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what i do i wash with meguiars ultimate wash and wax (2 bucket method)
after all that ill dry the car
once complety dry and clean i use meguiars ultimate quik wax.
then im done! lol
and say after my car wash few days later or a week or 2 its get dusty from garage parking ill use meguiars ultimate quik detailer.

on my LAZY days ill go to those touch free car wash and ill just rinse the whole car down go home dry.. then quik wax lol
thats my way so yeah dont judge people! aha
 

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I have found the wax that gives me the greatest shine & durability is a British wax called Autoglym High Definition Wax. It is not cheap at $50 that includes the paste wax with 2 applicators and a microfibre cloth. It is available in Canada at Canadian Tire.
 

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Hand wash and dry, then every so often back to black wax... talk about a real bitch. Has anyone ever used the back to black wax? You better have some time on your hands if you plan to do that.
 

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Hand wash and dry, then every so often back to black wax... talk about a real bitch. Has anyone ever used the back to black wax? You better have some time on your hands if you plan to do that.
Are you talking about Mothers' Back-to-Black Trim Dressing? It says it's was for unpainted black plastic and trim pieces. I've used it on my old truck's fender flares and bumpers, and it sucked. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers work much better at getting such pieces looking like new.

As far as black waxes, I've used Turtle Wax's Black Box and it does a decent job of filling in little nicks and hairline scratches, making them much less visible. But yea, it's a royal PITA to work with
 

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Run it through touchless car wash then drive home to vacuum interior and then a hand wash (+ conditioning of interior plastics and clean interior glass). If required, clay using Mother's clay bar. Touch-up any paint chips if required. Polish using Meguiar's products if there are surface scratches. Finish off with 2 coats of Meguiar Gold Class wax.
 

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On days I feel like cheaping out, I hit the $5 soft cloth wash at the local gas station. On the fun sunny days when I have nothing to do but have a few Sam Adams and wash my car I use the Meguiar's wash with some super soft sponge and get the car super soapy. Then I rinse her off and shammy the car the best I can. The rest air dries while I finish my beers. Then the usual window clean with some stuff I got at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I forget the name but it works amazing. Tire dressings are tough. I have had no real luck with any of them. I've tried the gels, the foams and the sprays. If anyone can suggest something great, let me know and how you make it work so well. Vaccuuming comes last if at all. Lol. I have always like the Meguiar brand name. Never seems to let you down.
 

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Every week I remove all mats and thoroughly dust off all the dirt. I then leave them out in the sun for a while. Then vacuum the carpet and seats before dusting off the dash and any other surface. i use a damp cloth for any stubborn dirt marks (esp. at the areas where u shoes leave marks close to the door). I then Febreze the seats and carpet.

Then I soap the car with Meguires Ultimate wash and wax then use another cloth to soap and clean the underbody (under the fender and mudguards) where the wheels are.
after all that ill rinse and then dry the car with a shammy.
Once it's dry I use meguiars ultimate quik wax.

After all that I spray ArmorAll tire foam on the tires

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First off I detail professionally so I have a lot of products that make things a lot easier and know a lot of short cuts ..

What I'll do is give you a run down of a weekend wash on my own cars.

1)I spray the tires down with Awsome APC and let it sit to do its job. <-- available at the Dollar Tree stores
2) I give the interior a wipe down with the Woolite solution to pick up light dust etc. Instead of me explaining look here ..The Wonders Of Woolite Vacuum if needed. I have a central vac outlet by the garage door and I use it.
3) I mist the tires with water and scrub with a stiff brush, rinse .... no sense dressing dirty tires .. they look like hell.
4) Using a decent car wash soap, Turtle Wax soap will do .. or Meguiars Gold Class I wash the car using a sheepskin mitt and a wash bucket that has a grit guard in the bottom. The sheepskin mitt is used because it easily releases any grit picked up and it won't marr the paint. I have an old dedictaed mitt I use for the wheels. Wash a panel or 2 and rinse.

5) Once done washing I rinse the car using a gentle stream of water from the hose with NO nozzle. A gentle stream will rinse away grit where a blact can just blow it around and also dislodge grit from cracks and door jams etc.. The gentle stream will also pull about 85% of the water off a well waxed car.
6) I break out the leaf blower and blow off a lot of the remaining water but more to blow water out from all those places it hides. Just make sure the area around the car is wetted down so you don't blow crap up on the car.
7) I use Waffle Weave drying towels to dry the remainder. I fold the towel in 1/4 and wipe the windows first then hood/roof/trunk then the sides. Always dry in straight lines as the air flows over the car not in circles. Reason being is if micro marring does occure its optically harder to see then circular swirls. I use this motion for everything I do in the process of detailing with the exception of applying wax/sealants.
8)Dry the door/trunk/hood edges and under the gass filler lid. I have a separate old m/f drying towel for this. I also give the engine bay area a wipe while I have the hood up.
9) Dry the wheels/tires. I have a dedicated soft bath towel for this.
10) Apply dressing to the tires.

Wala .. done .. If I don't do the interior or use APC on the tires its 40 minutes.. The TL seldom needs those steps cuz its not driven a lot .. The Civic needs it more often ... add 15 min more.

Here are the 2 cars



 

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Very good write up. Never knew about drying in straight lines and the no nozzle thing. Wish I didn't live in an apt...

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Very good write up. Never knew about drying in straight lines and the no nozzle thing. Wish I didn't live in an apt...

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When in an apt ..Optimum No Rinse is a good option to use ... can wash without a hose.
 

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Tire dressings are tough. I have had no real luck with any of them. I've tried the gels, the foams and the sprays. If anyone can suggest something great, let me know and how you make it work so well.
I use the Armor All Extreme Tire shine. It's a white gel and it comes with an applicator. Before the Armor All, I used to have a spray that always left residue on my driveway.
 

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I wash my car with the 2 bucket method.Its black and new only had it 2 weeks.Every other day.
 

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What do you guys use to remove bugs and tar from the front end? Do you recommend any specific bug and tar remover product or is there a better method? Seems like it takes me forever to scrub bugs off with just regular soap and water.
 

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1 tablespoon to 1qt of water.Works great on wheels also.Very weak solution or yes it is hard on paint
Actually regardless its hard.unless you go 1 drop to a 5 gallon bucket then maybe.
Here's a rundown.
Laundry detergent= dirty towels ,dirty chonies,smelly socks etc.
Dish soap= stuck on lasagna on a baking sheet or dirty stemware etc(unless striping for a wax job)
Car soap= something with 4 wheels and and a powertrain of some sort with glass and seats and a radio.

So lets keep the soaps to what there made for.

The actual detergents in laudry soap will tear up and eat away the paint.much stronger than dish soap.oh yeah and no using laundry soap on a car won't brighten the color.

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