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Wash and Dry

Wash & Dry Auto Detailing Guide

Why Should You Wash Your Car?

Washing and drying is the foundation of any detail, whether it's simply maintaining your vehicle with a wash and dry or the start of a long detailing process. It's often overlooked that properly washing and drying your vehicle is the single most important step in any detailing process. This is due to the fact that most imperfections (swirls, scratches, water spots, etc.) are added to your paint during the washing and drying phase. With the proper tools, products and technique, you can easily minimize adding imperfections to your paint. There are various methods you can use to properly wash, which will be explained below in detail.

How Often Should You Wash Your Car?

We recommend washing once every week or two.

Pre-wash Setup

There's a few things you want to do to get setup prior to any wash using a hose as your source of water. Properly preparing everything before you start your wash process will help things go smoother, which can help cut down on the time it takes to wash your vehicle. Being able to properly wash quickly will cut down on the chances of water spots forming on your vehicle, which can require a lot of time and effort to remove. To further eliminate any possibility of adding water spots to your paint, you can invest in a water purifier system, which removes any minerals from your water making it nearly impossible for water spots to form.

Recommended Setup Procedure Prior to Washing

Pre-wash Degreasing

When heavy contamination has built up over time, you may want to utilize a stronger cleaner than just your shampoo, such as a degreaser, to help break up and loosen dirt, tar, sap, bird droppings, and other stubborn forms of contamination. It's usually best to degrease prior to shampooing your vehicle, so that as you shampoo your vehicle, it ensures there is no degreaser remaining on your vehicle. It's important to note that most degreasers will usually remove protective layers of sealant or wax, so use as needed. It's important that you know you'll need to re-apply your coat(s) of protection.

Pre-wash Degreasing How-To

Note: Always read the directions of your product first and follow their recommendations when outlined. Also, check to make sure the product you are using is safe to use on the surface you plan on degreasing.

Traditional Two Bucket Wash

Using the two bucket wash method is one of the safest ways to maintain your vehicle while minimizing the possibility of adding imperfections to the paint. It's very beneficial to master this technique as it can be used in conjunction with various other washing methods, such as washing with a foam gun and using a rinseless shampoo.

Traditional Two Bucket Wash How-To

Incorporating a Foam Gun

Using a Gilmour Foamaster II Foam Gun in conjunction with your two bucket wash method can further minimize adding imperfections to your paint, as well as add some fun to your wash process. The main benefit is that you can pre-soak your vehicle with shampoo without the need to touch your paint. This allows the surfactants in the shampoo to start lifting contamination from the surface of your vehicle, which can also speed up the wash process.

How-To Wash using a Gilmour Foamaster II Foam Gun

Note: There is no one right dilution ratio for a foam gun and any shampoo combination. We recommend you experiment with different ratios to see what you like best. If you provide a richer concentration expect more suds and a slicker surface while washing, but if you want a great value try diluting it more.

Sheeting Method

The sheeting method is a simple process that allows you to dry most of your vehicle without ever needing to touch the paint with a drying towel. The main idea behind the sheeting method is to create a cascading effect where the water flowing onto the car combines with the water already on the surface, pulling it down off of the vehicle. Simple physics states that like particles stick together, which is why this method is so successful. When done properly, especially on a vehicle with a sealant or wax on it, you are left with only a few drops of water on each panel, which can easily be absorbed with your drying towel.

How-To Perform the Sheeting Technique

Note: This should be performed after you vehicle has been properly washed following the recommended steps. Also, make sure your hose is dispensing free flowing water prior to starting.

Drying Your Vehicle

One of the most common mistakes people make when detailing is improperly drying their vehicle. This is often a major cause of adding imperfections to your paint. Before putting a towel to your paint, if you have access to a blower, we recommend blowing out panel gaps, trim pieces, lug nuts, between mirrors and glass, and lights. This helps prevent the continuous drip from these common areas which can be a pain when you are performing other detailing steps. For a drying towel, we highly recommend using a microfiber waffle weave drying towel for removing any water left behind (after performing the sheeting method of course). Waffle weave towels are textured so that it can help pull remaining contamination away from the surface rather than dragging it across the paint like a chamois (such as The Absorber or Shamwow). It's also much softer than a cotton bath towel, and can hold more than 5x it's weight in water.

How-To Properly Dry Your Vehicle

Note: If you are performing a maintenance wash and don't plan on doing any steps afterwards, we recommend going over your paint with a quick detailer and a plush microfiber towel to remove any tiny droplets of water and to enhance your paints finish. If you are moving on to claying or Polish, a few tiny drops remaining on your vehicle are OK, as the next steps will remove them.

Rinseless Wash

The latest in wash technology allows you to wash your car without the need of a hose for rinsing afterward. You still need water of course, but simply one or two buckets full will do. This allows you to wash your car in your garage, in an apartment complex or condo, or virtually anywhere you can fill up a couple gallons of water. Watch as Optimum No Rinse or a similar product encapsulates dirt and other contamination and lifts it from the surface for safe removal. Keep your car clean and save the environment at the same time with this paint safe, eco-friendly style of washing.

Rinseless Wash How-To

Note: On heavily contaminated vehicles, we recommend pre-treating the panel you are working on with a mixture of ONR in a spray bottle, prior to washing. This will help lift the contamination prior to touching your vehicle, helping minimize adding any imperfections to the paint.

Waterless Wash

This is the perfect step to use a day or two after a wash when there is simply a layer of light dust on your paint. Waterless wash options are simple, quick and effective. These products are like quick detailers, loaded with cleaners and surfactants to help remove light contamination without marring your finish. Our two most popular products are Poorboy's Spray & Wipe and Chemical Guys Go Green! Waterless Wash. They are best used with plush microfiber towels. Please know that this does not replace traditional washes. On heavily contaminated vehicles, you will add marring and swirls to the finish, waterless washes are designed to remove a layer of light dust safely.

Waterless Wash How-To

Note: For added lubricity, you can mist the microfiber towel prior to wiping the dusty surface.

Iron Removers

Iron removers safely and effectively dissolve iron buildup on the paint or embedded in it. Using an iron remover reduces or eliminates the need for a clay bar. Clay bars can mar the paint and take a lot of time to use, so iron removers are very effective by comparison. Upon completion the paint should be cleaner, thus improving the results of your polishing and protecting steps.

Facts and Tips

Here are a few articles related to Washing & Drying from our Ask-a-Pro Detailer Blog:

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Related Videos

Ask-a-Pro Blog author James Melfi goes through the proper wash process for washing your car.

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What's Next?

After you've properly washed your vehicle, the next step in the entire detailing process is to clay your paint to remove embedded contamination that was not removed during the wash. If this was simply a maintenance wash, consider adding a coat of sealant or wax, or even use a quick detailer to enhance the gloss and depth.

Clay Bar

Clay Bar Auto Detailing Guide

What Does a Clay Bar Do?

Using a clay bar will remove embedded surface contamination that still remains after a maintenance wash. Sometimes the contamination removed is not always visible on the paint to the naked eye. After using a clay bar on your paint you will be left with a surface that is as smooth as glass and properly prepped. It is now ready for polish or for you to apply layers of protection. Not only can you clay your vehicles paint, but glass, wheels, lights and more. A common misconception about using a clay bar is that it has an impact on removing swirls and scratches, it does not.

How Often Should You Clay Bar?

We recommend using a clay bar roughly twice a year, or before details where you plan on polishing the paint. If your car is subject to industrial fallout or heavily contaminated areas, using a clay bar more often may be required.

Clay Bar Prep

Before using a clay bar, your car should be washed and dried to remove a majority of contamination on your vehicle. The more contaminated the paint is the more likely imperfections can be added during the clay bar process.

Choosing a Clay Lubricant

There are two common types of clay lube, quick detailers and a combination of water and shampoo solution. The clay bar lubricant provides a slick surface for you to glide your clay over. If you use the clay on paint without clay lube, you'll notice that the clay won't slide across your paint and you can easily add marring and leave behind pieces of clay on your paint which can be a pain to remove.

Many detailers use a quick detailer as their clay lube. We recommend using one that has some cleaning power and little or no protective properties. This helps loosen the embedded contamination from the paint and yields great results. Poorboy's Spray & Wipe is a good clay lube because it's a great cleaner and creates a slick surface to work on.

Another popular option is to use a mixture of Optimum No Rinse and water. It has cleaning agents that help lift contamination from the surface, provides a slippery surface to glide your clay over and cleans up nicely. Simply add 2 ounces of ONR to a gallon of water and you have yourself a great clay bar lubricant.

How To Clay Bar

Note: Reshape your piece of clay after each section so that there is a clean fresh surface exposed. If you cannot reveal a fresh surface, break off a new piece of clay. To increase the life of your clay bar, spray the bar with a clay lube and store it in a clay bar storage container.

Decontamination Pads and Towels

Decontamination pads and towels utilize a urethane rubber face to help clean the exterior paint, glass, etc. making it easier and quicker than a traditional clay bar. These pads and towels can be washed and reused, even if dropped on the floor, whereas a clay bar should be trashed after it picks up some heavy contamination or is dropped on a dirty garage floor. In some instances, an aggressive clay bar may be necessary either before or after the decontamination pad or towel is used, but most of the time these will eliminate the need for a clay bar.

Facts and Tips

Here are a few articles related to Clay Bars from our Ask-a-Pro Detailer Blog:

View all Clay Bar articles

Related Videos

Ask-a-Pro Blog author James Melfi goes through his process of decontaminating and claying your paint.

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What's Next?

After your paint has been clayed it is good practice to give the car a re-wash before proceeding to the next step, which is polishing your paint. Re-washing your vehicle can ensure that any loosened contamination is removed and that all of the clay bar lubricant is removed. The wash should go much quicker since there should be nearly no contamination on the vehicle and you should be able to sheet dry very effectively since your paint will be ultra smooth. After the re-wash, then you want to polish your paint.

Polish

Polish Auto Detailing Guide

Why Polish Your Car?

Polishing is the step in the detailing process that yields the most dramatic difference in your paint's appearance. The objective of polishing is to remove imperfections in the clear coat that cause the paint to look dull. Surface imperfections can include swirls, scratches, water spots, etchings, industrial fallout, oxidation, etc. These surface imperfections cause light to fragment instead of passing directly through the clear coat yielding less gloss and depth. When these imperfections are removed, you will reveal the true potential of your vehicle's paint.

A swirl mark is a very thin and shallow scratch on the surface of your paint, that often comes from washing and drying improperly. Waxes, sealants and most glazes will not permanently remove these surface imperfections at best they will hide them temporarily. To eliminate these imperfections safely and permanently you want to polish the surface starting with a less aggressive polish and using more aggressive polishes as needed. The chemical polishing agents and/or the polishing particles will safely remove the extremely fine imperfections.

When To Polish Your Car

We recommend only polishing as needed, which is typically around one to two times per year during a full detail. After a thorough multiple step polishing process has been completed you can maintain the finish properly using the correct washing and drying products and techniques. Keeping the paint in good condition will ensure it needs less frequent polishing.

Why Use a Buffer?

While you can polish by hand, it is highly recommended to use a quality buffer for maximum results. When you remove imperfections in your paint, you are working in polishing particles thoroughly and evenly. To do this by hand, you need to use a fair amount of pressure while moving the pad rather quickly. To put it in perspective, the standard in the industry for buffers is the Porter Cable 7424 XP. This buffer can generate 6,800 oscillations per minute at full speed very safely and effectively. Imagine trying to move your arm 6,800 times per minute for hours on end, all while exerting 10 - 15 lbs of pressure on the applicator pad. It's impossible to duplicate by hand and it can be tiresome to do a small fraction of this work by hand.

Another main advantage of a buffer is its ability to work with various pads that help increase the polishing power. For example a blue pad is extremely soft so it's used for extremely fine polishes, but if you use an orange pad it's more dense and can work in a medium cutting polish extremely well. Best of all these pads all use the same hook and loop backing so you simply slap them on and pull them off with ease and no tools are needed. Below we will outline some of the most popular buffers for detailers and what pads and polishes they work great with. There is no one best buffer and there is no one best combination of pad and polishes, however our recommendations come from years of experience and consistently yield excellent results.

To see a comparison of the technical specifications between buffers please check out our Buffer Comparison Chart below.

