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How To Wash Your New Car?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by iamjpa, Sep 2, 2020.

  1. Sep 2, 2020 at 11:45 PM
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    iamjpa

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    Hi everyone.
    I bought my Jeep Grand Cherokee High Altitude last week. So I wanted to know what products you use to wash your car?

    what soap do you use?

    what towel do you use for the Jeep and what towel you use for the black rims and tires?

    And how do you wash the headlights and rear lights?

    and how do you clean the leather seats and dashboard?

    Just a noob in the Jeep family.
    Sorry for the basic questions.
    Thanks for any input.

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  2. Sep 3, 2020 at 7:42 AM
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    aggrex

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    Welcome @iamjpa ...I’m not one to guide a car wash as the rain handles that task but when I do I use soapy auto wash, sponge, microfiber towel but separate towel for the wheels. Windex for windows and headlights. Meguiars for leather clean/condition
     
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  3. Sep 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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    Jim Beam

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    I have always used old terry cloth bath towels as they soak up a lot of water along with a soap designed for autos. Headlights are easily scratched and can become discolored easily, isn't technology great! I use the Meguiars headlight lens polish to keep them clean.
     
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  4. Sep 3, 2020 at 1:59 PM
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    Welcome to North Central West Virginia
    Nice looking ride. I like the black looks awesome clean but hard to keep that way.
     
  5. Sep 4, 2020 at 6:07 AM
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    Welcome from Florida.

    soap and water. ;)

    armor all with a cloth towel for the leather inside and dash. Sponge for my black rims.
     
  6. Sep 11, 2020 at 5:55 AM
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    For washing I use Blue Coral car wash. It doesn’t seem to remove the wax as much as other car washes do.
     
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    For wax and polishers check our BUSCH industries out of Statesville North Carolina
     
  8. May 4, 2023 at 7:30 AM
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    Take it down to the local pressure wash, or drive through wash.
     
  9. May 28, 2023 at 4:18 PM
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    Use a soap for cars, and spray it down first with clear water. Soap made for the purpose doesn’t leave a film on the paint. Lather it up, and rinse as you go. Wash the underside too, with the hose spray.
    Before it dries, chamois it down with a skin chamois or a thick cotton cloth like an old towel.
    It should look like a million bucks when it’s done. Clean cars run better, and never break down. Wash it often, and it will keep getting cleaner each time. Wash under the hood with the leftover soapy water. I never use degreaser, and my engine compartment looks brand new on an old 2011 Jeep.
    Good luck!
     
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  10. Jun 12, 2023 at 12:17 PM
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    With a pressure washer as needed. After the third clear coat delaminated in 2 years and Chrysler basically told me to pound sand, I opted for Rhino Liner. No more waxing. Touch it up twice a year with Satin finish onzj.jpg all metal and flat black on the rest. Just about to receive a fresh waxing er painting.

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  11. Jun 24, 2023 at 8:51 AM
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    Congrats on your new vehicle and for making the effort to keep it nice. Considering rust repair or a total repaint cost, IMO the time and money spent. Not to mention, you will take better care of a vehicle you're proude of.

    I used to take my 2012 Ram through a car wash but this spring it cost me $800 to have it clay bared, polished, waxed along with the bi-yearly detail. Yes, I get my truck detailed twice a year, I get my wife's winter vehicle detailed in the spring when we put it away and her sumer vehicle detailed in the fall when we put that one away.

    I know I'm obsessive about my vehicles but my truck paint looks brand new again. Cheapest paint job you can get.

    When I wash my vehicles between detail jobs, I use any car wash soap, haven't noticed a difference yet.

    Additionally, I use the following products:

    https://www.griotsgarage.com/speed-shine/
    https://www.griotsgarage.com/long-lasting-tire-dressing-16-ounces/

    https://www.griotsgarage.com/engine-bay-dressing-12-5-ounces/

    https://www.griotsgarage.com/leather-3-in-1-16-ounces/

    https://www.griotsgarage.com/interior-detailer/

    https://www.amazon.com/303-Plastic-...cint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584413749603174

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sprayway-Glass-Cleaner-Aerosol-19-Oz/19662711?wmlspartner=wlpa&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&selectedSellerId=101086336&adid=22222222223000000000&wl0=e&wl1=s&wl2=m&wl3=10352200394&wl4=pla-1103028060075&wl5=&wl6=&wl7=&wl10=Walmart&wl11=Online&wl12=19662711_10001105700&wl14=glass cleaner&veh=sem&msclkid=f5b2322c43f910127f5256bb4e9b526b&gclsrc=ds

    https://www.amazon.com/Collinite-84...cint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584207590216519

    https://www.amazon.com/Collinite-Ma...cint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584413750165951

    I use the 303 cleaner on the dash of my wife's Scat Pack Charger because it is made of an odd material.

    I used to use the Colonite Insulator Wax but have switched to the Marque DeElegance because it lasts longer. The insulator wax goes on and off much easier and is less expensive but you use more for each application so cost is probably a wash.

    I only use micro fiber cloths, you can get them pretty cheap and you don't have to buy all the supplies at once.

    I probably have 30 cloths in a small tote. As I use one for anything I throw it in a bucket with a lid, like you can get from Lowes. When I have more in the bucket then in the tote I wash them and put the clean ones back in the tote.

    If you drop a cloth on the ground, even if you haven't used it, dont use it on your Jeep. You don't want to have a small pebble in the cloth that will scratch the paint, it isn't worth it.

    Just the psychotic ramblings of an obsessive compulsive
     
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