Username or Email Address
Do you already have an account?
Forgot your password?
  • Log in or Sign up

    VWVortex


    Page 4 of 12 FirstFirst 12345678 ... LastLast
    Results 106 to 140 of 400

    Thread: Ask Detailer's Domain

    1. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      01-31-2012 09:52 PM #106
      Quote Originally Posted by zVp View Post
      What polish would you recommend for a one-step polish? I was looking at Menzerna PowerFinish as I've heard and read good things about it.

      I won't mind if swirls aren't 100% gone, but if they are 90% gone, I'll be really happy (all cars in the household are daily driven and service washed ) I guess once I get them all good looking, I'll print out some "DO NOT WASH" signs, laminate them and tell my family to put them on when they go into service.

      BTW, awesome work!
      sure you can use the Menzerna PF2500 aka Power Finish for a one step polish

    2. Member
      Join Date
      Jan 14th, 2011
      Location
      Va
      Posts
      206
      02-28-2012 11:45 AM #107
      So I have been reading a lot on the proper techniques for washing and polishing and such. I currently use the two bucket method to wash my car but what is the best thing to actually was the car with? Microfiber mit, micro fiber cloth or sponge? (I currently use a microfiber mit) Also I use an absorber to dry the car and found that the aren't the best and I should be using a good quality white towel. What do you recommend for drying? Also I heard that you shouldn't use any towels that have a stitched boarder so avoid any fine scratches, do you have such a thing?
      2011 GTI 4dr Candy white
      2011 Tiguan
      2003 GTI 1.8T (sol)
      2005 C55 AMG (Sold)

    3. Moderator Jesstzn's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 20th, 2003
      Location
      BC CanaDUH
      Posts
      11,294
      02-28-2012 11:51 AM #108
      Quote Originally Posted by dub_Luvin View Post
      So I have been reading a lot on the proper techniques for washing and polishing and such. I currently use the two bucket method to wash my car but what is the best thing to actually was the car with? Microfiber mit, micro fiber cloth or sponge? (I currently use a microfiber mit) Also I use an absorber to dry the car and found that the aren't the best and I should be using a good quality white towel. What do you recommend for drying? Also I heard that you shouldn't use any towels that have a stitched boarder so avoid any fine scratches, do you have such a thing?
      I'll give you my take on this ..

      1) Wash with a Sheepskin Mitt ... I find that the M/F cloth/mitt or sponge aren't forgiving enough.
      2) Dry with a microfiber Waffle Weave towels. Absorbers and natural chamoius are very unforgiving and will cause marring , cotton towels aren't much better.

      3) Good quality W/W towels won't scratch .. border or not. In reality your not pressing hard to dry.

    4. Member
      Join Date
      Jan 14th, 2011
      Location
      Va
      Posts
      206
      02-28-2012 12:21 PM #109
      Quote Originally Posted by Jesstzn View Post
      I'll give you my take on this ..

      1) Wash with a Sheepskin Mitt ... I find that the M/F cloth/mitt or sponge aren't forgiving enough.
      2) Dry with a microfiber Waffle Weave towels. Absorbers and natural chamoius are very unforgiving and will cause marring , cotton towels aren't much better.

      3) Good quality W/W towels won't scratch .. border or not. In reality your not pressing hard to dry.
      Thanks for that. I will grab one for sure. But I read that a high quality white (so there are no dyes) 100% cotton towel is good to use, just in case you pick up some fine dirt or something it will raise up into the mat of the towel and not put any fine scratches in the clear coat.

      Whats the difference between waffle weave and a regular micro fiber (like the ones at costco)?
      2011 GTI 4dr Candy white
      2011 Tiguan
      2003 GTI 1.8T (sol)
      2005 C55 AMG (Sold)

    5. Moderator Jesstzn's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 20th, 2003
      Location
      BC CanaDUH
      Posts
      11,294
      02-28-2012 12:30 PM #110
      Quote Originally Posted by dub_Luvin View Post
      Thanks for that. I will grab one for sure. But I read that a high quality white (so there are no dyes) 100% cotton towel is good to use, just in case you pick up some fine dirt or something it will raise up into the mat of the towel and not put any fine scratches in the clear coat.

