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  1. Friends, thank you. Thank you for caring enough to post your thoughts, and taking time from your life to do so. Thank you for making your feelings known, and I can appreciate that you feel we have drifted from our core. Thank you for continuing to care about our company and brand, even though it's not the company and brand that you supported initially. The reality: I understand your point. We have become a much larger enterprise. At the same time, our customer base has changed as well. Over 60% of our customers are under 30 today! We have a fantastic marketing department th
    29 points
  2. Friends: We started this shine-therapy forum over a decade ago! Time sure does fly....doesn't it? Thank you for being here, and participating in this shine-crazy community. Thank you for your business, and for voting for products you like and don't like with your dollars. Thank you for helping us create better solutions. Thank you for calling attention to areas or products we can improve. Thank you for helping us grow this business exponentially, I'm humbled beyond words! Please, SMILE while you type.... Thank you for not using this forum as a place to
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  3. I heard he evaporated in a crazy car crash...... Racing through the Swiss Alps in a LaFerrari, and launched off a cliff, doing well over 200 mph. He was racing a Bugatti Veyron, and winning, when he swerved to avoid a mud puddle, he didn't want to dirty the freshly detailed supercar.....the beautiful car took flight, and exploded into smithereens.....big insurance claim! Hahahahaha! Well, hello friends! Seems as our little business grows, the days are long, the travel frequent, and the downtime is fleeting. As our little family grows, my 'off time,' when I used to hang on the
    23 points
  4. Thanks Mike and each of you who responded to this thread. I absolutely care. This business is my baby. I lived on Top Ramen and canned tuna with ranch dressing in a 950 sq ft warehouse on the railroad track,s next to the 405 freeway for three years while starting this business. I'm not up to see Adam's be gimmicky, or low quality. Stand by, we will continue to develop and launch new, quality products, and I certainly hope to continue to earn your trust, and your business. Realize, I'm no longer the only person launching new products, and if I was, I'd have 5 hours of things
    18 points
  5. As we’ve been talking about hosting our first clinic, it got me thinking about all aspects of detailing and business ownership. I frequently see people here who are thinking of opening their own business and it inspired me to share some thoughts and lessons from our first official year in business. First though, a little back history. I believe to understand where you’re going, you need to understand where you’ve been. So to understand Detailed Reflections and our story, the history becomes important. I have a successful career as a firefighter/paramedic. Detailing fo
    16 points
  6. 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!
    16 points
  7. From someone currently serving to all who have, are, and someday will, Thank You! I salute you. What is a Veteran? Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking. He
    15 points
  8. Recently while helping a client select a polisher for their needs, it got me thinking that it's not an uncommon question of "what size polisher do I need or want?" I figured since I have some time today, I'd try to write a little bit about the different polishers and their pros and cons since we are fortunate enough to have some experience with various sizes. We've worked through what we thought versus what it really is...sometimes these were the same. Other times...we were way off the mark. So without more intro and babbling, let's get into it. Hopefully the folks at Adam's and the admins
    15 points
  9. Lately it seems that there’s been a bunch of questions on the forums with regard to what products go with what. It can be a confusing world of products especially as new “better” releases come about. The first thing to consider is that just because something new comes along, it doesn’t mean the old product is obsolete. Change can come about for a million different reasons. It could be development, supply availability, changes in production...and the list goes on. New products also don’t mean they fit in your detailing supply cabinet. We all have different needs based
    14 points
  10. Generally I agree with your sentiment 100%. I’ve openly disagreed on things Adam’s has done in the past on this forum, as well as directly to Adam himself of various representatives of the company. Admittedly, I can be pretty critical. That being said in this case I feel your sentiment is misguided, despite being well intentioned. “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” That’s the saying anyway. We are currently experiencing a pandemic on a world scale that is unlike anything we have ever seen. Economies are crippled. Death tolls continue. Infection rates r
    13 points
  11. The daily driver/charity road rally machine: The project truck: And my other blue car, the GTO I've been working on since 2006:
    13 points
  12. mc2hill

