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    Proper Car-care Techniques to Maintaining a Factory Finish

    Cleaning a vehicle is usually overlooked as a chore but if you're enthusiastic about maintaining a clean and safe paint job then you should learn the proper techniques.

    Improper car washing can scratch the paint and leave swirl and water marks. For that clean blemish-free “almost” brand new look you will need to have the right materials and investment for the job.

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    • Foaming (any takers?)
    • Polishing (any takers?) (Video)
    • Detailing (any takers?)

    Product Recommendations

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    Common Problems and FAQ

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    Common Problems and FAQ

    FAQs
    • Can I buy my products from the local autopart store?
      • Most of the products sold retail are low-end materials, especially the value products. These products may also include acids that are abrasive to the paint finish. I am a fan of both consumer and professional lines of Meguiar's products.

    Problems
    • What types of water marks are there and how to get rid of them?
    • Car cover problems (unanswered)

    Tips
    • Do not buy cleaning products that are acidic. This is harmful to the paint finish.
    • If you drop it, you must set it aside (wash, clay, towels)
      • Once something is dropped, it is soiled. Reapplying to your car can introduce particles as well as cause scratches.

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    Vehicle Washing and Drying

    READ THIS ARTICLE

    Cliff Notes and Suggestions

    Washing
    • Wash often as needed following contaminants
      • Bird crap/tree sap/salt/etc means you will need to wash ASAP, these elements will eat through the paint
      • In wet weather this may mean up to 1/week for a daily driver
    • Wash in the shade, not direct sunlight, prevents drying and water marks
    • Lift up your wipers first
    • Clean wheels FIRST and use separate washing tools for the body
    • You’ll need a wheel cleaner or APC/ARO with a wheel brush and cone and tire brush.
      • Use a cheap detailing microfiber towel to dry (rims have clearcoat)
    • Use the Two bucket with grit guard method
    • Wash from the top down
    • When washing, you only need to make 2 passes over the same area. With the right soap, washing tool, wax, contaminants should "slide" off. If you have to scrub then you're doing it wrong.
    • For the final rinse use a naked hose to sheet off 80% water, hold onto the edge of the nozzle not the hose

    Drying
    • Use microfiber waffle-weave drying towels to prevent swirls and water marks. Fold them into sections and either lightly drag or dab each section.
    • Open the doors and wipe down the jambs, sills and seal areas. Be sure to dry under the doors, or your sills will get wet again as soon as you close the doors.
    • Wash your microfiber towels with a microfiber detergent, they cannot be used again until cleaned.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4enWfcBTIU
    CarCareProducts Article: Cleaning Wheels & Tyres

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBo76v2je44
    CarCareProducts Article: Washing & Drying using 2 Bucket Method

    Other videos:
    Wolfgang Car Care How to Clean your Wheels
    Wolfgang Car Care Washing And Drying

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    Vehicle Wash


    Meguiars Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner (Autozone $9.99/64 oz)
    The only consumer wash product you should purchase. It has more suds longevity and is less prone to leaving water marks than value brands.


    Meguiar’s Hyper-Wash ($25.99/gal)


    Optimum No-Rinse Wash & Shine ($7.99/8oz, $15.99/32oz, $39.99/gal)
    This product is ideal if you face water supply restrictions or wish to wash indoors. This product requires no pre-rinsing or post-wash rinsing of the vehicle. Simply dilute the recommended amount with water into one bucket and use your washing tool to clean one section of the vehicle. Immediately dry that section with a microfiber cloth!

    Bonus: ONR can also be used as a clay lubricant.

    Alternative: There are also completely no-water washing solutions as well.
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    Microfiber Towels

    The microfiber cloth is the best tool to preventing swirls and water marks on your vehicle while minimizing scratching of the paint surface.

    Notes:
    • Purchase waffle weaves for drying, I have no experience with the plush variety
    • DO NO clean them with bleach, fabric fresheners, or with heat
    • Wash them separately by cleaning usage (body vs wheels) and keep them away from cotton as lint pickup will decrease water absporption)
    • 24x36 or larger is recommended for drying, get at least 4 towels
    • Towel & Applicator Care


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    Micro-Restore Microfiber Detergent Concentrate($34.99/gal)
    Dedicated microfiber detergent has the strength to remove grime, tar, and other road elements while prolonging the life of your microfiber cloths.
    Alternative: Use a liquid detergent that does not include bleach and fresheners and any further additives like dyes. You can achieve a fluffy like-new feeling if you use white vinegar in the post-wash rinse (UNVERIFIED).
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    Wheels/Tires Cleaner

    Notes:
    • All-Purpose Cleaners (APC) can be used generally to clean the wheels and tires as well as under the hood. They don't typically excel at any task but are more convenient and can be used for household cleaning as well.
    • Many of these products are concentrated meaning you'll have to aliquot out desired amounts and dilute with water.

