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Hey guys was hoping to hear some more opinions on some body care. First off up north here it's hard to keep a truck clean all year round. I try to keep mine as clean as I can so I won't get rust down the road or at least slow the process down. I absolutely hate doing body work so I want to avoid it when I can.

Anyways just wanted to know what care products do you use? What order? And also do you recommend using a power buffer? I always assume I can never get my truck clean enough to prevent scratching with a power buffer.

How often should I wax the truck or polish? Any other products should I use?


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I use mothers cleaner wax twice a year, always by hand. I also use ICE after every wash..... My truck gets detailed by me every week. It's my therapy.
 

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I use mothers cleaner wax twice a year, always by hand. I also use ICE after every wash..... My truck gets detailed by me every week. It's my therapy.
Is ICE a brand? Also is it really bad to wax the truck in sunlight I heard its nt good


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Plenty of "Autobell" car wash appointments and I have it detailed by my buddy from head to toe quarterly. I see how long it takes for a real detail and you can count me out. :shock:
 

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ICE is made by Turtle Wax. It can be applied in direct sunlight and won't leave white residue on your trim.
 
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Do you have to whip ICE off?
 

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Mothers wax can be installed in or out of sunlight. I wax once a year but use eagle 1 quick detailer every couple of weeks to bring back the shine.
 

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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.
 

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Mothers wax can be installed in or out of sunlight. I wax once a year but use eagle 1 quick detailer every couple of weeks to bring back the shine.
only there synthetic "wax" is recomended for application in direct sunlight.
 

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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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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 :thumbsup:

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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