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    OK just got my STi back from multistage paint correction, clear bra on hood, fenders, etc plus this Optipro professionally installed on car. Cost me alot of money. I mean I'm no poor man but I paid alot for my car late June, plus the cost of all that, now to maintain the car like washing with special microfiber this and that, soaps, etc it's like ya gotta pony up a few hundred more. This is to get everything you might need like wheels, leather care, window cleaning, etc.

    I mean heck in the past I freakin use Windex on the windows in my cars and get whatever from the local autoparts store. Granted I never used Microfiber and I know they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    I'm sorry guys this, in addition to the cars initial price is alot for me, but I feel like I have to maintain the car properly, especially a black car. This is making my head hurt thinking of the cash just in cosmetic maintenance.
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    So don't do it. No one's making you detail your car.

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    I wouldn't consider that maintenance, and I certainly wouldn't consider it necessary. Maintenance is things like oil changes, tire rotation, etc.. stuff that will end up costing you more in the long run if you don't do them. Detailing and car washes have nothing to do with how long the car will last (at least not in TX where it doesn't snow).

    I've probably spent less than $20 washing/detailing my car this year, and it looks just as good as it did last year.

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    I've owned my wrx for 8 years as of Thursday. I've paid for it to be detailed once a few months ago.

    At the end of the day, if it's your DD, it's going to get dirty. You will get rock chips.

    Even prior to my full detail, my car still looked good and I only wash it once every 3-6 months

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    Car wash concentrate+ mcguire's cleaner wax + pack of micro fiber cloths + windex for the glass = everything you need to do a basic detail your wrx for maybe $30 bucks. If water spots and dirt drive you nuts black is just the wrong color man! Maybe go with silver next time... With that said, I'll bet your car looks awesome now after all that pampering!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rexxx0486 View Post
    Car wash concentrate+ mcguire's cleaner wax + pack of micro fiber cloths + windex for the glass = everything you need to do a basic detail your wrx for maybe $30 bucks. If water spots and dirt drive you nuts black is just the wrong color man! Maybe go with silver next time... With that said, I'll bet your car looks awesome now after all that pampering!
    Yeah before even though my car had just under 7000 miles it looked horrible with swirl marks. I mean bad. I had only put 30 miles on it as I'm second owner. It was either my wash techniques, I have no techniques I use a sponge and shammy to dry (I hear a shammy is bad), or apparently the stuff the dealer did to make it shine basically came off quick after a wash or two.

    But yeah these guys it's like no swirls anymore and shouldn't get any rock chips now with the clearbra. The optipro should help the paint alot. But still you have this stuff you're supposed to use every few months, it's not a wax, as you don't wax with optipro, but some stuff you barely touch your car with a sponge of some kind.

    What I'm getting at is I've never really cared much about my car before. Never had a black car before. But this is my nicest, most expensive car so this crap is adding up.

    This being said yes in 20/20 the black car thing is very tough. But it looks so nice when new. I'm not nearly as big a fan of the silver. Maybe a white.
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    ^ +1. You got the wrong color, bro.

    You can wash it however you want (or don't). Paint has always swirled, people are just more attention to it, now.

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    They don't call it black swirl for nothing
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    Im not sure of your exterior maintenance routine but I would suggest watching some chemical guys videos and do some of the detailing on your own. Since you already spent for the paint correction you should be good as long as you wash it in a way that limits swirls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cflip2x View Post
    Im not sure of your exterior maintenance routine but I would suggest watching some chemical guys videos and do some of the detailing on your own. Since you already spent for the paint correction you should be good as long as you wash it in a way that limits swirls.
    Well the paint had to be corrected. Looked crappy. Guys at the shop at one point said it looked like the car had 20,000 miles on it and at another point 40-50,000. That's how bad the swirls were. The clear bra I had to do though it's pricey when you go full hood. OptiPro (pro version of opticoat) I felt the same.

    I mean I just am not one of those guys whose hobby is cleaning my car. I'm a computer geek. But the STi is actually pretty easy to clean. It's just man two bucket this, special cloth, etc.

    O well.
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    So im a computer guy as well whats your point? lol I can always drink a few monsters and take pride in keeping my car clean. I drive way to much so I want to keep in looking nice as possible even though im closing in on 70K. My basic wash will still take me an hour but then there are always the "details" that keep adding up the time.
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    For the love of all things holy, throw out that sponge and chamois!
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    I have a friend who will hand wash, clay bar and 2 coats of hand wax for $70 bucks.
    I get it done like every 6 months. I also have the clear bra and fender coating.
    Where I live just outside Boston, winter kicks your cars ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TownLine500 View Post
    I have a friend who will hand wash, clay bar and 2 coats of hand wax for $70 bucks.
    I get it done like every 6 months. I also have the clear bra and fender coating.
    Where I live just outside Boston, winter kicks your cars ass.
    That's a lot if work for 70. I'd take it
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    70 is a good deal what products would he be using?
    This is off topic but im getting ready to get my car ready for winter I just hit 70K on the drive into work this morning but the paint look good Other then the bumper and front of the hood (paint chips tss tss)
    1) Chemical Guys Citrus Wash and Gloss (concentrated) to get off all the old product
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    3) Paint Correction with Porter Cable 7424xp Orange, Green, Black hex logic pads
    4) Chemical Guys Blacklight and removal with Hybrid V7
    5) 2 coats of Klasse Sealant Glaze
    6) 2-3 coats of Collinite 845
    7) Chemical Guys Past Wax
    after every wash keep adding some Collinite for more protection.
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