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Old 05-24-2013, 02:09 AM   #1
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I'm making this thread in hopes of helping others avoid terrible products, or at least just find products that work. It'll be an ongoing log of different things I have tried since buying my car. It's a satin white pearl wrx with cloth seats for reference. Some things work better for different colors, and some things aren't compatible with leather (or cloth, whatever).



3m Scotchgard foaming fabric cleanser



3M Scotchgard Auto Foaming Fabric and Carpet Cleaner, 17.5-Ounce (1019R-AUTO) - Amazon.com3M Scotchgard Auto Foaming Fabric and Carpet Cleaner, 17.5-Ounce (1019R-AUTO) - Amazon.com

This stuff is awesome. I had stains on my seats from leaked protein shakes, exploded sodas, dirt, make up, and whatever else. Spray it on, wait a bit, wipe off with a mf towel, bam. Follow directions, obviously. Worked fine on my seats without color fading.

When it says to wipe off surrounding areas quickly, do it. I didn't wipe if off the window switch in the back and now it has spots on it I can't get off. Thankfully, that is the only area so I don't really care.

Adam's Quick Sealant


http://www.detailersdomain.com/Adams...nt-_p_638.html

I got mine in kit form from amazon, but they don't stock it any more for some reason. This stuff is great. The can lasts a long time, sealant quality is pretty good for a spray, and leaves a nice shine.

However, make sure you apply it outside/somewhere with excellent ventilation. Even then, holy ****, don't breathe it at all...I would recommend a mask.

Menzerna PowerLock


http://www.detailersdomain.com/Menze...-oz_p_323.html

This was one of the first products I bought for my car, and I love it. It lasts a long time on the paint and stands up to harsh weather very well. Easy application, but IIRC avoid black plastic. It's pretty funny to watch a spider walk across the fender then slip right off the edge after using this stuff.

303 Aerospace Protectant


303 Products Aerospace Protectant : Amazon.com : Automotive303 Products Aerospace Protectant : Amazon.com : Automotive

$18 for 32 ounces and free shipping was a pretty decent deal here. This stuff is superior in my experience to the armor all offerings, and most of the meg's interior stuff. Less shiny and greasy looking, doesn't attract or hold dust, and has a multitude of uses. The dust thing was a big draw for me with all the pollen going around...it was driving me nuts to clean my car then have my dashboard covered in dust/pollen the next day. 303 AP has kept things much cleaner.

It is definitely more shiny than meg's quick interior detailer (which I love), but not that greased up look of armor all.

Stoner Trim Shine


Stoner 91036 Trim Shine Vinyl and Plastic Coating - 12 oz. : Amazon.com : AutomotiveStoner 91036 Trim Shine Vinyl and Plastic Coating - 12 oz. : Amazon.com : Automotive

Black plastic trim that gets that sickly gray look pisses me off. I got this for basically nothing included in a package deal, so I figured I would try it anyway. I didn't expect it to last at all seeing as how it is an aerosol spray, but it has far exceeded my expectations. Easy to apply, just spray it on. I avoid hitting the paint as I do not know what the reaction would be, but whatever overspray has occurred hasn't affected anything. Worked great (for a few weeks now) on a forester, even after a road trip and heavy rain. Does not look or work well on plastidip.

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Turtle Wax Liquid



Lasts about as long as any regular spray wax (Lucas, Megs ultimate, etc), which alone makes it a no-go for me. Why bother when there are superior paste and liquid waxes, let alone sealants like PowerLock?

I got it for less than $5 (and an extra bottle or two), and consider that a loss more or less. Could still use it for cars that the owners don't really care either way.

Nufinish Cling


Amazon.com: Nu-Finish Cling Spray Car Polish 15 oz.: AutomotiveAmazon.com: Nu-Finish Cling Spray Car Polish 15 oz.: Automotive

Look at the reviews. I hate this stuff. There is no point to it, much like the rest of the nufinish line. I got it on clearance for less than $3, and the most I would use it for now is wheel duty.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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What would you recommend for like lint or hair on the cloth seats, and what do you use for the windows from inside, and dash?
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:45 PM   #3
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First, microfiber towel. You can get a 36 pack (or some obscene number) at Costco for $13...I don't remember the exact numbers, but it was really cheap. They have been great, and feel to be of decent quality. When I've used them on paint, I haven't had any new swirls even under light inspection. I wouldn't use them for fine detailing though, that would be when you get the ultra high quality stuff. For general use, they are fantastic and a great value.