      Whats the difference between waffle weave and a regular micro fiber (like the ones at costco)?
      Zaino site is the only place I ever saw that suggests cotton towels and thats because they are still old school. I won't use them.

      The M/F towels from costco are great for wax removal etc but not a great drying towel . The difference between w/w and the other is the W/W has no nap and no lint and picks up a lot more water.


    6. Member
      Join Date
      Jan 14th, 2011
      Location
      Va
      Posts
      206
      02-28-2012 01:24 PM #111
      Quote Originally Posted by Jesstzn View Post
      Zaino site is the only place I ever saw that suggests cotton towels and thats because they are still old school. I won't use them.

      The M/F towels from costco are great for wax removal etc but not a great drying towel . The difference between w/w and the other is the W/W has no nap and no lint and picks up a lot more water.


      Thank you for the info and example!
      2011 GTI 4dr Candy white
      2011 Tiguan
      2003 GTI 1.8T (sol)
      2005 C55 AMG (Sold)

    7. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      02-28-2012 04:32 PM #112
      Quote Originally Posted by dub_Luvin View Post
      Thank you for the info and example!
      thanks for the assist.

      here we have our uber waffle weave drying towel

    8. Senior Member hrama803's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 25th, 2004
      Location
      Alpharetta, Georgia
      Posts
      23,460
      Vehicles
      e46. zx6r
      03-03-2012 02:13 PM #113
      I have 09 ZX6R, The windshield is plastic and has scratches from cleaning and wiping down.

      How can I get rid of these marks?

      thanks!

    9. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      03-03-2012 04:37 PM #114
      do you have an orbital polisher?

    10. Senior Member hrama803's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 25th, 2004
      Location
      Alpharetta, Georgia
      Posts
      23,460
      Vehicles
      e46. zx6r
      03-04-2012 09:45 AM #115
      Quote Originally Posted by DetailersDomain View Post
      do you have an orbital polisher?
      I have means to obtain one...

    11. Moderator Jesstzn's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 20th, 2003
      Location
      BC CanaDUH
      Posts
      11,294
      03-04-2012 09:46 AM #116
      Quote Originally Posted by hrama803 View Post
      I have means to obtain one...
      I think he means a PC or equal ... not a $35 one ...

    12. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      03-04-2012 09:51 AM #117
      Quote Originally Posted by Jesstzn View Post
      I think he means a PC or equal ... not a $35 one ...
      correct you may want to use some fine machine polishes with an orbital on the screen.

    13. Senior Member hrama803's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 25th, 2004
      Location
      Alpharetta, Georgia
      Posts
      23,460
      Vehicles
      e46. zx6r
      03-04-2012 01:49 PM #118
      Quote Originally Posted by Jesstzn View Post
      I think he means a PC or equal ... not a $35 one ...

    14. Member DubFriendly's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 18th, 2011
      Location
      NYC
      Posts
      319
      Vehicles
      2012 GTi Autobahn
      03-13-2012 11:26 PM #119
      I have a brand new 2012 Candy White GTI with black leather interior. I was told by some people white is the hardest to detail, is that true? all colors werent made equal?

      I want to keep the interior and exterior in perfect condition. So far Ive been using products from Autozone and a local auto shop. I never knew it can get much better than 20 dollar polish, but now that im here ive been proving wrong.

      I have a 100-150 dollar budget for my car exterior detailing products. I dont feel the need for $20+ car shampoo,wash liquid since i usually wash twice with the most expensive product by Meguiar offered by autozone, but if you honestly feel that there is a car wash liquid out there that would be worth it then let me know.

      I was also wondering what you would recommend and if 150 dollars or less could get a cheap but decent polisher/ buffer, always wanted one so i guess now is the time.

      What im hoping to get-
      -Orbiter to Buffer/Polisher
      -Polish
      -Wax
      -Clay Bars
      -Buffer pads that fit the buffer recommended.
      -Wheel Cleaner
      -Wheel Polish

      There might be some other stuff that i dont know about so list them in and let me know how to use them.
      Last edited by DubFriendly; 03-13-2012 at 11:30 PM.

