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Benefits of Dawn Soup #5233018 10/07/19 02:08 PM
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Detailed the Acura in signature on Saturday since it was a beautiful sunny/no humidity day. In the past I have used Meguiars car wash soap, Armor All car wash soap & others. Well Saturday was the first time I used Dawn Platinum dish soap & let me tell you -- washing/clay baring & waxing with 476s Collinite was never easier. My one friend often tells me about the benefits of Dawn soap with different applications. Try it if you never have before waxing your car/truck/suv/etc...


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Re: Benefits of Dawn Soup [Re: BAJA_05] #5233025 10/07/19 02:12 PM
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We always washed the family cars as kids with dish soap. course we never waxed em either...


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As someone who has detailed numerous vehicles Dawn isn't paint friendly. Maybe as a one time thing to strip everything off and start fresh.


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Re: Benefits of Dawn Soup [Re: BAJA_05] #5233032 10/07/19 02:16 PM
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Dawn strips wax, it really isn't an ideal car soap. If I'm looking to strip wax a clay bar is a better alternative. It is also an abrasive soap, something I would rather not use on a regular basis to wash one of my vehicles. Used enough times it might even dull automotive paint.


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Dawn is good for a one time wash when you want to take off any wax or sealant there is on the surface. Continuous use however will eventually lead to deterioration of the surface and especially the plastic trim.


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Re: Benefits of Dawn Soup [Re: BAJA_05] #5233073 10/07/19 02:54 PM
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Nice timing for this topic, I just had some Dawn soup for lunch.


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Re: Benefits of Dawn Soup [Re: dishdude] #5233083 10/07/19 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by dishdude
Nice timing for this topic, I just had some Dawn soup for lunch.



I missed that. Better be close to a lavatory.


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Re: Benefits of Dawn Soup [Re: BAJA_05] #5233091 10/07/19 03:21 PM
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I use dawn soap to clean chromed metal parts. Does a good job in lifting off oxidation and any old light brown to orange rust. Won't remove the black rust that has eaten through the chrome. Chrome wheels, chrome trim, etc......Dawn will Do. All in all, dawn is a pretty aggressive cleaner.

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Re: Benefits of Dawn Soup [Re: BAJA_05] #5233116 10/07/19 03:59 PM
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I have a bottle of Dawn soap in my detailing cabinet in my garage. The only time it ever gets used is when I'm planning on doing a full paint correction.

I'll use it right after I've done any kind of iron removal (Iron-X, Ferrex) to get any leftover chemical/loose iron off the paint
I'll use it immediately following a claying, to strip off any loosened grit and any remaining clay, etc..
I'll use it immediately following a compounding but prior to applying a coating/sealant/wax to insure the surface is stripped clean.

Outside of that, I don't really use it unless I need to really remove something from the paint that won't come off with a traditional 2-bucket wash.. which is almost never.


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I've used Dawn recently to prep for a new type of wax. I was drilled to not use it when I was growing up on cars.

The favorite soap mentioned in an old auto body book I've read was Westley's or Blue Magic Car Wash. This was of course used before a car was prepped for paint.

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Dish soap (soup?) is strong. If a dirty beater needs a good cleaning, I use it.
Otherwise it is whatever I got at Costco.


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Originally Posted by dishdude
Nice timing for this topic, I just had some Dawn soup for lunch.



Maybe that has been your problem all along... Eating things you shouldn't... Keeps messing you up in the head and elsewhere LOL


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Originally Posted by bbhero
Originally Posted by dishdude
Nice timing for this topic, I just had some Dawn soup for lunch.



Maybe that has been your problem all along... Eating things you shouldn't... Keeps messing you up in the head and elsewhere LOL


But I read a headline saying there were benefits grin2


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Nice timing for this topic, I just had some Dawn soup for lunch.



Maybe that has been your problem all along... Eating things you shouldn't... Keeps messing you up in the head and elsewhere LOL


But I read a headline saying there were benefits grin2



Exactly.... Don't believe the headlines LOL


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Re: Benefits of Dawn Soup [Re: 97prizm] #5233459 10/07/19 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by 97prizm
As someone who has detailed numerous vehicles Dawn isn't paint friendly. Maybe as a one time thing to strip everything off and start fresh.


I only use it on wheels … baby oil to break free all the brake dust and Dawn to wash that off …
While washing the rest ...maybe Turtle wax wash to give them a tiny amount of protection

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