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  1. 7 points

    New product spied

    Before Adam's sale: After Adam's sale:
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    The whole story is in the copy / paste email that I sent to the upper echelon of Adams. XXXXXX, I want to take the time and tell you about one of your employees, Daniel Tyger. I cannot say enough how impressed I am with the way he handled the logistics issue that I created. Long story short – I had my order shipped to my old house in Arizona vs. my new house in North Carolina. I called the 720 number at 0938 and explained the problem to Dan who was very engaged and told me he would handle the issue by calling FedEx and updating the shipping address and when he had taken care of everything that he would email me the updates - we were off the phone at 0941. 10 minutes later I received the reply (screenshot included) from him with every bit of info that related to the situation. I worked in the logistics field and a 10 minute turnaround is IMPRESSIVE to say the least. You make great products and with this being my first time dealing with the customer service side I can say you definitely have a customer for life. Again, I cannot tell you how impressed I am - Daniel’s professionalism is second to none! Thanks again, Chris
  3. 7 points

    What did you do today?

    Wife and I carved Jack-o-lanterns!
  4. 7 points
    Sorry for such a late response and update on things with my first attempt at paint correction. I was able to finally get started on this and give this a try, words can't even begin to describe how nervous I was to do this. I've heard sooo many horror stories of burning through paint. That alone has had me kinda finding excuses to put this off one more day lol. Well this morning I woke up and put my big kid pants on and set out to try as well as learn this process. My goal today was not to do a whole car, it was to focus on the hood, try different techniques, and learn the process in general. I started this morning by doing a strip wash on the entire vehicle, followed that by visco claying the entire vehicle, and then just to be anal I strip washed the car again. With the help of my sidekick blaster I got the car completely dry and got started. I pulled up the video yet again on the paint correction process and watched it one more time to build some confidence lol. I started small with just the correcting compound and the orange foam pad, it didn't really seem to do much. I stepped up to the heavy correcting compound and blue foam, this didn't do much. I was getting a little discouraged and then the light bulb went off, this car had a generic ceramic coating applied at the dealership. I moved to the microfiber cutting pad and the heavy correcting compound and worked slow constantly checking my work and progress to see what different sweep speeds did for me. I used speed setting 5 on the 15mm swirl killer initially and bumped up to 6. After getting into a groove with things I was starting to get it dialed in and things started progressing nicely. Once I got done with the microfiber cutting pad I moved to the blue foam and gave it another quicker pass. From there I moved to the orange foam and correcting compound and was REALLY starting to see some great results!!! Once I was satisfied with how things looked after the orange pad and correcting compound I decided to go for the gusto and use the finishing polish. The orange correcting compound and orange pad had the paint looking pretty damn good, especially considering how the paint looked before I started. After the polishing compound and white foam pad, all I can say is HOLY CRAP!!!! This hood looks amazing and I couldn't be happier with the results!!! The paint looks sooo smooth and clear and a foot deep, almost like you could stick your hand into it. I want to thank everyone who provided tips and input for my first time at paint correcting, I'm VERY happy with the results even though it's just the hood at this point!!! Here are some before and after pics to show off the results. The only bad thing with the pics is they really don't give you a true sense of just how fugly the paint was prior. Again, thank you all for your help, tips, and input!!! Tony
  5. 6 points
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    Car seat detailing

    So to make a long story short, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she really needed her son’s car seat detailed and wanted to know if anyone could do that. So being the Adam’s fanatic that I am, I said that I could do it. I did it and and the results were just awesome. Now I have several people in my area asking me to detail their car seat. Who knew that this could be a thing?
  7. 6 points

    Thank a Veteran Today

    From someone currently serving to all who have, are, and someday will, Thank You! I salute you. What is a Veteran? Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking. He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel. He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel. They are the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang. He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL. He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs. He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand. He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by. He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep. He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come. He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs. He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known. So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded. Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU". "It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag." Father Denis Edward O'Brien/USMC
  8. 6 points

    How about a Hex applicator kit?

    I was thinking of purchasing a bunch of different hex applicators, since it appears that a few of mine have wandered off.... Would it be possible for you guys to put together a hex applicator kit that includes maybe the yellow, red, and black applicators at a discounted price? Thanks!
  9. 6 points
    Ok, ok. Black cars should be suspended from entry this month.
  10. 6 points

    NOVEMBER 2017 Photo Contest - Submissions

    A customers 68 Chevelle. This one had lots of overspray, and needed a full polish...but I was beyond pleased when I saw this shot on my laptop! (no editing done to this pic)
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    What did you do today?

