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Old 04-23-2013, 03:17 PM   #21
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Nope. The only reason I am not saying what it is because I was asked not to. Otherwise I'd have no problem sharing LOL
Pledge? that stuff you use on items in your house?


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Old 04-23-2013, 03:21 PM   #22
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I don't understand this about other people who have nice cars. I know plenty that just soap it up, rinse it off, and they think they're done. They don't clean out crevices and all that. I don't get how you can own a nice car and not go down to the small details like wheel grooves and grills. Some people are just plain bad at cleaning too. ELBOW GREASE!
I feel most people just drive their car. they don't really care about it unless it breaks. then they get mad. they buy it to look fancy or to get great MPG.
another thing is washing takes time away from their day and as long as its "good enough" they are happy.
it's sad. regardless what I own, I keep it in tip top shape. pride I guess.


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Old 04-23-2013, 04:44 PM   #23
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anyone have suggestions on a good wheel cleaner and protectant. i recall there was a good wheel type of wax out (not WheelWax) that was better than most.

only reason i ask is i'm ready to buy some more wheel cleaner and figured i'd give another besides Meguiar's a shot.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:24 PM   #24
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anyone have suggestions on a good wheel cleaner and protectant. i recall there was a good wheel type of wax out (not WheelWax) that was better than most.

only reason i ask is i'm ready to buy some more wheel cleaner and figured i'd give another besides Meguiar's a shot.
Klasse AIO and Col 845 might be a great combo for keeping dirt off. I haven't heard anything else particular.



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Old 04-23-2013, 10:43 PM   #25
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:10 AM   #26
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anyone have suggestions on a good wheel cleaner and protectant. i recall there was a good wheel type of wax out (not WheelWax) that was better than most.

only reason i ask is i'm ready to buy some more wheel cleaner and figured i'd give another besides Meguiar's a shot.
I actually used 303 Aerospace on my wheels a couple weeks ago. It's doing a pretty nice job. I'm not sure if it's even meant for it, but brake dust mostly hoses off. You can also just use paint sealer or wax.

As far as leather care goes, is Leatherique really that much better than LExol or other cleaners/conditioners? Also, where can I get a good leather brush?
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:24 PM   #27
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anyone have suggestions on a good wheel cleaner and protectant. i recall there was a good wheel type of wax out (not WheelWax) that was better than most.

only reason i ask is i'm ready to buy some more wheel cleaner and figured i'd give another besides Meguiar's a shot.
if i'm not mistaken, my detailing friend told me col 845 is pretty much the best "sealant" you can use for anything including wheels. what pads you running?
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:25 PM   #28
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I actually used 303 Aerospace on my wheels a couple weeks ago. It's doing a pretty nice job. I'm not sure if it's even meant for it, but brake dust mostly hoses off. You can also just use paint sealer or wax.

As far as leather care goes, is Leatherique really that much better than LExol or other cleaners/conditioners? Also, where can I get a good leather brush?
Use what I use. It smells absolutely wonderful and the product lasts forever. Gliptone. Leaves a matte finish.
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Does anyone have advice on wheel cleaner that actually works? They all advertise "Spray on, Spray off" type of action. I find that I always have to scrub. Any brand that actually lives up to their ads?
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Does anyone have advice on wheel cleaner that actually works? They all advertise "Spray on, Spray off" type of action. I find that I always have to scrub. Any brand that actually lives up to their ads?
I remember seeing one on Bimmerfest California section once but i remember it being stupid expensive. I think in the end you always have to end up touching the wheels.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:13 AM   #31
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My favorite wheel cleaner is Griots heavy duty wheel cleaner, spray it on, let sit for 4 mins. Or so, agitate gently, then spray off. It has ingredients that bond to the brake dust and makes it come off very easily. Plus it smells sensational!


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Old 04-25-2013, 11:00 AM   #32
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Best wheel protectants are the coatings on the market (Opticoat, GTechniq, CarPro, etc) but costwise most waxes only last so long. Wheels get darn hot, try using collinite or a strong sealant. ArmorAll's wheel protectant isnt bad but its expensive for the usage overtime.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:18 PM   #33
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Here is a shortened list of the products I use on my personal car

