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Old 06-26-2010, 06:39 AM   #3021
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This may have been asked already...but does claying your car and using a detailer as a lube remove all of the wax and sealant?
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:13 AM   #3022
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This may have been asked already...but does claying your car and using a detailer as a lube remove all of the wax and sealant?
Read page 1 it's all there
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Old 06-26-2010, 01:46 PM   #3023
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I did read it...no where does it answer my specific question.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:43 AM   #3024
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This may have been asked already...but does claying your car and using a detailer as a lube remove all of the wax and sealant?
A clay bar is not designed to strip off all the protection but it certainly can and will remove sealant and wax that is not tightly bonded to the paint. So a clay bar can remove the sealant and wax but it certainly may not remove all of it. I try to use a clay bar during a full detail to avoid this issue when possible.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:03 PM   #3025
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Hey i got a question. So my mom's 650i has chrome aftermarket wheels at least i think there chrome theres not really a convenient way to wash the back/inside of the wheel(so when she or i wash it the outside looks good but the inside still has a bunch of brakedust...is there some kind of product to just spray on/all around and just hose off?

I picked up some mothers spray stuff that i saw advertised on a couple places just to try it out(havent tried it).

Anyway i'd just see if you have a recommend. Thanks
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Old 06-28-2010, 03:10 PM   #3026
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Hi Greg! I'm sure that this has been covered somewhere in the 76 pages and 3,025 posts, but I have no Idea how to search to narrow this down.

What are the steps for the proper care of cleaning the leather interior (specifically seats), and has your product recommendation changed at all from 2005 when you recommended Pristine Clean?

I'm just asking about routine cleaning, not deep down cleaning or target specific areas. Thanks!
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:53 PM   #3027
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Hey i got a question. So my mom's 650i has chrome aftermarket wheels at least i think there chrome theres not really a convenient way to wash the back/inside of the wheel(so when she or i wash it the outside looks good but the inside still has a bunch of brakedust...is there some kind of product to just spray on/all around and just hose off?

I picked up some mothers spray stuff that i saw advertised on a couple places just to try it out(havent tried it).

Anyway i'd just see if you have a recommend. Thanks
I apologize for the slow response, we've been crazy busy! A good cleaner and a good brush should be able to remove most of the loose build ups. You'll want to use a safe cleaner like the P21S Gel Wheel Cleaner or Chemical Guys Diablo Gel Rim and Wheel Cleaner. Both are pH netural and totally safe on those wheels. Since they are gels they will do a little bit better job of staying where you spray it and break up those hard to reach build ups. I would then agitate the area with a DI Accessories E-Z Detail Brush. If the build ups are really old and stubborn you may need to polish them. A good metal polish like the Optimum (OPT) Metal Polish and a soft cloth would be ideal. This will deep clean the surface and hopefully it's much easier to maintain with the routine I listed above.

Lastly protecting the wheels with a sealant would also be a huge help. You can use a sealant just like you use on your paint or a wheel specific product like the Poorboy's World Wheel Sealant. It will help repel build ups and make future cleanings so much easier.

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Old 07-01-2010, 05:56 PM   #3028
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Hi Greg! I'm sure that this has been covered somewhere in the 76 pages and 3,025 posts, but I have no Idea how to search to narrow this down.

What are the steps for the proper care of cleaning the leather interior (specifically seats), and has your product recommendation changed at all from 2005 when you recommended Pristine Clean?

I'm just asking about routine cleaning, not deep down cleaning or target specific areas. Thanks!
For detailed instructions on leather care check out our leather care section of our detailing guide. I do still highly recommend the Leatherique Prestine Clean and Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil. It's a great combination that helps new and old leather. If your leather is newer or in great condition you can use less product and use it less frequently. If you want a quick one step process the Einszett 1Z Lederpflege Leather Care or Poorboy's World Leather Stuff. If you have any questions after reading that please let me know.
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:57 PM   #3029
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Thanks Greg. Just placed my order.
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Chemical Guys...Bare Bones

Do I need to dilute or spray on full strength?
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:35 PM   #3031
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It can be used at full strength or dilute it for more value. Both options will work just fine, possibly test both to see which you like better.
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What do you recommend to polish OEM rims? The just refinished them and I want to polish them to a smooth shiny finish.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:20 PM   #3033
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Hi Greg,

Is this what would be referred to as "holograms"? I used a rotary buffer on the hood of the car to remove spider webs in the finish. I used 3M's swirl remover with a soft foam pad on a rotary buffer @ 1400-1500 rpm. The spider webs came out maybe 80%, and the paint looked great. I put a coat of Meguire's show car polish, and then two coats of carnuba on top and it looked and felt great. After the first carwash the truth seems to be revealed that marks were left.

