Finally got a car with good paint. What is the best method of washing to keep it looking good?

Finally got a car with good paint.
What is the best method of washing to keep it looking good? And what products are best?
I have a cheaper pressure washer.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    hand wash
    leather chamois
    wax

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A big bucket with car shampoo and several microfibre wash mitts after you used some kind of snow foam. Stuff like sonax is best bang per buck

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Doesn't really matter. Your only goal is to recoat the car in whatever you use, before it fades or dries out from coating the car.
    Wax or some form of ceramic coating generally looks the best. Waxing is generally recommended because off how long it lasts, and how visible t he fade is towards the end of season.

    Project Farm seem to recommend Turtle Wax Hybrid https://youtu.be/O2lrXVV9kWU

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Two buckets. One with the clean water and soap, one with plain water to rinse out the sponge or whatever you're using. It helps to have different colored buckets so you don't mix them up. After you wash, do a clay bar, compound, polish, and wax. This will probably take the entire afternoon, but you won't have to do the whole process for at least a year if you keep it clean. Don't use the pressure washer on your car.

      What do i do about the Lemans stripes on the car? They are decals on the paint.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Two buckets. One with the clean water and soap, one with plain water to rinse out the sponge or whatever you're using. It helps to have different colored buckets so you don't mix them up. After you wash, do a clay bar, compound, polish, and wax. This will probably take the entire afternoon, but you won't have to do the whole process for at least a year if you keep it clean. Don't use the pressure washer on your car.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What's a good replacement for clay bar? Where I live they only sell it along some quick fix spray from Meguiar's (really is just isopropyl alcohol) and costs $30.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This for the most part
      You can use a pressure washer on your car, just make sure it's a lower pressure and you're using the widest nozzle you can. Dont bring the nozzle super close and always spray at a sharp angle, never straight on.
      Clay bar is only a "if you need it" thing, after clay baring it once, you should only do it again if you can physically feel stuff in the paint, otherwise its something you can go years without doing if maintenance is kept up.
      You should only polish your paint if you can see scratches, if you keep up with maintenance and properly wash your car you shouldn't have to polish it again for years. Polishing physically removes the clear coat, so overdoing it can be worse for your paint.
      You're also going to re-wax your car way more often than a year, even the longest lasting waxes only last 4-5 months in perfect storage conditions. Realistically, wax is only gonna last 1.5-3months depending on if you have a garage or not. Ceramic coats on the other hand can last 1-3 years, but are way harder to correctly apply and way more expensive. If you're going to stick with wax, its good to get a "stripper" soap that eats the wax away, so you dont apply new wax on old wax as that greatly decreases its effective lifespan.
      The key to keeping paint nice for a long time is to basically touch it as little as possible. Ideally you can touchless wash your car for most of the washes after the initial wash and coating. Just rinse it off, foam gun it to cover it in soap, and rinse to off after letting it sit for a bit. Youre inevitability going to have to touch it to wash it, so it's a good idea to just get a shit ton of microfibers and use them instead of a mitt, i.e once you clean a panel, switch to a new microfiber instead of redipping a mitt and contaminating your soap.
      Also get a garage, and if thats not possible, a carport "tent". No coating will save you from UV damage.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Greased Geese

        if you have chromed plastic molding on your car don't even point the pressure washer at it.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    2 bucket method turtle wax hybrid solutions wash
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    Rainx 3 in 1 for windows
    Turtle wax hybrid solutions tire shine
    Turtle wax hybrid solutions wheel cleaner

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >What is the best method of washing to keep it looking good? And what products are best?
    Muriatic acid

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No automatic car wash, the ones without brushes dont' do shit and the ones with brushes scratch your paint.
    Don't use the brush at a car wash, also scratches your paint.
    Don't use paper towels on your car, scratches the paint.
    Don't use rough dirty towels on your car, scratches your paint.
    Everything wants to put swirl marks in your paint.
    Don't use electric buffers too much, it will slowly grind away your clearcoat until the rest flakes off.

