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Old 03-20-2009, 12:31 AM   #21
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when i wash my trucks i use :

soap -armor all wash n wax
eagle1 tire/wheel cleaner
windows-rainx cleaner/rainx stuff or armor all cleaner
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meguiers plastix(works really good)

i hardly ever wax my truck
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:26 PM   #22
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Mud. It helps to hide the rust.
I agree mud always looks good.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:12 PM   #23
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i usually just high pressure soap and rinse at the self serve car wash, no point waxing a truck that has no clearcoat left haha
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:19 PM   #24
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Mequiars Quik Mist & Wipe Detailer (cleans Good)
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Mud. It's been dry around here lately, though. I need more mud.
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for washing it, it depends on how dirty it is. I either use Mr. Clean Spot Free, or Turtle Wax car wash soap.
After I wash it I let it dry and give it two coats of McGuire's gold class wax,
Then for a quick detail and to bring out that extra shine I use ice detailer spray.

For tire protectant, I give them a rub down with Westley's bleach white, let it dry then wipe them down with Eagle 1 tire black.

I am not really brand loyal i shop around, I am always ready to try something different.
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I wash with whatever is on sale at the local supply stores. Buffing and glazing is done with 3M products ONLY. Fine cut rubbing compound if needed and Imperial machine glaze. Wax is done with Meguiar's No. 26 Yellow wax. The solid stuff, not the crappy liquid. Dash and such is hit with a wet rag and then a UV blocker. No glossy crap here.

Tires is Bleche White and a thorough rinse. Wheels, Eagle One All Wheel cleaner, and another good rinsing.

Luxol for leather seats and stuff. Castle for the glass cleaner. Mother's Back to Black for the plastic trim that got wax on it.
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I ran my explorer through the eagle truck wash on the Washington/Idaho border for $10 once a month. the I hand washed/polished/waxed it twice a year with mother's and a buffer pad....... it looked better than a mall crawler.... and the best part was I made them all sick when they figured out I wasn't afraid to scratch/dent it.
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Mostly Adam's stuff here. Not totally brand-loyal though. I use whatever car wash soap is cheap, every 1-2 weeks. Adams green wheel cleaner on rims and tires, the gunk starts running off on the ground almost as fast as I can grab a brush to scrub with. Do a quick dry with a big purple super-absorbent synthetic thing (aqua dry?), then finish drying with a waffle-weave microfiber. Clay with detail spray (have both Adam's and Meguiars) then follow with an assortment of polishes and pads from 3M, Malco, Meguiars, and Adams, by hand or with rotary buffer, depending on how much cut I need. Finish with Adams buttery wax and wipe clean with super-plush microfiber towels. I have yet to find a wax that's easier to use or that works better. I never thought I would be able to wax in the sun and still be able to wipe the residue off, now I can. Even the neighbor lady commented when I snuck a coat in on her car the last time I washed it, she said that the shine was unbelievable, and that her hand slipped off the door when she tried to close it. I still haven't decided on a tire shine, as I don't like a greasy-wet tire, just a nice dark, natural-looking black. Right now I'm at a toss up between Adams VRT (vinyl, rubber, and tire dressing) and Black Magic Matte tire shine.

Having a black truck, it's a pretty good test-bed for all kinds of products.

Edit: almost forgot, polish wheels with Mothers aluminum polish and powerball. Some #000 steel wool to help if they're really nasty. It works pretty good, but when it runs out, I want to try Adams metal polishes and the new Mothers powercone.
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Mostly Mother's. Their clay bar is awesome, their wax leaves a gorgeous finish, although the wax does not last long. I also use Meguiar's wax sometimes. I don't like Turtle Wax, I found it leaves lots of swirl marks. For tires, I use Armor-All Tire Foam because it leaves a great finish and it's really easy to apply.
i have a can of this and it doesn't work very good at all! it takes a tonne of buffing to get them to stay shiny for more than 10 seconds! I gotta say mothers plus power ball.
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