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Old 05-10-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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Your favorite detailing products/supplies!

I thought it would be cool to have a thread where everyone posts their favorite detailing products. This way people can just check this thread to see what good products are if they dont know better.

It might also be good if you were curious about a product youve seen but never tried it before.

For formatting post the specific use of the product first, followed by the name, and optional provide the average price and how to get it. Bold the usage and name so people can find them easy.

Feel free to add a short blurb of why you like it as well.

I'll start!

Tire Dressing - Black Magic Tire Wet - ~$6 (most auto stores)
This is the overall longest lasting tire dressing Ive found for the price, lasts many uses too. Be careful though because if you apply too much it will fly all over your fenders.

Wax - NXT tech Wax 2.0 - ~$15 (most auto stores)
It buffs out pretty easily by hand. It provides a nice shine and really deepens the color of my black paint.

Glaze - Turtle Wax Synthetic Ice Polish - ~$20 (target, auto stores, internet)
Although they say its a polish it really isnt a true polish. What I love is that it provides similar effects to a polish and goes on and off REAL easy. You can apply this by hand in about 30 minutes and it leaves an amazing shine. It can also be applied to all the plastics and rubbers on the outside of your car and shines them up well.

Interior Shine - Armor All Protectant - ~$4 (almost all auto stores)
Works fine on the dashboard and buttons and such. Does a decent job and its extremely cheap and one bottle lasts a long time.

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Old 05-10-2011, 05:50 PM   #2
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Cool

3M Imperial Hand Glaze # 05990 = $25.00
Kit Carnauba paste wax = $ 6.00
Armor All = $12.00
Eagle one Nano wax = $6.00

We have 6 cars...
Can't afford $70.00 for wax ...

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Old 05-10-2011, 06:29 PM   #3
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I have a lot of great products and they are all great performers that serve me well. But some of my favorites are: Foamaster foam gun, Zaino Z10, Adams APC, Adams glass cleaner.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:07 PM   #4
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Adams-waxes & polishes, p c buffer
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:03 PM   #5
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:16 PM   #6
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THE ONLY THING THAT IS GOOD IS ADAM'S. EVERYTHING ELSE (almost) = FAIL.
I agree. I haven't found a bad Adam's product. I really love their microfiber towels. They are super soft.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:28 PM   #7
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:31 PM   #8
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Adams FTW (Car Shampoo, Buttery Wax, FMP, VRT), although NXT comes in a close second for my favorite wax.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:21 PM   #9
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Wash soap: Turtle Wax Ice
Polish: Turtle Wax Ice
Interior: Turtle Wax Ice
Wheels: Turtle Wax Ice wheel cleaner and tire shine
Wax:Turtle Wax Ice
Clay:Turtle Wax Ice liquid and solid clay
Detail spray: Turtle Wax Ice
Heck might not be the best but its good enough for me and it wont break the bank heck i even use a Ice wash mitt and microfibers
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:54 PM   #10
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ADAM'S PRODUCTS ARE THE ****!!

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Old 05-10-2011, 11:01 PM   #11
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Adams Car Shampoo
Collinite 845 Wax can't be beat.
Armor All Triple Action Wheel cleaner.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:59 PM   #12
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Can anyone recommend good micro fiber towels besides Adam's?
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:07 AM   #13
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:17 AM   #14
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Can anyone recommend good micro fiber towels besides Adam's?
Rule I learned from another forum member:
If the towel scratches a blank cd it will scratch your clear coat! Always check before using. Oh, California Dusted - bad idea.

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Old 05-11-2011, 12:42 AM   #15
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:40 PM   #16
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Meguiars clay & Paint Cleaner
Meguiars NXT
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:15 PM   #17
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:49 PM   #18
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:53 PM   #19
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Im hearing too many good things about Adam's, I think Im going to try a wax. Im about out of Tech Wax.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:59 PM   #20
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I'm in love with the entire Adams line.

You won't find a whole lot of other products on my shelves.


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Old 05-11-2011, 11:24 PM   #21
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Everything I use is Adams, except for the cheapo micro fibers i use to clean nasty stuff like undercarriage, carpets and stuff like that. I nearly have everything from the Adams line and have been blow away by everything. The fire hose nozzle and undercarriage spray especially caught me off guard at how awesome these products are!!
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:52 AM   #22
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I went through this just the other day.

interior - meguiar's interior quick detailer- i like that it's not greasy or shiny.
Wheels- ordered some adam's cleaner to use after the stuff i have runs out
tires - i have used meguiar's endurance tire gel, love it, but got some adam's vrt coming to test out.
wax, have Meguiar's NXT tech wax 2.0
don't have a polish to use right now.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:28 AM   #23
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meguiars color x is awesome. and theyre mirror glaze line
anything adams
Pinnacle liquid souveran wax is the heat
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:36 AM   #24
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Adam's car wash with Adam's wash bucket
Tires- Adam's VRT
Interior-Adam's leather cleaner/leather care
Exterior-Adam's clay bar-Adam's swirl/haze remover-Adam's fine machine polish-Adam's buttery wax-Adam's detail spray

I also use a portable water deionizer so that I don't get water spots on the sunny days. I use the term portable loosely as the thing weighs a ton and it's pretty large. It can be moved though.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:10 AM   #25
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Zaino for me.

I've used their products close to 15 years. I am still surprised at the number of times I'm asked about the paint; "It's a repaint, right?" "Has the car recently been painted?" etc..... Every time, people are shocked to know that the paint is "factory".

Recently I attended a car show where trophies were awarded for the "best detailed" cars. Two things occured that night to reinforce my loyalty towards Zaino;

1. While I was doing some "touch-up" work at the show, I had a guy walking around the car repeatedly, looking it over, top to bottom. This was followed by many questions, quite a few about the condition of the paint. Apparently, he owns a business where he locates cars for clients (anyone who has seen 'Chasing Classic Cars' knows what I'm referring to) and he was very interested in my SS. Apparently he has been looking for some good examples and was interested in my SS. I told him it wasn't for sale.

2. Of the 100+ cars in attendance that night, 5 cars were awarded for "best detailed"....the SS was one of them.

I'm not saying any other product isn't good. You just have to find what works best for YOU, and stick with it. For me, it's always been Zaino.
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