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Show me your kits! (For detailing)

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by War Machine, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Jun 14, 2018 at 11:31 AM
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    I’ve been thinking of starting this thread for a while. This gets discussed quite a bit here and there, but I wanted to start a dedicated thread for it. After reading through the Chemical Guys thread, particularly a post by @briarpatch , I thought it would be an interesting topic.

    A lot of us have tried dozens of products, and most of them work well enough. I have a six foot tall cabinet in my garage that’s packed with detailing products, along with a couple crates full of towels. I probably only regularly use about 20% of it though. I have my core products that I use pretty much exclusively.

    So, what is everyone’s go to in each category? Also, it would be a good idea to say what color your truck is, since on occasion it does make a difference. I’ll try to include everything, but if I miss something, let me know.

    @briarpatch I’m using your list to base it off of, since you already typed it out.
     
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    Color - BLAAACK

    Soaps - Chemical Guys Honeydew, Carpro Reset

    Rinseless Wash - Carpro Ech20, Optimum No Rinse

    Foam Cannon - MATCC (Amazon)

    Pressure Washer - Greenworks GPW2200 (electric)

    Polisher - TORQX

    Pads - Haven’t settled on one yet.

    Polish - Still learning

    Compound - Still learning

    Washing Towel - Carpro Wool Mitt

    Drying Towels - Meguair’s x2000 Water Magnet / Griot PFM

    General Purpose Towels - Chemical Guys MIC50612, Rag Company Eagle Edgeless, Griot PFM

    Quick Detailer Towels - CG MIC50612

    Towel Wash - Chemical Guys MF Restore / Vinegar

    Quick Detail Spray - Carpro Reload / Ech20 mixture, Maguiar’s Mirror Bright

    Metal polish - N/A

    Tire Cleaner - Mother’s Foaming Tire and Wheel

    Tire Dressing - Waxaddict Tyre Feeder / Meguair’s Tire Gel when more gloss is wanted.

    Trim Dressing
    - Car Guys Plastic Restorer / Solution Finish

    Paint Decontamination - Carpro Iron-X

    Clay - Nanoskin mitt and sponges

    Clay Lube - Whatever detail spray I have extra.

    Wheel Cleaner - Tuga Devil and Wheel Woolies

    Heavy Duty Wheel Cleaner - Iron-X

    Wheel coating - McKees 37, Waxaddict wheel coating

    AIO's - Meguiars D166

    IPA - Carpro Eraser

    Sealant - Carpro Reload, Hydro2, P & S Bead Maker

    Paste wax - N/A

    Liquid Wax - Have dabbled with Collinite 845, but not much.

    Spray Wax - Duragloss Aquawax

    Glass cleaner - Sprayway Glass Cleaner

    Interior - Chemical Guys Slick Shine / Waxaddict Interior

    Air Freshener - Meguair’s Air Refresher bomb.

    Coating - Dabbling with CQuartz. Haven’t done a full coating yet.

    Bug Guts - Bounce sheets and water.
     
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  3. Jun 14, 2018 at 12:06 PM
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    What's the mixture for your quick detail spray...50/50? That looks interesting
     
  4. Jun 14, 2018 at 12:31 PM
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    All in one kit. Still trying different products to see what I like best and what works.

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    One ounce of Reload, one ounce of Ech20, and ten ounces of distilled water. Haven’t found an off the shelf product that’s even close to how good it is. Those two products on their own are the very best I’ve tried so far in their categories also. @SouthBoundSteve turned me on to those, and the mixture early on in my learning.
     
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    Haha...I notice the Amazon box in the background. I could build a pretty sweet fort if I’d saved all of mine. Been thinking about getting a cart like that. Is that a hamper for your towels on the side?
     
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    Man, you drink different beer than i do.
     
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    I order way to much from Amazon. Lol
    The cart is pretty nice works ok for my needs. It was only $35 bucks on Amazon. The only downside is it dosen't have locking wheels. Something i overlooked when buying it. The bag on the side is a hamper i got from Amazon as well. Its a little long it drags a tiny bit when full. But really pleased with how sleek it is.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJSY58S/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_cUSiBbHN1XJSQ

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XY4D5V4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_b6SiBb4DK2W3X
     
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    Beer is for women. If I’m gonna get drunk, I’m not gonna spend all night doing it.
     
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    I should definitely look into a cart. I do spend too much time walking back and forth.
     
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    Definitely worth it. Got mine for Christmas last year. Went with a (luxor) plastic one for easy clean up and avoidance of any rust issues....plastic peg board is available at Home Depot...made by a company called Everbilt

     
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    I keep all my liquids/polishes/compounds/DA's/pads stored in two cabinets. Gallons in a separate cabinet. And towels and brushes organized in totes to keep clean.
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    I use totes for my towels, and have a large cabinet for everything else. I got it on sale a few months back for I think $150.00:

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Gladiator-...standing-Or-Wall-mount-Garage-Cabinet/3773589

    Have any of you noticed product evaporating from the heat in your garage? I haven’t seen that it’s happening for sure, but there’s been a few times I had less in a bottle than I thought. I’m sure it has to happen somewhat, but not sure how concerned I should be.
     