    15. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      03-14-2012 09:30 AM #120
      thanks for the post.

      however the machine is already $170 with the pads and backing plate.

      Griot's Random Orbital Polisher Kit

      From there you will need to get the proper products.

      Wash
      Clay
      Polish
      Wax

      Then you would look into the leather product provided your car has leather.

    16. Moderator Jesstzn's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 20th, 2003
      Location
      BC CanaDUH
      Posts
      11,294
      03-14-2012 09:42 AM #121
      OP even tho it might stretch your budget a bit .. think of it this way .. the buffer will last for years and you could recoup some of the $$ by doing relatives cars etc..

      See if this works ..

      Your wash soap is fine

      Griots buffer & pads from DD $170
      Orbiter to Buffer/Polisher
      -Polish Meguiars Ultimate compound & Ultimate polish form WalMart $10 ea
      -Wax Duragloss #105 $10 ( or maybe Phill has a good econo one
      -Clay Bars Mothers kit from WalMart .. $15
      -Buffer pads that fit the buffer recommended. Included in the buffer above
      -Wheel Cleaner I never use one ... just wash them often so the brake dust doesn't build up
      -Wheel Polish Use the duragloss #105


      The thing is there is no such thing as a cheap " good" buffer ... the PC or the Griots are all $125 + pads

    17. Member DubFriendly's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 18th, 2011
      Location
      NYC
      Posts
      319
      Vehicles
      2012 GTi Autobahn
      03-14-2012 07:48 PM #122
      yea, i understand you have to play to pay, so is that the best buffer for the price? how about something for 200? if not ill get the one listed. and thanks mod for listed items, ill be purchaseing them soon

    18. Senior Member 6cylVWguy's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 14th, 2000
      Location
      PA
      Posts
      22,295
      Blog Entries
      4
      Vehicles
      '12 GT; '94 SLC
      04-01-2012 08:44 PM #123
      I'm not 100% sure where to post this, but this sounds like a good place to at least start.

      I have a newish car that unfortunately has a couple of small paint chips due to the std daily grind. I'd like to fill in the chips with some touch up paint, but I haven't the foggiest idea of the correct technique for repairing paint chips. Are there any good DIYs out there or any type of repair kits that people recommend?

      I'm afraid that at this point if I attempt to repair the chip, I'm going to do more harm than good. Any guidance here would be greatly appreciated.

    19. Member
      Join Date
      Mar 5th, 2007
      Location
      NYC's Dingleberry
      Posts
      731
      Vehicles
      B5 Passat wagon
      04-01-2012 08:50 PM #124
      Phil,
      What do you recommend to clean the uber foam pads?

      Also, why do you make it so hard for me to keep money in my account! I just sent you the majority of last week's paycheck. Enjoy!

      Thanks,
      Andrew

    20. Member veedubmac's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 24th, 2007
      Location
      Conn.
      Posts
      854
      Vehicles
      2013 BMW 335xi
      04-01-2012 09:33 PM #125
      Phil,
      What is the best product to remove the nasty tire dressing dealers or cheap car washed put on tires? Tried Adams APC, but it didn't work too well...maybe didn't agitate it long enough?
      '13 BMW 335xi M-Sport- Glacier Silver/Black Dakota- All the goodies
      '10 VW CC 2.0T Lux- Reflex Silver/Black- Appearance, Aluminum pedals (Traded In)
      -In the Family-
      '08 Q7 4.2P -Quartz Grey/Limestone- Air, Cold Weather
      '06 Passat 3.6 4Motion -Arctic Blue Silver/Classic Grey- Lux II, Nav, Dynaudio (Gone)

    21. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      04-02-2012 10:09 AM #126
      this is a good way to clean them

      Grit Guard Pad Washer

      or you can do it the old fashion way, use a foam pad brush clean as much dust out as you can.

      then use some dish detergent and warm water to clean them out.

      then attach to your polisher and spin dry.

