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    Re: How long does the battery last? 40 minutes - Cordless FLEX XC 3401 aka the CBEAST

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    Re: How long does the battery last? 40 minutes - Cordless FLEX XC 3401 aka the CBEAST

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
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    How to machine scrub tires using the Cordless FLEX PE14

    When I teach my car and boat detailing classes, I do my best to include comedy. One of the long-time jokes I use is that I try to show as many things as possible by MACHINE and the reason why is....

    Here at Autogeek... we don't sell hands...


    But seriously, I am part machine and I work like a machine and I try to do everything by machine. Love the Cordless FLEX PE14 because it does a dramatically better job of cleaning tires than a human could ever do working by hand. And because it's cordless there is no SHOCK risk and I've been shocked before, so speaking from first hand experience, I prefer cordless over plug-in when working in a wet environment.


    Wheels and tires first

    Ever since I started detailing cars, that would be before the Internet, I figured out right away the correct order to do clean and wash each area of a car. For me, after doing the 3 messy things, (I teach this in my car classes), the next thing is to do the OPPOSITE of what the major car wax companies tell you to do and instead, I start at the bottom not the top. That is, start with wheel and tires. The order you wash a car is relative - that is it doesn't really matter to the car what you do first, so work smarter instead of harder and after the 3 things that get a car messy start with wheels and tires.





    Iconic tires on a classic muscle car but they look kind of dull and boring.





    The cordless FLEX PE15 with a 5 AMP battery fully charged and ready to tear into the tires.





    Wheel Woolies Black Boar's Hair Wheel Face Brush - if you don't have one, get one and thank me later. Coolest, handiest brush for all kinds of job.





    The art of photography....
    Holding the camera in one hand while squeezing the spray with the other hand and timing the exact moment to get this type of "action shot".






    Yeah buddy....





    Have to admit, normally I would hold the FLEX with both hands but in this moment the other hand was manning the camera.







    The most awesome wheel face brush...
    I teach a lot of classes and one of the things I remind people of is out of all the "things" you do to your car... washing is the most common and most repeated thing you do. So it only makes sense to have GREAT car washing tools and products to make a job I really don't like doing as fast as possible while keeping my results professional quality consistently. Make sense?




    Ready to rinse...







    Now that's a clean tire.







    Final results...
















    Here's everything I used....





    Sorry - no pictures of me machine applying the SONAX Polymer Net Shield but this is what I applied to the tires after machine scrubbing.






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    Heavy-Duty DA Carpet Brush – Short Bristles

    Wheel Woolies Boar’s Hair Wheel Brush

    TUF SHINE Tire Cleaner 22 ounce

    SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect

    FLEX PE-150 Cordless Rotary Polisher

    SONAX Polymer Net Shield 340 ml

    Mighty Mini Cordless Polisher

    2 Pack Cyclo Polisher Grey Ultra Soft Upholstery Brush



    Mike, how is the application of PNS via machine over by hand? Most always mention the "grabby feel" so is that noticable with machine? Do you think you use more or less with this method? And lastly is it faster with the machine?

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    Re: How long does the battery last? 40 minutes - Cordless FLEX XC 3401 aka the CBEAST

    Quote Originally Posted by Cruzscarwash View Post

    Mike, how is the application of PNS via machine over by hand? Most always mention the "grabby feel" so is that noticable with machine? Do you think you use more or less with this method? And lastly is it faster with the machine?

    Machine application of anything trumps hand application for speed and effectiveness.

    Just to note - I stopped using PNS for a tire dressing. Just doesn’t last. Of course it’s not supposed to last - it’s not a tire dressing. I was just trying it as a tire dressing because it works so great for just about everything else plus I’m naturally laze.

    I love the new PBL Tire Clear Coat. Amazing product when you have clean tires.

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    Re: How long does the battery last? 40 minutes - Cordless FLEX XC 3401 aka the CBEAST



    Shared here,

    Newb detailing advice


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