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  1. Mar 17, 2020 at 11:25 AM
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    Most likely I’ll use cquartz unless you guys strongly suggest something else. What type of polish do you suggest after the clay mit?
     
  2. Mar 17, 2020 at 11:28 AM
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    If you use cquartz then I would use carpro essence as polish/primer. A small bottle will work. Cquartz is what I will use on my truck in a couple months. Another one to look into is 22ple Insanity, I have heard nothing but good things but its twice the price
     
  3. Mar 18, 2020 at 10:06 AM
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    In case anyone missed it....these towels are on sale...plus there is a St. Patrick's day sale of 25% off at autogeek.com. Lucky2020 is the code i think.
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  4. Mar 18, 2020 at 5:20 PM
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    I’m going to order up some carpro products, and a DA and some pads. What color pads should I be using with the Carpro Essence?
     
  5. Mar 18, 2020 at 7:48 PM
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    If you get lake country pads,
    Orange will give you some cut, and Black will polish nicely.
    Or you could go with some buff and shine UroFiber which kinda does both. I like those.
    You'll need at least 5 pads for the truck, ideally close to 10 but you ca wash and dry them as you go.
    I like using compressed air and a stiff brush to clean them as I go. The urofiber clean up easier imo but the lake county HDO pads are the shit.
     
  6. Mar 18, 2020 at 8:33 PM
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    You suggest 5 of each type of pad or are you saying 5 total of varying cutting/polishing abilities? Amazon just delivered my order of Lake Country CCS 5.5 pads. Got 3 orange, 3 white, 3 black, and 3 blue. New to the DA polisher stuff. Pairing them with a Griot's G9 and Megs 110, 205, and 210.
     
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  7. Mar 18, 2020 at 8:41 PM
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    Unless you can clean and dry them fast, you would need at least 5 of each to do a truck right. That's is you do a truck without stopping. If you take breaks or do it over a couple days you could wash in between. With the pads you ordered you should be okay, you can use the while and blue too and make it work.

    The 105 amd 205 are great products. I used them last summer on my brothers truck and was impressed. They both dust a little but I still recommend them. Here's his 95 Chevy done with 105 and 205, orange and black pads.

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  8. Mar 19, 2020 at 4:45 AM
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    Very nice. I was planning on doing my wife's '18 Camry first then going from there so I'll see what extra pads I will need to order. Thanks @Pudge
     
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    Weird question, but do any of you guys think the color of the towel makes a difference? I use a lot of TRC Eagle Edgeless, and I swear some colors seem more stiff and wear out more quickly.

    Don’t know if the dye affects the fibers, but the grey ones seem to be the worst, and the orange ones are the best. Might just be in my head though.
     
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  11. Mar 25, 2020 at 6:00 AM
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    I have only used the orange and blue eagle edge less and they seem to be the same to me. However, I do have light blue and purple chemical guys towels that are edge less and the purple are still plush where the light blue ones are matted and unusable for paint. I now use them for wheels.
     
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  12. Mar 25, 2020 at 6:04 AM
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    I personally believe colors make a difference. I've noticed the same with other things where color seems like preference and it affects it. Another example is food coloring. My wife and I notice a difference when cooking same items but different food coloring added.
     
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  13. Mar 25, 2020 at 7:18 AM
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    So, is it viable to add ONR to the soap reservoir of a power-sprayer to make it no rince or will it gum up the machine? How well does it work (if people have tried it)? Thanks
     
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    Anyone know if Adams Polishes Wheel Cleaner is safe to use on the 19-20 Pro black BBS rims?

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    ONR is typically about a cap per gallon I believe, so I wouldn't think it should have issues with clogging.
     
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    Shouldn’t clog anything, but I don’t know how well it would work. You’d still have to wipe and dry it, so I’m not sure there’d be any benefit. It’ll streak if it dries on the paint, so you’d probably just be doing double the work.
     
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  17. Mar 25, 2020 at 8:19 AM
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    Same with clothes. I have a few of the same shirts in different colors, and they don’t feel the same.
     
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    I’ve used it on my black fuel vapors with no issue, but I didn’t find it to be very effective. Very few Adams products are decent, in my opinion.

    You may look into P&S Brake Buster. It’s safe for everything and works decently well.
     
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    Awesome thanks! Now you tell me after I placed the order! J/K. What are your product recommendations to best clean the black BBS rims?
     
