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  1. RayS

    Preparing for Spring 2020

    Hard to believe that I started this thread in the Spring of 2020 and here it is Fall of 2021. Thanks to a couple of setbacks, the first being a soil issue and the second and longer term item being the pandemic. The building has finally been put up and now I can start working on the interior and the garage door can be ordered. We'll get the electrician in next week to finalize the quotes. I haven't decided if I'm going to have him do all the electrical or just the service entrance and breaker box. We've used this electrician multiple times and they do good work for a good price. The first picture is from standing inside the attached (wife's) garage, the second is from the front yard and the third is the interior. The garage door opening is 9' x 16' which should let me get anything in there that I desire. The cross braces on the ceiling are 12' high which will give plenty of head room to put any vehicle that will fit through the door in the air at least 2 feet. I've pretty much figured out how I want the lights set up, the only question is whether I do 2, 3 or 4 zones.
    4 points
  2. TR6speed

    Ceramic Boost

    While I use the SC3 all the time and love it, I decided to apply the ceramic boost to the car seeing I have not done it in over 4 months. I also was a little concerned with it streaking, which can be an issue with it. However I used a totally new method for applying and removing it and it worked like a charm. No streaking and smooth slick finish. What I did is I applied it to a microfiber applicator pad. applied it to a small area and applied it as I do the ceramic spray. Back and fort overlapping and then across with the over lap also. Then with a double soft Microfiber polish towel I removed it and buffed it before it could dry. I sounds like a lot of work, but is most detailing jobs. However I was able to do the complete car in about 4 hours tops and that was stopping for lunch and a few breaks. I am after all 75 so I am not as fast as I once was. Took more time when I was sitting on the ground and having to get up and move. As I said I love the CS3, but I am sure there is more pop and depth with the boost, but I would not do this all the time. Here are some pictures. Not the best as they were taken with by phone and in the garage.
    3 points
  3. falcaineer

    Graphene layering

    Use any of these to maintain https://adamspolishes.com/collections/ceramics-graphene-graphene-detail-spray™ Since it's a ceramic coating at its core, you can also use these, if you'd like https://adamspolishes.com/collections/sio2-infused
    3 points
  4. I will second that as well Here are some orange/white Adams polishing one two punch pics
    3 points
  5. Finally, No matter what you read or see on web sites, you tube or even on a label - level everything that you apply a coating to.
    3 points
  6. I decided to be nice to my son-in-law while he is in Kazakhstan helping the investors open a new a restaurant. He'll be over there for a few weeks and he knows that it is an honor to be asked to travel internationally to help open a new place. At least when the daughter gets to open another one, it should help the investors in knowing the setup is going to be well managed. Did the everyone else take the summer off and stop making vehicles shiny - seems like this thread hasn't been getting much attention lately. Here are a couple of pictures of the son-in-laws F-150 after being being stripped polished and coated with Graphene Spray Coating. For those wondering about the new garage, I was informed on Thursday on that the materials have arrived and I'm being schedule for the week of October 4th - weather permitting.
    3 points
  7. Update: Got up at sunrise today and used Graphene Shampoo and GDS as a drying aid...both products for the first time. Worked great...even in the early direct sunlight.No streaking at all and left a beautiful slick finish ...on my 4Runner that has a 3rd party graphene spray coating on it...very pleased
    3 points
  8. As a rule of thumb, any and every chemical, paint or other liquid should be shaken before being used unless the instructions state not to, such as carbonated soda. Liquids will separate over time and this is not unique to Adam' products, it is pretty much every product. I will state that I agree that as a general statement on every bottle and gallon there could be a line added to state "shake before using" to leave no doubt.
    2 points
  9. The Guz

    Graphene layering

    Exactly. No need to follow up with all those other products. Use the spray coating and you can use the other graphene products to maintain it.
    2 points
  10. Yup Rich...will trade liver, kidney, youngest child...you name it!
    2 points
  11. Just did this job on my sons '12 Mustang. It was in good shape, but needed that something "extra" to get it perfect. I test/tried the new Compound/Polish combo in many sections with varying techniques and finally threw it in the trash. I have plenty of Orange, but after this job, I am now forced into rationing my White. Adam...if you're reading this...I agree with Bryan above...Once I'm out of my current Finishing Polish, I will be leaving. Most likely return to the McGuiars M105/205 combo. Sorry guys, but the new stuff just doesn't do the job nor finish out near as good as the old.
    2 points
  12. shooterjgs

    The two word game.

