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Old 09-22-2012, 12:11 PM
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Hey, everyone.

Every car I've owned before this, I didn't really care to keep it looking good. Even when I had a '99 Mustang GT, it wasn't high on my priority list.

Suddenly, I find myself washing my 'lude once every week or so, trying to keep it sparkly.

Advice on glass, cleaner for steering wheel, and wax, please. I've been using Windex No-Drip and can never seem to be streak-free on the glass. What is a good cleaner for the steering wheel that won't leave a greasy feeling to the touch? What is the best method for making the paint look sharp AND keep water and sun from damaging/fading?

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Re: Keeping it looking good

simple green wash and wax is what i use
as far as the windows, i use perfect glass, but its all about how you wipe them. you need to wipe them completely dry and i do like a circular motion, when my girl does it, sometimes it leaves streaks, and i dont know until night time when i cant see through them!! lol but when i do it, no streaks
i use arm&hammer detailing wipes on my steering wheel, but you need to wipe it again with a clean dry paper towel, and if you want after the detail wipe take a lightly dampened paper towel and wipe it with that to dilute the cleaner a little then wipe with a clean dry paper towel. that should leave no residue but clean and shine it at the same time
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Simple Green, Perfect Glass, Arm & Hammer Detail Wipes. Got it. Thanks!
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Meguiars wax is amazing. I use the gold class carnauba plus paste wax. Looks great and stays on for 6 months+
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oh yea, and for the engine bay, i use black magic engine shine, 2 in 1, degreaser and shine. if you do that though make sure you cover you battery, fuse box (i do), distributor, alternator, air intake filter, and any exposed wiring. spray with a gentle nozzle of a power washer, and go back and forth across the engine bay, dont hold the nozzle still on one point of the engine for too long, and youll be fine. once your done, dry around the spark plug sockets on the valve cover cause there will be water there. dry off any other areas with excessive water, and then start your lude up. let it run to heat up the engine, and the excess water will steam right out of your bay. it usually takes me like 20-30 min of running my engine, so i do that while i go inside my car to clean my interior. hope this helps
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Re: Keeping it looking good

Window Cleaner- Sprayway Glass Cleaner
Interior Cleaner- CarPro PERL (it also works great on tires, engine bay, and wheel wells it gives a good shine but it's not greasy like that armor all crap.)
Wax- I would actually use a Paint Sealant instead, it's a synthetic wax. It lasts much longer than wax and it gives the same shine as regular wax. I would recommend Blackfire Wet Diamond All Finish Paint Protectant.

All of these things are about $60 and can be found at Autogeek.net the people are there are super friendly and willing to help. They also have great detailing tips! Check it out!
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All products are going to be personal preference. I use Invisible Glass and crumpled up newspaper for glass. Meguiar's Natural Shine on exterior plastics and the interior. As for the exterior, I have a vast array of products, but I use primarily Poorboy's products. On any condition paint, Poorboy's SSR2.5, White Diamond/Black Hole, and topped with Natty's White will make it look brand new. Of course I do detailing as a hobby so I am partial to product and technique. Poorboy's is also the easiest product I have found to work with. Easy on/easy off in sun or shade.
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thats what i meant lol armor all crap, personal preference, when i use it its not greasy, but i clean with it, then wipe it down with a clean paper towel.
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Re: Keeping it looking good

Thanks for all the tips, guys.

I couldn't find Simple Green (cleaner, not wash/wax) in an aerosol can, so I got the pump stuff (going to use it for cleaning the IACV.) Got Invisible Glass for the windows. Could not find the A&H Detail Wipes, but did find another brand that I'm not recalling. Got some microfibre cloths.

Was thinking about getting one of those attachments for a battery operated drill for cleaning the rims (WalMart had several.) Have not bought any wash/wax, yet, but I've heard a lot of good things about MacGuire's and Mother's.

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Re: Keeping it looking good

take the microfiber cloths back they will scratch up your car with little tiny scratches, those shammys and wammys and **** too, you shouldnt use them. get a little sponge or the glove thing.
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Re: Keeping it looking good

I was going to use the microfibre cloths on the rims. I will get a glove-thing, though, thanks for the tip.

BTW.. how do you guys prevent rocks kicked up by trucks from chipping and spidering the paint on the hood? I've got, like, 20 of them, now, and I've only owned this 'lude since July.

