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Old 05-03-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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Detailing Questions - Where & What to buy

This forum has great information on it for detailing and everyone seems to love Adams products, but I've looked in a few place here and no one seems to sell locally. I have seen McGuire's (sp) stuff everywhere though. This will be a new process for me but I want my car to look like it should and now that the weather is nicer, time to get er done!!

So, what are Canadians using for detailing their cars?? And where are you finding it??

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Old 05-03-2013, 11:40 AM   #2
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I order from here, and the shipping is very fast!
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:02 PM   #3
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This forum has great information on it for detailing and everyone seems to love Adams products, but I've looked in a few place here and no one seems to sell locally. I have seen McGuire's (sp) stuff everywhere though. This will be a new process for me but I want my car to look like it should and now that the weather is nicer, time to get er done!!

So, what are Canadians using for detailing their cars?? And where are you finding it??

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Old 05-03-2013, 12:05 PM   #4
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If you have the money go with Adams. I love their stuff
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:36 PM   #5
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Ziano has some good polishes.... They have a Canadian dealer.
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http://www.adamspolishes.ca/

I order from here, and the shipping is very fast!
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:39 PM   #7
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I've had good luck with www.eshine.ca
They are back east and I get my stuff rather quickly. If you find it cheaper in canada they will match and free shipping available.
Another place was autoobsessed.com (i think) and they are in Edmonton.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:10 AM   #8
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I'm too impatient to detail my own car. I usually take it to the wand car wash, then shammy it dry. When it's warm enough I use black magic titanium wheel cleaner, and turtle wax wet n' black for the rubber.

I never bother with waxing. Should I?
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:34 AM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestions! Will check out the sites.

I drove my car all winter and can see the effects. I want to try the clay bar but would really like to watch someone do theirs before attempting. I also just had body work and new paint done and would like to protect it as much as possible. Mines my dd so lots of exposure to the elements.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:40 AM   #10
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I'm too impatient to detail my own car. I usually take it to the wand car wash, then shammy it dry. When it's warm enough I use black magic titanium wheel cleaner, and turtle wax wet n' black for the rubber.

I never bother with waxing. Should I?
Funny Guy!

I've been using Zaino from day 1 on the Camaro and love the results, but everyone has their own taste and price point. http://www.zainostore.ca/

Adam is good stuff as well and a lot like Mothers.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:46 AM   #11
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Thanks for the suggestions! Will check out the sites.

I drove my car all winter and can see the effects. I want to try the clay bar but would really like to watch someone do theirs before attempting. I also just had body work and new paint done and would like to protect it as much as possible. Mines my dd so lots of exposure to the elements.
You will not believe the crap that Clay Barring removes! There really isn't a whole lot to it, mostly the time you need to invest.

Do a search for Adam's Polish on YouTube, Adam's have a great selection of how to video's posted.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:53 AM   #12
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I use Meguiar's ultimate compound ( for swirl marks),
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:28 AM   #14
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Thanks for the suggestions! Will check out the sites.

I drove my car all winter and can see the effects. I want to try the clay bar but would really like to watch someone do theirs before attempting. I also just had body work and new paint done and would like to protect it as much as possible. Mines my dd so lots of exposure to the elements.
Sheena, I am going to be doing mine this year. I have/use the Adam's products. Since I had the hood spears put on my car, I clayed, polished the hood to get the slight surface scratches out of it, sealed the paint and put a coat of wax on it. I put one of my cloths on the hood today and it slid off. One way to see if your car needs claying is lightly rub your fingers over it. It will probably feel rough. Then put your hand in a baggie and rub your paint. It will feel like gravel!

I'm willing to give tips. Product? On your car, the Zaino polishes would work amazing on it! They will tend to give it lots of depth and a wet look. Don't get me wrong...Adam's has great products, but I know how well Zaino works on the darker cars. Zaino is expensive, but keep in mind around 1 ounce should do the whole car.

I will warn you, like I warned Rob. There is a LOT of work to detailing a vehicle if you want the paint perfect! LOL LOL There are more abrasive polishes you can buy to speed up the process and different polishers as well. Go to adamspolishes.ca and watch the videos. They are VERY good videos. Then you can look up The Junkman on Youtube as well. He's a supporter of Adam's polishes.

Let me know if you guys would like a hand.
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New product for claying. Faster, cleaner, quicker...I know the dealership is using something like this. I bought one and will use today. I thought claying was going to be nasty but its a cakewalk and the results are incredible.
The Speedy Towel just makes it easier.
check out this vid I found. This is what sold me. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...y+Surface+Prep

I look at my 3 year old black truck that I put a paint protection on and never touched since. Its a mess. The Camaro, I super cleaned the paint, removed all marks and then applied Opti-Coat 2.0. Now thats amazing stuff.
I'm hoping that I can bring my black truck back to something reasonable.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:26 AM   #16
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Sheena, I am going to be doing mine this year. I have/use the Adam's products. Since I had the hood spears put on my car, I clayed, polished the hood to get the slight surface scratches out of it, sealed the paint and put a coat of wax on it. I put one of my cloths on the hood today and it slid off. One way to see if your car needs claying is lightly rub your fingers over it. It will probably feel rough. Then put your hand in a baggie and rub your paint. It will feel like gravel!

