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    Auto Detailing

    Since it looks like winter is near its end. I'm planning to get my vehicels detailed. Any suggestions from those who have their cars done. I usually wax mine in the spring and fall but, I think they both could use a professional job due to the long winter. I think both have about 5 pounds of sand/salt on the floor.

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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Where are you located?

    The reason why I ask is if you take the Hickman(Hwy 6) exit off of I80/I35 and head west towards Waukee and go to the area right east of the Ford Dealership. There is a Earle May store there and right north of that store there is a car wash with a bunch of neon signs and it is a single stall glass enclosed car wash. The wife took the van there the other day and the owner of the joint came up to her and told her that they were offering a complete auto detail including shampooing the entire inside that regularily goes for $200 and something for half price. I am not sure how good of a job they do but they were looking for business.



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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    Where are you located?

    The reason why I ask is if you take the Hickman(Hwy 6) exit off of I80/I35 and head west towards Waukee and go to the area right east of the Ford Dealership. There is a Earle May store there and right north of that store there is a car wash with a bunch of neon signs and it is a single stall glass enclosed car wash. The wife took the van there the other day and the owner of the joint came up to her and told her that they were offering a complete auto detail including shampooing the entire inside that regularily goes for $200 and something for half price. I am not sure how good of a job they do but they were looking for business.

    Thanks I may check it out. I work in Urbandale so that is pretty close. We have a dog and the mutt makes the car looks like its apolstered (sp?) in fur.



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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Depends on how much you love your car.


    When I've had nice cars in the past I had a redgimine that I followed. Here are a couple of tips that I've picked up along the way.


    If you want to remove the old wax on your car use Dawn (The blue stuff). Don't ever use it again unless you want to remove the wax.

    Don't ever use Armor All on interior or tires. Use something like 303 Aerospace or Lexol.

    Once you've waxed/polished your car, never take it to an automatic car wash. The pressure of the sprayers will take your polish/wax off a lot faster than washing it by hand.


    The best polish/wax I've ever used is Zaino. You can buy it here.
    Zaino Store There are instructions on the web site. The first time you put go through the whole process it will take a large portion of your day but after that it's mostly up-keep.




    If you're not as obsessed you can get by with stuff like Mequiers, which is pretty good for being off-the-shelf product.



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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Don't ever use Armor All on interior or tires. Use something like 303 Aerospace or Lexol.
    I know you are not supposed to use Armor All on your interior because it actually seals your interior and/or tires and when it gets hot in your car, the interior can't breathe so you end up having pressure cracks and so forth. I have never heard of 303 Aerospace or Lexol. How are they different from the armor all?



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    Re: Auto Detailing

    well if u want to make a lil trip i know details in ames does a good job


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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Quote Originally Posted by cmoore_23 View Post
    well if u want to make a lil trip i know details in ames does a good job
    More please.

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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    I know you are not supposed to use Armor All on your interior because it actually seals your interior and/or tires and when it gets hot in your car, the interior can't breathe so you end up having pressure cracks and so forth. I have never heard of 303 Aerospace or Lexol. How are they different from the armor all?
    303 leaves more of a matte finish.

    303 also contains protective UV sunscreens

    Armor All has silicone and is harder to remove.



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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    More please.

    -keep

    well i know they do ALL of george white's cars and i used to know some ppl that worked there.. i just know they clean EVERYTHING and make the cars look like new..
    i will talk to my friend and ask what all they did and prices


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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Depends on how much you love your car.


    When I've had nice cars in the past I had a redgimine that I followed. Here are a couple of tips that I've picked up along the way.


    If you want to remove the old wax on your car use Dawn (The blue stuff). Don't ever use it again unless you want to remove the wax.

    Don't ever use Armor All on interior or tires. Use something like 303 Aerospace or Lexol.

    Once you've waxed/polished your car, never take it to an automatic car wash. The pressure of the sprayers will take your polish/wax off a lot faster than washing it by hand.


    The best polish/wax I've ever used is Zaino. You can buy it here.
    Zaino Store There are instructions on the web site. The first time you put go through the whole process it will take a large portion of your day but after that it's mostly up-keep.




    If you're not as obsessed you can get by with stuff like Mequiers, which is pretty good for being off-the-shelf product.
    I wouldn't have expected good car advice on a sports forum, but this is exactly right. Zaino rules. Now I have to ask. What kind of car got this treatment from you?



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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Quote Originally Posted by 4429 mcc View Post
    Since it looks like winter is near its end. I'm planning to get my vehicels detailed. Any suggestions from those who have their cars done. I usually wax mine in the spring and fall but, I think they both could use a professional job due to the long winter. I think both have about 5 pounds of sand/salt on the floor.

    Thanks
    You've almost certainly doomed Iowa to another six weeks of winter with that post. Jinx! Jinx! Jinx!



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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    You've almost certainly doomed Iowa to another six weeks of winter with that post. Jinx! Jinx! Jinx!
    I agree, I cannot wait for the snow to melt, I am so anxious to wax my car, it's black so it really needs it and and looks really good when done.

    I did car detailing the past two summers for customers all around my hometown up in MN, we used a lot of meguiars NXT wax which was pretty good for a fairly inexpensive wax. I have never heard of Zaino but will definitely look into it!

    also agree with earlier posts about avoiding all armor all brand everything. a great brand is stoner brand, they make everything from glass cleaner to tire shine...all great.



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    Re: Auto Detailing

    Great thread, I am in need of the same thing. I just dropped $800 on new tires and $300 on a new windshield for my car, so I want it detailed now, and maybe that will make me not want to go drive an Infiniti G35!


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    Re: Auto Detailing

    They've all been sold now. Not doing much waxing on the 2004 4 door Accord.



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