    All-Purpose Cleaners

    Meguiar’s All Purpose Cleaner ($14.99/gal)



    Meguiars All Purpose Cleaner Plus ($13.99/gal)
    Instructions: Dilute 1:4 for heavy duty strength. EDIT: Not my preferred method to clean tires since inadequate rinsing can leave orange residue on the tires.



    Meguiar’s Super Degreaser ($14.99/gal)
    This product is better suited to cleaning the wheel wells.



    Amazing Roll Off (Locally found at boating stores such as West Marine) ($9.99/32oz or $24.99/gal)
    This product is better suited for tire cleaning but can do wheels and also fits roughly under the category of APCs. Its strength is that its cleaning action requires no agitation.



    Sticky Gel Wheel & Rim Cleaner ($15.95/16oz or $36.54/gal)
    A professional dedicated wheel cleaner.


    Showroom FX "White Pearl" Tire/Trim Dressing ($15.99/gal?) (Review)
    Tire dressing that gives a matte looking finish. Competitor to Meguair's Tire Shine product.
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    Hand-tools: Brushes

    Note:
    • Brushes are okay to purchase alternatively at retail stores
    • Brush products should be made of nylon or some type of hairs, avoid metal



    Swissvax Wheel Brush ($11.95)


    Wheel Brush $6.95 (far left)


    Spoke Brush ($9.95) ($2.99 at Harbor Freights)


    SM Arnold Professional Spoke Wheel Brush ($6.99)


    SM Arnold 20" Straight Head Body Brush ($7.99)

    Misc

    Daytona Speed Master Wheel Brush ($29.99) (overkill but seems awesome)
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    Note:
    • Most of the products below can be obtained in retail stores.



    5-gallon wash bucket



    Grit Guard ($9.99)



    Chemical Resistant Spray Bottles
    Online Vendors:


    Tolco Foaming Sprayer ($2.59)
    Provides foaming action as chemicals are ejected.


    3M™ Headlight Lens Restoration System, 39008 ($21.99) (Amazon) (Demo) ($3 Rebate)
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    Interior

    303 Aerospace Protectant ($7.99/8oz..$12.99/16oz...)
    Forget Armor-All. Can also be used to shine the engine bay.
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    Wax

    Seeking paste wax recommendations.


    Finish Kare 1000P Hi-Temp Paste Wax ($15.99/15oz)

    Liquid Wax


    Duragloss Aquawax 951 (found locally at CarQuest/NAPA YMMV) ($8.89/22 oz or $32.85/gal)
    This product is cheap and fast liquid wax.


    NXT Generation® Tech Wax® 2.0 $16.99 @ Autozone
    This product's consistency is semi-liquid solid...gel like.


    Optimum Car Wax ($14.99/17oz or $39.99/gal)
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    Quick Detailers


    Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer (Autozone $9.99/22oz) (Amazon $7.99)



    Meguiars Last Touch Spray Detailer ($18.99/gal)



    Finish Kare 425 Extra Slick Final Body Shine ($14.99/31oz or $39.99/gal)



    Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer ($19.99/32oz or $59.99/gal)
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    Well, thanks for taking the time to post this stuff, but I just figured most of this was common knowledge.

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    Really interested in waxing my car before winter hits and would like any knowledge i don't already have. A+ thread.

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    I too am a car care junky. One thing I have to say though is that I disagree with "Wash at least 1/week for a daily driver". You shouldn't wash your car unless it needs to be washed. If you have a garage and there isn't any bad weather or you didn't do something like drive through a puddle you should be fine. If you have a random bird shit issue you should be hitting it with some quick detailer and a microfiber right away. It shouldn't be put off until a wash.

    I mean I don't think there is anything really wrong with washing twice a week, but there is really no reason to. It also increases the likelihood that you are going to be doing damage to your paint.

