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What do you guys recommend to do right after buying my QX60 to keep it looking brand new and in pristine condition?
 

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I hear applying a product called Opti-coat is key in keeping your paint in mint condition. Guys usually do this asap before the paint becomes more contaminated and in a worse condition than it was in when it rolled out the dealership
 

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After reading several postings on the JX forum and auto detailing sites I decided to try clay baring the car, polishing and waxing. We have the flagship store for Griots Garage (they sell high end auto detailing products on their website and in select stores). At the store they offer classes on detailing using their products. I took the JX there and spent an hour with one of their staff. When I got home I washed the car, then clay bared, polished with their second to mildest polish (using their random orbital machine), then hand waxed it with their best in show wax (which was the best wax I've ever used-bar none). The car looks better than when we took delivery. I usually don't plug products, but I am sold on Griots (Car Care Products, Detailing Supplies, Auto Accessories - Griot's Garage 800-345-5789). Here is what the car looks like after 5 hours of work.
http://www.infinitijxforum.com/showthread.php/2697-Detailed-our-new-JX35/page2
Ps. The reason I really wanted to detail the car was because I got tired of my wife complaining that our Emerald Graphite didn't look as nice as the black JX used in the Infiniti commercials. Now she is very happy. "Happy wife...good life".
 

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one thing to look out for before you do your initial detail is to inspect every corner for rock chips, scratches, etc. usually during shipping this happens. Better to get it dealt with and then move onto detailing.
 

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Bring it to a proper detailer to get it polished and sealed. I would love to do this myself but it just eats up too much of my time and I don't have good patience for that kinda thing. If your like me just pay to have someone do it for you.
 

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Proper care and maintenance like using a two step washing method and occasional wax would help you preserve the paint condition.
 

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I hear applying a product called Opti-coat is key in keeping your paint in mint condition. Guys usually do this asap before the paint becomes more contaminated and in a worse condition than it was in when it rolled out the dealership
what is this opti coat? Is it a wax or a sealant? I heard it's pretty expensive to get it done. considering the size of the QX60 an application would be expensive I'm guessing.
 

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Proper care and maintenance like using a two step washing method and occasional wax would help you preserve the paint condition.
sadly since I can already see a lot of the QX60's on the road being leases, people will end up putting them through an automated car wash.

The demographic that will be buying this car won't be that concerned about the paint.
 

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Yeah opti-coat is the main thing which you should apply on very first time. then there are many other things which can help you to make your car in mint condition. Actually the timely maintenance and the care of the car also increase the car's life.. good luck mate
 

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Yeah opti-coat is the main thing which you should apply on very first time. then there are many other things which can help you to make your car in mint condition. Actually the timely maintenance and the care of the car also increase the car's life.. good luck mate
opti-coat won't make it look mint, it will just protect the paint, it's in a way like clear coat. cleaning it on a regular basis after that is key :D
 

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Yeah opti-coat is the main thing which you should apply on very first time. then there are many other things which can help you to make your car in mint condition. Actually the timely maintenance and the care of the car also increase the car's life.. good luck mate
I just wouldn't advise him to buy the product and do it himself, it's apparently a tricky product to work with. Better off letting a professional do it.
 

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I had not heard of Griots until I started reading the JX Forum, so when I got my JX I waxed it with Collinite Marque D Elegance. It turned out fantastic, my emerald graphite almost looks liquid after washing. I also waxed my windows so no more Rainex. Btw, be careful if you use Rainex as it will ruin paint. I also thought clay bar was used on older paint to remove oxidation and stuff. Does it also improve new paint as well?
 

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Good to know but I usually just drop my car off at infiniti and have them do the detailing if need every year or too.
 

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I had not heard of Griots until I started reading the JX Forum, so when I got my JX I waxed it with Collinite Marque D Elegance. It turned out fantastic, my emerald graphite almost looks liquid after washing. I also waxed my windows so no more Rainex. Btw, be careful if you use Rainex as it will ruin paint. I also thought clay bar was used on older paint to remove oxidation and stuff. Does it also improve new paint as well?
I live close by Griots Garage main office and have taken a few lessons from them. I love their products and will only use them from now on. I stopped using Rainex after having problems with streaking.

All the clay bar does is remove the tiny particles of grit from the paint and doesn't do anything other than prepare it for polishing and waxing. If you haven't checked out their videos, all of their products are featured on YouTube.

I still can't get over how nice my paint job looks after my last detailing. I'll clay bar and wax in the fall. Probably won't need to use polish since the paint is in such good condition.
 

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Zaino brothers end to end detailing - I swear by it. It won me a car show with my Lotus and I was not even using power tools. Just 120 quotes of Polish, across the full spectrum of zaino products, with borderless microfiber towels.
For the Infi though, I specifically am picking up moonlight white as white ages well as long as you do routine wash and wax. I deliberately picked the closest dealer with free car washes. I am just going to take the easy way out with it, with twice a year claying thrown in.
Also, so you know, all claybar products in the US are made by the exact same company per a 3 hour detailing clip I once saw on youtube ( 6 part series), so, feel free to pick one from wal mart and save yourselves the $$$$...
Cheers!!
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Zaino brothers end to end detailing - I swear by it. It won me a car show with my Lotus and I was not even using power tools. Just 120 quotes of Polish, across the full spectrum of zaino products, with borderless microfiber towels.
For the Infi though, I specifically am picking up moonlight white as white ages well as long as you do routine wash and wax. I deliberately picked the closest dealer with free car washes. I am just going to take the easy way out with it, with twice a year claying thrown in.
Also, so you know, all claybar products in the US are made by the exact same company per a 3 hour detailing clip I once saw on youtube ( 6 part series), so, feel free to pick one from wal mart and save yourselves the $$$$...
Cheers!!
--njexpress
 

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First post here. Took delivery of my white/wheat AWD 2 weeks ago.

I don't recall if you said where you live, but I live in upstate NY-- where we are more than ready for winter to be over. The first thing I did after taking delivery was to order the weathertech floor liners (not mats). There's just so much snow, slush and muddy water everywhere you go, I had to move fast to protect the QX floor. I have the 1st and 2nd rows covered now (no one will be in the 3rd row anytime soon-- only have 1 kid). Expensive, but great investment IMO.

I'm not too concerned with meticulous cleaning/waxing of the exterior at the moment...it's not just not worth the time and energy to go through all that just to have the car get immediately dirty when I head out due to the weather and road conditions. But I'm doing what I can to keep it from getting too dirty every few days (even if that requires simple hand spraying at the local car wash). Will do more once the weather improves and we get out of the negative and freezing temps! :D
 

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i also have experience with opti coat and i think its a great product for protecting your paint

they even have a coating for your leather

but its pricey stuff.
 

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Opticoat 2.0 is the best thing you can apply to any new vehicle. I've used it on 3 vehicles now and it truly lasts and lasts. Also cures and hardens harder than clear coat so it does help resist swirl marks better.

I wash with dawn, dry, polish out any imperfections with optimum technologies hyper polish (the spray one in the bottle, simply amazing), then opticoat. You do not need an alcohol wiped own as long as you use their (Optimum's) polish beforehand.

If you wait to do it long after purchasing, one may need to clay as well after washing but before polishing.
 
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