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Old 10-20-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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Question New Focus - Proper Exterior Care

So I bought my Focus back in June, and I am noticing areas of rough paint throughout various areas. I bought my last vehicle used about 8 years old and kept it in good shape, however I never really waxed, polished, or clay barred it. Being that my Focus is new, I'd like to stay on top of it, especially with the winter season coming up. So I'm curious as to the advice you guys have that I should follow regarding proper exterior care. Now I did opt for the Simoniz glasscoating from the dealer, I know there are mixed opinions on that, but I was told and read that clay barring and polishing could remove this, however waxing wouldn't. What do you guys recommend, and also what products? I've never really been one to buy expensive products, but if it means the car stays fresh for years and years with me regularly caring for it, then I'm down for it. I heard Adam's has a pretty good kit, as the first suggestion to bring up.


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Old 10-20-2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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I detail cars for a living and I would never rely on what dealers sell you all waxes ( carnauba) or sealant ( synthetic wax ) will come off after time. I would look in to other brands besides Adams they make good products but for the price you can get much better. I always clay bar cars before any protection wax sealant or coating like opti seal or opti coat 2.0. I really like wolf gang deep gloss sealant its a great sealant wax.
Check out autogeek.net for more advice and great products they also have a forum.

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Old 10-24-2012, 12:57 PM   #3
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wolfgang very good. i also like optimum car wax and optimum opti seal. opti-seal is so slick that after washing, the car is almost dry, as the wash water rolls off. a bottle will last a year. auto geek or detailers image.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:19 PM   #4
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So I'm curious as to the advice you guys have that I should follow regarding proper exterior care.
The key with keeping a car clean: keeping a car clean is easy if you do it often, and if you do it often it is easy.

A clay bar is a good idea even on a new car. If you park outside, you'll probably need to clay it regularly. If you park inside, well some of my cars don't see a clay bar for a couple years.

For actual protection, I'd recommend Optimum Optiseal and Optimum Car Wax for ease of use. The Optiseal is applied and flashes off, the Car Wax is sprayed on and wiped off. Optiseal is more critical IMO, but the Car Wax leaves a nice gloss on top of Optiseal. I can clay a car and use both products in under an hour.

Don't forget to wax your wheels. I'm using a sealant (Finish Kare 1000P) which lasts a long time even on wheels that see high temps. The wax makes it really easy to remove brake dust, I use a small California Car Duster to keep wheels clean between washes.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:28 AM   #5
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I recommend reading some of the how tos here:
http://www.autogeek.net/detailingtips.html

Great tips and forums are a great resource if you need help.
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This place really has some great stuff.
http://www.detailedimage.com/

Biggest things I'd recommend are:

1. Always do a two bucket wash, one for rinsing the sponge (put a gritguard in it!), the other for your soap. Like the above poster said, Optimum car washes are great. I got this big one http://www.detailedimage.com/Optimum...P284/32-oz-S1/ which will last forever and it smells great.
2. When washing your car, no circles! Barely put any pressure on the sponge, just glide it in straight lines over the body. This will hopefully lift the dirt as opposed to swirling it or grinding it into your clear coat.
3. After a good washing, if you can run your fingers over areas and feel it "bumpy" then it needs to be clay barred.
4. I seal twice a year with Blackfire Wet Diamond, which seems to be pretty nice. Then if you want you can put a wax on top for extra shine.

Oh and get some good tire care products! Some of the most notable things about a clean car are shiny rims and tires. :)
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Then if you want you can put a wax on top for extra shine.
Wax is for protection, they try to sell you on shine but it is not true, shine comes from smooth paint.
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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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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/
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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.
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