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Old 12-26-2015, 08:52 AM
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Stir (stuff) up...

Ok everybody, Christmas is over. There has been far too much peace and tranquility, and its time to jump in and stir some (stuff) up and get the blood flowing.

So, rather than lobbing a typical conversation-grenade like politics, religion, or which supermodel would win in a hot-oil wrestling challenge.....I figured I would just jump in with both feet and cut straight to the bone with a truly controversial topic.

So here we go....try to keep it civil....

What do yall use....and what do yall recommend...for maintaining the appearance of your vehicle? (wash, polish, leather conditioning etc)

And...GO!
(plops down with popcorn to watch the ensuing show)

Admins...I apologize for instigating this battle. Its gonna get....dirty.

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Old 12-26-2015, 09:10 AM
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Re: Stir (stuff) up...

I'm curious if leather conditioning is even worth it.
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:23 AM
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I'm curious if leather conditioning is even worth it.
What Ive read elsewhere seems to indicate that leather conditioning is NOT worth it. Apparently the manual says to just use a damp cloth to KEEP the leather clean (in other words, dont let the dirt/grit/grime get an upper-hand).

Apparently, even the most expensive "leather" interior is merely a paper-thin veneer on a plastic backing and the "Leather Conditioner" will be useless at best...potentially harmful at worst as it COULD work to brake down the bonding between the leather and the plastic.

(Shrug) I dont know for sure...which is why I invite the comments. hahahah

What I can say for sure is that the only thing that has worn out on my 12 JKU after 122k miles...is the leather on the left side of the drivers seat. I've noticed the same cracking in other jeeps and I can only speculate it may be due to the added wear from the stitching in the left rear pocket of the driver as they rotate in and out of the vehicle....as good a guess as any.

Obviously...I now know that the leather isnt covered by the otherwise amazing Lifetime Warranty....so Im looking for pointers on keeping it all as nice as I can....inside and out.
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:29 AM
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I take mine through the $7 car wash about once a month...unless I forget. Teen daughter gets to clean the inside in exchange for the driving lessons..

In other words, I don't do anything special and in general, my JGC always looks nice.
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:37 AM
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Re: Stir (stuff) up...

Awesome!

THATS what I like to hear.

"Nothing Special needed"

I've typically used simple water and dawn dishwashing soap to wash my vehicles.

And quarterly I try to remember to wax the exterior with Meguiar's "Black Wax"

My JKU doesnt have any "chrome" but my wife's vette does and I dont do anything special for it. I just wipe of the brake dust from the wheels. Of course, thats why her exhaust tips look awful...I probably SHOULD use a chrome polish. But Im lazy.
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Re: Stir (stuff) up...

Proud to still say my 2014 Summit has yet to ever go through a car wash. I always hand wash it myself. I even wash it during winter in the garage as I have a hot and cold water spicket in the garage :-)

I just use any brand of car wash, usually the cheapest I see. I use a clay bar before waxing, and for wax just use the normal Meguires liquid gold. Nothing special, but my Jeep sure looks gooood. Interior stays spotless as I'm pretty anal, but if I do need to clean I use nothing more than a damp cloth to dust. I can't stand the finish most products leave.
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I've typically used simple water and dawn dishwashing soap to wash my vehicles.

And quarterly I try to remember to wax the exterior with Meguiar's "Black Wax"
You're joking right? By using dawn you're stripping off any kind of paint protectant.
They make car shampoo for a reason.
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Re: Stir (stuff) up...

They make bidets for a reason, too....but I aint gonna use that, either.

distinguishing effectiveness from hyperbole is the whole point of this thread.

The Dawn liquid detergent stems from a similar thread on the corvette forum and those folks are darn-near as snobby about their appearance as anyone can get.

Still....Im open to hear all sides. So please do tell....
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I found this useful for info on interior/leather care TECHNIQUE (this is not a product sales site):

Car Leather Care and some useful tips from the expert
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Re: Stir (stuff) up...

Politics and religion are easier topics to agree on.

Two bucket once a week, touch ups regularly, R/R wax every other month, polish/seal annually.

I like products from cheap to ridiculous. I've used glass/ceramic sealants and have new brands waiting for testing fun. I prefer waxes to sealants but use both. Colonite is still bulletproof but on dark colors blackfire makes paint look like syrup and is super easy.
I go for protection more than shine but I fight salt water year round.
I enjoy washing my toys and have a great spot. My neighbors think I'm nuts and laugh, with me of course. Our cars all look equally clean and I spend hours they spend $7. There is a massive difference that most won't see or care about but will affect them.
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They make bidets for a reason, too....but I aint gonna use that, either.

distinguishing effectiveness from hyperbole is the whole point of this thread.

The Dawn liquid detergent stems from a similar thread on the corvette forum and those folks are darn-near as snobby about their appearance as anyone can get.

Still....Im open to hear all sides. So please do tell....

You must have not read the whole thread.
People use dish soap to strip any previous waxes and contaminates before reapplying wax and sealant.

so in short .... You're doing it wrong.
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Old 12-26-2015, 10:54 AM
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Well....Im no stranger to being told that Im doing it wrong. (just ask my wife).

So....Dish detergent is out. Car shampoo is in.

What else?
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