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Old 06-01-2010, 10:04 PM
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i have a goofy question, Is there a possibility of cleaning your truck to much. Can you do damage to the exterior and interior if you over wash and clean?
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Well I would think that too much of a anything is never good. But as long as you use good methods and good products then you should be ok. It's not like you're going to be washing the truck every day right?

There are a lot of good threads on here about detailing. You can also check out sites like meguiers and mother's wax. They have videos about how to do certain steps. Another site is www.autogeek.net. They are a bit on the expensive side but they have a lot of great videos and info on detailing. I bought a wheel brush from them that is great for cleaning the wheels.
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Oh boy certainly not every day probably once a week. I will take a look at those links thanks!
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My neighbors think so...they've commented that I'm gonna wash the paint right off the car and truck because I am out there cleaning them routinely. LOL

Use the right products and process and you'll be good.
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i have a goofy question, Is there a possibility of cleaning your truck to much. Can you do damage to the exterior and interior if you over wash and clean?
Yes... in a sense. Washing it with a car soap won't remove clear coat or hurt the paint itself, but if you are not washing it properly you are damaging it. If you use a soap with high lubricity, at least 2 buckets with grit guards and proper washmits then you are on the right path. If you are just using one bucket, soap and doing the routine rinse, wash, rinse, you are marring the finish into a dull haze.

Here is a quick example of how it is easy to miss what is happening. This is my truck that I drive everyday. The paint has not been polished in the last 13 years, but I am going to do such this summer [finish polishing]. Vehicles 1 year old can have more damage if the owner dries the paint by moving a towel across the surface. Look at the paint with no sunlight, the paint looks great.



Add some sunlight, and you can see the defects. The swirls are due to improper washing and drying.



If you look closely, you can see the circular scratches and swirls, but even more significant are the millions of micro scratches that take away from the glossiness. Even if the scratches could be removed, the finish is still dulled with the super fine swirls caused by drying from moving a towel across the surface.

The big light is a flashlight and the small light is the light on the incandescent on the ceiling.



After polishing the hood, you can see the flashlights face and the incandescent light much clearer, yes i chose a different angle as the above light is over to the side, but it is the same spot.



I am not implying you are not washing correctly, but some of the safe methods include washing with two or three buckets with grit guards, touchless powerwashing, or a rinseless with proper techniques followed by drying with Air [compressed, blower, etc], blotting with a soft towel, or using a towel on a still wet surface without applying pressure.
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"too much of a good thing, is a good thing" haha but I definatly agree with leadfootluke but what I am wondering is he talking towel as in shamee? I dry with a Shamee and then do a touch up dry with a micro fibre so I hope i'm not f'in the paint.
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"too much of a good thing, is a good thing" haha but I definatly agree with leadfootluke but what I am wondering is he talking towel as in shamee? I dry with a Shamee and then do a touch up dry with a micro fibre so I hope i'm not f'in the paint.
A Chamois will work, but because it is so fine, there is a lot of contact with the paint, meaning Any debris caught in the towel will cause marring. When I dry with a towel, I only touch the wet areas where I am not moving a towel over dry paint. By touch, I mean I blot the areas that are wet. Then I also use a microfiber [waffle weave] to touch up.

The same goes for a waterblade. It can work effectively, but if ANYTHING gets caught in the blade, it will cause long scratches. To be honest, the safest way is compressed air, but that is not convenient most of the time. I use a towel to blot, then a MF to finish.

To aid in drying, I use a rinseless wash and shine that I spray on the paint as I am drying. It is a quick detailer, but also works to separate dirt from the finish and clean anything that I may have missed. This way, the finish is glossy and scratch free after the wash.
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