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My philosophy on detailing is procedure over products. It takes a combination of products, procedures and knowledge to restore and maintain a high gloss finish to your paint. Once you learn proper procedure, the majority of products available will do what they claim to do. Now, I'm not talking about "miracle" type detailing products that claim they will restore, protect and maintain a finish for years with one application, I'm referring to quality detailing supplies.

I have used many products over the years, and like most people, I have a core list of products that work best for me. Most of the products listed below are available online but some of them can be picked up locally.

Below are a list of recommended products that I use and have good success with.

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Washing & Drying
  • Five Gallon Buckets - You can pick them up at your local Home Depot or Lowe's. Autogeek also carries the 5 Gallon Wash Bucket System with Dolly. This is a great system and come with a lid, seat cushion and a dolly. The dolly make it easy to move the bucket around the car. It also works great as a seat when polishing horizontal surfaces.
  • Drying - Waffle Weave Microfiber Towels and some type of compressed air. I use the Vac-n-Blo, it's both powerful and compact. It's a bit expensive but it's a great tool for both interior and exterior cleaning. If you are on budget a shop vac works just as well, just not as portable as the Vac-n-Blo.
  • Clay Lube - Any kit or dedicated clay lube works fine. I use Poorboys Spray & Wipe or car soap/water in a spray bottle (1/10 ratio).

    Note: some clay bars react with certain car soaps and will break down and deteriorate.  Make sure to test a piece of your clay before using it with your car soap.


Polishing
  • Machine -
    Porter Cable 7424/7336, UDM (Ultimate Detailing Machine). Both are great for novices or the enthusiast detailer.

    Cyclo A work horse polisher, it's been around for years. It's a step up from the Porter Cable or UDM in correction abilities.

    Flex XC 3401 VRG This machine bridges the gap between an orbital and rotary. It's a bit more expensive, but if you can afford it get it. You won't be disappointed. See it here compared to the Porter Cable 7424

  • Polishing Pads - Lake Country Pads - I've used many different pads over the years and always come back to Lake Country. They work great and last.

Wax/Sealant

Miscellaneous Items
  • Towels - Waffle Weaves for drying and Microfiber for everything else. Look for sales, everyone runs sales on Microfiber towels...get them when they're cheap!! Use Costco, Walmart, Sam's club microfiber towels for dirty jobs other then the paint (door jambs, wheels, etc.).

Interior Products
See the Interior section for product recommendations.

Detailing and Polishing Kits
Menzerna Intense Polish and Final Polish II
New to polishing?

Below are a few starter kits Autogeek has that I'd recommend.

These kits work great at removing normal to moderate swirls and scratches (like the one's in the picture) caused by normal wear and tear.


    Kit includes:
  • Porter Cable 7424, Wrench, Counter Weight
  • 5" Backing Plate
  • 32 oz. Menzerna Final Polish
  • 32 oz. Menzerna Intensive Polish
  • 2 – 8 oz. Bottles with Caps
  • 2 Cobra Indigo Edgeless Microfiber Polishing Cloths
  • 4 Cobra 6 Inch Microfiber Bonnets
  • 1 CCS 6.5 Inch White Polishing Pad
  • 1 CCS 6.5 Inch Gray Finishing Pad

    Kit includes:
  • Porter Cable 7424, Wrench, Counter Weight
  • 5" Backing Plate
  • 32 oz. Optimum Polish
  • 32 oz. Optimum Compound
  • 32 oz. Optimum Poli-Seal
  • 6.5 inch CCS Orange Light Cutting Pad
  • 6.5 inch CCS White Polishing Pad
  • 6.5 inch CCS Gray Finishing Pad
  • 3 Cobra Microfiber Detailing Towels

    Kit includes:
  • Porter Cable 7424, Wrench, Counter Weight
  • 5" Backing Plate
  • 16 oz. Poorboy’s Light Abrasive Swirl Remover SR1
  • 16 oz. Poorboy’s Medium Super Swirl Remover SSR2.5
  • 8 oz. Poorboy’s Natty’s Blue Paste Wax
  • 16 oz. Poorboy’s Spray & Gloss
  • 16 oz. Poorboy’s Spray & Wipe Waterless Wash
  • 1 CCS 6.5 inch Gray Dual Action Finishing Pad
  • 1 CCS 6.5 inch Orange Dual Action Light Cutting Pad
  • 1 CCS 6.5 inch White Dual Action Polishing Pad
  • 2 Cobra Microfiber Towels, 16 x 16 inches
  • 12 oz. Pinnacle XMT Polishing Pad Cleaner

Have any questions or need specific product recommendations? Contact me and I'll see if I can help.
 
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