Back to the point. Lint and hair will get trapped pretty quickly in MF. If you can't vacuum, use one of these cheapo MF towels. You don't need any fancy product. I've noticed a lot of things are just redundant.

Interior windows and dash, same thing, though for the dash the towel quality won't make much difference in my experience. For cleaning the windows/tint, I use either SprayWay from Costco (cheap and effective) or stoner invisible glass. Both work well.

I hate streaks being left anywhere, especially where I have to look in order to drive, so I will usually clean, then re-clean the windows.

For the dash, 303 Aerospace Protectant to clean/protect, then Meguiar's Quick Interior Detailer for touch-ups works best from what I have seen.
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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I remember purchasing Stoners Trim Shine on a whim and as a possible replacement for the more expensive Adams In & Out spray. Aerosols are nice when quickly addressing nooks an crannies like those found on grilles, some cowlings, certain areas of engine compartments, etc. IMO/IME it left a greasy, runny mess on the surfaces I applied it to and the surrounding area. .....nothing like the In & Out spray. I still have most of the can left just sitting in my cabinet. ....might use it up on the under carriage of my 4Runner.

btw, kudos for mentioning the sheen 303 leaves. For those of us that don't like any sort of shine on interior surfaces, a product like 303 is not likely to satisfy. The finish is what I would describe as satin-like but enough to bug me. For those looking for an OEM finish, products like Meguiars QID work quite well. As a long time user of 1z Cockpit Premium, I can say it is very similar in performance but at a fraction of the price when you purchase by the gallon under Meguiars Detailer line. I also like 303 and have been using it for years but not on interiors. .....just personal preference.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:39 PM   #5
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I was hoping you would stop by, Kean.

Yeah, the trim shine isn't the top of the line stuff, but for $5, I thought it was pretty effective. I wouldn't use it on large areas much, but for getting in my wheel wells and front lip, it worked well with a light coat. I'll have to try the Adam's offering.

Speaking of adams, I washed, sealed (menzerna), then quick sealed my car today. Probably redundant, but I haven't done that in a while so no big deal. The quick sealant is okay, but menzerna is excellent.

You haven't been using the 303 AP for your interiors? Is it because of the shine? There is definitely a sheen/glistening to it, but just about the right level. It would be great if there were a product that would just make everything matte, protect it, and not cost a lot.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:23 PM   #6
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I was hoping you would stop by, Kean.

Yeah, the trim shine isn't the top of the line stuff, but for $5, I thought it was pretty effective. I wouldn't use it on large areas much, but for getting in my wheel wells and front lip, it worked well with a light coat. I'll have to try the Adam's offering.

Speaking of adams, I washed, sealed (menzerna), then quick sealed my car today. Probably redundant, but I haven't done that in a while so no big deal. The quick sealant is okay, but menzerna is excellent.

You haven't been using the 303 AP for your interiors? Is it because of the shine? There is definitely a sheen/glistening to it, but just about the right level. It would be great if there were a product that would just make everything matte, protect it, and not cost a lot.
I think you'll like the in & out spray but whether its worth the price to you will depend. It applies evenly and clean up is relatively easy. I am think part of the reason it provides such an even coat is consistency of the product and the spray (its relatively fine mist). This is the only Adams product I have used. .....I guess nothing else from them just ever caught my eye.

I tried 303 years ago (for interior plastics) and wasn't completely sold on the finish (even buffed down properly as per the instructions). I guess I simply don't like any sort of sheen on my interiors especially the dash. QID takes care of any light cleaning and leaves a clean, factory finish. You can also use it on a variety of surfaces including HU screens, leather, etc. Its great for wipe downs.

As for protection, QID does have UV inhibitors but to be honest, I (personally) just don't think they add much value. Most dash boards and plastics in modern vehicles seem more resilient to this sort of damage IME. Modern glass may play a big part in this as well as the materials they are made from.

My 8 year old WRX still looked great when I traded it in 3 years ago (used a dampened towel or QID for most of its life). My wife's 08 Forester is doing fine as well (120k miles and is parked outside during the day 5 days a week). My WRX never had film applied to the front windows but the Forester has. ......my Challenger has none.

