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  1. This is true. When I was looking to up my game of detailing, I looked at all the brands I saw frequently on my online visits, namely Chemical Guys, Griot's, Adam's, and a few others. When looking through the website, Adam's definitely comes across the most intuitive and easy to follow, combine that with the Forum and it's super easy to get your start. I think simplifying their lineup and upgrading a few products/lowering prices would go a LONG ways for Adam's.
  2. Yeah, I'm no professional but I've definitely looked elsewhere for a lot of products. I think the most effective products Adam's sells are their cleaners (Soaps, TRC, APC, RW, etc) and towels (But pricey)....but for LSPs, Polishes, Pads, etc. I have moved to other brands. As the owner of quite a few rides, I burn through detailing supplies about as fast as a small detailer, haha. I can't help feeling like Adam's is almost trying to be the Apple of the detailing industry. The socially seen "cool" brand, the Instagram pic brand. They're getting a little high off the ground, need to settle down, have a big drawing board meeting and read these forums. It can only do them good. The Best companies and business in the world are the companies that pay attention to Forums, Social Media, and Retail locations and listen to what customers are saying.
  3. LSX Maestro

    Expanded workspace

    Here's my little garage...Have another 2-3 car garage attached to the house.
  4. Agreed on almost no need go Glass Cleaner. Between Glass Boost, Detail Spray, Waterless Wash, Rinseless Washes, etc. I just don't reach for Glass Cleaner very often. Not sure if I use anything outside of it's intended range - I do like using Detail Spray on pretty much everything, even my watches get a Detail Spray wipe-down every day or two. My MacBooks, phones, TVs, etc. all get the Adam's treatment.
  5. LSX Maestro

    Expanded workspace

    Nice setup Shane.
  6. I have several Gyeon Quartz products — outstanding stuff. Out of respect for Adam's, I will not discuss further on here...
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    Ceramic Boost By Itself

    I think the new Ceramic Boost 2.0 is a viable standalone. I would pair it with say Wash & Wax washes and then a layer of CB every 1-3 months. You'll have a sparkly and hydrophobic car. I've moved on to coatings and I cannot emphasize this enough — I am NEVER going back to polymer Sealants/Waxes. No more 1-2 hours to apply a layer of a supposed 6 month Sealant or paste wax to see no beading or effects of an LSP on the surface just weeks later.
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    Washer Fluid

    Look at Gyeon's glass coat or similar. They'll shrug off alcohol and will last 1-2 years at least. I love Adam's Glass Sealant and Boost. I avoid using washer fluid but very rarely do I need to use it anyways. If you do need to use it, it will be fine. I never saw Glass Sealant/Boost's performance decline from the washer fluid, now the friction, I have seen it slow down after driving across the country for 4+ hours in the rain.
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    Hydrophobic product?

    I've used all of Adam's LSPs except for their Ceramic Coating and Ceramic Paste Wax. By far the slickest and most Hydrophobic is Ceramic Boost 2.0. H2O GG is not bad. LPS, all 3 Waxes, don't bead very much, you can tell somethings on the surface but it's not that "Wow, look at that water run" reaction. I've switched up my LSPs to other brands personally. I like Adam's cleaning products but their LSPs are a little lacking. As I said I tested almost all of them and honestly, it's hard for me to admit this as an Adam's fan boy, none of them lasted worth a darn on my daily driver or garage queens. H2O probably made the most valiant effort. Haven't had a chance to test the Ceramic Boost 2.0's durability yet. Americana and Buttery are gone pretty much after the first wash, be that next day or next week. The gloss dies off, a detail spray wipe down brings some of it back temporarily. LPS always gets topped but in my experience, even with perfect proper application, it doesn't bead much or make the vehicle much easier to clean. I think Adam's could learn from CarPro and Gyeon that Silica based LSPs (Touchless sealant, wipe on sealant, wipe on coating, and full Ceramic Coating) are the path of the future. The durability, gloss, and hydrophobic properties are crazy on them. I recently tested Gyeon CanCoat and W.O.W. is the beading/durability insane. WetCoat or Hydro2 are also amazing products as well.
  10. I've been in the bodyshop business for a while and can confirm, that is complete clear coat and paint failure. Nothing left to work with there. Not sure what the owner is looking to achieve but expect $10,000+ for a high quality stem-to-stern repaint. Make sure the shop knows what they're doing. A lot of bodyshops are all thumbs when it comes to doing classics, meaning their techs aren't used to dissembling and prepping an older vehicle. It's a slow and gentle procedure and more costly than brand new stuff. As with Ceramic Coatings, 95%+ of a paint job is the prep and how flat/perfect the surface is before spraying. Once color/clear is down, sanding is only going to remove the last 5% of the flaws. If he's going for a show quality vehicle, make sure they do many layers of clear so there's plenty to sand down to get perfectly flat as well as years worth of polishing. And by all means, once it's gotten the quality paint job and is finished to perfection via skilled hands, apply PPF and a Ceramic Coating to it to lock it in for a while.
  11. They'll play along just fine.
  12. LSX Maestro

    Can I 1-step with Adam's Heavy CC?

    I have all the products I need. I have all Adam's pads and polishes, various other compounds and polishes in the collection, and no issue spending money with several detailing stores near me. It comes down to time and worth. If this was my C7 Z06 or similar, I'd buy the best and spend however much time I want on it. But this being a daily truck that will see 1 bucket washes from time to time and quick spray downs and not left in the garage when it snows/salted roads/rain etc. I don't care for the finish to be perfect. This weekend I'll wash/decon/clay and see where I'm at. I might one step it with just Correcting and Orange and let it get the fine/medium swirls out and be happy.
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    Can I 1-step with Adam's Heavy CC?

    Or I could just one step it with Correcting Polish + Orange and see where that gets me.
  14. Hello. I have a big Duramax pickup that I just had 80% of repainted. She's like brand new. But most of the panels have buffing/rotary marks and the original paint panels have swirls/scratching here and there. I know it's going to take more than Correcting Polish to get them out. Rather than buy even more polishes that I'll only use 10% of, I'm wondering what I can make work with Adam's. Being that the truck is 22' long, I really don't want to have to go over it 2-3 times... I know only a test spot will reveal but wondering if you've ever one stepped using Adam's HCC? I'm not interested in it being show quality or anything, I just don't want it to look like it's covered in spider webs when it's in the sun. Will HCC + MF pad leave hazing that has to be followed with CP?
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    Another brand of ceramic or LPS again?

    SO many factors play into this. Environmental, humidity, temperature, cure time, products left over in towels, and much more that I'm not thinking of. It might not be the most agreeable to you but if it were me, I'd Wash, Clay, and lightly polish the paint. Wipe it down with CP Eraser or Coating Prep, IPA is not good at lifting, it tends to push so flip the towel frequently. Then reapply the coating via their directions and let it bake for 48 hours or more preferably. There are many brands under the sun if you want to change.
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