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i might have mentioned that i do detailing and paint correction as a hobby for family, friends, and the occasional client. i thought i would share some of my techniques with my fellow TLX members. take from it what you will, i know some people wouldn't go to this extent but some small changes in how you wash your car can prevent marring or those fine lines you typically see on darker cars.

In this thread i'll go over how to wash your car properly and some tricks/tools that make the job easier. i'll also focus on how to get a nice almost touchless wash at home.

here's a look at some of the products that i'll be using:

soap: meguires gold class. i'll use this soap for the tutorial because it's a common, easy to get soap. there's others that you can use that will produce more foam etc like chemical guys mr.pink, chemical guys honey dew, maxi sudds just to name a few.



a pressure washer. you don't need anything crazy, i picked up a 1600psi simonize small unit for $170 brand new. great thing to have around the house too. for the average person a gas one isn't needed IMO but that just depends on how much you want to spend on one. i like this one because it's small and i can toss it in the truck to do mobile details if need be.



a foam lance. i picked up this one for $40 locally. you might need a fitting or a new gun ($35 brand new) and a quick connection or two for it to work with your pressure washer but let me tell you it's worth the $40. i also ordered and used a china copy one from ebay with good results.



let's get started, wet the car and add about 2oz of soap (the bottom line on the bottle) and mix it with warm tap water. this will take some fine tuning to get the soap foam mixture right but it's not that hard to do.

before, car looked clean, but had a nice layer of pollen, dust, and bugs on the front bumper:



what this will do is give you a nice, thick layer of foam that you let dwell for 5-10mins while you have a beer lol. i should mention that if you car is somewhat clean, then you won't need to be scrubbing it. after the dwell time you can spray it off and then dry. spray your rims and tires down too, that way no harsh wheel cleaners will ruin the finish on your wheels, and honda clear coat on the oem wheels will oxidize and bubble after time. (ask me how i know). then two microfibers to dry off and clean anything else off the wheels makes quick work of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QPkMb5Q63k&feature=em-share_video_user

after 5mins of dwelling; you can see how the foam lance makes the soap nice and sticky.



if your car is dirty enough, a nice quality wash mitt, and the two bucket method can be used after you foam the car.

two bucket method:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVAxphcgKnY

after you wash your car, i like to do what's called "sheet drying". it speeds up the time quite a bit when drying, it also lets you not touch the car as much. i like to use a nice waffle weave microfiber drying cloth, these things are worth their weight in gold and are fairly inexpensive. use it once and you'll never buy another chamois again. start with the windows, then move onto the roof, and down. don't forget to get those door jams!



how to sheet dry:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGFSJveN_6Y


and all nice and done. you can dress your tires to your taste and enjoy staring at your nice and clean tlx.



next installment: claybaring, cutting, polishing and sealing your car.
 

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Flexin5, the only bad thing about that last picture is that next to your car the road looks terrible>:D Thanks for the tips. I will probably not be the only one that uses them.;)
 

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Nice write up. I use everything you mention except the pressure washer. I actually like using the traditional way with a wash mit.......and the two bucket method with a grit guard of course.

Looking forward to further posts.
 

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thanks guys.

the foam lance has many advantages expecialy for those places that i like to call the pain in the backside places....ex:

-windshield cowl
-fender liners
-inside barrel of wheels
-grills/mesh

it also takes 1/2 the time, work and makes better use of soap. however having said that, i've detailed for years with the two bucket method and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it!
 

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Great how-to. Well done!
 

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I need one of those foam gun/cannon things.

I recently discovered that the Bounce sheet bug removal actually works great lol.
 

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Indeed a nice write up.

As much as I like doing this, over years of doing it to my own cars i've found it to be quite time consuming. Now I just send it to a local detailer.
 

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i might have mentioned that i do detailing and paint correction as a hobby for family, friends, and the occasional client. i thought i would share some of my techniques with my fellow TLX members. take from it what you will, i know some people wouldn't go to this extent but some small changes in how you wash your car can prevent marring or those fine lines you typically see on darker cars.

In this thread i'll go over how to wash your car properly and some tricks/tools that make the job easier. i'll also focus on how to get a nice almost touchless wash at home.

here's a look at some of the products that i'll be using:

soap: meguires gold class. i'll use this soap for the tutorial because it's a common, easy to get soap. there's others that you can use that will produce more foam etc like chemical guys mr.pink, chemical guys honey dew, maxi sudds just to name a few.



a pressure washer. you don't need anything crazy, i picked up a 1600psi simonize small unit for $170 brand new. great thing to have around the house too. for the average person a gas one isn't needed IMO but that just depends on how much you want to spend on one. i like this one because it's small and i can toss it in the truck to do mobile details if need be.