Buffer Comparison Chart

Buffer Type Speed Dial Comes With Specifications Compatible Backing Plates & Pads
Porter Cable 7424XP
Porter Cable 7424XP
Random orbital
  1. 2,500 OPM
  2. 3,400 OPM
  3. 4,200 OPM
  4. 5,000 OPM
  5. 5,900 OPM
  6. 6,800 OPM
  • 6" Pad w/permanent backing plate
  • Instructions manual
  • Side handle
  • Built in 6" counterweight
  • Wrench for backing plate
  • 4.5 Amps
  • 2,500 - 6,800 OPM
  • 5.75 lbs
  • Spindle Thread 5/16-24
  • Speed Dial (1 - 6)
  • 90 day guarantee, 1yr mfg & 3yr parts warranty
  • Does not come with a backing plate
Rupes MarkIII 21
Rupes MarkIII 21
Random orbital 3,000 RPM - 4,500 RPM Built in 6" backing plate
  • 500 Watts
  • Backing Plate: 6"
  • Weight: 5.95 lbs
  • Orbit: 21-13/16"
  • Cord Length: 29.5ft
  • Spindle Mounting hole: 8 mm x 1.25 mm female thread
  • Improved ergonomics
  • Electronic speed control dial
  • Progressive trigger
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in Italy
Rupes MarkIII 15
Rupes MarkIII 15
Random orbital 3,000 RPM - 5,200 RPM Built in 5" backing plate
  • 500 Watts
  • Backing Plate: 5"
  • Weight: 5.73 lbs
  • Orbit: 15-19/32"
  • Cord Length: 29.5ft
  • Spindle Mounting hole: 8 mm x 1.25 mm female thread
  • Improved ergonomics
  • Electronic speed control dial
  • Progressive trigger
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in Italy
Rupes LHR 21ES MarkII
Rupes MarkII 21
Random orbital 2,500 RPM - 4,700 RPM Built in 6" backing plate
  • 500 Watt output
  • Orbit Size: 21 mm
  • Machine weight: 5.73 lbs
  • Spindle Mounting hole: 8 mm x 1.25 mm female thread
  • Speed control soft start to prevent product sling
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed
  • New ergonomic front handle
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in Italy
Rupes LHR 15ES MarkII
Rupes MarkII 15
Random orbital 2,500 RPM - 5,300 RPM Built in 5" backing plate
  • 500 Watt output
  • Orbit Size: 15 mm
  • Machine Weight: 5.73 lbs
  • Spindle mounting hole: 8 mm x 1.25 mm female thread
  • Speed control soft start to prevent product sling
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed
  • New ergonomic front handle
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in Italy
Rupes LHR 15ES 15MM
Rupes LHR 12E Duetto
Random orbital 4,000 RPM - 5,500 RPM
  • Built in 5" backing plate
  • Rupes Yellow Polishing Foam Pad - 5"
  • 400 Watt output
  • Orbit Size: 12 mm
  • Machine Weight: 5.73 lbs
  • Speed control soft start to prevent product sling
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed
  • New ergonomic front handle
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in Italy
Rupes LHR 15ES 15MM
Rupes LHR 75E Mini
Random orbital 4,000 RPM - 5,500 RPM
  • Built in 3" backing plate
  • Rupes Yellow Polishing Foam Pad - 4"
  • 400 Watt output
  • Orbit Size: 12 mm
  • Machine Weight: 5.07 lbs
  • Speed control soft start to prevent product sling
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed
  • New ergonomic front handle
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in Italy
Rupes BigFoot Pneumatic Mini - LHR75
Rupes BigFoot Pneumatic Mini - LHR75
Random orbital 0 - 11,000 RPM
  • Built in 3" backing plate
  • 2x allen wrenches
  • 15mm Throw
  • 320 l/min Max Air Consumption
  • Machine Weight: 5.07 lbs
  • Ergonomic Control Lever
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in Italy
Rupes LHR 21ES
Rupes LHR 21ES
Random orbital 2,000 RPM - 4,200 RPM
  • Built in 6" backing plate
  • 500 Watt output
  • Orbit Size: 21 mm
  • Spindle Mounting hole: 8 mm x 1.25 mm female thread
  • Speed control soft start to prevent product sling
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in Italy
Rupes LHR 15ES
Rupes LHR 15ES
Random orbital 2,000 RPM - 5,200 RPM
  • Built in 5" backing plate
  • 500 Watt output
  • Orbit Size: 15 mm
  • Spindle Mounting hole: 8 mm x 1.25 mm female thread
  • Speed control soft start to prevent product sling
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in Italy
Rupes iBrid Mini HLR75 Polisher
Rupes iBrid Mini HLR75 Polisher
Random orbital 3,000 RPM -5,500 RPM Available in two kit options:
  1. Two batteries and a charger
  2. Two batteries, charger, polishes, pads, microfiber
  • Two Lithium-ion batteries (18V 2.5Ah)
  • Battery Charger
  • Corded iBrid Power Adapter
  • 12mm orbit function
  • 3-inch backing plate
  • 1 year warranty
  • Made in Italy
Griot's Garage Long Throw Orbital Polisher G21
Griot's Garage Long Throw Orbital Polisher G21
Random orbital 2,000 OPM - 6,400 OPM
  • Includes 6" backing plate
  • 10 ft Detachable Power Cord
  • Replacement high-carbon brushes
  • 1100 watt, 10 amp motor
  • Backing Plate: 6"
  • Orbit: 21mm
  • 10-foot quick-connect cord (16-gauge SJO Rubber)
  • 6 speed settings
  • Constant speed control
  • Trigger lock
  • Hardened gearset lubricated with Mobil MobiluxTM Molybdenum Grease
  • Quick access brush side ports
Griot's Garage Long Throw Orbital Polisher G15
Griot's Garage Long Throw Orbital Polisher G15
Random orbital 2,000 OPM - 6,400 OPM
  • Includes 5" backing plate
  • 10ft Detachable Power Cord
  • Replacement high-carbon brushes
  • 1100 watt, 10 amp motor
  • Backing Plate: 5"
  • Orbit: 15mm
  • 10-foot quick-connect cord (16-gauge SJO Rubber)
  • 6 speed settings
  • Constant speed control
  • Trigger lock
  • Hardened gearset lubricated with Mobil MobiluxTM Molybdenum Grease
  • Quick access brush side ports
Meguiar's MT300 Dual Action Polisher
Meguiar's MT300 Dual Action Polisher
Random orbital 3,000 - 7,000 OPM
  • Instructions manual
  • Wrench
  • 8 mm Throw
  • 3,000 - 7,000 OPM
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Smooth Start Up
  • Reduced Vibration Control
  • Billet Counterweight
  • Digital Torque Management
  • Does not come with a backing plate
Griot's Garage G13 Mini Long Throw Orbital Polisher
Griot's Garage G13 Mini Long Throw Orbital Polisher
Random orbital 2,000 - 6,400 OPM
  • 2" and 3" backing plates
  • 5 mm backing plate Allen wrench
  • Replacement high-carbon brushes
  • 700-watt, 6-amp motor
  • 13mm throw
  • Precision, CNC-machined aluminum counterbalance
  • Premium bearing construction
  • 10-foot quick-connect 16 AWG SJO rubber power cord
  • 6 speed settings
  • Speed dial accessible for right-and left-hand users
  • Full variable speed trigger throttle with trigger lock
  • Quick access brush side ports
Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher
Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher
Random orbital 2,000 - 6,400 OPM
  • 6" Vented Backing Plate
  • 10ft Detachable Power Cord
  • 14 mm backing plate wrench
  • Replacement high-carbon brushes
  • 1000 Watts
  • 8.5 Amps
  • Backing Plate: 6"
  • Orbit: 9mm
  • 10-foot quick-connect 18 AWG SJO rubber power cord
  • 6 speed settings
  • Fan-cooled counter-balance
  • Constant speed control
  • Quick access brush side ports
Griot's Garage G8 Mini Random Orbital Polisher
Griot's Garage G8 Mini Random Orbital Polisher
Random orbital 2,000 - 6,400 OPM
  • Includes 2" and 3" backing plates
  • 10ft Detachable Power Cord
  • Replacement high-carbon brushes
  • 700 watt motor
  • Backing Plate: 2" and 3"
  • Orbit: 8mm
  • 10-foot quick-connect 18 AWG SJO rubber power cord
  • 6 speed settings
  • Fan-cooled counter-balance
  • Constant speed control
  • Quick access brush side ports
Griot's Garage 3 inch
Griot's Garage 3"
Random orbital 3,500 - 10,000 OPM 3" DA backing plate included
  • 240 Watt motor
  • 3,500 - 10,000 OPM
  • Soft start, constant speed feature
  • An ergonomic built-in grip at the head of the unit
  • Heavy duty cord
  • Steel bevel gear drive for smoother operation
  • A standard style backing plate with a 5/16" shaft
  • Lifetime Warranty from Griot's
Flex XFE 15 150 18.0 Cordless Polisher Set
Flex XFE 15 150 18.0 Cordless Polisher Set
Random orbital 4,600 - 7,600 OPM
  • Rapid Battery Charger
  • 2x Batteries 18.0/5.0Ah
  • Backing Plate 5"
  • Backing Plate 6"
  • Orbit rate, no load: 4,600 - 7,600 opm
  • Orbit: 15mm
  • Battery voltage: 18 V
  • Battery capacity: 2.5/5.0 Ah
  • Weight without battery: 4.62 lbs
  • Time working in full power: Up to 45 minutes per battery (5.0Ah)
  • Time to charge the battery from dead to fully charged: Approximately 40 minutes
Milwaukee M18 FUEL 15mm Polisher
Milwaukee M18 FUEL 15mm Polisher
Random orbital 2,650 - 5,100 RPM
  • 5" Backing Plate
  • Instruction Manual
  • 15mm throw
  • Variable speed trigger with trigger lock
  • 8 position speed dial
  • Maintains speed and power under load
  • 2.21 in. of battery clearance
  • Compatible with M18 Redlithium batteries and chargers
Milwaukee M18 FUEL 21mm Polisher
Milwaukee M18 FUEL 21mm Polisher
Random orbital 2,400 - 4,500 RPM
  • 6" Backing Plate
  • Instruction Manual
  • 21mm throw
  • Variable speed trigger with trigger lock
  • 8 position speed dial
  • Maintains speed and power under load
  • 2.21 in. of battery clearance
  • Compatible with M18 Redlithium batteries and chargers
Rupes BigFoot iBrid HLR15
Rupes BigFoot iBrid HLR15
Random orbital 3,000 - 5,200 RPM Available as a kit:
  • 1x Bigfoot iBrid HLR15 Tool
  • 2x DA Intermediate Foam Pads
  • 2x DA Fine Foam Pads
  • 2x Coarse Wool Pads
  • 2x Fine Wool Pads
  • 1x DA Coarse Polishing Compound
  • 1x DA Fine Polishing Compound
  • 2x Rechargeable Batteries
  • 1x Dual Battery Charger
  • 350 watt motor
  • Backing Pads: 125 - 5"
  • Orbit: 15 - 19/32"
  • Volt DC: 18V
  • Battery life time: 30 40 min
  • Charging time: 50 - 55 min
  • Weight (without battery): 3.8 pounds
  • Speed Control
  • Overcurrent Protection
  • Electronic Switch
  • LED Indicator
Rupes BigFoot iBrid HLR21
Rupes BigFoot iBrid HLR21
Random orbital 3,000 - 4,500 RPM Available as a kit:
  • 1x Bigfoot iBrid HLR21 Tool
  • 2x DA Intermediate Foam Pads
  • 2x DA Fine Foam Pads
  • 2x Coarse Wool Pads
  • 2x Fine Wool Pads
  • 1x DA Coarse Polishing Compound
  • 1x DA Fine Polishing Compound
  • 2x Rechargeable Batteries
  • 1x Dual Battery Charger
  • 350 watt motor
  • Backing Pads: 150 - 6"
  • Orbit: 21 - 13/16"
  • Volt DC: 18V
  • Battery life time: 30 40 min
  • Charging time: 50 - 55 min
  • Weight (without battery): 4.3 pounds
  • Speed Control
  • Overcurrent Protection
  • Electronic Switch
  • LED Indicator
Flex XCE 10-8 125 Corded Polisher
Flex XCE 10-8 125 Corded Polisher
Forced rotation 2,900 - 8,600 OPM
  • Backing Plate 5"
  • Instructions manual
  • No-load rotational speed: 140-430 rpm
  • No-load orbit speed: 2,900-8,600 opm
  • 590 watt motor
  • 8.8ft power-cord
  • 8mm orbit
  • 5.7 lbs
Flex XCE 8 125 18.0 Cordless Polisher Set
Flex XCE 8 125 18.0 Cordless Polisher Set
Forced rotation 4,600 - 7,600 OPM
  • Rapid Battery Charger
  • 2x Batteries 18.0/5.0Ah
  • Installed 6" Backing Plate
  • Orbit rate, no load: 4,600 - 7,600 opm
  • Orbit: 8mm
  • Battery voltage: 18 V
  • Battery capacity: 2.5/5.0 Ah
  • Weight without battery: 4.62 lbs
  • Time working in full power: Up to 45 minutes per battery (5.0Ah)
  • Time to charge the battery from dead to fully charged: Approximately 40 minutes
Dynabrade Renny Doyle Series DB8 Polisher
Dynabrade Renny Doyle Series DB8 Polisher
Forced rotation 150 - 350 OPM
  • 5" and 6" Backing Plate
  • Instruction Manual
  • Reflection Board
  • Powerful 1000 watt motor
  • 6.8mm throw
  • 11 speed settings
  • 20ft swiveled power cord
  • 5.5 lbs
Flex XC 3401 VRG
Flex XC 3401 VRG
Forced random orbital
  1. 3,200/160 OPM/RPM
  2. 4,500/200 OPM/RPM
  3. 5,800/270 OPM/RPM
  4. 7,000/330 OPM/RPM
  5. 8,300/400 OPM/RPM
  6. 9,600/480 OPM/RPM
  • Instructions manual
  • 5.5" backing plate
  • Handle
  • Alan wrench
  • 7.5 Amps
  • 3,200 - 9,600 OPM
  • 160 - 480 RPM
  • 5.75 lbs
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Lock-on button locks the trigger
  • 1 year mfg warranty
Griot's Garage THE BOSS Hybrid Micro
Griot's Garage THE BOSS Hybrid Micro
Rotary & Random orbital 2,000 RPM - 5,000 RPM
  • 1", 2", 3" Micro Backing Plates
  • 13mm Orbital Drive and Rotary Drive
  • 12V 2.5 Ah - 30 Wh Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 12V/20V Lithium-Ion Smart Charger
  • Powerful 10-amp brushless motor
  • Fast-change drive system
  • Pivoting head 15, 30, 45, and 90 angles
  • Digital control center
  • Fully variable speed trigger throttle with trigger lock
  • Ergonomic body with double-shot rubber
  • Overload circuitry
  • Inverted rest pads
LC Power Tools UDOS 31E 3 in 1 Polisher
LC Power Tools UDOS 31E 3 in 1 Polisher
Rotary & Random orbital 900 - 3,600 OPM
  • 5" Backing Plate
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1680 Watt, 14 amp motor
  • 8mm, 15mm and rotary functions
  • Strong 13ft cord
  • Variable speed trigger with trigger lock
  • Weight: 6.9 lbs
Flex PE 14-2 150
Flex PE 14-2 150
Rotary 600 - 2,100 RPM Side handle included
  • 10 Amps
  • 880 Watt
  • Tool Fixture: 5/8"
  • 5.6 lbs
  • Speed without load: 600 - 2100 RPM
  • Overload protection
  • 1 year mfg warranty
  • Does not come with a backing plate
Makita 9237C-X3
Makita 9237C-X3
Rotary
  1. 600 RPM
  2. 900 RPM
  3. 1,500 RPM
  4. 2,100 RPM
  5. 2,700 RPM
  6. 3,000 RPM
  • Makita 9237C
  • Wool and blended pad
  • 6" backing plate
  • Makita nylon tool bag
  • Bail and side handle
  • Hex wrench & centering post
  • 10 Amps
  • 600 - 3,000 RPM
  • Spindle thread 5/8" - 11 UNC
  • 6.6 lbs
  • Variable speed trigger w/lock on button
  • 1 year mfg warranty
Flex PE 8 Kompakt Rotary Polisher
Flex PE 8 Kompakt
Rotary 1,300 - 3,900 RPM
  • Instructions manual
  • Side handle
  • 7.6 Amp motor
  • Compact design (12" long & 4 lbs)
  • Easy access to tight, hard to reach areas
  • Soft start and smooth feel
  • Quiet
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty
  • Does not come with a backing plate
Griot's Garage GR3 Mini Rotary Polisher
Griot's Garage GR3 Mini Rotary Polisher
Rotary 800 - 2,500 RPM
  • 1", 2" and 3" backing plates
  • 2" and 3" shaft extensions
  • 10ft Detachable Power Cord
  • Replacement high-carbon brushes
  • 700 watt, 6 amp motor
  • Backing Plate: 1", 2", 3"
  • 10-foot quick-connect cord (18 AWG SJO Rubber)
  • 6 speed settings
  • Variable speed, dual-pivot trigger throttle
  • 5/8" - 11 threaded shaft
  • Hardened gearset lubricated with Mobil Mobilux Molybdenum Grease
  • Quick access brush side ports

Random Orbital Polisher

Random orbital polishers are great for both experienced professionals and first time users. Many of these buffers are very affordable, so you can get a quality tool that will last for years. It is also incredibly easy and safe to use so brand new users can expect excellent results with their first detail. Random orbital buffers oscillate rather than spin. This helps reduce the amount of heat generated on the paint and is very safe to use. Even at full speed, the risk of damaging your paint is virtually zero.

Pros:Cons:

Forced Random Orbital Polisher

The Flex XC3401VRG dual action buffer uses a revolutionary design that really changed detailing when it was first released. Forced random orbital polishers like the XC3401VRG have the ability to correct imperfections nearly as fast a rotary buffer, but are totally safe to use and you won't burn the paint with them. The Flex is a true dual action buffer, meaning it oscillates as well as utilizes forced rotation. This creates even more power while keeping it safe and easy to use. It has plenty of polishing power to remove many surface imperfections quickly and effectively. The ergonomics of the buffer and unique features make it easy to operate, even for first time buffer users.

Pros: Cons:

Rotary Buffer

Rotary buffers are perfect for the high end detailing enthusiast or professional detailer. Rotary buffers can correct paint imperfections faster than random orbital or dual action buffers, however, they take lot of practice to master and have a higher risk of damaging the paint when used incorrectly.

Pros: Cons:

Choosing a Backing Plate

Every buffer requires some form of a backing plate that allows you to attach pads to the buffer. Each buffer may have a different requirement for what type of backing plate is needed so make sure you get the correct one. The backing plate may come pre-assembled but many will screw in or otherwise attach to the buffer. It will stay there no matter what type of pad you use as long as it's the same size. The face of the backing plate is hook and loop (similar to Velcro) which very easily attaches to the back of the hook and loop pads. You simply just center the pad on the backing plate and press it down securely and you are done.

To determine what backing plates are compatible with your buffer, see the Compatible Backing Plates & Pads section of our Buffer Comparison Chart above. If you are not sure what size backing plate to get please see the Smaller vs Larger section below.

Hand Polishing

As previously stated a buffer is generally more effective at applying a polish or compound because it can provide more passes and pressure than a normal hand application. The added pressure and passes will work the polish in more thoroughly and effectively removing more of the surface imperfections. However, if you are not able to use a buffer you can still apply polishes by hand and make you're vehicle look noticeably better. Hand applications are generally completed with one of two methods. The traditional method is a generic hand applicator usually made of foam or microfiber. Another option is to use a product like the Polishing Pal and Lake Country four inch pads to work in the polishes.

The Polishing Pal is a huge help for those who prefer a hand application because of two main advantages over a traditional hand application. The Polishing Pal makes it is easier to distribute the pressure through the entire four inch pad instead of just where your finger tips press. Secondly you can use any of the four inch pads from Lake Country which are a huge help with the polishing process. For example you will get more polishing power with an orange four inch pad and the Polishing Pal versus the same application with a traditional foam applicator. The Polishing Pal can be used with various pads so you use it to apply any compound, polish, glaze, sealant and wax. Many detailers believe the Polishing Pal feels more comfortable to work with and less tiresome.

Choosing Polishes

With so many polish options available, it can be difficult to choose which product will work best for your needs. Each polish has their pros and cons, while a few excel in almost everything. Polishes can vary from a non-abrasive chemical cleaner to a very abrasive compound. The overall objective of polishing is to rid the surface of imperfections. In an ideal world, you would always use the least aggressive polish and pad combination to get the results you are looking for. The problem with going this route is it can be very time consuming to test lots of polish and pad combinations and it can be costly to stock up on multiple polish and pad combinations. As you become more experienced, you will be able to assess your paint and have a good idea what level polish you will need.

As a detailing enthusiast, it is recommended to have at least one polish of each level on hand to tackle any type of imperfection that may come your way. Listed below are the various types of polishes and what each polish is typically used for.

Compounds

Compounds are the most aggressive type of polish and should be used only as needed. Compounds are commonly used on severely neglected vehicles and to clean up wet sanding marks. Compounds will almost always leave behind some marring, hazing, or holograms and should always be followed up with a finer polish and pad combination.

Cutting Polishes

Most polishes that correct moderate paint imperfections fall into the category of a cutting polish. They are less aggressive than compounds in terms of cutting power and usually do not finish down as well as a finishing polish. On most paint, it is recommended to follow up a cutting polish with a finishing polish to remove any micro-marring, hazing or holograms as well as increase the depth and gloss. Some cutting polishes are capable of finishing down very nicely on certain paint finishes, but to be safe we recommend a light pad and polish be used afterward.

Finishing Polishes

The point of most finishing polishes is to remove very minor imperfections in the paint, such as micro-marring, hazing and holograms. Finishing polishes typically will not remove imperfections deeper than a very light swirl. They are also used to burnish the paint to achieve an exceptional level of gloss and depth.

All-In-One

All-In-One polishes are products intended to not only clean the surface, but add gloss and protection to the paint all in one step. Typically you can only remove very light imperfections in the paint, so these are great as a one step polish option, or at the end of a two or three step polishing process. These types of polishes combine detailing steps, to greatly save time and overall effort.

Choosing Pads

When it comes to selecting the proper pad for polishing, you want to always make sure you take a few things into account:

A mismatched pad size, aggressiveness combination, etc. can create unnecessary work while wasting your time and product, so take the time to ensure you have the right pad and polish for the job. Below are all of the pad types we carry with some highlights of each!

Pad Types

Foam Pads

A Foam Pad is a pad that is produced with a cellular structure (can be either open or closed cell), used in paint correction or to apply protectants or cleaners to a surface. These pads come in various styles, made by different manufacturers, each designed for different polishing steps or use with different polishers. Take a look at the list below for all of our foam pad offerings.

Microfiber Pads

Microfiber pads are a type of cutting and/or polishing pad made up of microfibers on the face. These fibers grab the paint less, which increases pad rotation. This higher rotation rate translates into increased defect removal making microfiber a great choice when looking to remove heavy imperfections. There are also some great light polishing options as well. Below are some of the microfiber pads we carry.

Wool Pads

Wool pads are made from a natural or synthetic material typically used to produce a polishing pad for aggressive defect removal, especially when using a rotary machine. Take a look at the list below for some of the wool pads we carry.

Miscellaneous

Below are a few other polishing options you cannot forget, by glass and hand polishing. With glass being incredibly hard, we recommend using glass polishing discs and a glass specific polish (i.e. CarPro Ceriglass). For hand polishing, the 4" Foam Pads fit perfectly on the Polishing Pal. Polishing by hand is a lot of work, but this combo makes for great spot polishing and/or protection applications.

Smaller vs Larger

Different pad sizes can have an impact on how well the buffer works in a polish, control, maneuverability, and how fast you can cover an area.

Smaller pads, in general, will offer you more control with any buffer. Smaller pads also make it easier to maneuver buffers in tighter areas, around corners and closer to trim pieces. On the downside, a smaller pad will fill up with product faster than a larger pad. For maximum results, especially when polishing, it's best to swap the pads out for fresh ones more frequently, especially with the smaller pads. We recommend changing the pad out for a fresh one every couple panels, so you may use 4 - 6 pads per coat. In general, the fresher the pad, the better the results.

Larger pads can cover a larger surface area in less time. This is particularly helpful with a sealant or wax which only needs to be spread nice and thin. We recommend using 2 - 4 pads per coat so you get maximum results while polishing. The downside to this larger surface area is that it's slightly less effective when trying to thoroughly work in a polish.

With random orbital buffers, such as the Porter Cable 7424 XP, the smaller the pad, the more effective you'll be able to work in polishes. This is due to the fact that you are concentrating more of the buffers energy over a smaller area. Larger pads on a random orbital do not break down polishes as effectively as smaller pads because the energy is distributed over a larger area.