    22. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      04-02-2012 10:09 AM #127
      Quote Originally Posted by DubFriendly View Post
      yea, i understand you have to play to pay, so is that the best buffer for the price? how about something for 200? if not ill get the one listed. and thanks mod for listed items, ill be purchaseing them soon
      sorry for the delay.

      Griots Random Orbital Polisher Kit

    23. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      04-02-2012 10:10 AM #128
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      I'm not 100% sure where to post this, but this sounds like a good place to at least start.

      I have a newish car that unfortunately has a couple of small paint chips due to the std daily grind. I'd like to fill in the chips with some touch up paint, but I haven't the foggiest idea of the correct technique for repairing paint chips. Are there any good DIYs out there or any type of repair kits that people recommend?

      I'm afraid that at this point if I attempt to repair the chip, I'm going to do more harm than good. Any guidance here would be greatly appreciated.
      I have not used it but seems like many like Dr. Color Chip.

    24. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      04-02-2012 10:11 AM #129
      Quote Originally Posted by veedubmac View Post
      Phil,
      What is the best product to remove the nasty tire dressing dealers or cheap car washed put on tires? Tried Adams APC, but it didn't work too well...maybe didn't agitate it long enough?
      you can use Stoner's Tarminator and a mf towel that you can throw out.

    25. Senior Member 6cylVWguy's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 14th, 2000
      Location
      PA
      Posts
      22,295
      Blog Entries
      4
      Vehicles
      '12 GT; '94 SLC
      04-02-2012 11:20 AM #130
      Quote Originally Posted by DetailersDomain View Post
      I have not used it but seems like many like Dr. Color Chip.
      Thanks for your recommendation Phil. I'll have to look into that. If there are paint chips that you have to deal with do you have your own specific technique or send the car out to a body shop?

    26. Banned TheGreenspanator's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 20th, 2005
      Location
      Downingtown, PA
      Posts
      5,156
      Vehicles
      2 57 Bel Airs 65 Corvair 66 SS396 68 Dart 73 Vette 86 Golf 97 GTI 99/04 Neons & a truck
      04-02-2012 01:15 PM #131
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      I'm afraid that at this point if I attempt to repair the chip, I'm going to do more harm than good. Any guidance here would be greatly appreciated.
      If you lose heart, call Carisma... Prices are really good, they do an excellent job on small paint repairs/PDR/etc, and they have racecars http://www.carisma.com/

    27. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      04-02-2012 01:18 PM #132
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      Thanks for your recommendation Phil. I'll have to look into that. If there are paint chips that you have to deal with do you have your own specific technique or send the car out to a body shop?
      at the shop we don't deal with chips as we may think it looks great but you may think its horrible.

      I leave that all to the paint guys.

    28. Senior Member 6cylVWguy's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 14th, 2000
      Location
      PA
      Posts
      22,295
      Blog Entries
      4
      Vehicles
      '12 GT; '94 SLC
      04-02-2012 04:06 PM #133
      Quote Originally Posted by TheGreenspanator View Post
      If you lose heart, call Carisma... Prices are really good, they do an excellent job on small paint repairs/PDR/etc, and they have racecars http://www.carisma.com/
      Good idea--I used them for PDR on my old GTI. I may have to see what it would cost them to repair a few chips.

    29. Senior Member 6cylVWguy's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 14th, 2000
      Location
      PA
      Posts
      22,295
      Blog Entries
      4
      Vehicles
      '12 GT; '94 SLC
      04-02-2012 04:07 PM #134
      Quote Originally Posted by DetailersDomain View Post
      at the shop we don't deal with chips as we may think it looks great but you may think its horrible.

      I leave that all to the paint guys.
      Good point! Your approach seems pretty darn logical.

    30. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      04-02-2012 10:07 PM #135
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      Good point! Your approach seems pretty darn logical.
      thanks I appreciate that and your understanding.

    31. Member leitmotif's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 20th, 2006
      Location
      CA
      Posts
      5,659
      Vehicles
      07 Rabbit
      04-04-2012 08:53 AM #136
      I'm being kind of lazy and not searching the entire thread. I was wondering about a couple of things.

      1. What is the best product to use and best method of application for exterior textured black plastic to keep it looking new and not faded grey?

