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Fell into the YouTube rabbit hole of auto detailing and found this video. It has a lot of good information on washing, though he uses some commercial-grade stuff that might be hard to get. Main thing though is he demonstrates on a TLX.

 

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Fell into the YouTube rabbit hole of auto detailing and found this video. It has a lot of good information on washing, though he uses some commercial-grade stuff that might be hard to get. Main thing though is he demonstrates on a TLX.

interesting I might just take my car to a very highly rated professional detail shop when I want it super clean
 

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It's easy to spend hours watching those detailing videos, and there is a lot of good information, but there is also a lot of bad (like the videos where they wash the engine ...never spray water on an engine, it's just asking for trouble)
The best way in my opinion to never drive it in the winter (road salt ...nasty for metal) rain (water + metal = rust) and sun's uv are also equally bad for an automobile
 

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So don’t drive in the winter because of salt, don’t drive in the rain, and try to avoid the sun? Not sure most have those options. Here in Canada, we’d be driving about 5 days a year.

As for the engine bay, I’ve used a garden hose and Simple Green degreaser for years without issue. As long as you don’t use an aggressive spray, you’ll be fine.

There is a ton of good info online for detailing depending on how much time you want to dedicate to the process. Watch a bunch and decide what you’re the most comfortable doing.
 

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As someone who details cars, the only issue with water is the battery and alternator. If you cover both items water will not be an issue.
Good advice and welcome tot he forum!
 
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