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  1. Norton

    No Social Media

    Which is one of the reasons I pay no attention to swag. I'm here for the detailing products and long for the good old days when that's about all that was sold by Adam's.
    7 points
  2. Old school Finishing Polish and Graphine Coating....
    5 points
  3. I find the graphene product family goes hand in hand. The Graphene Shampoo FAR outperforms the old Car Shampoo. Then drying with Graphene Detail Spray adds an absolutely crazy amount of slickness. I don't get the same performance from the Car Shampoo + Graphene Detail Spray as I get from the Graphene Car Shampoo + Graphene Detail Spray. I am 100% sold on the graphene product family. Much to the chagrin of the dozens of other, fine Adams products currently lining my shelves. I will probably start using those older products in my F&F detail jobs and give them some product. It needs to get used, and it's not - because I only use the graphene stuff now. It's just THAT good.
    3 points
  4. Much ado about nothing. Your car's paint is protected. In fact, doubly-so. With a hand-applied coating you will have high and low spots - it's quite simply unavoidable. The more experience you get with coatings the more level you can get the coating. You can knock some down with leveling cloths, but it's never going to be perfect. I assure you, it's all going to be okay. To fix this, assuming the coating has fully cured, find all the high spots which will show up mostly as smears, swipes, etc. using the UV light to guide you. Use painter's tape to mark your target areas - go 30% larger than the area you need to cut. Take your DA with some medium/fine polish and a cutting pad to the known high spots. Do NOT cut to the tape edge. Use the tape as a loose guideline but keep the pad a couple inches from the tape edge. Go slowly, very little pressure on the DA machine. Once you've knocked the high spots down, re-clean those areas with Adams prep spray, and re-apply coating to those areas. Just like the DA machine, do not coat to the edges of the tape. Use a VERY thin layer of coating. Focus on your timing. Once the coating flashes, wipe it to level it. Then let it cure. That's it. Fixed and perfect. Good luck! EDIT: Take a look at the video below which will fully flesh out the process for ceramic coating corrective actions.
    3 points
  5. I recently bought a used ATS-V. I was happy with every aspect of the car except for the wheels. I used all of my Adam's wheel products and still had stains/water spots that wouldn't come off. I even tried some distilled white vinegar, and that didn't work either. Finally, I decided to use my drill with the Adam's mini pads and Adam's polish. I'm extremely happy with the results. Before and after pics attached!
    3 points
  6. RayS

    The two word game.

    Five alive
    3 points
  7. The newest member of the family arrived at the dealer on Wednesday and was at my house on Thursday evening. The best part is that dealer never touched the body or interior, not even to remove the transport markings or tape. The only thing the deal did was remove the transport protective film. I washed it on Friday morning and continued Friday evening, Saturday and finished it this morning. The Ford Escape Hybrid Titanium edition, replaces the daughters Jag since the mileage and fuel cost was taking a serious chunk of her funds. Running between four restaurants she was burning about $100 in fuel every 3 days. Why she chose to punish me with another black vehicle, I don't know. I believe this is the first vehicle that I did not have to clay as the starting point, I did multiple baggie tests and it was as smooth as could be. There was not even a mushed bug on this vehicle, so it was nice at a great starting point. As for correcting, it had one small area on one back door that needed a little extra help, otherwise finishing polish was all that it needed. The first picture is before I started washing it on Friday morning. The next two are when I pulled it out of the garage this morning after getting Graphene Spray Coating top to bottom.
    3 points
  8. After two plus weeks the SS was in need of a bath. Filthy wheels were cleaned with Adam’s Wheel and Tire cleaner, Adam’s wheel and tire brushes and my favorite Adam’s Turbo Stick. They were then rinsed and treated to a shpritz of Rinse & Coat. The vehicle got foamed with Strip Wash, allowed to dwell, then rinsed and refoamed. Second rinse left the SS near perfectly clean. I washed using Graphene Shampoo and numerous MF wash mitts in a bucket. Sheeting rinse left the SS with hardly a drop on it but the plush drying towel made quick work of the remaining water. VRT on the cowling, Ceramic Boost on the glass and a coating of Tire Armor on the Michelins finished her off nicely. Interior wiped down with Sweet Pea Interior Detailer. Then it was off to the showers. P U was I ripe! After a shower and pics I went to look at it’s possible replacement and was ignored by the sales staff inside the showroom and out in the parking lot. I’ll visit a different dealership on Monday since they seemed to not want to take my money and shiny ride. Left there and went fishing but should have just gone home as fishing stunk (as did the pond.) Took a pic as I was walking back to my clean ride. ♥️ Tomorrow, bright and early before church, I’ll wash the wife’s Beast then possibly mom’s Corolla after services.
    3 points
  9. Hello from Canada! Here's my baby, (can't wait for the next shipment of goodies from ya!) and 2 of my friends Turbo Buicks. Whether cruising, or at the track we are loving Adam's on our cars!
    3 points
  10. You can use the Graphene Detail Spray. Amazing stuff.
    3 points
  11. Ordered my 21 Silverado RST this spring and between the weather and vacation had not had time to do a full detail. I started with a strip wash, tire/rubber cleaner on the trim, clay mitt on the paint, finish polish and than Graphene Ceramic Spray Coating on the paint and trim. Truck sits outside 24/7, so will be interested in how long the coating lasts. Was happy on how easy it was to apply and remove. Will follow up with the Graphene soap and detail spray to maintain.
    3 points
  12. I did this at my friends job last week. I had to polish the hood due to heavy swirls that were caused from using a truck brush to wash bird droppings off the hood. Apparently their prep dept. wasn't with it. Love the reflection. Adams Swirl correction & Adams Polish with my Flex using 5.5 Orange and white pads Finished with red pad and glaze. Sealed it with Graphene Spray Coating
    3 points
  13. buffalobob920

