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Old 04-26-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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How do you clean your offroading beast and with what?

I obviously own 2013 JKUR. I have complained before at how hard it is to clean. Stock front bumper is basically a mud shelf and the stock fenders collect mud inside like a pro. Once you pressure wash all the mud off what is everyone using to clean their Jeep?

The reason I am asking is there is a great local detail shop. But they are hit or miss. Sometimes they do an incredible job. Other times, they miss A LOT! And the cost anywhere from $59-$119 depending. So I want to clean it myself but it seems like the only advantage they have is the product and tools. So lets level the playing field. What is everyone using to ...

Exterior:
Clean soft top (premium soft top)
(i will list results here)

Clean stock black fenders and make them shiny
(i will list results here)

The actual body & paint
(i will list results here)

Bumpers
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Rims
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Rubber
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Hard Top
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Interior:
Cloth interior
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Leather interior
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Dash, doors, and other plastic
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Carpets
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Floor mats
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If I missed anything please let me know! I know I have read threads here about maybe one or two particular items but it would be nice to have it all in one spot so everyone can detail their Jeeps like a pro. If it isn't totally trashed, I like it really clean.

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Old 04-26-2013, 11:16 PM   #2
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Me and my jeep are at the car wash everyday... My pic was taken at the car wash.. I don't worry about the inside lol

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Great thread! I am bipolar. I either like my jeep super clean or super dirty. In between drives me crazy.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:47 AM   #4
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Great thread! I am bipolar. I either like my jeep super clean or super dirty. In between drives me crazy.
Lol.. Same here
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:56 AM   #5
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Clean soft top (premium soft top)
Don't have a soft top, but my s2000 is a convertible so the procedure is the same. Clean with soapy water. Use a stiff bristled brush for stuck on stuff. Dry, treat with Vynilex.

Clean stock black fenders and make them shiny
Clean with soapy water, dry, treat with vynilex. Don't like the shiny look (attracts dust) and silicone products rot plastics over time.

The actual body & paint
Wash with soap and water, clay bar if necessary, then wash again, dry, wax....by machine twice a year, by hand every few weeks.

Bumpers
Soap and water, vynilex.

Rims
Meguairs hot wheels, soap/water, dry. Nothing on top.

Rubber
Vynilex on rubber trim, Honda Shin Etsu grease on seals.

Hard Top
Soap/water, vynilex.

Interior:
Cloth interior
Vacuum, febreeze. If really dirty, wet carpet vac.

Leather interior
Lexol leather cleaner followed by lexol leather conditioner.

Dash, doors, and other plastic
All vynilex.

Carpets
Vacuum, febreeze. If really dirty, wet carpet vac.

Floor mats
If rubber, wash, dry, then vynilex. If cloth, same as carpets.

You can substitute 303 Protectant for Vynilex, but Vynilex is an EXCELLENT product, is easy to get locally, and comes in gallons if you buy online, which will last a LONG time. It is also not silicone based like Armorall.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:06 AM   #6
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These guys are over thinking it, I throw a sprinkler underneath and walk away, then I keep moving the sprinkler until all of the big stuff is gone. After that, pressure wash the outside and try not to touch the dusty interior.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:23 AM   #7
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Our sergeant used to tell us not to worry about dirt. The little one is not noticeable and the large one will fall off on its own.

That said, owner's manual, which you can download online, has a comprehensive list of Mopar potions and perfumes one can use to clean different parts of the Jeep. Plus some suggestions. Look up Maintaining Your Vehicle > Appearance Care And Protection From Corrosion.
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I'm probably going to be the oddball, but I like to keep my jeep relatively clean. I also have owned mustangs, and other cars and I cannot find a better product than most everything Griot's Garage makes. I cannot think of a cleaning product they don't make. Seriously, I have used clay bar for the body, they make clay bars for the body, the glass, and the wheels. You want to detail it? Forget mequire's, eagle one, or any others. SpeedShine is where it's at. They make every kind of chemical you could need, and the prices are pretty reasonable. I'm in no way affiliated with them, but I have been using their products for 12 years, and really won't touch anything else.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:45 AM   #9
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I keep all my vehicles clean, I mean psycho clean, the jeep especially? Why? The jeep is a "poorly built" vehicle and the dirt, mud, grime, etc will ruin parts, wear parts, and generally, hurt your resale. I never understood why people leave them dirty. Sure, go out, mud away, but when you get home clean that crap off. It's still a 25-40K vehicle, not some $500 rust bucket.
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I clean the top with car wash soap normally. I use blue magic classic. Same thing i wash the jeep with. I use the 2 bucket method. But i use a soft brush on the top and plastics. And i use blue magic convertable top cleaner and protectant every month or so.

