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Old 05-18-2013, 11:50 AM   #31
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Agree on Adams. This video on the 2 bucket wash is worth watching: 2 Bucket Wash Video | Vehicle Detailing | Car Care

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Any recommendations on pressure washers. Something to both wash the jeep and undercarriage.

Also can a foam gun be used with any pressure washer?

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Agree on Adams. This video on the 2 bucket wash is worth watching: 2 Bucket Wash Video | Vehicle Detailing | Car Care
I big second on the two bucket method. Check out these pictures from my wash earlier today. A picture is worth a thousand words.
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Any recommendations on pressure washers. Something to both wash the jeep and undercarriage.

Also can a foam gun be used with any pressure washer?
The pressure washer i used to have came with a foam gun.

I previously told people to get a commercial unit. These have more options, more power, and are more reliable. However, pretty much anything would work. Look for one that comes with a foam gun if you want one. On mine all it was was a regular wand with a siphon hose that uou dipped in your soap. It uses a lot of soap.

im not sure most of us would benefit from having a power washer. Itd take you a lot of quarters at the diy car wash bays to pay for the power washer and maintenance.
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I've been looking for a safe wheel cleaner for my 2013 rubicon wheels, but when I read the warnings on the various products, I'm afraid that I'll stain or damage the wheels appearance. Some say "not for clear coated wheels", "not for polished aluminum", etc. For example, Adam's Green Wheel Cleaner says, "NOTE: Not recommended for uncoated polished billet aluminum wheels." My rubicon's window sticker says that it has "polished mineral gray wheels". I haven't found anything in the manual that tells me anything more specific. Any recommendations for a safe cleaner for these wheels is appreciated.
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Wow, I thought I spent a lot of money on hair products...I have never spent so much money on car stuff before..lol lol. You all have been awesome in the photos and examples you have posted. I have Meguire products, I have vinylex, 303 Aeropspace, and I just purchased Adams glass cleaner, glass sealant, and buckets with grit inserts. My husband thinks I have lost it..lol lol. I just told him "Its a Jeep Thing"...
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I've been looking for a safe wheel cleaner for my 2013 rubicon wheels, but when I read the warnings on the various products, I'm afraid that I'll stain or damage the wheels appearance. Some say "not for clear coated wheels", "not for polished aluminum", etc. For example, Adam's Green Wheel Cleaner says, "NOTE: Not recommended for uncoated polished billet aluminum wheels." My rubicon's window sticker says that it has "polished mineral gray wheels". I haven't found anything in the manual that tells me anything more specific. Any recommendations for a safe cleaner for these wheels is appreciated.
I think the wheels have a clear coat. But regardless, I just use the same soap I use for the rest of the Jeep. Washed it today and it came out great.
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Dont use those wheel cleaners!
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One thing I haven't seen mentioned yet (surprisingly): what's best for soft top windows?
I use a cleaner wax. It really clears them up
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Does anyone have any suggestions for Tan hard top and how to bring back the original shine its way faded and nothing i seem to use works at all???? help a newb
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Zerin and I are both German car owners with our Jeeps... Nice post buddy.

I have to admit, as much as I love my Jeep, I don't sweat keeping it nearly as 'perfect' as my other cars, but Zerin's post is amazingly good. I use those same techniques on other cars.
With my Jeep, it's relatively low maintenance. One thing I have noticed, domestic paint is more durable and more resistant to micro scratches than our Euro counterparts, and our Japanese friends, so I don't have to worry as much about paint etching or micro scratches on my True Blue Jeep as I do on other cars I have/had.
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Does anyone have any suggestions for Tan hard top and how to bring back the original shine its way faded and nothing i seem to use works at all???? help a newb
Klasse All-In-One comes highly recommended... Never used it myself though...
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I was wondering if that was you Go figure, another friend from QW/AW found me on here yesterday too. Looks like a lot of us German car guys are ending up in Wranglers!

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Zerin and I are both German car owners with our Jeeps... Nice post buddy.

