Author Topic: Maintaining clean when on a roadtrip... What do you folks do?  (Read 1658 times)

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Audidoodi

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Just recently got interested in properly detailing my cars. Only really have the daily driver but I figure it's best to try and protect the paint and interior from the wear and tear of dailying as best as I can to prolong the life of the aesthetics.

The UrS6 has it's fair share of paint imperfections as it is a daily driver. The odd paint chip, scratch, etc. but the paint otherwise is still in fairly decent shape. Leather interior is in OK shape. Driver's side bolster is cracked badly and I'm not sure if it's too far gone to use crack filler and treatment. Only used a typical brand name leather cleaner/conditioner on the seats. Carpets aren't too bad but are showing age wear.

My question is as follows:
I plan on giving the car a decent exterior detail (ie. clay bar, polish, wax) shortly. I doubt the car has had the full treatment in its whole life so it should be great to see the end result of it. This will be in prep to drive down to Audi Expo in Tacoma. What do you folks do when travelling with your car to keep it looking in the best shape possible without lugging around all your detailing gear? I'm sure it'll be tough to deal with the dirt/grime picked up from driving a couple hours but I'm sure you folks may have some tips/tricks or products that may help.
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I will rinse it when I get there that's about it

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I usually quick detail it, clean the windows, condition the trim, and apply tire shine once i get to the event
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I usually quick detail it, clean the windows, condition the trim, and apply tire shine once i get to the event

Yep, pretty much this.

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Im the guy/ friend that brings the whole kit..... :lol: PS i luv Adams products


The go to ones i must bring:
1)Bug and tar remover and a wash mitt
2) Stoners glass / Glass towels
3) Adams Tire shine/ applicator= Best :thumbup:
4)Adams detail spray
5) MIcrofiber towels from costco
6) Adams VRT or any other trim care for rubber and texture


Dubberz detail section---http://dubberz.com/forum/detailz/
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As long as you protect all the leading edges of the car, you should be fine.

Most people when they do a substantial trip, they use masking tape on the hood, the bumper, mirrors, and the leading edge of the top of the windshield.

I've seen people go as far as taping the fenders, both leading and after the tires [to prevent debris from splashing up from the tires]

If i were you, and to minimize the amount of detailing equipment you're going to take...

I'd bring a wash bucket [just in case you do want to wash the car]

a bunch of microfiber towels [preferably a thicker towel with more hooks than the cheapo walmart brand]

a tire shine of some sort and an applicator pad

a quick detailer spray, to bring out the luster of your previous wax. Just remember that if you apply with one towel, chances are you might want to buff with another just for uniformity.

All that can be stored into that bucket for travelling purposes.

Audidoodi

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Thanks for all the info guys. Again, my car is a daily so I'm not at all worried about taping and such. I was thinking of stopping at a quick u-wash place and giving it a quick hose down to get the lose travel dirt off. Once getting to the show, I'd give it a quick spray detail. Cheers

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I've had good luck with painters tape for long drives:





Also, for 2 trips to Vegas I used a temporary clear bra film. Can't remember the name of it right now, but it worked quite well too! :)
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Both great memories  :thumbup: