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      11-21-2014, 10:51 AM   #1
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How does everyone keep their car so clean all the time?

I wash and clean my car weekly and it never seems to stay clean for long.
Next day its dirty

How does everyone keep their cars so clean all the time (or so it seems)
and which products do you use to do so?

I use the Meguiars line (detail spray, soap, cloths, etc)

What about you?

Oh and how often do you wax your car and why? (actual wax and not the quick wax spray)
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I wash and clean my car weekly and it never seems to stay clean for long.
Next day its dirty

How does everyone keep their cars so clean all the time (or so it seems)
and which products do you use to do so?

I use the Meguiars line (detail spray, soap, cloths, etc)

What about you?

Oh and how often do you wax your car and why? (actual wax and not the quick wax spray)
Put it in a vacuum chamber or time capsule!
But really cars are hard to keep clean,especially if you have black!
It seems like a losing battle as a DD but I just try to garage park the car when I can and avoid driving in the rain.
Sometimes I wish I had a silver car....they always look clean.
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Space gray, nuff said.... Get it hand washed every few weeks and in between if it gets a bit dirty I'll just wipe it down with a wet car towel and go over with a dry one. Had jet black before, never doing that again.
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Yeah my car is black and its a huge pain in the ass...
Always dirty no matter what

I normally use some kind of detail spray but doing that daily becomes a hassle
I park in a garage daily and never park under a tree or anything so yeah...

I should have bought the dark grey model....
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My last car was a silver SUV. I loved how easy it was to keep clean. When I got my DSB 328ix, I was looking for a silver BMW. When I saw the DSB, I loved it and knew what I was getting into. Lot of work to keep it half way clean.
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My car is BLACK which is a real PITA to keep clean. So, I keep it in my garage and drive it as little as possible.

Even in the garage the car will get dirty w/dust and whatnot and, when it looks like it needs it, I'll wipe it down w/a damp cloth and then hit it w/a spray on wax called Lucas Slick Mist, which makes it look all shiny again.
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The reason why so many peoples car looks so clean is because you have black! Trust me I have silver and not once did anyone ever say it looked dirty even weeks gone by I havn't washed it.

I have only twice went through a non touchless and thats due to the stupid dealer when I told them not to wash it but they did anyways.

Swirl marks and black cars are like peanut butter and jelly.
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Id say if you have a black bmw, youll just have to put the effort into cleaning it.

Mines a silver colour :P

What id do:
1. Water down/ hose down
2. Heavy duty Car Wash/ Wax product
3. Water down/ hose down
4. Dry with microfibre cloth
5. Cordless/ rechargeable car polisher (the best in the world- just because its so portable like a cordless drill)
6. Wool cloth to wipe off swirls (supposed to be better than microfibre- someone can correct me on this?)

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I wash and clean my car weekly and it never seems to stay clean for long.
Next day its dirty

How does everyone keep their cars so clean all the time (or so it seems)
and which products do you use to do so?

I use the Meguiars line (detail spray, soap, cloths, etc)

What about you?

Oh and how often do you wax your car and why? (actual wax and not the quick wax spray)
WorkhorseActual,

Easy question to answer; thanks for asking.

1. I switched from black cars to red...my next car might be white or silver.
2. I have EVERYTHING set-up for easy access, i.e., vacuum, towels, sprays, hose, soaps, etc.
3. Use a California Car Duster between washings.
4. Once every month or so; wash, clay and wax/seal/polish. I clay and wax once a month. Do one section at a time. For example, I may wax the hood, top and trunk one month and the next month, doors, fenders, etc. I am stunned by the number of people who spend 8+ hours "detailing" their cars.
5. Use spray waxes when drying car with microfiber towels; dry and wax in one easy step.
6. Buy and use good quality products. Personally, I like Griot's Garage.
7. Use or try new products to determine if they are better than what you are currently using, e.g., I love Griot's Garage Spray Wax, but recently found two newer nano-wax spray products from HiLustre and Eagle One - they APPEAR to work better. Embrace newer technology.
8. Get in the habit of cleaning your car; this will improve efficiencies, speed and quality of your work.
9. Learn to use an orbital polisher/waxer - orbitals are simple to use and remarkably effective.
10. Buy a Master Blaster to dry your car.
11. Keep asking good questions.

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A lot of these posts makes me cringe and is actually adding damage and swirl to your paint

-clay every month adds swirls
-wipe with damp cloth is dragging dirt over the paint
-using wool as to microfiber
-spray wax adds glaze on your paint and hides the mar and swirls

Detailedimage site can correct most of these incorrect practices
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Between washes I use a California car duster every 1-2 days, only takes a few minutes. Then once a week I'll use quick detailing spray to remove the things that the duster can't, this takes about 15 minutes. After a few weeks of this I give up and let it get dirty, then wash and repeat.
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Space gray, nuff said....
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WorkhorseActual,

Easy question to answer; thanks for asking.

