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*Official* Ask A Detailer Thread

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

  1. Jul 7, 2008 at 11:03 AM
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    BlueSilver

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    It looks nice, but not recommended.
    Shiny shit on your steering wheel, shift knobs and other controls makes them slick. You do not want your steering wheel slick becuase it becomes a safety issue.
     
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  2. Jul 7, 2008 at 6:03 PM
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    mShu7

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    Who doesn't recommend it? It's a personal preference. If you go over it with a dry MF towel, there's no slickness issue and the surface is still protected.
     
  3. Jul 8, 2008 at 10:50 AM
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    The companies that manufacture the products
     
  4. Jul 8, 2008 at 5:52 PM
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    mShu7

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    Maybe it's crap-product companies like Armor All. Out of all the boutique products I've tried, I've never seen any of them recommend NOT using their products on the dash.

    For any company that does recommend against it, it's probably just one of those "stupid people" warning labels. Kind of like serving hot coffee and the cup warning you that the contents are hot...duh!
     
  5. Jul 9, 2008 at 1:07 AM
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    flyinn

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    two questions:

    What good if any will a "spray on while wet wax do?" Will using a product like this allow me to go longer between hand waxing?

    Does using a product like 303 interior protectant take away my new car smell?

    Thanx
     
  6. Jul 9, 2008 at 3:42 AM
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    mShu7

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    flyinn -

    Spray waxes typically are not as good as traditional waxes. However, Optimum Car Wax (not available locally) is a great spray wax that will yield the same, if not better protection than some traditional waxes. Another option is Duragloss AquaWax (available at Car Quest stores). I don't think it provides as much protection as OCW, but it's in expensive and it's more of a spray on sealant so you can use it on windows as well. The best part about both of these products is that they are so easy to use. Spray it on the surface, spread it around, turn your towel over for a final buff. Neither products produce any hazing or anything like that so there's no wait time.

    As far as your new car smell, that will slowly fade away, even without the use of any interior products. 303 doesn't really have a scent like some other products. I'd say that if you are wanting to keep the new car smell as long as possible and not use any products with heavy fragrances, 303 would be a great choice.
     
  7. Jul 9, 2008 at 11:55 AM
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    wasn't the dash we were talking about, it was the steering wheel
     
  8. Jul 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM
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    Great. I found the OCW online for $16.00, just bought a bottle.

    Thanks
     
  9. Jul 9, 2008 at 5:43 PM
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    My opinion applies to either one.
     
  10. Jul 9, 2008 at 7:24 PM
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    After this recommendation I put 303 on the steering wheel and the shifter. Then I wiped off the excess with a terry towel. I’d say there is a slight waxiness for a day or two that then goes away. I plan on continuing to protect these parts with 303 in the future.
     
  11. Jul 12, 2008 at 9:40 AM
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    I just washed my truck using Meguiars and pulled it into the garage to dry it off. I still ended up with water spots. Any advice?
     
  12. Jul 12, 2008 at 10:21 AM
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    Mshu7, I posted this some time ago but never heard back. I would greatly appreciate your wisdom. Thanks again!

     
  13. Jul 12, 2008 at 10:25 AM
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    I just finished washing my truck this morning also. First I tried one of those squeegees and thought it was worthless. It just chattered across the paint. Then I used these Vroom micro-fiber drying towels I bought at Target. These work really well. I bought four of them but only needed three to get the truck really dry.
     
  14. Jul 12, 2008 at 12:55 PM
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    Try using some quick detailer and a microfiber cloth. If that doesn't work, try vinegar. But if you use vinegar, re-apply your wax b/c it will remove it.
     
  15. Jul 12, 2008 at 12:59 PM
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    Sorry for not getting back to you. Sometimes I mistakenly overlook posts.

    Anyway, new car paint is baked on at the factory. Plus, it usually takes at least a month to ship to the dealership and then it may sit on the lot for a while. Even if you were to pick-up your vehicle straight from the factory, it would still be safe to wax. Having a panel painted at a body shop is a different story though since they typically can't bake the car to cure the paint.

    Polishing is up to you. If you're working by hand, I'd say clay (use lots of quick detailer/clay lube) and then throw on a sealant or wax.

    Since your truck will be parked in an area with a lot of airborne contamination, it's really important that you wash and wax often. I typically clay my vehicles twice a year, but you may want to go for like 4 times a year (or as needed). Just remember that claying removes any kind of wax or sealant so you'll always need to re-apply after claying.

    Hope this answers your question.
     
  16. Jul 12, 2008 at 2:42 PM
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    Thanks so much for the info Mshu7! I'll definitely be clay barring the truck more often. What are your thoughts on California Dusters? Worth the $ and effort?
     
  17. Jul 12, 2008 at 4:06 PM
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    my truck is never dusty its DIRTY
    it takes more effort to wash your truck and dry it but the results speek of its self
    i personaly think these things are god in sandy areas but otherwise i would never own one
     
  18. Jul 13, 2008 at 3:53 AM
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    I don't have enough experience to give them a thorough thumbs up or down. Just be careful if you're going to use one. You don't want any dirt getting drug around on the paint. It will just scratch it up.
     
  19. Jul 13, 2008 at 9:13 AM
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    i for one love the cali duster. just be sure and let it sit on some newspaper for a week or so after you open it like theinstructions say. the more you use it, the better it will work. chances are it will lealve some streaks when you first use it... quick detailer can remove that but ive been using the same one for about 12 years, i love it :D
     
  20. Aug 3, 2008 at 1:35 PM
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    Mshu7 and Anthony, I found this kit on autogeeks website and I was wondering what you thought of it.

    Its the Wolfgang Deep Gloss Total Concours Kit, and it includes:
    16 oz. Wolfgang Auto Bathe
    16 oz. Wolfgang Clay Lubricant
    100 grams Wolfgang Elastic Poly Clay Bar
    16 oz. Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0
    16 oz. Wolfgang Paintwork Polish Enhancer
    16 oz. Wolfgang Instant Detail Spritz
    2 Cobra Microfiber Detailing Cloths
    2 Cobra Microfiber Applicator Pads
    2 Poly Foam Applicators
    Wolfgang Instructional DVD
    Wolfgang Handbook

    The Kit is $125.
    Also wondering if you have recommendation on a good starter set of the cobra towels.

    Thanks for the great tips!
     

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