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Hey everyone. I just picked up my new 2014 GMC Sierra SLT last week and wanted to know what products everyone recommends for washing and keeping it looking good. I really do not want to go to a car wash as they leave swirls and feel it is not cleaned right.

 

With this being a big investment I want to keep it looking good as much as possible. It is black and I know everyone told me it would be hard to keep up but I really wanted it black. I live in California and have a tree in my front yard which drops sticky sap onto the paint. The truck is too big to fit in the garage so i just bought a cover for it but now I am ready to get it washed.

 

Anyone can recommend any prodcuts or good wax. I have been looking at Chemical guys website but they are pricey.

 

thanks,

 

Rudy

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I have always used meguiar's car soaps and waxes and my mustang always looked good. Granted, i would wash it twice a week lol

 

I havent washed the truck yet, but for the car i do the following: (I use all meguiar's products)

 

Spray down with water to let soak while mixing soap

Wash with soapy water using a micro fiber sponge

Rinse off and visually inspect for any missed spots (Bug guts, tar, etc)

Perform quick wipe with micro fiber towel (just to take most of the water off)

Apply wax as you dry spray wax and rub in until dry with micro fiber towel (One panel at a time)

Apply tire wet to the tires and wipe dry with cloth (Didnt want that stuff flying back up on the car when driving)


Clay bar every 6 months to a year depending on how the paint feels

 

Results: This is a 1999 btw lol

 

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It's not real cheap.

 

But ever since I got my Camaro and discovered Adam's Polishes I would never use anything but them....All made in the USA.....and great people will answer any question you have....and answer them fast too.

 

I called them a few months back and the guy I talked to online actually answered the phone (they are in Colorado)....no overseas call center for them !

 

http://www.adamspolishes.com/

 

In my opinion they are the best and I've tried lots of different things over the last 30 years.

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I have always used meguiar's car soaps and waxes and my mustang always looked good. Granted, i would wash it twice a week lol

 

I havent washed the truck yet, but for the car i do the following: (I use all meguiar's products)

 

Spray down with water to let soak while mixing soap

Wash with soapy water using a micro fiber sponge

Rinse off and visually inspect for any missed spots (Bug guts, tar, etc)

Perform quick wipe with micro fiber towel (just to take most of the water off)

Apply wax as you dry spray wax and rub in until dry with micro fiber towel (One panel at a time)

Apply tire wet to the tires and wipe dry with cloth (Didnt want that stuff flying back up on the car when driving)

 

Clay bar every 6 months to a year depending on how the paint feels

 

Results: This is a 1999 btw lol

 

DSC01108.jpg

 

 

The Mustang looks nice. Very clean and professional looking detail. I will have to try Meguiar's products. I will have to use clay bar when i get my first wash. The only reason i have not washed it yet is because when i picked it up from the dealer they did not have the bed rug or tonneu cover i ordered. There was a big scratch on the hood from transportation and the dealer said they would have it repainted when they get the other accessories in this week.

 

Chemicals Guys was charging over 400 hundred with all the stuff I wanted to get.

 

Thanks for your help :)

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It's not real cheap.

 

But ever since I got my Camaro and discovered Adam's Polishes I would never use anything but them....All made in the USA.....and great people will answer any question you have....and answer them fast too.

 

I called them a few months back and the guy I talked to online actually answered the phone (they are in Colorado)....no overseas call center for them !

 

http://www.adamspolishes.com/

 

In my opinion they are the best and I've tried lots of different things over the last 30 years.

 

Dylan and nick are awesome with their support.

 

We can go around and aroun products and suck but prep is key. Make sure to use a 2 bucket method when washing, dry with air or a high quality microfiber and you should be fine

 

 

Ryan

 

 

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Used to detail for a living. Chemical Guys Maxi Suds 2 is the best wash I've used, and I've used damn near all of them. When it comes to wax I still haven't found anything better than Liquid Glass. It's hard to find these days, but you can still get it on Amazon. I've never been a big fan of Carnuba Wax. I use the 3 bucket method to wash, one is strictly for wheels and tires, one is for the car wash, one is just water to rinse your wash mit, don't use sponges, they just scratch. Grit guards are a good idea in the buckets as well. For the interior I use 303 protectant. All the name brand stuff is pretty much junk after you use professional stuff. I'm not a fan of Meguair's, Mother's, or Armor All products, and you can get good professional stuff on Amazon.

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the only thing I use from Meguires is the no shine interior cleaner. Otherwise everything in my detail box is from Adam's, as said Dylan and the rest of the crew over there are extremely helpful.

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Black is hard to keep looking good. If your new truck is a daily driver even tougher.I use mostly Griot's stuff. All of the above products will keep it looking good. My truck does snowplow duty and is a DD. I try to wash it once a week. I clay/polish it twice a year and wax it 4 times a year. Collinite 845 goes on it before plow duty starts

 

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