Once the rains stop in the Dallas area I want to do my first wash. I picked up the TRD in mid-January.
I was originally thinking of a combo of Chemical guys stuff - something like a foam wash and foam gun (non-pressure washer style), after drying apply a sealant, then a carnuba on top. Then I considered just getting a blackfire kit, then I read about AMMO stuff and looked at a wash/seal/wax kit from there.
I'm reading more people talking about nano-skin, clay bar, rotary DA polishers, etc.
Now I'm 100% confused to the point that I'm liable to dump wax on my leather seats.
Question 1 - My truck came w/the protection sealant junk and the clear-bra. Can I just start simple, do a foam wash, dry, then apply a carnuba across the sealant since it's only been on about 2 months?
Question 2 - If I follow the routine I read on page 120, will this strip that sealant and prepare it to start from scratch? Is there a benefit to polishing a brand new paint job or is that really for something that is older and you're trying to get back to new?
Here's the routing I'm referring to - is this a great way to start, possibly subbing the polish, seal, and wax if I wanted to try something different, but still keeping with this order and application type?
Put a zip lock baggie on your hand and run it across your tailgate or other body pannel right after washing it. If you feel little bumps you should clay bar (or nanoskin) your paint first. Chances are you will need to clay.
Do you wash your truck in a soft touch car wash? Does light scatter when you look at the reflection of the sun in your paint? If you answered yes to both or either of the above questions you will need a polishing step to get rid of swirls and scratches.
Basic order of operations is as follows.
-Wash with 2 bucket method and pH balanced auto soap
-Correct paint with DA, foam pads and compound / polish. Foam pad color, DA setting, and compound / polish depends on level of correction needed/desired
-Protect paint with wax, sealant, or coating of choice.
Chemical Guys makes some pretty good stuff but there are a lot of others out there as well including Menzerna, Meguiars, and Sonax. I order most of my stuff through Detailed Image. They run lots of sales and have great customer service. Their shipping is also very reasonable.
Once you narrow down what your paint wants/needs we can talk more about product selection. My experiance has show that if you stick to the name brand higher end products you will be very impressed with the results.
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