    Adam's Online Car Show

    This is a shot of 'Old no. 2' the 1912 race car I get to work on. The owner started with the radiator, the engine, and the frame, and it took 14 years to get from collecting parts to completion. His idea was to build a car like you could have had in the day, if money was no object, and to allow you jump in it and drive across the country (it has plug in for headlights, and between the seats are plugs for heated motorcycle suits) . I call it a 1912 Indy spec custom hot rod, as it is like a Kindigit car, with no exposed wires or bolts, and lots of summitry (the holes in the hand brake a
    13 points
  13. Adam has also posted the "vote with your dollar" advice on this forum, but it was specifically in regards to the expansion into some of the branded merchandise, like shirts, hats, socks, etc. His comment meant that if these other products do not interest you, then vote with your dollar and not buy them. This comment was not meant to be applied to the company as a whole, only specific products. Again, all these other products, including the swag products and the expansion into different equipment lines, have not in any way come at the cost of the constant development a
    13 points
  14. Copied from the announcement on our Facebook Community: Friends and Customers of Adam’s Polishes- We recently learned of posts on social media raising concerns about potential credit card issues in connection with transactions on the Adam’s Polishes web site. We place huge value on our relationship with our customers, and we are writing this post in an effort to respond to those concerns. First let me clarify, Adam’s never stores or holds credit card information. When our customer types in a credit card number during the online purchasing process, the inform
    13 points
  15. Rich

    Post number 15,000

    I have been on this forum from the beginning and have always felt honored to be asked to be a moderator and help keep the forum running. It's been a long time, many years. So with this being my 15,000th post, it's one of two things. I'm either good at being a moderator..............or I got old!! My money's on the last one.
    13 points
  16. In twelve minutes it will be Thanksgiving. A day for us all to spend with our family and friends and to give thought and thanks for what’s important in our lives. As my family is asleep, it got me thinking of the past year and how thankful I am. First, I’m thankful for the health and happiness of my family. They really don’t get the credit they deserve for all they do and for putting up with me. I’m thankful for my career and the events I get to be a part of. Detailing is not my full time profession. I’m actually a full time firefighter and paramedic. For once, I get to spend the ho
    13 points
  17. rkj4243

    Adam's Online Car Show

    My 2013 Torch Red 427 Convertible and my 2003 Millenium Yellow Corvette coupe
    12 points
  18. Bryanl

    Adam's Online Car Show

    Here's my Truck
    12 points
  19. Obviously you didn't read the fine print:
    12 points
  20. des0t0

    Am I being too OCD or what

    OK so I was being totally OCD. The car is probably about 95% perfect. Those LED lights definitely show more than natural light does. Anyways, here are some pics of the final products. Sorry for the pressure washer and master blaster in the pics. I was just super excited on how great it turned out and wanted pics right away.
    12 points
  21. Ok, this is one of my favorite beading pics I've taken, it is from this past winter on the glass top of the wife's Veloster.
    12 points
  22. https://adamspolishes.com/collections/ceramic-paint-coating-9h Just finished up this nice GMC, washed,clayed, paint correction & Ceramic UV Coating. Check out before & after pics.
    11 points
  23. Alright, let me set the stage for this one. First off, I am by no means a professional detailer. Prior to the last 5 months or so, I did not know anything about Adams products nor did I have any "arsenal" of products or materials. I got started with Adams off of a post that a friend of mine liked on Instagram. The videos intrigued me. So I started lurking on the forums and watching videos and dipped my toe in with a mystery bucket. That was all it took. Now here I am, showing you what this stuff can do, and if I can do it, anyone can do it. I don't have any polishers or any special mac
    11 points
  24. crowvet

    Adam's Online Car Show

    Here are my entries, hope you enjoy the show.
    11 points
  25. Mike E.

