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Posts: 7Registered: Jan 2003
carlos the jackal
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Saturday, December 13, 2003 3:19 AM

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Hi everyone,

Have just bought my first ferrari, 1989 328 GTS and very excited about keeping it in the great shape its in. Two questions which I already posed to the ferrari dealer and did'nt get such great answers?

1. Ferrari agent suggested not to clean the car with water? Instead there's a product sold by them (at a cost) which is some kind of foam? Is this necessary? I live a high altitude and far from the sea. Any tips?
2. Waxing/Polishing: Im sure there a hundreds of products out there with loads of support. Are there products which are recommeded or maybe types to stay away from?

Thanks for any comments.

Cheers


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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
FCA Technical Chairman


Saturday, December 13, 2003 6:02 AM

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Never heard this one before! No water... strange. It's no different than any other car, so wash it accordingly. I do use low pressure compressed air to aid in drying, especially the hard to get spots around louvers and trim, also along door bottoms where drain holes are located, and the engine itself as water drips onto it during the wash. Any premium wax should suffice. I like a paste wax like Classic, but I'm sure many options exist here.

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William V. Badurski
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Posts: 254Registered: Mar 2002
Mitch
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Monday, December 15, 2003 2:25 PM

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There is a publication called 'Prancing Horse'. If you are a member of FCA, you get it in the mail. Recently there have been detailed articles on waxing and the varoious products on the market.


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Posts: 115Registered: Sep 2002
Bryan
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Monday, December 15, 2003 8:38 PM

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Check out Mike Charness' article in the NW Chapter site. Mike also writes a series for the FCA Newsletter on car care. He makes no mention of avoiding water...

http://www.ferrariclub.com/faq/clean.html

I've been very happy with the stuff that I buy from Griot's Garage.
http://www.griotsgarage.com/index.jsp

Mike mentions several other products and Web sites as well.

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Bryan

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Posts: 30Registered: Jan 2003
GK-1
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Monday, February 23, 2004 3:40 PM

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Relative to types of wax, I highly recommend a product called Zymol. They have a special blend produced for Ferrari. Approx cost $35.00 per jar.




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Posts: 37Registered: Oct 2003
bigmo
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004 3:02 PM

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The guy I bought my car from said he never used water either just some speedy shine type stuff. Well, when I got the car it looked ok at first glance and then I gave it a good wash with yes(WATER) and a mild car wash from Griot's, and 100% cotton towel dry. I then proceeded to give it a good Carnuba paste wax and all was better - looked like a completely different and about 5 years newer car!. I believe that if someone only uses speed shine type cleaning with no water that they will scratch the paint at some point(mine had many and I'm sure this procedure is partly to blame) I mean they will rub dirt into that paint no matter what!. No water, give me a break - wash and wax that baby and your car will thank u for it!
maurice
By the way I use a lot of Griot's stuff and even though it's more expensive I love it! They have it all for the detail nut(which i am) Check em out at Griotsgarage.com
Happy Motoring!!!


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Posts: 115Registered: Sep 2002
Bryan
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004 6:26 PM

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SpeedShine is a Griot's product. It works well between water washes to bring snap back to the shine. It also works with cleaning clay to lift out contaminants that could scratch the paint. I would not use SpeedShine as the only cleaning product though!

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Posts: 37Registered: Oct 2003
bigmo
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Thursday, March 25, 2004 12:03 PM

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yeah I know it's Griot's but the guy i purchased from was using somthing else(don't remember what) but speed shine is the only comparable thing I could think of. I am sure it is great but I still believe that u will rub dirt into your paint and I'm kinda old fashion when it comes to cleaning the car. Water, good car wash and the best wax u can get. Wow! does it shine..




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Posts: 8Registered: Jan 2004
Ingenere
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Thursday, June 09, 2005 11:10 PM

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NO WATER!! Is he out of his mind?! Its a car...not a water colr painting. US Fcar owners are rediculous...with this...never been wet BS...garage queen nonsense.

Wash it, wax it and drive it.............HARD!

btw.........Griot's Garage makes great stuff!!

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Posts: 37From: BurlingtonRegistered: Jun 2004
Jazzy Jay
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Friday, December 02, 2005 5:29 PM

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I would highly recommend using a clay bar early in the motoring season (April here in CT). If you've never used one, try it on another car to get the hang of it.

With a clean car, simply spray a little detailing liquid on a small area and rub the a soap-sized ball of clay along the paint. It will pickup many of the nasty little particles lodged in the tiny nooks and crannies in the car. Your wax job will seem even smoother and more glossy for most of the year. The directions that come with the kit give more detail. Mother's, Meguiars, and other popular brands sell it.

It sounded stupid to me at first, but now I will do all of my cars once a year.

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Posts: 16Registered: Dec 2005
Tifoso Ferrari
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005 9:13 AM

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My local detailer here in San Francisco recently turned me on to a product that helps preserve your shine in-between detailings. I own a BLACK 2005 - 575M and am extremely picky on how my cars look. I've tried more products attempting to keep my black car looking like a piano than a woman's tried cosmetics on her face!

The product is called SYNERGY. It's super-simple to use: After washing your car and while it's still wet, about 1/2oz. is applied to a special sponge/applicator. You wipe it all over the car (windows, rubber, paint - everywhere). It looks like you're rubbing-on low-fat milk. Then, you rinse it off with a hose. Dry your car as you normally would (I always use the XL size super-blue micro-fiber towels). Holy cow, does it make your paint shine, especially BLACK! This product is tremendous and I would highly recommend you try it - I'm hooked!!

Ask for Jim, he has the exclusive on SYNERGY: http://www.californiadetailing.com


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