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      07-08-2019, 09:02 PM   #1
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New to Detailing: What's the basics?

I'm gonna start washing my car at home more often now as I just did an expensive ceramic coating (bye bye automatic carwash). I've done some research and watched some videos about the two bucket system, which I'll be using...I thought I'd find a sticky thread here w the basics but didn't see it. Can someone please help me with a basic kit. What should I use for glass/windows. What should I use to clean my leather/interior (dash)? Do people not use sponges anymore to wash? Is it microfiber for everything now? Do I use the same microfiber on the paint as I do on the glass? Just hoping to some guidance. Thanks in advance. By the way, I use this microfiber for everything: https://www.microfibertech.com/Waffl...xoC2ZIQAvD_BwE
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Best advice is:

Go on YouTube and watch Ammo NYC and Dallas paint correction channels...these guys will teach you everything you need to know. At the end of the day itís upto you to decide what will work for ya and what not through trial and error and personal preference
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obsessed garage is another good one for longer car washing videos.
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The basics from reading up after deciding I had the detailing bug...

Wash (two bucket method; start with the wheels, then work from the top of the car down)
Clay (if needed, and especially before any paint correction steps)
Seal (sealants come in so many variants; quick detail sprays with sealant properties, glazes, and stand alone sealants)
Wax

As for the microfibers... I use different ones for different steps along the way. Microfiber wash mit, waffle weave towels for drying, and separate MF towels for removing sealants, glazes, and waxes as well as ones for the interior.

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You might say I have the "bug" as well. A buddy recently asked me what to get to get started and do a ceramic coating of his car. Here is the list I gave him.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing
Its a pretty good starting point but also probably has some excess that you dont need starting out.

I second the call to watch AMMONYC on youtube. Larry knows his stuff and is a solid dude.
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Best advice is:

Go on YouTube and watch Ammo NYC and Dallas paint correction channels...these guys will teach you everything you need to know. At the end of the day itís upto you to decide what will work for ya and what not through trial and error and personal preference
Thanks. I'll check them out.
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obsessed garage is another good one for longer car washing videos.
Thanks. I think I might have seen this channel before. Perhaps a different topic though.

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The basics from reading up after deciding I had the detailing bug...

Wash (two bucket method; start with the wheels, then work from the top of the car down)
Clay (if needed, and especially before any paint correction steps)
Seal (sealants come in so many variants; quick detail sprays with sealant properties, glazes, and stand alone sealants)
Wax

As for the microfibers... I use different ones for different steps along the way. Microfiber wash mit, waffle weave towels for drying, and separate MF towels for removing sealants, glazes, and waxes as well as ones for the interior.
Thanks. I'll try and find a wash mit; I have the waffle weave for drying. I won't be doing much waxing; I just need to maintain the professional ceramic coating. I did buy a spray that was recommended by the detailer: Carpro Reload. Thanks again.
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You might say I have the "bug" as well. A buddy recently asked me what to get to get started and do a ceramic coating of his car. Here is the list I gave him.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing
Its a pretty good starting point but also probably has some excess that you dont need starting out.

I second the call to watch AMMONYC on youtube. Larry knows his stuff and is a solid dude.
Thanks. I'll check out the list.
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Go on YouTube and follow Matt from Obsessed Garage
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I would recommend the whole AMMO 100 training series for basic wash on the website. It's informative, well laid out, and concise. Main tips I can give that haven't been said already:

2 bucket method with grit guards.

Use spray wax or some lubricant when drying to avoid swirls, this really helps with a black car.

Pressure washer (nothing crazy) and foam gun are key.

It's not about the products, basic products will work just as well.

Try not resort to paint correction if you don't have to. Goal is to preserve the paint and make it look good. The more you do paint correction, the less clear coat you have, and the more susceptible your paint will be to UV damage.
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