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Old 04-14-2013, 04:50 AM
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Re: Want to start out right

Shouldn't need to polish, just be careful with the clay not to scratch or mar the paint, that's why I like the CarPro Iron X(and something like tar remover or goof off etc if there are little tar spots etc before starting to clay), it helps remove contamination that can get caught in the clay and scratch...but you still need to clay. Look on detailedimage they have a write up about IPA, I did 50/50 alc/water, and can't remember the strength of the alcohol I bought, but there's some math, or like me I did 16 oz water 16oz alc. opti coat should provide you exactly what you are looking for. Happy detailing
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Great thread on what to do on the exterior. I have learned a lot to keep my soon to be new Summit looking fantastic. I was wondering about opinions on the interior? Should I use anything on the leather dash, seats and plastic for a Summit interior to protect it and keep it in like new condition?
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Re: Want to start out right

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Great thread on what to do on the exterior. I have learned a lot to keep my soon to be new Summit looking fantastic. I was wondering about opinions on the interior? Should I use anything on the leather dash, seats and plastic for a Summit interior to protect it and keep it in like new condition?
I'm a huge fan of Leatherique products. I used their stuff to clean up the light colored seats in my 04, and they literally came out like new. A nice, even, clean, matte finish with no glossy or greasy finish. Detailed Image carries it. I've had good results with Lexol as well.
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Re: Want to start out right

I used to use Lexol only, recently started using Griots Leather conditioner. It cleans surprisingly well, leaves a non-greasy finish, and really seemed to soften up the leather when it was new. I've done a few new BMW's with it, and the black leather actually looked gray when I compared a treated seat to untreated. I hear good things about Leatherique and will be trying it out. For the dash(non leather), plastic inside, use something water based, dust won't stick as easy, and when it does, a quick wipe and it's gone vs silicone based stuff that just attracts the dust. I use Griots rubber/vinyl dressing, or 303 protectant.
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I used Zaino leather care on a previous vehicle and I loved the way it turned out. (Plus I loved how their "lester in a bottle" conditioner smelled! )
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For carpet, look up Gtechniq I1 on youtube. I spoke to the owner of Gtechniq Florida, he even said put it on your shoes. I watched them put shoes under running water, rolled right off. The carpet if something is spilled, should just have little pearls of whatever was spilled, dab them up with a dry rag. I have some on the way now. Leather, well, most new leathers are already "coated", and "treating" them is kind of misnomer. If you scratch it, and it doesn't change color, it's coated, if it changes color, it's not(think leather coat, etc) I've used Lexol, and Griots Leather Conditioner, nice matte finish, not greasy, etc, and the Griots seems to clean well at the same time. Haven't tried leatherique yet. I try to just keep it clean with a damp cloth, and only clean/treat spots. The Gtechniq though is supposed to prevent dye transfer, like from new jeans. My wife always washes them first, but i've done a few volvos with almost white leather that unwashed jeans stained the seats blue, this is supposed to prevent that.
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Re: Want to start out right

So far I've been using Lexol on the seats and love the outcome so far. Since the dash and door panels are leather as well on the overland, should I apply Lexol there as well or is there something else I should use for that? I've just used a damp microfiber cloth so far with no chemicals, but want to keep it conditioned and not have it crack under the California death sun.
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Re: Want to start out right

It's easy to go overboard here. Here is what I did given my new 2014 Billet Silver JGC did not sit around on a car lot at all, as I picked it up the day it was delivered.

1. 2 bucket wash with a mitt, wheels done last with a dedicated sponge
2. in a likely high abuse area on the FRONT FENDER WING I tested a small area with Meguiar's clay bar kit and compared it with the corresponding area on the alternate side - ran my fingers over both sides and they felt identically glass-like>>> so i did not clay the whole vehicle AS IT WAS NOT NEEDED (IMHO)
3. Meg's Ultimate liquid Wax

And it shines like a show-car and feels glass-like all over, water is beading very nicely. Will likely claybar next time I wax the truck. Will be maintaining the shine with a matching spray wax.

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I agree on the clay bar. I have washed mine a few times now and didn't clay it. Did 2 bucket system , dried, then waxed the 1st time. It feels so smooth compared to my wife's car which really needs a claybar soon and wax.
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