    Graphene ceramic coating

    Just as an update after washing the car with Adams graphene shampoo it’s been beading did not put another coat just washed it it might have been the heavy pollen on it but anyway it’s doi what it’s advertised to do
    3 points
  14. Finally got a chance to play with cars today. My son bought a Tesla that has been run through car washes and neglected paint. I am pretty happy with the results
    3 points
  15. Been working on this 100th Anniversary Fatboy in my spare time since Wednesday, finishing touches today. employee monitoring
    3 points
  16. I found a surprise in my driveway this morning and I know what I'm doing this weekend. Hard to believe it still looks this good after being done with Ceramic Spray Coating about 2 years ago. This does help answer the question about how long the Ceramic Spray Coating will last, especially for a garage queen. This weekend, it will be stripped, polished, the top reconditioned and the entire vehicle coated with Graphene Spray Coating. I'll update this post with the after picture once completed, which will probably be Monday. Update July 5, 2021: My plans ended up changing this weekend, so I could not get to the Mustang to get it redone. However, if did need a good wash and I noticed the beading was less than desired. Given that it will be a few months before I can get it back for a complete strip, polish and recoat, I put a layer of Ceramic Paste Wax 1.0 on it. At least it will shine for a while and I don't have to worry about the level of protection over the summer.
    3 points
  17. I'll pass it along. No promises, but I know they will at least listen. Thanks for the feedback.
    2 points
  18. The Adam’s chemists hit a home run with the Graphene coatings combined with their Graphene shampoo and Graphene Detail Spray. The Graphene shampoo does an excellent job at knocking all grime off the vehicle, including bugs. Then the Graphene details spray can be used as a drying aide or just to make it spotless after a week in the garage. The two of them have become my favorite products for washing coated vehicles.
    2 points
  19. Apply a coating on them and they will look better longer and also much easier to clean.
    2 points
  20. Mongosg8

    The two word game.

    Protector Boats
    2 points
  21. falcaineer

    Help

    Leather and Interior Cleaner, All Purpose Interior Cleaning Gel or Total Interior Cleaner would be great choices. For tools, use a Cockpit Brush to agitate, or a Drill Brush if serious scrubbing is needed, and Edgeless Utility Towel.
    2 points
  22. My Scat Pack. The newest thing in my lineup is Graphene Detail Spray. I used it last week as a drying aid and this is just a maintenance was with Car Shampoo. The Wheels are ceramic Spray coated and honestly I barely ever have to use any Wheel and tire cleaner on them. Same goes with the tires, they however I use VRT and that stuff lasts a few weeks. This is a week later, after a wash , no tire dressing no Drying agent just washed and dry with Adams Drying towels( You can see them in the garage hung up ).
    2 points
  23. I have one for sure new never used but possibly two bottles, let me know if you need them?
    2 points
  24. 07stanggt

