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Car Care Products I have purchased and used that may be helpful. I waited a month or so to try various car care products and list the ones that I have found to be very good with dilutions and recommended application techniques. I understand that car care products are a religion with car enthusiasts but prior to the 718 I had no experience with car care products and even less interest so here is my novice take. Those of you that have more experience can chime in with your favorites or simply disregard this post but I have tested most of these products after reading about each of them in depth, and will provide an honest opinion on their usefulness. I am posting this to help people like me that up until 2 months ago didn’t even wash my car and maybe waxed it once or twice over the cars lifespan. This is not meant to insult any ones intelligence but presented to help those super novices, like myself, with some initial car cleaning products and tools. I will add to this list as I experiment some more or find some new cool things to buy.

1. Recommend a power washer the one I purchased was a Sun Joe SPX3001 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5 AMP Electric Pressure Washer with Hose Reel, Green. I also purchased the Sun Joe SPX-25HD 25’ Universal Heavy-Duty Pressure Washer Extension Hose for SPX Series. The value of the extension hose is you can keep the power washer in one location and not have to move it. I purchased the following soap cannon: Sun Joe SPX-FC34 34-Ounce Snow Foam Cannon for SPX Series Electric Pressure Washers and it works great. I fill the soap cannon with an inch or two of soap and then add distilled water to the top. Another great idea to avoid trapping the hoses and cords under the car tires is: Hose Slide - Ultimate Car Washing Accessory (4 Pack, Blue).
2. Hard water in Texas to avoid water spots I purchased: WORX WG629 Cordless Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner, 20V Li-ion (2.0Ah), 320psi, 20V Power Share Platform. I use a 4.5 gallon chemical guy bucket with two gallons of distilled water and perform a final rinse.
3. I am still using the 3-bucket technique with one for the wheels and a wash and rinse bucket for the car. Actually with the addition of the Power Sprayer from WORX I use a dedicated wash bucket to hold the distilled water and use a lid to save any distilled water that is left over from the last car wash. I use two grit guards in each bucket and although that may be overkill it is what makes sense to me to minimize grit being transferred back to the car paint. I use two soap mitts one for the top part of the car and a second for the lower portions of the car.
4. Soap I am using is the Meguiar's Gold Class Wash Shampoo & Cond, 1 Gallon. I also purchased Meguiars 16 Oz. Self Cleaning Dispenser Bottle 3 Pack to dispense the soap and also for several other car care products that come in the gallon jugs…..basically a convenience issue.
5. I use Chemical guys VRP for the tires it’s water based and no sling if applied properly with a foam applicator
and gives the tire a great shine. This can be used on any Vinyl/Rubber or Plastic (VRP). It dries nicely and is not greasy to the touch. No dilution used full strength.
6. I use Meguiars wheel brightener in a 4:1 dilution. To be sprayed on the wheel rims and allowed to sit for about 45 seconds and agitated with a brush and rinsed off. The Wheel Brightener is acid based and I had to purchase the Meguiar’s spray bottle otherwise the acid destroys the spray nozzle mechanism on generic spray bottles, and will not work. Prior to starting with he wheel brightener I found wetting the wheels and tire wells with water gives the best result and negates overspray issue onto surrounding paint. I do one wheel at a time and of course do the wheels first…dirtiest part of the car. To clean the tire I use a wheel brush and you can clean the tire with soap but I have also purchased the Meguiar’s Super Degreaser and use it diluted 10:1 on the tire. After the car is cleaned and dried completely I then use the chemical guys VRP to add shine to the rubber tires. Chemical guys sell an applicator pad that is a little large so I cut it in half for ease of application [Chemical Guys ACC_3002 Durafoam Contoured Large Tire Dressing Applicator Pad (Pack of 2)].
7. To clean the glass I use Meguair’s glass cleaning concentrate diluted 10:1 smells like grape juice but cleans glass nicely without streaking and is non-ammonia based. In the interior glass to avoid overspray on surrounding surfaces I use a microfiber towel and wet it with the glass cleaner and apply it to the glass, and remove the glass cleaner with another clean microfiber towel.
8. Waxes I have chosen to use: I use Meguiar’s Ultimate Paste wax/ Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid wax and Meguiar’s Xpress Spray Wax. They are all safe on the PPF but I prefer the Liquid and Xpress spray wax for the PPF covered areas, and Liquid and Paste for the areas not covered with the PPF. I avoid using the Paste wax on areas with the PPF to have less of an issue of getting the wax along the PPF edges. The Xpress Spray Wax can be used on plastic and interior surfaces without any issues. Some car detailers also use the Xpress wax on glass as well, though I prefer Meguiar’s dedicated glass cleaner. The Xpress Wax is both safe on all surfaces and easy to apply and remove.
9. I purchased a Ridgid WD4070 4 Gallon Portable Vacuum but the hose it comes with is somewhat inflexible so I purchased the user friendly Mr. Nozzle M-100-DB Wet/Dry Vac Tool Kit. I also purchased a Mr Nozzle Crevice Tool Slim 10 7/8" X 1.5”. For the small areas interior and exterior I purchased Vacuum Cleaner Micro Mini Attachment Kit Great For Computers.
10. I also purchased Meguiar’s All Purpose cleaner and diluted it 4:1 for exterior cleaning and 10:1 for light interior cleaning.
11. I have purchased the following for tar removal based on reviews by car detailers but haven’t used it yet Rapid Remover Vinyl Letter Remover 32 oz. Bottle with Sprayer Adhesive Remover for Vinyl Wraps Graphics Decals Stripes. Had some road tar on the rim and needed to add this product to my armamentarium. I will report back on results with this product.
12. For paint chips I purchased Dr. Color Chip for my Miami Blue CS but have not used it yet but many people swear by these kits. When I use it will post results/satisfaction.
13. I purchased all manner of wheel brushes, interior brushes (to include upholstery), microfiber towels, applicator pads but I will not post since I am sure everyone has their own favorites.
14. I also purchased a dual action polisher*/polish** from Chemical guys and Clay bar kit (Meguiar's G1016 Smooth Surface Clay Kit) but have not had a need to use them yet….cars to new. Will post as I when I have used each of these tools/chemicals.

