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  1. 6 points
    Liralen

    What did you do today?

    Purchased some wall shelves that have a bar on them to hang bottles off of and store my bags that I take my personal car care supplies to shows in. Although this year will definitely be using the Adams trunk organizers. Also found a sign to hang up that fits perfect for me, since own a HotWheels and as well do have HotWheels...lol The three trunk organizers still have all the product that came in them...still need to unload and shelve those items.
  2. 6 points
    Here's mine....... Sorry no open door pics, I keep my products, MF towels and machine polishers in my Gladiator cabinets. IMG_0076.MOV
  3. 6 points
    pirahnah3

    The Official "Pay It Forward" Thread

    Bingo! The Fibonacci sequence it is. I will be getting to all the posts and PMs shortly, and I will update with anything remaining. EDIT: All (and a few extras) were spoken for. I hope everyone keeps the spirit of the season year round.
  4. 6 points
    Dan@Adams

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas from everyone at Adam's Polishes! We hope you get to spend some time with family and friends
  5. 6 points
    Rich

    Holiday Wishes

    Merry Christmas Happy Hannukah Happy Kwanza Whatever you celebrate, take the time to thank your God for whatever blessings you have. And we all have at least one blessing........life itself. I hope the world finds peace this year, the killings stop, the hatred stops, and that we can finally live in peace. I hope you'll all be blessed with good health, love, and happiness. As for me and my family, Darlene and I wish you all a very Merry CHRISTmas. We will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God's blessings for all of you.
  6. 5 points
    Kyle@Adams

    Adam's HQ Relocation

    Hi guys, The new warehouse is coming along well! It is across from the American Furniture Warehouse off I-25. Close to Uncer Raceway. The new building is a huge improvement in our current space and has a lot of room for potential shows and events to be held there. Currently, the racking is going up and we hope to be operational rather soon. We will have a grand opening event and I'm sure you'll hear about it! Thanks, guys.
  7. 5 points
    07stanggt

    Wetsanding my Shelby

    So, part of my winter mods included wet sanding and buffing my 2013 Shelby GT500. I have always wanted to do this, and after some practicing on a used trunk from a Lincoln and viewing videos and some expert advice from my painter, I decided to give it a shot. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS unless you have buffed out over 100 cars in your lifetime, have extensive knowledge of what wet sanding is and does, or have a big set of kahonas ! This is a one shot deal, so messing up is NOT an option. I started by taping off my car to eliminate any and all clearcoat that has been sanded off so it doesn't dry (pain in the butt to get out of seams etc) and also to eliminate hitting any trim etc with the sandpaper or polisher. Maybe overkill but not taking chances. After the taping was done, I started with 2000 grit paper and finished it off with 3000 grit to make it perfect. I did use 1500 grit at the beginning, although it did remove the clearcoat, it seemed like an extra step that was not needed in my situation. The idea with wet sanding is to remove, smooth out , any orange peel on your paint. It leaves the paint looking like glass, bringing out all of the natural color in the paint, further enhancing the color in the metallic as well. Polishing takes out scratches, wet sanding removes that orange peel look. Big difference. After using both grits of sandpaper, l used Adams old Severe Swirl Remover, then Adams orange Paint Correcting Polish, and finished it off with Adams white Finishing polish to get the paint to be perfect after wet sanding. LOTS of hours but INSANE results. I'm about half way done, so any of the pics do not include any products like Brilliant Glaze or wax to give it shine, yet. I will post up pics as time goes on and will show some end result pics when finished. Fyi, I am replacing the hood with an aftermarket one and the bottom of the car which is taped off is getting painted so no need to wetsand those areas. Here are some pics. Again, do not attempt this, this is not just a weekend "hey lets try this" project !! Here are some pics for ya....
  8. 5 points
    Rich

    What Do You Look Like???

    Unless you brought enough for the rest of the class, you will be required to take that darn picture DOWN because we're all drooling! At the very least, you should have sent all of the moderators on here a half dozen to taste test!
  9. 5 points
    Mariner

    What did you do today?

