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Shizane2002
11-05-2009, 02:32 PM
Im well aware that this is an LX Club. And Im REALLY aware of your awesome engines and drivetrains :banghead: . But detailing is detailing. Posted below is what I do with the products that I use. I hope it helps someone down the line to make their LX nice, clean, and presentable to gain the respect from car enthusiasts, common drivers, and the rivals. Nothing can be more awesome and respected than a clean ride. Inside and out.


The purpose of this thread is to provide the steps necessary to thoroughly and properly clean your vehicle. Adhere to these steps and you will produce beautiful results through effort, patience, and adequate consistency.

In this thread:
- Overall Advice
- Step 1 - The Rinse
- Step 2 - The Dry off
- Step 3 - The Detail
- Step 4 - The Wheels
- Step 5 - Results


Overall Advice
Following the steps below will produce results for your car. However, in my own experience, I have come across the situation where I need to remain consistent with my methods before the true results can be seen. What I mean is, stay patient. Your car wont go from neglect and abuse to show-room worthy after one rinse off and a quick detail. It takes numerous sessions of detailing to get it beautiful. But the most important thing I can say is that you MUST maintain your cars cleanliness and continue to do simple detail jobs in between major detail jobs. If youre serious about your car and want to make it dressed to impress for the masses and for your own sense of satisfaction, follow these steps.




Step 1. The Rinse

- Start with selecting the Rinse/Water option only. NEVER USE THE WAX or SOAP. If you want to keep your paint and its coat of wax solid and pure, DO NOT use anything except water.
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- Spray the washer for a few seconds to ensure only water is flowing through.
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- Spray the washer so it mists all over the car.
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- Spray the washer starting at the roof. Your goal is to wash the contaminants down with gravity. Starting from the highest point and going to the lowest is the best way to ensure all contaminants are washed away without being spread back up on the car.
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- Spray down the front and read windows.
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- Spray down the hood and trunk.
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- Spray down the side windows.
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- Spray down the side body panels.
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- Spray down the lower side body panels.
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- Spray down the wheels and wheel wells.
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- Spray down the rear.
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Step 2. The Dry-off


- Start drying off on the rear and front windows.
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- Lift up on and drop the windshield wipers to get excess water from them. Then lift up on the wiper and dry off the run-off panel.

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- Dry off the roof, A and C pillars.
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- Dry off the hood and trunk.
- Prop your hood so the heat from the engine bay doesnt prematurely dry the water on your hood.
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- Dry off the front fenders and front bumper.
- Be careful when you dry off any panel by the wheel wells. Left over contaminants could still get caught up in your drying towel. You might accidentally spread a rock or sand all over your paint.
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- Dry off the side windows.
- Also wipe down the inside windows as well.

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- Dry off the upper side panels.
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- Dry off the lower side panels.
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- Dry off the rear of the car.
- Start high and work your way down. Careful to avoid spreading rough contaminants on your paint.
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Step 3. The Detail

- Using Meguiars Ultimate Quik Wax, and your clean micro-fiber towel and spray one section at a time going from the cleanest section of the car (the roof) to the dirtiest (the back bumper)
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- Also lift your hood so the engine heat doesnt prematurely dry the Quik Wax and leave streaks.
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Step 4. The wheels.


- Spray Meguiars Quik Detailer on your rims. Wipe off with a micro-fiber towel.
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- Spray the tires with Meguiars High Gloss Hot Shine Tire Spray
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- This is the initial spray result.
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- Wipe down excess with a dirty towel.
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WINNIPEG
11-28-2009, 06:46 AM
That is an awesome clean and sharp ride. I have the O.C.D. also when it comes to cleaning and driving my car. Another key point you might have mentioned is door jambs and trunk need to be dried as well, I do it every time. Also I like how you do the wheel wells . I clean mine all the time with meguirs tire shine on a microfibre. Anyways awesome right up and 100% the right way to do things...

Token
11-28-2009, 07:50 AM
Good job keeping your car clean.

Your write-up of your methods was very well done.

