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Old 06-18-2008, 10:38 AM   #2121
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Greg - whats the best way to contact you? PM, email, just start a new thread?
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:00 PM   #2122
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his email but i would ask here in this thread. that way if someone has the same question, theyll already find there answer if they do a search
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:48 PM   #2123
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what products do you recommend for suede treatment, and what are the steps?
Also is there anything that can be done to faded suede?

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Suede can be tough to work with. It's a sensitive surface that I tend to be conservative around. I take a vacuum and carefully remove loose contaminants. For regular cleanings I take a soft brush and lightly brush the surface. I avoid using liquid cleaners or even water to avoid any potentially problems, but sometimes you have to use them. Before using any cleaning solution always spot test the product in the least visible area just to ensure you are getting the results you desire with no ill side effects. For stains I like to use a diluted version of the 303 Cleaner and Spot Remover (3:1). This is already diluted but I like to be even more safe and dilute it even more. Spray it directly on a clean towel or applicator pad and spot treat the affected area by lightly wiping the surface. Avoid using excess product or spraying products directly on the surface if possible. If this doesn't work you can use the product in stronger concentrations.

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Old 06-18-2008, 05:52 PM   #2124
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Greg - whats the best way to contact you? PM, email, just start a new thread?

If it's something that can help others you can start a thread or add the question here. If it's more personal or not a general question you may want to just PM me or e-mail me at support at detailedimage dot com. It's really up to you I'll help you either way.

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Old 06-18-2008, 06:00 PM   #2125
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Cool - thanks Greg. I sent you a PM yesterday on a product inquiry and haven't heard back - just wanted to make sure I wasn't sending it to a place you don't check.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:16 PM   #2126
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I responded just after I saw your post in this section. Sorry for any delay, yesterday was one of those extremely long days. I usually respond in 24 hours but sometimes it takes an extra day.

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Old 06-22-2008, 12:25 PM   #2127
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Greg,

I was looking at Quick Detailers on your site and came across 2 Poorboy's Products, the Spray&Wipe and Spray&Gloss. What is the difference between the 2 and would you recommend either one over the other QDs you sell?

I like Poorboy Products because they add a different smell to each product. I especially like the blue paste wax and tire shine.
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Old 06-22-2008, 12:34 PM   #2128
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deep scratches on the driver side (plastic) side skirts which runs under the doors on the drivers side. I think my wife drove thru a car wash and it rubbed and scratched the side skirt. My car is white and wanted to know what I can do to get these marks out or do I have to get it painted?

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Old 06-22-2008, 01:59 PM   #2129
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I was looking at Quick Detailers on your site and came across 2 Poorboy's Products, the Spray&Wipe and Spray&Gloss. What is the difference between the 2 and would you recommend either one over the other QDs you sell?

I like Poorboy Products because they add a different smell to each product. I especially like the blue paste wax and tire shine.
They are both similar products. They are both quick detailers designed to help safely clean a surface. They help encapsulate and suspend particles so they can not be ground in to the surface. The difference between them is that the Spray and Gloss has a little bit of polymers in it to add more shine and protection to the surface. It's only slight but it's a great product to use on a freshly detailed surface to keep it looking fresh. The Spray and Wipe is what I like to use as a clay lube, lubricant on fresh pads, door jamb cleaner, and so much more. The Spray and Wipe is probably the most versatile and popular but both have their function.

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Old 06-22-2008, 02:08 PM   #2130
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deep scratches on the driver side (plastic) side skirts which runs under the doors on the drivers side. I think my wife drove thru a car wash and it rubbed and scratched the side skirt. My car is white and wanted to know what I can do to get these marks out or do I have to get it painted?
I'm not sure I understand the problem 100%. It sounds like there is a gouge in the plastic of some sort. Typically you can't just buff them out. If the mark is in plastic you may be able to clean it but removing the scuff is difficult. Typically you just have to deal with it or replace it. Let me know if I can help further and if I'm understanding the situation.

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Hi Greg,

Here is a nice question, I have a detail coming up on a M3 CSL, My questions is this...

How do you go about polishing the carbon fibre roof? Do you even polish it? And once polished... or not, do you wax the carbon fibre?

