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      08-19-2010, 09:00 PM   #45
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Quick post on how to detail your wheels and tires

Sonax Full Effect, Adam's APC, Prima Nero and Wheel Armour in action.

Figured I would post how these all work together.

These dirty Audi Q7 S-Line wheels (about 1 month of brake dust) were cleaned with Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner (no brushes where used, just a pressure washer and the wheel cleaner). The tires were cleaned up with Adam's APC. After the rims and tires where dry, we applied Prima Nero on the tires for a satin finish. Prima Wheel Armour to them for a durable finish and nice shine.

Wheels were extremely caked up with brake dust



Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner in action!


Adam's All Purpose Cleaner does a very effective job of cleaning all the grime off the tires, readying them for dressing.


Clean wheels and tires


Prima Nero and Wheel Armour to finish them up.


Final results look impressive!



The products used above are listed below.
Adam's All Purpose Cleaner
Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner
Prima Nero
Prima Wheel Armour
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      08-20-2010, 07:06 AM   #46
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Phil, how can i clean off the wax white residual sticking on the rubber seal by accident?
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      08-20-2010, 08:51 AM   #47
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if it happens you should try to wipe it off asap.

if that's not the case which it seems like you can take some detail spray to a microfiber and wipe it down.
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if it happens you should try to wipe it off asap.

if that's not the case which it seems like you can take some detail spray to a microfiber and wipe it down.
This has not worked for me. I got some Menzerna on my wife's MDX plastic bumper trim. It's kind of a rough texture gray plastic.

I actually did tape it up but still got some on there. I have tried everything to get it off (even carefully using some Tarminator on a MF cloth!) and nothing touches it. It's like cement and driving me crazy.

I have resorted to continually treating the plastic with Chemical Guys Trim Restorer to minimize the effect, but I'm just covering it up.

HELP! Any other ideas?
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have you tried an all purpose cleaner with a brush?
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have you tried an all purpose cleaner with a brush?
I haven't. What do you suggest?
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P21s Total Auto Wash will clean textured trim very well, and remove any protectant from surrounding areas like a champ!
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What's the best "daily" go to paint cleaning clay to use??
I've been using Griots clay after hand washing. I use speed shine as a lubricant and as a final finisher.

I'm looking for a better go-to clay. I got Zymol Lehm Klay and the lubricant for it, but it's worse than the Griots...definately not a go-to clay to use daily/weekly.
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P21s Total Auto Wash will clean textured trim very well, and remove any protectant from surrounding areas like a champ!
2nd!
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What's the best "daily" go to paint cleaning clay to use??
I've been using Griots clay after hand washing. I use speed shine as a lubricant and as a final finisher.

I'm looking for a better go-to clay. I got Zymol Lehm Klay and the lubricant for it, but it's worse than the Griots...definately not a go-to clay to use daily/weekly.
just curious why are you claying weekly? do you have a lot of industrial fall out in your area?
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Lots of trees above my driveway...and the car sits out often enough. Sap specs I find a few ..they may be micro-sized(size of a gain of sand), but I can feel them when I hand wash. I use my clay to pick up these specs. Car wash won't remove em'. I don't clay the entire car, I just spot clean with the clay I guess you can say.
I find the Griot's clay as very mild. It works great.

Hopefully I can find a better clay though. I bet there's a clay out there that is even better than the Griots...
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Lots of trees above my driveway...and the car sits out often enough. Sap specs I find a few ..they may be micro-sized(size of a gain of sand), but I can feel them when I hand wash. I use my clay to pick up these specs. Car wash won't remove em'. I don't clay the entire car, I just spot clean with the clay I guess you can say.
I find the Griot's clay as very mild. It works great.

Hopefully I can find a better clay though. I bet there's a clay out there that is even better than the Griots...
you can use our uber blue clay bar, however after each time you clay do you protect it again with a sealant or wax?
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Of course.
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Cleaning Shadowline Trim?

Phil, there are a few of us who are forced to use commercial carwashes from time to time and as a result end up with water/chemical spots on the Shadowline Trim. I've reviewed those threads and the sticky as well but there seems to be no definitive answer as to what works best. Can you recommend something that's relatively easy to use and any product that could be used to protect the trim? Megular's no. 9 was one of the recommendations for removing the spots, but I couldn't find that at Detailer's Domain. Any help would be appreciated!

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i tried using NeverDull on my shadowline trim and it removed most of my water spots.

I'd like know what what phils suggestion is...

id really not like to use a polish if possible as its really close to the rubber and i dont want that turning white
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i tried using NeverDull on my shadowline trim and it removed most of my water spots.

I'd like know what what phils suggestion is...

id really not like to use a polish if possible as its really close to the rubber and i dont want that turning white
you have to use a polish, I use menzerna PO106FA or menzerna po85rd.

you can mask the rubber area with masking tape.
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Hey Phil...

Question for ya. What do you recommend I wash and detail with if I have a lot of vinyl graphics or a full wrap on my car. Obviously wax is out of the question right? What if there are spots in the vinyl design where it's my cars actual paint?
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can you show me with a picture?
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well unfortunately no, not yet. There will be a lot of vinyl on the car but there will also be gaps in it where my real paint it showing from the design. I realize with vinyl basically it's soap and water and that's it. Do I treat the stuff that isn't vinyl just as I normally would and lightly wax it by hand with like a glanz or something? I'm talking like 80% vinyl 20% OEM paint.
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well unfortunately no, not yet. There will be a lot of vinyl on the car but there will also be gaps in it where my real paint it showing from the design. I realize with vinyl basically it's soap and water and that's it. Do I treat the stuff that isn't vinyl just as I normally would and lightly wax it by hand with like a glanz or something? I'm talking like 80% vinyl 20% OEM paint.

you want to treat the expose surfaces (OEM paint)
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ok well my question is since there is going to be so little of it and in such small areas what do you recommend I use?
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you can use a wax or a sealant, is this a company car or are you advertising with the vinyl?
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