With a rotary buffer, the opposite holds true. Smaller pads offer less polishing power versus a larger pad. On a rotary buffer, the outer edge of the pad is spinning the fastest. The larger the pad is, the more cut you are going to get out of a rotary buffer. This can correct imperfections faster than smaller pads, however, the risk of leaving behind hazing or holograms is much higher with larger pads on a rotary buffer.

There is no one right size pad, it just depends on your specific goals and the buffer you choose. In general, if we have to pick one size we recommend the 5.5" pads as they are a nice happy medium. The 5.5" pads provide enough corrective power while covering plenty of surface area to complete the detail in a timely manner.

Pad Cleaning and Storage

As you progress through your polishing process, your pads will become saturated with polishing product and clearcoat removed from the surface. Because of this, you want to make sure you are using 4-6 pads per polishing step and to clean your pads during use. Swapping out pads and cleaning often will not only help increase your polishing results, but it will prolong the life of your pads. After you are done polishing, clean your pads thoroughly and let them air dry completely. Once dry, store in an open bag and in a closet, drawer, etc. Keep the bag open (i.e. DI Accessories Recloseable Storage Bag) so that you do not lock in any moisture during storage.

Foam Pads - We have three options that we like, two for cleaning during the polishing process and one after. If you are looking to clean during polishing we recommend using either a foam pad cleaning brush or pad washer. If you clean with a foam pad cleaning brush, we recommend flipping the pad over and brushing the face of the pad with the brush. This helps remove any polish and clearcoat on the face of the pad without using any water. It does not, however, remove any soaked up product, so we still recommend swapping out your pads as much as possible when using this cleaning method.

If you are using a pad washer, once you are all set up (water and pad washer), submerge the pad in water and against the grate and turn your unit on. This will spin the pad across the grate and remove polish and clear coat leaving it in the water. Back the pad out of the water and off the grate and continue to spin until dry.

One of our favorite cleaning processes, however, is to clean at the end. Leave a bucket with water and pad cleaning solution to the side and toss pads in after every panel. This lets them soak, not allowing any polish to dry in the pad. After you are done polishing, take your bucket of pads and rinse them under running water, using a cleaner to help remove any excess polish.

Microfiber Pads - These pads have a tendency to mat down during polishing, so it is very important to clean often while in use, along with one final cleaning at the end. To clean, simply use compressed air to blow the pads clean, keep them dry and lower temperature all at once. If you do not have access to compressed air, a pad cleaning brush will do the trick as well.

Wool Pads - Just like microfiber pads, wool pads can mat down during use. To clean we recommend a combination of compressed air, along with a pad cleaning spur. Both work great to keep the pads clean, cool and lasting longer during the polishing process. After you are done polishing, use the spur or compressed air again, or a pad washer for one final cleaning before storage.

How To Polish

Properly polishing your paint to remove imperfections can take lots of practice to master, but if you follow these steps as closely as possible, you'll get the best results in the shortest amount of time. Before you polish your vehicle, the paint should already be washed and clayed for maximum results.

Proper Lighting

In order to know if you are getting the results you are looking for when polishing, it is extremely important to invest in quality lighting. One of the most cost effective light sources you can purchase is a Scangrip light. Using the proper lighting will reveal imperfections in your paint and give you a clear understanding if the polishing combination you selected is going to give you the results you'll be looking for.

Taping

To help reduce the risk of damaging any part of your vehicle, it is best to tape off the areas you want to protect. By properly taping, it also allows you to get as close to trim pieces as possible without damaging them. There are many quality options on the market but we recommend the 3M Automotive Performance Masking Tape. This will release easily from your paint with little to no residue left behind and is easy to clean up. We recommend taping off any area you do not want to polish or get any product on. Common areas to tape are your trim pieces, around emblems, headlights, tail lights, around clear bras, and more. When in doubt, tape it up, it's better to prevent a problem than to create one.

Random Orbital Polisher

Note: After every couple of panels, replace your pad with a fresh one for maximum results. If you are working with a limited number of pads, clean out the pad after every few sections using a medium bristled toothbrush and the buffer on a low speed (do this away from the car as it can potentially dust quite a bit).

Forced Random Orbital Polisher

Note: After every couple of panels, replace your pad with a fresh one for maximum results. If you are working with a limited number of pads, clean out the pad after every few sections using a medium bristled toothbrush and the buffer on a low speed (do this away from the car as it can potentially dust quite a bit).

Rotary Buffer

Note: After every couple of panels, replace your pad with a fresh one for maximum results. If you are working with a limited number of pads, clean out the pad after every few sections using a medium bristled toothbrush and the buffer on a low speed (do this away from the car as it can potentially dust quite a bit).

Hand Polishing

Upon completion the paint should have less swirls, oxidation and other surface imperfections. With a more optically clear surface you will now get a deeper gloss and a better shine. Additionally your sealant or wax used afterward will bond to this cleaner and smoother surface better so you can expect increased durability from the protection.

Facts and Tips

Here are a few articles related to Polishing from our Ask-a-Pro Detailer Blog:

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Related Videos

Ask-a-Pro Blog author James Melfi explains where paint swirls and scratches come from in the first video below. In the second video, James shows you how to properly polish your car paint.

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What's Next?

After polishing your paint to your liking, the clear coat is more optically clear and you'll get a much deeper reflection. It should look more vibrant and feel smoother to the touch. After that, your next step could be to use a glaze, sealant or wax. These products will help enhance the appearance of the surface and the sealant and wax can protect it.

Glaze

Glaze Auto Detailing Guide

What Does Glaze Do?

A glaze is often an optional step of the detailing process, but when used correctly can help add an additional layer of gloss and depth to the paint. Glazes are essentially polishes that leave behind oils, kaolin clay or some other substance that is designed to increase the depth and gloss while being able to mask or hide some minor imperfections in the paint. Glazes are great products to use right before a car show as it can help increase the depth and gloss, especially on lighter colored vehicles where this is often hard to accomplish. One of the downsides of using a glaze is that it may reduce a sealant or waxes ability to bond to the paint with it's maximum potential. The sealant and wax will still protect very well, it just may not last quite as long as it would if it was used on the bare paint.

Many people's expectations are often too high when it comes to a glaze filling in minor imperfections. If your car is filled with swirls and scratches, you are much better off investing in a polish to remove the marks, which is also a permanent fix, the results from a glaze are temporary. Your car should be washed, clayed, and polished prior to using a glaze for optimal results.

Do I Need To Apply Glaze?

It's never absolutely necessary to apply a glaze so it can be done as little as you would like or as much as you would like. For best results we recommend applying a glaze during a full detail, therefore it would be after washing, clay and polishing and before your sealant and/or wax. At a minimum make sure the vehicle has been freshly washed, apply the glaze and lastly apply the sealant and/or wax of your choice.

How To Apply a Glaze

When using a buffer to apply a glaze, we recommend using a black finishing pad.

Random Orbital Polisher

Forced Random Orbital Polisher

Rotary Buffer

Hand Application

Facts and Tips

Here are a few articles related to Glazes from our Ask-a-Pro Detailer Blog:

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What's Next?

After applying the glaze to your paint, the next step is to protect the exterior paint. This can be done with a sealant or wax or a combination of both. If you want to apply both apply the sealant first and layer the wax on after.

Sealant

Sealant Auto Detailing Guide

What Do Sealants Do?

The primary purpose of a sealant is to properly protect your vehicle from the elements. Sealants are designed to bond to your paint and provide roughly 3 to 6 months of protection. This is significantly longer protection than what a carnauba wax offers, which is typically 3 to 8 weeks. The barrier of protection that sealants provide help minimize contamination from embedding in to your paint and makes maintaining your vehicle significantly easier. Another benefit of a sealant is that it will enhance the look of your paint by giving you sharper reflections and more depth and gloss.

Layering and Cure Times

Applying multiple coats will increase the strength of the protection and durability of the protection. The most important thing to note is that when you want to apply more than one coat, you have to let the previous coat cure. Each sealant's cure time will vary and environmental conditions (i.e. temperature, humidity, etc.) can impact cure times. Most sealants will cure within 1 - 24 hours and the vast majority of any sealant will be cured within the first hour. If you have the time waiting 24 hours is ideal to be absolutely certain but if you are in a rush waiting a minimum of one hour should still work very well for most sealants.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

In general, sealants typically last between 3 to 6 months. There are many factors that go into determining how long a sealant will last. Some of the major factors are if your car is stored in a garage or outside, how many miles are driven, the type of weather conditions your vehicle is exposed to, how well your paint was prepped prior to applying the sealant, the frequency of washing your vehicle, and type of shampoo. The key is to reapply your coat of protection before the previous coat runs out. As you maintain your vehicle, keep an eye out for how well the water beads and sheets off your paint. If water begins to pool on your paint, then chances are there is little to no protection remaining and it's advised to apply another coat of sealant. A good rule of thumb is to reapply a coat of sealant once a season (4 times a year).

How To Apply a Sealant

The key when applying a sealant is to stretch the product as thin and far as possible. The saying "less is more" definitely applies to any quality sealant. We do not recommend applying a sealant with a rotary buffer, but it is fine to use a random orbital or dual action buffer using a soft foam polishing pad. Hand applications also work very well and help you get in to tight spaces more effectively.

Random Orbital Polisher

Forced Random Orbital Polisher

Hand Application

Facts and Tips

Here are a few articles related to Sealants from our Ask-a-Pro Detailer Blog:

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What's Next?

After applying a sealant, it's best to let the coat cure for at least one hour before applying a second coat or a wax. You may opt to top your sealant with a carnauba wax to help increase the depth and gloss in the paint. Natural carnauba waxes also tend to bead water better than sealants, so maintaining your vehicle is slightly easier when it is protected by a carnauba wax.

Coatings

Coatings Auto Detailing Guide

What Are Semi-Permanent Paint Coatings?

While the idea of "wipe on, wipe off" still applies, the application process of coatings differs quite a bit from both sealants and waxes. Rather than applying to the entire car, waiting some period of time to cure, then removing the residue, a coating application is done panel by panel and sometimes even sections of a single panel due to its quick drying time.

A coating starts as a liquid that is poured onto an applicator and applied to a section of the paint. Coatings react with air quickly and start drying and becoming harder, turning into the resistant layer described above. Before the coating is fully hardened, it needs to be leveled. This is accomplished by wiping off remaining residue from the coated section after a certain amount of time has passed, using a quality microfiber towel.

This amount of time depends on the coating that you're using, but generally speaking it's anywhere from 1 - 3 minutes on the low end, 5 - 10 minutes for some "medium" drying coatings and then 15 - 20+ minutes for slower coatings. It's always a good idea to have a timer handy when working with a coating because you do not want a coating to dry too much before leveling. This will lead to a hazy finish which will at the very least require quite a bit of elbow grease to fix and at worst may require polishing the coated section to fully remove the badly applied coating layer.

How To Apply a Coating

In short, the application of a coating includes:

Layering and Cure Times

Similar to the dry times mentioned above, cure times will vary from coating to coating. By "dry time" I'm referring to the coating going from liquid to a more solid state during application, at which point it needs to be leveled with a towel for a proper bond and good looks. "Cure time" refers to the amount of time a coating needs to fully harden and be resistant to the environment and this time starts after the coating is leveled. Most coating manufacturers require a cure time of 24 hours before the coating can be exposed to water that can potentially dry on the surface. Most also require no washing with any detergents for 4 - 7 days after application. Generally, coatings will fully cure anywhere from 1 - 4 weeks. This cure time can be accelerated by using certain lamps to speed up the curing process.

Layering is possible with most coatings, but again, very different than when using waxes or sealants. In the case of coatings, you will usually need to apply a second layer within 30 - 60 minutes of the first layer in order to get a bond with the first layer. Reason being, once the coatings start to dry and cure, they become more and more hydrophobic and resistant to anything sticking, including consecutive layers of that same coating. If you try to apply another layer on top of a coating after a few days, it will simply "reject" it and it would be a waste of time. Most coatings can work with two layers and some 3 - 5 or more, but it will vary depending on the manufacturer. Make sure you consult the label or manufacturer for specifics about layering.

How Long Do Coatings Last?

As mentioned in the first paragraph, coatings generally last 1 - 3+ years. This means that a coating will be reapplied much less frequently than waxes or sealants, but that doesn't mean that you can't apply a wax or sealant on top of the coating. It's actually encouraged so as to provide even more protection and protect the coating investment. Due to a coating application requiring polishing prior, you'll want to reapply a coating at a point where it's starting to diminish due to age or when the paint starts looking a bit swirled and it's time again for polishing. This will vary depending on maintenance done to the coated vehicle.

Maintenance and Re-Application

There is nothing special when it comes to coating maintenance aside from not being able to use clay bar. Clay bars have strong cleaning power and can diminish the coating to some extent. Using chemicals such as IronX and TarX when necessary will be much better for the longevity of the coating. Otherwise, proper washing and drying techniques will keep the coating looking good and continuously protecting.

Re-application will depend on the look of the car, strength of the coating after a certain time and personal preference. As mentioned above, some level of polishing is required prior to applying a coating. This should be done either when the coating is on its last legs or if the paint condition is not to your liking anymore. If polishing to remove defects, keep in mind that some coatings can withstand a fine polishing, which means that you may be able to remove some swirl marks without fully removing the coating. At this point you need to decide whether you want to do a more involved polishing and re-apply the coating or if you simply want to stay on top of it with a wax or sealant every few months until the coating gives way and needs to be applied again.

Facts and Tips

Here are a few articles related to Coatings from our Ask-a-Pro Detailer Blog:

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Related Videos

Ask-a-Pro Blog author James Melfi demonstrates how to apply a paint coating.

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Wax

Wax Auto Detailing Guide

What Does Wax Do?

Carnauba waxes are a great way to protect your vehicle against the elements. Carnauba waxes often offer stronger protection than sealants do, but will not last as long. Waxes typically last 3 to 8 weeks, where a sealant can last up to 6 months. Carnauba waxes often bead water better than sealants, which makes your vehicle easier to maintain. Carnauba waxes are what you want to use when you want the absolute wettest finish possible.

Layering and Cure Times

Applying multiple coats or layers of wax can add more protection, gloss and shine to the surface. When you want to apply more than one coat, you have to let the previous coat fully cure. Assuming you apply the wax nice and thin, the cure times will range from 1 - 24 hours. The exact time will vary depending on the specific wax, how it was applied, temperature, humidity, etc.

How Often Should You Wax Your Car?

In general, carnauba waxes will last anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks. There are many factors that go into determining how long a wax will last. Some of the major factors are if your car is stored in a garage or outside, how many miles are driven, the type of weather conditions your vehicle is exposed to, how well your paint was prepped prior to applying the wax, the frequency of washing your vehicle, and type of shampoo. The key is to re-apply your coat of protection before the previous coat runs out. As you maintain your vehicle, keep an eye out for how well the water beads and sheets off your paint. If water begins to pool and look flat on your paint, then chances are there is little to no protection remaining and it's advised to apply another coat of wax. A good rule of thumb is to re-apply a carnauba once a month (12 times a year).

How To Apply Wax

Facts and Tips

Here are a few articles related to Wax from our Ask-a-Pro Detailer Blog:

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Related Videos

Ask-a-Pro Blog author James Melfi highlights his process of properly applying a car wax.

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What's Next?

After applying your wax, it is best to allow the coat to cure for 1 - 24 hours before topping it with another coat of wax. If you are done applying the wax congratulations on completing your detail work! Mark on your calendar when you completed this detail and create a maintenance schedule for yourself. You can now move on to the interior, exterior trim, wheel and tire care or the engine bay care section.

Microfiber Towels

Microfiber Towels Auto Detailing Guide

What Is Microfiber?

Microfiber products are absolutely essential to high quality detailing for both the interior and exterior of any vehicle. Microfiber towels, applicators, wash mitts and pads are used in virtually every area of detailing. You may use microfiber products to clean the paint, leather, wheels, glass, interior and so much more. The uses are literally endless so you can never have enough top quality microfiber products.

Microfiber is made up of a unique blend of materials with an innovative weave and fiber designs made of ultra fine synthetic yarn. The synthetic yarn is usually comprised of 70% - 80% polyester with 20% - 30% polyamide depending on the specific towel. Each strand is approximately 0.2 denier, which is equivalent to 1/20th of a strand of silk or 1/100th of a human hair. The cross section of a microfiber strand resembles an asterisk (*), which allows them to collect and trap particles whereas traditional towels push particles around or temporarily collect them. On dry surfaces the microfiber towels use electrostatic energy to easily lift and collect large amounts of dust, dirt and other particles in to the micro-wedges of each fiber.

Is All Microfiber The Same?

People often will splurge on their wax but spend far less on microfiber products when they are truly the backbone of a good detail. Investing in quality towels and caring for them will greatly increase your results while saving you time and money in the long run. The life of your microfiber products will vary based on the quality of the towel and how well you care for them. Not all microfiber towels are created equal so low quality towels may feel nice at first but they often break down rapidly with just a few washes. At DetailedImage.com we take great pride in selecting only top quality towels that will last for years with good care.

Microfiber Care

Generally we recommend you maintain three groups of towels, storing them in separate containers. The first group is the pristine new towels that you use on the most sensitive surfaces such as the exterior paint, gages, navigation screens, etc. The second group are towels still in great condition but may be a bit worn, which we use for interior cleanings, glass care, leather treatments, etc. All other towels in the third group may have visible stains and be noticeably worn down. Use these towels for your dirty jobs like cleaning the exhaust tips, engine bay detailing, door jambs, etc.

When you receive your towels you should wash them just to ensure they are clean and free from any contaminants they may have come in contact with while in transit. Before washing any microfiber make sure you have removed any stickers or labels that come on some new microfiber towels. Never wash microfiber towels with any other fabrics as the microfiber towels will collect the lint, which can greatly reduce the effectiveness of any microfiber product. Microfiber is virtually free of lint so you can wash them with other microfiber products only. Do not use any detergent with fabric softener or bleach in it. Using fabric softener will deposit a coating on the microfiber strands that clogs the pores, which reduces absorbency, cleaning ability and can lead to streaking. If you are not sure what to use you can pick up the DI Microfiber Micro-Restore Microfiber Detergent Concentrate, which has no fabric softener, bleach or added scent. If you are looking for additional cleaning power you can add one teaspoon per towel of distilled white vinegar.

When you are done washing the towels you can air dry them to be extra cautious, however many detailers need the help of a dryer due to time constraints which is generally fine. Do not use any dryer sheets and make sure you have cleaned the lint filter and removed any other lint particles. Again the microfiber towels will collect lint from other fabrics so do not dry it with other fabrics. Try to use just enough heat to dry the towels and do not overheat the towels. Excessive amounts of heat can harm the long term health of the towel.

