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Old 06-09-2011, 05:26 PM   #1
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First Adam's Purchase Tips

I'm under a budget of about $80-120(possibly another 100 next month) and my goal is simply to give it a good wash. I literally only have a garden hose and nothing else worth of car washing supplies. I'm wondering the order of items I should purchase in these two segments (and further) with the first purchase giving me the ability to at least give it a healthy wash.

Only thing I've done is touch-less washed for the 3 months I've had it and dried off with "the absorber". It's black and I'm in 100+ degree Texas heat and also in a dusty area so maybe I need something that helps prevent the dirt to accumulate on it as fast as it does.

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Old 06-09-2011, 05:31 PM   #2
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one of the Adams car wash mitts and some shampoo is a great start...the car shampoo is bangin!
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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car wash mitt, car shampoo, and some buttery wax + applicator
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:32 PM   #4
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Look no further than Adam's Ultimate Car Wash Kit!

You'll also want to get a foam gun. I've had pretty good success with my foam gun:

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Old 06-09-2011, 06:13 PM   #5
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This should be pretty good: http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-570-a...h-wax-kit.aspx
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Good choice starting with wash supplies... thats always important, if not the most important step of the whole thing, but you'll definitely want a wax to protect the paint.

For around $100 I'd do the Basic Wash & Wax Kit

If you can swing the extra $$$ get yourself a second bucket and grit guard so you can do an effective 2 bucket wash to prevent swirls, and a 2nd wash pad so you can have an "upper half" and "lower half" wash pad.
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:32 AM   #7
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To the OP. Good tips so far. The vids on the link from Dylan(basic wash and wax kit) will give you good directions. Father's day code saves 15% too!

One thing I would stop now is drying the car after the touchless wash. The TL wash does not get the car completely clean and drying with anything except air can scratch the paint (swirls). Black car in dusty old Texas, ya got guts!
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:30 AM   #8
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I bought some washmits from autogeek and I'm not sure if it was a good investemnt. I need to do the CD test with them before they touch my paint.

You best bet will be to get the supplies to doa two bucket car wash to keep that paint looking its best. I can't aford the PC right now, so I'm just trying to keep things as scratch free as I can until I get the chance to do a good buffing. Watch some junkman videos for tips on what you should be doing, and do not ever dry off your car with towles after a touchless wash, there is still a lot of dirt on the car afterwards (again see junkman video).
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:56 PM   #9
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Adam's car soap
Adam's wash mit for top half of car
Adam's wash mit for bottom half of car
Wash bucket for soap+water+grit guard
Wash bucket for water only+grit guard
Find you a cheapo foam gun from lowes/home depot
Wash your car using the 2 bucket method (Extremely important for preventing swirls on a BLACK car)
Adam's great white microfiber towels to dry the car.
Adam's microfiber towel + adam's detail spray to help remove light water spots after drying.
Adam's buttery wax + applicator+adam's microfiber to wipe clean.

That should keep your car looking shiny and wet without swirls for a while.
The link Dylan posted for the basic kit has you covered on the stuff in itallics. If another bucket from adams is too expensive maybe swing a cheapo bucket from wal-mart that is large enough to hold the grit guards properly.

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~$25-30 for extra cheapo wal-mart/lowe's items.

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To the OP. Good tips so far. The vids on the link from Dylan(basic wash and wax kit) will give you good directions. Father's day code saves 15% too!

One thing I would stop now is drying the car after the touchless wash. The TL wash does not get the car completely clean and drying with anything except air can scratch the paint (swirls). Black car in dusty old Texas, ya got guts!
whats the fathers day code? I'm going to order more supplies today!
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:51 PM   #12
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Thanks guys.

I think I'm gonna go a bit over budget and get basic car care kit, car wash trio, brilliant glaze, and some clay. Sound like a good choice? Anything else that's essential or something I can do without?

I also didn't get the buckets because I already have a good substitute.

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Old 06-10-2011, 04:03 PM   #13
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Gallon of detail spray. Stuff rocks and if you plan on claying your whole car(which in most cases you need to) that bottle will be at least half gone.
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Thanks guys.

I think I'm gonna go a bit over budget and get basic car care kit, car wash trio, brilliant glaze, and some clay. Sound like a good choice? Anything else that's essential or something I can do without?

I also didn't get the buckets because I already have a good substitute.
I'd recommend VRT for vinyl, rubber, and tires...()
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:04 PM   #15
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I can't get the gallon but I'll grab the clay+ 16 oz detail spray. I think two DS's are good.


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I'd recommend VRT for vinyl, rubber, and tires...()
It was a must after seeing it in action for me as well. I got it in the basic car care bundle
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:58 PM   #16
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Ended up getting the "Essentials Kit" + a foam gun(the reviews here brainwashed me).I will get more detail spray for sure.

I was also wondering if Brilliant Glaze is "essential" as well.

http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-99-ad...etail-kit.aspx
Anything I'm missing from that?
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