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#432809 PRO TIP: Dilution Ratios

Posted by Team Adam's on 16 December 2014 - 12:50 AM

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So you want to start mixing and diluting products for various uses, but you're not sure how to decode the ratios? Not to worry - the Shine Doc has got you covered! Dilution and mixing can be a very important part of a good detailing regimen, whether its to reduce the strength of a cleaner for more delicate needs or reduce the shine of a dressing, its key to know how to properly read dilution recommendations.
 
WHAT PRODUCTS CAN BE DILUTED?

Virtually any chemical can be diluted in one way or another, but things like wax for example won't be diluted often. Other products like Super VRT, Leather & Interior Cleaner, or Rinseless Wash will be things you dilute all the time.

 

CAN I USE TAP WATER TO DILUTE THINGS?

Yes and no, it really depends on the product you're mixing and what its purpose will be. Typically any product that has an 'optical implication' should only be mixed with distilled water. By optical implication we're talking about products with a visual impact on reflection, clarity, etc. So for example Super VRT can be mixed with regular tap water as the clarity of your tires or trim isn't an issue. On the other hand Rinseless should (ideally) be diluted with distilled water to reduce the chance for streaking when its used as a waterless spray.

 
DEFINING 'PARTS' IN A DILUTION

The term 'parts' are used in simplified dilution ratios that allow the user to calculate a dilution ratio regardless of the size of the bottle or batch you are mixing. Simply put 'parts' are a basic way to break down a mix and scale it to whatever amount you need or want.

 

In a dilution ratio your first number is always the water and the second number is your chemical, so for example:

 

If you were trying to create a dilution of Car Wash at 4:1 it would read 4 PARTS water and 1 PART car wash. Because the ratio is a simplified dilution you can apply it to something as small as a 16oz bottle or as large as a 5 gallon bucket. As long as you know the parts you can create any batch you need at the identical dilution ratio.

 
HOW PARTS MAKE UP A TOTAL YIELD

With the parts understood we can discuss how those parts add up to create your total yield. The total yield is the amount of the finished mixture you will create with your dilution. Simply put, the sum of the parts equals the yield. Sticking with our 4:1 mixture for Car Wash from earlier -

 

4 parts water and 1 part car wash equals a total yield of 5 (the sum of the parts)

 

If you were using a dilution of 20:1 your total yield would be 21. If working with a dilution of 10:1 your total yield is 11, etc, etc.

 

DETERMINING YOUR BATCH SIZE

Your batch will be dictated mostly by the container you intend to mix in. Keep in mind that most bottles are not defined by 'full to the top' as almost every bottle manufacture leaves an air gap at the top to reduce spillage. If your bottle doesn't have markers or a gauge to indicate sizes use a measuring cup to determine where the fill lines should be and mark them with a sharpie.

 
CONVERTING YOUR RATIO TO OUNCES

So now we know what parts are and how they add up to the total yield. You also know that your batch size will be dictated by your container, but how do we break the formula down into ounces and start mixing? We need to convert our parts to ounces. Lets say we're going to mix 32oz of our Car Wash solution at 4:1 to clean a set of delicate aluminum wheels:

 


BATCH / YIELD = OUNCES PER PART


Remember BATCH is the size of your container, or the amount you wish to make in ounces and YIELD is the total number of parts in your dilution ratio so in our example:

 

32oz  /  5  =  6.4 ounces per part

 

Now that we've determined our ounces per part we can plug that number back into the original ratio and determine exactly what we need to create our mixture in the correct batch size

 

4 PARTS WATER       x     6.4oz   =     25.6oz

1 PART CAR WASH   x     6.4oz   =     6.4oz

 

Double checking our math by adding it together you can see we have a total of 32oz of mixture being created at our desired dilution.

 

TIP: PRE-MIX LARGER BATCHES

Armed with all this new found knowledge of dilution how can you make it even more effective? Try pre-mixing larger quantities of your most commonly used ratios for refill purposes. Diluting directly into the bottle, while convenient and easy does present a challenge - if you are almost done with your mixture and need to refill it how can you accurately measure when there is already liquid in the bottle to contend with? By mixing gallon or larger batches to then refill your spray bottles you can eliminate the guess work and the need to mix for 128oz of use.

So the next time you exhaust a gallon container don't toss it out! Mix up a batch of your most commonly used dilution and have it ready to go whenever you need it!

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COMMON DILUTIONS

Below you'll find just a few suggestions on various dilutions to use your Adam's products at. If you have a dilution ratio you like for a product reply here and we'll add it to the list. The beauty of diluting products is you can find a variety of needs and new solutions for products you may not have thought of before.

