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How do you keep your truck clean?

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Accessories' started by ChevyFan, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm guilty, I haven't hand washed a vehicle in years. I go to the drive-through car wash and let the machine do the work.

    However, I still like to put a coat of wax on it every month in the spring and summer.

    What does everyone else do?
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  2. 95CTburb19

    95CTburb19 New Member

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    well usually my vehicles are caked with mud so the car wash guys just laugh at me and tell me to go somewhere else. On occasion i will hand wash it, it just comes out better that way.
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  3. Cableguy

    Cableguy New Member

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    I'm a hand washer. I use my pressure washer and attachments at home. I have not been to a car wash in years. I just waxed mine a couple of weeks ago. :great:
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  4. tbplus10

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    I hand wash once a month and run them through the auto wash about twice a month.
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  5. GM_Guy

    GM_Guy New Member

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    mine gets cleaned every time it rains :)
    it's free :)
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  6. 89suburban350

    89suburban350 New Member

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    i use some stuff called meguires elite car wash concentrate... really good stuff for whenever you need a good shine and then i use meguires hot shine tire shine and then hot wheels wheel cleaner...then i clean the pipes with some brillo pads to keep em shiny... Ill wax it at the beginning of the month... i wash my burb about 3 times a month..
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  7. Davandy

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    I'm a hand washer too, I never go to the carwash.
    The Savana will get stuck in there. :rofl:
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  8. BINGO53

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    I definitely prefer to hand wash. I used to enjoy it as a Saturday ritual, but no longer have the physical stamina to do it as I like it done. I try to avoid the automatic car wash, because over time they do wear away at your finish. I prefer Meguire's products. Since the advent of good clear coat paint systems, I have not been much for waxing. What are the rest of you using for wax on your clear coat enamels? I usually go to the "quarter wash" as needed, and then as I am able do a good hand wash, complete with Q-Tips in the door jambs.

    The new Nox is the first black vehicle I have owned. I have trouble w/water spots when drying it at home. The spot free rinse at "quarter wash" is great, but the garden hose water evidently has minerals. Does anyone know of a good rinse product?

    Respectfully,
    BINGO53 :great:
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  9. Flatman

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    Hand wash every weekend unless it's raining (which has been killing me lately). I can't stand getting a crappy wash at a drive-thru and I don't trust those guys anyway!!!
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  10. NHSilverado

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    Ha! would take me a week to go over how I keep my vehicle clean if I were to go into real detail( no pun intended ). I am a detail fanatic and my truck is seldom dirty.

    Pretty much...

    Hand wash daily weather permitting( touch free car wash 2 X's p/week during winter when I can't do it myself ).

    Cleaner Wax, Polish( sometimes the colored variety to help with any scratches ), Premium Wax( Carnuba ) once p/ month once temps hit 50 degrees. Light weight quality wax every other week as a touch up also weather permitting. Once temps drop below 50 I will run it through the touch free car wash 1 p/week until I can no longer wash it myself and then it is covered by the 2X's p/week mentioned above.

    Vacuumed almost daily year round barring wet weather that day. Windows washed 2-3 X's p/week. Dash and door panels treated 1 p/week & dusted daily( TIP - Pledge "Grab-It" untreated dusting cloths work GREAT to remove dust and such from your interior trim/dash :great: ).

    Literally my vehicles look as good as the day they were brand new, if not better, even 3-4 years down the road when I sell them. Now, this is not to say my truck is NEVER dirty. Things happen and I am not always able to clean it as I like. Duck season is especially hard as not only am I in and out covered with mud and dirt but so is the dog plus it is winter time so we have a double dose of dirt. Some of the job sites can be really messy as well.

    Pretty much though my truck is kept spotless and sparkling. Can't stand a dirty vehicle.

    I pretty much only use Meguiar's products as well. When possible I use their Gold Class line. Nothing better out there so readily available IMO.
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  11. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr New Member

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    I'm with Jeff on this one.

    The Avalanche gets a bath regularly, but the burb....not so much:lol:
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  12. Slick6

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    detail

    :rolleyes: even tho im a die hard off roader im also a detail freak! lol i no how weird is that? i love gettin my sliverado dirty as hell then the second i get back on the road im havin seizures cuz people are looking n its not clean(which is prolly y theyre lookin in the first place!lol)! But i hand wash mine at least once a week usually tthursday cuz i like to cruise on friday so gotta b lookin good 4 the ladies!:tongue: lol. but first i take it and pressure wash the whole thing at a local wash station then i drive back to the house and hand wash it top to bottom twice, tires, wheels, door jams, wheel wells, any crack or crevice really. then i use s speacial detail compound from turtle wax then use turtle wax ICE to wax the whole truck and after all of that is dun i armorall the tires and completly clean the entire inside carpet floor mats windows everything then armorall all of that lol then it usually stays clean 4 3 or 4 days till i put it in the dirt again and all of this repeats itself lol! im gunna die doin it one day lol!
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  13. DeputyDave

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  14. G.M.C. SLT

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    Wow, thats impressive if you get sick of cleaning yours u cancome clean mine. Just Kidding,. I wash mine at home by hand everyother weekend and use a California car duster on it allmost every day.
    Anybody have any suggestions on keeping Leather clean and soft?
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  15. terry0341

    terry0341 New Member

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    How do you find the time?

    :neutral: NHsilverado, I love to wash my truck, since I got the new Burb I have been washing it about every three days. But, how do you find the time? I use the same products that you are using, have not found any better.
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  16. Paul M

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    I am in the Phoenix area. I keep the truck clean and garage it. When polishing a relatively good finish, I use Meguiar's New Car Glaze #5 or #7. I t will become squeaky clean. The cloth will squeak. Then follwo soon after with Mequiar's wax. The wax has been harder for me to find. I is Mirror glaze #26. It lasts the logest under the sun. If someone knows of something that lasts longer, I am all ears.
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  17. Dj Friction

    Dj Friction New Member

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    Well, clean is a relevant subject...... I have a 2 mile driveway that is gravel......Eastern Washington Columbia basin.........Dry , Dusty!!!

    Wash the trucks about twice a month........but they don't last but one drive out......

    I'll get picks next wash!!!!!
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  18. dwill3015

    dwill3015 New Member

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    I wash my truck once every week or so (depending on weather) and keep one of these handy jewels in my console for a dusting the interior every few days.
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