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Old 10-11-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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New Car Paint Care

I just got my new camaro and am wondering if you all have any good tips to care for the paint job. My camaro is black and of course it shows a lot of dust so I've been dusting it off to avoid having to wash it so often. Any suggestions for products that can help protect the finish? Wax? Sprays?
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:00 PM   #2
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check out the cosmetics maintenance section of the forum. Tons of detail guys on there.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:01 PM   #3
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Adam's! Check out the whole line. Love the waterless wash for the in between cleanings. The vrt is great on non paint surfaces!
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:03 PM   #4
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Adam's forum is good too, tons of how to videos saved my vinyl stripes
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:11 PM   #5
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:14 PM   #6
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remember its a car thats meant to be driven i too have all black its a second job
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:29 PM   #7
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www.zainostore.com. Best stuff on the market IMHO.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:49 PM   #8
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remember its a car thats meant to be driven i too have all black its a second job
lol. thanks
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:12 AM   #9
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I'm with Adams, used to use zaino liked it but Adams won me over....may be pricey but I personally don't used cheap stuff on my car but that's just me
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:20 AM   #10
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Maguire's detailer after every wash and when it's dusty. It will look like glass and keep the contaminants easy to remove.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:28 AM   #11
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Clear bra on leading surfaces (facia, rocker panels, mirror back, gills) is a potential option. Also quarter flares.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:04 AM   #12
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Clear bra now! And check out the junk man videos, two bucket system. My car is almost 3 and no swirls.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:08 AM   #13
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:49 PM   #14
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Best tip I can give you is do your research and develop your own technique within your ablitities. Products should be secondary to the process of what you're doing to the paint.

From a high level to start, my technique consists of a proper 2 bucket wash, clay, polish, seal, wax however none of those things have anything to do with a specific product line, but you may find specific lines work better for you within each step of the process. Other factors like affortablity, likeablity and personal taste will come into play.

From an ongoing / preventative maintenance perspective (once you've corrected the paint) your technique will likely change because if you're properly maintaining your paint, you shouldn't have to polish or wax it every time you wash your car. From here your technique will still need the proper 2 bucket wash, but you may find like I did the ONR product line which is awesome for those "in between" washings where you don't want to or need to bring out the whole "proper 2 bucket wash." That process takes me only a 1/2 hour to clean the car (and not scratch it) verse the hour 1/2 it takes to properly wash it. Another in between technique that only takes about 15 minutes is using a waterless wash and micofiber towels. Again, it' gets the job done, but there is a "right way" to do this.

Adams is a great line, but so is Blackfire, Pinnacle, Wolfgang, Zanio, and a list of others so which product line(s) you use will be a personal thing.

In the end, it really boils down to how much time do I have to do it right. If my car hasn't been washed for over 2 weeks (which is rare) and I've driven it in the rain, it's covered in film and dust and generally looks dirty, I'm breaking out the 2 bucket wash and leaf blower to dry, but I'd better have and hour and half to devote to doing it right other wise I'll just leave it dirty until I do. If I have a 1/2 hour and the car is noticablity dirty, but not "filmed" or slightly filmed, I'll ONR it. If it's really clean and just has a little dust from a day or two of light driving and I'm in a hurry, I'll break out the waterless wash.

Hope that helps.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:04 PM   #15
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To the OP, great to hear you got a new ride there, I recommend that you start reading here on the forum or go to Autopia Car Care Store and see all the product's we offer for the novice to the professional detailer. Also there is a great section on " How To Guides " that will keep you reading for a while and you can determine which course of action you want to start on your Camaro. The most important thing is your on the right track and your Camaro will thank you.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:23 AM   #16
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Clear bra for the front and the gill areas. Use a leaf blower to dry it with instead of a towel.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:11 AM   #17
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Here's a couple of good tips:

1) Adam's Army is out here on Camaro5. Adams works, but is super pricey. There are products that work just as well (and sometimes better) for a fraction of the cost.

2) How serious are you about cleaning your car? Like going to go balls out do whatever is necessary... or just use over the counter stuff? Both ways are fine, but if I know what your expectations are, it is easier to help.

3) Quality MFs do not come at Walmart or Sams. They come from online resellers like autopia and autogeek.

Answer number 2 and I can help you a lot more
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:20 PM   #18
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remember its a car thats meant to be driven i too have all black its a second job
Agreed.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:25 PM   #19
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Great feedback all of you. I will do some more reading on the subject and determine the best way for me.
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