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It is now winter time, cold and snowy so I only plan on taking my car through the dumb gas station car washes because I don't want to freeze trying to wash it myself lol. When spring/summer comes around, I will play on washing it myself quite often. What products do you guys recommend using? I also want to keep the wheels nice and shiny too.
 

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You're probably going to get as many different answers to that as there are member of this forum. I've used Zaino products with very good results. There are MANY good products out there.
 

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I'm becoming a big fan of Adams Detailing products. American made and easy to work with. Summit Racing carries some of their more popular products.
 

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I use Meguiar's Gold Class for soap (will probably switch to something else when I get a foam gun) and Optimum Car Wax for finishing, Lexol for the interior. Combo has worked well so far, and doesn't break the bank either. :)
 

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It is now winter time, cold and snowy so I only plan on taking my car through the dumb gas station car washes because I don't want to freeze trying to wash it myself lol. When spring/summer comes around, I will play on washing it myself quite often. What products do you guys recommend using? I also want to keep the wheels nice and shiny too.
If you have a garage, I'd recommend looking into a rinseless wash like Optimum No Rinse. You can clean the car inside in about 20 minutes once you get the hang of it.

For wheels, the best product I've used is Finish Kare 1000P. It's billed as a "hi temp paste wax" but its actually a synthetic sealant. Stands up very well to heat and lasts a long time. I can get about 80% of brake dust off by spraying with a hose, before I even get a brush or sponge on the wheels.

Foam gun is a great thing to buy. I've been using this one for about 5 years. Works great. I use it in conjunction with this soap.

For protection, I like Optimum stuff because it's easy to use and lasts a long time. I'll use Opti Seal every three months and Optimum Car Wax after every second or third wash.
 

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I use, any body else to wash my car and they come with their own products.
By the time you buy all the things you need to was a car that you will need to replace anyway, I almost get the labor for free.

I'm just kidding.
I know it costs less to do it yourself.
I just don't like doing it.

Dave
 

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Since I was little, I've been using a bucket and sponge to wash cars. So for the foam gun, don't you still have to use a sponge? Or do you spray on, rinse off like at the DIY car wash stalls?

Ah, I read your source for the soap. Still requires a mitt or sponge. But I'm still intrigued by the system.
 
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