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What are your favorite detailing products? Just looking for some open discussion and education. It seems there are tons of "new" companies offering products. What's good and what's "snake oil"?

I've been using Maguires stuff forever. What works for you guys? I have a friend that swears by the Wizards stuff but it's not easy to find locally. 

How about any "ceramic" polishes? 

 

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I have used Adams for several years. "Q" who used to be on here was a dealer and turned me on to it. We use most of the products on a regular basis  and have only been disappointed in one or two that we bought on a whim. We have actually been buying most of the products in the 5 gallon size.(Detailer, Car wash, and Waterless wash) We like it that much.

https://adamspolishes.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=5M-AdamsBrand-Exact&utm_adgroup=107744664196&utm_term=adam polishes&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-8zo79mx7AIVBa_ICh2OGAJ2EAAYASAAEgLWA_D_BwE

I also posted a link to another product we have been using for a few years now and really like that it can be applied in the direct sunlight with no issues. Its also 100% made in the USA.

https://www.ultimateshowglow.com/

 
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I have a little big of a mix of products in my detailing cabinet. I have the variety of Meguirs stuff and have been adding a bunch more to that. Here is a little list of what I have been using.

Meguirs - Used a few of their waxes and their quick detailer. Had good success with their 3 step polish. Used their leather cleaner/conditioner.

Carpro - I use their IronX and TarX and picked up their TriX and IronX soap but havent tried it yet. (Note, if you ever use IronX use it outside. It says Cherry scented, but I have never smelt cherries like that lol. Also used their FlyBy30 on glass and it did great and Eraser to just clean paint(works great removing emblem adhesives and anything sticky on paint)

Griots - I just picked up their G9 Polisher, and used their Correcting and Perfecting Creams.

Chemical Guys - I like their Citrus wash and gloss, have used their Allclean+, I use their VRP for tire shine, and used their clay bar and clay bar luber. Also have used their speed wipe and it worked well. 

 
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I do not wash my cars with running water ever. I do not use and soap so the wax stays on. I use clean water and micro fiber towels and just wipe the car down. Has never been buffed and has been waxed 2 times in 38 years. You do not need to if you do not use soap. I wipe the interior with light amount of lysol in water not much. I then wipe with dry towels and apply Lexol leather preserver. NEVER NEVER use Armorall. It will turn the material milky over time and you can never paint things like dash and console due to silicone in it. I have used the same paste wax for 60 years. Collinite Double Coat Wax, you can find at auto parts store or on Amazon. It is of course a paste Carnuba wax. I think all of the so called Ceramic coatings are Snake Oil for sure. This is how my car looks today. I also use a leather preserver and Kiwi shoe polish on my vinyl roof that is original. On carpet I use the Blue Coral upholstery cleaner. If you have fuzzy carpet you can take a propane torch and light and wave across and melt the fuzz off. The good tire cleaner is gone. Westalls Bleach White was bought and changed formula. I had a 1/2 gallon container of the original and something fell on it and lost it all last week. Some links.
https://www.collinite.com/product/no-476s-super-doublecoat/
http://www.lexol.com/
I think people wash their cars way too much, makes them feel like they are going something. I wears the paint out and feeds the rust in all the cracks and hidden places, THINK ABOUT IT.


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Well, I do wash my car. Living here in Los Angeles, the mild weather allows me to park outside 365 days a year. I'd love to park in the garage, but I've got two drag boats in there, and there's no room. So, being outside, it gets dusty when it's windy , it gets wet when it rains, it's in the sun when it's 100 degrees out . It is my only car for the last 30 years now and gets driven every day, to and from work, as well as serving as my tow vehicle for the boats. It is not "baby-ed", but I maintain her better than most.

When I wash it, I use a bucket of Zip-Wax liquid car wash, after completely soaking the car's exterior with the hose. I dry it with any one of a huge lot of old bathtowels, kept for car and boat drying. Now and again, I'll dress the tires with any one of a half dozen products in the cabinet designed for tire dressing, including , if that's what I have, Armor-All. Except for those times right after driving in the rain, my car pretty much always looks as good as anyone's. I have used a number of different waxes over the years, and the car gets waxed a handfull of times each year. Even the drag boats get waxed, EVERY time they're taken to an event. Crazy? Like a fox....

