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Ok, after much debate Ive decided that the black just looks too cool to pass up. So now the only problem is figuring out how to avoid getting it all scratched up.

I plan on washing it once a week when I have time on the weekends. What is the best method?? Ive heard some things about Zaino, and Ive heard not to use certain types of cloth.

I need REAL instructions here though. The only way Ive ever washed a car is with a bucket full of soapy water and a cotton rag. So what kind of car wash soap? What kind of wax? What kind of cloth? Is there a 'best' way to get the dirt off before wiping so it doesnt scratch? or a 'best' way to avoid getting dirt imbedded in the rag that might scratch?

Assume im an idiot and give me some careful instructions because I dont want to make any mistakes to my soon to be new baby. Its my first new car.


Thanks in advance!

oh, when Im pressed for time is it safe to goto a touch free car wash?
 

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I had a black SVT Contour which looked great,....for about a month. You just cant help but pick up a granual of sand, or a spec of dirt on your wash cloth/drying towel. And you will never know it untill you start noticing the little minute scratches showing up on the hood. I know this is not the advice you are looking for, but for me the best way to keep a black car scratch free is,.....Get a red one :lol:

Thats what I did....
 

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there would be no way u will be able to avoid swirls dont worry it will bother u after a while u will get used it. its a battle u will lose. :(
 

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My .02 - personally, I use "Liquid Glass" to protect the paint of my vehicles. I have a friend that swears by the stuff and it seems to do a good job (better than the basic wax.)
 

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technique

Always wash and wax your car in the shade.
Make sure the first thing you do when you get the car is apply a high quality wax such as Maguire’s Gold Class or Zymol after the car has been fully washed and dried. Make sure to get a nice full even coat on there.
You don’t need to wash the car every time it's dirty. The dirt will not "scratch" the paint unless you rub it in.
The key is lots and lots of water when you wash.
Drench the car and the high quality washing cloth that you buy from the auto parts store. No sponges or tee-shirts please.
I like the Maguire’s "soft wash" I think it’s called. It is pink and in a clear bottle. Use a cap full or two and make sure that your wash cloth is clean and soaking wet before you use it. Wash out the pail that you use every time you wash the car. I like using one of the Igloo coolers with the top removed. It has a nice handle and carries a good amount of water. Wash the car from the top down washing the canopy area first and then rinsing it off so that the soap water/dirty water does not dry on the finish. Move to different sections of the car and wash and rinse them individually like say the front clip.
Wash off soapy water then move to the next section.
After the whole car is washed use an absorber material to clean up the residual water that has not beaded off your nice wax job.
I REALLY like this thing called "The Absorber". It costs ten bucks but has been the best drying tool I have ever used. Find it at "Pep Boys", etc.
Open all the doors and dry inside the door jambs. Get all that water out as it will just pour out after you start driving and adhere dirt to your freshly washed car.
So to Sum up:
1)Good thick quality wax to protect your finish.
2)Lots of water
3)Soft clean quality washing cloth.
4)Clean bucket with fresh water.
5)Good quality washing soap. Please no Palmolive like this one girl next to me at the manual car wash. :x
6)More water.
7)No automatic car washes. Some will say that the touch less are OK but its your paint so do as you will.
8)Quality drying material that is also washed regularly.

I have had three black cars and one dark green one and have not experienced swirl marks that could not be removed by buffing and waxing again. Allot of the swirls you may see can be in the wax and possibly in the clear coat but can be removed.
Black kicks ass. :D

Evan
 

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I agree with what has been already said. Use plenty of water while washing, try to keep your cleaning item clean (rag, or whatever), and I would never take a car through any kind of automatic car wash. I won't even take my 16 year old car through one! Black paint shows everything. That's just the way it is. Plan on using some kind of swirl removing polish once in a while.
 

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Thanks a ton abaddsm. You made my day!

I like hearing how to do it a lot more than hearing that it cant be done.
 

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Re: technique

abaddsm said:
After the whole car is washed use an absorber material to clean up the residual water that has not beaded off your nice wax job.
I REALLY like this thing called "The Absorber". It costs ten bucks but has been the best drying tool I have ever used. Find it at "Pep Boys", etc.
First of all, excellent post! (I only trimmed it to save space :wink: )

Second, I agree completely with using "The Absorber" for drying. I use a second one for washing too. Those things are great.
 

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My friend has a black '00 civic si just like mine. He is VERY anal about washing the car. He uses the hose for a long time and really loosens everything up. He then attaches this bottle of meguiars soap (special hose thing) to the hose, and sprays soapy water on the car. He lets that soapy water sit on the car for a few minutes (does not let it dry), then rinses the car again. Then he applies the soapy water again (this time from a bucket). He uses a differerent was cloth for EVERY section of the car. He says this is the most important part. He said wringing out the cloth is not good enough...you have to switch clothes after you finish the hood...roof...door...etc. To dry the car he uses the Absorber to get the beads of water, then switches to a towel to prevent water spots. He then used some good meguairs wax. After the first few months, he started using clay bars and clear coat paint cleaner (made by meguiars) before waxing. Let me tell you...his car still looks BRAND new. I didnt have the time...or the resources (i live in an apartment..no where to wash my car) to wash my car like he did and it shows :? I have swirl marks and scratches....my SRT-4 will be silver :wink:
 

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My friend has a black '00 civic si just like mine. He is VERY anal about washing the car. He uses the hose for a long time and really loosens everything up. He then attaches this bottle of meguiars soap (special hose thing) to the hose, and sprays soapy water on the car. He lets that soapy water sit on the car for a few minutes (does not let it dry), then rinses the car again. Then he applies the soapy water again (this time from a bucket). He uses a differerent was cloth for EVERY section of the car. He says this is the most important part. He said wringing out the cloth is not good enough...you have to switch clothes after you finish the hood...roof...door...etc. To dry the car he uses the Absorber to get the beads of water, then switches to a towel to prevent water spots. He then used some good meguairs wax. After the first few months, he started using clay bars and clear coat paint cleaner (made by meguiars) before waxing. Let me tell you...his car still looks BRAND new. I didnt have the time...or the resources (i live in an apartment..no where to wash my car) to wash my car like he did and it shows :? I have swirl marks and scratches....my SRT-4 will be silver :wink:
Massive respect to anyone who has that kind of patience and time. I'm sure it shows, but I just don't have that kind of patience. I'd rather spend the time driving it :twisted:
 

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Ya...me too :twisted:

Honestly, I thought he would give up on his car washing regimen after the first year....but he has stuck to it. It takes him between 2 and 3 hours each time. I couldnt do that...but I guess hes more show than go...im the opposite :twisted:
 
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