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  1. 28 points

    Thank You for Your Smile...and Business!

    Friends: We started this shine-therapy forum over a decade ago! Time sure does fly....doesn't it? Thank you for being here, and participating in this shine-crazy community. Thank you for your business, and for voting for products you like and don't like with your dollars. Thank you for helping us create better solutions. Thank you for calling attention to areas or products we can improve. Thank you for helping us grow this business exponentially, I'm humbled beyond words! Please, SMILE while you type.... Thank you for not using this forum as a place to air negativity. Thank you for always being respectful of other members, and our employees. Thank you for using detailing, your therapist, or exercise, or meditation to work through your issues, when you feel like life is tough. Thank you for making AdamsForums a positive and pleasant place to hang out! In 2008, when we started this forum, we had 6 employees, and a few thousand customers. Today, we have 125 employees, and over 300,000 customers. One thing we have learned, for absolute certain: WE ARE NOT PERFECT! There was exactly one person who ever walked earth, who was perfect. We are not Him. We are not even close. If you are feeling perfect, like your finish is 100% swirl free, and never needs cleaning or polishing, if you feel like your poop doesn't stink, like you walk on water, and are comfortable coming here to blast members or the company who pays to maintain this community, please, don't. Need to get some negativity off your chest? Find a dirty or swirled up car to detail. Find a therapist, let out a primal scream, go for a run or hike, a mountain bike ride, go ski or snowboard if that's your winter kick, like it is mine! There are many ways people like to get negative energy out. Blasting other members, or this enthusiast forum sponsor probably won't help you turn your frown upside down. Please come, hang out, be kind, give and get detailing help, and understand: We want to earn your business, but more importantly, we want your kindness. Vote for the products you like with your dollars. Don't buy stuff you don't like, but please, don't bash them. If you cannot understand the marketing team's decision to bring on a particular product, you are probably not the target customer! I have never watched TV, don't buy soda or potato chips, and don't follow sports. Do I hang out bashing Coke, Ruffles, or slamming the Super Bowl? Absolutely not, it's just not worth the negative energy! (Plus, my kids, wife, and employees need me to be a positive influence.) So friends, I've instructed our incredible Forum Leadership Team to permanently remove AF members who regularly post negativity. Threads that are overrun with negativity are also going to be deleted, unless they offer detailing solutions or help to members searching. As the only AdamsForums sponsor, we want people to feel great about being here. Thanks for your business, and your smile, and here is my Primal Scream, after getting this off my chest!
  2. 23 points

    Does Adam still post here?

    I heard he evaporated in a crazy car crash...... Racing through the Swiss Alps in a LaFerrari, and launched off a cliff, doing well over 200 mph. He was racing a Bugatti Veyron, and winning, when he swerved to avoid a mud puddle, he didn't want to dirty the freshly detailed supercar.....the beautiful car took flight, and exploded into smithereens.....big insurance claim! Hahahahaha! Well, hello friends! Seems as our little business grows, the days are long, the travel frequent, and the downtime is fleeting. As our little family grows, my 'off time,' when I used to hang on the Forum, is now filled with soccer or basketball, homework, etc. ( The Forum is where I went to chill out, not so much to work.) Crazy to think, when we started Adam's Forums in 2008, we had 0 kids, 3 employees, and plenty of free time! Now, a decade later, were are blessed with 41 employees, 3 kids, and a pretty dang busy business. We now attend over 40 shows each year, and I see many of you around the country! It's good to be here on AF, and I feel our guys, Dan Tyger, Chris Toth, and Dan Wolf, are handling this forum responsibility well. I'm humbled to have you reading my words, and using our goods. ADD has the best of me, so I try to keep communication to a few mediums, emails, in person, and phone calls. If you want to connect with me on any matters that cannot be resolved here on AF: Adam@AdamsPolishes.com Office: 720-473-7100 Or, find me at the most of the shows scheduled on our Event Calendar! Thanks friends, and here is a snapshot of who I am hanging with at every possible second:
  3. 15 points

