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Any Detailing ?'s,, Please Ask!!

I dont know much in this world, but when it come to detailing id say i am a PRO-fesh, and there isn't much i havn't done. wether its interior, exterior, wheels, tar removal, waxing, carpet cleaning, just what ever, i can provide advice to all questions.

I worked for a local Detail shop for over a year and piced up on some neat tricks and tips to get the job done quick but mainly RIGHT. so let me know what you got.
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Tire shine?
I just bought gel thinking it would be good.
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or u can just share all the lil tips and trinks with us? LOL
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Tire shine?
I just bought gel thinking it would be good.
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Gel is good i like it but lately i have been using a Product called Cover All- it is made by Superior and it is some GOOOOD stuff. out of all the tire shine i have used, nothing compares and i am a stickler about tire shine let me tell ya.

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or u can just share all the lil tips and trinks with us? LOL
that would take all the fun out of the thread.
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Ive looked through some of the threads on here and other sites and nothing, so Ill ask you. Theres some kind of grease/oil residue on my windshield its really annoying and even more dangerous because sometimes i cant see out of it. What do you recommed to clean the windshield? Ive used windex(not a really good), all purpose cleaner(just as bad), actual windshield cleaner recommeded by some kid at autozone (kinda sorta worked). Any input would be appreciated.
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what do you use to get overspray off windows?
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Ive looked through some of the threads on here and other sites and nothing, so Ill ask you. Theres some kind of grease/oil residue on my windshield its really annoying and even more dangerous because sometimes i cant see out of it. What do you recommed to clean the windshield? Ive used windex(not a really good), all purpose cleaner(just as bad), actual windshield cleaner recommeded by some kid at autozone (kinda sorta worked). Any input would be appreciated.
if i was you i would try a decent degreaser like simple green first just to get the greasy mess off then take your window cleaner and clean it really good. ALSO windex is good if it is diluted pretty good, when you get it down to like a half a bottle refill it with water and it will work just as good if not better than the full power windex.

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what do you use to get overspray off windows?
and to you my friend i know just what will solve your problem. go to your closest Ace hardware (pluggin cuz i work there lol) and get some Laquer thinner just regular strenght or high, OOPS which is the same thing as Goo Be Gone extreme, either will do the job. AND while your there buy some Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to scrub when you apply the solvent. try it and tell me if it dont work, which i know it will.
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What's the best way for a noob at detailing to get rid of swirls and minor oxidation spots in black paint?
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What's the best way for a noob at detailing to get rid of swirls and minor oxidation spots in black paint?
hmm i have had my experience with black being as i am on my 3rd black car and 5th dark car in general, but on black,my brother actually turned me on to the best black wax i have ever used. he use to work at Advanced Auto Parts and they carry a turtle wax in a set called The Black Box and let me tell you that is some gooood Shiiiit for back paint. it includes a 2part wax with a cleaner wax and a Carnuba wax that works awesome. the wax is actually Black instead of white. but as i stated in a the previous post when you wash your car before you wax, get you a mr clean magic eraser and while its wet use it all over your car and it will take all the debris out of your paint before wax. give taht a try. and if you cant get ahold of the black box just try a really good Carnuba wax, not just any ole wax, but a good thick carnuba.
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Hey I was lookin at my rear window last night whilst fillin up the tank and noticed i have some very light scratches in a swirl pattern that dont come off with lickin my finger and rubbing(lol...) any suggestions as ive been too lazy to try anything yet...
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Hey I was lookin at my rear window last night whilst fillin up the tank and noticed i have some very light scratches in a swirl pattern that dont come off with lickin my finger and rubbing(lol...) any suggestions as ive been too lazy to try anything yet...

good question man, to be honest i really hsvent been faced with this problem but i found a site that gives a few hints so check it out and you might be able to do it yourself, i dont see why not. also maybe some of that Eyeglasses scratch repair, im sure its cheaper but ive never used it so idk.


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Got a question for ya---

I gotta do some work on my grandparent's Element this weekend.

They went on vacation with my parents this weekend and they drove down thier element and left it here at our place for the weekend.

I want to clean it up for them beacuse it is always outside, and i dont think its been waxed once since 2005 when they bought it!

Anyway my main question is, what is best to use to protect all the rubber vinyl padding stuff on the side and the roof? I know that wax isn't really a good idea. I think armor-all would make it worse too!

Any ideas?