    Not exactly today, but 11 days ago I took another shipping job and crossed the Atlantic on a RoRo ship. Just pulling into Belgium now, probably spend Christmas in Germany, then a quick stop in the UK before heading back to the states. Check out these pics, last one is my ship, rest is some cargo some of you might appreciate. And yes, those are McLarens.
  10. 5 points
    ZMAN024

    YouTube Interest

    I think it would be great to post a video showing how crazy the warehouse gets during a Mystery Box / Bucket sale event, and how hard everyone works to fill the orders. That may help curtail some of the constant complaining on the forum !
  11. 4 points
    Kyle@Adams

    YouTube Interest

    These are in the works, all! Thank you for your input.
  12. 4 points
    8675309'SS

    Food Thread

    Vegetarians avert your eyes. The Hubbs took me out to a new place in town for my bday. The dinner was of course amazing. No need to go on about that. But behold the butcher bar, and (below the dining room) the dry aging room where the prime beef cuts age a minimum of 28 days. It was awesome!
  13. 4 points
    falcaineer

    Who will be Member #16,000?

    New timescales reserved for Adam's forums: B.R. Before Rich. We can keep A.D. After Dan.
  14. 4 points
    I posted another Rinseless wash topic last winter, but just wanted to follow up with another. It rained here on Saturday, and was cold enough to snow flurry and put a slight coating down on Sunday (Christmas Eve), which meant that PennDot was out salting the roads much to my dismay. Anyways, I brought the dart into the garage this evening and used the rinseless wash on it, I took some before and after pics on the drivers side of the car as the lighting is a little better on that side of the garage. For anyone contemplating whether to use it or not with some salt on the car, I'm hoping this helps make the decision a little easier, I looked very closely and don't see any scratches, swirls, etc. NOTE: My car was prepped for winter back in mid October (wash, clay, paint sealant, wheels sealed, etc.) so the car is usually in pretty good shape, but I just wanted to put this out there as a heads up, basically, I was starting with a "dirty" car in my opinion, but even when my cars are dirty in my opinion, most people think they look pretty good, so I had a pretty good slate to start with. I started by jacking up the passenger side of the car, and sprayed some waterless wash in the wheel wells as they just had some salt crust in there and I didn't want to use any all purpose cleaner or anything without being able to rinse it out, plus I have a gallon of it, and I don't use it a whole lot so I figured it'd work well enough for the wheel wells. After that I used detail spray on the wheels, and then invisible under carriage spray on the wheel wells, and tire shine on the tires, I then did the same process on the driver side. I then filled one bucket with a grit guard and warm water about 1/2 to 3/4 full and another bucket with grit guard about 1/2 full with warm water and a few ounces of Rinseless wash. I also had a small 4 oz spray bottle that I put roughly one ounce or so of rinseless wash in and filled the rest of the way with water to use as a pre-soak. I worked my way from the roof to the bottom of the car, first by spraying the panel I was working on with the pre-soak and then I used the method shown in the Adams Rinseless Wash video where you slowly turn your hand as you wipe to reveal a new clean section of the towel. I used 4 double soft towels for the rinseless wash, I reused them over and over throughout the process, but I was very careful to clean the towels against the grit guards each and every time before re-using it. I ended up using 2 double soft towels to dry the car as my first one got a little saturated about 3/4 of the way through the car. I did use detail spray while drying as well. I did also dump my "clean" water after doing half of the car, probably not necessary, but just something else I decided to do. Hope this helps, I'm really happy with the results!
  15. 4 points
    Thank you for passing along some holiday cheer, really appreciate it. One of many reasons why this community is so great!
  16. 4 points
    Now that Christmas is done, we had the chance to dive into this bike a little bit. Working on a bike it significantly different from working on a car or truck. There’s far less flat panels, so this work was done when a Rupes Mini and a Rupes Nano. We have a shortneck, and for this job I find myself wanting a longneck. If we keep this kind of work coming in, another nano in longneck will be in our future. Anyway, the paint was pretty rough as you can tell. I’m not sure if it wasn’t wetsanded entirely between coats, but swirls exist on multiple layers. We found a coarse microfiber towel in one of the saddlebags, so it makes me wonder if that’s part of the problem? I’ll have to inquire with the owner. Needless to say, he will be getting a new buffing towel from me. In this photo, we’ve already started cutting the right side of the tank. We used a compound, correcting polish and then a finishing polish/gloss primer to get it ready for coating. We knew we were making good progress when a camera phone recognizes a face in the reflection. This was the only photo done with a camera phone. You can get a feel for the swirls that we started with on this piece. After being polished out, we saw significant improvement in the deoth of the paint. There were aspects of the paint that we didn’t even notice before. Polished and primered for coating. Upper fairing after polishing. Later this week we will finish polishing out the rest of the bike. We have some engine detailing to get done before we coat the trim/paint along with some metal polishing to do. It’s a slow process on this one, but the client is looking for as close to perfect as we can achieve. I’m looking forward to seeing his response when he sees his bike without defects and dripping wet in three layers of ceramic. Enjoy! Merry Christmas!
  17. 4 points
    Liralen

