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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-06-2007, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Matts List Of Recomended Car Care Products

I had some time waiting on my towles to get done so I can go clean my two cars and make a signature thread of my own tonight. I decided I would go ahead and make a thread wothy of being "stickied" into the Show and Shine section here on the site.

Let my give you a little background on myself so I can ad a little credibility here. Most of my teenage life I have worked for a carwash called Waterway. They are located in St.Louis, Kansas City, and Denver. Very good company to work for. I spent 6 months cleaning cars for them, but then later got moved into sales, and now sales managment while I go through college at UMKC. On the side I would detail cars in my neighborhood or of family friends for a couple hundred here and there on my days off. Actually gave me a nice chunk of spending money so I could save my actual pay checks, wich wernt bad at all themselvs. I still detail my own cars, even though I could go to my work and have someone else do it. I just love to take more care then that.

Well lets begin shall we?

I have divided this into several different sections, as there are many products that I have used and swear by. They are Interior, Exterior/Wax, Tire, Engine Bay/Trim, and Windows

Exterior/Wax:

My recomendation for a good carnuba wax is Eagle One's new Nano stuff. Its very easy to put on and comes off just as well. I have noticed that it leavs paint extreamly smooth. Almost as if its just been treated with a bar and then sealed. Definantly worth the $15.


For those of us that wanna keep the paint smooth and shiny but dont have time for the wax next up is Eagle Ones Spray on Nano Wax. Its the same shit as detailer, just different name. Does not streak the paint if you buff on it a little. Only down side, just like any detailer is that when it rains it does come off. So its great for in between waxs but dont rely on it to protect your paint.


Yes this is considered a wax. No I would not use it on your paint lol. I would use this on your headlights every time you wax your car. Its a good protective and keeps haz and yellow away. It is however not a very good restorer. Scratch X has it beat there. Just a good preventive against yellow lights.


Scracth X is a funny thing. Its great but its not. I would use it as a last resort for scratches as it will take off your clear. See if a wax will cover a scratch first, and if not then resort to Scratch X. I do however highly recomend it as a headlight restorer. Its what I have used and it works great in that respect.

Interior:


If you have an oder of have purchased a car that smells of cigarett smoke this is the way to go. Ozium will actually kill any oder in the air and on fabric. It is however not an air freshener and stinks itself kinda. So you definantly wanna use it in conjunction with an actual air freshener.


Lexol Conditioner is the ONLY thing I will EVER use on my leater. Beats any brand bar none. Will make the hardest leather feel soft and new again. Even has a new leather scent to it. It is a very good protectant and if you use it from the start I will promis you that your leather will have no cracking. Its expensive but hey, your baby deserves the best; well doesnt it?


Yes I know another Eagle One Product. But hey, they make good shit! This is a Nano Interior Protectant. It puts a little shine on the car, and unlike Meguiers or ArmourAll it wont attract dust or dirt. This actaully will soak into your dash and plastics to do what its advertised to do, rather then sit on the surface. Great on vinal or plastic. The great thing about it is that theres very little petrolium on it, so you wont experience cracking later on, atleast you shouldnt. I know it sais its good for leather but honestly I wouldnt trust it that far. After all, people thought ArmourAll was good for leather too at one time....


This is an interior cleaner for plastic and vinal made by Meguiers. It leavs very little shine, thats not what its for. It will take off dirt from your doors, switches, and stearing wheel. Doesnt smell half bad either. I would use this before applying some kind of protectant.

Windows:

What brand is this you ask? Well its just like any typical foam window cleaner with amonia. It works very well on windows and get this, rugs as well. I would however not use it on tint, unless you really dont like it .


This is Eagle One window cleaner. Its what I use for tint and it works pretty good for taking off bugs and even tar. Love it.


Rain X is like a wax for windows. It makes it so rain and snow will bead, this making visibility a lot better. Sometimes with it you dont even need windshield wipers. Very good for taking off tar, bugs, and any kind of window chalk.

