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    Car washing/detailing yourself

    So since it is about spring and time to clean out the inside of my cars. Anyone have any good tricks/advice?

    Especially when it comes to removing film from windows. I never seem to be able to get the windows right.

    And getting bug and muck off the front.

    What are some favorite products people use for both inside and outside?



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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    We are selling one of our cars, and I just spent the weekend cleaning it up.
    Got out the carpet shampooer, and cleaned all the apolstry and floors. Couldn't believe the nastyness that came out of the seats. (2 young children)

    I didn't use anything fancy, just the ole tub of Armour All cleaner wipes and a lot of windex.



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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    My favorite brand is "Mothers" for detailing.


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    Armour All and a few other cleaners and A LOT of elbow grease.


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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    Zaino is the best. Nothing else is even a close second. Wash the car with Dawn, clay bar it, and Zaino it. You can Zaino the glass and everything.

    Use 303 on the plastics.



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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    Use newspapers to wipe the windows.



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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by Ames View Post
    Zaino is the best. Nothing else is even a close second. Wash the car with Dawn, clay bar it, and Zaino it. You can Zaino the glass and everything.

    Use 303 on the plastics.
    Exactly what Ames says. I've tried about everything and this is the combo if you want your car to look the best.


    One of my previous cars with Zaino.



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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by Ames View Post
    Zaino is the best. Nothing else is even a close second. Wash the car with Dawn, clay bar it, and Zaino it. You can Zaino the glass and everything.

    Use 303 on the plastics.
    clay bar it??


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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    It will get you a really nice clean surface to seal up.

    You fill a spray bottle with water and add a little car wash soap. Wash the car. Then spray ahead of the area you are using the clay bar on. If you don't keep it wet enough you could scratch the car.

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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    One of my favorite things to do over the summer months is wash my cars by hand in the drive and detail them out. Few things are nicer than driving a detailed car with your favorite girl or detailing it for game day!

    Wash by hand even though cheaper, it is better. Mothers has worked well for my vehicles over the years. Tried the clay product last fall and it worked well. I use good 3M window cleaner or ammonia and water(The best!). I save all of my old T shirts and socks for detailing. Don't use paper towels on the materials inside as you will eventually scratch the lens..always use cloth. I use one of the spinny brush cleaners that fit on a chordless to clean my rims.

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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    Advice on getting dog hair off of upholstery?

    Shop vac doesn't get it. Tried wet rag, nothing seems to really work.



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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by bufante View Post
    Advice on getting dog hair off of upholstery?

    Shop vac doesn't get it. Tried wet rag, nothing seems to really work.
    Wrap masking tape around your hand and pat the seats and carpet, the hair will stick to the tape.



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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by bufante View Post
    Advice on getting dog hair off of upholstery?

    Shop vac doesn't get it. Tried wet rag, nothing seems to really work.
    Dont let your dog in the car.


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    Re: Car washing/detailing yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by bufante View Post
    Advice on getting dog hair off of upholstery?

    Shop vac doesn't get it. Tried wet rag, nothing seems to really work.
    Try a lint roller.
    And then, don't let your dog back in the car.


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