    Food Thread

    Merry Christmas! Dessert...Peanut Butter Fudge Buckeye cake...not my fanciest work...But sure is delicious.
  18. 4 points
    pirahnah3

    The Official "Pay It Forward" Thread

    So here it is Christmas Eve, I was going to come up with some cheesy poetry but way to much going on around here to get a poetry groove going. So plan and simple here it is. Its been a good year for me overall and Im deciding to share that with several more folks. In the spirit of the holidays I am opting to donate some products to some of my fine detail hobbyists. The following are available for you, I am not capping a limit but just asking for everyone to take what you will use. 16oz Bottles: 3 Glass Cleaner 2 Blue Shampoo 1 Leather and Interior Cleaner 1 Old Formula Buttery Wax And for the first "geek" that names a sequence that was used somewhere in this post I have a Gallon of Detail Spray. So there it is some holiday cheer passed along from one to another! Keep the spirit going all year.
  19. 4 points
    Nickfire20

    YouTube Interest

    I have been subscribed for a while and really enjoy the channel. I like the old videos as much as the new. I like to see the history of the company. As you mentioned, behind the scenes videos would be pretty sweet. Maybe a daily operation video. The evolution of developing a new product etc Also i think there has been a lot of interest in new product videos, ultra foam shampoo, and 1step. I feel we all have unanswered questions about these new items. I think thats all I have for now, hope everyone enjoys their holiday! Keep up the great work!
  20. 3 points
    enoch7fa

    The Rookie got paid!!!

    Just wanted to thank all the people at Adams Polishes especially Dan, Tyler, and Bianca. Why you say??? Be Cause the rookie got paid!!! yes!! who's the man!!! High five!!!! You go boy!!! ( calm now). well actually i have been washing cars and doing little this and little that you know wash a car, wheel detail added or someone with bad leather seats whats a partial inside detail with concentration on seats etc, etc. But after washing my car and family members cars over and over and little jobs here and their i finally got a full detail job for my full price!!! yes!!! same day a friend of person said they wanted their car done. The job was a full interior detail and a regular wash ( of course my first full paying customer got a bit more lol) but after hours the horrible dirty 7 year old car that hadn't had a inside detail in years looked like new. customer was very pleased and promised and promised to come back for a outside detail soon. After months of utube self training and giving free washing and practicing on friends and family cars i made some decent cash, and enjoyed my work!! good lord that is a first!! Thanks again adams polishes and forum people for helping me.
  21. 3 points
    Red Rambler

    Chemical Guys or Adam’s

    Never heard of Adams. Just kidding lol. Yes, Adams products have been tried and proven many times over. I must admit I have never used chemical guys to make a comparison, however for myself Adams makes it very easy to be loyal. CG has many products making a person lost in confusion trying to buy certain products, where you will find with Adams it is a less number of products making it much easier to find what you need. For me detailing is a hobby and I am VERY satisfied with Adams. I don’t find the need to look elsewhere.
  22. 3 points
    galaxy

    Wetsanding my Shelby

    There is nothing quite like having a paint job with zero or almost zero orange peel. Gorgeous work. Maybe I’ll tackle mine one day. I will say this however, I’ve been rather impressed with the paint on my ‘17. It is among the lowest or age peel levels I’ve seen on a factory Ford paint job in a while. And lighter colors are more forgiving of orange peel than darker colors. Now if it would just warm up so I can polish and coat this sucker! G&G will have to do for now!
  23. 3 points
    ZMAN024

    Stupid snow, stop dirtying my car!!!

