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  • Birthday 03/20/1986

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    Northern Virginia
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    Hobby Grade RCs, Cars, Drums, Bass Guitar

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  • Location
    Northern Virginia
  • Interests
    Hobby Grade RCs, Detailing, Driving
  • Occupation
    Research Analyst
  • Vehicle Year
    2008
  • Vehicle Make
    Chevrolet
  • Vehicle Model
    Corvette Z51
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    Jon

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  1. Quite possibly one of the worst things happened to the interior in my '08 Corvette two days ago on Monday. I stopped by the grocery store on my way to work to pick up a half gallon of milk. Unfortunately the milk cap, while still brand new, wasn't sealed properly. I drove less than 2 minutes to my office and in that span, roughly a cup and a half leaked out all over the seat and beyond. I was horrified. To me, that's one of the WORST things to spill inside of a car. It was also going to reach 90* on Monday and I was at work so didn't have all my cleaning supplies handy. Luckily my wonderful wife brought me the supplies I requested from my arsenal. (and thanks to the adam's bag it was easy to transport. Love that thing) I first mopped up as much of the milk as I could find (including in the seat frame rail and under the carpet behind the seat) . Then using an interior mitt, and foaming interior and leather cleaner I cleaned as much as I could. I then sprayed the odor neutralizer (copious amounts) directly onto the areas that were once soaked in milk. I left the windows cracked all day and it didn't smell at all by the end of the day. I thought I was golden and just happened to clean it all up in time. Yesterday the car sat in the parking lot at work for 12 hours (it was a long day at work) with the windows up due to the pouring rain. That evening when I left the office the smell was definitely there. It wasn't horrible, but the rotten spoiled milk smell was definitely in the car. I freaked thinking I'll never get it out. I immediately started to put the new Odor Bomb in my shopping cart when I remembered that I already had one of Adam's Charcoal Odor Eliminator bags at home still sealed and waiting for such a time as this. Therefore right when I got home, I sprayed more odor neutralizer into the car, and put the bag directly on the seat. Call me crazy, but I genuinely wanted to know how well the bag would work so I closed up the car air tight and left it overnight. This morning I went into the garage and got in. The smell was almost gone! So this morning I left the top off, car in direct sunlight and by 11am the smell was gone completely. After lunch I put the top back on, but left the windows cracked. I checked it 4 hours later and sure enough, zero smell. The charcoal bag and odor neutralizer together seem to have worked to eliminate the spoiled milk smell. I couldn't be happier. It's also nice to know if that didn't work, I'm sure the odor bomb would have. But here's hoping there isn't a "next time" for me to test it.
  2. I have to say, I wish this came out 2 years ago. I purchased a standard cart off amazon for the same price and it doesn't work all that great if I'm honest. I've tried modifying it but... meh. Now I'm trying to justify this cart.
  3. TL;DR: Wheel wash mitt + eco wheel cleaner makes cleaning wheels easy, less annoying, and overall cuts down on cleaning time. This combo is going to replace the original wheel cleaner and any type of wheel brush in my arsenal. I've always wanted an easier way to clean wheels. Pristine wheels truly set off a clean car. However I've never been happy with ANY wheel brush I've ever used. They never seem to clean wheels well and unless the wheels are coated in mud, I've never seen a need for them. Therefore my wheel cleaning regimen was: - Blast with water - Spray Adams regular wheel cleaner on one wheel and let sit for a minute or two - Blast cleaner off with water - Detail entire car - Come back after tire shine / VRT and use detail spray and a microfiber to finish cleaning the wheels. There was always a left over layer of dust that would require this last step. The microfiber I used would always get VERY dirty. Enter the new Wheel Wash Mitt and the Eco Wheel Cleaner. I've always thought this type of mitt (the kind with fingers) was the perfect solution to washing wheels. Especially intricate wheels (like the current BMW M3 wheels... ugh. Gorgeous but a pain to clean). So I was going to purchase the wheel mitt as soon as it was released. The eco wheel cleaner however, I wasn't sure of. The regular wheel cleaner does such an amazing job and just requires a bit of care when using to keep it from harming the finish on most wheels. However since there was a sale and I could pick up the mitt and the eco wheel cleaner for $20 I figured, what the heck. When they arrived I was pleased by the quality (no surprise) of the wash mitt. It feels sturdy and I'm sure it will clean many wheels with no issues before it ever needs to be replaced. The eco wheel cleaner also had a nice pleasant smell. Doesn't smell like the old cleaner at all, but that made me curious. The regular cleaner does such a good job of breaking down heavy brake dust that I wasn't sure this one would do the job as well. Since I had a few hours this past Friday to clean my 2008 Z51 Corvette it was a perfect opportunity to test it out. This car has the cross drilled brakes and therefore can generate quite a bit of dust. I also hadn't washed the car in a few weeks (which is odd for me but I blame the crappy Northern Virginia weather) so this was going to be a great test for the mitt and eco wheel cleaner. I started by blasting the wheels with a regular hose (I typically have my pressure washer and foam cannon out but decided not to use it for the sake of time). I then started with one rear wheel and sprayed it thoroughly with the Eco Wheel Cleaner (using the stream setting on the nozzle) I made sure to coat every spoke and the barrel. I then let it sit for a couple minutes. It obviously doesn't turn purple like the regular wheel cleaner but it does foam up well. Then taking the wheel wash mitt, I soaked it in water, squeezed it out, and began to scrub the wheels. This was so satisfyingly easy to do given the fingers and the overall design of the mitt. All of the brake dust just wiped away. However I immediately became concerned with how dirty the mitt was getting. It was only the first wheel and the mitt was already almost completely black. So I tried to wash it off with the hose and was shocked. Everything just rinsed right off/out of the mitt. Perhaps it was the combination of the eco cleaner and the design of the mitt but it cleaned almost completely with just a regular hose nozzle. I then rinsed off the wheel and moved on to the next wheel. I repeated this process on all wheels then stepped back to admire. They looked almost spotless. As clean as the wheels would after my final wipe-down in my normal regimen. After finishing the car and applying tire shine, I dried the wheels with the blaster. I moved on to the final wiping down of each wheel expecting some residue/dirt to still be remaining on the wheels. I noticed there was significantly LESS dust/dirt/grime left on the wheels compared to using any wheel brush with the original wheel cleaner. I didn't need any detail spray or anything other than a microfiber. That microfiber also didn't get anywhere near as dirty as it would before. I was seriously impressed. I'm now going to be ordering a gallon of the eco wheel cleaner and keeping it on hand. The regular wheel cleaner has now been relegated to extremely NASTY wheels, or wheels I don't care about as much. This result has made me think. "Would I want to use the wheel mitt with the original wheel cleaner?" However given how strong that stuff is, I don't want to. The only thing I'm comfortable using with the regular wheel cleaner was a brush as I didn't want to soak my hands in the stuff and I don't think brushes work well overall as they still require a microfiber and detail spray after the initial cleaning. I think the pairing of the eco wheel cleaner and the wash mitt will become the norm for me. Quite impressed overall.
  4. There were supposed to be free towels on orders over $100? hmm wonder if it's because I ordered 6 new ones, but I didn't get one.
  5. Focus_Red

