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    Quote Originally Posted by OFSilverbullet View Post
    I have been detailing autos for 50 years and never, never use soap. Soap removes your wax. I always wash it down with water. Then use a mitten and wash from top down no matter how dirty it is. I have a 1996 f250 I bought new that looks like it just came off the showroom floor. Everyone thinks it has been repainted. I use eagle one wax as you dry every time it's washed. This is just my opinion. I would post a pic of the truck but can't seem to load it.
    Sorry, but this is old school thinking. Today's high end detailing products do not strip away wax or any other protective coating. I foam my cars everytime I wash them to provide lubrication and remove the majority of any surface dirt on the paint, before I proceed with my 2 grit guard bucket wash technique. I then blow dry the car to minimize any contact with the paint during the drying process. I have no swirls, hazing or marring on the paint.

    My wife thinks I'm nuts but she loves her super clean CX5.



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    My 1998 Toyota 4Runner we bought brand new, now with 175K miles (for reference purposes). Picture taken about 1 month ago.


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    Trivial question

    Did you foam in the driveway and then pull it into the garage. Must have or you have some very good foaming skills. :-)
    I foam and wash in the drive early before the sun is a factor and just about have to use the pressure washer to break up the dense foam and move it off the drive. Other times for a quick wash I will wait until 5 PM when shade is cast on the drive for a foam and two bucket wash.

    I often talk detailing with a coworker and we wish we had a large open garage like high end pros so the entire process could be done in good lighting and not in the sun. I start early and try to get past the decontamination part with Iron X and then pull it into the garage for the rest, but I have to plan it by setting the alarm for an early rise and go at it fast. Once I get to the point where surface temperature is important I will pull it into the garage, take a lunch break and let the paint cool. With both of our cars being white they cool very fast.

    Your CX-5 paint looks great and so does the 4Runner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Felt_Rider View Post
    Trivial question

    Did you foam in the driveway and then pull it into the garage. Must have or you have some very good foaming skills. :-)
    I foam and wash in the drive early before the sun is a factor and just about have to use the pressure washer to break up the dense foam and move it off the drive. Other times for a quick wash I will wait until 5 PM when shade is cast on the drive for a foam and two bucket wash.

    I often talk detailing with a coworker and we wish we had a large open garage like high end pros so the entire process could be done in good lighting and not in the sun. I start early and try to get past the decontamination part with Iron X and then pull it into the garage for the rest, but I have to plan it by setting the alarm for an early rise and go at it fast. Once I get to the point where surface temperature is important I will pull it into the garage, take a lunch break and let the paint cool. With both of our cars being white they cool very fast.

    Your CX-5 paint looks great and so does the 4Runner.
    I actually do foam in the garage. I have a Detailed Image foam cannon that I can adjust the output, only makes a slight mess, but my garage floor gets a solid cleaning every weekend! I have installed overhead lights in the garage so I can see any paint imperfections relatively easily. I used to do exactly what you do for washing...early wake up calls and driveway washing. Very hard to do in the summer months in California as it is pretty warm outside early on so I slowly set up the garage.

    We used to exclusively buy light colored cars, but the wife didn't like the contrast of all the black plastic on the CX5 against the white paint, so we got the easy to maintain Machine Gray...lol. At least my daily driver is white!

    Thanks for the compliments...my detailing hobby has turned into an out of control compulsion

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxray View Post
    Thanks for the compliments...my detailing hobby has turned into an out of control compulsion
    Yep like a meth addict, every time Detailed Image send out the email for discounts I feel compelled to buy and they know it :-). I just have to immediately delete and yet once again this morning I jumped on one of these gizmos and decided to get from Amazon. I saw a video of these type of devices for the first time. There are a bunch of cheap versions on ebay, but I figure after buying a cheap $13 foam cannon that is tough to control I would get something a little better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Felt_Rider View Post
    Yep like a meth addict, every time Detailed Image send out the email for discounts I feel compelled to buy and they know it :-). I just have to immediately delete and yet once again this morning I jumped on one of these gizmos and decided to get from Amazon. I saw a video of these type of devices for the first time. There are a bunch of cheap versions on ebay, but I figure after buying a cheap $13 foam cannon that is tough to control I would get something a little better.
    You are going down a dangerous path my friend . I made the mistake of joining the Autogeek Facebook group...these guys are at a different level!

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    Question 303 wipes

    Has anyone used 303 wipes [labeled "multi surface cleaner"] on any of the leather [dash, seats]? I ass-u-me they're ok since the leather is finished, but wonder if anyone can confirm that.

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    I don't use the wipes, but I use the 303 spray on my dash and interior. Not the leather though, I use a conditioner for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadonoz View Post
    Has anyone used 303 wipes [labeled "multi surface cleaner"] on any of the leather [dash, seats]? I ass-u-me they're ok since the leather is finished, but wonder if anyone can confirm that.
    Yes, any cleaner should be fine. No reason to condition at all, and cleaning is more important.

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