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Old 08-03-2009
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Ugh, yeah, please don't use dish soap.
I about took my wife's keys after I found out she went to a little kid car wash, and they used dish soap. I went to get in her explorer one day and it had the worse water spots I had ever seen, after I had kept it so clean, lol.
I used clay bar on that thing so many times to get rid of those water spots, it was bad.
I have never used dish soap on any vehicle. Always a good mild car wash and keep it waxed. I always use meguiars stuff.
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Old 08-04-2009
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i like meguiars and turtlewax. the turtle wax ice is some of the best soap ive used from walmart. the best ive ever used period was the stuff i tlkd about earlier at the car lot. its VERY expensive but we only were supposed to use it on details and INSIDE. it was kinna neat watchin the head detailer detail the inside/outside/engine, buff w/ compound, then buff w/ glaze, then wash with the expensive wash N wax, then actually wax the vehicle. he literally spend 4-6 hrs on a vehicle depending on the condition and what it needed. tlk about water beading when he was done.

i try to get my parents to use car sop but they swear by the ivory dish washing liquid. the finish on my parents 05 explorer is horrible. its shiny but not like my truck and not very smooth.
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I use meguairs car wash liquid and meguairs wax inbetween details. a good friend details cars and this is the list of products he last used on my car

Wash:

Karcher pressure washer
Camspray foam cannon
Chemical Guys Citrus Wash and Gloss
Chemical Guys Grime Reaper
P21S wheel gel
Swissvax wheel and detail brushes
Home Depot grout sponges
Uber waffle weave microfibers
Uber microfibers

Exterior cleaning and correction:

Meguiar's claybar
Finish Kare #425
Meguiar's M105 compound
Menzerna PO203S
Lake Country orange cutting pad
Lake Country white polishing pad
Flex XC-3401 DA
Isopropyl alcohol between each pass
Danase Wet Glaze
Finish Kare #2180
Duragloss Aquawax
Finish Kare #108
Meguiar's mag and aluminum polish

Interior cleaning:

Chemical Guys' leather cleaner
Autogeek leather brush
Meguiar's interior detailer
Finish Kare 425

and i'm not sure if i'm allowed to post links to another forum or not but here are some before and afters of his work on my car: Here
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That came out great! Your buddy seems like he knows what hes doing, thats a solid list of products.
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wow, looks good. that what the cars looked like when the guy i was tlkn bout got done w/ em. when i worked at the car lot it was sad to know that it would probably be the last time those vehicles would ever be that clean. i can remember gettin 40k benzes and beamers in that the interior had mcyDs wrappers and fries under the seats, dirt and crumbs everywhere, etc. the exterior was bad as well. usually all the wheels were solid black and sometimes paint/chrome chipping off the wheels from where they never cleaned em. bird crap stains from where they didnt wipe it off. paint had to be buffed a couple times. i see rich *** people drivin around in nice vehicles all the time that are dirty as all hell. then i drive around the corner and theres an older, cheaper vehicle thats clean and nice as can be. its like the rich just dont appreciate what they have...
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That came out great! Your buddy seems like he knows what hes doing, thats a solid list of products.
thanks :) the pickup *should* be going to be at the mercy of his hands here soon. I clayed it the other night and went through two whole claybars that had to be trashed because of how dirty it was. the paint is in some serious need of TLC. a good wax from him and it wont have to be waxed for 10+ months...
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For some reason no matter what time I wash my damned truck, it always seems to dry too fast. I blame the desert. Plus, you can be fined for washing your car in your driveway here. You are supposed to take it somewhere to be washed because it's a desert...lol

I used to use that Mr. Clean autowash deal. That never freaking works, so I use Meguiars now.
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Old 08-05-2009
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I did a quick detail on mine today. I washed it with Meguiars soap then used Meguiars Cleaner Wax ( says it cleans and polishes).
Even though the cleaner wax says it polishes, what else should I add to give it even more shine?
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#7 glaxe, NXT and then topped with #26 for the ultimate shine
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awesome, got a lot of info on washing. thanks!
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Old 08-22-2009
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What kind of soap do you use when you wash your car? I just use regular old dish soap but I'm wondering if there is something better out there.
OMFG!!!

The #1 rule in automotive washing is NEVER EVER EVER under NO circumstances use DISH SOAP!!

The second is NEVER TALK ABOUT DISH SOAP when washing a vehicle!!

........Keep the sunlight and Ivory for the wife under the sink, keep the AUTOMOTIVE soap handy in the man cave, or garage, whatever you have.
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well i had this blue jug of car wash from costco but since it ran out i use ivory liquid dish soap, works just as good and prolly half the price
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my rents used to use that ivory junk on their cars. stripped the wax right off. i finally got them to use my turtle wax ICE wash and it shined em up like new. its only 7-10 bux for a gallon, its not gonna kill ya to spend that to protect your paint. itll save you in the long run. plus that 7-10 is for a gallon, that ivory or dawn is like 2-4 bux for a small *** bottle. its just the same
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Never leaves any spots.
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I got one of those on Woot. Well actually 3 of them, works pretty decently. Doesn't get any heavy dirt off but for just the weekly wash works pretty good.
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I got one of those on Woot. Well actually 3 of them, works pretty decently. Doesn't get any heavy dirt off but for just the weekly wash works pretty good.

Dumb question, but you do use a wash mit after soap is applied? My kit came with a mit, wheel scrubber and a cheapie duster brush.
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Nah mine didn't come with any of that. I just use it to wash my girlfriend's car which never gets super dirty anyway. If it gets really dirty behind the wheels or something I'll grab it but I normally don't need it.
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The truth is in the pudding.

Zip Wax by Turtle wax is the only thing I use, its made to be safe on todays clear coat finishes. Two cap fulls in my 2.5 gallon bucket and the suds last the entire wash. Dish soaps are called "detergents" because of the harsh chemicals added to them.
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Thanks trent, I've never heard of grit guards, pm me how u wash ur truck using two buckets! I'm gonna order those grit guards!
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