 

  • All Purpose Cleaner
    • 8:1 - delicate aluminum wheels or trim
    • 4:1 - bug or tar pre-treater, door sills, kick panels
    • 1:1 - coated/painted wheels,
  • Super VRT
    • 1:1 - spray on low gloss tire dressing
    • 2:1 - spray on detailer for vinyl soft tops/tonneau covers
    • 3:1 - quick detail spray dressing for matte vinyl wraps
  • Rinseless Wash
    • 16:1 - waterless washing spray
    • 64:1 - clay lubricant
    • 6:1 - pre-wash/pre-soak solution
  • Leather & Interior Cleaner
    • 8:1 - delicate surface interior cleaning
    • 3:1 - moderate soiling
    • 1:1 - general coated leather cleaning (when no stains are present)
  • Deep Wheel Cleaner
    • 1:1 - paint decontamination/removal of ferrous metal

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#500479 Thanks for a Great Year!

Posted by Adam on 01 January 2017 - 05:53 AM

2016 was a strong year for our humble business, and we have you to thank!   Thank you for using and recommending our products  Thank you for your incredible loyalty.  Thanks for caring enough to tell us when we need to improve a product, policy, or service.

 

Thank you, and cheers to a fantastic 2017!!


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#431975 Dylan is back.....and I'm Thrilled.

Posted by Adam on 06 December 2014 - 06:41 AM

Today, we let the cat out of the bag.  The Shine Doc is in, and Dylan holds an honorary Ph.D in OCD detailing!  He dialed in our product line and upgraded our detailing system since 2008, and manifested multiple product and process improvements....at all times.

 

Dylan's attention to detail, his process of measuring perfection, and his pursuit of a flawless finish has earned him an incredibly positive reputation in this company, and industry.  Our company suffered without him.

 

Adam's is way better, and more complete with Dylan on our team, and it feels FANTASTIC having him back.

 

Welcome back my friend, and I'm honored to be on the same team again!

 

-Adam

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#434749 PRO TIP: Tire 'Blooming' and Why Your Tires Turn Brown

Posted by Team Adam's on 07 January 2015 - 10:04 PM

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Chances are you've encountered tire blooming and you don't even know it. Blooming is what causes a tire to look brown. That new set of tires that you have to scrub over and over again to get them to look black, or the tires on a car you detail less frequently that are closer to the color of chocolate than they are black. Modern rubber compounds are becoming increasingly complex, far more than most people realize. Tire manufactures are continually pushing the envelop with chemistry and design to create tires that can keep up with the demand of todays cars and drivers. Higher mileage, more miles per gallon, better all-weather traction, or high speed and cornering as cars get better, faster, more intense the tires they roll on must change to keep up.

We expect increased performance from our vehicles and tires are an integral part of that, but rarely do we take the time to understand what exactly has changed about tires other than going from bias ply to radial in the late 1960's.

What does this all have to do with your tires turning brown? Read on.

ANTI-OZONANT

An anti-ozonant is probably something you've never heard of. Its an organic compound added to rubber materials that prevents, or at the very least, slows the deterioration caused by exposure to the elements. Anti-ozonants are used as an additive in most all of the exterior rubber and plastic parts to one degree or another, but they are most prevalent in tire manufacturing. The anti-ozonant additive keeps plastics and rubbers from becoming dry, brittle, oxidized or cracking. It does this by preventing the surface of the material from oxidizing and keeps the material pliable.


Thanks to anti-ozonants in rubber compounds we have have high mileage tires, performance tires, and everything in between. Without it sports cars would shred tires incredibly fast after just a few high speed turns or long track runs where the tires were heated up. Even your daily driven commuter car would need tires far more often as the sun and heat slowly rotted away the rubber compounds.


TIRE BLOOMING

Tire rubber compounds are designed in a wat that allows the anti-ozonant to continually work its way to the outside of the tire and as such, continually keeps the outer surface and sidewall pliable and resistant to oxidation.

Once anti-ozonant reaches the outside of the tire and is exposed to air and moisture it oxidizes, the result being a brownish residue. The term for this ugly brownish tire look is 'tire blooming'. Just like metals left exposed to the outside world will slowly begin to rust (oxidize) as it is exposed to water and air, so does the anti-ozonant component of the tire rubber.


Making matters worse is the use of mold releases in the manufacturing processes. These lubricant type chemicals provide a non-stick surface for the inside of a tire mold. The mold release chemical bonds with the tire and hold anti-ozonants onto the surface of the tire.

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While some people will point to mold release as the primary and/or only source of tire blooming, it is in fact often times only a part of the problem. Even after the removal of mold release a tire will continue to push anti-ozonant to the surface allowing the brown residue to return.

