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Hey Guys,

I am about to wash our GC for the first time. I was curious to know if you guys had any recommendations on products that you guys have has success with. I am looking at some Chemical Guys Stuff (foam cannon) and things. I wasn't sure if I am suppose to be on the look out for anything in particular, (first new car) so Im a lil hesitant to just take her and just wash her down.

I have read that I should wait a while to wash a new car, to give the clear time to harden, but she's so dirty right now, its driving me bonkers...is there any truth to that? Also, reading online has gotten me so confused, about maintenance washes, and all that stuff so I am just like WTF...

Also, looking to protect the paint as best as I can for the winter, its gonna be difficult to wash her in the winter time, especially if we get crushed like we did last year...so any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated...

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The only tip that I can offer is : if you have garage, use it. Makes a huge difference.


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Re: 1st Wash

Don't worry about the cc it's fine and ready to go. use a good sealant product prior to winter. two bucket wash method with a nice microfiber mitt, and use microfiber drying towels. if you don't want to go to ballistic in the autopia world you could use good otc products like meguiar's. I use the duragloss line and think they are excellent. many many products to choose from, but some are harder to find than others. btw I have bbpc as my color as well, and yup beautiful when it's clean but such a bear to keep it that way.
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yeah, that's going to make a difference. I see u r n nyc I'm going to guess an apartment complex? do u evening have access to a water spigot?
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Here's a good website that has all you need

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yeah, that's going to make a difference. I see u r n nyc I'm going to guess an apartment complex? do u evening have access to a water spigot?
Yes in an Apartment, my plan is to use my Mother in Laws Drive way, her garage is way to small and way to cluttered for me to wash in there...but I am going to do first thing Saturday morning, around 7ish before it gets too hot!
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Re: 1st Wash

I know it's something that the serious enthusiasts would run screaming from the room about, but...I just go to the local car wash. Or occasionally talk one or both of my daughters to wash it. They are teens so that doesn't happen often...
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Re: 1st Wash

The best advice I think is to use a 2 bucket wash and use microfiber towels. If you have to use the local coin wash, then so be it, but don't touch your car with anything besides the water, soap and your own m.f. towels.

I used to just dry my old car off with beach towels and that was a poor choice for the paint condition. Since switching to micro fiber fabric, I can definitely tell a difference.

I also like Adam's and Chemical Guys products. CG has better prices for similar items, but you can't go wrong with either one really.
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Re: 1st Wash

I don't have a garage either and live in an apartment...

For my first wash I used a local car wash with bays and did a hand wash and a hand wax. I usually do a hand wax twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. I just did the Fall one this past weekend. In between I use a touchless car wash about every 3 to 4 weeks and I go more often during the salt & snow season, about every week.

Personally, I like Turtlewax for wash and hard wax. I like Mcguires for an express wax and cleaning the interior. I use micro-fiber towels for the process from Costco.

There are two tools that I would recommend:

The first is a Chemical Guys Detailing Bucket Kit from Amazon. It has a plastic divider that sits at the bottom of the bucket to catch dirt particles. Because of it's design, it keeps grit from getting mixed back into the soapy water. You should be able to find something similar at a local auto store. This bucket is perfect if you just want to use and store one bucket. This is the method I use.

The other method is to use two buckets, one for wash and the other for rinse. This keeps the dirt in the second bucket and the clean water in the first. For this, of course, you need two buckets.

The second is a step ladder. I got a sturdy lightweight one from Costco. It makes it much easier to wash and wax the roof. It might be less macho than hanging on to the roof rails with one hand while waxing with the other but you do a much better job... (grin)

Some people will go all out and will also clay bar their car, etc. Personally, I don't have the time to put into this step and think that it's a bit overkill.
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Some people will go all out and will also clay bar their car, etc. Personally, I don't have the time to put into this step and think that it's a bit overkill.
Clay barring, overkill?

If you're taking the time to wax your entire roof on a step ladder, using a clay bar is similarly tedious and "overkill".

But I think it's necessary if you're trying to detail it in the first place. It's a primary step to remove all the contaminants off your paint. It doesn't have to be done every wash though, that's for sure.
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Re: 1st Wash

How does a garage help wash your car? I have a brand new garage and would not think of washing my car in it. But I certainly use it.

I use 1 bucket and a sponge. And some blue goop from Walmart.
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