    Space balls...
    2 points
  13. It sounds like he had it done and did'n't do it himself.
    2 points
  14. RayS

    Let's dig into CS3.

    My son-in-laws help me on a regular basis and all too often they'll have streaks and I won't. 9 out of 10 times it is because they apply too much product and/or have a towel that is too wet. A little goes a long ways and it is easier to add a bit more product than soak up or wipe off excessive product when someone uses too much.
    2 points
  15. Yes, please bring back the old orange correcting polish🤬
    2 points
  16. I don't believe your thread will get enough attention. But this seems to be the sentiment amongst most people using the new stuff. BRING BACK THE OLD!!! I'm on the last couple of bottles as well and after reading some of the reviews, I may look elsewhere to replace these. Not sure why they took a step backwards.
    2 points
  17. PHOKUS

    Strip wash vs APC

    I third the Graphene Shampoo. Paired with the Graphene Detail Spray it's the best and simplest care regimen for a coated vehicle I have ever used.
    2 points
  18. Why are you not interested in machine polishing? It will give better results and is less taxing on the body.
    1 point
  19. True shine comes from proper paint correction, the rest is enhancement and protection. I know you said you're not interested, but you'll get the best, most consistent results using a machine. That said Adam's does offer some options to polish by hand, and including Scratch and Swirl Remover and Hand Polish. It depends on the overall condition of the paint as well as the results you're after for which you'll need, if not both. For the enhancement and protection, check out this article for what you may like.
    1 point
  20. It's great for drying your vehicle, but on low setting, it's good for the motor, rag tops, wheel wells, etc.
    1 point
  21. If you can........the Master Blaster is the ultimate dryer. Hose is way long enough to get all around the car. Mounts on the wall so you're no pulling it around and risking banging into your ride. Hi and low settings. And it will blow the crap out of anything on your driveway or patio, etc.
    1 point
  22. Chris@Adams

    Protecting a Fence

    Looks great!
    1 point
  23. 2Fords

    Ceramic Paste wax feedback

    The Ceramic Coating wax is the one I am referring to. Nice catch! I really didn't realize that it was that different than the original ceramic paste wax.
    1 point
  24. Agreed, it was likely left on too long, and can happen/be seen more often where the application lines overlap. Streaks can also be seen more easily on black. Try some Brilliant Glaze on those areas - yes, even now - and let us know. You may need to end up polishing those areas, but best to start less aggressive.
    1 point
  25. RayS

    Ceramic Boost Use

    Hi Jack, I'm going to presume you meant CS3 for the alternate product. In my case, I have about a 1/2 gallon of Boost left so I alternate between CS3 and Boost. To be honest, I'm not sure I'll purchase any more Boost once it is gone given how great of a job CS3 does.
    1 point
  26. Joey D

    Graphene layering

    Thanks bud! I do have the Graphene CS3, and Graphene tire dressing.
    1 point
  27. Norton

    Graphene layering

    Ceramics are designed to bond to washed, clayed, and polished paint. Moreover, they don't require additional top-coats. Apply your Ceramic Graphene Spray Coating. Skip the glaze, sealant, and wax. Enjoy a beverage of your choice in the time saved. 🍻
    1 point
  28. TheWolf

    Pressure Washer Power

    It is not worth the risk of potential damage by using a high pressure unit. Stay in the 1500-2000 psi range.
    1 point
  29. That looks awesome, Ray! Now, what recommendation can I give to help with Mary's input?! 😉😁
    1 point
  30. Roostr300

    Golf Cart Windsheild Swirling

    I applied the Graphene Ceramic Spray to the whole cart several months ago. Made it so much faster to clean.
    1 point
  31. Trap

