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What do you use to clean your Mustang with?

Just bought a new GT yesterday and it is not as clean as I would like it. There seems to be deep down dirt in paint and it needs a good scrubbin'.

What do you guys use to clean (type of soaps etc...) your cars? Any suggestions? thanks
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whats the build date, how long did it sit on the lot?

mine was on the lot several months and the paint felt almost rough..
after reading about iron rail dust I decided to clay bar my entire car.
very easy, took about an hour and the paint now is super smooth and slick. I put a coat of wax on afterward to protect it.

follow the directions and you'll be suprised at the results.

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I normally just let the rain clean it. If it gets particularly dirty I'll take it to a standard mechanical carwash, maybe once or twice a year.

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I'm probably in the minority, but after I got mine home I took a claybar to it to make sure the paint was clean, then hit it with the PC to remove ALL swirl marks. Then I put a sealant and wax on it. Looked awesome for about a day, then I drove it in the rain. lol.

I'll probably keep that routine up every couple of months for as long as I own it. Makes for a good excuse to spend Saturday afternoon outside, or at least out in the garage.

When washing I always use some kind of car specific soap, and a microfiber sponge. This time of year I will drive it through a touchless car wash every week or so.
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meguiars clay bar system is the way to go... a lot of elbow grease, but man, silky smooth after

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I use Pinnacle products. I purchased these products from AutoGeek.com Automotive Super Site.

I use the Foam Cannon hooked up to my pressure washer. It looks like you covered the whole car in shaving cream. It really minimizes the amount of time spent washing, its fun, and minimizes the amount of time you scrub your car minimizing swirl marks. I then use the two bucket method to wash the car. I dry the car using micro fiber towels. I apply the non abrasive Pinnacle polish & remove residue with microfiber towels. I then apply Pinnacle sovereign paste wax & remove residue with microfiber towel. I also used the Pinnacle clay bar kit after i purchased the car so cleaning and polishing is much faster. I use the pinnacle wheel and tire cleaning kit to clean the wheels.
These products will provide you a Show Car quality finish. They are not cheap.
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Use a dedicated car wash soap, do NOT use Dawn or other dish soap. It'll strip every layer of wax and expose the paint to the elements, not to mention leave it hazy and swirled. It's too harsh for the automotive paint.

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I normally just let the rain clean it. If it gets particularly dirty I'll take it to a standard mechanical carwash, maybe once or twice a year.
Why do you even bother posting useless information! If you don't have any helpful information don't post.

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Why do you even bother posting useless information! If you don't have any helpful information don't post.


Seriously.

Like mentioned earlier, use a soap designed for cars. Meguiars is good stuff, i have been using their gold wash forever. Use a soft mit they are cheap at the auto parts store, and some microfiber towels you will get the results you want.

Throw a coat of wax on every few washes and it'll look great.

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oh.. the irony!


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Car Wax, Car Polish, Auto Detail Supplies : CHEMICAL GUYS WHOLESALE AUTO DETAILING SUPPLIES CAR WASH PRODUCTS PROFESSIONAL CAR DETAIL SUPPLY FACTORY DIRECT

Get the professional stuff.. cheap.

NEVER take it through a car wash that has brushes.. ever..

If you have to go through a car wash.. make sure it only uses water jets. Afterwards, spray it with a liberal amount of detail spray and wipe it off with a clean microfiber towel.

You should have a good "cleaner" wax on hand for once or twice a year.. and a non-abrasive wax for whenever you want the car to look good.

Once a year, I strip the wax off.. they apply a sealant, few coats of glaze, and a few coats of high-end wax. I have a nice liquid wax (butter wax) that I apply probably 1-2 times a month.. its really easy to put on and take off.

Even with my black daily driver 07, I never had to touch it with a buffer.. everything by hand and no swirl marks.

If it's not microfiber and slightly dampened with detail spray... it doesn't touch my paint.
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I use Meguiars Gold Class Car Wash and Quick Detailer after I dry it with a Shamee. I have put one coat of the Collinite 845 Insulator Wax so far and will hit it again once the weather warms up a bit.


I have never tried the Clay Bar before but after seeing some many others suggest it I may give it a try. The Kona Blue looks sweet when clean but does get dirtier quicker than I thought it would, still love the car though. :smoke:

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Clay bar huh? never heard of it. My car did sit on the lot for a few months and does feel gritty even after washing. Claybar sounds harch though. What exactly does the claybar do?
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