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Mike Phillips
Jul 22nd, 2005, 11:11 AM
Suggested products for taking care of a new car! (http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=7304)






The below suggestions were compiled in a reply to a common question asked here on Meguiar's Online by people who have,

Purchased a new car
Had their car professionally detailed to Like New Condition
Have restored their car's finish to Like New Condition often times through information they have learned here on Meguiar's Online.
The thread can be found here,

Help in detailing 2005 Acura TL (http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=7303)

Regardless of the type of car you're working on, the suggestions included below will work for anyone working on a car in excellent condition to start with. If you're working on a car in neglected condition by hand, then check out this article,

How To Remove Swirls By Hand (http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=7011)

If you're working on a car in neglected condition using a dual action polisher, then check out this article,

Using the G-100 to remove swirls with the Professional Line (http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2965)

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Originally posted by NOISEMIAMI
Newbie here, need some help on choosing detailing products I'm a little confused. Just bought back in February the 2005 Acura TL anthracite (charcoal dark color) with camel interior. Which products would you use?

What I'm going to do is list some products and you can pick and choose which ones that you think you would like the best. First off, get yourself a COLOR=blue]Grit Guard Insert[/color] to insert into your wash bucket, this will enable dirt to fall to the bottom of your bucket where it will be trapped, preventing your from re-introducing dirt removed from one panel to another panel.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/3grit_guard.gif http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2GritGuardinBucket.jpg

We spend a lot of time on this forum helping people to remove swirls and scratches, in a perfect world, you wouldn't put swirls and scratches into the finish in the first place and a Grit Guard will help you to do this.

As for a car wash soap, our top shelf car wash would be our Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=Gold-Class-Car-Wash-Shampoo-&-Conditioner&sku=G-71),

NXT Car Wash (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=NXT-Generation%E2%84%A2-Car-Wash&sku=G-126) is also very popular.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008NXT_Car_Wash.jpg

To actually loosen and remove dirt, what's best is personal preferences, but Meguiar's offers an number of premium quality solutions you can check out here...


Car Washing Tools (http://meguiars.com/estore/_product_list.cfm?sectionname=Car%20Detailing%20Accessories>Car%20Washing%20Tools&sectionID=22101)

Same goes for drying the excess water off the car...

Car Drying Tools (http://meguiars.com/estore/_product_list.cfm?sectionname=Car%20Detailing%20Accessories>Car%20Drying%20Tools&sectionID=23101)


After you've stocked up everything you'll need to wash and dry the car, the next thing you'll want to do is evaluate the car's finish with both your eyes and your sense of touch. If after washing and drying when you draw the palm of your clean hand across the horizontal surfaces and feel little tiny bumps, this is an indicator of above surface bonded contaminants, yes, even a brand new car can need claying, you'll never know till you inspect.

If you do discover tiny little bumps on the finish then you'll want to clay your car's finish first and foremost as having contaminants on the finish will interfere with everything else you'll want to do to the finish.

For claying, check into Smooth Surface Clay Kit (http://www.meguiars.com/?auto-detailing-clay/Smooth-Surface-Clay-Kit)

http://www.meguiars.com/estore/products/product_g1016.jpg

Either after you've clayed your car's finish, or established that it doesn't need claying, then you move on to the next steps in Meguiar's 5-Step Paint Care Cycle. Each step consists of a process and a category of products to perform a specific function to your car's paint. you don't have to do all the steps, it's kind of dependent upon the condition of the finish and also how car crazy your are.

For example, if you car's finish has no visible swirl, scratches or oxidation, then you don't need to use a paint cleaner.

Another example would be applying a pure polish, you don't' have to apply a pure polish, but for darker colors it really adds a lot of richness of paint color as well as clarity and gloss.

If after washing and drying your car your visual inspection in bright light reveals swirls and scratches, (Yes, even new cars can have swirls, it's called the Dealer Installed Swirl Option, or DISO), then you'll want to use a paint cleaner like either Deep Crystal Paint Cleaner (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=Deep-Crystal-System-Paint-Cleaner&sku=A-30) for very light cleaning, or ScratchX (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=ScratchX&sku=G-103)for removing swirls and scratches.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008Deep_Crystal_Paint_Cleaner.jpg http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008Scratch_X.jpg

After the cleaning step, you can then apply a pure polish to really increase the gloss and richness of color of your car's paint, for this an easy product to use that works great is Meguiar's Deep Crystal Polish (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=Deep--Crystal-System-Polish&sku=A-21)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008Deep_Crystal_Polish.jpg

For a product like this, you simply apply the product, work it in gently and then remove and move on to a new section as Meguiar's polishes don't have to dry and actually shouldn't be allowed to dry, simply apply, work in and then remove.