I have to admit, as much as I love my Jeep, I don't sweat keeping it nearly as 'perfect' as my other cars, but Zerin's post is amazingly good. I use those same techniques on other cars.
With my Jeep, it's relatively low maintenance. One thing I have noticed, domestic paint is more durable and more resistant to micro scratches than our Euro counterparts, and our Japanese friends, so I don't have to worry as much about paint etching or micro scratches on my True Blue Jeep as I do on other cars I have/had.
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The pressure washer i used to have came with a foam gun.

I previously told people to get a commercial unit. These have more options, more power, and are more reliable. However, pretty much anything would work. Look for one that comes with a foam gun if you want one. On mine all it was was a regular wand with a siphon hose that uou dipped in your soap. It uses a lot of soap.

im not sure most of us would benefit from having a power washer. Itd take you a lot of quarters at the diy car wash bays to pay for the power washer and maintenance.
I'm not so sure about that, i spent around $15 in quarters washing the mud off my Jeep yesterday, and I didn't even get it all!
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:07 AM   #45
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Dawn (sorry but it is, after all, a Jeep) soft bristled brush on painted surfaces and stiffer brush on plastic/tires. Bottle brush for wheels and other tight spots. I plan to wax every 3-4 months.
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Aerospace 303 is legit.
After reading this thread yesterday I went out and bought some 303 and applied it to my '12 Sport soft top. WOW! What a difference! It has a very deep black sheen to it now.

This forum is great...especially for a new jeep owner.
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After reading this thread yesterday I went out and bought some 303 and applied it to my '12 Sport soft top. WOW! What a difference! It has a very deep black sheen to it now.

This forum is great...especially for a new jeep owner.
303 is fantastic. I use it on my kayaks and other outdoor goodies.
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One thing I haven't seen mentioned yet (surprisingly): what's best for soft top windows?
After reading this thread, watching those washing videos and spending an absurd amount of time looking at cleaning stuff to buy, I found chemical guys. They have a window spray that is safe to use on convertible windows. I forget what its called now but its pink. It has no alcohol or ammonia in it.
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Meguiars Tech Wax 2.0 is the best car wax IMHO. I've used it for the last 5 years on all my cars including my old 350Z. It's easy to apply and easy to wipe off. When it gets bird poop droppings it all just wipes right off with a bit of water. Rain just beads right off. Great stuff.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:46 PM   #50
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As an OCD car owner for the last several years, I've got just about every detailing spray, brush, cloth, etc you can purchase. I'll probably be laughed at to the extent I detail my vehicles, especially one meant to get dirty, but so be it. To answer your question as to what is the best, well it all comes down to preference at some point.

For the washing phase, I use a power washer and a foam gun with Meguire's Gold Class car wash to first thoroughly soak the vehicle top to bottom. I let it sit for a couple of minutes to work its way through loosening up the surface dirt. The more dirt you can get off without having to use a sponge/mitt, the less chance you have of generating swirl marks. This is especially important if you have mud and dust on your vehicle! I then rinse the vehicle with a lower pressure nozzle. After the loose dirt has been removed, I hit it with a wash bucket with the same soap and use a mitt to get the more stubborn dirt off.


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I've been using Menzerna products happily for the last 8 years and LOVE the products they offer. Other people like Zaino while others yet like any number of items. Understand that some of these products are meant to be applied by machine like a Porter-Cable type buffer, while others are fine being applied by hand.

Because I apply with a machine, I tape off any surfaces I don't want wax getting onto with the machine. Door handles, fender lines, hardtop, etc. I go back and hit some of the tougher areas by hand to apply. On a new vehicle prep, I usually just hit it the paint with a nice glazing product/pad, then apply two layers of sealant. I used Menzerna Finishing Glaze with a glazing pad on my buffer, followed by Menzerna FMJ to seal it with a non-cutting sealant pad. FMJ isn't available anymore but you can buy what they call Power Lock which is the same type product. Removal is always done by hand with microfiber towels. Read the directions for your specific product.


