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Unread 07-28-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Detailing/Washing Buffs

I know, I know.. "it's a jeep, it's not supposed to be clean" I know, I am on #4. Are any of you guys detailing/cleaning buffs - anyone from the professional to weekend warrior? Just curious as to what people wash/wax/detail with and the procedures they use.. I detail quite often and am regularly called OCD. Also here to answer any questions or provide assistance. Been in the auto cleaning/detailing industry for on my own for ~5 years and used to work at a car wash!

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Unread 07-28-2013, 08:50 PM   #2
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I'm also often called OCD when it comes to keeping my vehicles clean. I do detailing on the side (mobile and drop off services). I use a lot of Meguiars products and Zaino products. There's a detailing store in my local mall that I can get a lot of good products. My Jeep is always clean, I don't believe that Jeeps aren't supposed to be clean!
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Unread 07-28-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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Yeah I would like to do it on the side! Still trying to figure out which DA best suits me, leaning to the Porter Cable. And i also use Meguiars but as soon as i can find the trailer i want, i will be switching over to different stuff, probably same day, and thinking about running a water tank as well, with a foam gun
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Unread 07-28-2013, 09:37 PM   #4
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I probably wash my jeep once every couple of weeks, nothing too special. Simple soap and sponge, maybe a little bit of polish and wax if I'm feeling up to it. I do use Meguiar for the soap though. Inside I use leather cleaner and back to black to keep things looking good. My jeep sees mostly pavement so I tend to keep my jeep clean
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Do you use a sponge on the paint?
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Unread 07-28-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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Yeah picked one up from Autozone for like $2 its cheap and is actually pretty soft so far I don't think its scratching the paint at all
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I would highly recommend tossing it. To each their own, but everything (big, small, microscopic) the sponge is "picking up" is really getting dragged across the paint. I would recommend switching to a microfiber wash mitt or lambswool, even though i hate mitts. I try not to touch the paint at all when washing, but when i do need to touch it, it is with a damp microfiber towel with either detailing spray or quick wax. I am in the process of restoring my paint right now
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I compound, polish and wax with a terry pad. Takes much longer than a DA, but I haven't really felt the need to buy one yet. I only use Meguiers products. I clay, Ultimate Compound, Deep Shine Polish, and then hit it with NXT 2.0. Leaves my 7 year old abused black paint looking great.
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Yeah I would like to do it on the side! Still trying to figure out which DA best suits me, leaning to the Porter Cable. And i also use Meguiars but as soon as i can find the trailer i want, i will be switching over to different stuff, probably same day, and thinking about running a water tank as well, with a foam gun
The porter cable 7424xp is what I have and I love it! I've never used a foam gun but I do have a soap attachment with my pressure washer that I like to use that mixes soap and water.
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Have been known to be a bit obsessive from time to time with cleaning. Use several maguiars products amongst others. One of the best products I have is a synthetic chamois. I prefer synthetic to genuine chamois and have used the same brand for years - they last a long time and get better with age. The brand I use is Oates Enkafill (packaging says its made in the Netherlands).

Another good product for plastic bits (headlights, hood protector, weatherstrips etc) is Plexus. A bit expensive, but the very best.

If a soft cloth is not readily at hand for a final polish, T shirts and singlets often become instant polishing cloths. Not popular with the navigator!
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I compound, polish and wax with a terry pad. Takes much longer than a DA, but I haven't really felt the need to buy one yet. I only use Meguiers products. I clay, Ultimate Compound, Deep Shine Polish, and then hit it with NXT 2.0. Leaves my 7 year old abused black paint looking great.
I LOVE CLAY, such an awesome tool that I think is so underrated. I really need to strip my wax and compound/polish the swirls, driving me insane! And i love the NXT 2.0, and it smells pretty good! Have you tried Megs ultimate wax? I use it on white, but i bet if you used it on black it would give you black alot more depth and vibrancy!
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The porter cable 7424xp is what I have and I love it! I've never used a foam gun but I do have a soap attachment with my pressure washer that I like to use that mixes soap and water.
Yeah thats what i want, but looking at the griots, dreaming of a flex . How does the Pressure Washer perform with soap? Does it give the car any lubrication when cleaning? I feel like it would just run off? Curious...
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Have been known to be a bit obsessive from time to time with cleaning. Use several maguiars products amongst others. One of the best products I have is a synthetic chamois. I prefer synthetic to genuine chamois and have used the same brand for years - they last a long time and get better with age. The brand I use is Oates Enkafill (packaging says its made in the Netherlands).

Another good product for plastic bits (headlights, hood protector, weatherstrips etc) is Plexus. A bit expensive, but the very best.

If a soft cloth is not readily at hand for a final polish, T shirts and singlets often become instant polishing cloths. Not popular with the navigator!
I know alot of people that are OBSESSED with their chamois, i prefer not to use it due to there not being any "pickup ability" for dust/fine particles- they just drag along the paint, just MHO, but one of my good friends uses it on his corvette and the paint is beautiful. At the same time he barely presses down on the chamois, he very lightly drags it-flipping sides and getting a new chamois with each different panel.
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Yeah thats what i want, but looking at the griots, dreaming of a flex . How does the Pressure Washer perform with soap? Does it give the car any lubrication when cleaning? I feel like it would just run off? Curious...
It works great, it has a canister that attaches at the nozzle that I fill with concentrated soap and it premixed it. That's the reason I use it is for the lubrication and it almost keeps me from having to touch the car except for some bug guys and stuff around the wheels. I just keep it at a lower pressure and the spray is a little less "misty" so it doesn't run off too quickly. Clay is one of my favorite tools as well, just so pricey!
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I know I'm on the wj side but my mom owns a wk and I detail that so that counts for something I wash, clay, wash again, compound and polish with chemical guys V34 V36 and V38, wax, use mother's reflection top coat, black the tires using meguiars endurance tire gel, re-black the plastic using mothers protectant, then clean and rain-x the glass. For the inside I vacuum, clean and condition leather using Zaino Z-9 and 7-10, clean plastics with any old interior detail spray, and then protect the plastic using the same Mothers protectant. I use a Griot's Garage 6" orbital polisher, lake country pads, and clean microfiber towels.
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