    Took advantage of the 55 degrees and a brief break in the rain last night for a quick two-bucket wash and rinse on my wife's Renegade and my Ram Rebel. Finished both moments before the skies opened up again. Forecast is for a wintery mix here today with more snow on Monday. I slept well last night knowing both vehicles were free from salt........even if it was only for a few hours.
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    pirahnah3

    What Do You Look Like???

    Stout beer cupcakes....you have my attention.
  26. 3 points
    pirahnah3

    Food Thread

    The other week I made a breakfast lasagna Id post pics but they really dont do it justice. Just think of this, 2.5 Qts of Maple Bacon Bechamel sauce 32 pancakes 18 Eggs 2 Pints Heavy Cream 2 pounds of bacon 4 pounds sausage 6-8 Cups shredded cheddar. All of that into 2 pyrex casserole pans.
  27. 3 points
    Liralen

    What Do You Look Like???

    I make an awesome Irish Car Bomb cupcake...a favorite of us Stout Beer drinkers!
  28. 3 points
    Liralen

    Food Thread

    Latest baking attempt....Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake. The three layers slid a bit as did not have time to let the cakes cool properly. Still tasted good though!
  29. 3 points
    Liralen

    What did you do today?

    Thank you! I own a full-sized Hotwheels and have been known to give out about a hundred or so Hot Wheels Camaros every year at car shows and events. So I get as many of them as can. One of the car groups I belong to also gives them away during a Torchlight Parade at the start of SeaFair..So many of what I find goes to them as well. Of course I try to keep a few for myself...lol. This pic is of my Hotty at the Camaro Sturgis Rally....Afghan was custom made by Hoot & Friend.
  30. 3 points
    Thanks everyone!! I like the idea of following the sealant with a wax, or maybe even ceramic with a wax - all great ideas! Sorry I didn't get a before picture with all the scratches and halo damage. Hopefully this after shot of the previously damaged area shows you the results. Now, all that can really be seen is a reflection of my garage ceiling with garage door opener and florescent lights - no kidding, this finish is like a black mirror!
  31. 3 points
    Which "move" do you mean, Rich?! 🚛 or
  32. 3 points
    Wy_detailing

    What did you do today?

    Reorganized 😁
  33. 3 points
    falcaineer

    Opt of Spray Nozzles

    Adam's used to have a similar feature but, if I remember correctly, they discontinued it because it was too much to keep up with the amount of special requests they received. Personally, I like the drop down menu idea as it offers a standard feature to the ordering process vs. a free-form field...best of both worlds for this particular reason.
  34. 3 points
    pirahnah3

    The Official "Pay It Forward" Thread

    All, just FYI, due to temps I have been delaying wanting to ship products to prevent damage from the cold. There are threats of above freezing temps soon and I will get stuff out quickly.
  35. 3 points
    LSX Maestro

    Opt of Spray Nozzles

    Or option for the "professional" sprayers too. A drop down with "No Nozzle, Standard Nozzle, or Professional Nozzle".
  36. 3 points
    -13 temp on the way in this morning and more snow on the way. I have given up for awhile.
  37. 3 points
    8675309'SS

    New Product Spied

    Saw the, yet to be released, rubber mat cleaner on the Chevrolet consumer build site. It must be coming to us soon -- without the neeed to purchase a new vehicle.
  38. 3 points
    Liralen

    Food Thread

    Oh...and here is the bone in rib roast. Was a 21 pound roast originally...cut off about 7 or so pounds and set aside for another time. Then coaated this portion with olive oil, grey coupon coarse ground mustard h topped with a cowboy rub. Put on the Traeger smoker on 450 for 45 minutes, then turned temp down to 325 for about anotger 3 hours...until middle was 125 degrees. Took off...covered it in foil, & let rest for half hour while homemade Amish rolls, potatoes, & green bean casserole finished baking. Was great meal and fairly easy.
  39. 3 points
    FFChris245

