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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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How to clean a black Mada..

Well I hand washed my Mada today... what a pain!! Before I even finished rear of the vehicle the front was covered with water spots.. I gotta figure out the trick to wash this Black beast and keep it looking nice, it's much more of a challenge than I thought.. Maybe i'll try a chamois next time
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try Meguire's Ultimate Quick Detailer, it'll take all the water spots off.

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i use the mr. clean water filter.

I do a full rinse with regular water, then rinse with the filter on, it usually comes out spotless.

Don't forget to claybar and/or wax q=)

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Washing in the shade will help. Also washing one section at a time is a good trick. I do the roof, then dry the roof. Then I do the side windows/rear window/windshield, then dry the glass. Then I do the hood, then dry it. Then I wash one side at a time below the glass to include fender, doors, and 1/4 panel, then dry.......You get the picture....

I don't spray the whole car, I just use water straight out of the hose confined to the area I am working on. The water is very hard (full of minerals that leave major water stains) in my are.

I used Mr. Clean's system, and the truth is...it does work. You just have to be liberal with application. I just didn't like the feeling of the paint after it dried....it seems to strip the wax. (which could be why rockendoublez say to clay and wax too)

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I have galaxy black and keep a bottle of that turtle wax ice in the front door
well. Gets rid of water spots and maintains the look afer washing.
Dont regard it as a wax though.

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Washing in the shade will help. Also washing one section at a time is a good trick. I do the roof, then dry the roof. Then I do the side windows/rear window/windshield, then dry the glass. Then I do the hood, then dry it. Then I wash one side at a time below the glass to include fender, doors, and 1/4 panel, then dry.......You get the picture....

I don't spray the whole car, I just use water straight out of the hose confined to the area I am working on. The water is very hard (full of minerals that leave major water stains) in my are.

I used Mr. Clean's system, and the truth is...it does work. You just have to be liberal with application. I just didn't like the feeling of the paint after it dried....it seems to strip the wax. (which could be why rockendoublez say to clay and wax too)
I do exactly as you do, work from the top down to the bottom in sections, generally in the shade if I can.The mr. clean is a pain in the butt because you are literally painting the car with a small stream of water. The filter does work though and removes any contaminants in the water that usually leaves spots or pits in your finish. You just have to take your time.

I use the clay and wax to make sure that the elements (dust, road grime etc) stay out of my finish. The clay is to remove any imperfections in the clear, it really does feel like glass after your done. And the wax is to seal it all in keeping the shine.

I suppose my process isn't the fastest, But i've detailed all my cars this way and have been able to keep a showroom shine on stock paint for over 10 years on a few of my cars. q=)

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I must confess I usually wash my car at night. It is the only time I have the kids in bed and I have some "me" time. I prefer to do it during the day but a man has to do what a man has to do. Yes - some of my neighbors think I am nuts but I have a pretty well lit driveway. I also put a hot water line in my garage for year round use....but that is another story.

In any case, night or day, the best thing I have found is the Absorber cloths they sell at Walmart or any other auto store. For 10 bucks they come in a neat plastic case that can be easily stored in the map pockets. Simply wipe down the wet car and there will be no more spots. During the day the car will dry quicker - the damp Absorber will help remove any spots that show up. I LOVE IT!

Another great tip is using Zaino to polish your car. I treat both my cars to Zaino at least twice per year. Each Spring you want to hit it with a clay bar treatment to get rid of all the Winter crud and contaminants. Then apply at least 3 light coats of Zaino. It will look great!!! If I could only find a way to keep the non-ending dust off.


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Nighttime, shade, whatever. It's all about not being in the sun.
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I had the absorber.... till I got a "sham-wow" it'll make you say WoW every time! LOL.

seriously, it works q=D

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I use a pressure washer, just stand back a little further. As far as the Sham wow thing, I have one and either it is horrible or I am using it wrong, to me it stinks.

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