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How To Keep Your Paint Looking Fresh And Clean

Do any of you use one of those self serve coin washes? After some experimentation, I found this to be the most effective way to clean your car.

1. Use wax wash to spray down the entire car. Try to get all the grit off your paint
2. Use the foam brush and spray the car wash soap into a bucket. DO NOT use the foam brush on your paint.
3. Use a couple clean microfibre rags and carefully wipe down the whole car. Take your time with this step to ensure the wax seals a good layer on your clean clear coat. Do not use a swirl motion to avoid swirl marks. Flip, fold, scrub and squeeze the rags often to ensure you’re not scraping grit into your clear coat. This is especially important with you people that have darker paints which show imperfections easily.
4. After the car is covered in soap, give it one more rinse with the wax wash. All this wax you using will build a layer on your clear coat which keeps your paint always looking fresh and reduces the frequency that you need to wash your car. Once you get a layer of wax on your car, any grit just comes right off so you don’t need to worry about scratching your clear coat when you are wiping everything down.

You have the pay for the coin machine system twice to do this properly, but it’s still half the price of an automated car wash and your paint will look amazing after you build a layer of wax on your paint. You will reduce rust and keep your car looking fresh for a very long time

For the interior, all you really need is a light detergent or interior detailer to clean everything, including the seats. The seats have a protective coating on top of the leather so don’t bother wasting your time “conditioning” the leather, because it’s not getting past the protective layer. Use a soft horsehair bristle brush to scrub the solution into the seats. You can also hang up the interior carpets on the wall at these self serve places and give them a good clean with the pressure washer... you will be amazed at how clean the mat looks afterwards and how much grit came out. Just be sure to give them a good couple whacks against the wall before you put them back in your car and once you get home, allow them to fully dry overnight somewhere ventilated to avoid bacteria buildup in your car.

A cheap, and effective way to keep your car looking fresh for those of you who gotta do it themselves. Just be very careful with your clearcoat when wiping down the car.

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Good suggestions. I used to do this 15+ years ago when I didn't have a driveway. Including in the winter in New Jersey. I would skip the bucket - you risk dirt entrapped in the brush being rinsed off into your bucket and onto your rag. I soaped the car up and then put my dry rag on the windshield and hit it with the sprayer, then re-hit it frequently while washing. Also, I wouldn't rely on car wash wax. Who knows what that really is. Clay bar and polish once a year regardless.

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Good suggestions. I used to do this 15+ years ago when I didn't have a driveway. Including in the winter in New Jersey. I would skip the bucket - you risk dirt entrapped in the brush being rinsed off into your bucket and onto your rag. I soaped the car up and then put my dry rag on the windshield and hit it with the sprayer, then re-hit it frequently while washing. Also, I wouldn't rely on car wash wax. Who knows what that really is. Clay bar and polish once a year regardless.
For the bucket/dirt problem, I highly recommend this: Chemical Guys - Cyclone Dirt Trap Car Wash Bucket Insert

Unlike the "blade" traps, this one actually works exactly as it is designed.
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For the bucket/dirt problem, I highly recommend this: Chemical Guys - Cyclone Dirt Trap Car Wash Bucket Insert

Unlike the "blade" traps, this one actually works exactly as it is designed.
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Good suggestions. I used to do this 15+ years ago when I didn't have a driveway. Including in the winter in New Jersey. I would skip the bucket - you risk dirt entrapped in the brush being rinsed off into your bucket and onto your rag. I soaped the car up and then put my dry rag on the windshield and hit it with the sprayer, then re-hit it frequently while washing. Also, I wouldn't rely on car wash wax. Who knows what that really is. Clay bar and polish once a year regardless.
For the bucket/dirt problem, I highly recommend this: Chemical Guys - Cyclone Dirt Trap Car Wash Bucket Insert

Unlike the "blade" traps, this one actually works exactly as it is designed.
Thanks! Yes I should use something like this. I just make sure to carefully wipe down the paint with my mitt and to scrub the mitt frequently in between wipes to ensure that I?m not getting any grit on my paint.

I agree on the no name wax, but honestly it?s working quite well for me. It stays on the car for months and everytime I use the wax spray it builds a thicker layer and the paint looks showroom new even with 50k miles on the clock.

Anyways, I?d rsther have a layer of no name wax protecting my paint rather then a layer of dust like most other people!
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I think it's very important to wax your car as much as possible, and unless your paint is very dirty I would suggest to limit the amount of soap you use while washing.
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For the bucket/dirt problem, I highly recommend this: Chemical Guys - Cyclone Dirt Trap Car Wash Bucket Insert

Unlike the "blade" traps, this one actually works exactly as it is designed.
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Also, the amount of soap has little to nothing to do with longevity of the wax. It's the type of soap you use. Chemical Guys makes an excellent wash as does Griot's Garage. I hope I don't need to mention that Dawn is a no no unless you are stripping the wax.

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Also, the amount of soap has little to nothing to do with longevity of the wax. It's the type of soap you use. Chemical Guys makes an excellent wash as does Griot's Garage. I hope I don't need to mention that Dawn is a no no unless you are stripping the wax.

I have more, but it's late lol.

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Yup, I've made the mistake of using dishwashing soap on my car before which did take off wax. never again. Better to use no soap VS. something not formulated for cars.
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Oh Lol 😂 this sounds a lot to what I posted before on auto detailing which byakuya and other fellas said Iím wrong and have no knowledge yet when someone else posts it is suddenly good suggestions

I said many times before on here that is useless to use leather products on the seats cause they have a coating and all you need to do is clean them
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