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View Poll Results: What does everyone use to wash their cars with?
Sponge 162 25.55%
Natural Sea Sponge 10 1.58%
Wash Mitt 214 33.75%
Microfiber Mitt 155 24.45%
Towel 69 10.88%
Brush 72 11.36%
Other(Please List) 57 8.99%
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:30 PM   #121
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Just a good old wash mit is what I use. Hahah, but I always make sure I wax with meguiars NXT wax.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:05 PM   #122
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:23 AM   #123
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Exactly what you use, and how you do it, depends a lot on the color of the car. I'll never own another black car....unless somebody gives me one. They are next to impossible to clean. And when you're done, they look dirty again in a few hours.

I used to like red cars....but the color fades so quickly where I live, you need to polish the thing all the time.

The easiest colors to keep clean.....white and silver. White seems to hide imperfections, and silver cars look clean even when dirty.

You have a big advantage if you can wash the car in your own driveway......and the wash techniques can be optimized to your own liking. I always wash the car off with a hose every time before I touch the thing. I normally use a much diluted dish-washing soap and a micro-fiber covered sponge.

I never wash in the sun.....and allow it to dry off for a while by itself before gently hand-drying with a micro-fiber towel. For waxing and polishing.....I buy a big package of hand towels at Sam's club......and wash them before use. I usually throw away any towel that touches the ground, or even looks dirty. When waxing/polishing I use a terry-cloth applicator, followed by gentle toweling using a clean towel every few minutes. I wax in small sections, and clean the wax off before it starts to dry.

But there's no single "right" way to do this......it just depends.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:32 AM   #124
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I have an electric buffer for applying and removing wax and polish

And i own a black car. Hard to keep clean? Yes but is BY FAR the sexiest color when done no doubts. As for washing i use a microfiber sponge.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:52 AM   #125
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Car wash to knock the bugs off and get in the wheel wells and knock the majority of the dirt off my wheels. Then, hand wash with microfiber sponge and meguiar's gold class soap, just a terry cloth on the wheels. Then air dry. Then paint cleaner with a plain jane applicator and terry cloth to remove, polish and nxt wax with microfiber applicators and microfiber towels to remove. My wheels have only gotten the cleaner polish wax treatment once since ive gotten them. I work at a refinery and i like to keep my paint as long as i can lol.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:36 AM   #126
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I suggest anyone who uses the NXT, next time you run out invest in NXT Tech 2.0. You will never use anything again. I promise.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:50 PM   #127
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those 8 votes for natural sea sponges, did you know that those sponges can have coral that will scratch your car?

^^^thanks for tip snacky
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yeah I use this nice, big squishy yellow sponge I got from autozone for like $1.30 or something lol
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me? i use a brillo pad

NXT tech wax is awesome though, replaced my zymol because its so much easier to buff out and has the same results!
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me? i use a brillo pad

NXT tech wax is awesome though, replaced my zymol because its so much easier to buff out and has the same results!
brillo pad? hint, don't use that on plastic lol, I learned that the hard way... at least it wasn't on a car, or anything of value to me.

heh might as well add this, besides the BIG SQUISHEH! I use that awesome rainX car wash with carnauba wax beads, then a nice wax after...

by the way, I'm actually thinking of giving Foci the clay bar treatment TOMORROW! so... anyone recommend a good clay bar and lubricant for fairly cheap I can pick up at the auto store after school tomorrow?
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