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post #151 of 174 (permalink) Old 11-19-2017, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 04 R, only had it for a short time, engine compartment looks as if has never been detailed, look pretty bad and I would like o clean it, worried about getting things wet, what are some of your thoughts
Get some large sandwhich baggies and rubber bands and seal off those parts, then hose it down if you want or just use some old wash mitts, and towels you don't want anymore with a few brushes and go to town.

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Josh, it seems on the driver's side of the engine bay there's a lot of stuff with wires going in and out, making the choice of what to protect a crap shoot.
I don't know, try using tin foil or something that you can wrap around it?

Also I'm not a huge fan of hosing down engine bays, I prefer to use a wash mitt and bucket with various brushes then blow dry it all with a leaf blower.

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Hi everyone. I really needed this topic to be broken down in easy terms. Iv been to embarrassed to bring up the subject, as it shows how little I know about how to keep mine looking great. The dealer did polish it up before handing her over to me, but I have no clue what I'm doing to keep the slippery sleek shine that I love.

Iv asked advice from people I know, but really didn't get anything juicy, like a secret recipe from days gone by.
Iv bought most of the sprays listed here, and the cloths, but it still ends up looking like Iv smeared it with a chocolate bar.

Finally, I used up every bath towel, kitchen towel, baby diaper ( clean of course ) favorite T-shirt, pantyhose and snot rag and I still cant seem to get in the groove. I'm worried I'm going to corrupt the nice finish & end up having to pay for someone else to do the job. I better learn fast or I'm gonna be furious. Big Grin.

I guess my main frustration is the end result of the ' quick detailers '.
My only Fav is called ' Griots Garage Spray on wax'.

feed back will help, but a hands on tutorial would be better. ( wink )
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Hi everyone. I really needed this topic to be broken down in easy terms. Iv been to embarrassed to bring up the subject, as it shows how little I know about how to keep mine looking great. The dealer did polish it up before handing her over to me, but I have no clue what I'm doing to keep the slippery sleek shine that I love.

Iv asked advice from people I know, but really didn't get anything juicy, like a secret recipe from days gone by.
Iv bought most of the sprays listed here, and the cloths, but it still ends up looking like Iv smeared it with a chocolate bar.

Finally, I used up every bath towel, kitchen towel, baby diaper ( clean of course ) favorite T-shirt, pantyhose and snot rag and I still cant seem to get in the groove. I'm worried I'm going to corrupt the nice finish & end up having to pay for someone else to do the job. I better learn fast or I'm gonna be furious. Big Grin.

I guess my main frustration is the end result of the ' quick detailers '.
My only Fav is called ' Griots Garage Spray on wax'.

feed back will help, but a hands on tutorial would be better. ( wink )
Thanks, much appreciated.
No need to be embarrassed. I've detailed professionally for 11 years and I still learn something new each time I talk to people...

Lots to talk about, but first a spray on wax is not actually a quick detailer. That may be why it's all streaky. You may need to wipe it with a dry MF towel after to remove it?

Also try clay baring it and then waxing it. For maintanance I'd use a true QD spray only after washing it first though and don't use so much. 1/2 spray or one full spray per panel is about all you need. Wipe it in good. Less is more idea.

Also I use a leaf blower to dry most of my SSR as it saves me from having to wipe it down 5 times to get it streak free. Blow it and then one wipe down with the QD.

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I want to thank Ultima Clearly Different for one of the best car detailing products that I have ever come across and its Ultima Waterless Wash Concentrate it really saves my time and money.
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I have settled on the Top Coat F-11 as it meets all my needs.

Started applying the TOP COAT F-11 spray 12-24-17. Sure does have a mile deep shine. Ordered more of the TOP COAT F-11. I only had a 2 ounce sample to start with.

