Wash Routine?

  1. OilChange123

    OilChange123 Member

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    I have a white civic 2.0 and I'm trying to develop a wash system I can use once a month. This is is what I have from the research that I've done. I'm just concerned about polishing and waxing. Is that required every wash or should I do it every 2 or 3 washes?

    1. Rinse off any dirt and debris

    2. Soap and wash with RainX car wash

    2. Dry with microfibre towel

    4. Clay bar (every 6 months)

    5. Polish with Meguiars polish

    6. Wax with Meguiars quick wax

    7. Finish it off with Meguiars quick detailer
     
  2. darrvao777

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    You definitely shouldn't need to polish and wax every wash. I typically do it every 6 months.

    The general recommendation is:
    1) Rinse off
    2) Wash using the 2 bucket method
    3) Dry with microfiber towel + drying aid (many popular options now, I like Beadmaker, if used appropriately I've found my wax layer easily lasts 6 months)

    I've also found I can get away with rinse less washing since I do it weekly on my car (ONR is my go to product here)
     
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    I've started going to the self-washing bays.
    1- Rinse with either light or high pressure water
    2- Wash with provided soap
    3- Spray with high pressure water
    4- Wipe down with microfiber towels

    Pretty simple process, take your time doing it. Set aside an hour or so to get this done. I will probably do a wash 1x or 2x a month, with occasional wipe downs with quick detail spray.
     
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    It's become a bit of a hobby for me, hard to fit in too many hobbies with a bunch of rugrats running around anyway:

    Friday Night: pressure wash the car with ONR in a foam cannon and deionized water. I can let it dry overnight and it gets rid of most of the debris on the car, takes < 30 mins

    Saturday Morning: ONRWW wash in my air conditioned garage, takes < 30 mins

    Sunday Morning: lightly clean interior, vacuum, etc, <15 mins

    Daily driver is ready for another week
     
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    Here's my method:
    1)With a garden hose, rinse off loose dirt top to bottom, in the wheel wells, especially in the rear wheels.
    In spring, I spend a good 30 mins just spraying the underside to make sure there is no more salt and dirt on the car. The driveway becomes brown after I'm done :eek:.

    2)Wash mitt + costco brand dishwash soap. I know it's almost a sin to use dish soap, but this one is so weak that it doesn't oxidize the paint. Definitely don't use Dawn or Palmolive to wash cars as these soaps WILL oxidize the paint if used on a regular basis.
    Clean the wheels with an other wash mitt that never will be used to wash body panels.

    3)Twice a year, before and after winter usually, clay bar the whole car with Mother's clay bar. I use new soapy water as lube for the clay.

    4)Dry the car with a clean microfiber towel.

    5)Seal the paint with Turtle Wax Ice Seal n Shine.

    6)Rain-X the windshield once every 2 months.

    7)Dress the tires with Armor-All Extreme tire shine gel.
     
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    I've heard the soaps at those places can be low quality, any truth to that...?
     
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    No clue, sorry. I'm sure someone has tested to see.
     
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