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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Don't forget about using cloth baby diapers on your paint...the good ones were stitched Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

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    -I used Zep brand glass cleaner on everything in interiors. Actually a great glass cleaner. Zep glass cleaner and 90’svCadillac vinyl do not always interact well

    -Would buff with a rotary in the early 2000’s and only clean my “foam” pad at the end of my polishing for the day. I would always clean out my pads every day.

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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by DETAILROOKIE View Post
    Anyone else cringe at their old detailing techniques?
    I sometimes look back in fondness at the early 2000's when I'd buy the $129 Zaino Show Car Kit each Spring (thinking it was a silly amount of money) and that was pretty much the car care expenditure for the year for the black C5 Corvette.

    To go back to the early 1980's it was wash the car in the driveway w/ Dawn, a bucket and a sponge, dry it with a cotton beach towel and then drive 10 miles up to the local park to wax with a tin of Rain Dance paste and another cotton beach towel and slather the BF Goodrich Radial TA's with Armor All. All with the air cleaner lid flipped for that 'ram air' effect on the 160hp (likely optimistic) 350-2bbl engine. Did have a floor shifter auto cuz, ya know...'race car' :lol:

    All the cool kids had air shocks and Cragar's though so strictly 'pretender status' for me.
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    This the most accurate post description for the 80's! Right down to applying Rain Dance at the local park!! AWESOME!! People were undoubtedly all about your car too I bet!!
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    Using Brillo pads to clean my dads whitewalls.......(1965)
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    I think the first time I washed a car, when I was done, I dumped the remaining soapy bucket water onto the hood and rinsed again. You know, cannot let that soap go to waste. Oooooff.
    I was an "old t shirt for wax removal guy" when I was 16.

    At least I was never the gas station scrub down (with the window washing squeegee) guy. I still see that happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psnt1ol View Post
    by me bringing up the newspaper and you acknowledging it... we both gave away our age. LOL

    I remember watching my dad waxed his car with a wax that came in a tin canister. He used his lighter to liquified the wax to make it easier to apply. That stuff was so hard to remove.
    Must have been Simonize Paste Wax, been there done that. It was definately an all day job and vehicles back then were not midgets.

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    back in the day i used a bucket , sponge and plain water to wash my dads car , then wipe it down with terry towels. wax of choice was simonize paste wax . later i would put a cup of kerosene in the bucket of water to wash the car , the first rinseless car wash.the car was a 1946 dodge maroon in color and it did look good mainly because few people would clean there cars back then unless they were new. later on when vista wax came on the market , that was the wax of choice.

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    Dish soap, a stiff-ish brush on a stick, and a couple old T-shirts was the way I always saw my dad do it.

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    California Car Duster and those Water blades used to dry. I’m guilty of using those things in the past.

    I still use a mini California duster inside the car, I keep it in the glove box. Just for those times I find dust on the dashboard and I’m not home.
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