    Clueless newbie

    First, welcome. Second, start slow, and some advice, start on the white vehicle first. "Play" with that one first. Get used to what your doing before you touch the black Tesla. Black is not very forgiving and a mistake with the machine and you'll be chasing swirls for a while. Do a very small test area on the van first, get used to using Adams stuff as well. If you have never used a polisher be careful. Most don't just pick one and go to town on paint. It takes some getting used to but when you get good at it, there is not much more satisfying than a newly buffed vehicle ! And when you get really good, you'll get these type of results. Enjoy your new Adams stuff and welcome again !
    2 points
  25. Rich

    2021 Corvettes at Carlisle

    For those of us who pay for our next year's reserved spots while we're there.........I talked with Jody at Carlisle and there will be NO increase for 2022. It will still be $150 for 2022. BUT she said they'll be setting the price for 2023 in November and there's a possiblity that the price will go up. But for one more year at least, we're holding steady at $150. For me.......well worth the cost.
    2 points
  26. Mantis

    Graphene Detail Spray

    Second time using Graphene Detail spray and I'm getting a Gallon of this stuff. It's by far the very best detail spray I have ever used by anyone. WOW guys what a home run product. If you ever used CS3 as a detail spray, when you apply it, you get this smooth gliding thick feeling. Like it's a buttery wax. It goes on so silky smooth and makes you feel like your applying something great. This new to me Graphene Detail spray has a very similar feeling. Nothing like the old regular Detail spray which has a nice slickness to it but not on this level, not even close.
    2 points
  27. 07stanggt

    No Social Media

    So, explain to us old dudes who don't have Facegram, Instasnap, Tweeter, etc etc, how we go about buying "Just In" products before they are snapped up like an X Box at Christmas time ! ? I swear I get on the website daily and to many times I see SOLD OUT. Many things are put out on social media before its listed online, so if you not dialed in 24/7/365 you miss out. So tell us how someone buys the cool things if you don't have a social media account ? I'm 58 so old enough to know what goes on out there. Just don't feel the need to let the world know I had oatmeal for breakfast, I'll tell you if I need to, but would be cool to find out products before there gone.
    2 points
  28. Brand new CRV EXL with Adams leather conditioner. What a difference! My friends wife was so happy. Dealerships prep depts. are horrible. This was supposedly already treated/protected.
    2 points
  29. Mongosg8

    The two word game.

    Release Stress
    2 points
  30. Rich

    2021 Corvettes at Carlisle

    Hey, WAY TO GO Scott!! I was real proud to get this one at GM. And a third place in C6 overall.
    2 points
  31. PHOKUS

    Help

    Make sure to follow up with leather conditioner once the stain is removed.
    1 point
  32. YUP, I get it and if you don't own them, you don't get it. What I did was I took advise from another member and used Adams Tar remover. Here are the steps 1) Clean your tires until no brown comes off. I use Wheel and tire cleaner cut 50/50. I use Adams Pump sprayer. I give the tires a really good cleaning until they are perfectly clean. Usually the first scrub does the job but I check them with a second cleaning to make sure there is no Brown at all , just white clean suds. 2) I use a leaf blower to dry the tires. 3) Then I get a general purpose Microfiber , a older one I will throw away after using and Spray Adams TAR remover on it. I wear rubber gloves the whole time just saying. I wipe the effected shiny areas of the tire to wear down the clear coat like marks. It's like clear coat got on the tires and TAR removes it pretty nicely. 4) Now I apply VRT with a Adams Tire Sponge. I use very little product and enough to cover the tire but not soak it. If you soak it, the dressing will build up in the letters and then run out when you drive it. It's madness and I hate that. 5) Let first coat dry for about 15 minutes and then apply another coat. After this coat, you can walk around with another throw away Micro Fiber towel and buff the tires so no dressing is hanging out in the letters. This procedure only has to be done once, then it's dress as normal and they are almost like normal tires. I got my tires pretty damn nice and I like the way they look now. I actually can not dress them for a few weeks and the VRT holds up nicely. I now only clean them with car Shampoo which I put in my Tire bucket and basically clean the tires with a micro fiber towel that I put in the bucket. My wheels are spray ceramic coated and they don't hold any brake dust week to week and I got Brembo Brakes. I can clean them with a micro fiber towel or a wheel woolly with the sam Car Shampoo in the tire bucket. Her's the final result of how the tires look currently.
    1 point
  33. 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
  34. It won't clog the pores if that is your concern. Also you won't need anything else on it like leather conditioner. It will repel it anyway. A simple wipe with any of the interior detailer will be sufficient.
    1 point
  35. Trap

