks? Should I use the Clay Bar version or the Spray?

Also... for the Clay Bar... how does that work? and how often should it be done. I also would like some suggestions on a GOOD Wax and Polish when I do go to re-wax my car.
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Anyone know what I asked above?



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you can use a clay bar before u wax or polish your car. apply the wax with a orbital with some swing to it then after hazing i polish off with a variable speed buffer a light cut foam pad.. all meguires products. but i dont suggest the high speed to anyone who hasnt had experience. just take the wax off by hand with a microfiber towel

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To wash the car, I use the Mr. Clean AutoDry car wash system with the softest wash mit I can get. This way the car doesn't need to be chamoised. If I'm putting the car in to a show, or am just in the mood, I will use Meguiars Quick Detailer spray.

Every spring I clay bar the car. Then I put one coat of Meguiars Gold Class on it. The rest of the year I use a polish called Ultra Finish. It's amazing.

For the tires, I use Armor All gel.

For the wheels, I use a product called Wheel Wax. It's a combination polish & wax specifically for wheels.

Interior, I use Armor All wipes, Windex wipes, and Meguiars Gold Class rich leather wipes for the seats.



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The "almost leather wipe" is called a Chamos Cloth I belive, spelling mya be worng. They are not cheap, but not to much either. Walmart has them. I use one for my car and it works great. Just have to go over the car about 3 times for a perfect dry.

I have a question about the Turtle Wax Ice product line. I see they have a Spray and a Clay bar type. Would this be good to get if I need a new Wax job but dont have the time to do it for a few weeks? Should I use the Clay Bar version or the Spray?

Also... for the Clay Bar... how does that work? and how often should it be done. I also would like some suggestions on a GOOD Wax and Polish when I do go to re-wax my car.
I've only heard a couple of guys using the Ice spray clay bar system, and they weren't happy with it.

You're better off with Mother's or Meguiars clay bar system. It usues a soft piece of clay, and a bottle of quick detailer spray. The spray is used as a lubricant. You simply spray the lubricant on a small area of paint, and then rub the clay bar across that area. The clay drags all the impurities out of the paint. Then you wipe the surface clean with a terry or micro fiber cloth.

Typically you only need to clay bar your car once a year, unless your car is parked constantly out in the sun, or in an area where there are lots of contaminants. You can tell when your car is ready for clay barring, by sliding your hand gently across your clean paint. If it's sticky, it needs either clay bar or a good polish. When you slide your hand across freshly clay barred paint, the paint will be as smooth as a porn stars ass. Or something like that. lol



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+1 on Mr. Clean auto dry. It works great!
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post #12 of 13 Old October 22nd, 2007, 11:39 PM
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I used turtle wax ice the other day on the cobra..... that shit looks nice. you can put it on the plastic and rubber as well. no white globs to clean out of cracks anymore.


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I used turtle wax ice the other day on the cobra..... that shit looks nice. you can put it on the plastic and rubber as well. no white globs to clean out of cracks anymore.
Yer. The Ice wax is nice to work with. Their clay bar system I've not heard anything good about though.

The Ultra Finish I mentioned is also good like the Ice wax in that it can be used on any surface.



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