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#1 (permalink) Old 06-09-2004, 06:28 PM
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i just got my free sample from meguiars. what is quick suds? i am guessing that u can just add it to water instead of using the traditional liquid car wax. am i right? do i just add the strip to water, then wash my car with it?

i am going to wash my car tomorrow, so i might use it if some1 else has and says its decent.

did any1 else get theirs yet?


does anyone want to tell me how theywash their car? steps they take?
should i spray the whole car first, then work on cleaning roof, spray that soap off when done washing top, then work on one side, washing that , then rinse it off, ect.? or is there there a better way to do it? i cant do it when the sun is going down, nor can i do it in the morning. the direct sunlight really drys my car fast.
i used to rinse the whole car, then soap everything, then go rinse it off, then dry. by the time i am halfway done sponging/soaping car, the 1st part i had worked on is already drying and i am not working at a snails pace either. speedy

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spray car first then work from top down.. soap everything (if you work quickly or out of direct sunlight) DO NOT USE SPONGES, use a rag. Then hose down thne dry

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why no sponges? what kind of rags? can i use old towels or shirts?

my sponge is one of the soft and fluffy white ones, not the old school

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old towels... make sure they arent dirty or rough.

i work at a detail shop, and thats how i was tought to do it... so i guess its the right way

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why old towels? sponges are way softer, so wouldnt that be better for the finish when my car is 9 years old?

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i use a hand sheepskin thingy or something.. i know its some type of furry and soft car wash utensil


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sponges dont work as well... you could use the sheepskin thing too, that works nicely

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so will an old white t-shirt work ok?
or will that not be good for the car?

and what are these sud things

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i dont know if that will hold enough soap.

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DONT USE AN OLD RAG!!

whatever you do! invest in a good drying towel or u will scratch up your pride and joy....

http://www.autopia-carcare.com/inf-wash.html
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/inf-microfiber.html

if you do not dry your car proberly after washing it or whatever you will just be waisting your time.

if u really wanta have a nice clean car download the free book from autopia its great and tells you everything u need to know!

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edit: oops your talking about just washing not drying sry lol.... but im not deleating what i wrote cause its still a good thing to dry your car properly. but ya a nice woolskin sheep mit would work great for washing.

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will do

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where is that e book at? i couldnt find it

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where is that e book at? i couldnt find it
http://autopia-carcare.com/freeguide.html

I aslo just found a great site for MF towels... im cheakin to see if there really good quality or not.. from the looks of it there good... they edges are silk and not stitched so u cant scrach yoru car....

http://www.exceldetail.com/excelpage4.html

I might be getting my towels from there

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thanks man.

damn, those quick suds suck. dont buy. they smell sooo great in the package(just like candy, no joke). i can make more suds by washing my hands in my sink.

i had to add some turtle zip wax soap.

-my car is turning out like crap. i keep getting little soap spots or somthing. i am also seeing a lot of little scratches. maybe swirls.
damn this sucks

how do i effectivly use a senthetic chamios to dry my car. it just sticks to the car and doesnt dry it all the way. i have to use a towel to finish it.

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just get a snack and a drink and sit down and read that free e-book. that will tell u everything u will ever need to know.

I have been reading so much im confident that i can do a little wet sanding to my mom's car and make it look nice ( to fix up that damn touchup paint).

you aslo might want to invest in a orbital polisher/buffer. I JUST got mine at lowes for $110. thats the cheapest u can get it. then u gota buy the pads off the internet and thats about 50. its really worth it tho.. u can compare one day with the orbital to about 1-2 months worth of hand polishing/waxing.


edit: once i get everthing i need im going to start deatailing. I'll take some pictures and show ya what i did and what I used. and trust me this car probably have way more swirl marks and scratches that any bimmer! hehe

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