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Old 05-21-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Help with full detail?

Hey guys, I'm brand new to this site and I need some advise with washing my car. I know that there is most likely a thread exactly like this, but I honestly don't have time to search the forums for hours to find the answers to half of my questions. I was just wondering what you guys suggest to use for cleaning my car, such as: specific soap, certain brushes to clean rims and exhaust tips, the best window cleaner, best washer fluid, and the most efficient wax. Also, what can I use to clean my windows from the inside without messing up my tint? I'm sorry for all of the questions, but I'm only sixteen years old and still new to maintaining my car. Thanks for any help you can provide!
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site!


Unfortunately, if you don't have time to search for proper techniques, then you probably don't have time to properly maintain the car. There's endless amounts of information out there, please at least attempt to search for some of it...

Here's some great How-Tos and videos to get you started.

http://www.autopia-carcare.com/how-to.html
http://www.adamspolishes.com/t-videos.aspx

Good luck!
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:43 PM   #3
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What in God's name is an "efficient wax"?
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:39 AM   #4
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op, It's not the tools as much as it the technique you use with those tools. If you're 16, trust me, you have time to do some research. (no offense)

In addition to the already recommended links, also review autogeek.net in the tips and tricks section.

Here is a basic list of things you should focus on and in this order:

Washing
Claying
Polishing
Protecting (sealant)
Shine (Glaze and then Wax - which is additional protection)

As far as the tools you use to in each, there are some "must have's" but take your time and do some research. It'll be time well spent.


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Old 05-22-2012, 10:28 PM   #5
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Thank you for all of the HELPFUL replies. Sorry to make myself look as an incompetent child, but even at my age you tend to be pretty busy if you aspire for high goals. To the first poster, my point on not having time to search the forum was in the manner that I do not want to stay occupied with this for too long and figured that you could give some quick tips. As you can see, I'm not too car savvy. Keep in mind that this is my first car and the first car that I have ever cared to maintain. Thanks for the help that was provided though.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:41 PM   #6
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:33 AM   #7
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What in God's name is an "efficient wax"?
LOL

to OP - if you can, please take it all 1 step at a time & learn the techniques for good work

I would start with mastering the 2 bucket wash. Seems stupid but actually you'll tend to screw this up by habit of washing cars like a regular person lol.

Wash the rims/tires 1st with it's own wash soap and water FIRST. I also do the exhaust/diffuser at this time.

Have 2 buckets - 1 with clean water, a 2nd with soapy sudsy water.

Have 2 wash mitts - both in sudsy water (one is for top of car, other for door handle down)

Work from top to bottom of the car.

Get as much soapy and water into your mitt as possible and press only enough to get dirt off.

BEFORE dipping back in for more soap, wash that mitt in the clean water...get it clean and then get more soapy water for the next area you will clean.

Wash off soapy car with hose water (spray/jet nozzle or if you have no nozzle, put thumb over portion of hose tip)

Then, let flowing water fall over the top of the car for "sheet rinsing"

Finally, use an electric leaf blow to get the rest of the water off.

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That process served me well in the beginning, till I moved onto a more pro technique
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Here is a great write up on this great subject.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=223949
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:54 AM   #9
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Thanks for the help guys. I was finally given some useful answers. I actually got my car nice and clean today so I can get subs put in tomorrow. Once again, thank you all.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:04 AM   #10
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question for you though! Why does a 16 year old own a 2012 SS?
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:11 AM   #11
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I have a special needs brother and it has taken a toll on my whole family. It was my parents way of repaying me for how I've handled the situation over the past 5 years.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:27 AM   #12
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By the way Guzaku, from seeing your avatar photo, that's a sick looking Camaro!
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:27 AM   #13
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question for you though! Why does a 16 year old own a 2012 SS?
Come on guys hes only 16 - don't you remember being in high school?? Its all about being SPOON fed the answers now a days. haha.