 

THE ROLE OF COLOR CHANGING WHEEL CLEANERS

Wheel cleaners used to dissolve metallic contamination (Deep Wheel Cleaner among them) can have an accelerating effect on the oxidation of anti-ozonant. The reaction you see when brake dust it turned to a reddish slurry by Deep Wheel Cleaner or a similar product is, in a very simplified way, oxidation. The chemical reacts with the metallic contamination and begins to dissolve it.


Tires that have not been cleaned properly before or have been left uncleaned for long periods of time will have substantial amounts of the anti-ozonant built up on the surface of the tire. When an active wheel cleaner comes into contact with this buildup it will accelerate the browning or blooming. Because of this its imperative to regularly scrub tires to remove the buildup of anti-ozonant and 'dead' rubber - think of it almost like exfoliating your skin. If you are a regular user of Deep Wheel Cleaner or similar color changing wheel cleaners for their ability to remove stubborn brake dust then be sure to spend an extra couple of minutes scrubbing your tires as well.


Does this necessarily mean you should discontinue the use of Deep Wheel Cleaner? No, but it should be used with the understanding that the tire needs deep cleaning after the wheel to remove any residues or prevent tire blooming acceleration as a result of the oxidation process. Abrading the tire sidewall to remove this will prevent the blooming in the first place - the reason your sidewalls brown, but your treads don't is that the treads are continually worn away by driving so the surface never is allowed to sit long enough to display blooming.

 

DON'T BLAME THE SILICONE

For years the prevailing thought has been that silicone based tire dressings are the culprit for brown tires. Read any number of forums and the first thing most casual detailers will point to is the choice of tire shine the person with the issue uses. While silicone can be a messy and sticky solution to making your tires shine it isn't always the main culprit of the brown issue.

Most browning related to silicone will be due to the silicone holding dirt and debris on the tires surface, not the tire itself turning brown. This type of browning is very easy to remove as silicone dressings also remove with scrubbing and a degreaser like All Purpose Cleaner.

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Don't think this means you should immediately start to treat your tires with tons of silicone, there are still a lot of reasons it's not an ideal way to dress your tires, but don't believe the story that your choice of tire dressing is the ONLY source for the brown residue. Silicone and water based dressings can be used and the tire can still exhibit blooming... its the tires surfaces and/or lack of heavy cleaning more than it is anything you've treated it with.

 

REMOVING THE BLOOMING

Removing the blooming is really a simple process - the use of a good degreasing agent, like Adam's All Purpose Cleaner, and a stiff bristle brush should be more than enough to remove even the worst blooming within a few treatments. Be sure to rinse the tires extremely well with clean after each cleaning to remove any chemical buildup.


Once the brown residues are removed regular cleanings with All Purpose Cleaner shouldn't need to be as aggressive or frequent, but if you notice the blooming returning just scrub well. The application of a quality water based dressing like Super VRT or a dressing low in silicone content like Adam's Tire Shine will help slow the reappearance of blooming by providing a barrier between the tire surface and the environment.

 

IT WILL COME BACK, ITS JUST A QUESTION OF WHEN

Because anti-ozonants continue to work their way towards the outside of the tire even a car which sees very little use or doesn't have very dirty tires may experience tire blooming when eventually exposed to oxidizers due to lack of cleaning. As such it is recommended that even relatively clean tires be treated to a semi-regular scrubbing to remove the anti-ozonants from the outer layer of the tire sidewalls.


Each tire will have a different amount of blooming it is prone to. Some tires may bloom very slowly, while others will bloom almost before your very eyes. The amount of anti-ozonant and the way the tire is designed to push it to the surface will determine how fast or slow it happens. Regardless, one thing remains true - regular cleaning and dressing of your tires will prevent or at the very least minimize the appearance of brown on your tires.


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#431875 The Shine Doctor is....

Posted by Team Adam's on 05 December 2014 - 07:35 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone... it feels good to be back at it and I've got some cool stuff planned, of course I'll be here talking with all of you daily.


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#436213 An important announcement from Adam.

Posted by Team Adam's on 28 January 2015 - 11:05 PM

 

for more info visit adamspolishes.com/origins


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#409158 Adam's Staff Update?

Posted by Adam on 27 February 2014 - 04:29 AM

Friends, thanks for your loyalty.  Without it, you wouldn't be concerned about the changes to our team.   Thanks for taking notice, and sharing concern!

 

Please, give me a chance to expand....

 

First and foremost we have GREAT people, and I'm humbled to have such incredible team members.  We are a growing company, and as with most growing businesses, ours is evolving.  When I read the Wall St. Journal, and see how many top exec changes are made in these huge companies, it makes my head spin!  We make a few shifts, and our customers take notice!  That's cool, and shows loyalty.