    Graphene Detail Spray

    Well your bang on about it being hotter than normal, so you may be on to something here, it on seems to be with the product in the spray bottle (that originally came with the kit) What's left in the gallon jug seems to be ok so far.
    1 point
  36. Mongosg8

    The two word game.

    Viper Helicopters
    1 point
  37. RayS

    Graphene Coating: Shelf Life

    I keep my opened bottles of coatings in a small container in a climate controlled room always ensuring the sun can't get to it. I do like @mc2hillcanning jar method - thanks for passing that on.
    1 point
  38. mc2hill

    Graphene Coating: Shelf Life

    I have been keeping my opened bottles of coatings in canning jars. It seems to help the 'active' life of these products.
    1 point
  39. Mary had a bit of a oops with a pot hole last week and ruined a rim. Initially, I was going to coat the rim while cleaning the rest of the Terrain, but after a close inspection, it is time to redo it. While the Terrain looks good from 3 feet away, it still has the Ceramic Spray Coating on it, so we'll get it switched to the Graphene Ceramic Spray in the near future. I did a complete cleaning of the interior, got all leather areas set with Adam's Leather Conditioner and all the floor mats done with Adam's Rubber Mat & Liner Cleaner, which absolutely works like a charm. The outside was washed with Graphene Shampoo and dried with Graphene Detail Spray.
    1 point
  40. For me I do exactly as you for my ‘68 Firebird. All my other vehicles are coated, but the ‘68 is the one I like to be mor3 personal with. I like polishing with Americana, gives me time relax and enjoy the polishing!! Can’t beat the results of BG and Americana!!
    1 point
  41. You can't go wrong with Graphene Detail Spray or CS3......Very nice car.
    1 point
  42. Welcome to the Forum Kyle.
    1 point
  43. Levi make sure you give Adams customer service line a ring. They will absolutely make it right with you.
    1 point
  44. The Guz

    Shine Academy Classes

    Lol no but there is always hope for you guys. I was referring to hosting one at the Anaheim location since I am close to it.
    1 point
  45. falcaineer

    Brilliant Glaze Question

    Brilliant Glaze is definitely a short-term, but high shine option. It'll last you maybe a few days, less if you go through a rainstorm. Add it on top of or below your wax, either way is just fine. By the way, it's also a really good glass cleaner!
    1 point
  46. PPF can be lightly polished without any issues.
    1 point
  47. Mantis

    Washing and Drying Agents

    Hello, I don't think using Graphene Detail spray every week is an issue unless someone chimes in with a reason why it would be a bad idea to use it regularly. I have been using CS3 as my drying agent and I would switch to regular pink detail spray sometimes. I have had no issues so far with my coating and I get stupid beading even when my car is dirty. I like you , wash every week with basically the same exact method. I like to foam cannon with Mega Foam or if I run out I use Car Shampoo which is my go to car Shampoo. I buy that by the gallon. I own a black car so I like to use a detail spray for touch up after my wash. No matter how much blowing I do, water seems to sneak it's way out of a crack and we have hard water so it leaves water marks. So I have to first leaf blow the car , wheels etc , then use a drying agent to to a touch dry with Adam's Drying towel, then once I clean out the jams , wipe down the wheels with CS3 and Dress the tires, I remove my gloves and put on a new pair and then go over the car with a detail spray to remove the remaining water marks or water runs out of the cracks.
    1 point
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  49. Rich

    CS3

    One of the bright blue waffle-weave Waterless Wash Towels, or a plush towel of your choice.
    1 point
  50. Who is saying this? The youtubers with their ridiculous so called torture test. Take them with a grain of salt. Mother nature is the true test.
    1 point
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