    Cars & Coffee Detail spray

    Since your rolling out coffee samples for a short time, why not make a coffee scented detail spray? Like the holiday theme, but a year round Adams Cars & Coffee detail spray?
  40. 3 points
    rs13mustang

    New member from Oklahoma

    Just wanted to introduce myself and my cars. First the important stuff. Currently have two vehicles. The mustang pictured is my pride and joy garage queen. currently doing a full paint correction and detail. probably going to take the majority of the winter to do it. Also have a 2006 F250 I plan on doing the same thing to during the spring and summer. Going to be using the old wax method on the mustang because I got some patriot wax in a mystery box. the truck will probably get a ceramic coating.
  41. 3 points
    Firebuff17

    What did you do today?

    Zman024, Rich Got a few shots of the homemade undercarriage sprayer. Nothing special. It it works pretty good as long as you have decent water pressure. Made from misc plumbing parts and drilled a few 1/8” holes (drilled in different directions). Used a 4ish foot long push broom replacement handle to attach the sprayer head to. Slides pretty good on the pavement. In hind sight (and easily remedied) I should have used 1 less hole for better pressure. But none the less it still works pretty darn good. And I put a quick disconnect on it as all of my hoses have them. This sprayer gets attached to the hose that also had a thumb shutoff at the end to make it easy to turn in and off and move about.
  42. 3 points
    pirahnah3

    Cars & Coffee Detail spray

    meh, I just want a nice coffee bean scent. Thou I think you open a great door for a complete line of custom scented products.
  43. 3 points
    ZMAN024

    What did you do today?

    Post up some pics of you home-made undercarriage sprayer. Inquiring minds want to know.
  44. 3 points
    Firebuff17

    What did you do today?

