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  1. 6 points
    Captain Slow

    Happy Easter

    Last night I had the talk with my ten, soon to be eleven year old twin daughters regarding the easter bunny. They both admitted the idea of a rabbit bringing eggs full of candy was somewhat sketchy. We then discussed the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and what it means to us and our Christian faith. This morning when they came downstairs, separately, I greeted them with โ€œHallelujah, He is risen! โ€œ They responded with โ€œ He is risen, indeed.โ€ A Happy Easter to all.
  2. 6 points
    shiny ride

    Going Racing with Adams Polishes

    You may have seen my testimonial for using Adams with the 1969 Firebird my son and I built. We still have the car and to this day maintain it to show car level. Today I want to also tell you about using Adams polishes in racing. Here in Northern California we participate in NASA, Trackmasters and Checkered Flag Racing events primarily at Sonoma Raceway, Laguna Seca and Thunderhill. The track is a very tough environment. Because of that we paint our cars at Maaco, and use their single stage paint. Cheap...yes. As far as quality, we have been very pleased. We get tons of compliments about how good the car looks. But I do have a secret.....Adams polishes and paint sealant. This 1987 BMW was painted Seafoam green October 2018 at Maaco. Last weekend we took it out for the first time at Thunderhill in Willows CA. After 10 sessions, 3.5 hours track time it passed the shakedown test. And boy, it needed a bath, polish and wax. Just finished that today, check out the results. Next up.....Laguna Seca
  3. 6 points
    07stanggt

    Oh so Sexy !!

    Wanted to post up some pics of a beautiful 2006 Ford GT that I just finished. Clayed, 2 step paint correction , B Glaze, Patriots wax, VRT . Only Adams products used to make this car shine. Here are some before and after pics for ya. OMG !!
  4. 3 points
    Instead of washing each panel I would use WW, much easier.
  5. 3 points
    Tuesday ๐Ÿ‘
  6. 3 points
    Wow, thanks so much Ray! Plenty more deserving people on here, but if that happened, I'd have to ask for only forum members to get a bottle ๐Ÿ˜.
  7. 2 points
    Maybe he will let you add this one to the set.
  8. 2 points
    MissTamekasOwner

    Intro

    Not the best lighting - but here they are.
  9. 2 points
    mc2hill

    polisher speed

    I don't have an SK, but I use the long throw Rupes at 4, sometimes bumping up to 5. The key to the long throw machines is to always have the pad flat on the surface.
  10. 2 points
    I think those saying it looks like paint is right. I took some Goof Off latex paint remover and used it on the lower quarter of my panel and it started to break it down. I quickly followed up with each pass an ipa and water rinse to make sure it didnt work its way into the clear. That took off the bulk of it. I had family over for the weekend so couldnt spend to much time, so next weekend I will tackle it all and take care of it then. The wheel well liner is a felt like material. I still think its odd they do that instead of plastic maybe it keeps quieter from the wind buffering around the wheel? but yeah that will probably be harder to clean. May have to take off my wheels and use a good scrub brush to that.
  11. 2 points
    Captain Slow

    What did you do today?

    The ophthalmologist my wife works for closed his practice and retired March 30th. I was honored to be his last patient; no visual field changes and excellent eye health considering my glaucoma diagnosis almost twenty five years ago. Anyway, he let us have four giant cabinets that housed some of his patients medical files. One is in the basement now full of detailing supplies and the other three are in the garage. I removed the doors from the one in the basement but Iโ€™m leaving the doors on the three in the garage. Note: Waterless Wash, Detail Spray, Microfiber Revitalizer, Tire & Rubber Cleaner, Turbo Stick, old wooden handled lug nut brush and clay bars were on different shelves when I got the itch to snap these pics. They are now all reunited and happily living on the same shelf away from the influence of Barry Meguiar, Richard Griot, Jim Lafeber and Bob McKee. Today before the family came over for Sunday dinner I rinseless washed the cabinets then dried them. They were then treated to Adamโ€™s Quick Sealant followed by a competitorโ€™s paint sealant. Yes, the spray head popped off and I had to go chase after it but thatโ€™s the fun of using Quick Sealant! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Tomorrow everything on the garage shelves is coming down and going into those same cabinets. Best part is the price: free for the hauling! Worst part is Iโ€™m now down to three full cans of Quick Sealant.
  12. 2 points
    Nickfire20

    Ceramic coatings not for me.

