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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-30-2018, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to know what are some detailing products you guys use. Are you brand loyal or just mix and match?

I currently use the Meguiars Ultimate line found in store. It gives me good results on the SRM and is also affordable/convenient to buy at stores.

I'm thinking about switching to Adams since I only heard good stuff about them. However they don't have any retailer near my location and you have to buy online and wait for shipping.

I'll slowly switch out my products as they get empty and see if there is any noticeable improvement.\

Thinking about opening a part time business cleaning/light detailing side business for vehicles so any input is appreciated!

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Adams. The G8 has only seen Adam's and that's all it will ever see. I just did a "mid summer" detail yesterday.

-tire/wheel cleaner (with all brushes)
-car shampoo (with wash/dry cloths)
-clay bar (with detail spray)
-buttery wax
-vrt, undercarriage spray, glass cleaner
-leather & interior cleaner
-odor neutralizer
-carpet cleaner
-last but not least...a detail spray air freshener!

I probably forgot a few items, but all i am saying is the products are very, very good. I highly recommend them. I also use the h2o guard & gloss around once a month to keep the shine going. Then i hit it with patriot wax before the winter comes.

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I always gravitate back to Meguiars products.
Don't see Adams products in this area so have no experience with there stuff.
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I always gravitate back to Meguiars products.
Don't see Adams products in this area so have no experience with there stuff.
Yeah that's the downside of it. They have a Canadian website so I'll try ordering from it. Sucks that you have to order in advance though.

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I've used a bunch of brands and types, and still use a mix. Everything from Meguiar's to Chemical Brothers to AMMO. Never tried Adams though.

The basic Meguiar's Cleaner Wax (in the tub) is still one of my favorite general use waxes, mostly due to how easy it is to apply. And it's cheap. lol

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I'm a meguiars fan. I paid an outrageous amount for the Adams because of all the hype. Way overpriced fan club product. The meguiars works just as good, it's cheap and easily available.
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Another huge fan of Adam's products. Their shipping is very prompt, too, or at least within the states.

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how serious do you want to get? check out autogeek and you will quickly change your mind. That said? Any reputable brand will get results. I use a lot of meguiars products too. Personally use a porter cable da and a 2 step polish and seal with menzerna products. I recently did my silverado with mckee's 360 AIO and was really impressed.

But i'm a little anal. I wash, clay, polish and seal. Sometimes i decon in there too.

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Yeah reading all the input I may stick with Mcguiars. They have been around for long and their products work with me. I might get a better buffer and pads and call it a day.

I will check out Autogeek as well! That is some nice water beading indeed!

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Not a bad decision. Mcguairs is good and has been around for a long time. I've also been a fan of mothers California products.

As for a detailing business. Unless you have had professional training and been in the business a bit I wouldn't. I know you said light cleaning which will make things a little easier. But you get to deal with people claiming damages and other b. s. Idk. I still probably wouldn't or just do it for a friend here and there. Good luck if you do.

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Not a bad decision. Mcguairs is good and has been around for a long time. I've also been a fan of mothers California products.

As for a detailing business. Unless you have had professional training and been in the business a bit I wouldn't. I know you said light cleaning which will make things a little easier. But you get to deal with people claiming damages and other b. s. Idk. I still probably wouldn't or just do it for a friend here and there. Good luck if you do.
I will probably get their Glaze and Paint sealant online, that would be all I'm missing. They do not offer those at Canadian Tire in their Ultimate line.

Ive been detailing for 5 years as a hobby but I totally understand what you are saying. I thought about offering compound, polish and wax but you are 100% right. I did change my mind a while ago and decided to focus only on exterior and interior cleaning, wheel cleaning and dressing, interior detailing and wax only. Maybe engine bay cleaning as well but that again is pushing it with people claiming issues in the long run.

I'll focus on easy stuff that 100% won't cause any damage.

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That's a good idea.