After polishing the entire car, (Remember this is optional), the apply two thin coats of your favorite wax. Any of the below would be great choices, you'll have to decide which one is right your car and and your eyes by pretty much asking others what they think and then trying a few out for yourself.


NEW NXT Generation Tech Wax Paste (http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/nxtproduct_page.cfm?SKU=G-12711)
NXT Generation Tech Wax (http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/nxtproduct_page.cfm?SKU=G-127)
Gold Class Clear Coat Car Wax (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=Gold-Class-Clear-Coat-Car-Wax&sku=G-70)
#26 Hi Tech Yellow Wax (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=Hi-Tech-Yellow-Wax&sku=M-26)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008NXT_Tech_Wax_Liquid.jpg http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008NXT_Tech_Wax_Paste.jpg http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008Gold_Class_Wax.jpg http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/100826_Hi-Tech_Yellow_Wax.jpg

All of the above waxes need to dry before removing them, to help you understand when a Meguiar's wax is ready to dry, use the Swipe Test

How to tell when a Meguiar's wax is ready to remove - The Swipe Test (http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2166)

To apply Meguiar's paint cleaners, polishes and waxes, you can use either of the below...

High-Tech Applicator Pad (http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/accessoryproduct_page.cfm?SKU=X-3070)
Even Coat Applicator (http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/accessoryproduct_page.cfm?SKU=X-3080)

http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/images/product_X-3070.gif http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/images/product_X-3080.gif

To remove any of the above products, Meguiar's recommends premium quality microfiber polishing cloths or clean soft, plush 100% cotton towels. To help you with this, Meguiar's offers high quality solutions...

Supreme Shine Microfiber (http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/accessoryproduct_page.cfm?SKU=X-2010)
Ultra Plush Super Terry (http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/accessoryproduct_page.cfm?SKU=X-2040)

http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/images/product_X-2010.gif http://www.meguiars.com/whatsnew/images/product_X-2040.gif

Remember, two thin coats always provides a more uniform appearance with more uniform coverage for protection. Once you have all of this done, then you can maintain these results with a mist & wipe quick detailer, like either of these...

NEW NXT Generation Speed Detailer (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=NXT-Generation%E2%84%A2-Speed-Detailer&sku=G-132)
Quik Detailer (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=Quik-Detailer&sku=A-33)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008NXT_Speed_Detailer.jpg http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008Quik_Detailer.jpg

To restore that just waxed look, you can use either of these...

Quik Wax (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=Quik-Wax&sku=A-16)
NXT Generation Spray Wax (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=NXT-Generation%E2%84%A2-Spray-Wax&sku=G-128)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008Quik_Wax.jpg http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008NXT_Spray_Wax.jpg

Here are two how-to articles that show you how to use spray waxes...

Using Meguiar's Even Coat Applicator to apply NXT Spray Wax (http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4167)
How to Get Great Results Using Meguiar's Spray Waxes (http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3317)

The above should point you in the right direction as to the tools and product you'll need to properly maintain the exterior of you new car. We can also offer some suggestions for maintaining the interior also...

Hope this helps...

anorrie
Jan 25th, 2006, 10:25 AM
Hi Mike, I hope you can provide your insight again. I have a new BMW 550 arriving soon and want to prepare it with a thorough polish and wax as soon as I can. If the car was assembled the week of Jan 16 (therefore it must be painted this week too) do I need to wait a certain amount of time to let the paint cure before I polish and wax? I intend on using Meguiars new car glaze and then NXT. Thanks for your input.

tgfhatch
Jan 25th, 2006, 10:37 AM
Just out of total curiousity, how do you know it was assembled that exact week? Did you get this made right off the assemly line for you??

This might be of some interest to you :
Fresh Paint (http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=10723&highlight=how+long+to+wait+after+paint)

Love 2 Detail
Jan 25th, 2006, 02:15 PM
the dealer can tell you through the VIN

anorrie
Feb 6th, 2006, 04:14 AM
Thanks for the link to the article. I am interpreting that as long as the car was factory baked (no repairs) I can detail immediately. Great.
I know the build week as the dealer can track the car for me. When it arrives the date is on the VIN plate inside the drivers door. or at least it was on my 540.

Mike Phillips
Jun 9th, 2006, 05:22 AM
Originally posted by anorrie
I am interpreting that as long as the car was factory baked (no repairs) I can detail immediately. Great.


Yes. Your car's paint is completely cured and you can wash and wax it all day long! :xyxthumbs

mjm813
Sep 3rd, 2006, 08:13 PM
http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/6953124-2419_IMG.JPG



Thanks for the tips - my 72 B has never looked better!

suprimeau
Oct 14th, 2006, 03:56 PM
Do you still suggest using Deep Crystal Paint Cleaner and Deep Crystal Polish for taking care of a new car if you are using a dual action polisher or G-100? If so at what point do I consider using the Professional (Mirror Glaze Brand) line? Are there similar products to use that are better with my dual action polisher in the Professional line? I’ve read a lot about using Speed Glaze #80. When’s a good time to start using this?

