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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from Nickfire20 in Blog: Graphene Ceramic Coating™ Explained   
    Hey everyone! I wrote this technical article for the website a few weeks ago. A big thank you to our creative and marketing teams for making it look much more presentable with nice photos and layout design. 






     





    Preparation Instructions
    Prep for Paint
    Thoroughly wash the vehicle using a shampoo without any protection additives like Adam’s Car Shampoo or Mega Foam, or through a Waterless Wash or Rinseless Wash process.
    a. Use a Foam Cannon or Foam Gun if possible, as well as a Two Bucket Wash Method with Grit Guards.
    b. Use multiple clean towels if performing a Waterless or Rinseless Wash.
    c. The safer you are in the wash process, the less chance of wash-induced marring or scratching.
    (Optional) Perform iron decontamination with Iron Remover if necessary, by referencing our videos and other blog write-ups.
    Thoroughly rinse and dry the vehicle with an Ultra Plush Drying Towel or Air Cannon.
    Mask off any plastic and rubber areas that come in contact with paint, using detailing tape or painter’s tape.
    Remove bonded contamination with a Clay Bar or Clay Mitt using Detail Spray as a lubricant.
    Wipe away clay residue with a clean microfiber towel and Surface Prep.
    Perform paint correction with a machine polisher by referencing our videos and other blog write-ups.
    a. Remove previous protection with Compound and a Microfiber Cutting Pad.
    b. Remove oxidation, swirl marks, light scratches and other imperfections using various stages of Compound and Polish with their respective pads.
    c. Always do a test area first. Every vehicle will need a different level of correction.
    d. The better you make the surface look in compounding and polishing, the better the graphene ceramic coating will look in the end. Coatings do not fill in or hide swirl marks and other imperfections.
    Wipe away Compound and Polish residue with a clean microfiber towel.
    Move the vehicle indoors if you have not already done so for claying/compounding/polishing. Remove any Compound and Polish dust from body panels, body seams, etc. using a clean microfiber towel and Surface Prep.

    Prep for Glass
    Clean exterior glass using Adam’s Glass Cleaner and Green Microfiber Glass Scrubbing Towel. Clay glass with a clay bar or clay mitt using Glass Cleaner as the clay lubricant. (Optional) Polish the glass with our white Polish or Hand Polish with a Blue Hex Grip Applicator. Wipe away residue with a clean microfiber towel. Use a second clean Glass Towel with Surface Prep to ensure the glass is 100% clean.
    Prep for Wheels
     
    NOTE: If you are coating a set of new wheels, we strongly recommend coating the wheels after the tires have been mounted and balanced. Wheel weights can have difficulty sticking and can fall off if you coat the wheels before mounting and balancing the tires.
    If you wish to coat the outer and inner portions of the wheel, carefully remove the wheel from the vehicle after lifting the vehicle and securing it with jack stands. Heavy brake dust: Thoroughly clean the wheels using Adam’s Wheel Cleaner or Adam’s Wheel & Tire Cleaner, with the Short Wheel Brush, Trim & Lug Nut Brush, and Wheel Woolie for the inner barrel. Light brake dust or light dirt: Thoroughly clean the wheels using a shampoo without any protection additives like Adam’s Car Shampoo or Mega Foam or Adam’s Eco Wheel Cleaner with the Short Wheel Brush, Trim & Lug Nut Brush, and Wheel Woolie for the inner barrel. Thoroughly rinse the brushes or scrub them on a Grit Guard in a wash bucket multiple times throughout the cleaning process as they become dirty. You do not want to continue scrubbing dirt into other parts of the wheels and possibly scratching them. Thoroughly rinse and dry the wheels with a Mini Plush Drying Towel, Air Cannon, or Blaster Sidekick. (Optional) On clear coated, chrome, or gloss powder coated wheels, remove bonded contamination with a Clay Bar or Clay Mitt using Detail Spray as a lubricant.
    a. Wipe away clay residue with a clean microfiber towel and Surface Prep.
    b. Perform paint correction with the Swirl Killer Mini or Swirl Killer Micro Polisher by referencing our videos and other blog write-ups.
    c. Remove previous protection with Compound and a Blue Foam Pad.
    d. Remove oxidation, swirl marks, light scratches and other imperfections using various stages of Compound and Polish with their respective pads, or Metal Polish for chrome wheels.
    e. Always do a test area first. Every wheel will need a different level of correction.
    f. The better you make the surface look in compounding and polishing, the better the graphene ceramic coating will look in the end. Coatings do not fill in or hide swirl marks and other imperfections.
    g. Wipe away Compound/Polish/Metal Polish residue with a clean microfiber towel. Use a clean microfiber towel with Surface Prep to ensure the wheel is 100% clean.  
    Prep for Trim & Plastic
    Remove any detailing tape or painter’s tape from the plastic and rubber trim. Clean exterior plastic trim and rubber using Adam’s Trim Cleaner or Tire & Rubber Cleaner with an Edgeless Utility Towel.
    a. Fold the towel into fourths. Spray the cleaner directly into the towel, not onto the surface, to avoid over spray onto surrounding paint and glass areas that may have already been cleaned/polished/prepped.
    b. Use one side of the towel to scrub away dirt, oxidation, and previous dressings. Use a dry side of the towel to wipe away excess residue.
    c. (Optional) Use a Deep Clean Eraser in place of the Edgeless Utility Towel for very heavy cleaning. Test first to ensure the eraser does not scratch soft plastic.
    d. Clean the plastic until you no longer see new dirt/discoloration in the towel. If there are white/chalky wax or sealant stains in plastic trim, you may need to repeat the above cleaning steps multiple times before all discoloration is removed.
    a. You do not want to coat over any stains or discoloration in plastic.
    b. The coating will not hide the stains, and then they would be locked in underneath the coating. Use a second clean Edgeless Utility Towel and generously clean the area with Surface Prep to ensure all Trim Cleaner or Tire & Rubber Cleaner has been removed.  
    Application Instructions
    Application for Paint, Glass, Wheels, and Chrome
     