    The "Road" to Ceramic Coating

    Hi All, After seeing a need for some flowcharts and more "processes" for overall detailing, especially Ceramic Coating and maintenance, I've developed the roadmap to Ceramic Paint Coating! Let me know what you think and how this can help you-- Also, If there are any processes you are confused by, list them here and I'll consider them for future flow charts!
  4. 14 points
    As we’ve been talking about hosting our first clinic, it got me thinking about all aspects of detailing and business ownership. I frequently see people here who are thinking of opening their own business and it inspired me to share some thoughts and lessons from our first official year in business. First though, a little back history. I believe to understand where you’re going, you need to understand where you’ve been. So to understand Detailed Reflections and our story, the history becomes important. I have a successful career as a firefighter/paramedic. Detailing for me has never been the way to “pay the bills.” What my career provided for me though was a means to explore something that I’d always wanted to do with minimal risk...owning a business. Like many, I started detailing my own cars. Once friends found out that I did that, and could do it well they started asking for “help” detailing their cars. In other words, they asked me to detail their cars. As I went along, I learned all the time. Suddenly I found myself finally feeling confident I could do this and charge money for it. Not to mention, I got tired of giving away time frequently. Like many, I have a family and activities I enjoy. Next thing I knew, I was collecting cash for detailing cars here and there. I realized how much time and money I kept reinvesting. New product, tools, etc. At that point the idea was hatched that I would go out on a limb and open my own business. I’ve use the “I” a lot so far, and there’s a reason for that. When I talked to my wife about opening a business, she suggested I partner with the husband of someone she works with. He was working as a detailer at a small shop that did production detailing. Think more car wash than true detailing. I was a little apprehensive about bringing someone else into the mix. Little did I know it would be one of the best things I could do and the strength of a friendship born through a common interest and business venture. After some conversation over dinner, “I” became “we.” He didn’t have the financial means to invest in everything needed to take on business ownership, but he brought an incredible work ethic with him and has grown tremendously in our time working together. I still hold ownership (for now) but he’s every bit of a partner a business owner could ask for. This was lesson one. Don’t be afraid to take a chance. It might not work, but it just might lead to the best decision you’ve ever made. To watch Marquis grow in his craft has made it worthwhile. His knowledge of the business side is growing and his worth ethic is among the best I’ve seen. Now that we had a legal LLC, it became a game of constantly navigating new tasks. Paying sales tax, tracking EVERY expense, scheduling, acquiring clients, ordering product, shopping for price. The list goes on. Which brings us to lesson two. Track EVERYTHING. Literally, save every receipt. Track mileage. Be diligent in recording expenses. You want to know where every dollar is going. You’re not spending, you’re investing. Most of the money we take in goes back to the business. Advertising, product, etc. You also want to know if you’re profitable. Lesson three...it takes time to be profitable. You’re going to make ordering mistakes. You’re going to need to grow your equipment to set yourself apart. You’ll need to try different products to see what you like and what you don’t like. You need to set yourself apart from the competition. Lesson four...don’t sell on price. You can easily get sucked into a low cost bidding war. Some people will walk because they can “get it cheaper elsewhere.” Let them go. The price customer isn’t likely to become a client, and they usually expect the most for the least. If you don’t value your time, product and knowledge who else will? That being said, don’t gouge people because you can. It’s poor practice and will bite you. Lesson five...clients and customers are different people. A customer is a one time transaction. A client is multiple times. They come back. They talk to people. They engage with you. These are who you want to be your clients. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship. Customers are still good revenue, but don’t provide the continued returns that a client does. Lesson six...know your costs. This is a cost of operating. And it’s how you establish an hourly rate to estimate pricing. How much is your time worth? How much do you pay your employees/partners? How much is your product? How much does your business need to make to grow? How much are your expenses (rent/insurance/phone/etc)? Once that’s done, work it backwards. You should have an hourly rate you try to achieve on every job. Lesson seven...sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. In the end, make the client happy. There’s jobs we’ve misquoted and done for little to nothing at the end of the day. There’s jobs we’ve made more than we thought. Keep the client happy. It’s how they return. Don’t sweat the small things. A job that doesn’t make money is simply a mistake. Learn from it. Lesson eight...be honest with customers and clients. Under promise and over deliver. It’s better to wow a client with more than they expected than to disappoint them by promising something you couldn’t deliver. An unhappy client will tell everyone. Lesson nine...don’t give clients what they didn’t pay for. Does this mean never throw someone a bone? Not at all. If someone pays for a one step polish, that’s what you need to give them. You can’t do a two step for the price of one. You’re not doing your business any favors. That being said, if a small spot needs more attention, just do it. The customer will thank you and it’s a few minutes. Lesson ten...buy smart. Research products. Reach out to vendors to see what they can offer you. Reducing costs is a good way to improve profit margin without increasing costs to clients and customers. You owe it to yourself, your business and your clients. It’s how you offer a fair product at a fair price. Lesson eleven...you’ll make mistakes. Own them. Fix them. Learn from them. Move past them. That’s all there is about that. Lesson twelve...growth takes time. Experiment. It’s not easy to acquire clients as the new guy around. Word of mouth is the best advertising. Incentivize people to send business your way. Try new things. Network. You never know what great connections you’ll make. Talking to people is the best way. And thirteen...have fun. If you’re not enjoying it, it’s not for you. The friendships you’ll make are invaluable and don’t have a price on them. And on trying new things, we are working on a clinic! All of the topics here will be in play. Well, except price. The clinic is free. But the networking, sharing knowledge, etc. All will be on display. If you’re thinking about owning a business...do it. There’s enough work to go around and it’s rewarding. Even if you weren’t successful, you will have done something few people dare to do! Anyway, just some rambling thoughts from a first year business owner. Hopefully you guys will be putting up with me for a while!
  5. 13 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
  6. 13 points
    Copied from the announcement on our Facebook Community: Friends and Customers of Adam’s Polishes- We recently learned of posts on social media raising concerns about potential credit card issues in connection with transactions on the Adam’s Polishes web site. We place huge value on our relationship with our customers, and we are writing this post in an effort to respond to those concerns. First let me clarify, Adam’s never stores or holds credit card information. When our customer types in a credit card number during the online purchasing process, the information is first encrypted in the browser before it is sent directly to our credit card company. Adam’s employees do not have access to credit card information at any point of the process. We take security and privacy very seriously and we have been working proactively and diligently to address any potential issue. When we learned of these concerns, we engaged expert security professionals to review the concerns raised by our customers, our security and our website. All of the scans have come up clean, and thus far we have not been able to identify any issues with our website or service providers. Adam’s is not trying to minimize or avoid the fact that people have and are experiencing credit card fraud. We are just trying to understand it and react to what is a very complex issue. At the end of the day if customers have an issue, we have an issue – we fully understand that. As part of our ongoing effort to improve service and security and in addition to our ongoing software upgrades, we are changing our server hosting provider this week as part of commitment to improving the customer experience and security. We appreciate your loyalty and hope you will be patient with us as we go through this difficult and time consuming process. Of course, if you have concerns about the Adam’s site, you can use Amazon, PayPal or contact your local dealer. If you do feel like you have had a security issue as a result of ordering through the Adam’s site, please contact us directly at IT@adamspolishes.com. We will update this post on Friday, March 15th with any new information. Thank you.
  7. 13 points
    Lately it seems that there’s been a bunch of questions on the forums with regard to what products go with what. It can be a confusing world of products especially as new “better” releases come about. The first thing to consider is that just because something new comes along, it doesn’t mean the old product is obsolete. Change can come about for a million different reasons. It could be development, supply availability, changes in production...and the list goes on. New products also don’t mean they fit in your detailing supply cabinet. We all have different needs based on our tastes, what we used and continue to use and where we want our detailing to go. There’s always a temptation to try new products (and we try a bunch), but it doesn’t always mean it’s a good fit. The point I’m trying to make is to not force a product to fit because it’s the “latest and greatest.” The “ceramic” line of products is a great example. The ceramic boost, wax, coatings are great products. They aren’t the ideal application for every user. Much in the same way that a regular wax isn’t ideal for a ceramic user. You can mix and match products as you go, but it may not be the best match. Think of it like mixing ingredients in the kitchen. Sure, it might go and not be bad. But it also won’t be the “wow” that makes you want to come back to it time and time again. When evaluating which products you want to use, consider what your goals are and define them. How long do you want the product to last? How much maintenance do you want to do? How much work do you want to put in for the project in the beginning? Where is the vehicle kept? How is it driven? Is it a daily? Or a garage queen? What tools do you have or are willing to invest in? What’s your budget look like? Once you know some of those answers (and possibly more), you can put together your product list. If you like the process of waxing your car often, ceramic based products may not be up your alley. You can still achieve a great finish without ceramics. Sealant, glaze and wax provides great durability and finish while allowing you to scratch the itch of needing to wax your ride. If you want more durability, maybe a coating is right for you. You need to be patient in its prep and application. I’ve mentioned before that great prep equals a great finish. The same is also true. If you cut corners, there’s a good chance it will show in the finish. Keep in mind though that coatings are NOT maintenance free, regardless of advertising hype. A weekend detailer can often produce the same results as a professional detailer. There’s plenty of access to some great products out there. We use many of the same products available to everyone in our work. Sure, there’s some that are “pro only,” but those tend to be more high end coatings then routine products to use. The biggest differences between the pro and the weekend guy/girl are that pros usually have a deeper arsenal of products, an understanding of products along with their nuances and pros often have a larger selection of tools to get the job done efficiently. The big thing is to evaluate each product, see how it fits in your scope of practice and to understand when and why to use something. More importantly, know when not to use something because it doesn’t fit in your vision. It can be difficult to resist temptation of the latest and greatest sometimes, but like they say “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” When in doubt ask questions, experiment and see what works for you. Just test in small doses so you don’t create a bunch of work for yourself fixing something you have done. - No idea why the font carried over like that when I wrote it and copied it over. Oh well!
  8. 13 points

