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Recommend me cleaning materials? just got fresh paint!

i just got fresh paint on my lude, milano red(; and well i wanna keep it lookin clean everyday. what materials do yal use to keep yals ride clean? i need names of brands >.< for like wax? sprays? cloths? idk anything you would need. armorald? lol
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Re: Recommend me cleaning materials? just got fresh paint!

Your going to get all kinds of replys by people who say they like one product over another but either way just keep it waxed well. Saves the paint and if something harms it the wax will protect the paint if you regulary waxed it. Personally i like Turtle wax but that's just me. I take mine to my buddy who works at a chevy dealer and he does a $300 detail job once a month for free.
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i mean i do have turtle wax :D lol so that can save me a few.
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Whatever you do don't wax that paint for at least 90 days. You're never supposed to wax a fresh paint job and I have had my painter tell me not to wax it for 6 months and wash it only with a mild car washing soap.
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^TRUTH^

In all honesty, wash your car with Plain dish washing soap, no grease cutter, or no Oxy clean or any other weird sh*t. You will chemically break down the clearcoat finish and paint. I use lemon joy. One three table spoons to a bucket.

If you want the polish and detail your car to show quality, the minimum to use is Mequiars or Mothers. You can look up better companies but I've seen great results with these two. There is also Finish sealant you can use, but after 6 months from when you got the car painted. If you wax the finish won't harden, the chemicals need to breathe and dry. Leave it alone for now and just use plain dishwater to clean your prelude.
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^TRUTH^

In all honesty, wash your car with Plain dish washing soap, no grease cutter, or no Oxy clean or any other weird sh*t. You will chemically break down the clearcoat finish and paint. I use lemon joy. One three table spoons to a bucket.

If you want the polish and detail your car to show quality, the minimum to use is Mequiars or Mothers. You can look up better companies but I've seen great results with these two. There is also Finish sealant you can use, but after 6 months from when you got the car painted. If you wax the finish won't harden, the chemicals need to breathe and dry. Leave it alone for now and just use plain dishwater to clean your prelude.
I agree with everything except the dish soap part. Dish soap is hard on car paint and car specific soap like you listed is a much better alternative. Mother's makes wonderful products and comes highly recommended by many car enthusiasts.

This is from Barry Meguiar:

Car Cleaning Myth #1
Dishwashing detergent is safe to use to wash your car.
"Dishwashing detergent is meant to remove everything from the surface. That includes stripping the polymers off the paint surface... The effect is similar to what dishwashing soap does to your hands. Too much will dry the skin. On the surface of a car, the same thing occurs; dishwashing soap actually accelerates the oxidation process when used regularly."


Be careful on what you put on your car especially if you're paint is in good shape.
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I've never had a problem with mild dishwater to clean my cars, and I said 1-3 tables spoons isn't much for a bucket of water, just enough suds to lubricate the wash. I do admit nowadays buying Meguiar purple car wash liquid, and Mequiar glass polish wax. Do it right the first time.

Seeing how paint jobs are getting fancier, weak dishwater is probably out.
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I've never had a problem with mild dishwater to clean my cars, and I said 1-3 tables spoons isn't much for a bucket of water, just enough suds to lubricate the wash. I do admit nowadays buying Meguiar purple car wash liquid, and Mequiar glass polish wax. Do it right the first time.

Seeing how paint jobs are getting fancier, weak dishwater is probably out.


Definitely not downing you because I used to do the same thing myself until I got scolded by my Father in law who has his own Autoglass and Detailing business. Dish soap is a no no and very terrible for your paint.
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Re: Recommend me cleaning materials? just got fresh paint!

Perfection is a process, not a product. The product is nowhere near as important as what you do with it.

I've noticed over the years that so many people who are fanatical about one brand over another. This is nowhere more evient than with car care/detailing products (though oil and speaker brands also suffer from fanboi syndrome). Do not take advise from somebody who just states that one product is "the best" without some sort of qualifying statement. For example I often say that the Auto Glym polish that I'm currently using is the best that I've ever used then give the reasons.
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Re: Recommend me cleaning materials? just got fresh paint!

thx for the tips guys, i didnt know not to wax a fresh car. but should i buy like a spray wax so i can keep the car clean with no dust? something that wont catch dust? idk im new to this but so far i know i want Mequiars items, been hearing alot about them.
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thx for the tips guys, i didnt know not to wax a fresh car. but should i buy like a spray wax so i can keep the car clean with no dust? something that wont catch dust? idk im new to this but so far i know i want Mequiars items, been hearing alot about them.

No wax!!!

Just wash your car with a mild car soap and let the paint set up.
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Whatever you do don't wax that paint for at least 90 days. You're never supposed to wax a fresh paint job and I have had my painter tell me not to wax it for 6 months and wash it only with a mild car washing soap.
He's right!

Don't touch it for at least one or two weeks then wash with basic car soup and sponge. Then wait like 2-3 months then you can wax it with the hand wax type of deal that Turtle wax or mothers offers. The wax on wax off type of deal.
Then wait another 2-4 weeks before you add any kind of clay wax type of product( if thats what you like to use). And please by all means don't use a buffer for at least 4-5 months or until it gonna start fading which should take a few years before it happends unless you wan't to ruin that nice paint job.
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Re: Recommend me cleaning materials? just got fresh paint!

My buddy is getting his body work done by a friend of ours and we started talking about how to wash and maintain the new paint. He said the most important thing, if you have fresh paint, is to never wax it. He said that once you do that, you're screwed. Said you'll always see the swirlies from the rag when you do that. Just some feed back, not sure if it's true or not but it sounds legit
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It's definitely true. I also checked up with auto body peeps I get my info from and they said basic car wash soap, no wax or streak free drying mixed in, dry with leather chamois. Rags scratch.
If you must, rinse finish with a spray bottle filled with water on mist, the second you see dirt or bird doodoo. Again chamois dry. And let the paint job cure. After three weeks, you can go to car wash soap.

And what I didn't mention before about the mild dishwater was I followed up with 2 coats of wax on my cars to keep the clear coat from drying out and hazing. I apologize about the misinformation. Keep your detailing supplies to auto part stores. Seriously.
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