Help me out taking care of a black subaru

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by ROcHE, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. ROcHE

    ROcHE .

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    My car is nearly one year old and went through one canadian winter :)wtc:)

    Spring is here and I'd like to take good care of the paint. It has never been waxed (well maybe at the dealer) but I did wash it with care last summer.

    I've read guides, forum posts, stickies and stuffs. I still don't know exactly where to begin.

    Clay, glaze, sealant, wax. I'm :confused:

    Can someone post a simple to do list and recommended products?

    Here is what I was thinking:

    1. wash
    2. clay
    3. polish ?
    4. wax ?

    :dunno:
     
  2. justin30513

    justin30513 New Member

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    You have a 101 options on the car was. Meguiar's Gold Class or NXT are the best over the counter washes. It's not really worth to pay 20.00 for car wash online. You should only have to clay once a year......if that.....if it's properly maintained. Same for polishing. You wash technique dictates how often you will polish. Wax.......hmmmmmmm. Depends on if you actually like to wax your car! You can get Collinite's 476 paste wax and only have to apply it every six months. You can get NXT2.0 over the counter and it will last 6 weeks but looks 10x better than anything else out there. Or you can do a combo of both.

    You see........it's hard to recommend a single product.
     
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    Ok.........I've thought more!

    Wash.......
    Meguiar's Gold Class
    (Local stores.)

    Clay......

    Meguiar's Clay Bar Kit
    (Local stores.)

    Polish......

    Meguiar's #80 and #83
    (Possibly at local body shop stores or at www.autodetailingsolutions.com)

    Wax.......
    Collinite's 845 and Meguiar's NXT2.0
    (Local stores)

    Polisher.......

    Get this G110 kit. Comes with a ton of pads and you get free shipping at Autogeek with the "AGO" code........in fact you can get all of this stuff there.
    http://autogeek.net/meguiars-dual-action-polisher-g110.html

    Hope this helps!
     
  4. ROcHE

    ROcHE .

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    :cool:

    Thanks for these tips.

    Paging scott for opinions.
     
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  5. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    My opinion is the Detailing EDU which is stickied.
     
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    :rofl: that's awesome
     
  7. justin30513

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    Well that'll discourage someone pretty quickly.

    He said that he did read it and was still confused. I have to admit, look at how many products and techniques there are. I don't think one sticky could do it for me.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I think the detailing EDU pretty covers the basics, lots of product recommendations-very hard to give specific product/process help without the car right in front of me.

    It is always:

    1. Wash
    2. Inspect the finish
    3. Clay as needed
    4. Polish as needed
    5. Inspect the finish
    6. Wax or sealant

    What each car specifically needs for step 4 or 6, it depends. Paint hardness, level of defects, enviroment, how the car is used, where it is parked, etc. There are no hard and fast answers that apply to all vehicles all the time. There is no perfect polish or process, nor the perfect wax or sealant that always works for everyone.

    That is the purpose of the EDU and product list stickies, to give people a starting point and a general overview of detailing. When I get called out to detail a car I have never seen before, I have the 6 step process in mind but what I will actually use, I have no idea until the car is in front of me.
     
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    ^^^ all of that is very true, along with the fact that there is a product review thread, and all of us have made at least one "detailed" thread. it's not all that hard to look at 6 threads and say "yeah, that's about what my car is like, I should follow some of those steps."
     
  10. Buck-O

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    Just to add my 2¢ to the thread.

    My experience has been that Optimum Polish is one of the best polishes on newer Subaru paint. It seems to correct it, and brighten it up more then jsut about any other polish.


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  11. ROcHE

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    nice look forester, if you want to upgrade to some Tarmac 3's let me know :wavey:
     
  13. ROcHE

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    Spent some time on that this weekend.

    Wash, clay and nxt2.0 wax.

    :eek5::bowdown:
     

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