*Chemical Guys - TORQ TORQX Complete Detailing Kit (13 Items)

**Chemical Guys - V Line Polish & Compound Kit (16 oz) V32, V34, V36, V38
 

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Also I use Meguiar's D155 Detailer Last Touch Spray for all manner of bug splatter.....very effective and is a good lubricant to help get the bugs off the car paint and PPF. I feel a gallon purchase is more economical and Meguiar's website offers a better deals then Amazon.com on most of the gallon jugs.
 

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I had Flight Shield's Sapphire V1 put on my last three cars. A 2014 Boxster, a 2016 Macan and my 2017 Boxster. I also had Expel put on the whole front of the Boxsters because they set low and are rock magnets. With Sapphire V1 you never need to wax or polish, just rinse off the car and dry. Your high pressure washer will be all you will need. They have a spray cleaner for use when the car isn't dirty enough for a wash. There are other nano coatings such as opti coat that you can put on yourself. Flight shield must be put on by one of their dealers. Their main concern is that the car must be perfectly clean with no imperfections or the final result will not look good. V1 is supposed to be 9 times harder than clear coat. It was originally designed for airplanes and then modified for cars. Take a look into it.
 

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I am posting this to help people like me that up until 2 months ago didn’t even wash my car and maybe waxed it once or twice over the cars lifespan.
2 grit guards in the same bucket.... you my friend need professional help. jk:D

Thanks for posting your routine.

One tool that I have added to my detailing regiment is a set of Boars hair detailing brushes.

https://www.amazon.com/COCODE-Detai...3&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=detailing+brush&psc=1

These are excellent for cleaning the dust that builds up in and around the air vents, control buttons and all the nooks and crannies of the interior. I also use the brushes for cleaning the lug nut openings in the wheels, and to wash away the brake dust that gets on my red calipers. :)

For cleaning the glass, I use a Scotch-brite Dobie pad, with Windex followed up with a waffle weave microfiber cloth and an Invisible Glass Reach & Clean Tool. The Dobie pads combined with glass cleaner remove the film that develops on the interior glass surfaces from the plastics/vinyl release without smearing. The Invisible Glass tool cleans the interior windshield that my hands cannot reach. (BTW, cover your dash with a towel before spraying glass cleaner)

https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brite...pID=51gb1880D1L&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

I have been looking at the same vacuum to replace my old wet/dry unit.

