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Old 01-04-2004, 06:43 PM   #1
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fairly complete detailing product list?

I already have the full line of Zaino products, so I'm more looking for input on my list of other detailing products (for interior, wheels, tires, washing/drying, and towels/clothes). Many of the supplies have been recommended to me, but others I'm looking to explore after having read reviews on various sites.

Am I missing anything? Also, if there's something listed that is worthless or I could do without, or I should try a different product instead (w/ reasons why!), please share your knowledge.

Thanks

Here is what I'm about to order:

Washing/Drying/Towels
Natural Sea Sponge - although I already have a sheep skin mit (http://store.yahoo.com/classic-motoring/na-spg.html)
Big Blue Drying Towel (http://store.yahoo.com/classic-motor...bludryint.html)
Microfiber Magic Towels (http://store.yahoo.com/classic-motor...acletowel.html)

Wheels/Tires
Blackfire Wheel Gel (http://store.yahoo.com/classic-motor...gelwhticl.html)

Interior
303 Protectant (as tire dressing too??) (http://store.yahoo.com/classic-motoring/303-16.html)
Glass Cleaning Kit (http://store.yahoo.com/classic-motor...scleankit.html)
Microfiber Dustgrabber (http://store.yahoo.com/classic-motoring/micdusgrab.html)
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Old 01-05-2004, 02:22 AM   #2
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You got a pretty good list there, but there's an inexhaustable list of supplies u can buy to detail your car. Personally I try to stay away from sea sponges since they can have sand trapped deep inside, but after the first few usuages it should be okay.
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Old 01-05-2004, 04:13 PM   #3
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I prefer sheepskin and chenille mits to sponges. But if it doesn't scratch and you like it, go ahead. At this price, it had better be damn good for me to shell out that much.

The big blue is good but I would stay away from those microfiber magic towels. Check out www.pakshak.com and www.autofiber.com

I've never used the blackfire cleaner but I use eagle one a2z when my rims get really dirty. I also like eagle one's tire cleaner.

For a tire wet I use Meg's High Gloss Endurance gel w/ applicators. Depending on how much gloss you prefer you can buff some off or add a second coat.

303 is very good for the interior but I've never used it on tires.

hope this helps, good luck.
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Old 01-05-2004, 05:33 PM   #4
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Hrm, that's two that aren't too fond of the sea sponge. I already have a sheep skin mit, but was under the impression that the sea sponge was the better option. Right?

I'll have to check out Meg's High Gloss Endurance Gel. I'd prefer a subtle shine over both no shine and a super shine. How is this product as far as how it leaves the tires? Greasy? Does it get all over the side of the car?

Just out of curiosity, why do you suggest staying away from the magic towels? They make it seem like a good product...and at that price?!?
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The main reasons I don't like sea sponges is that the quality ones, like you are looking at, cost a lot and I've heard that they can scratch if you don't get a high quality one. Then again some swear by boar's hair brushes that can run nearly double the price of that sponge. For me I will stick with sheepskin/chenille.

I've had no slinging with the endurance gel, but it does leave the tires a bit greasy. Seems to last pretty good through rain.

The magic towel to me seems like a lot of hype. While it is priced competitively I prefer the proven towels from pakshak and autofiber. For all I know it could be a good towel, but through research I have seen these two names come up a lot.

More detailing info than anyone would probably ever need can be found at www.autopia.org, great forum with helpful people. If you run a search there you will find a ton of info on brands, towels, sponges, etc.
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