Twelve car cleaning myths

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Posted by Peter ( on 10:56:50 06/13/08

This is from an article on It uses Barry Maguire (Maguire car care products) as the resident expert.

See the link below for the details. Here are some highlights from the article:

Myth 1: Dishwashing detergent is safe to use as a car wash.

Myth 2: Washing and cleaning are the same

Myth 3: If a car looks shiny, the cleaning process can be skipped

Myth 4: Clay bars should only be used by professionals

Myth 5: Waxing can remove swirl marks

Myth 6: There is no difference between polishing and waxing

Myth 7: Machine polishers damage the paint finish

Myth 8: Diapers, t-shirts and flannel make good cleaning cloths

Myth 9: Wax protection can be guaranteed to last up to one year

Myth 10: Paste wax offers greater protection than liquid wax

Myth 11: Lighting a hood on fire, without damaging the paint finish, proves the protective qualities of a car wax

Myth 12: Once a car is waxed, regularly protecting the paint finish becomes unnecessary

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