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localnemesis 05-21-2009 09:54 PM

washing method and cleaning supplies
What do you guys use to wash your Versa?
What kind of clay do you use after the wash?
What kind of wax do you use after the Clay?

Dave01978 05-22-2009 03:22 AM and support the site as well (as far as clay, usually i use whatever the parts store has in stock) then go back over it with the dri wash.

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robj80 05-22-2009 01:13 PM

anybody on here use this and can give some feedback?

I plan on getting a boar's hair brush and some quality soap. It's too ealy to do any claying but when the time comes I will claybar wich I think is mothers but not sure. There was some stuff in an orange bottle my brother swears by. It's called nu-finish or something. I don't know if it's a wax, polish or whatever. All I know is his car sparkles after.

Dave01978 05-22-2009 01:31 PM

deaftosociety 05-22-2009 09:21 PM

sorry to get off subject but dave do you remember when rangerpower sports used to be a good ranger forum lol.... i think nico and them have something in common ;)

localnemesis 05-22-2009 09:30 PM

ived used both mothers and ice clay bar well i do tend to favor more on the ice clay bar because when i used mothers it seemed that my sisters rav 4 isnt dirty then i took out my ice clay bar and it took out a whole lot of dirt and my sisters rav 4 dull color became lively hehehe... but the ice clay bar comes with the liquid which i dont really use... i have 3 bottles of ice liquid clay lol that i dont use... i use clay every 3 months :P

Dave01978 05-23-2009 01:41 AM


Originally Posted by deaftosociety (Post 2325)
sorry to get off subject but dave do you remember when rangerpower sports used to be a good ranger forum lol.... i think nico and them have something in common ;)

You know what i never really got into RPS, i've met and hung out with a bunch of the guys from there, but i was more into the offroading aspect of the ranger.

mrogers88 06-10-2009 06:01 PM

i just completely enjoy the whole process of washing a car. i feel like its just an old fashioned piece of Americana in a way. I just imagine the ideal they show in movies, when a guy gets his first real car, one that he purchased himself and washing that car on the first day of spring etc. etc. etc.

it was REAL hard to keep my 99 sentra nice. just because it was old, and it had a few flaws in the paint when i got it at 16. it was a nice car, and i worked with what i got, but i never started with a pristine car and was able to kep it up. i was always just trying to play catch up with myself i guess, but i still know how to detail the hell out of a car.

Dry Products:

-armorall sponge:
_I love this damn thing. its all microfiber braids on one side, and the entire other side is a soft mesh to scrub bugs off.

-wash clothes:
_I use these to clean my wheels/rims. they have always seemed to work better for me. I dont like to use sprays, they get on your brakes and make then feel weird for awhile and i dont like that.

-3.5 square foot leather chamois
_Ive tried everything else. tried the sham wow, ive tried microfiber, ive treid the big soft towels that they make now. nothing is as soft and "outside particle" free than leather. Leather is the only thing that has dried my whole car thus far.


right now i use turtle wax. i tend to use anything when it comes to soap, as long as its not cheap stuff. its usually a decent "wash/wax" combo from one of the name brands like armor all or turtle wax etc. etc.
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When i was my car i sray the entire car down a few times to move as much of the loose dirt as i can. I put the hose on the most pressurized setting, such as "jet" or "flat" depending on where on the car im spraying. I pay attention to detail sometimes with this step because i like to get as much of the dirt off with the hose as possible.

i always wash the roof first with as much suds as possible. I rinse off each section after I soap it down. then i just work my way around the car. Hood and trunk/hatch is next. Then every side panel.

the reason i wash it in the order that i do is to eliminate the possibility for soap to run over an already cleaned area. if you wash the side of your car before the roof, when you rinse the roof all the dirty soap is going to run down your sides.

once the entire car has been soaped down and scrubbed and cleaned ill usually wet the car down a few times on shower setting. paying attention to getting soap out of all the internals and cracks.

then i dry it down using the same order as i do when i wash (roof, hood, trunk sides etc)

for all the door jambs and painted areas that expose when you open doors, i use a wet, soapy microfiber towel to clean them, and then i just wipe it off with another dry microfiber towel.

i use a light soap/water mix and a cotton rag to clean the inside of my car (dash, doors) all plastic and leather/vinyl as well.

ill usually spray some febreeze on all floormats and seats, then vacuum them right after that.

and i think thats it? i dont usually wash windows on the inside unless they are streaked.

once the whole car seems dry, i make sure the entire wheel surface is pretty dry and i spray it with good ol fashioned tire foam. i dont like anything else, the foam is the only thing that really works for me.

if it comes out in liquid form, or if you apply some kind of goof, it always seemed to fly off the tire when you went to drive and youd end up with all these oily/greasy spots on the sides of your car from it spraying off at high speeds.

sooo thats about it i guess. i probably missed some stuff, but im usually outside for at least an hour and a half. its just always something ive taken my time with and put "passion" into i guess?

localnemesis 06-10-2009 07:15 PM

thats cool thanks for the info mrogers... i use turtle ice products in conjunction with driwash... but recently ive been using driwash for the past 2~3 weeks... it keep my v super clean :P

Dave01978 06-10-2009 09:10 PM

not sure what the armoral sponge is you are talking about, but from what you are describing, and what i am thinking, you need to be very carefull with the netting it can scratch the soft clear coats on newer paints easily, older paints with single stage would be ok, but the soft clears are easy to scratch

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