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Old 01-21-2012, 07:56 PM
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So how do you wash and dry your vehicle(s)? What do you use to get ALL dirt off and the vehicle dry with no swirls or scratches and without spotting or streaks?
I have two methods, depending on whether I want to use a hose or not.

If I use the hose, I use mop head chenille microfiber pads and a good quality carwash. I hose the vehicle down well initially, then I wash from the top down using only straight lines front to back a section at a time. The roof, the greenhouse, the hood and trunk (if its the car), the front end and the back end, the sides all the way around, then the wheels and tires. Then I rinse.

Then I blow the car off with an electric leaf blower, and dry the car again from the top down using a waffle weave microfiber towel and a spritz of Eagle One Wax-as-u-dry. I find that lubricates the towel well and leaves a nice finish and an extra guard against scratching during drying. Then I do the windows, dress the tires, and detail it out in areas like the grill and exhaust tips, etc.

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Wash mitt (I prefer a pad but they are very similar):http://www.autogeek.net/black-microfiber-wash-mitt.html

Waffle weave towel: http://www.autogeek.net/black-microfiber-wash-mitt.html

Wax as u dry: http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-One-2089.../dp/B000G2BIKS

Car wash soap is car wash soap.

If I don't want to use a hose, then I use a product called Optimum No Rinse:

http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-no-rinse.html

With this I mix 4 capfuls into a nice big 5 gallon bucket of water. I use a microfiber wash pad for this, and wash the same way as I laid out above, except I dry each panel as I go with the waffle weave towel and the wax as u dry.

Thats a great product, you can wash in your garage, etc. Thats what I would tell you to do after a touchless wash, but honestly I think you'd find that you don't even need to do the touchless wash first...

In fact, thats typically what I use because you have no issues with spotting on a hot summer day.

MF wash pad: http://www.autogeek.net/the-bone.html

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Can you get new paint detailed as soon as you pickup or is there a length of time to wait for the new paint to cure?
No need to wait.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:13 PM
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Re: Detailing Question

Thanks for taking the time to share all of that useful information SWO3ES. I do already have a large soft waffle weave microfiber that I use to dry when I wash with a hose (which is rare).
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Old 01-22-2012, 03:51 PM
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No problem. Try the Optimum No Rinse...
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Re: Detailing Question

Optimum No Rinse is one of the greatest detailing products invented if used right. I don't have a garage or quick access to a hose so I can use this right outside my townhouse without ever needing a faucet. If used right you can get a nice convenient wash without inducing swirls into the paint. It also wont erode any protection you have on the car from previous wax applications. Just make sure your car is lightly dirty. If you just got out of a snowstorm and have salt caked on your car, might be best to go to a coin-op and powerwash any heavy contaminants off prior to using ONR.

There is an art to detailing a car now of days and being able to keep it defect free. A lot of people don't realize that proper technique goes a long way in helping reduce swirling in your paint. Some people just dont care though, like that guy I saw cleaning a BMW 6 series with a dish sponge this summer, literally going from wheel back to the paint, talk about swirls...ugh

SW03ES is spot on though he made a ton of great points.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:07 AM
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If you just got out of a snowstorm and have salt caked on your car, might be best to go to a coin-op and powerwash any heavy contaminants off prior to using ONR.
You know, at first I was really paranoid about it, but on the advice of a few detailers on Autopia I have tried it on a salt-caked car and was very surprised to find it easily emulsified the salt and delivered a nice swirl free clean all the same.

That said I would and do use the Coin-Op first if only for the ability to hose out the wheel wells and undercarriage...

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SW03ES is spot on though he made a ton of great points.
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Re: Detailing Question

That's another thing, I don't want rust in 7 years so every week or two even in 0 degrees in winter I pull through a touchless car wash that power washes the wheels and undercarriage to get the salt off. Plus for the first time for my new Jeep I got the rust protectant put on.
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Re: Detailing Question

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That's another thing, I don't want rust in 7 years so every week or two even in 0 degrees in winter I pull through a touchless car wash that power washes the wheels and undercarriage to get the salt off. Plus for the first time for my new Jeep I got the rust protectant put on.
I know it seems nuts but instead of going through the touchless I just go to the coin op and pay $2 and just take the pressure washer to the undercarriage there. I usually do this right before I use Optimum No Rinse when I am spraying down the vehicle.

The one thing I worry about with the touchless washes, and this has been debated on some of the detailing forums, is that some of the chemicals they use to clean the car may actually strip any wax or sealant on your car. However, this depends since it seems with newer toucless car wash systems they are using less aggressive chemicals so I guess its hit or miss.
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Thats what I do instead of the touchless wash also.
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Re: Detailing Question

SW- I suggested the PC because that's what I have used and what I believe does the job great. Detailers always argue anyways. Lol. Its like an artist IMO. lol

And yes that's true, you have to learn how to use it but that's nothing that is hard to obtain by watching a few videos and reading on forums like autopia, autogeek, megs online etc.

If I was new to this, I would rather spend the money buying the equipment and learning, than paying some hack to mess my paint up. Plus the enjoyment from detailing is also another selling point. Then again, we aren't mentally normal are we? lol
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You should try a Flex, literally cuts the polishing time by 3/4 from the PC.

Its just not for everybody, especially on a big vehicle like the Jeep. Just gotta find someone who's not a hack.
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How do I get small scratches out of my headlight lenses? On a 2013 Trailhawk. Thanks for any help
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