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Old 01-24-2012, 10:26 AM
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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

Free car washes are nice, but are they free hand washes or are they automated drive-thru car washes?

I only hand wash my vehicles because that's the only way I know to keep them looking showroom new.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:19 AM
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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

I would agree with the general consensus - don't let the dealer wash your car. Do it yourself.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:22 AM
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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

I agree - I'll need to find a hose hookup! OR possibly one of those do it yourself car washes and only use the water?
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:17 PM
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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

Apartments have faucets. When I used to live in an apartment I'd take a hose, pull the Jeep up and wash it. I may have been the only one who does that, but so what, it worked.
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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

It all depends on how OCD you are. I'm notorious in my neighborhood for constantly washing my cars. The best practice is to thoroughly rinse the vehicle before you start washing, then wash with a fine (horsehair) brush, microfiber mitt, or something similar. I personally like the horsehair brushes because they release the dirt pretty much as it's being washed off the vehicle, limiting the amount of scratching that you might otherwise do.

Others will think I'm a fool for saying this, but in our area the best automated car wash is one with "soft cloth" technology. The place is meticulously maintained and I've never had any problems, but the clear danger is scratching your clearcoat in a poorly maintained facility. However you do it, I'm a big advocate of regularly washing your vehicle, not just because I'm OCD, but because I believe that rinsing grime and chemicals off on a regular basis reduces the potential for degradation of the paint and corrosion of metal components.

I switch between car shampoos occasionally, but I always try to fine one that creates a lot of suds; it seems to me that this floats grime away more readily. I typically use products from Griot's Garage for detailing--their stuff isn't considered absolute top of the line by custom detailers, but it's darned good, described accurately on the website, and comprehensive in the scope of products. Griot's protectants--wax and sealants are both good, but the products from Mother's, Meguiar's, etc. also do a fine job. Again, if you want to, you can find slightly better, but much more expensive products. I'm not convinced that most of them are truly worthwhile.

Oh, a little out of sequence, but drying your car properly after washing is important. I use a squeegee--but know that you can damage your paint badly if you use it on less than a perfectly clean surface--followed by a leaf blower (to get water out of the crevices) and a waffle microfiber towel.

On the interior, Griot's Interior Cleaner is an excellent product. I've also used a very diluted solution of Woolite (like 40-50/1), which creates a cheap, effective cleaner. Invisible Glass is the best glass cleaner I've found. Once the interior is clean, I think 303 Aerospace Protectant is the best stuff out there for preserving interior plastics. You should also clean and feed your leather on a regular basis. I have used a variety of products, and like Leather CPR as well as Lexol products. I've used much more expensive products found on detailing supply websites, but I don't think they work any better. Do be careful to use these products only as specified by the manufacturer, though.

Finally, I agree with the use of WeatherTech floor liners. They're absolutely the best on the market. I've used them in all my vehicles for years and they really cut down on the wear and tear on your carpeting. Great products.
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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

Wow that's what I'm talkin' about Mike Boom!

Thanks for all the detail!! I will definitely put this to use

I'm checking out Griots Garage and Chemical Guys products and am excited to get goin on this
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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

Washing your GC on a regular basis (properly) is the best way to keep it looking new and won't allow contaminates to adhere to the surface. Also, keep a bottle of quick Detailer in the Jeep in case of you get bombed.

I use Meguiars Ultimate products; they're high-quality and available at many retailers. My Stone White looks awesome after a wash and QuickWax, your Mineral Gray would look stunning. Meguiars also has technical support for answering any detailing questions you may have.

As mentioned before, clay bar after you wash and before your first wax.

Also, I agree with everyone about the dealer's free washes; don't do it! I would never let anyone else wash my GC.

BTW, congrats on your new Grand Cherokee
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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

Another option if you don't have access to a hose is something like Optimum No Rinse Wash.

http://www.detailedimage.com/Optimum...-P444/32oz-S1/

Griots Garage Spray-On wash is also another good option. I use these quite a bit in the winter time if the Jeep is not too terribly dirty.
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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

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Another option if you don't have access to a hose is something like Optimum No Rinse Wash.

http://www.detailedimage.com/Optimum...-P444/32oz-S1/
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Good suggestion. I use Optimum in the winter and usually toss a little bit in my sudsy wash bucket, too. You just don't want to use it on a painted surface that's grimy, since there's a chance of causing scratching. It doesn't get sudsy by itself, but it contains agents that make the wash water more slick and which enhance the paint finish. You can also dilute it and put it in a spray bottle to use as a spray detailer. In that mode it's a lot cheaper than any other premixed alternative.
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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

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Re: I got my WK2...now how to keep it clean!!

Free car washes....PASS!! Even if they are hand washes I would pass. Most people employed to wash cars are teenagers and or people would could give a crap less since it isn't their car. My old land rover dealer hand washed cars, but they used brushes and dry cotton towels which streak and scratch badly.

Be very careful of the gloss black door trim don't rub hard or use anything abrasive as they will scratch very easily. There is nothing worse than swirl/spider marks on black surfaces.

You picked a great color and it should look good for a long time.
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