    You sure did, I witnessed it! Make sure we get the pics as proof๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Besides, you know you want to!!
  13. 2 points
    falcaineer

    Ceramic coatings not for me.

    I'm on the fence. I love maintaining my car with more traditional products...and PS and HGG are my favorite for white cars like mine. But as others said above, you still need to maintain coatings. With the new ceramic line, you can get the same feel for washing and waxing, just with more advanced, better protection, and longer lasting products. Ceramic Boost is like a Spray Wax and can be used once a month; the Ceramic Waterless is like DS but silica based and gives awesome shine and hydrophobic properties; the Ceramic Past Wax is like Patriot or Americana for application but lasts longer and still gives incredible shine; Wash & Coat is like Wash & Wax (another favorite of mine) but on steroids; and don't forget the new ceramic liquid wax, which is similar to buttery in consistency but works with coatings The more I think about it, it's almost as though Adam's realized making the switch is harder for some old schoolers, myself included, and designed their ceramic line to make the transition feel more comfortable yet more advanced. Wait, did I just talk myself into a coating??!! ๐Ÿค”
  14. 2 points
    TheWolf

    What did you do today?

    Checked airfare to down-under so I can buy a new cordless polisher. ๐Ÿ˜ Its a short-throw DA with a selector switch to put in gear-driven mode. Makita has some serious cordless tools with power equal to and even exceeding corded models. I have already switched all my outdoor power equipment to Makita cordless and love not having the noise and fumes of gas-powered equipment. So I am already stocked with batteries for when this hits the US. It will be interesting to see if the gear-driven mode will correct more like a long-throw, even though the Makita has a shorter-throw.
  15. 2 points
    Wecome to the world of paint correction, @JP1129! No issues with over multiple days. It will take longer than you think, especially your first time, so planning the extra time is a good idea. Couple tips: - While you have the 3 Step, it may not all be needed. Using blue painters tape (no locking edges!), tape off a 2'x2' section representative of the entire car - most use the hood - and start with the least aggressive (Finishing Polish, white pad). Wipe off residue and see how it looks. If not enough, move up a polish and pad to CP and orange foam pad. Check again. And so on. Whatever you need to get that section right should suffice for the rest of the car, with maybe some exceptions...spot polish, of you will. Doing this will save you the headache of getting "done," only to realize you need to go all over it again...and maybe again. Trust me! - Paint Sealant will go quickly, so you may not need or want to wait a day at a time. Simply apply a thin, even layer all the way around, then wipe away residue with a plush microfiber. No cure time needed. Using the grey foam pad on the SK, low speed (2 or 3) will yield great results, laying it ln thin and evenly. You can also apply with the grey microfiber pad. - Use isopropyl alcohol 50/50 or Surface Prep and some Waterless Wash towels to remove polish residue before applying PS. There's no need to remove clay residue before you polish...it will come off when you polish and/or wipe use the surface prep. Finally, assuming of age, have an adult beverage at the ready...and take and post some before and after pics. Ask any more questions you have. ๐Ÿ˜Ž Good luck!
  16. 2 points
    falcaineer

    polisher speed

    I usually use 5-6. Remember to have the polisher on the surface before you turn it on, and leave it on the surface until it stops. Otherwise you'll sling polish everywhere!
  17. 1 point
    When given the opportunity, you must take them when they come! i am sure it will be fun!
  18. 1 point
    Scratch that I wont be free this coming weekend to do a full wash, clay, and polish of my car after all. Just got hired to do a gig with Robert Matthew Van Winkle for Saturday at LA Live, he called me up and asked if I wanted to work with him again which duh of course I do, it was a freaking blast the last time I got to work with him. My poor car, all I have been able to do is maintenance washes. I have been wanting to do a full detail since Christmas but I need at least a good solid two days to do such but I keep having things come up that eat a day out of my weekend. ^^;;
  19. 1 point
    And, this past weekend, I hit my former daily driver. As a note, I didn't hit the wheels as well as I could have because they are temporary as the factory wheels are being powder coated and when I get them back, I plan on adding ceramic coating to them. The salt corrosion alone destroyed the clear coating on the factory wheels. And, I ended up doing just a quick clean of the engine bay with the Eco All Purpose Cleaner, followed by a combination of Detail Spray and VRT. When all of the upgrades are completed, I plan on removing bits like the engine cover and having it repainted back to stock. Also, I'm still on the fence about keeping the headlights as I had to purchase a pair quickly as I took a rock to the OEM ones and cracked. Currently, they are LED conversions, but I'm tempted on pulling all of that out and just going back to stock halogen bulbs.
  20. 1 point
    joshp14

