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    Senior Member Jonathan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by sadeeky View Post
    OH WOW THANKS JONATHAN for the step by step. So scratch pad means green pad right? By doing after you wash the residue off it gets pretty shinny? So basically wet the car put some powder on a scrap pad. Scrub with the grain. How much do I scrub the sections. then hose off. Is that in a nutshell?
    No problem! Yea, green pad, like the plastic-y one. Just not a metal one, i.e. steel wool. Sort of like similar to what you might have to scrub pots and pans in your kitchen sink (just get a new one!).

    Yea, my experience is that it gets impressively shiny once you put the time in for the BKF part, and then finish with soap and water. You'll figure out how much to scrub each section pretty quick. Go over each part you do once or twice or three times and you can be pretty sure you've got as much dirt and grime out as you're going to get.

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    Honestly, I absolutely swear by dawn dish soap. The stuff is made to cut grease! That and mr. clean magic erasers. As long as you go with the grain, they do an amazing job. (dont use on the fascias though)

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    I use this stuff. It's basically Soft Scrub Gel (use the green bottle, the white one won't work). Accidently discovered it when I was cleaning the outside of the refrigerator one day and wiped it down with a rag with this stuff on it. Ten years later the refrigerator still looks fine.

    Three rags and two buckets. First rag wet, squirt some cleaner on it, and wipe down the panel. Second rag wet, use it to wipe off any residual cleaner. Third rag is to dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notifier View Post
    BE VERY CAREFUL - it has bleach in it (which BKF does not). You can bleach out the side mouldings and blace fascia parts if not careful. They will get splotchy. The lack of bleach is why BKF is generally recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sadeeky View Post
    Ok cool! The Bar Keepers Friend do I get the powder or the soft cleanser? Where can I get it? And how many cans do I buy for the whole car? How do you apply it?
    Answers here, see product's web link below. As others are saying, BKF goes deep, isn't needed for quick spiff-ups. Not that it will do any damage to the SS, of course.

    1. I've used both, preferring the liquid over the powder. Others like the powder. Both do the same job.
    2. BKF store locator is on the website link. Ace Hardware stores in my area carry them. Also available direct from BKF via web link.
    3. A 26oz. bottle of liq. lasts ~3-6 applications.
    4. Follow directions. Photo of liquid instr. is below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMCMW Dave View Post
    BE VERY CAREFUL - it has bleach in it (which BKF does not). You can bleach out the side mouldings and blace fascia parts if not careful. They will get splotchy. The lack of bleach is why BKF is generally recommended.
    Yea I gotcha. I've been avoiding the side stripes as much as possible with it just in case. And don't use it at all on anything non stainless. Thanks for the heads up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadeeky View Post
    Where can I get it?
    the local Walmart here carries BKF... could be worth a look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuadcityDMC View Post
    I used aircraft polish and the DMC cleaning kit. I washed the car over and over and then used the brush pad, and washed again.

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    I did find a product that helps keep finger prints off pertty good. Its called "Ice" I kinda like rainx for wax.

    I wash my car ALL the time!
    I use Ice on my regular cars. I was apprehensive about using it on the stainless, though. I'm glad to hear it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pezzonovante88 View Post
    I use Ice on my regular cars. I was apprehensive about using it on the stainless, though. I'm glad to hear it works.
    Ice????

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