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Old 02-01-2014, 11:24 PM   #61
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Any recommendations for keeping the undercarriage clean ...I am worried about SALT in the Wisconsin Winters.


If anyone has any suggestions for a brand new Wrangler rust proofing..please let me know what works good.


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I know this is an old post but you can use salt away. I used it for 7 years on my boat trailer and engine that was only used in salt water. Kept my steel trailer from rotting.

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Old 02-03-2014, 10:08 PM   #62
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^x2. That Armor-All ruined my plastic fenders, and started ruining the rest of my plastic too. I now use WD-40 and wipe off the excess, leaving a slight sheen. When the WD-40 evaporates, my plastic mirrors look true black now and healthy. I don't even have to use it regularly anymore after a car wash. I use it on my repainted fenders too. I only use Armor-All on my tires.
I took your suggestion but instead used the WD40 on the wash stall walls at the barn which are painted black. Of course you have the harsh water stains, etc. showing up and it was driving me crazy. So I washed them down with lots of labor and pinesol. Rinsed well and used a spray bottle and sprayed the walls down with WD40. I let that sit for about 15 minutes and then wiped off the excess. The horse clients are happy as clams to finally see the walls look good again. Oh....and my boss was very impressed thanks to you!

I figure I might have to put a maintenance coat on them once a month but 4 wash stalls and I only need 2 gallons of WD40 so that isn't too bad considering the size of these walls.

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Old 02-04-2014, 07:17 PM   #63
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How much do you need to dilute Simple Green, so that it's safe on painted surfaces? I would like to use it on my tires and wheels. My wheels are aluminum with a black finish and I don't want to mess them up or stain them.

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80% water 20% SG, SG is caustic to aluminum, don't let it sit on anything aluminum very long. Just my experience.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:01 PM   #64
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I always start cleaning the undercarriage, wheels, and wheel wells. Then I start over with clean cloths and cleaner. I find if I wait to do the wheels last, I splatter junk all over my clean ride. Other than that, great write-up.

I'm new to the Wranglers though. Any advise on how to clean them with out the top.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:36 PM   #65
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I always start with a bucket then wash the bottom half. then get a new bucket to wash the top. The bottom half t of the jeep has all the grime on it that I dont want to ruin the rest of the jeep
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I always start cleaning the undercarriage, wheels, and wheel wells. Then I start over with clean cloths and cleaner. I find if I wait to do the wheels last, I splatter junk all over my clean ride. Other than that, great write-up.

I'm new to the Wranglers though. Any advise on how to clean them with out the top.
i took off all the carpets on my jeep as i do some water fording & never ride with my back seat.

i cover up my seats up front with heavy duty black thrash bag & take off all the plugs & power spray everything point and shoot & watch everything go down the drain.

there is a catch, you have to take off your front seats every now and again for full detail as they will rust if not taken off.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:01 PM   #67
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Any advise on how to clean them with out the top.
Im on my 3rd year of ownership and find that I get less and less worried about water.

In the beginning I'd put the top up, windows in, and doors on.

Now all I do, if anything, is just put the top up. I use a bucket of soapy water and a wash mitt to wipe off the rig and then spray it off with very low pressure water when I'm around the door openings or the tub. Inside may get a few drops in it but nothing major.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:01 AM   #70
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I know this thread is old BUT... WD-40 on the plastic fenders ? I am the proud new owner of a 2014 unlimited and was wondering how to keep plastic fenders looking nice and new .I have had mixed experience with armerall so that's the main reason for my question ...Thanks
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I know this thread is old BUT... WD-40 on the plastic fenders ? I am the proud new owner of a 2014 unlimited and was wondering how to keep plastic fenders looking nice and new .I have had mixed experience with armerall so that's the main reason for my question ...Thanks
I use a spray from Home Depot called greased lightning. Takes away all the mud stains.
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My newest trick: if you have a good coat of wax ( I use nu finish). The last step after rinsing off the soap is breaking out the leaf blower! Water rolls right off, And I use half the amount of microfiber towels to dry it off. Spotless. Of course, you appear slightly insane to the neighbors.
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Old 07-10-2014, 07:14 PM   #73
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Lemon Pledge can be used to restore faded black plastic.

Bar Keepers Friend worked well to remove some mystery stains on a used motorcycle I bought that had been vandalized. I think it was dried egg.
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:50 PM   #74
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Thanks very informative especially on the products to use
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Old 07-19-2014, 01:36 PM   #75
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Is doing this process 1-2 a year good enough?

For regular washing just use car wash soap and then dry it?

How often do you guys do this?

I usually clean my cars once a month and detail them twice a year.
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Great thread! Any recommendations for a good quality wash mitt?
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Great thread! Any recommendations for a good quality wash mitt?
We have one like this and really like it.

http://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Guys-...=Car+wash+mitt
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We have one like this and really like it.

http://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Guys-...=Car+wash+mitt
Thanks for the recommendation Star! This was one that I was looking at.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:01 PM   #80
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great write up and details. will use this info.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:01 PM   #81
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Great tips, thanks!
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:50 PM   #83
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These are some excellent ideas for cleaning. Thanks all.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:27 AM   #84
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I used this and my black Jeep came out outstanding. I used Simple Green as the car wash and cannot recommend it enough - purchase by the gallon and it will last you quite a while (and isn't too expensive). I like how Simple Green isn't filled with harmful chemicals, smells good, and I use it in a variety of home cleaning and work applications. I used just a half cup for bucket full of water. I researched claying and waxing techniques on Youtube and found some awesome videos... I never knew any of this stuff and I cringe to think of the scratches and lack of care I put into my prior vehicles.
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Dont use Simple Green as the car wash, its much too harsh. Only use it as your wheel/tire/bug etc cleaner. Use normal car wash for your paint.
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Dont use Simple Green as the car wash, its much too harsh. Only use it as your wheel/tire/bug etc cleaner. Use normal car wash for your paint.
Are you sure about your advice? Simple Green is completely dilute-able down to whatever strength you want/need (I don't have any current applications needing it at full strength and for the Jeep, diluting it significantly yielded awesome results). I've actually used Simple Green for years (nearly a decade) in my stores on nearly every surface I have and not had any issue with any surface. There's no bleach, no ammonia, no solvents, and nothing else in it that I see that could cause chemical interaction with automotive paint/clear coats either.

Lastly, I found out about using Simple Green as a car wash from many people already doing it for years themselves and when you go to the Simple Green website it describes using their product for this very purpose!

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