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07-04-2014 10:45 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 10:36 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 10:01 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 08:14 PM
Todd Phooz
07-02-2014 07:45 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 07:01 PM
thedawgshow Love this thread!!!
05-27-2014 11:57 AM
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 05:36 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 08:01 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 07:17 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 10:08 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.
02-01-2014 11:24 PM
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 02:22 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 10:37 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?
11-29-2013 10:34 PM
ChasUGC
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Originally Posted by kneeman View Post
Every time I use Armor All on exterior black plastic it starts to turn faded and light black a lot quicker than if I used nothing.

I have some work vehicles I experimented on. Some we just wash and some we use Armor All on, after a year the ones we just wash look new and the others look worse.

They aren't Jeeps so maybe that makes a big difference or maybe not. The last Honda I had actually had instructions that said modern plastics used these days do not require dressing, that was a long time ago. Maybe things are different or Jeeps are different. Just telling my experience.
^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.
10-18-2013 10:19 PM
mcelopez A cheap electric pressure washer makes cleaning a whole lot faster. You local hardware shop has them for about $100. The first thing to do is clean the undercarriage. Remove all foreign objects and then move to cleaning. Use the write up above for a detail job. Great write up!
08-25-2013 08:37 PM
SumosJeep Awesome tips friend! I will use your write up for my next wash and detail!
08-10-2013 09:13 PM
cosmokramer
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Originally Posted by LoriLu View Post
What can I use on the black plastic (?) fenders and bumpers to keep them from looking like they're oxidized?
Use mothers back to black for automotive black moulding. If it is already faded, get a blow heater (looks like a hair dryer) and it will make old faded black plastic look new. You tube it.
08-10-2013 08:53 PM
LoriLu What can I use on the black plastic (?) fenders and bumpers to keep them from looking like they're oxidized?
07-15-2013 11:48 AM
chanon
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Originally Posted by Cterrell2 View Post
Very good write-up, it's tough on black vehicles to properly keep the "swirls" away
Yeah, I find that black vehicles need to be washed twice as often as other vehicles!
07-07-2013 05:22 PM
cosmoblue12 [QUOTE=bcsnave;3936012]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.

Fluid film! It does have to be applied yearly though.
07-07-2013 05:01 PM
bcsnave
Detailing underside???

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
07-01-2013 04:00 PM
Cterrell2 Very good write-up, it's tough on black vehicles to properly keep the "swirls" away
06-28-2013 10:01 PM
Spaste19 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?
06-11-2013 08:43 PM
Southpaw1 Nice...Gonna have to try this.
05-12-2013 09:25 AM
meschwenk Great wright up!!! All I have to say is take look at this site Adam's Premium Car Care - Cleaners, Waxes and Polishes Made in the USA IMO this company has the best products on the market. I will not use anything else.
04-25-2013 07:56 PM
czam Great write up. I also like S100, use it on the bike, and the engine when it needs it.
04-25-2013 05:44 PM
Rhett That is a great write up on how to detail your Jeep. But I have to ask a question.
Is waiting for a rainy day, taking the top off, opening up the drain holes (mine are all ways open), covering the dash board with plastic bags and the seats if they do not need cleaning, then waiting for the rain a bad idea?
I keed…really
04-12-2013 10:06 PM
bbd08unlimited Novus scratch remover and polish kit. 3 bottle kit that does heavy scratches, light scratches, and clean and polish. I love it personally. Oh and always use a microfiber cloth.
03-31-2013 06:55 AM
vince726 I have a softtop and was wondering what I could use to clean the windows with on the inside?Would you reccomend paper towels on the inside or would they scratch. Thanks
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