THE ADAM'S POLISHES DETAILING GUIDE AND QUICK REFERENCE THREAD PART 1 - PRODUCTS AND TOOLS WASHING PRODUCTS Car Wash Shampoo – Provides lubrication for the wash media to reduce chances for swirls. Use for bucket washing, foam gun and foam cannon. Lots of suds and pH neutral. Strip Wash – Concentrated car wash soap that helps remove old wax or sealant. Used when you want to start fresh with a new layer of sealant or wax. Use for bucket washing, foam gun and foam cannon. Lots of suds. It is not pH neutral, so it is not suitable for regular maintenance washes. Wash & Wax – Car wash soap that adds some protection and shine as you wash. Use for bucket washing, foam gun and foam cannon. Good suds and pH neutral. Rinseless Wash – Concentrated product used for rinseless washing, can also be used for making a spray-able dilution for cleaning and pre-treating bugs. Waterless Wash – Ready-to-use cleaning spray for wipe-downs of light dust and can also be used for pre-treating bugs. Detail Spray – Spray and wipe to add shine, use when drying to provide some lubrication for the towel. Provides a booster to wax and sealant. Also a lubricant for claying. All Purpose Cleaner – Heavy-duty cleaner for tires, wheels, engines, and oxidized trim. Strips protection, so reapply sealant or wax after use. Tire & Rubber Cleaner – Dedicated cleaner for tires and rubber trim. Removes blooming, discoloration, mud stains and tire dressings. Also removes wax residue from trim. Wheel Cleaner – Wheel cleaner that dissolves metallic brake dust, but not really a strong cleaner or degreaser. ENHANCEMENT PRODUCTS Tire Shine – Tire dressing that is shiny, but not too glossy. Helps seal the rubber to prevent mud stains. Must be spread and evened out with a foam applicator. Lasts a long time. Super VRT – Trim and tire dressing. Works to restore faded plastic trim and rubber, adds sun protection. Gives a matte finish when used as a tire dressing. Water-based so it does wash off and can streak when rained on. In & Out Spray – Interior and exterior trim dressing. Works great for hard to reach areas. Aerosol version of SVRT. Invisible Undercarriage Spray – Darkens plastic wheel well liners. Helps to keep mud and snow from sticking. Can stain concrete. PROTECTION PRODUCTS Liquid Paint Sealant – Acrylic polymer sealant that can be applied by hand or machine. Highest level of protection, lasts 4-6 months. Applied with a foam applicator and dried residue removed with a plush towel. Only for paint and gloss vinyl, not for use on plastic, rubber, or matte vinyl. H2O Guard & Gloss – Water-activated acrylic sealant, adds gloss and protection, lasts 1-2 months. Applied to a wet vehicle and seals all surfaces: paint, glass, plastic, rubber trim, matte and gloss vinyl. Buttery Wax – Easy on, easy off liquid wax, lasts 2-3 months. Only for paint and gloss vinyl, not for use on plastic, rubber, or matte vinyl. Americana Premium Paste Wax – Premium paste wax, lasts 3-4 months, adds depth and shine. Only for paint and gloss vinyl, not for use on plastic, rubber, or matte vinyl. Patriot Wax – Ultra-premium paste wax, lasts 2-3 months, very high gloss. Only for paint and gloss vinyl, not for use on plastic, rubber, or matte vinyl. Brilliant Glaze – Used for adding high gloss, can be applied over or under waxes, best applied over a sealant. Contains fillers that will help hide minor imperfections in paint when applied first, before the wax or sealant. Only lasts a few weeks, reduces longevity of waxes or sealants that are layered on top of it. Glass Sealant – Concentrated optical sealant for use on exterior side of windows. Makes water bead up and blow right off, and keeps the mud and bugs from sticking. Can also be used on the side mirrors. POLISHING PRODUCTS Visco Clay Bar – Removes contamination that is bonded or stuck to the paint. Use with Detail Spray as a lubricant. Revive Hand Polish – Hand-applied polish that cleans the paint and can remove very minor imperfections. Paint Correcting Polish – Used with a machine polisher to remove scratches and swirls from paint. Paint Finishing Polish – Used with a machine polisher to remove minor swirls from paint and adds gloss to the finish by removing imperfections that cannot be seen. Typically used after Paint Correcting Polish. Metal Polish #1 and Metal Polish #2 – Used for hand polishing uncoated metals like aluminum, chrome, or stainless trim. Not for used on clear coated metals or wheels. Polish #1 provides restoration, polish #2 finishes the restoration by providing additional shine. INTERIOR PRODUCTS Glass Cleaner – Cleans glass, safe for tinted windows. Leather & Interior Cleaner – Heavy-duty cleaner for leather and plastic. Used for cleaning heavily soiled areas and can be diluted for lighter cleaning. Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner – For hand cleaning carpets and fabric seats, and can also be used in carpet cleaning machines like the Bissell as a replacement for the Bissell soap. Total Interior Detailer – Cleans and adds some protection to interior plastics and leather. Leather Conditioner – Highest level of protection for leather and can also be used on interior plastics like the dash, doors, and trim. APPLICATORS AND TOWELS Most of the products have a matching, color coded foam applicator, which makes remembering which applicator to use much easier. The various microfiber towels are designed to work well at a specific task. Waffle-weave towels work great for drying and for waterless washing. Plush towels are used for removing residues from polishing and sealants/waxes. Utility towels are less expensive, and are meant to be used for dirtier tasks that might ruin a more premium towel. Glass towels are low nap, tight weave, and work better on glass that a regular towel that is plush or has more nap. Inexpensive towels that you see at Costco or the auto parts store are lower quality microfiber and will mar or scratch the paint. If you already have some of these lower-quality towels, only use them for utility tasks like wiping out the door sills; do not use them on your paint. TIER ONE PRODUCTS - Must haves Car Wash Shampoo Detail Spray All Purpose Cleaner Tire & Rubber Cleaner Tire Shine Super VRT Liquid Paint Sealant H2O Guard & Gloss Glass Cleaner Leather Conditioner TIER TWO PRODUCTS - Get these next Rinseless Wash Strip Wash Wheel Cleaner Visco Clay Bar Revive Hand Polish Americana Premium Paste Wax Leather and Interior Cleaner Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner Total Interior Detailer TIER THREE PRODUCTS - May need these Wash & Wax In & Out Spray Invisible Undercarriage Spray Paint Correcting Polish Paint Finishing Polish Buttery Wax Patriot Wax Brilliant Glaze TOOLS Grit Guard Wash Bucket – The grit guard traps dirt and crud in the bottom of the bucket so it does not get back into your wash pad and scratch the paint. It is best to use two buckets, one for washing and one for rinsing out the dirty wash pad before getting more shampoo from the wash bucket. Wash Mitt, Wash Pad, Wash Wedge – Wash media of your choice, used with Car Wash Shampoo to clean all surfaces except wheels and tires. Master Blaster Sidekick Dryer – Hand-held, forced-air dryer for getting the majority of the water off the paint and also blows water out of cracks, vents, and crevices to prevent drips after drying. Heats and filters the air, follow-up with towel drying using Detail Spray. Master Blaster Revolution Dryer – Stationary, high power, high-volume dryer that can be used to dry the truck. Works faster for blowing water out of the hidden areas. Heats and filters the air, follow-up with a small towel to get any remaining spots or drips. Machine Polishers – Power tool that is used with pads (foam or microfiber) and liquid polish to correct paint by removing the layer of clear coat that is scratched or swirled. Different machine polishers have varying correcting power and ease of use. Can also remove deeper scratches that have not gone completely through the clear coat. Adam's Foam Gun – Used with a garden hose to apply suds to the vehicle. Saves time during washing, and provides good lubrication for your wash media. Adam's Foam Cannon – Used with a pressure washer to create a thick layer of foamy soap on the vehicle. Saves time during washing, and provides maximum lubrication for your wash media. DEFINITIONS Clay Bar – A semi-soft man made product used to decontaminate paint prior to polishing. Many types of contamination bond with exterior surfaces and cannot be removed by washing alone. Clay removes these contaminants safely and without damaging the finish. Clay does not remove scratches or swirl marks. Polish – Chemicals comprised of liquids and solids, the abrasive qualities of these products can vary depending on the use. Polishes are used to remove imperfections from paint and provide no protection for the finish. Sealant – Synthetic chemical compounds used to provide long lasting protection to automotive finishes. Typically sealants offer the best protection against the elements, and feature very bright, mirror-like, reflective properties. Glaze – Used for aesthetic purposes only, glazes offer very little in the way of protection for automotive finishes, but they do offer greatly enhanced gloss and shine on paint, glass, and chrome with minimal effort. They can also be used to help hide minor imperfections and are most commonly layered over a sealant or under a wax to provide protection. Wax – Naturally occurring ingredients like carnauba, sometimes reinforced with synthetic polymers, used for providing protection on painted automotive finishes. The quality and quantity of wax found in a given product will determine the durability, ease of use, and aesthetic characteristics. Waxes are most typically used for their ability to provide very deep, wet, glossy looking finishes. Dressings/Conditioners – Chemicals used in the restoration and protection of automotive trim, surfaces like vinyl, rubber, plastic, leather, and other similar materials. Regular conditioning is important to prevent fading and UV damage of these delicate materials. Microfiber – Man-made, synthetic fibers that are up to 100x finer than a human hair. Woven into a variety of textures for different uses, microfiber is the safest choice for cleaning delicate finishes. Beware, not all microfiber is created equal and low quality microfiber can easily cause damage to paint.