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Old 04-17-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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Lots of members here looking for products and where to get them, so I thought I'd start a thread listing places to go for detailing products. Feel free to post if you have a place you like to shop and I'll update as we go. These are some of my prefered places to go when my distributors don't have what I need and all others I can think of off hand, some good places for info as well.
UPDATE 4/28/09: Links to how-to articles and other educational articles have been added. Keep in mind that these are not the end word on how to complete these tasks. However as a professional I find some of these to be of value. Also note that the choice of product in these methods is also not the only way. Many of these I would endorse and others I may not. I have chosen articles based on the ones I feel will help the broad spectrum of people interested in DIY. Conversation is always welcomed. If you don't find what you are looking for feel free to ask. I do detail for a living so I may be able to help



All-in-one Supply Stores:
www.autodetailingsolutions.com
www.autogeek.net
www.brilexsolutions.com
www.detailedimage.com
www.detailersdomain.com
www.detailsupplyoutlet.com
www.exceldetail.com
www.obsessivedetail.com
www.pakshak.com
www.premiumautocare.com
www.properautocare.com
www.superiorcarcare.net
www.thedetaildude.com
www.topoftheline.com
www.wcdetail.com

Name Brand Products:
www.1z-usa.com
www.adamspolishes.com
www.autopia-carcare.com (name brand and a few others)
www.chemicalguys.com
www.clearkote.com
www.collinite.com
www.danase.com (Name brand and a few others)
www.dodojuiceusa.com
www.fk1usa.com
www.griotsgarage.com
www.jeffswerkstatt.com
www.optimumcarcare.com
www.palmbeachmotoring.net (owners of Pinnacle, Wolfgang, DP, Diamondite & Cobra products. Also manages autogeek.net)
www.poorboysworld.com
www.swissvax.com
www.tropi-care.com
www.uniters.com (home of leather master leather care products)
www.zainostore.com
www.zymol.com

Tool, Equipment and Supply Stores:
www.coastaltool.com (Good place for polishers and all other tools)

Educational Links
http://www.autopia.org/publish/categ...-To-Detailing/ - Autopia. This is a link to several articles covering a broad spectrum of detailing tasks. Very good place to start for a newb looking for technique help. Wash, clay, polish, wax/seal, trim, engine, swirls, etc...

http://www.autopia.org/publish/categ...Finish-Repair/ Another by Autopia covering finish repair.

http://www.carcareonline.com/howto.aspx - Car Care Specialties. These are by Larry Reynolds. Very informative stuff here. Covers things from washing, engine, wheels, chip repair, leather, trim etc...Good technique and good products.

http://www.1car-detailing-training.com/articles.php - This is Kevin Ferrell's article section of his company, Kleen Car Auto Appearance. Some of these may be far more in depth than you may even need or want. But they are very informative. I just linked the articles page because it would be very hard to wade through and pick just the ones I think pertinent. He covers just about everything. Glass cleaning all the way to full wet sand and buff. Some of this is more geared to the professional but much of it can be used by the enthusiast. Just have to find what you are looking for.




NOTE* When getting ready to purchase supplies I would encourage you to search a few of these sites. Many of them carry some of the same product lines so by researching you may find better prices. Some of these are all inclusive type of stores and others are brand sites. Each will give you an idea of what the producs are all about.
Don't take any one word as fact. Do your research before you jump into a project that could do damange to your car and to your wallet.

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Old 04-17-2008, 09:16 PM   #2
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ok weather just got bad so i'm jumping off. Post away.
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Old 04-17-2008, 09:44 PM   #3
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ok weather just got bad so i'm jumping off. Post away.
ya tell me about it, I hauled a$$ to get home on 75. Weather didnt catch me and my bald tires.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:39 PM   #4
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k just added some more...

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ya tell me about it, I hauled a$$ to get home on 75. Weather didnt catch me and my bald tires.
Yeah I think some areas took a record amount of hail. Looked like snow. Some of the worst damage I've seen in a long time.