You might find that there are a couple of things that you could do that would improve your results greatly.

The number one thing that comes to mind, that every detailer can make use of to really make the finish pop....

CLAYBAR.

Obviously not done every time, but seeing as we're talking about detailing, then it is as close to the detailer's holy grail as one can find.

Also, you may want to try large microfibre waffle weave towels for drying. They absorb a lot of water, and are far less likely to introduce fine scratches and swirls in the finish.

If you read the detailing/car care forum here you'll see that a lot of our members will use a Dual Action Polisher. This tool will make the job a LOT easier, and does not easily lend itself to damaging your paint. It is very easy to use with great results.
Makes removing fine scratches and swirls a breeze, and can remove even more serious defects that detailing by hand can never accomplish.
Of course with that there is product and pad choices that need to be made, but there are many threads here about that already.

For the worst damage, you'll need to use a rotary buffer. This unit needs a little more technique, because it can damage paint. Again that's another thread.

Choice of product is a highly personal thing. I'm sure you'll see a few posts very soon with many choices and opinions. Megs does make some good stuff, especially their professional line, and sticking with what you like using is not wrong.

Enjoy, and keep polishing.

cleary524
11-28-2009, 08:08 PM
Cheers on a great knowledge base write up! Door jambs are always a must and I would only imagine if your car is that clean, you're already doing them. Thanks for the tips on waxing. I do need to change my waxing techniques slightly...and your advice helped. Thanks!

oldschoolhemiguy
11-28-2009, 09:13 PM
Great write up.

SILVR24s
11-29-2009, 06:35 PM
thanks for the write up, that is one clean car. the engine bay is superb as well.

Lazy Luna
11-29-2009, 07:55 PM
When cleaning the engine bay...do you recommend cold or warm engine?

Coopers_Dad
11-29-2009, 09:29 PM
When cleaning the engine bay...do you recommend cold or warm engine?

Cold just like wheels.

Shizane2002
12-01-2009, 01:36 PM
Thanks alot for the replies and additional tips. I'll edit the how-to to include the suggestions.

Mymopar
12-01-2009, 02:08 PM
Clay bar for detailing, twice a year. Just started to clay bar the new Sky last night. Going to have to go more intense and get some mild polish for the scratches because previous owner did not take care of the finish like you have outlined.

BTW, it almost looks like Jesus in this picture if you look quick:
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gooeytek
12-01-2009, 02:27 PM
Did I read that right? no soap when washing the car?

Shizane2002
12-01-2009, 03:08 PM
Soap is absolutely unnecessary if you maintain the level of cleanliness. The wax should do the job of keeping the car clean and easy to work with.

During an initial base coat build....soap is obviously recommended. But if youve got a base coat already established, all you need is to just spray the car off. The drying process will remove the left over contaminants and the detail process will clean it on up properly.

SUPREME220
12-01-2009, 03:42 PM
great write up i too u a clay bar and i also use the products as u do just one question where do u buy the hyper dressing?

Leadfootluke
12-01-2009, 03:50 PM
great write up i too u a clay bar and i also use the products as u do just one question where do u buy the hyper dressing?

Online! lol.

www.properautocare.com
www.detailedimage.com
www.detailing.com
www.autogeek.net
www.autodetailingsolutions.com

and many more. That last link is a company that has rights to sell Meguiar's products at very low prices. Rick, who runs the place, is very nice and willing to help out anyone. A benefit to his site, is that he, unlike the other websites, can offer sample sizes of products.

Check out this http://www.autodetailingsolutions.net/d17001.html

Instead of buying D170 in a gallon size, he offers the smaller sizes for you to try out. It needs to be diluted, so it goes a long ways.

SUPREME220
12-01-2009, 03:53 PM
Online! lol.

www.detailedimage.com (http://www.detailedimage.com)
www.detailing.com (http://www.detailing.com)
www.autogeek.net (http://www.autogeek.net)
www.autodetailingsolutions.com (http://www.autodetailingsolutions.com)

and many more. That last link is a company that has rights to sell Meguiar's products at very low prices. Rick, who runs the place, is very nice and willing to help out anyone. A benefit to his site, is that he, unlike the other websites, can offer sample sizes of products.

