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Old 08-11-2003, 09:52 PM   #1
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Just a wash, not a wax!

I need to handwash my car and because i've never done so before I'd like your suggestions. I am not waxing. Since all the cleaning threads discuss waxing and detailing I figured I'd ask the more vanilla washing questions. Here are the product suggestions I need:

Cleaning Agent (e,g. soap):
Application of above (mitt, towel?):
Tar remover:
Brake dust remover/wheel cleaner:
Non-acidic tire gloss:
Window/windsheild treatment:
Drying towel:

Cleaning agent for leather:
' ' for plastic trim:
' ' dash (may be same as above):

Thanks a lot fellas ... I really wouldn't want to harm my car.
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Old 08-11-2003, 09:58 PM   #2
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If you want to keep it really simple


They have a complete car kit + leather cleaners/treatment.

Use a mitt.
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Old 08-11-2003, 10:19 PM   #3
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My favorite products are from www.griotsgarage.com
Everything I've purchased from them has been great.
Try the Griots Car Wash.
Their Vinyl and Rubber dressing works great, and doesnt contain any silicone. If you dont want Griots, Lexol Vinylex works good too.
For your window the best stuff I've found is Stoner Invisible Glass you can get this at Pep Boys. It will remove that film you get on the inside of the windshield.
I usually just use a damp towel to wipe down the inside. I don't use chemicals/cleaners unless their is a stain or something that water won't clean.
Rims--I usually just use the Griots Car wash to clean them. A good coat of wax helps. I didnt find the spray on Rim cleaners work very well ie. P21S.
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Old 08-12-2003, 03:48 AM   #4
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Check this out.........

My good good friend Adam has been in the detailing business for over 20 years. He is top notch.


Check out his site and send him an email if you ever have any questions or need advice on any detailing tips. Not only that but the guy manufactures his own product line and the stuff kicks ass!

Tell him Mark Rasmussen sent you and he'll probably give you an extra discount.....he better at least or ill kick his ass :-)


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Old 08-12-2003, 09:41 AM   #5
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I do a quick initial rinse, use Zaino Z6 wash with a sponge or wool mitt, and then rinse and dry with microfiber towels. Interior, I use Vinylex for the plastic dash and door surfaces. Use P21S gel for the rims, and Mothers metal polish for the exhaust.
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Old 08-12-2003, 12:06 PM   #6
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Another vote for Griots. Their stuff is awesome. I really like their wheel cleaner and wax (very, very transparent) and everything else I've tried.
03 996 C2

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Old 08-12-2003, 01:11 PM   #7
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i found this thread to be most helpful, i know it talks about waxing too, but i figured it something good to have bookmarked, i got it saved

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Old 08-12-2003, 01:32 PM   #8
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Use the Absorber to dry her off ......I also highly recommend Griots products along w/ Meguirs stuff
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Old 08-12-2003, 02:13 PM   #9
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gotta dry with microfibers
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