Sorry non of the products listed on these sites will fix baseball size dents!
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:57 AM   #5
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:41 AM   #6
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griots polishs suck so badly. Decent gloss/ cutting ability to them, but they dust horribly. I do however like their pads. Leather rejuvenator smells like paintball, wheels cleaner is good, and smells good, weatherproof tire shine is good and really stays well, but is a pain to get off of wheels. Its like a dye and not a normal tire shine. Thick and black. Their microfibers are good, but are way overpriced for their quality. Cant really comment on their soap, I guess its good and is very well liked but its whatever. Wool washmitt is ok? I actually have a griots garage store up the street from me, so when I need something good quick I can just run up there. And the owner of the store is really cool.
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:38 AM   #7
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k just added some more...



Yeah I think some areas took a record amount of hail. Looked like snow. Some of the worst damage I've seen in a long time.

Sorry non of the products listed on these sites will fix baseball size dents!
I got stuck at target with this girl in her mustang, that was fun driving through foot deep puddles I missed my subaru tonight.
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:30 AM   #8
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www.fk1usa.com

Can't forget Finish Kare.
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:06 PM   #9
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:15 PM   #10
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www.tropi-care.com

They make some nice products I've used before. Really liked their swirl cutter. Even by hand it did a really nice job. Now if I only had a Porter Cable.

EDIT: Not that it matters too much but you have autopia listed twice
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www.tropi-care.com

They make some nice products I've used before. Really liked their swirl cutter. Even by hand it did a really nice job. Now if I only had a Porter Cable.

EDIT: Not that it matters too much but you have autopia listed twice
ah thanks!
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Great thread. Thanks for doing the hard work for us.
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Great thread. Thanks for doing the hard work for us.
Welcome.

Now lets see if we can get it stuck.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:33 AM   #14
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http://www.1z-usa.com/
good products..... click where to buy in order to purchase their products
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:09 PM   #15
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www.thedetaildude.com

/close thread.

Check out mikes website and email him for some samples. his detail spray, bulletproof sealant and new platinum44 wax is awesome! you'll get the zaino, menzerna shine for 1/2 the price!
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:28 AM   #16
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you should put detailersdomain at the top as they are a forum sponsor.

another great site is
http://exceldetail.com/ patrick @ excel is very helpful and has great prices.
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you should put detailersdomain at the top as they are a forum sponsor.

another great site is
http://exceldetail.com/ patrick @ excel is very helpful and has great prices.
Doing it alpa order so no preferential treatment. And they aren't actually a sponser I don't believe. And not offense to them, but their prices and selection don't compare to some of these others so that wouldn't be fair.
Alpha is easier to find what you want anyway.
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You can add on detailedimage.com as well.
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:43 AM   #19
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this needs a sticky... i dont like haveing to keep searching for it, when im trying to look at different places to buy from and compairing price...

awsome thread.... if this got a sticky and there was a really in depth how to step by step from pre was to finish thread that was also stickyed i would be one happy camper... (ive never had a car worth learning to do anything the right way before)
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....hey Tex. I don't know if this is a good idea or not, but perhaps you can add permanent coupon codes (where applicable)? The thought crossed my mind as I was ordering more supplies from AutoGeek last Monday. If I'm unable to find any other codes I will usually use "clubmember" for a 10% discount or "AGO" for free shipping (whichever ends up being cheaper). .....just a thought.
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....hey Tex. I don't know if this is a good idea or not, but perhaps you can add permanent coupon codes (where applicable)? The thought crossed my mind as I was ordering more supplies from AutoGeek last Monday. If I'm unable to find any other codes I will usually use "clubmember" for a 10% discount or "AGO" for free shipping (whichever ends up being cheaper). .....just a thought.
I'll look into that.
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:44 AM   #22
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You should identify the difference between:

www.autopia.org (the forum side which should still be posted because it is the #1 comprehensive car care site and has a large classified section)
www.autopia-carcare.com (the store, which sells the products and this link takes you directly to the storefront)
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You should identify the difference between:

www.autopia.org (the forum side which should still be posted because it is the #1 comprehensive car care site and has a large classified section)
www.autopia-carcare.com (the store, which sells the products and this link takes you directly to the storefront)
True. I just listed autopia.org in general because its a good place to start. I'll put both.
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detailed image is already on there, but I did add the code.

Are you a rep for them? I see you spaming several threads with links to them for products. Might want to be careful unless you register as a vendor.
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