    I cleaned up the pressure washer and serviced it to keep it running in top condition. A little guard and gloss all over the place.
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  14. 5 points

    Anyone else get this?

    Went out this morning To bring in the trashcan. Little kid across the street waiting for the school bus asked me if I could teach him how to wash cars. I would guess he' in the 4th grade. I told him someday, and he went away with a smile on his face.
  15. 5 points
    I know we talk a lot about paint correction and things of that nature. What isn't discussed as frequently is how to know when you're safe to correct and when you're not, or how aggressive you can be in doing so. For those purposes, a paint thickness gauge is invaluable. There's a number of gauges out there that range in price from a little over $100 to thousands of dollars. The one we use is a mid level gauge. Before we take a polisher to any vehicle, we want to determine how aggressive we can be and if it will stand up to polishing. The way we commonly do this is to measure the paint in multiple areas. We then measure an area that won't have as thick of a clear coat on it (door jambs are a good one) and subtract it to get a feel for roughly what thickness of clear coat we are working with. We can also discover quickly if a vehicle has had any paint work done on it. Body shops will commonly lay down a much thicker clear coat than the factory. Here you can see a paint reading of 100 microns on an Infiniti G35 we recently did some work on. This is a pretty common reading among paint that hasn't been touched. In taking more readings, we came across a few panels that had much thicker readings. This let us identity that those panels had been repainted. While working with this vehicle, we found an isolated deep scratch that we wanted to pull out. We took a quick reading and found the paint was VERY thick in this area thanks to the repaint. Yup, 297 microns. That's some thick paint to work with. We went to work with some compound (that wasn't Adam's as we wanted a super quick cut and had something more aggressive on the shelf). We followed it up with some correcting polish and finally a finishing polish. In that photo, there was plenty more to be done on the vehicle, we were just working that one isolated spot. A quick final reading shows we actually removed a significant amount of clear coat to remove the defect. Through the use of a paint thickness gauge, we were able to determine how aggressive we could (or couldn't be) and could work confidently while choosing a product that would offer fast results. Every vehicle has a story to tell. And before we write our chapter on it with polishes, correction and general awesomeness in detailing we should take a moment to understand what's really going on. On a vehicle with a much thinner coat of clear, I don't know as though we would have been quite so aggressive. Paint thickness gauges are an invaluable tool for anyone who's doing paint correction on a regular basis or where you're working on vehicles you don't really know the history of. Just thought I'd share an experience with an area of detailing that is often not talked about much here. Enjoy and have a great weekend.
  16. 5 points

    Headlight restoration

    Well, spring came and went and so did summer. Here it is fall and I finally worked on my 08 Astra headlights today. Just Heavy Correcting Polish and microfiber pad didn't touch the hot mess of my headlights. So I proceeded to I fumble through the wet-sanding. I got progressively better/ halfway acceptable as I went (I think?). I used 600, 800, 1000, 2000, 3000 grit. Then polished with the microfiber and Heavy Correcting, then Correcting w/ orange pad, followed by Finishing polish and pad using a SK Mini. I put sealant down afterward. Will probably put PPF on them. No awards to win here, but 100% better, and pleased! Takeaways: 1. I didn't have a blue foam pad, and think that would have been just the ticket after the microfiber pad. I'm going to use my $5 scratch-off coupon to justify my shipping for getting the pads ordered and delivered before my next larger order. 2. I started polishing using my 3 inch orbital (non Adam's) and I was left a little "wanting," if you will. I used my Pop's SK Mini (which I gave him for his bday) and I am a little jealous. It's way better than mine. 3. I have put PS down only by hand before today. Never again. It was way better by machine. Was able to get the right amount, so buffing off was super easy. (I have the old PS.)
  17. 4 points

    One Step polish review.

    Got a chance to try out Adams new polish today. As soon as I was finished it started raining lol. As always before polishing, I washed and clayed the surface with Adams clay. I then taped off a section of the roof on my daily that is very oxidized and scratched up. I used an Adam’s MF pad, orange and then white pad. My machine is a Rupes 15mm MKll. I labeled each section above to make it easy to identify. It’s hard to tell in the pics but as I stepped down from most aggressive to the least aggressive pad. It started to finish down better, naturally. However, even with the MF pad it still finished down excellent on black paint. I only made 4 section passes on each section for a total of 1 pass per section if that makes sense lol. This stuff comes out of the bottle very easily so don’t squeeze it too hard, trust me I know lol. I noticed that it smells amazing also. I applied 4 drops on each pad and used similar arm speed on each section with minimal pressure. It seems to have a long working time and zero dust. And the smell you get while polishing is a nice bonus. When I went to wipe it off that’s where I was really amazed. One wipe and it came off. I’ve never used a polish or compound that removes this easy. Adams really knocked this one out of the park. I could easily see this as my go to polish. Even on the white pad it still removed all the haze and most scratches. I’m super impressed. It’s hard to see in the pics because of bad lighting. But givin the cloudy conditions it’s the best I could do.
  18. 4 points