    NOTE: Rubber gloves are strongly recommended for applying a ceramic coating, and a pair are included with the Graphene Ceramic Coating Kit.
    Move the vehicle (or wheels if coating wheels only) indoors into a garage.
    a. This minimizes dust and moisture exposure, as well as provides a more consistent temperature.
    b. Use multiple light sources at various angles to work more effectively and see the coating flashing more easily on lighter colored finishes. Generously wipe the surface with Surface Prep and a Borderless Grey Towel. The Surface Prep will evaporate to a degree while wiping - this is normal.   Thoroughly shake the Graphene Ceramic Coating 60ml bottle or the Graphene Ceramic Spray Coating 12oz bottle to mix the solution evenly. Graphene Ceramic Coating: Pour several drops of the coating onto one side of the Suede Applicator Block. Do not use the side that is stitched together. Graphene Ceramic Spray Coating: Facing away from the vehicle, mist 2 or 3 sprays into the Microfiber Applicator Block. Apply the coating to a panel in an even manner.
    a. We recommend outlining the panel first, then pour/spray a little more into the applicator and fill in the remainder of the panel by applying in overlapping left/right or up/down passes.
    b. Try not to lift the applicator from the surface when applying the coating. Lifting the applicator will expose it to more oxygen and leave heavier spots of coating in those sections, which can possibly become high-spots later on.
    c. If you apply in a left/right path first, then do another pass in an up/down path. You do not need to apply more coating into the applicator at this point - you just want to spread it for more even and complete coverage. After a few moments, the coating will begin to have an oily, rainbow-like appearance as it begins to flash on the surface. Once the coating becomes slightly tacky on the surface, gently wipe the coating with a new, clean Suede Microfiber Towel to remove approximately 50% of the coating residue or more.a. The time in which it is ok to remove the coating residue can be anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes or more, depending on temperature and humidity.
    b. If the Suede Microfiber Towel seems to glide very easily without any slight tension, let the coating flash for another 30 seconds and test again.
    c. One other way to verify that the coating is ok to wipe off is when the rainbow effect begins to fade into a more clear look on the surface. Wait another 20-30 seconds, and then take a new, clean Borderless Grey Towel to thoroughly wipe away all remaining coating residue. Repeat the above steps for the remaining, body panels, glass, or wheels. Inspect all areas of the vehicle to ensure all coating residue has been removed.
    a. Use the UV LED Light to inspect coated areas for complete coverage. Some areas may appear to glow more heavily than others. You may see streaking, or overlap lines with the UV Glow Tracer - as long as the coating residue has been fully removed, these inconsistencies that are seen with the UV Glow Tracer will not show up under normal light.
    b. Temporarily move the vehicle outside to inspect it under natural lighting, both sunlight and overcast conditions if possible. No matter how much lighting you have in your garage, you will most likely see a few high-spots that you did not notice indoors. Polarized sunglasses can also aid in spotting high-spots.
    c. To correct any high-spots or other issues, please see the next section of this blog.
    d. Move the vehicle back indoors. Allow the coating to cure indoors for the required minimum time frame.
    a. Graphene Ceramic Coating: 24 hours
    b. Graphene Ceramic Spray Coating: 4-6 hours or longer if possible  
    Application for Textured Plastic and Rubber
     
