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i just got my black e36 detailed and it looks great. i want to keep its look for as long as possible.

i just bought a mr clean auto dry a few weeks ago and it is pretty nice not having to dry your car.

i asked one of the detailers cleaning my car and he said to use a shamy to dry, and liquid waxes are pretty good since i have no experience in waxing or using a buffer and they dont take for ever to use.


should i go out and buy a shamy, or should i just stick with my auto dry?
what is the best liquid wax i can buy. how long does it take and how do i wax my car with it.

is there any way to get little chips out of my paint? the detailers took out a bunch scratches, but they couldnt get the paint chips out.


as for the dash, what should i use? armor-all?

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I use armor-all for the dashes and it works great. Before I use that though I use TUFF STUFF interior cleaner to take all the dirt off really well. Then armor-all protectant. I love Mother's or Mcguier's liquid waxes. They aren't real cheap but they do an amazing job. As for the shamy, I bought The Absober. It's a synthetic cloth and absorbs the hell out of anything. It's great. However, another awesome drying technique is to use the California water blade. It takes water off the body so well, it practically dries. Let me know what you decide.

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Yeah get a water blade and an absorber. I use a chamous just because my grandpa had it in his basement and it was brand new. First get as much water off with the water blade, then use the absorber to soak up what you missed. But if you're feeling lazy just use the auto dry.

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P.S. I love mcguire's gold class paste wax. But it's a bitch to use, great shine though. Also, the three step process for them is very good. Some people will recomend zymol as being easier, you might want to try that.

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Where could I find this "Absorber" and the California water blade? I've never seen them in my local stores.

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the best wax would be zaino, be prepared to pay for it.

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Yeah I've already got all the Zaino stuff--it's great! I'm doing the first full all-day session on my car tomorrow.

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Where could I find this "Absorber" and the California water blade? I've never seen them in my local stores.
i've seen some of these waterblades at Sears.... they substanitally cut the drying time coz they practically do what your windshield wiper does....

following it up with the chamois for those tight areas is a good idea..
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brien4787 - DONT USE ARMOR ALL. Silicon gives it the artifical oily shine and it doesnt do much to help your car. There has been several dozens of tests and etc ive seen to prove that armor is all BS. Use LEXOL Vinylex for your vinyl, and LEXOL leather cleaner to clean and the conditioner after that to protect. You can find this at www.properautocare.com

Meguiars is an ok brand. Not good, not bad. Zaino makes some of the best waxes but it does cost a lot of money. If you want bang for your buck, use Megiuars NXT wax (not the spray). Its new and only $15 per bottle. All the other Meguiars waxes are pretty crappy. Go buy some sponge (round) applicators and 10-20 microfiber towels (small to medium). You can us MF towels for anything, like windows, buffing, and etc without much fear of scratching your car. You can find the Meguiars NXT and cheap microfiber towels at most auto care sites but i get mine at target, walmart, and kragen. Or if you want to opt for the Zaino - go visit their site.

California water blades are ok but you need a good drying towel to get the spots it misses. The Absorber is good...better than a chamois. A better (the best ive seen) solution might be the BIG BLUE II (micro fiber towel). I only have a similar towel called the GREY TOWEL, which is a smaller version of the BIG BLUE. I actually use the absorber first to get most of the water off and then finish with the Big Grey towel. Get the BIG BLUE II....www.properautocare.com. This is the only place that has the genuine big blue. They also have the absorber.

MR CLEAN AUTO DRY is actually a decent system. If it works for you, great. I use it some times when I need to rush my car wash. But I hand dry if I have all day to detail my car. Also, get STONERS invisible glass for your windows (the best glass cleaner ever) and even the STONERS tire shine (forgot the name of it) for your tires. You can find this all at www.properautocare.com.

