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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

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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.
    I have the little hand held Swiffer and my own stash of Swiffer refill heads behind the truck seat. Lol
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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by BSoares View Post
    California Car Duster and those Water blades used to dry. Iím 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 Iím not home.
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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    I use the water blade on the shower door now. At least it's seeing use. I actually use Swiffers on the engine compartment.It's a fast way to clean it up.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Back in about 1990 my car had chrome wheels, which I'd bought at a wrecker, I used fine grade steel wool and wd40 to remove the surface rust that kept appearing. I used so much pressure the the car would rock back and forward on the handbrake. On a side note, the wheels came with Uniroyal Wildcats on them, I learnt real fast about aquaplaning and car control.

    Every morning I would break out the chamois to dry the dew off it, regardless of how long ago it had last been washed. I used to rave about how shiny it was.

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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    I use the water blade on the shower door now. At least it's seeing use. I actually use Swiffers on the engine compartment.It's a fast way to clean it up.
    Wet or dri ones? Mop style or duster?


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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Duster ones only on the handle. Just for quick touch ups works very well.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

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    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' Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    All the cool kids had air shocks and Cragar's though so strictly 'pretender status' for me.
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    Amor All! My neighbor used to slather the interior of his 1980 Trans Am in Amor All. I had PTSD from the thought of the smell lol. His son did the same thing before every outing. Doh!

    They were still better than my other neighbor that used to spread Vaseline on his dash so it would melt in the hot Miami sun and add a nice gloss. Lol

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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    Duster ones only on the handle. Just for quick touch ups works very well.
    Great for quick dashboard interior dusting as well. Had Amazon send me a pack and wife says "Oh, these will be great around the house for blinds and stuff" and, uh...no. These are for a far greater purpose.

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    Amor All! My neighbor used to slather the interior of his 1980 Trans Am in Amor All. I had PTSD from the thought of the smell lol. His son did the same thing before every outing. Doh!


    They were still better than my other neighbor that used to spread Vaseline on his dash so it would melt in the hot Miami sun and add a nice gloss. Lol


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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    I'll chime in,


    I witnessed first-hand, the technique I share in the below article posted back in 2011

    I still can't believe what I saw with my own eyes... I WISH I would have taken a picture!

    The Worst Secret Technique I've Ever Witnessed!


    I still cannot believe to this day what I saw!

    I have to wonder - how many cars he did this to?


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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by JDGolden View Post
    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.
    Wow, that all sounds very familiar, down to the age-of.

    Dumping the wash bucket on the car post-wash was the first thing I thought of when thinking back to the early days. I was also a water blade offender...

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