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Old 06-23-2008, 12:08 AM   #2132
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Hi I have some swirls on my interior trim of my bimmer burlwood. What products do you guy recommend.

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Old 06-23-2008, 01:24 PM   #2133
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Here is a nice question, I have a detail coming up on a M3 CSL, My questions is this...

How do you go about polishing the carbon fibre roof? Do you even polish it? And once polished... or not, do you wax the carbon fibre?

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Most carbon fiber panels are clear coated. If the carbon fiber is clear coated then you can treat it just like the rest of the vehicle. However it may not have the same type of clear coat (soft, hard, nano, etc) so it may react differently to the polish. Therefore start off with a light polish and make sure you're getting the desired results before using something more aggressive. If it's not clear coated you want to be even more cautious. I honestly never had carbon fiber that was not clear coated so I've never experienced that situation. It certainly would be safe to seal/wax but I would be very careful with polishes.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:33 PM   #2134
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Dan,

For coated hard wood I use a light polish on them like the Menzerna PO106FF or Menzerna Final Polish II. Tape off the surrounding trim with blue painter's tape or remove the wood. Then just buff the polish on with medium pressure and remove the excess product with a clean microfiber towel. This should remove a lot of the light surface imperfections, haze, oxidation, etc. You can also coat the wood with a sealant to protect it if desired.

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Old 06-24-2008, 01:01 AM   #2135
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Im thinking about purchasing the Gilmour. I notice it also comes with the CG CGandWash. I have been using PB Super Slick and Suds wash for about 2 years now (same 32oz bottle!). The PB does not strip wax no matter the concentration correct? What I am worried about is when I use the CG wash is it stripping the wax. Then again I could just use the CG for when I am about to do a full detail, and use the PB for in between washes. I guess my question is, does the container on the Gilmour show how much car wash you have put in it (like oz wise) so I will know if I am using the right amount to not strip the wax?
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Im thinking about purchasing the Gilmour. I notice it also comes with the CG CGandWash. I have been using PB Super Slick and Suds wash for about 2 years now (same 32oz bottle!). The PB does not strip wax no matter the concentration correct? What I am worried about is when I use the CG wash is it stripping the wax. Then again I could just use the CG for when I am about to do a full detail, and use the PB for in between washes. I guess my question is, does the container on the Gilmour show how much car wash you have put in it (like oz wise) so I will know if I am using the right amount to not strip the wax?
Good question. The Poorboy's World SSS will not strip protection at any concentration level. The CG CW&G can strip the protection if used in a concentrated manner. Here is a blog post I made about the Gilmour Foamaster II and Chemical Guys Citrus Wash and Gloss Mixing Ratio. This should help explain everything and get you everything you need.

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I think i'm thinking about this too much, but just to be sure...

Using the chart on that page, if I did not want to strip protection, put it on setting A w/ .5oz CG and 32oz Water. To strip would be setting B w/ 2oz CG and 64oz water. The 64oz/32oz/etc. is the amount of water correct? If you use the CG and the Gilmour on your washes, what is the optimal settings you use for the best foam on both non-stripping, and stripping. Again, I think i'm thinking about this too much. Plus...maybe its just too early .

I did however perform a search before I asked this! GO me! I just got confused anyways haha.
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:42 PM   #2138
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Scratch Advice

Hi!
I just found this thread, and I'm really impressed. I only wish I had found it a week ago.

Here's the deal; I have a bunch of thin shallow scratches on my Orient Blue '99 323i. I ordered a product called the Touch Up Paint Pen (#APP 317) from Bavarian Autosport (www.BavAuto.com) to match the orginal paint color. I followed the directions that came with it (which left much to be desired) and tried it on a couple of scratches. The pen fills in the scratches, but it seems to still leave the obvious appearance of a pen stroke (see pictures). I only applied one coat but now I'm nervous to continue.

After spending hours reading this thread, I suspect the paint from the pen is not level with the rest of the paint nor properly polished & compounded. Does that sound right?

As an aside I also have lots of swirl marks, etc so I'm in need of a full polish, glaze, sealant, & wax. I would just like to properly fill these scratches before I do.

Any advice you can give would be very helpful.
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"Smudge spots" are where I filled in the scratch with the paint pen.
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