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  1. The weekend brought a few vehicles to keep me occupied. First up was a Toyota Yaris and if it wasn't for the decal on the back, I probably wouldn't not have done much with it. Being that it came from Green Bay and is also red, I couldn't help myself. The paint itself is not on the best shape and in places the clear coat is failing. It got cleaned up and the important thing was the head lights which needed restoration. As you'll be able to see in the 3rd picture the clean coat is gone on the roof of the car. As the owner says, it is paid for, it runs good, gets good mileage and hasn't required any maintenance beyond oil changes, tires and breaks. The second vehicle was a Can-Am - the details are below the Toyota pictures. Can-AM: While I have been able to do multiple bikes, this was the first Can-Am. Compared to a bike with an exposed engine, this was a bit easier. However, there are are so many body panels and of every shape and design that it takes bit to got them all. There are multiple types of panels from painted, to gloss, matt and standard trim. It took me a while to figure out what order to attack things, but once I got rolling, it came together rather well. The first picture shows the different types of parts and materials that are on the Can-Am. The second picture shows the entire bike. The owner of the Can-Am was pleased with the way it came out and hopefully he'll bring me his Supra to do.
    3 points
  2. My SUV was swiped at some point but thankfully it was not too bad. Used Adam's Clay Bar and topped off with some Buttery Wax to hold me over til the next full detail. A little more paint correction is needed but it will do for now. Thanks Adam's!!! The Detail Diva
    3 points
  3. RayS

    Anything else for added pop...

    I am in complete agreement with @mc2hill and if you want a little extra pop for a show you can top the Americana with another layer of Brilliant Glaze. Do the extra layer the night before or morning of the show for the best results.
    2 points
  4. mc2hill

    Anything else for added pop...

    Wow, that is a beautiful car! My 'go to' for show cars is Brilliant Glaze, topped with Americana. That combo really makes the paint pop.
    2 points
  5. 2 points
  6. RayS

    The two word game.

    Night moves Bog Seger - 1976
    2 points
  7. Added Two used 2017 Subaru’s to the family for my boys. I love bringing them back to better than new after four years! Full Paint Correction and Graphene SC🤩
    2 points
  8. Looks to me like he did, but you absolutely can! Just make sure to level it, and I do so in about half the time as the paint.
    2 points
  9. RayS

    Food Thread

    Yesterday the Chef, her husband and I went to the State Farmers market and there was about 10 or different items they got. Following that we went to a Mexican grocery store and they got Chorizo, Al Pastor, Carne Asada and Chicken and some other items that I have no idea what the name is. All of the meats were cooked on the grill while the Chef made Sopes in the house and prepared all the other fixings. Once everything was done you grab one of the Sopes and then you pile on whatever you want and top it with a little Feta and they were fantastic. Even though she's running two restaurants and we've paid off all her school loans, she's still willing to cook for us on her day off. I can assure everyone that we do appreciate and enjoy it.
    2 points
  10. Trap

    Adam's Waterless Wash

    I know I've already said this, but will say it again, the more I use Waterless Wash the more I like it, used it last night to clean up jeep after it got caught in a rain storm yesterday at work. I had just washed and used CS3 on it the day before. Cleaned all of the dirt and watermarks perfectly, took 15 - 20 minutes to clean it up.
    2 points
  11. It smells like Spray Wax. P.S. It was actually made at my request, Spray Wax is my daughter's favorite scent 😁 Hope you like it! And @Norton made a request for leather, so I passed that along and voila!
    2 points
  12. Rich

    Let's dig into CS3.

    I have my rides Graphene Spray Coated, and before they came out with the GDS, I was using the CS3. But once the GDS came out, I switched and never looked back. I personally think it was a good improvement over the CS3 as far as shine. I use it as a drying aid every time I wash the car and haven't found any build up or high spots. It's my go to.
    2 points
  13. RayS

    Anything else for added pop...

    @bosco1The picture in the garage is great, but the one outside in the light really shows how impressive it its.
    1 point
  14. RayS

    Damaged product

    That's pretty sad. Reach out to Adam's Customer Support, they'll take care of you.
    1 point
  15. Mongosg8

    The two word game.

    Cream puffs
    1 point
  16. Call customer service and i guarantee they'll make it right. But you have to call. They can't do it here.
    1 point
  17. Mantis

    Let's dig into CS3.

