Detailing Questions

War Machine

Well-known member
Post here if you have any questions about making your vehicles look their best. I’m no professional, but I have tried damned near everything on the market. It’s been a pretty serious hobby for me for the last three years, so I have learned quite a bit. @Pudge is also very knowledge about it, more than I am about paint correction for sure.
 

Azblue

Beer
Good idea to start a detailing thread. I started to learn in early 2014 when some asshat decided the hood of my brand new truck would be a good table to stack their luggage on in a hotel parking lot and scratched the hell out of it.
This is when I learned about DAs, clay and using a sealant vs old fashioned wax.
 

15whtrd

Essential member
Good idea to start a detailing thread. I started to learn in early 2014 when some asshat decided the hood of my brand new truck would be a good table to stack their luggage on in a hotel parking lot and scratched the hell out of it.
This is when I learned about DAs, clay and using a sealant vs old fashioned wax.
That would seriously piss me off. I’m lucky I have had a lot of practice on not so great cars growing up. I’m definitely no professional but I have a good hand. Never used a DA but have used a buffer lightly. Probably spent a few hundred hours doing my cars by hand throughout my life. It’s definitely an art. I have three step polished my truck and previous cars all by hand. That is a serious workout. Someday I’ll get myself a DA and all the cutting and buffing pads to go with it.
 

War Machine

Well-known member
I’ve got the whole polisher set up, but haven’t spent a ton of time doing it. I spent all day polishing the white Sequoia and it didn’t make a ton of difference. The color just doesn’t lend itself to correction.

And of course no matter how much work I put into mine, that black is gonna get swirled and scratched. Just no way to keep it from happening no matter how careful I am washing it. I gave up chasing perfection on it. I’ll never get another black vehicle for sure.
 
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Where is the best place to buy and what brand would your recommend for interior cleaning? Also cloths to use, lint free, disable or washable?
 

War Machine

Well-known member
Where is the best place to buy and what brand would your recommend for interior cleaning? Also cloths to use, lint free, disable or washable?
Online is about the only place to get the really good stuff. As for brick and mortar, Walmart carries Meguair’s. Most of their stuff is quality. Walmart also carries Chemical Guys, but I don’t recommend their products. Some are good, but most are average at best. Their prices aren’t competitive either.
Some auto parts carry Griots brand, and they’re really good for the most part. I’d say their stuff is probably the best you can get at a retail store.

As for interior cleaner, there’s honestly not a ton of difference in those. I use Shine Supply products for interiors, and they do work exceptionally well, but I probably wouldn’t if I wasn’t placing orders with them anyway.
Meguair’s and Griots have really good interior cleaners that you can find at Walmart or auto parts stores.

Avoid Armor All products. They leave a lot of oil behind which collects dust. There’s also the belief that their products accelerate plastic deterioration, but I’ve not used them enough to verify that.

Good towels are tough to get retail. There just aren’t any good ones in stores that I’ve seen. Costco has a pack of microfiber towels that are very inexpensive. They’re good towels, but not soft, so I don’t often use them on paint. They’re pretty thin. They work great for interiors, wheels, windows, etc, but too thin and stuff for paint in my opinion. I always have a ton of those on hand. Great for household cleaning also.

Pep Boys has Griots PFM towels. They are the very best on the market, especially for drying. They are also the most expensive on the market though, so not an option for most.

Unfortunately the better microfibers are only available online. Anything from The Rag Company is going to be very good. They do sell on Amazon which makes it easier. If you want to go with a very good multipurpose towel, you can’t go wrong with their Eagle Edgeless. Probably the towel I use the most. (They will lint if you don’t wash them before first use.)

The Rag Company (4-Pack 16 in. x 16 in. Eagle EDGELESS 500 Professional Korean 70/30 Super Plush 500gsm Microfiber Detailing Towels (16x16, Orange) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GXRG4L8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_JSGFEbBR6FC2Y
 

Outbound

I'm just here for the panda
What do you guys use for cleaning cloth seats? I have alot of dust and dirt as well as some stains (spilled my coffee once...) embedded in mine. Vacuuming doesn't get it it out.
 

Redfish

Kiss A Fish 🐠
I use Detailing.com for our Bead Maker and another place in Georgia to get towels?? Can’t remember the name right now??? But I have found Wallymart in their automotive section they have edge less microfiber wash rags in a bag ( there is a bunch) and they were cheap and convenient, I have not begun to get low and it’s been well over a year now! This is a public service announcement from me!!!:). Just an FYI for everyone. Been washing vehicle a lot lately!!! What fun we are having now!!! YAY!!!!:)
 

Redfish

Kiss A Fish 🐠
What do you guys use for cleaning cloth seats? I have alot of dust and dirt as well as some stains (spilled my coffee once...) embedded in mine. Vacuuming doesn't get it it out.
Can’t remember the name but it is a dry foam cleaner with a plastic cap with lots of spikes on it you use to scrub with then you shop vac it??? I’ll try to find it??
 

Bmf4069

Insert funny catch phrase here.
So what would you do with this? I have some Krud Kutter, a sprayer, drill brushes, detail brushes, some 303 protectant, and an extractor I bought just to start detailing. I'm hoping it can remove it.

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Redfish

Kiss A Fish 🐠
Get new interior??!!!:). I don’t know what you would do with that?? How much time and some of that just looks plain wore out? Best of luck.:)
 

Sillygoose

to cute for words
Staff member

Bmf4069

Insert funny catch phrase here.
get a 2nd gen:)
C'mon now, you know better!

How many farts does it take to make the seat look like that? Asking for a friend.
About 320k miles worth!

High explosives.
That's not a bad idea, but, being Ironman, it would take quite a bit.

The truck has 320k miles and was used by my dad as a work truck in the DFW area for about 280k of those. I'm betting I can get it out. The sides of the seat are a bit worn, but not replacement worn. Yet.
 
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