As mentioned above the towels should be separated and stored according to their condition and we generally recommend three groups. Put them in an air tight storage container like a zip lock bag (i.e. DI Accessories Reclosable Storage Bag) or a rubbermaid container that is labeled to avoid dust and dirt settling on your recently cleaned towels. Remember microfiber products have a natural electrostatic charge and will literally pull contaminants in so it's very important to store them properly.

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Wheel and Tire

Wheel & Tire Auto Detailing Guide

Why Wheel Care Is Important

Wheels can drastically change the appearance of any vehicle, which is proven by the huge after market offering. Having wheels covered in brake dust is a complete eye sore and can take away from the overall look of any vehicle. Wheels that look brand new, on the other hand, can turn heads and really show off your car. Properly caring for your wheels is not difficult or time consuming when maintained on a regular basis.

Caring for your wheels consists of properly removing contamination, polishing them to a high shine, then protecting them to make maintaining your wheels significantly easier. Stubborn brake dust can often be difficult to remove, but usually can be restored to a like new finish with the proper products and tools.

How Often Should You Care For Your Wheels?

We recommend maintaining your wheels with a basic wash of soap and water with a dedicated wash mitt, every time you clean your vehicle (1 to 2 weeks). Thorough cleaning of your wheels and adding layer(s) of protection should be done every 2 to 3 months.

Wheel Care How-To

When caring for your wheels it is important that you have the proper products and tools. It is also important to know what type of wheels you have so you use the proper products on them. If you have factory alloy wheels, chances are they have a layer of clear coat on your wheels. This makes things easy because you can use a variety of wheel cleaners without worrying about oxidizing your wheels finish. You can also treat them like you would your clear coat on your paint, which means you can wash, clay, polish and protect your wheels. After market or upgraded wheels that have a high polished finish or bare metal need to be treated carefully, otherwise you may oxidize the finish and potentially damage your wheels.

Your wheels should be completely cool when you start to clean them. If you have been out driving, even just a little bit, give them ample time to cool down before using any cleaner on them. You can spray them down with water to help them cool down but it may take some additional time for them to reach air temperature so you can begin cleaning. Clean the wheels in the shade whenever possible to avoid water marks or rinse them frequently while in direct sunlight.

Clean and Maintain

The best way to clean and maintain your wheels is by using some automotive shampoo and water with a dedicated wash mitt. This is safe for every type of wheel finish and also means you are not spending money on wheel cleaners. This is a very effective way to care for your wheels if you follow two things 1) maintaining your wheels on a regular basis 2) you have a coating of protection on your wheels.

Soap and water will help remove loose contaminants and clean wheels that are well maintained but often times stubborn build ups will require a wheel cleaner. The safest bet is to use a pH balanced (aka pH neutral) wheel cleaner, such as the SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect. They can be used on any type of wheel finish and you can increase the cleaning power by letting the product dwell for several minutes if you are in the shade. Acidic wheel cleaners are highly effective but they can easily oxidize or tarnish polished wheels and other sensitive wheel finishes. Acidic wheel cleaners should only be used on factory wheels with a thick clear coat on them. When you are done rinse the wheels with a steady stream of water, be especially thorough near the lug nuts. If you see any remaining stains spot treat them with the same cleaner and a soft cloth or a wheel safe brush. Using a nylon brush or a brush with very stiff bristles can add swirls to the finish of the wheel, so look for brushes with very soft bristles or natural fibers. If you still have some remaining stains try a quality metal polish, which can generally be applied to most bare metals and clear coated wheels, see below (Polishing Wheels) for more information.

To effectively clean the inner barrels of your wheels, we highly recommend investing in an EZ Detail Brush. If you have protected your inner barrels with some protection (chances are you needed to do this with the wheels off of the vehicle) then you can dip the brush in soap and water and brake dust should come off very easily. If your wheels were not protected, spray some wheel cleaner on the inner parts of your wheels as well as your EZ Detail Brush to get a deeper clean. We recommend cleaning the inner barrels of your wheels first because when you pull the bristles back out, it can transfer some dirt and contamination on the face of your wheels.

Using a clay bar on your wheels is an effective way to properly prep the surface and remove stubborn brake dust. Be careful using one on high polished wheels as you could add micro-marring or swirls that can be difficult to remove.

Polish

Polishing your wheels can help increase the depth and gloss of your wheels as well as remove minor surface imperfections. If your wheels have a clear coat on them, then you can treat them the same as you would polishing your paint. If your wheels consist of bare metal, such as the lip of your wheel, you can polish them using a metal polish to increase gloss and depth and remove minor imperfections.

How-To Polish Wheels

Note: Always test your polish on a small inconspicuous area before polishing your entire wheel.

Protect

When it comes to keeping your wheels looking like new for long periods of time you want to make sure your wheels are always protected. While you can use a sealant or wax to protect your wheels, there are some products that are designed specifically for your wheels. Poorboy's World Wheel Sealant is our favorite wheel protectant as it is easy to apply and remove, leaves behind a super slick surface so brake dust slides right off, is designed to withstand high temperatures that brakes produce, increases the depth and gloss of your wheels and makes cleaning your wheels a breeze.

Wheel Care Facts and Tips

Why Tire Care Is Important

Caring for your tires means more than just slapping on some tire dressing and calling it a day. A lot of detailing enthusiasts do not understand the importance of properly prepping your tires before applying a dressing. Properly prepping your tires can help increase the durability of your dressing and minimize tire dressing sling.

There are various types of tire dressing on the market: water based and silicone based. Water based tire dressings get absorbed into your rubber and can actually nourish your rubber keeping them soft and flexible. Silicone based tire dressings mainly sit on the surface of your tire, which often leads to tire dressing sling. Silicone based dressings can dry out your rubber and also brown it over time. Silicone based dressings are typically glossier than water based dressings.

How Often Should You Care For Your Tires?

We recommend dressing your tires after each wash (every 1 to 2 weeks). The condition of your tires will determine if they need to be cleaned and prepped. If you wash your tires and there is still dirt and contamination, we recommend using a degreaser on your tires to clean them and strip off any previous tire dressing. If you have high polished wheels, make sure the tire cleaner is safe for your wheel finish, in case you get product on them.

Tire Care How-To

Cleaning your tires is pretty simple. We recommend using a dedicated wash mitt or sponge (foam media tends to work better since it's more durable) for your wheels and tires. Wash them with soap and water and assess if they need a deeper cleaning. If you are looking to get the most out of your dressing, we recommend cleaning your tires with a degreaser and a firm brush. Soak your tires with the degreaser and allow it to penetrate for a couple of minutes. Scrub your tires with the brush to remove the heavy contamination.

Applying the tire dressing is pretty straight forward. Simply dispense some tire dressing onto an applicator pad and work it into your tires. You want to use as little product as possible to prevent sling onto your paint. You are better off applying multiple thin coats of tire dressing than one thick coat. For complete even coverage, move your vehicle forward or backwards to apply dressing on the part of the tire that was closest to the ground.

Tire Care Facts and Tips

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Exterior Trim

Exterior Trim Auto Detailing Guide

Why Trim Care Is Important

Your exterior trim is constantly exposed to the elements, but it often doesn't receive the same care you provide your exterior paint. We encourage you to make sure you do not neglect this area as it is very important to the end result. When the trim is cleaned and protected it helps create a sharp contrast with your paint for a stunning appearance when you are done. Paying attention to these areas is what helps separate a good detail from an outstanding detail.

How Often Should You Care For Your Trim?

If you maintain your vehicle on a regular basis the trim should be relatively clean to begin with. Every one to three months we recommend using a light degreaser to ensure it's thoroughly cleaned. For protection we normally recommend re-applying the protectant every one to two months. The cleaner will help remove stubborn build ups and the protectant will provide a beautiful finish with UV protection. If you haven't cared for the trim in a while spend a little extra time cleaning the surface with at least one to two passes. If the trim looks severely neglected you may want to consider using one of our products designed to restore the trim.

How To Treat Trim

Caring for the trim starts off with a cleaning and then you should assess the condition of the trim afterward. Most trim is vinyl, plastic or rubber so you can generally use the same type of cleaner on all three of these surfaces. Always clean the trim first while washing the vehicle with your shampoo and wash mitt. For a deeper cleaning spray a light degreasing solution on a microfiber towel and wipe the trim with medium pressure. When you are done the trim should look and feel much cleaner. If you still have stubborn build ups you can use a brush to work in the degreaser, but be careful you don't brush the surrounding paint.

If you have dried polish, sealant or wax on your trim (vinyl, plastic and rubber) try restoring it with the Poorboy's Trim Restorer. It's a deep cleaning formula that also dresses the trim with a dark and rich glow. Apply a few drops no larger than the size of a nickel to a microfiber towel or applicator and work it in to the surface with medium pressure back and forth. It will help remove the stubborn stains and leave a dark and shiny finish behind.

If your trim is clean but looks dull try using a product that will actually re-apply some of the lost color. The TUF SHINE Black Restore Kit or the Black WOW are both great options that will help restore the trim to like new. Each of them are powerful formulas that can help bring back that like new appearance that really lasts. They are both popular on vinyl, plastic and rubber surfaces.

For well maintained trim you will only need to use a protectant on it that you simply wipe on. A good protectant will provide strong UV protection and a fresh appearance to the trim. The 303 Aerospace Protectant offers superior UV protection and a nice dark finish that is not glossy or oily, so it's very popular amongst detailing enthusiasts. Spray a light coating on a clean applicator or towel and wipe the trim back and forth. A nice light coating provides the best results and within minutes it will be dry to the touch. The 303 Aerospace Protectant and most protectants can be applied to vinyl, rubber, plastic and more.

Facts and Tips

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Glass

Glass Auto Detailing Guide

Why Glass Care Is Important

Caring for your glass is not only important for aesthetics but it's also critical for driving safely. If too much glass cleaner is left on the glass you can expect to see streaking and hazing which can be a detriment to your vision. This can be especially dangerous when driving in the evening so make sure you take the time to clean your glass properly. We understand that streaks are common and very frustrating but don't worry we'll show you the products and techniques needed for streak free glass cleanings.

How Often Should You Care For Your Glass?

You should care for your glass on an as needed basis to ensure you always have the best visibility when driving.

How To Clean Interior Glass

To get the most out of your glass cleaning both for the exterior and interior, the first thing you should do is roll your windows down a couple of inches so you can clean the very top of the glass effectively. Many detailers forget to do this step and if you drive with the windows partially down afterward you may see this area you missed. Follow the same technique that is outlined below for best results. We also recommend that you spray a light degreaser on a cloth and wipe the inside and outside edges of the window seal to ensure that it is clean.

When caring for interior glass you are usually dealing with different problems than your exterior glass. Interior glass can be subject to bodily oils from people touching windows, product over spray from treating your trim pieces, smoke residue and most commonly moisture from simply breathing inside the vehicle. While reaching certain parts of interior glass may be difficult, caring for the glass is pretty straight forward.

One of the most common mistakes we see in detailing is people using too much glass cleaner. Use just enough cleaner to remove contaminants and residue on the glass. The more product you use the more you need to buff off in the latter steps. We recommend using a total of 3 microfiber towels to care for your glass. One all purpose towel to apply the glass cleaner, a second all purpose towel to buff off visible residue and a third, low nap, glass specific microfiber towel to buff to a streak free finish. If you use just one towel you are almost guaranteed to see streaks afterward. We fold each one of these towels (16" x 16") in fourths and expose a fresh surface for each section of glass you are working on. This is especially important for the second and third towel so you can effectively remove the excess glass cleaner. Folding the towel in fourths gives you eight fresh surfaces and increases the value of any towel by utilizing the entire surface area instead of overusing just the middle section.

Another common mistake we see is working on the glass in direct sun. You must care for glass when it is cool and in the shade, otherwise you greatly increase the chances of leaving behind some streaking.

After you have put the vehicle in the shade the first step is to mist a small amount of glass cleaner on a microfiber towel folded in fourths. Avoid spraying your glass directly to prevent yourself from getting over spray on the trim pieces. It's actually best to spray the product onto the towel outside of the vehicle. Remember to use just enough glass cleaner to clean the glass, you can always mist your towel again if you need more product. Using the slightly misted towel apply some moderate pressure, slowly working the product into the glass while keeping the towel flat. Pass over each area multiple times to ensure you clean the glass from different angles. Take your second microfiber towel and buff off the excess product as best you can right after. Work in a logical pattern up and down and then side to side to ensure you don't accidentally miss any areas. Complete slow overlapping passes with moderate pressure while holding the towel flat. Finally, take your glass specific microfiber towel and repeat the same process to ensure no streaks have escaped.

The process listed above is pretty easy however reaching every corner of the glass can be challenging. We recommend using a Stoner Invisible Glass Reach and Clean Microfiber Mop Tool to effectively clean and reach the corners of your windshield effortlessly. Without a tool like this, it is difficult to apply pressure in to the lower corners of the front and rear windshield. Follow the same basic process listed above applying just enough cleaner to one microfiber bonnet and use the other glass microfiber bonnet to buff off the left over product. You can also simply wrap microfiber towels around the head of the mini-mop to get the same effect. Another tip when treating the front windshield is to sit on the passenger side of the car when cleaning the drivers side glass. This helps you get behind the steering wheel a little bit easier.

If you have tinted glass make sure you use a tint friendly cleaner that does not use ammonia or harsh chemicals. The Stoner Invisible Glass and the Chemical Guys Window Clean are two great choices that are completely safe on the tinted surfaces.

If you have fog forming on your front windshield make sure you turn off the recirculate mode from your heating and cooling system. The recirculate mode recycles the air currently in your cabin which contains more moisture. Moisture will often cling to the cooler glass forming a fog, which can reduce your visibility. Turning off the recirculate mode will help.

How To Clean Exterior Glass

Your exterior glass is exposed to various elements as you drive and even when you are parked. Caring for your exterior glass is somewhat similar to caring for your paint, but remember glass is actually much harder. You want to thoroughly clean it and then protect it from the elements. To clean the glass you can wash, clay and even polish it so it is truly clean and clear. By protecting your exterior glass afterward with a sealant your maintenance will be much easier and you can improve your visibility during poor driving conditions.

If your glass needs just a basic cleaning, wash it as you would the rest of your vehicle. When you are done, follow the same cleaning steps as you would for your interior glass (see above), using multiple microfiber towels and just enough glass cleaner.

To give your exterior glass a deeper cleaning, you may want to consider using a clay bar. A clay bar can help remove contaminants trapped on top of the glass and in the micro-pores of the glass. The process here is virtually identical to the way you use a clay bar on the paint.

If you have very faint water marks on your glass distilled white vinegar is a good home remedy. Unfortunately some water mark etchings are too deep for the vinegar solution to remove, so in these situations we highly recommend using the Glass Science Glass Scrub. This is a unique cream glass polish designed to dissolve mineral deposits and remove light etchings, sap, road grime and more. Even if you think your glass is clean the Glass Scrub will make it look noticeably cleaner and moisture will roll off easier instead of clinging to contaminants. The Glass Scrub needs to be applied to a wet surface, so the best time to use this product is just after washing and before drying. With the glass wet apply a dime sized drop to a wet foam applicator and buff it in with medium pressure in a circular motion. Use more product as need be but try not to use an excessive amount because the Glass Scrub needs to be thoroughly rinsed off when you are done.

After your glass is clean and clear you can protect it with a sealant. This will help moisture (i.e. rain, sleet and snow) form small beads that roll right off with ease. It will also help prolong the life of your wipers since you won't have to use them as often and there is less friction. You can use a glass specific protectant such as the Glass Science Rain Clear or a sealant used on the paint. The Rain Clear is a gel based formula that needs to be applied thin and buffed off with medium pressure and a clean microfiber towel. A traditional sealant like those used on the paint can also be used to protect the exterior glass. Both options will help repel the moisture and make driving much simpler no matter the weather.

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Interior

Interior Auto Detailing Guide

Why Interior Care Is Important

Caring for your interior is just as important as your exterior. You spend the most time inside your vehicle and your passengers often take notice of how clean, or not so clean, your interior is. It's important to protect your interior trim and leather from harmful UV rays that can potentially dry out and fade your interior. Keep your interior looking like new so you enjoy getting into your vehicle each and every time.

How To Clean and Protect Carpet

Caring for your fabrics is pretty simple, but unfortunately your carpets often see the most wear and tear since you are constantly bringing in dirt, debris and contamination from your shoes. First off remove your mats and be careful not to dump dirt and pebbles on the mat on to the carpets while removing them. A quick vacuum will help remove the obvious build ups if you haven't cleaned the carpets and mats recently, but don't get fussy you'll vacuum them again later in this process. A firm bristle brush is one of the most underrated tools in detailing and can be used next to loosen debris embedded in the carpets. Start brushing in a corner and work your way towards one mid point from all corners and sections. Once you've made a pile of debris, use a vacuum to remove it. Continue this same process for each fabric section and if you have fabric seats start with them and move on to the carpets and mats second.

After making an initial pass with the brush and vacuum, spot treat any stains with a fabric cleaner. Most cleaners should dwell on the fabric for 1 - 2 minutes, then scrub them again with a bristle brush in multiple different directions with medium pressure. The brushes bristles will get in between the carpet fibers and help bring contaminants to the surface. At the same time the bristles will break up stains and build ups on the surface. If stubborn stains persist spray them again with your cleaner and dip your brush in a tray of hot water before scrubbing them again with medium to firm pressure. When you are satisfied with the cleaning, use the vacuum if needed to remove any visible debris.

Once your carpet has completely dried, we recommend protecting your carpet. The 303 Fabric Guard is a great example of a fabric protectant. This will help prevent stains from forming in the future and will make cleaning your fabrics easier in the long run. Simply mist some product onto your carpet, mats and upholstery for a barrier of protection and you are done. The carpets will continue to look and feel completely natural but they will resist moisture and stains

How To Care For Interior Trim

Most interior trim (dashboard, console, doors, etc.) consists of a combination of vinyl, plastic, rubber and leather, which can be cared for with many of the same products, so there is no need to get a product for each material. Some products are strictly meant for cleaning, some are just for protection and others have a combination of both. In general products strictly meant for cleaning or protection are more effective than options that do both. If you need a serious cleaning then we highly recommend picking up a separate cleaner and protectant. Even if your vehicle is relatively clean we recommend at a minimum of 1 - 2 times per year you use just a cleaner on the interior for a more thorough cleaning. If your vehicle is well maintained than you may be able to use a cleaner and protectant in one bottle for maintenance cleanings.

