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Well this is my first post here, and I have followed this site for awhile and it really got me interested in the Altitude. It is actually my first car as I am still in highschool... '15 Altitude in Granite Crystal with parksense and backup cam, amp speakers and subwoofer all from the factory. Love it.

Mod Wish list
-vinyl wrap the chrome trim
-SRT8 tail light bezels
-dual black chrome exhaust tips
-black honeycomb grill inserts
-possibly RRO 2.5" lift and 1.75" spacers (probably do this once i get a new set of tires as the stock ones only have 1700 miles)
-black lug nuts (possibly gorilla but have heard iffy reviews)
-SRT/Overland headlights (atleast switch to LED or HID bulbs)
-LED interior switch to emerald green or red from precisionled (should do this in the next few weeks)
-Black Hawk badge

completed mods
-lamin-x tail lights (did the reflectors but hesitant about doing the actual lights due to GA law)
-35% tint on front driver and passenger windows

Anyways, looking for advice on what you guys do to wash your Altitude. I have only ran it through a hand car wash once while on a family vacation in New Orleans. Looked great. Since then I have only hand washed myself at home. Interior I use armour-all leather care protectant. First time it left streaks and scared me to death, lol. went back and redid it and has looked fine for a month now. Use rain-x on the exterior windows. Now for the tough part. I had tried using a Mr. Clean magic eraser on a family car ('07 Jeep Commander) to get window paint off of the body... BIG MISTAKE. Left a hazy finish wherever it was used... Tried washing with Turtle Wax wash&wax and then used their spray wax after. Looked like it helped some. Decided I'd wash mine at the same time and use the wax... It left swirls all over the paint on my GC. It looks like the rag I used just wasnt dry enough and left the wet streaks. Also the rims are extremely tough to clean with them being gloss black. So, what do you guys use on yours or what do you get done when you go to a hand car wash? Thanks all, and looking forward to my new Jeep.


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Dalton,

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new Jeep.

As for washing and caring for your Jeep there are tons of resources out there. I would start with looking at Adams Polishes (preferred vendor) and Chemical Guys. Both of these companies have online videos forums to answer all your questions.

Just make sure you take care of your Jeep. Nothing worse than seeing people who are given nice things and then not taking care of them!!
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Re: First car, Altitude

Lol nice birthday present Dalton. First off, most armor all interior products look terrible. I never use anything that leaves a glossy interior finish. Looks and feels terrible. Toss that stuff. Infact since the thing is brand new I'm not sure why you have even had to do that yet. Only thing I recommend on the interior such as the dash is if it needs to be wiped down just use a damp cloth, or if it's clean and just needs to be dusted just use a dry cloth. No need for products there and it leaves it in that factory fresh clean and dry look.
Exterior just choose any car wash it doesn't matter. Waxes vary but I always just use whatever is available such as meguires gold class.
Colored interior lights look cheesy, but that's just my opinion. I personally think stock is fine, but if you must do LED I would go with a 5000k kind of white. Couldn't imagine opening my doors and the inside being emerald green everytime lol.
As far as the Blackhawk badge, is that car a Blackhawk edition? If not, don't add the badge.

Don't go using magic erasers on th exterior or anything like that. Just a good wash mit or gentle sponge and any car wash will do.
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Congrats Dalton!
I'm sure youve done agreat job in school to deserve this awesome gift!
I bought a 15 GC Altitude (maximum steel) in May. I'm just a bit older, graduated high school 79, ( you can stop laughing now!) I love the aggressive look, I'm not dead yet you know.
I use only Maguires, or Blue Choral liquid car soap to wash, and only Zaion bro's products for wax. Check out Zaino Brothers online, only way it's available. Full instructions and videos. I did claybar the entire vehicle 2 weeks after pickup to remove whatever the dealer had prepped it with, looked much better afterwards. These dark colors are tough.
Using a California duster on the interior, again the black interior shows every spec of dust. Haven't had it long enough to think about the seats yet.
Good luck with the Altitude. ( thinking about having the seats or headrests embroidered with ALTITUDE, silver thread at the tops of the letters blending to med. grey at the bottom, waddaya think?)
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Lol nice birthday present Dalton. First off, most armor all interior products look terrible. I never use anything that leaves a glossy interior finish. Looks and feels terrible. Toss that stuff. Infact since the thing is brand new I'm not sure why you have even had to do that yet. Only thing I recommend on the interior such as the dash is if it needs to be wiped down just use a damp cloth, or if it's clean and just needs to be dusted just use a dry cloth. No need for products there and it leaves it in that factory fresh clean and dry look.
Exterior just choose any car wash it doesn't matter. Waxes vary but I always just use whatever is available such as meguires gold class.
Colored interior lights look cheesy, but that's just my opinion. I personally think stock is fine, but if you must do LED I would go with a 5000k kind of white. Couldn't imagine opening my doors and the inside being emerald green everytime lol.
As far as the Blackhawk badge, is that car a Blackhawk edition? If not, don't add the badge.

