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What do you guys like to use for detailing products? I currently use turtle wax and I like it. Any other good ones out there?
 

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There are thousands of brands and methods! I use Poorboys products and Zymol. You'll get a different answer from everyone. It's preference. I personally do not like Turtle Wax.
 

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People say meguiars isn't great, but I love it. Maybe its because I don't wanna try something else and be disappointed...lol
 

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My stupid anecdote is that I've been using Meguiar for most everything. Their Ultimate compound is pretty nice for shining up my dull front bumper.
 

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Adams Polishes. Nothing else. I've detailed everything from tracked Z06's to bmw to pos grand prixs with it. The results never cease to amaze. Everytime it's one of two responses: either speechless or it looks brand new!
 

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I like meguiar's tech wax 2.0... it's certainly not the best, but it's really god damn easy to get a mirror finish with it. Good low-effort type wax.
 

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Heres some before and afters:

'94 4-Runner over 200k on the clock



08 c360 owner thought she could use a buffer. The spots are from it not the sun.







F150 Had literally never been washed except when it rained. Notice the wheel wells. Most people dont touch them.


 

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Water, brush, Adams All Purpose cleaner followed by Adams VRT. The motor wasn't the worst part. The owner has a 5 y/o boy and had never cleaned the interior. Thank god I dont do the inside... Thats my partners job.
 

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Meguiars rubbing compound, turtle wax polishing compound + turtle wax . I should've taken before and after pics with the compound + wax.
 

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I used to use meguiars. For years actually but man adams is just the whole package. I didnt wat to have to mix and match brands.
 

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I wanted to switch to Meguiars pro line but it was just too confusing at the time. With adams I put the green stuff on the green pad to cut white to white for in between, yellow to yellow for swirls and gray to gray for polish. It so retarded easy I can do it... Forget the cavemen.
 

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My stupid anecdote is that I've been using Meguiar for most everything. Their Ultimate compound is pretty nice for shining up my dull front bumper.
This. I use 3M fine cut rubbing compound, but I use Meguiars for everything else. Their Ultimate wax keeps Sharka nice and shiny.
 

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Here's what I use, how I use it and where I get it.

Hose and trigger spray nozzle (any hardware store)
Two 5-gallon buckets (suds, rinse) with two Grit Guards
Spray bottle for alcohol mix
Spray bottle for WD-40
Spray bottle for ZEP citrus
Masking tape – green
Foam paintbrushes for trim, interior, engine, etc
Dry paintbrush (for dusting interior)
Lowes grout sponges
Rag Shack microfiber application towels
Target "Vroom" label microfiber drying towels
General Purpose Costco cheap microfiber towels for dirty areas
Shop Vac (for interior)
Leaf Blower
Wheel spoke and face brushes (Detailer's Domain)
Wheelwell and chassis brush (Detailer's Domain)
Sprayway or Invisible Glass aerosol cleaner
Woolite foaming upholstery cleaner (for interior)
WD-40 (gallon jug)
Denatured alcohol
3M General Purpose Adhesive Remover
Autoglym Vinyl & Rubber Care OR Vinylex by Lexol for trim, engine, interior (Pep Boys used to carry this until recently. I stocked up)
ZEP citrus cleaner
Wenol metal polish
Gibbs penetrant
Dawn Dishwashing soap to strip all finishes
Majestic Solutions Ultra Gloss Car Wash
Claybars
Menzerna Power Finish
Werkstat Acrylic Jett Trigger
Autoglym High Definition Wax (Walmart until recently. I stocked up)
Meguiars Final Inspection instant detailer
Porter Cable random orbital buffer
Detailer’s Domain buffing pads and backing plate

The sequence I follow:

Clean under the hood and around the differential with WD-40 and towels. Hit very bad areas with ZEP citrus all purpose cleaner followed by a rinse and WD-40. Apply rubber-vinyl dressing to plastic and rubber parts using a foam brush and microfiber towel. Apply Gibbs penetrant to raw aluminum parts.

