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Old 12-27-2015, 12:00 PM
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Re: Stir (stuff) up...

As always...this forum has proven exceptionally educational.

In my Wrangler world....the vehicle gets washed during rainstorms....in Tx, that isnt very often.

My wife's Vette gets washed when she "mentions it" to me. And I thought I was doing a very attentive job when it took about 45min to an hour.

Based on what Im reading here....I have been beyond neglectful; bordering on abusive to my vehicles.

I think it is a testimony to how much some adore their vehicles when they can dedicate this much time and energy to detailing their significant investments. I think it shows true love and is probably cathartic to a degree.

As Ive said in other posts...changing worlds from Wranglers to Grand Cherokees involves a lot more adjustments to my philosophies than I had initially anticipated.

Im still looking forward to the change.

I know that every model has it owners who are passionate enthusiasts ...and owners who simply look at the vehicle as merely a means of transportation.

I lean SLIGHTLY on the enthusiast side. But I doubt that I will ever get to a point where I could allocate more than a few hours to cleaning the vehicle every quarter or so.

Drive-through "Touch-free" car washes every week...probably.
Hand/bucket wash every month...probably.
Hand wax and interior cleaning every quarter...probably.
Full detailing once a year....probably.

But again...after doing some reading, I now am not confident that I even know HOW to care for the exterior. I though Waxing WAS sealing. LOL

So...

Rinse
Wash (with shampoo)
Rinse
Wax
Polish
Seal

I think I got all the steps. (fingers crossed)

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Old 12-27-2015, 12:40 PM
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Mive wax to the end and youll be good. Think of wax as that final beauty coat. The sealant is what protects your paint. Some last up to a year.
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:17 AM
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Re: Stir (stuff) up...

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Mive wax to the end and youll be good. Think of wax as that final beauty coat. The sealant is what protects your paint. Some last up to a year.
..or longer. Optimum Gloss Coat lasts around 2 years thus far, I believe.

Most quality sealants also don't need a wax after, in some cases it just muddies the shine. It's all i the prep. Trim can be sealed as well, depending on the sealant.

I just picked up my 15 WK2 last Wednesday, dealership did a terrible job on prep. I'll clay/iron-x, take the DA to it and get rid of imperfections and then gloss coat it.

After that with just maintenance washes I should be good through next winter.


Also, when sealing, don't forget to clean the wheels and get them too -- Sonax is my favorite if you're got any brake dust stuck to them.

When reading my comments, keep into account the tI keep a bottle of 303 protectant in my vehicles along with two microfiber towels to "touch up" spots in the event someone puts their foot on plastic getting in our out or uses their foot to open a door. I might be a little anal.
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Old 12-28-2015, 11:22 AM
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Re: Stir (stuff) up...

This is great!

I'll throw in my $0.02.

I try to run through a 'touchless' wash at least once a month in the warmer months and at least once a week in the winter months due to the salt on the roads.

In the summer I like to hand wash also.
I usually wax once a year with Meguiars Tech Wax.
Too busy boating on weekends to do it more than that.

I like to use some sort of leather conditioner on the seats to keep them soft and pliable. I've seen too many leather seats dry out and crack within a couple years if not regularly treated. Yeah, I know they say you don't have to maintain them, but they say the same thing about the transmission and diff fluids too and we all know how much we trust that.

I also RainX my windshield and side glass. Makes ice removal much easier in the winter and bug removal easier in the summer. Not to mention the ability to not need wipers above 50mph when it's raining.

I really need to clay bar the GC....

The wife's RAV is another story.
I used the ICE spray on wax that I use on the boat this fall just to placate her. Guess I need to polish it next spring though... It's really scratched up.
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Some polishing I did my my hood last night using a yellow pad and meguiers m105. This hood is not original to my truck and therefore not as cared for or opti-coated like the rest of my SRT. Plan to use m205 today after washing. Then a quick iso prop alcohol wipe down and some of the new optimum glosscoat.


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Old 12-28-2015, 01:22 PM
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Re: Stir (stuff) up...

I go to a premium car wash once a month sometimes more if road salt warrants it in the winter. Same car wash does a detail hand wax on it once a year. I know the crap they put in the $25 carwash that they call wax isn't really wax but whatever the hell it is keeps the water beading year round pretty well. All the extreme skiing/mountain biking crashes and distance running in my 20s and 30s has not done well on my back in the 40s lol so the car washing waxing days are over . So is leaf raking but no complaints there lol.

On past cars when I was doing my own I tried about every wax under the sun and I always went back to NuFinsh which was the stuff from those cheesy infomercials in the 70s. Funny 40 years later they are still selling it and it still has a bit of a following. consumer reports to this day has NuFinsh rated number 1 for paste waste and number 2 for liquid wax all for a lousy 8 bucks a bottle. the thing to me that always set it apart was that I could never find anything that lasted as long. Other products would leave the car looking just as good but they would never come close to lasting as long, certainly not a year like the bottle says but significantly better than other waxes I used. four decades latter still a good one to try in the wax category.
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:23 PM
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Some polishing I did my my hood last night using a yellow pad and meguiers m105. This hood is not original to my truck and therefore not as cared for or opti-coated like the rest of my SRT. Plan to use m205 today after washing. Then a quick iso prop alcohol wipe down and some of the new optimum glosscoat.



So how often do you still wax & use soap on your Jeep? I just got mine Opti coated, and my plan was not to have to use any wax or soap for a few years, and just use high pressure water and a shammy or microfiber to dry. I thought that was a benefit of getting Opti coat, or c Quartz. No more needing to wax. Or maybe I just misread your post... So you are only doing the hood since it is NOT Opti coated... So what do you do to care for the rest of it, that is Opti coated?




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So how often do you still wax & use soap on your Jeep? I just got mine Opti coated, and my plan was not to have to use any wax or soap for a few years, and just use high pressure water and a shammy or microfiber to dry. I thought that was a benefit of getting Opti coat, or c Quartz. No more needing to wax. Or maybe I just misread your post... So you are only doing the hood since it is NOT Opti coated... So what do you do to care for the rest of it, that is Opti coated?




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It will get dirty...so I still use car wash shampoo. I dont use wax..I still use a sealant just for extra protection. You may be able to get by just using high pressure water and the such...but Im picky. The opticoat has been on my truck for 2.5+ years. I will probably polish it out this spring and apply the new optimum gloss. I plan to apply it to my hood and mirrors now. My trucks paint still looks new and anyone whos seen it will.say the same. The opticoat is good stuff.
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You're going to blind someone with that shiny paint, Scott...
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I used to take it to the dealers wash as it's free lifetime. I do clay, da repair/ polish/ wax at least once a year
My problem now is I don't know how to wash it(winter time) .... Dealer wash put a scratch across the whole drivers side. Dummies used a broom that cost a couple grand to repaint. Now I'm stuck with a new 1/2 repainted jeep
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I swear by AMMO NYC products.. Found the company after watching YouTube vids on Larrys products and methods. He has excellent videos on how why and when to wash wax polish even a different way to dry to prevent from getting scratches. And he doesn't push his products in the videos. They have been the best performing products I have used. The down side is they are slightly more $$ than things you can pick up at autozone but still worth it.. Just my 2 centsImageUploadedByJeepGarage1451366524.884905.jpg


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