1. I switched from black cars to red...my next car might be white or silver.
2. I have EVERYTHING set-up for easy access, i.e., vacuum, towels, sprays, hose, soaps, etc. I agree. Many options out there if you have room for them from wall storage to utility carts.
3. Use a California Car Duster between washings.
4. Once every month or so; wash, clay and wax/seal/polish. I clay and wax once a month. Do one section at a time. For example, I may wax the hood, top and trunk one month and the next month, doors, fenders, etc. I am stunned by the number of people who spend 8+ hours "detailing" their cars. I wish I did mine monthly. At least follow these steps Spring and Fall.
5. Use spray waxes when drying car with microfiber towels; dry and wax in one easy step. Amazed how much cleaner my car stays after just beginning to do this step.
6. Buy and use good quality products. Personally, I like Griot's Garage. AGREED!!! I'm a fan of Adam's Polishes but I've heard Griot's is good stuff as well. Plus Adam's has tons of great how-to videos on their site.
7. Use or try new products to determine if they are better than what you are currently using, e.g., I love Griot's Garage Spray Wax, but recently found two newer nano-wax spray products from HiLustre and Eagle One - they APPEAR to work better. Embrace newer technology.
8. Get in the habit of cleaning your car; this will improve efficiencies, speed and quality of your work. Cleaning regularly makes everything easier.
9. Learn to use an orbital polisher/waxer - orbitals are simple to use and remarkably effective. Another great point. Many options out there. I scored a great slightly used Porter Cable off eBay for $62. You don't have to break the bank here.
10. Buy a Master Blaster to dry your car. I have this on my wish list but in the meantime, I use my leaf blower. Neighbors think I'm crazy but oh well.
11. Keep asking good questions.

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Just wash it... Deep Sea Blue here. I just wash my car once a week and sometimes more than that with water and nothing else. I've been doing this for more than 20 years. No need for soap.
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Mines white. Drive thru car wash $4, or dealer wash, free. Once every week or two.
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Mines white. Drive thru car wash $4, or dealer wash, free. Once every week or two.
apparently drive thru washes and automated ones can swirl and scratch your paint pretty badly.
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apparently drive thru washes and automated ones can swirl and scratch your paint pretty badly.
Unless is touch less... I use them only when it is 20 degrees or less outside to rinse all the calcium chloride crust off the paint.
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It's white, not black. Can't see any of those on white. It also has 200,000 miles but outside looks new. I had a g35 and corvette, both in black before. Swirls everywhere even with only hand wash and keeping it wet entirely while washing. Really just depends on your paint color.
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I personally just post pictures when it's clean and then it always seems clean
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A lot of these posts makes me cringe and is actually adding damage and swirl to your paint

-clay every month adds swirls
-wipe with damp cloth is dragging dirt over the paint
-using wool as to microfiber
-spray wax adds glaze on your paint and hides the mar and swirls

Detailedimage site can correct most of these incorrect practices
FWIW, I'm one of those who damp wipes his car and uses spray wax between washes/polishing and, although I like keeping the car looking clean, there's a limit to how anal I get about it.

My car is Metallic Black Sapphire and, if there were any "mars and swirls", I'd be able to see them easily but, I use Klasse polish and sealant as well as Meguiar carnauba wax, to protect the surface of the paint between spray washes.

FWIW, the way I damp wipe the car isn't much different than the way I spray wash it. After I dust the car w/a California Car Duster, I spay the area to be wiped w/water and then use a very damp towel followed w/a dry one to keep the mess down and dry off the car more quickly.

The car isn't all that dirty to begin with when I damp wipe it and I don't notice any scratching as a result. If the car is really dirty, I'd spray wash it and, if I notice any scratches, I just polish them out. I don't use microfibers for washing (which purists consider a no-no) because I don't find them effective. I just use clean cotton towels, which work fine for me.

As for the spray wax that I use, it doesn't leave a "glaze" that I notice but letting my car sit in the garage for long periods of times allows a noticeable "haze" to develop.

The spray way removes the haze and leaves a very light coat of wax that is easy to buff out, which makes the car look showroom bright. If it actually "hides the mars and swirls" (of which there are very few on my car), all the better. I use microfiber towels for polishing and buffing.

This approach is good enough for me and makes the car look far better than any other cars that I see on the road.
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Oh look, more Marines, lol.

I find it annoying to keep my BSM car clean all the time. I gave up on it. I normally wash it twice a month, and compound/polish/wax once a month.

I just clay bar'd my car for the first time today, and did a polish/carnauba wax from McGuire's. I believe the results came out great and my swirl marks/minor scratches went away.
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