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Old 02-07-2013, 09:59 PM   #26
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Soap-

Winner: Optimum Car Wash- I'm kind of obsessed with finding the perfect car shampoo. I've tried dozens, and I can't beat Optimum. It foams amazingly, it rinses very clean, it has a high degree of lubricity and it's very affordable. You will love this in your foam gun, as well. I buy this by the gallon.


Wash Media-

Winner: Dodo Juice Wookie Mitt- This thing is seriously soft on your paint. It's made of long nap Merino wool, so it keeps the dirt away from the paint and slathers on tons of soapy water each time. I'd use one in the shower if they weren't so expensive

Honorable Mentions: Adam's Wash Pad- I actually like the wash pads a lot because they transfer more soap than a merino wool mitt does. It gets second place because they quickly become rough to the touch, and therefore have to be replaced often. Good price, though.

Paint Decontamination


Iron Removal-

Winner: Car Pro Iron X- This stuff smells like liquid death, but it is effective and easy to use. Makes short work of iron filings stuck in your paint, and turns purple as it reacts so you can see it working. Pair it with a sponge like this


Glass Care


Glass Sealant-

Winner: GTechniq G1 Clear Vision- G1 is a revolution in glass coatings. It lasts up to 3 years (claimed) and beads water flawlessly. Also keeps bugs and other stuff from sticking to the glass. It has a steep learning curve and is far from the easiest thing out there to use, but if you can master it you won't be disappointed. I have 6 months on mine and it's still working like a champ.

Honorable Mention: GTechniq G5 (especially good over G1), Adam's Glass Sealant

Well, there it is. I'll try to keep this list updated as new things impress me enough to make the cut. Hope this helps at least a couple people out there.

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Might have to try out that Optimum Car Wash next time I order, still have a gallon of Adam's left.

A few extra questions:

Is that Wookie mitt any different than Adam's Murino Wash mitt?

You're so right about the Iron X, it literally smells like a bucket of zombie a-holes!

Isn't that GTechniq glass sealant the one that you said was really hard to apply?
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:47 PM   #27
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Might have to try out that Optimum Car Wash next time I order, still have a gallon of Adam's left.

A few extra questions:

Is that Wookie mitt any different than Adam's Murino Wash mitt?

You're so right about the Iron X, it literally smells like a bucket of zombie a-holes!

Isn't that GTechniq glass sealant the one that you said was really hard to apply?
I'm not sure actually. I used to have an Adams wool mitt but I'll refrain from judging because I can't really remember. I'd need them side by side, but my guess is they're pretty similar.

And yes, the G1 is an absolute beast to apply your first time. Huge learning curve but so worth it. I was an early adopter so the IPA tip wasn't around when I applied. Would've made it much easier.

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Old 02-08-2013, 04:39 PM   #28
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Wow, incredible list and very well formatted so it's easy to understand.

I know you've helped me in the past and this will be something I will reference when I finally feel up to polishing.

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Do you experience any difficulty cleaning with the mitt when your car is really dirty? Or that it might retain too much dirt? How many of those do you use per car wash?
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:13 PM   #30
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Do you experience any difficulty cleaning with the mitt when your car is really dirty? Or that it might retain too much dirt? How many of those do you use per car wash?
The mitt shouldn't give you any problems. I scrub it on the grit guard between each section.

I'll probably get flamed for this, but on my own car I generally only use one mitt. I wash the top 1/2 first, then the bottom half. My car never gets dirty enough for this to be a problem.

On really dirty cars, I'll generally do the top 1/2 with a mitt and then the grimy bottom half with a separate wash pad.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:41 PM   #31
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Fantastic write-up....much appreciated. Would also like your opinion on some of the wash and wax products, such as Mothers carnuba wash and wax, Meguiars ultimate wash and wax, etc. In particular, can the wash and wax products be safely used on matte black stripes without screwing them up? I understand the matte black stripes should not be waxed, but am concerned if the wax type washes contain enough wax to be harmful. Many thanks.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:28 PM   #32
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The mitt shouldn't give you any problems. I scrub it on the grit guard between each section.

I'll probably get flamed for this, but on my own car I generally only use one mitt. I wash the top 1/2 first, then the bottom half. My car never gets dirty enough for this to be a problem.

On really dirty cars, I'll generally do the top 1/2 with a mitt and then the grimy bottom half with a separate wash pad.
Yep. Me too and on the rare occasion when the bottom does get a bit more dirty, I spend a little more time on the pre-rinse. But always from the top down.
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Fantastic write-up....much appreciated. Would also like your opinion on some of the wash and wax products, such as Mothers carnuba wash and wax, Meguiars ultimate wash and wax, etc. In particular, can the wash and wax products be safely used on matte black stripes without screwing them up? I understand the matte black stripes should not be waxed, but am concerned if the wax type washes contain enough wax to be harmful. Many thanks.
I like to keep my wash and wax separate for this exact reason. I don't want to take the chance. You're probably going to be ok, but there's only one way to find out.

