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I use this stuff:

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For the outside:
Use a good quality car wash. Do not use laundry detergent or dish soap:
Fill a large bucket with warm or cold water mixed with an ounce (or the recommended amount) of liquid car wash. Always put the car wash in the bucket first then add water to achieve a good amount of suds.

Use a quality sponge or soft rag to wash your car. Click the image to open in full size.

This is how I do mine:
1. I spray all 4 wheels (or rims) while they are still dry with a full strength wheel cleaner or degreaser Click the image to open in full size.

2. Hose down the car. You must use a lot of water so as not to scratch the paint. I like to start at the top of the car and work down.
Click the image to open in full size.

3. Start on one side of the car. Use the saturated sponge or rag on the roof then work your way down to the windows then the door panels until one side of the car is completely washed. Make sure to saturate your sponge frequently. Be sure to pay extra attention to the lower panels and wheel wells where most road dirt accumulates. Continue washing, next going to the hood and the other side of the car and finally the trunk. Go over the car a second time if necessary.

4. Using a good hose nozzle, rinse thoroughly. Click the image to open in full size.
Do not use a high pressure nozzle that could chip away paint. Be sure to rinse the wheels (rims) also.

5. Dry the car:
Use a good chamois (shammy) or a soft terrycloth towel Click the image to open in full size.
I like to dry all the windows and glass first, then dry the roof, hood, trunk and finally the sides of the car.

6. Tire prep. Dry the tires with an old cloth or paper towels. Use a tire shine product. Click the image to open in full size.
Apply according to the instructions.

7. Wax
Use a good car wax. Most all brands will do a decent job. Name brands are a little more pricey but may last longer. I like Maquires liquid wax.
Click the image to open in full size.
Always wax your car in the shade. Start on the roof, doing small sections at a time. Apply the liquid wax using the applicator sponge or better yet use a soft cloth. Use circular motions applying the wax to one section of the roof. I like to divide the roof into four quadrants, waxing each quadrant at a time, until the roof is complete. Use a soft terry cloth towel to buff out the wax, again use circular motions until all residue has been removed, leaving a shiny slick surface. (Be sure to shake out your rag frequently during the buffing process.) Continue waxing the car using the same process. Next do the hood, then the trunk, then each door panel, etc. until all parts of the car have been waxed. Remember to do small sections at a time. Do not try to do large areas. The process is really easy and is not as time consuming as you may think.

Interior:

1. Remove all floor mats and clutter including child seats, food wrappers, beer bottles , soda cans, dead bodies etc.
2. Wash the floor mats. (If they are rubber you can do this at the same time you wash the car) be sure they are 100% dry before putting them back in the car. Carpeted floor mats can be cleaned with any carpet cleaner and can actually be hosed down. Again, they must be 100% dry before placing back in the car.

3. Vacuum the interior seats and floor. Move the seats all the way forward to access the rear section, then move the seats all the way back to vacuum the front area. Use the crevice tool to get into small sections.

4. Clean the carpet if necessary. Use any good carpet cleaner. Make sure the carpet is 100% dry before placing the floor mats on top of the carpet.

5. Clean the interior windows. Make sure to use a window cleaner safe for tinted windows if your windows are tinted. Use a very soft cloth or towel to avoid scratching the tint. Drying the windows is very important to avoid streaking and smeared windows, that is most noticeable at night.

6. Leather seats. Just wipe them down with a damp clean cloth. If they have noticeable dirt, use a good leather cleaner. Finally condition the leather with a good leather conditioner. Click the image to open in full size.

7. Cloth seats. Vacuum completely. Use a good fabric or upholstery cleaner to spot clean stains. Click the image to open in full size.

8. Wipe down the dash and center console with a damp rag. For stubborn dirt or stains use a mild soap or cleaner, making sure it does not discolor the surface. NEVER USE BLEACH.

9. Clean out the trunk. Remove junk and organize. Vacuum the trunk.

Under the hood. You can clean your engine bay very simply and quickly.
1. Make sure the engine is cold.
2. Use a spray bottle with a full strength degreaser. I like Super Clean.
Click the image to open in full size.
With the engine OFF, spray all sections of the engine bay liberally. Be careful not to over spray onto the body paint. Let sit for three or four minutes. Use a hose and rinse completely. I suggest doing this before you wash the car. Once it is rinsed, start the car and let it run for five or ten minutes.

