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Here's my way of cleaning my vehicles. I will post a picture of how my '08 paint looks like.
1) Park in the shade, allow the paint to cool, and rinse with a power washer.
2) Prepare two buckets full of water, one with the car soap of your choice (I prefer Meguiar's NXT), and the other with just clean, warm water.
3) Wash small sections of the vehicle at a time using a clean sheepskin mitt (or similar), rinse the mitt in the water bucket in between sections, rinsing the section with a steady (not harsh) stream of water, and refilling the mitt with clean suds.
4) Spray the wheels with a wheel cleaner, allow it to soak in for a minute, and then wash with the mitt and some clean suds. Rinse the wheels with a steady stream of water.
5) Dry the vehicle with a microfiber absorbent towel.
6) Begin clay barring with the kit of your choice. I prefer Mother's of Meguiar's, as they give you more clay to work with. Be sure to take your time and work in small, circular motions.
7) Use a compound or polish of your choice, but take a few breaks, as this will really begin to hurt your arm! Polish is hard to remove by hand! But this will ensure that any swirl marks will be diminished, and will give the paint a deeper shine.
8) Follow up with a carnauba cleaner wax. I use Meguiar's standard cleaner wax, but P21S is an excellent wax if you don't mind spending the extra money. I would do several coats, if you have the time and strength. I usually have to stop at two.
9) Finish it up with a nice wax or polish. I have like Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax, but I found my white truck to really like the Nu-Finish stuff that has been around for years. And the protection that stuff offers is amazing. But my Dark Shadow Metallic or Dark Copper Metallic painted trucks haven't liked it very much. It seemed to dull the shine a little bit.
10) Clean the windows with Windex or whatever you choose.
11) Amorall every plastic piece on the exterior, several times.
12) Use Meguiar's Tire Foam on the tires. It will clean the rest of the dirt off your tires, while leaving a deep black shine without too much gloss, or the impossible to remove overspray from other tire shines. This stuff wipes right off your wheels.
REMINDER: Never use a degreaser on the paint. If left on the paint for too long, it will begin to eat the clear coat.
If you need any more in depth help, or some interior or engine detailing help, I'd be glad to assist you.
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