    Post number 15,000

    I have been on this forum from the beginning and have always felt honored to be asked to be a moderator and help keep the forum running. It's been a long time, many years. So with this being my 15,000th post, it's one of two things. I'm either good at being a moderator..............or I got old!! My money's on the last one.
  9. 13 points
    In twelve minutes it will be Thanksgiving. A day for us all to spend with our family and friends and to give thought and thanks for what’s important in our lives. As my family is asleep, it got me thinking of the past year and how thankful I am. First, I’m thankful for the health and happiness of my family. They really don’t get the credit they deserve for all they do and for putting up with me. I’m thankful for my career and the events I get to be a part of. Detailing is not my full time profession. I’m actually a full time firefighter and paramedic. For once, I get to spend the holidays with my family at home this year and not my work one in the firehouse. There will be no wonder for my family this year about what I’m doing while they’re all together. It doesn’t happen every year to say the least. Which finally brings me to how this all ties into a detailing forum. Back at the start of the year I made the decision to take my hobby from detailing for myself and a few friends to being a legal business. I’m lucky enough to have good people who have offered their support and guidance along the way to help give me the best shot at success. I’m beyond fortunate to have a great friend I work with as we detail cars and grow the business. It’s been a long road, but it’s gaining starting to gain some traction and is starting to seem like it could be a viable venture. Luckily the mistakes I’ve made along the way haven’t been significant or irreparable. I’m sure I have many more to make as I navigate the ups and downs of small business ownership. So thank you to family, friends and clients who have supported us and utilized our services. I’m also thankful for having a great forum here where we can share information, knowledge and ideas. It’s a place where you can ask for and receive candid feedback (which is seemingly rare these days). I’ve tried to share my knowledge freely and openly here with everything from how to do things, to how I run my business. I’ve received compliments and constructive feedback that hopefully I’ve been able to make improvements with. Thank you for being a part of that process. Those are just a few rambling thoughts as the clock is about to turn midnight. Tomorrow remember those less fortunate, enjoy the time with your family and friends and put aside the less important things in life. And lastly, if I can ever help any of you please don’t hesitate to ask. It doesn’t matter if it’s a question, if you live in my area and want to get together and learn from each other or anything else. It’s the least I can do for the help and support freely offered here. Happy Thanksgiving, Shane Detailed Reflections
  10. 12 points

    Spray Wax stains towels pink

    Obviously you didn't read the fine print:
  11. 12 points

    Am I being too OCD or what

    OK so I was being totally OCD. The car is probably about 95% perfect. Those LED lights definitely show more than natural light does. Anyways, here are some pics of the final products. Sorry for the pressure washer and master blaster in the pics. I was just super excited on how great it turned out and wanted pics right away.
  12. 12 points
    Ok, this is one of my favorite beading pics I've taken, it is from this past winter on the glass top of the wife's Veloster.
  13. 12 points
    Recently while helping a client select a polisher for their needs, it got me thinking that it's not an uncommon question of "what size polisher do I need or want?" I figured since I have some time today, I'd try to write a little bit about the different polishers and their pros and cons since we are fortunate enough to have some experience with various sizes. We've worked through what we thought versus what it really is...sometimes these were the same. Other times...we were way off the mark. So without more intro and babbling, let's get into it. Hopefully the folks at Adam's and the admins don't mind a post like this...If you do, feel free to take it down! There's quite a few options out there for polishers. Rotary, dual action (DA), 12mm, 15mm, 21mm, micro...the list goes on and on. As you're considering making the leap into polishing it can be a bit overwhelming. Everyone who's picked up a polisher for the first time has had multiple thoughts of "can I do this?" or "am I going to ruin my paint?" The good news is that the DA polishers are safer for paint than the rotary polishers. Rotary polishers have unparalleled power, but getting them to finish without noticeable trails is difficult or next to impossible without vast experience. Add in the sizes, and you can't help but question if you're giving yourself a recipe for disaster. We use Rupes polishers in our business with the exception of a single Cyclo we have set up as a powered carpet brush. Actually, Cyclo is now part of Rupes, so you could say we are Rupes exclusive seemingly. The Adam's Polishers are great and VERY similar to the Rupes. For most users, they're a great way to save a few dollars or to even get a second polisher to really round out your abilities. Let's take our polishers (sizes) in the order we use them from most to least... So which polisher do we actually use the most? Our absolute "go-to" polisher when we start a project. It's actually not out biggest and most powerful polisher. Both of us will grab the Rupes 15mkII as our initial tool. The 15mm throw has the absolute best blend of correcting power and maneuverability. The 5.5" pads cover good surface area while not having such a large rigid spot due to the backing plate that we can still work curves and edges with them. The 15 is generally more then enough polisher in terms of power and is very versatile with the types of pads and polishes/compounds. Use a compound on a wool pad and you have some serious cutting horsepower at your fingertips. We constantly play with pad/polish/speed combos based on our goals and what's going to work in terms of time/effort/budget for our clients. If we could have only one single polisher, without a doubt we would pick the 15 every single time. It really is that good. We aren't going to get into speed recommendations as it's largely variable based on the polish/compound/pad/polisher. The variables are endless and an entirely different conversation. Does the next polisher we grab go up or down in size? Surprisingly, it goes down. We grab our Rupes Mini with a 4" pad. This little guy has considerable power for a little machine. You can work the polisher with one hand if you need to, and the small size makes it the great bumper getter. Swirly A-post? No problem. The mini will tackle it with it's correcting power without having a pad that's significantly oversize for the work area. Mirrors are another great spot for the mini, and even inside door sills for those who need to get everything perfect! The smaller machine is more maneuverable and has far better than pushing a bigger polisher with a longer throw and a larger backing plate around where it can find body parts to bang off of potentially causing damage to the vehicle. We have a Rupes Nano in our selection, which brings us to number three. We LOVE our nano since it can be configured a million ways. Soft boars hair brush as a rotary to clean embroidery? Got ya covered. Small DA to a quick spot correction? Say no more. It supports a 1-2" pad. When configured on the 3mm throw with a 1" pad, it's VERY easy to stall the action of the polisher. It's almost not powerful enough to correct in that situation. We do use it for light spot corrections on a scratch removal or similar though with the longer throw and it has adequate power. It won't correct like a full size machine, but we've managed to take out wet sanding marks with ours. Which is another useful component, We will configure it with the 3mm throw and have little 2000/3000 grit sanding disks that stick to a backing plate and we will use to spot wet sand. The DA pattern makes the marks easy to remove, but it's easy to take significant clear coat off. I wouldn't suggest this without a paint thickness gauge. Actually, I'd be hesitant to take sandpaper to any vehicle without it. The Rupes Nano also has a stiff bristle brush for the quick stubborn spot you're trying to scrub. Couple the brush with some cleaners and/or steam, and you'll be surprised at what you can pull out. So how does our Rupes 21mkII end up at the bottom of the list? Well, it's powerful which is great. But it's large. So large it doesn't work curves that well. It's fantastic for larger doors without body lines, hoods, roofs. But bumpers? Might as well put it down and swap your equipment out. It has it's place for correcting large flatter surfaces quickly...but after using it, it's not an ideal polisher by itself. The 21mm throw with a 6.5" pad means you're generating some real power in the correcting area of the polisher. It also means you have a huge backing plate to bump off of body panels and lines and the way it rolls over edges isn't ideal. It's a great tool, but we'd consider this an additional tool rather than primary. We will commonly use it when we are correcting together. One of us on the 21 doing the big flat areas, the other on the 15/Mini hitting the details. It has a place though. So the last polisher...the Cyclo. The Cyclo was actually where I got my start right here through Adam's. I still have that polisher and it's since been converted to a powered carpet brush for floor mats and such. It works great as a correcting tool. You can change the orientation to change the covered surface area and make it versatile. Unfortunately, the body of the tool is still large and you have two pads to maintain and keep up with. It's a great tool, but in favor of some other offerings available now...it's become used less and less as a correcting tool. So what's the ideal setup? A pick two? It really is the 15/mini combo. Between those two polishers you can really do a lot and achieve fantastic results. I'm a firm believer that the weekend detailer can achieve the same results as the pro. The biggest difference between the two is that the pro is usually trying to meet a time deadline (for a client and/or profitability), so the pro generally has more tools at their disposal that would be less likely for a weekend detailer to invest in. Our garage is setup with multiple polishers, a car lift, MBR, sidekick, air compressor, shop-vac, hot water extractor, steamer, etc. The other difference is that a pro does enough work generally to have a pretty set process and order of events for how things go. I'm consistently blown away by the work represented on this forum. Hopefully this thread will help someone make some decisions and take the leap into polishing themselves. If this thread is well received, I'll consider continuing to write about different topics as they strike me or people ask. Enjoy and happy detailing!
  14. 11 points
    59 entries, I put them into a spreadsheet chronologically. Google's random number generator chose... drumroll... #52 - Tim! Please PM me with your current mailing address and I'll get it sent on the way! Thank you everyone that entered. We'll do one of these again soon
  15. 11 points