For the vinyl, plastic, rubber, carpets and mats the 303 Spot Cleaner is a great product. It's a highly effective and very versatile formula that is very gentle. If you want some outstanding protection afterward the 303 Aerospace Protectant is a great choice for rubber, leather, vinyl, plastic, etc. It leaves a nice dark finish that is not glossy or greasy while providing outstanding UV protection. If you want a cleaner and protectant in one the Nextzett Cockpit Premium is a great choice for rubber, plastic, vinyl, etc. It has some light cleaning agents but also leaves UV protection that looks stunning with zero oily residue left behind.

How To Care For Leather Seats

Beautiful leather is synonymous with clean leather and when the leather is looking its best it is a source of tremendous pride for automobile owners. Leather seats are one of the very first things we notice when entering a vehicle and dirty seats not only look bad but it can harm the long term health of the seats. Modern day leather can be comprised from a variety of natural and synthetic materials. Very few vehicles actually use just raw leather and many of them have a coating on them to help protect against wear and tear. All of these material are prone to drying out and breaking down over time so regular maintenance is essential.

Caring for virtually any type of seat involves the same basic steps which are cleaning, conditioning and protection. Inevitably over time dirt, dust, human oils, etc. work themselves deep in to the seats and can be quite challenging to remove. A good leather cleaner should be able to safely separate those contaminants and help bring them to the surface for removal. A quality leather conditioner can help keep the leather soft and flexible yet strong and durable. Cleaners and conditioners should not leave a glossy or oily finish behind. Lastly some protection can help prevent UV fading while preserving the color and finish for decades to come. With proper care the seats will look and feel outstanding year round while increasing the resale value.

In general products that clean and condition in one bottle are not as effective as a separate cleaner and conditioner. The trade off with using separate products is that it can cost more and they may take more time to apply. If interested in just a leather cleaner we recommend the Leatherique Prestine Clean or the Connolly Leather Cleaner. For conditioning the Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil and the Connolly Hide Care Leather Conditioner are two top notch choices. If you want to clean and condition in one bottle the SONAX Leather Foam and Nextzett Leather Care are some of the many great choices we have available. For protection afterward the 303 Aerospace Protectant is always a favorite for it's world renowned ability to block UV rays.

Leatherique Leather Care Application

Leatherique leather care products are some of the best in the industry. They have been the product of choice for the Bentley and Rolls Royce Owners Clubs. Leatherique can restore faded, hardened and neglected leather but it can also maintain brand new leather in great condition. They work extremely well on synthetic leathers "leatherette", coated leathers, vinyl seats and so much more! Both products use all natural active ingredients with no dyes to provide high quality leather care. The process leaves the seats feeling completely natural without a greasy or oily residue. The application is a two step process consisting of the Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil and Leatherique Prestine Clean. If you are working on seats that have not been well cared for recently you can expect to use more product, but well maintained or newer seats will need less product. The application of these products is unique in that the conditioner is applied first and the cleaner is applied second.

Start off using the Leatherique Rejuvenator Oil, which will penetrate the surface and condition your leather top to bottom. Apply the product liberally on your leather seats with either your bare hands or a soft applicator pad (i.e. terry cloth applicator). You can use a leather brush to help work the product deeper into the leather's pores if desired. Don't forget to do the head rests, back of the seats, sides, bolsters, arm rests and really work it in to creases and folds. If the product readily absorbs in to the seat you can apply more product until there is some visibly left on the surface. Each seat may need anywhere from .5 ounces to 2 ounces. When you are done back your vehicle into direct sun and if it's not sunny out you can use a hair dryer or turn on the heated seats. The heat will help open the pores of the leather and thin out the Rejuvenator Oil so it can penetrate in to every crevice of the leather. Ideally, you want to let the Rejuvenator Oil sit for a full day but a minimum of one to two hours still works very well. If none of these heat sources are are available to you don't worry the product will still work well on it's own, just let it sit the minimum of one to two hours.

After you've let the product sit on the leather for as long as possible, the surface may be a bit tacky to the touch, which is a good sign. At this time the Rejuvenator Oil has removed many of the embedded contaminants and forced them up to the surface. Now you will apply the Prestine Clean directly on top of the surface with a clean applicator pad (i.e. terry cloth applicator) or clean microfiber towel. Apply anywhere from .5 to 1.5 ounces per seat, working it in thoroughly with light pressure. Let the Prestine Clean sit on the leather for another 15 to 30 minutes. Take a slightly damp towel, using warm water, and remove both products from the leather with light pressure. Immediately follow up with a dry towel to remove any visible moisture. The seats should now look and feel incredible with no greasy or oily mess left behind at all. The leather will have a completely natural finish and be well nourished to help prevent future problems.

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Engine Bay

Engine Bay Auto Detailing Guide

Is It Safe To Detail Your Engine Bay?

Detailing the engine bay can often seem overwhelming and potentially scary but in reality it's one of the easiest areas to care for. Many owners fear they will ruin some part of the engine with a simple cleaning, but the truth is the modern day engine bay is so well protected it's hardly a concern anymore. With minimal effort you will be amazed at how easy and affordable it is to make your engine bay look like new again. You only need a degreaser, protectant, protectant applicator and a cloth or brush to work in the degreaser. The process should only take 20 - 45 minutes depending on how dirty the engine bay is.

How Often Should You Detail Your Engine Bay?

The engine bay should be detailed every 3 - 6 months to keep it clean and well protected.

Prep Work and Precautions

While the vast majority of vehicles are extremely easy and safe to work on we'll go over some basic precautions that apply to some select vehicles. If you are working on a classic car or any older model (mid 1990's and older) you may want to be extra cautious. Electrical components are generally well covered, but if you have any visible avoid hitting them with a high pressure water flow. They are meant to resist moisture but it's possible to get water in there if you were careless or if they were defective. To be conservative wrap exposed electrical connections in tin foil. The air intakes are usually protected but avoid hitting them with a direct stream of water, if needed cover them with a plastic bag because you don't want to flood the air intake with water. If you have an exposed aftermarket air filter make sure it's covered by a plastic bag. If you have any exposed belts or fans cover them up with a plastic bag or tin foil. After you have checked off these areas you are ready to begin detailing. Again most of these areas are not of concern to the modern day vehicle but you should check just to be safe.

How To Detail Your Engine Bay

Upon completion the engine bay should look outstanding and be protected for months to come!

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Detailing Dictionary

Detailing Dictionary Auto Detailing Guide

The definitions below were specifically created to help define various detailing terms, they are not general definitions. Understanding these detailing terms is critical to ensuring you have the information you need to detail at a high level. We recommend reading all of these definitions in addition to reading through the rest of our Detailing Guide and our Ask a Pro Detailer Blog.

303 Brand
  1. Since 1980, when the brand was developed originally for the aerospace/aviation industry, 303 has been the premium choice for avid boaters, car enthusiasts, homeowners, etc. 303 products offer a diverse line of protectants and cleaners designed to keep the things you love looking and performing like new. From Protectants to Detailers, 303's top of the line products have been exceeding the highest expectations of even the most avid users. They can help you clean and protect almost your entire interior of your vehicle including carpets, seats, console, leather, etc. Not only are 303 products great for automobiles they are recommended by manufacturers of boat/RV awning, spa cover manufacturers, outdoor furniture manufacturers, 303 products are trusted and recommended everywhere. In fact, 303 Fabric Guard is the only fabric guard product recommended by leading outdoor manufacturer, Sunbrella for water repellency retreatment of their fabrics. 303 products is owned and manufactured by Gold Eagle Co, headquartered in Chicago, IL. Gold Eagle Co. was founded in 1932, and is the manufacturer of several leading brands, including STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer, HEET Gas-Line Antifreeze, and104+ Octane Boost. This great brand has created so many high quality products you are going to love!
3D Brand
  1. With over two decades of research and development 3D Car Care has established a solid name as a leader in the car wash, detailing, and car care industry. 3D works hard to provide innovative products at a great value to their customers. Products like the Speed (polish and protect) have taken the detailing world by storm and showed off their high-quality, value-based product development. With a large variety of products, you will find everything you need from shampoos to dressings, to polishes and much more!
3M Brand
  1. 3M is a global fortune 500 company whose many innovations have improved the daily life of people all over the world. They have made products that allow you to drive at night easier, made buildings safer, and made consumer electronics lighter, less energy-intensive and less harmful to the environment. 3M is always coming up with new innovative ideas that will continue to help shape the world as we know it.
Abrasive
  1. A particle suspended in a liquid used to polish or compound paint.
  2. Aluminum Oxide particles attached to paper to form sand paper.
Acid
  1. A corrosive material (pH less than 7) that is generally used for wheel cleaning.
Adenna Brand
  1. Adenna founder Maxwell Lee bridged markets and cultures when his U.S. based company partnered with his uncle's Malaysian glove factory to bring affordable, quality gloves to the masses. You will find various material makeups and thickness constructions, allowing you to have the best glove on hand for any detailing step you are performing!
Adhere
  1. To stick to. To not easily be removed.
    "This polish is adhering to the paint."
Adhesion
  1. The force between two objects that are stuck together.
    "The paint has good adhesion to the substrate."
Alcantara
  1. Composite material, generally made of Polyester and Polyurethane.
Alkaline
  1. Any substance with a pH value greater than 7; also referred to as a "base."
All in One (AIO)
  1. A product intended to not only clean, but add gloss and protection in one step.
Alloy
  1. A compound formed with more than one type of metal or nonmetal.
AMPs
  1. or Amperage is a measurement for the consumption or amount of electricity used.
Anodized
  1. A metallic surface that has been electrically treated to produce a cosmetically pleasing, corrosion resistant finish.
APC
  1. All Purpose Cleaner. A cleaner that can be used in many situations for cleaning multiple surfaces.
APEX Steam Brand
  1. APEX Steam works hard to provide their customers with high-quality steam cleaners to help them save money and valuable time while on the job. Skipping on harmful chemicals, APEX steam cleaners will help you clean various surfaces using only high-temperature steam. APEX makes several high quality models that come standard essential accessories included with each unit and a fantastic warranty, APEX Steam is a company you will want to work with.
Applicator Pad
  1. A pad used to apply product. This could be a coating, sealant, wax, or anything else that is applied to a surface of a car, inside or out.
Aquatek Brand
  1. Aquatek Coatings are designed in the USA and made in Japan. The brand was founded by two passion driven detailers with a no-nonsense approach and a goal to provide customer service, value and quality products that professionals can depend on. As former reps and installers in the coating industry, they know the frustrations on both sides of the coating business. Aquatek works hard to provide what they want most as installers and as a coating manufacturer.
Autofiber Brand
  1. Autofiber is a family run business based in San Diego California. They have been designing, manufacturing, wholesaling and distributing the highest quality microfiber cleaning products for over 20 years and there is no end in sight. From their extremely popular Dreadnaught drying towel to their Saver applicators, Autofiber prides themselves on providing their customers with unique, high quality microfiber items. Everyone needs high quality microfiber when detailing, so look no further than Autofiber!
Backing Plate
  1. The plate that is attached to a polisher. Polishing pads are attached to this plate with hook and loop material.
Baked Dry
  1. A term used to describe the use of heat to accelerate the drying or curing of paint, clear coat, chemicals or film.
Base Coat
  1. Also referred to as "Color Coat," the layer(s) of paint on top of the primer and below the clear coat.
Beveled Edge on Pads
  1. Rounded corners on the edge of foam pads.
Biodegradable
  1. Describes any substance that organically decomposes.
Blackfire Brand
  1. Blackfire produces high quality detailing supplies that really help you take your detailing to the next level. Many of the products were upgraded at the end of 2017 as they revamped this already great line of products and refreshed the packaging. They also are now known as Blackfire Pro Detailer's Choice, to drive home their mission of creating quality products professional detailers will enjoy. They have some outstanding waxes, sealants, polishes, shampoos, quick detailers, wheel cleaners, tire dressings and more. Each product is uniquely well balanced so it's easy to use and achieves top-notch results.
BLO Car Dryer Brand
  1. Air drying your car has a lot of advantages over towel drying and BLO has released affordable, high quality options. You can find anything from handheld units great for cracks and crevices, to larger units designed to quickly blow standing water off your vehicle. BLO is dedicated to not only offering high quality units, but innovating over the years to guarantee they are always offering the best!
Blotting
  1. The process of placing a towel down on a surface and lifting it straight up when drying rather than dragging the towel over the surface, to help reduce the chance of marring the paint.
Blower
  1. Gas or electric power tool that forces warm air through a round tube to concentrate the air in one direction. They are commonly used to dry cracks, crevices, grills, spoilers, and other areas tough to dry with a towel.
Blowerband Brand
  1. Blowerband specializes in unique silicone bands, that attach to your leaf blowers and the Stubby Nozzle Leaf Blower Nozzles. This simple tool helps transform leaf blowers into tools you can use to dry vehicles and the silicone tip protects your vehicles paint from any scratches in the process. Using Blowerband helps you save money using a tool to dry our vehicles that many of us already have on hand!
Body Shop Safe
  1. Describes a chemical which will not interfere with the process of painting a car (i.e. cause fisheyes, adhesion problems, or other unwanted side effects).
Brake Dust
  1. Iron particles from the brake rotor and pads, commonly deposited on wheels.
Brush
  1. A tool comprised of either natural or synthetic bristles to displace dry particulates or agitate liquid cleaning chemicals. Commonly used on soft surfaces like carpets, mats, fabric seats, soft convertible tops and leather. Usually has a handle for hand usage but some brushes can attach to buffers.
Buff and Shine Brand
  1. Buff and Shine was founded by Richard Umbrell in the 1980's after he listened to his father complain about how poorly some pads were made for detailers. Richard designed and tested some pads that far surpassed some "leading pads" and thus a business was born. As the business evolved they developed a philosophy to focus on quality, listen to the users and improve the technology. They custom designed tools to make some of the best pads possible and detailers have been loving them for decades now.
Buff Brite Brand
  1. From innovative polishing lights and vacuum attachments, Buff Brite has taken their 40+ years of detailing experience and put that knowledge into products to increase the productivity of every detailer. The innovation will not stop at the Flamethrower and Fur-eel, Buff Brite is always working on the next and best!
Buffer
  1. A power tool which can be a rotary machine or a dual action machine. Used for applying protection, buffing, polishing, or sanding paint or clear coat.
Buffer Trails
  1. An unwanted result on the paint or clear coat from improper buffer usage.
C6 Ceramics Brand
  1. C6 Ceramics works hard to make unparalleled gloss and hydrophobics a possibility. Utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, C6 has developed and will continue to develop high quality coatings and other coating based products.
Carnauba
  1. A type of wax, commonly sourced from Brazil, which is mixed with other ingredients to form a paste or liquid automotive wax.
CarPro Brand
  1. CarPro has developed some of the most exciting products in the detailing industry that are loved by professional detailers and weekend detailers. They offer a wide range of detailing products including shampoos, tar remover, contaminant remover, glass polish, polishes, ceramic coatings, trim protection and so much more. The revolutionary IronX and Cquartz products combined with other top notch items have quickly made them an industry leader that detailers simply can't get enough of. Check out the CarPro products today!
CCS Pads
  1. A patented technology of Lake Country Mfg. which uses groups of closed foam cells on the surface of a buffing pad which do not absorb polishes or waxes.
Chemical Guys Brand
  1. Chemical Guys is committed to providing high quality detailing products that produce only the highest quality results. For over 30 years they have manufactured and distributed products to every kind of detailer around the world. They produce a wide variety of waxes, sealants, glazes, polishes, metal polishes, degreasers, dressings and so much more. Best of all Chemical Guys constantly refine their products and develops new ones, so you always have the latest and greatest. Chemical Guys keeps their finger on the pulse of the detailing community, which helps them develop products on the cutting edge of detailing technology. Their wide range of products is sure to help you throughout your detailing process. Try some of the Chemical Guys products and you'll know why they have a worldwide following.
Chrome
  1. An electroplated finish of chromium typically applied over a metal or plastic substrate.
Clay Bar
  1. A soft and malleable synthetic bar that can remove contamination from smooth and non-porous automotive surfaces (i.e. glass, clear coat). You must spray clay lube on the surface beforehand so the bar will glide over the surface safely.
Clay Lube
  1. Lubricant specifically made to assist a clay bar to glide over the surface it is being used on.
Clay Magic Brand
  1. Clay Magic produces some of the finest clay bars in the detailing industry. Clay Magic is the original, seven patented clay bar that was developed during the early 1990s. Clay Magic started making clay bars to help safely clean vehicles from the everyday contaminants that your vehicle comes in contact with. Contaminants such as brake dust, rail dust, industrial fall out, tree sap, paint overspray, bug smear, road grime, etc. can leave your vehicles surface dirty and rough to the touch. Clay Magic clay bars help safely remove these contaminants from your vehicle so it can be optically clear and aesthetically pleasing. Simply spray clay lube (quick detailer) over a small area and then glide the bar side to side and you'll instantly notice the surface is cleaner and smoother. It's safe to use on almost all paint, glass and clear coated surfaces.
Cleaner
  1. A chemical designed to emulsify dirt or contaminants.
Cleaner Wax
  1. A type of wax containing a chemical paint cleanser to remove very minor surface defects and contaminant build ups while leaving a layer of protection at the same time.
Cleaning
  1. The act of removing foreign dirt/particulates/contamination from a surface.
Clear Bra / Paint Protection Film
  1. Urethane film applied to painted surfaces to preserve them, specifically preventing chips and scratches.
Clear Coat
  1. Paint without color. It is the final coat in modern paint systems applied on top of paint to preserve it.
Cloth Seats
  1. Seating surfaces with a fabric/broadcloth covering.
Coating
  1. Any product that adds measurable thickness to the top of paint, and creates a cross linked barrier with extended durability.
Collinite Brand
  1. Collinite is located in Utica, New York and was founded in 1936 by Charles H. Collins. Collinite has a long standing heritage to quality products. They believe that many manufacturers have been looking past the quality of their own products, instead focusing on marketing. Collinite took advantage of this and invested its time into quality of production. All of Collinite's products are made in the USA and hand poured in small kettle-sized quantities to ensure top shelf quality. The quality of Collinite products spread like wildfire via word-of-mouth and after 1994 and business really picked up. Along the way Collinite products collected 5 first place awards in industry-wide product tests. This success all came without advertising, modern packaging, and an internal sales force. Collinite products truly stand for "It's what's inside that counts."
Colourlock Brand
  1. With many years of research and development, coupled with a strong desire to deliver good, honest and efficient products has led Colourlock to become a leader in the automotive, furniture and leather goods industries. From leather cleaners, conditioners, protectants, dyes, along with fabric cleaners and protectors, Colourlock has various products in their product line to help you tackle not only detailing steps but around the house repairs as well.
Compound
  1. A paste or cream containing aggressive abrasive particles designed to quickly remove noticeable defects in the paint or clear coat.
Concentrate
  1. A product that is intended to have water added by the end user.
Contaminant
  1. Any foreign particle rested, embedded, or bonded to any part of a vehicle that would ideally be removed when cleaning.
Counterweight
  1. The component in a Dual Action polisher that balances the eccentric orbital motion of the tool.
CR Spotless Brand
  1. CR Spotless is committed to providing you quality water that will not leave watermarks while cleaning your home, automobile, boat, etc. They produce high quality water filtration systems that de-ionize water and remove impurities. The CR Spotless water filtration systems allow you to wash without fear of watermarks and you don't even have to dry the surface. This type of innovation has made CR Spotless the premier name in the industry. Try one of their portable or wall mounted units and use it all around your home and vehicles.
Cure
  1. The action of a paint or coating cross-linking to form a stable matrix or film. Gases will evaporate from the surfaces during this process so you should not protect the surface until this process is complete.
Cure time
  1. The duration of the curing process, or length of time between application of a product and that product reaching a fully stable state.
Cutting
  1. Removing the top layer of paint or clear coat via polishing or compounding. This is done most effectively with a buffer.
Cutting Pad
  1. An aggressive pad that gets attached to a buffer to help remove noticeable surface imperfections in the clear coat or paint.
DeFelsko Brand
  1. DeFelsko Corporation, a leading U.S. Manufacturer of coating thickness gages and inspection instruments, has been delivering Simple, Durable and Accurate gages since 1966. Family owned and operated in Northern New York, their state of the art facility houses research, development, manufacturing, quality, sales and service departments.

