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post #1 of 40 Old 08-14-2009, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Question What products do you use to clean, polish, protect your car?

1) What wash.... if you wash your car yourself?

2) What polish, what wax?

3) What interior dressing?

4) What tire dressing?

5) Are there products that DON't work that you suggest people avoid?


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Good question CL.........I like this one a lot.....

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Here are my tools in the same order CL mentionned it:



and the final result....(she shines..........)


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Tool #6 is crucial. You can't do the job with out it!

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I see I left out glass cleaner.

The glass cleaner products to avoid always contain ammonia. Ammonia will break down rubber surfaces such as door seals and wiper blades. If you have window tint it will also cause problems with that as well.

What I do use is a spray bottle filled with a 50/50 mix of water and rubbing alcohol.

Item 6 is important as well don't forget the lime.

Ffl the photos are great but the glare of your Jeep makes me want to borrow your yellow safety glasses.


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Use Collinite # 915 wax and you won't want anything else.
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I am not a huge fan of carnauba waxes. Yes I know they protect like crazy and many will give a show quality shine. But here in the hot and humid south they are just too much work.... at least for me.

I have been using non carnauba based waxes for years. My latest favorite is the Ice product line from Turtle wax. http://www.turtlewax.com/main.taf?p=2,1,1

I first tried the ICE Total Interior Care which is a paste. I like the fact that it is not a high gloss product. Makes it easier to drive into a sunset or sunrise. It also does not attract dust like some interior products. I really hate shinny AND dusty.


Always looking for something new I am now using Ice Total Interior Care Spray. Goes on easy and has kind of a new car smell.

I liked those products so much I decided to try the Ice Liquid Polish. I put it on everything! No it does not have a show car shine but everything looks very good. No swirls no white haze on the black surfaces. I put it on the flat black pillar posts, the black unpainted rear view mirrors, the black rear bumper skid tread. the windshield wiper arms. NOT THE BLADES. The taillights everything but the headlights!

I use it under the hood on everything but the blanket. One coat is good, two coats are great, three coats are awesome. Even the sections under the hood that were not clear coated are starting to look like they are.



It makes black blacker and is probably going to help a lot in my battle against the black parts turning gray because it blocks UV to prevent oxidation.

It does not take much of the product and seems to work better with thin multiple coats. So far I have done two Jeeps with multi coats and a ford with two coats..... still have half a bottle left.

I am even doing the soft top on my Wrangler.

To me carnauba wax based products need to be clayed because dust, grit and bug parts like to stick INTO the wax. Ice has no such problem. Rub your hand over a carnauba waxed hood a week after waxing and feel all the stuff stuck to the hood. Been two weeks since I last Iced the hood. Almost nothing stuck to it.

This is the way I roll..... I know you have your products and reasons.

Cons: It does not bead water like wax based products. Yet I have not detected any water spots. Not a show quality shine.



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To remove bugs and road tar try a dryer sheet of Bounce slightly moistened.


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She does look nice..................great job CL............

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Bounce for Bugs and Tar removal? I'll have to try it, thanks.


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I used to spray road tar for a living. Diesel works good to take it off, but I have a feeling that it might be a little hard on the paint. I don't remember what we used to use to take it off when I worked for **cough** Ford. I've been looking for something to clean my vehicle up with and I'll have to give this stuff a try

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Has anyone tried the... NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 from Meguiar's?

Almost bought some the other day. All the reviews make it look like it is the best product on the market.


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Tonight I went to Canadian Tire on the way home and bought a 3pack of the ICE Interior care paste, Interior care spray and liquid polish and cleaned the inside of my jeep out (it was raining so I couldn't do the exterior) and it looks great. It's not shiny and greasy like lots of other cleaners. I used both the interior paste and the interior spray and they both work great. I'm waiting for my girlfriend to get home so I can clean up her car too! I can't wait to try the polish when it's nice out.

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Allright SMOKE! My first convert. We want some good photos of that Sunburst Orange after you get the outside polished up.


