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Dec 12, 2010
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So I just got a new car and haven't washed it yet. I want to minimize the swirl marks I get on it and I would like to use a cleaning product that doesn't remove wax and/or sealant.

I'm about to buy a pressure washer, Just bought some chemical guys Microfibre Cloths, and heard that Meguairs products are great.

I'm also thinking about a foam gun as well.

Any Advice?
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Dont use a pressure washer.
Use a 2 bucket method with a quality soap.
Use a leaf blower to dry.

Dont buy a foam cannon, they are a waste of money.
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Pressure washers is unnecessary IMO. As pointed use the two bucket system. Foam gun?

I love Meguiar's I use the Ultimate series. Detailer, Protectant, Polish Paste Wax.

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If you really want to protect it, you can ceramic coat it first, but it's pricey.
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If your car is black, good luck
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6mthatch wrote:
Oct 26th, 2018 8:14 pm
Dont use a pressure washer.
Dont buy a foam cannon, they are a waste of money.
Why?
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hybrid09 wrote:
Oct 26th, 2018 9:26 pm
Why?
Pressure washer....you are literally using high pressure to imbed dirt into your paint.
Foam cannon is just a hype. Use a 2 bucket method and be done with it.
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Never heard of using leaf blower, wouldn't that potentially blow some debris onto the car?
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tranquility922 wrote:
Oct 26th, 2018 9:42 pm
Never heard of using leaf blower, wouldn't that potentially blow some debris onto the car?
Yes - unfiltered leaf blowers can blow dirt back onto the car. However using a microfiber can also cause dirt to go on your car if you missed a spot washing (you rely on the plushness to pick it up and not scratch the surface).

A master blaster is expensive but one of the features is that it filters the air before it goes to your car.
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The best thing to start with is asking the professionals and luckily Auto Obsessed, who are professionals and do very high end cars, post a lot of videos. Here is a series of their videos specifically on washing a car:
https://www.autoobsessed.com/blogs/tuto ... ur-vehicle
You can go through their site and see many of their other videos.

Once you watch some videos and listen to what they have to say, ask some specific questions. But I wouldn't hesitate to use their advice as the base for what to do - they are professionals and highly respected.
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Just get a weak/low level pressure washer, it's awesome to prep rinse and spray carwash fluid and rinse off. I think it's a great tool.
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[quote="tranquility922" post_id=29994558 time=1540609541 user_id=331664]Just get a weak/low level pressure washer, it's awesome to prep rinse and spray carwash fluid and rinse off. I think it's a great tool.[/quote]

Aka a garden hose with a multifunction head ?

Money is better spent buying quality supplies or getting a polisher like a PC or griots for the frugal minded.

In regards to soap, meguiars Is ok. I prefer Mr. Pink as of lately. Excellent lubricacy to help prevent marring and scratches.
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6mthatch wrote:
Oct 26th, 2018 11:32 pm
Aka a garden hose with a multifunction head ?
Not sure how effective/strong those heads+reg garden hose are, pressure washer's pretty good to get rid of bugs stuck to the bumper, etc.
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tranquility922 wrote:
Oct 26th, 2018 9:42 pm
Never heard of using leaf blower, wouldn't that potentially blow some debris onto the car?
Wouldn't want to use a pressure washer anyways...
Towel soak for a few minutes and wash as normal
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