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Old 04-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #1
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New Camaro - Now need Detailing/cleaning suplies. HELP!

Got my new 2013 Camaro just over a week ago. Beautiful off of the lot. Shining and glistening sharp black in the sun.

I garage my car, but unfortunately I live in the Northwest. The positive is we don't get snow, the negative is we have a crap load of pollen and it rains.

Question is, if I am wanting to build an arsenal of cleaning supplies for my car, where do I start?

What are the "must-haves" in the tool kit if you will. Links would be handy, if not, I'm sure I can always find on Amazon.

I know black is super high maintenance, but nothing looks better IMO when it is clean and shining.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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Probably the best overview you're going to get. I've learned a ton reading that thread along with threads by Junkman & the guys from Adams. I had a PC and a few supplies but figured out much of what I had learned in my 50 years was wrong. Now my 2 DD's and the Camaro are being treated correctly - and boy does it show!

In reality spent an extra $300 or so over the winter but it's been worth it.
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Besides following the quoted thread (it's great) I'd suggest keeping a coat of sealant and a couple coats of wax on AT ALL TIMES.

I wish I had done this from day one. I just learned this "way of life" after 6 months with a black convertible.

It makes washing very easy. In the case of dust/pollen it also means you can use a blower to get rid of the stuff so you do not have to touch/wipe the paint.

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Probably the best overview you're going to get. I've learned a ton reading that thread along with threads by Junkman & the guys from Adams. I had a PC and a few supplies but figured out much of what I had learned in my 50 years was wrong. Now my 2 DD's and the Camaro are being treated correctly - and boy does it show!

In reality spent an extra $300 or so over the winter but it's been worth it.
I get it, but that list is overwhelming. What are the initial "must haves". I don't have $300 to spend on detailing stuff right now...
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Car shampoo, something to wash with (hint.... mitt), something to dry with (hint... waffle weave drying towel), and buckets. Those are the absolute essentials. You want to dress your tires, then you obviously need something to clean them with (hint... all purpose cleaner), and something to dress them with (hint... tire dressing). Oh and you're going to want to do windows too right? So what do you need? A window cleaner and a towel to do the cleaning with
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Car shampoo, something to wash with (hint.... mitt), something to dry with (hint... waffle weave drying towel), and buckets. Those are the absolute essentials. You want to dress your tires, then you obviously need something to clean them with (hint... all purpose cleaner), and something to dress them with (hint... tire dressing). Oh and you're going to want to do windows too right? So what do you need? A window cleaner and a towel to do the cleaning with
LOL. Thanks!

I've obviously washed cars before in the past, but wanted to make sure I get the "good stuff" if you will for this car. Wasn't trying to come across helpless...

Thanks for your help though
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Besides following the quoted thread (it's great) I'd suggest keeping a coat of sealant and a couple coats of wax on AT ALL TIMES.

I wish I had done this from day one. I just learned this "way of life" after 6 months with a black convertible.

It makes washing very easy. In the case of dust/pollen it also means you can use a blower to get rid of the stuff so you do not have to touch/wipe the paint.

"Minimize Touches" is the gospel I live by now.
What sealant and wax is recommended? I am used to buying my stuff from Autozone or some auto parts store which I know is never the best, and sometimes borderline crap.
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Car shampoo, something to wash with (hint.... mitt), something to dry with (hint... waffle weave drying towel), and buckets. Those are the absolute essentials. You want to dress your tires, then you obviously need something to clean them with (hint... all purpose cleaner), and something to dress them with (hint... tire dressing). Oh and you're going to want to do windows too right? So what do you need? A window cleaner and a towel to do the cleaning with
This but in addition detail spray and either a wax or sealant are not optional. You also need microfiber buffing towels.

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My top must haves:

1) Quality wash supplies. Good wash pads, a quality pH neutral soap, grit guards, and high quality drying towels are key. Most swirl marks and damage are introduced in the wash process and its the one thing you'll do more frequently than anything else on your car so getting that dialed in early is key.

2) Wax or Sealant. Even an inexpensive wax will do as a temp fix until you get setup with higher quality sealant or wax for protection. Doesn't do much good to keep the car clean if its not protected by something.