    Expanded workspace

    Since my business is run out of my home, and with the recent family additions we outgrew our garage which doubled as a family garage and workspace. The way our land is laid out, we can’t have a poured foundation due to the zoning setbacks. So we had to go with a premanufactured garage. We ended up settling on a 14’ x 32’ garage style “shed.” We have used the back half for storage for equipment and I’ve started making the front half a film and coating studio. The front and back half will be separated by a canvas curtain enabling me to easily get in and out of for the storage component. Up front, I’ve installed eighteen 4,800 lumen LED shop lights on the wall and ceiling. That’s 86,400 lumens of light for coating and film to catch everything. We started hanging banners and have power partially run. The rest will be done soon. Eventually I’d like to RaceDeck the flooring. But all in good time. And I’ll insulate it before winter. In the meantime here’s some progress photos.
  16. 11 points

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    We have much to be thankful for here at Adam's Polishes! For me personally, the past two years that I have worked here full-time have gone by like a breeze, and it truly is amazing to see how things are growing! We would not be here without each and every one of you, so we are extremely thankful for your support. Enjoy the day with your family, friends, and loved ones. I'm very thankful that I will get to spend this afternoon and evening with some of my loved ones. And for all of the men and women in our military that are spending Thanksgiving away from home, know that we are thinking about you too! From all of us at Adam's Polishes, Happy Thanksgiving!
  17. 10 points
    Adam has also posted the "vote with your dollar" advice on this forum, but it was specifically in regards to the expansion into some of the branded merchandise, like shirts, hats, socks, etc. His comment meant that if these other products do not interest you, then vote with your dollar and not buy them. This comment was not meant to be applied to the company as a whole, only specific products. Again, all these other products, including the swag products and the expansion into different equipment lines, have not in any way come at the cost of the constant development and refinement of the core chemical products. Other than the "Made in USA" issue on some of the equipment, I just don't understand why offering any of these other products means that the company is no longer meeting its goal of providing the best quality detailing products, with unmatched support in this industry, to make it easier for customers to get the results they want, and to ENJOY the process! Another general discussion topic not specifically directed to @ramflava: The entire "re-branded" argument, when it comes to equipment, does not make any sense. Adam's Polishes, just like the vast majority of detailing product companies, do not manufacture equipment. Equipment is manufactured by...EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS. These manufacturers design and build equipment, either as a standard item, or in many cases, to the specifications of the buyer or client. For example, Adam's tells the manufacturing company what they want for specifications in a particular product, and then prototypes are built and tested, and then the final product is tested, then released. In other cases, the main component of the product is already part of that manufactures product line, so Adam's might just make a few minor changes. And since I know it will be brought up, there is also one major and well known EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER that also sells some detailing chemicals. Simply put, Adam's Polishes manufactures detailing chemicals, and uses equipment manufacturers to build the equipment. Just like they have textile manufacturers make the towels to their specifications, the brush manufacturers make the brushes, etc. Yes, some products are off-the-shelf (buckets, some brushes, spray bottles), and some have only maybe color or other cosmetic changes, but they do not manufacture any of it, so why would people expect them to be manufacturing something as complicated as a piece of power equipment. Contrary to what the uninformed masses (that spend too much time trolling FB and IG) might think, just because a specific piece of equipment might appear similar to another, it does not mean that company made it, and Adam's just slapped a sticker on it. What is more accurate is that the same equipment manufacturer made variations of the different products, so some appearances are the same. A good example is when the pressure washer was released. People on IG and this forum were so quick to proclaim that it is just a re-branded Sun Joe, and some said Arksen, and yet more said Realm, and so on. And none of those were the correct manufacturer. Kyle stated that Apex makes the Adam's version. So that likely means that Apex also makes some or all of those other "re-branded" pressure washers that look similar.
  18. 10 points
    Let’s follow up with a whole bunch more information about what paint correction is, and when it should (and shouldn’t be applied). Paint correction is not a magic bullet. It’s not something that can be done unlimited times. Paint correction works by removing clear coat in order to remove defects in your paint. Most of the UV protection of your paint comes in the first 1/3 of the clearcoat. Knowing that, we don’t want to remove more than that over the LIFETIME of the vehicle. Once you reduce the UV protection you accelerate clearcoat failure requiring a repaint. Paint correction also serves to level the clearcoat on a vehicle increasing the glossy look of the finish. This is why even brand new vehicles benefit from polishing. Modern paint systems are a three part system. They consist of a primer, base coat (color) and clear coat. Older paints may be single stage in nature mixing the clear and paint layers. On top of your paint sits a variety of contamination and defects typically. Contamination on the paint is generally tackled with washing, iron remover and clay. When we talk about defects, there’s spider webs which are microscratches, deep scratches which may or not be able to be taken care of without repainting and other forms of defects as illustrated below. When paint correcting we are only working with the clear coat. So as you can see, the deep scratches can’t be fixed. And some that are just in the clear coat shouldn’t be fixed for fear of striking through or removing too much clear accelerating failure. So you get a car, and you paint correct it. You’ve removed a little clear coat. You use good technique in washing and over time you develop damage (it happens no matter what we do). You polish again. But because you’ve used good technique along the way, you only need a finish polish to take a little clear coat off. Using this methodology you can get a long time with out of your paint and great looks. The other scenario is you perform a paint correction and you take it through the automatic car wash. You damage your finish over time. You then need a full correction to repair the damage which takes off more of the clear coat. When approached this way, you’re going to burn through more clear coat or get less corrections. So the ultimate answer to your question is to correct as infrequently as possible to preserve the clear coat. We use a paint thickness gauge to know what we are doing to a clients paint (or what they’ve done to it already). We are not opposed to using a fine polish a couple times a year. It leaves a satisfactory finish for most clients without significantly shortening the life of the paint. We will sometimes use a compound in isolated spots to handle concentrated damage as opposed to going all in everywhere. Hope this is helpful.
  19. 10 points