a foam lance. i picked up this one for $40 locally. you might need a fitting or a new gun ($35 brand new) and a quick connection or two for it to work with your pressure washer but let me tell you it's worth the $40. i also ordered and used a china copy one from ebay with good results.



let's get started, wet the car and add about 2oz of soap (the bottom line on the bottle) and mix it with warm tap water. this will take some fine tuning to get the soap foam mixture right but it's not that hard to do.

before, car looked clean, but had a nice layer of pollen, dust, and bugs on the front bumper:



what this will do is give you a nice, thick layer of foam that you let dwell for 5-10mins while you have a beer lol. i should mention that if you car is somewhat clean, then you won't need to be scrubbing it. after the dwell time you can spray it off and then dry. spray your rims and tires down too, that way no harsh wheel cleaners will ruin the finish on your wheels, and honda clear coat on the oem wheels will oxidize and bubble after time. (ask me how i know). then two microfibers to dry off and clean anything else off the wheels makes quick work of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QPkMb5Q63k&feature=em-share_video_user

after 5mins of dwelling; you can see how the foam lance makes the soap nice and sticky.



if your car is dirty enough, a nice quality wash mitt, and the two bucket method can be used after you foam the car.

two bucket method:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVAxphcgKnY

after you wash your car, i like to do what's called "sheet drying". it speeds up the time quite a bit when drying, it also lets you not touch the car as much. i like to use a nice waffle weave microfiber drying cloth, these things are worth their weight in gold and are fairly inexpensive. use it once and you'll never buy another chamois again. start with the windows, then move onto the roof, and down. don't forget to get those door jams!



how to sheet dry:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGFSJveN_6Y


and all nice and done. you can dress your tires to your taste and enjoy staring at your nice and clean tlx.



next installment: claybaring, cutting, polishing and sealing your car.


I like how you clean your car. It's the way I clean my car too but please don't wash your car under the sun. you will damage car paint in the long run.:|
 

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So I now have a foam lance on order, hopefully in time for Fathers Day. Didnt know they existed until this post, and i gotta try it!

More to follow shortly!
 
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So I now have a foam lance on order, hopefully in time for Fathers Day. Didnt know they existed until this post, and i gotta try it!

More to follow shortly!
you'll love it! either i'm getting old or something but it's actually fun using it.

a tip for when you get it, if the soap is too runny, (and believe me it took me hours of searching on the net to figure this out)

-don't open the valve on your hose too much. it will flow too much water and make it runny.

-when you fill up the bottle, use hot water from the tap. fill it a bit, swish it around to mix, then don't fully fill the bottle. when suds pour out from the top stop filling so that a little less than a 1/4 is empty.

-turn the dial all the way to - to allow the least amount of water through and allow the most amount of air in.

i'll make a new vid on saturday when i detail my brother's porsche, but i've got the foam to a really thick consistency like this

 

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OK, spring is here: a winter update.

The Simonize pressure washer I had (S1500) had a custom fitting, and (without major effort) the foam lance with a standard fitting wouldn't fit. This PW was giving me issues too...

So it had to go.

Canadian Tire had (has?) Simonize S1800 on sale for $129. More pressure, and uses standard connections. Now my lance fits easily, we just need the weather to change a bit more.

Revisiting the soap question:
1. Any further opinions?
2. Soap only, or soap and Wax combo?
3. I have cQuartz Finest applied, and expect that things may slide more easily than standard Acura clear coat too?
 

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OK, spring is here: a winter update.

The Simonize pressure washer I had (S1500) had a custom fitting, and (without major effort) the foam lance with a standard fitting wouldn't fit. This PW was giving me issues too...

So it had to go.

Canadian Tire had (has?) Simonize S1800 on sale for $129. More pressure, and uses standard connections. Now my lance fits easily, we just need the weather to change a bit more.

Revisiting the soap question:
1. Any further opinions?
2. Soap only, or soap and Wax combo?
3. I have cQuartz Finest applied, and expect that things may slide more easily than standard Acura clear coat too?
So which lance did you get that fits your new pressure washer? I'm thinking of getting one as well.
 

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Do you find these waffle weave microfiber drying cloth work better then a chamois ... less chance of scratching? Curious why?
 

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I used a waffle weave drying cloth a couple years ago and it worked very well. I got one after I saw the detail bay at my Honda dealer at the time using one.

I'd have to get a first hand experience endorsement of the clay bar mit before I'd use one. It took me forever to attempt dragging a piece of clay across my paint. Lol. I swear by it now.
 

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I know what you mean about the clay bar.... I think I over spray just to ensure I am not going to scratch the paint.
 

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For the Canadians: Chemical Guys has their Canada website and store - luckily near where I work. Will visit them shortly, and advise!

chemicalguyscanada.ca

I do enjoy watching these videos...makes me want to do it on my own!
 
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