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Old 02-25-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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Self Service Car Wash

Today was a nice day. I went out and got mine and the girlfriend's car washed/detailed.

Here's what I brought
  • Bucket with Silt guard
  • Wash rags
  • Clean Microfiber cloths
  • Microfiber Mitt
  • Chamois
  • Wax Buffing Mitt
  • Wire Brushes
  • Diluted Purple Power Spray bottle
  • RainX in a spray bottle
  • Trim Restore Compound
  • Turtle Liquid Wax Spray bottle
  • Son of a Gun Tire Shine

The steps I took
  1. Presoak spray down
  2. Had my GF take the microfiber mitt and wipe while I sprayed
  3. Shot the engine bay with degreaser
  4. Shot the steelies with degreaser
  5. Turned to High power Wash/Shampoo
  6. Rinsed all the car down
  7. Turned to rinse
  8. filled up bucket with the silt guard with rinse
  9. Ran out of time on the timer
  10. took the microfiber and rinsed it and went over the car again
  11. Took the wirebrush and brushed on the metal of the engine bay
  12. Shot the engine bay with degreaser again and let it soak
  13. Put more money into the machine and sprayed starting on High power shampoo
  14. Rinse the body and try to get the Underbody while you're at it
  15. Rinse the engine bay well
  16. Clear Coat wash
  17. Rinse
  18. Dry the car with the Chamois (to not leave water marks)
  19. Spray the liquid wax in a misting motion side to side throughout the whole mist
  20. Let dry
  21. Buff with Polishing Mitt
  22. Spray windows down with the RainX solution
  23. I had to buff RainX at least 3x for smudge free application
  24. Let dry
  25. Trim restore the sides of the mudflaps, door paneling, etc.

I will post pictures soon.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:37 PM   #2
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Sounds like you did a pretty good job, but why not do it at home?
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:16 AM   #3
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Sounds like you did a pretty good job, but why not do it at home?
I do not know how to allow water to pump to the front hose connection.. and two I do not have access to a High pressure washer.

If anybody can explain how to allow water to the front hose connection, I would greatly appreciate it
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:52 AM   #4
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Do you have a basement? It's possible you have a shut off valve inside the house about 2-5 feet on the line that goes to the hose spiket out front. Open it up. It probly has a relief valve on the side of it make sure it's closed. Then next winter you shut it off and open the relief valve to drain the water that is in the pipe beyond the valve to prevent freezing. I dunno that's standard issue in ohio but maybe not Georgia.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:00 AM   #5
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Do you have a basement? It's possible you have a shut off valve inside the house about 2-5 feet on the line that goes to the hose spiket out front. Open it up. It probly has a relief valve on the side of it make sure it's closed. Then next winter you shut it off and open the relief valve to drain the water that is in the pipe beyond the valve to prevent freezing. I dunno that's standard issue in ohio but maybe not Georgia.
I see.. It's actually upagainst the wall of my garage. It's covered by some heavy shelving with plyboard covering it. So I am unable to see the back. I also do not have a basement at my house. I know theres the water heater on the same wall as the heater. Would there be piping which leads to that spigot?
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:01 PM   #6
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If you are into keeping your cars relatively swirl free look into claying after a wash before you apply wax and dont let non microfiber towels touch your paint.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:26 PM   #7
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If you are into keeping your cars relatively swirl free look into claying after a wash before you apply wax and dont let non microfiber towels touch your paint.
That is where you are wrong, claying actually marres the surface and makes it more swirled up than it was before. Claying just takes off the contaminants in the paint for you can polish it afterwards to get rid of the swirls and micro-marring.
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