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10-22-2014 04:28 AM
Howlie
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Originally Posted by Zwack-n-Irish View Post
I got exhausted just READING how to properly wash your vehicle! LOL! Sounds like a good job for my husband.... :-)
HahA
10-07-2014 12:54 AM
Zwack-n-Irish I got exhausted just READING how to properly wash your vehicle! LOL! Sounds like a good job for my husband.... :-)
09-23-2014 10:29 PM
InfoJunkie
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Originally Posted by ShowroomShine View Post
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!
08-31-2014 11:24 AM
ShowroomShine 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.
08-30-2014 08:27 AM
InfoJunkie 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.
08-07-2014 04:50 PM
Algiers These are some excellent ideas for cleaning. Thanks all.
07-30-2014 03:30 PM
Bellebuddy1 In my case, black is not a color but an occupation!!
07-29-2014 02:01 PM
shaohaeyu Great tips, thanks!
07-27-2014 06:01 PM
abchbum great write up and details. will use this info.
07-24-2014 03:17 PM
StarBrite
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Originally Posted by JeepFan95 View Post
Thanks for the recommendation Star! This was one that I was looking at.
At your service!
07-24-2014 01:43 PM
JeepFan95
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Originally Posted by StarBrite View Post
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.
07-24-2014 01:15 PM
StarBrite
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Originally Posted by JeepFan95 View Post
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
07-23-2014 06:04 PM
JeepFan95 Great thread! Any recommendations for a good quality wash mitt?
07-19-2014 02:36 PM
RacecarBMW 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.
07-12-2014 09:50 PM
Sportybiker89 Thanks very informative especially on the products to use
07-10-2014 08:14 PM
Mad Mac 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.
07-04-2014 11:45 AM
hypoxic1911 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.
07-04-2014 11:36 AM
Barmanvarn
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Originally Posted by NixRig View Post
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.
07-04-2014 11:01 AM
NixRig 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
07-02-2014 09:14 PM
Todd Phooz
07-02-2014 08:45 PM
Barmanvarn
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Originally Posted by MrJP57 View Post
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.
07-02-2014 08:01 PM
thedawgshow Love this thread!!!
05-27-2014 12:57 PM
Gen.Purpose2013
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Originally Posted by MrJP57 View Post
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.
03-17-2014 06:36 PM
Steadybig 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
03-04-2014 09:01 PM
MrJP57 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.
02-04-2014 08:17 PM
BILLET SILVER
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Originally Posted by 05tjorange View Post
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.
02-03-2014 11:08 PM
Jancie
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Originally Posted by ChasUGC View Post
^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.
02-02-2014 12:24 AM
Rouxbicon
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Originally Posted by bcsnave View Post
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.


Thanks
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.
01-09-2014 03:22 PM
05tjorange 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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11-29-2013 11:37 PM
ChasUGC
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Originally Posted by Spaste19 View Post
I am a bit messy with my wax job. I end up getting it on the back bumper and fenders. Anyone have something that takes the wax off black easily?
Have you tried WD-40?
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