 

We are not alone in experiencing a changing business.

 

As for key team members moving on, there are always several sides to a story.   Here's mine:  I like to see our team members doing exactly what they enjoy doing for us.  That means job descriptions and responsibilities  are fluid, ever evolving.  That lack of structure certainly resulted in us losing some people, and I take complete responsibility for it.  In the future, positions at Adam's will have more structure. 

 

Explaining Dylan is relevant, and current.  He did nearly everything for us, from forum moderation to website maintenance, product development, operations manager to social media, video editing to photography.   The guy literally wore every hat in our job roster, and is an excellent and qualified human.

 

He came to a point in his career where, 'what's next,' wasn't clear.  When he mentioned that he was unhappy several months ago, and that his resume was about to get some refreshing, I supported him.  We don't want unhappy people on our team!  Certainly, Dylan wasn't fired.  He wore every hat in our company but mine, and we parted ways on good terms.

 

In fact, I introduced him to several key players in our industry, and am excited to hear where he lands.   With such a vast experience throughout many of the segments of this industry, I wouldn't be surprised to see him become a consultant to the segment.  Whatever he does, I'm sure he will add value.  I support Dylan 100%, and hope his next position brings him satisfaction.

 

As for the other people, I'll run down the who went where:  After working as a shipper, then product demonstrator at events, Mook one day confessed that he just wanted to detail cars!  That was his passion. Traveling to shows was not good for his home-life, nor pets, and I understand that completely. 

We tried putting a detail shop in the Colorado warehouse. It was not a wildly successful side business, and we supported Mook moving into his own detailing business. We are simply not a service business!  We love and support Mook! 

 

Chase has his own detailing business, and God Bless Him, it's successful!  Spending time on our forum was not happening, and with additions to his family, he needed to focus on his core business.   Everyone loves Chase, what a great guy!  I have a very high respect for Chase, his people skills, product skills, etc. Chase, let's have a beer soon!

 

Lynn came to help us with a variety of things, and her job changed rapidly over the two years on our team.  We tried to find the right slot for her but eventually, we realized our events were killing us.   Wiping people out, not breaking even, and killing our already thin profit margins.  We cut our show expenditures to bring them into line with a company our size.  Lynn was our "show girl," and was released to explore new opportunities.  She was very organized, and left our small business better than she found it.  Thanks Lynn!

 

A few other additions, while we are updating: 

  • We added a star-spangled Customer Service/ Office Assistant, Bianca, last year. 
  • We moved from a part-time Controller to a full-time CFO, Christian, a needed upgrade for a company our size. 
  • We added a Supply Chain Manager, Scott, another standard move for an operation our size. 
  • You will soon see a new Customer Service team member joining the team. 
  • Look out for two new shipping locations, close to the coasts.  That will help get products into our customer's hands quicker, and with cheaper shipping.
  • Those locations will come with new shipping team members as well.

As for putting faces to the people, I'm going to do that next week.  Stay tuned for fresh photos...that's a great idea!

 

Our product line is getting better, more lean.  The Adam's Detailing System will be simpler and require fewer tools an chemicals.   Removing duplicate products will further reduce confusion, and create a more effective detailing process. Removing SKU's that are difficult to manufacture will mean less backorders....that's key!

 

As for our Forum needs, we have many, and need help!  How can we involve you, our friends and detailing experts, to spend more time here?  What's missing that you speak of, and can you help articulate what it might take to bring that back?

 

If you would rather contact me via email, than in this thread, please do.  Honest, hard feedback is welcome.  I can take it, trust me.

 

Thank You Friends.   I hope to continue to earn your business, friendship, and support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Adam Pitale

Chief Detailer, Adam's Polishes

Adam@AdamsPolishes.com

 

P.S:  Here is a recent photo of me with our three children....you asked!

 

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#513687 The "Don't Do's of Detailing" Thread

Posted by Rich on 23 May 2017 - 04:11 AM

Don't buy mystery boxes or buckets if you're going to complain about what you get.   :lolsmack:  :lolsmack:


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#466674 Pads

Posted by Dylan@RUPES on 11 January 2016 - 01:57 AM

OIF Vet - I may have an LHR15ES Bigfoot I can donate to your rebuild of supplies, my personal one that's about to be retired.

Shoot me an email: dylanv@rupesusa.com
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#383237 Introducing Vicenzo Pitale 9lbs, 3oz...

Posted by Adam on 24 June 2013 - 04:42 PM

Friends, yet another meatball was born on Saturday at 8:25PM...and not a small one! 

 

My wife Melissa was amazing, and I was with her for the entire labor and birth.   She had a natural birth, no shots or drugs until after birth, when she wanted to double down on the pain killers!