I use mothers back to black to keep the plastic black

Wax it too...
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These guys are over thinking it, I throw a sprinkler underneath and walk away, then I keep moving the sprinkler until all of the big stuff is gone. After that, pressure wash the outside and try not to touch the dusty interior.
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These guys are over thinking it, I throw a sprinkler underneath and walk away, then I keep moving the sprinkler until all of the big stuff is gone. After that, pressure wash the outside and try not to touch the dusty interior.
I hate a dirty interior. That gets cleaned immediately.
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wait i can't edit the original post?!
No unfortunately.. Wranglerforum has a time-out on posts.
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Exterior:
Clean soft top (premium soft top)
I've got 303 that I have used once. It worked good enough, but is pretty expensive. It's more of a protectant than a cleaner. For cleaning car soap and a light bristle brush. I think you can use Back-To-Black on it but I haven't tried yet.

Clean stock black fenders/bumpers and make them shiny
  1. Clean them with car soap and a light bristle brush.
  2. Hit them up with a "Magic Eraser" to get rid of all the dirt spots that wont come up.
  3. "Back to Black" $7 from Wal-Mart in a red bottle. It will do 2 applications. It's best to get a round 4" micro-fiber sponge to apply it. It cleans a bit. It last for about 2 months. It makes cleaning the next time much easier, and dirt doesn't so nearly as bad. Its not too oily after applied. After you have driven it awhile if you wipe your finger on the fenders, you'll have a very dirty finger. Ends up looking better than new after applied.



The actual body & paint
SOAP
DON'T use dishwasher soap unless your trying to get off the wax. I feel all car soap is about the same. I get whats cheap.
TURTLE WAX-ICE
Usually I will follow a wash with a round of Turtle Wax Ice. You can put it on the trim without major white spots. I personally try to keep it off the trim and stick to Back to Black for that stuff. I like it because it is fast, but don't think its nearly as good as a carnauba wax. I like the kind that comes in a clear bottle the best, but I think that has been discontinued.
ONCE A YEAR WAX
I need to look into more what the best once a year carnauba wax is. I used Nu-Finish last year. It worked pretty good. That stuff you do need to make sure to keep off the plastic trim.

Rubber
I think shiny tires looks gay on Jeeps. I just hit it up with car soap and a brush.


Hard Top
Car soap.

Interior:
Cloth interior/Roll bar covers
303 Fabric Guard will protect from water and fading. I don't know how long it last. I'm going to put a coat on every spring. You will need at least 32 ounces and I would get 64. I got mine from a boat shop.


Dash, doors, and other plastic
Water or "Stoner Invisible Glass". Some people use "303 aerospace protectant". I found an air compressor with a blow attachment will really help get dust out of the nooks and crannies.
DON'T USE ARMOR ALL. There is actually something in the manual that even warns against using it. I'm too lazy to look it up. It dries out the plastic and leads to cracking.

Carpets
Removed that and bedlined with U-Pol Raptor for about $200. Monsterliner is another good relatively cheap DIY option. No more worrying about mud, dirt, pug hair, sand. One swipe with a wet towel and it's good as new. Could be the best mod you can do.
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Floor mats
I got quadratec liners. I think the weather-tech ones are better. Anyways i pressure washer them on occasion.

UNDER-BODY
If you get muddy its a good idea to wash off with a sprinkler under the Jeep for awhile.