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Originally posted by brien4787@May 15 2004, 02:23 PM
i just got my black e36 detailed and it looks great. i want to keep its look for as long as possible.

i just bought a mr clean auto dry a few weeks ago and it is pretty nice not having to dry your car.

i asked one of the detailers cleaning my car and he said to use a shamy to dry, and liquid waxes are pretty good since i have no experience in waxing or using a buffer and they dont take for ever to use.


should i go out and buy a shamy, or should i just stick with my auto dry?
what is the best liquid wax i can buy. how long does it take and how do i wax my car with it.

is there any way to get little chips out of my paint? the detailers took out a bunch scratches, but they couldnt get the paint chips out.


as for the dash, what should i use? armor-all?

feel free to add anything else in.

thanks.
You can also read through some of the posts in this forum to get some more detailed info on wash/wax products.

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Agreed, don't ever let Armor All touch your car.

For drying I use a california water blade followed by MF towels to get the rest. Using a shammy is not bad it just takes a little bit more effort.

For wax Meguiars Gold Class is pretty decent and priced around $10 a bottle.

For paint chips you'll need to use touch up paint then burn the touch up paint with a high speed rotary buffer once the touch up paint dries so it matches. I wouldn't recommend this unless you have experience with a rotary buffer, but any "GOOD" auto detailer should be able to do this fairly easy.

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is this water blade just a squeegie, kind of like the ones they have at gas stations to clean your windshields?


ALSO, when i goto school in the morning, i always have dew all over my car and my windows are always foggy . i think my back defroster is broken, so most of the ride, i cant see out. is there a product out there that will stop this from happening?

also, how can i tell if my rear defroster is working? is there a special way to turn it on. i know air blows to the windshield when i turn it on, but.....

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Yes the california water blade is basically just a squeegie!

Not sure if there is a product that keeps your windows from getting foggy but there probably is.

If your rear window isn't defrosting when you turn it on then it must be broken, time to take your car into the shop unless you are mechanically inclined then you can probably find instructions somewhere on doing it yourself.

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1) is this water blade just a squeegie, kind of like the ones they have at gas stations to clean your windshields?

2)is there a product out there that will stop ... the windows from getting fogged in the morning....
1) The water blade is similar in concept to a window squeegee but read on...


Faster than a speeding chamois!
The Water Blade removes 90% of standing water on any vehicle's surface without scratching or streaking.
Made in the U.S.A. of medical grade silicone, the Water Blade removes water in one third the time of a sponge or chamois.
The patented T-bar edge causes 15 times less friction than a terrycloth towel and will not retain dirt or other materials that will scratch.
The Water Blade removes water with a single stroke, even on contoured surfaces. Use the Water Blade around the home to clean windows, patio doors and dry the shower area. Dries contoured surfaces!

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The different methods used to dry your ride that I've seen in forum post include:

1) driving the car until dry
2) blowing air on the car using an electric blower (Toro 215 mph blower or shop vac using the exit air port)
3) Chamois (shammy)
4) Water blade
5) The Absorber (large, MF towel)
6) Terry cloth towels
7) Large Bath towels
8) Mr. Clean auto dry

2) The only way I know of to keep your windows from getting fogged in the morning if you park outside is to put a cover on your car.

Otherwise, in the morning, if you can use a window squeegee, you can get the water off pretty quickly with the following medthod: after each stroke, dry/clean the the edge of the blade with a paper towel/dry cloth so that each stroke is done with a dry edge.

This keeps the water from spreading around and dripping on the newly cleaned surface. You should end up with a pristine window if you use this method. This also works well when you're cleaning your windows at the gas station.

You can then use a microfiber cloth/paper towel/cloth towel to pick up any remaining water at the edges.

What I use on my windows is product called "Gel-gloss". This polishes the glass so that it is easier to clean and if it rains, the water sheets off. It lasts for a about a month if you park inside at night otherwise, maybe a couple of weeks.

There are other product like RainX that do the same thing.

Let us know what you try and how they work.

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Hi ya'll. I'm new to the forum but I just happened to stumble across this thread. But anyhow, about trying to get rid of fog on the window, there are these window wipes that you can get at the auto store that work pretty well. They're kinda like the armor all ones, but for fog. I can't remember the name of them off the top of my head. But of course I don't know how great of a job you want them to do to reduce fog. They're not going to be like having a defroster, but it works.
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