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Old 06-05-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
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I know we have some Pro shops in here and other guys who do it on the side (myself included )
So I thought i would start a thread and see what you guys are using.

It's nice to ask how other's have faired with certain products.

My current lineup is:
Menzerna Intensive Polish
Menzerna Final Polish II
Menzerna Super Intensive Polish

Clearkote Vanilla Moose Glaze ( gonna need some more )
Clearkote Carnauba Moose Wax

Wolfgang Deep Gloos Paint Sealant

Collinite 845 Insulator Wax

I also have some gallon goodies that I use on a regular basis.
Chemical guys MAXX SUDS for the gilmour foam gun to pretreat

Griot's Garage car wash and Speed shine ( i really like the speed shine )

Meguiar's Hyper Dressing for Tires ( diluted 3:1 )

Optimum No rinse Wash
Optimum Car Wax ( getting low on this too )

i use Klasse AIO on wheels and door jambs.

Chemical guys Diablo wheels gel. It's not bad but I have been reading and watching videos on Iron-X spray and gel....that stuff is the real deal !
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Same menzerna polishes/compounds that you use.
Wax/sealent of choice- 845 or Menzerna powerlock (I use this when I have to work in the sun because it's easier to remove than 845)
Wheels- Brown Royal wheel cleaner. Hands down the best wheel cleaner on the market imo and cheapest since you can buy it by the gallon and dilute it.
Windows- Invisible glass cleans the best for me and doesn't leave streaks.

303 Aerospace for protecting the dash, panels etc..

and ONR is a must have as well. I dilute it and use it for clay lube. Beats spending $10 a bottle on pre made clay lube.

Oh and I do use the IRON X on the paint and sometimes on wheels. It works pretty awesome for removing fallout, but it can't be used on chrome. I have also tested the brown royal vs iron x and the brown royal is better and more cost effective on wheels
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interesting information on the brown royal. I would only use the iron X on wheels.
i have been reading that it is better than the sonax wheel cleaner...both are on the pricey side.

i will look into the brown royal.

i need to purchase some 303.
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I use a lot of the same products. One thing to mention is the pads and buffer being used when compounding. I use an an orange LC pad on my Porter Cable with Intensive Polish to remove swirls.
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I have found SIP and a white polishing pad to be very good when polishing.

I asked on a detailing forum about pads and polishes/compounds and the majority of opinions were you always want to work with the least aggressive pad for corrections.

i fucking hate my black truck and it's soft nissan paint.

just detailed my moms IS250 which is a dark blue.... SIP on a white polishing pad followed by the 845 was nice.

alittle 845 goes a long way !
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interesting information on the brown royal. I would only use the iron X on wheels.
i have been reading that it is better than the sonax wheel cleaner...both are on the pricey side.

i will look into the brown royal.
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I ended up getting Sonax because people were raving about it. So I purchased a bottle and tried it and it kinda sucks compared to the brown royal. I wasn't too happy I wasted my money on it.

I also forgot my favorite trim sealent. Ultima trim and tire guard.. It lasts a really long time.
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just watched a video on youtube for the brown royal....fuckin A ! that shit looks like it works well.
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The polymer protectant covered by carnauba wax trend is producing some wicked finishes on cars. I have been using Blackfire Wet Diamond protectant followed by Blackfire Midnight Sun carnauba with good results that last for months.
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what is the best polish/wax combo on a white/silver car to really give it the depth and nice wet look?
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Here is all of the stuff in my arsenal.

Wash

- Surf City Pacific Blue Wash & Wax
- Gilmour Foam Gun
- Lake Country Red Ulti Mitt

Correction/Finishing

- 3M Perfect-It Clay
- PC DA
- Lake Country 6.5 Pads
- Poor Boys SSR 2.5
- Optimum Polish II
- Mezerna Finish Polish
- Klasse AIO
- Clearkote Vanilla Moose Glaze
- Clearkote Red Machine Glaze

Wax/Sealant

- Collinite 845
- Meguiars #26
- Poor Boys Red Paste Wax

Wheels/Tires

- Meguiars Wheel Brightener
- Meguiars Super Degreaser
- Chemical Guys G6 Hyper Coat

Metal Polish

- Clearkote Metal Polish
- Mother's Billet Polish

Detail Spray/Glass Cleaner

- Surf City Hot Rod Protective Detailer (Pink Stuff)
- Invisiglass

Interior

- Surf City Dash Away Interior Detailer
- Surf City Voodoo Blend Leather Rejuvenator
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how do you like the red machine glaze ? ever combined it with the vanilla moose to make pink moose ?
i was not thrilled with poorbpoys SSR2.5

how do you like the optimum ?

i was thinking about going to meguiars m105 and m205 after menzerna is used up
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i use all Adam's products.

Adam's Premium Car Care - Cleaners, Waxes and Polishes Made in the USA

Porter cable 7424xp with corresponding pads.

only use griots speed shine when i run out of adams and need it that day since AAP carries it.
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how do you like the red machine glaze ? ever combined it with the vanilla moose to make pink moose ?
i was not thrilled with poorbpoys SSR2.5

how do you like the optimum ?

i was thinking about going to meguiars m105 and m205 after menzerna is used up
I have made the Pink Moose before and it works pretty well. The red machine glaze is pretty good too. To be honest it has been a while since I have worked with that stuff and I like them seperate as opposed to together.

The Optimum II is good stuff, but I need to use it a few more times.

I liked the SSR 2.5 alot. My only beef is that it is almost too thick for the bottle it comes in. Sometimes you try to put some on a pad and it blows a fuckton out of the bottle. Other than that good stuff IMO.
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i use all Adam's products.

Adam's Premium Car Care - Cleaners, Waxes and Polishes Made in the USA

Porter cable 7424xp with corresponding pads.

only use griots speed shine when i run out of adams and need it that day since AAP carries it.
what/who is this AAP you speak of ?
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what/who is this AAP you speak of ?
Advance Auto Parts???
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they carry griots ?
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Have any of you tried any of the new CarPro products?
I use the Iron X and it's amazing. I have watched videos on their tar remover and it looks pretty awesome. They just came out with a Iron X/Tar X combo.
They also make CQuartz which is a ceramic coating...
One of these days I also want to try out the Opti-coat coating.

I also forgot to mention how well Folex works as a carpet cleaner and it's cheap. I used a few different ones including the Adams carpet and upholstry cleaner and it actually made the interior worse.
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can't say that i have to any of your items listed
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any help with advice on the white/silver cars? what polish/waxs do you use to give the light cars the depth and wet look?
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any help with advice on the white/silver cars? what polish/waxs do you use to give the light cars the depth and wet look?
Sorry, I was planning on responding and then I got carried away with some other stuff. I think most products will work pretty well. I would at bare minimum clay the car, do a finish polish step, and then top it off with a couple of coats of a carnuba wax. Do you have a polisher or doing this by hand?
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Sorry, I was planning on responding and then I got carried away with some other stuff. I think most products will work pretty well. I would at bare minimum clay the car, do a finish polish step, and then top it off with a couple of coats of a carnuba wax. Do you have a polisher or doing this by hand?
i have a PC. i usually use m105, m205, and poorboys liquid blue wax, but was wondering if there was anything out there that is particularly better on white/light colored cars.
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i have a PC. i usually use m105, m205, and poorboys liquid blue wax, but was wondering if there was anything out there that is particularly better on white/light colored cars.
Not that I have noticed, that is why I mentioned to clay the car. That seems to really enhance the polishing and finishing steps.
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yeah i was searching for certain light color combo's but what you have should be more than enough to bring out the shine on silver
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