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what gives the best shine

and a smooth finish?
im entering the truck in a car show this weekend and id like to have it some what shiney and clean because i know it will get photographed just because it is different than all the other trucks around here.

also, whats out there that works well for cleaning rims? i dont want to polish them or anything, just clean them
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Meguires makes everything you need. Get a clay kit w/ quick detailer, then some rim polish and Gold class wash.
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i thnk i have the mequiars clay bar kit somewhere in the garage, gotta dig that out
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I have about $145 worth of cleaning and detailing stuff. If you want a true glass like shine then devote about 9 hours of work into it. You'll have that baby looking good.
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I have about $145 worth of cleaning and detailing stuff. If you want a true glass like shine then devote about 9 hours of work into it. You'll have that baby looking good.
haha yea, im not THAT determined since there are scratches long the sides and i have whtie fenders on a grey truck haha. ill probally put about 3-4hrs into the initial wash/wax
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Wanna practice on mine?
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LOL what he said ^^^ sign me up next
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Yea but he lives close to me so it would be easier! lol
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haha negative ghost rider. im doin this **** by hand and it sucks haha
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I have about $145 worth of cleaning and detailing stuff. If you want a true glass like shine then devote about 9 hours of work into it. You'll have that baby looking good.
Nope. I use 3 items and about 4 hours tops. meguiars gold class wash, ZymoL cleaner wax, turtlewax Ice. use a buffer to apply the wax and remove it by hand. 1st coat: Zymol let it get bone dry. 2nd coat: Turtlewax Ice (liquid) allow to dry to a Haze. 3rd coat: Zymol with buffer one section at a time. from where you applied the Turtlewax Ice it dries almost instantly before your very eyes. This will out shine even the New trucks and lasts for about 18 months. For wheels the same thing only done by hand( both applying and removing). After doing this you'll have a MIRROR TYPE SHINE. Black magic tire gel is good.
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