    Thanks guys, CS3 is absolutely my favorite Adams product. I like everything they make but CS3 is a special product. In ways I don't want anyone to touch it and possibly make is worse. It's such a good product. If Graphene does in fact make it better in the future, I'm all in. Anyway I have a Pitch Black car and I don't like to not put something on it after every wash which is usually once a week. I have not noticed any build up but I will use Detail Spray on bi weeks so I'm not using CS3 every wash. My car beads water so well when I wash it the soap beads off while I use the foam cannon and when I'm hand washing. It's kinda cool as it's beading so well. Rinsing is a breeze as the soap just falls right off.
    1 point
  18. I feel the Leather & Interior Cleaner is the stronger of the two. Same as Rich, I've used Aqua Net Hair Spray to remove ink. I've also used Lacquer Thinner to take care of some nasty stains, be sure to try in an inconspicuous spot first, it could remove the leather's dye. The All Purpose Interior Cleaning Gel doesn't seem to leave the leather with the same dry feel as the Leather & Interior Cleaner.
    1 point
  19. chops1sc

    The two word game.

    Soul Glow
    1 point
  20. Rich

    Graphene Spray

    Try the Graphene Ceramic Spray. Or even just start maintaining your wax with CS3 or Graphene Detail Spray. That might be all you'll need to get the shine you're looking for, but no matter what you do, you won't get the best results without proper prep.
    1 point
  21. Oh, man, that's gorgeous!! I've been looking at the convertibles, but am trying to hold out for a Z if they ever come out. You made a great bunch of selections there.
    1 point
  22. Sweet. Welcome to the Forum Terry. Being in MS, get some Leather Conditioner and keep up the seats, you'll appreciate the way it maintains them especially with our southern heat.
    1 point
  23. falcaineer

    One Step pad damage

    That can be caused by a couple of things, and I've had it happen. Overheating, too much pressure down on the pad, or just general overuse are some common reasons. How long have you used the pad? How many cars? How much pressure do you think you're putting down on the machine and pad as you polish? It really doesn't take more than the weight of your hand, maybe a little bit more. More and the pad gets overly compressed, braking down the cell structure in the pad and/or the adhesive between the backing and the pad.
    1 point
  24. Chris, I suggested he try cleaning with the TAR in my post farther up the thread. The TAR, or Stoner's Bug and Sap Remover helps to strip the tires clean. He then followed up, also my suggestion, by scrubbing them again with Wheel & Tire Cleaner. He cut the Wheel & Tire Cleaner 50%, not my suggestion, I use it full strength. If you let the rubber heat up in the sun as I'd suggested, the pores of the rubber opened up some and allowed the VRT to soak in. You needed to continue to reapply until the tire stops absorbing and you get your desired results. The Dressings can't be rejected off the tire, it's still there, it just needs built up.
    1 point
  25. falcaineer

    Graphene Spray

    I've said it for years...think I converted @RayS!...I have yet to find a better combo on white than PS and HGG. Simply put, it pops.
    1 point
  26. I have friends and acquaintances that constantly profess their specialty car will never see water. They do waterless/rinseless washes only. Why? I shall never know. If you drive your car, nothing, and I do mean nothing, beats a good soapy bath. I’m a huge fan of rinseless washing and do them all the time, but when the time calls for it, you can’t beat a good bucket wash. Sorry. If you drive your car, it will get grime and debris in the nooks and crannies, and the pours of the paint that nothing else will quite get clean like soap and water. I have always wished I was a better photographer so that I could capture how this looks to the naked eye. These pics don’t help. Boosted it today too, but it was a little too hot. CS3 might just be THE perfect product. I used it to level the boost in a few streaky spots. Not a complaint against Boost; it was just toooo dang hot today. I don’t think it’s possible to make CS3 streak or leave high spots. I will also NOT be removing (non-ceramic) WW from my arsenal any time soon. WW replaced my glass cleaner a loonnnggg time ago. Today, I thought about using CWW on the glass to remove and level the Boost overspray on the glass. Nope, bad idea. Streak City baby. Went back around with plain WW...perfect! anywho...just my thoughts for the day. Stay safe in this heat.
    1 point
  27. Wow! Great looking cars, I hope your neighbors were wearing sunglasses....These 2 may have blinded them!
    1 point
  28. RayS

