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Old 09-27-2011, 09:42 AM   #1
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How do u keep ur black clean?

Ive owned this car 4 about 20 days! Ive washed it about 12 times! Used turtle wax after the 3rd wash! But no matter what its always kinda dirty! Any secrets, advice, ect. to keep the mirror look wud b greatly appreciated!!!!!
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:45 AM   #2
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Lol, seriously?

Sure, put it in a bubble. It's no secret, black looks dirty the second you wash it. Dust and pollen show up very easy. Keep a good coat of wax on it, keep it clean and carry a California duster but use it correctly.

I had 3 black cars in a row... RX8, Wrangler, Corvette... My camaro is silver for a reason!
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:46 AM   #3
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we have a whole section on detailing:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=45
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:26 AM   #4
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You should have got sw. It looks super and gets nothing but positive comments and jaw dropping looks from young and old and everyone in between.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:31 AM   #5
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no reason to really wash a car more than about once a week no matter the color. they are going to get dirty, collect dust, and driving through water always splashes crap on the body. truth is unless it rains during the week, most people with their naked eye won't really be close enough or care enough to recognize a thin layer of dust or pollen on your car within that week.

oh, and california dusters are a no-no. i really wish they worked well because it's a convenient idea, but they will cause light marring and scratching on your paint. it is not something you will likely notice right away, but after a few months you will see resulting swirls.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:33 AM   #6
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Just wait until pine pollen season! You just thought there was a lot of dust on your car. I also live in Florida and have had several black cars/trucks and I doubt I will ever have another. They are so beautiful when clean but so very high maintenance. Good luck, beautiful car.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:35 AM   #7
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:39 AM   #8
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My CTS is black stays dirty because of the color...I spend time washing/waxing and usually a good spray off gets it clean.

However, my 2SS/RS Bad Boy is Red
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:03 AM   #9
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Ive owned this car 4 about 20 days! Ive washed it about 12 times! Used turtle wax after the 3rd wash! But no matter what its always kinda dirty! Any secrets, advice, ect. to keep the mirror look wud b greatly appreciated!!!!!
I learned to keep my black 1998 Z-28 clean by trading it in for a pewter 2002 SS. Maguires makes a three stage kit that works wonders on black. It has a body wash, a polish and a sealer. It is a LOT of work to use though.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:27 AM   #10
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I hear ya. I have a black SS and feel the same. I use Meguiars Ultimate Wax. it is a spray on wipe off product and is amazing on the black. It helps repel the pollen and dust. I like it because I just let the car dry and then use this product with a micro fibre. takes away the water spots too.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:28 AM   #11
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Sold my black IS350 because I couldn't keep up with it. Living across the street from the beach didnt help either.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:40 AM   #12
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I wanted to get a black Tahoe but im leaning towards white again. Currently all my cars are white and its extremely easy to care for them. White also hides the dirt well but as soon as you get water on it all the the dust shows up and your car then looks like a Dalmatian dog.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:47 AM   #13
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Ive owned this car 4 about 20 days! Ive washed it about 12 times! Used turtle wax after the 3rd wash! But no matter what its always kinda dirty! Any secrets, advice, ect. to keep the mirror look wud b greatly appreciated!!!!!
I just tried The Black Box by Turtle Wax on mine and it works GREAT!
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:48 AM   #14
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My advice... get used to a little dust. After washing, my black Camaro starts showing a layer of dust after 1-2 days. But its not too bad so I normally live with it for a couple weeks before I can wash it again.

UNLESS it rains... especially after a light rain... it looks horrible so I always have to wash it after rain.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:52 AM   #15
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Just wait until pine pollen season! You just thought there was a lot of dust on your car. I also live in Florida and have had several black cars/trucks and I doubt I will ever have another. They are so beautiful when clean but so very high maintenance. Good luck, beautiful car.
During pollen season, us black SS owners will have Bumblebees between washes!
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:01 PM   #16
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My IBM looks almost black and looks like liquid glass using adams and following Junkman videos to a tee. Product may not be a must but the technique is a MUST. Enjoy your black car as they are some of the most beautiful on the roads.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:14 PM   #17
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It's just the price you pay with a black car - NOTHING LOOKS BETTER than black when it's clean.

But . . . you're either washing your car or getting ready to wash it - all my neighbors think I'm a nut job.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:22 AM   #18
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Black paint isn't a hobby, its a career. Get used to it
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:26 AM   #19
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:09 AM   #20
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Get used to it. Comes with the territory - you need to learn to really savor the day or two that it looks clean after a wash.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:35 PM   #21
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After my black '06 Cobalt LT, I swore up and down I wouldn't do it again but here I am! I couldn't hold out for 2012s to start showing up in IBM (in retrospect, my number 2 color choice). I saw a black 1LT/RS with my name on it and I drove her away.

I'm working my way up to Adams stuff but right now I have Meguiar's Ultimate Polish and Ultimate Wax (and Ultimate Compound from some time ago, not necessary at the moment). I have used the Cali duster with good results. It's just a bit wax-heavy when new so watch that. I dust and cover the car every evening and wash once a week (counting the day after I got it home, that makes 3 times now, lol). My plan is to wax once a quarter and polish probably once a year.


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Old 09-28-2011, 11:44 PM   #22
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If you wash and wax/protect properly it's not that much of a chore. I have swirls, but a dirty car, I do not. It might have a few spots on it, but it doesn't look as abd as some that I've seen, even the 3 or 4 black Camaros on this Army base look bad in comparison. (I wash maybe once a week... sometimes twice depending on weather.)
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Old 09-29-2011, 02:18 AM   #23
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Im with dylan there i just polished my car and used brilliant glaze followed by americana wax it looked like it could sit on the showroom floor but two days later it had dust settled on it from sitting in the garage i dont use my car cover anymore cause its a chore to take it on and off all the time, i just live with the dust, from far away its not very noticable and when it looks bad i wash it.. i will say the adams products make washing it a lot easier, i used to be a meguiars guy but trust me once you try adams once your sold.... i used to think the hype on here was crazy and overrated til i tried it out for myself its well worth the investment to keep that black car loooking good
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Old 09-29-2011, 02:59 AM   #24
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Thanx Guys!
Lets see...
I have had at least 6 black vehicles and plenty of dark vehicles..
Best advice I can give...
If it does not rain that often where you live, wash your car every two weeks.
Dont worry about dust and pollen. It will be on there hours after you wash.
What I would do, if it rains a day in the week, wash the car after it rains.
If it rains again in the same week,.... wash it again....after it rains..
Keep your eye on the weather... if you know its going to rain...hold off washing until it rains..then wash...
You will find like I did the hard way....
You can let your car go for months with no rain...
but just because it is black the first chance it gets... it WILL rain on it, or worse a bird will see his reflection in it and pooh on it..
This is the reason why I am done with black cars..Nothing prettier but I want to enjoy my life a little without having to keep my car so clean!
If you get long breaks without any rain... every two weeks and it should look fine. And the most important of all of any advice I can give.
Always wash your black car BY HAND.
Never a car wash or even a automated brushless system.
Good luck!
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I usually go to a local hand held car wash (that the owner keeps in top notch condition) and use plain water under low pressure to rinse off the dust. Then I use the spot free rinse to finish it.

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