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    I've got a question about car covers. I've got to keep my car outside so I use a car cover all the time. My cover leaves small blue particles all over my car and the leaf blowers get dirt all up under my cover.

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    How-To Winterize Your Car

    Note: There are 2 different articles listed below. Click the source link for actual article containing photos.
    Seal Out the Winter
    Source: Autopia

    WINTER CAR CARE

    You wouldn't dream of facing winter's ice, snow and sleet without a coat, gloves and other cold-weather gear, would you? Your car deserves the same level of protection.

    Your car is in for a tough time this winter. Your car’s paint, wheels, trim, wipers and other surfaces will be at the mercy of the elements, including wind, rain, sleet, snow, sand, salt and road grime. Now is your best opportunity to inspect and prepare your car with a protective layer, giving your car a fighting chance.
    Be prepared and keep that shine!

    Your car is more likely to be scratched during winter due to all of the potential debris on the road. As the saying goes, “Your best offense is a good defense!” Prepare your car for the winter’s weather and protect it against:

    * Road Salt
    * Oxidation
    * Acid Rain
    * Scratches in the clear coat or top layers of paint
    * Drying and cracking of rubber, plastic and leather

    YOUR PAINT
    Clean

    Of, course, washing your car in the winter offers a fair share of challenges but it is the first and possibly most important step in winterizing your car! A good paint shampoo gently washes allowing the dirt, road salt and grit to safely slip away. Sonus Gloss Shampoo gently cleans while also providing special lubricants to buffer your car's delicate paint finish, protecting it from scratching and swirl marks. The exclusive Sonus formula is ph-balanced, biodegradable and phosphate free. The Sonus Ultimate Wash Kit make washing and drying your car simple, containing what you need to keep your car clean and looking great: genuine wool wash mitt, conditioning wash shampoo and a drying towel.
    ***Tip

    * After washing your car, let the water flow heavily over the car. The water will sheet off and it will be much easier to dry as well as help to avoid water spots.
    * Don't skimp on your wash mitt, if it is getting old or dirty replace it. The cost of a mitt is not worth the time and labor to remove swirl marks in your paint.
    * To avoid swirl, only use quality microfiber towels for cleaning and drying. Never use terrycloth, diapers or t-shirts.

    Prep

    After you've washed the car, the next step is to remove any bonded surface contamination that has not been removed by a simple wash. How do you know if your paint is a victim of bonded contamination? After a good wash, feel the paint's surface. Rough spots and bumps mean contaminants so make sure to use detailing clay to improve the health and the look of your car's paint! By slipping a thin plastic on your hand, will make your fingers very sensitive to the touch. This allows you to better feel the embedded contaminates. These contaminates are mainly brake dust. Brake dust contains metallic particles which turn to rust when moisture sets in and embeds into the clear coat. These rust particles if not removed will quickly destroy the clear coat and lead to premature failure.

    SFX Ultra Fine Detailing Clay is a new cleaning system that safely and gently removes even the most stubborn paint-toxic pollutants. SFX Ultra-Fine Detailing Clay removes embedded soil through microscopic polishing that removes the dirt without touching the paint. Sonus Glyde makes claying easier and faster. We've put together a special sampler package of one Sonus SFX Ultra-Fine Clay Bar and one bottle of Sonus Glyde Clay Lubricant at very special price. ($3.49 savings!).

    The Ultima Elastrofoam Paint Cleaning System is safe, easy to use and replaces your normal detailing clay. The Ultima Elastrofoam Paint Cleaning System quickly smoothes your paint to an ultra-slick and bright finish, preparing it for polishing and sealing. Be sure to wipe the Elostrofoam block frequently to remove contaminates. Always use a back and forth motion. Never use a circular motion. This can cause a swirl on the finish if contaminates build up.
    Seal

    If your car will be exposed to extreme winter conditions, the best protective coating is a good synthetic wax. Unlike carnauba waxes, a synthetic wax provides a modest amount of protection against water and road salts. Klasse All-In-One car polish & wax is a good choice to battle against winter’s worst.

    While keeping a protective finish shell is important especially during the winter’s months, you can also keep that showroom shine using Ultima Paint Guard Plus, containing Polycharger Wax Booster technology. This product takes about ten minutes to apply to a clean, dry vehicle. Simply wipe on and walk away. No buffing required. Ultima Paint Guard Plus continues protecting, beading water and shining for months resisting road salt, detergents, pollution, hard water spotting, insect remains, bird droppings and acid rain.