    Over the years, DeFelsko has pioneered many technologies including the first combination ferrous/non-ferrous gage to automatically recognize the substrate and take a measurement and the first hand-held ultrasonic coating thickness gage for non-metal substrates including plastic, wood and concrete. Starting with the mechanical PosiTest FM and GM, DeFelsko has shown a commitment to excellence in manufacturing and after sales support. DeFelsko actively participates in several key organizations (SSPC, NACE, ASTM, ISO) to improve and promote the science of coating inspection.

    DeFelsko is recognized as a premier American manufacturer of quality inspection instruments.
Degreaser
  1. A solvent chemical designed to emulsify and flush oils and greases from a surface.
Detail Factory Brand
  1. Detail Factory strives to create high-quality tools that any detailer uses on a daily basis. From amazing brushes to high-quality microfiber, you will find the essentials needed to clean up your daily driver or take care of a client's supercar.
Detail Guardz Brand
  1. Detail Guardz, formerly known as Hose-eez, developed a product in 2015 to help stop an age old problem: cord and hose jamming under your tires. The Detail Guardz Tire Guard has helped pro detailers and weekend warriors detail frustration-free and pushed Detail Guardz to tackle other detailing steps, guarding you against frustrations. With innovations in pad cleaning and bucket filtering, Detail Guardz continues to release impressive products.
Detailer Brand
  1. With Detailer by DetailedImage.com, you can represent yourself as a detailer everywhere you go. Under Armour T-Shirts? Check. Under Armour Hoodies? Check. What about banners, stickers, tool bags? Check, check and that's right, you guessed it, check. The Detailer brand features various simple, yet functional and high-quality products that help you not only promote the detailing industry as a profession, but as a great hobby as well. Take pride in your profession or your favorite hobby and show it off to others! This is a Detailer brand you will want to support!
Detailer's Helper Brand
  1. Detailer's Helper specializes in belts that are paint safe and allow detailers to carry their favorite detailing products with ease. These belts were made by owner of Detailer's Helper, Kevin Davis, who is a professional detailer. Kevin wanted an easier way to carry items with him while detailing, while not having to worry about scratching the paint with the material, metal buckles, etc. After some testing, the Detailer's Helper belt was born and comes with various pocket configurations for professional detailers and weekend warriors alike!
Detailing Outlaws Brand
  1. The Detailing Outlaws brand was born in 2017 and excels in manufacturing high quality and innovative detailing products. Their focus is "outside the box" thinking and coming up with products that help solve a detailing problem. The Buckanizer helps keep your wash media organized and is only the first product with many more game changers to come!
Diamond ProTech Brand
  1. Diamond ProTech is a brand belonging to NGNT S.A. Switzerland. NGNT operates from a dedicated laboratory to research and develop nanotechnology composites. This innovation brought forth Diamond ProTech, which is the first brand to use enriched nanodiamonds in protective coatings. With this formulation, users will have a coating with greater hardness and durability, while still being easily applied. Diamond ProTech and NGNT are excited to continue to innovate and pushing their products to the limit!
Dilute
  1. The process of adding water to reduce the concentration of a liquid product.
DIY Detail Brand
  1. The goal of DIY Detail is to make detailing easy for everyone. Their pro-grade product line offers high quality items that are easy to use, no matter if you are a pro detailer or a weekend warrior!
Dressing
  1. A product designed to moisturize and protect rubber, plastic, or vinyl surfaces which may also contain ingredients to leave some level of gloss behind.
Driveway Shield Brand
  1. Driveway Shield works hard to offer innovative products designed to help protect our driveway and garage floors. Their TireBib protects these areas from tire protection products and Driveway Shield is always working on new products to help solve everyday detailing issues.
Drop Stop Brand
  1. When fellow owner and inventor Marc Newburger dropped his phone down his seat gap, he reached for it, taking his eyes off the road and nearly hitting a pedestrian before hitting a large pole. Looking for a solution to this problem spurred the idea for the Drop Stop Seat Gap Filler. This item allows you to fill in that pesky gap between your seat and the center console, stopping items like phones, food, drinks, and more from dropping. Once in that gap, they can be incredible hard and dangerous to retrieve. With Drop Stop, Don't Drop and Drive!
Dry Sanding
  1. The action of sanding without the use of water.
Drying
  1. The act of removing moisture from a surface.
Dual Action (DA) Buffer
  1. Refers to a polisher which both oscillates and rotates in order to remove paint defects or apply protection. Generally considered more user friendly than a direct drive rotary polisher.
Durability
  1. Refers to longevity. Length of time a product will last before evaporating or breaking down.
Dwell Time
  1. The period of time you let a chemical/product sit on an automotive surface.
Dynabrade Brand
  1. Description Coming Soon!
Elcometer Brand
  1. Ever since the first Elcometer gauge was manufactured in 1947, their philosophy has been to provide industry-leading, innovative, high-quality products; supported by a best-in-class customer experience at a competitive price. By concentrating on these core values, Elcometer has grown into a global network with representation in over 170 countries. They have been responsible for creating many industry-leading devices that have made their name synonymous with quality meters and gages. Their products are absolutely essential for any professional detailer, body shop, car collector, restoration shop, etc. With a range of products, Elcometer has anything to meet your inspection needs!
Enamel Paint
  1. A resin-type finish which cures to a hard gloss. Can be either pigmented with color or a clear coat.
Engine Bay
  1. The compartment of a vehicle containing the engine and other mechanical components such as the alternator, air cleaner, battery, etc.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  1. Department of the United States government responsible for protecting human health and the environment. As it relates to detailing the EPA regulates the allowable emission of pollutants into the environment from vehicles and the products that care for them.
Ethos Brand
  1. Ethos was founded with the simple goal of making professional results quicker and easier than ever before. With real world detailing experience and various testing trials, Ethos works hard to produce only the best products they can. These products are high-quality and they are proud to use all of them on their own vehicles!
Fabric
  1. A material produced from woven natural or synthetic fibers.
Fabric Guard
  1. A protectant that repels dirt or liquids from fabrics.
Fine Grade
  1. A term typically used to describe a clay bar or polish that is only mildly aggressive or abrasive.
Finishing
  1. The final step in the paint correction process, intended to remove any remaining fine surface defects or haze.
Finishing Pad
  1. A soft pad that is used to produce a high gloss finish.
Fish Eye
  1. A type of defect caused by contamination left on a surface during the painting process.
Flash Point
  1. The temperature at which a chemical or solvent vaporizes and/or ignites.
Flat Pads
  1. Pads that have no grooves or dimples in the face of the pad.
Flat Paint
  1. Having no texture or orange peel.
  2. Having little to no gloss or shine.
Flex Brand
  1. Flex tools is a leading designer of innovative and highly efficient power tools. Flex produces a wide variety of buffers, grinders and drills for over 80 years. They are a European based company that is now sweeping through the US. Their buffers produce outstanding results that have made them extremely popular with high end detailers. The remarkable balance of power and safety has led to the Flex XC 3401 VRG buffer becoming one of the the most desirable buffers in the detailing industry. It has plenty of power with minimal risks of burning or otherwise harming your vehicle. It can remove permanently remove the majority of the swirls and other fine imperfections in your vehicle's clear coat to reveal a deep and glossy shine.
Foam Gun
  1. An apparatus that connects to a typical garden hose which uses water pressure and a soap/detergent to produce suds, usually for washing automotive exteriors.
Foam Lance
  1. An apparatus that attaches to a pressure washer to produce suds from a soap or detergent to help wash the vehicle's exterior.
Foam Pad
  1. A pad produced with a cellular structure (can be either open or closed cell), used in paint correction or to apply protectants or cleaners to a surface.
Fortador Brand
  1. Fortador's company policy is to, "create effective solutions with no shortcuts". These units are powered by motors made by Lamborghini, yes you heard that right, the same company that makes those iconic sports cars! You will notice both companies have a similar logo as they are affiliated by sharing parts, styling and a commitment to excellence. These powerful machines help you save valuable time when cleaning. No more double cleaning or waiting for your steam cleaner to heat up, Fortador knocks out dirt, grime, bacteria, germs and more super fast and easy. One machine can even support up to three users at a time! This means you can save more of your valuable detailing time. State of the art features combined with incredible styling screams high quality professional work. Not only do they work incredibly well, but they run efficiently so you can save on operating costs. When you see and feel these units in person you know they will take your detailing business to the next level.
Geist Brand
  1. Geist. product range focuses on innovations that are efficient and very safe for the surfaces treated, the client's health, and the environment. They are committed to using plant and algae derived ingredients wherever they offer high levels of performance and also not use forever chemicals.
Gel Coat
  1. A type of epoxy finish used to produce a smooth finish over composite materials such as fiberglass or carbon fiber.
Ghosting
  1. When a nearly invisible mark appears in or on the clear coat or paint. It is common to see ghosting when you remove a badge, sticker or decal because the clear coat underneath is preserved extremely well and the surrounding clear coat may be oxidized, creating a contrast.
Gilmour Brand
  1. Gilmour has been making top quality products for the auto, home and garden industry for decades. They are part of the Robert Bosch Tool Company and pride themselves on manufacturing nothing but the best tools. They invest the time in to developing top quality products made from only the finest parts. Rest assured anything you buy with the Gilmour name will work great and last for years to come. They are known to detailers for their foam guns, hoses, hi-flow shut off valves and more. Each one of their products is something you'll be using for years to come and they guarantee it on most products with their Lifetime Replacement Policy. Very few, if any, companies back up their products with this kind of guarantee and this is why they have been so successful!
Glass
  1. A solid material possessing high strength and transparency.
Glaze
  1. A product containing a mixture of oils and solids designed to feed porous single stage finishes and/or temporarily mask minor surface defects in order to provide a high gloss finish.
Gloss
  1. An objective measurement of the "shine" of a paint finish, typically representative of reflective clarity.
Griot's Garage Brand
  1. Griots Garage has been making car care products since 1988! Whether they were just starting out in a garage or as an international recognized brand, they always focused on product quality. In the beginning stages of the company, if the product quality fell short then they would ask the manufacturer to make improvements. This set the tone for Griots to take matters into their own hands and start making their own products. Today they continue on as innovators of high quality products they can be proud of. With the Griot's line of products can always be sure they you will be able to have fun with effective detailing products.
Grit Guard
  1. A plastic screen designed to allow dirt and particulates to settle at the bottom of a wash bucket, reducing the risk of re-contamination of a wash mitt or sponge.
Grit Guard Brand
  1. Grit Guard provides washing solutions to help you wash more effectively and with less risks of adding swirls to your paint. The washing process is where the majority of new swirls are introduced to the paint. Help keep your washing mitt clean and safe with the Grit Guard inserts.
GSM
  1. Grams per square meter; A measurement of weight for microfiber towels to add standardization.
Gtechniq Brand
  1. In 2004, scientists at Gtechniq created a line of products aimed towards perfecting all surfaces on a car. After lots of time, testing, and hard work, Gtechniq is now a high end detailing system for car care professionals and enthusiasts alike. They stand out from the competition because of their Smart Surface Science, which combines micro-abrasive finishing technology along with unique bonding elements. These two features combine together to help produce a great finish on the various surfaces of the interior and exterior of your vehicle. Gtechniq offers a wide range of products designed to clean, polish, and protect the various materials on your vehicle with ease. They specialize in coatings that protect your vehicle for not just days, weeks or months but for years! If you have a love of science and cars you will really appreciate the Gtechniq brand!
Gyeon Brand
  1. Gyeon offers a range of premium quality detailing products designed to help you achieve outstanding results, every time. Each product customers purchase will come with all information to help you easily achieve the best results. This falls right in line with their mission, which is to always "deliver the most technologically advanced products, at very competitive prices". Whether it is product development, customer service, detailing education. or overall constant improvement in their products, Gyeon takes pride in detailing products and the detailing industry as a whole.

    Here is more from Gyeon "While known worldwide for their Quartz Coatings, GYEON is a full range car care manufacturer offering innovative products used by weekend enthusiast detailers and top level professionals alike. With a focus on user-friendly products that deliver pro results, GYEON is growing rapidly with success in over 50 countries. The product line covers everything you would need to perform a full detailing and protection service from start to finish, from surface decontamination to coating, and everything in between. Stand out products like Foam, Bathe, Smoothie Wash Mitt, Iron, WetCoat, CanCoat, Mohs, and the Silk Drier are must haves in any detailing arsenal."
Hack Job
  1. Generally, this is a detailing job not performed up to the standards of a high quality detail.
    "Did you see the hack job the detailer from dealership did to that car?"
Hand Applied
  1. Using an applicator or pad by hand, to correct paint or to apply product.
Hazardous Chemicals
  1. Any chemical that presents a significant threat to the environment or the health of those exposed to it without proper personal protection equipment.
Haze
  1. Lacking clarity, usually describing the appearance of the clear coat. A common effect of aggressive machine polishing that can be removed with a finer pad and polish combination.
Headlights
  1. Lighting which illuminates the area in front of a vehicle to provide visibility in dark ambient conditions.
Headliner
  1. The fabric or vinyl covering on a vehicle's interior roof.
High End Detailing
  1. A type of detailing which involves an above-average level of dedication and effort to provide the best possible results.
Hook and Loop
  1. Fabric that has either a hook or loop attached, when touched together they temporarily join together.
Hyde's Serum Brand
  1. Hyde's Serum specializes in high quality and innovation. They recently opened their doors in 2013 and started off with the introduction of Rustopper, a quality solution for detailing wheels and braking systems. This product will fight rusty rotors that can happen after the wash process and it is not the only product they have on the horizon. Hyde's Serum will continue to innovate and come out with new and exciting products for the detailing community.
HydroSilex Brand
  1. HydroSilex is a multinational company with boards and branches all over the world. They specialize in the chemical industry and are committed to releasing high quality detailing products, which is evident with their first release, Recharge. With their overall vision of quality and user-friendly products they have quickly become extremely popular amongst detailers.
IGL Coatings Brand
  1. IGL Coatings strives to not only offer high-quality automotive coatings, but cleaners and conditioners as well. You can find products for trim, wheels, windows, interior and so much more in their offerings. Best yet, most products contain all-natural ingredients or are formulated with reduced hazardous chemicals that can be found in other products on the market.
IK Brand
  1. Behind the IK brand there is an international group of people united by the passion to develop new ways of spraying. IK works hard to make it easier, safer and more efficient in various areas, along with car detailing. These high quality, innovative tools will help save you not only time but money as well.
Industrial Fall Out
  1. Also known as rail rust, embedded iron particles in the surface of the paint.
Iron Remover
  1. A product used to remove ferrous material that gets adhered to the exterior surface of a car.
Jenesco Brand
  1. Jenesco specializes in providing customers with high end ozone generators. Ozone gases are designed to help you remove odors, mold and mildew by destroying the molecules, bacteria, and spores associated with them. This ozone gas can actually go anywhere air can go (between fibers, into cracks, into the AC system), allowing it to penetrate hard to reach areas. The molecules of this ozone gas then attach themselves to the molecules of the mold, mildew or odors, chemically changing the structure and destroying them at the source. Jenesco offers various models to choose from and if you are having issues with mold, mildew, and or removing pesky odors, these units are for you!
Jescar Brand
  1. Since 1978 Jescar has been a leading distributor of high-end automotive polishing products. They were the first to introduce German quality to the automotive assembly plants and ultimately to the professional detailing market. With their unique understanding of the automotive products market, Jescar expanded beyond just polishes to develop its excellent range of car care products, and some of our fan-favorite products were born! Jescar Finishing Products is now manufacturing its own new high-performance compounds and polishes that take paint correction to a new level of quality. Jescar has expanded to waxes, cleaners, ceramic sprays and more!

    With over 40 years of experience in industrial polishing and high-gloss surface applications, Jescar is committed to the automotive detailing market with innovative new product development for the ultimate in car care.
Karcher Brand
  1. In 1950 Alfred Krcher invented the high-pressure cleaner. Since then Karcher has expanded and grown into a complete line of award winning pressure washers. They work hard to provide high quality machines at great prices to their customers. From small electric pressure washers to large gas units, Karcher has something for everyone to be excited about. If you are looking for an easy and effective way to clean your car, siding, driveway, decks, windows, and many other household jobs, Karcher Pressure Washers should be your choice.
Kevin Brown Method
  1. The original KBM article was delivered in e-mail form, outlining a simple set of instructions that enabled a polishing enthusiast to drastically increase the cutting and finishing performance of a typical random orbital polisher.

