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Old 11-08-2010, 07:48 PM   #1
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Griot's Garage Products

Has anyone ever used Griot's Garage car care products. I did a google search and it seems to have good reviews and by looking at their prices it seems they are pretty competitive to Adam's. I am trying to do some homework before dishing out $200-$300 on a car care kit. Any reviews on Griot's would be nice. Please no reviews on Adam's. I have read plenty. I know they are great Thanks again
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:59 PM   #2
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I have the same question. I have heard that Adams is better. I will keep an eye on this thread to see what others have to say.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:10 PM   #3
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i have bought a whole line of adams and some of griots I would say go for who is cheaper especially if you have black because its still gonna turn in to Sh&*
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:17 PM   #4
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I got black. That sucks to hear that it still turns out bad. I use the softest clothes and still I get spider web look. Hoping to buy some products to help this problem out. Thanks for the response jsharp
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:21 PM   #5
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I have used Griot's. It works, but you will need all machine polish 1,2, and 3 if you want to remove swirls. I like the buffer though. It is really good. I tried Griot's because it is cheaper and made in Indiana (where I live.) I like they're clay and speed shine. It works well. I'm going to try more stuff for Christmas, do a full review and correction in the spring, but for what its worth. I'd go ahead and give it a try. The most expensive thing is a buffer which is a one time purchase. I also enjoy the foam sprayer or gun whatever you want to call it. I have heard that the car wash is second to none also, but I haven't tried it because I have Adam's car wash and a bunch of others to use up.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:22 PM   #6
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Also if I was you, I would go with Adam's wash pads. Griot's is fine products, but they don't have washpads that compare to Adam's for the price. In my other thread that said I was unsatisfied with Griot's, it was their customer service that I was talking about. They have since made up for that .
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:36 PM   #7
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Thanks for the review!
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:58 PM   #8
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I've been using Griot's for years, I like their wax, clay and speed shine,interior cleaner, wheel wash, alot of stuff. Use it on our 90 Indy, 93 Z/28... now 2010 SS...and our 96 Corvette.


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Old 11-09-2010, 04:58 PM   #9
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Bump..anyone else?

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Old 11-09-2010, 05:00 PM   #10
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sorry but im biased towards adams... ive seen a lot of griots people turn to adams as well.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:13 PM   #11
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I haven't saw one person on this forum say that they switched from Griot's to Adam's on this forum..... and he said no Adam's reviews
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I haven't saw one person on this forum say that they switched from Griot's to Adam's on this forum..... and he said no Adam's reviews


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Old 11-09-2010, 08:34 PM   #13
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Just saying lol.... I like Adam's and Griot's, but he did say no Adam's reviews please.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:41 PM   #14
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Reason why I said no Adam's reviews is because I see tons of reviews for them which I know they are good from what others say. I just happen to see a Griots ad and wanted to know if anyone on here had used them. I never seen a personal review stating someone switching. I have heard alot of people saying they have used both. Maybe not a bad idea. Guess it depends on your budget. Thanks everyone for the reviews so far.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:54 AM   #15
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They make the BEST 6" DA polisher on the market....more power than the PC (for those pesky 6.5" pads), less cost (seem then for $129.00 and they come with a backing plate)...and if that's not enough, they carry a LIFE TIME warranty.
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They make the BEST 6" DA polisher on the market....more power than the PC (for those pesky 6.5" pads), less cost (seem then for $129.00 and they come with a backing plate)...and if that's not enough, they carry a LIFE TIME warranty.
For real? griots uses a black & decker orbital I believe, and it's better than the PC?
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The pc is a great machine but in order to keep the " spider web" look out its pretty much gonna have to be polished several times. I have 6500 miles on my car and use adams double bucket and grit guard setup with all of their mits drying cloth and new white towels. I also now have a foam gun and I was the car with foam 3 times before laying my mit on it. I make one pass over each part of the car and use 2 different pads for top half and lower half. I have clayed polished and got most of the scrathes out with orange pad and hit some with yellow pad and the applied americana wax and 2 months after washing I am back to scratched paint. You cant win with black unless you are a pro and not a joe of the street or if you want to polish your paint away within a couple of years lol. I think both would be good products but for the money I would deff buy the pc again as its my only way to get scratches out. I would buy the soap for sure and wax but other than that. Im over the whole spending 500 bucks on cleaning products when I still get scracthes!
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They make the BEST 6" DA polisher on the market....more power than the PC (for those pesky 6.5" pads), less cost (seem then for $129.00 and they come with a backing plate)...and if that's not enough, they carry a LIFE TIME warranty.
I would have to totally disagree with you Gramps and here's why. The difference in power and performance between the Griot's, Meguiar's and Porter-Cable are so small that it doesn't matter which one you buy, they all perform equally. I had a Meguair's representative try and get me to try the Meguiar's machine out but when I got down to the nitty grutty and started asking the hard questions about the performance, he disappeared. As I looked at the numbers, it didn't appear to be more powerful than any other polisher in its class. I have even went as far as to compare the newer PC-7424XP to the older PC-7424 (with 800OPM's less power), and I saw absolutely no difference in the performance. This is why I tell guys with the older PC's to keep them and not upgrade to the newer PC's. You will not see any difference in performance.