    The Ultima Clean, Protect & Preserve Paint by Hand Kit offers everything you need to achieve and maintain that deep, wet looking shine while protecting the paint against the elements.

    * The Sonus Klasse Plus Kit is a total paint care system utilizing the protectant Klasse and made even better with SFX Ultra-fine Detail Clay, detail sprays, premium towels and Polycharger. Polycharger, a revolutionary new car wax additive by the makers of Ultima, boosts Klasse to a new level of protection. With Polycharger Wax Booster, Klasse not only outshines all other traditional car waxes and paint sealants, it also protects.

    YOUR WHEELS – TIRES, TRIM & RIMS

    Your car's tires have a tough job in the winter, too. Keeping the rubber clean, hydrated, and supple will certainly prolong the life of your tires and also restore your wheel’s original appearance.
    Clean

    Keep your wheels, tires and trim clean all year long! Sonus Rim Bright is a pH balanced cleaner formulated too safely and gently clean all light alloy wheels. Even stubborn deposits such as heavy brake dust, oil, grease and road dirt are gently and thoroughly removed to restore your wheel’s tire, trim and rims.
    ***Tip

    Wash tires thoroughly with a good tire brush and strong car wash solution prior to application of any tire dressing.
    Seal

    Liberal use of a high-quality tire dressing keeps them looking good during the harshest weather, and provides a barrier to the elements and to the ozone that can cause rubber to deteriorate. Sonus Tire & Bumper Dressing Gel never looks greasy and it won’t sling off your tires onto the side of your car. The unique Sonus formula quickly penetrates your tires to hydrate, protect and beautify.

    For unbeatable protection against pollution, ultra violet light (sun), road salts, harmful and ozone Ultima Tire & Trim Guard Plus delivers! On black trim it maintains a dark, satin appearance. You’ll see the protection with each wash by the way your tires and trim bead water.

    Keep your wheels and tires completely protected against the elements. Be sure the wheels are cleaned, inspected and sealed. This Ultima Tire, Trim & Wheel Wash and Maintain Kit is the perfect solution to keep your tires, wheels and trim looking great, while maintaining hydration and flexibility.
    ***Tip

    If you live in a region that gets snow and ice, another easy tip for winter car protection is to spray tire dressing in the wheel wells to prevent buildup of snow, ice and road salt. It's best to start this practice before the really cold weather hits.
    YOUR WINDSHIELD AND WIPERS

    See clearly and cleanly all winter long! Be sure to inspect wipers and replace them if there's any sign of wear. Remember, you're going to be counting on your wipers to deal with the elements. Don’t forget to treat your wiper blades. The number one cause of wiper blade failure (streaking, squeaking and skipping) is dry rubber. When used monthly on wiper blades, Sonus Tire & Bumper Dressing Gel keeps wiper blades in perfect condition. Another option is 303 Wiper Treatment. The 303 penetrating lubricant coats and conditions wiper blades so they will remain pliable. 303 Wiper Treatment keeps wiper blades from hardening in summer and from freezing to your windshield in the winter.

    While you're at it, check your wash fluid and add a good wash booster. A good wash booster will help cut through road salt, road grime and mud so you can see. 303 Instant Windshield Washer Tablets keep your windshield sparkling clean and are safe for people and the environment. They are super-concentrated and especially formulated to completely remove road film, dirt and grime leaving windshields sparkling clean.
    ***Tip

    * When cleaning your windshield, use a short knap microfiber and clean in one direction on the inside and the other direction on the outside. This way you don't have to chase streaks and you can tell if you need a final wipe on the inside or out.
    * Be sure to use a dry microfiber, towel to prevent streaking.
    * For windshields that still look hazy after a normal cleaning with glass cleaner and a microfiber towel, use a glass polish to get rid of the road grime build up.

    YOUR INTERIOR

    Is your car’s interior ready for the winter’s grime that is walking in? Keep the interior clean, fresh and protected against tracked in dirt, grime and road salt.
    Clean

    Choose a cleaner made for interior surfaces. Until now, it was necessary to use various cleaners to shampoo cloth, leather, vinyl and plastic. Ultima Interior Shampoo Gel uses unique cleaning technology, not harsh detergents, to loosen and dissolve soil so that it can be safely wiped away. Your vehicle’s interior emerges clean, fresh and ready for protection.