    NOTE: Rubber gloves are strongly recommended for applying a ceramic coating, and a pair are included with the Graphene Ceramic Coating Kit.
    Move the vehicle indoors into a garage.
    a. This minimizes dust and moisture exposure, as well as provides a more consistenttemperature.
    b. Use multiple light sources at various angles to work more effectively. Generously wipe the plastic or rubber surface with Surface Prep and an Edgeless Utility Towel. The Surface Prep will evaporate to a degree while wiping - this is normal. If the plastic or rubber trim does not appear to have a uniform color appearance after the Surface Prep is fully dry, go back to the PREP Steps and clean the area again before continuing. Thoroughly shake the Graphene Ceramic Coating 60ml bottle or the Graphene Ceramic Spray Coating 12oz bottle to mix the solution evenly. Graphene Ceramic Coating: Pour several drops of the coating onto one side of the Suede Applicator Block. Do not use the side that is stitched together. Graphene Ceramic Spray Coating: Facing away from the vehicle, mist 2 or 3 sprays into the Microfiber Applicator Block. Apply the coating to the plastic or rubber trim in an even manner. Use the applicator to level the coating evenly across the rubber or plastic, so that it appears uniform, rather than having some areas heavier or shinier than other areas. Allow the coating to flash and soak into the surface for 30-60 seconds. It will not rainbow as it does on paint, glass, and chrome. Use a clean Edgeless Utility Towel to thoroughly wipe the plastic or rubber trim to ensure that all solvent from the coating has been removed. Allow the coating to cure indoors for the required minimum time frame.
    a. Graphene Ceramic Coating: 24 hours
    b. Graphene Ceramic Spray Coating: 4-6 hours or longer if possible  

     
     

     


     
    We hope this in-depth blog and reference videos help to clear up any confusion or hesitation you may have on our Graphene Ceramic Coating™. You can take a look at our reduced graphene oxide products HERE. Please let us know below if you have any questions!
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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from kaj41354 in PRO TIP: Dilution Ratios   
    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!
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    Dan@Adams reacted to chops1sc in Unger Professional Rinse'n'Go Spotless Car Wash System   
    I think softened water still has "stuff" in it that can leave spots. Deionized water will give you true spot-free drying as long as the resin is still good. It's all about the total dissolved solids (TDS) in the water.
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    Dan@Adams reacted to BRZN in Adam's at Ford Nationals Carlisle, June 4-6, 2021   
    The 2021 Ford Nationals @ Carlisle is just about a month out Gang, and Adam's will be there!
     
    https://www.carlisleevents.com/events/events-detail/index?id=ford+nationals
     
     We'll be located on the Midway, just look for our 25' inflatable Detail Spray Bottle perched on top of our trailer.
     
    Along with an awesome assortment of Adam's goodies and expert advice from Detailing Experts, we're going to be offering onsite detailing. If you're interested in services, pricing and, scheduling give Dan a call (no texts please) at 385 315-7198.
     
    We offered detailing at Spring Carlisle and spaces filled up quickly, so don't wait!
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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from Sam Y in Water Spot Remover Issue -- Any Suggestions?   
    Hi Michael, I do certainly apologize for the issues! Do you have any pictures of the affected area?

    In the product video, we do show to use Waterless Wash immediately after using Water Spot Remover to neutralize the acids in Water Spot Remover. APC is a very strong degreaser, so it most likely gave a boost to the Water Spot Remover rather than neutralizing it. 

    I will see if they can edit the instructions on the product page to be more clear, and again, I am very sorry for this issue.

    A cerium oxide polish specifically for glass might be an option to polish the glass back, but unfortunately we do not offer a polish specifically for glass at the moment.
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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from RayS in Barrett Jackson Anyone?   
    Yes I was there. I didn't get to take too many pictures. I will try to upload them later. It was an awesome event for sure!
     
    I was too busy handling the logistics for detailing just shy of 300 vehicles 🤯
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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from falcaineer in Barrett Jackson Anyone?   
    Yes I was there. I didn't get to take too many pictures. I will try to upload them later. It was an awesome event for sure!
     
    I was too busy handling the logistics for detailing just shy of 300 vehicles 🤯
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    Dan@Adams reacted to falcaineer in Barrett Jackson Anyone?   
    Good point! And you don't need an account to watch it on FB Watch, here's a link
     
    https://m.facebook.com/adamspolishes/videos/406308124008257/
     
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    Dan@Adams reacted to Nickfire20 in Barrett Jackson Anyone?   
    Hey Rich,
     