I want my car wash to wash, and my wax to wax. That way I know exactly what's going on my paint at any given time.

I think that Roshan (ihaveacamaro) knows quite a bit more about those products, you may want to shoot him a pm for a specific question.

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I like to keep my wash and wax separate for this exact reason. I don't want to take the chance. You're probably going to be ok, but there's only one way to find out.

I want my car wash to wash, and my wax to wax. That way I know exactly what's going on my paint at any given time.

I think that Roshan (ihaveacamaro) knows quite a bit more about those products, you may want to shoot him a pm for a specific question.

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Excellent answer....thanks....I think I'll try the Optimum.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:32 PM   #35
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Any recommendations on interior cleaning? Dash specifically. Anything that brings out the black color? Love the writeup!
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Wow how did I completely ignore interiors? Haha sorry about that. Bound to miss something.

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Old 02-13-2013, 08:01 AM   #37
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Wow how did I completely ignore interiors? Haha sorry about that. Bound to miss something.

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Easy oversight...interior cleaning is the least "glamorous" of the detailing processes.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:54 PM   #38
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Easy oversight...interior cleaning is the least "glamorous" of the detailing processes.
I hate it. I'd probably like it more if I didn't have a car with cheap plastic everywhere, but you can only put so much lipstick on a pig.

I was watching Top Gear the other day and they had the new Vanquish on there- the interior was almost nicer than the exterior on that car!
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I hate it. I'd probably like it more if I didn't have a car with cheap plastic everywhere, but you can only put so much lipstick on a pig.

I was watching Top Gear the other day and they had the new Vanquish on there- the interior was almost nicer than the exterior on that car!
Agreed on both.

I charge A LOT for interior cleaning, especially cleaning nasty carpets. If someone balks at the price I quote...no big deal lol.

Yes, the interior of that Aston was INCREDIBLE. I wish they would have showed more of it.
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Agreed on both.

I charge A LOT for interior cleaning, especially cleaning nasty carpets. If someone balks at the price I quote...no big deal lol.

Yes, the interior of that Aston was INCREDIBLE. I wish they would have showed more of it.

I wish I had taken pictures of this Suburban that I did a full interior detail on when I was still cutting my teeth in this business. I was a little hesitant to throw out a "big number" so I lowballed it to make sure I didn't insult the customer. NEVER AGAIN. I probably spent 8 hours and a gallon of your carpet cleaner doing the entire thing by hand (had no carpet shampooer, just a brush and elbow grease). What a nightmare

Now I'm like you- I charge a lot and if they decline, well, I don't have to do it . Either way, I'm fine with it.


And yeah, the next time I find myself with an extra $278,000 lying around, I'm buying one. Should be no problem
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I wish I had taken pictures of this Suburban that I did a full interior detail on when I was still cutting my teeth in this business. I was a little hesitant to throw out a "big number" so I lowballed it to make sure I didn't insult the customer. NEVER AGAIN. I probably spent 8 hours and a gallon of your carpet cleaner doing the entire thing by hand (had no carpet shampooer, just a brush and elbow grease). What a nightmare

Now I'm like you- I charge a lot and if they decline, well, I don't have to do it . Either way, I'm fine with it.


And yeah, the next time I find myself with an extra $278,000 lying around, I'm buying one. Should be no problem
It just so happens the next interior I do will be quoted at $278,000
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Have you looked into the Bissell extractor machines? They are supposed to work decently for carpets and a lot less elbow grease, considering that it's a hot water extractor @ $100.

I was thinking about getting one, but would rather save up for the Rupes at the moment.... almost there!
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ptff, all I need is one more interior cleaning job
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I wish I had taken pictures of this Suburban that I did a full interior detail on when I was still cutting my teeth in this business. I was a little hesitant to throw out a "big number" so I lowballed it to make sure I didn't insult the customer. NEVER AGAIN. I probably spent 8 hours and a gallon of your carpet cleaner doing the entire thing by hand (had no carpet shampooer, just a brush and elbow grease). What a nightmare

Now I'm like you- I charge a lot and if they decline, well, I don't have to do it . Either way, I'm fine with it.


And yeah, the next time I find myself with an extra $278,000 lying around, I'm buying one. Should be no problem
Here's a nasty SuperDuty I did last fall...












Deeeeeeesgusting!


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