Detailing Your Vehicle

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Tideland Prius, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    39,095
    10,428
    40
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
  2. Jack Kelly

    Jack Kelly New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    1,434
    0
    0
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    Good idea!

    Someone go find priusenvy and darell. To proof/add. :rolleyes:
     
  3. darelldd

    darelldd Prius is our Gas Guzzler

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2006
    6,044
    366
    0
    Location:
    Northern CA
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jack Kelly @ Sep 13 2006, 02:29 PM) [snapback]319139[/snapback]</div>
    Heh. Hey... who you calling anal? :)

    The author does very well in covering many aspects of the process. I don't agree with every detail (pun) but in general there is some great information there!
     
  4. tmgrl3

    tmgrl3 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2006
    315
    1
    0
    Great articles, TP! I printed them out....I know I won't do much of it, BUT I will get better drying towels, and dump the dishwashing soap in favor of something more Prius-friendly....

    Thanks!

    terri
     
  5. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    39,095
    10,428
    40
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    heh np but Pb should take the credit for writing it up (and I think he collaborated with someone else).

    That write up made me more comfortable in claybarring the car. I eventually did buy a claybar kit and claybar'd my dad's Camry. Phew did that ever make a difference! It's silver but you can definitely see (and feel) the difference compared to just simply waxing after a wash.

    Here are the pics
    http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t152281.html
     
  6. priusenvy

    priusenvy Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2004
    1,764
    11
    0
    Location:
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jack Kelly @ Sep 13 2006, 02:29 PM) [snapback]319139[/snapback]</div>

    Those were actually pretty well done. The two-bucket wash method was not mentioned, but other than that it seemed like a decent introduction. For more in-depth information you can go to a dedicated site like detailcity.org.
     
  7. riva

    riva New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    47
    3
    0
    Location:
    Florida
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    IV
    I cleaned my monitor with a little water and it looks streaky. Did I make a mistake? How do I remove the streaks? Thanks.
     
  8. Oxo

    Oxo New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2005
    533
    1
    0
    Location:
    Oxfordshire, UK
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Tideland Prius @ Sep 13 2006, 03:44 PM) [snapback]319112[/snapback]</div>
    :( What does 'detail' mean in this context? Cleaning & maintenance? Is this another American usage to confuse foreigners?

    In the military service here an NCO 'details' someone to do a particular job. Example:

    Sergeant: "Corporal, go and detail ten men to wash the CO's car!"

    Maybe it's now:

    Sergeant: "Detail ten men to detail the CO's car."

    Corporal: "Exterior detail or internal detail, sir?"

    Sergeant: "Don't ask detailed questions about the detail. Just get on with it."


    No - I haven't got anything better to do and it's rather late in the evening.
     
  9. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    39,095
    10,428
    40
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Oxo @ Nov 3 2006, 01:30 PM) [snapback]343478[/snapback]</div>
    I believe they use the word 'detail' to infer cleaning and getting into all the nooks and crannies. In other words, carefully and meticulously clean the car.
     
  10. eagle33199

    eagle33199 Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2006
    5,122
    267
    0
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Vehicle:
    2015 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Two
    In this context, detail is used to mean an extremely thorough cleaning of the car, either inside or out. It's essentially the difference between moping a tiled floor and getting down on your hands and knees with a toothbrush to really get all that grit and grime out of the grout.
     
  11. Oxo

    Oxo New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2005
    533
    1
    0
    Location:
    Oxfordshire, UK
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(eagle33199 @ Nov 3 2006, 04:38 PM) [snapback]343483[/snapback]</div>
    Thanks for the explanation. It's either a new meaning or purely north American. I think it would be called "spring cleaning" here. I should have looked at the dictionary which came with my new iMac. It's "to clean (a motor vehicle) intensively and minutely". Presumably it doesn't apply if the subject is a house, shop, restaurant, etc., as "spring cleaning" does.
     
  12. Beryl Octet

    Beryl Octet New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2006
    1,293
    0
    0
    Location:
    Abingdon VA
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Oxo @ Nov 4 2006, 06:30 AM) [snapback]343703[/snapback]</div>
    My definition: if I'm not having to borrow some q-tips out of the makeup drawer, then it's just "washing the car" as opposed to "detailing."
     
  13. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    39,095
    10,428
    40
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Oxo @ Nov 4 2006, 03:30 AM) [snapback]343703[/snapback]</div>
    Yeah, I usually conjure images of cleaning the house, dusting the lamps and such when I hear 'spring cleaning'.
     
  14. snowdog650

    snowdog650 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2007
    171
    19
    0
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Don't forget to use Lexol leather cleaner and Lexol leather conditioner every 3 months for those who have leather seats ...

