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Hey everyone, just wondering what is best for cleaning all of the different parts of my car???

First of RIMS - I tried this stuff that left like a water mark type stain on it, and I wanna get rid of it, it's pissing me off really bad, I've tried different things, but nothing works!!!

Second, the engine - what should I do to clean that up, if I spray it off, what do I cover, etc....

Third - what works best on the body of it???

And, well, anything else that you can think of adding would be really appreciated!! Oh, and does anyone know of some good touch up paint for the stone chips and stuff (my escort is considered Oxford White I believe)
 

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for the wheels, there are a few products out there. but i never had to deal with that, i just use soap and water on mine because i had 'em powdercoated. so i can't help you really at all in that area.

as for the engine, don't spray water in there at all. whatever you do, don't use water. i used armorall wipes and it did the trick pretty damn well. i went though 6 or 7, but it looks almost like new again.

and for the body, i would recommend (i think what i have) either armorall or car & driver soap. i can't remember which, bit don't ever use dishsoap. it will eat thru your clearcoat in no time.
but for wax, there's this stuff called mother's that is awesome, but if you cant find any of that, i would use meguiar's. good stuff. turtle wax sucks, it leaves such residue when after it rains.

and touch-up paint, walmart has a relatively good selection of touch-up paints (why am i recommending wal-mart when i work at target?). but when i had to get some touch-up paint, i spend $7.50 and wait ten days on a little vat w/ a paintbrush on the end at a car dealership.
 

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Wow I'm glad you told me that about dishsoap. I used it on my car today so I'll never do that again now that I know. I've mostly always had a car soap or gone to the car wash or sprayer.

When it comes to the paint what does that stuff Liquid Glass do to it. It must remove things it shouldn't I would think. We used that on my car once to take out the nicks and scratches but to me seeing the cloth turn black from my black paint looked like a bad thing. How damaging in the long run is that product?

Target rocks, my fiance works there and they treat him super good :) As for touchup paint, ok this is gonna sound stupid...but when do you use that? Is that a better way to fix nicks and scratches? One last question, does less clearcoat equal more rust? I'm wondering on all this because it's still shiny, but I think my car looks like it has a very thin clearcoat. I spose that's due a lot in part to age (10yrs), but I don't wanna make it worse.
 

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I used Armor-All on my wheels (not in the picture in my sig, I don't think) and it made them 'bling' clean. I mean, I didn't think they could /look/ that shiny, but I'd never had them totally clean before. I have a spray can full of the stuff, works wonders on everything. The only problem is it made my brakes squeak for a week. That was unpleasant.
 
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i can help you out a bit. I used to used Eagle One products for my cars. Great stuff, check out the all wheel cleaner, real good. Tire Dressing is awesome too. That wet look. I now used stuff from work since im a detail manager @ a cadillac dealer, i used that stuff for free. I like Armor all glass cleaner for the glass, and it helps to go over the wheels once your done drying them, just for a nice touch up.


hope this helped.

Brian
 

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I used to detail at a dealership. We hosed down the engine bay all the time. It's a perfectly acceptable method of cleaning. Every time you drive in the rain, your engine compartment gets soaked anyway.

Use some degreaser (Simple Green, you can find it in any automotive cleaning section) to soak down the cold engine. Don't spray it on a hot engine ever. If you need to, clean the engine last and let it cool while you wash, polish & wax.

Once you've let the degreaser sit on the engine for a few minutes (just follow the directions on the can), you can use a few brushes (nylon cleaning brushes/toothbrushes) and a sponge to scrub and wipe everything down.

Crank the car and start rinsing it. You don't need high pressure to wash any part of a car, especially the engine bay. What you want is a high volume of water. Rinse one area at a time and move slowly across the engine bay (I'd start with the exhaust parts first so that they don't dry out). If the engine starts to sputter, chances are you've found a leaky electrical connection and need to stop soaking whatever it is you're soaking. Move on.

If the engine resumes it's normal idle, fine. If not, come back after you're all finished and manually dry out all the connections in that area.

Once you've sufficiently rinsed the engine bay, let it idle for a few minutes to dry out completely.

That's how the used cars get to look soo nice under the hood at the dealerships.

PS: Common sense, but if you've installed an open element air filter, don't soak it down w/ water or cleaner or anything while the engine is running.
 

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i don't know about liquid glass. by the sounds of it, it sounded like it wasn't meant for bodywork. flip the product over and read the "uses" section of it to make sure. they make stuff that removes scratches, can't name any products really. but there are lots of different brands that remove tar & bugs. any of those will work, and are safe, but make sure it doesn't sit for too long, otherwise it will eat paint regardless.

less clearcoat means faster fading and more of a chance for rust.

touch-up paint is best for minor things, like scratches and dings that are somewhat small in size. keep in mind that over 10 yrs your paint /has/ faded, and the t-u paint will be newer & fresher than what is on now. but it's more like using your best judgement for using touchup paint.
 

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Yea I read the back of the liquid glass, according to that it is meant for bodywork to remove scratches, tar, treesap, bugs, gas stains, and a bunch of other stuff. I would never use anything on my car that wasn't intended to be used for it. The container has a car on it with the words ultimate auto polish/finish. So I hope it means what it says lol.

The other day when I looked at the info on the bottle closer I see it says it produces a highgloss protective finish. I think that might be part of what I was seeing on the cloth we were putting it on with. I thought it was buffing more as opposed to filling in which it says it does for scratches. I'll say this thou, my car does look awesome after I use it. So maybe I actually have a product to reccomend for those pesky scratches from folks who don't know how to open their car door without hitting the car next to them lol.
 

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then i guess all the black stuff that came off on the cloth was the product doing it's job. sounded scary to me as well because your car is black. but odds are, the same black crap woulda came out on the cloth had your car been snow white.

but man, i need to invest in some stuff like that, i hate looking at all my nicks n' scratches!
 
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