    The "Don't Do's of Detailing" Thread

    Here's one that unfortunately my impatient self has experienced. After using touch-up paint, even the extremely high quality ones with multiple stages, please wait the recommended 4-6 weeks before applying any wax or sealant... especially with an orbital polisher. Trust me. The new paint will come right off if it's not fully cured and you'll be back to square one or perhaps even make the chip worse.
  6. Glad you guys liked the review. I did it a while ago but keep forgetting to reapply. It does work that’s for sure. Today I detailed my wife’s SUV and I only used one tough towel for every window on it. Zero streaks. Honestly not sure if I’ll end up using the green ones anymore. Perhaps only when applying the glass sealant.
  7. To me, having dirty glass is a huge pet peeve. I want the glass I'm looking through to be as invisible as humanly possible. This is why I own every glass cleaning product Adams offers. I'm constantly looking for the most effective and efficient way of cleaning glass and keeping it clean. (this is a relatively long review. If you're looking for a TL;DR, jump to the bottom). Enter the tough and microsilk glass towels. When these were released, I was hesitant. My current approach works rather well. I clean heavy dirt with the aerosol glass cleaner and fuzzy side of a green towel. I use the smoother side of the green towel to remove as many streaks as possible. If I'm applying the glass sealant I follow the process on the bottle. If not, I follow the heavy dirt cleaning by wiping the glass as clean as possible with the blue "perfect glass" cleaning towel. If I'm cleaning only mildly dirty glass I use the glass cleaner and the same two towel approach. However I was still curious about the new towels so I snagged a couple of each type. The first towel I used was the microsilk towel. As soon as I held it for the first time, I was immediately reminded of the tiny Oakley cases that come with their sunglasses/glasses. This made me realize these towels were going to be used on interior glass only. Which wasn't a problem. In fact, the inside windshield of my Corvette had a haze on it which was a perfect test for these towels. I quickly went outside and began to clean the interior glass without any other products other than the towel. I was impressed at how easily it cleaned the glass. All the haze came off quickly. The towel slid over the glass nice and easily without grabbing (like those blue "perfect glass" towels). It's now stored nice and neatly in the center console of the car, ready for use when ever I need it. Now for the tough glass towel. I wasn't smart and didn't read up on these towels so I didn't fully understand the difference between them and the green towels Adams sells. Usually that's not a good idea (always do your research before spending money), however I was very pleasantly surprised with these. When I opened the package I realized these were VERY different from any other towel. They are much stiffer. Reminds me of those pads you put under the dish drying rack in your kitchen. It's not super thick, but it definitely is thicker than a standard towel. This gives the towel not only great absorbent properties, but also cleaning properties. When I use the green towel, it gets saturated quickly. I find myself constantly folding and re-folding so as to not leave streaks. With the new tough glass towel I didn't have to do that once. In fact, I covered the outside of the windshield in the standard glass cleaner, had the tough glass towel folded into fourths, and scrubbed away. It cleaned like no other with less effort! In fact, all corners of the glass, side windows especially, were easy to clean given how stiff this towel is. I could get the corner of the towel into tight spots and remove any dirt, smears, or smudges. Once I was done cleaning, I flipped the towel over to the dry side (which was bone dry as the other side trapped all the glass cleaner) and made sure no streaks were left. There was no need to follow it up with a different towel. I proceeded to clean all the other windows on the corvette with one side of the towel. I even used less glass cleaner! I also was able to use the one towel for the entire process and not leave a single streak. This towel is now an absolute staple in my detailing arsenal. 100% would recommend to anyone. TL;DR: Microsilk towel is awesome for interior glass. Effortlessly glides over glass and is very efficient. The tough glass towel is an incredible one stop product for all exterior glass. Gets heavy dirt off without getting saturated, and doesn't leave any streaks. Allowed me to use less cleaning product.
  8. Focus_Red