    If you just want to focus on your leather, a great choice is Sonus Leather Cleaner. It gently cleans modern automotive leather interiors using superior cleaning technology that cleans all leather and vinyl surfaces without removing the natural sheen.

    For those stubborn stains, try 303 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner. It is a professional strength cleaner that exceeds EPA standards for biodegradability. With all of its cleaning power, this cleaner is amazingly gentle.
    ***Tip

    Use a soft bristle paintbrush to dust the vents
    Seal

    Winter is hard on leather interiors. Cold, dry air pulls the moisture from leather, so it's important to treat leather prior to the onset of freezing temperatures. Once the daytime temperature dips below 50 degrees (Fahrenheit), the leather will not accept conditioners. Although the surface will look good, you have not provided moisture to the hide.

    Sonus Leather Cleaner also provides a protective polymer coating for all leather and imitation leather upholstery. The rich emulsion contains natural oils that are readily absorbed by leather to keep it hydrated, supple and in like-new condition.

    Ultima Interior Guard Plus is the first and only polymer sealant for automotive interiors. It uses superior science and technology to coat, seal and protect every finish in your car. Fabrics, leather and vinyl resists staining, water damage, and the effects of oils and salt from the skin and environment. Another thing to consider is protection from the sun. Ultima Interior Guard Plus provides UV light protection.
    ***Tip

    * Always apply interior protectants with an applicator or folded microfiber to avoid overspray, especially on the windshield.
    * To prevent carpet floor mats from staining, spray Ultima Interior Guard onto the mat and work in using the white side of foam applicator. Allow to dry for two hours before using. Do not use on rubber floor mats, as this can cause a slippery finish.

    Ultima Interior Clean, Protect & Preserve Kit is your one stop interior winterizing kit. This all-inclusive kit contains all you need to clean interior surfaces of any stains, treat and condition it while also preventing fading from UV ray penetration. In addition to Ultima Interior Shampoo Gel and Ultima Interior Guard Plus & applicator, the kit also includes the Ultima Autospa Buffing Towel. This is a dual-purpose detailing towel designed for both polishing and buffing.

    For the most complete leather care, pamper your fine leather interior with Sonus Cleaner & Conditioner Bundle. Included in this kit is the Sonus SFX Professional Applicator. Use the scrub side for light cleaning with Sonus Leather Cleaner and the fine finish side for applying Sonus Leather Cleaner.
    ***Tip

    Keep a cockpit detailer and microfiber handy to clean up those accidental spills and little accidents.
    Winterizing Your Car's Exterior
    Source: Autogeek

    Providing additional protection for your vehicle in the wintertime is vital to maintaining the paint especially, but also the wheels and glass. Snow and ice, and the scraping it takes to remove them, can be as rough on your vehicle as they are on you. This article will walk you through a few products and procedures that will give your vehicle just what it needs to weather the winter storm.

    The Paint:

    Two words: road salt. Salt used to deice the roads can also de-paint your vehicle if you’re not careful. A quality wax or sealant combined with correct maintenance will get your paint finish through the chilly months.

    Your best bet for winter paint protection is a paint sealant because they tend to last longer and require less frequent reapplications. If your only concern is durability, Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze offers the best long-term protection. Its acrylic-based formula is like body armor for your car and it lasts up to a year. The finish is not as dramatic as that of a wax, but if the sun peaks out one day, you can use a carnauba topper like Pinnacle Souverän Carnauba Wax to amp up the shine.

    If you prefer a balance of durability and gloss, use Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0. Once cured, Wolfgang Deep Gloss will provide 4-5 months of paint protection and an attractive, high gloss finish. Its beauty and substance rolled into one easy-to-use product.

    The Forum Favorite Kit gives you both the acrylic protection of Klasse and the carnuaba shine of Souveran. Start with All-In-One to clean the paint, seal it with Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze, and then top off the paint with Pinnacle Souveran. The Klasse twins will absolutely protect the paint from snow and ice, and the Souveran wax makes it easy maintain a nice shine.

    We’ve heard great things about the durability of Collinite Insulator Wax #845; 5-6 months on average. It has a nice gloss and an amazing water-beading effect. Multiple layers is the key to durable protection all winter long.