    Washed the truck today. It was above freezing so I took out the hose and my home built undercarriage sprayer and thoroughly rinsed the underside. Loaded up my wash bucket with hot water soap and a wash pad and sealed the lid. Threw that in the back of the truck. Put th Ultra Plush drying towel, detail spray, all purpose spray and a wheel brush in the cab. Drove over to the pay and spray to get to work. Found out that they installed a high pressure undercarriage sprayer with a roller on it to get under vehicles!!! Not only that but it also sprays Salt-A-Way!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 So I washed the underside again with that! Did a slow methodical pre rinse with the pressure washer. Did my wash pad, then used the APC, and left over wash to get tires and rims. Rinsed again and pulled out into the sun and dried the DS and the Ultra Plush. Between setting up at my house doing the whole process and then cleaning up bucket and tools at home only took me 2 hours. Annd it’s supposed to rain and snow on Friday again. At least I have 2 days with a clean truck
  45. 3 points
    Let’s see. Where to begin with all of these questions. It sounds like you have limited experience with detailing, and also in detailing for dollars. My biggest word of caution to you is to not overstate your ability to a client. Some of the questions you ask make me wonder how much time you’ve spent with a polisher on paint? I don’t say this negatively, but rather as a sense of business in how do you price a job when you don’t really know what it entails to provide the results the client is looking for? Black vehicles use the same process any other vehicle requires. The difference is that black will show every imperfection there is. Swirls, buffer trails, pig tails, etc. there is no hiding them on black paint in direct sunlight. That’s part of the challenge in tackling a black vehicle. Black vehicles for us typically require more than a single step paint polish to get the results we are after. If the vehicle is heavily swirled as it sounds it is, an all in one like the one-step might not provide the cutting power/finish you’re after. A few questions for you come to mind. What type of polisher/polishers are you using? What pads do you have experience with? How much experience do you have in paint correction? What other tools do you have at your disposal? Different compounds, paint thickness gauge (a must in my opinion if you’re charging clients to work on their vehicle), lighting etc. Paint correction and polishing are similar, but not exactly the same. A paint correction is more when you’re aiming for perfection in the paint. Paint polishing is giving a number of steps and the results “are what they are.” I’m very clear to not use correction unless my client is paying for that (which is done strictly hourly in cost). What is your lighting setup like? We use harsh LED lighting to help find the imperfections in the paint. We always want to see a vehicle in its worst condition to understand how to fix it. You mentioned the vehicle is very dirty currently. This will make finding scratches difficult as well as seeing the depth of swirls. Your pad pad and polish combination will depend on what you have available for equipment. We use Rupes polishers and have everything from wool pads with compounds that you can feel the abrasive in to soft pads with finishing polishes. Based on experience we will always take a guess at a process and test a small damaged section to see if we get the results we want. Once we are satisfied, we will then move on to the rest of the vehicle. If we find an area with more damage, we may change pads/polish to attack a particular area of scratch before going back to the base process. Black typically requires finishing polish on top of a correcting polish to get the absolute best results. Especially if it’s paint that hasn’t been maintained. We always measure vehicles paint thickness before and after we work on them to make sure we aren’t taking off too much clear coat. It’s easy to get carried away chasing perfection and not realize how much material you’re removing. Once the mayoral is gone, it’s gone. If you’re collecting money in exchange for service, you’re then on the hook for the repaint and clear of that panel. If if you’re going to suggest a sealant anyway (which is a good idea), my opinion would be to skip the one step product and use a correcting polish followed by finishing polish and sealant. This will provide a good finish and durability. As for what pads to use, there’s too many factors to make a solid recommendation. Microfiber pads cut faster than foam pads. They also load up more and need to be brushed out more often to allow them to work. There are a lot of forces at play in what you’re trying to accomplish based upon this post and others you’ve made. The best advice I can give you as someone who’s gone through (and continues to go through) the process of opening a business is to find an experienced detailer that will mentor you as you gain experience. You will constantly reinvest in new equipment and products as you settle on what to use. We recently switched pad manufacturers as we kept trying new things. From the sounds of your posts, I’d be slightly hesitant to collect money for paint correction services based on your experience currently. Once you’ve done enough of your vehicles and friends vehicles to have the experience under your belt, along with the confidence to deliver the results you promise someone, then start charging. We did a fair number of vehicles as hobbyists for materials and pizza/beer before taking money and promising results. It allowed us to help out friends and build experience. It helped establish time estimates for jobs to figure out pricing. I’m not one to advocate for discounted work (anyone who’s read my posts regarding business knows that) since you’re training your client to pay less. The flip side is you need the experience to be confident in delivering your promised results. Figure all of that out, then start pursuing clients at the rates you want to charge. Your true friends and supporters will then support you and your business by paying a fair price for your work as you will be an experienced professional. Food for thought. Your mileage may vary.
  46. 3 points
    Kyle@Adams

    New suggestions

    Sorry for the science lingo, fellas! So basically wash & wax has a polymer in it that promotes rain and water repelling properties. The contact angle of the water when it hits the hood has a lot to do with how the water sheds away from the surface. The more hydrophobic the polymer, the wider the angle the water can hit and bead away. -Kyle
  47. 2 points
    mc2hill

    Wetsanding my Shelby

    Nice work! But as you said, this is not for the faint of heart, and the 'during' shots can make your heart drop. I did this to my Frontier when I first got into detailing (I did not have the prerequisite number of cars under my belt, but did have the guidance of a very experienced detailer). It was a little scary to have fully scratched up car, but after the polishing the results were worth it! My truck is now old enough to vote, but the black shines better than the other black cars in the parking garage at work (and it has not bee polished for several years). And the paint readings are very similar to the reading on our new Accord (for whatever that is worth!).
  48. 2 points
    Hi Jeremy, The Interior Detailer is most commonly used to maintain a clean interior; i.e. removing dust build-up and finger print smudges. It can be used on the Nav screen, door panels, seats, dash, steering wheel, etc. Just not the glass. The Interior cleaners are typically used when a deep clean is required. The Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner works to remove stains and embedded dirt from.......you guessed it...carpet and upholstery. The leather and interior cleaner is used for leather seats, dash boards and steering wheels to remove embedded dirt before applying the leather conditioner.
  49. 2 points
    Chris@Adams

    Worth upgrading?

    Absolutely, the SK is so much more comfortable to use and it will correct quicker than the PC.
  50. 2 points
    Traizer

    New Shine/Clean Freak...

    Welcome, and enjoy the obsession...I mean passion lol
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