Right tools for cleaning your car!

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  1. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    Guys, please suggest me right tools to clean my car(also to wax,polish)-also towels,brushes,etc.

    P.S. I have bough old toyota rav4 from a friend. It has lots of small dents and it does not shine at all!
    now want to bring it back to life all by myself :D
     
  2. Clutch

    Clutch cute and cuddly boys

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    Do you have leather?
     
  3. Kinghong1970

    Kinghong1970 Notebook Deity

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    well, Kmart has nice microfiber cloths that does a good job...
    also, their version of ShamWoW is pretty decent... don't get the car size... the truck size is "quilted" like northern toilet paper... and it's better....

    as for wax, i use zymol first then synthetc wax over it.

    ah, yes, oribital buffer will save you lots of pain...

    replace the cotton drawcord with elastic drawcord... the cotton ones get loose and get stuck in the spindle or can get under the pad to leave swirlys...
     
  4. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    i've been a fan of meguiars myself...

    you can check out local stores and see about prices individually...
    i don't know if brands matter... but it's worth the effort to check it out..
     
  6. Thaenatos

    Thaenatos Zero Cool

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    Well I have 2 setups for washing my vehicles.

    For the Jeep:

    I use a soft brush that extends, using meguiars gold class soap and 2 buckets (1 for rinsing the brush and 1 for soap/water mix). Never use one bucket for everything. This takes me 5-20min depending on how dirty the Jeep is, and I do it once a week until its too cold(works well longer in the year since you don't get wet or even touch water). The I go through a touch-less car wash that uses a REALLY good rainX compound that makes water bead off my jeep for over a month. Works great and my Jeep looks like it did in 2006 New.

    For my talon:

    At the beginning of the season I drive it to the same touchless wash and get the premium (non rainX) wash dry it off at the gas station and then drive home. Then I proceed to scrub it for about 1hour+ with a meguiars sponge (again 2 buckets) and the same gold class soap as the Jeep. Dry it off, drying and cleaning door jams, trunk sills, hood sills, ect. Then I use invisible glass on the windows (sometimes use this on the Jeep) and yes newspaper works well :p. Then I wax it once a month with turtle wax. You can knock it all you want but Ive used many many types of wax and it works the same and applies easier. In between waxes after I wash I do a quick detail again from meguiars (see a pattern?).

    All in all its always different per car and application. The high maintenance of my talon's washing is getting to me after all the years, but when I bring it out of the garage people stare.
     
  7. aan310

    aan310 Notebook Virtuoso

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    On my Tiburon, i use:
    Dollar store car wash
    Dollar store Wheel/Rim wash
    Dollar store microfiber cloth/pad (for wax)
    Walmart Shammy
    Meguires Wax
    Various 100% cotton towels for various stuff
     
  8. Ferrari

    Ferrari Notebook Evangelist

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    Simple green. I use it on just about everything.

    I would tell you the brands of polish i use to polish my dads choppers but i cant recall thier names, but i did use Meguires.
     
  9. stewie

    stewie What the deuce?

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    Same here.

    Mothers is pretty good as well.
     
  10. Red_Dragon

    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I use nothing but Meguiars :SD
    I use Tech Wax 2.0 it's a litte pricey but WELL worth the money.
     
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