    Good stuff. ;)
     
    1 person likes this.
  15. acdii

    acdii Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    1,124
    131
    0
    Not bad, a few suggestions though that I didnt see covered.
    When clay baring for the first time, it is a good idea to start out with a spray bottle with a dawn detergent/water mix for the lube. This will remove any wax or oil buildup on the paint as well as remove any dirt. After the clay bar is done, a good wash with car soap and a good rinsing will give the paint a great surface for a Zaino treatment. A few coats of Zaino, and you will see a fantastic gleam coming from your car, then follow up with a good paste wax and you should be good for a year. I had an 01 F150 that was white, and I did that treatment to it the first weekend I had it, gave it 6 coats of Zaino, and I swear the finish looked like it was fresh wet paint. I didnt wax it, but a year later after the snows came and went, I took it to the car wash and washed it, the water still beaded on the surface as though it were freshly waxed.

    Another note, Zaino recommended a 100% white cotton towel for polishing the car. I picked up a couple large ones from Kmart and have been using them ever since. If you have a dark finish car, the above polishing technique with Zaino will knock your socks off.


    +1 on the Lexol. I have horses, and use Lexol on all the saddles, bridles and harnesses. Great stuff. I have 3 vehicles with leather seats that I use Lexol on, smells good and keeps the seats soft.
     
  16. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    39,095
    10,428
    40
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    Doesn't the claybar remove wax and with the quick detailer should be able to remove the dirt and make the surface smooth and clean?
     
  17. GadgetMan2

    GadgetMan2 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2007
    55
    0
    0
    I just washed and waxed my 8 day old Prius. After spraying the tires with new Dupont Teflon tire shine, it dawned on me that this is a "enviro car" and in keeping with the enviro concept, it should be cleaned and detailed with enviro friendly products. If you think about it, several million people were probably washing, spraying and spiffing up cars at the same time. We are using all these chemicals that are basically being dumped into mother nature's mouth. So my question is: "Is anyone using nature friendly products to deatil thier cars?". I do not find any in my local stores. If so, do they work well? The following is a short list of common products that I feel are most needed:

    1. Tire shine.
    2. Wax and/or polish (I find Turtle Wax paste works best and last a long time).
    3. Leather seat spray/conditioner.
    4. Window sealer (like RainX)
    5. dash protectant (like armour all)

    Anyone have any products they can pass on info on?
     
  18. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    39,095
    10,428
    40
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    unfortunately, no. I haven't seen anything like that on the shelf either.

    I'd be more concern with the crud I'm washing off the vehicle (sand, mud, dirt, leaves, oil etc) that goes into the drain. I'd rather they filter through a lawn or some other grassy area.
     
  19. Rae Vynn

    Rae Vynn Artist In Residence

    Joined:
    May 21, 2007
    6,038
    705
    0
    Location:
    Tumwater, WA USA
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(GadgetMan2 @ May 6 2007, 07:06 AM) [snapback]436331[/snapback]</div>
    I want to say Thank you for thinking of the environment. Personally, so far, I've made use of the rainwater that fell on my Prius, and took out a large microfiber towel and just dried off the marks (I have a Super White Prius).
    According to Grist (environmental news) taking your car to a carwash is environmentally friendlier than washing it yourself under normal conditions.
    First, a carwash has waste water handling, and the waste water isn't going down the storm drains straight to the [insert nearest body of water here]. A carwash has the soap in the correct proportion to the water, and is using, probably, a low-sudsing formula. Carwashes have to adhere to local environmental regulations, as far as what types of cleaners, etc.

    Now, I am interested in washing my own Prius, though I would only use biodegradable soap, and darned little of it (one of the reasons I got a White Prius, is that it looks cleaner, longer).
    I don't have leather seats, as I have no interest in sitting or being surrounded by the skin of dead animals that is preserved with toxic chemicals. I am thinking seriously about seat covers for my cloth seats, which I would hope could be laundered (gently) when needed (also with biodegradable soap, which is what I use anyway).

    I'm going to do a search on "claybar" as I've never heard of it, and my "gear-head" co-worker isn't here today (he carpools with me, and regularily drools over my Prius) to tell me what it is. It sounds, from the listed effects, as though it may be a way to extend a wax job, which could be eco-friendly in the long run.

    Anyway, as I said, thank you for bringing up the environment...
     
    1 person likes this.
  20. Swanny1172

    Swanny1172 New Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    666
    1
    0
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    Along those lines, there are some car washes in my area that are actually starting to recycle some of the water they use. One claims that they reuse up to 90% of all water used in the wash process.
     
Loading...