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when i start cleanin my truck im in such a great mood..

bout halfway i start gettin madd..

by the end im pissed

wanna know why..cuz i shammy (sp?) my truck..then i wax it and notice places where theres water marks..

then all my plastic pieces are lookin like crap..like my tono cover..how in the heck do you keep that thing clean.....i wash it, then shammy it but theres still dirt on it..then i spray that armoral plastic cleaner and it does nothin..so please help me..im bout to take it to a car wash place and get then to wash the detail it so they can get all the dirt off it thats in the hard to get places..


oh and yeah and other thing i got the plastic floor mats..how you clean all the dirt off of those..i vacum them but theres still dirt spots..i put armoral on those then i bout broke my neck when i climb in my truck cuz they were so slick..
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Welcome to the world of owning a black truck! Wanna was mine?
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My vinyl floor looked like hell when I got my truck since it had been a work truck. I vaccumed it and then sprayed a lot of 409 on it. Then just scrub with some kind of brush or something. Mine looked brand new after that and no slippery residue left.
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I use the stuff i sell, uses no water, so there are no water spots, then on the tonno and rubber use a good plastic product i reccomend the DWG tire and trim treatment I sell or the 303 aerospace protectant.
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awsome Dave, im checking it out now..just really dunno wat to get..

i remember D. Saying that he used your stuff..what did he get or do you know..
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I know on your tonno cover, if its like a soft cover you could use tire shine on it, it would prolly look real nice, b/c when i use it on my tires even when they're not clean it makes them darker and look clean, i use the black magic tire shine.
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ya but tire shine is like greasy i dont want that on my tonnue
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then rub it in a little bit, it will still have a dull shine
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The Stuff D uses is the Ultra-Ion, same stuff i use. On my truxedo i use the tire and trim treatment, it is not greasy at all

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I acully use the 303 pretectant it rocks!
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hmmm.... id try tire shine mos def
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for your cover, use a leather protection liquid, like Blue Coral leather.. something ... or
any kind of product that will "protect" leather. Using tire shine, will look fine, may feel greasy, but when it rains, you'll have all that tire shine run down your bedside.
your floormats, use the same degreaser product you use to clean your wheels, and a brush.
to get rid of water spots, don't use a chamios, use an air compressor if you can. just blow all of the water off it.
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trim shine
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yeah i think my truck is lookin good and all, then i get to my hood. It aint alot of black but is enough to notice if its dirty, or has water spots. I always dread lookin at my hood.
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On the rubber floor I use a shop vac as I am scrubbing. It will take up the dirty water. If the water is left standing to dry, it will deposit the dirt back.

I guess I am one of the few to say the Mr Clean Auto Dry car wash does great. The typcal water stains like under the mirrors don't show up. If something does show up, Meguires detailer works very well even in the full sun. The ultra Ion works well also if you are not in full sun.
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i have rubber floor mats that i take out and hose down. The i use windex and a scrub brush and they look brand new.
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do NOT use armor all on the bed cover

the bed cover will actually shrink a little due to the stuff being on it...they're hard enough to snap on when they fit...imagine when they dont...

maybe spray some degreaer on the bed cover, then soap it, rinse and then dry...make sure to do it quick i guess, as to not let the spots occur.

for the water spots on u're paint, clay bar my friend...

1-wash it
2-dry it....quickly
3-clay bar
4-polish
5-couple coats of wax....
6-get some of dave's Waterless stuff....the "car was and protective glaze"...use a few coats...it'll look good as new....assuming u're paint is in decent condition...

and for the trim, i got the same prob....my black trim has turned to kinda crappy grey...which means keeping armor all stuff on it 24-7, or man'ing up and ripping the flares off to get them painted....so
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If your tonneau is the stock one, I would use the same polish or cleaner you use for the interior trim. Personally I use Adam's Polishes brand for everything on my truck. The stuff is extremely easy to use and very long lasting. For this application you would want to use the V.R.T. (Vinyl Rubber Tire) liquid. The sponges work great for applying it and work to pull some of the dirt out at the same time as shining it up. It isn't greasy, but if it is too shiny after applying, you can do a light wipe down with a microfiber towel and makes all the plastic and rubber look brand new.
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do NOT use armor all on the bed cover

the bed cover will actually shrink a little due to the stuff being on it...they're hard enough to snap on when they fit...imagine when they dont...

maybe spray some degreaer on the bed cover, then soap it, rinse and then dry...make sure to do it quick i guess, as to not let the spots occur.

for the water spots on u're paint, clay bar my friend...

1-wash it
2-dry it....quickly
3-clay bar
4-polish
5-couple coats of wax....
6-get some of dave's Waterless stuff....the "car was and protective glaze"...use a few coats...it'll look good as new....assuming u're paint is in decent condition...

and for the trim, i got the same prob....my black trim has turned to kinda crappy grey...which means keeping armor all stuff on it 24-7, or man'ing up and ripping the flares off to get them painted....so
I noticed you said to do #6. Which product are you speaking of anyway? I have Dave's Ultra Ion stuff I think, its just the regular waterless car wash stuff. I assumed when you put this stuff on it would strip the wax you already have on it. And why would you even put it on if you already washed, clayed, and waxed?

Not saying you are wrong, just very curious if this does something I am not aware of and maybe want to try myself.

Thanks
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i use a california water balde on my truck it does an amazing job and there liek 15 bucks it works well on the glass and hood and sides but u still have to use a 100% cotton terry cloth on some spots n i dont have ne water spots
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I use automotive simple green on all my plastic pieces and then cloth cleaner on the seats. I wash, and dry (with an absorber). That's it. I also have a black truck, and it works well

Sometime next week, i'm gonna clean the whole truck, top to bottom, inside and under. Claybar and wax. Gotta get it ready for the new year
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hehe forgot bout this post..

i got like my handle and tailgate handle faded the crap out looks bad cuz the truck is just blingin in the sun and those are like pssshhhh..BAD

what do ido?
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holy crap, i just realized this post started in september, haha. I thought it was new. Thank god i didn't dig it up, haha.

Umm... do shaven look thingy, haha.
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been thinkin bout it..but if im gunna do it im gunna shave everythin, and roll pan it..do it all at once...
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i know what u mean about the dirt in the lil grooves on the cover, i too had this same problem. i tried washing it while it was on when i washed my truck... BIG mistake. al;l it dod was disturb the dirt then it REALLY looked bad LOL.. my solution finally, was to remove it completly,. laty it on the lawn, hose it down, then use my cheapo $5 a gallon target special (wash n wax) and a scrub brush.... rinse looked like brand new. i was happy.

as far as the floors.... i vac first, then light mist with the hose.... then use either wash n wax, or OB and use a scrub brush... rinse, then use the shop vac to suck up the water, and towel dry.

OB is a commercial cleaner which comes in 5 gallon buckets. people generally use it with pwr washing, cuts everything, including glass, but cleans like no other.
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