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Old 06-19-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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Polished and waxed the jeep (pics)

So I'm on vacation this week and decided to really clean the jeep and get out all the pin-striping from brush etc. I think it turned out pretty well. I wanted a wet look and think I achieved it. Anyway here are some pics

I've not used anything on the fenders or bumpers yet. Thats for tomorrow.





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Old 06-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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As a fellow ocd cleaner... that's a real good shine ya got there. Def got the wet look going for you. I personally would have shined those tires but I know that's shunned on in the jeep world. That being said.. mine are SO damn shiny right now.. the fifth is so slipper I can hardly get it off to wash the back haha!

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Old 06-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #3
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Yeah man! They look as good clean as they do dirty! I had a dodge quad cab before my jeep. Now instead of 4 hours, I'm done in 1. Looks great!
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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Damn that's shiny. Nice looking JKU!
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:14 PM   #5
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Shiny! Quick question, is it ok power wash sand grit and mud off the body first or should I use lighter pressure
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So, ya' gonna share your methods/products, or just tease us with your perty picts?
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:16 PM   #7
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Power wash first
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:18 PM   #8
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looks sharp. JEEP should always offer 2 colors....your red and black.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:18 PM   #9
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I just use a garden hose with a sprayer first. You should always prewash the car before you use soap and water so that you aren't grinding grit into it. Also if you don't use two buckets when you wash so your not washing with dirty water.

I will clean the tires tomorrow and might put some back to black on them but in my experience it doesn't last long before its gone. I'm ocd about cleaning when I do it but I also can't wait to take it back out on the trail

The only time I would really consider a power washer would be when I'm cleaning the under the jeep after wheeling. Garden hose and a sprayer should do a good enough job.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:19 PM   #10
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Don't hold the power wand washer too close too the radiator or it will bend the fins on the rad badly.
Talking from experience.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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I just use a garden hose with a sprayer first. You should always prewash the car before you use soap and water so that you aren't grinding grit into it. Also if you don't use two buckets when you wash so your not washing with dirty water.

I will clean the tires tomorrow and might put some back to black on them but in my experience it doesn't last long before its gone. I'm ocd about cleaning when I do it but I also can't wait to take it back out on the trail

The only time I would really consider a power washer would be when I'm cleaning the under the jeep after wheeling. Garden hose and a sprayer should do a good enough job.
Just asking because dont some self cleaning car washes have power sprays? I rather dumb the clay off my jeep there than my driveway again lol
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:42 PM   #12
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Looks great.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:51 PM   #13
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That's what I do. I usually hit a carwash and power wash the under carriage rather then in my drive for sure.

Power washers at those carwashes are ok but they vary in power. Our power washer would peel the paint if you used it too close Lol. For washing the paint tho a garden hose always works for me.

When you prewash you can use a bug and tar remover before you use soap and water to help get the bug grime off. Just spray it on before you wash the car.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:31 PM   #14
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Don't hold the power wand washer too close too the radiator or it will bend the fins on the rad badly.
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Lol. Reminds me of my thread.

Nice shine. I remember when mine looked that way before the trail ride.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:21 PM   #15
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So when are you coming over to wash and polish mine? I wish I had the time and talent to get that kind of shine. We are both OCD cleaners, but it has to be really clean, or really dirty for me to be happy. I just started washing mine two days ago, then it rained, and I still have tar on the bottom edge from recent road work. I can't wait for mine to look good again - just to get dirty again.
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Missed the question about products.

Its all mequiars ultimate. I don't use anything fancy. I wanted to try duragloss products but they aren't sold locally here.

Prewash then sprayed rainx bug and tar.

Washed with ult soap and water

Dried with shamy

Clay bar with ult quick detailer as lubricant

Ultimate polish then dried off

Be careful with the polish and do it in a shaded place on a cool surface. Don't let it sit and dry like wax. You have to do it in small sections.

Finished with 1 coat of ultimate liquid wax.
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Does the wax you're using discolor plastic? The Jeep has a lot of plastic bits and I would hate to have to do all the taping off for waxing. I'm not too hip on detailing.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:27 AM   #18
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I didn't notice any at all. I will double check this for you tomorrow.
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As a fellow ocd cleaner... that's a real good shine ya got there. Def got the wet look going for you. I personally would have shined those tires but I know that's shunned on in the jeep world. That being said.. mine are SO damn shiny right now.. the fifth is so slipper I can hardly get it off to wash the back haha!
Im so anal about my tires being shined up, i seriously need to buy stock in Armor All!! 35" tires use up some tire foam!
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what product do you use for the bumpers/fenders/black plastic bits?

oh, yeah....nice job!!!
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That looks nice.

I wish I was better about detailing my vehicle. It has been washed once since I have owned it (picked it up in November...got a free car wash at the dealer a few weeks after I got it). I don't care about it being muddy to prove anything (it isn't muddy)....I'm just lazy. I was anal about my first car many years ago...but now...I'm just meh...
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what product do you use for the bumpers/fenders/black plastic bits?

oh, yeah....nice job!!!
Thanks! I've only ever used back to black on these. Up close there are mud stains that won't ever come out you just can't see them in the pic.

On my tj (not the one in the pic) repainted the fenders with flat black paint and it made them look new.
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The best product to use on your black fenders is the Armor All Cleaner wipes. They don't leave such a gloss like the regular wipes do and they WILL get all that ground in mud and dirt out of the fibers. My fenders used to be mud stained too, but a buddy turned me on to these wipes. 2 wipes per fender and they come out looking brand new with just the right amount of sheen to them. Try them. I promise you will like them! They work great on the door handles and mirrors too.
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Just an FYI...the Owners manual on the 2012's specifically tells you NOT to use Armor All on interior plastics. If its not good for the inside I would not recommend it for the outside. Pg 544 of the owners manual.
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The best product to use on your black fenders is the Armor All Cleaner wipes. They don't leave such a gloss like the regular wipes do and they WILL get all that ground in mud and dirt out of the fibers. My fenders used to be mud stained too, but a buddy turned me on to these wipes. 2 wipes per fender and they come out looking brand new with just the right amount of sheen to them. Try them. I promise you will like them! They work great on the door handles and mirrors too.
Be careful of the type of armour all you use. Make sure its safe for plastic trim. I have seen quite a few use some of their stuff an fenders have faded badly
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I use it on mine all the time and my fenders look brand new. The guy who told me about it has used it for years on his JK and his fenders still look new. I dunno. Works for us. It's specifically the cleaner wipes. Not the regular Armor All wipes.
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I use it on mine all the time and my fenders look brand new. The guy who told me about it has used it for years on his JK and his fenders still look new. I dunno. Works for us.
No problem it is fairly possible I'm not sure what type the others I have seen have used. I use the new finish wipes on my interior an have no issues. May have to look into an ask why it isn't recommend for the interior as well
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I use Aerospace 303 for all my trim. I live in Arizona and get them caked in mud. Then the heat bakes it on. The Aerospace 303 cleans them right off. Its expensive but it works; WELL.
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I use a trim sealant for all my plastic bits on all my cars. The brand is Ultima and its their Tire and Trim Guard Plus. Lasts a long time and keeps trim dark. Also beads water like crazy.
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Just an FYI...the Owners manual on the 2012's specifically tells you NOT to use Armor All on interior plastics. If its not good for the inside I would not recommend it for the outside. Pg 544 of the owners manual.
Wow. I don't like Armor All, but I thought it was just me:

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I use 303 Aerospace protectant for interior and exterior plastic like redskinswin recommended.

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