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maxvill
08-26-2011, 03:07 PM
Long story short, I am hoping to do my first DIY wash since moving to the city tomorrow. Yes, I know a hurricane is coming but I want to remove a couple bird droppings and tuck it away before all hell breaks loose, the local coin-op shuts down due to water supply issues or, at the least, I am delayed til the following weekend).

What are some good OTC (over the counter) products I can pick up locally at a Target, Walmart, Autozone, PepBoys, NAPA, etc? I'm guessing I will need:


Wash/shampoo
Mitts
MF Towels for drying, maybe one of those plastic blade type thingy
2 Buckets, preferably with a grit guard
Spray wax


I've done some rudimentary research on OTC products...
Wash/shampoo, I am thinking Meguiar's - probably Gold Class.
Spray wax - maybe Duragloss AW if available (have heard good things)
Mitts and MF towels - Target's private label OK? or some other OTC brand you can suggest?


I know someone will eventually suggest high quality, mail-only products but that will have to come later.

Ilovemycar
08-26-2011, 05:27 PM
Meguiar's and Duragloss are about as good as you get in the stores you've mentioned.

1. The GC might be the best you can get, depending. I've seen it at Target and AZ. After I discovered Optimum soap, I gave my GC away, no joke!
2. Hm. The nicest might be a MF mitt- not sure I'd trust the sheepskin, if any could be found, at your listed stores.
3. No on the blade, and I don't trust the drying MFs from those places in general. I'd almost rather an Absorber. You can pick up a leaf blower from Home Depot. If buying towels at the store, bring a couple of cd's with you, and you can perform the scratch test I suppose.
4. I don't think I've ever seen a grit guard at these places.
5. That's really for temporary maintenance/looks, IMO. I'd pick up a sealant. You can likely find a Meguiar's sealant like NXT 2.0, but preferably Ultimate Synthetic Wax due to the former's poor durability. Hopefully will last close to a half year. You can separate an additional coat by 24hrs.

Now if you lived in PA (what is it about this state?), OTC takes on a whole new meaning! Here is one store, I can make out all the Optimum products, as well as a 5L Sonax Full Effect container, Griot's, CG, etc.

http://www.autoality.com/store/pc/viewContent.asp?idpage=5

Many Frank's Auto Supermarket stores in PA, pretty impressive.
http://datasmuggler.com/images/car_cleaning/franks1.JPG
http://datasmuggler.com/images/car_cleaning/franks2.JPG
http://datasmuggler.com/images/car_cleaning/franks3.JPG

Another one that is just ok I think, but still large.
http://www.380auctiondiscountwarehouse.com/?category_name=automotive-supplies

maxvill
08-30-2011, 09:24 AM
Thanks for all the advice... I'll be checking out mail-order stuff soon. Already looked at Griot's but it's not exactly cheap, is it? Almost 30 bucks for a towel :confused:

jfs356
08-31-2011, 05:35 AM
You cannot go wrong with most any Meguiar's products, I love the Gold Class wax - great shine, easy to apply, fairly long lasting. Some will scoff, but I have had good luck with low end MF towels from any of the OTC stores. They might not be as dense as the better MF, but still work well for removing wax/drying and they will last if washed regularly.

zkeeper
08-31-2011, 02:23 PM
I used to think the same about Griots until I used for example the MicroFiber Drying towel..with those pockets. Resisted it over and over...no need, said I. Well, I broke down and got one, now have three so I can keep them clean. One of the best absorbants on market, and holds up. You can use the Absorber. But take some care with that, as its also able to pull the dirt and it does not pick it up as the towel will a bit more. BTW--I use several prods, but I use to think the other GG prods were expensive until I priced it out more...and they last. That was an issue for me. Best of luck on your new detailing...:thumbup:

maxvill
08-31-2011, 03:04 PM
this might be a dumb question, but how do i fill up two buckets with the hi-pressure hose at the coin-op sefl wash? I sprayed directly (vertically) into the buckets and it just came flying out! I tried several angles that just knocked the buckets over, and only a very indirect angle got a tiny bit of water into the buckets

jfs356
09-01-2011, 08:05 PM
When I bucket wash at the self-wash, I half fill a bucket at home, then when I get to the self-wash, I put it under the the front or rear corner where the water runs off the car as I am rinsing it - it will fill the bucket quickly. You can aim the spray as needed to get the most run-off into the bucket.