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Old 12-09-2013, 10:52 PM
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Ok I know this may sound kinda kindergarten but what is the best way to wash a black truck and 1) get it clean without spots/streaks and 2) without causing the infamous swirls? I have invested in some nice microfiber towels and a sponge thingy.
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Use the two bucket method when washing, don't let anyone touch the paint especially when it's got dust on it. Invest in a porter cable polisher and use it twice a year. I use a one step polish/wax product called menzerna twice a year. And for the first time have used collenite 845 to give it a six month protection for the winter. Always dry it after washing with a good shami. Here are the results after three years.

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Even though I don't have a real black truck, I have seen Randy's truck in person at a few meets, and what he does for sure works. His truck looks amazing and the paint looks brand new.

Primo Spaghetti would probably have some great advice too.
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Randy's basically got it covered with his advice! the only thing i really do different is i dry my truck with a leaf blower first, and i use a microfiber drying towel instead of a chamois...while drying, i use a drying aid (some quick detailers work better than others) to prevent waterspots and amp up the gloss.

Also, I'm really out of wax at this point and always recommend a sealant...which 845 is a good sealant/wax combo. but on black opti coat or c-quartz is what i reccomend.
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Sand paper and a paint gun. LOL just kidding. I have washed my wife's black Grand Caravan once. It looked worse when I was done. I used 2 buckets but when I got done with the tail gate and grabbed the rag to dry the drivers side already had streaks and water stains. She just takes it to the detailer when she wants it clean now.
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Two bucket method ?
there are many variations...but here is one of the first a goole search comes up with...

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Thanks for the great advice! This is my first black truck. I use to just run my trucks thru the car wash but these Ram's deserve better than that .
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There is nothing that looks better than a clean, polished, sealed and waxed black vehicle!!!!! The only problem is--keeping it that way--LOL. Everyone has to buy at least one black vehicle in their lifetime, most don't do it again.
You have received some good advice here--it should produce some excellent results.
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For you guys that live in Texas..... I feel your pain. I use to live there and once I moved to Florida my problems went away. You might have to get a water softner your problems will probably go away.
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