    To wash your car:
    Preferably do it at home.
    Start by gathering supplies, a clean purpose built sponge, a bucket, thick quality microfiber clothes and maybe a shammy.
    Fill your bucket with water, put a drop of soap or car wash soap in it.
    Rinse your car off thoroughly with the hose so it is dust free and wet.
    Wash the car gently with the sponge, squeezing it regularly in the bucket.
    Use the sponge on the wheels last.
    Rinse the car off with the hose.
    Use the shammy, if you have one, to squeegee the water off.
    Finish drying with the soft and clean microfiber.

    Let your car dry in the shade so that it is cool to the touch and dry.
    Apply wax with a dedicated clean microfiber or purpose build sponge.
    Rub wax in using small circles.
    If you're not convinced you got your car truly clean, use McGuire's cleaner wax.
    If you're sure your car is clean, use McGuire's Gold Class carnuba wax.
    Let it dry.
    Using clean and soft microfiber clothes, remove all the wax by wiping it off in circles.
    Think of the karate kid.
    Apply some kind of plastic protector to any black plastic. You can use armor all or even a drop of 3in1 oil. I would put it on a rag and wipe it into the plastic until evenly distributed.
    Put some tire shiner on a rag and wipe it into the tires. Then back up 2 feet and do it again.
    Wipe the wheels off.
    Use a glass cleaner and paper towels on the windows. Apply some Rain-x to the outside of the windshield.
    Get some car detailing slime puddy for the interior and use it to collect debris from interior crevices.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This advice is only for those who live where it never snows / no salt.
    Washing your car damages it more than being dirty. You want to wash 2-4x a year and use wax or sealant. Keep it out of the sun if you can.
    When you do wash, make sure there is a layer of lubrication and that your mitt / cloth has as little dirt on it as possible. That means using the 2-bucket method and washing and scrubbing the mitt before each bucket dip. Wax/seal.
    The products you use mean less than the technique.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The best method is to never drive it on wet or dirty roads, and store it under a breathable, soft car cover in a sealed garage. blow off any dust with an air gun before and after driving. Polish annually. Never wash.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Works for me. Dont use a cover though. That shit will scratch the paint.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I fell for this meme and it works, but you have to do it correctly. You can do it in less than 20 minutes if you're efficient.
    1 small bucket with the solution (for wheels)
    1 bucket with solution (for rest of the car)
    some type of a grid guard (to prevent your sponge from falling into the bottom)
    some type of drying aid/sealant/shine
    1 big towel for drying the car (get the really good ones)
    1 small towel for drying the wheels
    1 really soft brush for wheels
    1 sacrificial towel for wheel wells, etc

    Don't need to pre-spray or any of that crap, it's just a waste of time. Just dunk the wheel brush into the wheel bucket with solution and scrub your tyres and rims. Dunk it back into the wheel bucket (the dirt gets repelled from the brush, that's how it works), do this for all 4 wheels and then use the small towel to dry the wheels. You don't want to leave the product on the surface for TOO long. Wheels done

    Get your sponge/ wash towel or whatever and dunk it into the other bucket and do the same thing but with the rest of the car. Just stay where you are and hit whatever you can reach on your side of the car. Then get the sealant spray/drying aid and spray that on the wet surface and dry it instantly with the drying towel. Sponge gets dirty? Dunk it back in the same bucket and sponge is now clean enough to use it back on the car.
    >source?
    I tried it.

    This method is enough for the daily bawd vehicle. No credit card, no bullshit. The trick is to avoid doing it panel by panel like the instruction says, and just do it quickly on larger areas. Takes a couple of minutes to wash, seal, and dry one side of the car entirely. Then when you're done, get a sacrificial towel and dunk it in the remains of your bucket and wash the dirtiest parts of the bottom area (wheel wells, plastic fender, underneath the rear bumper, etc,) and then go a round with the drying towel and dry it all off. This makes your towel dirty so you do it last.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I also need to mention that you shouldn't scrub the sponge on the vehicle, just glide it over the surface.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I use this but it's heavily dependent on how caked the dirt is. Everytime you see this guy Yvan do it, the cars are lightly dusted. I went and got a worx hydro shot that runs off a bucket for when it's really caked on. Especially the fricking side skirts dude, those always need a heavy blast. This is better than regular soap IMO for sure, don't have to deal with rinsing the suds

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