    Tire Armor

    Applied Tire Armor today. Took about an hour all toll, from getting all the tools, etc. ready to cleanup. First things first since we usually love them...the smell will likely not be one of your favorites. Smells like household paint. But the application was pretty straightforward. Longest, "most difficult" part was cleaning the tires thoroughly, but that wasn't too bad. Took 3-4 passes with TRC to get completely white foam. I also cleaned the wheels and fenders so that added some of the time mentioned earlier. I only applied one coat, which left a satin/VRT-like finish. The directions said another coat could be applied after 10-15 minutes to give added gloss, which I assume is more Tire Shine-like. But this was my first try so wanted to see how one coat does for look and durability. They look pretty good (though I like them shinier), and the durability is TBD. I'll update this post over the next few weeks. But after driving once on a dirt road, no dust stuck to them. Some lessons learned: - I first tried a grey MF pad, but the results were lacking. Then I followed the directions on the bottle and switched to a grey foam tire block. MUCH better. - Directions say to use "4-5 sprays into tread block and covering the majority of the surface area." I think that's somewhat misleading. I needed quite a few more all around the tire to get even coverage. - Some got ontol the rims while I was spreading it. Not sure what effect it might have, but it's not really noticeable. Now for pictures... Before During...white foam = clean tires Dried, clean tires to work with After...
  20. 10 points
    You guys are kidding right? Are we so far gone into PC la-la land that we can't suggest a woman would be the most likely gender to own and operate a sewing machine? My mom, grandmother, or mother-in-law would not be the least bit offended by that comment. They would be flattered that I assumed they were capable. Futhermore, I've never met a man in my life that owned a sewing machine. This new world is insane and I am only 36 years old.
  21. 10 points
    Thought you all would enjoy this! I decided to steer away from a normal gingerbread house and make it into a shop! I went a little crazy and made some cabinets and a bench in there as well as some racedeck flooring like my actual garage 😂 had to add the final touch and throw a Adams sticker in there as a banner lol. Enjoy and merry Christmas everyone! 26 years old and I had way too much fun doing this haha.
  22. 10 points
    Thanksgiving is right around the corner from us, and I remember last year taking a few moments and writing a post about what I was thankful for! I figured I'd start it again where people can share what they're thankful for. Something positive! The last year has brought about a ton of changes for us, both a business and me personally. On a personal level, it seems my family grew significantly and unexpectedly. We are now a foster home for my wife's cousin's four children. The challenges are endless, but I can say we are doing a good thing. Despite the battles we have with DCF and occasionally the children themselves, I know they're in a better place because we've opened our home to them. They are now safe, cared for, healthy and fed properly. We still haven't wrapped our heads around all that they've been through and know the road will be long and full of questions but it's a journey that will shape who we are as individuals and as a family. Thankfully my wife and I have a strong relationship and can weather the many storms this whole situation can and has brought about. My daughter finished out her senior year of high school soccer and is going to be going to Elmira College in NY on a partial soccer scholarship to play goalkeeper for them. She's excited, and I'm glad we were able to end the college search when we did and before our family situation changed. Business wise...man, we've grown so much. A little less than two years ago, I wouldn't have imagined us being where we are now. We were just a couple of guys in a garage trying to keep some cars clean and make a few dollars. This year we've added a new member to the team who's still learning, but killing it and putting in full effort when we give him the task. I made a comment in our "latest work thread" as I looked back through and can see how we've grown so much. We've been accredited by a leader in the detailing field, we've installed another bay and have it set up in a fashion that allows us to really expand our product. So far this year we've already grown more than four times in terms of sales numbers. The number still isn't a huge one by comparison, but I'm happy with the growth and that we've been able to keep up. We still haven't even put money into advertising. Everything we do is word of mouth and social media so to be able to keep work coming in is pretty awesome. Looking back at photos, the quality of our finished products is improving. We still have much growth to achieve and so much to learn still. But we are making it happen! Oh yeah, and in the spring we had our first detailing clinic which was a lot of fun for us. It was even attended by some forum members. We already have the next one planned and it sounds like it's going to be bigger and better. I'm thankful for online communities such as this one. We can learn from other members here, and have the opportunity to give back and help encourage people's enthusiasm for what they do. When people see what they can achieve, it pushes them to do more. We are happy to be a part of that growth and experience for members here. I plan to stick around and answer as many questions as we can on the forum or that are sent to us! And most of all, I'm thankful that I actually get Thanksgiving off this year and get to spend it with my family. I can't say the same for Christmas, but it comes with the territory of my career. I'll take what I can get and be happy. Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with your families and take a moment to take it all in. We are lucky to be here.
  23. 10 points
    Yesterday, fully detailed this beauty. 2013 Porsche Panamera Turbo. May do a write up another day, but I'm still sore. My hat's off to all you black car owners. LSP: Ceramic Paste Wax (only). Great stuff. And finally..... Pure reflection!! ?
  24. 10 points
    My Grandfathers old truck left to my Uncle after he passed. The recent respray done on it was god awful but i was able to bring out the shine. Fun stuff
  25. 10 points

    Green with Envy

    This poor little Lotus needed some serious help ! I was at a car show and I met this nice lady that was blown away how beautiful my paint was on my Mustang I brought to the show. She asked me "how did you get your paint so perfect like that"? After a short description on that matter she brought to her car and said she had a detailer buff it out for her but it still has some scratches in it. YIKES I said, a detailer did that to your paint !? She said a friend of hers did it, I said he should no longer be your friend. !! Most of the car has been wrapped with Expel, just to make it that much harder on me. So after many hours on the Lotus, needless to say it is now the beautiful Green color she should have had in the first place. Although she does track the car at events, it will hold up pretty well. 2 step paint correction with Adams polishes, Liquid paint sealant, B Glaze, Americana, Deep Wheel Cleaner, VRT.
  26. 10 points

