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Old 07-29-2014, 01:04 AM   #1
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Favorite cleaning products.

So I need some fresh perspective on keeping my mk3 clean inside and out as well as the engine bay. What are everyones favorite products to use. Right now I have been using rainx soap which works pretty well for me. I need a new wax. I had been using the spray on turtle wax stuff which I have realized are complete crap. Wheel cleaner I had been going with eagle one. Then of course for interior a good old vaccuming every so often is needed. What about keeping the dash and other surfaces clean? I need some ideas and thoughts. Thanks.


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Old 07-29-2014, 01:46 AM   #2
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Meguiars Quick Interior Detailer. I swear by this stuff on just about every interior surface. Yes that includes leather.

My car's interior always smells clean and dry, never smells like old socks. This stuff also leaves zero shine so the interior always looks new.
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Old 07-29-2014, 02:54 AM   #3
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For exterior I use Lucas Oil slick mist. You really can't go wrong with this stuff. Use it after washing and between waxing. Doesn't matter if car is wet or if it's direct sunlight. And it is reasonably priced.

For interior I use Mothers VLR. Smells great and leaves no residue. I have leather interior and it works on Vinyl, Leather, and Rubber. Hence the VLR name.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:30 AM   #4
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Exterior: Zymol Car Wash, Griots Soft Clay, followed by Griots Best of a Show Wax, Speed Wax sprayed on car while drying with microfiber towel.

Tires & rubber / vinyl---Surf City Beyond Black.

Interior: Meguiars Interior Detailer. Chemical Guys Leather Scent
(WARNING: do NOT spray the Leather Scent on any plastic, rubber, vinyl)

Glass: RainX
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:37 AM   #5
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I would also recommend checking out YouTube:

Surf City Garage ( NOT the one with Jan and Dean. LOL)
Griot's Garage
Ammo NYC

I have NO financial interest in any of these. I'm just an old dog that's learned some new tricks.
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Personally, I like a shine on my dash so I use Armor All Ultra Shine.

The I use Stoner's foam glass spray on the glass. Foaming glass cleaners are nice because they don't run down the windshield and splash all on the dash and etc.

Stoner's also makes a great product for exterior pieces of black plastic trim. It's called Trim Shine and it sprays on. Makes the plastic sparkle and it doesn't just wash off after a day.

Also use RainX on the outside of the windows. I've used the anti fog RainX on the inside of the windows and it's crap. Just makes more fog.

For wax I use Meg's products. Always use the pre wax cleaner to get all the bug guts and small rust spots off. Then a polish if necessary. If not, I just use their NXT 2.0 paste wax which rocks!
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Meguiars Quick Interior Detailer. I swear by this stuff on just about every interior surface. Yes that includes leather.

My car's interior always smells clean and dry, never smells like old socks. This stuff also leaves zero shine so the interior always looks new.
If I'm not mistaken you can get meguiars from any auto zone or pep boys right?
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:30 AM   #8
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For the exterior I use mostly Optimum products (ONR, Instant Detailer/Gloss Enhancer, OCW, Opti-seal, etc.) For the seats I use Lexol and for the dash/interior I use 303 aerospace protectant. I don't clean my engine bay nearly as often as I should...

EDIT: Mothers aluminum wheel cleaner is a godsend. I use whatever kind of wheel shine product I feel like at the moment.
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:45 AM   #9
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Chemical Guys for interior/exterior.

Sonax wheel cleaner.

Invisible Glass for windows also works well.

I do paint correction for a living.
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i use to use only maguiars until i bought some all clean, and silk shine for detailing my engine bay from chemical guys. Now their stuff is all i use. tire dressing, wheel guard, silk shine for interior and engine bay, gloss magnifier, ecosmart ru and just bought jetseal. their stuff goes on and off easy and although its a little more expensive it lasts longer than the cheap stuff.
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