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So we have a bunch of topics of how good our FuSpo's look, but nothing yet about what care products we are using...

Who uses what, and what suggestions / experiences do you have with one product or another?

Personally, I've always used just cheap off-the-shelf cleaning products from a local auto parts store, but I'm wanting to change that for the FuSpo! Need suggestions on car soap, wheel cleaner, glass cleaner, interior detailer, clay bar / clay bar lube, car wax, wheel wax, tire shine (without slinging everywhere), etc.

I used to detail cars in the past, but the majority of the products we used were all professional-use-only and not available anywhere. Let's get some links up!
 

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I wish I had the time to give my FuSpo a personal bath and makeover... however, I don't. So I usually end up taking mine to a local shop once a month in the summer and once or twice in the winter.

I may regret saying this, but I do send her through auto wash to keep her shiny
 

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I've cleaned my own cars for over a decade. I use a spray foam nozzle with meguiars gold class soap. I also use a Boar's Hair brush. They stink, but they're awesome. Before waxing for the first time it's a good idea to clay bar the entire car to remove any rail dust or anything else that may have stuck to the paint in transit. Afterwards Meguiar's polish, followed by Meguiar's gold class wax. To keep her nice and shiny after each wash I use Turtle Wax Ice spray wax. In my opinion it's the best spray wax hands down. In between washes Meguiar's quick detailer. I'm obviously a Meguiar's fan, but I've used them all, and Meguiar's is hard to beat for the money. Griot's Garage and Chemical Guys also make some great products.
 

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Been browsing autogeek, the options really are limitless.

Gonna have to come up with a list that works well for me. There's a lot of kits, but they don't all include what I want. Specifically, it seems they mostly lack clay bars, and wheel waxes.

I'll come up with a list in the near future for tweaking.
 

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Im also a fan of Meguiars products, I use their version of whatever product i need, except bug and tar remover. The best b&t remover I've used, and always buy is turtle wax. I used to drive to columbus from cleveland and back again 1-2 times a week for about 6 months and I would collect quite the splattering of dead bugs. Turtle wax b&t would get them off even if they had been stuck for a few days when I couldnt wash my car. I swear by that stuff.
 
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I used Zaino products on my black G8 for years. The entire kit set me back about $400 and it was a process at first but the stuff lasts forever and the results were nothing short of epic. I threw the last of it away after almost 8 years when I decided to garage the car.
 

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Autogeek.net has some great stuff and even great tutorial videos. Their customer service sucks, but they have great prices and products. I typically buy from Amazon or Advanced online. Advanced always has insane coupon codes available. I've used TRT30 forever, and I would guess it still works (30%). If you're just getting started make sure to watch some videos, it's easy to get wash happy and swirl the bejesus out of your paint. Invest in good microfiber towels specific to the job at hand-Interior, drying, spray wax, etc etc.
 

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I shop autogeek for mostly all of my stuff. Get the pinnacle ultra poly clay bar. Best one I have used. Other than that, I use meguiar's gold class soap and carnauba wax.
 

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Autogeek.net has some great stuff and even great tutorial videos. Their customer service sucks, but they have great prices and products. I typically buy from Amazon or Advanced online. Advanced always has insane coupon codes available. I've used TRT30 forever, and I would guess it still works (30%). If you're just getting started make sure to watch some videos, it's easy to get wash happy and swirl the bejesus out of your paint. Invest in good microfiber towels specific to the job at hand-Interior, drying, spray wax, etc etc.
Thanks for the tips on cost / where to buy. As far as cleaning goes, I've spent a couple years doing full detailing, including buffing and polishing... Ever since I left the field though, I've not touched it again. There's a lot of difference between the consumer and professional side, and truth be told we bought a lot in bulk, so I rarely saw the names of the products. :)
 

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I've been cleaning new cars, for a very long time and I prefer Griots Garage products. Their soap is the best. It stays foamy the longest. Clay used with Speed Shine once a year prepares the paint for the Best Of Show wax which is tough to get off but is worth it. I use Speed shine to dry every wash. Most of the products have a distinctive sweet smell, kind of like the Tide of car cleaning. They have all kinds of towels for each step of the process. I still do use Armorall though on the dash and other plastic.
 

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I'm a big turtle wax guy. I've been using it since my first vehicle and have never stopped. I know there are a lot of other car care products out there but I have never been unhappy with the results that I have gotten from turtle wax! Especially now that I have a black car again (my sport) I can use the black detailer to really bring out the black in my fusion. If any of you are on instagram, check out my page...same as my user name on here to see how clean I kept my ST when I owned her.
 

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Alright, so after some careful consideration, here's the list I've come up with for EXTERIOR car care... Interior still to come. :D

Soap: Chemical Guys CWS_101 Maxi-Suds II - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TPW5YM
Foamer: DUSICHIN SFL-001 Foam Cannon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WPKHFA6
Grit Guard: 5 Gallon Bucket Grit Guard + Washboard - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EM621YK
Wash Mitt: Generic Microfiber Wash Mitt (the kind with the little fingers to trap dirt) - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YEWFNFW
Clay Bar: Mothers 07240 Gold - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002U2V1Y
Wheel Treatment: Carpro Iron X - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UM6DLE
Drying: Chemical Guys MIC_721 Miracle Dryer - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TZBQ0S
Wax: Meguiar's G18211 Ultimate Paste - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HCS4PK
Wheel Wax: Chemical Guys WAC_303 Wheel Guard - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001THV9D0
Detailing Brushes: Detail Buddy Assorted - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CWP9UC4
Spray Detailer: Chemical Guys WAC-808 Hybrid V7 - https://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Guys-WAC_808_16-Optical-Detailer/dp/B004UPZXQM

Plus some Microfiber towels (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DV2OJYG is a good deal if you need them), a power washer for the foam gun, and some foam applicator pads for wax (the Meguiar's comes with one, but the wheel wax doesn't).

That's pretty much the start and finish of the exterior, enough to clean everything, clay everything (one use for the clay system), dry everything, wax everything (including the wheels, which is required after the wheel fix I had done), and keep them looking good between washes with a spray detailer.
 
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