    Adam's Online Car Show

    My 2018 Corvette Z06 and the wife's 2018 Camaro SS 1LE
    11 points
  26. Here's mine.
    11 points
  27. Went on a road trip to the mountains of NC...car was trashed after almost 900 miles! Thank goodness for my Adam’s detail bag stocked with goodies I bring as well as my bucket that I keep loaded with products too!
    11 points
  28. This morning I was on one of the other truck forums that I participate on and it reminded me of how fortunate we are to have such good moderators on this forum. The moderators usually have a thankless position, but I am here to say Thank You to all the moderators of this forum. Moderators voluntarily give up their time to help others and keep the forum running smooth and when necessary step in to ensure the forum governance is followed. This means they have to read a lot of posts that may be of no interest to them and move posts to the appropriate location, educate users on the
    11 points
  29. Our friend Chris Fell has been a big contributor to the forum for years, generously donating his time and expertise to help other forum members get the most out of detailing. Please join me in thanking Chris for all his effort, and congratulating him on becoming a Moderator!
    11 points
  30. Thanks for the opportunity, @TheWolf, @Dan@Adams @Adam @Matt@Adams and Derek! I look forward to continuing to help and learn all about Adam's!!!
    11 points
  31. 59 entries, I put them into a spreadsheet chronologically. Google's random number generator chose... drumroll... #52 - Tim! Please PM me with your current mailing address and I'll get it sent on the way! Thank you everyone that entered. We'll do one of these again soon
    11 points
  32. Since my business is run out of my home, and with the recent family additions we outgrew our garage which doubled as a family garage and workspace. The way our land is laid out, we can’t have a poured foundation due to the zoning setbacks. So we had to go with a premanufactured garage. We ended up settling on a 14’ x 32’ garage style “shed.” We have used the back half for storage for equipment and I’ve started making the front half a film and coating studio. The front and back half will be separated by a canvas curtain enabling me to easily get in and out
    11 points
  33. We have much to be thankful for here at Adam's Polishes! For me personally, the past two years that I have worked here full-time have gone by like a breeze, and it truly is amazing to see how things are growing! We would not be here without each and every one of you, so we are extremely thankful for your support. Enjoy the day with your family, friends, and loved ones. I'm very thankful that I will get to spend this afternoon and evening with some of my loved ones. And for all of the men and women in our military that are spending Thanksgiving away from home, know that we are thinking abo
    11 points
  34. SGM CAMARO

    Camaro SS

    Wash, clay, revive hand polish, surface prep, paint sealant,...couple days later, wash and h2o GG !!! Ready for the Fall, or what we call it in Michigan, Winter.
    10 points
  35. 20 min CS3 wipe down after the rains! So quick, so easy!
    10 points
  36. Winter Mods, well service and repairs done, I now needed to get my 2006 Pontiac GTO ready for the upcoming show season. Stuck at home, with nothing but time was my opportunity. I began Friday morning with a Rinseless Wash. 2oz of Rinseless Wash in the bucket with 2 gallons of water and nine Plush Waffle Microfiber Towels. I liberally spray one panel at a time with a mixture of 1oz Rinseless Wash and 15oz Reverse Osmosis filtered water, then wipe clean with one of the Plush Waffle Microfibers soaking in the bucket. To dry, I use the Mini Plush Drying Towels. This Ga
    10 points
  37. Not sure how to respond to your message Adam. Seems like I've known you forever, my wife still calls you her "adopted son". Through all these years, you've treated me kindly even when I don't feel I've earned the respect you show me. It hasn't gone unnoticed or unappreciated. We still talk about your days in the little house in Carlisle when there was little furniture and just boxes and boxes of product and a basement full of bicycles. I still remember when you walked up to my car at Carlisle and used Detail Spray on it and tossed me a couple of sample bottles. It's been a great ride sinc
    10 points
  38. If the company had never changed, people would complain. If they went back to the way it was 10 years ago, people would complain. If they grow and change, people will complain. The detailing industry is changing every day. We can change with it, or not. My only complaint is that I still have too much of the old products and I can’t justify upgrading yet. Third world problems, I know. I will stick with folks that I know personally even if it costs a bit more. Adams is one of those companies. Just my two cents
    10 points
  39. So I spent the last two days working on my 19 Equinox. It's black, so every single flaw is going to show up. Washed and clayed the car, polished it using the Finishing Polish and Swirl Killer, wiped her down with the Ceramic Surface Prep, then started with Ceramic Spray Coating. Two days of busting my rear in 90* heat in the garage, and I have to say, I'm damn happy with the results. Check out the pictures. The last pic isn't dust............that's the metal flake in the paint. It just POPS now.
    10 points
  40. You guys are kidding right? Are we so far gone into PC la-la land that we can't suggest a woman would be the most likely gender to own and operate a sewing machine? My mom, grandmother, or mother-in-law would not be the least bit offended by that comment. They would be flattered that I assumed they were capable. Futhermore, I've never met a man in my life that owned a sewing machine. This new world is insane and I am only 36 years old.
    10 points
  41. Thanksgiving is right around the corner from us, and I remember last year taking a few moments and writing a post about what I was thankful for! I figured I'd start it again where people can share what they're thankful for. Something positive! The last year has brought about a ton of changes for us, both a business and me personally. On a personal level, it seems my family grew significantly and unexpectedly. We are now a foster home for my wife's cousin's four children. The challenges are endless, but I can say we are doing a good thing. Despite the battles we have with DCF
    10 points
  42. Yesterday, fully detailed this beauty. 2013 Porsche Panamera Turbo. May do a write up another day, but I'm still sore. My hat's off to all you black car owners. LSP: Ceramic Paste Wax (only). Great stuff. And finally..... Pure reflection!! ?
    10 points
  43. 07stanggt