And yes. A good sealant or coating is better than your carnubba type waxes when it comes to protecting the paint. However people still give a coat of carnubba to give the paint more of that wet look people like.

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detailing is one of those things that can take you down an expensive rabbit hole real quick. For me, it's like my lawn. I do a lot more than most because it's sort of therapeutic for me. I can focus on it for 1/2 a day and see nice results and just sort of take my mind off the troubles of the world.

That said, most of the products you can get at the autoparts store are good and will get you good results that will help your car look better than 95% of the cars on the road. What i found after spending some time reading and learning on autogeek is that there are better products that get better results in less time. The best thing you can do is pick up a da. it just saves so much time and does such a better job than hand applications. I also found some wheel cleaners and tire gels that work better and last longer than the autopart store bogo specials.

I'm not quite sold on ceramic coatings but see the benefits of them too. I'm no longer a carnuba guy. Sealants have come a long way and protect better with pretty great shine. They really just lack the color warmth and i don't know if it's worth the extra time to top off your sealant. Finally, some all in ones like mk360 work wonders and even some of the spray on like mk hydro blue are great for the effort required.

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^^^^Completely get where you are coming from with lawn and car care/detailing. Go outside and get lost for awhile.
Strange enough best prices for Meguair's stuff up here is at Walmart and sometimes Parts Source.
CT is probably the most expensive.
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^^^^Completely get where you are coming from with lawn and car care/detailing. Go outside and get lost for awhile.
Strange enough best prices for Meguair's stuff up here is at Walmart and sometimes Parts Source.
CT is probably the most expensive.
Good to know! I'll go take a look!

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detailing is one of those things that can take you down an expensive rabbit hole real quick. For me, it's like my lawn. I do a lot more than most because it's sort of therapeutic for me. I can focus on it for 1/2 a day and see nice results and just sort of take my mind off the troubles of the world.

That said, most of the products you can get at the autoparts store are good and will get you good results that will help your car look better than 95% of the cars on the road. What i found after spending some time reading and learning on autogeek is that there are better products that get better results in less time. The best thing you can do is pick up a da. it just saves so much time and does such a better job than hand applications. I also found some wheel cleaners and tire gels that work better and last longer than the autopart store bogo specials.

I'm not quite sold on ceramic coatings but see the benefits of them too. I'm no longer a carnuba guy. Sealants have come a long way and protect better with pretty great shine. They really just lack the color warmth and i don't know if it's worth the extra time to top off your sealant. Finally, some all in ones like mk360 work wonders and even some of the spray on like mk hydro blue are great for the effort required.
Love your philosophy brother! Thanks for the input!

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I mainly use products from Sonax and Shine Supply. I used to use Adams until i used Shine Supply polishes, sealants and wax. Light years ahead of Adam's stuff to say the least. I've also been dabbling with coatings on a few vehicles (mainly ones that sit outside all of their life) from Gtechniq. I also can't stress enough how the proper microfiber towels and polishing pads make all the difference in your overall results. The Rag Company has some of the best towel options around.
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I mainly use products from Sonax and Shine Supply. I used to use Adams until i used Shine Supply polishes, sealants and wax. Light years ahead of Adam's stuff to say the least. I've also been dabbling with coatings on a few vehicles (mainly ones that sit outside all of their life) from Gtechniq. I also can't stress enough how the proper microfiber towels and polishing pads make all the difference in your overall results. The Rag Company has some of the best towel options around.
not just the proper towels but the 2 bucket method. It's crazy to see a guy dry his expensive car with an old bath towel, but it's also pretty fopa to use just one bucket without a grit guard. Of course I'm a little anal so I do the 2 bucket plus a foam gun...

Highly recommend a good wheel brush too. Some may say $30 is crazy for a wheel brush, but the speedmaster wheelbrush is worth it. that thing gets in every nook and cranny.

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Just learned about this stuff yesterday. Looks promising. Renny Doyle recommends it and Theragcompany.com sells it as well.
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