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After owning my 2010 RRS HSE LUX for a couple of weeks now and seeing snow etc in between I have power washed the crud off but am now getting ready for its first 'real' bath. I have the Santorini Black and want to keep it looking great with no swirls, scratches etc. So my question is what products should I use and tools to keep it looking great. I am a lover of Meguilars products but am open to suggestions and any ideas on ensuring she keeps looking good as new :)

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Neither my FFRR or GTS has ever seen a brushless car wash; as I inevitably spent more time fixing these establishements mistakes, lessons learned from my black LR3, than if I had just washed it myself in the first place.

Like Carter, I wholly endorse autogeek.com.

For the LR3 and FFRR I use Mother's Wash, Griot's Pre-Wax Cleaner, One Step Sealant, Best-in-Show, Spray on Wax with a Random Orbital 3 times a year. Parked outside with Redwood and Oak trees about and 50+ inches of rain a year.

For the GTS I use Mother's Wash, Griot's Pre-Wax Cleaner, Klasse AIO, Klasse Sealant, Griot's Spray on Wax. I gave up trying to use Griot's on Porsche's, because it is so difficult to get the wax/sealant off and it never seems to last more than a month.

Have used Zymol and Griot's leather cleaner/conditioners, but am moving to Leather Masters.
 

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Wildcat1 said:
I have the Santorini Black and want to keep it looking great with no swirls, scratches etc. So my question is what products should I use and tools to keep it looking great.
From the beginning I always used microfiber mits and towels for washing/drying - never put a mark on there. The brush marks are another story.
 

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Maintaining a black car is one of the most difficult things to do in my opinion. That's why I went with white...but black does look the best when it's clean.

The site recommendations made by the earlier posts are good, and you should also check out autopia.org. Very useful information there.
 

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Just picked up my 2010 last week. I LOVE the truck. Spent 6 hours detailing it on the weekend.

Washing
- I have three different mitts. One for paint / One for lower body panels / One for tires and rims. Protect the one for paint because even one small grain of sand will end up putting lines in your paint.

- Always power wash the vehicle to get as much of the dirt and other contaminants that can scratch the paint off before you go rubbing a mitt up and down the side. Do not use a lot of pressure.

- After washing, run just the hose over the vehicle to let the water sheet off so there isn’t much left to remove. If possible, never wash or wax your car in the sun.


Drying
- I don’t uses hard chamois and a lot of pressure drying the vehicle. I use a Zaino boarderless towels with light pressure. When doing the windows I have a micro fiber cloth to follow the Zaino towel to get ride of excess moisture.


Waxing
- Use Zaino Z6 and two Zaino towels (one to apply and one to remove) to clean the paint and get rid of all watermarks. There are videos on YouTube on how to apply.

- I then waxed by hand using AutoGlym High Definition Wax. I used the Zaino applicator instead of the one included in the AutoGlym box. Wet it thoroughly with hot water. Apply in very thin coats. Video available on the AutoGlym website on how to properly apply. I re-dampened the applicator several times while doing the entire vehicle. I waxed the rims as well. If applied properly, it comes off with little effort. I used two towels to remove. One to get the bulk of the wax off and one to buff. This wax does not turn plastic white.


Leather
- There are a lot of good products out there but the Zaino leather treatment is excellent. Non-greasy and smells like leather. Used small micro fiber cloth to apply.


In the next few weeks I am going to try the Zaino Z2 / Z8 and other product but for now, the truck is protected and looks great. I’d post a picture but the resolution on the ones I have are too high.
 

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Auto Glem!!!

I love their products. And Lexol leather care stuff is good as well.

Mothers never has the shine as Auto Glem.
 

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Despite the fact that I begged them to never wash my car, my dealer thought they were being nice and washed my black RRS using their automated brush wash. Needless to say, it was covered with swirl marks. Funny thing is this happened twice and twice they paid for full polish job.

Recently between full wash, I've been very happy with Optimum No Rinse and microfiber mit/drying towel. Doesn't cause swirls and gets the car clean with minimal amount of water.
 

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Per my previous post, I went to the local Pep Boys and asked if they sell Fukken Wax. Just a heads up if any of you guys are looking for it, because it went something like this:

Me: Hi how are you, do you sell Fukken Wax?

Clerk: What?

Me: Fukken wax, do you have Fukken wax?

Clerk: Why are you using that language, sir? You mean...like car wax?

Me: Yeah I'm just looking for Fukken wax, you know...to wax my car with.

Clerk(trying to be funny): Your f**kin' car, you mean?

At that point it just degenerated into a shouting match with lots of expletives flying between us and a manager escorted me out. All in all, not a very good experience. Just fyi.
 

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Goose, you are Fukken funny...

anyway, all my car has been black except this time being silver ( I got tired of black) but still my wife's GLK is black..

black is bitXX to take care of but the worse black is my previous AUDI (non metallic black)

I don't think you can't say which brand is better than the other, I mean obviously you get what you paid for, but I have seen detailer who brings out better result

with maguire than menzerna (people say best polisher in the market) or otherway around, it really comes down to how you're skilled!!

as far as wax goes, I went with durability over shinny for SUV, so I went with synthetic wax over carnauba wax.

do a search and see how much you are willing to spend.. : )

if you are not comfortable, find good detailer around you
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