I'm planning on buying some new pads and some additional polish, but want your reccomendations on what to use. I came across the Poorboy's SSR 2 & 3, and wanted to know if I should plan on being that agressive to get rid of the holograms. Then I also found the Blackhole product, which I've read some pretty good things about. Finally, what do you reccomend as for pads for each one of the products. I'm planning on buying the lake county 5.5 pad driver, and pads to go with it.


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Old 07-22-2010, 10:44 AM   #3034
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What do you recommend to polish OEM rims? The just refinished them and I want to polish them to a smooth shiny finish.
I generally just recommend a quality metal polish and then to protect them with a sealant. The Optimum (OPT) Metal Polish is a quality polish that is easy to use. It works great on both bare metals and clear coated metals. To then protect the wheels you can use a quality sealant just like you would use on your paint. If you want a wheel specific product try the Poorboy's World Wheel Sealant. It makes future cleanings much easier while preserving the wheels in like new condition.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:57 AM   #3035
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Hi Greg,

Is this what would be referred to as "holograms"? I used a rotary buffer on the hood of the car to remove spider webs in the finish. I used 3M's swirl remover with a soft foam pad on a rotary buffer @ 1400-1500 rpm. The spider webs came out maybe 80%, and the paint looked great. I put a coat of Meguire's show car polish, and then two coats of carnuba on top and it looked and felt great. After the first carwash the truth seems to be revealed that marks were left.

I'm planning on buying some new pads and some additional polish, but want your reccomendations on what to use. I came across the Poorboy's SSR 2 & 3, and wanted to know if I should plan on being that agressive to get rid of the holograms. Then I also found the Blackhole product, which I've read some pretty good things about. Finally, what do you reccomend as for pads for each one of the products. I'm planning on buying the lake county 5.5 pad driver, and pads to go with it.
It does appear there was too much heat on the surface and the buffer left some haze on the surface. My suggestion would be to drop down to the 5.5" or 4" pads. Remember with rotary buffers the larger the pad the more speed/heat is generated. With either option you will need to get the correct backing plate (Lake Country Rotary Backing Plate for 4 Inch Pads or Lake Country Rotary Hook & Loop 5" Backing Plate). I would also suggest starting at a lower speed 1000RPMs - 1200RPMs may be a better starting point for you. They will still generate plenty of power to polish the surface. Try one of the following combos to correct the surface:

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Meguiar's Ultra-Cut Compound M105 with a Lake Country Orange Light Cutting Pad
followed by the Meguiar's Ultra Finishing Polish M205 with a Lake Country White Polishing Pad

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Menzerna Super Intensive Polish PO83 with a Lake Country Orange Light Cutting Pad
followed by the Menzerna PO106FA Nano Polish (Super Finish) with a Lake Country White Polishing Pad

Both option should restore the surface to be optically clear and very glossy again. I also HIGHLY recommend you pick up the Brinkmann Maxfire Dual Xenon Swirl Finder Spotlight which is on sale this month. It will help you see the swirls and hazing that can't usually be seen with out direct sunlight or powerful halogen lights. If you have any other questions please let me know.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:58 AM   #3036
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Greg, What's the best product to clean headliners, and pillars?
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hey i just got my car painted, how long till i get it polished
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:27 AM   #3038
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Greg, What's the best product to clean headliners, and pillars?
My favorite cleaning product for those areas plus the dashboard, doors, carpets, etc. is the 303 Cleaner & Spot Remover. It's very gentle yet highly effective. For fabrics spray the area and use a brush to help work the product in for difficult stains. If you have any questions please let me know.
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hey i just got my car painted, how long till i get it polished
Usually you can polish it within a few days. However you want to wait 30 - 90 days typically before you use any product with sealant or wax in it. If you have any questions please let me know or consult the body shop that did the work.
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Guys I'm going to be on a short vacation through Sunday. If you need help right away feel free to e-mail me and they will be forwarded to my business partner George. If you post a message or leave me a PM I'll try to get to it as soon as I can on Sunday. Take care!
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