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      08-10-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
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      08-10-2010, 11:00 PM   #2
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Thanks for always sharing your tips and thanks for all the great suggestions. I
All of us 1er owners want to know the best way to take care of our cars..no doubting that. Thanks again.
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Great idea Phil! No doubt many owners will benefit from your knowledge and experience. DetailersDomain has A LOT of really great tools and products, and if used in the right way car care can be a breeze!
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      08-10-2010, 11:09 PM   #4
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      08-11-2010, 08:11 AM   #5
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Phil, how often do you replace pads with a new one (versus wash them)? e.g. 1/2 car, 3 cars?

I've always thought of them as fairly disposable, and toss them after a couple details, in lieu of washing and reusing...

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any tips for best way to clean interior windows without leaving streaks? i have heard crumpled up newspaper is good for drying, sounds odd, but i might try it
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Phil, how often do you replace pads with a new one (versus wash them)? e.g. 1/2 car, 3 cars?

I've always thought of them as fairly disposable, and toss them after a couple details, in lieu of washing and reusing...

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larry,

for sealants or waxes I usually just label them and put them in a zip lock.

they have no abrasives so it will not scratch your paint.

At the min I would clean polishing/compounding pads after a few panels with the foam pad brush.

I would say as a rule you should clean them before the next detail.

I do have customers that use pads once and then throw them out.
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      08-11-2010, 09:26 AM   #8
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any tips for best way to clean interior windows without leaving streaks? i have heard crumpled up newspaper is good for drying, sounds odd, but i might try it
newspapers work but could be messy if you have a light interior color.

i would use an uber glass mf towel (2)

spritz some glass cleaner on the towel then proceed to clean the windows.
then use another dry clean glass mf to follow up and buff.

you will have a clean interior window.
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Phil I have a Q for you. I noticed today - that on my last wax job I still have some dried white wax in the seam where the rear spoiler meets the trunk top part. You can only see the dried wax when you are looking at the rear spoiler from the front of the car.

What is teh best way to remove this hardened wax? I tired a micro fiber towel and an old credit car. It is really in there!! Thanks
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Phil I have a Q for you. I noticed today - that on my last wax job I still have some dried white wax in the seam where the rear spoiler meets the trunk top part. You can only see the dried wax when you are looking at the rear spoiler from the front of the car.

What is teh best way to remove this hardened wax? I tired a micro fiber towel and an old credit car. It is really in there!! Thanks
do you have a detail spray, you should be able to use that and a microfiber to loosen things up.
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What the heck does Gummi Pflege Stift mean?

But seriously, what sort of regimen to you recommend for a car that is not garage kept?
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      08-11-2010, 08:12 PM   #12
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what exactly do you mean?

like wash every week, vacuum every 2 weeks.

wax or seal every 2-3 months.
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Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for. (washing, waxing, etc. schedule)
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What the heck does Gummi Pflege Stift mean?
Gummi = rubber
Pflege = cleaner/treatment
Stift = pencil/pen

a Gummi Pflege Stift is just a pencil-like tool that you use to apply a conditioner to your rubber seals on your car. ie the seals on the doors and truck/hood.
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you can watch these videos it will help you out.

Adam's Instructional Videos
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what would you recommend as a "starter set up" for someone who doesn't have any detailing experience. I've wanted to buy some stuff for a while now I just don't know what's absolutely necessary and whats geared more for the advanced/pro detailer.
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I'm fairly new to detailing and I was wonder if there is any benefit from polishing your car by hand? I'm looking at getting a Porter Cable polisher but not any time soon. I know polishing by hand will be tough work but am I wasting my time because I won't see any benefits because I'm not as strong as Superman?

Thanks for you help.
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what would you recommend as a "starter set up" for someone who doesn't have any detailing experience. I've wanted to buy some stuff for a while now I just don't know what's absolutely necessary and whats geared more for the advanced/pro detailer.
I second this! I am looking for some good products to get started in taking care of the finish when my car gets here. I have never used any waxes or sealants before so I will be on a bit of a learning curve and don't want to do any damage. Also, if you could give us some tips on what we should look for/avoid when choosing a car care product (car wash, sealant, wax, trim/interior care etc.).

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what would you recommend as a "starter set up" for someone who doesn't have any detailing experience. I've wanted to buy some stuff for a while now I just don't know what's absolutely necessary and whats geared more for the advanced/pro detailer.
a couple questions;

do you have any products now?
what did you want to concentrate on?
how many hours did you want to spend?
do you have a budget?
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a couple questions;

do you have any products now?
what did you want to concentrate on?
how many hours did you want to spend?
do you have a budget?
I have some basic stuff (some I need to buy again cuz I'm running low).

I use:
-Turtlewax Ice carwash or sometimes Optimum No Rinse if I'm away from running water (meets/shows) and I have a bunch of microfiber towels and one of those Jelly blades for drying.
-Turtlewax Ice Spray wax
-P21S for the rims (1ers have terrible brake dust issues)
-Optimum Tire Shine
-Windex for the windows
-Armorall interior leather and vinyl wipes.

Basically most of the stuff you can buy at Walmart or Autozone.

I'd like to move up to some better quality stuff for chemicals and washing/drying tools (mitts, wheel washers, ect) possibly adding more in the waxing department maybe even an orbital eventually but yeah as for a budget, I don't mind spending a little bit where it counts but if I was replacing/adding in 1 large order I think definitely under $100 for supplies and maybe $150ish or less for an orbital.
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I have some basic stuff (some I need to buy again cuz I'm running low).

I use:
-Turtlewax Ice carwash or sometimes Optimum No Rinse if I'm away from running water (meets/shows) and I have a bunch of microfiber towels and one of those Jelly blades for drying.
-Turtlewax Ice Spray wax
-P21S for the rims (1ers have terrible brake dust issues)
-Optimum Tire Shine
-Windex for the windows
-Armorall interior leather and vinyl wipes.

Basically most of the stuff you can buy at Walmart or Autozone.

I'd like to move up to some better quality stuff for chemicals and washing/drying tools (mitts, wheel washers, ect) possibly adding more in the waxing department maybe even an orbital eventually but yeah as for a budget, I don't mind spending a little bit where it counts but if I was replacing/adding in 1 large order I think definitely under $100 for supplies and maybe $150ish or less for an orbital.
okay

interior
einszett cockpit or sonax dashboard cleaner
einszett leathercare or sonax leather foam

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sonax wheel cleaner
lusso auto bathe
uber yellow wash sponge
uber jumbo waffle weave mf
uber spoke brush
sv wheel brush
uber boar's hair brush

adam's glass cleaner
adam's glass sealant

you can use these:
einszett paint (light polish)
einszett glanz (polymer wax)

or

swissvax cleaner fluid and swissvax blau weiss

or lusso revitalizing cream and lusso oro
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Phil, have you stopped using P21S Wheel Cleaner all together for the Sonax Wheel Cleaner?
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