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No problem. Hopefully I was able to help :)

Be sure to post some pics if you can :blue flower:

I'll definetly have some before and after pics posted.

Especially the areas of damage.

You'll gasp in horror at the size of tar build up this poor 4 year old car has. I'm blown away why the dealer didnt take the time to remove it.

Would you recommend claying, touch up paint/clear coat areas where needed then wax?

I wonder how long it takes touch up pen paint to dry.

I might just re-clay the areas I'm about to touch up paint as a porep procedure to remove the wax and dirt filaments.

Your car looks awesome, I'd love to discuss mods with you :)
 

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Thanks :) I would love to help :)

My car is over 4 years old now too, and I hope people can't tell that she is that age. I take really good care of her. The clay wasn't even that dirty this time around. I was quite surprised.

I'd recommend detailing your entire car first, so wash & clay. Then touch up the areas that need it, let it fully dry, then add the coat of wax over the car. Just what I would do..
 

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I use meguiars and 3M products!
 

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Personally, I also use Meguiars NXT Generation wash and NXT Tech wax 2.0. About $30 for both, I use a higher concentration on the wash, about 5 caps full LOL, needs the suds, car gets dirtier here in Hawaii. Then dry the car indoors, and wax after 30 minutes. MAke sure the car is cooled down. Apply, wait for haze, then finish off with microfiber.

Also note, after you wax, make sure there is no dust flying around, it will stick and never come off until you strip the top layer, learned that the hard way. Dad used the dryer, and now my car has tiny lint spots all over the car. It's not visible from 5 feet, but still painful.

P.S. Tried the Turtle Wax Black Box (cause my versa is black), POS system. ANd it ain't cheap, NXT works way better, and easier.
 

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On a side note, any tips on interior detailing? I got minor scuffs on the plastic dash areas, and teh seats feel like they are fading or something. Maybe I should get covers? I vacuum every 2 weeks, so leaves and stuff ain't a problem.
 

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On a side note, any tips on interior detailing? I got minor scuffs on the plastic dash areas, and teh seats feel like they are fading or something. Maybe I should get covers? I vacuum every 2 weeks, so leaves and stuff ain't a problem.

Excessive vacuuming could be the cause of these minor scuffs and scratches. If they truly are small then use a hair dryer and the heat from it while rubbing it with you hand will level off the coloring and shape. If its deep use a kit from a store or if your feeling lucky a bit of sharpie ink goes a long way. I'd vacuum every 6 months max man, maybe every two week wash your mats. If the mats are placed correctly dirt shouldn't get on the carpet by your feet. Each week I take the time to readjust my drive floor mat so it saves me from accidentally pushing a dirty boot on the carpet lol. Saves time from having to vacuum frequently. Also try Meguiars interior detailer. I'm about to use my bottle today. Its and all purpose use cleaner for interior. Be it dashboard, car seats, door panel, you name it. I'm sorry to hear about your seats, car seat covers are not necessary, I find that Scotch Guarding my V when I bought it in September '11 has kept the color and the material like new. I will reapply the SG a year from that day.

Scotch Guard 5 dollars at Walmart, get the car one lol
Sharpie mini (I'm assuming yours is BLACK) 99 cents at Walmart
Car dashboard restoration kit like 25 dollars at Walmart, I'm assuming yours is BLACK.
Meguiars Interior Detailer about 8 dollars at WalMart
A trustworthy set of mats are priceless, get them from Ocean State Job Lot They have them for about 20 dollars and you could get genuine Michelin Tire ones like me. :D

So about 40 bucks for everything, 60 bucks including mats. Ain't bad since your saving money with your V gas wise ;)
 

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I used this over the weekend on the outside black trim that was looking more grey than black.

This is two days later with rain.



For surface scratches in the paint this worked well too!

Mary
 

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The minor scuffs aren't from vacuuming, my dad scratches the glove cover with his shoes...... Ill try the interior detailer and see if it works.
I'll probably start seeing the same scratches. My sister crosses her legs in the car. I don't get it! :banghead: I'm sure it's comfortable, but for safety reasons I never cross my legs. I've threatend her before, I said, "If you keep that up I will have you lick it clean." She still ignores me.
 

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I'll probably start seeing the same scratches. My sister crosses her legs in the car. I don't get it! :banghead: I'm sure it's comfortable, but for safety reasons I never cross my legs. I've threatend her before, I said, "If you keep that up I will have you lick it clean." She still ignores me.
The scuffs and scratches from that may not be as severe as the ones in the back of my car. like a screw driver or the top of a screw scraped the vynal/plastic looking crap.
 

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@brian... That would be sad to see. True they aren't as severe as what you mentioned. But they are or will be similar to what underscore_hero said. Sorry that your car has them that severe.
 

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1. Wash her twice using 2 buckets (one for soap one for rinsing clean) using Turtle Wax Zip Car wash and wax.
2. Use Meguiars clay kit if I need to clay it.
3. Use Scratch X to remove minor scratches (it's a black car your notice a lot) It also removes swirls as well.
4. Finish it up with Mequiars ultimate liquid wax.
5. If need be I use a fine microfiber cloth and ArmorAll window cleaner and get rid of streaks on the glass.

In between full waxes I use either Mequiars or TurtleWax Detail wax after washes.
 

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Sad day today, After I washed and waxed my ride, left it in the carport, landlord started using the dryer, the vent was directly blowing into the carport...now I have tiny specs all over my Versa from dust and lint, and it feels like its under the clear coat.. HELP!
 
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