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Old 04-05-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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Must-Have Adam's Products?

I just started hand-washing my 2012 2SS and have been using the Maguiar line from Auto Zone. It's okay for the price, but I want to treat my paint the best I can.

I've heard Adam's has about the best quality products you can buy. So my question is, what should I buy if I'm just starting out? Keep in mind that I don't want too spend TOO much money but I will spend enough to get the job done.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:02 PM   #2
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Americana, Detail Spray(gallon), and Glass Cleaner(gallon) hands down. The more I use these, the more I like them. Americana is one of my favorite waxes and trust me when I say I've tried waxes that cost up to around $2300(Zymol Vintage). Detail Spray and Glass Cleaner are my favorites in those categories too. I've tried many products and always come back to those three. No matter how you use the glass cleaner it never streaks. Their soap is very nice too. It is among my top 3 soaps behind Optimum and Dodo Juice Born to Be Mild. Idk if it has been changed over the last couple of years, but I have a gallon from 2008 that is very nice. I also like their great white drying towel. I have Waffle Weave towels that are different colors and due to the dyes they don't absorb as well. The Waterless wash is good too, but it's not necessarily a must have because Waterless Washes aren't for everyone. I use them after each drive to remove bugs from my front bumper. Their glass sealant is nice too. It works, but is not a necessary. Just don't get your mind set that Adam's has everything that you need. There are other alternatives. I couldn't count in my head how many different brands that I use. But Adam's is nice in many categories. Their reps are also very helpful.
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Save for a few months and buy their complete Porter Cable kit

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Old 04-05-2012, 01:32 PM   #4
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Americana, Detail Spray(gallon), and Glass Cleaner(gallon) hands down. The more I use these, the more I like them. Americana is one of my favorite waxes and trust me when I say I've tried waxes that cost up to around $2300(Zymol Vintage). Detail Spray and Glass Cleaner are my favorites in those categories too. I've tried many products and always come back to those three. No matter how you use the glass cleaner it never streaks. Their soap is very nice too. It is among my top 3 soaps behind Optimum and Dodo Juice Born to Be Mild. Idk if it has been changed over the last couple of years, but I have a gallon from 2008 that is very nice. I also like their great white drying towel. I have Waffle Weave towels that are different colors and due to the dyes they don't absorb as well. The Waterless wash is good too, but it's not necessarily a must have because Waterless Washes aren't for everyone. I use them after each drive to remove bugs from my front bumper. Their glass sealant is nice too. It works, but is not a necessary. Just don't get your mind set that Adam's has everything that you need. There are other alternatives. I couldn't count in my head how many different brands that I use. But Adam's is nice in many categories. Their reps are also very helpful.
This is great info I appreciate it. I'd like to find one place to go to for the sake of shipping costs. What are the other brands you'd recommend?
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Really need more information. Do you just want to clean and protect? Do you need/want to correct the paint?
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:34 PM   #6
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Save for a few months and buy their complete Porter Cable kit

http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-735-a...isher-kit.aspx
How often should you use this? Is this pretty effective on swirls?
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:36 PM   #7
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Really need more information. Do you just want to clean and protect? Do you need/want to correct the paint?
I took my car to a hand wash a week after having it (thinking it would be better taken care of) and I got a custom swirl paint job. It was the end of the day and they were obviously using dirty towels to dry.

So I guess I'm looking to get rid of the swirls first. And after that, just clean and protect.
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This is great info I appreciate it. I'd like to find one place to go to for the sake of shipping costs. What are the other brands you'd recommend?
It truly just depends on what you want. I use different brands for different things. If you want a list of what I mostly use I could make one for you, but if I had to choose one all around brand, it would be Meguiar's. Except for the wax. I don't care too much for Meg's last step products. Phil at DD is a great place to order from. As is Grabiak Performance center for Adam's. Adam's is even having a sale right now with great shipping prices.
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I took my car to a hand wash a week after having it (thinking it would be better taken care of) and I got a custom swirl paint job. It was the end of the day and they were obviously using dirty towels to dry.

So I guess I'm looking to get rid of the swirls first. And after that, just clean and protect.
If you want to get rid of swirls, you're gonna have to get a machine polisher.
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I took my car to a hand wash a week after having it (thinking it would be better taken care of) and I got a custom swirl paint job. It was the end of the day and they were obviously using dirty towels to dry.

So I guess I'm looking to get rid of the swirls first. And after that, just clean and protect.
Then Steiger is right if you just have to have Adam's. Do that first, then we can talk about waxes and such.
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Then Steiger is right if you just have to have Adam's. Do that first, then we can talk about waxes and such.
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This is great info I appreciate it. I'd like to find one place to go to for the sake of shipping costs. What are the other brands you'd recommend?
Local dealer in your area! Im jealous

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Haha, we gotta meet up next time I'm on my way up to MI. Know any good bars around you?
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If you want to get rid of swirls, you're gonna have to get a machine polisher.
Between mods and cleaning supplies, I'm gonna be living out of my car pretty soon. This car is sucking my bank account dry!! Lol
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I had no idea about this place... It's about 20 min from where I live. Thanks!
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Haha, we gotta meet up next time I'm on my way up to MI. Know any good bars around you?
Nope. I'm only 19. I can't even get into a bar. LOL If only I lived in Canada....
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Between mods and cleaning supplies, I'm gonna be living out of my car pretty soon. This car is sucking my bank account dry!! Lol
That's the fun of it. I have a Camaro/Food balance that I walk the razor's edge on. Camaro always wins though. Never have to worry about a diet that way.
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Between mods and cleaning supplies, I'm gonna be living out of my car pretty soon. This car is sucking my bank account dry!! Lol
LOL. At least the polisher is a one time investment. It should last your lifetime.
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Canada's not far....
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I had no idea about this place... It's about 20 min from where I live. Thanks!
No problem! They should also honor all adams daily specials and give you a forum discount good luck detailing
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What about just the basic wash/dry kits and products? What are you guys using and what kits have the best value for the price? I don't have much as far as equipment goes and I need all the help I can get... Washing my car in the AZ heat is impossible to prevent water spots. Lol
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What about just the basic wash/dry kits and products? What are you guys using and what kits have the best value for the price? I don't have much as far as equipment goes and I need all the help I can get... Washing my car in the AZ heat is impossible to prevent water spots. Lol
My favorite all around soap is either Optimum Car wash or Ultima Car wash. The cleaning and lubricity is insane. I then follow up with Adam's QD spray all over the car because it does help prevent water spots. If I had to choose a kit, I'd go with this.
http://www.gpcperformance.com/GPC_s_...%20kit%201.htm
and a gallon of Detail Spray. You'll also need 2 buckets with Grit guards, but they don't have to be fancy. I have Lowe's buckets with grit guards.
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Good info.

Yeah...all this little stuff here and there that's 10-120 bucks is adding up!
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My favorite all around soap is either Optimum Car wash or Ultima Car wash. The cleaning and lubricity is insane. I then follow up with Adam's QD spray all over the car because it does help prevent water spots. If I had to choose a kit, I'd go with this.
http://www.gpcperformance.com/GPC_s_...%20kit%201.htm
and a gallon of Detail Spray. You'll also need 2 buckets with Grit guards, but they don't have to be fancy. I have Lowe's buckets with grit guards.
Awesome, thanks!!
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