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    Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Hello all!

    I was thinking about the old ways I used to clean cars and it made me cringe. I used to use bath towels to dry the car, use one bucket to do the whole car, and clean it with a sponge.

    I used to only drive Black cars too, I'd hate to see the paint of those cars now. Yikes!!!

    Anyone else cringe at their old detailing techniques?

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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    I think about the way detailing has evolved and feel fortunate to be able to always stay updated to the "New norm" of doing it. Towels, one pad polish for a whole car, one bucket, orbital buffers for wax, etc the old days.

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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    I use multiple towels for washes (1-bucket or rinseless). Once a towel is dirty, it gets throw in the dirty bucket bucket. Only clean towels touch the paint. I use the Cobra Shine & Buff Wash towels.

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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by DETAILROOKIE View Post
    I used to use bath towels to dry the car
    O ya lol, I remember washing cars when I was 16 (Im 38 now) not knowing that I was maring the ever living sh1t out of the paint

    I see people at car shows take there bath towls to dry there car off after a light sprinkle and it drives me insane.
    Ripping through your mind like a hurricane full of novocaine

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    Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    My father used to be in the cotton towel business which meant I had an endless supply of cotton terry towels when I 1st got my own car. So it was cotton hand towels for washing, and the Absorber to dry. By the time I got my 2nd car I evolved to using a chenille wash mitt, and I always had enough sense to rinse it off after every panel which meant dragging the hose around the car the entire time. Lol.

    -I used Meguiars Gold Class Leather Wipes for years and years. I still donít think thereís anything wrong with them. I remember I used to lurk on this forum and hear so many people talk crap about them. Lol.

    -The Absorber did a good job as my drying towel. Not sure if it instilled swirls or not because I didnít even know how to spot them. It was also my glass towel and it only did a decent job at that as I remember wishing I could do glass as good as the car wash did.

    I never used glass cleaner back in those days.

    -Besides my 1st car that had whitewalls, I would never actually clean my tires. My method was to use Armor All Tire Foam and for a while I think I would use the foam and follow it up with their tire gel too in an attempt to achieve maximum gloss. My tires looked pretty darn good for never scrubbing them clean.

    -Once in a while Iíd go to the coin op... Would I use the brush? Hell yea Iíd use that brush!Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    Itís a good thing my 1st 3 Cadillacs were white.

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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    I remember using diaper cloth to wipe polish off and newspaper to clean windows when I was a teen.



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    Quote Originally Posted by psnt1ol View Post
    I remember using diaper cloth to wipe polish off and newspaper to clean windows when I was a teen.


    I started with the newspaper but didnít like the way the ink would stain my hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldorado2k View Post
    I started with the newspaper but didn’t like the way the ink would stain my hands.
    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.

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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
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    Re: Old Cringe worthy Detailing Techniques

    I can remember pre AG days using Zymol cleaner wax on a not so clean, or certainly not decontaminated, truck. I would use a small wash cloth to apply and wipe off with one old t shirt. It was like trying to wipe off glue! I could never understand why until I started learning here.
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