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Old 06-04-2014, 09:15 AM   #21
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I use two microfiber towels (picked up a bunch at Costco) and dish soap. One towel for washing and another towel for drying. The catch with using the microfiber towel for drying is that the towel needs to be wet in order to be effective. Counterintuitive, but it works.

I used to use fancier soaps (Meguiars, Mothers, etc.) but my dealer told me that they recommend a mild dish soap over these others, because they are milder -- which is better for the finish.

If you find something that repells brake dust please let me know! My brake pads are very dusty and it is a real PIA to keep my wheels clean...
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I'm using Meguiars gold class car wash and NXT Tech wax 2.0...I need a good brake dust repellant...any suggestions there?
Thanks for the ideas.

Ihave never used this stuff, but it was the first 2 listed when I googled brake dust repellent.

http://www.brakedustrepellent.com/
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I use two microfiber towels (picked up a bunch at Costco) and dish soap. One towel for washing and another towel for drying. The catch with using the microfiber towel for drying is that the towel needs to be wet in order to be effective. Counterintuitive, but it works.

I used to use fancier soaps (Meguiars, Mothers, etc.) but my dealer told me that they recommend a mild dish soap over these others, because they are milder -- which is better for the finish.

If you find something that repells brake dust please let me know! My brake pads are very dusty and it is a real PIA to keep my wheels clean...
My step dad used to use a Car Shami, which had to be wet in order to dry it. I did like that when I used it.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:36 AM   #24
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I've always used Meguiars Gold class to wash, I've been told that dish washing soap actually strips the car of the waxes/polishes.

My procedure to clean:

Wet Sand if Needed

Meguiars Gold Class wash

Meguiars #2 Fine Cut Cleaner

Meguiars #7 Show car glaze or #3 Professional Machine Glaze (3 coats)

Meguiars #26 Hi-Tech Liquid Wax (2 coats)

It's been a looong time since I've done this procedure, I wonder if I remember all the techniques and gentle touch to even attempt the whole thing. I just used a standard drill and attachment with wool pads. Never burned the paint and had amazing results.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:54 AM   #25
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Ah, so that's why they call you "Mr. Gentle Touch," Greg
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Actually and ironically, they're governed at 177mph.

I interviewed at a Maserati dealership last week, but I'm not ready to return to the dealerships yet. Maserati is doing a lot to hit the American market including an entry level at 60ish K, but the engines are made in the Ferrari shop.
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We don't do anything fancy to wash the cars, we just wash them regularly. We keep them very clean, inside and out. Kid repellent would be a lot more helpful than brake dust repellent.
But I do use Westley's Bleche-wite to clean up brake dust and keep the tires clean. I have a curved scrub brush that really helps. Plus I spray the stuff on all the wheels, then start at the first one and give them all another spray when I clean them.
We're currently using Armor-All car wash, but it's just what was on sale.

We never, ever wax the cars. There's a reason clear coat was invented. It wicks away water and leaves them spotless. If I wax the clear coat, it spots.

I have a big bottle brush for my wheels, but Weeze's wheels are wide open. I can reach all the way to the back side of the tire, they're super easy to clean.
If ya don't let brake dust build up, it cleans up easy. Otherwise, bleche-wite will clean it up with a little soak time.
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Actually and ironically, they're governed at 177mph.

I interviewed at a Maserati dealership last week, but I'm not ready to return to the dealerships yet. Maserati is doing a lot to hit the American market including an entry level at 60ish K, but the engines are made in the Ferrari shop.
I wonder if thats on all models....I found this posted on autosaur.com


The car is able to reach 60mph from a standing start in just under 4.7 seconds. The Coupe’s maximum speed is 185mph, while the Standard and Sport Convertible can do 177mp. The Convertible MC hits 180mph.
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Nice ride Paul, good to see you posting!
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Gonna drive that bad boy to one of the herfs one of these days?
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We never, ever wax the cars. There's a reason clear coat was invented. It wicks away water and leaves them spotless. If I wax the clear coat, it spots.

And if you never wax, the clear coat will eventually fail/fade/bubble/peel.
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I've always used Meguiars Gold class to wash, I've been told that dish washing soap actually strips the car of the waxes/polishes.
This is very true. When I used to detail cars, I would wash wish dish soap after I called a car--just to make absolutely positively sure that all the gunk was off.
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I'm using Meguiars gold class car wash and NXT Tech wax 2.0...I need a good brake dust repellant...any suggestions there?

After cleaning the wheels with a variety of brushes (and Sonax wheel gel cleaner), I use Duragloss 501, followed by Duragloss 105, then keep it topped up with Duragloss Aquawax.
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I used to do detailing on the side. Havent for a couple years now. But my list is rather extensive for products and tools.

And since it's a photo thread, here's my current car:







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Old 06-20-2014, 07:29 PM   #35
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I love that Aquawax for maintenance. FANTASTIC stuff. The Optima waterless wash is a great QD too.
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A question for you other detailer's, what's the difference in a fine cut versus clay bar? I stopped detailing around when clay bars started coming out and when I lost access to a covered area to detail in.
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I love that Aquawax for maintenance. FANTASTIC stuff. The Optima waterless wash is a great QD too.
I love Optimum ONR, their car wax, and their car wash is my preferred wash of choice.

Bonjing, I've used clay bars since I've been detailing. Now the new thing is Decon washes. I haven't tried those yet.
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I love that Aquawax for maintenance. FANTASTIC stuff. The Optima waterless wash is a great QD too.
My glass on my car performs better than being rain x'ed. I claybar the glass. Then use duragloss 501 on a white ccs pad on the porter cable. Then dg 105 as a sealant. It's worked stellar, and very easy to perform.
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And if you never wax, the clear coat will eventually fail/fade/bubble/peel.
Only if it's a Ford.
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My washing procedure is to never take it to a car wash place. They are the major cause of swirling in paint.

Dish soap to remove the old wax.

Wash with Mothers Car Wash
Mothers Clay Bar w/ Instant Detailer to remove any embedded dirt
Wash with Mothers Car Wash
Menzerma Compound (anywhere from 400 to 4000 depending on the amount of paint correction needed.)
Wash with Mothers Car Wash
Seal the paint with Menzerma PL Sealant
Buff
Wax with AutoGlymm High Definition Wax
Buff

I use a Griots orbital polisher


then for touch ups, I just wash it with the Mothers Car Wash and wax it every so often.
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