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2015 Pilot with '22 Passport Elite Wheels - Optimum No Rinse

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I took the dive and bought the ONR two bucket kit off of Autogeek a couple months ago and finally took the dive to learn the method this morning. Got the new wheels put on last weekend and wanted to take pictures with the car cleaned up. Of note - it was around 30 degrees when I started and 38 or so by the time I finished. I did the Pilot and the Traverse.

For those looking for info on the wheels - they are 20x8.5 with a +55mm offset. The tires are 255/50R20. We have experienced absolutely no rubbing in the week we've had the new wheels and tires on. Power feels about the same and my wife's lead foot means mileage is poor regardless.

Process used:
  1. 1 oz or Optimum No Rinse per gallon since both cars were pretty heavily soiled. I did 3 gallons of water in each bucket, warm from the kitchen sink which made a big difference in my comfort because of how cold it is out. 1 of the buckets was straight water for rinsing the sponge.
  2. Big Red sponge from Optimum per detailing forum recommendations.
  3. It is weird how ONR doesn't foam up but it does feel slippery on the panel.
  4. Sponge in the ONR bucket, get some excess out and start on the panel. You shouldn't be using a lot of pressure. Finish the panel, sponge in the water bucket squeeze out a couple times then back to the ONR bucket.
  5. Now hit the panel with 2-3 sprays of your drying aid. I used Optimum Opti-Seal but there are a TON of products out there that do a good job and are reasonably priced.
  6. Dry the panel with a quality microfiber.
  7. Move to the next panel until you are done the car.
  8. I would wring out the microfiber every other panel and kept turning and folding to expose a new side.
  9. Took about 30 minutes to get around the car and this includes figuring out the process over the first couple panels. I take my time on the wheels and spent at least that much on them alone.
  10. I did not do the roof, but it can be done the same way. Laziness I guess.
  11. Wheels were done last after both cars, I did end up using a wheel and tire spray then dipped my tools in the ONR bucket. I wipe the tires dry with a dirty microfiber and did the normal Opti-Seal w/ microfiber on the wheels.
  12. Note I found this to not be very "aggressive", so leftover bug splatters or other more difficult debris on the paint remained after being cleaned.
  13. I did not focus much on the running boards or bare plastic parts on the Pilot. The lower part of the doors on the Traverse has more plastic so I did use it there and was satisfied.
What I will do differently:
  1. The Pilot is black. Black cars show EVERYTHING. I probably should have used multiple microfibers on the car to keep it cleaner, it is just a little streaky.
  2. Wait for warmer weather.
  3. I want to get one of the 1/2 gallon hand sprayers. I tend to wait a little too long between washes (because kids and life) so I would like to do a round of ONR through that to get the panels wet and help with extra lubricity when I put the sponge on it. Putting a sponge on a dry panel, especially one that is pretty soiled just feels wrong. I also think this may help with some of the more soiled areas.
  4. I want to use said hand sprayer on the wheels with clean water to rinse them before drying them. As it was I agitated the wheel and tire cleaner, then sort of threw a wet microfiber from the ONR bucket on it to sort of rinse it but I want to make sure that cleaner is rinsed off before moving to the drying aid stage.
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Looks good. I'm also trying to take my personal detailing skills up a notch by paying closer attention to what and how I'm using what I have. Now you just have to find what will bring that trim back to life and you've got a really nice ride there.
I'm really happy with the ONR experience. I think if I can keep up with it better knowing how quick and easy this was it will be even better results because the sponge and microfiber will be less soiled. I think if I let it get this soiled again I will go to a touchless wash (at least in the winter) first to help remove the heavy stuff.

For trim - I want to use Cerakote. Been watching a lot of videos and that seems to be the best stuff. This spring the Pilot needs a good polish and clay bar (yay black paint showing EVERY blemish) and I figured I'd do the trim at that time.

@cintocrunch - wheels look good, Pilot looks good, nice shine. I like the headlight retrofit!


I think mine and yours might be related :ROFLMAO: .

My neighbor has a black '15 Pilot. I think he is at like 140k. Definitely NOT maintained like yours. He needs to bring it next week for power steering leak. His wife went to use it last week to go to work. It made the old Ford power steering pumps sound silent. She looked like she was trying to steer an old manual version. Temporary since she had to go to work- VML was all I had available (or DW-1, MTF or multiple viscosities of motor oil). Since other vehicles, including my son's Forte use that for PS fluid i figured that was best. 4 days later it's whining again so most of that is gone anyway.
Thanks man! I do a power steering turkey baster suck and fill every oil change with the Honda fluid, that helps me keep tabs on the level pretty regularly. I'm not real interested in replacing steering components on most modern cars, they seem to be some of the most buried items in already cramped engine compartments. Have fun with that project and post up a how-to since more people will have as the vehicles age.
 

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Cintocrunch…1st of all those wheels are bad a$$! Love them. Thanks for the write up. I so much want to do this ONR on my 2015 Pilot also…especially in these Michigan winters..but as you mentioned it just feels so wrong to put a sponge to a dirty crusted panel. I detail my own vehicle during the year. The Rag Company is where I get all of my high quality microfiber towels from. You mentioned a sprayer. Check out their website,…they have a variety of
IK hand held sprayers that are also high quality. I have one of their larger foam sprayers when I don’t feel like breaking out my pressure washer and foam cannon.
I have the IK sprayer combo pack (foamed and sprayer) coming to me for Christmas, so I’m going to be set!

I will likely take the vehicles to a high pressure spray wash or maybe turn my hose back on if they are salt crusted and I want to do a wash.
 
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