Also again the thing is in the florida sun 24/7 as they do not have a garage. and the plastic on the roof is fading.

Is there any techinques or products that I could use to help restore some life in to it?

Need some help ASAP please. They'll be back on Monday, and I only have this weekend to buy whateer products I need and do all the work.

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How does one get the silicone that others have sprayed onto the car off of it?
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Got a question for ya---
I gotta do some work on my grandparent's Element this weekend.
They went on vacation with my parents this weekend and they drove down thier element and left it here at our place for the weekend.
I want to clean it up for them beacuse it is always outside, and i dont think its been waxed once since 2005 when they bought it!
Anyway my main question is, what is best to use to protect all the rubber vinyl padding stuff on the side and the roof? I know that wax isn't really a good idea. I think armor-all would make it worse too!
Any ideas?
Also again the thing is in the florida sun 24/7 as they do not have a garage. and the plastic on the roof is fading.
Is there any techinques or products that I could use to help restore some life in to it?
Need some help ASAP please. They'll be back on Monday, and I only have this weekend to buy whateer products I need and do all the work.
Pics of the oxidation/sun damage to the roof:
Thanks in advance!
well it looks pretty faded from the pics, soo theres really not a hell of a lot you can do to restore the black back other than repaint, but to shine it up you would probably want to use some gel tire shine with a sponge applicator, i know they make a trim shine but dont waste your time, that crap dont work. try some "Cover All" made by superior if you can find it where your from. I know Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes carries it where i live and Oriellys has it also since they are affiliated but it is good stuff for shining tires, plastic, and vinyl. it will not be permanent, but it will look good for a few days up to a week depending on the weather.

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a good, not to abrasive degreaser. i would try simple green and dilute it about 50:1 and that should give you pretty good results. super clean and mean green is really harsh and should be diluted about 25:1 or you will need to wax it afterwards. if it is on the paint or the windows that is.\



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Ive looked through some of the threads on here and other sites and nothing, so Ill ask you. Theres some kind of grease/oil residue on my windshield its really annoying and even more dangerous because sometimes i cant see out of it. What do you recommed to clean the windshield? Ive used windex(not a really good), all purpose cleaner(just as bad), actual windshield cleaner recommeded by some kid at autozone (kinda sorta worked). Any input would be appreciated.

not to thread jack but i use a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and water and a rag works great for me! my uncle had been detailing for rallye motors(bmw,mercedes,etc) for over 10 years and now owns his own detailing business, and he was the one who suggested it to me. being a smoker that film builds up quickly and sucks!!!
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[QUOTE=Ludes;276892]if i was you i would try a decent degreaser like simple green first just to get the greasy mess off then take your window cleaner and clean it really good. ALSO windex is good if it is diluted pretty good, when you get it down to like a half a bottle refill it with water and it will work just as good if not better than the full power windex.



The multipurpose cleaner I used was actually simple green. I will try what you have recommended with the windex. If that doesnt work I will try the 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol. Thank you again.
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give em a shot, they cant hurt, only help. but yeah the alcohol will work becasue thats about all professional windex is anyways lol. it helps the watter evaporate quicker so you are not scrubin for 10 mins trying to get all the residue off.
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give em a shot, they cant hurt, only help. but yeah the alcohol will work becasue thats about all professional windex is anyways lol. it helps the watter evaporate quicker so you are not scrubin for 10 mins trying to get all the residue off.
+ 1 on really hot days you barely have to do much wiping!

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+ 1 on really hot days you barely have to do much wiping!

ludes i hope you dont mind me advice giving as i have a huge knowledge from working summers with my uncle.
not at all man. any advice you can help with, go right ahead. i dont know everything so we can make this a team effort to provide good service to our fellow luders. hell i might have some questions i need help with one day and i dont want to seem like Mr. know it all.
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So I heard any form of tire shine is bad for your tires. The chemicals in the product cause your tires to 'lock up' and/or tighten, which shortens their lifetime. True or false?

And what tire shine works the best/longest? I've used some pretty crappy ones that shine for a good half hour. Lol
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So I heard any form of tire shine is bad for your tires. The chemicals in the product cause your tires to 'lock up' and/or tighten, which shortens their lifetime. True or false?

