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Vehicle Detailing/Cleaning - Tips/Tricks/Ideas

In this thread we will discuss what we use for cleaning our cars.

Any little tips/tricks you may have for doing certain things.

You can post pictures of the items you use. (May help people find them in stores)

Discuss!

I'll post later.


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(Side note: I stickied this for everyone to always find it. I'm sure we can make a great thread out of this.)

This is just some of what I use/have.

I also have an assortment of brushes for all types of things.

I have to re-up on all my cleaners and stuff. I get alot of my products through my work because I can get them at cost and it's cheaper and better quality then store bought products.



If you notice the 2 bottles in the back of the picture, they are Super seal (tire shine) and the other bottle is white wall cleaner. But I use this on everything. It is good for spraying on the entire car (especially white cars) for removing dirt from the paint. Also good for wiping down interiors and spraying on the wheel wells. Does a hella job at getting rid of bugs and bird shit. lol.



Buffer Dewalt 849: Variable speed - 1000 - 3000




Buff pads:

Darker cars: Suchs as black, red, blue I use a foam pad. (If they are really bad, I would use a wool pad also.)

Foam Pad: Use for removing swirls and smaller scratches.



And this is the polish I use with the foam pad:





Lighter colored cars: Silver, white, etc...

Wool Pad: Removes heavier scratches and blemishes




Glaze used with wool pad:




And later I will post my car wash process.





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Tire shine is my favorite for the tires!
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Heres a Tip, spend an hour cleaning your car every week it will never get dirty. If you keep it clean it only takes a few minutes to wipe down the door jams and engine bay.
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if you own a black car start crying now.

but really

I love that gel tire shine,be careful though, if you dont let it sit long enough before driving it flings off onto the car

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I use a lot of different stuff for my car. I do everything by hand. I don't really know of any tips except the order to wash a car. "Wash, (Clay bar if needed), Polish, than Wax to seal it all in". Someone told me that the clay bar is only necessary twice a year. But could be used more.
If the car happened to get kinda dirty over night after washing it, I spray down the car, dry it, then use Meguiars Ultimate Quik Detailer.
Anyway here are pictures of stuff I use. It was too much to list all the names.



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if you own a black car start crying now.

but really

I love that gel tire shine,be careful though, if you dont let it sit long enough before driving it flings off onto the car
Yes! this is key! i have done this a couple times until i figured it out
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Heres a Tip, spend an hour cleaning your car every week it will never get dirty. If you keep it clean it only takes a few minutes to wipe down the door jams and engine bay.
This is very true^. Working in the detail shop, I've seen some pretty bad cars come through. The Jambs are one thing that is forgotten a lot.

If your jambs are pretty dirty or gunked up here is what you can do.

Take a good all purpose cleaner/degreaser and spray it in the jambs. Let it soak for a few minutes. Then if needed take a soft bristle brush of some kind and remove what built up gunk that you can. Then take your hose and spray everything out. If you have access to an Air compressor, put an air nozzle on and spray out all the cracks.

Heres a few pics of my trunk jamb.






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if you own a black car start crying now.

but really

I love that gel tire shine,be careful though, if you dont let it sit long enough before driving it flings off onto the car
Black cars can be hard to keep clean, but it's all in how you "detail" the car.

Of course with any good "detail" you have to wash the car good first. If you skimp in your ways of washing the car, how do you expect to get a good detail?


I'm going to elaborate more on this in a following post.

And also, tip for that tire shine/gel. Apply it with an applicator pad or towel of course. Even do that with the spray on tire shine. This eliminates any over spray or excessive use of the product.

Once applied, wipe off the excess with a clean towel. Blam! No tire shine on your bumpers or the rest of your car.

You can also spray tire shine in your wheel wells. This helps to keep them clean longer.

---------- Post added at 11:48 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:44 AM ----------

Also, don't forget the gas cap area.

Keep that area clean.

Spray it with an all purpose cleaner/degreaser and then hose it out.








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To detail a black car is difficult, I buff my whenever I have time anymore but I haven't since before winter and its been fine. For some of you guys that are to late and your swirl marks are out of control just get it detailed by a professional. The main cause of swirl marks are from drying your cars with dirty towels or not the right kind. Always use micro fiber towels.

This is how I wash my black car
1. Wash the car at a car wash without using there brush.
2. Drive around the block and get it some what dry
3. Come home and dry the remaining with a Micro fiber towel
4. Meguiars quick wax when I have time to put it on.

Just get it detailed and follow these steps or ask your detailer how to clean/wash your car so you can avoid swirl marks/scratches.

My paint after 5 years of being in direct sunlight and never garage kept.
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Anyone have any recommendations for keeping the cloth around the inside door handle /arm rest clean?

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OK heres some things I use

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