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What are the best detailing products?... Maybe I can help.

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by 1BadTundra, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. Dec 15, 2016 at 5:15 AM
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    1BadTundra

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    Hey guys, I see this question on here, Facebook, and hear it asked about every day in my own business. "What's the best products?" The truth is, there are so many companies out there producing new products every day, its too hard to say. I know I prefer Chemical Guys, Poor Boys World and Meguiars. Its all in your budget, and what your looking to achieve. I have attached a link to my main supplier for you all to see the kind of products we use day to day, and you can buy from there too.. Shipping is usually 2-5 days and they have great customer service. This is the site I buy most all my chemicals from, they have a wide range, from commercial grade, to the DIY'er. Their prices are reasonable, they run daily sales and specials. I'm not a salesman, just a fellow Tundra owner, offering my unbiased opinion on products and techniques. Since I cannot take the time to answer each individual thread, and each question in each thread, I started this one. If I don't know, I'll tell you so... There are no stupid questions.
    http://www.detailedimage.com/wax.php?id=48218&url=detailedimage.com

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  2. Dec 20, 2016 at 6:09 PM
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    Since you like Chemical Guys.....which of their products do you use and why? I've tried a few....V4 is okay but to me loads up on pads....Mr Pink is an okay soap....but really like their VRP for tires and Silk Shine for interiors (door panels only)....on dash, I prefer Meguiars Natural Shine.....
     
  3. Dec 20, 2016 at 6:19 PM
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    -TRS Mini D2S Retrofit on TRD Pro Headlights (Apollo 2.0 Shrouds, 35w XB Ballasts, 5500k Bulbs) -Baja Designs Squadron R Sport Aux lights. -TRD Pro Grill -TRD Rear Sway Bar -BakFlip VP Tonneau w/BakBox -Dipped wheels & bumpers -Iron Cross HD steps -Undercover Swingcase -SunTek Paint Protection film -Tinted glass -Bedmat -OEM Towing Mirrors
    Thanks for volunteering to answer all the questions that will come your way!
     
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  4. Dec 21, 2016 at 6:34 AM
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    I don't "prefer" their products over the others I mentioned, but their bang for the buck cant be beat. I don't have to work as hard to get the results I'm after when using their products. As for what I use, in no particular order...

    Cleaner/Wax- The micro abrasives in it are a good two step fine polish/wax
    Jet Seal- Great sealant, easy on and easy off. It protects longer than others I've used.
    V7 Hybrid spray- Awesome quick detailer, with a sealant that's built in. Great for an added layer of protection, spray on, wipe right off
    V7 Soap- very foamy, slick and rinses clean without stripping any protecting finishes.
    Citrus Wash- Strips waxes, cuts dirt faster, gives a clean slate to start claying after the wash. I use this as a clay lube as well
    Mr Pink- Love the suds, phenomenal in the Foam Cannon. Very slick
    Black Light- Really makes Dark paints, especially Black shine. Adds depth to the finish
    White Light- does the same for light colored vehicles as the black light.
    VRP- I like how it restores the faded black trims, the oils soak into the plastic and keep it looking good longer. I only use it for exterior black trim.
    Decon Iron remover- Great for decontaminating paint and wheels.
    Carpet Stain Extractor- It dilutes 20:1, but using it at a higher strength will remove anything from seats and carpets

    That's really all I use in terms of Chemical Guys. I use PoorBoysWorld compounds, and now I have recently switched to their waxes and sealants as well. They seem to lay out easier, clog my pads less, giving me more working time between cleaning and changing them out. They also just sent me a Quick Detailer with Carnauba. Granted, carnauba doesn't last as long as sealants, but the shine is unmatched. With a QD, you can reapply after each wash. PoorBoys compounds... SSR1, SSR2.5, MasterCut, and ProPolish are, by far my favorite paint reconditioning creams to date.
    You mentioned Meguiars Natural Shine... That has to be the best interior finish ever made. I've used this for years, and buy it by the gallon now that I run my own shop. I also use Meguiars Super Degreaser, Glass Cleaner, Wheel Brite, All purpose Cleaner and Hyper Tire Shine. I use these because of their prices, and they're all concentrate... So you can adjust the strength to your liking and needs.
    I have other misc cleaners, Griots speed shine (I use this while drying after a wash), etc...
     
  5. Dec 21, 2016 at 7:17 AM
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    Thanks! I just started using Chemical guys and these tips are what I needed!
     
  6. Dec 21, 2016 at 7:18 AM
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    May I ask,

    What do you recommend for cleaning windows?

    It's hard to tell if there is any haze left until I drive at night and then it drives me crazy!
     
  7. Dec 21, 2016 at 7:21 AM
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    Great post Clinton!
     
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    I hate that...
     
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  9. Dec 21, 2016 at 8:39 AM
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    +2 seriously
     
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    1badtundra...you're spot on with your assessment of Natural Shine......I'm just a hobbyist, so buying a gallon of anything (other than D101) is a tall order...but Natural Shine @ 4.99 for a 16oz bottle at Wallyworld is a price thats tough to beat over the counter.
     