    Light scratches that can't be removed

    Thanks. I'll look into the revive polish. Never been to PA...that would be quite the drive from my place.
  21. 1 point
    BrianT

    Happy Easter

    Happy Easter to my Adam's family! The twins had us up at 5:00!
  22. 1 point
    Negative. I have not. I will have to see if I have any of the revive. I talked to a guy I know who is a painter who is going to have a look and give me a hand on the ones I can't get out. Here is how it sits now. It looks pretty good. It's not perfect and I know you can chase perfect forever, but I just want these more noticeable light ones eliminated.
  23. 1 point
    mc2hill

    What did you do today?

    You could buy several styles of Flex cordless polishers for less than the price of the airfare, but I like your thinking for a 'road' trip!
  24. 1 point
    Really happy to hear you're on your way to clean paint! This forum is awesome, and isn't it? ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘ As for the felt, yeah, it's mainly for sound. Rocks, wind, etc. An apparently paint ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜†.
  25. 1 point
    Brodie4

    Mystery Trunk Organizer

    Just looking for input, is the $99 mystery trunk organizer worth the money?
  26. 1 point
    RayS

    Ceramic coatings not for me.

    Hi @mantis, a ceramic coated vehicle does not mean it is maintenance free. You still need to wash them to get the road grime off, pollen, dust and other stuff from the door jams and the brake dust still sticks to the rims. A coated vehicle will still need to be loved, as @Nickfire20 stated, on a regular basis whether it is a two bucket wash or a ceramic waterless wash. As for the waxing part, you can use ceramic spray wax or ceramic paste wax, which has become my favorite that I use on non-coated vehicles. About once a month the ceramic waxed vehicles get a fresh coat of ceramic boost. Then hit the vehicle with ceramic wax with a topping of brilliant glaze and it will really pop for that special weekend or show. I'm slowly making my transition to the new ceramic line, although it will take a while before all the vehicles are transitioned - probably years - and I may not even do the daily drivers until they are replaced. When the wife's car gets replaced, that will be going to a professional to have a professional coating put on it. The wife's vehicle is the one we use for trips, it is garage kept and it always spotless and we usually keep her vehicles for 7-10 years. When it comes to the classics, they may not end up with anything more than ceramic wax on them, I'm undecided at this point. I consider anything over 20 years old to be on the classic side with the oldest right now being 1972 Datsun 240Z. My recommendation is to keep reading and pick what is best suited for your situation, vehicles, financials and outcome desire. The one thing I have learned in my many years of doing vehicles is that each situation is different, including having different vehicles you own maintained in different ways.
  27. 1 point
    Definitely watermelon,it smells decent but damn the grape would have smelled so much better.
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  30. 1 point
    aksz71

    polisher speed

    I run 6 on my flex
  31. 1 point
    aksz71

    3 step correction over multiple days

    I've done it before but didnt do a 3 step actually dont think I've ever done 3 step... I washed, clayed, an done as many panels as I could before work an left myself enough time to put paint sealant on the more the next day
  32. 1 point
    I would disagree with the above statement. A dual-action machine like the Porter-Cable should absolutely be able to remove fine scratches, and will also remove major scratches. It just would take a little more time than a forced-rotation dual action polisher like the Flex 3401 or Rupes Mille. The advantage to those forced-rotation machines is that they will correct faster, and not stall on curves and contours. The disadvantage to the forced-rotation machines is they take more skill to operate. Since the scratch in the photo has not improved with the polishing, and it is a fine scratch since it does not catch on a fingernail, I wonder if the scratch is below the clear coat. @joshp14 Do you own this car, or is it just a car you are working on? Perhaps some portion of it had been repainted, and the clear coat was blended over this scratch?
  33. 1 point
    RayS

    Oh so Sexy !!

    Beautiful car and great job on it.
  34. 1 point
    TheWolf

    Oh so Sexy !!

