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Old 08-05-2012, 10:34 PM
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Wow, I checked out autopia and there is a ton of info on there, im having trouble finding info thats dumbed down enough for me to understand...... I gather that the clay bar removes dirt and contaminents from the paint prior to waxing... but sounds abrasive and scares me.... im so afraid to scratch my new truck.... Im not a professional but I would like to protect my paint and give it maximum shine without damaging the finish.... I signed up on autopia so hopefully I can learn what I need to know.....
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Don't be afraid of using a clay bar.(just keep the surface well lubricated while using the clay bar). It will do a great job of cleaning up the surface of your truck so you have a CLEAN surface to start with. It may leave a few small scratches however a good polish will take them out and then you can move on to the seal/wax step. The clay bar also may not leave any small scratchs and you can go directly to the seal/wax step. The improper use of a wash mitt, the wrong towels, or just wiping the surface of your truck can leave scratches. Alway use microfiber towels and a microfiber wash mitt and you shouldn't have any problem. The more you read autopia the more you will understand what they are talking about. They also will answer any questions you have(remember, some people are more helpful than others). The resident expert in this thread is "Luke". I'm sure he can answer any question you have about products and how to use them and what to expect from them--all you have to do is ask. He really knows what he is talking about and will give you honest advise and opinions.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:18 PM
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Well today I spent about 5 hours with a clay bar kit from Meguires and followed it with a coat of turtle wax ice. At first it was cumbersum to try and keep the surface lubricated and use the bar and get it whiped off before it dried.. I had some waterspots from washing that were difficult to get off and I wish I would have hand dried the entire vehicle rather than letting the air do it... We have hard water and it made alot of waterspots that I had to take off.. I used an entire bottle of quick detailer by the time I was done but I think the job came out good for a first timer. I'll post up a couple pics tomorrow.. Might even get a good pic to enter for the ramforumz calendar...
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Congrad's on your first attempt to use products that are new to you. I hope that the results are above your expectations. I always try to wash my truck early in the morning and then put it into the garage to dry it. Always try to apply your sealant or wax on a cool surface and out of the direct sunlight. I think your results will be better. Looking forward to seeing the pic's of your truck.
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I use a microfiber mit, and my Mr. Clean auto dry. However, trying to find new filters for that thing is a bitch now since its discontinued. I wash the truck in sections, soap, clean, then use a microfiber plus drying towl to avoid water spots. Once im down washing, I use the Simonez spray wax, and do about 2-3 coats on the truck. Then for the wheels, black magic wheel cleaner first. Rinse and let dry. then spend about 15 minutes on each chome clad wheel with some paper towels and windex. Those wheels will SHINE and look like a mirror

Here she is, 5.5 hours of wash, and 3 coats of wax, Just be careful with the hose. I was in the bed, 4 days after I bought the truck, hosing down the roof, jumped out of the bed, and saw the hose rubbed against the bed, and put a scratch in the bed, from the front of the rear wheel, to the tail light. I have to get compound for it, but as Long as I keep filling the scratch with wax, you dont see it really. (i was fuming/heart broken after that)


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Your truck looks great!!!! Time well spent.
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Your truck looks great!!!! Time well spent.
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Hey thanks man. I really hope that these pictures arent showing up as HUGE as they are for me, for everyone else. Normally they resize after a reload..damn you imgur and your off sizes.
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I wash with a micro fiber sponge, then to dry use a leaf blower. Never touch the truck in the drying process, when the water dries up then no more lube action going on if you know what I mean!


Wow never heard of a leaf blower for drying the truck,lol. Well your right, you never touch the truck in the drying process. Cool I go to the carwash to have mine done just don't have the time and what they don't get too I take care of at the house.
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A quick process on how I did the truck last week.

Process used. Time spent about 4 hours.

Dawn dishsoap double bucket wash
Clay bar
Dawn double bucket wash
Dry
Klasse AIO as a paint polish & cleaner with white polish pad on speed 4
IPA wipedown to remove any residue left behind
Poorboys Blackhole Glaze on black finishing pad on speed 2
Collinite 845 topper by hand
Finished with Chemical Guys Hybird V7 optical spray
Wheels P21s Gel wheel cleaner




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I got some turtle wax ice premium care liquid wax at walmart yesterday, seamed like a quality wax that would be easy to apply.. anyone use this ???
I use it, its good stuff.
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