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Old 07-18-2012, 08:42 AM
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lol thanks for the rep!

I saw someone post about the 2 bucket thing a long time ago and I was too chicken shit to admit I didn't know what it was so I googled it lol. Definitely keeps the water clean.

You use a brush on your paint, joe? Doesn't that scratch it?

I'd love to wash my truck every week or even month but I just don't have the time. Luckily with white it doesn't really look very dirty ever. I'm mainly concerned with protecting it, not how clean it looks anyway.

I haven't washed it but once this year I don't think. I went on a 2,600 mile road trip to AR and back a few weeks ago, I did wash the front end after that to get the bugs off(don't want to ruin the paint). I do a lot of stuff like that here and there to keep it protected, but only give it a full wash a couple times a year, if that.
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For y'all that don't have a chance to clean up your trucks very often the following might be of some interest---Wax only lasts about 60-90 days before another coat needs to be applied in insure continued protection; a paint sealant last about 6 months before another coat should be applied for continued protection. There is a "new product for consumers" that you might be interested in--http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-opti-coat.html. You have to spend some time preping the surface but I understand the results are pretty amazing. If your interested maybe Luke can give you more specific information about it. I have never tried it myself however. I'm lucky enough to have enough spare time so I wash my truck weekly and use a sealant(Wolfgang 3.0) and top it with a good wax(Collinite 845) every 3 months. I use a spray detailer everytime I wash it.
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lol thanks for the rep!

I saw someone post about the 2 bucket thing a long time ago and I was too chicken shit to admit I didn't know what it was so I googled it lol. Definitely keeps the water clean.

You use a brush on your paint, joe? Doesn't that scratch it?

I'd love to wash my truck every week or even month but I just don't have the time. Luckily with white it doesn't really look very dirty ever. I'm mainly concerned with protecting it, not how clean it looks anyway.

I haven't washed it but once this year I don't think. I went on a 2,600 mile road trip to AR and back a few weeks ago, I did wash the front end after that to get the bugs off(don't want to ruin the paint). I do a lot of stuff like that here and there to keep it protected, but only give it a full wash a couple times a year, if that.
I have never had a problem with the brush scratching the surface. I just make sure there is plenty of water and plenty of soap, ALL the time. And if I ever drop the brush face down, it gets rinsed out for a solid 10 min.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:44 PM
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For y'all that don't have a chance to clean up your trucks very often the following might be of some interest---Wax only lasts about 60-90 days before another coat needs to be applied in insure continued protection; a paint sealant last about 6 months before another coat should be applied for continued protection. There is a "new product for consumers" that you might be interested in--http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-opti-coat.html. You have to spend some time preping the surface but I understand the results are pretty amazing. If your interested maybe Luke can give you more specific information about it. I have never tried it myself however. I'm lucky enough to have enough spare time so I wash my truck weekly and use a sealant(Wolfgang 3.0) and top it with a good wax(Collinite 845) every 3 months. I use a spray detailer everytime I wash it.
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I've heard this about wax many times, that it doesn't last. I was even told the crap stuff I use only last maybe a month. What could I use once a year or at most twice a year after washing my truck to better protect it? I only wash my truck once or twice a year, so that's the only time I could apply a wax(or sealer or whatever). But if I'm doing it with crap wax anyway why not use something that will be better(same amount of labor). I just don't know what to use.
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WOW----Everyone has their favorite wax just like everyone has their favorite ice cream or favorite beer and they all swear that it is the best, longest lasting, cheapest and it goes on without any work etc etc etc. And besides that I can buy it at a big box store for amost free. That said----- The wax and sealant I recommend is used by professional detailers, and it is not the cheapest in the world--but it works, it lasts, and I get compliments all the time on how good the truck looks. My choice is Wolfgang sealant 3.0, which will protect the paint for up to 6 months and then I top it with a wax, Collinite 845. The Collinite gives it a little more protection and gives it a deeper gloss. If you use a routine like this every 6 months, whatever products you decide on, your paint should be protected year round. I'll see you in Ft Worth and maybe we can talk about it some more. I'll try to remember to bring some of the wax and sealant up with me so you can take a look at it. Here is a couple web sites that will give you tons and tons of info on waxes and sealant, will compare the two and will show the results of both.
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Thanks for the info, sorry but I won't be at the meet

Sounds like I need to use a sealant after wash every 6 months.
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If you wash it real good(with your 2 bucket method--use Dawn soap)) check the paint surface to see if you need to clay bar it. You probably will, at least the first time you start this process. After you clay bar it check for any scratches the clay bar may have left--if there are some then you will need to use some sort of a polish(maybe Meguries)before you put the sealant on. It sounds like a long drawn out affair but it really isn't--maybe 4-6 hours. I think you will find the results amazing--and long lasting.
Sorry I thought you were going to make it to Keller--maybe next time. If you have a chance check out those 2 web sites, like I said ton's and ton's of info there that will help you decide what the best product is for your application. If I can help you answer anything else let me know--or Luke is the "resident" expert in this section, maybe he can give you some advise if you ask.
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Why would I have to do clay bar and polish before sealant? Couldn't I just apply the sealant directly to the paint after the wash?
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since i got a tone that hides the dirt i am going to go semi annually on the exterior.
Been about 6 months now so she is due for a wash. Looks decent considering the miles of dirt road i live on.

Interior i try to keep clean period.
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The clay bar will clean the surface. It will remove all the sap, ground in dirt and other contaminates that you usually can't see. To check to see if the surface is free from any contaminates, put a cheap zip lock bag on your hand and rub the surface with your hand. It should be smooth as a babies butt. Once the surface is completely clean then you can start with the polishing, sealing and waxing process. Sometimes when you use a clay bar it will leave small, sometimes hard to see scratches in the paint. When that happens you have to use a polish to remove the scratches before you put any sealant or wax on. The sealant and/or wax will not completely remove all of the scrathes. If it doesn't leave small scratches then you can go straight to the sealant. When you use the sealant, remember that less is best. It can be applied with either a buffer or by hand. I apply mine by hand. Always use microfiber towels.
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