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March 13, 2017, 07:04:25 AM
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Garrsie

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Howzit all,

I thought I'd share a couple of tips I have for washing your car like a pro. I would like to hear other's tips too. Making washing my car easier and faster is something I am always on the lookout for. As it is, it takes me about 2 hours  :o.

1. Use the best brand cleaning stuff you can (sounds obvious but I switched to Meguiars stuff and it is really good)
2. When cleaning the glass in your car, do the inside with vertical strokes and the outside with horizontal stokes, that way, if there is a smear you can tell if it's inside or outside
3. When you rinse your car before drying (you do dry your car don't you), don't spray the car but rather try to let the water "sheet" off the car i.e. take off your hose spray thingy and put the hose close to the car at an angle. The sheet of water takes more droplets with it and makes drying much easier
4. Wax your car. Waxing makes the washing so much easier (especially if you have a white car like mine). The liquid Meguiars does the job nicely and is easy to apply and take off
5. I use a product called "Hut Plastics Polish" to get rid of those horrible, difficult to reach areas like around the "Forester" chrome lettering. I use a medium stiffness toothbrush and a bit of the polish and it works great. I got the polish from a woodworking specialist.
6. Plastidip can start looking a bit gnarly after it's been in the sun for a while. Spruce it up with a trim restorer (I use the Meguiars trim detailer) and it'll come up glossy and new
7. Use a shoe brush to apply your tyre polish to get into all the nooks and ribs on the tyre. Much easier and economical than trying to use a cloth. note: if you have matt wheels like I do, try not to get the polish on your rims and wipe it off immediately if you do. The polish makes them gloss in patches and it's a b!tch to get off

I'm sure I'll think of more stuff to add but this is a start.


PS. I am in no way affiliated with Meguiars but I really like their products. Their yellow car shampoo smells really nice too and for some odd reason, that made a difference to me.
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March 13, 2017, 07:06:41 AM
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Ah yes,
 8. A quality "waffle" cloth is easier than a chamois cloth to dry with. I can do my whole car with one and not have to wring it out
2006 Forester XT, Wiseco pistons, 18"Koya lightweight wheels, Bridgestone re002, Custom 20g turbo, STi IC, 76mm exhaust, Walbro 255, Custom turbo inlet, intake spacers, Gizmo Boost Controller, TGV deletes. BC RA Coilies, Brembo big Calipers, PB RS Discs, Coolboost WMI, Intent Performance Tuned

March 13, 2017, 10:09:41 AM
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do yourself a favor and get a clay bar, use it once or twice a year and they last a while, get the cheap shield one, it is exactly the same as the 3 times more expensive meguires one, just use the meguires quick detailer with it instead of the sheild stuff, it will pull out dirt you never knew was on the car. it is a long process but you will thank me later

March 13, 2017, 09:18:50 PM
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mmmmmm :( :(,
We hardly have water to drink, so we can't wash our cars, in the hot (burning) >:( >:( >:( Cape.

Who wants a clean Fozzie anyway. ;D ;D
We need more dirt roads. #tarmustfall
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March 13, 2017, 09:20:06 PM
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Howzit all,

I thought I'd share a couple of tips I have for washing your car like a pro. I would like to hear other's tips too. Making washing my car easier and faster is something I am always on the lookout for. As it is, it takes me about 2 hours  :o.

1. Use the best brand cleaning stuff you can (sounds obvious but I switched to Meguiars stuff and it is really good)
2. When cleaning the glass in your car, do the inside with vertical strokes and the outside with horizontal stokes, that way, if there is a smear you can tell if it's inside or outside
3. When you rinse your car before drying (you do dry your car don't you), don't spray the car but rather try to let the water "sheet" off the car i.e. take off your hose spray thingy and put the hose close to the car at an angle. The sheet of water takes more droplets with it and makes drying much easier
4. Wax your car. Waxing makes the washing so much easier (especially if you have a white car like mine). The liquid Meguiars does the job nicely and is easy to apply and take off
5. I use a product called "Hut Plastics Polish" to get rid of those horrible, difficult to reach areas like around the "Forester" chrome lettering. I use a medium stiffness toothbrush and a bit of the polish and it works great. I got the polish from a woodworking specialist.
6. Plastidip can start looking a bit gnarly after it's been in the sun for a while. Spruce it up with a trim restorer (I use the Meguiars trim detailer) and it'll come up glossy and new
7. Use a shoe brush to apply your tyre polish to get into all the nooks and ribs on the tyre. Much easier and economical than trying to use a cloth. note: if you have matt wheels like I do, try not to get the polish on your rims and wipe it off immediately if you do. The polish makes them gloss in patches and it's a b!tch to get off

I'm sure I'll think of more stuff to add but this is a start.


PS. I am in no way affiliated with Meguiars but I really like their products. Their yellow car shampoo smells really nice too and for some odd reason, that made a difference to me.

Anyway Garsie, thanks for sharing.
Always nice to hear about others' tips etc.
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Always looking for a tar free "road"
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March 16, 2017, 08:47:20 AM
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Don't forget a soft bristle paint brush for the hard to reach places on the interior, get the dust out like a charm. And then a good microfibre cloth for the rest of the plastics.

March 16, 2017, 04:00:19 PM
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Karwas is 'n man se werk...

Don't forget a soft bristle paint brush for the hard to reach places on the interior, get the dust out like a charm. And then a good microfibre cloth for the rest of the plastics.

Thanks for the tip, James May.  ;D
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March 17, 2017, 12:57:28 PM
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