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Detailing Equipment, Product, an Tips/Tricks Thread

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Cheeny23, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Cheeny23

    Cheeny23 The Resident Wop Staff Member

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    Detailing Equipment, Product, and Tips/Tricks Thread

    Post up what products you use/like, equipment you use, where you get your gear, and any tips/tricks you'd like to share.



    Porter Cable 7424 XP Random Orbital
    Dewalt 7inch Rotary Polisher

    Compounds:
    Automagic XP Power Cut
    3m Perfect-It Compound

    Polishes:
    Automagic GS1
    Griots Machine Polish 2
    3m Finesse-It II
    3m Perfect-It Machine Polish
    3m Perfect-It Ultrafine
    PRO #1 Polish

    Waxes and Glazes:
    PRO Pro Gold
    3m Imperial Hand Glaze
    Automagic Strawberry Wet Wax
    Swissvax Mirage

    Dressing:
    Automagic Cool Blue XP
    Adams Super VRT

    Pads:
    3m
    S.M. Arnold

    I order my stuff from local distributors, DeAngelo's, and online (Car Care, Detail Supplies, Garage Organization, Car Accessories - Griot's Garage 800-345-5789 & We Are Car Care -- Car Wax, Car Polish, Auto Detailing Supplies, Car Buffers & Car Accessories Store)

    Be a mad scientist with your product. Mixing products can save you from having to buy a special polish to use between wool&foam passes.

    Different products react differently to different paints. For example, I wont use the same polishing sequence on a Lexus that I use on a BMW or a Mercedes. Test your products on a small area before you rape a whole car with a polish that doesnt work well with its clear. And Masking tape is your friend, keeps plastics black and keeps polish from getting into stuff such as wiper cowls.

    Use rotary in a figure 8 pattern, keeps the pad moving. less likely to burn through edges and wont cause swirls. learned it from the head of detailing who worked at rolls royce at SEMA a few years back.


    Will add more later
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2012
  2. bgray

    bgray Stylish Canadian

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    I use only rotary, no more PC's

    Manily use LLC Pads, from 3" and up
    Love Meznerna power finish, will remove all swirls and can finish down as a 1 step product.
    Menzera 85rd is great for jewelling


    Wolfgang paint sealnat 2.0 is worth every penny, if you havent used it I would suggest giving it a chance.

    Buy most my junk on eshine.ca and autogeek.net
     
  3. bgray

    bgray Stylish Canadian

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    1 tip i always suggest to the rotary group, I always bring my speed down to very low and do 2 final passes, pretty much eliminates any chance of halo's
     
  4. Blitzbody37

    Blitzbody37 New Member

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    ive only used adams stuff pretty much. i use a pc but wanting to switch to the flex. just gotta come up with the extra funds
     
  5. REY90

    REY90 New Member

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    I recently got the PC and started practicing with it. Started doing the hood on my truck which I found was a PITA. I had planned to do the whole truck but once I got done with the hood I was like

    :bishplz:
     
  6. Bootstrap

    Bootstrap :nosewhat:

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    Have a big Porter Cable Rotary. DNW to fk paint up so I haven't messed with it at all. Somebody come teach me.
     
  7. Cheeny23

    Cheeny23 The Resident Wop Staff Member

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    haha, thats how i was the first time i started buffing.
     
  8. Faze

    Faze New Member

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    lmk im thinking about doing a group buy for those. Or get them at a crazy good price.
     
  9. Cheeny23

    Cheeny23 The Resident Wop Staff Member

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    may have to buy one now.... better be crazy good like you promised though
     
  10. Jrluz14

    Jrluz14 New Member

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    Subscribed. Been thinking about getting into detailing my own truck the right way, I just have no idea where to start.
     
  11. DitchWitch

    DitchWitch ducksunlimited29 on GMFS

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    x2. Ive watched the adams videos but im still lost. Its a little tough for me to believe that their products are the best ever made like a lot of people say
     
  12. Blitzbody37

    Blitzbody37 New Member

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    theres a lot of great products out there and ive used the mothers stuff you get from the local car store but ive been using all adams stuff out there and i LOVE there stuff!!!! very easy to use and it smells great. ive pulled off some miracles with adams
     
  13. 11 6.2

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    I really want to do a full paint correction on my tuck but I am the worlds worst when it comes to patience, and am contemplating trying to find some on to do it the "correct" way. The swirls in my truck drive me insane!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. Blitzbody37

    Blitzbody37 New Member

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    well, just ordered a makita. looking foward to using it. just debating on what products to use with it. any suggestions?
     
  15. CUB

    CUB Well-Known Member

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    Adam's videos on their website/youtube..watch em all.
     
  16. slicksierra

    slicksierra Feel some type of way

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    Which machine polisher is pretty much fool proof for novice is the the pc? I know a rotary can burn through paint if your not careful
     
  17. Bootstrap

    Bootstrap :nosewhat:

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    I use a rotary, I'm a total novice, as long as you're not stupid you shouldn't burn paint, you might create a shirly mess for yourself though.
     
  18. RickP

    RickP New Member

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    The PC is stupid easy to use and while you can potentially something wrong its really hard to do. Rotaries are much easier to get into trouble with but there is some room for error.
     
  19. Cheeny23

    Cheeny23 The Resident Wop Staff Member

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    its easy to burn through when you dont know the depth of the clear. have an older car thats been around the block a few times with the detailing retards, say its been colorsanded with 1000 and buffed more than a few times, wool pad that thing and stay on an edge too long, its toast
     
  20. slicksierra

    slicksierra Feel some type of way

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    My grandpa was original owner and he barley even washed it let alone detailed it. But that scares me I don't wanna leave it worse then when I started

    Sent from my DROID2
     

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