Show us your clean cars, and what you use.

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  1. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon Rational

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    It's summertime, and we all get a chance to wash our cars now. I took my baby out yesterday and got it washed at a $10 "no touch" Chevron carwash. Dried off the excess water with a micro-fiber towel afterwards.

    Then I had some stuff to do around town, but later that afternoon after a trip to Autozone, I came home and cleaned the rims and polished the tires. I'm most proud of those. I just went out and took some pictures:

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    A day later and still sparkling! The sun was just barely poking out, but it was enough to make it shine. The rims are actually in dire need of being re-chromed and professionally restored, however, that is many thousands of dollars worth of work, so that's not gonna happen.

    So, in the meantime, I used a heavy dose of Black Magic Chrome Wheel Cleaner, and a hand-held pressure bottle full of water to rinse it off (I don't have a hose at my apartment). Then I wiped off the excess water and grime. The results were spectacular! I was so proud I sent my father a video of the finished product.

    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Magic-120005-Chrome-Cleaner/dp/B012OSZF64?ref_=bl_dp_s_web_2583480011

    https://www.amazon.com/Chapin-1002-48-Ounce-Sprayer-Multi-purpose/dp/B00002N8OB

    At Autozone yesterday, I bought a bottle of ArmorAll Extreme Tire Shine Gel. It came with an applicator, and is miles better than the Meguiars Tire Foam that I had before. The first can of Meguiars I bought had the spray cap pop off the first time I went to use it. Had to return it and get another can. That can gave me two uses before it exploded inside the cabinet where I keep my car cleaning stuff. I didn't know it had exploded until yesterday. That was a major PITA and a mess to clean up. Needless to say....no more of that.

    https://www.amazon.com/Armor-All-Ex...+shine+gel&qid=1563922467&s=automotive&sr=1-1

    I'm wondering if I should have used two coats of ArmorAll Gel though...? I've been out to look at the tires, and it's not quite the "shine" I was expecting. But the tires still look very nice.

    So what do you use to clean your car(s)? Do you have specific brands/types, or is it just whatever is available? Got any pictures of the finished product?
     
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  3. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon Rational

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    Yes, but do you have a particular brand of rain that you use? :D
     
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  4. BamaBud

    BamaBud NRA Life Member

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    I have a monthly rate for two cars, $50. For the "everything" wash.
    First pre-wash using hand brushes. Free air for tires. Free windshield washer fluid.
    Never used any of that.
    Drive through takes three minutes, two soaps, rinse agent, Rain-x, tire scrubbers.
    Then, free vacuums, free drying cloths, free squirt bottles of something that looks like Windex. Never use it.
    I can run my cars through daily, if I want. Usually 1-2 a week.
    I use Turtle paste wax a couple of times a year.
    Car gets compliments often.
     
  5. Pete Perfection

    Pete Perfection

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    I don’t wash my daily driver. Monthly vacuum.
     
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    harlenm Millennium Member

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    This is after one of the rare washings[​IMG]


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  7. Benchrst

    Benchrst Ban Hamster

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    Yeah no, the rolling trashcan will not be photographed.
     
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    Early this year I was listening to an old rebroadcast of Car Talk on NPR. A caller discussed using very diluted Kerosine. He said a car dealer told him it maintains/restores the car's finish, gives an amazing shine and does no harm.

    The idea is to add a small dash of kerosene to a bucket of water, wash the car with it and then hose it down.

    Anyway, I gave it a try on my 2010 Xterra. A teaspoon of kerosine to about 2 gallons of water. I tested it on a dull spot and it was shiney. No kerosine smell. So I did the whole car and the finish looks better than ever. Two months later it still does.

    Anyone ever hear of this or try it?
     
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  9. porschedog

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    ^wipe my car down with a flammable liquid,even if it is diluted? Yeah, no.

    I use Star brite wash and wax followed by Star brite Premium Marine Polish. Pix to follow (it’s dark out now, lol)
     
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    I’m happiest when my 911 is covered in bugs and road grime.
     
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    Roman candle.
     
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    IMG_20190712_161026622_HDR.jpg 2010 335i x drive M sport. As delivered with BMW power pack and factory performance exhaust putting it at a healthy 340hp. It goes back we and forth to work and fun on the back roads. It's the only pic I have right now. I haven't even washed it yet. Only had it a few weeks. But I usually use McGuire's stuff. Ther clay bar is the best off the shelf one I have tried.
     

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  14. DAKA

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    I think that many years ago firemen used to wash the firetrucks with a water and a bit of kerosene mixture...
    I have ....a guy...
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  15. Ross-in-Pa

    Ross-in-Pa Western Pa

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    I also use the product called Rain.

    Sometimes daily, sometimes only once a week or so.....
     
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  16. Jeff S.

    Jeff S. Heart of the Rockies

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    We use Ultima Paint Guard Plus, and their waterless wash. The paint guard is really durable, and helps water/snow bead. I use it all over the car, including the windshield and side windows. I’ll apply 3 or 4 coats before the first freeze to protect through winter. Here’s a picture after 700 miles (including dirt roads/camping).

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    https://www.autogeek.net/ultima-car-care.html
     
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    Liquid car wash for the soap. Warm water hose. Dry thoroughly. P21-S carnouba wax. Lots of clean microfibers and love.

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    I'll play. Normally my car isn't this clean.....but just bought it Saturday 7/20. 2016 Subaru Crosstrek in Desert Khaki -
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    And....the 2007 Outback - cleaned up and getting ready to sell (was time to downsize as the 2 kids are now adults and out of the house -
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  19. Larry302

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    5C26FB9F-3EDB-47C5-834D-6ABC15670CE0.png When your car is 15 years old and driven through 14 Western NY winters , come see me .
     
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    Lucus Oil Slick Mist. Spray it on a clean car, wipe it off. Its not a wax. Use it on wet or dry surfaces. It throws down an incredible shine. I use it on the windshield too, and you don't need to use your wipers because the water just beads up and blows off. [On windshield follow up with a dry paper towel after the initial application]. Highly recommended.

    https://lucasoil.com/products/appearance-products/slick-mist-speed-wax