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    Question Best thing to wash vehicles with?

    WOW, I am starting to feel like an idiot and that I have been doing EVERYTHING totally wrong. I just read the "DIY tips" from 303 and it said "Do not wash car with dish soap". I have been washing with Dawn for years. SO..........Whhat does everyone recommend? I do use a wash mitt- I have one for each vehicle and take very good care of it, same with my buckets.
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    The PH in dish soap is not good for paint and DAWN is too good of a soap, too powerful for paint. It strips everything! You can use anything listed as a car wash soap from an auto parts store or even in the car section of say Walmart. Don't use anything like de-greasers either they will definately ruin the paint.(409, Bleach white, purple power, greased lightning, etc.)Keep any product containing "Petroleum Distillates" away from your paint as well.

    Meguiars, Turtle Wax, Eagle, Mothers, are all good car wash soaps. I am currently using Surf City Garage Car Wash and very very happy with that product.

    Here is a link that can give you tons of information to care and detail your car. Scroll down a bit and you'll find this easy to use.

    http://www.autogeek.net/detailingtips.html

    This link is from the same site exclusively pertaining to washing and drying your car. They too mention NOT using dish soap.

    http://www.autogeek.net/exterior.html

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for sharing. That's great information.

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    Hey Chris,
    I also use the Surf City Garage Car Wash on my cars and it works great. I agree with 360Rocket with what he stated. Wal-Mart or the local Parts stores have a good selection of car washes that you can purchase just not sure if they carry the Surf City Garage line at all of them.

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    THANKS guys! Looks like I have some shopping to do, including the clay bar Rick recommended.
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    You can read guide to wash car in 2017
    http://carunderstanding.com/how-to-w...r-2017-edition

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    I am now using Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax and LOVE it!
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    Thank you for your great tips on cleaning our rides.

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    Aside from using the correct products, following the right steps to wash your car is important. I do the 2-bucket wash method to avoid marring the paint.

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    That's cool. What is the 2 bucket system?


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