Check out this http://www.autodetailingsolutions.net/d17001.html

Instead of buying D170 in a gallon size, he offers the smaller sizes for you to try out. It needs to be diluted, so it goes a long ways.
i know online just thought i can go pickup locally that's all lol..by the way thanx !!!

Leadfootluke
12-01-2009, 03:56 PM
i know online just thought i can go pickup locally that's all lol

Not sure, check out detailing shops. But those websites often offer great deals or free shipping, and ADS will get you a small bottle for a good price. dilutes 1:1 to 4:1 h20 to D170.

SUPREME220
12-01-2009, 04:22 PM
I was looking has a lot of things i want to buy thanx again

CURLY
12-02-2009, 04:38 PM
Shane, I'll wax my car once or twice a year and use a quick wax in between.
Since my car is black I do see a lot of scraches, what do you recommend to get rid of these fine scraches?

Shizane2002
12-02-2009, 05:32 PM
Curly, Meguiars Ultimate Compound. It comes in a black bottle. Its applied and removed just like a wax. Its specifically designed to eliminate small scratches and swirlies. I just detailed my neighbors 09 Mustang GT...its gloss black. The most feared and high maintenance color. I used the UC first and then applied the NXT GEN Tech Wax after....holy crap the results were amazing.

You've got it made in the shade already with your quik wax maintainer. Get some compound on there and enjoy the results.

CURLY
12-06-2009, 09:00 AM
Shane,
I noticed two black bottles of UC on the store shelf and one says its for swirls and the other one not.
Will the plain one do the job?

patmedown
12-06-2009, 09:52 AM
Great write up and the car looks good. I can tell you maintain it well and I can see from the pictures why you spend so much time on your car.......the wedding ring. Just kidding great post!!

TCarterL
01-25-2010, 07:11 PM
Really great job--loved the engine bay. How about Meguiar's Quick Detailer for the paint-do you use it?

Bailman
01-26-2010, 09:05 AM
Why don't you format your silly ass Egyptian towel porn post?

Alterocks
02-22-2010, 02:43 AM
wow, great thread. but how do you know the car is clean enough to start your process. i have some what seems to be rubber on the bottom of my rear fenders. having trouble removing it and it makes me think i have other things in the paint that i don't notice.

I usually use car soap and a bucket wwith 4 sponges that i rotate through. i've waxed the car once since i bought it in june, and i'm getting ready to do it again soon.

FLYSRT8
03-01-2010, 05:54 AM
water and the softest towels u can find & no soap!,,,thats wat I always do..good write-up!

Leadfootluke
03-01-2010, 01:51 PM
water and the softest towels u can find & no soap!,,,thats wat I always do..good write-up!

Can someone explain to me why they wouldn't use soap?

FLYSRT8
03-01-2010, 01:56 PM
^^it washes off the clear coat and wax over time..think of your car as your face...would you put all that crap(harsh detergents and soaps) on your face?..I wouldnt...just water and the softest towels..

or juss do wat Towelly says....Hay wanna get high...lol

Leadfootluke
03-01-2010, 05:16 PM
^^it washes off the clear coat and wax over time..think of your car as your face...would you put all that crap(harsh detergents and soaps) on your face?..I wouldnt...just water and the softest towels..

Yikes... so what sealant or wax do you use and how often do you reapply?

FLYSRT8
03-02-2010, 02:08 AM
Jax Wax!..once or twice a year!^^but like he said in the thread..I try to avoid getting it dirty!

Todd Helme
03-03-2010, 10:52 AM
I fully understand that how people take care of their car is personal. It is part of what makes it so enjoyable! There are a couple of things that have been stated in this thread that I don’t quite agree with. I don’t want to argue or start a war, but a forum is a place of discussion, and as such I thought it fitting to share an alternative view.


it washes off the clear coat and wax over time..think of your car as your face...would you put all that crap(harsh detergents and soaps) on your face?..I wouldnt...just water and the softest towels..

