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just curious how do you detail your car. how often do you wax it , do you strip it down every year and clay it and put fresh wax down? how often do you do it? what do you clean the inside with? do you armor all it?

i do a clay bar about once a year and i use maguires every few months on my car and my truck i don't use any armor all (not sure if its true but read it can crack your dash) so i use tuff stuff to clean the plastic and the carpet with.

so what do you do?

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i use all meguiar's products

in earily spring, and late fall I do a complete detail job: wash, clay, wash, paint cleaner, polish, and wax. (8+ hour job, and by hand :( )

use a duster when needed (evey other day)

once a week i wash & use to quik detailer to maintain.

apply another coat of wax every 5-6 weeks or so.

I also try to avoid car washes/powerwashers at all costs.

for the interior, i just vacuum, and use a interior cleaner (meg's quik interior); i perfer to not use a armour all/protectant as i find it attracks lots of dust. leather cleaner every 2 months or so.
 

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wax it once every 6~8 months (usually march and september) ~meguirs or mothers or Nufinish(i think, its in a orange bottle)~
wash by hand about once a week, touch free wash if i just cant get around to doing it by hand
baby wipes on all interior pieces and the occasional shampoo for the cloth parts (once a year or PRN)
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Fordraceing said:
can you explain these in detail please
wash, clay, wash, paint cleaner, polish, and wax
Wash: Self explanatory

Clay: Removes surface comtaminants (tree sap, tar, etc)
http://meguiars.com/?auto-detailing-clay/Quik-Clay-Detailing-System

Wash:again, self explanatory

Paint Cleaner: Further gets rid of the "crap", works out some of the swirl marks, oxidation, etc
http://meguiars.com/?auto-paint-cleaners/Deep-Crystal-System-Paint-Cleaner

Polish: Helps to work out the swirl marks, oxidation, gives it a deep, wet look
http://meguiars.com/?car-polishes/Deep-Crystal-System-Polish

Wax:Seals all the work you just did. Give protection from the other stuff.
http://meguiars.com/?liquid-car-waxes/Deep-Crystal-System-Carnauba-Wax

No sense in me putting up my list, i pretty much follow the same steps that tomaso does, although before I go through all of this, i'll usualy use a power washer. All the other times, I use a normal garden hose.
 

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Detail? I can't even remember the last time I sprayed my car with a hose, let alone spent time making it look pretty. But then again, it is kind of half primered right now, so maybe I'll do more to make it look good once I repaint it.

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i wash, wax, clean the interior, everything, twice a week. i clean the rims off almost everytime i drive it, in the mornings if i take it to work or anywhere, i wipe it down with a dry towel to get off any pollen or dirt or anything that might have gotten on it the day before, rainx once every 2 weeks, shampoo the carpet once a month too.
 

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I like to let my coats of wax build up for winter, so the hard winter dirt and grime dosent stick to the paint as easily which means a quick run through the laser wash on a 20 degree day produces the same result as if i hand washed it.

I only do a complete strip and detail in the spring, and then i put more and more coats of wax on it through the rest of the year.
 

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what do you use to shampoo the interior?

i have just used tuff stuff and sprayed it on then rub it with a brush then shop vac it out.
 

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I havent done a detailed detail in awhile, maybe when I get a car worthy I will, I moslty just wash it (by hand) SOS the rims (damn brake dust) vacumn it, and use Armoral the dash, tire gel..
 

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ok, i never used a buffer before i just called the auto parts place and they have 6 inch cord, 7inch cordless and a 10inch cord buffers all around 25 dollars i was thinking about going with the cordless just because i don't have outless in my garage and would have to run and extension cord from the house to the garage, they also have step one 1 paint cleaner and step 2 polish, so this is what i would want right?

i also have a 03 black f 150 with lots of swirl marks and a dull black paint i would like to clean up.
 

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yeah, all by hand by me, no money for a buffer here

there's lots of info here:
www.meguiarsonline.com

I'd avoid a cordless buffer, as your gonna ware down the battery quickly. $25 sounds way too cheap for a buffer. you need something that is either a 'random orbital' or 'dual action' or you stand the high risk of burning your paint.
 

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Fordraceing said:
now, the polish and paint cleaner you need to put on with a buffer right? and the rest by hand?
I put all mine on by hand. Also, this last time (as in, Tuesday), I didn't use the 1st and 2nd step of the Meguiar's Deep Crystal. One of the 3M reps suggested that I try their 5990 Imperial Hand Glaze. Holy crap! That stuff is amazing.
 

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Doing it by hand will never get as many swirls/scratches out as a buffer will. If you use a buffer, the smaller the buffer, the better (as the pad will move faster). I just did the Meguiar's Deep Crystal 3 step on my car with a Porter Cable random orbital buffer/polisher. Step 1 (cleaner) and Step 2 (polish/swirl remover) were done with Meguiar's foam polishing pad (part number W8006) and Step 3 (wax) was done with Meguiar's foam finishing pad (part number W9006). It took out most of the swirls and lessened the scratches. On Thursday, I'm going to follow up with Malco's Flash Wax, done by hand.

I'll try to get some pics of the results by Thursday night or Friday morning.
 

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During the summer when Im driving my car I wash it when ever it get's a little dirty. Probably once a month I wax it and polish the rims to keep them looking clean. Every other month I buff it. I got my buffer from sears I think it's like a 7 inch one. I also dust it off inbetween wash's just to get dust from the garage off.
 

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This winter was hard on my car. I went to wash it this weekend and I notice all sorts of sand stuck in the paint. It wouldnt spray or wash off, I had to remove it with my finger nail so I picked up a claybar to get them out. Is there anything else I should do to get the sand out?

Many of you guys heard of Wizzards? It's pretty popular around here, I was wondering if any of you had good luck with it.
 

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now on my black truck if i did
Clay: Removes surface comtaminants (tree sap, tar, etc)
http://meguiars.com/?auto-detailing-...tailing-System

Wash:again, self explanatory

Paint Cleaner: Further gets rid of the "crap", works out some of the swirl marks, oxidation, etc
http://meguiars.com/?auto-paint-clea...-Paint-Cleaner

Polish: Helps to work out the swirl marks, oxidation, gives it a deep, wet look
http://meguiars.com/?car-polishes/De...-System-Polish

Wax:Seals all the work you just did. Give protection from the other stuff.
http://meguiars.com/?liquid-car-waxe...m-Carnauba-Wax

do you think if i did this by hand it would take most my swirl marks out? i have lots of them. or would i be wasting my time doing it w/o haveing a buffer.
 
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