The thing I really like about the Top Coat F-11 is you only need 1 product for the entire detail job. It does glass, paint, rubber, leather, chrome, wheels, tires, running boards, everything, and you are done. Shine is a mile deep and they claim the bugs don't stick also. I am in no way affiliated with or for them, just like it.
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I have settled on the Top Coat F-11 as it meets all my needs.

Started applying the TOP COAT F-11 spray 12-24-17. Sure does have a mile deep shine. Ordered more of the TOP COAT F-11. I only had a 2 ounce sample to start with.

The thing I really like about the Top Coat F-11 is you only need 1 product for the entire detail job. It does glass, paint, rubber, leather, chrome, wheels, tires, running boards, everything, and you are done. Shine is a mile deep and they claim the bugs don't stick also. I am in no way affiliated with or for them, just like it.
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You talked me into ordering this product Top Coat F-11---" the mile deep shine "..has always been the missing link on my SSR...now I will burn some of these bit coins....cheers

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Has anyone heard of a product you can spray on the car immediately after washing, causing no water spots?
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There's a million and one products out there now and I'm sure with a Google search you'll find what you're looking for.

I'm not sure about a product to spray on after washing before drying, but I do know they make De-ionized water systems for washing cars, it's takes the chemicals out of the water and runs it through your hose and it will not spot your car so you can blow dry it off or whatever.


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Guys, I screwed up and used windex to prep for a decal. Now the clearcoat on that spot is GONE! Any suggestions? The spot is about 3"x4".
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Guys, I screwed up and used windex to prep for a decal. Now the clearcoat on that spot is GONE! Any suggestions? The spot is about 3"x4".
I know we talked yesterday but to reiterate, if the clear coat is truly gone, there's nothing more that can be done, it will have to be repainted.

I still feel like something's not right about it all as windex just won't do that to paint. You mentioned having a shop install the spoiler I think? any chance they might have spilled something acidic on it? IDK.

I don't want to start pointing figures without evidence but nothing else adds up.

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Guys, I screwed up and used windex to prep for a decal. Now the clearcoat on that spot is GONE! Any suggestions? The spot is about 3"x4".
Something doesn't add up.... Windex should not do that at ALL to hardened clear coat

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JoshVette: I have been looking for the right person to detail the paint on our daily driver. I don't expect perfection, but I would really like to improve it beyond what it is. Do you still do any of that work?
I apologize to everybody else if I used an improper format to ask the question. Still learning how the forum is structured. I will figure it out with some help, so feel free to correct me.
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JoshVette: I have been looking for the right person to detail the paint on our daily driver. I don't expect perfection, but I would really like to improve it beyond what it is. Do you still do any of that work?
I apologize to everybody else if I used an improper format to ask the question. Still learning how the forum is structured. I will figure it out with some help, so feel free to correct me.
I still do some detailing when work is a bit slow at the shop to fill in those days.

You can contact me or check out my website for pricing and such.

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OK now that I have way too many ways to" Make it Shine", has anyone tried ( F-11 )product? just wondering....
Oh no, please don't bring up F-11.....
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Absolutely agree with Josh. F11 has been "cussed and discussed" very thoroughly on this Forum.

Perhaps you might try a SEARCH and you will find tons of info on F11 and other helpful info on protecting your truck's finish. Check it out.




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Look into Myjestic Solutions in either Raleigh or Charlotte NC for your car care products. I found them by accident when looking for a way to polish raw aluminum. I buy all my buffing and polishing products from them as well as their tire dressing that lasts the longest, and makes tires look naturally great not like you clear coated them. I just ran over my R with their swirl remover and a Porter Cable random orbital and a red foam pad. This stuff worked the best I have ever used. The only item I have found not to be what I like is their wax. They seem to stay kind of soft. I like wax that dries hard and comes off like a powder. Theirs stays soft and builds up on the micro fiber. They offer free shipping on orders over $50. Look at their metal polish too. If anyone has questions you can email me at [email protected] and I will help where I can. They also sell great micro fiber cloths, bundle prices are best.
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