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Old 09-11-2011, 05:25 AM
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Heya All,

I have a tip and two questions.

Tip:
Black Magic's "Titanium Tire Wet Gel" is awesome! I started using a like product a few years back and fell in love. If you give it any set time at all, it will not sling off on your car! Even better it gives the tires a wonderful shine for weeks. I use less, it last longer, and looks better than anything else I have ever used. I swear by this stuff on my tires!!

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1. x2 Bling's question
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what I'm really wondering is what you guys use to clean the seats???
I've used Mothers and Meguiar's Leather cleaner and conditioner, not really been happy with either....

2. Does anyone familiar with the 2011 interior have any tips on cleaning the textured dash and panels? Pretty pretty please! I've been using the turtle wax ice product and a microfiber towel, but am not really happy with the results. Frankly I may as well not waste my time for all the good it appears to do. Looking for something more satin than dry.... and that texture, lets just say the kids need to stay inside while I clean it, usually some four letter words being muttered.

Thanks All,
Jeff

PS- Seriously, that black magic tire stuff rocks!
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:34 AM
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Before I broke my back and screwed up the nerves in my legs I used to do a lot of detailing on the side. I'm not particular to one kind of product, except my car wash soap. I only use Optimum No-Rinse Wash n Shine. Mostly because I'm a cheap bastard and it keeps my water bill down only having to use two gallons of water to do a complete wash. Other than that I use Meguiars Professional lie of polishes, Optimum Polishes, Ultima Paint Guard Plus paint sealant, Jeff's Werkstatt Prime and Acrylic Jett sealant, and Optimum Car Wax. If I feel like blowing out an elbow I'll bust out the Collinite Marque d'Elegance paste wax, but since I'm not a sadist, it doesn't happen very often. Anyways, my process is pretty simple:

-Wash, top down. Do wheels, tires, and inner fenders last.
-Wax wheels, apply 303 Aerospace Protectant to tires
-Clay bar paint
-Polish paint using Porter Cable 7424 or Flex rotary. Use the least aggressive pad/polish combo to get the desired result.
-Wax. Optimum Car Wax, 2 coats.
-Sealant. 2 Coats Ultima Paint Guard Plus

That's my basic detail, and I don't do the clay bar every time, only twice a year. Here's a couple of pics of a friend's Honda Pilot I did up that hadn't even been washed in over a year.

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After:








Sorry about the tape still on in a few pics. Gotta make sure you don't damage the plastic with the buffer ya know.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:46 AM
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Heya All,

I have a tip and two questions.

Tip:
Black Magic's "Titanium Tire Wet Gel" is awesome! I started using a like product a few years back and fell in love. If you give it any set time at all, it will not sling off on your car! Even better it gives the tires a wonderful shine for weeks. I use less, it last longer, and looks better than anything else I have ever used. I swear by this stuff on my tires!!

Questions:
1. x2 Bling's question I've used Mothers and Meguiar's Leather cleaner and conditioner, not really been happy with either....

2. Does anyone familiar with the 2011 interior have any tips on cleaning the textured dash and panels? Pretty pretty please! I've been using the turtle wax ice product and a microfiber towel, but am not really happy with the results. Frankly I may as well not waste my time for all the good it appears to do. Looking for something more satin than dry.... and that texture, lets just say the kids need to stay inside while I clean it, usually some four letter words being muttered.

Thanks All,
Jeff

PS- Seriously, that black magic tire stuff rocks!
For tires and vinyl and plastic I exclusively use 303 Aerospace Protectant, but that's because I'm not a fan of high gloss tires and plastics. To clean the textured dash I first vacuum it, then spray a solution of 1 part Woolite in 8 parts water. Scrub it good with a microfiber until it's dry. Then mist on the 303 Aerospace protectant and wipe it in with a new microfiber. This process will give it the nice factory matte sheen, and the 303 is also SPF 40 which will prevent fading and cracking.

As for the leather, go buy Lexol cleaner and conditioner. Again, vacuum off the loose dirt, then use the same woolite/water mixture to do the heavy cleaning. You can use a soft nylon brush to get in the cracks, but otherwise use microfiber towels. Then use the Lexol cleaner and conditioner per the instructions on the bottle. Your leather will look like new, be softer than ever, and smell like a baseball glove.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:48 AM
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The best way to prep your paint is to polish it out with 3M Perfect It polish. Wax is a protectorant and polish (not rubbing compound) brings out your color then you can seal it in with wax. When I paint, I used to use McGuires which I found time consuming then I was turned on to this stuff by a fellow custom painter and never use anything else. They make it for dark and light colors. You can pick a bottle up at a automotive paint supply store and at the O'reilly stores that mix and sell paint. Use the Perfect It with a sponge pad on a buffer at 1500 rpm. Don't use an orbital buffer because they were built for those who wanted a less physical method to remove dried wax. A buffer breaks down the oils of the polish into the paint surface which gives it the "wet" look. This stuff isn't cheap but well worth...bottle will run you about $39 but will last a long time because you only need to polish your paint a couple times a year (if you keep the paint protected with wax).
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