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Old 09-06-2014, 06:37 PM
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Hello everyone, (especially the ones with black cars) i just want to ask how you wash your ralliart? i used to have the black lancer GT and i see some scratches after going out at the carwash, i just want to avoid that now.

so my question is:

1. How do you wash a black car properly?
2. What should you avoid on the car when using a wand wash? (was wondering about the hood vents)
3. Do you use the foam brush?
4. What do you use for drying the car? (especially on black ones)

So, thank you for taking your time reading this, i just wanted to do it perfectly now and avoid any scratches from washing the car. Sorry for being so noob about this, it's my 2nd time having a car.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:44 PM
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it's all the same. its just that you will notice the scratches more in a black car,
mine is white and i still see the scratches. its perfectly normal.
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:38 AM
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Honestly, when I go to the car wash, I never go through the machines.

I use the self serve wash with the high pressure washers and I almost NEVER use the foam brush. IF IF IF I do, I spray it a lot with the clean water from the pressure washer to wash out an rocks or debris that could be left in it from the previous person..
And I generally only use it on my tires.

(you should see what that brush goes through hahah)

Like I said, I only use the pressure washer, the warm soap, the spraying color foam shit and paint protector then rinse it off with the normal setting..


Other than that, I just use a micro fiber cloth to dry off my car right after and it leaves it shiny.

OH. It also wouldn't hurt to clay bar and wax your car once ever few months! It'll leave you super shiny and make your paint feel smooth as glass again!

(I'll post a picture later this morning, I'm just getting ready for work!)
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:22 PM
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what wax are you using for your car?
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:17 AM
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2 articles i wrote about paint maintenance (i have tarmac black too)

http://projectlancer.net/index.php?showtopic=18980

http://projectlancer.net/index.php?showtopic=19006
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:58 AM
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the key thing is to touch your car as less as possible when washing/drying. and the best way to avoid having to touch your car is to keep it properly waxed and maintained. that may seem counter-intuitive, but think about it:

swirls and fine scratch marks are nothing more than abrasions on the clearcoat. and clearcoat is nothing but just paint.

you get that by *touching* the paint (i.e. scrubbing with the wash mitt, drying with a microfiber towel, etc). so your rule of thumb is to keep the car as waxed as possible, so that dirt and grime wont bond as well to your paint. if they don't bond as well, you can easily remove them by just water pressure or light sudsing/foaming. then when you need to rinse, if you rinse it properly by sheeting the water away (a properly waxed car helps), most of the water will roll off the car that you will just end up dabbing spots of the car where the water pools. the rest would be effectively dry. having a car blow dryer helps (you can buy those).
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:42 AM
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After a quick clay bar + wax.

I use Meguiar's clay bar and wax.

I can give you the specifics when I get home

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Old 09-09-2014, 12:40 PM
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damn that looks slick.
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Old 09-09-2014, 01:04 PM
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^^ i use Meguiars too
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:39 PM
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^^ i use Meguiars too
Wow i really love the look of your car. What did you use to get the matte black on the hood like that? Plastidip? Vinyl?
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