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    A nice clean Cadillac..

    So the other day I was cleaning my car and later that night I realized that there were swirls and small scratches on the hood. The product I used to to Dry the car was Chamois. I used mothers California soap and a mitt to clean the car. So I'm curious as to what could have caused this? And also, what do all of you recommend to clean cars with. I just need the basics.soap,maybe a microfiber towel to dry it, and a mitt. But the scratches made me question, am I not using the right products? Thanks,

    Jake

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    i prefer Maguiar's products myself

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    I wonder If it could have been the mitt? Do you just use soap, water, and a microfiber cloth? Or do you use a mitt? It may not even matter..

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    I've been known to run my chamois and mitt through the washing machine between uses .
    My black '07 has lots of swirls; a good polish helps somewhat .
    Did you use the mitt on the wheels ?
    Brake dust maybe ?
    I like California Gold myself .

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    i dont use a mitt but a brand new sponge for the paint...then the next time i wash the car i use that sponge to clean my wheels...

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    That's a good idea. Do you use a claybar each time you wash?

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    I've found a terry cloth towel works best for washing and I use a synthetic chamois called an absorber for drying.
    Never use dish soap for washing. It is designed to remove grease and wax so it WILL remove the wax from your finish. Keeping a good coat of wax on the car will go along way preventing scratches and swirl marks

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    Do you use turtle wax Dave?

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    Quote Originally Posted by Jshirley View Post
    That's a good idea. Do you use a claybar each time you wash?
    If you're asking me, no .
    The car is garaged and gets a polish twice a year .

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    Quote Originally Posted by Jshirley View Post
    That's a good idea. Do you use a claybar each time you wash?
    Clay bar maybe once a year! But not every time and you need to apply a good waxing after using a claybar!
    I usually use Meguires products

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    Kad: I think it's because I washed bottom to top instead of top to bottom

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    Quote Originally Posted by Jshirley View Post
    Kad: I think it's because I washed bottom to top instead of top to bottom
    I always wash my top before I wash my bottom mate .

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    Hahahah

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    Don't you realize that the last time you washed was your bottom. Now your washing the top first, so whatever was on your bottom is now on your top. :-)

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    Re: A nice clean Cadillac..

    Scratches and swirls come from a tiny piece of sand or dirt trapped on your cleaning cloth.
    In the future rinse your cloth frequently. Some polishes promise to remove scratches and swirl marks.

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