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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-05-2007, 01:04 PM
sorgenfri255
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Hello every body just wonder what all ya use to maintain
your car shiny in and outside

I use products from chem quest
speacially
Dress up for vinyl, moldings and engine plastic parts
INCREDIBLE PINK is a degreaser that works all over

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im just courius like george
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-06-2007, 12:13 AM
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I use whatever is on clearance... like turtle wax.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-06-2007, 05:44 AM
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I have claybarred mine twice in the last year. Zymoled it four times. Washed it God knows how many times..

I stopped using anything on my vinyl top, I found most dressings kept it moist for 2 days then dried it out after that. Anyone have any suggestions?

As for my wheels, every month I used the Mothers polish with the powerball attached to the cordless grill.

I *try* to clean up the engine bay every so often, usually when I clean the K&N filter.

As for a degreaser, I use Brake Kleen.. nothing better to get rid of any old leaks or gummed up surfaces.
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-07-2007, 01:32 PM
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I used to do (well, sometimes still do it) detailing on the side so I have a closet full of probably over a couple thousand dollars worth of stuff. Nothing in particular I always used, just whatever I feel like at the time--and I have so many different brands and varieties, it'd be a waste to list them.

As for the vinyl roof, I too ran into the same common issue of virtually any vinyl protectant would look good at first, but then rolls right off with even morning dew. After about a year of that, I thought of something else I had--Protectall. It's essentially liquid wax in a spray bottle, meant for paint and trim, but it also has terrific durability and--being good on everything--is great on the vinyl top. That's what I've now used for quite some time, and have been happy. Doesn't really change the appearance much, but good to know it has some decent protection up there--just like paint that was waxed.

http://www.protectall.com/pawaxlg.htm

Best part is, you can get it at Wal-Mart in the RV/motorhome aisle, and it's not something I have to order like all my other stuff.
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-07-2007, 02:35 PM
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A large part of what I do for a living is owning a detail shop, so you vinyl top guys might want to check this old post from the RM section, where I recommend Duragloss 301, read the whole post. [img]graemlins/5.gif[/img]
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-07-2007, 03:31 PM
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Originally posted by The Reconditioner:
A large part of what I do for a living is owning a detail shop, so you vinyl top guys might want to check this old post from the RM section, where I recommend Duragloss 301, read the whole post. [img]graemlins/5.gif[/img]
Advice given here on detailing products, especially vinyl top
Ah, yes! I remember that post, and I had bookmarked it. Wanted to get some of that stuff, but I don't think I ever found any--or just didn't look hard enough. Need to look, because my Protectall use still seems to work better than anything, but I always like expanding the products closest for no reason...I even posted in that thread, then forgot about it.

Looks great, especially the drying hard & clear part--perfect for a vinyl top.
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-07-2007, 05:16 PM
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Secretly deep inside, I hate the vinyl top and wish it would go bad so I could have an excuse to rip it off and be done with it!

But yeah, I will look into that as well... might as well keep it until I actually have the money to get it removed and all the body work done right.
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-07-2007, 06:20 PM
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Ok, just ordered the small bottle of the Duragloss 301. Should be here by Wed.
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-07-2007, 08:40 PM
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Let me help you guys. I own a commericial cleaning business and I have been building and detailing cars for 30+ years.

1. Do not use cleaner waxes more than once a year as you are wearing through the clearcoat or paint.

2. Use only pure waxes that contain no abrasives all the other times. I know you won't believe me but try it anyway and prove it to yourself. Go to dollar general or family dollar or such and buy the cheap lemon furniture spray wax for a buck(never the orange). Spray the paint lightly and wipe with a small cotton wrag. After you've done the whole car take a large clean cotton wrag like an old t-shirt and buff till it shines like it's wet. You won't believe the deep shine and it lasts for 4-5 weeks. It will keep beading water for two months. You will never have those white dried wax cleanup issues in the seams either. It will not smear on the windows and is a UV protectorant. My wifes 1990 "silver" Lincoln Town Car had 190,000 miles and the original paint and it looked like new and I just sold it this to buy my 95 Fleetwood. My 97 dark blue van with 133,000 miles and lives outside still looks like new. Remember I live in Florida where the sun eats everything. Try it you'll like it. You can use the expensive waxes if you like once in a while but it takes 10 minutes to do with the spray wax monthly in ten minutes.

3. You can do the vinyl with it too but it takes alot and is a pain to wipe off when you put it on heavy. Instead use this SiLON stuff from Adsil for vinyl and paint and you will only treat it once a year and it will shine. It is also a protectorant but vastly superior to the crap sold in auto stores. It is a hydrophobic shield that bonds to surfaces and dries to a luster. Barnacles won't stick when sprayed on boat hulls. Adsil makes products for corrosion and rust prevention for absolutely any surface or paint. They make the products that is sprayed on bridges and steel by salt water applications so it lasts for years without corroding. They also make the products that can be sprayed on anything even cement and graffiti wipes off. They have products to treat your garage floor and nothing will penetrate or stick to it even battery acid. I have toured their plant it is impressive.

Their e-mail is www.adsil.com/silon.
Their phone is 800-549-2539.

Mikey
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