    Car Shampoo is amazing

    I still had some of the red shampoo from a gallon I bought right before they discontinued it for the blue. Always preferred the scent of the red. Used the blue as that was "new and improved" but didn't notice a difference from the red. So I'm incredibly happy the red is back, hopefully for a while!
  9. Focus_Red

    Tire shine issue

    Are you using the more recent sprayer heads (the updated ones)? I started using those and they drip a lot as soon as I get to the end of the trigger pull. Kind of annoying. I love how fine the mist is, but the dripping/leaking is annoying.
  10. Thank you all for the thoughts. I'm definitely going to coat the face of the wheel up and over the edge to protect against scratches from mounting and to make the clean up a breeze. But it's a great point to not coat the barrel so they can apply the weights. And to warn the installers haha
  11. I've got a new set of wheels inbound and was trying to think if I should apply the Ceramic Coating on them before or after mounting tires. My first thought is that it may be best to do it before to help protect them from the tire mounting process but I wanted to get opinions (perhaps even from an Adam's rep)
  12. Focus_Red

    Glass cleaning

    On the interior I would only use a towel (green or blue) no chemicals as it would remove the glaze. However I will say, since applying the BG 3 weeks ago, I haven't had to touch the interior of my windshield. And the BG is pretty easy to re-apply as well. Quick note, make sure you get it all off the interior of the glass after you apply it. If it sits on the glass for days, it will take glass cleaner etc. to remove (which will mean you will have to re-apply)
  13. Focus_Red

    Glass cleaning

    I've mentioned in other threads that one of my pet peeves is having dirty glass. I want my glass completely invisible, so while my process may be a bit on the obsessive side, it keeps the glass clean 100% of the time. Starting from a very dirty glass (especially with hard water spots/streaks) I first will use Adam's aerosol glass cleaner and one of their green glass towels with the microfiber side down on the glass. The aerosol is stronger than the regular spray and cuts a lot of the stubborn dirt and grime (with help from the green glass towel). Next, I'll come back with the detail spray (or regular glass cleaner) and clay bar the glass. This gets any "bonded" crap off the glass (tar, sap, extremely stubborn hard water spots, etc.) It also preps the glass for Adam's glass sealant (which I can't recommend enough! It's amazing). Once clay barred, I'll wipe off any excess spray, and proceed to apply the sealant then glass boost. I like to use fresh towels for each step. This ensures I don't get any streaks. Also, the blue glass towel is perfect for removing stubborn streaks left from any product. For the interior of the windshield (and any other interior glass you feel like treating) I highly recommend the Brilliant Glaze trick. First I clean the inside of the glass with the regular glass cleaner (the aerosol tends to splatter too much and I usually don't need the extra strength on the interior glass) I then apply the Brilliant Glaze to the inside of the glass, let it haze, and then remove it. This ensures no haze builds up on the interior of the glass. Boom! You have invisible glass. Upkeep is minimal at this point. A quick wipe-down with the regular glass cleaner and green towel removes most everything if maintained regularly (which for me is when ever there's dirt on the glass) and a freshening of the glass boost when ever the hydrophobic properties of the glass sealant seems to be wearing off.
  14. Focus_Red

    Swirl Killer

    How often do you find yourself using the mini? I'm probably what I would consider to be a typical weekend warrior, but no motorcycle (only the Corvette). There have only been a time or two for small areas where I wish I had a smaller polisher, just not sure it's worth it to have one on hand.
  15. You know you're an automotive enthusiast and detailing nut when you find yourself clay barring and sealing your glass shower door. (disclaimer: If I had a glass shower door, I'd be doing this also)
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