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anyone have tips for cleaning a black car?

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#16 M.Cain OFFLINE  

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Posted March 15, 2015 - 10:13 PM

After you cleaned go to napa and get liquid glass but after you apply it don't set anything  on it as it will slide off . My dark green cutlass done the same thing till I applied it.  Good stuff

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Posted March 15, 2015 - 10:19 PM

If you wash a black car with soap after it has been sitting in the bright sun, the soap and the minerals in the water can actually "etch" into the paint.
It can be prevented by cooling the surface of the car with plain, cool water, before using soap.

That actually happens on all vehicles regardless of color, you just can't see it as well.

I rinse, wash with soap, rinse again, allow to drain off but not dry, then Turtle Wax Ice with microfiber towels on and off.

Two of three of my vehicles are silver. I sometimes wish the truck was too.
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Posted March 16, 2015 - 08:22 PM

Has anyone suggested you paint it yellow yet?
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Posted March 16, 2015 - 09:39 PM

I will post up of my thoughts on auto detailing later.  

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Posted March 16, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Yep, you have touched on the #1 of my top ten list of why not to own a black car.


The second reason was that everyone thinks you are either an undertaker (when they want to take you to the body, just say you are only in sales and you don't pick up the customers) or a cop (now you know why everyone drops down to a speed limit when you get behind them).


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Posted March 17, 2015 - 07:55 AM

Go to an auto parts store, Wal-Mart or other box store that has auto supplies and get what is called a "California Squeegee".  It is made of a soft, flexible type of plastic.  You use it like any other squeegee and go over your vehicle to clear the water off.  If water does come back from someplace it will not spot it.  Works great on windows and all.  I have a Black Avalanche and use it every time I wash it.  I use the car wash and put the wax on after the wash and then rinse it off, then the squeegee. 

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Posted March 17, 2015 - 09:07 AM

I have to admit that you folks are a lot more diligent about auto care than people out here in Dusty Flats. 85% of the roads out here are gravel and dirt which makes detailed auto care hopeless. 

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Posted March 17, 2015 - 11:07 AM

Ok, here is my process that gives a durable, lasting shine.

  1. Wash car with dish detergent in warm water (Joy is recommended) - I like a sponge covered with nylon mesh as it helps remove stuck on bugs)

  2. Rinse (softened water prevents spotting)

  3. Remove bugs/tar with WD40 or bug/tar remover

  4. Wash those areas with same water with dish detergent

  5. Rinse

  6. Clay bar all surfaces of car (starting on the top and working to bottom) - use plenty of spray detailer to act as lubricant.  Follow directions on the box

  7. Wash car again with detergent in warm water

  8. Rinse

  9. Apply Liquid Glass as instructed (I use terrycloth - old washcloth or towel) and make sure you get it applied evenly

  10. Buff off with microfiber or old bath towel

  11. Let cure in sun

  12. Apply 2nd coat of Liquid Glass

Liquid Glass gives a great shine and salt/road grime washes off very easy.  


Here are vehicles that I have used this process.  The 2000 Maxima has received this treatment since day one.








Here is my Jeep that I purchased in 2012 and detailed with this process.  







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Posted March 17, 2015 - 05:36 PM

I'm with Cvans on this one.....the only dirt that I don't get on my truck is road tar, these roads aren't paved or hard topped,. I guess there are advantages to living in the boonies, lol.

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Posted March 17, 2015 - 05:46 PM

Has anyone suggested dynamite? :bigrofl:

I had a black truck one time, never again. It was cheap because it was a scratch and dent special. I still dont know why i bought that truck... But i did sell it for what i had in it after one year.