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Old 07-24-2011, 12:25 AM   #1
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I always clean my car, but I never detail it or wax it and all that. Would love to start doing that. I could really use a list of things I need to buy to complete this task. Inside, outside, wheels, engine, the works. Just a list of basic items needed, once I have that I can look up how to use it correctly and what brand to go with.
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:19 AM   #2
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The quick and easy answer is to go to Autogeek.net and click on their Detailing How-To link just below their banner at the top. They break down each section so you can read the one at a time and take notes on products they recommend, and of course the how-to stuff. The basics steps should include: washing/cleaning the exterior to include claying and drying the vehicle, interior cleaning and apply protectant, and apply a wax or sealant. One product that I highly recommend from Autogeek is the Detailer's Pro Serier Cleanse-All. It is a very versatile product which can be used everywhere from wheels/tires, engine bay degreaser, rocker panels/side skirts/bumpers tar removal, to interior surfaces. Just follow the directions for it and never spray any undiluted cleaner directly onto a dry surface. Beyond cleaning, you will want to learn about detailing clay for the exterior surfaces. If you have a coated wheel, I recommend trying out Sonax full effect wheel cleaner. It is one of, it not the, safest, most aggressive wheel cleaner available. A tool to help clean wheels, engines bays, or any tight spaces, you need to invest in a Daytona speed master wheel brush and/or the Jr. If you are always cleaning your car then you should always be applying a protectant to all the surfaces, as cleaning usually removes any protection. All your vinyl, plastic, and rubber needs a protectant with a UV blocker in it, like 303 Aerospace Protectant. Your paint needs to at least be waxed every 2 months. For longer protection on your paint choose a quality paint sealant like Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant 3.0. For any wax/sealant to bond to the surface of the paint it needs to be properly cleaned. After washing and claying the paint you can apply a Paint cleansing lotion/pre-wax polish enhancer to clean into the pores of the paint, giving the wax/sealant an optimum surface to bond to; this will also increase the clarity/depth of the paint by filling in fine scratches with micro fine fillers. A pre-wax polish is a good step if you aren't actually trying to polish imperfections away and you are working only by hand. This should give you a start.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:53 AM   #3
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Wow, thanks so much! You were really helpful! I'll get on ordering all the supplies this week!
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:57 AM   #4
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:10 PM   #5
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His videos make me feel nauseous. Helpful tips, but too much movement for me. Thanks for posting though.
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:34 PM   #6
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I just put together a kit this week

Previously had the following which work great:

Meguiar's professional grade mild 200gram clay
Optimum spray wax (awesome stuff)
Optimum no Rinse quart
Finish Kare 31 oz shampoo
Collinite 845 (super durable wax) I use this for winters

Purchased from autogeek this week:

LC-H20-3PK - 3 Pack Lake Country Hydro-Tech 6.5 Inch F
LC-43-125DA - 5'' D.A. Hook & Loop Flexible Backing Pl
M-10508 - 8 oz. Meguiars Mirror Glaze #105 Ultra-Cut C (great correcting compound)
M-20508 - 8 oz. Meguiars Mirror Glaze #205 Ultra Finis (Great fine polish)
M-2616 - Meguiars #26 Hi-Tech Liquid Carnauba Wax
MB-7030 - 2 QTY Cobra Microfiber 6.5 inch Bonnets
MT-1000-B - 2 QTY Cobra Miracle Towel
DP-360 - DP Poli-Coat Paint Sealant

Purchased from amazon:
Porter Cable 7424 XP

I got this for 78 bucks

If you open an amazon charge account you get 40 bucks off. The original price was 118.00

Now you dont have to go all out and if you dont plan on getting a DA polisher a good portion of the above can be cut out.


I planed on doing a complete detail:

Wash
Clay
Correct with meg. 105
Polish with meg. 205
Seal paint with DP Poli-Coat Paint Sealant
Wax with meg. #26

For every wash after the detail I follow with optimum Spray wax to keep up the shine and it keeps the water beading till the next waxing i do.

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Old 07-25-2011, 04:11 PM   #7
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For good, cheap over-the-counter stuff?

Wash with Duragloss, Megs Gold Class, AutoGlym Shampoo or Griots Car Wash
Clay with Megs or Mothers kits, use the supplied cleaner wax
Finishing wax with AutoGlym HD Wax or Megs NXT
For trim, use Griots or AutoGlym trim cleaner/conditioner.
Griots wheel cleaner is great.
Surf City has an excellent tire shine.
Mothers Mag and Aluminum is great polish.

Bam. Cheap and done.
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:56 PM   #8
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Nice5

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