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Interior and Exterior protection

What are the recommended minimum tasks that should be done to both the paint and the interior for my JGC coming in a couple of weeks? Looking for minimal maintenance long term protection.

I have seen some discussion here but some it seems to be overkill.

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Old 11-06-2013, 02:07 PM
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Re: Interior and Exterior protection

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minimal maintenance long term protection.
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Those terms do not work together.

What is your idea of minimal maintenance?
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Re: Interior and Exterior protection

Life is a compromise. If there is something that I can do when the new vehicle arrives that will lengthen the life of the appearance, I would do it within reason.

Having said that, I wash my car probably 6 times a year and hardly ever wax it. That gives you an idea of how much effort I have put into it in the past.

Not sure what to do either with the interior. Would guess the dealer will probably offer some expensive choices.
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Re: Interior and Exterior protection

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Life is a compromise. If there is something that I can do when the new vehicle arrives that will lengthen the life of the appearance, I would do it within reason.

Having said that, I wash my car probably 6 times a year and hardly ever wax it. That gives you an idea of how much effort I have put into it in the past.

Not sure what to do either with the interior. Would guess the dealer will probably offer some expensive choices.
If you want to keep it nice looking for a longer period of time after you get it take it to a good detail shop and have it "clayed" and a machine applied paint sealer and a paste wax put on once per yr and use a wash&wax soap when you do wash it. Do not have a sealer put on by a dealer. They generally use inferior products to increase profits.
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Re: Interior and Exterior protection

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Life is a compromise. If there is something that I can do when the new vehicle arrives that will lengthen the life of the appearance, I would do it within reason.

Having said that, I wash my car probably 6 times a year and hardly ever wax it. That gives you an idea of how much effort I have put into it in the past.

Not sure what to do either with the interior. Would guess the dealer will probably offer some expensive choices.
You can try a nano coat product like Opticoat. It's basically a lifetime wax product. Do not have the dealer put it on. They will mess it up and charge way too much.

Find a reputable auto detailing place around you that offers this as a normal service. A dealer might do it twice a year, a detailing shop will do it twice a week.

You'll pay for it though. A good $300+ probably. Dealer will be around $500-$700

As for the interior, spend a few hundred bucks on weathertech (Or similar) mats, and casually wipe down the interior surfaces with a microfiber towel and it'll holy up fine.

The days of needing an Armor-All type product to keep interior materials from cracking are over.
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Re: Interior and Exterior protection

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Life is a compromise. If there is something that I can do when the new vehicle arrives that will lengthen the life of the appearance, I would do it within reason.

Having said that, I wash my car probably 6 times a year and hardly ever wax it. That gives you an idea of how much effort I have put into it in the past.

Not sure what to do either with the interior. Would guess the dealer will probably offer some expensive choices.
See if your dealer has some local detailers willing to help you out for a bit.

I would suggest a clay job--surprising how much cruft is in the factory paint after shipping.

Then, it is worth waxing it, preferably at least twice a year. I'll avoid the discussion of silicone vs carnauba, but layering the two sure looks nice.

A good wheel wax helps, some folks put clear plasticote on them for even better protection.

A well waxed car can bring back money in resale value even when quite old, even moreso if where you sell/trade it is able to see it stay well cleaned and taken care of, as it tends to indicate an attitude toward the rest of the vehicle's care needs. Can be worth about as much as a good service history.
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Re: Interior and Exterior protection

Here's what I would recommend, after buying my vehicle.

1st of all, do NOT let the dealer prep the vehicle. Don't let them wash it.

Do not buy the dealers "Appearance Protection".

If you're capable, you can do an exterior and interior treatment yourself.

On the outside, you will want to wash it with a product call IronX. The outside of the car is littered with "rail rust". Depending on paint color, it may be hard to see, but you should easy be able to spot them on any of the chrome surface. Looks like little rust specs. This will clean that crap right up.

Then do a wash/clay/polish. Finish it off with Opti-Coat.

Supplies alone will cost about ~$140 or so, if you don't have any of them.

Or you can pay a pro to do it for about ~$400.


On the interior, just get either 303 Fabric Guard or Scotchgard and spray the interior. On the leather seats, they have a coating, so all you really need to do it wipe with a damp cloth every so often.


Now, if you do want to spend the money on the dealer's "Appearance Protection Package". It's going to be $500. They just do a basic wash, then some paint sealant and spray the inside with their product and some armorall the tires. But you'll have a warranty period, where you have a chance to make a claim and they may or may not honor and deny it for any reason they can.
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Re: Interior and Exterior protection

Actually, in OP's case, he may be a good candidate for a dealer protection package. I usually never recommend this, but it sounds like it may not be a bad idea here. It sounds like your idea of detailing a car is running it through a carwash 6x/year?

At bare minimum, apply a sealant to the paint before winter. Ideally, you should clay first, but I doubt you'll take the time to do that. Collinite IW845 will last a long time. Anything on the shelf at WalMart will not. Apply the same sealant to your wheels.

For the interior, just keep it clean, vacuum, apply a dressing to the vinyl/plastics (not AmorAll!), etc. You can spray the carpets/mats with Scotchguard.
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Re: Interior and Exterior protection

I wont go into rehashing the content here but the link below is an excellent site for maintaining your vehicle's appearance. They have a lot of links for minimizing damage to your paint and how to correct it. I own a couple dark colored cars and the swirl marks show up quickly if not properly washed and maintained.

Auto Detailing Facts, auto detailing Tips, How to detailing Guides, how to polish, how to wax, DIY detailing, do it yourself guides

I would purchase some quality products and learn how to use them effectively to avoid having to pay someone to do it (and probably with inferior results).

Best of luck!
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