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Old 06-28-2006, 09:34 AM   #1021
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The shine is probably from oils collecting their from your skin. I would suggest wiping it down with a cleaner like the 303 Cleaner and Spot Remover. If it needs a really deep cleaning you can use the Leatherique Prestine Clean. This is typically applied to leather but also works great on leatherette, vinyl and rubber. This will certainly deep clean the steering wheel and then you can also use it on your seats.

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Old 06-28-2006, 10:41 AM   #1022
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What is the oil rejuvinator used for then? In the directions it said to use the cleaner and then the oil rejuvinator to give it a the softness again for the leather seats....is it really needed? I know when I use the cleaner the leather feels really great, but afterwards the oil makes it all not looking nice again...I do put little amounts of the oil rejuvinator as my leather isn't beat yet. I been doing this 2x a year for the past 2 years. The steering wheel on the other hand hasn't gotten cleaned at all.
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Old 06-28-2006, 11:13 AM   #1023
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I'm not sure if you're referring to the Leatherique Rejuvenator in specefic or other products. I'll outline what you should do with the Leatherique Rejuvenator and Prestine Clean and the differences between the products. If you're using other products let me know and we can discuss them as well.

The Prestine Clean is a leather cleaner that has conditioners in it. The Rejuvenator is packed with conditioners and can restore the hardest leather. . To clean the leather and condition it use the Leatherique Prestine Clean with a terry cloth applicator. Rub it into the seats with the applicator and wait about 15 – 20 minutes then remove with a damp microfiber towel, followed by a dry towel. If you want a really deep conditioner that really helps revive the leather apply the Leatherique Rejuvenator first and let that bake into the seat (I let it sit on the seat and then put the car in the sun all day to bake in) then put the Leatherique Prestine Clean right on top of it and follow the process listed above. After this process with these products is complete there is no oily residue left behind at all. This process will work great on your wheel as well. Its important to take care of the wheel due to the amount of contact it has with your skin on a dialy basis.

You don't have to use the Rejuvenator each time but it obviously delivers a lot more conditioners to the surface. For new leather some people will just use the Prestine Clean, I recommend using the Rejuvenator on any leather over 2 years old atleast 1 - 2 times a year, just to ensure it will stay healthy.

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Old 06-29-2006, 12:07 AM   #1024
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Thanks Greg,
The products and how they are used are much better explained now. The leather does feel alot better after I used it correctly.
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:29 PM   #1025
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I'm impressed, most people get the order wrong the first time.

Just a tip; after you apply FTG (if you choose to apply it), make sure you've removed all the residue, and if you have time let the car sit for awhile, then come back and re-wipe. FTG can be tough to remove entirely, and if you leave any residue on it'll play games with the EX. Cheers.

Thanks for the tip! I gotta say, I cheated a bit and did a quick search on the thread for the same question
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:32 PM   #1026
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Greg, I also got the Lexol leather bottles and I already had the BMW leather care product. Do I need to use all 4 (all 3 Lexol + 1 BMW) or just the Lexol ones for the best results?
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Old 06-29-2006, 06:29 PM   #1027
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There is no right answer but I would stick with just the Lexol ones for now. It should come out great with the three Lexol products. Let us know if you have any other questions.

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Old 07-07-2006, 10:40 AM   #1028
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any deals on blue microfiber towels going on? Need about 10 of them

Just received my towels and "Pinnacle" wax! The wax is SWEET ! One thing though...read the instructions after I used the stuff and they recommend a 12 hour cure before another coat. If that's the case...just wasted some expensive wax. Should I wait for any more coats?
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Old 07-07-2006, 12:52 PM   #1029
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Glad you got the products fast, we do make a strong effort to ship fast. The Pinnacle Wax is stunning, its quickly becoming the favorite of many professionals and consumers. The 12hr cure time is for ideal results. You can certainly layer more coats but it won't have the maximum effectiveness/bonding. My advice would be to wait as long as you can but don't worry if you can't wait the full 12 hours. Maybe apply one coat at night, keep it garaged and apply another coat in the morning if you have the time.

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Old 07-07-2006, 05:20 PM   #1030
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Glad you got the products fast, we do make a strong effort to ship fast. The Pinnacle Wax is stunning, its quickly becoming the favorite of many professionals and consumers. The 12hr cure time is for ideal results. You can certainly layer more coats but it won't have the maximum effectiveness/bonding. My advice would be to wait as long as you can but don't worry if you can't wait the full 12 hours. Maybe apply one coat at night, keep it garaged and apply another coat in the morning if you have the time.

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Old 07-13-2006, 01:03 AM   #1031
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:02 AM   #1032
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How exactly do you use the yellow bug and tar remover pad that i ordered?? Seems kind of rough to just use it directly on the paint.
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:38 AM   #1033
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As of right now we don't have a coupon code for forum members. You can PM me about bundle deals or other inquaries.

The yellow bug and tar block should be soaked in warm soapy water for 2+ minutes and gently glided across the surface of your paint. Rinse the block frequently so you're not grinding contamination into the paint.

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Old 07-20-2006, 12:53 PM   #1034
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Do you sell or can you recommend a quality water softener product/system? I saw one in Griot's but my experience with them is that their products are good quality but more than a little overpriced. Any ideas/suggestions?


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Old 07-23-2006, 09:09 PM   #1035
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Greg/George,

I have some questions here..

I will be applying of the following to my car: SSR 1-->SSR2.5-->Menzerna FTG--> PB- EX sealant--> Natty's paste wax.(Using a PC).Do I need anything else based on your experience?My car is black and many light swirls/scratches!DISASTER!!

The question is how many pads and what kind of pads do I need to get the best result out of those products?Perhaps, I should do multiple coats using SSR2.5(Using cutting pad for 2 coats and polishing pad for 1/2 coats?

Also,I am thinking to keep buy some quick detailing products and I was thinking Z-6 and Z-8! Is it ok to use Zaino products after ,since I will use PBs and Menzerna to start with?

I know some of my questions might have been mentioned or asked before,but it is just too many pages in your thread! LOL..

Really appreciate the future info!!

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Old 07-24-2006, 09:51 AM   #1036
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tkogto - we don't sell a system at this time

N1boo0! - Your list looks good, the only other step you might want to add is a clay bar. Clay bars help remove surface contamination which increases the effectiveness of polishes. Here is the order of operations and pads I recommend with your current list of products:
Wash / Dry
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(make sure this is applied before SSR 1.0) SSR 2.5 - orange cutting pad
SSR 1.0 - white polishing pad
FTG - white polishing pad
EX - black finishing pad
Natty's Blue - must be hand applied (I really like the microfiber applicator pads)

As for multiple coats of the SSRs it really varies per vehicle. Each vehicle has its own condition due to: manufacturer’s clear coating process, age and condition of vehicle, type of product, hand or buffer application, type of pad or applicator, skill of detailer and more. In summary I would do what you think is best give your situation. Maybe this time just do one coat of each and then next time experiment with mutiple coats.

As for putting the quick detailers on top, I'm not sure how much they would add during the detail process if you just applied a carnauba wax. You can look at the Menzerna High Gloss Acrylic Shield if you want a great spray on sealant. Try it and see what you think. It might work better as a maintenance step that you apply after your next wash/dry.

Let me know if you have other questions.

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Old 07-24-2006, 11:23 AM   #1037
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THANKS ALOT Greg! Great details!

I will do what you told me ASAP,cant wait the result LOL...


Just one more thing,somehow I just love the way Z-6 and Z-8 working on my friend's car and I really want to get them.Do you think it will be ok if I use Zaino quick detailing for maintainance purposes?I mean,would it affect my detailing result (using SSRs and Menzerna)?

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Old 07-24-2006, 11:49 AM   #1038
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im not entirely sure if this is your area of expertise, but i am looking to repaint my x3's black plastic bumpers.. any idea as to what paint i'd use, any kind of preparation necessary? thanks a lot, and nice responses on the threads, you seem to know what you're doing :p
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N1booo1! - We're happy to hear our information has helped you. The detail should come out fantastic! As for the z6 - z8 it should be fine as a maintenance step. My only concern was that it might not help you during the full detail, its a better maintenance option.

michael marcos - Sorry I wouldn't consider myself an expert in painting plastics and dont have any great links off hand. I'll keep my eye out for info and let you know if I find anything.

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N1booo1! - We're happy to hear our information has helped you. The detail should come out fantastic! As for the z6 - z8 it should be fine as a maintenance step. My only concern was that it might not help you during the full detail, its a better maintenance option.

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