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Subaru Crew - Cleaning Interior & Exterior Surfaces



  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    Ding ding ding, Brian gets the prize. The whole reason my thoughts turned to this was because I bought an impact driver today! OK, a little explaining...

    A year or so ago I bought into the Ryobe 18v cordless system, and have been adding items as need and spare change allows. No, it is not as powerful as say Dewalt, but the price is incredible for what you get. For the handy homeowner, it is more than adequate. Ryobe makes many of the Craftsman powertools as well. Anyhow, they recently added a cordless orbital polisher to the line. Years ago I had a corded beast and gave it away. Tangling with the cord was 50% of my problem.

    Ken, I use mostly Meguiars. Gold Class, and more recently, their less expensive but less damaging to rubber Cleaner Wax & Quick Detailer. But time is the problem, Pat. As much as I like doing it, I'm lucky if I get to it more than a few times a year - not nearly enough. That leaves automatic car washes as the only option. Though maybe a cordless unit would be the ticket to more events.

  • leo2633leo2633 Posts: 589

    Enjoy that impact driver. I bought one back in the spring because I had to rebuild my old shed, and it is GREAT. You can forget having the bit slip in the screw slots and rounding them off. Even if you don't have any projects right now, do yourself a favor and get some scrap wood and a bunch of sheetrock screws and see for yourself how great that thing is. You'll never want to use a regular cordless drill/driver for driving screws again!

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    Since you're already familiar with Meguiars, give their NXT Tech Wax a whirl. Although I haven't used NXT specifically, I have been using synthetic products for some time and I also have used Gold Class in the past.

    The ease of use, shine and durability of NXT I think will help with your time constraints.

  • Like Steve, I too have a Ryobi kit. The one with a chainsaw, drill, saws, etc. Got it for only $200 plus whatever it was for shipping.

    I love the chainsaw, even if it does leak chain oil. Haven't used my gas-powered saw ever since.

    Just got the impact driver earlier this year. My first of that kind of tool and I really like it. I'm only a part-time tool user anyway so I wanted a set of cordless stuff that fits my usage.

    I bought a Chicago Electric 18 Volt 10" buffer/polisher last year to wax my Impreza Outback Sport, thinking I'd do a waxing more often but I've only done that once. Meguiar's Cleaner Wax (after looking at bottle on shelf to make sure) is what I have here. I only wash/wax using some all-in-one stuff.

    I checked on that Ryobi buffer, hadn't heard of it before now, and it sounds like the better choice-- maybe. Cost the same as this other one (possibly less). The 10" pad seemed oversized, so a 6" pad could be better.
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    I decided to go impact as I need to do some repair/upgrades on my 7 year old deck. I only used it for a few minutes the other night to fix some loose boards, but was favorably impressed. I was able to extract old square drive screws and put them back in again without breakage or head camout.

    Home Depot does not have the Ryobi One+ buffer. I'd love to hear from someone who does before I consider it.

  • Too late for me to edit my other message...

    Another reason I would get that Ryobi buffer is because I already misplaced the AC adapter/charger for the Chicago Electric buffer! Well, not exactly misplaced or lost.

    What happened is this, I put the buffer on a shelf in my shed and put the charger indoors with a bunch of other AC adapters I already had for everything from printers to phones. When I went to use it recently (to try and help with a recent bug&tar removal) I discovered there wasn't anything with the brand name or 18 Volts written on it. Closest match was something like a 20 Volt DC output. I used that to charge the battery and it seemed alright. Thing of it is, I'm still not absolutely sure what goes with it.

    At least when you have one specific battery type, along with tools and charger used for that, there's no mistaking what goes with what. ;^)

    I, too, would like to hear from anyone with that buffer. Maybe I can find someplace talking about it. I used to go to a Ryobi forum so I'll check there.
    Searched there and I think only one person tells about a bad pad on a buffer but doesn't say which one, could be their corded not cordless.

    One other Ryobi tool I'd like to use is their Stapler/Nailer but unfortunately I've heard it isn't (or wasn't if changes were ever made) all that good. I almost always have something to staple eventually.

