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Tweaking is necessary for a lot of things. I tweak almost every single thing that I touch. Car wash is something delicate, something that needs a lot of care and attention to details. It’s easy to screw up car paint but it is extremely hard to maintain it in superb condition. Unlike many people in this broken world, I hold onto my cars for a long time. Hopefully my new Nissan Juke will be my last gasoline-powered car. The next car will be an electric car or a hydrogen-powered car, one with zero emission.

I wash my car every other week. I tend to leave some sort of protections on the paint, whether it is a spray wax or a long-lasting wax. It is a must to leave it protected. Road grimes, tar, bug, asphalt will seriously ruin the finish. I start by penetrating the dirt before pouring any water on it and finish it by using an extremely easy to apply spray wax.

So, here are my car wash regimes:

1. Prepare all you weapons nearby, including pressure washer
2. Two water buckets with Meguiar’s Grit Guards. One for fresh water and the other for shampoo, mix the car shampoo with water
3. Spray bug and tar remover (on lower half of the car or any hard-to-remove-looking grimes)
4. Leave it for a minute
5. Start pouring water on it, don’t forget to burst water on wheel wells and wheels
6. Start washing the car from top to bottom
7. Pour water whenever needed and clean the wash mitt with clean water whenever it turns dirty. Do not ever try to clean it with the shampoo bucket.
8. Spray more bug and tar remover if there is any naughty road grimes.
9. Pour water onto the car one more time
10. Wipe dry the car with chamois
11. Spray the spray wax
12. Wipe down all surfaces with microfiber cloth

Weapons:
1. Two water buckets with Meguiar’s Grit Guards
2. Two microfiber wash mitts
3. Nilfisk pressure washer
4. Turtle Wax bug and tar remover
5. Two high quality chamois
6. Two high quality microfiber towels
7. Meguiar’s NXT car wash + Kit wash & glow
8. Meguiar’s Ultimate Quik Wax
9. One high quality microfiber applicator pad

No Clay Bar? Nope. No need. I only use clay bar whenever the grimes are impossible to remove with bug and tar remover. Most of the time, I don’t need it. If one leaves the car unwashed for a few weeks, then one might need it.

Most of my toys are purchased from local Ace Hardware stores. All products listed above are readily available at Ace. I have no affiliation with them, I just happen to prefer products that are easy to source.

Happy washing!

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I’ve been using Meguiar’s products for years. One of my most used Meguiar’s products is the Gold Class car wash. It has served me well in the past 5 years.

In Indonesia, the water is very different to what I am used to in the States. I’m not an expert in water, but the results that I am seeing with the Gold Class car wash are not the same anymore. It doesn’t clean as well as if I used it in the States. It also loses its’ slickness which is supposed to be one of its strengths.

I decided to start over. What is the best car wash for Indonesia’s hard water?

I bought all three Meguiar’s car wash shampoo (except the small red bottle which I forgot what the name is), Kit (Johnson & Johnson) wash and glow, and Armor All wash and wax.

The results:
– NXT seems to offer the best cleaning power
– Gold Class completely loses its’ magic
– Kit is surprisingly good, in terms of slickness and cleaning ability
– Ultimate’s cleaning power is sub par and to my disappointment, it does not sheet or bead water at all
– Armor All performs more or less the same as Gold Class

The condition of the car before washing:

Car Condition

Super suds produced by the Ultimate:

from this:

suds 1

to this:

suds 2

From the results above, I came to conclusion that I will be exclusively using NXT for painted surfaces and Kit for wheel wells, wheels, and tires. NXT offers the best cleaning power and slickness. Even-though the Kit is definately inferior, I still like it better than the Ultimate. BTW, Kit is the cheapest of the bunch. Rp. 15.000 Vs. Rp 180.000 for the Ultimate/Gold Class/NXT. That may be something that you might want to consider. All Meguiar’s products are at least twice the price than what you usually find in the States.

I’m extremely disappointed with the Ultimate. I don’t think it contains any wax or hydrophobic polymer at all. But I could be wrong. Perhaps it is because of the water or the dirtiness of the car. I’m keeping the Ultimate for summer usages. Hopefully, it will perform better with less dirt on the car.