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Old 04-25-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Cleaning Hood

So I love the matte black vinyl wrapped hood, but its so hard to keep in good condition only had the car for 2 weeks now and im contemplating removing the wrap and painting the hood satin or matte black. Before I do this has anyone had any good luck cleaning the vinyl? ive tried AutoGlym Vynil Care after a wash and it just doesn't look right, Spray wax worked great on the spoiler but the hood looked like crap. Any tips would be great if not, paint time it is.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:17 PM   #2
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Adams Super VRT every other wash and Adams In and Out Spray as required in between has been working well for me.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:37 PM   #3
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i get alot of water spots from rain detail spray and a microfiber towel works good for me. its not showroom perfect and it never will be again but it looks decent enough. i think the biggest problem with the wrap it that its such a huge contrast to the rest of the car that you see any imperfection as a huge thing.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:51 PM   #4
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Think im just going to paint it matte black in a little bit, I will try out the Adams stuff first though, also spoke with the Chemical Guys and they also will be sending me some stuff to test out. Im pretty picky about what I use on my cars and hate it when the car is dirty, this car gets washed more than some people take showers.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:30 PM   #5
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I just use the same soap and water I wash the car with. I make sure to dry the hood before the water has a chance to spot. Haven't had any major problems.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:42 PM   #6
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I just received my dr. Beasley's matte paint care kit this week. I don't have my new car yet though so I don't have any experience with it yet. If you go to their website though they have a lot of nice instructional videos. Looks like nice stuff.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:23 PM   #7
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Adams SVRT applied in long straight lines, wait 10 min, then buff with clean quality MF to knock down shine and even product out. Then I just take a MF towel every time I drive it and run it across it with no pressure applied to get the dust off. Works great. Make sure when using waterless wash or detail spray on the car you do it with the hood up, as to keep the hood looking uniform. Sucks it's this much work, but it's worth it.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:36 PM   #8
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I have never used anything except a damp towel, then wipe dry immediately.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #9
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My car has 330 miles on it , washed three times except the vinal hood wrap just wet it and wipped it dry. Its starting to look shitty but i blame it on the cheap vinal material they used for this car ! Have to remind myself its a chevy!
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:10 PM   #10
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My car has 330 miles on it , washed three times except the vinal hood wrap just wet it and wipped it dry. Its starting to look shitty but i blame it on the cheap vinal material they used for this car ! Have to remind myself its a chevy!
I can't imagine buying the car if I had that attitude about Chevrolet or GM. Just curious, why did you buy the car?
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:47 PM   #11
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Agree with Adams SVRT. Easy on, buff off lightly with the MF towel. Not too shiny and looks great. Totally agree with the advice to put up the hood if you are spraying anything on the car or fender to avoid spotting. Adam's has a good video on their site about detailing vinyl stripes....hood is just larger.
http://www.adamsforums.com/forums/ge...ions/12124.htm

A far as quality, GM used 3m products for the wrap....no exactly cheap. The matte/satin look is the bigger challenge in the long haul. To me it is definitely worth any extra effort. Kind of like people complaining the black 10 spoke wheels at too hard to clean. Harder than the simple SS 5 spoke...sure, but would you want the other just so you save a few minutes? Anyway, just my thoughts.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:17 PM   #12
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I have over 1000 miles on my car and use adams vrt. I put a coat on and let it stay on for about a day to soak in then use detail spray to clean the hood

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Old 04-25-2013, 06:57 PM   #13
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I have 600 miles and i been using zymol spray glaze
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:55 PM   #14
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Looks terrible without VRT IMO. Matches the spoiler better too.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:01 AM   #15
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How to clean 1LE hood

I just brought home my 1LE and gave it its first bath and now the hood wrap looks like hell. Any ideas on what to use?
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:04 AM   #16
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gar89ta, I'm going to merge your thread with another so you can find your answer. Welcome to Camaro5! Most of the 1LE guys will always be in this section.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:30 AM   #17
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I can't imagine buying the car if I had that attitude about Chevrolet or GM. Just curious, why did you buy the car?
yeah I don't know what his issue is, almost every post he has he knocks the car. Ive owned some extremely nice cars and I absolutely love my 1LE its not perfect but every day I drive the car I have a smile on my face.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:36 PM   #18
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I've had the best luck with Invisible Glass and a microfiber after washing the car. Keeps it looking matte and removes any waterspots!
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:27 PM   #19
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Hi guys, been away for a while, water works every time, no idea why GM wrapped the hood with vinyl, looked great in the show room! Anyway, I love my 1LE, NPP and my CAI addition makes me smile every time I drive. So i hae a few water spots, blah blah
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:16 PM   #20
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Hi guys, been away for a while, water works every time, no idea why GM wrapped the hood with vinyl, looked great in the show room! Anyway, I love my 1LE, NPP and my CAI addition makes me smile every time I drive. So i hae a few water spots, blah blah
What CAI are you running?
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:03 PM   #21
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Dgreenberg, running a K&N
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:36 AM   #22
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I dry mine with a 200 MPH "Master Blaster" car dryer. Looks great, and no water spots!
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:41 PM   #23
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I saw quite a few recommendations for meguiars quick detail, that is what I used after the first car wash I gave it......worked just fine.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:43 AM   #24
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Thanks for all the great tips and letting us know about Adams SVRT.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:30 AM   #25
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Never let water dry on it.
Dry with air straight away. After pool drying with a hose (see Junkman's videos).
Use Adams VRT once a month.


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