    Remembered the name of the kit I got, called The Works. Also, I added a spiral (or speed) saw to it this summer. Thinking of getting the Inflator next-- for my Subaru's tires, of course. :)
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775

    I'm a step ahead of you, and searched the Ryobi tool forum, but no posts on the orbital buffer yet. I may post the question directly and see if there are any responses.

    I got one of the smaller kits (drill, light, reciprocating saw, circular saw & vacuum, charger & 2 batteries). The basic kit was on sale at HD a year ago for $129. I have since added the jig saw, corner cat sander, right angle drill, another charger & 2 batteries, and now the impact driver.

    The story on the stapler/nailer is that it was withdrawn, and replaced by a stapler only. Some reported problems with the wide stapler anvil marring workpieces when driving smaller headed nails. So the new unit is a dedicated tool.

  • Sounds alright to me, Steve, I have a cheap corded Stanley stapler/nailer and I never could get the brads into wood so I just use staples.

    I've wanted a cordless one a long time. Having to plug into a wall for power can be trouble. Case in point, stapling to repair parts of my deck-turned-screenroom while 10' up on a ladder with the 8' wire plus extension. Hated being tethered like that. Same goes for drilling, sawing, whatever. I was an AC-only guy until a few years ago and I am loving the change! Maybe cordless stuff can't always replace AC but I'm not missing those other power tools much.
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    Got an answer, Bob.

    I posted a question on the cordless buffer, and got one real answer. Still, I would have liked to hear from someone who had a broader experience base (as in how this compares to a premium corded, like the P-C that Ken uses).

  • Thanks, after reading that I got to thinking about things I don't know yet, mainly the 4000 RPM speed.

    My Chicago Electric buffer is variable 0-2500 RPM. I've seen nothing about the Ryobi being variable. I remember thinking full speed was plenty fast if I got too light-handed. There would be a chance then that 4000 RPM-- even though that's no-load speed-- might fling wax everywhere. I don't know, this being my first buffer and used only once makes the whole thing that much more difficult to decide on anything.

    When I got the CE buffer I was only thinking of cordless and large to make waxing easy. Now I realize the big size can be a problem.

    Anyway... I am curious about the relatively high speed and any possibility of it being variable. Maybe I'll find out at a Home Depot.
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    Saw that and one more thought came to mind -- what kind of pad accessories are available for it? Aside from having the proper motion (random, dual action) the type of pad you use makes a huge difference in the outcome.

    The easiest to use systems have a velcro-backed plate you attach to the buffer. Then you attach foam pads (different based on the application) that have the mating side of the velcro strip on them. The pads are very secure and are easy to remove and replace.

    Too bad you didn't live nearby -- I'd loan you my PC to try out! :-)

  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    Lets go one better. If I get back to my favorite vendor in Sunnyvale in early December and buy you dinner, will you bring the PC along and teach me all there is to know about wax on - wax off??? I'm sure that Kate & Jim would like to learn as well!!!

    No, you are right. There is a lot to like about cordless, but the buffer "system" sounds like it is immature as a product. Gee, Ken. They need a good product manager to make it right! Then you can even play a part in the commercial shoot!

    Just busting on you...

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    PC detailing 101 -- no problem!

    If you don't mind carrying back extra luggage, I have this old corded random orbital buffer that I don't use anymore. I think it's a Car and Driver branded model that I picked up at Target many years ago. It's yours if you want it.

  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    by installing the snow tires (albeit it a week *after* the 17" snowfall) on DW's MPV over the past weekend. It was about 40F and windy, but I still washed both sets of wheels (as well as waxed the steelies).

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I actually have a set, too. Maybe this weekend.

    I gotta change the stereo in the Miata first, though. It was skipping, then the lights started to go out. Now it's dark AND skips. So I got a cheap MP3 player, but I'm putting it in myself.

  • bat1161bat1161 Posts: 1,784
    Hey folks,

    I did a search of this topic and it seems that the recommendation a few years ago in cleaning leather was Lexol. I was just wondering if you folks still recommend that. I have to try and remove ink stains from my front seat.

    If not Lexol, any other suggestions?

  • hondafriekhondafriek Ottawa CanadaPosts: 2,969
    Lexol is as good as anything out there mark, try a little WD 40 on a rag to try remove the ink stain then some leather treatment.