I don’t agree with this statement, although I could be reading it incorrectly. I am not sure if we are talking about the soaps used at car washes or the soap you would purchase from a reputable manufacture to wash your car at home with?

If we are talking about the type of high alkaline soaps typically used at car washes, then there is some belief that the higher ph content may cause some damage with extreme usage. However this couldn’t be described as ‘washing away the clear coat’. Even then not everybody would agree, but it is understandable.

If we are talking about the types of high quality soaps found at most stores, then I think you misunderstand what is in a car soap. Most car soaps (and soaps in general) are nothing more then wetting agents for paint. They break the surface tension water, making water in effect wetter. Water has a tendency to cling to itself. This is why water will bead on paint. The problem is that this limit’s the lubricity of water itself. Soaps increase the lubricity of the water, allowing it to clean better.

Car Soaps in particular are made with surfactants (water wetter’s) which are often similar to the synthetic polymers that make up car waxes/sealants. They may feature agents that increase water beading, add protection, etc, but these are good things, similar to how wax is good for your paint (more on this later), particularly as it is being washed. We are not talking about harsh or even bad chemicals.

So why is wetter, slicker, water better? Because the dirt on your paint’s surface is sharp and abrasive. Anytime your wipe dirt off of your car, the grit is pushed against the paint’s surface, causing micro scratches. Overtime your paint will become duller and in direct sunlight you will see lots of swirl marks. Removing grit from paint with out using lubrication is akin to abrading the paint’s surface.

However car soap is will help lift, encapsulate, and float grit and dirt away.

Going back to the skin analogy. Let’s say you spend a day at the beach and are covered in sand. You have three options to get clean.

1) Get pressure washed clean.
2) Get wiped clean
3) Take a shower.

Well option one might be kind of fun, but it’s going to hurt. First it will hurt because the grit and sand on your body is going to get blasted off and move across you with force. Second the pressure of the water is going to sting as well. In the end you will be pretty clean, you will likely still have a lot of sand in your hair and some residual here or there.

The second option would stink. Just grab a towel and scrub the dirt off. You skin is going to feel very raw as it is getting scratched up.

Option three, take a shower. I think this is what most people would choose. Not only will you (by using soap) be able to agitate the grit and lift it away, but body soap is also formulated to remove body oils, and moisture, act. It’s good for your skin. (I am going to assume most here use soap, and/or shower?).

Not only is the option three the best for your body, but would will be cleaner, and your skin won’t be raw from the grit being blasted or wiped away.

When you wash your car with out using lubricants (better then water) you are likely causing some type of abrasion to the paint. We are talking very little abrasion, only visible in direct sunlight (swirl marks) but it is still occurring.

However using car soap, which will help encapsulate the grit, helps prevent this damage from occurring. It is, in my opinion, far more damaging to wash a car with out car soap.

Here is a picture of the scratches that I am talking about.

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This is how the paint should look. There are no swirl marks and the paint has more glow. This is because it had to polished back smooth like a mirror.

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Not bad pushing 20..
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When you wash your car, your first goal, should be to remove the dirt in a method that is kind to the paint and doesn't abrade it, IMO.

This would include using very soft wash mitts like a natural lambs wool mitt or a natural sea sponge, using two buckets (one with soap and one to with water to rinse the mitt out in frequently) and a very high quality, high lubricity car soap.

That way the car looks new for years to come.

FLYSRT8
03-03-2010, 01:56 PM
^^I was just pointing out that u should treat ur car like ur face, be gentle with it not harsh..lol:doh:
but then again wat do I know! except...
MOpar or No Car!!

Shizane2002
07-07-2010, 12:38 PM
Thanks for the props everyone. I updated this thread with new newer pictures and techniques. And Im also including this product listing and information that I wrote up.