WINDOWS
Stoner Invisible Glass- its tint friendly.
RAIN-X-I have used rain-x which really works but it is too much of a pain to apply. Wipeing the application off with a wet towel helps a bit.
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I've had some decent rides over the years (and am also relatively anal). I swear by:

1. Claybaring

2. Invisible Glass

3. Back to black (since owing a JK)
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some really great stuff here! appreciate it!

i really wish i could edit my original thread
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I just go to the local self serve car was and spray it with the high pressure setting until I'm out of quarters or its clean. Usually the first one is what happens
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I've had some decent rides over the years (and am also relatively anal). I swear by:

1. Claybaring

2. Invisible Glass

3. Back to black (since owing a JK)
Totally agree with Senior Chief. I learned a lot about detailing from the AutoGeek forum. Lots of great tips and how to articles.
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I get made fun of because I like my Blue clean - I get it very dirty and get it very clean.
One friend said... A clean Jeep is like KISS without make-up... just wrong! lol!!

Exterior:
Clean stock black fenders and make them shiny
If I have the energy I give them a thorough cleaning with peanut butter - you read that right... search it. If I just want to do it quickly I rub them down with 303.


The actual body & paint
Use a soap with a wax built in. Once every six months I give it a spray wax rub down. I need to find someone good with wax!!

Bumpers
With stock it was peanut butter or 303, now nothing other than a wash.

Rims
Sand paper to knock down the rock rash then a soft brush with soap and water.

Interior:
Cloth interior
I haven't had to really clean them since I keep them covered - beach towels - but they get a complete blow out with the rest of the interior using a compressor.

Floor mats
Tossed the stock mats and went with an all weather rubber set - those I just hose off, beat them against the wall and put back into the Jeep.

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I'm lazy and take mine to the car wash. If it gets dirty anywhere close to when I'm going to wheel it, it will stay dirty until after. So I end up going to he car wash around every 4-6 weeks since I end up wheeling around every 3 weeks.

I went wheeling on Saturday and went to the car wash Sunday. Looks great from far away.
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I get made fun of because I like my Blue clean - I get it very dirty and get it very clean.
One friend said... A clean Jeep is like KISS without make-up... just wrong! lol!!

Exterior:
Clean stock black fenders and make them shiny
If I have the energy I give them a thorough cleaning with peanut butter - you read that right... search it. If I just want to do it quickly I rub them down with 303.

The actual body & paint
Use a soap with a wax built in. Once every six months I give it a spray wax rub down. I need to find someone good with wax!!

Bumpers
With stock it was peanut butter or 303, now nothing other than a wash.

Rims
Sand paper to knock down the rock rash then a soft brush with soap and water.

Interior:
Cloth interior
I haven't had to really clean them since I keep them covered - beach towels - but they get a complete blow out with the rest of the interior using a compressor.

Floor mats
Tossed the stock mats and went with an all weather rubber set - those I just hose off, beat them against the wall and put back into the Jeep.

Peanut butter? Interesting lol
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If you really want to clean up the carpets - like the dog puked all over it - pull them out and use the floor mats holders on the wall of the car wash bay to hold them up and then use the spray on full power soap and blast them. They don't weigh much and seem thin, but they hold up and come clean like that. A couple hours in the sun afterwards and they will be dry too.

Floor mats the same way.
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Peanut butter? Interesting lol
It works really well!
Crazy I know.

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so advance auto does NOT have any of these cleaning supplies lol.

sprinkler worked very well and so did back to black
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so advance auto does NOT have any of these cleaning supplies lol.

sprinkler worked very well and so did back to black
Walmart carries everything you need.
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I get mud in my interior pretty often, a laundry squirt bottle full of water and a rag works wonders. Just spray the mud, let it soak, and wipe it off. It keeps the cluster and plastic from scratching.
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Elbow grease with a sponge, soapy water and a hose for outside.
Spray bottle with water, scrub brush and shop vac for interior.
Spary bottle with alcohol for windows and microfiber towels.
Cleaner wax and armorall (or whatever you use) for detail and microfiber towels.

Water spots = use some vinegar and water 50/50mix in spray bottle (brillo pad or fine steel wool if water spots on glass, otherwise microfiber on paint)

Carpet Spots = use alcohol straight in spray bottle with brush on carpet (soak-scrub-vacuum up with shop vac, follow up with water spray bottle to keep the cruntchy
carpet feeling away.

Odors = Once clean roll up windows and close doors with air on recirculate, put ozinizer in vehicle for 15 to 30 minutes. If no access to ozinizer use ozone spray from walmart in air conditiontioning intake (fresh air, spray, 2 to 3 min, then switch to recirculate for 5 to 10 minutes) car smells like new.

Detailed vehicle with limited out of pocket on supplies.

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