    Adam's Forums Limited Edition

    How about a limited edition release honoring the Forums? If so, consider taking inputs for the scents and label artwork from forum members, and then we all vote on here. Products created by and on behalf of all of us!
  27. 10 points

    I Blame it on Adam's

    Back in March, I purchase my first Classic Car in 20 years. A 1959 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller. Now that I am retired I had more time to spend working on and detailing the car. My neighbor recommended Adam's products and I took the plunge. Well, needless to say, I quickly became addicted. I want to thank everyone on this forum for their advice when it came to the steps I took. It had been 20 years since I really did any serious detailing and boy have things changed (for the better IMHO). The car got Strip wash, Clayed, Correcting Polish, Finishing Polish, Paint Sealant, Brilliant Glaze and Buttery Wax on the first go 'round. Also, Leather & Interior Cleaner, as well as Leather Conditioner on the interior and Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner on the Carpets. The windows got the full treatment and the chrome gets Brilliant glaze. I have also tried wusing H2O G&G and Ceramic Boost after washing (Love the ceramic Boost). I take Maggie to at least one show each week (weather permitting) and as you can tell by the picture, she has done quite well. 14 Trophies since the first show on April 20. Very proud of the car and the shine as I let everyone know it because of the Adam's products. Now, if they would just come out with a product to handle the woood....
  28. 10 points

    Amazing customer service!

    I placed a decent size order during the last mystery bucket sale which included the Detail Boy shirts and a few detail boy/girl stickers. One shirt was for me and one was for my son. While the package was inbound, the day of the delivery, FedEx marked the package as damaged, not deliverable. I called Adam's and spoke to one of their sales reps, Chandler. He said typically they wait until the damaged package is returned, see what product(s) are damaged, replaced those, re-box and then ship back out. He saw that I had some of the Detail Boy shirts in there which sparked the conversation of hoping they were ok because he knew inventory was running low on them. I said to him, I'd hate for you all to get the box back and see that the shirts were messed up and then not have inventory to replace it. He said you're right, I'll deal with FedEx and getting the damaged package back but in the meantime I'll make sure a new box is sent out to you ASAP so that you don't miss out on the Detail Boy shirts! 24 hours later I had a new order in my account and a tracking number in my email! Thanks Chandler and Adam's!
  29. 10 points

    First time using CC-review

    I just wanted to give members a brief review of several Adam’s products ive purchased and used. In February of this year I discovered Adam’s. After reading the forums I formulated a plan for my DD. Ive always been careful being a weekend detailer but these forums took me to a new level and made me realize i was doing it all wrong! I decided i needed to do full corrections and then was going to CC both my cars. (13’ Acura Tl 6speed manual,white and 17’ MDX sport black). Both stay garaged as often as possible. I also realized my black MdX had a pretty decent amount of swirls and was in need of correcting. I first purchased the 15mm SK kit. I patiently waited for winter to pass and attempted my first full correction. Before: After: Ive had zero experience with any type of polisher so I was extremely nervous to introduce swirls into the paint. For those hesitant—make the purchase!! Its a great product. Basically this SK was pretty much idiot proof and worked great. All you have to do is take ur time, moving the SK slowly across the paint. I was hesitant to use the blue pad w Hc, but hit a few spots quickly; before taking my time and using the orange pad w/ CP. then finsihed with FP. I actaully had to do this process twice because the first time i went too quickly and didnt let the product do the work. There were still some swirls visible after the first attempt. Others have said this but lighting is key!! Soo true. I had every LeD light I owned in my garage, looked great. Pulled it out of garage and the sunlight showed some swirls. After another round, i was content. It wasnt perfect but near perfect. I could only see some swirls if i was leaning at a 75 degree angle and the sun was reflecting perfectly off the panel!! I figure thats about as good as im gonna get!!! I then ordered the new CC kit. I prepped car as directed and attempted the Cc on my white TL first. I was extremely nervous about attmepting CC. I had read about “high spots” and the coating being tacky and difficult to work with. I applied as directed (and as Adam did in the video). I was able to see the Cc flash pretty quickly. I waited around a minute and then wiped off excess. The white paint made it pretty difficult to see any high spots. I found that the Cc was somewhat slick and not tacky like other members said of the older 7H CC. I completed the whole car and let sit about 3 hrs. I then applied the CB. I used a few sprays per panel and found it easy to apply. After CC and CB I waited a week to see if I could find any high spots or streaking. So far nothing!! Surpised myself!! Somehow i havent been able to test the hydrophobic properties yet because it hasn’t rained!!!!!! Unreal. This week i completed the CC on my black MdX. The CC was still easy to apply. you definitely have to be more careful with the dark paints. It was much easier to see the Cc flash. I waited about a minute to wipe off. You can actually see where the Cc was applied; it left the paint looking deeper and darker. I did feel like I used the Cc a little more liberally this time around. The high spots were visible and inwas able to take them down right away by wiping with Mf. I pulled the car out into the sunlight and did not notice any high spots. I let the car sit for 24 hrs and applied the CB. Im not sure if it was the dark paint or me using a little more CB then i did on my white car but the CB was a little more difficult to use...but not bad at all. I did notice some streaking from the CB but just took my time to work it in with a MF. Here are the finished products: And thanks to you forum members my Adam’s collection has quickly grown..of course i needed every product thats made. I hope this is helpful to members either thinking about CC or full correction their vehicle. I was very worried about screwing up both my cars. But im very OcD about my cars and Im actaully very satisfied with the results. ????Sk and CC kit well worth it and easy to use!! Good luck
  30. 10 points
    Strip washed, clayed, polished, sealed and (Buttery) waxed a customer's car. 2015 Infiniti Q70S, Malibu Black. He said it hasn't looked this good since the day he bought it new, and better than when he had it done by a local pro detailer just last fall. Music to my ears! Now his wife wants her Explorer done, inside and out. ? Before After
  31. 10 points
    @pirahnah3 was nice enough to let us do some work on his new Challenger after the clinic we hosted. So while the car is in, one request was that we ceramic coat his wheels. In the past, I’ve mentioned that we spray our wheel coatings as opposed to hand application. A few people were curious about how we do it...so here it is finally! The first things I’ll get into are the reasons why we spray our wheel coatings versus hand application. By spraying a coating, we are able to get a more complete coverage and apply our coatings quicker. This comes at a trade off of more material used. For us where our time in a job matters, it’s a simple decision. First, here’s the wheels on the car. We have the luxury of a lift so we can pull all four wheels at once. Once the wheels are off, we spray them down with wheel cleaner. We still use the old bottle that we’ve filled a million times. It’s the new formula in it though. Once they’re rinsed and cleaned to our satisfaction, we spray them with Tire & Rubber Cleaner and scrub with the tire brush. Once this process is done, we actually steam clean the wheels and calipers to get everything from all the little sticky spots. The supplies to do the job...gloves, a mask, an airbrush, coating, a suede towel and a microfiber towel. I can’t stress the importance of gloves and a mask enough. You’re aerosolizing a liquid that turns to crystal form. Don’t take chances inhaling it. We use a Harbor Freight airbrush. It’s $10 and if we trash one, we don’t care really. We always clean it out with paint thinner when we are done. Load up your bottle with some ceramic coating, test to make sure you’re happy with the spray pattern and you’re ready to go. Spray evenly. If you spray a little heavy it’s not a big deal since you’ll buff off later. Let the coating cure for the required time based on the coating used and then buff it off with the suede towel. The suede will remove the majority of the coating. Give it a final buff with the microfiber towel. Repeat the process for the barrels of the wheel. Make sure you didn’t overspray to the front. So give a final buff with both towels one more time and let the wheels cure for a bit before reinstalling. Next we steamed the calipers and cleaned them with Eco APC. Once they were cleaned up to our satisfaction, we reloaded our airbrush and sprayed the calipers. Overspray isn’t a big issue. Buff it off with the suede and follow with the microfiber. Allow the wheels to cure. And then mount them up and apply tire dressing of your choice. Toss your suede in the garbage and wash your microfiber immediately (the ceramic it picks up is negligible if you buff correctly). You can use this technique with trim coating and grills if you’re careful in doing so and spray evenly. Runs are harder to take care of in a grill. Thanks for reading!
  32. 10 points
    Hey guys, Kyle here. I'm in charge of product development at HQ and I can assure you that project is still in the premature stages. It was originally conceptualized to be a tablet style with "glass Boost" application but the alcohol content in the Boost has been pesky for perfect results. We have some goodies coming for ya!
  33. 9 points
    I don’t know who told you this, but it’s largely false information. If coatings could be removed by clay, nobody would ever use them for the time/effort/expense of installation. Claying a coating is a standard maintenance process for every coating we have worked with. Coating life spans are generally measured in years. They require maintenance. And they require care. They can become contaminated and do require cleaning. In fact, most coating “failures” aren’t failures at all but coatings that require maintenance. To remove the water spots, use a fine finishing polish and see if that clears it up. Adams is not the most durable coating out there (as are most consumer grade coatings, so I’m not singling them out). So aggressive working of polishes or aggressive ones will remove the coating. A quick pass of finishing polish should knock most of the issues down. Food for thought, in a product that spans years and forms a bond to paint it will take a mechanical abrasive process to remove. Most chemicals and soft products will have no removal effect (but can mar the finish if used incorrectly).
  34. 9 points

