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Old 08-15-2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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What do you do to keep your car looking new?

Should I take it to a car wash or do you recommend doing it yourself. If you do it yourself what should you use? Please be as detailed as possible or link me to something with good info.
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Old 08-15-2009, 11:59 AM   #2
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DO a search on this as there's a huge thread about care & waxing. I'd include it if I had the time Lots of info on this topic. Good luck!
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Old 08-15-2009, 12:37 PM   #3
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Hand wash it at least once a week!!
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Old 08-15-2009, 12:39 PM   #4
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Old 08-15-2009, 01:16 PM   #6
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Do not bring it to a car wash. Unless you like scratches. Hand wash and apply a good wax/polish. Like others have said, conduct a search and you will be reading for hours...
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Old 08-15-2009, 01:19 PM   #7
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only touch-less car wash for me. just has an arm that goes around the car and sprays water/soap/wax and then rinse....NO spinning brushes or anything like that...EVER
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Old 08-15-2009, 02:29 PM   #8
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If it's a brushless car wash then is it fine?
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Old 08-15-2009, 02:36 PM   #9
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best way is by hand. Be very careful about what towels you use. Do not use chrome cleaner EVER. Only use soap and water and hard plastic brush on wheels and optional, use chrome polish. There's lots of stuff.
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Old 08-15-2009, 02:42 PM   #10
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Lots of threads on here about waxing and detailing...couple good ones...

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31056
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19526

Main point is hand wash and use quality wash mits and towels...also ensure you wax and polish the car at least annually though I'd recommend doing it 3 or 4 times a year!

Check out those threads and I think you'll get all the info you need!
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Old 08-15-2009, 02:48 PM   #11
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don't park where there's a lot of bird shit on the ground because that's like a bird toilet and parking under it is asking for their grainy/acidic shit to eat away at your paint. claybar at least once a year. The more you get into it the longer it will take to clean your car. It takes me a few hours (1-2) just to do the outside of my car now. I wash/dry/tire dress/detail spray paint/chrome polish wheels/polish exhaust tips/ and that takes a little while
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I wouldn't use a car wash, especially if they have tire rails. They can damage your rims.
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:42 PM   #14
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Should I take it to a car wash or do you recommend doing it yourself. If you do it yourself what should you use? Please be as detailed as possible or link me to something with good info.
I highly recommend, doing it yourself. If you want swirl marks and scratches on your car, then let a local car wash do it. But me personally, I don't let anyone beyond myself touch my car. If there are any scratches or swirl marks on my car, I'd feel better knowing I put it there.

If you want your car to stay in immaculate condition, showroom floor, you first have to have DEDICATION, if you don't have that, you won't have the will to keep it in good condition. Second, you need the TIME, if you have a busy schedule, FIND TIME to clean this car. My car, stays clean, and when I say clean, I mean flawless; its because I find time to clean it. The reason my car stays clean is because once it's washed, dried,clayed, washed, polished, and waxed, I put in time to MAINTAIN that finish. To do this, I clean or "touch up" my car in the morning before I leave out for work(15-30min), lunch time at work(45min if nessisary), and again at the end of the day once I know I'm not going anywhere else, then I repeat the next day. This is what I call "maintaining your finish". My car is never dirty because I never give it a chance to be. And rain is never a problem, if you car is waxed with some good wax, the water will not stick to your car, but it will bead off, making it 1,000x easier to dry your car after rain or wash.

The constant routine I perform may sound like alot of work, but actually it isn't, 15 minutes, twice a day, keeping the car in immaculate condition. Remeber, light dust will come off with a California duster, easily, and come back with some Adams detail spray, or whatever product you prefer. I choose Adams because of the clean cut shine it gives my car; it gives it that just waxed look. I guarentee, my routine will keep your car in showroom condition. My car doesn't stay dirty for no more than a couple of hours, if that long; and it's even a daily driver. If you want some products to check out go to Adamspolishes .com, they have great products. If you need tips on maintaining the car hit me up on the pm. Also check out some of the stickies in this forum, they have alot of good detailing informtation for you to read.

I guess the moral of the story is, never take your car to a carwash.
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