And what tire shine works the best/longest? I've used some pretty crappy ones that shine for a good half hour. Lol
true and false actually. tire shine is pretty much silicone which is oil based so it dont hurt your tires but it does discolor them after a while after prolonged use slong with sunlight, but a little more tire shine will fix that right up lol. As stated eairler in this thread, gel is good for long lastingeffects but dont really shine a whole hell of a lot, it kinda just looks a little blacker but it will last throght a good rain. my fav. is a product named Cover All produced by Superior Products, you can get it in aerisol or liquid( myfav) to just spray on and that stuff will work on w/e kinda tire i dont care, with amazing results.
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i'm going to get my car repainted soon, are there any steps other than a good wax i should take to protect the new coat immediately after i get the fresh paint? should i do any kind of correction with buffing to the new paint?
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yeah i would probably wait, but it should get a wet sand and buff after the paint is applied anyways so it should be good for a few months like 1Bad said. after that just keep a good coat of a decent carnuba on it and not that goofy spray wax shlt thats out there.
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I GOT ONE!
So I dunno' if I'm just a dirty mofo or what, but my buttons and mainly my steering wheel build up this "human muck" if you will. I'm pretty sure it's from the dirt and sweat in my hands. But this build up is a pain in the ass to take off. I've been trying to find some kind of spray that breaks down organic build up, but to no avail. Any ideas Detail Master?
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So I dunno' if I'm just a dirty mofo or what, but my buttons and mainly my steering wheel build up this "human muck" if you will. I'm pretty sure it's from the dirt and sweat in my hands. But this build up is a pain in the ass to take off. I've been trying to find some kind of spray that breaks down organic build up, but to no avail. Any ideas Detail Master?
i know what your talking about, and i think i can help you. really any kind of degreaser will work ( orange clean(not glo), mean green, i would probably use simple green because its probably the less abrasive of them all and it still breaks down dirt really good. BUT the main thing you are goin to need is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. im sure you guy are wondering why i suggest them alot, but i swear by them and i know they work. That should get you fixed up my friend and lmk if it works for ya. good luck




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Also try one if you own a White car. right when you get done rinsing your soap off after washing it take a mr clean pad and just lightly rub it down ( all over ) and it will lift dirt out of you scratches and you wont believe how new your car will look. give it a light coat of wax and she will look brand new for months. i amazed one of my friends and he loves them now as much as me.
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^^+1 on the degreaser its also great to use for cleaning headliners w/ a rag. as well as carpet just dip a brissle brush in a bucket of degreaser/water scrub andwipe with a rag!
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ok I got a tough one for you, a little while back I cleaned my engine bay with a hose, metal wire brush and a 50/50 mix of simple green max and H2O. I think it came out pretty good considering how bad it was...but I still have "build up" on the metal components. Look at the belts. I tried using the wire brush on these parts but no luck. Any Ideas? it seems to be just grime caked on from the heat.

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^^+1 on the degreaser its also great to use for cleaning headliners w/ a rag. as well as carpet just dip a brissle brush in a bucket of degreaser/water scrub andwipe with a rag!
i second this notion. thats all one needs to use when trying to clean carpets. all i ever do is spray it directly onto the carpet and use a good stiff bristled brush with about a 8-10 inch long handle, not one of those hand held Mcguires brushes they blow dong.

[QUOTE=NY_SH;278875]ok I got a tough one for you, a little while back I cleaned my engine bay with a hose, metal wire brush and a 50/50 mix of simple green max and H2O. I think it came out pretty good considering how bad it was...but I still have "build up" on the metal components. Look at the belts. I tried using the wire brush on these parts but no luck. Any Ideas? it seems to be just grime caked on from the heat.

ive got a solution. you can do this in a cold or semi-warm engine bay. dont drivea hundred miles, pop the hood and spray chemicals all over everything, BUT it can be a little warm and might work better. soo, get some undiluted degreaser, in this case i would use some Super Clean, that stuff is very powerful. cover your alternator just to keep water from getting all in it, i have used a walmart sack or w/e you have around, just dont let it melt to it. Then soak everything underyour hood including the bottom of the hood. let it sit for a few mins. not too awful long, then get a hose if it has decent presure or actually you could do this at the car wash where the presure is even better than a garden hose, but spray everything off and let it dry. After it dries, apply some spray tire shine to everything, it gives it a good shine and last a longtime being as that it doesnt really move like tires do. and for your belt im n ot really sure what to do other than buy a new belt because nothing can really bring an old belt back to life besides a replacement or maybe a little vasoline lol...
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