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Old 10-27-2008
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questions about cleaning and waxing

hey guys, i'm pretty new to the whole waxing deal and i have some questions. When i wash my truck i usually go to one of those quarter ones with the pressure washer and the scrub brush thing you know. after i do that i drive it home. I do this mostly so i don't have to dry it by hand. Then i put a coat of zymol on the whole truck by hand with a little circular buffing pad thing and a microfiber towel. It takes forever but it looks really good.

i'm just wondering if this is a good technique or what i should do. Any input would be greatly appreciated because id like to keep my truck lookin real nice like most of you guys do!!
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umm dry by hand and wax it at the place ... you might not see it but youre getting dirt on it drivin it home .
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your right, definately should have thought of that

:) thanks!
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as for actual wax everyone had personal preferences ... lately i been using turtle wax ice cause it was an xmas present ... not sure what imma use once i run out of that.

never heard nothin bad about zymol though
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i personally hand wash the bimmer and the use mothers wax. usually spend a good 3 hours.
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Yeah I'd say wax right after. Plus all the pressure wash places I know are covered, so it keeps you cool and the paint cool, which makes applying/removing wax much much much easier.
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yea, i always end up doing it in direct sunlight because i don't have a place at the house.

I'm going to start doing what you guys are saying. they are easy ways that i just never thought of.
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Melt, i actually think i read somewhere on here that it was really good.... i dont know but i just sent my mom for some liquid wax one day cuz i was tired of the paste.

she said the dude at the store told her zymol was what he used
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Stay away from that damn brush!
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for real? why? is it bad for cars or something?
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hahaha wow, everything you listed is bad for your paint. washing/waxing fail
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wtf since when is washing and waxing bad for your paint

my 99 mazda looks a hell of a lot better than my girls 03 hundai which she washes once a year weather it needs it or not
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Them there brushes at the power wash stations hold a lot of dirt in them. If your like me I use the all the time to clean my wheels, wheel wells, under body... Might be a good idea to power wash the brush as you pass.

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i use nothing but meguiars. Gold class wax and wash are what Ive been using on all my cars, but im gonna experiment with some different waxes next time. If I dont get around to washing and waxing for a few weeks and my truck is really dirty, i use some paint cleaner wax before the carnauba wax to get rid of any oxidation and other road grime that didnt come off in the wash

when washing, I wash from the top down and rinse the brush off frequently so I dont swirl dirt around.

Apply the wax with a microfiber towel
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Well this is several yr of being a professional detailer and painter!! FIRST of all hand wash your ride you'll get it a lot cleaner and take your time!! Buy TWO wash mitts. wash your truck FIRST then wash your wheels WITH the other wash MITT and desinate the two, one for body and the other for wheels. Alot of people dont realize that brake dust is bascially metal shaving so imagine gettin that in your wash mitt then rubbing it all over your paint. Always make sure to rinse both out thouroghly after every use. You've got the right idea about waxing but also realize when you wax you build up static electricity on your paint so dust and what not will want to cling to it. Nothing there you can really do about it. there's alot of good waxes out. Like most guys here i recommend the best on shelf is meguires MARINE wax. also newspaper work awsome with windex on windows!!!
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