I like watching Larry Kosilla's detailing videos. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Larry+Kosilla
 
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2 grit guards in the same bucket.... you my friend need professional help. jk:D
Allot of professional help....anyone in their right mind would use three. :D

Thanks for the detailing tips......love the Rigid Vac but car hasn't got dirty enough to use it but once.

Always looking for new gadgets and cleaning paraphernalia.....I like those detailing brushes....will order!
 

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I've been keen on Zymol products over the course of 5 Porsches (and a Ferrari). Their 'Leather Treat' in particular stands apart, for me, from other premium leather products -- and it has such a nice characteristic smell, love to work that into the cockpit....
 

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Just tried Meguiar's Ultimate fast finish and it is an outstanding product both ease of application and shine are quite impressive. Application technique see link:
 

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Not a bad method of keeping our cars look good and all in an easy process. Only issue really is to make sure you're using rags that won't be counter productive and maybe leave small scratches in the process.
 

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I do like a shiny car, but I got tired of waxing and other temporary products. Now I much prefer the Opti-Coat Pro Plus which is very hard (tungsten carbide needles don't scratch it--https://opticoat.com.au/csiro-test-report) and is permanent.

The test above was for the previous version. The current version is better, as shiny as a good hard wax coating and the car washes very easily as not much sticks to the coating.

(There are other products which say they are similar, but I haven't seen actual tests of them.)
 

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Not a bad method of keeping our cars look good and all in an easy process. Only issue really is to make sure you're using rags that won't be counter productive and maybe leave small scratches in the process.
Absolutely, I used about 4 different microfiber towels for the "knock down" and folded those over several times. I saved the lower part of the vehicle for last and planned out the painted/plastic surfaces to be coated to be efficient. I also did the wheels and the results are quite impressive. Just prior to doing the Fast Finish.....I had washed the car thoroughly and used Meguiar's Xpress "wax" which as we know is not a wax at all but a sealant and although the Xpress improved the appearance quite a bit there was a dramatic difference after using the Fast Finish. This product can be used after each washing if desired but in the video the detailer said it takes about 5 minutes to do the car but to be thorough and methodical it really takes around 30 minutes (+/-).

Addendum: worked perfectly on my Llumar Ultimate PPF as well. I have the PPF on the entire front of the vehicle, mirrors, and rocker panels (covering part of the rear bumper and wheel fenders as well). The cost of the product is $12.95 for 8.5 onces and can be used to coat a vehicle 8 to 10 times.....very cost effective.
 

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Update:

Purchased the following spray bottles on the recommendation of "Dallas paint corrections and auto detailing" (see image): they spray a fine mist and whether your using a spray wax or detailing spray it both conserves product and doesn't run down the car panels. In addition, the spray bottle does not need to be primed after using it once. Amazon has the spray bottles and are charging about 13 or 14 USD but if you use the link below* I found them for 4.15 USD.

Regarding the Meguiar's acid wheel brightener I found even with the dedicated Meguiar's spray bottle the spray mechanism still fails so what I found works is I used one of the broken spray caps to simply seal the bottle then I flush the one I use with water to prevent the acid from eating up the spray mechanism.

Other products worth exploring is the:

MATCC Adjustable Foam Cannon 1 Liter Bottle Snow Foam Lance With 1/4" Quick Connector Foam Blaster for Pressure Washer Gun

Chemical Guys CWS_110 Honeydew Snow Foam Car Wash Soap and Cleanser (1 Gal)......produces real thick soap lather with the MATCC foam cannon.





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I have used and been using Meguiar's Gold Class Wash Shampoo & Cond which is a good car soap but after using Chemical Guys CWS_110 Honeydew Snow Foam Car Wash Soap and Cleanser, Chemical guys soap makes a ton of soap foam. When I run out of Meguiar's I am switching to Chemical guys Honeydew; I was so impressed with it after two uses I purchased 3 more gallons.
 

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