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For sure might be able to do it thursday. I did find that my door sill is cracked during cleaning . Maybe warranty will cover it, maybe stainless steel door sill guards will be purchased and installed...

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2 hours to polish the body, clean the windows. Now all I have to do is vacuum the inside. There is a sunburst orange ram parked beside me tonight and my jeep looks like the paint has a lot more depth than his. I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow, it's too dark to get some now.

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I had just finished waxing my car a couple of days ago using Ice Liquid Polish when I received an emergency call. Most of the gear I needed was already in my Compass so I headed out... the Compass still covered in Ice.

I thought this stuff is never gonna come off. It's going to bake onto the hood. I had even done my wheels. About 6 hours and over two hundred miles later I got home and broke out the micro fiber polishing cloth. The Ice came right off. It was as if I had put the stuff on 15 minutes ago.

I was wiping it down in the dark just trying to go over everything. Next morning.... well afternoon when I went out... the Compass was gleaming like it was wet. I had missed a couple of spots but that cleaned up with no problem.

I am more than happy with Ice Liquid Polish. And no white dust in the black parts.


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CL asked and CL gets. Here's some pics of the jeep after polishing. I even shined up the exhaust tips. I didn't have anything to shine up the tires with, but I can live without that. Incidently it started raining about 30 seconds after I took pictures. Guess it's going to get muddy going down the back roads today. It's a jeep, it's almost un-natural for it to be this shiny.
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I'm blind.... think of the rain as an opportunity for another layer. I can now wax and wipe in about 20 minutes.

I like your grill, is that a Cloud Rider?

Wish I could get a good shine on my Compass.



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Guess it's going to get muddy going down the back roads today. It's a jeep, it's almost un-natural for it to be this shiny.
I've always said "A clean Jeep is a neglected Jeep!"
They all look good with a coat of dust and mud.

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Sweet job there Smokey..........she looks great..........
question ......how did you get that dual exhaust ?

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Smoke, did you try the Ice polish on any of the black bits?

I just re-read my question.... sounds like something from a porno.


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I put wax on everything, the grill inserts, bug deflector, vent visors, tail light covers and factory plastic and none of it shows any streaking or white.
Yeah that's a cloud rider grill. I bought the bare stainless steel one for about $120 and had it powder coated for $40 and saved myself around $100 by doing that. Stupid thing is that the factory is a few blocks from my wholesaler but we had to order it from Calgary then have it come to Regina. They wouldn't even replace the parts pack that came with missing pieces without sending it through Calgary.

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Sounds like they are loyal to their dealers to a fault.


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Yeah, I could have walked the couple of block and picked up the stuff. I could have gone to any other place in town and bought some stainless steel screws and machine screws if there were even enough of the clips in the pack to hold it in. Other than that I like how they look in the grill

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Smokey.............how did you get that dual exhaust ?

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Went into minute muffler bought a J-tube and the magnaflow from a camero and had them put it all together

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? Are my overly large photos causing system slowdowns on people computers? If so I will try to compress them in the future. I keep forgetting my system is more custom than my Compass.


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smokey and cl your compasses look great I like the color smokey, i've used meguairs NXT i really like the results does anyone use clay bars to remove bonded contaminants we cant see with the naked eyes but we can feel it? talking about depth in the paint wow! run your hands along the surfaces of your compass it should feel smooth as a baby's behind if not that's where clay bar comes in
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I've never used a clay bar, I'm a little paranoid of scratching the paint or clear coat. I know a really good paint guy and have been thinking of taking my jeep to him to have him give it a really good clean up. I also have a polisher but haven't used it this year yet.

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I used clay on other cars when I was using carnauba based products. Clay does a great job if used properly. I don't feel the need to clay Ice or NXT type waxes as stuff does not stick as easy. However I will If I find a place that just will not come clean after a regular wash.

Clay is easy to use just start with the cleanest surface you can.
http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...ling-clay.html

Always keep the clay wet and if you drop it on the ground toss it as it will have picked up contaminates that will scratch your paint.

This type clay is NOT something you get out of your kids toy chest.


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