I just bought my first new car in late January: A 2012 VW GTI with 86 miles on it. It's the dream car that I never dreamed about. I knew nothing about detailing 2 months ago, so I figured what better time to learn than now while my car's paint, wheels and interior are still in great condition. Plus I'm a serious clean freak and would like to keep it in as perfect condition as possible even though it's my daily driver.
I've been doing a lot of research the last month on detailing after a fellow detail-crazy neighbor pointed me in the right directions (here, most notably!). I've since then stock-piled a bunch of Meguiar's products, and am buying more detailing products by the week as needed. I've already done a full detail about a month ago, although I'm worried about the routine I followed and the quality of my work so I plan on doing a full re-detail this weekend now that I feel I have a better grasp on things, weather permitting. Before doing the re-detail though I'd like your guys' expert opinion on my new method:
My new full paint detail routine:
I would plan on doing the full routine once after winter, once in the middle of summer, and once again before winter. Between then I would follow the basic wash regime every week: Wash -> dry -> UQD (when needed).
- Wash with Deep Crystal Car Wash & dry
- Clay Bar with Quik Detailer
- NXT 2.0
- NXT 2.0 (2nd application)
Any other advice you have would be appreciated!
- Should I use the UC after the clay bar, even though my paint doesn't have any noticeable defects besides maybe some water spots? Would it hurt to use it? If so, should I use a MF applicator or foam applicator?
- Should I add a polishing compound, and if so which would you recommend? MF or foam applicator?
- Is there any reason to "strip" old layers of wax/sealant? Or should I just let a paint cleaner like UC take car of that?
- Can I apply UC to the inside of my windows too?