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What car care products do you use?

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Just curious as to what everyone else uses to keep their Spark all nice and shiny.

I have only used Autoglym products and I'm really happy with the results :) I have never got into the really long detailed cleans and I was wondering since the car is so new (has paint protection from GM) when should I wax or clay bar the vehicle?

-Brit

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I use all Mothers products. I don't know what protectant GM uses but I would not trust it. I'm a firm believer in good hand detailing and waxing. As for clay bar you need to see if the paint has contaminants in it first. If its baby smooth no clay and straight to a good wax.

Also practice good washing and drying techniques. I always say you get out what you put in.

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I use all Mothers products. I don't know what protectant GM uses but I would not trust it. I'm a firm believer in good hand detailing and waxing. As for clay bar you need to see if the paint has contaminants in it first. If its baby smooth no clay and straight to a good wax.

Also practice good washing and drying techniques. I always say you get out what you put in.

I wash my Spark once a week to keep the road grim and dirt down, plus I love the shiny look :D Before the summer heat I will give it a good wax and then regularly wash it :)

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I wash 1-5 times a week and wax every 1-4 weeks year round. When I don't wax I will use Mothers spray wax to give that extra shine and protection between waxing.

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I wash 1-5 times a week and wax every 1-4 weeks year round. When I don't wax I will use Mothers spray wax to give that extra shine and protection between waxing.

WOW!! :)

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I wash 1-5 times a week and wax every 1-4 weeks year round. When I don't wax I will use Mothers spray wax to give that extra shine and protection between waxing.

Wow, compared to you it's like I never wash mine :)

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I'm crazy enough that I sometimes wash in the rain too. I just don't like any dirt or contaminants on my vehicles if I can help it. Besides it helps living in sunny Florida.

If we go on a road trip I have to wash what vehicle we take when we get to our destination or at least wipe the front down to remove bugs.

My hobbies are my vehicles and electronics. I would be rather fiddling around than watching tv, thankfully I have a family that understands and gets involved.

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<blockquote class='ipsBlockquote'data-author="bluer101" data-cid="3987" data-time="1364735256"><p>

I'm crazy enough that I sometimes wash in the rain too. I just don't like any dirt or contaminants on my vehicles if I can help it. Besides it helps living in sunny Florida. If we go on a road trip I have to wash what vehicle we take when we get to our destination or at least wipe the front down to remove bugs. My hobbies are my vehicles and electronics. I would be rather fiddling around than watching tv, thankfully I have a family that understands and gets involved.</p></blockquote>

Those love bugs are just as bad as bird droppings, like they're acidic. Those really eat into the paint, and often require clay bars or high speed compound to get the stains out.

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i use an armour all soap

about 2 (usually 4 but this thing is tiny) microfiber towels to wash.

an a big Absorbies drying towel. This thing is great it works like a charm WAY better then Shamwow.

i still haven't picked a wheel cleaner. Dipyourcar.com sells this new product called BDP (break dust pro) that cleans the crap off of wheels. Video is very convincing ... $20 price tag is not lol

Meticulous Matte Auto Wash is another product i want to dry for my spoiler.

as for glass i use this foam cleaner.

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WORKS LIKE A CHARM ! sold at the 99 cent store lol love it.

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Meguiars and Mothers! I like Eagle one quick wax for in between, but very hard to find. Been a Meguiars fan forrover a decade.

Edited by Sparktacus

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I'm crazy enough that I sometimes wash in the rain too. I just don't like any dirt or contaminants on my vehicles if I can help it. Besides it helps living in sunny Florida. If we go on a road trip I have to wash what vehicle we take when we get to our destination or at least wipe the front down to remove bugs. My hobbies are my vehicles and electronics. I would be rather fiddling around than watching tv, thankfully I have a family that understands and gets involved.

I can attest, FL sun is crazy BRUTAL on cars down here, I washed my caddy once a week and the paint literally shone while others with the same car didn't maintain it and the paint went to fade/bubble/clearcoat gone. I demanded dealer installed tint because I know just how much the sun can destroy the inside as well.

I'm getting ready for my first wash here later this week, I want to keep in the habit of every 1-2 weeks like I did with my eldo, and since this car is so much smaller I won't have sore arms when I'm done :)

I'm def interested in getting a good wax coating on it, the dealer did it but IDK that just doesn't feel right....although the last time I waxed I missed a spot and had wax on the black ><

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thanks to bluer ive gone the Mothers Route... having been a turtle wax guy back in my high school days. Mothers is worth the money...

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Number ONE best selling and the HIGHEST reviews at Amazon is...

Liquid Glass LG-100 Ultimate Auto Polish/Finish - 16 oz.

Never have tried it, But think I will. Under 20 bucks.

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I've done pernament coat to my spark that is called Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0, search for it online,

it should lasts atleast 2 years with a very nice shine and protection on the paint

the problem that it needed very high prepartion before applying this stuff because after it dry's you can't remove it, only with aggresive polish

so it needs to be put in a clean room so dust won't attach to it, This is how she looks after the process:

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Edited by ValorHeart

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From time to time (about once a month or so) I go to a little garage in Miami Beach that does detailing among other custom work and for $17 ( + tip for a good job) they hand wash and wax, vacuum the interior and apply a very glossy, long lasting tire shine product they buy in bulk. Only thing I do in between is clean the windows and spray a cheap tire shine product on the engine and engine bay area that keeps the aluminum from oxidizing, the plastic and rubber shiny and other components rust free. Cheap and fast and the 'tire shine' refills for the spray bottle are cheap at about $4 for a half gallon so I use that on brake calipers and drums & rust prone areas on the car underside as well. Calipers and drums look like new.

We have a lot of salty wind where I live, 150ft from the ocean and with prevailing winds blowing directly at us, everything on my deck and inside the garage that is bare metal develops surface rust very quickly and we find the cars with salty 'haze' on the windows some cooler mornings.

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I have a nice variety of cleaners I use. These are the best I have found out of trial and error over the years.

Eagle One spray wax

Armor All Detailer

Mother's foaming wheel cleaner

Windex foam

Mothers California Gold car wash

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Meguiers fan here. 

Been around awhile and always loved there product lines. 

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Posted (edited)

I know this is an old thread, but I'm a fan of Adams polishes, and Chemical Guys, depending on specifically what type of cleaning supplies I am getting. I also have Mothers, Meguiars, Turtle Wax, and Croftgate stuff. I tend to prefer Adams and Chemical Guys. Although I will admit I don't use any of it on my Spark. I've only washed the Spark like twice in the year I've owned it. Intentionally got white so it doesn't look that dirty. All my detailing goes to my Mustang instead, which has a Metallic Green paint.

Edited by Ajstolz

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Im using aero cosmetics waterless wash right now, it is good all around the car, inside and out. 

And I use mothers carnauba wax.

Edited by Mr.tozzi

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I like Eagle One gel wax. Can use it on the black plastic trim, lenses, windows, basically everything on the exterior other than the tires.For those I use Armor All Extreme tire shine. I like original Armor All protectant for the interior plastic. 

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