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Old 08-10-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Now that I have decided against the free "magic" Simoniz the Ford dealer was going to do, I need a shopping list for detailing the car myself. Our last vehicle was a van which was too big for me to wax and my work car, well, I wash it maybe once a year. I am rusty on what products I need. I have narrowed my "wax" choices down to Nu Finish or 3M Performance Finish Are those two a good choice? I have read good reviews on both. After that, what kind of wash soap do I need? What supplies? Help please!!!

Oh and I read somewhere that I should clay bar the vehicle even though it's new. Is this a good idea?
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: United States
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Clay bar is awesome! Makes the paint feel all silky smoothe, I need to do this to my car, you will notice the difference when it's all done.
Can't advise you on what wax to use, but generally anything under $10. bucks is junk, get what ya pay for.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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You can't go wrong with any 3M product. They are consistently at the pinnacle of quality. However be prepared to pay for that. Find a good automotive body supply shop and tell them what you are looking to do. They know all the tricks for keeping bodies in prime shape.

For cleaning/detailing supplies I generally go with the Stoner brand product lineup. They offer nearly everything you can think of at a high quality. You can also purchase products in bulk. Everything is available on their website.

Professional products are the way to go. Chain store items are good for average upkeep but considering your new purchase, may as well do it right.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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First go here:

http://www.autopia.org/

then go here:

Car Care, Detail Supplies, Garage Organization, Car Accessories - Griot's Garage 800-345-5789
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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May want to check out Eastwood Co. as well.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Autoglym - car cleaning products, car care products, car valeting, car detailing
this is pretty expensive but is some of the best stuff out there
it about 50 bucks for a litte wax kit of wax but man is it good
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Good question; like asking what stock should I buy, on a stock board, lol!
Imo, it's a new car, so I would skip the clay bar, unless you are familiar
with using it. The paint and surface can't have much build up on it, yet.

A good wash with Dawn to strip whatever is on there, with sheep wool
mitt, and pick your "wax" of choice.

For me, I'm a Zaino fan for the past decade on all our cars and 4 scoots...
I am used to it, I know how it goes on and should "look", and its "release
ability", allowing subsequent washes to gently get the gunk off, are very
good, imo.

But, pick your poison...I am not convinced someone needs the $200 kit
of the "latest and bestest". For that matter, any decent brand name "kit"
at the AutoZone should do well, too. Avoid car washes, hand wash regularly,
give it a 2nd "wax", within a month of the first, maybe clay it once a year, etc.
Should look good for a long time, especially if you can garage it. My 50Cts...
GL, mD
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Thank you all for the input.

I am confused on one more thing. I keep hearing that all POLISHES have tiny abrasives in it, such as the Nu Finish. Is that something I want to put on a new car?
BTW, the new car is garage kept.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:33 PM
 
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Thank you all for the input.

I am confused on one more thing. I keep hearing that all POLISHES have tiny abrasives in it, such as the Nu Finish. Is that something I want to put on a new car?
BTW, the new car is garage kept.
You don't need abrasive polishes if you car is brand new. Just apply a wax/sealant and you're good to go! However, some dealers treat their new cars like cr*p when they're sitting on their lots or at the dock. I've seen Porsches and Audi's that were dusty & spotted from being neglected: one customer even complained to his sales assoc and was told that the car would be cleaned up when he finalized the purchase. Right.

After you wash, rub your hand along the hood and trunk and feel for grit & nibs. If so, it would probably be a good idea to use that clay bar before you wax/seal.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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Try this link. Click on the instructional DVD - this is high end stuff and is excellent. The DVD is outstanding and will help you greatly! Enjoy/

Pinnacle Products
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