         If you have access to Facebook, you can go back and watch the live video from Wednesday,  they did a whole tour and what not, its an hour long if I remember correctly 
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    Dan@Adams reacted to kaj41354 in Iron/Fallout Remover Odor   
    The smell is not horrible and I don't notice it at all unless I am spraying it.  I think if you keep the sprayer closed (X) the smell will be minimized.
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    Dan@Adams reacted to Chris@Adams in St. Patrick's Day Collection!   
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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from WonderWoman25502 in Help Us Help You   
    I did see a comment on Instagram that we would be getting in some baseball style hats for the next design, since many people commented they would like to see them 👍 
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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from Rich in Help Us Help You   
    I did see a comment on Instagram that we would be getting in some baseball style hats for the next design, since many people commented they would like to see them 👍 
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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from kaj41354 in Adam's polishes wallpaper   
    Our man Benjamin Fry has not been introduced to the forum yet, but he is our new Photographer that has been helping out Joe with a lot of the multimedia aspects of Adam's Polishes over the last few months. He put together these 10 desktop wallpapers of his photos. Go follow his Instagram page @emberlight_imagery if you have an account Thank you Benjamin!
     
    All are 1920x1080 resolution, so you may need to do some cropping to fit a non-widescreen monitor to have the correct aspect ratio.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    And here's a link to the gallery: http://imgur.com/a/yRJ0e
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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from Nickfire20 in 21 Years in the Game: Adam's Polishes Anniversary Sale!   
    We're very proud to celebrate our 21st anniversary as a company! From the entire team, we thank each and every one of you for your support. Without your business, we wouldn't be here! We always strive to offer premium products with the best results, like the new Graphene Shampoo we just launched for this milestone. We hope you'll stick around with us for the next 21 years too

    CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW!


      

    Thanks for looking, and let us know if you have any questions!
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    Dan@Adams reacted to BRZN in Strip washing a Grahpene coated vehicle to remove toppers?   
    Yes, Strip Wash, Iron Remover, and even the Fine Grade Clay should safely get you to the bare Graphene Coating.
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    Dan@Adams reacted to Rich in 21 Years in the Game: Adam's Polishes Anniversary Sale!   
    Time sure flies.  It's been a pleasure.  
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    Dan@Adams reacted to falcaineer in 21 Years in the Game: Adam's Polishes Anniversary Sale!   
    Proud to be a small part of this very special team. Here's to 21+ more years of shine!!
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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from Norton in 21 Years in the Game: Adam's Polishes Anniversary Sale!   
    We're very proud to celebrate our 21st anniversary as a company! From the entire team, we thank each and every one of you for your support. Without your business, we wouldn't be here! We always strive to offer premium products with the best results, like the new Graphene Shampoo we just launched for this milestone. We hope you'll stick around with us for the next 21 years too

    CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW!


      

    Thanks for looking, and let us know if you have any questions!
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    Dan@Adams reacted to GXPaycheck in 21 Years in the Game: Adam's Polishes Anniversary Sale!   
    Can’t wait for the 100th anniversary. Everything 100% off 👍
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    Dan@Adams got a reaction from falcaineer in 21 Years in the Game: Adam's Polishes Anniversary Sale!   
    We're very proud to celebrate our 21st anniversary as a company! From the entire team, we thank each and every one of you for your support. Without your business, we wouldn't be here! We always strive to offer premium products with the best results, like the new Graphene Shampoo we just launched for this milestone. We hope you'll stick around with us for the next 21 years too

    CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW!


      

    Thanks for looking, and let us know if you have any questions!
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    Dan@Adams reacted to jaredwphoto in I'm 6 miles from HQ!   
    Hi everyone! I got my first NEW car of my life a week ago, and since then I've been to HQ 3 times and spent way too much money!! Living this close is dangerous!
    I enjoyed dropping by the event yesterday and seeing Adam in action, as well as seeing all the great looking cars from all the attendees.  Looking forward to learning more here.
     
    I've never been so in love with a car before and Adam's is really helping me show my affection.
     
     

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    Dan@Adams reacted to The Guz in Graphene spray ceramic over Graphene ceramic   
    If I am reading this you applied the graphene ceramic in the spring and want to top it with the graphene spray coating.
     
    See the following thread as it has the answers you are looking for.  
     
     
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    Dan@Adams reacted to BRZN in Graphene spray ceramic over Graphene ceramic   
    My personal vehicles are all Ceramic Coated, with either the Ceramic Coating, or Graphene Ceramic Coating. Once a year, I apply the Ceramic Spray Coating, or Graphene Ceramic Spray Coating on top of the Coating that's already on the paint surface. To prep the paint I do a Strip Wash, followed up with a Fine Grade Clay session. I look over the vehicles paint and correct any defects; scratches, scuffs, marring, etc with a polishing in those areas only. Wipe down with Surface Prep and apply the Spray Coating.
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    Dan@Adams reacted to ZeroCharisma in Newbie   
    Thanks all for the warm welcome.

    I have a Jeep Trackhawk and a Galant VR-4. The Galant never gets washed, but I think I might pull (or push...literally) it out of the garage to give it a bath within the next week or so.
     

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