    The KBM dictates that the simplest aspects of polishing are continuously considered or calibrated, including: frequent pad cleaning (to control paint residue build-up); the targeted use of a supplemental wetting agent (to extend the use of a single application of buffing liquid, to better distribute buffing liquid across the pad face, to increase cut); the implementation of machine tilt or the targeted addition of user-applied pressure (to equalize pressure across the pad face, to minimize the percentage of pad face contacting the polishing area, to increase the width of the pad's contact patch across a curved or crowned panel shape); the use of low polishing speed (for smooth, controlled, and comfortable machine operation, for lower pad and panel temperatures, and to allow more time for the pad to conform to the polishing surface, particularly when user-applied pressure or machine tilt is increased).
Koch Chemie Brand
  1. Koch Chemie was started in 1968 by Hans Koch. Hans was not happy with the products on the market, so he developed his own formulas for polishes in his personal workshop. With years of innovation and development under their belts, Koch Chemie works hard to provide detailing products for every surface across your vehicle!
Kranzle Brand
  1. Kranzle is a German-based company dedicated to providing high-quality pressure washing systems to users all over the world. Kranzle was launched in 1974 by Josef Kranzle. From the very beginning, the utmost importance was to always provide superior quality on all of their units. This amazing quality shines through even in their products today. Kranzle has established a high-end image in the cleaning industry and continues to innovate and grow.
Kwazar Brand
  1. The Kwazar Pro+ line has been available in over 100 Countries for years and they are well known for their high quality spray bottle designs. From marine to residential, and even commercial, Kwazar has a bottle for every situation. If you are looking for high quality, 360 spraying angle, chemical resistant spray bottles, check out the Kwazar Pro+ line!
Lacquer
  1. A type of paint technology (typically single stage) which cures to form a thick, high gloss finish. Often referred to more specifically as "cellulose lacquer" in automotive finishes.
Lake Country Brand
  1. Lake Country Manufacturing is a privately owned manufacturer of buffing and polishing products. LC is driven to helping consumers find profitable detailing solutions through the development of high-end products and customized buffing systems. From microfiber pads to foam pads and even applicators and polishers, Lake Country has a vast array of products for any professional detailer or weekend warrior.
Layering
  1. Multiple applications of a paint or coating over a substrate, intended to produce a thicker final result or "film build."
  2. Multiple applications of a sealant or wax protecting the paint or clear coat.
LC Power Tools Brand
  1. LC Power Tools is a branch of the popular polishing pad brand, Lake Country Manufacturing. Lake Country always prioritized real world testing and user feedback when developing new pads and made sure they worked hand in hand with the popular polishers on the market. With LC Power Tools, they are taking the "Innovation to Make Life Easier" mantra, but instead of focusing on pads, they are creating innovative, user-defined tools to help you step up your polishing game. The UDOS Polisher is first in line of many more great tools to come.
Leather
  1. Material produced from natural or synthetic hydes that have undergone a finishing or "tanning" process. Can be finished and dyed in multiple ways and may or may not have a urethane protective top layer applied.
Leather Cleaner
  1. A chemical designed to safely remove dirt and foreign oils from the surface and pores of a leather surface. Often leather-specific cleaners are pH neutral in order to avoid damaging the material or causing accelerated wear.
Leather Conditioner
  1. A lotion-like product designed to feed a leather hyde with oils to keep it soft and supple, and prevent cracks or rotting.
Leatherique Brand
  1. Leatherique is a very special company that is run much different than most businesses you may encounter. George Pavilsko Sr. founded the business in 1968 and its still owned and operated by the Pavlisko family. However George did not start out looking to form a business, he simply wanted a solution for restoring leather. He developed leather care solutions that were producing exceptional results. His leather care products evolved into a business which is now currently operated by George Pavlisko Jr. These products have gained a world wide following and are used today by some exclusive organizations such as the Smithsonian Museum, Henry Ford Museum and The Old Harrah Collection. They are also the leading leather care provider for many car clubs like the Rolls Royce Owners Club, BMW Owners Club, Porsche Owners Club and many more. The Leatherique employees are far more than just employees. Leatherique has a group of highly talented, enthusiastic employees that really embody leather care. The employees are generally long tenured and use the products they work with. Many employees have personally restored leather and work on their own automobiles and furniture. Therefore when you call with a technical question you get a highly qualified response. We find this extremely rare in a day and age when calls are often handled overseas by someone reading from a manual. The Leatherique employees provide invaluable insight on leather care which continues to make their leather products top notch. The Leatherique products are developed in secret so the familys secret ingredients remain unknown. They have however shared that their products are made with a complex blend of collagens, animal proteins and absolutely no fillers. Many other brands use fillers that make the leather temporarily look and feel great but can have potentially harmful long term affects. Leatherique prefers to use only the most effective ingredients that truly care for the leather, not just make it look good for today. This has helped them develop some one of the best cleaning and conditioning formulas on the market with the Rejuvenator Oil and Prestine Clean. Leatherique also make a variety of leather dyes, crack fillers and other leather restoration products.
Lilly Brush Brand
  1. Lilly Brush tackles a life long problem, removing pesky pet air from various surfaces. With patented technology and high-quality construction and designs, Lilly Brush stormed the market with brushes for large surfaces, tight areas, and everything in between. These durable designs are just the start and Lilly Brush is working hard to always innovate to make pet hair removal easier for everyone, detailer or not!
LSP
  1. Last Step Protection; the final step you take to protect the paint.
Lubricant
  1. A barrier between two surfaces that add slickness to prevent marring or scratching.
Makita Brand
  1. With nearly 90 years of experience in advanced motor design, Makita applies the latest innovation to engineer and manufacture the best power tools in the world. Makita Power Tools have more power and less weight, and are more compact and more efficient than any other. At jobsites around the world, professional users are dumping the old, getting the new and gearing-up with Makita. Makita offers more solutions for the professional trade.
Marine 31 Brand
  1. Some car detailing products can work great on boats, but yet they are not specifically formulated for marine use. With Marine 31, you get products designed for Marine usage and tested out in the toughest conditions. You'll be able to clean and protect your fiberglass, gelcoat, vinyl seats and so much more! Marine 31 formulated each of these products to work incredibly well while still being environmentally friendly. If you are looking for a detailing line of products for any of your marine toys give Marine 31 a try today!
Marolex Brand
  1. For over 30 years, Marolex has been producing sprayers that fit their slogan, "sprayers for years". Utilizing innovation, reliability, and ergonomics, their high quality sprayers can tackle almost any detailing job and these sprayers are truly designed to last many years. Whether it is applying a heavy degreaser, an instant detailer, or even applying a thick layer of foam from your favorite shampoo, Marolex has you covered.
Medium Grade
  1. Refers to the aggressiveness of a clay bar or polish, which is greater than that of a fine grade, They are more likely to mar the paint or clear coat but are stronger options than their fine grade counterparts.
Meguiar's Brand
  1. Meguiar's celebrated 100 years of business in 2001 and they continue to impress the world with their top quality products. It is still a family run business that is in it's 4th generation inside the Meguiar's family. They started with humble beginnings as a furniture polish laboratory and progressed into automobiles when horse carriages used the same wood as furniture. From there they expanded in to more car care products as the automobiles popularity rose. The Meguiar's family was committed to designing the best products on the market and they were rewarded with an ever growing customer base. The family worked hard and began selling to manufacturers, body shops, professional car detailers, consumers and more. As the Meguiar's name became synonymous with car care the customer base grew outside the US and they are now a globally recognized name in car care. The Meguiar's products have won countless awards and been used by many winners of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Company headquarters are in Irvine, CA but they have a 200,000 square foot state of the art production facility in Nashville, TN. This new facility helps them manufacture over 300 unique products to help you care for virtually every square inch of your car. Meguiar's is car care crazy and they definitely have the products to meet and exceed your needs.
Menzerna Brand
  1. Menzerna is one of the highest regarded brands in the automotive detailing industry. The German company was founded in 1888 and their current headquarters are still in Germany more than 130 years later. The continuous growth of this business has forced them to expand their operations in to France and Morocco. Menzerna has clearly established themselves as one of the worlds leading suppliers of polishes for automotive surfaces and more. These polishes help make many different surfaces smooth, clean and aesthetically pleasing. Many leading automotive manufacturers work closely with Menzerna to develop the most effective and efficient polishes. Recently Menzerna created a new type of polish that delivers amazing results. Previous polishes used larger particles for more cutting power but they left the surface much rougher, which requires additional work. The new polishes use some of the smallest and smoothest abrasive particles ever put in to a polish. This helped deliver great cutting power with a remarkably smooth finish that looks outstanding. This type of innovation has kept Menzerna one step ahead of their competitors. Over the last five years they have developed so many new products that they already account for 35% of their yearly revenue. While they quickly develop and produce products, quality is always the top concern. Menzerna is ISO 9001 certified which means their products meet some of the highest quality controls in the world. Part of being certified includes: documentation of all processes, standardized procedures for supplier qualification, strict control of incoming goods, in-process quality control, traceability of all manufactured batches and regular management reviews. This extensive list of qualifications is independently verified to ensure Menzerna only delivers the absolute highest quality products. Menzerna continues to raise the bar for detailing brands and we can't wait to see what they will come up with next.
Metal Polish
  1. A polish containing chemicals and abrasives specifically made for metal.
Metal Wax
  1. A protectant for metal surfaces designed to hold up to higher temps such as exhaust tips and wheels.
Metallic
  1. Small metal flakes (micas) in paint, used for an aesthetic purpose.
Metering System
  1. A device used to precisely mix or dilute chemicals.
Metro Vacuums Brand
  1. Metro Vacuums was started with a $50 gift from Israel Sterns father-in-law in 1939. He turned that small investment into a large manufacturer of high quality vacuums and other related products. Metro produces a variety of machines that are all almost directly related to the forced circulation of air. Most commonly they sell vacuums that are amongst some of the most well balanced tools on the market for suction power, features, durability, capabilities and more. Metro has been expanding their product line since the 1980s into more specialized areas. The vacuums they have developed for cleaning computers and other electronic equipment is a great example of this. Metro is one of the worlds leading suppliers of electronic care vacuums. They also now produce inflators, deflators, pumps, fans, pet drying blowers, motor cycle dryers, Data Vacuums and more. All of these tools meet exceedingly high standards so you can be assured of a quality long term investment with all Metro products.
Micro-suede
  1. A type of synthetic fabric made with tightly woven fine fibers, which appear similar to natural suede.
Microfiber
  1. Fabric produced from a blend of fine synthetic fibers (typically polyester/polyamide), designed to provide superior moisture wicking and surface cleaning.
Microfiber Detergent
  1. A cleaner used for washing microfiber products that does not leave behind any detergents to help maximize the lifespan of microfiber products.
Microfiber Pad
  1. A type of cutting and/or polishing pad made up of microfibers on the face.
Milwaukee Brand
  1. Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has developed innovative solutions that deliver increased productivity and durability for professional and weekend warrior users. Their Fuel battery technology has provided incredible power and work times to their cordless polishers and cordless systems, allowing you to power anything from a home drill to your polisher. Milwaukee is dedicated to delivering high quality systems of work now and in the future!
Mobile Detailer
  1. Detailer without a fixed location. Someone who will come to your location.
MSDS
  1. Material Safety Data Sheet; Information on the product you purchased. It may include information on proper use or potential hazards for the product.
Multi-Step Process
  1. A series of different tasks carried out to produce a final result.
Mytee Brand
  1. Mytee is one of oldest carpet cleaning machine company in the industry today. The company has roots dating back to 1977 but the Mytee brand itself started in 1994, with John LaBarbera and the portable water heater product at the time, the Mytee Hot. With high quality, awesome technology and customer service, Mytee quickly rose to the top of the hot water extractor industry. Today Mytee manufacturers some of the industrys finest hot water extractors for auto detailing. Their high performance carpet cleaners range from compact and portable to large, commercial units. They have multiple machines that will be sure to meet any of your detailing needs!
NanoSkin Brand
  1. With new state of the art technology NanoSkin has been manufacturing a complete line of detailing supplies that include protective shields, waxes, polishes, compounds, cleaners, glazes, and other specialty cleaning products. This started in 2003 when NanoSkin first started its research and development with the latest nanotechnology advances. The AutoScrub pads are their prized jewel which shows the exact innovation NanoSkin has become known for. This pad has saved people time, money, and energy when removing contamination from the paint. NanoSkin vows to improve surface quality, reducing polishing time, enhancing surface durability, and surface brightness with future advancements. According to NanoSkin this innovation will "make life easier while saving time for the more important things in life".
Nasiol Brand
  1. Nasiol are scientists first and foremost, always in the pursuit of high quality detailing products. They design their products from the ground up with their high end laboratory, manufacturing everything from cleaners, to shampoos, to nano coatings.
Nextzett Brand
  1. Nextzett was formed after Einszett closed in 2015 and it is comprised largely of the team that worked at Einszett and developed many of the Einszett aka 1Z products we all love. Many of the products are exactly the same and some have already been enhanced for improved performance! This team is dedicated to keeping up the proud Einszett traditions while moving the brand forward with new innovations.