You can use an old towel to dry off exposed areas once the car is turned off.
If the engine is extremely dirty you may need to repeat this process.

*Some people may say this is controversial. I have always used this method to clean my engine on multiple makes of cars. I have never encountered a problem. The car always cranks immediately and all electrical functions work normally.
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Damn Micheal's response makes mine look like a piece of crap...

Its ok to use dish soap if you want to strip your wax off and start again or if you're going to claybar.
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I used something called the Black Box. It's 20 dollars and is a two step waxing process.
It turned out really well with my car.

You can buy it at any Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, or Pep Boys as far as I know in their respective car wash sections.
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I used something called the Black Box. It's 20 dollars and is a two step waxing process.
It turned out really well with my car.

You can buy it at any Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, or Pep Boys as far as I know in their respective car wash sections.
This stuff is amazing. I had a black Mustang and I used this stuff, I couldnt believe how good it looked.
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This stuff is amazing. I had a black Mustang and I used this stuff, I couldnt believe how good it looked.
Agreed.

Which reminds me! The car has to be black to use the Black Box. I have a black Maxima and just assumed for some reason when I posted that everyone else did too.

SO ONLY USE THE BLACK BOX IF YOUR CAR IS BLACK

It says it on the box as well
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I use a local detailing shop or I do what Thundershott said. Whatever you do, don't be like @EddyMaxx and take a date to the carwash and spend 4 hours cleaning your car.
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I use Mothers products. I claybar my car three times a year and wax it twice a year.
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Originally Posted by Thundershott View Post
For the outside:
Use a good quality car wash. Do not use laundry detergent or dish soap:
Fill a large bucket with warm or cold water mixed with an ounce (or the recommended amount) of liquid car wash. Always put the car wash in the bucket first then add water to achieve a good amount of suds.

Use a quality sponge or soft rag to wash your car. Click the image to open in full size.

This is how I do mine:
1. I spray all 4 wheels (or rims) while they are still dry with a full strength wheel cleaner or degreaser Click the image to open in full size.

2. Hose down the car. You must use a lot of water so as not to scratch the paint. I like to start at the top of the car and work down.
Click the image to open in full size.

3. Start on one side of the car. Use the saturated sponge or rag on the roof then work your way down to the windows then the door panels until one side of the car is completely washed. Make sure to saturate your sponge frequently. Be sure to pay extra attention to the lower panels and wheel wells where most road dirt accumulates. Continue washing, next going to the hood and the other side of the car and finally the trunk. Go over the car a second time if necessary.

4. Using a good hose nozzle, rinse thoroughly. Click the image to open in full size.
Do not use a high pressure nozzle that could chip away paint. Be sure to rinse the wheels (rims) also.

5. Dry the car:
Use a good chamois (shammy) or a soft terrycloth towel Click the image to open in full size.
I like to dry all the windows and glass first, then dry the roof, hood, trunk and finally the sides of the car.

6. Tire prep. Dry the tires with an old cloth or paper towels. Use a tire shine product. Click the image to open in full size.
Apply according to the instructions.

7. Wax
Use a good car wax. Most all brands will do a decent job. Name brands are a little more pricey but may last longer. I like Maquires liquid wax.
Click the image to open in full size.
Always wax your car in the shade. Start on the roof, doing small sections at a time. Apply the liquid wax using the applicator sponge or better yet use a soft cloth. Use circular motions applying the wax to one section of the roof. I like to divide the roof into four quadrants, waxing each quadrant at a time, until the roof is complete. Use a soft terry cloth towel to buff out the wax, again use circular motions until all residue has been removed, leaving a shiny slick surface. (Be sure to shake out your rag frequently during the buffing process.) Continue waxing the car using the same process. Next do the hood, then the trunk, then each door panel, etc. until all parts of the car have been waxed. Remember to do small sections at a time. Do not try to do large areas. The process is really easy and is not as time consuming as you may think.

Interior:

1. Remove all floor mats and clutter including child seats, food wrappers, beer bottles , soda cans, dead bodies etc.
2. Wash the floor mats. (If they are rubber you can do this at the same time you wash the car) be sure they are 100% dry before putting them back in the car. Carpeted floor mats can be cleaned with any carpet cleaner and can actually be hosed down. Again, they must be 100% dry before placing back in the car.

3. Vacuum the interior seats and floor. Move the seats all the way forward to access the rear section, then move the seats all the way back to vacuum the front area. Use the crevice tool to get into small sections.

