Care care products & techniques
With the weather across the country as it is (I believe it's cold in 2/3 of the country - so that should encompass most of us here), detailing our cars isn't first, and foremost on our minds, I'm sure we'd just be happy keeping them as clean as possible. But until then, it doesn't hurt to get cleaning & detailing tips.
What do you all use for care care products? What's your cleaning process? How far do you go detailing your cars?
Here's what I do:
Using a combination of products from Meguiar's Gold Class, and Griot's Garage, I'll wash the car, dry it thoroughly.
Wheels get cleaned while washing, of course.
Clay bar the paint, windscreen, and wheels (Only as necessary- it removes all contaminants from the paint, glass, and wheels - but is very time consuming).
Vacuum the inside.
I'll dust the dash & crevices, and air vents with Q-tips.
Wipe the glass with a mix of vinegar and water (this makes the windows incredibly clear, and removes any haze, or film inside - make sure you change paper towels often
Polish the wood with wood cleaner
Clean the leather with leather wipes (though make sure to squeeze out the excess, or it makes a mess.
The car gets waxed (I will tape off parts of the trip to avoid wax getting on it - easier to prevent wax getting where you don't want it than to remove it from a dark surface, using a very light, easy to remove 3M tape)
Finally, I use the detailing spray that I use when claying the car to go over the car once more, covering any spots I may have missed, and detailing the headlights, taillights, fake chrome, plastic etc.
My favorite products are:
Meguiar's Gold Class car wash
Meguiar's Gold Class Premium quick detailer (good for in between washes)
Meguiar's Hot Rims All Wheel and Tire Cleaner (good for clearcoat, and painted alloys)
Meguiar's Gold Class Carnuba Plus liquid wax
Meguiar's Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner & Conditioner
(Mercedes-Benz recommends Meguiar's - but I've been using it long before being an owner - their products are awesome)
Griot's Garage Speed Shine
Griot's Garage Paint Cleaning Clay
Griot's Garage Wheel Cleaning Clay
Griot's Garage Glass Cleaning Clay
(Assorted towels, and tools for cleaning)
What do you all do?