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Old 03-31-2015, 07:58 PM   #1
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What's in your detailing bucket?

As the title says, I really want to know what people use to take care of their car. I know there's products greater than Meguiars and Mothers but that's what I grew up knowing was good, and that's what I see at Autozone/Target.

I'm interested in everything from soap to trim restorer. I might also start a side detailing business if I can convince he wife to let me buy some new stuff.

So far in mine is the following:
Meguiars
- Gold Class car wash
- Ultimate quik wax
- Glass cleaner
- Quik interior detailer
- Quik detailer mist and wipe (exterior)
- Aluminum wheel cleaner
- Hot shine foam
- Hot shine tire coating (Not sure which is better, the tire coating seems to last longer)
- Gold class leather cleaner
- PlastX
- Ultimate liquid wax
- Ultimate paste wax (I like the liquid better, doesn't stain the trim)

Mothers:
- VLR cleaner/conditioner
- Back to black trim cleaner
- Billet metal polish

- Rain X repellant
- Black magic tire wet spray (One of my buddy's gave it to me)

As for towels, I use an extremely soft microfiber to dry, along with an Absorber.

For stuff like the interior and rims/tires, I use the bulk microfiber Microtex Platinum from Walmart.

Any and all suggestions to this kit are greatly appreciated!


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Well I did some spring cleaning today, and reminded me of this thread that I saw awhile back, but never got around to commenting on. I've been slowly but surely stocking up on detailing supplies, in preparation for an upcoming autoshow/cruise in about a month.

My go to was Chemical guys products last season. It was the first time i really strayed away from Meguires products, and i have to say i was really happy with the quality. I buy cheapy microfibers from walmart, just for the basic wipe downs and wheel duties. But have a set of some plush ones i recently bought that i'll be giving a try. Heres my list of chemical guys products.

V34 polish
V36 polish
V38 polish (just ordered never used)
Butterwet wax
Jetseal 109 (fantastic stuff)
EZ creme glaze
Mr. Pink
Synthetic Quik Detailer (not recommended)
And i purchased a 5.5 inch backing plate from them, which i like because it it somewhat flexible. I Use their Hex pads on my DA polisher as well. I've only used the Orange pad, and black pad, but ordered a kit with each pad included plus their pad cleaner. So i will eventually try those out next week.

My list of other random stuff in my arsenal.

Meguires Ultimate Compound
Meguires ultimate polish
meguires ultimate wax
Meguires foaming tire shine
Meguires crystal glass cleaner
Turtle wax wheel cleaner

And a whole bunch of other products that i cant think of off the top of my head.


I only started messing with a DA polisher towards late last season, when i hit my stang with a full 2 day detail marathon. I washed, clayed, used v34, v36, a glaze, jetseal, and a wax, and it literally took out 95% of the imperfections on the car. But, being a novice, i had started to notice some light ghost marks from a couple areas, and some very very miniscule marring the never fully got worked out. So I'm hoping that next week i'll go back with the v36 and v38 to fully finish out the car with the right pads for the job. Click image for larger version

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I've got V38 also, only briefly did my hood and I really like it. I'm waiting until summer until I can do the full car and really focus on it.


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Damn, it's really a night and day difference.

I've been wanting to get a buffer for some time, I love finally having a garage.


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Sonax car wash.
Sonax nano-wax/NPT wax.
Microfiber cloths.
Novus #1
Clay bar. ( as needed or for stubborn grime )
Car cover.
Neoprene shop gloves ( I get a box of 100 pairs at the auto store ) Not one of the chemicals you use on your paint is remotely safe to get on your skin in large quantities.

The cover is the key as it keeps UV off of the car and grime down as well. The paint looks like new after 2 1/2 years. I do have to wax it every two weeks, but it's worth it.

The only "grit" that my paint ever sees is the clay bar, and only when there's tree sap and the like to remove. Never use any polish with abrasives in it ( auto-shop paste wax is a no-no ) unless you are restoring damaged paint. If you wash it and there's still junk on the paint, wash it again and use warmer water. Cold water won't get rid of hardly any dirt.

The Novus #1 is a plastic polish. This is the original plastic and clearcoat polish from the 80s that everyone else copied. Zero fading on my lights or plastics. Note - don't get this on rubber.

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For rims, well, factory rims are painted these days (there's clearcoat on top of the aluminum even), so same as the rest of the car. Don't use wheel cleaner or anything like that - it'll ruin your rims in a few months. If there's stubborn grime, use soap and a small extra-soft toothbrush.
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Old 11-11-2015, 03:35 AM   #9
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I also have Mother's clay bar and "Showtime" detailer & some Meguires products but for that final shine I use a DA polisher & EuroTech 7000 Polish/Glaze. Two bucket warm water washes are the best and I use a wash&wax soap. Two buckets. Or three.
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not really up to the detail that you guys do but I'll throw out my homemade grit guard system of two slip-fit 5 gal buckets that I drilled a bunch of 3/8 holes in the bottom of the inner one. Also when rinsing try NOT using a nozzle just the open hose and you'll have much less water to towel/blast off.

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not really up to the detail that you guys do but I'll throw out my homemade grit guard system of two slip-fit 5 gal buckets that I drilled a bunch of 3/8 holes in the bottom of the inner one. Also when rinsing try NOT using a nozzle just the open hose and you'll have much less water to towel/blast off.

Yankee Farmer ideas......simple and cheap.
I did the same with the buckets. Also use the open hose(blanket of water ) technique.
Tried one of the new Wash & Wax "Self Drying" products by Barrett-Jackson. Advertised as "Streak Free Wash", "Water Sheets Off", "Virtually No Spotting". NOT IMPRESSED!
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I don't have a bucket. I have what looks like a Meguires store shelf.

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