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Unread 07-30-2013, 04:44 AM   #31
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I use Armor All Tire Foam to clean and blacken my tires.....
It's not a big deal if you don't clean your vehicle as often as some others. If you're applying product twice a week it can end up being harmful in the long run but water based products are much better for the tires

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Unread 07-30-2013, 10:26 AM   #32
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I personally use Super Wheel Cleaner on the rims to get rid of brake dust and other.dirt that got stuck on it
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Unread 07-30-2013, 01:06 PM   #33
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I just don't like using any tire dressing all of the time, it always kills the bubbles when you wash it. I use Mequiar's tire shine when I do put it on. I have really always had success with Meguiar's products. I was thinking about starting my own detailing business on the side.

Does anyone have any good recommendations on places to purchase industrial size and strength products?
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Unread 07-30-2013, 01:27 PM   #34
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I just don't like using any tire dressing all of the time, it always kills the bubbles when you wash it. I use Mequiar's tire shine when I do put it on. I have really always had success with Meguiar's products. I was thinking about starting my own detailing business on the side.

Does anyone have any good recommendations on places to purchase industrial size and strength products?
Not sure where you're located but I'm in Pittsburgh and Autoality is a huge supplier here of higher end and industrial size cleaning products. Check them out I'm sure you can order stuff online.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 01:40 PM   #35
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I'm another Meguiars fan.
Use their soap wash with a lambswool mitt to wash the vehicle, making sure that I rinse the mitt with water before dipping it back into the soap bucket again, washing from the top down.
I apply Meguiars Carnauba wax about every 3 months.
Big tip.....do your bulbar as well if you have one. A lot easier to get the bugs off.
I also use Meguiars internally for the leather seats and as a cleaner as well. Have found their products superior.

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Unread 07-30-2013, 01:47 PM   #36
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Not sure where you're located but I'm in Pittsburgh and Autoality is a huge supplier here of higher end and industrial size cleaning products. Check them out I'm sure you can order stuff online.
I'm about an hour and a half from there, up along Interstate 80. I'm going to have to look them up.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 07:07 PM   #37
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I just don't like using any tire dressing all of the time, it always kills the bubbles when you wash it. I use Mequiar's tire shine when I do put it on. I have really always had success with Meguiar's products. I was thinking about starting my own detailing business on the side.

Does anyone have any good recommendations on places to purchase industrial size and strength products?
Killing bubbles?
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Unread 07-30-2013, 07:09 PM   #38
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I'm another Meguiars fan.
Use their soap wash with a lambswool mitt to wash the vehicle, making sure that I rinse the mitt with water before dipping it back into the soap bucket again, washing from the top down.
I apply Meguiars Carnauba wax about every 3 months.
Big tip.....do your bulbar as well if you have one. A lot easier to get the bugs off.
I also use Meguiars internally for the leather seats and as a cleaner as well. Have found their products superior.

Cheers, Craig
Lambswool, awesome tool, for your bucket i would recommend the grit guard
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Unread 07-30-2013, 08:22 PM   #39
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Grit guards are great, a cheap item to help out with keeping your paint looking good.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 05:38 PM   #40
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^^Absolutely! Cheap to buy and effective to use, no complaints here!
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Unread 08-01-2013, 09:16 AM   #41
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Anyone use a steamer/hot water extractor?
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Unread 08-01-2013, 11:23 AM   #42
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I just learned about using clay bars a few years ago and am still amazed how much I can pull out of the paint. It even helps to clean the rear window. (I haven't tried any other windows since the back end gets dirtiest.)

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I LOVE CLAY, such an awesome tool that I think is so underrated. I really need to strip my wax and compound/polish the swirls, driving me insane! And i love the NXT 2.0, and it smells pretty good! Have you tried Megs ultimate wax? I use it on white, but i bet if you used it on black it would give you black alot more depth and vibrancy!
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Unread 08-01-2013, 12:17 PM   #43
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Anyone use a steamer/hot water extractor?
I looked into it a while ago but I couldn't find enough reasons to use it, so I kind of dropped it. I think the only thing it does that none of the things I have can do is clean the headliner and seat belts. If someone can find a great reason to buy one I just might, but for right now, it's a no go.
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Unread 08-01-2013, 12:23 PM   #44
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extractors are very useful but you can do with out them or find substitue products most the time. i worked at a detail shop for awhile and we used one everyday, it was nice for doing a real extensive job of cleaning carpets, mats, and cloth seats. but you can do with out that as long as you regular vacuum your car to avoid big stains and griminess building up on the carpet. when you do get that grime, a little carpet shampoo, a scrubber brush, and a vacuum does the same job.
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Unread 08-01-2013, 12:44 PM   #45
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Oh and I just remembered steam cleaners are great at cleaning brake callipers and wheels, while being an eco friendly alternative to using sprays and soaps. Just a thought for guys looking for pros and cons
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