    Do this: 3/8" vinyl vacuum caps. You can get them at the Auto Parts store, or from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Spectre-Performance-4254-Vacuum-Assortment/dp/B000BPWSCC/ref=pd_sim_263_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=0MEFTYWQJA69T6KMSJK2
  19. 4 points

    Best vacuum for interior?

    Hi Dylan, I don't know about the best vacuum, but I use a stainless steel Craftsman shop vac for vacuuming. I got it for a great deal a few years back on Black Friday. For pet hair, I use a pet hair remover stone to loosen it from carpet and upholstery, then vacuum it up. You must be very careful with using a removal stone though - it can scratch plastics, leather, and vinyl surfaces instantly and permanently! I'm quite pleased with the little Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet Cleaner I bought for deep cleaning carpets on a budget, rather than going the extractor route. When used with hot water and 1oz of our Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner, I've been able to remove some pretty nasty stains with it!
  20. 4 points
    You definitely aren’t stepping on toes at all. This is the one area that people tend to be reluctant to talk about it seems. Part of the problem with discussing it is that it’s VERY market variable. By that I mean that what someone can expect to pay here can be very different from what they’ll pay in another part of the country. As for your “do people really care” question, it depends. Some people do. Some don’t. There’s absolutely a client education component that comes into play. You have to explain what makes you better than the fundraiser car wash or the automatic ones. Many people feel the automatic car wash is okay since it’s “touchless.” Once you get some clients to convert, keeping them is easier. I have some clients on a schedule. Every six months I can expect to see their vehicles roll through. We love this since they’re much easier to detail typically than the new client. It also gets them to understand the process and the value in returning regularly. Hope this helps.
  21. 4 points
    The best protectant would be our Ceramic Paint Coating Kit, but if that's out of budget, my recommendation would then be for Paint Sealant followed by H2O Guard & Gloss every 1-2 months for maintenance. On the white diamond Regal GS that I had before I sold it (still miss that car!), I used Paint Sealant twice per year and H2O Guard about once every 4-5 washes. The amount of shine that you get from H2O Guard is very strong!
  22. 4 points
    We'll give it a shot - Monaco Blue
  23. 4 points
    no doubt the behind the scenes vid was great. go to adams and you can see a lot of that stuff yourself (i was there yesterday). oddly, i think my favorite part was seeing the paper scruncher
  24. 4 points
    Mosaic Black!
  25. 4 points
    I was all set to post a black one -- but I won't leave you lonely, Chris.
  26. 4 points

    Plush Towels

    Here's your deal! http://adamspolishes.com/shop/accessories/microfiber-towels/adam-s-ultra-plush-drying-towel-2-pack.html
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    I finally got to see my Der Stuff Donation in the cabinet.
  29. 4 points

    Food Thread

    Wife was feeling a bit better today and got ambitious. She must have been feeling housewifey because it snowed for the first time today and everything was white all day. So she got ambitious and made her home made noodles and chicken. Her grandmother used to make them when she was growing up, and she learned how. So darn good and warm and filling on a day like today. About a bowlful left. Kids today don't know what they're missing.
  30. 4 points

    NOVEMBER 2017 Photo Contest - Submissions

    Now to correct GM orange peel on the 2011 Avalanche...
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    What did you do today?

    Restored headlights on my car. Didn't get my trim done with restorer due to rain. Then found out in a parking lot my power steering is having issues. Cars are heavy. Can't wait to get my baby back to try it out the trim restorer. I also now have a new wheel bucket!
  33. 4 points
    Tools of the trade for application Dan@adams stated to clean with ceramic in between the restorer and ceramic coating.
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    Food Thread

    Haven't figured out a way to ship my cupcakes....believe me you are not the first to have asked either. This year at the Camaro Sturgis rally, there were several online Camaro friends finally got to meet in person, and I was actually able to bake cupcakes while there for them to have some. Good thing too, as after meeting up the next question was "where are the cupcakes?" LOL The Mustang group that occasionally hang out with knows me by my HotWheels Camaro and as the "Cookie lady" as I usually bring cookies to their meet ups.
  35. 4 points

    How about a Hex applicator kit?

