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Wraith'SS



Posts : 116
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 43
Location : South Shore

PostSubject: Weekend Cleaning   Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:27 am

Last weekend I had the pleasure of cleaning all three of the driveway queens.
Needless to say the foam pad and polish worked great.
The Suburban actually was easier than the other two to clean on the exterior, not so low to reach places and the panels were nice and large.

Always nice to see them cleaned up even if it just lasts a few days.

The SS needs bumper covers painted, the wheels refinished, poss new hood as the lip is showing some bubbles on the seam and its either fill it paint it or do it right.
The plan is to keep her riding as the daily as long as I can.

This year alone, done the fuel pump, sending unit, MAF, Coolant sensors, oil lines, and other small crap.
Now has 104,800 on her, rapidly approaching 105k. Not bad 30k in two years of everyday driving.. its been a joy.

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MASShole9C1



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Join date : 2009-12-16

PostSubject: Re: Weekend Cleaning   Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:57 am

Cleaning these cars are a task and a half. Having a black car is a nightmare. I swear I'll get it repainted DGGM or something!

I feel you on the maintenance stuff. We have a '98 crown Vic at work we bought last year with 100k miles. It's got 108k now.

We've replaced:
Tires
Fuel pump
Alternator
Battery
Headlights
Side view mirrors
Rear bumper
Floor carpet
Trunk carpet
Ball joints
Seat mounting studs
Grill
And an entire paint job!

I even had a cracked intake manifold( the reason for new alt and batt) The fear of too much car down time+$300 updated manifold = JB weld Wink
2k+ mikes and its still good!
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Matt Trakker



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Join date : 2009-07-30
Age : 35
Location : Reading, MA

PostSubject: Re: Weekend Cleaning   Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:50 pm

Cars look great- I always take way too long to completely finish more than one in one day. And where I live now has no outside garden hose, it's ridiculous.

What products did you use? I've been using Meguiars 105 here and there on the DGGM, car has some scratches (and you can't just go buy touch up paint for the DGGM without spending like 15-25 bucks online and having it shipped Mad ) but is coming out pretty nice. I'll probably go over it after that with Klasse All in One and then seal/wax it. I need to do my truck again, but the old Impala is next, the rain is causing problems with the checked paint on it (40 years old now) and I need a new tent garage too.
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sdstick



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Join date : 2009-03-20
Location : Revere, MA

PostSubject: Re: Weekend Cleaning   Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:10 pm

Wraith'SS wrote:
Last weekend I had the pleasure of cleaning all three of the driveway queens.....
I'm jealous.....REALLY jealous.....(OK...change that to LAZY)...Rolling Eyes 

Vehicles look good....alot of satisfaction in clean rides.

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Matt Trakker



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PostSubject: Re: Weekend Cleaning   Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:57 pm

sdstick wrote:
Wraith'SS wrote:
Last weekend I had the pleasure of cleaning all three of the driveway queens.....
I'm jealous.....REALLY jealous.....(OK...change that to LAZY)...Rolling Eyes 

Vehicles look good....alot of satisfaction in clean rides.
That's my problem too, I look at them and then just give up and do something else unless I force myself to get going...then when I'm done I'm psyched.
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Wraith'SS



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Age : 43
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PostSubject: Re: Weekend Cleaning   Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:53 pm

Matt-
I use a clay bar with Mother's showtime spray first after a wash.
Takes most if not all of the problems with grit on finish.
My Olds has the best paint and is holding up excellent.
The SS is original, needs pain, pictures lie.
Suburban is ok, just needed clay bay and will need a wet sand as black paint is a bitch.

After claybar, it was a liquid scratch remover on SS and Suburban. Use Mothers, or Meguires. Worked ok. If you can get a prof. product for that do so, like Collonite, which I ran out of.
Use a Foam pad to apply on the low speed buffer, makes it quick. SAVES TIME.
Then put the micro fiber pad on the buffer, take off the haze. Spot do the tight spots.
After that, you can use a polish, or cleaner wax liquid. I did. Mothers.
Final was a hand wax of Meguires on the on the SS and Suburban.
One week later, SS looks ok, Suburban out in the rain down to the Cape and Black paint, looks like ass again, but lot less scratches showing and still has a glow under the grime.

Takes time but worth it when they are clean.
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1984twodoor



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Age : 23
Location : Wilmington/Wakefield/Andover

PostSubject: Re: Weekend Cleaning   Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:08 pm

Matt Trakker wrote:
sdstick wrote:
Wraith'SS wrote:
Last weekend I had the pleasure of cleaning all three of the driveway queens.....
I'm jealous.....REALLY jealous.....(OK...change that to LAZY)...Rolling Eyes 

Vehicles look good....alot of satisfaction in clean rides.
That's my problem too, I look at them and then just give up and do something else unless I force myself to get going...then when I'm done I'm psyched.  
Luckily there is no point in doing any of this to my two cars right now as one is under cover and the other is well... not even worth it!

I have no problem doing this stuff, but I do it for other people so once I get home and look at the cougar or my mom's car I said I'd at least give a quick was to (months ago) I just can't bring myself to get it done Surprised 
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