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I'm always looking for tips on new waxes/polishes/wash people like. Anyone tried Meguires Scratch X or Swirl X? Thinking of using it for some fine swirls I have going on <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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ScratchX works great on fine scratches caused by branches or zippers or stuff like those.<p>I haven't had much luck using it to get swirls out effectively. I might have to invest in an orbital polisher later on.
 

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I wash my car with a hand mit using Ice soap. Then shammy the car and normally if i have time use Ice car polish immediately after. Every month i wax the car with meguairs NXT. <p>Being that my car is black maintenance and up keep is ridiculous if you want to keep the paint in the best shape. I wash my mits in the washer pretty much everytime i use them to make sure NO dirt is collected from use which can cause scratches.<p>I also have seperate mits for doing the lower trim which is always dirtier as well as a seperate mit for my wheels <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: When you all scrub down your ride, what products do you use, an ... (Veefifty T5AWD)

For wash, 90% of the time I use Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine. Towel dry using microfiber. Follow that with Clearkote QuikShine. I usually wash once a week and after a rain. About every 4-6 months I put on 2 coats of Collinite 845.<p>About once a year, I bust out the Porter Cable and clean off everything.
 

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Re: When you all scrub down your ride, what products do you use, an ... (volvoNB)

Sounds about Like What I Do . I Use some Other Products , as the<br> Non-Yellowing or Marking Waxes have Changed Names and Brands in the Last 3-4 Yrs.<p>I Find that Nu-Finish for the Cost is a Long Lasting Wax , It Does a Great Job of Cleaning anything that didn't Come Off with Normal Wash & Dry .<br>( Which are All Super Clean Cotton Towel & MicroFiber ) ...<p>I have a Buffing Ball for the Wheels and I Picked Up a Wen Polisher<br>with Polish Head for $7.50 at an Estate Sale . ( That Works for Me ) . <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>A Little Mineral Spirits for Tar , and Turpentine for Tree Sap . Is Always After<br>the Wash ( Seems that When You find these Things ) . <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ForceFed Motorsports</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I wash my car with a hand mit using Ice soap. Then shammy the car and normally if i have time use Ice car polish immediately after. Every month i wax the car with meguairs NXT. <p>Being that my car is black maintenance and up keep is ridiculous if you want to keep the paint in the best shape. I wash my mits in the washer pretty much everytime i use them to make sure NO dirt is collected from use which can cause scratches.<p>I also have seperate mits for doing the lower trim which is always dirtier as well as a seperate mit for my wheels <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm about the same. Thanks for the tip on washing the mitts...I never thought of that and I am car care obsessed! Makes sense, though. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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This would be my first black car so im finding out its a pain in the arse to keep it from swirling or scratching so every procaution seems to help lol <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Yeah, I had a black Explorer a while back, and oh man! I vowed never black again...
 

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Re: (Veefifty T5AWD)

I take mine to one of those do-it-yourself wash bays and afterward, I wipe it down with some Griot's Speed Shine. That stuff is pretty expensive, but I love it!
 

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.<br>.<br>.<br>DONT YOU GUYS EVER CLAY BAR YOUR CARS??? IT IS BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IN DETAILING YOUR PAINT!!!!!!<p>You should clay bar your car every time before you buff, wax, or polish<p>In fact, you can actually damage your paint if you buff the car with particulates and grime and sh!t in your orange peel which the clay would take out.<p>1st rule of detailing!!!!<p>When I show people what it actually does in person, they cant beleive it!
 

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nice link on clay baring<p><A HREF="http://www.properautocare.com/usclaybartor.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.properautocare.com/usclaybartor.html</A>
 

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great video on the process<p><A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfEfLGL59GI" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfEfLGL59GI</A>
 

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Always hand wash only... usually with Meguiars wash but whatever. I go full out cleaning the crevices with Q-Tips and what not, I'm pretty picky haha. Diluted simple green on the wheels, industrial glass cleaner for the glass and lights and a mild surface cleaner for the inside.<p>My buddy is a professional detailer so he does my car a couple times a year. Writeup with photos can be seen here: <A HREF="http://dubberz.com/forum/index.php?topic=27823.0" TARGET="_blank">http://dubberz.com/forum/index.php?topic=27823.0</A>
 

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The clay is important, for sure, I guess I posted more for specific brands people used and liked. The clay did wonders for stains in the wife's yellow 850 T-5R. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: (ForceFed Motorsports)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ForceFed Motorsports</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I wash my car with a hand mit</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I use those cheap yellow microfiber cloths that Costco sells. <p>I only re-wash them twice or so in the washing machine. <p>Then they are retired from car duty and are used for cleaning stuff around the house.<p>
 

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If you aren't obsessive about the soap, the Mr. Clean kit is going for pretty cheap ($3-5) at a few places these days and definitely makes things a lot easier. I use ICE to wax mine after it dries, though. After 4.5 years, the car still looks new!
 

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I used to have a detailing business as a summer job for about 6 years so I've tried just about product out there within a reasonable budget.<p>I prefer Malco products.<br>I used to clay bar my own car about 2 times a year and at those times I would use a mild polish and then wax. Two other times a year I would simply wax the car with the occasional spray wax in between. <p>For the interior, I believe in cleaning and conditioning the leather properly each season but not more than that...in many cases less. Volvo makes a great leather care kit with the best cleaner I've found. Lexol's cleaner is also excellent as is Zymol's. I wouldn't use others personally.<br>Conditioners I try to stick with Zymol, or Griot's garage. On old worn out leather Griot's makes a good rejuvenator as does Malco. If you use Zymol conditioner I would only do it twice a year or it may make the leather a bit too brittle.<br>Hope that helps.
 

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Try <A HREF="http://www.autopia.org/" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autopia.org/</A> It's a detailing forum with some good info.<p>I use NuFinish, and does last a good long while. I just recently used the Turtle Wax "Ice" polish after claybaring on my gf's car. I'll see how that lasts. It looks awesome though! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I tend to wash with NuFinish wash, stoners invisible glass on the glass after and chamois the thing down. I use interior detailer, and leather cleaner/conditioner from meguiers. For the plastic on the lights, I use Plexis or Meguiers PlastX depending on what's around (Plexis is awesome on the motorcycle and helmet!). Turtle Wax Ice wheel cleaner works awesome on the wheels. <p>Granted I haven't tried too many different products, I've found these work well for me. I've never clay barred my own car, or understood it until recently. After using my gf's car as a test, I am def going to use it on mine.
 
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