I still use 303 as its a great product. .....just not on my interiors. I know I have a post somewhere around here where I did a comparison between it and 1z CP to show the finish between the two. If I find it, I'll provide a link. Many folks really like 303 for this purpose so you're obviously not alone. .....just personal preference.
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:23 AM   #7
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I remember your comparison, totally forgot about the CP. Oh well, I have 32 ounces of AP so I'll be using that for a while. I would prefer less shine, but AP isn't bad.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #8
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Definitely don't want try to talk you out of AP. Many folks like the finish and the performance. .....its a good product and I always have some on hand. These types of things are like tire dressings to a point IMO. ....just personal preference.

For those interested in trying CP, I would recommend also trying a small bottle of QID. You may find the similarities are closer than you think like I did. CP was my favorite but QID made an excellent, more economical replacement especially when purchased by the gallon.

I will say that in scenarios with already neglected or faded surfaces, a product like AP may still be a better choice given its ability to help restore the look depending on the situation.
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:44 PM   #9
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I'll be having use for that ability of AP coming up pretty soon, I am detailing a severely neglected truck for a family friend. When I say severely, I mean I take a brush to the car just to scrub off the year of pollen, sap, dirt, and grime. I'm not even going to worry about swirls. Then there's the interior...


Speaking of tire dressings, my favorite tire product:

Meguiar's Endurance Tire Spray Aerosol


Meguiar's Endurance Tire Dressing Aerosol -15 oz. : Amazon.com : AutomotiveMeguiar's Endurance Tire Dressing Aerosol -15 oz. : Amazon.com : Automotive

This stuff is my favorite by far. I've even used the regular, non-aerosol spray, but the sprayer is a POS. I can barely get one squirt out of it without having to recharge it with 20 more pumps. However, the aerosol is great. $6, and you get several car's worth of tire shine. No sling, so no worries for SWP. My wheel wells are still white, minus the bits of tar I have yet to get through. I spray on one coat, wait 15 minutes, then wipe off the leftovers with an old MF towel. The shine lasts a long time, even in my local constantly raining environment. Plus it smells great.

As well, for tire/wheel cleaning:


Turtle Wax T-606 Platinum All Wheel and Tire Cleaner with Wax - 22 oz. : Amazon.com : AutomotiveTurtle Wax T-606 Platinum All Wheel and Tire Cleaner with Wax - 22 oz. : Amazon.com : Automotive

I got it at walmart for $6.50. I know the goodbro product is sonax full effect, but I was not impressed for the money. This product, on the other hand, is cheap and effective in my experience. I don't put much faith in the "wax" part of it, but for cleaning, it does a great job. Foams up nicely, and with a simple brush my wheels look pretty great.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:03 PM   #10
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Sonax is an amazing product. If you are too cheap to buy it then don't buy any wheel cleaner. Spare bucket, some brushes and a mitt for just wheels will work just as well, just a bit more elbow grease. Same old car wash soap you are already using will work fine too.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:13 PM   #11
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Surprised you weren't impressed with Sonax.

It knocks off dust on my STI with no problem, along with high performance cars I've used it on.

Try Auto Finesse Iron out or Adams Deep Wheel Cleaner. Most Deep cleaners smell horrific, but Adams' product has a cough medicine smell, which makes it easier to work with.

Also, the quick sealant is fantastic on clear coated wheels.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:23 PM   #12
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Surprised you weren't impressed with Sonax.

It knocks off dust on my STI with no problem, along with high performance cars I've used it on.

Try Auto Finesse Iron out or Adams Deep Wheel Cleaner. Most Deep cleaners smell horrific, but Adams' product has a cough medicine smell, which makes it easier to work with.

Also, the quick sealant is fantastic on clear coated wheels.
Iron out is brutal but does well on paint
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:47 PM   #13
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Love the product, but hate the trigger on it.

But holy cow does it smell terrible. Smells like a mix of road kill, eggs and skunk. Yikes!
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:11 AM   #14
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Love the product, but hate the trigger on it.

But holy cow does it smell terrible. Smells like a mix of road kill, eggs and skunk. Yikes!
The trigger is the biggest pos in the world, I told Phil this. I put it in a Kwazzer bottle and its so much better not. Almost died though pouring it in the new bottle.
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