    Wipe off waterless wheel cleaner

    Typically by the time I need to do the wheels the whole car needs it. Especially around here with all of the bugs we have. For the odd time I do need to clean the wheels in between washes, my go to is waterless wash, (I am a big fan of the waterless wash) If the rims have hardly any dirt or brake dust I will use CS3 which is what I always use on my rims after washing.
    1 point
  32. Looking good! Put a planter in that drop off area. Should keep anybody from missing the step.
    1 point
  33. Wheel Cleaner and Iron Remover are essentially the same product, the latter being a thinner version so it can spread and cover a larger area on painted panels. I would recommend you wipe any residue from the wheels with something like Waterless Wash to avoid potential stains. Splash back can easily be removed with any of the waterless or Rinseless Wash options.
    1 point
  34. Rich

    Preparing for Spring 2020

    Have motion lights put outside, and maybe a Ring system for security. Motion lights are one thing I have around my entire house and garage, and haven't regretted it once. About the only thing I'd have done different on your garage is I would have extended the concrete past the door. I'm such a klutz that I'd come out the door, turn right, and drop off that thing and break a leg. But that's going to be great once it's all done. You'll get years of pleasure and good times with it for sure. Thanks for the update Ray. Lookin real good.
    1 point
  35. When I get back to Florida in November, I have 4 carts to do with Graphene so I should have some pictures to share. I do plan on doing the windshields on them. The picture I provided was pre-covid and it has been over 18 months since I've been in Florida.
    1 point
  36. After polishing, why not apply Graphene Ceramic Spray Coating to the windshield? It works really well on a UTV, which is also plastic.
    1 point
  37. RayS

    Golf Cart Windsheild Swirling

    Hi Ashley and welcome to the forum. As for the Golf Car windshield, I use Hand Polish. If it is has many swirl marks and light scratches, start go with a Orange Hex where needed, otherwise the Blue Hex will take care of it. Once it has been polished and cleaned you can use Adam's Glass Sealant on it. The picture shows how the Golf Cart can come out with Adan's Hand Polish, Adam's Leather Conditioner and Ceramic Spray Coating. The windshield is in the cart and up in the picture.
    1 point
  38. The old Orange was a great product - often all that was needed. You could use it with a drop or 2 of Blue Heavy Correcting or a drop or 2 of White to achieve astounding results easily & quickly. I have a Detailing business & the new process is way too slow. 2 or 3 passes often to get the same results & almost always have to use the white to finish. I like Adams Products but when i run out of the old Orange & Blue Heavy Correcting I'm likely looking for replacements elsewhere. For me it's a matter of time- just can't be going over & over panels with Polish that doesn't work.
    1 point
  39. Mantis

    Let's dig into CS3.

    It seems like more and more people have some issues with the Graphene products on the market. I wonder if it was rushed out before deep testing. CS3 is a perfect product as it is, I don't really see the need to improve on it. But improving on a excellent product is intriguing and I'm gonna have to grab a single bottle of GCS3 to see if this is in fact an issue. I don't want CS3 to get messed up.
    1 point
  40. I’ve been trying the same as you to find something. Nothing gives the pop on the ceramic coating that I’ve seen yet. Brilliant Glaze does give a pop, but it’s supposed to remove and wear down the coating with its solvents. I’ve always used the graphene tire shine; but now I’ve tried the graphene shampoo, graphene cs3 and I plan to pickup some graphene detail spray. there is ceramic products, but I haven’t tried them. While I haven’t compared them, I’d probably recommend trying the Graphene detail spray. The cs3 is kinda streaky compared to regular cs3. I’ll let you know when I try the graphene detail spray to compare to the regular pink spray.
    1 point
  41. RayS

    Let's dig into CS3.

