I take my car to a touch-less car wash. It sux big time so I come home and use a special mitt designed for clearcoat finishes along with Simoniz gel wash, and wash it myself, once again, ensuring the sun doesn't shine directly on it.. Then I use my chamois to dry off the thing before the water stains appear. Then I use a clean white cotton cloth and Meguire's Quick 'makes the car instantly clean and showroom shine' stuff. Then I will use Turtle Wax, yes TW, clearcoat paint restorer to remove the swirls, but doesn't work worth a damn. Then I will use Meguire's Gold Class wax, which helps a bit. And somewhere in between, I will use Turtle Wax, yes TW, colour cure to rid the car of the fine scratches and discolourizations.
Then I use, I forget the name, some spray to blacken the tires, which lasts about 24 hours. Then I use good, old-fashioned Windex and newspaper to clean the windows. Then I use the Armour-All wipes to clean the dust and odd mark off the interior vinyl or dash. Then I walk around once again with the Meguire's quick clean stuff and seek out anything I missed.
By this time, I could hear Si's wife screaming "are u through with the car yet? Lets go shoppin'", and he's 800 miles from me, so I know I better go in, QUICK.
Besides changing the chemicals, what cleaning habits do tou think I should change? Don't take it the wrong way. I enjoy spending time with the car. I also am pleased you responded. Unfortunately, winter will be upon us and I don't know where you reside, but personal hand washing the car is a BIG NO. Salt, dirty snow and everything else nature and other vehicular traffic throws at it is too much for anyone to keep up with.
Comes a decent (few and far between) sunny day, you cannot get close to the car washes. What the hell, by the time you get home, the car is mucked up already!
I'm wanna move to FLA or AZ. Anyone have room for my RT Trep 'n me?