I have been trying to understand the order of a good detail...

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  1. Jeff Merr

    Jeff Merr Elite Member

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    Tell me if i have this right

    1. Wash whole car with typical car washing fluid
    2. Dry car off with terrycloth towls (?)
    3. Use clay bar the front bumper etc. to remove inbended road grit/bugs
    4. Use Meguire's Swirl Free Polish
    5. Use ClearKotes Vanilla moose wax hand glaze
    6. Use S100
    7. Stand back and admire shine.

    This is the products i have decided to go with, is this the correct steps to take to completely detail the exterior of my car? I only wax my car every 6-8 months, i was not sure if i should do something different like use a sealer. I am also confused about towels, when do i use a terry cloth, when do i use microfiber, what type of towel do i dry my car with? (i hate chammy's)
     
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    read that, kind of talks about all of them, should i use a sealant or a wax? i don't wax my car often as i mentioned. I have both of them listed, is this even neccessary or should i just go with one?
     
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    S100 is so easy to use, just apply a layer monthly after washing. You have pretty mild winters so you really don't need to use a sealant if you don't want to during the colder months. Pretty easy to wash your car in January in Cali, not so easy up north.
     
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    Try to use microfiber for everything if you can. I'd get some smaller (mine are around 16"x16") ones for wax/polish removal, and a nice, dedicated drying towel thats larger. Take good care of your towels (even if they're not real expensive ones), don't use fabric softeners when you wash/dry them, air dry or low heat. If you do they're a good investment and should last you a while.
     
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    Me and most of us here, don't use anything but MF towells. I gave all my terrys away as well as my chamois. Once you use one you'll want more and more. My wife has about 10 of mine for cleaning the house!

    Big thing that I've done that has helped out my towells performance is wash in warm water and rinse twice in the washer. Takes somemore time but all the soap gets out. Hey they are made to hold stuff including soap.
     
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    Ok, so do i need to use all 3 of these? Or do i decide between the moose wax and S100?

    4. Use Meguire's Swirl Free Polish
    5. Use ClearKotes Vanilla moose wax hand glaze
    6. Use S100



    And ya Costco sells a pack of like 20 16X16 microfiber towels for a pretty good price, i'm going to pick those up.
     
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    Carnauba Moose will look better on black paint (as in noticably deeper and darker) and has better durability than S100.
     
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    What do you think about Clearkotes clay bar? it seems a little pricey? I was thinking maybe i should just go with the clearkote bar/vanilla glaze/carnuba moose wax and get everything at one site and save some money on shipping :dunno:
     
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    Clearkote's Clay bar is 200mg, about double the size of most. It is also blended to his specifications by Automagic, who makes all the clay now. Optimum also has a great clay but I am not sure of the availability. Like with Clearkote, he has to have his made by Automagic to his specifications.
     
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    Cool, so i am going to go with;

    1. Wash with CleakKote washing fluid
    2. Use ClearKotes Clay Bar
    3. Use Clearkotes Vanilla Moose Wax Hand Glaze
    4. Use Clearkotes Carnuba Wax

    Sound good? It will be applied to a black Honda Civic. Looks like it will cost me around $70 for everything. Sorry for asking so many questions, just don't want to accidently order an un-needed product.
     
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    Should be fine.
     
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    Scott sorry 1 more thing i forgot.

    I purchased "Clear Coat" from Honda when i bought my civic, they said not to use any other products other than the 2 bottles they gave me or that it could take the clear coat off, is this true? will the products i am planning on using damage my clear coat? thanks again bro.
     
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    Ignore what the retards at the stealership told you. All the products you bought are perfectly fine for your paint provided you aren't applying them with a rotary and a wool pad without a clue how to use them.
     

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