 

God is good.  Thanks for your kind thoughts and words on our Facebook page.  I'm off to change another poopy diaper!

 

:)

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#434202 FAQ: "Should I use wax or sealant on my car?"

Posted by Team Adam's on 01 January 2015 - 11:21 PM

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Sealants, glazes, waxes, and even coatings - in the world of car care right now there are a number of options when it comes to protection and enhancement of your vehicles exterior. But what should you be using? While there is no right answer for everyone, there certainly is a right choice for you depending on how your vehicles are used, stored, and ultimately what your goals are for the finish.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR OPTIONS

Each type of product provides unique benefits and some level of compromise. Understanding what benefits are part of each type of product and choosing your last step product (LSP) or combination of steps based on what you need them to do is important. Ultimately, each person needs to strike their own personal balance between 2 aspects:


DURABILITY = how long the product lasts and how well it protects the underlying clearcoat.

AESTHETICS = the visual impact the product provides in terms of added gloss, depth, etc.



GLAZE:

Durability: Very Low | Aesthetics: High

Glazes are probably the least understood product considered a part of the LSP category. The term glaze has been used and misused widely over the years by a number of manufactures, but most professionals have come to accept that a glaze is most commonly a non-abrasive product used to mask imperfections and provide aesthetic enhancement.


Most glazes will be a blend of a few basic ingredients - wax, solvent, and oils. These three components are blended in a ratio to allow them to help fill in minor imperfections and thanks to the solvent content even offer a level of paint cleansing.


Glaze has long been a favorite product of car lots all over the world since they offer fast, easy, and inexpensive enhancement of painted surfaces in one step. However, the short lived effects have left more than a few new car owners wondering why their recent purchase looked so awful after just a few washes.


Ultimately glazes are best suited as a compliment to another LSP or used only for short term enhancement. The blends rarely lend themselves to more than a week of staying power in mild conditions and they're often easily washed away or evaporate when exposed to moderate heat.


In spite their short lifespan on your vehicles finish a glaze can offer fast, easy, and dramatic enhancement of gloss and depth making them a great choice as a topper right before a show, cruise, or whenever you want a little extra 'pop' on your finish.



WAX:

Durability: Low to Moderate | Aesthetics: High

Wax is actually comprised of naturally occurring compounds, harvested from a specific type of palm tree, commonly known as the detailing world as Carnauba wax. Carnauba wax comes in a variety of grades, purities, and can be refined to various levels. Its blended with oils, other wax types (like bees wax), and in some cases even some polymers to create car wax. Carnauba is actually a hard and coarse substance that has to be blended to create a chemical suitable for application to a vehicle - so be skeptical of any product claiming to be 100% carnauba. The makeup of carnauba would make it almost impossible to spread over your paint if it isn't cut with various other ingredients. See the magnified picture of raw carnauba wax below for a better idea why no car wax can be truly 100% carnauba.


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Blending various waxes, solvents, oils and polymers together can give you virtually an infinite number of combinations and types of car wax, but there are some limitations no matter how good the blend. These limitations center mostly on how susceptible to deterioration from heat, detergents, and abrasion wax is. Even the best grades of carnauba will have a melting point between 160-180 degrees F, meaning a black car parked outside on a summer day in a climate like Arizona will easily begin to see evaporation of wax coating, within just a few days, or even a few hours the wax will be completely gone. Additionally, waxes will offer lower resistance to harsh detergents, like those found in touchless car washes.


The biggest benefit to waxes is their overall enhancement to painted finishes. A good wax will enhance colors, fill minor imperfections, and produce a rich, deep look that typically won't be seen with other LSP options. On dark colors (blacks and blues) you'll see additional depth and dimension. On brighter colors (yellows and reds) you may notice a more rich, vibrant look.



SEALANT:

Durability: Moderate to High | Aesthetics: Low to Moderate

Sealants tend to be mostly synthetic man made products chemically engineered to do very specific things, but mostly they excel at providing durable protection. Because these products are essentially created in a lab they can be modified, customized, and engineered to meet any number of criteria and perform in different ways.


On average a sealant will provide better durability than a comparable wax product. With much higher resistance to heat, UV, and detergents an application will withstand more abuse. Sealants encompass a wide variety of chemical compounds including acrylic resins, polymers, and aminos. Some will include varying amounts of wax in their blend to aid in filling or adding gloss.


For years sealants fell behind waxes in terms of providing aesthetic enhancement, but more recently sealants have been bridging that gap, offering better durability and an ever increasing levels of gloss and depth. While a sealant hasn't quite been able to recreate the rich depth found from carnauba based products the gap separating the two is increasingly smaller. Most sealants currently on the market offer excellent clarity and reflective properties making their look ideal for colors that don't typically benefit from waxes like metallic silvers and white.



