Cleaning/Protecting the JL

  1. Civilian

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    Just got a new JL Rubicon and although I'm planning to get this off road shortly I'm still wondering what people are doing to keep the fenders, outside plastic, inside interior etc clean? Thanks for any suggestions.
     
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    I find a good coating of trail dust and/or mud will protect your Jeep from the elements.;)
     
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    Actually any good wax on metal, on plastic I like 303 protectant.
     
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    I've been using eagle one nano spray wax on the fenders and bumper. Has uv protection and helps keep them black and water beeds off good. It dries clear and no residue
     
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    This is just what I was looking for, thanks.
     
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    I took advantage of the ceramic coating at the dealership for the paint. The fender ship sailed the first time I took my Jeep on a gravel road. The back fenders now look perfectly "worn in" :)
     
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    I use chemical guys leather conditioner for the leather. Looks, feels and smells good. I made a thread asking about what to use for leather interior and alot of ppl said good things about chemical guys products
     
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    Sweet! Just ordered some. Looks like our rides look alike.
     
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    #9 Jan 29, 2019
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    As someone who gets paid to detail cars as a side job these are my thoughts. I'm not a pro but I'm also not tied to any company anf selling their products and I've used a wide variety of products.

    A good wax or sealant and a clay bar once or twice a year will be more than enough and what most people likely do. A synthetic claybar is a good option a d some quality microfiber towels. Theragcompany throws up some good deals and has great towels. I also use the ones from Costco for various things. A good wheel cleaner and a brush to agitate it that you just use for wheels and tires. I use a drying aid when I dry like meg's last touch or ultimate quick detailer are usually available locally.

    For those that want a coating the benefits are high gloss and most are self cleaning and more resistant to picking up dirt, some are much better at this than others. Coatings range from barely better than a good sealant up to pretty outstanding at keeping the car looking good. Don't just blindly buy a coating without knowing what your getting and dont expect a coating to protect no matter what bs they sell you. Their hardness scales are just marketing for the most part. The prep for a coating is where the money is at and usually what will have the most effect on results.

    For the love of God dont let the dealership touch it. A local dealership tried to hire me for some of their work and I inquired about their pay out of curiosity. I can tell you nobody who knows what they're doing will do the kind of work a detailer would for what they pay, needless to say I said no thank you.

    From what I've seen it's usually kids with a rotary going fast and doing as many as they can get done in a day. At least around here they're asking detailer pricing for poor production detailing and your usually not getting what you paid for.
     
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    Turtle Wax Ice spray and wipe after each wash on the paint. 303 Protectant on the plastic and seals.
     
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    I opted for the same 2 products.
     
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    I would also suggest Fluid film or Amsoil’s heavy duty metal protector on the frame and axles (not on brakes or fuel lines). It will make cleaning mud and salt off much easier.
     
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    Y'all are killing it. :like:

    I'm a cheap SOB, so I just use a giant condom for protection. :muscle:
     
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    Haha, I'm gonna end up buying a couple hundred bucks worth, you guys are awesome with all the suggestions.
     
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    There is a video on you tube that recommends buying rubber strips that go between the fender and body panel where debris collects and scratches the hell out of the area.
    The rubber prevents stuff from collecting in that area.
     
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