Don't be afraid to go the extra mile, or put extra effort into your maintenance, but don't be afraid to use it or get it dirty either, just clean it after.

I'll park my Mach right next to any one's machine any day of the week and be just as proud of it's appearance.

Here is where it sits, in the driveway. Looks like the tires could use some "tire shine" come to think of it....

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I do not wash my cars with running water ever. I do not use and soap so the wax stays on. I use clean water and micro fiber towels and just wipe the car down. Has never been buffed and has been waxed 2 times in 38 years. You do not need to if you do not use soap. I wipe the interior with light amount of lysol in water not much. I then wipe with dry towels and apply Lexol leather preserver. NEVER NEVER use Armorall. It will turn the material milky over time and you can never paint things like dash and console due to silicone in it. I have used the same paste wax for 60 years. Collinite Double Coat Wax, you can find at auto parts store or on Amazon. It is of course a paste Carnuba wax. I think all of the so called Ceramic coatings are Snake Oil for sure. This is how my car looks today. I also use a leather preserver and Kiwi shoe polish on my vinyl roof that is original. On carpet I use the Blue Coral upholstery cleaner. If you have fuzzy carpet you can take a propane torch and light and wave across and melt the fuzz off. The good tire cleaner is gone. Westalls Bleach White was bought and changed formula. I had a 1/2 gallon container of the original and something fell on it and lost it all last week. Some links.
https://www.collinite.com/product/no-476s-super-doublecoat/
http://www.lexol.com/
I think people wash their cars way too much, makes them feel like they are going something. I wears the paint out and feeds the rust in all the cracks and hidden places, THINK ABOUT IT.

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I like that 3/4 vinyl top
 
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Maguire's Quick Detailer and microfiber towels mostly. I also keep the car covered in the garage when not driving it to help keep dust off of it. I only drive mine once or twice a month though at most.
 

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I've used a plethora of washes, waxes and polishes over the years. Maguire's has always had decent products. I used to love Classic Car Wax. But I've been impressed with some of Wizard's products in recent years. Their Mystic Nano Wax is awesome in keeping a shine for a long period of time. It's just about as good as the Wizard's Supreme Seal that got the heave-ho from the E.P.A. some years ago. Don't need much to do a vehicle, easy to apply and if removed with an orbital DA polisher leaves a slick tenacious surface. Their Supreme Seal is great when applying to recently painted surfaces and leaves a nice finish as well.
 

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I do not wash my cars with running water ever. I do not use and soap so the wax stays on. I use clean water and micro fiber towels and just wipe the car down. Has never been buffed and has been waxed 2 times in 38 years. You do not need to if you do not use soap. I wipe the interior with light amount of lysol in water not much. I then wipe with dry towels and apply Lexol leather preserver. NEVER NEVER use Armorall. It will turn the material milky over time and you can never paint things like dash and console due to silicone in it. I have used the same paste wax for 60 years. Collinite Double Coat Wax, you can find at auto parts store or on Amazon. It is of course a paste Carnuba wax. I think all of the so called Ceramic coatings are Snake Oil for sure. This is how my car looks today. I also use a leather preserver and Kiwi shoe polish on my vinyl roof that is original. On carpet I use the Blue Coral upholstery cleaner. If you have fuzzy carpet you can take a propane torch and light and wave across and melt the fuzz off. The good tire cleaner is gone. Westalls Bleach White was bought and changed formula. I had a 1/2 gallon container of the original and something fell on it and lost it all last week. Some links.
https://www.collinite.com/product/no-476s-super-doublecoat/
http://www.lexol.com/
I think people wash their cars way too much, makes them feel like they are going something. I wears the paint out and feeds the rust in all the cracks and hidden places, THINK ABOUT IT.

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I like that vinyl top I had one one my first Mach 1.
 

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Leather Honey for leather. Apply on a hot day. Let the car bake in the sun for a little bit with Leather Honey on the leather. Wipe off. Soft leather . . .
 
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