I'm willing to give tips. Product? On your car, the Zaino polishes would work amazing on it! They will tend to give it lots of depth and a wet look. Don't get me wrong...Adam's has great products, but I know how well Zaino works on the darker cars. Zaino is expensive, but keep in mind around 1 ounce should do the whole car.

I will warn you, like I warned Rob. There is a LOT of work to detailing a vehicle if you want the paint perfect! LOL LOL There are more abrasive polishes you can buy to speed up the process and different polishers as well. Go to adamspolishes.ca and watch the videos. They are VERY good videos. Then you can look up The Junkman on Youtube as well. He's a supporter of Adam's polishes.

Let me know if you guys would like a hand.
Thanks for the offer Tom, I might take you up on that and maybe stop by to check out what you are doing!

I'll be washing my car today, almost 2 weeks since its been painted so it should be ok now, will do the Baggie test after. The biggest issue for me is the swirls-hate them!

I was at the dealer yesterday getting my tpms reset and an oil change, so walked around looking at the ZL1's they have. The ones outside had massive swirls on them was surprised to see them looking that way and with the high sticker price!

Anyway, I have watched the videos, I'm just more of a gotta see it in person. Will be ordering something this week, and plan on getting it done before may long weekend....might not happen by then, but it's a plan
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First rule of thumb, Sheena, do not let the dealer wash your car! LOL
THAT is why all the swirls are on their cars. :(
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Sheena, I am going to be doing mine this year. I have/use the Adam's products. Since I had the hood spears put on my car, I clayed, polished the hood to get the slight surface scratches out of it, sealed the paint and put a coat of wax on it. I put one of my cloths on the hood today and it slid off. One way to see if your car needs claying is lightly rub your fingers over it. It will probably feel rough. Then put your hand in a baggie and rub your paint. It will feel like gravel!

I'm willing to give tips. Product? On your car, the Zaino polishes would work amazing on it! They will tend to give it lots of depth and a wet look. Don't get me wrong...Adam's has great products, but I know how well Zaino works on the darker cars. Zaino is expensive, but keep in mind around 1 ounce should do the whole car.

I will warn you, like I warned Rob. There is a LOT of work to detailing a vehicle if you want the paint perfect! LOL LOL There are more abrasive polishes you can buy to speed up the process and different polishers as well. Go to adamspolishes.ca and watch the videos. They are VERY good videos. Then you can look up The Junkman on Youtube as well. He's a supporter of Adam's polishes.

Let me know if you guys would like a hand.
so adams work better on lighter cars like SIM... and zaino works better on darker cars? I've been using Zaino from day 1 and its given me a good look... but not that DEEEP LUSTRE WAXY LOOK... which i've kinda wanted
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I'm just more of a gotta see it in person.
Same with me. I've already scratched the drivers side RS hood stripe and it makes me cringe every time I see it :(

I had my car detailed at refine automotive last year and I was pretty happy with the results.

I'd love to do it myself, but I'm nervous I'd make it worse!
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Same with me. I've already scratched the drivers side RS hood stripe and it makes me cringe every time I see it :(

I had my car detailed at refine automotive last year and I was pretty happy with the results.

I'd love to do it myself, but I'm nervous I'd make it worse!
We could meet at Toms and practice on his car lol just kidding!!

I ordered the Zaino package this morning, including towels! I'm committed now
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Same with me. I've already scratched the drivers side RS hood stripe and it makes me cringe every time I see it :(

I had my car detailed at refine automotive last year and I was pretty happy with the results.

I'd love to do it myself, but I'm nervous I'd make it worse!
How bad is the scratch in the stripe? Sometimes that can be fixed, or greatly reduced.
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so adams work better on lighter cars like SIM... and zaino works better on darker cars? I've been using Zaino from day 1 and its given me a good look... but not that DEEEP LUSTRE WAXY LOOK... which i've kinda wanted
I wouldn't say Zaino doesn't work on the lighter colors, but its easier to see the results of Zaino on the darker colored cars. I have SIM myself and there are certain angles tht you look at it and the paint looks wet. And you can get a deeper look to it from polishing.
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We could meet at Toms and practice on his car lol just kidding!!
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I've used adams. Honestly prefer eshine.ca
Prices are great, free shipping over $150 and you get reward dollars. Spent over $450 in the past 2 months and will continue to buy from there

One thing I will say is most Adams products are good. Eshine carries a bunch of brands so you need to find out what's "good"
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How bad is the scratch in the stripe? Sometimes that can be fixed, or greatly reduced.
I took it to several detailers last year, and they all said it would be unfixable. I'll probably replace the stripes in a year or two.
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