COATING:

Durability: Extremely High | Aesthetics: Low to Moderate

The most recent technology for exterior protection is found in the coatings category. Once a product only for professionals the detailing world has begun to see more consumer friendly products that offer previously unheard of longevity and various other benefits. Described as nano coatings, glass coatings, or ceramic coatings the chemicals used in this category offer durability spanning multiple YEARS rather than months with some even claiming permanent protection.


Coatings can almost be thought of as a clear coat for your clear coat. They form a hard, clear, cured, hydrophobic barrier that is more resistant to scratches than automotive clear coat and even prevents contamination from sticking making them easier to clean.


The products in this category continue to evolve offering an increasingly diversified amount of benefits, with some coatings being easier to apply, others offering better scratch resistance, and others even focusing on some amount of gloss enhancement like a wax. The coating market is still very young and continues to evolve.


It should be mentioned that there is some level of skill involved in a coating application as well. A finish should be completely corrected prior to a coating application simply because any defects still in the paint will be trapped beneath the coating. Additionally coatings have specific cure times and techniques - be sure to research the application and requirements for any coating before attempting to apply yourself.



SO WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU BE USING?


There are no specific rules for choosing a product to use on your particular car, but there are some clear frontrunners to choose from simply by looking at how you use/store your vehicles mixed with your overall desire for increased shine.


For outright show car looks its hard to beat a wax. Its ideal for a car that spends most of its days in the garage or lives in more mild climates. A wax still continues to be the ultimate choice for someone looking to get the most 'shine' out of their finish. While sealants and coatings continue to find new levels of shine they still don't quite measure up to the look of a quality carnauba paste wax.


On the other hand a sealant or even a coating might make sense for your car if its a daily driver or its exposed to extreme winters or very hot summers. If you're among the large percentage of people who have to drive their car every day, even when the weather is less than perfect durability and ease of maintenance are your primary concerns. Ultimately you want to keep your car protected from the elements - so for a driver or car stored outside explore the options of sealants and coatings.


Ultimately, the choice of what is best is up to you. Find a product or products that have the right mix of the durability and enhancement for your budget and your free time. Afterall, if you just enjoy the process of cleaning and waxing your car then a wax is going to give you the most excuses to rub on it. Theres no rule you can't apply a wax to your daily driver or a sealant to your garage queen, but understand that you might not be seeing the full benefit of your product choice if its not ideal for the conditions its exposed to.


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LAYERING MULTIPLE PRODUCTS


What if you want the best of both worlds? Well, you could venture into the world of layering. Working with a couple of product types in specific layers can give you a number of benefits, so long as you apply them properly.


As a general rule, the most durable product should always be used as the base, so for example if you were working with a sealant and a wax, the sealant would be your base layer that is then topped with the wax. The only exception to this rule comes into play with a combination of glazes and wax. Because wax doesn't bond to the paint in the same manner as a sealant or a coating a glaze can be used UNDER a wax to maximize the filling ability of the glaze without compromising the longevity of the wax coat.


The flip side of layering different products is in the top coat performance. Remember that whatever is applied last will be what outward behavior you see most. So when you top a coating with wax you will notice the aesthetic benefit, but you might also notice that the surface isn't as hydrophobic as it would've been with just the coating alone.


The best thing to do is to experiment for yourself to see what you like. With so many possible combinations theres going to be a process that suits you best, finding it is just a matter of trying them and evaluating for yourself.


MULTIPLE LAYERS OF THE SAME PRODUCT


If some is good, more must be better? Right? That might not always be the case. Many products will stack a few layers deep for additional surface coating, but there is a point of diminishing return. A wax for example will max out at about 2 thin coats, attempting to put 5 coats of a wax down in search of extra gloss and super durability just doesn't work. The additional coats simply begin to smear the base coats around and can actually have a negative impact on the clarity of the finish. The same is true of glazes for the mostpart.


Sealants, while more apt to layer without issues, still only stack a few layers deep before they begin to offer no additional benefit and you begin wasting product. Our independent testing showed no noticable benefit for a panel treated with 2 coats of sealant vs a panel treated with 4 coats.


With coatings, the tricky part of their curing process and the specific type of coating. Some coatings require substantial cure time before an additional layer can be applied, others require additional layers be applied before the first is fully cured to bond properly as the cured coat will actually repel the 2nd coat. Refer to your specific coating technology for guidance if you intend to layer.



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#429914 The elephant in the room...