Your parents bought you a 2010 SS Camaro just like that?? at the age of 16?? Not trying to sound negative or mean here - maybe I speak from a stance of having to have worked super hard for everything I own, but jeez they must be ****ing loaded eh? Everyone I knew at the age of 16 was driving rusty old honda's from the 89 -91 era.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:06 AM   #14
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Hey CarbonKing, welcome to the Camaro family. I think it's commendable that you want to keep your Camaro looking great so I'll direct you to the Junkmans video series that helped me learn how to take better care of my Camaro. http://www.adamsforums.com/forums/ma...shing/2386.htm
You'll get a lot of crap from people for being 16 and owning an SS but I think you're different, and with a special needs family member you've had to take on more responsiblity than many of our adult members have had thrust at them.
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Come on guys hes only 16 - don't you remember being in high school?? Its all about being SPOON fed the answers now a days. haha.

Your parents bought you a 2010 SS Camaro just like that?? at the age of 16?? Not trying to sound negative or mean here - maybe I speak from a stance of having to have worked super hard for everything I own, but jeez they must be ****ing loaded eh? Everyone I knew at the age of 16 was driving rusty old honda's from the 89 -91 era.
If I could step back to 16 years old and Dad threw me the keys to a Camaro, you can bet I'd take it too. Wouldn't even blink. Probably have to scrape my jaw off the ground as well.

Hang in there OP, lots of good info on this site!
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:23 AM   #16
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Come on guys hes only 16 - don't you remember being in high school?? Its all about being SPOON fed the answers now a days. haha.

Your parents bought you a 2010 SS Camaro just like that?? at the age of 16?? Not trying to sound negative or mean here - maybe I speak from a stance of having to have worked super hard for everything I own, but jeez they must be ****ing loaded eh? Everyone I knew at the age of 16 was driving rusty old honda's from the 89 -91 era.
Give the kid a break.
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:34 AM   #17
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OP, I hope the following video I created helps you out:



A foam gun is essential when caring for your car's paint, as it lubricates the dirt particles and makes them "slide off" instead of grinding the paint and then coming off.

Foam gun = highly recommended tool
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500ml of soap? I use 2 oz of Adams in my foam gun and I lots of suds.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:45 PM   #19
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500ml of soap? I use 2 oz of Adams in my foam gun and I lots of suds.
Haven't updated the video, but yeah, I don't use that much soap anymore. Besides, I have an "unlimited" supply of soap
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:09 PM   #20
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By the way Guzaku, from seeing your avatar photo, that's a sick looking Camaro!
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might be a few more of her on my instagram if not hit me up for some more pics. She's also about to get a new front fascia and new wheels with some pretty new fogs to top it all off!
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:13 AM   #21
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Hey thank all you guys for the support with this. Yes, I already take a lot for being 16 years old and owning an SS Camaro. I would specifically name each person who has actually been kind or helpful in this thread, but that number has reached a far greater amount than the ones that have dissed me. I've taken all of your advice into account and plan to research more and more in my spare time. It seems that there is always more information to know about cars each day. So thanks to everyone for the help.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:18 PM   #22
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Carbon

First of all, congrats on your Camaro! My first car was a 68 Firebird and later I had a 67 Camaro RS/SS. I can tell you from my brief experience on this forum that most of the guys and gsls (dont want to forget them) are great! I've been in the automotive business for 23 years and still learn something new here every day!

With that said, there are still a lot of egos on here. Just ignore them is my advice. If they don't have time or don't want to reply they should simply go to the next thread.

Kudos to you for taking care of your brother and I am sure your gift is well deserved!

Enjoy the Camaro!
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:48 PM   #23
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Yikes. WTF people. Who cares how old he is. Most young kids who get thrown the keys to nice new cars dont even appreciate them enough to want to keep them in pristine conditionby getting a detail, let alone seek out advice on how they can do it themselves.

Carbon, congrats on your new ride. There is a guy on this site, Junkman, who has youtube videos that should be a start in the right direction for you. His youtube handle is junkman2000, put that in a search and check out the videos.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:46 PM   #24
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Thank you, I just received that same information from another poster on this forum. I've watched his videos and already learned a ton of information. Also, thank your for the back up haha. Sick Camaro too!
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