Overall I’m a little confused of what products to use. I’ve done a lot of reading on this forum and I’m getting the hang of it, but I’m still confused.

suprimeau
Oct 16th, 2006, 11:33 AM
I'll start my question in a new thread. Thx.

sleman22
Mar 3rd, 2008, 02:40 PM
wooow
thats sooo nice man

GenTarkin
Mar 29th, 2009, 01:16 AM
[quote=Mike Phillips;56126]Suggested products for taking care of a new car! (http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=7304)


Either after you've clayed your car's finish, or established that it doesn't need claying, then you move on to the next steps in Meguiar's 5-Step Paint Care Cycle. Each step consists of a process and a category of products to perform a specific function to your car's paint. you don't have to do all the steps, it's kind of dependent upon the condition of the finish and also how car crazy your are.

For example, if you car's finish has no visible swirl, scratches or oxidation, then you don't need to use a paint cleaner.

Another example would be applying a pure polish, you don't' have to apply a pure polish, but for darker colors it really adds a lot of richness of paint color as well as clarity and gloss.

If after washing and drying your car your visual inspection in bright light reveals swirls and scratches, (Yes, even new cars can have swirls, it's called the Dealer Installed Swirl Option, or DISO), then you'll want to use a paint cleaner like either Deep Crystal Paint Cleaner (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=Deep-Crystal-System-Paint-Cleaner&sku=A-30) for very light cleaning, or ScratchX (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=ScratchX&sku=G-103)for removing swirls and scratches.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008Deep_Crystal_Paint_Cleaner.jpg http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008Scratch_X.jpg

After the cleaning step, you can then apply a pure polish to really increase the gloss and richness of color of your car's paint, for this an easy product to use that works great is Meguiar's Deep Crystal Polish (http://www.meguiars.com/estore/product_detailpage.cfm?product=Deep--Crystal-System-Polish&sku=A-21)

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/1008Deep_Crystal_Polish.jpg


What if you wash/dry/clay the vehicle and would like polish with a pure polish but don't necessarily see any more than a couple isolated light scratches?? Do you still need to use a paint cleaner? From my understanding, I could use some ScratchX 2.0 on the isolated scratches, correct? But I'm thinking that if I want to apply a pure polish I want to make sure the base is as good as possible... so should I use a paint cleaner or just use pure polish after claying (if needed)??

dbonevaz
Apr 20th, 2009, 03:36 PM
I have read them but the day after if you want to clean off the dust what do you use?

Murr1525
Apr 20th, 2009, 03:41 PM
You would want one of the quick detailer products for this. Meguairs makes several.

In the Consumer Line, you could use Quick Detailer, Nxt Speed Detailer, or Ultimate Quick Detailer.

In the Professional Line, you could use Final Inspection, Last Touch, or the Synthetic Spray Detailer.

If you plan to do this every day, one of the pro-line products would let you buy in bulk.

Tuck91
Apr 20th, 2009, 04:47 PM
I have read them but the day after if you want to clean off the dust what do you use?


If your going to do this every day like Murr said, then buy a gallon of Last Touch, you wont be disappointed.

jeryruse
Dec 19th, 2009, 05:22 AM
Some Tips for car:
1. When washing a vehicle, do the wheels last. The very abrasive brake dust can get on your sponge and scratch the paint.
2. After thoroughly rinsing off the wheel cleaners, a minimum of two times, the wheels should be dried. Then apply wax or proper wheel protectant.
3. If you hit a pothole hard or run into a curb, inspect your wheels, or have a wheel shop do it, as soon as possible A bent wheel can flex as you drive so a small crack can spread. Then the wheel must be replaced.

kimchiyuk
Dec 19th, 2009, 07:11 AM
Some Tips for car:
1. When washing a vehicle, do the wheels last. The very abrasive brake dust can get on your sponge and scratch the paint.
2. After thoroughly rinsing off the wheel cleaners, a minimum of two times, the wheels should be dried. Then apply wax or proper wheel protectant.
3. If you hit a pothole hard or run into a curb, inspect your wheels, or have a wheel shop do it, as soon as possible A bent wheel can flex as you drive so a small crack can spread. Then the wheel must be replaced.I actually use a seperate wash mitt and second smaller bucket only for the wheels/tires. Most of today's pads from the manufacturer have quite a bit of metal in them in addition to the other material being abrasive. To me, this is cheap insurance that I won't induce swirls from brake mat'l anyway.

bitwise
Dec 21st, 2009, 12:23 AM
I wash the wheels/wheel wells first with a mitt that I use only for wheels. Then I dump the water and rinse out the bucket.