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Re: How often do you clean your ride

I got some diamond coat crap from a car show (duuno the name will post later) that the medicine man selling did a convincing job of selling. I left it in the shed for about 12 months then when the jeep arrived I thought I would give it a try.
Washed car polished with this stuff then every week since have followed the medicine mans directions and thrown 2 cap fulls of the stuff in the bucket of detergent when i wash the car.
I use mothers canuba wash or what ever its called. But bird shit,bat shit fig tree gum whatever leaves no marks and just hoses off.
Had some bush pin stripes just washed off.
Medicine man reckons just polish once a year and continue to wash with 2caps in the bucket.
So far Im impressed and will keep going along with this.
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Old 05-18-2014, 06:23 AM
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Re: How often do you clean your ride

Washed it last night with Chem Guys citrus wash, drying with Adams Quick Detailer. Clayed it today, surprised how little it found. Washed again with citrus wash to remove all from claying, drying with Adams again.
Then applied Chem Guys EZ Creme glaze, which did give it more depth. Then a coating of Chem Guys Jetseal sealant. Had dinner, then applied second coating of sealant which went on far quicker second time around, no surprise really. It probably didn't need that, but after the work done, I would rather spend the extra 40mins to make sure.
It's looking pretty nice in the dark. I might get a coating of wax done tonight too.
Glad this is a once every 6 months type of treatment. I understand why people use the power tools to apply.
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Re: How often do you clean your ride

I really like Meguiars Ulitmate wash and wax for a quick once a month option. Brings the black landcruiser up very nicely.

Haven't washed the Jeep yet, it is due to have opti-coat applied next week, along with tint and electronic rust proofing. Have this rust protection on the cruiser, and despite regular beach work, no rust. I just hose it out 3 times when I get back and all good.

The father inlaw has been using electronic rust protection on his past 3 cars with average amount of beach work, and no problems. I guess if you were out in salt water every week you might want to spray with lanolin or fishoil, but I'm not doing that to my jeep!
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Re: How often do you clean your ride

Had Opti-coat applied to my black Ford Territory and I personally would never waste my money on the stuff ever again not to mention the 2 so called authorised dealers are incompetent rip off merchants.

Will be discussing some options with my new detailer soon as he will do the vehicle prep as the dealer has been instructed not to let anyone else touch it.
Really hoping the Cashmere on the new Jeep will be a lot easier to look after
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Re: How often do you clean your ride

It was eating away at me that I didn’t get a coating of wax on it after doing the rest of the work. I went out at about 11:20pm and started to apply a coating of Adams Americana. It went on so easy and buffed of super easy too, I doubt I would use a power tool to this even if I had one. I put two coats on, buffed it all, did a walk around with a torch to find areas I had missed buffing. Finished up at 12:15am with a car that looks extremely slick. I won’t actually get to see in daylight until next Saturday. By which time it will have a nice coating of dust.
I still have the wheels and plastics to deal with.
I had planned on getting Opti Coat or Ceramic Pro put on. After doing this myself, with the sealant rated to one year’s coverage, I am glad I didn’t spend that money. This was easy enough to do and I am happy to spend that much time once a year. With waxing every couple of months to help.

The scratches I have on the bonnet, and the new ones I added on Saturday to the rear when reversing and the horse float the tack box door flipped open look super-hot now.

Walked out to my Falcon this morning that looks like absolute crap covered in a few weeks of dust, dirt, rain, bird crap etc..
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Had Opti-coat applied to my black Ford Territory and I personally would never waste my money on the stuff ever again not to mention the 2 so called authorised dealers are incompetent rip off merchants.
Really? I've only read good things about it.... although I have seen mentioned time and again that if the prep isn't good, the coating won't hold.
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Really? I've only read good things about it.... although I have seen mentioned time and again that if the prep isn't good, the coating won't hold.
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It cost me around $3500 to have the car cut and prepared followed by 3 coats of the opti-coat applied - Did make the car slightly easier to wash, but still had to be very careful in what I used. Had some Microfibre clothes purchased from the local Auto shop and they would even leave fine marks
The last straw was when it went in for a service at Fords, they washed it with a broom and covered the car top to bottom in scratches that needed to once again be cut and buffed out, hence also removing the Opti-Coating too
So would have hated to see the results of scrub marks if I had taken it off road.
So for the little protection it ended up providing it just does not warrant the price it cost me (have heard that the east coast is a lot cheaper?)

Possibly the blame is not entirely to be put on Opti-Coat, maybe it was a combination of Fords supplying a really cheap crappy paint job and Opti-coat not doing what it claimed to do???
Hence both Fords will be gone by the end of the month and new cars wont be getting Opti-Coat

The detailer I now use who is extremely pedantic, says that a good wax will give you a far better finish at a fraction of the cost, and after he cut and polished all the scratches out of the Territory so I could sell it, I now tend to believe him
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Bugger me! $3.5k!

I'm paying $830 for opticoat and full tint. A local detailer with a good word of mouth rep. I think the lesson learnt there is don't buy anything from the ming mole!
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Bugger me! $3.5k!

I'm paying $830 for opticoat and full tint. A local detailer with a good word of mouth rep. I think the lesson learnt there is don't buy anything from the ming mole!
Similar prices from both "Authorised Opti-Coat Applicators" here in the West
3 Coat paint protection $1850 and $1650 for the prep
The car was only 1 year old and had spent most of its life in the garage!

On the same note, I just got some quotes from a number of places for full tint on a Nissan X-Trail for the parents - around $750
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Re: How often do you clean your ride

Mark got screwed royally on price, lucky Perth people with all your choices.
Ben, that price is more in line. The two I looked at were in the high $500s from memory. Plus a little extra to coat wheels.

There are many sealants you can buy yourself, that won’t last nearly as long, but also create less hassles once scratches, swirls etc arrive. As Mark experienced, with the lifetime ones, once you need to cut out marks, you need to remove every part of the sealant and have it re applied, so it becomes a very expensive procedure. Zainos sealant is highly regarded, the Chem Guys one I just used had a lot of positive reviews and was easy to apply, there are a million more I am sure. Apply this once maybe twice a year, and wax more regularly and it should be all good.

Whatever anyone chooses, NEVER get the dealer applied one. May as well drive to Perth and get it done for what dealers charge.
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Whatever anyone chooses, NEVER get the dealer applied one. May as well drive to Perth and get it done for what dealers charge.
Funny Snuke, I was just contemplating the drive over to the east coast to get all the accessories fitted.

Nice little drive to run her in and bypass either the lovely WA prices or the lovely shipping charges - we seemed to get screwed either way over here
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As Mark experienced, with the lifetime ones, once you need to cut out marks, you need to remove every part of the sealant and have it re applied, so it becomes a very expensive procedure.
That is a good point, when I do get bush pinstripes and want to buff them out, I'm going to lose the sealant. I may have been better off paying for a detail every 12 months or after rough trips.

Suck it and see I guess.
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