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Old 01-31-2009, 01:56 PM   #1
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To properly care for your car ?





for the past two years ive been using my Envoy as the guinea pig for car care.Tossing out products i dont like and keeping(and promoting) stuff that works great .
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:58 PM   #2
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That's funny, I was just practicing on my wifes car this weekend.

Three words for you guys. Ceramic Brake Pads.
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:03 PM   #3
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That's funny, I was just practicing on my wifes car this weekend.

Three words for you guys. Ceramic Brake Pads.

i dont think it gets any better than that.Getting ready for a fabulous car,and keeping the wife happy all at the same time.
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:19 PM   #4
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Nice. So promote some of the stuff that you really like
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:20 PM   #5
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All stocked up on the Zanio.... Good man
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That's funny, I was just practicing on my wifes car this weekend.

Three words for you guys. Ceramic Brake Pads.
Must be nice, Friggen 20 degrees where I'm at
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I will be using the clay bar before I apply any wax. I did this with my 2002 Black Silverado crew cab 3500....yes, it is a lot of truck....anyway when vehicles travel by rail car very fine iron shavings become inbedded in the horizontal surfaces i.e. hood, roof etc The clay bar will remove the shavings and it will show up rust color on the clay bar. I did the entire truck but 90% of the shavings were on the hood & roof.

I prefer use Meguires products and like the results.
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Old 01-31-2009, 03:55 PM   #8
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i dont think it gets any better than that.Getting ready for a fabulous car,and keeping the wife happy all at the same time.
Multitasking is easy and often rewarding.

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Must be nice, Friggen 20 degrees where I'm at
Sunny and 65 here today. Think I'll practice some on my sons future Jeep Liberty.
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:32 PM   #9
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Clay Bar here too before I wax
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:04 PM   #10
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there a thread floating around here somewhere with cleaning . waxing tips ?
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:39 PM   #11
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It has been a long time since I have had a black car, what is it about the "Clay Bar"? I am getting a black camaro. I am good on the mechanical side of things, but am going to need some help on keeping this car in the best looking condition. Any help in getting ready would be helpful.
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:06 PM   #12
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It has been a long time since I have had a black car, what is it about the "Clay Bar"? I am getting a black camaro. I am good on the mechanical side of things, but am going to need some help on keeping this car in the best looking condition. Any help in getting ready would be helpful.
CLay bar will remove stuff that just washing the vehicle won't... like pollution, brake dust and other crud. It'll leave you with a really smooth glass like finish.

Other then that I dunno, I just use it lol.
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Step 1—STRIP THE OLD WAX
Wash the car, going top to bottom, with Dawn Ultra® liquid detergent.
Thoroughly rinse the car with a pressurized hose and spray nozzle. Make sure all detergent soap is gone. Leave Dawn in the kitchen since you'll never use it again on your car.
Dry completely using only clean, soft, absorbent towels.


Step 2—REMOVE CONTAMINANTS AND PREPARE THE SURFACE
Feel all paint surfaces. They should be glassy smooth. Contaminated rough areas are quickly minimized using Zaino Z-18 Claybar™ and a soap and water lubricant. Re-wash and dry the treated areas.
Look for hazy paint, swirl marks or fine scratches. Imperfections are reduced using Zaino's Z-PC Fusion™ paint cleaner and swirl remover.
Add a light coat of Z-AIO™ to all paint as the foundation and bonding agent. Remove with clean, soft towels.


Step 3—APPLY AND REMOVE ZAINO POLISH*
CHOOSE THE RIGHT ZAINO POLISH FOR YOUR VEHICLE'S PAINT
Z-2 PRO™ Show Car Polish is for paint with a clear coat finish—virtually all modern cars.
Z-3™ Show Car Polish is for paint without a clear coat—vintage cars, special aftermarket paint, etc.
Z-5 PRO™ Show Car Polish is just like Z-2, but helps hide swirls and micro scratches in dark color paint.
Spray a little Z-6 Gloss Enhancer™ on your Zaino Polish Applicator. Apply Zaino polish to the paint. Use up/down motions on vertical surfaces, and front/rear (front to back of car) motions on horizontal.
Allow the polish to dry and chemically bond on the entire car for at least fifteen minutes. To test for dry, wipe an area with a finger. Dry polish is slightly powdery and comes off with one stroke, revealing clear dry paint underneath. Low temperature or high humidity can increase drying time up to two to three hours. Remove the dried polish using high quality towels.
When all polish is removed, spray a light coat of Z-6 Gloss Enhancer. Immediately buff dry.



Now you can substitute your own brand of products ,as the process is pretty much the same no matter what brand . out of all the polishes and waxes i have ever used , i really do recommend the Zaino. It has given me the best results, i was like other people at one time " wax is wax" until i used that . using the ZFX quick curing addtive in the polish with Z-6 in between coats is grweat for the first time.You can do 3 coats in one session .So polish then gloss enhance 3 times or two times with the Z-6 and after the 3rd coat of polish you can use the sealer.
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:59 PM   #14
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I will annually budget for more car treatments than guys who own a CCX, Murcielago, or any other exotic. My car will be the sexiest of its year as they age because I will treat mine like it is the last of its kind.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:07 AM   #15
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I will annually budget for more car treatments than guys who own a CCX, Murcielago, or any other exotic. My car will be the sexiest of its year as they age because I will treat mine like it is the last of its kind.
How about I take a 2.5hr drive up to Lawrence (actually the way I drive, might be 1.5 hr) and you can show me some tips and trades on the correct way of washing, prepping, waxing the car ?
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How about I take a 2hr drive up to Lawrence and you can show me some tips and trades on the correct way of washing, prepping, waxing the car ?
lol
I'm no show car expert, but I know to use a chamois, name brand products, and your very soul to treat it right.

The name for the Camaro is inspired by the idea of close friendship. The idea of treating it with any less devotion than you expect for your own self is blasphemy against this particular machine. It will be my buddy. It will take me through my hard times and my easy times. It will help me celebrate my successes and endure my failures. It will sustain my very identity. I can do nothing less than treat it like my best friend in good conscience.

If you do come to Lawrence, then give me a good heads up. We've got a good college town here that everyone should experience.
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I have no knowledge of car cleaning except armor-all.....
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:52 AM   #18
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Old 02-01-2009, 01:10 AM   #19
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To properly care for your car ?





for the past two years ive been using my Envoy as the guinea pig for car care.Tossing out products i dont like and keeping(and promoting) stuff that works great .
wheres the SHAM-WOW...lol
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wheres the SHAM-WOW...lol
3rd row down.. next to the scotch brite... that's the armor all version i think.. I have one and don't like it all that much, leaves it wet looking still.
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3rd row down.. next to the scotch brite... that's the armor all version i think.. I have one and don't like it all that much, leaves it wet looking still.
uuhhh thats the absorber dude. nothing like that BS they sell on tv .works way better than a chamois
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