Tires:

Westly's Bleech White. The very best tire cleaner. Will take off dirt and any other grime on tires. Just wait till it turns brown, and wipe it all off. This in combination with a little tire shine will make them look new and sexy!


Eagle One Tire Shine, need I say more?

Engine Bay/Trim:

This is great for making trim look nice and black. Its also great for cleaning up all the plastic inside an engine bay. Will make it look clean for a good long while.

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I like it when I find other people who are OCD about their cars.

I wouldn't scare people away from Scratch-X by telling them it removes clear coat. Unless you're a gorilla with the speed of the flash, you'll never remove enough clear for it to be dangerous. Any scratch you can catch your fingernail on can not be completely removed, but can be lessened.

I was surprised at Scratch-X's ability to remove/hide some serious swirling and scratches by hand. Using a foam applicator with a firm and fast back and forth motion until the polish goes clear will really bring up some shine and even removes fine micromarring from wetsanding (3000 grit, wouldn't try it on anything more aggressive). It sometimes takes several passes (up to 6 or 7) but is well worth it in the end!
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There are much better products out there than those that are listed, especially on the leather care. Lexol is not that expensive and it doesn't do much. I use it all the time and my seats are still pretty hard. After seeing the guys who use Leatherique at Carlisle, I had to buy some. It makes Lexol look like water. It actually is expensive at about $65 for 32oz bottles of both conditioner and cleaner. We bought the guy out in the first hour we were here!
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I am not saying this is the best, this is simply shit that I use on a regular basis thats redily available at an autoparts store. This is the best when it comes to every day shit. Yes there is alot better out there like Poor Boys or Wolfgang; however those have to be ordered. This is crap I use, and its worked pretty damn well....
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I show detail my Monte Carlo SS just about every week all summer and not one of the things I use is on your list.
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One word:

Meguires.

'Nuff said.

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Meguiar's makes some good stuff. Their "Quik-Detailer" is my choice for spot touch up and, as they say, makes a great clay lube.

I just got through wetsanding a HORRIBLE dealership touch-up job (big surprise) on the daily driver and their "unigrit" sandpaper is awesome. Very uniform sanding and easy to polish out the hazing. It has a permanent spot in my cabinet.

I chose 3000 grit and should have went with 2500, but now the sun is out in full force and my polish was dusting like a mofo. I'll have to live with the minor irregularity for at least another day. :( Ah, well, you can't be too careful with a black car and shitty clear coat.

Leatherique is awesome stuff albeit pricey. The two step process will inform you of just how grungy your leather REALLY is.

The fancy car washes, in my experience, also have nothing on Meguiar's Gold Class car wash. You can get a big jug of it at Target for around $8, but Advance sometimes has a buy one, get one on it. I missed that sale. GRR! Anyway, high lubricity and gentle on whatever product you last used on your car. When washed with the right mixture, it won't take off your last step product.

Meguiar's polishes, however, are topped by several others. I'll give them kudos to being very workable in the sun, but I've gotten to where I rarely work outside. Today was a rare exception, but I usually don't mind playing musical garage spaces when it comes time to detail.

For waxes, I generally don't use carnauba on anything but my convertible. There is no manmade product that can give a car the depth and beauty of a good carnauba wax. If you're lazy (like I sometimes am) Mother's Cleaner Carnauba is incredible. Smells like candy, goes on easy. A little hard to remove (especially from trim! Arrrgh!) but man for a quick eye candy job it's unbeatable. For a last step wax that requires proper prep work, P21S, Harly, Collinite, and even Meguiar's Gold Class will give you depth and gloss.

For all other vehicles, a paint sealant is the way to go. I always reach for Klasse All-In-One and Klasse Sealant Glaze, but there are others that don't smell like crocodile vomit. I just prefer Klasse.

If you feel froggy, you can top Klasse SG with a finishing carnauba (not a cleaner wax, or it will strip everything you just put on).