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For leather, I use Lexol cleaners and conditioners. They've been good enough for my Audi Napa leathers over the years so I trust them to do the same on the Jeep leather. I use a combination of Vinylex and 303 Aerospace on the plastic surfaces inside and out. Both are great products, but I like using them for different applications. Vinylex for rubber and 303 for plastic. Personal preference but you can interchange if you'd like.

For the lights, I use Plexus to add a bit of clarity to the taillamps and headlamps. Great product.

For towels, microfiber is your friend. I have a couple of waffle weave towels for drying the car, and microfiber towels for the detail work. You can pick up large packs at Costco for relatively cheap. The softer, the better.

You should check out the Autopia Car Care forums, as well as for your purchasing needs. They offer all kinds of kits that take the guesswork out of what to buy. - Autopia Car Care Products - Car Detailing Supplies, Car Wax, Car Polishers, Auto Detailing

Hope this helps!
Great post! I always thought I was picky about car cleaning, but I got nothing on this.
One thing though on the leather cleaner..on about everything I've learned about leather, it sounds like 98% of all automotive leather is covered in plastic to protect it from the abusive environment of an automotive interior. If that's the case, won't cleaners and conditioners just sit on the plastic and not penetrate into the leather? Everybody I've asked about this don't have a good answer. I'm afraid I may have just been a victim of good marketing for decades.

I used to use a lot of expensive interior cleaners, now I'm down to using a damp microfiber cloth to clean everything inside the Jeep. Seems to work just as well. I hate shiny interiors.
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Anyone have good advice on cleaning the bird poop off the seats due to parking under a
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:24 AM   #52
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I take a hose, soap and a stiff bristle brush. No swirls! I gotta tell ya, this is our first Jeep and I couldn't imagine owning one without Kevlar paint. After taking the jeep with 180 miles on it through trees, branches, brush, etc, not a single mark on this. If it was paint it would be a total disaster.


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Just had to say again how much I love that paint, Rgn! It's amazing how many different colors it looks depending on the light.

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I've discovered that Swiffer dusters are AWESOME at removing all the trail dust from the nooks and crannies on the interior surfaces.
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Rgnbull, I love the paint, and I kinda like Starwoods, but are you sure it's Kevlar? I've searched the bowels of the Internet and the only Kevlar paint I can find is on Starwood's website. Nobody else seems to offer it. Considering their low end Jeeps, the Kevlar seems to be of negligible cost when compared to their mods plus profit margin, is it possible that its just bedliner or plastidip? Kevlar seems kinda overkill just for scratch resistance. Starwood's website seems to dwell on its tensile strength, but Rockwell hardness would be more applicable to describe scratch resistance.
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Ah, never mind. I just looked up Kevlar bedliner and it seems common and rather inexpensive. Probably cheaper than actual paint since you don't have to worry about perfect gloss or anything.
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Paste > Carnuba wax. And Wipe New for fenders and interior. Stuff is magic. 303 for maintaining it
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In trying to compare Apples and oranges, I called the local Linex company to get a quote to do a Jeep. 2 weeks and $9,000. Didnt mean to take the thread off topic.

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In trying to compare Apples and oranges, I called the local Linex company to get a quote to do a Jeep. 2 weeks and $9,000. Didnt mean to take the thread off topic.
I'd shop around. A 747 can get painted in 2 weeks. Considering the doors and roof are removable it shouldn't be much more than doing a truck bed. Probably get a huge discount if you keep the LineX the same color as the Jeep so you don't need to do door jams, etc.
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Called 3 places. All say the same thing. 2 weeks. Lots of prep, then coating then curing, then 2 coats of clear. Ive posted pics previously. Heres an idea, dont like the Kevlar paint, dont get it. You thinks its so cheap to do and I paid too much? So be it. Its my money and im very happy paying what I did. Same as doing a truck bed? Do some research and look at the pics I previously posted.

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I'd shop around. A 747 can get painted in 2 weeks. Considering the doors and roof are removable it shouldn't be much more than doing a truck bed. Probably get a huge discount if you keep the LineX the same color as the Jeep so you don't need to do door jams, etc.

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