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Old 07-22-2006, 12:33 AM
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You don't even want to know how I used to do at dealerships...spray painting carpeting (yes, it works, but you have to know how to do it), spray painting wheel wells and any under carriage showing if they wouldn't get clean, on anything black in the engine compartment, polishing only the upper half of the car because most people fail to look anywhere else...Hey, when a sales manager is pushing you to fully detail 3 or more cars in an 8 hour period, it's hard not to short cut.
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Old 07-22-2006, 12:35 AM
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You don't even want to know how I used to do at dealerships...spray painting carpeting (yes, it works, but you have to know how to do it), spray painting wheel wells and any under carriage showing if they wouldn't get clean, on anything black in the engine compartment, polishing only the upper half of the car because most people fail to look anywhere else...Hey, when a sales manager is pushing you to fully detail 3 or more cars in an 8 hour period, it's hard not to short cut.
Wow, you guys really do that?! It's a good thing wash/detail the truck myself
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Old 07-22-2006, 12:37 AM
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Oops, I meant to say "tire shine on anything black in the engine compartment". It's a pretty quick fix to make an engine look nice, but it will collect dirt REALLY fast.
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Old 07-22-2006, 12:42 AM
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I used WD-40 on the rims to make them "shine"...3 days later, they were black!!
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I use armor-all wax and dry as a detailing spray.I mix a 1/4 cup with water in a spray bottle. You must shake it often,but seem to work well.
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Old 07-22-2006, 10:29 PM
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Is the instand detailer that comes with the Mothers claybar like any other detailer? When I tried wiping it off, it left LOTS of streaks
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Old 07-22-2006, 11:04 PM
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You don't even want to know how I used to do at dealerships...spray painting carpeting (yes, it works, but you have to know how to do it), spray painting wheel wells and any under carriage showing if they wouldn't get clean, on anything black in the engine compartment, polishing only the upper half of the car because most people fail to look anywhere else...Hey, when a sales manager is pushing you to fully detail 3 or more cars in an 8 hour period, it's hard not to short cut.

HAHAHA, I know what you mean...When I worked at a dealership, they made me do the shadiest things imaginable. As long as it looked good for a bit, they were happy......My name started getting involved with that crap, so I quit and started my own detailing business.
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Old 07-24-2006, 04:33 PM
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I start at the top and work my way to the bottom. That way any debris collected on the lower portions of your car will not stick to your mit and scratch the paint.

Do not use Armor All or any "shiny" protectant. It will collect more dust than usual and plus I think it is gaudy. I just use an instant detailer on the interior. That way if you miss a spot, it is not so noticeable and it doesn't collect dust and particles.

For the tires I use Black Magic moistened wipes. Works swell, especially if you let it sit overnight before driving. No crap thrown onto the side of your vehicle.

Windex on the windows. Steel wool and windex on the exterior windows(do not use steel wool on tint!!) Many of you are probably saying well no sh$# sherlock but I seen somebody do this.

Meguiars leather conditioner and cleaner on the leather at least once a month.

Soapy water on the rims and some elbow grease. A lot of wheel cleaners will leave spots on your wheels. Especially if they are warm.

To dry my car, I use a squeegee. Again start at the top and work my way down. After the squeegee I will take and air gun and blow her dry, spot free..

Wet rag on engine compartment, then blow dry with air gun. You have to be careful spraying water onto your block when the block is still warm, especially aluminum, it could crack. Many people never have a problem with this but I have heard of this happening.

I do this every Sunday, and during the week I will run it once through an automatic car wash. Just the cheapest one. We have a $4 dollar wash here in town. But make sure it does not spray on their wax. Car wash wax sucks balls. It will leave a white haze, especially on black. Black is such a pain in my arse to keep clean.

I think I covered everything. Any comments or questions, let me know. Good day. I said GOOD DAY!!
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Old 07-24-2006, 10:16 PM
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best thing for water spots. Spray bottle filled 50% water 50% vinagar.
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Old 07-24-2006, 10:18 PM
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Clean the wheel wells with some soapy water and a tough brush. It makes the truck look cleaner and wipe all the door jams whenever you wash the truck
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