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Hey Guys,

Can someone please guide me about some of the cleaning products you guys are using and what works best and also protects the paint.


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NuFinish is what the body shop guy recommended to me for paint protection. But I don't wax mine very often. Honestly I just wash it regurlarly to keep the grime and bugs off and I use soap and water on the wheels only to prevent corrosion.

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This is a copy/paste of a post I made in another thread on AFM:

I'm my opinon there is not one product/brand that is the 'best' for everyone. Each person has different requirements that include: time to apply, cost, final look, etc... so the perfect brand/product will be different for everyone.

After many years of buying/trying products that have great reviews, I have finally come to a point where I'm about 99% happy with my products/process. I can get a nice look, easy to apply, and doesn't require a lot of my time. I don't have a garage and I wash 1-2 times per week. I prefer my car be in "showroom" condition all the time.

Car Wash: Optimum No Rinse. Easy to use, leaves a nice finish, and you can wash your car w/o access to a hose.

Wash Mitt: SM Arnold Sheepswool Wash Mitt. Doesn't shed like crazy. Lasts a long time. Delicate on the paint. (Paint only. Lower plastic parts / wheels / tires get a different mitt).

Drying Towels: Cobra Supreme 530. Come in different sizes. Absorbs well.

Wax: Optimum Car Wax (Spray Wax). Easy to apply. Protects well.

Polish: Optimum Hyper-Polish using buffer. Spray on. Polishes nicely.

Sealant: Optimum Opti-Seal. Easy application. Protects well.

Tire Shine: Optimum Opti-Bond. Water based. Doesn't sling. Nice matte look (You can dilute however you want for more/less sheen).

Interior plastics/vinyl: Aerospace 303. Doesn't leave a greasy feeling. Nice new/matte look.

Windows. Stoners Invisible Glass with a glass cleaning towel. Leaves no streaks and I use it all around the house too
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So you need to start with figuring out your criteria:

1. How much time are you willing to put toward cleaning your car? Toward waxing your car? Toward polishing your car?

2. How much $$$ are you willing to spend to stock up on products?

3. What is your desired result? Absolutely brand new looking all the time? Looking like new all the time?
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Car wash - meguiars Gold Class. $9 a gallon great stuff

Mitt - some microfiber thing from autogeek. Works great and lasts

Drying towels - The Absorber. Some people cringe at them. For me it works great. All about technique

Wax - +1 for Optimum. Though I use it as a between booster. Collinite 845 is my primary. Both also work great on black exterior trim as a WOWO. Optimum is also great on vinyl graphics

Polish - meguiars ultimate. I'm sure there are better products but it is a great consumer grade for use with a DA

Sealant - collinite 845, see above

Tire shine - Wolfgang. Expensive but good stuff. No sling no silicone no phony hi gloss shine

Plastics - +1 for 303. I'll use it on my dash, door panels and other interior / exterior plastics

Windows - 50/50 cut of denatured alcohol and distilled water. Add a touch of vinegar if you have water spots

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Car Wash - depends whats on sale, usually Meguiars

Wax/Quick Shine- Meguiars or Mothers

Polish - Zaino

I use a plain old 100% cotton bath towel (made in the US only) for washing.

I also dry with the Absorber. No lint like a regular towel.

Leather - Lexol cleaner/conditioner

Trim - Armor All

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Get some cheap, non-abrasive hand cleaner. Slather that on the front and wait a bit. Wash as usual. That stuff really helps on getting those bug splatters off.

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Originally Posted by Tim Comer View Post
Get some cheap, non-abrasive hand cleaner. Slather that on the front and wait a bit. Wash as usual. That stuff really helps on getting those bug splatters off.
And also strips the wax off.
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