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Old 04-23-2009
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how does this stuff work? it looks like it would just scratch the paint all up.

How is it possible to apply DRI WASH 'n GUARD. over a dirty surface?

DRI WASH 'n GUARD. contains 47 ingredients, including wetting agents, lubricants and protectants which have never been used by the car care industry.
The detergents and wetting agents in DRI WASH 'n GUARD. combine to soften and emulsify surface grime, while a specific blend of polymeroxane fluids and hydrophenolic lubricants attach a microscopic layer of exclusive PolyGuard-3. to the surface. PolyGuard-3. is an extremely rare (and expensive) substance which provides a bonded layer of protection against any remaining abrasive not broken down by the detergents and wetting agents.

Check out the prefered vendor section, lots of users have used it
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Here's what I do:
1. Wash with an automotive soap. Anything meant for cars is good.
2. Clean door jambs and rockers. Just use a damp 100% cotton towel to wipe everything down, then go back over it with a dry 100% cotton towel.
3. Clean the wheels with any wheel/tire cleaner.
4. Wax. I usually use a liquid wax. I have changed brands, but usually the results are about the same. Most of the time I will use a Meguiar's brand wax. I use a microfiber applicator and polish it off with 100% cotton towels.

That usually makes the truck look close to new except for deep scratches and such. I always get a mirror finish.

Every couple of years I use a clay bar. I just use store bought ones. Again, I have used a couple different brands and the results are usually the same. Just follow the directions on the box.

If you want, you can get a power orbital buffer, but I've never used one.
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Here's what I do:
1. Wash with an automotive soap. Anything meant for cars is good.
2. Clean door jambs and rockers. Just use a damp 100% cotton towel to wipe everything down, then go back over it with a dry 100% cotton towel.
3. Clean the wheels with any wheel/tire cleaner.
4. Wax. I usually use a liquid wax. I have changed brands, but usually the results are about the same. Most of the time I will use a Meguiar's brand wax. I use a microfiber applicator and polish it off with 100% cotton towels.

That usually makes the truck look close to new except for deep scratches and such. I always get a mirror finish.

Every couple of years I use a clay bar. I just use store bought ones. Again, I have used a couple different brands and the results are usually the same. Just follow the directions on the box.

If you want, you can get a power orbital buffer, but I've never used one.
You need to switch the two in bold.
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You should never write on your truck like that. it scratches.
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You should never write on your truck like that. it scratches.
nope it doesnt, not when you write with it with the same stuff i used to clean it with :)
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^^ lol nice
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Old 04-27-2009
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I dont use any sort of harsh chemicals for my wheels, just the normal soap i sue the entire truck so I dont worry about any of that wheel cleaner $hit getting on my paint. I see your point though BamaGT, I'll take it under advisement lol
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Icon6 Heres what i do, and my truck is CLEAN when im done

I work at a granite quarry, so I HAVE to wash my truck regularly. If i dont i will have an ince of granite dust on it! Also, when i wash it, i have to pre rinse REALLY good, or that tiny little dust will scratch my paint!

Before i do anything outside, i completely vacuum and shine interior then....

1) prerinse, really good.....i keep the truck wet when i wash, if im washing a section, when i move to the next, i hit it with water.

2)wash with mit and Mequiar's soap. washing one panel at a time and then rinsing that panel, move to the next. Start at the top and go down. Try to yet ur fron end last because if any bug guts with hard sheels get in ur mit, u risk scratching paint.

3)After I go all the way around i spray a product called "Awesome!" on my rims and tires. It only cost $1 at Dollar Tree. Then i take an old mit and srrub my rim, then a stiff bristle brus to do the tires.


4) Next i take a microfiber towel and dry twice, EVERYTHING, including door jambs.

5) I take my clay bar system, I pick a body panel, i clay bar that whole panel. Then move to the next panel until entire truck is done!

6)next i take Meguirs Paint cleaner and do the same as with the caly bar, one panel ata tuime, put on buff off.

7) next comes the Meguirs polish, same as previous two, rub on rub off...

8) Then i proceed with Meguirs NXT Wax (best ever!!!) This time i go all the way around truck to let wax dry.. then take off....

9)I take chrome cleaner and hit my grille with it

10)I take armor all or tire shine and put on foam applicator and or towel and hit every piece of plastic on exterior. and then i take it to the wheels.

after all of this is done, my truck shines like none other, but be prepared, ur arms will hurt, and it will take all day, but its worh it, just make sure you do all the post washing stuff in the shade!
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Thanks for posting this thread I've learned alot of this
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If you're really into keepin it spiffy all the time I would invest in a DA polisher. I use the meguirs g110 and it does a great job with very little effort (compared to doing it by hand.)

What I normally do is use the two bucket method with grit guards, fill the buckets up first before you add the soap so you know you get a lot of water. Otherwise, you'll get a ton of suds but very little water. I usually wash my wheels first, for reasons already stated in the thread, then I'll flood the truck and begin washing the panels from the top down. Do a panel then rinse out your mit in your only water bucket, I like to rub it on the grit guard. Rinse it out and continue.

I then put a light cutting pad on the da and work some cleaner wax into the paint one panel at a time. Wipe it according to the instructions.

Lately, Ive been using Zaino Z-5 Pro and Z-6 on mine as the wax/sealant. I love it, really brings out the pop. It's mostly for darker vehicles though. NXT 2.0 is great as well and can be applied by machine or hand, just make sure to let it dry fully and it'll be easy.

In between waxes I always quick detail spray after a wash to keep the shine going strong.
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Yep a DA will make life soooo much easier. Its sort of expensive but it makes it much easier and does a much better job than you can do by hand.
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