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I’d like people’s recommendations for car care products for the interior and exterior. Sounds like some of you are very good at this, and I’d like to keep my car in new condition as long as possible.

For interior care, I have no idea. My previous car had leather upholstery, which mostly didn’t need any attention, but I don’t know how to maintain the ID interior (besides vacuuming, of course). Products that you recommend or avoid? We used to use Armor All on interiors way back in the day, but it seems like all of their products are junky these days.


Exterior care, I just washed it this morning, noticed I’m running out of soap so could use recommendations. Just started applying a spray on ceramic finish, which is very nice and smoooooooooth.
 

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Exterior: Zaino is my top pick, followed closely by Griot's Garage and Mother's.


Interior: same.
I also augment with 303 Aerospace marine (very sparingly used) on the dash to ward off UV degradation.

Sometimes I'll use good ol' Scotchguard on carpets, but given Monster Mats and full Muddy Buddy I didn't bother.

I used to go with high content Carnauba wax but modern molecular-bonding synthetics have won me over.

I've yet to go Ceramic, but as others hear good things. Actually I don't need an 'apply and rarely reapply' as I actually enjoy vehicle detailing. ;)
 

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303, I use that on my canoe’s hull. Man, does that offgas heavily.

I‘ll check out the rest, thanks for the specifics!
 

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At least we’re not talking about motor oils:ROFLMAO:
Good point! that is religion, politics, the metaphysical meaning of life, and which color is the best all at once! I have fallen down that rabbit hole too.... bobstheoilguy.com can be a tremendous killer of time
 
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I'm a big fan of CarPro and Chemical Guys products. Both offer super high quality exterior and interior care products.
Another recommendation for Chemical Guys. I love their stuff. Even their lower priced stuff you can find in stores isn’t bad. They usually smell great too.

If you have a non-first edition with the gloss black interior trim everywhere I cannot recommend Plexus highly enough. It’s great for nav screens and glossy (or matte) plastic. It doesn’t leave a residue that attracts dust and leaves it clean and new looking. Just make sure to use a good cloth (lots of quality lint free microfiber cloths on Amazon)


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I highly recommend all these products:

Make sure you start with a stack of microfiber towels. Any brand - if you shop at Costco buy a big pack from there. Make sure to cut or rip off the tag before using so it doesn't scratch any surfaces.

For cleaning: 303 Interior Cleaner - works great. Do yourself a favor a get a Car Detailing Brush Set. spray directly on the brush and clean out all the tight spaces and vents. This really is a time saver and answers the question "how did they get that spot clean?"

Follow up cleaning with 303 UV Protectant Spray - this is the same stuff as 303 Aerospace that others have recommended. Apply this to all plastic surfaces (not mats, if you have the rubber ones. Made that mistake once), including the screen and seating surfaces. This product conditions the plastic and also protects it with a UV blocker. After applying, you can follow up with a dry microfiber cloth to buff if you'd like, though not necessary. Apply every 6 months.

I also like the Chemical Guys stuff and use their leather cleaner and conditioner, You can use this on the steering wheel since it is leather. Especially for the first editions, though I have had mine since March 26th and so far no marks on the white. Chemical Guys Leather Cleaner and Conditioner

Hope this helps.
 

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Plexus is my go-to for PPF as well.
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If you have a non-first edition with the gloss black interior trim everywhere I cannot recommend Plexus highly enough. It’s great for nav screens and glossy (or matte) plastic. It doesn’t leave a residue that attracts dust and leaves it clean and new looking. Just make sure to use a good cloth (lots of quality lint free microfiber cloths on Amazon)
 

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Newbie question on car coatings for the group.

I’m considering use of a spray ceramic coating and want to confirm that applying it to the piano black trim piece over the back window will not be a mistake. In reading about ceramic coatings there is plenty of mention regarding use on plastic trim pieces with similar mentions on YouTube, but limited reference of piano black specifically.

Appreciate hearing the wisdom of the group.
 
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