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      07-10-2014, 05:02 PM   #1
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So with the summer here and car season in full flight, here are my Top 10 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning Their Car.



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Also, I would like to hear any car cleaning mistakes you guys know of!
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Brillo pads, because girls are stupid. Great vid!
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My girlfriend scrubbed her entire car with a magic eraser. Discovered it when I waxed it and realized she had rubbed all the clear coat off.
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Thank you for the video... quite informative
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      07-12-2014, 01:39 PM   #5
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now I know how many screw ups Ive been doing. Good education.
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One to change/add: when drying after a wash use two waffle or micro-fiber style drying cloths. With the first cloth, fold it in quarter and lay it on the paint finish to dry it. Blot the finish, don't stroke it to dry it. Unfold it to expose a new surface as you move around the car. Once that cloth is too moist, switch to the second continuing to mostly blot the finish dry.
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Great reminders!
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Brillo pads, because girls are stupid. Great vid!
OUCH. For real? How bad was the paint after that?

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My girlfriend scrubbed her entire car with a magic eraser. Discovered it when I waxed it and realized she had rubbed all the clear coat off.
This is another for real. How bad was the paint after that? Did you get it repainted?

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now I know how many screw ups Ive been doing. Good education.
Haha, thanks!

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One to change/add: when drying after a wash use two waffle or micro-fiber style drying cloths. With the first cloth, fold it in quarter and lay it on the paint finish to dry it. Blot the finish, don't stroke it to dry it. Unfold it to expose a new surface as you move around the car. Once that cloth is too moist, switch to the second continuing to mostly blot the finish dry.
That is a great tip! Thanks!

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It actually turned out ok. She had metallic paint and rubbed micro scratches all over everything. I used the armor all back to black 3 step kit after using a cleaner wax and followed it with 2 coats of gloss on top. The metallic paint helped a lot but from a few feet away it looks perfectly fine.
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Good video that goes over the basics. Few comments:

1) it's perfectly fine to use a sponge. I use the Uber sponge from Detailers Domain and it's fantastic.

2) be sure to remove the tags form your microfibers. I see that you still have your tags on yours, and those aren't exactly soft

3) in your rinse bucket, you need a grit guard. Without the grid guard, the dirt particles don't sink to the bottom, which means you'll pick them right back up again
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Great video ...
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For me, life's too short to worry about not using a soft-brush carwash but a great vid all the same - I really like the two bucket tip, I never thought of that.

On bird droppings tho apparently it's not the acid that does the damage after all: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/...-your-car.html
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One way to avoid the two bucket system is to use a handful of washing towel just once. I use 3-4 Microfiber sponges from top to bottom just once.
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Good advice on here thank you
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Not sure if this is an obvious one, but I've seen people wax their cards then vigorously wipe the was off. That's a no-no as you want to very lightly buff it with a micro-towel so the wax stays on the paint.
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Thank you for the video.
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If you want to stay with one bucket for just rinsing and have more fun in the process (and who doesn't...) get a foam gun like this Gilmour Foamaster. The one in that link is the older version and has mostly brass construction, which I prefer to the newer plastic one. That's the cheapest price I can find for one.

For the past 3 years I've been using a Gilmour foam gun, with Optimum Car Wash soap and 2 microfiber wash mitts (one for lower section of car) from Chemical Guys and I'm getting the best results I've ever had. I've used microfiber wash mitts from Griots and others. They all look alike but the one I have from Chemical Guys is much more plush. And dousing your kid (and vice versa) with that foam gun is priceless.
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Good video that goes over the basics. Few comments:

1) it's perfectly fine to use a sponge. I use the Uber sponge from Detailers Domain and it's fantastic.

2) be sure to remove the tags form your microfibers. I see that you still have your tags on yours, and those aren't exactly soft

3) in your rinse bucket, you need a grit guard. Without the grid guard, the dirt particles don't sink to the bottom, which means you'll pick them right back up again
I've been using the uber sponge for years now and love it
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Nice video! Thanks for sharing
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Not sure if this is an obvious one, but I've seen people wax their cards then vigorously wipe the was off. That's a no-no as you want to very lightly buff it with a micro-towel so the wax stays on the paint.
This is simply not true mate
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Awesome Vid
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