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  20. Mar 26, 2020 at 5:40 AM
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    It will get the job done, there are just better and cheaper options. It’s probably safe for just about any wheel also, since some people use this as an iron remover on their paint.

    As for the best options, all of them require agitation to work. It’s just a matter of how harsh of a product you’re willing to use. Since I’m gonna have to scrub anyway, I stick with P&S Brake Buster for the most part. It is really good, reasonably priced, and safe.

    Brake Buster is 25.00 a gallon, and Adams Wheel Cleaner is 55.00 a gallon.

    One other product is Shine Supply Wise Guy. It has for a long time been the very best tire cleaner on the market, by a long shot. They recently reformulated it to clean wheels also. I have not tried it since the change, so I don’t know how effective it is on wheels.

    https://shinesupply.com/collections/wheel-tire-care/products/wise-guy-gallon

    NOTE: I am admittedly ignorant on wheel construction. The note on the site says:
    • NOT for use on anodized or polished aluminum wheels - look at the Pro Tip below for cleaning these kinds of wheels
    I don’t know if your wheels fall under this category. I have black Fuel Vapors on mine, and the original formulation of Wise Guy had no ill effects on them. I didn’t use it to clean the wheels, but I obviously got it on them through overspray.

    As long as your wheels don’t fall under that category, I’d definitely recommend giving it a shot. I trust Shine Supply completely, and would be surprised if this wasn’t a good option.
     
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    Just wanted to share my experience Brake Buster. If you were in the south NJ area, I'd probably give you the rest of it that I have, and here's why. Does it work?....yes. At full strength, I found it very effective for even the dirtiest wheels, but it left a residue. Diluting it reduced both the residue and, obviously, the effectiveness. I never seemed to be able to quite get it right with this product. I know others have had this same experience, while many more others think it's the bomb. Maybe it's a bad batch or maybe user error, I don't know.

    For the record, I've switched to Sonax Full Effect for really dirty wheels, and Optimum Power Clean at different dilutions depending how dirty the wheel is. Once you have a wheel clean, coat it and you'll not need more than soap and water to clean them.
     
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    I haven’t had a residue issue with it, but I’ve diluted it from day one. There are products that clean better, but Brake Buster is cheap and safe on all surfaces. Though several products advertise that you just “spray and rinse”, I haven’t found one that actually works that way. Since I have to scrub anyway, I haven’t seen a reason to use something more expensive and harsh.
    Poorboys Wheel Cleaner and P21 are stronger, but seem to need more effort to rinse off.

    What are you coating wheels with? I’ve tried Shine Supply Beadlock, McKee’s 37 Wheel Coating, and Waxaddict Wheel Coating. None seemed to make much difference long term. Honestly I’ve had the best luck with Superior Cover All on wheels. It does a good job, but it’s greasy and not incredibly long lasting on wheels.

    Like you said though, it may be user error.
     
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    I've had good luck with the McKees....but had better luck with Poor Boys Wheel Sealant...but that stuff would be a royal pain on an intricate wheel. To be fair, I boost it a little by hitting them with Bead Maker after a maintenance wash. CarPro Dlux will be next....just waiting for some warm weather to try it out
     
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    What compound and DA will best remove this? :mad::mad::mad:

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    Sorry to break the news, but that’s not getting fixed with a polisher. You’ll have to replace it.
     
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    Honestly wheels are such a hassle to clean, and they get filthy again immediately. I don’t spend a ton of time on them. You can look at just about any of my photos and see that the wheels and wells are still dirty. Just too little reward for me to make a lot of effort. It’s the one area I’m pretty lazy about. Generally I’ll rinse them as well as possible with the turbo nozzle, and maybe spray some cover all on them.
     
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    Haha I know. Completely stripped the tabs for the end cap and bend it back about 3 inches. Dohhh
     
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    Wife’s 2017 Black Accord is covered in water spots and tree sap. Since I turned our garage into my shop we both park outside so I wanted to do her car first and then the Tundra with you guys suggested best ceramic coating.

    That being said I need something that will clean the wife’s car prior to application. What is my best option?
     
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    Whats recommended for the clear plastic over the gauge cluster to both clean and not scratch it up?
     
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    For tree sap - unscented hand sanitizer...if you can find any. You can also use Rapid Remover, which I think is actually an adhesive remover

    Water spots - depends on whether or not the spots are etched into the clear. Hondas are notorious for having super thin clear coat, so if they've been there for a while.....they could very easily be.
     

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