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Dec 12, 2014
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With winter coming up soon and lots of snow, dirt, and road salt, is there a layer of small extra protection or any difference (aside from wax being present) between using a product that's car wash/wax mixed soap instead of pure car wash soaps?

I will still be applying a spray wax layer on the black paint after washing either way but wouldn't mind some more info: if there's some extra protection or cleaning power from using a wash/wax mix without compromising the cleaning and washing off of dirt/salt

Will be purchasing one of Costco's offering of Auto-Chem cleaners:

1) Auto-Chem ULTRA BRITE Concentrated Car Wash: https://www.costco.ca/Auto-Chem-ULTRA-B ... 93783.html

2) Auto-Chem WASH & SHINE Concentrated Wash & Wax: https://www.costco.ca/Auto-Chem-WASH-%2 ... 93785.html
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There is usually a slight layer of protection However it really only lasts a few days maybe a week. That being said using spray wax also will only last a few weeks at best too.

if you want to actually have some longer lasting protection on your car then apply this wax - https://www.carzilla.ca/collinite-canad ... lecoat-9oz This will last around 10months give or take from what I have seen online. You can wax your car twice a year and it would be MUCH better then the wax/soap combo.

blackston3 wrote:
Oct 28th, 2018 10:51 am
With winter coming up soon and lots of snow, dirt, and road salt, is there a layer of small extra protection or any difference (aside from wax being present) between using a product that's car wash/wax mixed soap instead of pure car wash soaps?

I will still be applying a spray wax layer on the black paint after washing either way but wouldn't mind some more info: if there's some extra protection or cleaning power from using a wash/wax mix without compromising the cleaning and washing off of dirt/salt

Will be purchasing one of Costco's offering of Auto-Chem cleaners:

1) Auto-Chem ULTRA BRITE Concentrated Car Wash: https://www.costco.ca/Auto-Chem-ULTRA-B ... 93783.html

2) Auto-Chem WASH & SHINE Concentrated Wash & Wax: https://www.costco.ca/Auto-Chem-WASH-%2 ... 93785.html
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I've always used nufinish, easily available from CT, lasts 6+ months easily. The "enthusiasts" hates it, but meh, it's easy to use and last long.
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Any wax/soap combo or spray wax isn't going to last long. Use something that can go at least 6 months and avoid any car washes to make it last. If you want to clean it, just use the wax spray cycle at a self clean station.
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sickcars wrote:
Oct 28th, 2018 11:00 am
if you want to actually have some longer lasting protection on your car then apply this wax - https://www.carzilla.ca/collinite-canad ... lecoat-9oz This will last around 10months give or take from what I have seen online. You can wax your car twice a year and it would be MUCH better then the wax/soap combo.
This is the wax I use once a year. Water still beads up even after 1 year and several car washes.
Its hard to use on a white car, to see where you put it on and to buff out the haze, but its worth it because it lasts a long time.
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A large part of how long the wax/sealant last is on the prep of the surface just like painting a car. You have to provide a good surface for the wax/sealant to bond.
I would go with a dedicated soap to clean and a dedicated sealant for protection.

Ideally, clay and iron-x the paint before putting on wax or sealant.
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sickcars wrote:
Oct 28th, 2018 7:50 pm
This is also good but lasts around 6 months. The one I posted is closer to a year.
My routine has always been 845 in the fall, rinse it off with dish detergent in the spring, clay bar, then Klasse, as I prefer the Klasse finish for the summer, but prefer the 845 protection in winter.
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What are some of the best cloths (Brands/Materials/Types/) to use for washing your car?
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People don't really use towels to wash their car.

To wash your car I would suggest a wash mitt, and a drying towel.

If you want "the best" I'd suggest a MicroFiber Madness IncrediMitt, and Griot's Garage PFM Drying Towel. They're about $50 each.
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Are you using these clothes to wash your car or dry your car? Or buff off wax?
To wash the car you want a microfiber Wash mitt not a cloth
TheJackal wrote:
Jan 9th, 2019 8:06 pm
What are some of the best cloths (Brands/Materials/Types/) to use for washing your car?
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derass wrote:
Jan 9th, 2019 9:01 pm
People don't really use towels to wash their car.

To wash your car I would suggest a wash mitt, and a drying towel.

If you want "the best" I'd suggest a MicroFiber Madness IncrediMitt, and Griot's Garage PFM Drying Towel. They're about $50 each.
Thanks for that. That's what I was looking for.

Looks like it can be had for $36 at https://www.eshine.ca/products/microfib ... -wash-mitt
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Also check out the bottom of this page there are some options for you. I use the geyon microfiber wash mitt.

https://www.carzilla.ca/gyeon-quartz-canada/
derass wrote:
Jan 9th, 2019 9:01 pm
People don't really use towels to wash their car.

To wash your car I would suggest a wash mitt, and a drying towel.

If you want "the best" I'd suggest a MicroFiber Madness IncrediMitt, and Griot's Garage PFM Drying Towel. They're about $50 each.
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By far the best all round dusting cloth.

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