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      03-06-2023, 11:54 PM   #1
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Your favorite detailing products

Polishes. Soaps. Towels. Mitts. Brushes. Ceramics. Tire dressing. Wheel cleaners. Etc etc.

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Glass Cleaner: Sonax Glass Cleaner
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Waxes. Polish, Sealant, Clay - these products I'm always changing up because the claims are never quite as advertised or the results are all pretty much similar.
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For name brand stuff, it's generally all fairly good, but my picks are:

Tires:Car Pro Perl / Darkside
Wheels: either Brake Buster or SP Road Warrior
Road Film Remover: SP Road Warrior or SP Pink Perfection
Bugs: SP Pink Perfection
Microfiber: The Rag Co
Wash Media: Chenille mitts
Brushes: EZ detail wheel brushes
Rinseless Wash: McKee's N914
Foam: SP Cherry Foam
Sealant: Turtle Wax Seal-n-Shine
Finisher: Turtle Wax Ice Spray Wax

Ceramic for Wheels / Exhaust Tips: Car Pro DLux
Baller Sealant & Hydrophobics: NV Nova Lustre & Jet
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Tire Shine: CarPro PERL

Drying Aid: P&S Beadmaker

Wheel/Tire Cleaner: P&S Brake Buster

Interior Cleaner: Nextzett Cockpit Premium

Leather Cleaner: Sonax Leather Foam

Glass Cleaner: Sonax Glass Cleaner
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For name brand stuff, it's generally all fairly good, but my picks are:

Tires:Car Pro Perl / Darkside
Wheels: either Brake Buster or SP Road Warrior
Road Film Remover: SP Road Warrior or SP Pink Perfection
Bugs: SP Pink Perfection
Microfiber: The Rag Co
Wash Media: Chenille mitts
Brushes: EZ detail wheel brushes
Rinseless Wash: McKee's N914
Foam: SP Cherry Foam
Sealant: Turtle Wax Seal-n-Shine
Finisher: Turtle Wax Ice Spray Wax

Ceramic for Wheels / Exhaust Tips: Car Pro DLux
Baller Sealant & Hydrophobics: NV Nova Lustre & Jet
Have either of you tried Koch Chemie's "Magical wheel cleaner"? A bit on the pricey side but it also contains an iron remover. I've read good things.
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Have either of you tried Koch Chemie's "Magical wheel cleaner"? A bit on the pricey side but it also contains an iron remover. I've read good things.
Yup tried it but generally I don't need anything fancy since my wheels are coated with DLux and I clean them every few weeks.

Generally, decon products are only needed for cars that aren't regularly maintained.

It takes more/less 3ish weeks for enough expand/contract heat "breathing" cycles to work the particles into your clear coat; so if you're washing more frequently than that you'll get little to no contamination.

For example my vehicle is 16 months old & been on 4 West Coast top to bottom road trips and has no embedded particles that I can feel yet. That's said, when I go to polish it, I'll definitely do a iron & clay decon
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I want to mention the CARPRO DHydrate Drying Towel which my PPF shop uses and turned me on to. It comes in various sizes, absorbs a great deal of water and does an amazing job drying the car. I recommend getting the large size as it speeds up the process. It isn't cheap but definitely worth the price!
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Yup tried it but generally I don't need anything fancy since my wheels are coated with DLux and I clean them every few weeks.

Generally, decon products are only needed for cars that aren't regularly maintained.

It takes more/less 3ish weeks for enough expand/contract heat "breathing" cycles to work the particles into your clear coat; so if you're washing more frequently than that you'll get little to no contamination.

For example my vehicle is 16 months old & been on 4 West Coast top to bottom road trips and has no embedded particles that I can feel yet. That's said, when I go to polish it, I'll definitely do a iron & clay decon
Good point! I'll be picking up some BB...can't beat it for the price either.

