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Old 01-04-2010, 07:57 PM   #51
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If i dont have a mitt should i use a sponge?
NO SPONGE!

Use either chenile or sheepskin, both of which you can find at any automotive store.

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Old 05-29-2010, 10:31 PM   #52
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$825

That money would buy ALOT of wax/polish, as well as a HUGE supply of products you could use yourself to keep your car looking great.

If you're willing to do the work, invest in a good quality wax/polish, and as for the interior, spend some money of good cleaing/detailing products.
Let's not forget the charges for subsequent "refreshings". Some of those can cost $160 or more.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:39 PM   #53
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Another test you can do on towels to see if they scratch is rub them over
a CD (The CD Test) if they scratch the cd, they will scratch your new
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thank you ,guy..it's useful so much.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:08 PM   #57
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What is it with everyone on here using clay bar on a new car. Doesn't make any sense to me. Although my car doesn't sit out, but the more you rub, wash ,dry and wax the quicker you wear out the paint.
I am certainly no detailer but have detailed more cars, trucks, ambulances, fire engines etc etc etc than I can count over the last 30+ years. What I have learned is: attention to details, make sure the paint is thoroughly clean, wipe horizontal surfaces first (where water settles), clean glass before water drys (spots), clay is your friend, Zymol works great for a glass like finish, the sooner you get a good base wax on the vehicle the better. A trick I use to use on the ambulance and fire engine was to mix up a gallon of hot water and pour in about 1-2 ozs. of liquid green Turtle wax in the water. Mix it up. As I washed the vehicles with a fine (clean) towel, the wax would be spread evenly over the the vehicle and dry as a light haze. As I dried off the car it would be silky smooth. I never had a problem doing this and the vehicles looked awesome EVERYDAY!
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:17 AM   #58
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Thanks. I just got my Camaro in January and you probably saved my finish. I thought I knew how to wash and wax. But, I just got an education. Thanks again.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:11 PM   #59
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Eagle One Spray Nano Wax is the best Quik Wax I've ran across........
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:44 PM   #60
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This thread is full of great information and as my camaro has been in my posession for roughly a month now, I suppose its time to look into its first exterior detail job. While I know everyone on here will vehemently suggest the DIY route for wash/wax, unfortunately I live in an apartment complex that has neither exterior faucets to connect hoses to, or covered parking areas to keep the car out of the sun.

I would like to know, and please keep the flaming to a minimum as I already know this is a dumb question, if anyone might be able to recommend a place in or near san antonio, tx that does good auto detailing work?

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Old 04-13-2011, 11:14 AM   #61
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FANTASTIC thread, my friend! Does this change at all if you have vinyl stripes that are factory applied? I'm very worried about damaging the stripes...I just got this car and I need all the help I can get...I figured I should ask before I do anything (potentially) stupid!
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:03 AM   #62
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No change. Treat them like the painted portions and you'll be fine. Though I don't think you're supposed to wax them (at least I don't).
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:22 AM   #63
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FANTASTIC thread, my friend! Does this change at all if you have vinyl stripes that are factory applied? I'm very worried about damaging the stripes...I just got this car and I need all the help I can get...I figured I should ask before I do anything (potentially) stupid!
Do not Wax or Clay, I'm not sure about using Sealant.

Doesanyone know a Brick and Mortar store that sells Klasse Sealant?
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:28 AM   #64
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I do the following:
step 1 - clay bar
step 2 - Plum Crazy hand Glaze (removes swirls)
step 3 - 3M Flash Wax
step 4 - Spray detailer

i do this 2x a year on my cars. takes about 3 hours per car but they are good for several months after
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:36 AM   #65
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Is it OK to wax over the black matte stripes? Just trying to get an idea if I can wax over the stripes or if I need to be careful around them.
On my 77 Trans AM, I have never waxed over the decals. As a matter of fact Phoenix Graphics strong suggests not waxing stripes or decals. They do recommend a product called 303 Aerospace Protectant. My friend used this on his 33 year old decals and they came back to life great. It has UV protection and is breathable.

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Old 03-12-2012, 05:42 AM   #66
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Do not Wax or Clay, I'm not sure about using Sealant.

Doesanyone know a Brick and Mortar store that sells Klasse Sealant?
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I do the following:
step 1 - clay bar
step 2 - Plum Crazy hand Glaze (removes swirls)
step 3 - 3M Flash Wax
step 4 - Spray detailer

i do this 2x a year on my cars. takes about 3 hours per car but they are good for several months after
First post above... if the stripes are gloss, they can be waxed...

Second post... Plum crazy hand glaze does NOT remove swirls... it has fillers, they'll be back
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Great Thread on detailing. I have one question. How does one go about cleaning the engine compartment?
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:33 AM   #68
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I just got a 2010 Camaro in January and took it right away to get detailed. Now that I have been reading all these forums on fixing swirls I am wanting to do it myself.

Question: Since it was recently waxed, do I need to strip the car or can I just start with clay and do the whole process right away?

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Old 03-21-2012, 01:33 PM   #69
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There were a lot of accolades in this thread about the video on this page and I've gotta say there's no way I'd follow that guys detailing advice. From the sponge wrapped with a net to scrape the bugs off to the shammy, he is destroying his finish. I'd like to see his paint up close and see how many Swrils are in that finish.

It was really hard to watch.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:42 AM   #70
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I did like the idea of cutting the clay into pieces for each panel, good tip

Im on the same boat with this!! Good advice!!
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:50 AM   #71
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http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/...Q&Store_Code=Z

Q: Are Micro-Fiber products safe to use?

A: Zaino has been testing various Micro-Fiber products. Unfortunately, the jury is still out on them. Some of them are excellent and do not scratch. Others are terrible and definitely scratch. The quality control of these products from overseas, especially Korea, is not consistent, so you never know if they will be the same scratch-free quality. Even when using the same brand, we found the quality to be inconsistent. For now, we do not recommend using them. However, lab testing is ongoing, and we will post an update when we have more conclusive results.

NOTE: If you are already using microfiber towels, look carefully at your paint finish under flourescent light when you are using your towels. If you are not getting any swirls or fine scratches from the microfiber towels, then you are okay and can continue to use them. Remember it's better to be safe than swirly.

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It's just the quality you buy, a cheap Micro-Fiber or a cheap towel will leave swirls and a good Micro-Fiber and a good towel will not.

New Borderfree towels from Zaino

http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/...roduct_Count=0


What about a shamey? Is it safe to use?
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Assuming you mean for drying and personally I would say no. If you're touching the car you chance scratching it, especially with a shammy. I use a leaf blower and never touch the car during the drying process.

Seek out the Junkman on YouTube and watch the videos on the Adams products at adamspolishes.com. You'll get a better idea of the whole process. Also, Autogeeks.net has a tips an tricks section that is also very helpful.

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I just bought tons of cleaning supplies from Adams, spent lots of money. Guess I have to go back and look for some drying products/technics now!!
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Drying is easy. Electric Leaf blower. $35 - $50, pick your store. You never have to touch your car and it's bone dry when you're done.
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Drying is easy. Electric Leaf blower. $35 - $50, pick your store. You never have to touch your car and it's bone dry when you're done.
I checked out the link on Adams that you posted. They use the white waffle towel to dry. My SS is black like and they were cleaning a black Vette, im going to use their technic. They used the blower to blow out the water from cracks and seams. I bought a few more products from Adams, very expensive but very much worth it. Thanks for the info!!

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