Posted by Adam on 31 October 2014 - 05:42 PM

When I heard that Dylan was dismissed from SCG, I called him immediately, and invited him to lunch.  We immediately offered to bring him back, as he was a pivotal part of the growth that we experienced while he was on our team.  Let's face it, Dylan rocks, and we would love to have him back!

 

He is looking at several options currently, and will be making a decision that is best for his family, and bank account! SEMA is next week, and he has multiple offers and meetings.

 

We did part ways on good terms, and would love to have Dylan on our team again.......

 

Go Dylan, and no matter what, we support him and his family!


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#492427 DIY Detailing Cart Bottle Holder Tray

Posted by avimore on 27 September 2016 - 08:06 AM

I recently purchased a detailing cart and wanted to find a solution to keep my bottles secure and prevent them from moving or tipping over.  I thought I would give it a shot and build something myself seeing as I had a specific design in mind.  Here are some details of the project...
 
Started with a heavy duty steel 3-tier cart and added the Adam's 'A' to class it up:
 
29332390313_72e260c2e6_c.jpgIMG_20160916_1 by avimore, on Flickr
 
 
Added some shelf-liner to all three levels for some padding and protection:
 
29845143892_1b45d94df0_c.jpgIMG_20160916_2 by avimore, on Flickr
 
 
Got a piece of wood cut-out to fit exactly on the top shelf.  Then measurements carefully drawn up to fit 21 bottles:
 
29958906925_454c65a186_c.jpgIMG_20160916_3 by avimore, on Flickr
 
 
Cutting the holes out was easier than I expected and luckily the wood held up well:
 
29332395383_9024e301b0_c.jpgIMG_20160916_4 by avimore, on Flickr
 
29845152772_b6b2dce199_c.jpgIMG_20160916_5 by avimore, on Flickr
 
 
Sanded and ready for paint:
 
29665173300_8bb063b9a5_c.jpgIMG_20160916_6 by avimore, on Flickr
 
 
The fit turned out perfect and very sturdy:
 
29845155622_f93b29a714_c.jpgIMG_20160916_7 by avimore, on Flickr
 
29332399583_4f5c62f09a_c.jpgIMG_20160916_8 by avimore, on Flickr
 
 
Used a couple coats of Satin Black (I tried Gloss Black at first but it was too shiny):
 
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29332401673_3f1c997b95_c.jpgIMG_20160916_10 by avimore, on Flickr
 
 
Bottles are nice and snug now.  Very happy with the result  :D
 
29875739391_3dd0aa00d1_c.jpgIMG_20160916_12 by avimore, on Flickr
 
29665180310_258c2d6b84_c.jpgIMG_20160916_13 by avimore, on Flickr

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#454575 Apology: Dispenser Pumps on Brilliant Glaze STINK!

Posted by Adam on 07 September 2015 - 05:08 AM

Friends, I failed to test the red dispenser pumps on the Brilliant Glaze, Paint Correcting Polish, and Metal Polishes.  We started sending bottles out with them installed anyway.  Fact is, they work terribly.  Awfully. Bad.  And I'm not overstating this performance failure.  These caps are a BAD fit for several products, and I owe you an apology for sending out a product without testing the method that dispenses it.

 

The pumps work okay with some products, like VRT, Leather Conditioner, Shampoo,  Buttery Wax, Liquid Paint Sealant, and Rinseless Wash.  (Some hate the pumps altogether, and I can understand that.)

 

I apologize for not spending more time testing these pumps.   We don't often have failures of this level, and this was a big one. I blew it, and I'm sorry to have made your detailing experience less awesome.

 

So, now it's time to make it right.  Here is a link to the dispenser caps, which have an official price of $0.99 for 3 caps, which includes shipping. 

 

http://adamspolishes...p.html?___SID=U

 

HOWEVER:  If you have any product with a pump, and don't like the way it performs, we will send you replacement push-pull dispenser caps, FREE! 

 

Kindly use the code, "CAPS" which will make the purchase free. 

 

Have thoughts on this?  Post away!   Care to email me personally on this?  Adam@AdamsPolishes.com

 

Thanks, I again apologize, and appreciate your loyalty.

 

Sincerely,

 

Adam Pitale

Detailer.  Founder.

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#482156 Titleist Tested

Posted by omegaman1978 on 11 June 2016 - 02:27 AM

Tried the new Adams Titleist Golf Balls on a Challenger.  I did this after sealant, but prior to Americana.  I'm pretty happy with the results:

 
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#475284 New Show Room at Headquarters

Posted by Kourtney@Adams on 08 April 2016 - 03:31 PM

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Hey everyone, we are doing the finishing touches on our new show room! Check it out. If you're local, come by and see for yourself and grab some products while your here. 


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#385468 I Love America!

