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Autogeek offers so many great products and of the many I've tried it's difficult to beat Duragloss #901
on both price and performance.
When it comes to washing media I'm sort of purest and lamb wool has been my favorite for longer than I can remember. Recently I've been using a Microfiber Chenille
and love it. I feel it holds more washing solution and rinses cleaner than my traditional lams wool so now it's my go to mitt. Cobra Waffle Weave Guzzlers
are a great great drying towel now some food for thought. I dry the majority of my vehicles with an electric leaf blower. This removes 97% if the droplets without ever toughing the finish. If I need to selectively dry something then I'll break out the drying towel to finish it up... Daytona Wheel Brushes
work great here. These combined with a nice tire & wheel cleaner will make those gems look better than new...
Basic steps in order are:
• Paint Correction & Polish
Efficiency is one of the keys to detailing. What I mean by that is plan your work so you're not redoing
anything that you've already completed.
We all have our own ideas that make sense to each of us and work, otherwise why do them. I approach most details in the following order. Without going into a lot of detail, this is sort of a high level but I think you can see my
thought process. Interior
- I like to clean the interior first. Everything is cleaned and treated including the door jambs. Engine Compartment
- A thorough cleaning, rinse, dry, then I apply a dressing to everything to give it that new look. Trunk
- Vacuum and organize. Tires & Wheels
- I'll clean each wheel, barrel, tire and wheel well. These are done before the body so that harsh chemicals and water do not come in contact with a freshly waxed finish. Exterior Wash
- Thoroughly wash the exterior paying particular attention to those smaller areas. Wash & rinse from the top down. Use small brushes to clean and decontaminate trim, emblems etc. Clay
- Clay each panel thoroughly before moving on to the next. Compound & Polish
- I'm not going to go int this step by step but this is where this belongs in my process. If I'm not correcting the paint I'll at a minimum use a paint cleaner or 1-step product like Meguiar's D151.
Wash & Dry
- Open hood, trunk, and doors to wipe any water that might have accumulated.
- I rewash and dry to remove any splatter that may have resulted from the compound & polish phase. This gets rid of these tiny spots while they're still soft.
Sealant & Wax
- What ever protective coat you choose to use belongs here. Glass
- Clean all glass surfaces and ensure they're streak free Trim
- Use a quality trim treatment that give plastics and rubber components that new rich look.
Tires & Wheels
- Apply a treatment to these and the wheels wells.
If you become interested in finish maintenance, and you will, here some information that will come on handy...
Porter Cable 7424xp
Here's some great information by Mike Phillips that will help you learn the correct way moving forward. Mike has written so much great information, I like to reference it often as it spot on and an easy read...
Detailing Clay Product Recommendations
Wash - Duragloss #901
Clay - Meguiar’s Clay
Compound - PG 1000 – PowerGloss Compound
Polish - PF 2500 – Power Finish Polish
Finishing Polish - SF 4000 – Super Finish Polish
Sealant - Ultima Paint Guard Plus
Wax - Collinite 845
Spray Wax -Optimum Spray Car Wax
Tire Cleaner - Meguiar's Super Degreaser
Tire Treatment - CarPro PERL
Trim - Ultima Tire and Trim Guard
Wheel Cleaner - Meguiar's Wheel Brightener
Wheel Protectant -Optimum Opti-Coat 2.0
Glass Cleaner - Meguiar's Glass Cleaner
Glass Treatment - Aquapel
All Purpose Cleaner - Optimum Power Clean
Interior Protectant - Meguiar’s M40
Chrome & Stainless Steel - BLACKFIRE Wet Diamond Metal Acrylic Sealant