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  • 2 bucket method w/ Auto Finesse Lather
  • Leaf Blower
  • Swissvax Drying Towel
  • Auto Finesse Crystal
Interior
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  • Auto Finesse Spritz
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  • Adam's Super VRT on tires and topped with Auto Finesse Satin
  • Sonax Full effect or Sully's Detailing Ultimate wheel cleaner
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  • Auto Finesse Iron out
  • Clay
  • Sonax Nano Polish
  • Auto Finesse Rejuvenate
  • Auto Finesse Tough Coat
  • Wax: Auto Finesse Desire
  • Rain-x on windows
  • Swissvax Seal Feed
  • Adam's Super VRT on window trim
  • Auto Finesse Tripple on door jambs
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Does anyone have advice on wheel cleaner that actually works? They all advertise "Spray on, Spray off" type of action. I find that I always have to scrub. Any brand that actually lives up to their ads?
Try picking up some Sonax Full Effect. I use this all the time

Spray onto a cool dry wheel, let sit for ~45 seconds, agitate with brush and just wash off
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:39 PM   #34
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Here is a shortened list of the products I use on my personal car

Exterior
  • 2 bucket method w/ Auto Finesse Lather
  • Leaf Blower
  • Swissvax Drying Towel
  • Auto Finesse Crystal
Interior
  • Swissvax Leather Cleaner and Leather Milk
  • Auto Finesse Spritz
  • Auto Finesse Total
Wheels
  • Auto Finesse Mint Rims/ Armor All wheel protectant
  • Adam's Super VRT on tires and topped with Auto Finesse Satin
  • Sonax Full effect or Sully's Detailing Ultimate wheel cleaner
Maintenance
  • Auto Finesse Iron out
  • Clay
  • Sonax Nano Polish
  • Auto Finesse Rejuvenate
  • Auto Finesse Tough Coat
  • Wax: Auto Finesse Desire
  • Rain-x on windows
  • Swissvax Seal Feed
  • Adam's Super VRT on window trim
  • Auto Finesse Tripple on door jambs
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Try picking up some Sonax Full Effect. I use this all the time

Spray onto a cool dry wheel, let sit for ~45 seconds, agitate with brush and just wash off
pretty much what i do using car wash soap and water.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:09 PM   #35
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pretty much what i do using car wash soap and water.
Let the sonax sit for 5 min, you wont need to agitate!
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:24 PM   #36
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-Turtle Wax Ice Interior Cleaner. (absolutely great - no residue, no shine).
-Lexol Leather Cleaner with moistened brush to agitate, followed by Lexol Conditioner.
-Invisible Glass and blue shop towel.
-Lint roller to clean the rear deck and pillars/headliner.
-Carpet brush out followed by vacuum.

Exterior

-Turtle Wax Car Wash Plus Wax and microfiber mitt with 2-bucket .
-Microfiber drying towel - laundered after every wash.
-Turtle Wax Ice Synthetic Polish (works great on the trim too)
-I've not clayed or buffed , but I'm wanting to try it out this summer.
-Touch up with Turtle Wax Ice Spray Detailer.

Wheels

-Car wash soap with a water change before washing car.
-Baby bottle brush for spokes.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:12 PM   #38
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Exterior
  • 2 Bucket Method
  • P21S Bodywork Conditioning Shampoo
  • P21S Gloss Enhancing Paintwork Cleanser
  • Meguiars/Mother's Clay Bar
  • P21S 100% Carnuaba Wax
  • Stoner Invisable Glass
  • Rainx

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  • P21S Gel Wheel Cleaner
  • Sonax Full Effect
  • Agitate with a spong

Interior
  • Meguiars Quik Interior Detailer Cleaner
  • Meguiars Supreme Shine Protectent
  • Leather Master Soft Cleaner
  • Leather Master Leather Protection Cream
  • Bisel SteamVac Junior for the carpets/mats

Engine
  • Generic engine de-greaser without shine.
  • Water

Maintenance
  • Sonus Carnauba Spritz Quick Detailer
  • California Duster

I'm going to try using all Sonax products next. All of the car care products you see at the dealership are rebranded Sonax bottles.
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I wanna pressure wash under my hood but i was always afraid of water getting into things where it shouldn't be. I know the alternator is one of them is there anything else?
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I wanna pressure wash under my hood but i was always afraid of water getting into things where it shouldn't be. I know the alternator is one of them is there anything else?
Thanks!!

As a precaution, I'd cover the DME box. Personally I don't bother with it because I know the seal is water tight as I maintain my DME box seal. Just avoid high pressure water on electrical stuff for too long. If you squirt water into the alternator it's no big deal. Just don't go out of your way to do it. The entire engine bay is designed to resist water in critical areas.
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