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Old 01-10-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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How do you guys detail your cars and what materials do ya'll use? I am terrified of using the foam brush at the car wash. So I usually soak and dry off with a microfiber cloth...what's ya'lls recommendations?
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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Hello fellow Lubbock-ian! It's crappy weather around here to hand wash which is the way I'd go. I do take it to the coin-opp for a rinse/vacuum every now and then though, but nothing more. I can't remember where the video is about touchless vs coin-opp (with brush) vs people washing (where they use a squeegee to remove the water) and shows the cons of all three. Basically you should hand-wash it yourself. Coin-Opp brush left tremendous damage as did the squeegee dry to the paint, with the touchless being 'best' at a rating of 5 out of 10 with 10 being the worst.

With that said, Lubbock water sucks and will leave terrible hardwater spots. Get a filter system if you're going to use hose water. Check the dedicated forum for specific products here. As for drying, I always use a genuine leather chamois (be sure to get it completely soaked, then ring it as dry as you can before usage and just lay it on the car and pull one direction).
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:05 PM   #3
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Hi AznBen51,

Take a look here---
http://www.autopia.org/forum/index.php

LOTS of good advice!
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:28 AM   #4
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Thank both of you. Tommy, appreciate the advice. I went to the carwash on 66th and Homestead ish. I didn't use the foam brush, just the soap from the gun. I presoaked, soap sprayed and then rinsed and dried myself with a microfiber towel. All went well until I saw closely like water marks or soap stains on the paint, so it took a little harder touch to get those out. So I just don't want that again.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:46 AM   #5
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I wash mine in the driveway. As long as it is in the mid 40s+ it works fine. I get a bucket of hot water and roll up my sleeves a bit. Basically make sure nothing but my hands gets wet during the process.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:05 PM   #6
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As for drying, I always use a genuine leather chamois (be sure to get it completely soaked, then ring it as dry as you can before usage and just lay it on the car and pull one direction).
+1 ... no other way to go in my opinion. A quality shamois is expensive to get the size you need; but, worth every single penny. Treat it like a good woman and it will last you forever.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:27 PM   #7
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Oh yeah, and you will eventually need to wash it. But never, EVER use soap. Just put it through a wash/rinse cycle and then air dry in the sun. I don't know if that is the 'proper' method for cleaning them, but that is what I've always done.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:46 PM   #8
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I take mine to the wash on 4th and 289. I bring my own soap and towels...all I use is their water.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:30 PM   #9
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http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31056 Click on this lnk. More info than you can read in a week on how to properly wash, clay bar, polish, and apply sealant / wax to your car.
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