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Old 10-26-2012, 09:21 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:50 AM   #12
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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.

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Old 10-26-2012, 09:58 AM   #13
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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.

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Probably an understatement, my first full detail was 14 hours, probably should set aside a full day.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:01 AM   #14
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I've been doing it for years, and it still takes me a good 4 - 6 hours to do a full, proper detail.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:02 AM   #15
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I agree - a few hours of detailing is needed; I find it relaxing.
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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?
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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.
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