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      10-17-2012, 01:39 AM   #1
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The Car Wash Newbie

I read the DIYs but I would like some opinions on what brands to buy of wheel cleaner, shampoo, everything etc.
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      10-17-2012, 02:55 AM   #2
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check out detailersdomain.com I order my car stuff from there...

I use a foam gun, adams car shampoo , waffle weave drying towels, sonax full effect wheel cleaner , adams interior cleaner is pretty good.
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      10-17-2012, 08:02 AM   #4
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I've been using a lot of Auto Finesse stuff lately and really enjoy it.

I don't believe they sell it on their website anymore, but you can get it from Detailers Domain. They have everything you need and more.

Are you starting out with nothing? Give us a few ideas on what you want to do and we can likely recommend some good products/tips.

For your basic wash: two buckets with grit guards, shampoo of your choice (I like AF Lather), some MF drying towels, some Sonax Full Effect for your wheels if needed (you'll likely need a wheel brush of some sort to reach inside).
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oh definitely definitely definitely get a dedicated wheel brush/sponge... never let that nasty shit go anywhere near your paint IMO
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i use the ONR, i dont think ill ever go back to a regular wash..
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For wheel brushes, I got this from CG:
http://www.chemicalguys.com/Wheel_Wo..._p/acc_m10.htm
Works really well; especially in the area behind the caliper where it is difficult to clean.
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Well I know nothing about hand car wash stuff lol but I want to get into it for my new car. I would like to hear about some pressure washers and vacuums if you guys can help. Everything else is very helpful too! Thanks everyone!
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Well I know nothing about hand car wash stuff lol but I want to get into it for my new car. I would like to hear about some pressure washers and vacuums if you guys can help. Everything else is very helpful too! Thanks everyone!
You don't need a pressure washer. I would get a foam gun though. I also use a Metro Master Blaster for drying.
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You don't need a pressure washer. I would get a foam gun though. I also use a Metro Master Blaster for drying.
Agree with the Master Blaster. It's amazing!
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check out adams videos on youtube. they go through alot of the carwashing steps and tell you what type of products to use when and where on your vehicle. after that check out either detailersdomain.com or detailedimage.com. read up on the reviews of products that interest you. you will soon realize that detailing is kind of like a guess and check. you buys some products test them out and you either fall in love or might just want to try other things out there. let us know what questions you have about certain products after you read up on some reviews best of luck
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I use the following:

Meguiars Gold Shampoo. You can find it at your local target/walmart. Just as good as any "high end" shampoo from online detailers.

http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...itioner-1-gal/

Foam Gun:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...1KF19N30WNYVTT

Boars Hair Brush. I prefer this type of brush vs. microfiber mittens

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/boars+hair+brush.do

Griot's garage HD wheel cleaner. Works just as good as the Sonax. Sonax is great but smells more and much more $$$$.

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...ks&from=Search

EZ Detail brush. Best brush for getting into the wheels. You'll need another brush to clean the outside of the wheels as well.

http://www.detailersdomain.com/EZ-De...ush_p_637.html

I hope this helps. PM me if you have more questions.
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So Sonax or Griot won't harm OEM ZCP wheels?

You paid $300+ for that Master Blaster? I always just use my compressor after i towel the car off.
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So Sonax or Griot won't harm OEM ZCP wheels?

You paid $300+ for that Master Blaster? I always just use my compressor after i towel the car off.
Neither sonax or griots will harm your wheels
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Thanks everyone! Great help
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      10-22-2012, 06:57 AM   #18
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what about PS21?
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what about PS21?
Works good too.
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