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Cleaned, clay bar and wax.. silky smooth. Lotsa pics.

Well, I decided to get off my butt and get the truck cleaned up. It has been a little neglected due to getting a beater to daily drive.

So, I took it to the car wash and had my hispanic friends hand wash and dry it up real good. Took it home and put the clay bar to it, and polished and waxed her up. She's lookin' purty.

Realized just how many small scratches and nicks in the paint there are tho :( and the pics aren't that great cuz all I had was my Iphone 4.. but you get the idea.. and you get to see my new garage :)

Here is a quick pic of the stuff I used. Meguiars clar bar kit with cleaner/wax.
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And after the clay bar job.
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And after the wax.
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Also... this is something nifty I figured out on the Honda forum. I used the heat gun to bring some color back into my faded running boards.
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AND... since I now have a garage, I bought a creeper to crawl around under the vehicles... and I found this ... no bueno.
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Lookin' good! That's a pretty cool idea for the running boards. I'll have to try that out next time.
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Nice truck man.
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Nice truck man.
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Lookin' good! That's a pretty cool idea for the running boards. I'll have to try that out next time.
Thanks. Yea, I used it on my bumper trim on the accord and it worked better than I thought it would. The color will fade a little bit after a day or 2, but it's a temporary fix until I stop being lazy and take it off and paint them.
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very nice man! Gotta love the latino brothers giving a helping hand!
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pinion seal i just did mine
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Looks good! I was up your way yesterday at the fair.
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Looks very good!
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Looks good! I was up your way yesterday at the fair.
The fair is still going on? Lol

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pinion seal i just did mine
It doesn't look all that hard to do... did you have any issues?
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Nice lookin truck man
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Just take driveshaft out. Mark the pinion nut on the shaft so you know where it goes. Remove nut (impact) pull seal replace it. Reverse install
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Thanks guys. I watched a video on youtube on the pinion seal, looks easy enough. Might change the rear diff fluid while I'm working on it. Gives me an excuse to put a new diff cover on there, and clean up the rear end.

Anyways... cleaned the wheels and took a few more pics. Tried using my powerball and mother's aluminum polish... that stuff sucks. My neighbor gave me a can of Flitz metal polish.. that stuff is amazing. You can find it here:
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And after I washed, clay barred and waxed the car too. Also used meguiars ultimate compound on it to get rid of some of the oxidation and bring the shiny back.
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The paint looks incredible, looks deep like you could stick your hand in it.

Two questions:

What is and how do you do the clay bar thing ?

Is the “EDGE” sticker OEM or custom ?

Truck looks good.

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You can get a clay bar kit from any auto parts store... I used a Meguiars kit. It comes with the clay bars, quick detailer spray, a microfiber cloth, and cleaner/wax. Basically you just wash and dry your truck, then you spray the quick detailer, and run the clay bar over the paint where you spray the quick detailer. Rub it off with the microfiber cloth... and keep doing that until you do the whole truck. There is a video... lemme find it. Here it is:
http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-clay-bar.html

Oh, and the EDGE sticker is OEM. Wish it was a different color... it's on my list of things to change. Silver would look better.
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Oh, and the EDGE sticker is OEM. Wish it was a different color... it's on my list of things to change. Silver would look better.
Yeah, my truck came that same color decal...I had the dealer remove it before I picked it up!
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You can get a clay bar kit from any auto parts store... I used a Meguiars kit. It comes with the clay bars, quick detailer spray, a microfiber cloth, and cleaner/wax. Basically you just wash and dry your truck, then you spray the quick detailer, and run the clay bar over the paint where you spray the quick detailer. Rub it off with the microfiber cloth... and keep doing that until you do the whole truck. There is a video... lemme find it. Here it is:
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OK thks, I need to look into that.

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Oh, and the EDGE sticker is OEM. Wish it was a different color... it's on my list of things to change. Silver would look better.
That sticker would look better on my RED truck, another thing to look at.
Note to self, add to list…


Since I am asking about your truck… what grille did you use ?
I wanted an STX/Sport type but not having a lot of luck finding one at a reasonable price so a horizontal bar one will have to do and your looks good.


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You can get a clay bar kit from any auto parts store... I used a Meguiars kit. It comes with the clay bars, quick detailer spray, a microfiber cloth, and cleaner/wax. Basically you just wash and dry your truck, then you spray the quick detailer, and run the clay bar over the paint where you spray the quick detailer. Rub it off with the microfiber cloth... and keep doing that until you do the whole truck. There is a video... lemme find it. Here it is:
http://www.autogeek.net/detailing-clay-bar.html

Oh, and the EDGE sticker is OEM. Wish it was a different color... it's on my list of things to change. Silver would look better.

Just watched the vid, interesting and not hard to do, just time.
Thks, I am going to try it out.

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truck looks good!!! Its not that hard to fix that pinion seal, especially if you go buy Justin Higgs writeup
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Since I am asking about your trucků what grille did you use ?
I wanted an STX/Sport type but not having a lot of luck finding one at a reasonable price so a horizontal bar one will have to do and your looks good.
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I wanted an STX grille too, or even an 06+ color matched black one, but I got this off another member here for like $80. I think I got the lower one from a member of another forum. I'm not sure what brand they are... I would guess Carriage works or t-rex.

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truck looks good!!! Its not that hard to fix that pinion seal, especially if you go buy Justin Higgs writeup
Yea, I saw that thread. And I saw a pretty good video on youtube... I think I got the link from a thread you made
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