    The history of Einszett is a German line of high-quality auto detailing supplies. Founded in 1936, Einszett has based their company on one simple philosophy that remains until this day: produce a premium quality formula without compromises and offer excellent customer service. By staying small and privately owned, they were able to take advantage of being innovative and focused on their original mission. Einszett became certified ISO 9001, one of only a handful of product manufacturers that can make this claim. Their passion for perfection and quality helped them develop much industry leading products and gain a strong following amongst enthusiasts and professionals worldwide.
Oberk Brand
  1. Oberk lives by three founding principles, Defeat the Swirls, Remove the Guesswork, and Made for All Skill Levels. Simply put, Oberk manufacturers pads and polishes that easily remove imperfections in your paint with an easy to understand and use polishing system. Oberk, a unique play on the german translation of Oberste, or "supreme", says it all. High-quality products that stand out above the rest!
One Step Polish
  1. A single polishing step to correct defects in the paint or clear coat.
OPMs
  1. Orbits Per Minute The amount of times per minute the center of the backing plate will rotate around the center of the machine.
Optimum Brand
  1. Optimum car care products is an independently owned and operated detailing brand that produces high quality detailing supplies for those interested in high quality results. To create the most effective products possible Optimum works with paint manufacturers and other OEM suppliers to understand all the products, materials and new technology used in the industry. This helps Optimum research and design products that meet and exceeds the needs of professional detailers and weekend detailers alike. Optimum then sends their products out to top detailers around the country for feedback, which helps them continuously refine their products. Their products are easy to use in the sun or shade and they are very easy to use. Optimum puts a tremendous emphasis on creating environmentally friendly products as well. Each product is designed to have minimal environmental impact where ever possible. The Optimum line of products is extremely well balanced and it really makes this an outstanding all around brand! Detailed Image has all of Optimum's newest products including some of their most recently improved products. We highly recommend you try the Optimum line of products today!
Orange Peel
  1. A slightly bumpy painted surface that resembles the texture of an orange's exterior skin.
Orbital Buffer
  1. Uses a fixed oscillating pattern without rotation to work a product on the surface.
Original Finish
  1. A finish that was applied at the factory, not done by a body shop.
ORM-D
  1. A postal service designation for products which are considered "Other Regulated Materials for Domestic Transport Only." This means it could be dangerous to transport due to pressure from an aerosol container or their potentially harmful/caustic nature.
OSHA
  1. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an office of the US Department of Labor responsible for the oversight of workplace safety guidelines for the use of best practices and personal protection equipment.
Overlapping passes
  1. A technique utilized while applying a polish or protection where each pass overlaps the previous pass by 50% to ensure thorough application.
Overspray
  1. Airborne particulates generated during the application of a sprayed paint or coating which bond to unintended surfaces.
Oxidation
  1. The result of a porous material becoming dry and/or brittle due to prolonged exposure to sun and air. Often manifests itself as a dull, chalky appearance on the surface of clear coat, paint, rubber, etc.
P&S Brand
  1. With over 50 years of experience in the detail products industry, P&S provides high quality detailing products for almost any detailing step. Many of these products are even hand-picked by Renny Doyle after extensive testing and used by Renny in his day to day details. P&S and Renny will continue to evolve and improve the Double Black Renny Doyle Collection, along with all P&S products, so that you can use the same products as a world-class detailer.
Paint Cleaner
  1. A chemical which uses solvents and/or very mild abrasives to remove contaminants from painted surfaces, preparing them for further polishing or the application of a protective product.
Paint Gauges
  1. Precision instruments which use either mechanical or electronic means to measure the thickness of paint film applied over a substrate.
Paint Prep Pads
  1. Pads with a urethane rubber face, used as an alternative to a clay bar, to decontaminate painted surfaces.
Paint Preparation
  1. The process of readying paint for a wax, sealant, or coating. This can include washing, decontamination, compounding, and polishing.
Petroleum Distillates
  1. Organic compounds derived from crude oil through a refining process.
pH Scale
  1. A numeric scale ranging from 0-14 which describes the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. A pH of 7 is considered neutral.
Pig Tail
  1. A pattern of deep scratches, resembling a pigs curly tail, most often caused by trapped particulates during the process of sanding or polishing with a Dual Action Polisher.
Plastic
  1. Material made of synthetic or organic compounds with a moderate to low melting point which is easily molded into a variety of forms. Often used both inside and outside automobiles due to it's relatively good durability, lightweight and low cost.
Pneumatic
  1. Describes a type of power tool which is powered by a high volume of compressed air.
Polish
  1. A liquid or paste with suspended abrasive particles intended to remove mild to moderate defects from a surface and refining its finish.
Polisher
  1. A power tool used to correct surface defects or apply protection on paint, glass, or plastic surfaces.
Polishing Pad
  1. A medium grade pad designed to work with a polish to remove moderate surface defects.
Poorboy's World Brand
  1. Poorboy's World Inc. was founded in 2002 and is family owned and operated. The founder Steve, has been detailing for over 35 years, 20+ of them professionally. He has detailed National Show winners as well as everyday vehicles. Poorboy's World Inc. is headquartered in Florida, with distributors around the world and growing. All the products are proudly made in the USA. Steve works with his chemist to develop, produce and distribute products efficiently & quickly. Their product list is very extensive and covers virtually every area of detailing. With Poorboy's World products you will be able to fully detail the interior, exterior and engine bay with ease. The products create a show car shine every time but are easy enough for anyone to use. Poorboy's World has a very simplistic view towards the creation of their products. They must be highly effective, easy to use and affordable. Elaborate packaging and other "fluff" is not their style. These products get right down to business with impressive results at a great value. All of their products can be used in the sun or shade and apply and remove with ease. The overall value of these products is exceptional, which has led to their world wide following.
Porter Cable Brand
  1. Porter Cable is one of the most well established names in the power tool industry and throughout the world. They have been in business for over 100 years designing and manufacturing tools to help people and businesses accomplish their goals. Porter Cable is an ISO 9001 certified company which requires the company to have extensive documentation and knowledge about their supplies, suppliers, production process, quality control and more. Porter Cable tools are meant to withstand countless hours in the harshest conditions. They include a warranty with almost every tool they make and have service centers around the US and beyond to ensure you have a great experience with them. Porter Cable has won many major awards for design innovation and engineering. In 1996 the Smithsonian Museum created a new section for archived materials and honored Porter Cable by placing many original tools and company memorabilia in the exhibit. Porter Cable's ability to engineer products at the highest level has helped them become a fixture atop the US power tool industry.
Pre-Wash
  1. The use of chemicals such as tar removers, degreasers, iron dissolvers, or soap to help clean prior to starting the normal wash process.
Professional Detailer
  1. A person who is capable of cleaning, polishing and protecting an automobile at a high level while acting in a professional manner in all aspects of their business.
Protection
  1. Any product which provides a sacrificial barrier between the environment and a vehicle's material surfaces, slowing natural deterioration.
PSI
  1. Pounds per Square Inch, a measure of pressure which can apply to gases or liquids.
Quick Detailer
  1. A liquid product designed to add lubricity between a towel and surface, allowing the safe removal of dust or oils on a surface. These products may also contain gloss enhancers or some protection.
Raggtopp Brand
  1. Raggtopp Convertible Care products are exclusively tested and endorsed by The Haartz Corporation, original equipment manufacturer of convertible topping for virtually every American and European convertible automobile manufactured throughout the world. This goes to show how credible the Raggtopp products are for convertible top care. Raggtopp Convertible Care Products are exclusively designed for the auto-care professional and convertible top enthusiast who demands the very best manufacturer approved convertible top cleaner and protectant. Raggtopp Convertible Care products do not contain silicone and will not harm paint, chrome, glass or plastic windows. If you are a convertible owner, Raggtopp products are a must have!
Rail Dust
  1. Red or rust color spots on the finish that can penetrate deep into the clear. Caused from transport or embedded brake dust.
Random Orbital Buffer
  1. A power tool which attaches to a backing plate and buffing pad that uses random oscillation to spread a product onto a surface and/or utilize an abrasive to remove surface defects from a surface.
Reliable Brand
  1. Reliable was founded in 1955 by the father of the current CEO, making it a very successful family business! They have always focused on customer service and product innovation. This focus has helped Reliable grow from a small provider of simple sewing machines, to a much larger company specializing in creating machines in several different markets. From sewing, fabric care, irons, to steam cleaners, Reliable has a variety of quality products to choose from. Their professional steam cleaning products are used in detail shops, dentist offices, jewelry stores, hospitals, restaurants, and various other commercial applications. Reliable products use steam to help clean which can sterilize without the use of any harmful chemicals. Steam cleaners have become popular in detailing for cleaning carpets, crevices, exterior trim, center consoles, seats and so much more. You can find a variety of these steam cleaners, which are great for detailing anything from your car to your home, here at Detailed Image!
Resin
  1. Thick liquid which is most often used to harden composite materials such as fiberglass or carbon fiber.
  2. A liquid ingredient in some protective coatings and sealants.
Restore
  1. To bring back to a previous or original condition.
RIDS
  1. Random Isolated Deep Scratches; random in the fact that there is no "pattern" to the scratches.
Rinseless Shampoo
  1. A type of shampoo that is typically low sudsing and high in polymers to provide lubricity without the need to flush away excess residue with water.
Rotary
  1. A buffer that has no secondary action to its rotation.
    "ZOFRO Polishing Machine (Zero Offset Forced Rotation Orbital)"
RPMs
  1. Revolutions Per Minute; How many times in a minute the backing plate on a rotary machine rotates.
Rupes Brand
  1. Rupes has been following the key principles of being intuitive, quick, creative, and innovative since 1947. This has allowed them to become one of the leaders of the international tool market today. You can find many of their products world wide, from Europe to Japan, to South Africa and Australia. Their LHR15ES and LHR21ES polishers are well known to the detailing community and they show the exact type of quality and innovation that Rupes has been known for.
RZ Mask Brand
  1. RZ founder Steve Torbenson was a big extreme sports fan and enjoyed riding dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, etc. The dirt, dust, and pollen, however, tried to put a damper on the fun. So in 2010, Steve invented a filtration mask sleek enough to fit under a helmet, comfortable for all-day use, a particulate rating of 99.9%, with replaceable filters and long-term durability. The masks feature lots of innovative technology so they are very comfortable while functional.
    Detailers can be protected from polishing dust, odors, vapors, pollen and more while looking professional.
Sanding
  1. The use of various grits of sandpaper to remove material from a surface.
Scangrip Brand
  1. For more than 100 years Scangrip has been manufacturing high quality, innovative hand tools for the industrial and automotive sectors. They have achieved tremendous success with their range of durable and functional work lights for various professionals, especially car detailers. The Colourmatch line of lights will help you spot any imperfection in your paint with an unparalleled amount of perfection and ease of use. With the focus on design, functionality, and leading LED technology, Scangrip is cemented as a top company in the automotive/detailing industry.
Scratches
  1. Below surface defects which typically appear linear in nature.
Sealant
  1. A type of synthetic protectant, usually polymer or resin based, with durability that is usually longer than that of a wax, but less than that of a coating. It also enhances the appearance of paint.
Semi-Permanent Coating
  1. A strong, cross-linked film that is typically based on strong base elements (e.g. silica, ceramic) which is more resistant to degradation than a sealant or wax.
Shampoo
  1. A liquid or gel which contains a surfactant and a co-surfactant designed to help loosen dirt and contaminants and create a slick surface so the paint is not easily marred while washing.
Sheeting Method
  1. A drying technique using water to dry the car. Using an open ended hose, at a low pressure, you flow water from the higher surfaces down. This cascade effect of water can remove 80+% of water from the surface of your car.
Shine
  1. A subjective term typically used to describe a surface with high gloss and reflective properties.
Shine Supply Brand
  1. Shine Supply has been built off of customer service, education, and quality detailing products that work. They work closely with top chemists to not only make high end products, but to continue to innovate for the future.
Short Cycle
  1. To not fully work the polish. Fast arm movement, and not allowing the polish to fully do its intended job to correct or finish paint.
Single Stage Paint
  1. Paint that does not require clear coat.
SM Arnold Brand
  1. Since 1928 SM Arnold's goal was to enable their customers to sell quality products at a competitive price. With this goal in mind they have grown to offer one of the most extensive lines of cleaning maintenance accessories in the United States today. They manufacture and import high quality products such as chamois, wash mitts, buffing and polishing pads, applicators, sponges, microfibers, brushes, brooms, and much more! Many of these products are even made right here in the USA. Their slogan says it all, "When it comes to cleaning care products... We shine!".
Smooth / Soft Start
  1. The function of a machine to not immediately go to the full selected speed or RPMs/OPMs.
Snappy Cleaner
  1. A powdered detergent used to gently and thoroughly clean and refresh microfiber towels or foam pads.
Solution Finish Brand
  1. Solution Finish originated in Huntington Beach, California and maintains manufacturing facilities in Long Beach, California so the products are proudly made in the USA. They are committed to providing the most effective and highest quality trim restoration products for professional detailers and detailing enthusiasts. Their award winning Black Trim Restorer removes oxidation, it doesn't just cover it up like many other "quick fix" products. Solution Finish combines ancient ingredients and advanced polymer technology to create a unique product. It truly restores and protects any originally black plastic or vinyl trim, leaving a deep, rich black finish without the "wet look" and greasy residue. A consumer driven company, Solution Finish continually researches and seeks feedback from customers to ensure their product surpasses expectations and is absolutely the best in the business. We highly recommend you try Solution Finish if you're looking to restore your faded, oxidized black trim to a like new finish!
Solvent
  1. A chemical substance which dissolves other dissimilar chemicals.
Sonax Brand
  1. SONAX products are made to provide outstanding results while being environmentally friendly. They pride themselves on being innovators of high quality detailing supplies that both professional detailers and weekend detailers will love. They constantly research ways to improve their products so they can offer the best in the business. The SONAX Wheel Cleaner Full Effect is a great example of their innovation and determination to be an industry leader. This cleaner has provided a deeper and faster cleaning than anything they have developed before. They stay focused on making the products environmentally friendly as well so you know you are using safe and effective products.
Spindle Threads
  1. The threaded connection between a polisher's spindle/arbor and a backing plate, measured in size and pitch.
Spray on Protection
  1. Any sealant, wax, or coating which can be atomized for easy application.
Spray on Sealant
  1. A form of spray on protection with properties similar to a traditional polymer sealant.
SprayMaster Brand
  1. SprayMaster works hard to provide customers with high-quality spray bottles and triggers, ready to tackle any cleaning job you can even think of throwing at them. If you have a heavy degreaser or a light cleaning quick detailer, SprayMaster has a bottle for you.
Steam Cleaner / Steamer
  1. A tool that uses a boiler to generate pressurized, high temperature water vapor which can be used to clean or emulsify soluble substances with minimal saturation. Also useful to destroy mold spores and bacteria.
Stoner Brand
  1. Stoner was founded over 60 years ago and is located in Lancaster County, PA. This company is really top notch with both their products and the way they conduct business. Stoner has over 300 different products that primarily come in aerosol containers. They supply products to over 6,000 different manufacturers, businesses, organizations, governmental agencies, etc. Stoner strives to provide outstanding products and work environment. Stoner was the proud recipient of the 2003 of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. This award recognizes excellence in operations and manufacturing that is extremely difficult to win. Stoner is only one of fourteen small businesses to ever win this award. Top quality products have never been created with a sacrifice in the quality of the work culture. Employees have high morale and really appreciate working for an honest and reputable company. Our personal experiences with Stoner employees have been outstanding. Each employee is very knowledgeable, polite and helpful. All orders are packed safely and shipped in a very timely manner. Try some of the outstanding products from Stoner today and experience their high quality products.
Streaks
  1. Remaining residue left behind after you have attempted to wipe away excess product.
Stubby Nozzle Co. Brand
  1. Stubby Nozzle Co. helps you transform your Leaf Blowers into tools you can use to safely and effectively dry your vehicle. All units are designed by owner Derek McCurry in Atlanta, GA. They work great with the Blowerband and Derek hopes this nozzle helps you save time and money when detailing!
Surfactant
  1. A compound often used in shampoos, soaps, all purpose cleaners, and degreasers to emulsify and carry dirt and contaminants away from a surface.
Swirls
  1. Random, circular below-surface defects, which cumulatively often resemble a spider web when viewed under direct lighting.
Synthetic Leather / Leatherette
  1. Artificial leather. A man-made product to resemble real leather.
Taillights
  1. Lighting to provide illumination to the rear of a vehicle, often also used as a visual indicator of braking, reversing, or to indicate turns.
Tape
  1. Usually low tack masking style tape used to protect trim from being hit with a pad during correction or polishing.
Teflon
  1. A registered trademark of DuPont Co., a chemical compound with non-stick properties known as PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene).
The Last Detail Brand
  1. TLD Products is known for their product called The Last Cut. The owner of the company is an active detailer that works directly with their chemist for product development and testing. Their main focus is to provide products that you can depend on and customer service that you can rely on. Versatility, ease of use and consistent results were the main factors that were kept in mind during product development and final testing. These factors will also remain valid during future product development. It is known that all detailers do not have the ability to be in perfect conditions during every job, therefore having products that will be able to adapt to various environmental/work conditions will provide detailers with a better overall work experience. TLD Products has a goal to develop products that are strong enough for the professional detailer yet easy enough for the weekend detailing enthusiasts.
The Rag Company Brand
  1. The Rag Company works hard to not only provide the finest microfiber products at a great value, they also are looking to educate readers about what to look for in microfiber. They source towels from around the world with a variety of polyester/polyamide ratios to provide you with all the options and information so you can make an informed decision on what works best for you. They carry some shop towels at a great value but they are more known for taking tremendous pride in their wide selection of extremely high quality towels that last a long time. Even though that may mean some customers purchase fewer towels, since these high-quality towels last so long, the Rag Company is very okay with that. They want to only provide their customers with the best towels at the best price!
Three Step
  1. A paint correction process comprised of three distinct stages of defect removal; can describe any combination of sanding, compounding, or polishing procedures to produce a refined finish.
Throw
  1. The distance the center of the backing plate travels in reference to the center point of the head of the machine.
Tolco Brand
  1. Tolco Corporation was founded by William E. Spengler in March 1961. They started off selling the D-22 drum pump, which helps you easily dispense products from larger drums. This item quickly became one of the best in class items for this use and sparked innovation across the board. Now Tolco sells everything from high quality trigger sprayers, dispenser bottles, pumps, etc. within the detailing, office supply, foodservice, animal health, and many more industries across the globe.
Tornador Brand
  1. Tornador inventor, Dennis Dehn, was working with Japanese associates to help develop various detailing products. Some stuck, some did not, but they kept working. From a lunch and a simple dust can cleaning idea, the Tornador was born. Featuring patented tornado like air movement Tornador has come up with some real detailing game changers. From cleaning guns that take any cleaning solution and make them a foam, to a foam gun to use on the exterior of your car, to a simple blower, Tornador has the tool for you. All work with your air compressor and are perfect for the detailer who does not have access to a lot of water. High quality and innovation are huge features of Tornador tools and they are determined to keep producing new tools to make your car detailing easier than before!
Trim
  1. Metal, vinyl, leather or plastic components on a vehicle's interior or exterior which are attached to the main body, intended for protection or ornamentation.
Tuf Shine Brand
  1. TUF SHINE is an innovative company best known for their amazing permanent tire shine. Detailers who try the TUF SHINE Tire Clearcoat are blown away by the remarkably dark finish that is not oily or greasy at all. The tires look amazing for years to come and really impress. TUF SHINE prides themselves on creating top quality products that exceed the expectations of the most demanding detailers. Creating products that solve issues detailers have faced for decades is an amazing achievement for this company. Please take a minute to review all the products they have to offer and learn more about them.
Two Bucket Method
  1. An approach to traditionally washing a car which employs separate buckets for soaping and rinsing a wash mitt, sponge, or brush.
Two Step
  1. A paint correction process comprised of two distinct stages of defect removal; typically one step of compounding and one step of polishing, but can describe any combination of either.
UV Rays
  1. Also referred to as Ultraviolet Radiation, UV has a shorter wavelength than visible light. UV exposure can cause the degradation of many automotive materials such as paint, rubber, vinyl, and leather unless adequate protection is present.
Vacuum
  1. A tool which employs an electric motor to generate suction, used to collect either wet or dry dirt and grime.
Vapamore Brand
  1. Vapamore prides themselves on superior design, intelligent engineering, and high quality customer service. Every Vapamore product is built and rigorously tested so that every machine meets all of their high quality standards. Each one of the various size machines offers a 100% natural, chemical-free cleaning method that purifies your car, boat, RV, home, etc. and protects the health of your family by skipping harmful chemicals when cleaning. In the Italian language, vapore means steam and amore means love hence, the love of steam. Pick up a Vapamore and fall in love with steam cleaning today!
Vapor Systems Brand
  1. In 1996 Steve Clingan established the company, Midwest EcoSteam located in Springfield, MO. In 1998 the company name was changed to Vapor Systems LLC / Steam Cleaners Direct. Vapor Systems LLC imports the very best steam cleaners directly from Italy and distributes them to U.S. businesses and residences throughout the country. With over 16 years in the industry you can be assured that Steve Clingan has been able to sustain longevity by knowing the products inside and out, being service oriented after the sale, and having one of the very best products and warranties on the market.
Vinyl
  1. A form of plastic polymer often used to produce dashboard, door panel, and seat coverings as well as convertible tops.
Waffle
  1. A type of towel or pad with a surface containing "pockets" or waves, similar in appearance to a breakfast waffle.
Waffle Weave
  1. A type of microfiber towel typically used for drying a vehicle after washing, or for streak-free glass cleaning.
Wash Media
  1. The tool used to wash the exterior of your vehicle.
Wash Mitt
  1. A type of wash media consisting of natural or synthetic fibers as opposed to a foam sponge material. There's typically a place to put you hand inside, hence the term "mitt".
Washing
  1. The cleaning of the vehicle's exterior in order to prep it for the following steps, usually the decontamination step.
Water Based
  1. A product that has water as the main ingredient as opposed to an oil or silicone.
Water Marks
  1. The minerals that are left over when hard water evaporates. These can lead to the physical etching which can cause serious damage to a vehicle's exterior surfaces.
Water Purification
  1. Removing minerals and elements from hard water through a filtering system.
Water Soluble
  1. Something that is able to dissolve in water.
Water Spot Remover
  1. Product that is used to remove minerals on the surface after water has dried.
Waterless Wash
  1. A product with a high concentration of polymers designed to quickly emulsify and encapsulate dirt and grime for safe removal with minimal water usage.
Watts
  1. or Wattage is a measure of the amount of work electricity does. Volts x Amps = Watts.
Wax
  1. A natural substance harvested from various organic sources which can be applied to paint and other glossy surfaces to provide protection.
Weathering
  1. Descriptive term for the effects of deterioration (patina) due to environmental exposure.
Wet Sanding
  1. The use of water or other lubricants during the sanding process to carry abraded material away from the work surface and prevent loading of the sandpaper.
Wheel Woolies Brand
  1. Wheel Woolies are manufactured by Braun Automotive, which has been around since 1875. Braun has been manufacturing various industrial brushes over the years, but really gained a following when the Wheel Woolie Brushes won the award for the 2014 Detailing Accessory Product of the Year. The high quality fibers, sturdy yet light handle, etc. really took wheel cleaning to the next level. Braun has since built upon the success of the Wheel Woolie and expanded their line of high quality detailing brushes to meet any of your automotive detailing needs.
Wolfgang Brand
  1. Wolfgang was developed by Bob McKee and a large team of German chemists. He set out to create a paint sealant that could bridge the gap between carnauba waxes and long-lasting paint sealants, while combining their most desirable traits. After years of testing and help from a German chemist, Wolfgang was born. Wolfgang is a German formula of super polymers, but it is manufactured, bottled, and marketed all here in the US! From paint sealants, to shampoos, waxes, polishes, etc. Wolfgang covers all of your bases.
Wool
  1. Natural or synthetic material typically used to produce a polishing pad for aggressive defect removal.
Woolly Wormit Brand
  1. Woolly Wormit is driven to making innovative tools to help you clean up one of the dirtiest parts of your vehicle, the wheels. The Woolly Wormit Wheel Brush features a sturdy yet flexible handle, removable microfiber cover, and integrated lug nut cleaning brush. These are just some of the features of their first cleaning brush and Wooly Wormit is always working on upgrading this brush and coming out with new and exciting products for detailing professionals or weekend warriors alike.
Work Stuff Brand
  1. Work Stuff manufacturers high quality automotive detailing accessories. Their goal is to provide every detailing enthusiast with high quality equipment to fulfill their passion and daily work. They are constantly expanding and improving their product lineup, so that everyone can meet their needs whenever work calls!