    What did you do today?

    Not today but last weekend I got my desk mostly complete. After staining and many rounds of poly and sanding, I hit it with finishing polish and a coat of buttery wax. I have to cut out and stain/poly a couple small shelves but it’s now usable.
  35. 9 points

    Ceramic Spray and Plastic

    I used the Ceramic Spray Coating on all the plastic trim on my Hellcat. It may have made the trim slightly darker. I am really happy with the results! I would say if your plastic is faded use the Trim Restorer first followed with Spray Coating.
  36. 9 points
    Woah you're from the Future?! Tell us the cool stuff Adam's has out that we don't know about yet! 😆
  37. 9 points
    Oh man I have never ever seen my Camaro SS 1LE look so good and I have been using patriot wax and numerous other Adam's products. The ceramic spray is freaking awesome. Thanks guys for one heck of a product. About quarter way through video you can see the results. Adam's Polishes Ceramic Spray
  38. 9 points

    Power Tool Warranty Update:

    That sounds crazy Tony! Not how we roll, typically....but...it sounds like we gave you some poor customer service. I apologize, and we typically offer a higher level of customer care. I've sent you an email. We can certainly make this right. Looks like your Flex backing plate disintegrated. In fact, we haven't carried that tool in years, and we don't carry backing plates. As for the leaky gallon of TID, and broken cap on the Ceramic Boost, certainly, we can make that right. However, the gallon is likely expired, judging by the label. I believe it's a 2012-2013 blend date? If it works for you, order this Flex backing plate from Amazon, and we will get you a $100 store credit to shop as you wish! https://www.amazon.com/Flex-452-661-FLEX/dp/B01N2IX434/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1546576118&sr=8-5&keywords=flex+xc+3401+vrg+5.5+inch+backing+plate Sending you an email now....thanks Tony,
  39. 9 points
    I wouldn’t call it a dream garage, but it’s roomy (~26x36), well lit, clean, and laid out for year round detailing. I have plans for spring though which includes paint, new flooring, large tv, fridge, etc.
  40. 9 points

    So you think you have scratches

    Well hopefully you don't go through car washes as many times as he did but I have to say he wont be doing that again !! Here are some before and after pics of the truck that was paint corrected. Flex 3401, Adams 2 step paint correcting polish, Adams Liquid Paint Sealant and a coat of Americana. Sealant also applied on wheels, VRT "milk" on tires.
  41. 9 points

