I only use Adams products. I use to detail cars and boats back in the day and love Adams products. I use the 2 bucket system to hand wash and if the Jeep is covered in dirt from the trails or loaded up with bugs I use a pressure washer rinse followed up by Adams foam cannon then the 2 bucket hand wash. Every product from Adams has beat my expectations. The customer service is always A+. There are other companies that have similar products but I am loyal and would back up Adams forever....or until they sell out. I have ceramic sealed my last 3 vehicles with their product and use the ceramic booster every other wash and usually get 3 years of protection out of it. Before I do the ceramic coat I buff the vehicle with Adams 3 stage products to remove all swirls and blemishes and have had amazing results. Getting ready to ceramic coat the Jeep in July and add Adams plastic protector on the fenders and freedom top. It is a lot of money up front but cheaper in the long run and the quality of doing yourself is better than any car wash/detailer. Just my .02 but hope that helps.
From about Dec 2019 to July 2020 I never washed my Jeep and ran it pretty much looking like this.
Then I decided to get it ceramic coated after hearing about how easy it is to clean afterwards. I admit, there was a certain bit of charm driving around with my Gladiator caked with dirt and mud for months like it was. I live in a part of Vancouver where not many Jeeps or 4x4 capable vehicles ever see dirt. As well, people seem to give me a wider birth of space when covered in dirt like it was.
Now that being all said...I figured it would be a good time to maintain the paint while also making it easier to wash. As stated above ceramic coating it was...
So that is my method of washing. Power wash rinse, foam and then blower to dry. If I have to wash mitt then I do for areas that need it. I’m pretty lazy to be honest when it comes to spending a ton of time washing...some people enjoy it, is rather just get it done quickly and efficiently with good results.
One last note about ceramic coating...I took it out last week in an area where we had to do a bit of trail pruning to get through. I was warned by the ceramic detailer who applied my coating that it DOES NOT protect against pin stripping. Hence why I was so paranoid about brushing up against tree branches etc. Well...we pruned extensively to get through some of the trails we were on. Truck was very dusty and imagine my horror and shock when we were off the trail and I was airing back up the pin stripping all along the passenger side. I mean it looked really bad. As bad as my previous JK’s had but this was also through layers of dirt and dust.
I couldn’t even wait to wash it myself. I went directly to a touchless wash and to my surprise, there was no visible scratches that I totally expected to see. It was so extensive I wish I had taken photos to show the before and after wash. I wouldn’t have believed it myself if someone told me it offered a bit of protection against pin stripping. That said...I would never ever suggest that ceramic coating does offer trail pin stripe protection. I don’t even think I’d risk testing it out again.
This is my Jeep after washing, and two ceramic coats. It's just a week old. It wasn't dirty, but I want it protected early on. Well obviously pict6 don't really do justice, but it feels smooth as glass. Rain is afraid of it!