Well daily drivers will get swirls and black shows it the most. From what I have learned the best way is to invest in high quality products. I use a sheepskin glove, Meguiar's NXT car wash soap, two buckets one with water the other with soap and water. GritGuards in both buckets. The reason for two buckets is to keep as much dirt off of the wash mitt as possible so you don't scratch the paint. Always rinse the mitt off in the water bucket before loading it up with more soap.I also use a second mitt for the lower protion of the car. Also get a couple of waffle weave drying towels. I use mostly Meguiar's products because they are good quality and I can get them locally. I've had my Black SEL since Dec. and you have to look really close to see any lines on the paint and thats in full sun. I know it seems like a lot of work but to me its worth it.
I take long enough cleaning mine (Redfire), I don't need the extra care time it takes for Black cars.
I had a black car once....never again. black alone was bad enough, then it had dark vinyl buckets in it,
talk about a hot assed car, and no A/C.
I use Meguiars Quick Detailer spray to keep my black Fusion clean and highly polished between washes. I use it with a microfiber cloth and it works great without leaving any type of hazy residue or scratches. I can detail my entire car in around 30 minutes. I just used it tonight since my car accumulated a lot of water spots this week as well as pollen from the trees and nomal dust from the road, and now my car looks like the day I drove it off of the dealer's lot! The spray lifts dust off the car without scratching. It will not even scratch the black plastic trim on the doors. Do not use a normal automotive terry cloth as these cloths will scratch the paint but the microfiber detailer towels will not. I use this product twice a week and I swear I have the cleanest black Fusion in the metro Detroit area. I tried the Eagle One Whipe and Shine and found that the Eagle One spray left a haze if you did not fully buff it out - too much work!
This is my second black car and they are indeed a PITA to keep clean, but when they are clean there is not a nicer color out there!
I like the way my Red looks when clean, it shines so bright and really stands out in the parking lots & streets.
it has orange, red, pinkish, and sometimes a deep burgundy (when it's darker out). I too use the Quick detailer
and have for a few years now, it really helps with water spots and dirt accumulation.
The red is very nice, and sometimes I wish I would have gone with red. I probably would have chosen red if Ford had offered a slightly brighter version of that color, like the vibrant shade that is on my neighbor's Volvo S40.
The process described by metallicat above is the best way to avoid swirl marks. Drying with microfiber helps too. I was using meguiars quick detail spray and it works great but I was going through bottles too fast. I was using it after every wash to maintain my multiple coats of klasse, I also have to go out everyday and use detail spray to get bird droppings off my car. I now use meguiars final inspection detail spray and I buy it in gallon jugs.
Warning! DO NOT leave your Meguiars QD'd Fusion in the company of ducks! I have a couple of mallards that like to visit me, and the male swears that there is some other duck hiding in the mirror finish of my black Fusion! He gets quite upset at that other male duck - and tries his best to peck at the mirror duck "hiding" in my front bumper. I had to chase him away today because I do not like him pecking and chomping on my plastic bumper! Damn ducks! LOL!
Why do clean cars always attract all types of birds? My car gets bird droppings on it everyday, but it gets even more when it is clean. I have also hit 2 pigeons so far, both times when the car was clean. So far I have no knicks or dings though. A duck attacking his own reflection on a car? Thats new a one, its funny but I feel sorry for the car.
I read once that birds prefer to release their droppings in water, and the reflection off of a polished car (probably more so with black) makes the birds think it is a pool of water. I don't know how true that is, but my old truck almost never gets bombed whereas my Fusion will get bombed quite often while sitting in the parking lot at my work.
make sure that car is in the shade....specialy black ones....and with california heat you have 2 be care full not to let the water dry....i use carnuba wax 2 buckets and plenty of micro fiber cloths....and use wheel wipes from the 99 cent store...wow they really work too!!! oh and spray on tire shine...spray..and walk away...awsome finish..look
Black is the worst to keep clean. But is looks awesome when it is done right. I also use two buckets, microfiber towels (I think I have about 15 or so), QD all the time. I never wash it in the mid-day sun, usually early in the morning. I wax it with Meguires Gold Class or NXT paste wax and use the clay bar when ever I have time.
My wife gets pissed at all the time I spend on the car, but she sure doesnt complain when she gets to drive it. (not often)
Just remember that spending a little extra time and money now will make it last a lot longer.
I just sold my 93 SHO, Black with Black interior. With the exception of a few stone chips in the front, the guy who bought it could not beleive it was the origianal paint. He said that was the main reason why he wanted it.
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