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  1. 5 points
    mc2hill

    Official Beading Photo Thread

    A shot after a shower while we were watching the 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'. I don't remember when the Paint Sealant was applied, but the H2O Guard & Gloss (old formula) was applied a month ago.
  2. 4 points
    RayS

    Preparing for Spring 2020

    Hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner. For the Florida friends, it has pretty much arrived. The south east is another 15 or days away and for the northern folks, June isn't that far off, hang in there. Given that we've all been rather quiet on the detailing side, I thought it would be interesting to see what the members have planned for their houses and vehicles. Mary and I are looking at some landscaping to pretty up the front of the house after putting the new fence in last year thanks to the tornado. In addition, we've finally decided on the design for our new building and now it is all about the prep work and finalizing the a few items. This is not an endorsement or recommendation, but is the company we are in discussions with and the building model we both like. The one change will be the wall on the left side will go to the ground. The size will be 36' long, 18' wide bay and 10 maybe 12 foot wide enclosed area. The peak will be 14' so I can put campers or motorhomes in there and it will be a full wash bay. So that is the initial plan for the Spring and the wife has made it pretty clear that the landscaping comes first. Then I just need to do a bunch of vehicles to replenish the savings account. It will be nice to have a decent sized shop for the vehicles we rehab since they tend to be longer term projects. What does everyone else have planned?
  3. 4 points
    TR6speed

    Ceramic Spray Coation Applied

    As some of you know, I replaced my old trusty Porta Cable with the Adams Swirl Killer 15 mm/ I arrived the other day along with some needed supplies, so today I decided to do a detail on the wife's 2018 Equinox. Now it was in good shape seeing it is kept in the garage and we are both retired so it does not see a lot of driving, but the bulk of it seeing the other car is a Corvette so it see more time in the garage then her car. So I started with a Strip Wash, then clay with the new Adams clay mitt. Next I broke out the new SW and started with the white pad but after working a small area to test I decided to go with my orange pad. So I use it along with the one step polish. Next I went with the Ceramic Prep and finished with the Ceramic Spray Coating I am going to let it sit over night and apply the Boost tomorrow. Here are a few shots of the finished product. Like I said the car was not in bad shape so any before pictures would just not have as shiny.
  4. 3 points
    RayS

    Americana wax or switch to ceramic

    How did I miss that - The wheels are turned on the first one and all the others have the wheels straight. As a side note, I'm still not sure my son-in-law fits in with the rest of family, but I'm not sure what makes me think that. Have faith, I'll get him trained eventually.
  5. 3 points
    Chris@Adams

    Ceramic Paste Wax

    Check out this 40 Ford I detailed & top it off with CPW. The CPW gave it a nice deep wet look.
  6. 3 points
    Water beading and water behavior feedback Ceramic Boost UV Paint Coating UV Spray Coating This one is a long one so here are the highlight points. Slickness test 1:56 Water Behavior 3:50 Final thoughts 11:30
  7. 3 points
    falcaineer

    Mentors/trainings

    Adam's offers professional-level detail certification classes at the HQ in Denver (I'm one of the instructors). You can sign up online, https://www.theshinestop.com/videos. We talk about aspects of running a business, and show you the skills necessary to properly detail and ceramic coat a vehicle. We'd love to have you!
  8. 3 points
    TheWolf

    New Year 2020 Sale!

    Adam's Polishes New Year 2020 Sale is here! Save 20% off all chemicals and microfiber, and 15% off everything else. No code needed. CLICK HERE TO SHOP Plus, check out these Year End specials!
  9. 3 points
    BrianT

    Newbie from Central IL

    Welcome to the family Sean!! That's my '68
  10. 2 points
    Recently bought Americana wax LOVE the product but not sure if I should switch to a ceramic coat just cuz why not here's a few pics on my vehicles
  11. 2 points
    BRZN

