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  1. Finall got my hand on my SO’s Outback. And now it is properly clean. And I went the extra mile and applied some VRT to all of those trim panels. It was very satisfying.
  2. They don't have any grit to them as they are brand new (got them in bulk from Harbor Freight). However, now I know that the WW does work on wheels!
  3. Would generic shop towels be ok for that then? Or should I use something like the utility towel?
  4. I saw the dilution ratios for the Rinseless Wash, I'm assuming that no dilution is necessary for the Waterless Wash?
  5. Yesterday, I was planning on doing a full detail of my car, but it started to rain, so I switched my plan to using Waterless Wash. While I was "washing," I was wondering, what would be the best way to clean the wheels when I'm using WW? Could I use WW on the wheels or just skip them until my next full wash?
  6. It is so satisfying when I hit the wheels with water first to get the loose dirt/dust off and it is just rivers of brown running down the driveway.
  7. As the title states, I've noticed that the Revive Hand Polish is out of stock, and for those of us who don't have a machine polisher, will the hand polish be coming back or is it "off the table"?
  8. With some nice mild temps and no rain for a few days, it was time to rid myself of the various dirt and aerosolized tar (paving a road .5 miles from me). I ended up using the W&W soap today on the rest of the car, but for the wheels, it was still a multi-step process of using: T&R Cleaner, Eco APC and WC.
  9. Yesterday, the weather conditions actually allowed me to properly wash my car as it was 78F instead of the normal 98-104F that it has been out here, so I wasn't afraid to add in a cycle of IR. And I got to use the IP for the first time.
  10. As the title indicates, I had a vacation day that I had scheduled for today, mainly because I need to use a pile of them before the end of the year, so I gave my newest toy a full on detail today. 1. Engine Bay Cleaning Since this was going to be a full-out detail session, I diluted some APC at a 1:1 and used my new iK foaming sprayer that came last week. I do have to say, I was nervous about lightly hosing down my engine bay, but there is so much plastic and the wires/cables are wrapped up that I just needed to make sure that I didn't use the hose at full pressure. After applying the APC, I then used one of my lug nut brushes to agitate all of the surfaces and immediately following, I rinsed it off. 2. Tire and Wheel Cleaning While I let the engine bay air dry, I attempted to use my iK foaming sprayer with the NWC...however, it seems that it is too thick for that, so I used my normal spray bottle and Wheel Mitt and Lug Nut Brush to get within every nook. But, before cleaning the wheels, I used the TRC to hit the tires as well as the wheel well, and I used my Tire Brush to agitate. Then after rinsing that off, I then used the NWC to go after the wheels. 3. Iron Removal After cleaning the wheels, I emptied out the iK foaming sprayer and refilled it with IR, at a 1:1 dilution (primarily due to the fact that I have a 1 Gallon container on order). Having the Foaming Sprayer helped tremendously because at least with a constant stream, I didn't have to deal with using the spray bottle and hoping that I got every surface covered. In fact, I was even doing so well with making sure that it wasn't drying on that I sprayed down my wheels as well. 4. Washing the Car Because I normally wash my car outside, once I fill up the foam gun with water and UFS, I do not stop for any reason so that the soap does not dry on. I have found that using the Wedge seems to make my life a bit easier compared to the washing mitt. I start with the roof, then hood, then passenger side, then rear, and then finish with the driver's side. After this, I hose down the car really well and immediately pull it inside into the garage bay. 5. Drying the Car After pulling the car into the garage, I rinse out all of my washing tools and get them on my drying racks inside the garage. I then refill my bottle of DS from my gallon container and go to town, using that as a dying aid. I'll use the DS as one panel at a time, then use one of the Great White Drying towels to wipe (in one direction, generally downwards) to dry the car. I'll start with the roof and work my way down. 6. Waxing Once the car was completely dry, I moved onto waxing, with the BW and my handheld applicator. Because I was out of direct sunlight, I was able to hit an entire side at a time, so on the passenger's side, I'll apply the wax from front to back, so that when I'm done, the wax had enough time to cure so that it was ready to wipe off with a Polishing Towel. 7. Tire Shine This is self explanatory, but after waxing, I sprayed some TS into the Hex Grip Applicator, and went around from tire to tire. 8. Engine Bay Detailing I opened the hood and used the DS on every visible part of the Engine Bay, as well as the cowling and the rubber gaskets. 9. Interior Cleaning I used the New IAPC Gel to clean the driver's side seat and steering wheel, and then moved onto the AGC to clean the windshield and all windows, as well as the MFD and Instrument Cluster. While I was letting the IAPC Gel cure, I used the VRT on the door sill trim as the sun isn't kind to it. 10. Interior Detailing Using the ID, I sprayed some of the plastic bits on the center console and the Infotainment controls. 11. Leather Conditioner Finally, I used the LC on my dash, as well as on my seats and the center console arm rest.
  11. Yeah, it's the safety feature with the 2 cameras near the top of the windshield that run some of the safety features, but they also carry various warnings about how one should not get too close to the system, or risk getting the system fouled up. And, it makes me cringe when I have to drive through the desert and the flashing "dust storm ahead" or "gusty winds ahead" signs are illuminated. Although, they still have the "I-10 closed, use 86S to I-8" sign in Indio.
  12. As the question asks, is one better than the other, or is it like the Ceramic products where one is the first time application, and the other is just a booster? I live in a part of San Bernardino County, California in which we have a crazy amount of pollution, and when we have a Santa Ana Wind Event, we have an unobstructed line from the Cajon Pass, in which the wind barrels down from the desert, bringing along a lot of particulate matter. Additionally, are there any contraindications with the Glass Boost / Glass Sealant and features like Subaru's Eyesight?
  13. I got a chance to wash and wax my GF's Outback, which was no small feat as it was 97 outside and with a little bit of a breeze made for an interesting time. In my mind, once I started washing the car, I could not be distracted as my plan was to wash the entire car within the shortest amount of time as possible so then I could bring it back inside for the actual detailing work. ETA: I went though so much VRT, as literally the entire bottom of the car was black plastic.
  14. In my car, I have Alcantara inserts on the E-brake boot and the side panels on the doors, and on all of the other leather surfaces. I use the Leather Conditioner regularly, but I'm unsure about how to clean and protect the Alcantara. Is there a special conditioner that I should use? I know that BMW sells their house brand cleaner, but it seems fairly expensive for the amount in the bottle.
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