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jayhkr 03-30-2010 08:45 PM

8 hours later
Ok, well an 8 hour all out exterior detailing. Started at 9:30 and ended around 5ish. Needless to say I'm very tired, a little sore and extremely proud! This has been the first time I've been able to get out and do anything outside since last October. So it's been a long time since I've done any type of cleaing of my truck. First I started in the engine bay, lightly sprayed everything down with water to get the loose dirt off, then I sprayed everything down with an engine degreaser and let it stand for about 30 min while I moved on to tires, wheels, and wheel well. Scrubed the tires, wheels, behind the wheels and the wheel well. Dressed the tires and wheels with shiny stuff. Went back to the engine bay and very lightly hosed everything down and scrubbed the stubborn stuff off. Started the engine to get any standing water gone. Next I moved to washing the truck with my brush, just to get the loose stuff off. Then I re-washed with my microfiber mitt. As windy as it was (still is) here I didn't have a chance to really dry it, but that didn't matter much as my next step was clay baring. For those of you that havn't clay bared your truck, you really should give it a go! You won't believe the difference it makes, however get ready to spend some time on it, it's not a fast task. There was a lot of gunk and tar splatters and some sort of speckled crap all over the bottom third of the truck and this stuff took it right off! Works on paint, chrome, plastic and glass! Next I went to a paint polish conditioner. It's basically a liquid polish, but it helps condition the paint with any minor scratch's and swirls. After I made it all the way around the truck I went back around it with a clean microfiber towel just in case I missed any polish. Then it was on to the carnuba wax. I have to keep remembering to wet my applicator with just a little water as this wax goes on so much easier with a damp applicator. Once again after I went around the truck I again took another clean microfiber towel and did a final wipe down. Lastly were the windows, inside and out then I applied Rain-X to the windshield. Tomorrow I will tackle the interior. I have some pretty nice stains (as mentioned in an earlier post) that I need to tackle. At least the interior isn't as big as the exterior! LOL, and I have a rug doctor to help out. I'll get some pictures posted as soon as I find a good back drop. Even though this was an all day task, it was very thereputic for me. For some reason cleaning my truck just relaxes me. Going forward, my sequential cleanings shouldn't take this long. The first one is always the longest, and hardest. It was a long, COLD and SNOWY winter. My baby needed a lot of TLC. Talk to you guys later!

hemiv8dodgeram1500 03-30-2010 08:48 PM

to quote BlueJet "pics or it didnt happen", just kidding it sounds awesome, i also find it very relaxing to clean my truck, it shows how proud you are of it i can wait to see pics and i have never used a claybar is this hard?

wermbang 03-30-2010 08:56 PM

I love detailing, actually used to do it at a couple dealerships. The clay bar is fun, still need to do it to my truck.
Lets some some pics or Blue will get upset and find you, or just take the pics herself.

City Slicker 03-30-2010 09:09 PM

I'm also one who finds it relaxing to clean my truck, especially when nobody bothers me. I would hurry up with those pics, things may start to get interesting pretty soon :LOL:

ScatPak07 03-30-2010 09:12 PM

Wow man sounds like you did a really good job on it! Well where the heck are the pics!!! You cant tell us how clean it is you have to show us haha

CdnoilRAM 03-30-2010 09:16 PM

I third the theraputic powers of detailing vehicles, I have to do my gf's Caliber every so often so I can get away with doing the truck all the time. And like everyone else has said

BlueJet 03-30-2010 09:28 PM


Originally Posted by hemiv8dodgeram1500 (Post 185281)
to quote BlueJet "pics or it didnt happen",


Originally Posted by wermbang (Post 185289)
Lets some some pics or Blue will get upset and find you, or just take the pics herself.

You gotta prove you spent 8 hours on it!!!! All I see from here is lip service!! :i_rolleyes:

Pics or it didn't happen!!! :D

jayhkr 03-30-2010 10:18 PM

LOL, ok I will be up bright and early in the afternoon tomorrow to take pics for everyone. I was on's website and might get me one of those Porter Cable kits. Might be able to make this 8 hour detail down to about 5-6 hours. Actually about 4-5 since I won't claybar everytime. I usually claybar about every other month depending on what I have to drive through. To answer hemiv8 it is not hard at all. If you buy the claybar kit from Megs you'll get the clay bar and a small bottle of detail spray. Nead the clay till you get about a 4" flat round disc. Spray the detail spray on about a 2x2 or 3x3 area and alittle on the clay. Rub the clay back and forth, up and down, side to side in circles, whatever is comfotable to you over the area you sprayed. Keep the area you are going over wet with the spray, you don't want the clay to "catch" on your paint. You'll hear and see all the crud come off your vehicle. When your claybar gets "full" with crud just pull and nead again till you get a fresh area of clay. I usually renead after each section of truck I work on. You'll see all the black gunk on there. After each 2x2 or 3x3 area you work on, wipe it off with a microfiber towel. Rinse and repeat for the rest of the truck. Takes me about 2 hours to go over the ENTIRE truck top to bottom including bumbers, side mirrors and hood. Pay particular attention to the lower half of the truck where the majority of the crud sticks to. Have fun and let us know if you go through with it and how you liked it!

CajunDodge 03-30-2010 11:31 PM

Sounds awesome man, and I, too, find it a great way to spend the day. It's finally getting warm enough to get outside and do these things. Only here lately, it's been very windy every day so by the time you go to wax it, you have to spray it off just to get the yellow pollen dust off again! :( And yes, there's a lot of restless natives here waiting on pics......:)

- Cajun

UN4GTBL 03-31-2010 12:13 AM

Another one here who finds it relaxing to clean up/work on my car

Get on those pics! lol

I love the clay bar as well, although I've heard that you can wear through your clear coat if you do it too much. I have done it once a year with my caliber, and its amazing how soft and smooth the paint feels after!!

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