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I just took delivery of a 2007 Indigo Ink Tacoma access cab. What is the best thing to do right away before I do a bunch of driving to maintain that showroom floor shine and cleanliness? I have read the sticky on detailing, but I wasn't sure if a brand new vehicle warranted all of the steps or if a couple of them should be done now and the rest in say 6 months. Any thoughts??
 

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I just took delivery of a 2007 Indigo Ink Tacoma access cab. What is the best thing to do right away before I do a bunch of driving to maintain that showroom floor shine and cleanliness? I have read the sticky on detailing, but I wasn't sure if a brand new vehicle warranted all of the steps or if a couple of them should be done now and the rest in say 6 months. Any thoughts??
I would do a sealer, I like Duragloss #105 $9 for 16 oz or spend more for Zaino and get similar results. Oh nice Truck love the access cabs.
 

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I would wash it, definatly clay the thing. Then you may, depending on paint condition ( I would do it though) a polish. Mothers Power Polish or something like Final Polish II would work great. Then Duragloss #105 for a great sealer that will look great and last a long time.


Basically just follow my steps in the writeup, minus the compounding step.
 

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So there aren't any extra steps or ones that I don't need to do (besides the compounding step) because it is new? Also, could you explain claying in more detail and about the time involved in doing so? Being a novice I definitely don't want to do more harm then good being it is a new truck. Do any of the steps necessitate a power polisher/buffer like the Porter-Cable? Thanks for the advice!
 

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On your new truck, you could probably do without a buffer like the Porter Cable, BUT, do everything by hand. Those cheap walmart buffers will do more harm than good. And the claying, a clay magic or mothers/meguiars clay kit will take about 30 min to do using the method outlined in my writeup. Just use regular car wash solution as the lube for the clay and work in 2x2 areas on the truck rubbing the clay with light pressure until either you stop feeling resistance on the clay, or it stops making noise.



Are you buying products online? If so, then the products in my outline will work great. If not, then here are some you can use that is available from places like Napa, Carquest, autozone.

Wash- Megs NXT/Gold Class
Clay-Claymagic/Mothers/Meguiars
Polish-Mothers Power Polish or Duragloss #652
Sealant-Duragloss #105 or Mothers Synwax
Detail Spray- Duragloss #951 or Fast Clean and Shine


And as always, use quality microfiber cloths, clean wash mitts, and clean chamois. You have a new truck with new paint, so it's up to you to keep it that way.
 

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Are chamois purely for drying? If so, what are the microfiber cloths for? Where I work we actually have nanofiber cloths which are even more absorbent and produce an even better finish.
 

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never heard of nanofibers, but if they work without scratching, have at it. Chamois is only for drying. Microfiber is what I recomend for everything else. Wax removal, polishing, glass, rims, cleaning, it does it all.

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