Don't go using magic erasers on th exterior or anything like that. Just a good wash mit or gentle sponge and any car wash will do.
We didn't have the dealer do any kind of prep, so that was why the armor all was used at first. The dry cloth is constant, keep one in the glove box lol, black interior and the gold trim shows everything...
I first figured to just go white LED but figured why not do something unique.. The Black Hawk is the Australian version of our US Altitude (has the badge and the HID Overland headlights, forget what else) so it would fit with the car and others on here have done the same
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Congrats Dalton!
I'm sure youve done agreat job in school to deserve this awesome gift!
I bought a 15 GC Altitude (maximum steel) in May. I'm just a bit older, graduated high school 79, ( you can stop laughing now!) I love the aggressive look, I'm not dead yet you know.
I use only Maguires, or Blue Choral liquid car soap to wash, and only Zaion bro's products for wax. Check out Zaino Brothers online, only way it's available. Full instructions and videos. I did claybar the entire vehicle 2 weeks after pickup to remove whatever the dealer had prepped it with, looked much better afterwards. These dark colors are tough.
Using a California duster on the interior, again the black interior shows every spec of dust. Haven't had it long enough to think about the seats yet.
Good luck with the Altitude. ( thinking about having the seats or headrests embroidered with ALTITUDE, silver thread at the tops of the letters blending to med. grey at the bottom, waddaya think?)
Dark colors are very tough, especially here in GA when the pollen starts falling (thankfully that ended a month or so ago). love the idea of doing something like that on the interior. why would Jeep not try to do anything to show the Altitude name?? SRT has the logo on steering wheel, Overland has the logo on the seats, same with summit.. and then everything else has the submodel on the tailgate.. thats why I'm considering the blackhawk badge lol
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Congrats on your first Jeep. Mr. Clean eraser is actually just a 3000ish grit sanding block, nothing more. There's no magic it removes and damages any surface it touches. On a black surface I'd go with Blackfire products as they are easier and more durable than most. The results surprise everyone, the investment effort and cost wise is worth it. I like Adam's products above anything available in a retail outlet. But maguires ultimate has no downsides and is easy to find and use. Be safe and have fun.
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Re: First car, Altitude

okay, scratch that link above

can hardly notice the difference from stock and tinted, forgot to get a stock pic
[IMG]file:///home/chronos/u-61966ac478e5f6b2842930c70acecfd7d2241c18/Downloads/DSC_0619.JPG[/IMG]

minor bubbling... takes time and patience. this was the day after and the bubbling receded a lot.
[IMG]file:///home/chronos/u-61966ac478e5f6b2842930c70acecfd7d2241c18/Downloads/DSC_0611.JPG[/IMG]

***the inner tails and white reverse are the easiest to do by far. my advice would be to start there so you can get a feel for working with the material before doing the outer brake lights


lights off
[IMG]file:///home/chronos/u-61966ac478e5f6b2842930c70acecfd7d2241c18/Downloads/DSC_0616.JPG[/IMG]

taillights only
[IMG]file:///home/chronos/u-61966ac478e5f6b2842930c70acecfd7d2241c18/Downloads/DSC_0617.JPG[/IMG]

tail + brake light
[IMG]file:///home/chronos/u-61966ac478e5f6b2842930c70acecfd7d2241c18/Downloads/DSC_0618.JPG[/IMG]


again, its easy to do it yourself if you have the time and patience
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my pics arent showing up on the reply or as a link, dont know whats up
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