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Old 10-26-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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Is Adams Cleaning products over priced?

Reason i ask is i seen 1 guy say he spent $1000 in a starter kit, I was thinking of going that way also, But was floored at the cost of this stuff, Is it really worth it , Right now i am using Mequires Ultimate a synthic/paste combo and when i am done my car looks sweet as can be , It seems to last well, and has saved my ass a few times with crap sprayed on my car, door dings birdshit, etc, seems to last pretty good also , But i just wonder if it might be like buying a good wine/cigars ,You can pay alot or find a good brand at a tenth of the cost that is just as good. Are these products that good or just hyped and over priced, How long does a wax job from adams last? If it is that good i will save some and get this stuff, but if it is not worth the price i would like to save my money for a differnt upgrade. Truthful answers would be appericated,
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
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Adams is right in the middle. You can find cheaper but you can also find way more expensive stuff. I think there may be comparable products for a little cheaper but most of their prices aren't crazy. I don't know what he bought but $1000 would go a looooong way at Adams.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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No. A little bit of Adam's goes a long way compared to other products out there. The initial purchase can seem steep but you get what you pay for. And you bought a kick ass ride, why go cheap on the stuff to keep it looking killer!
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #4
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IMO I am a meguiers user as well and its easier to find in stores and still does the job that satisfatory to me. I will say Adams is a great product if u have the extra money to spend then i would get it but if your budget is not so high then meguiers is fine. My brother used adams polish/buffer to basically renew my dads 02 truck to like new condition paint.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #5
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Adams is right in the middle. You can find cheaper but you can also find way more expensive stuff. I think there may be comparable products for a little cheaper but most of their prices aren't crazy. I don't know what he bought but $1000 would go a looooong way at Adams.
how much does it really cost to get the basics?
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:19 PM   #6
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I don't think so. I love Adam's products.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:37 PM   #7
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Wouldnt spend a dollar on Adams products, far better out there for half the cost. People get sucked into Adams thinking its so great and they have to have it coz a friend/fellow forum buddy uses it.

Save your money lots of alternatives out there.
I think Adams has good products but I agree there's a ton more options. The best way to do it is try a bunch and decide what you like. I don't personally use many Adams products but they are a good product. I just get a bit turned off by the fanboys. That can be said for any brand though.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:56 PM   #8
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Are they a little pricey?...I think so, but they are all great products imo...and I personally don't want to use cheap products on an expensive car
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:50 PM   #9
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Not sure what the heck he spent $1,000 bucks on. I've purchased leather conditioner/cleaner, detail spray, a machine polisher along with pads and the polish to come with it and that was definitely in total less than $500 bucks. But anyways, I think they are all great products. You've got to appreciate a site that has over 15 instructional videos on how to clean your camaro, specifically designed with the products that they are selling.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:20 PM   #10
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No. A little bit of Adam's goes a long way compared to other products out there. The initial purchase can seem steep but you get what you pay for. And you bought a kick ass ride, why go cheap on the stuff to keep it looking killer!
I was actually turned onto Adams products by SSOOCH! And i must say it has exceeded my expectations, compared to Meguires or Mothers. You pay a bit more but it lasts a lot longer and you buy less. so if you think about it by the time your done with the Adams products, you've already bought the other products at least 3-4 times and maybe spent the same or more amount. Id recommend it to anyone. and i don't think you get the same shine from the other products as you do from Adams
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:30 PM   #11
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I use the Adams detail spray and Super VRT and both are excellent products, a bit expensive but great results. I use Meguiar's waxes, washing liquid, etc for the rest of my detailing and am satisfied with the Meguiar's products also. I think it's just a matter of what we are comfortable with since several brands seem to work very well, whether overly expensive or not. I've noticed that Mothers products are used at Barrett-Jackson and that speaks loads.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:36 PM   #12
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If he spent $1,000 on a starter kit, then it must have been the super-duper-deluxe-include-EVERYTHING kit.

You're going to get the whole gammut of opinions on waxes and polishes.

There's an entire forum just for car care. Take a look and see what people have toi say in that forum.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:07 AM   #13
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Adams is a very good line of products produced by some great guys. Our car club CCOTR Camaro Club of the Rockies has been to 2 different clinics at the Adams plant where Adam himself taught us how to detail our camaros. You can search on the Colorado part of the Regional forums for photos. Adam picks the worst finish and he and the other guys completely detail the car while doing continual Q&A. They do this for many different local car clubs. The cheapest product no, the best product no, the best people probably...
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:51 AM   #14
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Adam's products are good products, but there are lots of other options out there if you are looking for cheaper options. It's really more about the PROCESS then the PRODUCT. That being said, most of the stuff I own/use is Adam's.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:53 AM   #15
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Yes the fanboys are a tad annoying! Like you said lots of other products to try out, and then lots of money for mods!
Exactly, but watch out bashing them you might get banned for talking bad about a sponsor that pays the site money.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:53 AM   #16
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Meguiars professional line is way better and affordable! I like adams but just to pricey for me...

