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Old 07-31-2012, 09:54 AM   #13 (permalink)
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dont waste your time/money on ice, its mearly a polish thats marginal at best. Look around autogeek youll find some good products.

I use a sealant as a base, I perfer Klase, then I top coat it with collinite 746s or 915, which is a pure wax. I usually do this twice a year. I wash my truck once a week, useing a grit gard bucket from autogeek, with meguires professional car washthat does not have a wax built in it and a microfiber mit. If I want a quick detailer, I use meguires detail spray. Do not use a brush at a car wash, thats how you get small scratches, keep your mit and towls clean to avoid swirl marks.

If I get scratches or end up with sap or some kind of contaminates on the paint, ill go over it with a medium abrasive wolfgang clay bar, followed by wolfgang paint cleansing lotion, then ill coat it with a sealant (klase) followed by a good wax (collinite).

Try to avoid waxes with a cleaner built in them ( aka cleaner wax) the results they give are marginal, you want to use a good pure wax, but allways put down a synthetic sealant first, I perfer klase.

As far as the underside goes, I soak everything down with fluid film, I spray it in every gap, hole, seam and over everything. I do that about 3 times a year, in the winter I wash the underside with a power washer once a week. I had 141 k on my last truck all driven in salt covered IL roads and the truck still looked new. I recomend some good mud flaps as well.
You sound like your advertising for autogeek haha.

So to keep it in simple terms for idiots like me your saying that I should

1. Clean the truck real well with clean microfiber towels and cleaner that doesn't use waxes.

2. Use a sealant like klase (I'll have to see if we have that here in Canada) what does the sealant do exactly? Is it for the clear coat?

3. Use a pure wax. Is it ok to use a power buffer?

And that's it?


And what is clay bar and what is it used for??


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Old 07-31-2012, 10:54 AM   #14 (permalink)
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You sound like your advertising for autogeek haha.

So to keep it in simple terms for idiots like me your saying that I should

1. Clean the truck real well with clean microfiber towels and cleaner that doesn't use waxes.

2. Use a sealant like klase (I'll have to see if we have that here in Canada) what does the sealant do exactly? Is it for the clear coat?

3. Use a pure wax. Is it ok to use a power buffer?

And that's it?


And what is clay bar and what is it used for??


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Lol I'm not advertising for them, but if they are listening they could give me a discount on my next order

Clay bar is to remove contaminates on the paint, if you don't have any, you don't need it. Always use a sealant before a wax, a good base with a sealant will help your paint last, look good and e easy to clean. Use a good pure wax, Collinite is really good stuff for the money
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I only use a buffer to apply a paint cleaner, scratch remover or color enhancer... So it's rare that I use a buffer on my truck.

On your plastic trim, get some Wolfgang exterior trim sealant, it will keep it nice and black, you ony need to apply it once and awhile.
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My brother in-law is meticulous about cleaning his vehicles, right now mine is covered in mud, I washed her before we went on vaca last week, except the tires still looked muddy and I scrubbed them, what good for cleaning them up?
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My brother in-law is meticulous about cleaning his vehicles, right now mine is covered in mud, I washed her before we went on vaca last week, except the tires still looked muddy and I scrubbed them, what good for cleaning them up?
Wet them down, spray them with Wesley's bleach white, scrub with a brush spray off with water, repeat if necessary. Bleach white can be bad on some aluminum rims, so make sure you only use it on the tires. Good luck bud!
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A note on the claybar, if you move your hand across the paint surface after washing and you feel imperfections, chances are that you need to use a claybar. If the surface feels smooth, then you can skip it. You can also use a microfiber towel and move slowly to listen for the fibers to catch on something, this would also indicate the need for a claybar cleaning. Just my experience. Your mileage may vary.
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So do you wipe the clay off afterwards? Or do you leave it on and then wax/ seal?


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So do you wipe the clay off afterwards? Or do you leave it on and then wax/ seal?
Here is a good reference on how to clay a car:
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Very thorough instructions. Hope this helps.
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Ok so I pretty much got all my products from meguires. The only product I could not find was a sealant So the closest thing I could find was Mother's step 2 pre wax cleaner.

Also should I use a polish before the sealer/ wax?


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Ok so I pretty much got all my products from meguires. The only product I could not find was a sealant So the closest thing I could find was Mother's step 2 pre wax cleaner.

Also should I use a polish before the sealer/ wax?


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Use a sealant first, then wax, if you feel the need for a polish use it last. Mothers makes a synthetic wax which acts as a sealant, wax all in one, it's an ok product. I'm pretty sure meguires makes a paint sealant
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Well I got the meguires paste pure synthetic wax. Would that be the same too?


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Sledneck55, you may want to consider some undercoating before the snow comes. I know the years that I was in Calgary they didn't use road salt much. I have all my vehicles sprayed annually with Krown. It is a little messy when performing maintenace, but hand cleaner is cheap compaired to rust repairs.
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