***The purpose of this thread is to offer product information, detailing tips and guidance on maintaining your vehicles paint condition and presentation. NOT restoration. If youre seeking guidance on restoring clear coat and paint failure on aged and neglected finishes, check out other options on www.google.com (http://www.google.com).***




Overall Advice

In my experience, the best thing to keep your car from losing its finish from the factory is to keep it clean in the first place. Industrial fallout, weather, road grime, dead insects, animal feces, and the suns harsh heat and UV rays are all several major factors that will harm your finish. By performing regular cleaning of your cars' exterior as well as the interior and engine bay, you can save alot of emarrassing heartache later on down the line. Especially if youre a car enthusiast. Theres nothing more humiliating than going to a car show and YOUR car is the only dirty one. Believe it or not, people of all walks of life can respect a clean car and they dont just have to be car enthusiasts. Avoiding bad situations that could get your car dirty is another MAJOR factor to take into effect. Avoid mud, puddles on the road, potholes, staying behind or beside semi-trucks, and gravel to keep your car as clean as possible in the first place.

So in short:

1. Keep it clean.
2. Stay consistent with your cleaning. Dont just clean it twice a year.
3. Avoid bad situations that could get your car dirty.
4. Dont forget that each detailing technique that people have produce different results. Different brands and products have different results for people. There is no set standard for detailing. My steps work well enough for my car. So just consider this more or a listing of advice than a regulation.




CONSUMER PRODUCT LISTING
Listed below are the Consumer Line products I use on my car.

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- Meguiars (http://http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.asp?T1=MEG+G12718) Next Generation Tech Wax 2.0: This is the best liquid wax I have ever used. Its results give you a deep color rich look, the best water beading, oxidation, corrosion, UV protection, and shine and gloss appeal. It can be applied by hand, orbital or DA polisher.
Price: $17.99 Classification: Wax – NXT Generation.


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- Meguiars (http://http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/detail/MEG+G17516) Ultimate Quik Wax: This product (QW) is used in between liquid waxing and is best right after a wash. Its designed to support the pre-existing wax layer that’s already on the car. Quik Wax adds a final slightly enhanced and additionally protective layer against daily contaminants. Its sprayed on from a trigger bottle and best wiped off with a micro-fiber towel.
Price: 9.99 Classification: Maintainer – Classic


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- Meguiars (http://[URL]http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.asp?T1=MEG+G14422) Ultimate Detailer: The UD is applied just like the QW. It’s a trigger bottle spray-on and wipe off with a micro-fiber towel. The use of UD is to clean the surface of the car from streaks, contaminates, and other forms of industrial fallout. It is good to use as a support layer of cleanliness for the follow-on QW spray. Basically, QD is a cleaner. Its designed to enhance wax protection. It can also be applied on aluminum rims for a look of deep and clean luster.
Price: $9.99 Classification: Wax/Protectant – Classic


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- Meguiars (http://[URL]http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/detail/MEG+G13616) Quik Interior Detailer: This product is excellent for quickly cleaning up your interior from everything that normally get its nasty. Its designed to be a spray and wipe detailer and before you know it you can have your interior looking brilliant with this products natural look and revitalized action. It leaves the vinyl, plastic, ICE equipment, and rubber looking clean and new without a greasy residue.
Price: $6.99 Classification: Interior – Classic


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- Meguiars (http://[URL]http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/detail/MEG+G4016) Supreme Shine Protectant: SSP takes your interior detailing to new level with its brilliant finish and protection from daily use. Its high shine gives your interior a vibrant and attractive appeal as well as adding UV protection. This product leaves behind a slick residue so caution is advised when using on the steering wheel or door handles. SSP is also an excellent engine bay detailer. The formula spreads itself evenly over a warm engine and adds a bright and shiny look to the bay.
Price: $6.99 Classification: Interior – Classic

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Meguiars (http://[URL]http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/detail/MEG+G17216) Ultimate Compound: If you have a finish that has been abused and neglected, this product can be applied by hand or by orbital to restore the finish, revitalize color, and eliminate swirlies and slight scratches. This compound makes restoration very easy. It also gives your cars paint a good foundation to apply wax over.
Price: $9.99 Classification: Clean and Prep