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Old 10-27-2012, 02:11 AM   #17
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Exactly, but watch out bashing them you might get banned for talking bad about a sponsor that pays the site money.
I know right? We spend thousands of dollars with forum vendors but yet we have so little clout.

That said until someone shows me something better, I'm good with my 560.00 Adam's kit that I purchased over 2 years ago-includes orbital buffer. Still have lots of product left. I've waxed 3x's car has 42,000 miles on it and still looks great up close. Use Meguires endurance shine for my tires though.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:22 AM   #18
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Exactly, but watch out bashing them you might get banned for talking bad about a sponsor that pays the site money.
Lol if they haven't gotten me, y'all are ok.

Adams is VERY expensive for the level its at. Very few of their products would rank higher than the middle of the pack in my opinion. I'm sure the whole made in America bent they have drives prices up too.

And their fan boys are incredibly irritating and usually (not always) know next to nothing about which they speak. They've never used anything but OTC and Adam's, so of course Adams blows their socks off. I call them the Adam's Army. Just like there used to be the injen army that turned into the Vararam army in the v6 section, although a lot of those guys actually knew what they were talking about.

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Old 10-27-2012, 05:25 AM   #19
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I like Adam's, but I do pay attention to a lot of the posts here. I am not very experienced with detailing or detailing products (No King of the Hill pun intended) and I pay attention to CD's unbiased posts and reviews. CD's advice has helped keep my Camaro looking very well!
Now about them being "over-priced" I would have to say it depends on the product you're talking about not just the overall line. And also, we're beating a dead horse here with this thread, as this has been brought up many times.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:32 AM   #20
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I spent like $400 on my first adam's kit. That included the porter cable buffer and all pads. I've still got most everything that came in it. I order more detail spray, waterless wash and VRT every 3-6 months because I use it all the time. It really does last a long time.

I've been buying detail stuff for 20 years and I like Adam's the best. I'm by no means a professional detailer. It's just something I like to do on a Sunday when I have time to keep my car looking good. It's easy to use, they have great instructional video and they have a ton of car community involvement. They have great customer service as well. They run monthly specials and they also have a discount code for this forum that is for 10% off I believe.

Sometimes being cheaper doesn't mean it's better. Things like great customer service mean a lot to me. Most of all though, it's the results that the product gives you. I feel that Adam's gives me the results that I want. All of my cars have had the Adam's treatment.




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Old 10-27-2012, 09:40 AM   #21
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Adam's products are good products, but there are lots of other options out there if you are looking for cheaper options. It's really more about the PROCESS then the PRODUCT. That being said, most of the stuff I own/use is Adam's.
I would agree with this... I am using the Meguires Professional line and love the results although if I was willing to spend more money I'd buy Adams. Their stuff smells SO good!
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:25 PM   #22
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over priced and over hyped. I wouldn't use that stuff on my Murray ten speed.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:27 PM   #23
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I used Meguiars products on my black '96 Z28 for 15 years and I always got compliments on it. I didn't put 4 or 5 different products layered on top of each other and the car always looked good.

Last weekend I tried Adams Brilliant Glaze and Buttery wax on my 2012. They did a fine job but was certainly no better than Meguiars IMO. I think I'll stay with the stuff that's more affordable. Adams microfiber towels are awesome, though. Might get some more of those.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:37 PM   #24
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over priced and over hyped. I wouldn't use that stuff on my Murray ten speed.
Have you used Adam's Products before you sit there and insult them ?

I'm not going to deny they are pricier than other products, but you get what you pay for in Good products AND they are hands down the best Company I've ever dealt with as far as handling issues and being helpful there's just none like them nowadays.

If you can afford them buy them cause they're great products, if not go with something cheaper.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:50 PM   #25
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Wouldnt spend a dollar on Adams products, far better out there for half the cost. People get sucked into Adams thinking its so great and they have to have it coz a friend/fellow forum buddy uses it.

Save your money lots of alternatives out there.
few months ago I had a guy come in to fix my interior panel from scratches and he told me how he's a huge car guy and how he has been in the interior repair business for 25 years and so on. he told me one of the best ways to clean the interior is by using water and a towel and if I have a stain or something to use a bit of soap and that's it, he also said for leather he would only use a conditioner.
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