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Stay away from them or dont drive it at all. :) I hate it, its like im the only one getting chipped but all these dumb fcks arent.. : this is why i cant own nice things:
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this is why i cant own nice things:
I hear ya. Seems like every time I turn around, there's another chip on either the hood or the windshield. I hate it. But I can't keep away from them coz they always seem to be in the 2nd lane, and if I don't pass them I'll be late for work. :(

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Re: Keeping it looking good

Microfibers don't scratch your car, maybe it scratched yours because your dropped the cloth on the ground and continued to use it, or you used it on multiple things and didn't clean them the right way.
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Re: Keeping it looking good

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I also was told not to use microfiber from an autobody shop..They told me to use 100percent cotton
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Well I guess everyone has their own experience with microfibers, so far mine haven't scratched my car, I would know if they did considering my car is black. I use Cobra Microfiber towels.
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Microfibre is great for cleaning phone screens, LCD screens, eyeglasses, etc. I'm not sure I'd ever use one on a cars finish, though. Just my $0.02 worth.
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I don't know how true this is but I also was told not to dry in a circular motion, always dry up and down or it'll leave swirls.
I still use microfiber when using detailing spray..
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I hear ya. Seems like every time I turn around, there's another chip on either the hood or the windshield. I hate it. But I can't keep away from them coz they always seem to be in the 2nd lane, and if I don't pass them I'll be late for work. :(

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Microfibers don't scratch your car, maybe it scratched yours because your dropped the cloth on the ground and continued to use it, or you used it on multiple things and didn't clean them the right way.

i dont use microfibers, go to any auto body shop and ask, microfibers scratch your car. or take an auto body class yourself and find out the same info i did.

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Well I guess everyone has their own experience with microfibers, so far mine haven't scratched my car, I would know if they did considering my car is black. I use Cobra Microfiber towels.
you think you havent scratched your car, but the microfiber towels, pads, or anything, leave little tiny scratches on your car, which scratch through your paint job, and to the bare metal. which then can lead to rust, and paint issues from not being protected due to those little scratches your trusty microfiber towel leaves. so before you make a comment of personal preference and putting down someone elses comment, make sure you know the facts

100% cotton is the way to go, same with drying your car


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I don't know how true this is but I also was told not to dry in a circular motion, always dry up and down or it'll leave swirls.
I still use microfiber when using detailing spray..
as far as the circular that is my personal preference, as long as you use good cleaner, and get it 100% dry before it drys onto the window by itself, then you shouldnt have swirls no matter which way you go.

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I cant believe nobody suggested using newspaper on the glass. Any window cleaner will work 10x better if applied used crinkled newspaper. Just keep a few sheets handy as it will start to fall apart. No streaks, no ink left like you may think. Just a perfect result for very cheap.

Also get a good clay bar for after every few washes. That thing always amazes me by the amount of stuff it takes out the paint.

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^claybar is amazing.. did it to the lude once and it completely changed how the paint felt and how it shined
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Didn't know microfiber cloths scratched our cars.... I've been using them for years on mines and my dads cars and never had a problem with scratching the paint... Must look into that.

Since we have 4 cars we never buy gold class or any of that expensive soap since we go through it pretty fast I usually use Armor all wash and wax and it does the job. I use mother's quick detailer to get the occasional bird poop of my car when I don't have time to wash it. For waxing I use Megurias Gold class wax but wanna try something different next time. Interior I use a wet cloth with water and a dry one to clean the inside windows does the job well and Mequires interior cleaner, forgot the exact name but it cleans it well doesn't shine too much but there's no greasiness at all I usually go over the spots I want a shine to with Meguires protectant and it gives a nice shine with almost no greasiness.
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I cant believe nobody suggested using newspaper on the glass. Any window cleaner will work 10x better if applied used crinkled newspaper. Just keep a few sheets handy as it will start to fall apart. No streaks, no ink left like you may think. Just a perfect result for very cheap.

Also get a good clay bar for after every few washes. That thing always amazes me by the amount of stuff it takes out the paint.
Actually I said I use Invisible Glass and crumpled newspaper...

And the trick with the newspaper is to only use the pages with black ink. If you use pages with colored ink, it will not clean as well and leave paper particles on the glass.

I would not use a clay bar after every few washes, that is over-kill. Yes it cleans most everything off the surface of the clear coat, but you will have to wax afterwards, otherwise you have no protection on your paint. I would stick to using the bar MAYBE twice a year, which should then be followed by a good 2 or 3-step detail.
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I actually work as a auto detailer.. so, here goes!

For glass, Rust Check professional glass cleaner ROCKS! Doesn't matter if you use a microfiber, or a paper towel you will be streak free as long as you apply some pressure.

Steering wheel cleaner, any vinyl cleaner will work, Mothers for example. (I'm pretty sure they make one...)

Finally, for wax. Liquid Glass is just the best. It's a bit hard to find, and is more expensive than others but is just simply the best.

ALSO, you can use a microfiber on the paint as long as it's a good quality one, and it's CLEAN. If you wipe down the rims, or lower parts of the bumpers/skirts of your car you are just asking for trouble.
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When cleaning your windows, the best thing to use to dry them is NEWSPAPER.
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Im gonna try the newspaper thing next time I wash my car hopefully no streaks.
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