    Labor Day Weekend Labor; 2017 BMW X3

    I had the opportunity this past weekend to do a full detail on a previous customers new, to her, 2017 BMW X3 in Alpine White. I'd detailed her 2007 Acura MDX several years ago. Since then she's graduated college with a degree in Athletic Training, I believe, and bought this that need a little love. She'd been looking for one of these for several months and finally located one at a dealership in NJ at a price she was willing to pay. The vehicle had been a rental with 15,000 miles on it, she's now put on another 5,000+ on it before turning it over to me for the weekend. I picked the SUV up Thursday afternoon and brought it back to my place where the work would be done. It was raining Thursday, raining hard. We got over 5" of rain that day. Yup, I started in the rain. Put on a hat, my Bean Boots and a gore tex jacket and sucked it up. Broke out the pressure washer and using Adam's new Pressure Washer Swivel Extension Wand cleaned all the debris from the felt lined inner fenders and took care of the wheels and tires. The 20* bend and shorter length is nice to really get up in where I wanted. Eco All Purpose Cleaner on the fender liners, Wheel Cleaner on the wheels and scrubbed the gunk that was on the tires twice with Tire and Rubber Cleaner to get them thoroughly cleaned. The rain stopped overnight and the rest of the weekend looked like it was going to be great weather. At first light Saturday morning I was outside. Didn't want to bother the neighbors with the pressure washer yet, so I did a few of the more quiet activities first Chrome exhaust tips polished with Metal Polish #1 using a piece of 0000 Steal Wool Before: After: I removed the rubber floor mats and cleaned them I vacuumed the interior, and here's where things started to get weird. I was finding shattered pieced of tempered glass in the carpet, along the gas pedal on the hump side, under the front passenger's seat, between that seats bottom and back, and in the outside seat rail track of that seat. A quick look at all the vehicles glass... All windows have the BMW logo in them except the front passenger's side door glass The B-pillar on that door It appears this vehicle had been broken into at some point. I contacted the owner. She said before she purchased it she saw the vehicle had a clean Car Fax, and that she had noticed all the glass shards sometime after she's gotten it home. She contacted the dealer she'd bought it from and was told they knew nothing about it. Engine and engine bay tidied up Eco All Purpose Cleaner a Fender Brush and Trim & Lug Nut Brush. I dried it with the 4hp setting of my Master Blaster Revolution, shut the hood and let her run for five minutes to dry the rest of the water off. While it was running I sprayed Odor Neutralizer inside the vehicle and into the recirculating intake with the fan on high to take care of any odors. It was now late enough in the morning to get the pressure washer back out again. Adam's Snub Nose Pressure Washer Attachment and my Foam Cannon filled with 2oz of Strip Wash and warm water. I let that dwell for a few minutes then proceeded to give her a two bucket wash with another 2oz of Strip Wash in my wash bucket and used the Red Microfiber mitt. Rinsed her down well and hit everything below the glass, including the C-pillars with Iron Remover to decontaminate. Thoroughly rinsed the Iron Remover off the vehicle and clayed using the Clay Mitt and Detail Spray as the lubricant. Black specks all over the SUV. Worse on the rear panel and right quarter panel, but everywhere on the vehicle. The clay mitt wasn't getting it off. My guess? The window glass was replaced at a Body Shop and the vehicle was sitting uncovered too close to the paint booth and over-spray made its way to the BMW. There were black paint specks even in the jamb of the rear hatch. They must have had the hatch open when the over-spray made its way onto the Alpine White. Adam's Visco Elastic Clay was able to remove the over-spray, but it was a lot of work and about three hours of time I wasn't expecting! One last rinse from my Reverse Osmosis Spot Free system, and a quick blow dry with my Master Blaster Revolution, this time on the full 8hp setting.. Before: After: My right shoulder felt numb when I finished for the day from all the rubbing and pressure I had to exert to remove all of this. Before the day ended, the paint was thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated and I began polishing. I was able to finish the front and rear bumpers, and most everywhere else I had to use my Swirl Killer 12mm mini and Nano ibird. Lots of curves, contours and angles required the smaller machines. Heavy Correcting Compound and a Blue Microfiber Pad, that's it on this one. This vehicle is washed at drive through car washes. Most of the marks in the paint are straight line marks from the car wash brushes. The combo I used got 75% of them out and left the paint with a nice high luster. My GTO was pulled out onto the driveway for the next two nights and the BMW was put in the garage. First thing Sunday morning I put the plugs into the front bumper she'd provided me. NJ runs a front plate while PA doesn't. She didn't like the holes. Can't say I blame her. In & Out Spray to all the black Honey Comb up front too. Completely Polished, including the headlights. Also used my Swirl killer 15mm LT machine on the larger flatter panels, again Heavy Correcting Compound and a Blue Microfiber Pad. Paint protected with H2O Guard & Gloss, wheels protected with Ceramic Boost, tires dressed with Tire Shine, Glass Sealant on the windshield. I even hit the little rubber splash guard in front of the rear tires with VRT. My method for using the Guard & Gloss was one I watched Adam do at Corvettes at Carlisle the previous weekend. I'd never thought of it before. Go one panel at a time, spray the one panel with water from a water bottle, then spray the Guard & Gloss on that wet panel. Use a wet microfiber towel to even it out/level it off and a second to buff the panel dry, then onto the next. In the past I'd been pulling polished vehicles back out onto the driveway and wetting them with the hose again. Adam's method I was able to do while still in the garage. Sunday was done... Monday morning had three hours spent on the interior. Interior Detailer mostly, Leather & Interior cleaner on the soiled Steering Wheel In & Out Spray in the vents, inside of the windshield and back glass got Brilliant Glaze, all other glass was wiped clean with Adam's Glass Cleaner. My McCulloch 1385 Steamer was needed to get the crud from inside the cup holders, the tracks in the floor of the cargo area, and a few spots on the drivers compartment floor. The interior came as nice as the outside, I thought.
  42. 9 points

    Expanded workspace

    An obligatory night shot. Which doesn’t do it justice...I need to break out the good camera when it’s all done!
  43. 9 points

    Talk about customer service!!

    Just wanted to say how great Adam's customer service is. My day job is being the parts department manager at Shafiroff Racing and I speak with vendors ALL day long. I had a slight issue with a 6.5" orange pad and I sent the team an email. All they asked me for was an order number that it came on and the very next day they sent out a replacement! To boot, they threw in a bottle of orange correcting polish How nice of them is that?! Just wanted to share with everyone how fast, easy and delightful this experience was. Thanks guys!
  44. 9 points
    I'll start by saying "I'm sorry" to anyone that may have had to wait a bit on hold last Friday early afternoon. But I assure you the Adam's team was in full-on service mode. Following yet another awesome visit to the HQ last week, I walked to my car only to find it was dead. Enter Emery and Tyler. Both jumped into action, trying all they could to help. Unfortunately, neither the battery charger from the warehouse nor a jump-start worked. Meanwhile, it was a cool 90'+ in the parking lot, yet no complaints from either one. Then, without hesitation, they offered to have Tyler drive me to AutoZone to get a new battery. I told them I have roadside assistance, but they wouldn't take "no" for an answer. Wow. Instead, I now owe them both a lunch for going out of their way to help a stranded customer. Anywhere else along the road and I'm sure I'd have waited a much longer time and/or run into someone not nearly as willing to help. It's for this reason, and many others, I will remain a loyal customer of Adam's for years to come. Thanks so much, Tyler and Emery! Simply put, you guys are awesome.
  45. 9 points

    Thank you, Adam!

    I attended the Grand Opening this past weekend. What a blast! During the day, I was pleasantly surprised to receive some gift cards from Adam as a thank you to veterans. So to @Adam and his entire team, I also want to say THANK YOU! Your focus on the customer is what makes you such a special company, and why I will continue to be a patron for a long, long time.
  46. 9 points

    Vette got WAXED today

    Nice cool day today, so I pulled the Vette in the garage and gave her a good wash and clay treatment. Followed up with Revive on all the paint and topped it off with the new Ceramic Wax. This stuff is harder to use than Patriot or Americana, you can only do small sections at a time so it's a little bit more time consuming, and you don't want it to dry before taking it off. But man, am I pleased with the results. I can live with this! Another fantastic Adam's product.
  47. 9 points
    car is done, only had like two high spots that I have to use BG to get rid of it. Im pretty blown away with the ceramic, I really didnt think I could get any more depth to the paint with all the other adams products I use.
  48. 9 points

    1965 Shelby GT350 Detail

    Just like it says, here is some pics of an awesome 65 Shelby I had the pleasure of bringing back to life. It has been in many a show, been restored 30 years ago, and was just sold so the new owner needed to have a little love done to it before it hit the track with other Shelby's. All Adams products used to bring back the shine ! Enjoy
  49. 9 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
  50. 8 points

    What did you do today?

    My daughter came home with her brand new pseudo leather boots all dirtyed up and asked “can we. clean them with your adams stuff you use to clean cars daddy?” haha. . . what a silly question. start them young
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