    Americana wax or switch to ceramic

    I can get the same look, I believe, from the waxes or coatings; Spray or the traditional Paint Coating. To me it's the longevity I get from the coatings vs. the waxes. Spray Wax lasts me through about one wash, but does help maintain wax already on a vehicle. Buttery lasts a month tops for me. Americana and Patriot last several months Guard and Gloss about four months Paint Sealant about six months The original 7H Ceramic Paint Coating we offered in 2017 began to fail on me through this past summer 2 years! I wasn't able to maintain those coated cars like I'm able to now with Wash & Coat, Ceramic Waterless Wash, and the Ceramic Spray Coating and Ceramic Paste Wax. The cars are not garaged and outside 24/7/365 I applied the current 9H Ceramic Paint Coating to my Dodge Magnum in early fall and to the Chevy Camaro the week before Christmas. The GTO has the V1 Ceramic Paste Wax on it. This car is garaged and only taken out on nice days, Cruise Ins, and Shows. The Subaru was a customers car and was protected with Spray Wax. This car was fully detailed but not polished. The above cars were polished prior to coating or waxing.
  12. 2 points
    RayS

    Americana wax or switch to ceramic

    I was always a Wax, Americana, Patriots and then Ceramic Paste person until my son-in-law got his F-150 and that is when it was try time to try the Ceramic Spray Coating. Even then I was pretty adamant that the Mustang would keep getting Ceramic Paste Wax. After doing the F-150, Colorado, Terrain and Mustang was done. I do have CPW on top of the coating on the Terrain the Mustang, just because I though they deserved an extra touch. All the vehicles, 2019 F-150, 2017 Colorado, 1998 Mustang, 2019 Terrain, 2016 Club Car all have Ceramic Spray Coating on them.
  13. 2 points
    ObsessedDetailer

    New Toyota 2016 4Runner SR5

    I was planning on just taking the actual door handle off of the door, that way I could get to it easily. Oh thats very smart! I might have to try that
  14. 2 points
    RayS

    Ceramic Paste Wax

    Chris, I marked "Thanks" not only for sharing the '40 Ford pictures , but because it looks like a Trophy which is what that shine would win.
  15. 2 points
    mc2hill

    New Toyota 2016 4Runner SR5

    Nice truck Tim! It is always fun to get a new vehicle of you own to do a full detail too. That white floor paint around the seat mounts would be bug the crap out of me! I would be tempted to put down some Plasti-dip where the carpet holes are.
  16. 2 points
    falcaineer

    Towels

    First, welcome to the forums! Here's a video that will best explain most towels. If you have any more questions, please ask...
  17. 2 points
    My sisters 300 "Big Sal" is the latest hydrophobic car on the road courtesy of yours truly. The new compound is nice to work with, ended up using that, polish, brilliant glaze and sealant. Did a full recon for her, sealed the windows and scrubbed 5 years of brake dust from the barrels. I owe her interior dressing and leather conditioner which I have yet to buy.
  18. 1 point
    falcaineer

    Stop the Maddness

    I'll chime in this evening with what I know. Stay tuned...
  19. 1 point
    RayS

    Stop the Maddness

    I'm not sure when I'll be doing my next order, but I do plan on getting a bottle to try. Here is how I'm rethinking of when and where I would use what based on the wife's garage queen. Week #1: Wash & Coat with Ceramic Waterless Wash as a drying aid, which it does an excellent job for. Week #2: No wash, just use CS3 inside the garage (currently I use Ceramic Waterless Wash on the off weeks) Week #3: Car Shampoo with Ceramic Boost as a drying aid. Week #4: No wash, just use CS3 inside the garage. Once people start getting it and trying different use patterns, then we can see where it works best in our routines. I do hope they continue with the fatter bottles and higher quality sprayers for the rest of the line.
  20. 1 point
    mc2hill

    Detail Spray before Wax?

