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I guess this really can be about any vehicule. I'm just curious what everyone thinks. When I got my first SUV, a Sidekick in 1994 I just washed it with a rag. My current car, a Matrix I started with a pressure washer, but I always thought it didn't look clean enough unless I waxed it as well.

Then I bought the Mr Clean auto dry kit. It really does work well. The only concern I have is that it may be scratching the paint. My car still looks good, but do notice the spider web look to it if I don't wax. When I finally do get my Compass, hopefully in the spring, I want to make sure I do my best to keep the finish as good as possible. Thanks guys!
 

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I am the owner of a Black car with very fragile paint. Its also hard to keep it spotless. I don't use anything terribly fancy and I can make it look flawless. Before you wash your car take off anything metallic. You are going to be leaning over your car so that means no metal buttons, no belt buckles. Also, if you were just driving it, allow your disc brakes to COOL FULLY. Cold water on a hot brake disc might WARP IT. For cleaning, I use a synthetic wool mitt. I found the real wool mitts to fall apart and I was tired of paying the big bucks. The cheap (But still name brand) ones hold up nice and they aren't harsh enough to scratch your paint. Rinse the car off very well with a strong jet of water to remove any loose debris and dirt. Scrub from top to bottom and be careful as you get lower and lower especially from the top of the wheel arches down because thats where most of the heavy grains of dirt are. The trick is making sure to rinse it throughout the scrubbing process because your picking up grains of sand and crud as you wash and your swirling them over the rest of the car. I usually use TWO mitts. I use an old one to get into really nasty places so that my clean mitt doesn't get contaminated and scratch up highly visible body panels. I use a good Maguires soap that isn't prone to leaving spots. Once the car is squeaky clean I suggest a synthetic chamois. I use a product called "The Absorber" and it soaks up a lot of water. Let the car dribble off the worst of the water for a couple minutes. Then I drag the absorber flat against the body panels soaking up the little beads left behind. I find this prevents any spots from forming.

While washing the car if there is any mystery goo on the body, I suggest a product called "Goo gone", its a citrus based cleaner that works amazing on removing unknown gorp from your bodywork. Always test a product on a non conspicuous area first just to be sure it wont damage your paint.

In my personal opinion you don't need any fancy water spot removing Mr.Clean gun and chemicals.

Also, try to wash your car early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Its not good for the car (And its not easy) to wash the car in the hot mid-day sun.

Hope this gets you started. I miss washing my car. After it had a few car accidents (None were my fault) I sort of gave up on the thing :(
 

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D-Train said:
Guess I'm the lucky one. My dealer offers FREE car washes for life since I bought the vehicle there :)
Wow, I've never heard of that before. I'd be there every week if I had free washes for life. Maybe twice a week.
 
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