Thus, I tell guys to buy the cheaper of the machines if you see a deal on one and you don't have one. They will all work if you use a proper technique. I have found that the PC is always cheaper than the rebadged models. As a matter of fact, Tools-Plus has always had the lowest prices on PC's at anywhere from $109 to $119. The price fluctuates weekly.

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The pc is a great machine but in order to keep the " spider web" look out its pretty much gonna have to be polished several times. I have 6500 miles on my car and use adams double bucket and grit guard setup with all of their mits drying cloth and new white towels. I also now have a foam gun and I was the car with foam 3 times before laying my mit on it. I make one pass over each part of the car and use 2 different pads for top half and lower half. I have clayed polished and got most of the scrathes out with orange pad and hit some with yellow pad and the applied americana wax and 2 months after washing I am back to scratched paint. You cant win with black unless you are a pro and not a joe of the street or if you want to polish your paint away within a couple of years lol. I think both would be good products but for the money I would deff buy the pc again as its my only way to get scratches out. I would buy the soap for sure and wax but other than that. Im over the whole spending 500 bucks on cleaning products when I still get scracthes!
Then answer me this. How come I don't have the same exact problem on my car if I am doing everything correctly?

If you are experiencing scratches, then there is something wrong with your process. If I sat down and watched your process (be it washing and drying the car to removing dust from the finish), I bet I could pin point the error in your process. I for one am not going to spend time constantly polishing scratches out of my paint. Once I have removed every scratch in the paint, I am going to do everything possible to not reintroduce any new scratches to my finish. What you have to do is look at your process, especially the parts of your process that involve touching the paint. There is where the flaw lies.

I will say this. You are not going to polish all the clear coat off your car using a PC, unless you use the most aggressive compound known to man and use it every day. The PC is just not powerful enough when you use a product as safe as Adam's Swirl & Haze Remover. You would need to use that product on a Flex or rotary in order to do some damage.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:42 AM   #19
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Because you are a pro with lots of practice. It takes more than just videos to keep scrathes out of a black car when your a beginner. I explained my process above. The only thing I can figure out to keep scrathes out is to not wash it at all lol. I live on a chat road so I get dust as soon as I back out of driveway I never remove it unless I wash it. I am sure you could pin point things yes but I can not think of anything else that I could be doing when washing. I was saying I would have to polishe my car every month and I think after a while that would do something to the finish as far as thinning it but if not then I guess I can start polishing monthly
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Why not make a video of you washing the car and send it to me. It doesn't matter how long it is, I'll watch it. I'm doing a wash video so you will get to see me as I do my car. It really has nothing to do with being a "pro" as it does with having a good process. Anyone can experience the same results that I obtain simply by following my lead. It really is that simple, regardless of how much dirt your car sees. If I can wash this dirt away and not scratch the paint, anyone can.

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Great job on the vette junkman and thanks for your input. Its always welcome!

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Check this thread for coupon codes to a few different cleaning supply vendors... including adams-

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I may do that. I just dont know what else to do. Could it be when I dry the car?
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Not a fan of Griot's microfiber products, they have tags sewn into them. Other products I have tried have been ok, but not amazing.
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