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    Car Wash Tips

    Hi! Long time reader of the forum and recent '13 SRX owner! Couldn't be happier!

    Well it's been a few weeks and it's time to wash my new baby. This is actually my first luxury vehicle so I'm probably overthinking the car wash but thought I should ask. Any advice? Suggestions on auto wash and care products? Anything I should avoid?


    Thanks!
    Danny

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    Re: Car Wash Tips

    Avoid automatic car washers, wash it yourself and use a popular brand car wash liquid, don't use kitchen liquid. If you don't want to was your car yourself take it to a hand wash only car wash or employ a good private car washer.

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    Re: Car Wash Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by westham View Post
    Avoid automatic car washers, wash it yourself and use a popular brand car wash liquid, don't use kitchen liquid. If you don't want to was your car yourself take it to a hand wash only car wash or employ a good private car washer.
    Cadillac isn't Mercedes. Guidelines for washing Cadillacs are no different than other GM vehicles.

    In short, the owner's manual gives the following advice for general car washes (on various pages). Fold in the outside rear-view mirrors and make sure all the wipers are off. Do not use any car wash that has silicone carbide tire cleaning brushes, as they can cause damage.

    The full manual can be read here:

    http://www.cadillac.com/content/dam/...-manual-2k.pdf

    More complex cleaning info can be found on page 10-89 of the manual.

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    Re: Car Wash Tips

    This is all you need,,,,,check out YouTube for guidance.

    1. Optimum No Rinse (ONR)...
    2. For Black which is a full time job, you will need FK1000P
    3. For all others Colinate 845


    That is it.

    It is not rocket science.

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    Re: Car Wash Tips

    My 2010 is black. I thought it would be a full-time job keeping it looking great, but not really. I take it to a conventional car wash every couple of weeks. When it's 'dirty' from rain you really can't tell unless you're standing right next to it. In winter, I wash more often due to salt. Too cold here in Mass. to wash in my driveway, and in summer we usually have water restrictions. On top of that, I'm lazy. I even leave the side mirrors out (I don't have the auto-folds) with no problems. One thing I take care of immediately, though, is bird poop. It mars the finish. Keep a soft cloth/tissue in the car along with a little water and soften it up and gently remove after the crap softens. Never rub, as it leaves scratches.

    And hey, I'll match the looks of the SRX against most Mercedes anytime!

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    Re: Car Wash Tips

    Remember to fold in the outside rearview mirrors; see Owner's Manual for instructions.

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    Re: Car Wash Tips

    I suggest you wax it after its first wash, then again every 6 months. It will help protect the finish and repel new dirt and rain.

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    Re: Car Wash Tips

    I have Xillon protection installed on my interior and exterior finishes. I take my car to a full service brushless car wash that has hand dry and vacuum. The finish and paint look like the day it left the showroom.

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