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Old 02-05-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Hey guys I was wondering what cleaning products you use on your vehicle and why. Or do you pony up for a car wash/cleaning service? What do you recommend?


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Old 02-05-2013, 11:08 AM   #2
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I use a microfiber wash mitt and just water. Works great! The interior I also use a microfiber glass cloth with minimal water to reduce streaking and a California duster. For the leather I use the same wash mitt but I clean it first..
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:37 AM   #3
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I use a microfiber wash mitt and just water. Works great! The interior I also use a microfiber glass cloth with minimal water to reduce streaking and a California duster. For the leather I use the same wash mitt but I clean it first..
Wow, I'd like to check your paint for swirl marks after a year or two of that. Seems to me the typical car wash "soaps" provide extra lubrication between your mitt and the dirt particles to help prevent micro scratches.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:48 AM   #4
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Chemical Guys makes great products. I recommend one of their kits.

Includes a lot of stuff.

Here's an example:
http://www.chemicalguys.com/VEHICLE_..._p/hol_333.htm

Here's the basic kit:
http://www.amazon.com/Chemical-ACC_1...=chemical+guys

You can also build your own. My friend is a distributor and can build you a bucket with whatever you want for a bit cheaper, just shipping aint easy due to the bucket.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:53 AM   #5
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We have a specific forum for detailing stuff, tons of great info, reviews, and results in there. Mods will probably move this there when they get a hold of it anyway.

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This is how I wash my car, except I am not using the products listed on the site.

http://www.detailedimage.com/Auto-De...ng-and-Drying/
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:42 PM   #7
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Hey guys I was wondering what cleaning products you use on your vehicle and why. Or do you pony up for a car wash/cleaning service? What do you recommend?
I ponied up for a year's membership to Waterway Car Wash here in St. Louis...I get unlimited basic washes/vacs for free, or on Tuesdays, I get The Whole Thing (dash, console, mats, windows, vacuum, car scent) for $10, plus a complimentary The Whole Thing within five days.

She's clean pretty much all of the time outwardly and underneath, and I keep the inside clean enough between interior cleanings on my own.

The attendants actually appreciate it when they see me, since I get it totally cleaned every Tuesday and Friday. They said I would not believe what they see, and how unrealistic people can be for a non-detail service.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:15 AM   #8
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I primarily use these 2 products to clean my Focus:
Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine
Zaino Grand Finale Spray Seal
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:20 AM   #9
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If I am buying off the shelf (i.e. Walmart) I use Meguiars products, especially the soft clay bar kit (about $20), and one of the Meguiars liquid wash products.

I highly recommend checking out Griotsgarage.com. I bought my horse hair wash brush there about 3 years ago, and it makes washing a breeze. But even if you don't buy from them, you can learn a lot about taking care of your car's exterior and the interior as well.

Regarding the soft clay kit, I guess some people will disagree or take issue with the use of the product. I use it about twice a year, because it removes pollutants from the paint surface that cleaners and waxes do not. These pollutants build up even though my car is garaged every night.

The test is simple: drag your finger across the clean, waxed surface of your car. How does it feel? If your finger "drags", you need the soft clay bar. Once cleaned of the pollutants, your finger will slide across the surface as if it is glass. BTW: Brand new cars should be checked as well as they may have been setting out somewhere for who knows how long in an open lot.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:29 AM   #10
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Is there any recommendation for types of car washes? Are soft touch ones better then others?

It's actually the first car I actually want to keep clean enough. I love my Focus and they way she looks.
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