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- Meguiars (http://[URL]http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/detail/MEG+HOT+32) Hot Shine High Gloss Tire Spray: If you want to keep your tires black, deep, protected, and appealing, use this spray gel. You can either spray it on a paper towel and apply it by hand evenly over the side-wall of the tire or you can spray directly on the sidewall. Becareful when you spray directly because the gel particles can get caught up in wind and spray on the surface of your car. This product is also good to use on your wheel wells and suspension components to keep them dark and clean looking.
Price: $8.99 Classification: Wheel and Tire - Classic


[U]PROFESSIONAL LINE PRODUCTS*:
- Meguiars #7 Show Car Glaze – This is a super shine glaze.
- Meguiars #21 Synthetic Sealant – This is a synthetic wax.
- Meguiars #26 High Tech Yellow Wax – This is a carnuba based wax.
- Meguiars #40 Vinyl and Rubber Conditioner/Cleaner – This is an interior panel cleaner and detailer.
- Meguiars #66 Quick Detailer – This is a wax touch-up mist and wipe.

*Im just now starting to use the professional line products and will update this how-to as necessary when I notice the results.

[U]References
Meguiars.com



My contact information

Feel free to text or call me at 502-291-6085 if you need help or have questions
My email is [email protected]

Shizane2002
07-07-2010, 12:51 PM
Heres some of the latest shots taken of my car. Nice and clean thanks to Meguiars and water lol.

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/3039/4461/20097230318_large.jpg

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http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/3039/4461/20097230308_large.jpg

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/3039/4461/20097230278_large.jpg


^ 13 1/2 year old original Chrysler paint. The car is a daily driver. Keeping your car clean CAN be done lol.

drag_racer
10-10-2010, 02:57 PM
how about using a chamois?

this is what I use to dry my car: http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4/Auto/CarWashingCleaning/ChamoisTowels/PRDOVR~0396664P/The%252BAbsorber.jsp?locale=en

Leadfootluke
10-10-2010, 03:07 PM
how about using a chamois?

this is what I use to dry my car: http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4/Auto/CarWashingCleaning/ChamoisTowels/PRDOVR~0396664P/The%252BAbsorber.jsp?locale=en

It can be hepful if used properly. As with all drying aids, you will have to be careful. With a chamois, blot the paint to remove water, but do not wipe the paint with it. A chamois will trap dirt/dust that may be on your paint and scratch the paint when you move the chamois over it. Due to the construction of a chamois, any debris in the towel will be in contact with the paint at all times, whereas a microfiber, debris can dissappear into the fibers. It is not good to have ANY debris on your drying media, but a chamois ensures if anything is caught, it will drag across the paint causing damage.

When drying try to minimize the amount of contact with the paint. If your paint is clean, try to run water over it on low pressure to sheet a majority of the water off. You can use air [blower, compressor, etc] to remove most of the remaining water, and blot any extra water off with a soft microfiber. If you have a drying microfiber, consider a drying aid such as a quick detailer to mist of the paint before you "wipe" it dry. The lubricity will help prevent scratching and add gloss to the paint. There are more methods, but in your situation, you can use the chamois, but use it with caution. :thumbs_u:

392HEMI
05-18-2011, 05:43 PM
The less you touch your paint surface with any thing the better. I have been using the local touchless car wash that blow drys water completely off. Just a very lite wipe down. using qick Detailer and a very soft micro towel

Purple dragon
04-26-2014, 02:08 PM
I was wondering. I just took off my hemi cover and want to clean the engine bay. Is it ok to get the coil packs wet? Seeing as they are out in the open. Thanks in advance

Nealpatel
07-18-2018, 01:39 AM
When cleaning the engine bay...do you recommend cold or warm engine?Experts in India suggest me to clean the engine bay early morning when the engine is cold. Autofresh's experts suggest using car care products for better results.

Nealpatel
07-27-2018, 01:15 AM
Hey sir, have you tried autofresh?
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