3) Detail Spray/Waterless Wash. You need something for quick touchups for sure. You don't want to wash the car every single day to remove dust, smudges, etc. Pair with this some quality microfiber towels (and no, the bag of 100 towels for $18 at costco isn't quality microfiber)

4) Dressings. Nothing worse than a clean car with dry, crusty rubber and trim. A high quality water based dressing for your tires and trim. Of course you should have a cleaner to remove old dressings and mold release from the tires as well so you get the biggest benefit.

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What sealant and wax is recommended? I am used to buying my stuff from Autozone or some auto parts store which I know is never the best, and sometimes borderline crap.
go to a boat shop and get some collinite 845: good price, insanely long lasting, and reliable.
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My top must haves:

1) Quality wash supplies. Good wash pads, a quality pH neutral soap, grit guards, and high quality drying towels are key. Most swirl marks and damage are introduced in the wash process and its the one thing you'll do more frequently than anything else on your car so getting that dialed in early is key.

2) Wax or Sealant. Even an inexpensive wax will do as a temp fix until you get setup with higher quality sealant or wax for protection. Doesn't do much good to keep the car clean if its not protected by something.

3) Detail Spray/Waterless Wash. You need something for quick touchups for sure. You don't want to wash the car every single day to remove dust, smudges, etc. Pair with this some quality microfiber towels (and no, the bag of 100 towels for $18 at costco isn't quality microfiber)

4) Dressings. Nothing worse than a clean car with dry, crusty rubber and trim. A high quality water based dressing for your tires and trim. Of course you should have a cleaner to remove old dressings and mold release from the tires as well so you get the biggest benefit.

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Looks like the makings for a MUST HAVE KIT... you can send me the first one and I'll test it for y'all.
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What sealant and wax is recommended? I am used to buying my stuff from Autozone or some auto parts store which I know is never the best, and sometimes borderline crap.
I can discuss what I use if you want to PM me.

The thread referenced above lists the recommended products of a respected (at least by me) professional detailer. You really can't go wrong there.

Unfortunately if you want your Camaro to stay looking good, Autozone is probably only suited for buying wash buckets and lubricants. Don't get me wrong it is a fine store. It's just that your new ride deserves top tier stuff.
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Go by whatever place you get your stuff from and get a claybar kit to start with. Even though your car is brand new, it was shipped on a rail car with VERY soft paint. That most probably introduced rail dust and other contaminants to the paint. Claying it early on will help reduce the swirls from those contaminants. Mothers and Meguiars both have kits that will do several cars. Buy the one that's cheaper. I'd highly recommend getting a large supply of detail spray/waterless wash. This is probably the single most important step to keeping a black car looking good. I use it after every wash to get rid of spots and catching those areas that may have been missed during the wash. There are many to choose from. Don't know if there's a HUGE difference between a lot of them and most are around the same price. Some of the waterless wash is concentrated so you can make SEVERAL gallons for a smaller price. I have a gallon of Chemical guys detail spray and one of their sprayers. I've done my car several times since getting it and can honestly say, this gallon should last me a couple years. It smells like grapes too, which is a plus when working with it.
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Go by whatever place you get your stuff from and get a claybar kit to start with. Even though your car is brand new, it was shipped on a rail car with VERY soft paint. That most probably introduced rail dust and other contaminants to the paint. Claying it early on will help reduce the swirls from those contaminants. Mothers and Meguiars both have kits that will do several cars. Buy the one that's cheaper. I'd highly recommend getting a large supply of detail spray/waterless wash. This is probably the single most important step to keeping a black car looking good. I use it after every wash to get rid of spots and catching those areas that may have been missed during the wash. There are many to choose from. Don't know if there's a HUGE difference between a lot of them and most are around the same price. Some of the waterless wash is concentrated so you can make SEVERAL gallons for a smaller price. I have a gallon of Chemical guys detail spray and one of their sprayers. I've done my car several times since getting it and can honestly say, this gallon should last me a couple years. It smells like grapes too, which is a plus when working with it.
Can you link us the spray you use? Thanks
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http://www.chemicalguys.com/Chemical...wac_116_16.htm

Also got a 16oz bottle of their Hybrid V7 Detailer plus sealant in a package deal. Not sure how well it works because I used it after I clayed and used Jetseal. Seems to wipe off about as easy as the above linked DS. Smells like tangerines. There's a $10 difference between the two when bought in gallon size.

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