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Good morning everyone. I just purchased a new 2019 pearl white Chevy Tahoe and want to get this thing fully detailed inside and out. I have researched and came to conclusion Adam's is the products I want to use. Heck, even the official Chevrolet website sells/recommends them so they must be awesome!

 

My short intro---I use to work detail at a Ford dealership in my early 20s for a few years. Flash forward 15 years I know am married with a 6/5/2 year olds. Lets just say life is hectic right now! And time I will have to complete my exterior detail is limited.

 

What I am looking for is the quickest but best way to clay and wax the exterior. I was leaning on Adams medium clay mitt but the waxes I am lost. I do want to clay, polish, and then seal the paint for sure. I don't think my budget includes an electric polisher so I may be stuck doing by hand unless there are a super budget friendly polisher on the market? 

 

Any recommendations please? Thank you all! 

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8 minutes ago, John707 said:

I tried to take a photo here of the dust/dirt build up. Wondering if this is too much for waterless wash to handle? You can see my sample test area from earlier on the left and dirt of right.

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It doesn't appear excessive to me. BUT I'm a novice. I stripped and applied Ceramic Spray to my new car today. This is the first time I have ever done anything like this. I typically just ran it through the chemical tunnel. So please don't take my word for it. I would say if you feel uncomfortable about using Waterless Wash, go a different direction until such time as you experiment more or until you do feel comfortable using it. Just my $0.02 cents. 

 

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Can you guys give a recommendation for the best Tire/wheel cleaner? I see a few different Adam's cleaner products confused as to which one to try. I will use the regular foam car shampoo but once in a while want to deep clean the tires. Thanks!

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8 minutes ago, John707 said:

Can you guys give a recommendation for the best Tire/wheel cleaner? I see a few different Adam's cleaner products confused as to which one to try. I will use the regular foam car shampoo but once in a while want to deep clean the tires. Thanks!

Yes of course,

 

the reason for so many products seems to be to accommodate peoples needs. Depending on what type of wheels you have, you can determine which product you may need. so start by thinking about what you have on your vehicle.

 

Wheels-

Wheel Cleaner - Not for delicate wheels. Basically the best wheel cleaner I've ever used. It's a very powerful cleaner with an iron remover built in. This one will turn purple as it reacts with ferrous materials, that's how you know its working. This is my favorite for my wheels so far. Fair warning, Wheel Cleaner doesn't smell the best, I like to wear gloves when I use it.

 

Eco Wheel Cleaner- This is good for delicate wheels, like after market wheels and black wheels. This is a good cleaner which won't stain those delicate wheels if used properly. Smells pretty good, and people love it. I put it pretty close to Eco All Purpose Cleaner in my book. No iron remover built in here

 

Tire and Wheel Cleaner- All in one product. Made to tackle wheel and tires. on wheels - No iron remover built in, but a very strong cleaner even using it diluted to half strength. Gets rid of build up pretty easily. Reminds me of All Purpose Cleaner.

 

Tires-

Tire and Rubber Cleaner - Great for cleaning rubber. This could be for tires, rubber trim, rubber pieces in an engine bay, etc. Really one of my favorite products. This turns orange-brown as you agitate to tell you that the tire is dirty. When I plan to use Tire Shine or Tire Armour after the cleaning, I make sure to do multiple passes until the Tire and Rubber Cleaner no longer turns orangey-brown but foams up white. One of my favorite products.

 

Tire and Wheel Cleaner- All in one product. Made to tackle wheel and tires. on tires - VERY EFFECTIVE. Treat it like Tire and Rubber Cleaner on Tires, but it seems to pull dirt out way quicker. As soon as it hits the tire it seems to turn orange. Crazy. This also left my tire the most bare I've ever seen it. I like to use this on my tires more than I like to use it on my wheels.

 

 

All Purpose Cleaner and Eco All Purpose Cleaner can also be used for Wheels and Tires, but I like using the dedicated wheel and tire products.

 

Keep in mind all of these are strong cleaners, and should be used as instructed. You never want to give these enough time to dry on the surface.

 

 

 

 

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perfectly stated @Yo-Yo Ma's Cousin  

 My only other thought to help you decide, do you Detail weekly (or more), monthly or at longer intervals?? 
Because I feel that Eco Wc works great if you are cleaning weekly.  If your going longer between washes, reg WC is probably a better choice.  The WC is support strong and works well esp if wheels are real dirty

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A key point for WW’ing, is when wiping, always lift your towel, go in straights lines, flip towel after each swipe, never go back and forth, you will be smearing dirt and consequently scratching.

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I'm in agreement with @Yo-Yo Ma's Cousin and @tlbullet and will add one more point on the Eco Wheel Cleaner is that for the wheels that I've coated or am using Ceramic Boost on, they Eco version works great. 

 

For the fabric wheel wells, I've started using Eco APC on them.  I spray them down, go over them with a wheel well brush and then hose them off.  The Eco version does not foam as much and regular APC and cleans the wheel wells just was well.  

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3 hours ago, Nickfire20 said:

A key point for WW’ing, is when wiping, always lift your towel, go in straights lines, flip towel after each swipe, never go back and forth, you will be smearing dirt and consequently scratching.

 

@Nickfire20 I just applied CSC to my car over the weekend. The plan is to wash it and use Ceramic Waterless Wash as a drying aid weekly. Does the process you mention above apply when using it as a drying aid? (when wiping, always lift your towel, go in straights lines, flip towel after each swipe, never go back and forth)

 

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8 hours ago, SgtLip said:

 

@Nickfire20 I just applied CSC to my car over the weekend. The plan is to wash it and use Ceramic Waterless Wash as a drying aid weekly. Does the process you mention above apply when using it as a drying aid? (when wiping, always lift your towel, go in straights lines, flip towel after each swipe, never go back and forth)

 

No sir, it would not apply during drying,  of course always use caution, make sure your towel is clean,  I do at times go in different directions, but it would be safer to be methodical about it and go in straight lines.

 

Key take away, is that most damage happens during the wash/dry process.  

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9 hours ago, Nickfire20 said:

No sir, it would not apply during drying,  of course always use caution, make sure your towel is clean,  I do at times go in different directions, but it would be safer to be methodical about it and go in straight lines.

 

Key take away, is that most damage happens during the wash/dry process.  

 

Thanks Again @Nickfire20.  By the way, not sure if that is your Shepard in the little picture, but it is beautiful.

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