I personally don't like shiny tires. On the rare occasions I work on a car for someone who does (the woman) I actually like the Armor All extreme tire shine gel. It doesn't sling and seems to "soak in" to where the tire is glossy but not gaudy. Wheel wells get squirted with whatever spray tire dressing is on sale.

Rim cleaner. I've tried them all and they all suck as far as their "description" goes. Whatever you use, you're going to have to wipe it down with something if you didn't have some kind of sealant on the rims from the last time you cleaned them. Hosing down both the rim and tire with whatever rim cleaner you choose, letting it soak, and then scrubbing the heck out of it will give the tires a nice matte black finish.

For spot cleaning of an interior, Woolite mixed with water works wonders (higher mix ratio for more stubborn stains/dirt). Yeah, I'm sure there are over the counter carpet sprays that do a good job, but Woolite has worked for me flawlessly for as long as I have been detailing and I'll continue using it until I get off my butt and get an extractor.

I'll throw in my opinion on machines as well. The Porter Cable 7424 with the proper backing plate and pads is a good machine for the weekend warrior, applying final products, and for those places where a rotary is just too much of a pain in the ass.

The only thing on your list that I absolutely despise is Rain-X. I used to swear by it, but there must be something in St. Louis rain that makes it last for shit and haze like a mofo on my windshields (no, I'm not applying it incorrectly). A good glass polish and then some Klasse on the windshield lasts so much longer for me.

If anyone would like to know where the best prices on some things that I've mentioned are, drop me a PM and I can send you a link. Otherwise, I don't want to whore up x_00's thread any more than I already have.

With that, I think this thread is a GREAT idea! If we can keep from knocking other people's choices too much (sorry about the Rain-X thing) or spewing worthless shit about "not wasting money on expensive products on cars that don't blue book for enough money" and simply post our own choices, we can educate one another and maybe even find out that there are other products out there we would love but never thought to try! Awesome thread, Matt (x_00trepes_X35)!
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Hmm.....

I'll have to agree with the mothers carnuba. I use it myself and nothing protects as well as carnuba wax. No matter what hte advertising hype says.

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Hmm.....

I'll have to agree with the mothers carnuba. I use it myself and nothing protects as well as carnuba wax. No matter what hte advertising hype says.

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Have you tried the Meguiars NXT wax? I've tried a lot of different waxes on the show car and I have to say that the NXT is the cat's meow. I never thought a wax could get the white to pop the way it does.
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Nope, haven't tried it.

I tend to stick to the old tried and true stuff. Carnuba wax (mothers or otherwise) has been a front line fighter in my arsenal for a long time.

I tend to stick with what I know works, but I might give it a try................

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All the stuff I use in in my sig thread. NXT is among them, but I'm big on Adam's products. NXT, like Eagle1 Nanowax only lasts til your next wash. The good is you can wax the whole car in 10 minutes, they are so easy to apply.
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All the stuff I use in in my sig thread. NXT is among them, but I'm big on Adam's products. NXT, like Eagle1 Nanowax only lasts til your next wash. The good is you can wax the whole car in 10 minutes, they are so easy to apply.
Odd. I apply NXT only once per year and the water still beads when I'm ready to apply the next springtime treatment.
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Yea my Eagle 1 Shit lasts long after another car wash, you sure Chet?
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Guys, if you want to buy products from Adam's, then buy from Chemical Guys.

Their products are just relabeled Chemical Guys stuff made under the Private Labeling Program. You can get it a lot cheaper this way. I'm sure Adam's asks for a drop of moose piss to be added to each bottle for his own custom formulation...but in the end you can save a fortune going right to the cow to get the milk.
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Maybe I wash my car a little more thoroughly?
It may have to do with the heat here in Fl or the crappy water. I just know it looks and feels great til I wash the car, then it's kinda not so hot. I haven't found any wax including Adams that I'll let go more than a couple of months. Using detail spray helps prolong it somewhat, but I usually wax after every other wash.

93ESIntrepid, once a year? You only wax once a year? Here in Florida a month is stretching it....unless you prefer peeling faded white clearcoat.
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