Posted by Adam on 05 July 2013 - 05:38 AM

Today, Independence Day, 2013, I'd like to scream from the top of the mountains, "I LOVE AMERICA!!!"

 

What an incredible country, founded by men of integrity, honor, and honesty.  How lucky are we? 

 

I'm here to say.....pretty darn lucky, probably as good as it gets on this planet!

 

I took our 5yr old daughter, Luca, and nearly 3year old son, Cristiano, to the first firework display of their lives tonight.   As I sat Indian Style, on kiddo sitting on each of my knees, screaming with joy with each passing firework display, This IS GOOD!

 

I'm so proud to be American.  God Bless our fabulous nation.

 

Have a great long weekend.

 

Adam


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#382678 Forum Rules: Honesty... its the best policy!

Posted by Team Adam's on 21 June 2013 - 02:21 PM

A friendly reminder that any attempt to misrepresent yourself, deceive the members of AF, create multiple accounts, soliciting business via private message, and threatening the forum moderators or Adam's staff in any way will result in an immediate and permanent ban. We want AF to stay the harmonious and fun place to hang out and discuss detailing, cars, and anything else that goes along with the hobby.

 

Recently a member decided to become a disruptive presence here on the forum. The moderation team received multiple complaints about this member, but did our best to steer them in the right direction. After all we want everyone to enjoy the experience here, so giving guidance to a relative newcomer about appropriate behavior is just part of it. We do appreciate the feedback we get from the members, so thank you to those who sent PM's about the issues. We try to read every post in every thread, but thats not always possible so your helps is appreciated. 

 

Thanks to some information brought to our attention by a member on another forum, it was discovered that not only was this member a disruptive presence, but he was actively deceiving the members here. Posting identical content on another companies forum and stating the details were performed with their products and within minutes doing the same here, but changing the product names to Adam's products. 

Not entirely sure what the motivation is or was, but in the end its an active attempt to deceive the membership, and given the complaints it became necessary to remove this member from the forum. This individual also chose to resort to threats against the AF staff as well as creating multiple user Interior Detailer's here to attempt to subvert the rules. 

 

I post this purely as a reminder and an example of what we DON'T want here on AF. I'd like to think we are a generally harmonious and easy-to-get-along with group. Most forums I'm a part of have members banned on a regular basis, and luckily our little corner of the net is generally an easy place to be, full of people from a variety of backgrounds, age groups, industries, and car cultures. 

 

I thank all of you for your continued participation here and the great contributions you all make. I think our community is truly a unique one here on the web and its thanks to the quality of the character of our members that it stays that way. 

 

Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of AdamsForums.com, I hope everyone has a great weekend! 


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#444749 Added a Raptor to the fleet

Posted by Team Adam's on 28 April 2015 - 04:21 PM

Picked up this bright red monster yesterday. 2012 Super Crew with the 6.2L. Was a single owner truck and only had 21,xxx on the clock. Fully loaded with all the options I wanted -

 

Heated/Cooled Seat

Dual Zone Climate Controls

Front/Rear View Camera

Navigation with SYNC

Sunroof

Sliding rear window

 

Just driving it home yesterday and to the office this morning has already got me smiling from ear to ear - its just a monster plain and simple! Rides fantastic on the streets and I may or maynot have ripped it thru a few open fields so far to test the offroad capabilities :)

 

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Interior was pretty much spotless - gave it a quick TID wipe down and leather conditioner treatment yesterday. Over the next few days I'll be doing a full paint correction and detail. Still debating if it gets the most current coating prototype - we'll see. I'll update the thread as the detail progresses.

 


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#407872 Thank You Dylan, Good Luck on your Next Adventure!

Posted by Team Adam's on 11 February 2014 - 09:28 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Its certainly been a fun run here and I've met a lot of great people, made a ton of connections, and shared some special times with people that I probably otherwise may have never met. Its weird how a little internet community has so dramatically changed my life and the people I'm connected to.

 

I'm more than confident that Nick and the team will carry the torch for me and keep this thing headed the right direction. Matt is going to expand his role here and become more than just our outgoing social media guy... look for these 2 to bridge the gap between our facebook/instagram and the forum and offer you guys even more interaction and fun going forward. They're two creative, friendly, and capable guys and I couldn't ask for better people to step into my role on the forums going forward.

 

Plan next hasn't really been nailed down just yet, but my availability has certainly drawn some attention... I'll be sure to update the team here on where I end up landing and they can pass that info on.

 

Thanks to all of you again for all your kind words and encouragement... I'm sure you'll see more of me in the future and I always welcome you to connect with me online via facebook if you haven't already:

 

https://www.facebook...dylan.vonkleist


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