4. Clean the carpet if necessary. Use any good carpet cleaner. Make sure the carpet is 100% dry before placing the floor mats on top of the carpet.

5. Clean the interior windows. Make sure to use a window cleaner safe for tinted windows if your windows are tinted. Use a very soft cloth or towel to avoid scratching the tint. Drying the windows is very important to avoid streaking and smeared windows, that is most noticeable at night.

6. Leather seats. Just wipe them down with a damp clean cloth. If they have noticeable dirt, use a good leather cleaner. Finally condition the leather with a good leather conditioner. Click the image to open in full size.

7. Cloth seats. Vacuum completely. Use a good fabric or upholstery cleaner to spot clean stains. Click the image to open in full size.

8. Wipe down the dash and center console with a damp rag. For stubborn dirt or stains use a mild soap or cleaner, making sure it does not discolor the surface. NEVER USE BLEACH.

9. Clean out the trunk. Remove junk and organize. Vacuum the trunk.

Under the hood. You can clean your engine bay very simply and quickly.
1. Make sure the engine is cold.
2. Use a spray bottle with a full strength degreaser. I like Super Clean.
Click the image to open in full size.
With the engine OFF, spray all sections of the engine bay liberally. Be careful not to over spray onto the body paint. Let sit for three or four minutes. Use a hose and rinse completely. I suggest doing this before you wash the car. Once it is rinsed, start the car and let it run for five or ten minutes.

You can use an old towel to dry off exposed areas once the car is turned off.
If the engine is extremely dirty you may need to repeat this process.

*Some people may say this is controversial. I have always used this method to clean my engine on multiple makes of cars. I have never encountered a problem. The car always cranks immediately and all electrical functions work normally.
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Maquires liquid wax
thank you for your advice and everyone else. the wax u referred is at good for champagne color maxima
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meguiars is the way to go.
I used their spray detailer and it made my max look like a mirror lol
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thank you for your advice and everyone else. the wax u referred is at good for champagne color maxima
As far as I know Meguires Wax products should be safe for all colors of automobiles.

If you have any doubts or questions go to their web site or call them toll free.

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I also like Turtle Paste Wax. It's cheaper and provides excellent results.
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I start off by rinsing the car with water. Then I hit it with my Wolfgang foam gun with DP Xtreme Foam soap.

Wolfgang Quart Foamaster Foam Gun delivers a thick layer of foam to your vehicle to give the paint maximum lubrication as you wash. Enjoy a safer,

Then, while the foam is setting on the car, I bring out my Wolfgang 5 gallon wash bucket with dolly:

Wolfgang 5 Gallon Wash Bucket System with Dolly, car wash bucket, Grit Guard Wash System

I have this filled with either DP Auto Bath Shampoo, or whatever other High Quality Auto Wash that I have on hand, along with warm water:

DP Auto Bath Shampoo - car wash

This is the sponge I use:

The Bone by Cobra is a soft, plush car wash sponge wrapped in microfiber for unbeatable softness. Use your favorite car shampoo with the bone

Starting at the top of the car, I was the roof, hood, rear deck, and both sides. I rinse each panel as I go. When I'm done, I dry the car with this:

Cobra Guzzler HD Waffle Weave Drying Towel,Guzzler HD,Cobra Drying Towel,Microfiber towel,Microfiber Drying towel,car drying towel

In the springtime, I'll clay the car next.

Then, I'll then break out the buffer/polisher:

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I'll start with an orange pad, and the Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover:

Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0 - All new formula fuses Menzerna and Wolfgang abrasive technology! Works on ceramic clear coat, nano abrasive

Then I switch to a white pad and hit the car again with Wolfgang Finishing Glaze:

Wolfgang Finishing Glaze 3.0 16 oz.

Once that is done, I give the car a full wipe down using these:

Cobra Deluxe 600 Microfiber Combo, 4 microfiber buffing towels, microfiber detailing towels, cobra microfiber

Then, I'll apply a thin coat of Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant by hand:

Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant delivers a deep, wet, liquid shimmer unlike anything you can imagine.

Once the car is coated in the sealant, I'll give it 30 minutes to an hour to "set-up". Then, I'll buff the sealant by hand using an assortment of micro-fiber towels. At this point, the car cannot get wet for 12 hours...this is how long it takes for the paint sealant to "cure".

Then very next day, I'll do a quick wash/rinse/dry. Then I'll apply a thin coat of Wolfgang Fuzion wax:

Wolfgang Fzion Carnauba Polymer Estate Wax, carnauba car wax, show car wax, polymer wax, paste wax, Wolfgang German car care

I will apply it by hand, and wipe it off immediately...one panel at a time. This is a very expensive wax, but it is absolutely the best that I've ever used. The car is then buffed by hand again, using an assortment of microfiber towels.

I will then apply some wheel wax to my wheels:

Wheel Wax

I'll finish by applying some tire cleaner, and then some tire shine to my tires!!!
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I use Meguiar's wash n wax. And if I'm going to hand wax the car, I use Dawn dish soap to remove any old wax build up, grease or tar. Then I re apply a couple coats of fresh paste wax.
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I start off by rinsing the car with water. Then I hit it with my Wolfgang foam gun with DP Xtreme Foam soap.

Wolfgang Quart Foamaster Foam Gun delivers a thick layer of foam to your vehicle to give the paint maximum lubrication as you wash. Enjoy a safer,

Then, while the foam is setting on the car, I bring out my Wolfgang 5 gallon wash bucket with dolly:

Wolfgang 5 Gallon Wash Bucket System with Dolly, car wash bucket, Grit Guard Wash System

I have this filled with either DP Auto Bath Shampoo, or whatever other High Quality Auto Wash that I have on hand, along with warm water:

DP Auto Bath Shampoo - car wash

This is the sponge I use:

The Bone by Cobra is a soft, plush car wash sponge wrapped in microfiber for unbeatable softness. Use your favorite car shampoo with the bone

Starting at the top of the car, I was the roof, hood, rear deck, and both sides. I rinse each panel as I go. When I'm done, I dry the car with this:

Cobra Guzzler HD Waffle Weave Drying Towel,Guzzler HD,Cobra Drying Towel,Microfiber towel,Microfiber Drying towel,car drying towel

In the springtime, I'll clay the car next.

Then, I'll then break out the buffer/polisher:

Flex XC 3401, FLEX Orbital Polisher,flex XC 3401 VRG dual-action polisher,flex XC3401VRG,Dual Action polisher,FLEX buffer

I'll start with an orange pad, and the Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover:

Wolfgang Total Swirl Remover 3.0 - All new formula fuses Menzerna and Wolfgang abrasive technology! Works on ceramic clear coat, nano abrasive

Then I switch to a white pad and hit the car again with Wolfgang Finishing Glaze:

Wolfgang Finishing Glaze 3.0 16 oz.

Once that is done, I give the car a full wipe down using these:

Cobra Deluxe 600 Microfiber Combo, 4 microfiber buffing towels, microfiber detailing towels, cobra microfiber

Then, I'll apply a thin coat of Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant by hand:

Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant delivers a deep, wet, liquid shimmer unlike anything you can imagine.

Once the car is coated in the sealant, I'll give it 30 minutes to an hour to "set-up". Then, I'll buff the sealant by hand using an assortment of micro-fiber towels. At this point, the car cannot get wet for 12 hours...this is how long it takes for the paint sealant to "cure".

Then very next day, I'll do a quick wash/rinse/dry. Then I'll apply a thin coat of Wolfgang Fuzion wax:

Wolfgang Fzion Carnauba Polymer Estate Wax, carnauba car wax, show car wax, polymer wax, paste wax, Wolfgang German car care

I will apply it by hand, and wipe it off immediately...one panel at a time. This is a very expensive wax, but it is absolutely the best that I've ever used. The car is then buffed by hand again, using an assortment of microfiber towels.

I will then apply some wheel wax to my wheels:

Wheel Wax

I'll finish by applying some tire cleaner, and then some tire shine to my tires!!!
Wah Wowee wah!!
That is some impressive equipment and products you use. More than$550.00 total retail. A good investment to maintain the exterior finish of a $30,000. Machine.


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That is some impressive equipment and products you use. More than$550.00 total retail. A good investment to maintain the exterior finish of a $30,000. Machine.


Thanks! The FLEX machine is the absolute BEST!!! I went in "halves" on it with a co-worker, and we were sharing time...he ended up in a financial bind last year, and I bought out his half!

That being said, I absolutely should have stock in Autogeek!!!

Michael,

If you ever have a little extra cash, pick up one of the small tubs of Wolfgang Fuzion...I guarantee you that you won't be disappointed!!! If you watch Autogeek's "buy-one-get-one-free" section, it will go on special a few times a year. That's how I got mine!!!
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