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Old 11-18-2014, 11:01 AM
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Re: Do You Detail?

If I don't have the time I will. Mostly though I detail it myself, with a full buff, removal of swirl marks, clay, degrease, Polish and wax once a year. Other wise, it's hand wash only and touch less car wash in the winter time to get the heavy salt off.


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Re: Do You Detail?

I actually enjoy spending a few hours every couple of months detailing the Jeep. I use Meguiars Ultimate Liquid Wax and am very happy with the results.
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Re: Do You Detail?

I detail my car twice a year, spring and late fall. I don't go quite as far as some people (i.e. clay bar) but I do hand wax and treat/clean the leather seats, etc.

Beyond that, I vacuum the carpets and take it through one of the local brushless car washes once a week during the winter (sand & salt season) and probably once a month during the summer (beach sand and mud).

The best thing going are the Weathertec mats. I have them front and rear. Because of the fit, very little salt and dirt makes it to the carpet. And we have pretty nasty winters, as far as salt is concerned, here in New England.
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Ooooh - foam cannon! Which one did you get? That's on my short list for new detailing toys. I'm considering getting a simple hose unit so that I don't have to trot out the pressure washer every time I want to clean the car, but I know you get superior results with some PSI. I'm torn.
Does a foam cannon get the thing clean enough without some bit of a soft wash mitt?
I've never had good luck using a pressure washer and just cleaner spray without either the soft brush on the washer or an efficient assistant with a decent wash mitt, particularly after a session where it is just coated with clay from a "fun weekend"
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Re: Do You Detail?

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I detail my car twice a year, spring and late fall. I don't go quite as far as some people (i.e. clay bar) but I do hand wax and treat/clean the leather seats, etc.

Beyond that, I vacuum the carpets and take it through one of the local brushless car washes once a week during the winter (sand & salt season) and probably once a month during the summer (beach sand and mud).

The best thing going are the Weathertec mats. I have them front and rear. Because of the fit, very little salt and dirt makes it to the carpet. And we have pretty nasty winters, as far as salt is concerned, here in New England.
The Weathertech mats need an extension up where the dead pedal should be. Those of us with big feet manage to dirty up that section of carpet.
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Does a foam cannon get the thing clean enough without some bit of a soft wash mitt?
I've never had good luck using a pressure washer and just cleaner spray without either the soft brush on the washer or an efficient assistant with a decent wash mitt, particularly after a session where it is just coated with clay from a "fun weekend"

You're right that it normally doesn't quite do the job without either quite a bit of time or a higher pressure from the gun. That said, if you have a good sealant or coating over well prepped paint it will do a 80% job for you.

I have in the past used a ghetto foam gun to let everything soak and then will hit the car quickly with my boar's hair wash brush to loosen up the big gunk. That works great. The real benefit of the foam is to get a heavy amount of soak time on the crud.
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Re: Do You Detail?

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The Weathertech mats need an extension up where the dead pedal should be. Those of us with big feet manage to dirty up that section of carpet.
I hear ya. That and the back part of the Weather Tech mat (the part closest to the driver) doesn't have a large enough lip. During heavy snow, water is constantly running over that lip and under the seat.
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Re: Do You Detail?

It sounds crazier when someone asks that question, but I have somewhat of an explanation. I'm a college student (21) and my apartment complex has a car care center that I take advantage of. On days where I have afternoon classes I wake up at 5am to clean the Jeep, workout and get ready for class. This way by 10:00am I'm on my way to campus feeling fresh.

When I lived in a residence hall last year my peers thought I was crazy, now my neighbors think I'm crazy. In all honesty the routine has been sort of engrained in me so I'm kind of in auto pilot while I do it.

I swear I don't have OCPD!

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There was a time 20 years ago when I would have agreed with everything you said. Then life happened. At 43 I had a heart attack. At 51 I developed cancer. Not looking for sympathy just saying everybody's life experience is different. I wish I was but I am not able to do what I used to do. I still love cars and my new Jeep Cherokee in particular. I agree with you that no one takes care of my vehicles like I used to. BUT, I sure do enjoy watching the long legged young lady who I hire to detail my Jeep.
Great to hear from a cancer survivor! My wife is a breast cancer survivor. It's a very tough thing to go through.

Personally, I enjoy washing and detailing my cars. I understand not everybody has the time or gumption to do it. I open the garage, turn up the tunes, and kinda go into my own little world cleaning the cars.

When my cars reach 100k miles they still look almost brand new. Most people can't believe my cars still smell new even after 3 plus years. I can't believe when people spend as much as they do on their cars and just neglect them. I guess different things are important to people.

I use mostly Griot's Garage products. Car Care Products, Detailing Supplies, Auto Accessories - Griot's Garage 800-345-5789 I don't use their wheel cleaner or glass cleaner though. It's hard to beat Sprayway, Invisible Glass or Windex for cleaning glass. I just use Simple Green or car wash soap for the wheels.
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Great to hear from a cancer survivor! My wife is a breast cancer survivor. It's a very tough thing to go through.

Personally, I enjoy washing and detailing my cars. I understand not everybody has the time or gumption to do it. I open the garage, turn up the tunes, and kinda go into my own little world cleaning the cars.

When my cars reach 100k miles they still look almost brand new. Most people can't believe my cars still smell new even after 3 plus years. I can't believe when people spend as much as they do on their cars and just neglect them. I guess different things are important to people.

I use mostly Griot's Garage products. Car Care Products, Detailing Supplies, Auto Accessories - Griot's Garage 800-345-5789 I don't use their wheel cleaner or glass cleaner though. It's hard to beat Sprayway, Invisible Glass or Windex for cleaning glass. I just use Simple Green or car wash soap for the wheels.
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Re: Do You Detail?

How much should I expect to pay for a full detail of my 2006 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (hard top)?
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