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I want to mention the CARPRO DHydrate Drying Towel which my PPF shop uses and turned me on to. It comes in various sizes, absorbs a great deal of water and does an amazing job drying the car. I recommend getting the large size as it speeds up the process. It isn't cheap but definitely worth the price!
I've seen it in action and looks good. Have you tried Griot's PFM or TRC's Gauntlet? I hear they're fantastic.
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Couple that havenít been mentioned:

As a sacrificial topper to ceramic coatings:
Carpro HydrO2 (not the premixed spray bottle one, use other one that you mix yourself, the SiO2 content is significantly higher)
Griots 3-in-1 ceramic spray - super easy to use, easiest I have found actually

Tires
Blackfire Tire Gel (I also use Carpro Perl sometimes but itís been mentioned already)

Car Soap
Carpro Reset

DIY Ceramic Coatings
Kamikaze Miyabi with Kamizake ISM over it (and then either the Griots or HydrO2 as the top coat as mentioned above)

Extending Car Mitt
Autofiber

Leather Coating
Gyeon Leather Shield - used for first time when we picked up our X3 in early Jan, super easy and forgiving to use.


Miscellaneous
Adams Brilliant Glaze for interior windows (also great on a glass shower enclosure)
The Rag Company Liquid8r drying towel, best I had tried and I have tried almost all of them lol
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Couple that havenít been mentioned:

As a sacrificial topper to ceramic coatings:
Carpro HydrO2 (not the premixed spray bottle one, use other one that you mix yourself, the SiO2 content is significantly higher)
Griots 3-in-1 ceramic spray - super easy to use, easiest I have found actually

Tires
Blackfire Tire Gel (I also use Carpro Perl sometimes but itís been mentioned already)

Car Soap
Carpro Reset

DIY Ceramic Coatings
Kamikaze Miyabi with Kamizake ISM over it (and then either the Griots or HydrO2 as the top coat as mentioned above)

Extending Car Mitt
Autofiber

Leather Coating
Gyeon Leather Shield - used for first time when we picked up our X3 in early Jan, super easy and forgiving to use.


Miscellaneous
Adams Brilliant Glaze for interior windows (also great on a glass shower enclosure)
The Rag Company Liquid8r drying towel, best I had tried and I have tried almost all of them lol
You like it better than their Gauntlet?
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You like it better than their Gauntlet?

Yes, the Luiquid8r left my panels dryer after one pass than the Gauntlet. I guess the Achilles heel of the twisted loop towels like the Liquid8r is that they are hard to wring out. I usually take mine and put it right into the washer with microfibers and mitts after done vs trying to wring and air dry, I tried that once and it stayed wet a long time before I gave up and into the wash/dry cycle it went.
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Car Shampoo: GTECHNIQ G Wash
Consumer Grade Ceramic Coating: GTECHNIQ Crystal Serum Light + EXOv4 + C2V3 = killer combination
Tire Dressing: I've used just about every tire dressing under the sun and the best one I've used is GYEON Tire Q≤. It's a SiO2-based solution that works incredibly well. For best results, I heat up the tire wall before and after application.
Wheel Cleaner: TUGA Devil Special Wheel Cleaner. This stuff is expensive but works like magic. It requires very little to no manual intervention, especially on a coated wheel.
Leather: GYEON Q≤M Leather Cleaner Strong + GYEON Q≤ Leathershield
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Polishes. Soaps. Towels. Mitts. Brushes. Ceramics. Tire dressing. Wheel cleaners. Etc etc.

Name some of your favorites!


I'm in the UK so some of these products may not be available in the US...

Pre Wash...Autobrite Direct Citrus pre-wash/APC...Gyeon APC.

Snow Foam...Autobrite Direct Magifoam...Autobrite Direct Custard Magifoam...Gyeon Foam...Garage Therapy Snow Foam V2...Bilt Hamber Auto Foam.

Shampoo...Car Chem 1900:1...Gyeon Bathe+...Gyeon Bathe Essence... Garage Therapy Car Shampoo V2...Bilt Hamber Auto Wash...Autobrite Direct Ceramic Infused Shampoo...Autobrite Direct Purple Velvet Shampoo.

Wheel Cleaners...Garage Therapy Wheel shampoo...Autobrite Direct Wheel And Tyre Cleaner.

Spray On Rinse off sealants...Autobrite Direct Magiseal...Autobrite Direct Top Gloss...ValetPRO Snow Seal...Gyeon Wet Coat...Bilt Hamber Touch-On...Koch Chemie Protector Wax.