    Hi Daniel, For the vehicles that I have Graphene applied to, I am all in on the Graphene products. Graphene Detail Spray, Graphene Tire Dressing and Graphene CS3. My regular CS3 is being used on the regular ceramic vehicles. Edit: I almost forgot that I also use the Graphene Shampoo on the Graphene coated vehicles.
    1 point
  42. Welcome to the Forum Kevin. Starting with the CSC on the F-150 and Lincoln. Since they have been on there for a year, it is probably time to strip them, clay, polish and redo. According to what supplies you have on hand, you should consider the Graphene Spray Coating. However, there is nothing wrong with the CSC if you still have some on hand. Using the baggie test will determine whether or not you need to clay and for the polishing, you always want to use the least aggressive option possible. For the Canary, you can go with a coating, Americana or one of the ceramic waxes. Americana does an outstanding job and if it is garage queen it will easily last 6 weeks or so. When you want to take it out and really make it pop, you can go over it with Brilliant Glaze. Just note that Brilliant Glaze only lasts a couple of days, but it sure will make it pop when used on top of Americana. The ceramic waxes will last longer than the Americana and for the extra pop you'd want to use Graphene Detail Spray or CS3. Both are good choices and can be used for kicking the dust off or the bugs while you are out. You can also use Americana or the Ceramic Wax on PPF without any problems.
    1 point
  43. If you apply the Americana over the Ceramic Coating, the wax will affect the hydrophobics of coating. So I wouldn't.
    1 point
  44. Chris@Adams

    Graphene Detail Spray

    I would say you used too much product, any of the SI02 products will streak if you use too much. I would do a regular two bucket wash then see what you have, if you still see streaks go back over with DS and use a couple MF towels to wipe away.
    1 point
  45. RacerX

    Curious

    On that note, I was disappointed to see that those new flannel shirts are made in China. There are great quality flannels made in the USA. I think the "old Adams" would have teamed up with one of those companies.
    1 point
  46. 07stanggt

    Curious

    More than a few tweeks ! I've been on this ride with them for a while and can remember the "Only made in the USA", Dylan, Severe Swirl Remover, company was sold, their own chemical company, etc etc. My how things change, but wouldn't and don't, use anybody else's detailing products. I promote the heck out of the company too. Love the ride and all the changes that come along with it.
    1 point
  47. @JakeRogue Welcome to the Forum If the vehicle is real dirty and you have a Pay & Spray nearby that is a good way to knock a lot of the dirt off. When I lived in Falls Church, which was many years ago, there was a Pay & Spray with a heated bay that was perfect for the winter to get the salt off when it snowed. I recommend only using the rinse at the Pay & Spray since you never know what they have for Soap. After that follow the notes from @mc2hill provided and you'll be in great shape. If the vehicle is not real dirty, just don't bother with the Pay & Spray.
    1 point
  48. So today I applied Adam's advanced Ceramic Coat. Took my time and have to say it was not that difficult to apply. The cooler temps in the mid 60's might have helped as it didn't flash very quickly. I am have removed it a little on the early side rather than late, but it seems to have left a really nice coat and shine. It took me around 4 hours to do the SUV, which includes all of the Glass and Plastic surfaces. I used just over 1/2 a bottle of ceramic coating. Still have to do the rims and the front grill on another day. Will say that everything in Adam's Kit was useful, but if I was to order again I would order a larger bottle of surface prep, I ran out before I got to the roof and the window. I did use 99% Isopropyl Alcohol on the roof and windows. Want to thank al you that helped and encouraged me to try and do this. So far I would say it was a success. I was very careful with wiping and maybe wiped a little more than necessary, but I only had to redo one window, along with one high spot that I found.
    1 point
  49. RayS

    Strip wash vs APC

    The Graphene Shampoo also works good on bugs and sap on Ceramic Spray Coated vehicles based on how many bugs and sap my daughter used to get on her Jag. One a Graphene Spray Coated vehicle, the Graphene Shampoo easily takes the bugs off. I have not had a Graphene coated vehicle get sap yet, but based on how easily the bugs come off, I suspect it will be similar. The more I use the Graphene Shampoo, the more I like it.
    1 point
  50. BrianT

    Pressure Washer Power

    You can use any pressure you want, just adjust the distance you are from the paint! You should be fine with that setup, just don’t get too close!!
    1 point
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