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I have to agree with w3ap0n-x. The dish soap, after repeated use, can actually dry up rubber trim on the car. The dish soap is just too strong for a car.

It's important to have a good condition washmit/microfiber sponge and soap. If you use an old ratty sponge with the mesh over it, chances are you're putting fine scratches into your paint.

I also use Meguiar's Gold Class and it does a really good job.
 

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I'd never let my father anywhere near my car with a rotary and my grandfather is dead.

I use a two bucket method and sheepskin wash mitts. I keep the car constantly wet and use nothing but the finest microfibers to dry the car and never rush. One swipe with the wash mitt, flip, one more swipe and in the rinse bucket. Ring out, dip in soapy water and repeat. I claybar every square inch of external painted surface, tape off every piece of trim, and rotary each panel individually with up to three different stages of polish and use a series of products to enhance shine, depth, and protection until the car is show-ready. I have a Century 400 Ninja extractor and a slew of professional chemicals to get carpets cleaner than any professional carpet cleaner could. I know about detailing because I try the method, chemical, or tool before I comment on it or give my opinion about it.

I agree with you about personal preference, though...I just believe that a person should have a vast amount of experience with something before they give their opinion on it. In my experience, if you don't use microfibers and the proper dilution of a good soap you will end up with micromarring and swirlmarks.
Hey w3apon-x, I've noticed that you have a lot of handy tips for car detailing care and I wanted to know how do you dry your vehicle? I find drying to be a little tricky.
 
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