Mitts...Garage Therapy Wheel mitt...Gtechniq Mitt, Microfibre Madness Mitt...Soft99 Mitt to name but 3.

Brushes...Wheel Woolies...Ultra Soft Detailing Brushes from Aliexpress...various sizes of Hogs Hair Brushes.

Ceramics....Gyeon.

Drying Towels...Autobrite Direct Ultimate Twisted Loop Drying Towel...Gyeon Silk Dryer.

Car Blowers...BigBoi BlowR Mini+...BigBoi Buddi.

Tyre Dressings...Gyeon Q≤ Tire Si02...Garage Therapy Tyre Serum.
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You like it better than their Gauntlet?
I gotta jump in on this as I have a ton of experience with these:

Totally agree with Ljn21 that the liquidator is best for pure drying and it what I use for a high volume fast dry.

That said, the Gauntlets are great when using a drying aid as I use 2: one for the first pass, a different one for the 2nd buffing pass. In that scenario, the gauntlet's bite is much better.

I love the gauntlets for this "Rinseless" wash & dry use and it's what I use 80% of the time but that's just my process.
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I gotta jump in on this as I have a ton of experience with these:

Totally agree with Ljn21 that the liquidator is best for pure drying and it what I use for a high volume fast dry.

That said, the Gauntlets are great when using a drying aid as I use 2: one for the first pass, a different one for the 2nd buffing pass. In that scenario, the gauntlet's bite is much better.

I love the gauntlets for this "Rinseless" wash & dry use and it's what I use 80% of the time but that's just my process.
Do you normally use a drying aid? I figured a good drying towel would eliminate the need. And have a favorite? I see P&S bead maker is a popular choice and CarProís elixir looks promising.

I plan on using a Blo Car Dryer S to dry out the nooks and crannies and handle the rest with either the gauntlet or liquid8r. So if Iím understanding correct the point of a drying aid is to provide lubrication during drying as well as aid some gloss (even protection).
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Yes, the Luiquid8r left my panels dryer after one pass than the Gauntlet. I guess the Achilles heel of the twisted loop towels like the Liquid8r is that they are hard to wring out. I usually take mine and put it right into the washer with microfibers and mitts after done vs trying to wring and air dry, I tried that once and it stayed wet a long time before I gave up and into the wash/dry cycle it went.
Like it more than Griotís PFM? The Autogeek guys are obsessed with it. And do you use a drying aid?
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After cycling through numerous brands, Iíve seriously landed on everything CarPro for all the chemicals.

Still want to try Bilt Hamber and Koch Chemie (although I have Motorplast and itís excellent).

The only thing different I use for wheels is Sonax Wheel Cleaner Plus, which I find is the only thing that cleans all the brake dust properly from the F90. Stuff is expensive as it needs to be used undiluted, and Iíve resorted to buying the 5L pales for $100. Stupid expensive.

The one I canít get my head around for wheels is P&S Brake Buster, that so many people rave about. That stuff has just never worked well anywhere close to Sonax.
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What would ya'll suggest for leather cleaning? I was gonna probably use Gyeon Interior Detailer for everything, but I'd also like something specifically for leather, either colourlock or gyeon leather cleaner mild, or Carpro Inside
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What would ya'll suggest for leather cleaning? I was gonna probably use Gyeon Interior Detailer for everything, but I'd also like something specifically for leather, either colourlock or gyeon leather cleaner mild, or Carpro Inside
GYEON Leather Cleaner Mild or Strong work well.
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After cycling through numerous brands, Iíve seriously landed on everything CarPro for all the chemicals.

Still want to try Bilt Hamber and Koch Chemie (although I have Motorplast and itís excellent).

The only thing different I use for wheels is Sonax Wheel Cleaner Plus, which I find is the only thing that cleans all the brake dust properly from the F90. Stuff is expensive as it needs to be used undiluted, and Iíve resorted to buying the 5L pales for $100. Stupid expensive.

The one I canít get my head around for wheels is P&S Brake Buster, that so many people rave about. That stuff has just never worked well anywhere close to Sonax.
Brake buster doesnít have an iron remover like Sonax. Try out Koch Chemieís magic wheel cleanerÖhavenít tried it personally but Ive seen it in action and it looks promising.

Which CarPro products are your favorites?
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