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    Was hoping thread title was a typo. So disappoint.

    Subbed. ;)
     
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    You have to pay for the premium access to get into those threads.
     
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    I need to pick everyone's brain on what supplies to get. Im slowly purchasing everything to complete my kit.
     
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    I've been at this for a few years, and there's been a fair amount of trial and error along the way. I'm no professional, but here's a list of what I've had good success using:


    Soaps - Chemical Guys honeydew, McKees extreme foam, Gold Class, Griots Brilliant Shine
    Polisher - Griots GG6
    Pads - Griots BOSS 5.5"
    Drying Towels - Griots PFM
    General Purpose Towels - The Rag Company (80/20 360 GSM)
    Quick Detailer Towels - Cobra Super Plush Jr
    Quick Detail Spray - Chemical Guys P40, Griots Speed Shine, Zymol field Glaze
    Metal polish - P21S polishing soap
    Tire Cleaner - McKees Tire and Rubber Rejuvenator
    Tire brush - Tuf Shine tire brush
    Tire Dressing - McKees high Gloss Gel, Chemical Guys VRP
    trim dressing - Blackfire Total Trim Sealant, Meguiars Hyper Dressing, Stoners Trim Shine
    clay - Griots Clay
    clay lube - Griots Speed Shine, DoDo Juice Supernatural Ferro Lube
    Wheel Cleaner - Stoners
    Heavy Duty Wheel Cleaner - Griots
    Wheel coating - McKees Wheel Coating, PoorBoys Wheel Sealant
    AIO's - McKees 360, HD Speed, Meguiars D166, Blackfire AIO
    Sealant - McKees HiDef, Meguiars Ultimate Wax, CG JetSeal
    Paste wax - Pinnacle Souveran Signature Series II, McKees Trademark, CG Petes 53
    Liquid Wax - Jescar Colorlock, CG Butter Wet Wax
    Spray Wax - Griots Spray Wax, McKees Trademark Extender Spray Wax
    Glass cleaner - Invisible Glass
    Power Washer - SunJoe SPX3000
    Foam Cannon - Amazon 20.00 cheapie
     
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    Both lists are a good place to start. I guess my next question is what order do you apply waxes and how often? I have CG swirl remover, Butter Wax and the JetSeal. Would I use all 3 in that order? I don't know much about how and what to apply. :anonymous:
     
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    Unless you have a DA polisher, removing swirls will be a little difficult. It can be done, but your results will be considerably better if you have a machine. Chemical Guys does sell some HexLogic hand pads in a 3-pack i believe, which would be good for you to purchase if you're trying to get rid of some swirls. I'm guessing you bought some VSS?

    After washing, then claying your paint, you'd attack the swirls next. Once satisfied with your results, apply JetSeal and then the Butter Wet Wax. Butter Wet Wax does not have a reputation for lasting very long, and it's well deserved...it doesn't. The shine you get from it is awesome, however. I've been able to get 2-3 weeks out of it. Fortunately, the JetSeal will last longer.
     
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    Yes, VSS.
    Im not going to attempt this until I get polisher. I know it will be a lot of work. Any recommendation? Thank you for the help I really appreciate it.
     
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    A lot depends on your budget. As far as a polisher goes, I highly recommend the Griots Garage 6" DA, known as the GG6. There are other less expensive ones out there, as well as more expensive, but it's a great place to start. It's versatile, powerful, and comes with lifetime warranty, from a company that stands behind their products. I've had mine for 3 years, and it's handled everything I've thrown at it.
     
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    I'm slow...but I just got that
     
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    Thats a nice set up. I have everything in rubbermaid containers. Love that cart set up! Great idea for a thread @War Machine
    I lean towards carpro stuff myself. I'll get s cart and get organized soon
     
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    Still a work in progress but a decent start nonetheless

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    Very nice set up. You guys are killing me with these carts. Harbor freight I shall visit soon
     
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    I didn’t think to check Harbor Freight for the carts. I know the ones we use at work run almost 300 bucks.
     
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    I went for a Luxor cart off Amazon (prime). So far so good, around $90
     
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    Thats where mine came from...those generic spray bottles you have hanging off the cart....is that a stick-on label or was it printed on them...looks like a good place to write whats in there
     
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    They are the Chemical Guys 32oz spray bottles. I used a label printer to identify what I have in each. I plan on doing some other ones seeing how those two turned out. I really don't like the sprayer bottles a lot of these chemicals come in, so I plan to transfer them to the CG bottles for a more consistent spray pattern.
     
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    Great idea on the label maker. I use a sharpie, but they tend to rub off.
     
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