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post #21 of 128 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 03:28 PM
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i need to get one...black car = swirlies = FAIL ...my paint looks a black wookies chest...ha

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post #22 of 128 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 03:42 PM
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^^I've always wanted one of those! never knew if it was any good though. I haven't seen them in the store lately though. Will do you have to find replacement filters for that system? if so is it easy to find them?
I get the replacement filters off the shelf at Walmart in the automotive section. They cost around 8 bucks and claim 10 washes. I just use them until I get waterspots then I replace it. It usually lasts me about 20 washes.

The system is real easy to use, and avoids the work of drying the car.

If you have a local "Big Lots" store check there. I see them from time to time at like $5.00 for the whole kit which is usually about $15.00

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post #23 of 128 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 03:44 PM
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^^I've always wanted one of those! never knew if it was any good though. I haven't seen them in the store lately though. Will do you have to find replacement filters for that system? if so is it easy to find them?
Walmart should carry the refill cartridges and soap.

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For windows, screw paper towels: Use newspaper. I've never had windows streak when using old newspaper and Stoner Invisible Glass.

Also, discontinue use of Armor All. The stuff is horrible. Makes your steering wheel and stuff slippery (Sillicon), but it also can do damage to paint and make repainting said parts a pain in the ass (Causes paint to fisheye). That and Armor All is known to dry out leather and vinyl. If you use Armor All on the dash, good luck seeing outside of the car when sun hits the dashboard.

I personally use Turtle Wax Ice.


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Armorall corrected most of those problems. You just have to make sure to get a bottle that says New Formula on it with UV protection.

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good write up, ill be sure to use this when go to detail mine

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any tips on cleaning the inside of yur car?
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post #27 of 128 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 05:40 PM
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Good info here and now I think a my just have the nutz to get a buffer insted of doing it by hand..even though it give me more time to kill a beer or three when I could do all this good stuff back home

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Want to get the chrome on the SS wheels shiny for dirty cheap? 1/3 Water/Vinigar Spray it on the chrome and polish with..Newspaper, no im not crazy it works Amazingly I did this that way and some armourall insane tire shine


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Want to get the chrome on the SS wheels shiny for dirty cheap? 1/3 Water/Vinigar Spray it on the chrome and polish with..Newspaper, no im not crazy it works Amazingly I did this that way and some armourall insane tire shine

Really?? i never would have thought of that. you just spray it on and wipe it off with the newspaper or let it sit for a sec or two?

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you use polishing glaze with a wool pad? eesh. try using the 3m black foam pad or the ardex black pad. my rig is a makita variable speed wheel hook and loop pad and a milwaukee single speed with a brush attachment for carpets. i use zep carpet cleaner, 3m compound on wool, 3m finishing material on a white foam compounding pad, 3m dark polish for dark cars on the black foam, ardex one step polish on black foam, all about 1500-1800 rpm sometimes faster for compound, resist-all teflon coat wax, ardex topaz or 3m performance finish sometimes a vintage mothers wax for classic cars. for interiors, resist-all leather treatment, saddle soap (glycerin) for leather cleaner, a stiff paint brush to get in the crevaces, ardex new wave multi purpose, sprayway glass cleaner, resist-all deodorizer, quick shot vinyl treatment, black magic tire gel, eagle 1 never dull, mothers aluminum polish, mothers cleaner wax for door jambs, paint thinner (don't be scared to use it!), ardex white wall cleaner for wheels and tires. i can't think of anything else. remember the more you mask your panels the more time you save cleaning up! my cars come out mint! perfect every time, never fails. need advice? pm me. I do this professionally.

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