    Cheers Pat.
  • I do my interior with Lexol and I do my waxing with Nu-Finish. Both are great and I have used them on all my vehicles... Man, I did not know this thread was so old. I should have checked first. I have my 3 month's old 2009 Outback 2.5i Limited. First Subaru i have owned. Love it so far!! :)
  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    I'm still love'n my 1998 OBW Ltd 5 spd. Just finished putting a coat of wax on it. Next comes the Blizzaks for this winter. Only 116,000 miles on the clock. It's driven once or twice a week. Plus it is towed behind our motor home when we're traveling (5,000 miles this summer).

  • Plus it is towed behind our motor home when we're traveling (5,000 miles this summer).

    How do you tow it? Is it on a flatbed? It's my understanding that's the only way to safely tow an all-wheel drive vehicle.

    Just curious...
  • Some cars are able to be towed 'wheels down' with little or no modifications. Manual-transmission Subarus are one example. Motorhome magazines often list models of 'dinghy' vehicles and their towing requirements & limitations.

  • toboggantoboggan Posts: 283
    Subarus with manual transmissions are towable on all four wheels. Probably have about 25,000 towed miles on mine. But I noticed this time that there is rust bubbling under the paint coming from under the middle roof "rail". When it gets warm again I'll have to remove the rail and fix the rust spot. Been really trying to keep this car clean (try that living on a dirt/gravel road :( ).
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    edited August 2010
    Haven't touched the exterior of my OBW (other than maybe a semi-annual automated car wash) in 2 years. Next month she'll be 8, and with the family down in NYC on Saturday, I finally got to do the exterior right. The deep forest green looked hazy white - presumably the clearcoat oxidized pretty badly.

    Normally it might have been Gold Class, but for this job Meg Cleaner Wax. She sure did clean up nice! The scratches and old swirls buffed out, and the finish looks more like the average 3 year old car now.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I demand pics now. Before and After, preferably. :shades:
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,858
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    I can probably get some before it rains, but the last 'pre' pictures were from a few weeks back taken by cell phone when I was pulling a utility trailer to get a load of mulch.

    Oh, Wes - that reminds me. Two weeks ago I bought a rear cargo tray for days when I need to haul bagged items, but don't need the full trailer. Also a Carry-On from Lowes Homecenter. Nice to have the mess out back, rather than in the Outback! (sorry....)

    I had to do some nifty machining using a drill press in the lab. The tray comes with a 2" stinger, the OBW a 1.25" receiver. Picked up a 2" to 1.25" adapter at U-haul, but the now two pins (stinger into receiver into receiver) gave too much play. So I milled a 6 sided slot into the solid bar and inserted a nut! Now I can bolt one of them in tight.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited August 2010
    Grainy cell phone pics are OK for the Before anyway.

    And now we also need a shot of that nifty solution for your hitch. :D

    I can host if you e-mail them to me.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,858
    Nice, Steve!

    I have the same problem with mine (too much play) as well. I don't notice it on my trucks (probably because there is more isolation between the frame and the body, so the noise is muffled), but the rattling can be bone-jarring (esp. when towing a trailer) in the Subaru. I solved the issue by cutting a 2" x 1/8" strip of steel about 4" long, then bending it in the middle at a 90-degree angle. I then take my 2# sledge and wedge it between the top of the receiver and the shaft, which locks it in tight as a drum.

    I ran my 1100-mile fishing trip with that set up and it was perfect.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,775
    edited September 2010
    OK - pictures of an almost 8 year old OBW with 82k miles after a good scrubbing and wax job. As you can see, she is typically parked away from other cars, so the metal is in well above average shape.

    Kept in a bag in the back is my little lunchtime getaway machine, a Dahon Vitesse folding bike! I've used this from early March thru December for the past 3 years. I do a loop around the site, then head out into traffic to get lunch.

    In my hand is the modified 2" to 1.25" adapter for the cargo tray and bike rack. The 1/2" hex nut pulls the stinger in tight with the receiver. I add a 5/8" nut to the cargo tray to lock that side to the adapter, making for rattle-free assembly.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,858
    Looks nice, Steve; especially in the third photo with the sun glinting off the paint.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
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