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I did a full exterior detail on the Cruze Sunday. The issue wasn’t so much road grime but dirt and pollen. In case you don’t remember, this is what it looked like a few weeks after its last wash.

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Pollen season sucks, but at least most of it washed off with the pressure washer. However, a thin layer of pollen clung to it, as did an obscene amount of dirt and mud from all the rain we had over the past few months.

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Yeaaaaaaah, it needed a bath, what with the entire exterior being covered in a fine silt. Fortunately the amazing color Geoff, errr, CRUZE! Awesomeaustin, I will get even one day. Anywho - the dynamic color makes washing it very rewarding.

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First I gave it a very thorough wash, using the last of my car wash liquid. I guess I am going to have to hold off on any future washes until I can get some more.

I loved seeing the reddish orange color come into its own out from under the layers of dirt and grime. I didn’t stop there though. I did a full polish and wax for the first time in a while, which really helped hide the myriad imperfections a cheap car picks up in a hard life outside.

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This (blurry) picture was taken after the wash and wax. Every single one of those white dots is a deep stone chip cut down to the primer. Never EVER drive behind a dump truck. Ever.

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I have no idea why I couldn’t get the camera to focus, but it seems to be picky with the lighting. At any rate, it looks great.

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I have such a busy schedule that I had to do the interior last week to have any hope of getting out the buffer, so have another blurry photo of the interior. I still think the light brown contrast trim makes for one good looking interior.

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Why can’t I focus? This is a Cruze, silly. Not a Ford.
Why can’t I focus? This is a Cruze, silly. Not a Ford.

Oh, have I never mentioned the lights? Yeah, they change colors and don’t obscure vision at night. I got a proper fuse adapter instead of the cigarette lighter plug most people use, for tidiness of course.

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That’s about it. Not quite a Svend level clean since I was time and material limited. For instance, I never bother with the wheel wells on account of the mud and I was out of Armor All.

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