    New member new to detailing

    Red, did I read that correctly that you got a Red truck? You are absolutely welcome in this forum with your Red truck. The Cherry Red is very similar to the Cajun Red that I have on my Colorado and just a bit lighter than what my wife has on her Red Quartz Terrain Denali, so if you need any tips on getting the Red to look good, just ask. If you want to see various Red options you can look for Red Through the Years or 20+ year old Mustang threads and I swear, I have no idea what @mc2hillis talking about, I am not opposed to other colors... as long as they are not mine 😁. The important thing is that we have a great group of people on here, we have fun and we all help each other out.
    1 point
  29. QuickSilver20

    Rinseless wash

    I’m always dilute a 16 oz bottle to waterless wash spray (16:1) as a pre-rinse but I’m sure you can use a lighter dilution and be fine. I’m not too worried about conserving the product because I splurged and bought a gallon. So even using these dilution rations it will still likely last well over a year. If the car is more dirty then I would like I’ll sometimes do a prerinse with a hose to get some of the larger dirt particles off the car. Using the 2 bucket method is fine but myself along with a lot of others use the bucket of towels method. Essentially you get 6-8 towels and fold. Then in fourths and instead of rinsing the towels just use a new one so you never introduce a dirty towel to the wash bucket to to the paint.
    1 point
  30. mc2hill

    New member new to detailing

    Welcome Donald! And post up some pics of that red truck (there are some folks on here that think that should be the only color available).
    1 point
  31. Looks awesome! Did you coat the trim also?
    1 point
  32. falcaineer

    Rinseless wash

    If you want to, go for it! It (or Waterless Wash) can also replace the entire 2 bucket method when used correctly and in the right circumstances.
    1 point
  33. Wow, that is one glossy outback. Good job on that one!
    1 point
  34. Welcome Tim!
    1 point
  35. Welcome to the forums, Tim!
    1 point
  36. RayS

    Hello and Thanks!

    Welcome to the Forum.
    1 point
  37. kaj41354

    Oxidation

    I can't speak for RV's but, my 52 Chevy was heavily oxidized (it is Black) and the pain was the original. I stayed with the white foam but mixed the polish with compound (it's in a video somewhere). Very light pressure and made more passes than I did on other cars. It did amazing.
    1 point
  38. kaj41354

    Hello and Thanks!

    Welcome Timothi
    1 point
  39. chops1sc

    The two word game.

    Officer Doofy
    1 point
  40. Rich

    Hello and Thanks!

    Hi Tim! Welcome!
    1 point
  41. Rich

    The two word game.

    Complete idiot (no names) lol
    1 point
  42. i had to step in here because this is a common misconception. A Virus is not a living organism, which means it cannot be "killed". A virus is an inert molecule until it comes in contact with a "host" cell, then it attaches and does its thing. What you need to do to a virus to render it harmless is to treat it in a way that keeps it from being able to attach to a host cell.
    1 point
  43. rrmccabe

    Towels or Air Cannon

    Its both for me. I use a master blaster to dry 80 to 90% getting the nooks and crannies and also wheels and lugnuts and then detail spray and towel dry to finish.
    1 point
  44. falcaineer

    Shine Academy Classes

    We have 8 students at this week's class, currently in progress! Our next class is scheduled for June 11-12, 2021. Please PM me for a link to the registration form.
    1 point
  45. That's a great match! Good for your wife.
    1 point
  46. 5-7 days before washing.
    1 point
  47. Hey everyone, quick update here. I edited the original post of this thread to include dilution ratios of some of our newer products and added them to the list. The rest of the post is a bit outdated now with old pictures and so on, so I'm working on a new Blog write-up for the website as I type this. I'm planning on explaining dilution ratios similar to this thread, but also including percentages of mixtures since some people find that much faster and easier to make some custom mixtures. If you have any other suggestions, thoughts, or questions, please post them here and I will see if they can be incorporated into the new write-up! Thank you!
    1 point
  48. Hi All, After seeing a need for some flowcharts and more "processes" for overall detailing, especially Ceramic Coating and maintenance, I've developed the roadmap to Ceramic Paint Coating! Let me know what you think and how this can help you-- Also, If there are any processes you are confused by, list them here and I'll consider them for future flow charts!
    1 point
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