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Today I removed the "Carmax" sticker on the back, removed the "3.5" badges on the fender, replaced the cars battery and the batteries in both remotes, and washed it. :cool:
 

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In a way, yes. The original blue Dawn dish washing liquid is supposed to strip off any existing waxes already on the car. I use it as the first step in building back up the paint protection. I have no idea what was done to this car already as far as detailing so I am going to do it myself so I know it's protected. Next step is a claybar or Nanoskin to remove any wax left and also remove particulates embedded in the paint. That's what I'll start with tomorrow.
 

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Did the whole car with a Nanoskin Autoscrub. Then hit most of it with Meguiars 205 and a white pad. Then 2 coats of Zaino Z2 polish. The paint feels smoother than glass.
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Put new LED bulbs in the back seat and tried to put one in the rear hatch cargo area, but the little sucker popped up into the hole in the light fixture and is now lost in the headliner. Time to order another. :mad:
 

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Tundra Fan - can I ask you how you removed the Carmax sticker? I would really like to remove the dealer sticker (oblong about 1.5" x 4.5") on my QX60 but it seems like it's really on there!
 

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Tundra Fan - can I ask you how you removed the Carmax sticker? I would really like to remove the dealer sticker (oblong about 1.5" x 4.5") on my QX60 but it seems like it's really on there!
Get a nylon scraper, or plastic razor blade, and a heat gun. Heat it up with low heat and peel it off.
 

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Tundra Fan - can I ask you how you removed the Carmax sticker? I would really like to remove the dealer sticker (oblong about 1.5" x 4.5") on my QX60 but it seems like it's really on there!
I was able to peel it off by hand, then I used Goo-gone to remove the residue. I also used Goo-gone to remove the residue from the 3.5 badge.
I wouldn't use a razor blade except on the glass, but the heating it up idea might help.


Edit: I see it was a plastic razor blade that was mentioned. I haven't seen one of those before, but that might work fine. Just be really careful about the paint. If you can use the blade to get a corner of the sticker up, then heat and try to pull it off in 1 piece.
 

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Replaced the rear cargo area bulb with an LED one being more careful this time.
didn't lose it up in the headliner this time ;) nice! It's amazing how much nicer the interior looks, especially at dusk and at night, with bright white LED bulbs everywhere inside one of my map lights occasionally flickers between a dimmer light and the full bright light inexplicably and intermittently when I get in or out. Mildly annoying, but the bulb is seated in the housing correctly and securely, so either an iffy quality bulb or some other minor thing. But it's only occasionally, so I just ignore it for now
 

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I'm getting ready to do a complete detail after this long winter. We recently purchased a 2006 Infiniti G35. Its in great shape but who ever owned it before did a number on the paint job. Lots of swirls in the paint and its obvious the owner used an automatic car wash which didn't help.

When we purchased our JX35, I went to Griots Garage in Tacoma Washington to learn what is the best products and procedures for maintaining a great car finish. Since then, Griots has been my go-to store for auto care products. Since the G35 was so bad, I took it to Griots and one of the sales people had me take the car into their detailing bay. He looked the car over and worked a small section of the worst part of the car. He used three products. He used a quick correcting polish, followed up with a finishing polish then applied their new green ceramic car wax (several other manufactures have a similar product). OMG! The finish was amazing. I purchased the new products and literally spent 12 hours with my buffer cleaning up the swirls. I was absolutely amazed at the new ceramic wax. Goes on easy and last a long time. Most of all, the shine is incredible.

I'm going to strip my QX60 with Dawn detergent; follow up with paint prep and their new soft sponge tool which replaces the clay bar (it is amazing also and easier to use than clay bar). I won't need the heavier polish, but will use the finishing polish then the ceramic wax. I'll let you know how well it works.
 

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Today I removed the "Carmax" sticker on the back, removed the "3.5" badges on the fender, replaced the cars battery and the batteries in both remotes, and washed it. :cool:
Changed the oil with AMSOIL Synthetic and performed a drain and fill for the transmission fluid with AMSOIL CVT fluid. It runs smooth as butter.
 
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