    Very nice!
  35. 1 point
    8675309'SS

    Oh so Sexy !!

    Omg ๐Ÿ˜
  36. 1 point
    Rich

    Oh so Sexy !!

    I need sunglasses! What a great car!
  37. 1 point
    Try Tarminator. I had a car with some similar looking splatter on it and Tarminator took it out. Be careful to read and follow directions and follow up with some wax or sealant. I used Tarminator and a gray utility towel. I soaked the area with water, sprayed the product and let dwell for 30 seconds then sprayed some product on the utility towel and softly agitated the surface. Then immediately rinsed the panel with a hose thoroughly. This was done on a cool surface in the shade after the vehicle had been washed.
  38. 1 point
    tlbullet

    Mystery Trunk Organizer

    Id say i have received the best value on my MBTO compared to Mystery boxes/buckets. Go for it
  39. 1 point
    Sunday: Monday:
  40. 1 point
    falcaineer

    Trim restorer prior to CC

    You have a full weekend ahead. Honestly, I recommend you coat the plastic trim while you're at it. It will make it look great and be super easy to clean, and lock in the trim restorer color, too. Just apply evenly and move on (no need to wipe down). You'll be glad you did.
  41. 1 point
    I'm thinking some lube like DS or WW, and plastic razor blades? Clay is also an option, and less intrusive.
  42. 1 point
    What about an adhesive remover? or something like a paint thinner? They won't hurt the paint just make sure to wipe clean after applying. Obviously try it in an inconspicuous spot first
  43. 1 point
    Could be some paint the spilled on the road. Try 3M Adhesive remover with a plastic razor blade, but be very gentle when scrapping. You can clay it using APC, but that will eat the clay.
  44. 1 point
    If it does not come off with your fingernail, and no detailing products have helped, it may be concrete (or grout) and not mud. This can happen when drive through construction zones, or from just running over a small spill from a mix truck. Check out this thread and try the concrete removal product in a small test area in the wheel well.
  45. 1 point
    Twilcox

    Ceramic Waterless Wash

    Its not streaky anymore. I went back and hit the areas agin with a MF. This product makes the coating so smooth and the shine is unbelievable. I thought ONR was good. this tops it. I only wish it came in gallon sizes. Hint Hint Adams!!
  46. 1 point
    RayS

    Black carpet and sand...

    The brown sand tends to come out with the shop vac alone unless it is damp, but the white sand clings. What I have found that works the best, although not perfect, is to use the shop vac, plus a somewhat stiff stiff brush like @mc2hill showed. It seems that once the brush gets the sand to move, the shop vac has the power to pull it the rest of the way out. I tried one of the brushes that goes on the end of the shop vac, but it was not effective, I think there was too much distance between the brush the real suction.
  47. 1 point
    Other than the 1mm, no, but I needed an adapter for those sizes as well for my SunJoe. Here's a link that may help you.
  48. 1 point
    SS LeadFoot

    Ceramic Questions

    Will definitely post pics as soon as I finish. Maybe even a video ๐Ÿ˜
  49. 1 point
    Today is my 10 year anniversary on Adam's Forums! Ten years ago I was looking to upgrade my detailing "game" (and to find something to do with my spare time since my son moved up to HS basketball and did not need my help/taxi service) and attended a local car show with a co-worker. The local Adam's dealer was there demonstrating on a Foose Challenger (it was built in a Vegas episode of Overhaulin') and he showed how to remove swirls. I purchased Detail Spray and VRT that night, and never looked back! The co-worker and I (and a 3rd co-worker) all purchased Porter Cable DA's over the next few months. After a couple of months I had a lot of the Adam's product line, and found a mentor to help answer questions. Over these 10 years, I upgraded to a GG 6", then to Rupes machines, and have been fortunate to be involved with product testing for Adam's and a few other companies. I have made several friends on this and other detailing forums, and worked a weekend at an Adam's event at the Daytona Turkey Rod Run. And have been lucky enough to attend lots of education classes with near by vendors, and the past 4 years to attend Mobile Tech Expo here in Orlando, with more education and hands on evaluation of the newest products. Oh, and the 2 co-workers...I see the PC's in boxes when I go their houses to detail their cars!
  50. 1 point
    ocdrifter

    Does Odor Neutralizer Really Work

    I hate being on my knees too LOL
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