    Only clay if it is needed. Do the 'baggie' test - on a clean spot put a plastic bag over you hand and feel the paint. If it feels bumpy, then it should be clayed, otherwise move on the sealant. And if you don't have clay, apply the sealant anyway, and get some clay in the next 6 months before if needs to have sealant applied again.
  21. 1 point
    RayS

    Detail Spray before Wax?

    Thanks Chris. I wasn't even thinking about the base layer, which I also use paint sealant as a base before HGG. My mind was thinking of comment about wax being put on the vehicle, which I never do when HGG is involved, I just go with paint sealant and then HGG and nothing in between.
  22. 1 point
    RayS

    Detail Spray before Wax?

    On white, I use HGG and nothing else. No wax or ceramic, just HGG.
  23. 1 point
    tlbullet

    Steps for the best detail

    @Yo-Yo Ma's Cousin terrific write-up. Its awesome to see the time our members put in to this forum to help out other members!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  24. 1 point
    Rich

    Americana wax or switch to ceramic

    Don't bet on it!! 17 years and I still can't train mine!
  25. 1 point
    quebert

    Leather Air Freshener.

    Going to mention this again, the multi-pack of the air fresheners is great. But y'all should sell multi-packs where you get to pick. Getting random ones is fun, but for my business I'd like to order exactly what my customers want. Do it like the towels. 1, 2, 4, 6 & maybe 12 packs. When I see something 1 for $10 6 for 40 and a dozen for like $70, I'm probably going to order the dozen even if I don't need that much. I can resist deals.
  26. 1 point
    Rich

    Machine Polished 40 Fords!

    Chris, you are a master sir.
  27. 1 point
    cortez

    Americana wax or switch to ceramic

    Perfect thank you now use traditional ceramic or spray??
  28. 1 point
    I have to agree with @Chris@Adams on the good looking vehicle and coating. I did my Wife's and son-in-laws vehicles right after purchase. Not only was the vehicle much easier to prep, it also reduced the number of dings that had to be dealt with. It has been 7 months since I did the son-in-laws truck and it still looks great and 5 months on the wife's. If can you can swing the coating, you'll love the looks and ease of maintenance.
  29. 1 point
    Nickfire20

    Ceramic Paste Wax

    That thing is freaking awesome Chris!!!
  30. 1 point
    It has proven thus far to be just that lol! Thanks Rich
  31. 1 point
    Rich

    Ceeramic Switch Over

    I was the same way. But decided to try the Ceramic Spray on the daily. Loved the results so now I use it on the Vette too. Guess you can teach an old dog like me new tricks.
  32. 1 point
    TR6speed

    Ceramic Spray Coation Applied

    Yes and now that I have done the paint correction the next application should be a lot faster. Still not sold on doing the Corvette, as it is in the garage covered most of the time and doing the normal cleaning and the complete detailing I enjoy. Also to be honest, A polished and wax finish looks more deep and wet compared to the ceramic. I have actually had people ask who did the ceramic on the Corvette and when I tell them it is not coated, but polished and wax they don't believe me.
  33. 1 point
    mc2hill

    Ceramic Spray Coation Applied

    That looks great Jack!
  34. 1 point
    Hi Jack. On the modern Chevy paint for normal vehicles, not the Vette, I've had really good luck using One Step with a Orange Pad as the starting point and then following up with the White Pad and finishing polish. If the vehicle looks really good after after the first round with One Step, I have also gone to Revive Hand Polish. As @Chris@Adams stated, do a test panel since each vehicle can be a bit different. I have done two Equinox, a 2014 and 2017 and the paint was pretty consistent between them. The other thing that I noticed about the Equinox is that they tend to throw more stuff on the vehicle near the front tires so the 2014 which had more mlles needed some additional work on the lower fender and front edge of the front doors. It did not have any mudflaps, which didn't help matters.
  35. 1 point
    savage99ss

    New from TN

    Few pics of whatโ€™s in the stable. Got to use the guard and gloss. Really liked that so far. Adams have a RV line of products?
  36. 1 point
    Great advice and great write up!
  37. 1 point
    RayS

