Just got home last night with my brand new 4x4 XSP Double Cab Tundra. The information on detailing here is overwhelming! I am now selling my 19 year old black 4x4 Tacoma with the TRD Off Road. The paint still looks pretty good for the age. For probably the last 10 years or so..... I have washed it using mostly Dawn dishwashing liquid soap, and waxed it only once a year. I'm guessing I just gave a few of you a heart attack!
Now with this new Tundra..... I asked the salesman about keeping it clean, and how often to wax it. He told me NOT to wax it..... maybe for like 5 years, because the wax will magnify the sun on the paint, and do more harm to it. Now...... I'm not exactly buying that. Terrible advice?
Really..... I have 50 million things to do. Free time is scarce, and I am not crazy about my vehicle's appearance being meticulously maintained at all times. I absolutely want to keep this truck for a very long time (again.... looking at the 20 year range, since I only put on about 8,000 miles a year), and want to do a better job on it than I did on my Tacoma.
This will not fit in my garage, and will sit outside in the Florida sun. I am also about 6 miles or so from the saltwater in the bay, and maybe 12 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, but I'm not sure that is having any negative affect on our vehicles?
Looking for some advice..... what are your minimum requirements as far as waxing, washing, etc.... I would like to do my cleaning in as few steps as possible. Washing it? One wash. Waxing it? One coat. Do they sell sufficient products at, say, AutoZone?
Here are attached pics of my Dawn dishwashing liquid-washed, 19 year old Tacoma, and my new Tundra: