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10-26-2012 12:27 PM
darkangelism
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My car is a month old now and I plan on giving it a full detail in the spring. I dont have the time or space to do it now that it is getting chilly here. Any easy ways to keep it looking good through the winter?
It would be best to wash and use a sealant or wax to protect it from road salt or sand.
10-26-2012 12:09 PM
sidepipe79 My car is a month old now and I plan on giving it a full detail in the spring. I dont have the time or space to do it now that it is getting chilly here. Any easy ways to keep it looking good through the winter?
10-26-2012 12:02 PM
PratoN I agree - a few hours of detailing is needed; I find it relaxing.
10-26-2012 11:01 AM
BaconZombie I've been doing it for years, and it still takes me a good 4 - 6 hours to do a full, proper detail.
10-26-2012 10:58 AM
darkangelism
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If you're fully "detailing" your car, it's going to take several hours, so plan ahead of time. Don't rush it, take your time, and do a good job. Once you get comfortable, then you can trim some time off of it.

Good luck!
Probably an understatement, my first full detail was 14 hours, probably should set aside a full day.
10-26-2012 10:50 AM
BaconZombie If you've never washed/clay barred/polished/sealed/waxed a vehicle before, do yourself a favor do DO NOT go out and spend $100+ on products. You will just be wasting your money. Start out with something inexpensive and simple until you learn how to do it, and then upgrade. A product is only as good as the person using it.

I used to be in a car club and did shows from small local venues to NOPI, and I have several trophies to prove it. I used to ask for my judging sheets, so I could learn what the judges liked and didn't like. I had several that complimented me on the condition and shine of my paint. All it takes is some patience and a lot of elbow grease. If you're fully "detailing" your car, it's going to take several hours, so plan ahead of time. Don't rush it, take your time, and do a good job. Once you get comfortable, then you can trim some time off of it.

Good luck!
10-26-2012 10:21 AM
gsxrboy auto geek is an awesome site, check out www.ammonyc.com for videos on how to wash your car as well. I wash my car once a week and so far no swirl marks by following the videos that ammonyc put up. I did not buy his products, I just went to my local automotive store.
10-25-2012 06:34 PM
Seriously Focused
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I NEVER use a sponge to wash the paint, other than my rims. Micro fiber mitts for me and LOTS of soap and water to lift off the all the gritty stuff we have in AZ. Zaino lover here, from the car wash to the tire detail, works for me.
Zaino Products are pretty sweet, been using them since I was in a car club back in 2000.
10-25-2012 06:27 PM
nateyo
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I NEVER use a sponge to wash the paint, other than my rims.
I use microfibers for everything else, but these sponges work perfectly because they easily release dirt when used with a grit guard in your wash bucket.

http://www.detailedimage.com/Lake-Co...t-Sponge-P293/
10-25-2012 05:27 PM
engine ear
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Barely put any pressure on the sponge,
I NEVER use a sponge to wash the paint, other than my rims. Micro fiber mitts for me and LOTS of soap and water to lift off the all the gritty stuff we have in AZ. Zaino lover here, from the car wash to the tire detail, works for me.
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