    Brilliant Glaze / how to use

    I used it on the inside of the vehicles windows and the body when I want that extra pop for a weekend. It also works great around the house on the bathroom mirrors, stainless steel appliances and the inside windows on your house.
  38. 1 point
    falcaineer

    Forum Awareness Campaign

    Good ideas, Ray. I'll pass them along to the team! I'd love to get more exposure for these forums.
  39. 1 point
    Rich

    Ceramic coating

    Just because your car is ceramic coated doesn't mean you don't have to do anything to maintain it once it's done.
  40. 1 point
    RayS

    Which Pad should I Order

    I have used One Step with various pads and like the outcome come the One Step Pad followed by Revive Hand Polish. I have also gone with an Orange pad and a White pad in the past according to what the paint needed. When I used an Orange pad, I followed with Finishing Polish and a White Pad and the only reason I used One Step at the time, was the vehicle need a bit more work than just finishing polish would do, but not enough to need Correcting polish. I'll be honest in the point that the first time was an experiment at the time, but the results convinced me that One Step could be used as a lighter weight correcting polish. As for the Swirl Killer, WOW is all I can say, I went from an old piece of equipment to the SK-15 and couldn't believe how nice it was and wish I had gotten one much earlier.
  41. 1 point
  42. 1 point
    Chris@Adams

    Safe to paint correct outdoors?

    At shows I have done paint correction to many many cars, that being said I prefer my garage.
  43. 1 point
    falcaineer

    What Am I Doing Wrong (Glass Cleaning)

    May have a few other things to recommend, Ray ๐Ÿ˜
  44. 1 point
    mc2hill

    Almost Embarassed

    Hi BG. The PS will last up to 6 months, and can be maintained with HGG once a month or so. Most apply in the PS in the spring and fall. Not the protection of a coating, but easier & faster to apply.
  45. 1 point
    BfromORD

    Almost Embarassed

    @falcaineer I have not, but based on your suggestion, I will try it... Unfortunately, I just placed an order yesterday for some other stuff, so I'll have to add it to my shopping list for my next order. From reading up on each of the product pages, I presume the PS should be treated like a wax, applied once every two to three months, and then maintain with the HGG, right? Also, any problems applying either product in the cold? I wouldn't mind trying it out immediately so she looks good and add protection during road salt season, but if a certain temperature needs to be hit, I may have to wait to apply until the spring. Thanks!
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    RayS

    Ceramic Spray Application

    I do not apply CB immediately after coating my vehicles. I let them cure in the garage for about 6 hours, longer if possible and then they go into the elements, except the wife's - but that is an exception. The next day, I check the vehicle for any places that I might have missed or that look thin, so far I've only had one, and I did that correction and then after a week they get a wash, followed by another inspection and then if everything looks good, I mist the vehicle and use CB with the wet method. I try to wash my vehicles every other week and I use Wash + Coat and the Ceramic Waterless Wash as a drying aid one time and the next Ultra Shampoo followed by CB as a drying aid. I did my Spray Coating in September and three months later it is still looking good. The picture was taken a few minutes ago and as you can tell it has been raining a bit and this weekend makes two weeks since it has been washed. The truck was coated on September 28th. For the wife's garage queen, it gets a full wash less often, but I try to go over it every week or so with Ceramic Waterless Wash, if nothing else just to keep the chrome looking good, the Denali's have a bunch of it. I hope you grabbed a picture of the Silverado to share.
  48. 1 point
    Finally got a chance to clean up the 'Nox. Just had time for a wash and application of glass sealant. There is a lot more that could be done...but this is a big improvement.
  49. 1 point
    Dan@Adams

    Comprehensive List of Limited Editions

    Pretty sure this is my whole collection of limited editions at the moment. And before anyone asks, sorry none are for trade.
  50. 1 point
    Yesterday before work, I came outside to these: Then, when I came home from work, this was my wifeโ€™s car:
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