    Duragloss Total Performance Polish (TPP) #105 is another long-lasting synthetic sealant that stands up well to the elements all year round. Layer this over Duragloss Polish Bonding Agent (PBA) #601 for the maximum benefits.

    Winter washing can be a challenge, but you don’t want to leave road salt on your vehicle. DP Rinseless Wash & Gloss is a unique car wash that does not require rinsing, or even running water. All you need is a gallon of water, a clean wash mitt, and a microfiber drying towel. DP Four-In-One cleans the paint with plenty of lubricants and it does not need to be rinsed, which makes it perfect for use inside a garage (preferably with a space heater!). And, DP Rinseless Wash & Gloss keeps your paint protection in tact.

    Wheels & Tires:

    Buff the haze away with microfiber. A quality microfiber towel, like the Cobra Indigo Polishing Cloth, will buff your paint to a stunning shine as you remove the wax residue.Protect your vehicle’s wheels just like the paint. Use DP Wheel Glaze, a protective wax for your wheels. It prevents brake dust adhesion, which is a problem year-round, and it repels snow and ice. It does require regular reapplications to maintain a high level of protection but the results are well worth the effort.

    Tire protection is two-fold. For starters, the rubber needs to be kept supple in freezing temperatures to prevent cracking. Pinnacle Black Onyx Tire Gel looks great but most importantly; it hydrates the rubber to keep it flexible.

    Secondly, make sure your tires are properly inflated. The air inside tires shrinks in cold temperatures. If they become under-inflated, the tread will not make enough contact with the road to maneuver on icy asphalt. Accutire’s Professional Metal Digital Tire Gauge measures psi from 5 to 99 in half pound increments.

    Windshield and wipers:

    Wurth Windshield Wash Additive is an antifreeze and cleaner that will keep your windshield clean and frost-free. Simply add it to your windshield washer fluid according to the directions. The additive protects against freezing down to -22°F and overspray will not affect paint, plastic, or rubber.

    Everyone in snow-prone areas needs a quality ice scraper. The Ice Master Ice Scraper Remove all kinds of frost, snow and ice from the windshield and windows with the Ice Master’s four configurations.

    Preserve your windshield wipers with 303 Wiper Treatment Wipes. These wipes are saturated with a rubber lubricant that stops skipping chattering and streaking. Plus, snow and ice will not stick to the treated wiper blades.

    Garage:

    If your vehicle is covered in snow, you’re garage floor soon will be. The Park Smart Heavy Duty Clean Park Garage Mat has a raised, removable lip around its edges to hold liquid until you have the opportunity to squeegee it out of the garage. The mat also catches oil to prevent stained concrete.

    Cover it up!

    If you have to park outside during the winter months, consider a car cover. The Block It 400 Evolution cover is heavy duty protection against moisture and impact. If you want considerable protection in a lighter weight cover, the WeatherShield HP cover is manageable enough for everyday use and it offers great protection against the elements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 502Drew View Post
    Well, thanks for taking the time to post this stuff, but I just figured most of this was common knowledge.
    As a beginner I didn't know any of this stuff. If it's common knowledge then perhaps you could contribute something?

    Quote Originally Posted by ernieball View Post
    Really interested in waxing my car before winter hits and would like any knowledge i don't already have. A+ thread.
    Got ya 2 articles posted above. Maybe adding a sealant prior to wax would help?

    Quote Originally Posted by ten View Post
    I too am a car care junky. One thing I have to say though is that I disagree with "Wash at least 1/week for a daily driver". You shouldn't wash your car unless it needs to be washed. If you have a garage and there isn't any bad weather or you didn't do something like drive through a puddle you should be fine. If you have a random bird shit issue you should be hitting it with some quick detailer and a microfiber right away. It shouldn't be put off until a wash.

    I mean I don't think there is anything really wrong with washing twice a week, but there is really no reason to. It also increases the likelihood that you are going to be doing damage to your paint.
    That's definitely the safer route. It's been raining a lot here so I'm overreacting but I've had to wash my car at LEAST once a week. The day after it rained my car was just soiled with pollen and water spots, it looked so gross.



    Do you have a recommendation on a quick detailer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MainEvent View Post
    As a beginner I didn't know any of this stuff. If it's common knowledge then perhaps you could contribute something?
    Haha, yeah. I guess I'm just so used to doing this stuff by now. I'd love to contribute but it honestly looks like you have covered all of the basics.

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