      2. What is the best product and application for dashboards/interior that will not leave it greasy/glossy/wet looking?

      3. Is something like Maguire's Quick Detail good for bug removal between washes? Is there a better product or method?


      Thank you.

    32. Forum Sponsor DetailersDomain's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 25th, 2006
      Posts
      1,643
      Vehicles
      2010 S4, 2007 Q7, 2002 911 Turbo
      04-04-2012 09:37 AM #137
      Quote Originally Posted by leitmotif View Post
      I'm being kind of lazy and not searching the entire thread. I was wondering about a couple of things.

      1. What is the best product to use and best method of application for exterior textured black plastic to keep it looking new and not faded grey?

      you may want to try Black Wow

      2. What is the best product and application for dashboards/interior that will not leave it greasy/glossy/wet looking?

      1Z einszett Cockpit

      3. Is something like Maguire's Quick Detail good for bug removal between washes? Is there a better product or method?

      If you plan on removing bug and tar you have to make sure you rewax the area you sprayed.

      1Z einszett Anti Insekt
      Stoner Tarminator

      Thank you.
      take a look at the answers above.

    33. Banned TheGreenspanator's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 20th, 2005
      Location
      Downingtown, PA
      Posts
      5,156
      Vehicles
      2 57 Bel Airs 65 Corvair 66 SS396 68 Dart 73 Vette 86 Golf 97 GTI 99/04 Neons & a truck
      04-04-2012 10:09 AM #138
      Quote Originally Posted by leitmotif View Post
      I'm being kind of lazy and not searching the entire thread. I was wondering about a couple of things.

      1. What is the best product to use and best method of application for exterior textured black plastic to keep it looking new and not faded grey?
      The best thing I've tried so far is actually from Surf City- the Black Wow's and stuff are thick oily goop that looks great til it rains, then leaves greasy streaks down your paint/chrome. Surf City's Black Max you can find at local AdvancePepZone- lasts pretty well even through washes/rainstorms, smells pretty awesome, and best of all- I haven't seen it streak, at ALL. Finish looks just as good as some of the more expensive products I've used that ended up streaking in the rain.
      Apply with a microfiber towel or foam sponge, let sit briefly, wipe off excess with a dry towel. On especially weathered trim I've done two or three light applications with what I consider great success.

      http://www.surfcitygarage.com/shop/b...-trim-dressing

    34. Member leitmotif's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 20th, 2006
      Location
      CA
      Posts
      5,659
      Vehicles
      07 Rabbit
      04-04-2012 10:52 AM #139
      Quote Originally Posted by DetailersDomain View Post
      take a look at the answers above.
      Quote Originally Posted by TheGreenspanator View Post
      The best thing I've tried so far is actually from Surf City- the Black Wow's and stuff are thick oily goop that looks great til it rains, then leaves greasy streaks down your paint/chrome. Surf City's Black Max you can find at local AdvancePepZone- lasts pretty well even through washes/rainstorms, smells pretty awesome, and best of all- I haven't seen it streak, at ALL. Finish looks just as good as some of the more expensive products I've used that ended up streaking in the rain.
      Apply with a microfiber towel or foam sponge, let sit briefly, wipe off excess with a dry towel. On especially weathered trim I've done two or three light applications with what I consider great success.

      http://www.surfcitygarage.com/shop/b...-trim-dressing
      Thank you!

    35. Moderator Jesstzn's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 20th, 2003
      Location
      BC CanaDUH
      Posts
      11,294
      04-04-2012 10:59 AM #140
      Quote Originally Posted by leitmotif View Post
      1. What is the best product to use and best method of application for exterior textured black plastic to keep it looking new and not faded grey?



      Thank you.
      I use Forever Black Tire Gel on the lowers .. lasts 30+ washes .. give a more natural matte finish. Apply it with a cheapie little kitchen sponge .. it drys in 5 min .. do 2 coats and forget about it for 30 washes.

      Hard to see in this pix but this is after a winter up here in CanaDUH.


    Page 4 of 12 FirstFirst 12345678 ... LastLast

    Tags for this Thread

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •