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Keeping new truck looking new

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by shoebag22, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Sep 7, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    shoebag22 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    I just bought a 2011 DCLB and was wondering where I should start with taking care of the exterior. I have ready many of the posts, but didn't really see what I was looking for. If i run my hand over the paint, it feels like glass.
    1. Since this is the case, i should not have to clay, correct?
    2. since i won't have to clay, I should't have to polish?
    3. Can i just get a high quality wash and a high quality wax wash every week and wax every 2 months?
    4. It sounds like microfiber towels are used to dry and to remove the wax haze. How many towels should I purchase for my truck?

    I know these are dumb questions, but I want to take care of my truck from the start and purchase the right equipment once instead of crappy stuff the first time, then quality.
  2. Sep 7, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Fink Motorboatin' SOB

    Mar 12, 2009
    First Name:
    Orlando, FL
    2013 Regular Cab 4x4
    WeatherTechs, 265/75-16 DuraTracs, ATX Mojave Teflon Wheels, ARE V-Series Shell
    Congrats on the new truck! I just got my 2011 two months ago, yesterday.

    You are correct that you should not have to clay it - in fact, the service records on my Tacoma (courtesy of http://www.toyota.com/owners/) say that it was clayed the day it got to my dealer. Who knows if that is true or not.

    I try and wash my truck at least once a week, but lately with all of the sporadic and quick rain showers we get here, it's been twice a week or so. I live in an apartment so I do not have room to hand wash it very often - I just go to the closest, decent looking manual wash bay place and spend about $10 or so on it.

    I have always been wary of using anything to dry my vehicles aside from hitting the highway at 70mph or so. :D

    Just find yourself a good bucket wash, some good tire shine (I recommend Meguiar's Endurance Gel) and a good wax and polish and you should be good.

    I always rely on Griot's Garage for my stuff - but there are ton of other brands out there. Zymol is a big one, and would probably be my second choice.

    There is a thread just below yours that is titled, Best wax to use and it has some good recommendations from other members on the waxes that they prefer.

    Good luck!

  3. Sep 7, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

    Nov 21, 2010
    First Name:
    Kealakekua, Hawaii
    Lifted 00 TRD Off-Road
    fox extended travel remote resivoir coilovers, 14" eibach 600lb coils, All Pro tubular chromoly 1" uniball upper control arms, All Pro expedition leaf packs, 10" bilstein 5150 piggyback reservoir shocks 265/75r16 Goodyear wrangler MT/R kevlars wrapped around 16" Helo 791 gloss black, Mini H1 retrofits with 6000k bulbs, 18" magnaflow w/custom exhaust reroute various decals, Sockmonkey retro hood stripes
    answered in red. I'd check out the other detailing threads (Like Fink said) if you have more questions.

    (P.S. Zymol>Every other wax, ever. Period. :spy: :D )

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