  12. Dec 21, 2016 at 11:48 AM
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    Funny this about that... There are times when Walmart is actually cheaper than my suppliers. When they run those rollback deals,and its something like the natural shine... I'm sorry, but I'm that butthole that asks for a case of it.
     
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  13. Dec 21, 2016 at 11:54 AM
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    With regards to windows, I have found Sprayaway glass cleaner works great. Also, you can get a can for $1.99 at Walmart.

    An the initial cleaning, you may have to do it a couple of times. I have also found Scholl's Ice glass cleaner very good.
     
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  14. Dec 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM
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    Its this simple... Buy one of these tools. We use these every time, all the time. Spray the glass liberally with your favorite cleaner, I prefer Meguiars tint safe glass cleaner, but any quality glass and surface cleaner will work. use this wand to clean the glass, dont just wipe it down, work that cleaner around, get the edges, and corners too. Then take a cotton towel, and dry it thoroughly. Most of the time, streaks are caused by the glass not being completely clean before letting it dry. Most people spray and wipe, it needs to be clean, not just wiped down. Its really that simple.
    Sometimes people buy that super fancy, anti fog, anti glare, window wax and bulletproofer lol... That stuff has alot of greasy agents in it that are very difficult to get streak free. If you must anti fog it, use the RainX brand. They've made it this long for a reason. On the outside, I have always recommended RainX brand repellent. But thats just my opinion.Some people dont like it. I like how it keeps the wipers from skipping and streaking across the glass.

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  15. Dec 21, 2016 at 12:09 PM
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    This is what we use. Its $20 a gallon, and mixes 10:1, Essentially you would be buying 11 gallons of glass cleaner for $20... But thats a ton of glass cleaner lol

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  16. Dec 21, 2016 at 12:11 PM
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    BTW, we have some of these wands from detailing sites, and we have a couple from a local Ollies, that had one of those "car wash buyouts"...$1 each, they are all the same.
     
  17. Dec 21, 2016 at 12:16 PM
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    Can you ever have too much? LOL! Keeping windows squeaky clean one vehicle at a time.

    The Sprayaway was recommended to me by a friend who has friend in the glass business, i.e. replacement. Easy to find and economical for most.

    I tend to buy my stuff like you...gallons.... I qualified for wholesale at Detailed Image and that has helped big time. I also like using Car Pro in Florida.

    Speaking of Car Pro, have you tried the new Essence products? The new coating repair stuff is great!
     
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    I am in their wholesale program as well. It sure helps with costs when your a self funded business getting up. I haven't tried the Essence line yet. When this winter breaks, I may have to try it out. Do you like the CarPro line? Would you make them your "go to"?
     
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    The quality of the products/ results, ease to find them, and Corey is accessible 24/7. Detailed Image sells their stuff, no doubt you know, so you can benefit with savings.
    Their forum isn't as busy as others but you get great advice and help directly from the source. It's not only the great products but the customer service that makes you feel that you matter. Most of their products are easy to use.
    Megs, Chemical Guys, and Scholl's ranks right up there too. Find what you like and enjoy!
     
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    Thank you Clint!
     
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    whats the best wheel cleaner and what is the best to use to make the tires shine
     
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    As for wheel cleaner, I like Sonax and IronX. Tire shine has so many different options. We prefer to stay with water based products. While the silicone based tire dressings last longer, they damage the rubber over time.... We use water based Meguiars Hyper Dressing.
     
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    Stoners Wheel cleaner works great for the average dirty wheel....when they're really dirty, Griots Garage Heavy Duty Wheel Cleaner. It breaks down iron deposits just like Iron-X, and truthfully, smells just as bad. Cleaning wheels depends on being thorough and methodical, as much as the product used. As far as tire shine, it really depends on what level of shine you want. Meguiars Endurance Tire Gel lasts a long time, but can be tricky to apply. My favorite is Chemical Guys VRP...it's water-based, and easy to control the shine. I've had no issues with 'sling' with it. In case you are wondering, it's on the tires in my avatar. Even though I've not tried it yet, Mud by AMMO NYC gets very good reviews as well.
     
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    Clint,

    Two of my favorites to use...Sonax and Iron X. Great advice for the tire shine with regards to water based products. Megs has been around forever and is easy to find just about anywhere.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    One reason I really like Detailed Image, they ship fast. When I place an order on Monday,it will be at my door by Wednesday, Thursday at the latest... That's even with their standard shipping.
     
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    They even have a 20% sale this weekend, Detailed Image. I'm lucky enough to get it next day.
     
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    You must be right by the distribution center... I have ordered on a Monday morning and gotten it Tuesday. But 90% of the time its 2 days.
     
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    Yessir, you know your stuff. My Lucas products do my baby just fine for my needs. I certainly appreciate the inside scoop. If I needed a full on detail I would seek your services. Good luck
     
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