Use ZEP citrus all purpose cleaner and brushes to clean the wheels, tires and exhaust tip. Rinse.
Use ZEP and a brush to clean the wheel wells. Rinse.
Polish any exposed raw uncoated aluminum parts of the wheels and exhaust with Wenol metal polish.
Use an applicator to apply Gibbs penetrant to the polished areas of the wheels and exhaust.

Apply vinyl/rubber dressing to all unpainted black trim and rubber seals on the car using a foam paintbrush (edges of taillights with the trunk open, wiper cowl, fog light housings, exterior radiator cowl, weather-stripping, front and rear window trim, hardtop edging trim, antenna base, wiper arm plugs, side mirror joints, door top trim, headlight door cowls and rubber flaps)

Using the two buckets with grit guards, mix up a solution with Dawn dishwashing soap and wash the car with sponges. Dry it with a leaf blower then microfiber drying towels.

Use clay and either alcohol water mix, or Meguiars Final Inspection to finish cleaning the car.

Mask difficult to clean areas with green tape. Use the Porter Cable and a variety of pads and Menzerna Power Finish to smooth the paint. Clean up after the buffing with the alcohol mix or Final Inspection.

Wipe down chrome details with alcohol mix (door handles, hardtop latches, antenna).

Use cheap microfiber and glass cleaner on all the glass and mirrors.

Use applicator microfiber towels and Acrylic Jet Trigger to seal the paint.

Use extra thick applicator microfiber towels and Autoglym High Definition wax to bring out more depth.

Use applicator pads or microfiber to dress the tires with rubber dressing.

Done.

For intermediate cleanup.
Wash the wheels and wheelwells using the same procedure.
Apply dressing to the rubber and plastic parts.
Wash the paint using Majestic Ultra Gloss.
Dry with microfiber drying towels.
Touch-up using the quick detailer.
Dress tires.


And my sources for all this junk:

Online order
two Grit Guards http://www.detailersdomain.com/
Rag Shack microfiber application towels http://stores.theragshack.com/StoreFront.bok
Wheel spoke and face brushes http://www.detailersdomain.com/
Detailer’s Domain buffing pads and backing plate http://www.detailersdomain.com/
Majestic Solutions Ultra Gloss Car Wash http://www.majesticsolutionsinc.com/
Menzerna Power Finish http://www.detailersdomain.com/
Werkstat Acrylic Jett Trigger http://www.werkstat.com/index.html
Gibbs penetrant http://www.amazon.com/
Wenol metal polish - ebay seller

Lowes
Lowes grout sponges
Porter Cable random orbital buffer

Home Depot
Two 5-gallon buckets (suds, rinse)
Three Spray bottles for ZEP citrus, WD-40, alcohol mix
Masking tape – green (blue 1.5”x180’ $7.87)
Foam paintbrushes for trim, interior, engine, etc
Dry paintbrush (for dusting interior crevices)
WD-40 (gallons) ($14.97 gallon)
Denatured alcohol ($15.29 gallon)
ZEP citrus cleaner
Sprayway or Invisible Glass aerosol cleaner
Wheelwell and chassis brush
Hose and trigger spray nozzle
Shop Vac (on sale)
Leaf Blower (very optional)

Target
Target "Vroom" label microfiber drying towels
Woolite foaming upholstery cleaner (for interior)
Dawn Dishwashing soap to strip all finishes

WalMart
Autoglym High Definition Wax (might not be available any more. I stocked up when it went on clearance)

PepBoys
3M General Purpose Adhesive Remover
Autoglym Vinyl & Rubber Care OR Vinylex by Lexol for trim, engine, interior (I use the Autoglym, but it might not be available any more. I stocked up when it went on sale.)
Meguiars Final Inspection instant detailer
Claybars

Costco
General Purpose Costco cheap microfiber towels for dirty areas

 
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