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Ravi_1992
Jun 18th, 2012, 07:52 PM
Heyy all, :wavey

I wanted to share with you guys how I keep my car looking its best in between washes.

The products I use are:
-Last touch 1:1
-NXT glass cleaner
-Hot shine dressing
- Supreme Shine MFs x 2 One for cleaning and the other for finishing
- Armor all glass towels

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0066.jpg
(above picture was taken after surface was cleaned )

This is how dirty my car usually gets before I use this method. I wouldn’t try this if it were dirtier than this, to avoid swirls of course.

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0054.jpg

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0055.jpg

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0057.jpg

Too start , I fold my supreme shine MFs 3 times to get something like this
http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0078.jpg
Doing this will give you 16 clean sides to work with.

Now to actually clean the car, I spray Last touch on one section at a time about the size of half a door panel. About as much as in the picture.
http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0059.jpg
Next, I wipe horizontally across the surface. I only wipe each section once. I find that one swipe is all it takes to clean the grime off the paint.
Then, I take the second Supreme shine MF towel and gently buff away the residue and streaks left over from the Last touch.
I do the whole car ( including the door jambs) using this two MF towel technique, I then finish off by cleaning the glass , wiping down the wheels and dressing the tires if needed.

Here are some pictures of the results::drool1

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0063.jpg

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0068.jpg

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0075.jpg

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0072.jpg

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0071.jpg

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0074.jpg


And here’s the cleaning Supreme Shine MF towel after, both sides are similar. I only needed one MF towel to clean because of the way i folded it , but use as many as you need.

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv112/ravi04_01/IMG_0076.jpg

Thanks for looking and feel free to post your techniques and tips !!

andytsang
Jun 18th, 2012, 08:35 PM
Is it a typo Last Touch 1:1? That is diluted ratio for clay lube. If not, wow!

Ravi_1992
Jun 18th, 2012, 08:42 PM
Nope , no typo . I like using last touch cut 1:1 with distlled water. Still seemed to lubricated the surface really well while I was cleaning. I will eventually buy a bottle of UW&W anywhere to use instead.

davey g-force
Jun 18th, 2012, 09:10 PM
Thanks for sharing! :xyxthumbs

My process is very similar, although I'll use LT diluted more like 2 LT:1 H2O. And I'll use M135 (undiluted) every other time.

I like your idea of just doing one swipe with the initial towel. I have a habit of overdoing things, hence increasing the risk of creating swirls. I must try it...

Ravi_1992
Jun 18th, 2012, 09:25 PM
I like your idea of just doing one swipe with the initial towel. I have a habit of overdoing things, hence increasing the risk of creating swirls. I must try it...

Doing just one wipe seemed to work very well , my second towel was complety clean after words; just moist with LT .

andytsang
Jun 18th, 2012, 10:15 PM
Nope , no typo . I like using last touch cut 1:1 with distlled water. Still seemed to lubricated the surface really well while I was cleaning. I will eventually buy a bottle of UW&W anywhere to use instead.

I like your idea of folding the towel. Thanks a lot for sharing.

STRIFE
Jun 18th, 2012, 11:19 PM
I've been using ONR (2 oz with 32 oz water) lately similar to how you're with LT 1:1, the lower parts of my cars I've been using UWWA.
I've also been using UQD in a similar way too....may have to try the LT 1:1 too.......I have too much stuff on hand!

Btw....great looking Cruze!

Meticulous-Detail
Jun 19th, 2012, 01:32 AM
I like LT 1:1 too. I like it better than using it straight. When used straight I get streaking, 1:1 is perfect. I would add some Megs UQW or D156 to your arsenal for maintenance too.

smack
Jun 19th, 2012, 05:55 AM
Great write up. Thanks for sharing with us. Im gonna have to try folding my towels that way.

For my wagon I use M135 and for my sedan I use M34.

Ravi_1992
Jun 19th, 2012, 07:31 PM
Thanks for all the kind words guys !