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*Official* Ask A Detailer Thread

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by mShu7, May 12, 2008.

  1. Dec 8, 2016 at 1:58 PM
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    I have not had great results from the hyper dressing.
    For that cost, it's worth it to spend 25$ more to get a higher quality
    I'm happy to send some vrp for you to try... probably enough to do all 4 tires if you are interested... I will check to see if CG has samples
     
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  2. Dec 8, 2016 at 2:01 PM
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    3" Leveling Kit, 5% Tint, Smoked tail lights, 20x10 Fuel Mavericks and 33" Federal m/t, Led Concepts Colorshift wheel rings, (retrofit headlights coming soon)
    Would love to give the VRP a shot because they have it in the gallon, I have a really good silicone dressing I've been using but its really greasy and $9.00 a can with it taking a whole can to do each vehicle after tires and wheel wells.
     
  3. Dec 8, 2016 at 2:02 PM
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    Also, I prefer a spray dressing because majority of the vehicles I detail are offroad trucks with offroad tires so it gets a little tricky getting in the groves.
     
  4. Dec 8, 2016 at 2:08 PM
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    I had mentioned in the original post. I use a chip brush (paint brush) and work over the entire tire with that to get in all the grooves
    Follow up with foal applicator, and they terry cloth/ MF follow up to even coat and apply second with the above steps
     
  5. Dec 8, 2016 at 2:09 PM
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    Never tried that, gonna have to give that a shot!
     
  6. Dec 8, 2016 at 2:26 PM
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    HI
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    Bought, not built:-P
    X2
     
  7. Dec 13, 2016 at 4:34 AM
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    Some great sales on autogeek/ autopia right now. Don't miss out!
     
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  8. Dec 25, 2016 at 7:01 PM
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    Is there a starter kit any of you guys recommend?

    I really like the reviews and looks of this waterless starter kit but wasn't sure what you guys would recommend. I just would rather not have to piece everything together and buy it all in one kit. I was looking for waterless in the winter and then I'll do regular in the summer when it is warmer.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X04JRMU/ref=pd_luc_rh_spmrai?psc=1


    Or maybe this one for a regular wash kit:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0012ZEZ8A
     
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  9. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:26 AM
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    I try and do my own, but not to your guys level. Would like to step up my game some. Currently use clay bar then followup with either Maguires cleaner or carnauba depending on which car I'm working on. One car has the little scratches down the side. Cleaner wax helps for a while, but they come back.
     
  10. Dec 26, 2016 at 9:55 AM
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    I would point you to a higher end waterless or rinsless wash system if that is the route you are going, and if you want a complete kit, i will post some options for that too.
    Big question is, how often, and how detailed do you want to get?
    1. If you are doing off roading, or have a lot of travel (bugs, environmental, brake dust, etc etc etc) then nothing is going to replace the hose and bucket. You need the water for lubricity beyond just a WW/RW.
    2. If you dont get the vehicle too dirty, and stay on top of weekly washes, for the most part, a WW/RW is going to be just fine. perhaps a once a month deep clean with hose and buket.
    (by hose and bucket i mean, all of the normal car cleaning supplies (see post #1) and not just microfiber and WW/RW)

    http://www.autopia-carcare.com/mckees-37-waterless-wash-kit-144.html#.WGFWMBsrLIU

    http://www.autopia-carcare.com/opt-no-rinse-kit.html#.WGFXEBsrLIU

    Here are a couple options i have heard good things about, and have tried with satisfaction. Not much money, and has mostly what you need
    (you will be able to save money to an extent by buying buckets elsewhere * firehouse subs has 5 gallon buckets for $2 cash...)

    http://www.autopia-carcare.com/wolfgang-rinseless-wash-bucket-kit.html#.WGFXmhsrLIU

    and that is the best RW kit i know of!

    for a total kit, and just adding some RW/WW/ specialty items that will not be used as often, but you will have all you need for normal maintenance,

    now... i may get flamed for this... and accept that... I am not a huge CG product fanboy... nor do i use many of their products.. but this kit for most users is the best priced and most complete kit i know of...

    http://www.chemicalguys.com/Complete_Car_Care_Kit_14_Items_p/hol123.htm

    and a variant with a bucket if you are into that ...
    http://www.chemicalguys.com/Best_Car_Wash_Bucket_Kit_11_Items_p/hol121.htm

    I would suggest just sitting down for one hour and reading up for a bit to get comfortable with where you want to go with this... i started out as an enthusiast, and now make money at this....

    http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum...xes-quick-detail-sprays-waterless-washes.html

    http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-articles/86146-aggressive-approach-washing-car.html

    http://www.autopia.org/forums/forum229/

    Enjoy!

    hope that helps!

    -mark
     
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  11. Dec 27, 2016 at 8:14 PM
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    Thanks for the write up Mark!

    I don't really offroad or anything. I do drive quite a bit for work but its all on pavement. I mean I might end up on the occasional dirt road but that is rare.

    I'm basically just looking for a decent startup kit for monthly washes and then a waterless option for weekly/in between. I'm not really seeking perfection as I don't really have time for that, I just want to keep the truck taken care of and looking good best I can.

    I'll read up on the links and might be back with more questions later down the line. Thanks man!
     
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  12. Dec 27, 2016 at 8:43 PM
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    Happy to help out. There are a ton of great members and detailers here, many far more experienced and knowledgble than I.

    Adams also has a great start kit, but the megs you are looking at has almost everything you really need, and I think will suit you just fine
    EDIT, that kit has clay bars. All
    You need are some detailing brushes (will really help with wheel and tire) otherwise, I think you are set

    Oh... and microfibers..... you think you have enough, but you need more.... you always need more!!!
    (I need help)
     
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  13. Dec 29, 2016 at 7:24 AM
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    Autogeek and autopia are having year end sales!
    Check em out
     
  14. Jan 14, 2017 at 8:39 AM
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    Hey really appreciate this thread. Any tips for helping reduced the look of off-road pin striping on my fenders?IMG_3423.jpg
     
  15. Jan 14, 2017 at 10:08 AM
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    ^ @irishrye

    Some people have used a heat gun to bring out the oils in the plastics to bring back the matte finish

    For this case, I would recommend sanding to get the scratches out, and then follow up wth solution finish
     
  16. Jan 14, 2017 at 10:37 AM
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    There was some here that put clear matte warp in the black fenders....
     
  17. Jan 14, 2017 at 11:15 AM
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    Is this limited to the flares?

    I don't recommend a heat gun at all. I tried that on my Frontier with terrible results. Basically left the plastic looking blotchy.
     
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  18. Jan 14, 2017 at 1:04 PM
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    ^ thanks for the post
    I have never, nor will ever do that for a client.
    There is also a pati-dip thread.... lol
     
  19. Jan 14, 2017 at 1:58 PM
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    Yes just the flares. very minor on the paint, can barely see due to the colour. a quick polish will take care of that.
     
  20. Jan 17, 2017 at 3:53 PM
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    What can I do to remove sealer stains from the black trim on my truck?

    I have used dial and soaps designed to strip sealers before a detail. Neither one of those work.

    I saw a trick on a detailing forum where you can use a pencil eraser to remove them but this only works for wax stains not sealer stains lol.

    Anything I can use that will work??? From now on I plan on taping off all trim before applying products.
     

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