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Reading the 'buffer' post had me thinking about what everyone uses to wash their SSR's, especially since I happened to be at the store today for a look see.....

I have never used an auto car wash for fear of tire and wheel damage and during the winter use a manual wash (spray only) and never the hand brush for fear of scratches. Never really gets all the grime off and never really looks washed afterwards. :cuss

I have never used any kind of wash brush (always by hand with a good dose of Zaino afterwards) but water at house is shut off for winter.

Almost bought an electric power sprayer today cause it is way less than gas models and I figured it would be more than enough power (1500PSI). I did buy instead a hand brush and wand power model since $20 was easier than $150.
Don't know if it'll do any good but I'm happy to try it for the twenty dollars.

Any ideas out there people?

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Only hand wash, with Zaino in and out, and white soft towel. Never auto car wash.:nono Use California duster in between for dusting.
 

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I've never used a brush, except on my work truck. I also request that the car dealerships don't do their free wash after a service - can't stand the idea of that brush touching my toys. The pressure washer is a great idea, because it will knock off any grit. I then use a mitt - available in the $4.00 range in most auto stores. The mitt will allow any remaining grit to stay buried in the mitt and not scratch the vehicle. Besides, a mitt lets you enjoy all those gorgeous curves on your SSR.

I use a slightly concentrated Zaino wash soap in a spray bottle, and spray either the mitt or the paint, then rinse it with the pressure washer. Make sure you rinse the mitt as well to get any grit out of it. Mitt is good for quite a while, and I keep older ones to do the very bottom, and the wheels - backside and all.

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ricardo said:
Reading the 'buffer' post had me thinking about what everyone uses to wash their SSR's, especially since I happened to be at the store today for a look see.....

I have never used an auto car wash for fear of tire and wheel damage and during the winter use a manual wash (spray only) and never the hand brush for fear of scratches. Never really gets all the grime off and never really looks washed afterwards. :cuss

I have never used any kind of wash brush (always by hand with a good dose of Zaino afterwards) but water at house is shut off for winter.

Almost bought an electric power sprayer today cause it is way less than gas models and I figured it would be more than enough power (1500PSI). I did buy instead a hand brush and wand power model since $20 was easier than $150.
Don't know if it'll do any good but I'm happy to try it for the twenty dollars.

Any ideas out there people?

rick
In some of the earlier threads, some people had tried to go to a automatic car wash and there wheels were damage. I use turtle wax cars or eagle one car wash. I don't use much of anything on the inside because the vehicle sets more than it is driven and protectant on the dash collects so much dust. I use eagle one on the tires .

Good luck with your wash.
 

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Iv'e been using Dri wash'n guard for years now.It's a waterless car wash! It works great. I was looking for a polish that would work on my black"84" Vette without swirling or spider webing and at a car show I saw this stuff. I put it on my hood and voila! swirl marks and webbing gone! Talk about a deep shine, this stuff is ultra crystal. The good news is that when you get it on your rubber seals,weatherstripping or plastic trim, it doesn't blush.In fact it cleans and enhances black trim.I use it on my SSR in the warm garage.I usually wipe it down first with clean water and a terry,then diy it off with a terry just to remove any heavy soil.Works great on clearcoat wheels too.It's only availiable from private distributors. www.driwashnguard.com
Every once and a while I'll se a new polish on the shelf at the auto store and try it, but I keep going back to the waterless stuff. Iv'e got quite a colection of car care products on my shelf growing dust.
I'm not a dealer. just a happy SSR owner.If you're as pick as I am, you need to check this stuff out.

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I have wax that I paid more than $100 for a small bottle, Wasn't for my SSR, To tell the truth I just use a damp, The Cloth, Run it over the truck and it looks like you have washed and waxed the thing for hours, No water, No soap, No wax, I do have it waxed sometimes, Been thinking of trying liquid glass on it, Always worked great on my Vette, Never lost a show with it
 

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I use Maguire's car shampoo, then Pinnacle spray detailer and every three months Pinnacle Soverign liquid wax and it shines like a mirror. I also use the California duster every day to take the dust off, so the car stays spotless. Since I purchased the SSR the end of November, I have only had to wash it once because of the beautiful weather we've been having in Sarasota. I feel for all of you up North and some of your thoughts on the threads I have read. But I made the break in 1982 and it's been just super down here. My top has only been up once since I bought the car.

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Hey Joe...

Next hurricane season you can bring the SSR up here for safe keeping... :lol :lol :lol :yesnod
 

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The Mr. Clean Car wash works great, but I still shammy it after. I use the zaino touch up in between washes for a dry wash clean.
 

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Up North

Kinda cool for people to think of Georgia as "up North". :cool
 

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Distributors have tried for years to sell me drywash at car shows, but I can't even imagine rubbing the dirt off my toy with a cloth soaked in oil based products.

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Hey, Redline

Do a search for Zaino - several threads should show up. We had a major discussion on it a couple of weeks ago. Absolutely the best polish I've ever used. A bit more work initially, but once you have the basics done, the results are incredible.

You can also check out their product at zainostore.com

Be sure to check out the photos, and work your way down to the testimonial showing a black vette with a goose pecking away at its reflection - too funny.

I had reported earlier that Guru Wax Reports rated it the best of 46 products tested.

Good luck

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Hey Flassh,

Is it true that drinwash is 88% kerosene? Obviously you don't like the product,but do you think that this stuff could hurt the finish? Iv'e used it for a number of years and peole have always asked me if the paint on my 84 Vette was new.
Iv'e got an open mind if there is something out there better faster shinyer.
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Someone at a carshow get together asked me what I used and I said Zaino and he said he hated that used to work at a body shop and he said he had a heck of time getting it off the car. My question is..... isnt' that what you would want? :confused
 

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53wanab said:
Hey Flassh,

Is it true that drinwash is 88% kerosene? Obviously you don't like the product,but do you think that this stuff could hurt the finish? Iv'e used it for a number of years and peole have always asked me if the paint on my 84 Vette was new.
Iv'e got an open mind if there is something out there better faster shinyer.
Craig
If you feel there's 89% kerosene it , try lighting it with a cig. lighter. If it's flammable I wouldn't use it.
 

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Someone else had posted the comment about the % of kerosene - I have no idea what's really in the product - just don't like the idea of rubbing dirt off with a dry cloth dipped in a product of any kind, so never had a closer look at it. I like flooding dirt and dust off, then cleaning with a soaked soapy mitt.

I'd always been happy with Meguiars, but with the number of comments on this site about Zaino, I checked further on it, and couldn't find any negatives. After using it on two trucks, I don't think I'll be changing to anything else. The Guru report on waxes raved about its performance, and I've never seen anything else clean up so well, or bead water so effectively.

I had posted to check their website - some of the photos of customer vehicles are pretty impressive.

Ray
 
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