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Old 04-09-2017, 12:22 PM   #15
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Optimum No Rinse wash, or whatever random traditional rinse wash you want with a quality microfiber mitt and Optimum Spray Wax. Wash it once every week or two and use the spray wax once a month. Use 1z on interior panels with a vacuum cleaner and a variety of brushes to get into cracks. This shouldn't take you more than an hour a week.

I stopped using the Optimum Spray Wax and changed to Meguiar's microfiber DA pad system using D30116 wax with DMF6 finishing discs on my cheapo Harbor Freight polisher. Frequency is once every couple of months. With the DA the wax goes on super fast and this particular wax wipes off quick and easy.

Once every year or two I'll decontaminate with D30016 correction compound with DMC6 cutting pads. Count on spending an entire day to do this, it doesn't go fast unless you're a well practiced professional.

A lot of car enthusiasts are very fussy about all the steps they take to care for their car, and if that makes them happy I'm happy for them. Personally, I know that if I don't keep it as simple, easy, and quick as possible I won't do it as often as I need to. For most of my car's life it was washed with Optimum No-Rinse and followed on with Optimum Spray Wax, and I have received a lot of comments from people on how my car doesn't look nearly as old as it is.
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Old 09-15-2017, 07:46 AM   #16
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I'm just getting into car detailing but my full exterior detail will include:

1. Cleaning the rims and tires. Use a pressure washer to start and then use a dedicated microfiber mitt and bucket to hand wash the rims. Any some rim brushes.

2. Prewash with electric power washer and foam cannon. Let the foam sit on the car for 5-10 minutes then wash off with the power washer

3. Wash the car using the 2 step bucket system and microfiber mitt (not the same mitt that was used on the rims). Then dry using microfiber towels.

4. IronX the car and microfiber off.

5. Clay bar the entire car with a quick detailer and microfiber towels.

6. Depending on how bad the paint is infested with swirls and scratches either do a 2 step paint correction (compound and polish) or just polish the entire car. Use a DA polisher and the correct cutting pads.

7. Spray car with some IPA formula to remove the excess polish/compound for a better seal on the wax/sealant/ceramic coat.

8. After getting the paint as perfect as I possibly can, seal the entire car with either wax, sealant, or Ceramic coat.

9. Shine up the tires with tire dressing.
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Old 09-16-2017, 06:38 PM   #17
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I refer to chemical guys flow chart.



Interior first, then wheels, then the wash. 2 bucket method of course.

Car gets clayed twice a year (spring/fall), I use a mix of AMMONYC/Chemical Guys/Meguiars.

For any questions or tips related to detailing I highly recommend AMMONYC's videos on youtube. He covers just about everything on there.
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:49 AM   #18
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I refer to chemical guys flow chart.



Interior first, then wheels, then the wash. 2 bucket method of course.

Car gets clayed twice a year (spring/fall), I use a mix of AMMONYC/Chemical Guys/Meguiars.

For any questions or tips related to detailing I highly recommend AMMONYC's videos on youtube. He covers just about everything on there.
AMMONYC makes some good detailing vids for sure. I also recently stumbled on a youtube channel called "Pan the Organizer" who is a detailer with over 20 years experience and does very good youtube vids and lists all products that he uses.
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Old 09-18-2017, 01:46 PM   #19
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1Z deep plastic cleaner. Works GREAT on steering wheel. Mine still has a matte finish even at 100k+ miles.

1Z cockpit premium for stuff like the dash, nav screen, doors, etc.

Lexol cleaner and conditioner for the leather. You can also use the deep plastic cleaner to clean the leather, just make sure you condition it afterwards.
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:52 PM   #20
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I'm just getting into car detailing but my full exterior detail will include:

1. Cleaning the rims and tires. Use a pressure washer to start and then use a dedicated microfiber mitt and bucket to hand wash the rims. Any some rim brushes.

2. Prewash with electric power washer and foam cannon. Let the foam sit on the car for 5-10 minutes then wash off with the power washer

3. Wash the car using the 2 step bucket system and microfiber mitt (not the same mitt that was used on the rims). Then dry using microfiber towels.

4. IronX the car and microfiber off.

5. Clay bar the entire car with a quick detailer and microfiber towels.

6. Depending on how bad the paint is infested with swirls and scratches either do a 2 step paint correction (compound and polish) or just polish the entire car. Use a DA polisher and the correct cutting pads.

7. Spray car with some IPA formula to remove the excess polish/compound for a better seal on the wax/sealant/ceramic coat.

8. After getting the paint as perfect as I possibly can, seal the entire car with either wax, sealant, or Ceramic coat.

9. Shine up the tires with tire dressing.
Yeah I just did this with the GTI to prep it for fall season.
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Old 09-25-2017, 02:30 PM   #21
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Yeah I just did this with the GTI to prep it for fall season.
Nice! I think next year I am going to get more into car detailing and see what I can really do
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Old 09-26-2017, 10:20 PM   #22
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Nice! I think next year I am going to get more into car detailing and see what I can really do
You'd be amazed what you can do with a basic DA (dual action) polisher. I had a nasty scratch on my rear quarter and with a bit of loving and some compound/polish it buffed right out. Saved me almost $700 at the body shop.

Buffed the rest of the car out and it's literally perfect. Not a swirl mark to be found anywhere. Some glaze, wax, and sealant and you're good for at least 6 months.
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Old 09-27-2017, 03:08 PM   #23
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Nice! I think next year I am going to get more into car detailing and see what I can really do
It can be time consuming that's for sure.

Here is my recent wash on the GTI for winter prep:
Rinse/Wash Meguiar's G7164 Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner
CarPro Iron X spray & rinse
Clay with Nanoskin Autoscrub Speedy Prep Sponge & Spray
Rinse/Dry
Hand wax with Jescar Power Lock Polymer Paint

My normal wash on both cars -
Exterior:
Rinse/Wash Meguiar's G7164 Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner two bucket method. Thinking of something like this down the line -Using a Foam Cannon (Lance) with an Electric Pressure Washer
Clean wheels with soap/water and wheel woolies brushes.
Dry with leaf blower and dry off with Meguiar's Water Magnet Drying Towel.
Use Meguiar's D170 Hyper Dressing for tires and trim.
Wipe car down with Meguiar's D155 Last Touch Spray Detail.
At random I will use Detailer's Pro Series Wheel Glaze on the wheels to help with brake dust.

Interior: :
Vacuum
Clean interior with Meguiar's D149 Quik Interior Detailer but will be going back to 303 Aerospace Protectant!
Clean windows with Meguiar's D120 Glass Cleaner Concentrate.
Lexol leather for steering wheel
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:21 PM   #24
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You'd be amazed what you can do with a basic DA (dual action) polisher. I had a nasty scratch on my rear quarter and with a bit of loving and some compound/polish it buffed right out. Saved me almost $700 at the body shop.

Buffed the rest of the car out and it's literally perfect. Not a swirl mark to be found anywhere. Some glaze, wax, and sealant and you're good for at least 6 months.
Slowly learning the power of the DA right now! I'm learning that my paint is extremely hard. I spent a good 8 hours a couple weekends back just compounding and polishing the car. Still havent gotten all of the swirls out... and some scratches are still there. I was using a microfiber pad with megs ultimate compound, followed by another microfiber pad and carpro essence. Then I sealed it with Pinnacle's liquid souveran wax.

Its really shiny now but there are some scratches that i want to hit again... and a bit of wet sanding I should try but am hesitant on doing so.

Trying to work on some of my friends cars to gain more experience with different cars and paint thickness.
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