    Great idea! Or even just pick 3 for “X” price or something like that.
  36. 4 points
    Just applied H2O GG while drying my truck last night (Coat of LPS under it). As I was parking it, I noticed a good sized spider trying to crawl across the hood...he was basically on a tread mill, lol! He wasn't moving anywhere but he sure was trying. I noticed several other bugs doing this as well. Great product for instant protection, beading, and shine. Makes white look great.
  37. 3 points

    New member from MO

    Just joined the forum, but I've been buying Adam's for a bit now. Just drove 10 hours from Missouri to Colorado Friday and the guys opened up for me on Saturday. It was an awesome experience. Look forward to ooking around on here and buying more Adam's.
  38. 3 points

    Scientific Studies....

    Scientific studies have shown that people who hand wash their cars on a regular basis are 14% LESS LIKELY to have a massive heart attack and die while doing something else. You can look it up if you don't believe me!
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    New member in Longmont, CO

    Here it is pre-wash. Not pictured are a few more towels and the Sidekick Blaster. I need some work on my car and product shots. ;-) After taking care of the leaf pickup duties it got a thorough wash and full clay. Tomorrow I'll be breaking into the heavy correcting compound. I'll take it out for some photos when I'm done.
  41. 3 points

    NOVEMBER 2017 Photo Contest - Submissions

    But what if you only own black cars polished with Adams products ???? LOL.....
  42. 3 points

    Plush Towels

    That is strange that the 2-pack is the same price ($70) as buying two of the individual towels ($35 x 2). I will pass this along to see if it can be corrected.
  43. 3 points

    What did you do today?

    Still taking care of my Mrs. She's one sick lady. Sure hope all the meds she's on will clear this crap up for her. Steroids, antibiotics, eye drops, inhaler, and a bunch of other junk. 10 days now. Hope that explains my lack of participation here lately. Sorry not to be much help here for a bit. Priorities.
  44. 3 points

    What did you do today?

    Rescreened all my windows. I can’t believe I was originally trying to find a guy to pay to do it... it was literally the easiest thing in the world. Much easier than my attempt at stucco repair :/
  45. 3 points
    Washed, clayed and sealed. Also did a headlights restoration. This was 2 weekends ago. Also did a light detail on the interior. Vacuum and wipe down.
  46. 3 points

    Vote for my Adam's-maintained G8?

    Hey guys! So....I went up to the NC/TN mountains this past weekend, to drive on the US129 Tail of the Dragon with a big group of other similar cars. Pontiac G8's, Chevy SS's, and Pontiac GTO's mostly. Basically, all cars that were actually built by GM Holden, in Australia. We had over 50 cars there this weekend. Many people drove up from FL, GA, the Carolinas, Ohio, and Indiana! It was an amazing weekend, and I had a ton of fun. Anyway, once I got home, I was informed that my car was in a picture featured on the "Photos of the Week," and whoever gets the most votes wins a poster of their picture. I'm currently 19 votes away from 1st place, with 163 votes. I'd love it if you guys could help me smash that 1st place number. All you need to do is go to www.129photos.com and find the picture below, and click the "like" button below the picture. No signing in, or data entry required. If you help me out, I'll love you forever! lol. Thanks!
  47. 3 points
    The problem with doing this kind of thing to your car is that you realize how bad you need a repaint. Couldn’t even see the rock chips before I really cleaned everything
  48. 3 points

    Everyone is hooked!

    So I've been using Adam's products almost exclusively now for about 4 years. I have used almost everything they have come out with, with only the exception to some newest products and things I don't have too much of a use for (like metal polish or Patriot Wax). The very first product I ever used was Adam's Detail Spray. Hooked ever since. I always keep a bottle with me for this or that - I use it on my paint obviously but also my nav screen, computer screen, cell phone and other various things that I want to clean and help resist fingerprints a little bit. A co-worker was about to clean his computer screen with alcohol wipes. I immediately stopped him and showed him how I clean the computer screen with Adam's Detail Spray. He tried it on his and was hooked. Another co-worker heard us doing this and asked to use it on their screen, then the next person wanted to try. Then the next one and the next. All of a sudden everyone is using my detail spray lol. I told them how I use it on my nav screen in my truck, then they all had to try it. Everyone is HOOKED! They love it and the smell! Can't beat Adam's stuff!!!
  49. 3 points


    You have no friends... friend lol, I had too
  50. 3 points

    Anyone else get this?

    I'm lucky and live off of a road, private driveway, and woods so no neighbors bothering me. It's when I take the cars out that people will yell "nice car, what do you use?" or my wife will get "where do you take your car for detailing?" She loves that one.