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    Alright.. I know how to clean my car because i do it A LOT.
    But i want to know if there are any good tips

    I`m going to start somewhat early in the morning
    cool off the car and such
    clean each part thoroughly

    then im going to do a full mask
    and wax the car with turtlewax because thats all i have
    then imma just use a normal towel to wax off

    then just use newspaper to clean the windows

    but yeah is there any good tips i should know when im washing my car
    because during the days in texas it gets pretty hot and i get tons of water spots but idk

    Thanks for anybody who helps!



    Also i may get my mom to get me a clay bar
    if i do what oder should i do everything in starting on the wash to whatever i need to do
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    News paper for the windows?

    If you want to avoid waterspots, I know of only 2 ways. Mr. clean spotless car wash, but even then, the best way is to wash it outside then pull it into a garage to dry it. Or if your lucky enough, wash it in the garage. The Surface temp. between the driveway and the garage is at least a 20 degree difference.
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    oh sweet ill kinda try it and just be careful, but yeah i use Invisible glass to wash my windows after the initial car was.. so i spray the invis glass on it then use newspaper to wipe it away.. i got this idea from a guy at a car show.. reason was it leaves no lint on it :0

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterYou View Post
    oh sweet ill kinda try it and just be careful, but yeah i use Invisible glass to wash my windows after the initial car was.. so i spray the invis glass on it then use newspaper to wipe it away.. i got this idea from a guy at a car show.. reason was it leaves no lint on it :0
    Oh alright. I use microfiber clothes for everything, including glass. Once they start to shed, they get retired to the "rim polishing" department.

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    lmao nice yeah i am going to go buy a clay bar kit in a few min and i think i may get a couple of them

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    i just got the mcgyers or w.e clay bar kit it came with a cloth 2 bars and 2 types of solution that i have no idea what it does lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterYou View Post
    i just got the mcgyers or w.e clay bar kit it came with a cloth 2 bars and 2 types of solution that i have no idea what it does lmao
    I'm not sure, I haven't done the process myself yet, I'm waiting for a good stretch of weather so I can get it done before winter. But I'm pretty sure you use the detailer when you use the clay bar. I think the other is a cleaner wax. I tried starting a thread for using all these products and no has chimmed in.

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    lol,

    well ive been outside working on it since about 12:30 and now its just getting to 8 o`clock nearly nonstop

    what i did it brought it to a 1/4 wash for a fast cleanse then got home
    sprayed the detailer on the clay to mend it
    then sprayed detailer onto the car and just rubbed with the claybar...

    it seems to work great so far.. 100% worth the whole 15$ i paid for it lmao
    so after all day of intense cleaning and clay barring 2marrow is waxing time
    i`m going to use the wax sampler they gave me instead of the turtle wax
    and i did a couple spots and a comparisin
    i took some tape and made 2 square boxes then waxed one with turtle and one with Meguiars cleaners wax and i liked the feel and look of the meguiars a little better

    overall it was a good buy and easy thing to use

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterYou View Post
    i just got the mcgyers or w.e clay bar kit it came with a cloth 2 bars and 2 types of solution that i have no idea what it does lmao
    Most Meguiar's claybar kits, come with a quick detailer, and a small bottle of cleaner wax
    On the clay bar, just cut it up in thirds, don't use the whole claybar as it's a waste of product...
    With one-third of the claybar knead it using running hot water until you can stretch it to about 2.5" in diameter approximately. Just flat and big enough to cover your four fingers in your hand while holding in place with your thumb
    Apply enough lube to glide the claybar over the finish on small section at a time until you get the hang of it
    Check the claybar for particles that may have been caught in. Once that side is dirty, fold the claybar over. Do not flip it to the other side. Fold it over and stretch it again, that way you will always have two clean sides. Use one clean side, fold , stretch, and so on...
    Once the car has been claybarred, wash it with soap and water to clean up any loose particles and residue
    Use your cleaner wax to strip the paint of any old wax and remaining contaminants
    Then wax. You're done. Post pics!

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    Alright well i still have to wax it and such tomorrow after church is over after that i will foresure get some non blurry pics and see how they turn out...

    and wewps.. it was my first time to use claybar so i just used the full thing they gave me at once.. but i guess its a do and learn process

    thanks!! i heared ur very very good at waxing too so lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterYou View Post
    Alright well i still have to wax it and such tomorrow after church is over after that i will foresure get some non blurry pics and see how they turn out...

    and wewps.. it was my first time to use claybar so i just used the full thing they gave me at once.. but i guess its a do and learn process

    thanks!! i heared ur very very good at waxing too so lmao
    No problem man. I wished I had replied sooner. You'll be alright. Practice will get you there...

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    its not a problem at all!
    that will help in the future though!

    the only thing i need to work on is the amount of spray to put on it for the lube
    but i`m getting there its not bad and its looking great so im guessing i did something right lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterYou View Post
    its not a problem at all!
    that will help in the future though!

    the only thing i need to work on is the amount of spray to put on it for the lube
    but i`m getting there its not bad and its looking great so im guessing i did something right lmao
    You'll know when you don't have enough lube
    You only have to put enough pressure to allow the clay bar to contour the surface. It should glide freely without coming to an abrupt stop
    As you work a section at a time, spray the next section when you anticipate moving the clay bar over. A couple of good spray pumps is all you'd need
    Depends on the condition of the surface, even with enough lube, if the surface has a lot of crap on it, you may hear a little sanding sound. Keep working that area until the claybar feels smooth over the surface

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    awesome thanks!

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    just got 100% done doing pics now

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    Lookin good!!! Take a few further out shots also and stick up here.

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    like from further away?

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    like from further away?
    Yeah. I meant to say that.

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    its no problem lemme go take a couple it will take about 5 min

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