    Green with Envy

    This poor little Lotus needed some serious help ! I was at a car show and I met this nice lady that was blown away how beautiful my paint was on my Mustang I brought to the show. She asked me "how did you get your paint so perfect like that"? After a short description on that matter she brought to her car and said she had a detailer buff it out for her but it still has some scratches in it. YIKES I said, a detailer did that to your paint !? She said a friend of hers did it, I said he should no longer be your friend. !! Most of the car has been wrapped with Expel, just to make it that much hard
    10 points
  44. How about a limited edition release honoring the Forums? If so, consider taking inputs for the scents and label artwork from forum members, and then we all vote on here. Products created by and on behalf of all of us!
    10 points
  45. Back in March, I purchase my first Classic Car in 20 years. A 1959 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller. Now that I am retired I had more time to spend working on and detailing the car. My neighbor recommended Adam's products and I took the plunge. Well, needless to say, I quickly became addicted. I want to thank everyone on this forum for their advice when it came to the steps I took. It had been 20 years since I really did any serious detailing and boy have things changed (for the better IMHO). The car got Strip wash, Clayed, Correcting Polish, Finishing Polish, Paint Sealant, Brilliant Glaze a
    10 points
  46. I just wanted to give members a brief review of several Adam’s products ive purchased and used. In February of this year I discovered Adam’s. After reading the forums I formulated a plan for my DD. Ive always been careful being a weekend detailer but these forums took me to a new level and made me realize i was doing it all wrong! I decided i needed to do full corrections and then was going to CC both my cars. (13’ Acura Tl 6speed manual,white and 17’ MDX sport black). Both stay garaged as often as possible. I also realized my black MdX had a pretty decent amount of swirls and
    10 points
  47. Strip washed, clayed, polished, sealed and (Buttery) waxed a customer's car. 2015 Infiniti Q70S, Malibu Black. He said it hasn't looked this good since the day he bought it new, and better than when he had it done by a local pro detailer just last fall. Music to my ears! Now his wife wants her Explorer done, inside and out. ? Before After
    10 points
  48. @pirahnah3 was nice enough to let us do some work on his new Challenger after the clinic we hosted. So while the car is in, one request was that we ceramic coat his wheels. In the past, I’ve mentioned that we spray our wheel coatings as opposed to hand application. A few people were curious about how we do it...so here it is finally! The first things I’ll get into are the reasons why we spray our wheel coatings versus hand application. By spraying a coating, we are able to get a more complete coverage and apply our coatings quicker. This comes at a trade off of more material used.
    10 points
  49. Hey guys, Kyle here. I'm in charge of product development at HQ and I can assure you that project is still in the premature stages. It was originally conceptualized to be a tablet style with "glass Boost" application but the alcohol content in the Boost has been pesky for perfect results. We have some goodies coming for ya!
    10 points
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