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Hey everyone, I've read about 3 pages of topics and its all good info....BUT
I just need a simple idea on what I need to do for a 97 black jetta trek that has never been waxed, it does have swirlies and small scratches around it.
What do you think I need to do (be specific, please) and in what order. I would appreciate it bunches, thanks
J
 

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Re: Emystify the Car Care Forum (TREKinFlorida)

Give it a good wash with a paint cleanser, like the Meguiars Clearcoat paint Cleanser, PS21 paint shampoo, or whatever is to your liking. Then, I'd give it a once over with a glay bar to get any bonded surface contaminants off. If the car has never been waxed it's likely it has plenty on there, so get at least two clay bars and lots of lube. Run your hand over it and you'll probably find that the surface is a little rough. You want to go over it a panel at a time and fold the clay often. Work in small areas using the clay bar's directions until they are smooth as glass to the touch. If you get any of the clay on the paint, which happens if you've never used it before or it's cold, use bug and tar remover to get the clay off after you're done with the entire panel, as the clay and the bug and tar remover don't mix.
After the clay bar, use a polish specifically designed for dark car swirls. I've had good results with 3M Imperial Hand Glaze, and even better results with 3M Swirm Remover for dark cars. Zaino Bros also have a good product which is supposed to completely remove all swirls without removing any clearcoat like a traditional polish will. After you've polished, use a good wax to go over it, as the 3M IHG or Swirl Remover will come off if it's not protected. Or, instead of using the 3M polishes you can go with a polymer sealant like Klasse All-in-One which does a good job of filling in swirls and also acts as a tough outer shell that provides much more protection than wax. Unfortunately, you cannot put All-in-One over 3M polish because the All-in-one will remove it since it also acts as a paint cleaner.
 

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Re: Emystify the Car Care Forum (TREKinFlorida)

WASH AND DRY THE WHOLE CAR TWO TIMES
MEGUIARS QUIK CLAY
MEGUIARS CLEAR COAT PAINT CLEANER
MEGUIARS SHOW CAR GLAZE
MEGUIARS POLYMER SEALANT
MEGUAIRS HI-TECH YELLOW CARNUBA LIQUID WAX
If you do all of that in order...you car will look like new...(well, at least the paint will)
 

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Re: Emystify the Car Care Forum (user name unknown)

Thanks! both of you. I am going to head over to the parts store this afternoon

a few more questions. so, a clay BAR is soft or hard? and it just cleans it off? does it scratch?
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How do i know if I have a clearcoat or not, I thought all recently made cars had clearcoats???
 

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Re: Emystify the Car Care Forum (Soko_Loko)

Well this is what I found
MOTHERS CLAY BAR KIT
MEGUIARS CLEAR COAT PAINT CLEANER
MEGUIARS SHOW CAR GLAZE
MEGUAIRS HI-TECH YELLOW CARNUBA LIQUID WAX
Spent about 45 dollars, not bad I guess. The only thing I'm hesitant to use is the clay. Question: If I run out of detail spray to use while I'm using the clay, can I use wateR?
 

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Re: Emystify the Car Care Forum (Soko_Loko)

If you run out of clay bar lube, get a bottle of instant detailer. Water isn't slippery enough - it'll cause the bar to streak on the paint, which is a pain to clean up.
Doesn't make any real difference on the detailer brand: Mothers Showtime, Meguiar's Quik Detailer, Eagle 1 detailer all will work.
 
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