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Hey all

After some thoughts for cleaning our new cars. Am thinking wash only for 6-9 months but not decided on the wax/sealant realms. Washing wise I've got

Chemical Guys CWS_110 Honeydew Snow Foam Car Wash Soap and Cleanser
Mothers Genuine Lambswool Wash Mitt
Interior - Chemical Guys SPI_109_16 Leather Cleaner and Conditioner Complete Leather Care Kit (tempted to go with their new car smell stuff too)

Wax / Sealant wise after 6-9 months, leaning towards the sealant

Sealant i'm thinking Wolfgang WG-5500 Deep Gloss Paint Sealant
Wax was considering Collinite Marque D'Elegance 915

Would like to know thoughts / hear what you like or what's junk :)

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I use Sonax almost exclusively. Other than clay lube, have been very unimpressed with Chemical Guys other products. They do smell good, but work lousy IMHO.
 

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I use Sonax almost exclusively. Other than clay lube, have been very unimpressed with Chemical Guys other products. They do smell good, but work lousy IMHO.
Thanks for the +2 on the Sonax. I've really only used Autoglym and just finishing up using a massive kit I got a while back so very interested in these new brands (to me). Do you wax/sealant/both?

I just bring the car to Detailers Domain :)
My least favorite thing to do now is spend an entire day detailing the car.....I admire all 3 of you for the patience...Kudos!
Hmm they do serve CT. Am I reading it right they come out to you? Either way they're only an hour away from me... how much do they charge for an 'emergency' clean? Sounds like 6+ hours isn't going to be a bargain?
 

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Thanks for the +2 on the Sonax. I've really only used Autoglym and just finishing up using a massive kit I got a while back so very interested in these new brands (to me). Do you wax/sealant/both?



Hmm they do serve CT. Am I reading it right they come out to you? Either way they're only an hour away from me... how much do they charge for an 'emergency' clean? Sounds like 6+ hours isn't going to be a bargain?
frankly they are new to me...if they do mobile and come to you will have them do 3 cars at once if possible...maybe a discount???:grin2:
going to speak with them about XPEL on the car...
 

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frankly they are new to me...if they do mobile and come to you will have them do 3 cars at once if possible...maybe a discount???:grin2:
going to speak with them about XPEL on the car...
Sounds like a plan - I have a couple of taps in my basement... gotta kill the hours somehow... driving home will be another issue though :D
 

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frankly they are new to me...if they do mobile and come to you will have them do 3 cars at once if possible...maybe a discount???:grin2:
going to speak with them about XPEL on the car...

Phil should be able to help you out for sure. Feel free to throw my name around. I did an event with him doing about 10 to 15 cars!
 

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I understand the pain, sometimes you just don't have time for detailing on your own. But when I do find time it can be quite satisfying, especially when there are 2 little helpers that are super enthusiastic about car washing.

In terms of products, I've been using mostly on-the-shelf Meguiar's stuff in the past, but lately I'm experimenting with more specialized products such as the ones discussed here. My routine was: hand wash twice a month; clay bar/wax/seal twice a year; also did paint correction on the 4th and 9th year on my previous car (didn't have PPF so front end accumulated quite a few chips and swirls). Planning to install Xpel on the front side.

Anyone has experience in leather care products? This is my first car with real leather interior, I'd appreciate any suggestions.
 

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Thanks that's useful info! I've used McGuire's a bit in the past too and same I want to try new things.

I'll let you know what the Chemical Guys SPI_109_16 is like for interior. My little imp has put his feet all over the back of the seat so when the kick mats arrive i'll get to work on it :) I've used the wipes in the past on the SUV and hate how they dry out all the sodding time so went with the sprays
 

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I like my research, and usually do a ton before pulling the trigger on most things... I use these 3 sites...as my go to for purchasing car cleaning products. I purchased a bunch of AMMO NYC stuff and he's got Excellent videos, and the cleaning products I feel are 2nd to none.

https://www.ammonyc.com/

Griot's Garage - bought the glass cleaning tools/spray - works great.

https://www.griotsgarage.com/home.do

Lastly, bought the 2 bucket system (piece by piece back when I bought it) - from Adams Polishes - A MUST to keep our paint in perfect condition/reduce scratches!
***I have cheated before and just used 1 bucket w/grit guard as I use a foam gun***, but still use a separate brush/bucket/sponge for wheels.

http://adamspolishes.com/

Adam's has great videos as well.

Lastly, check out Matt's blog/youtube channel for washing - he's got some excellent information on here, and is a fantastic resource for all things cars...

http://obsessedgarage.com/

Cheers,
A
 

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I like my research, and usually do a ton before pulling the trigger on most things... I use these 3 sites...as my go to for purchasing car cleaning products. I purchased a bunch of AMMO NYC stuff and he's got Excellent videos, and the cleaning products I feel are 2nd to none.

https://www.ammonyc.com/

Griot's Garage - bought the glass cleaning tools/spray - works great.

https://www.griotsgarage.com/home.do

Lastly, bought the 2 bucket system (piece by piece back when I bought it) - from Adams Polishes - A MUST to keep our paint in perfect condition/reduce scratches!
***I have cheated before and just used 1 bucket w/grit guard as I use a foam gun***, but still use a separate brush/bucket/sponge for wheels.

http://adamspolishes.com/

Adam's has great videos as well.

Lastly, check out Matt's blog/youtube channel for washing - he's got some excellent information on here, and is a fantastic resource for all things cars...

http://obsessedgarage.com/

Cheers,
A
Larry is detail oriented fellow....almost to the point where you want to strangle him:grin2: He knows his stuff, and that is the reason why he works the types of cars that he does....he had a hand in developing the products he uses.....and he is a Good Guy....
 

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How is Kenotek's Interior leather cleaner ?
I recently ordered the interior cleaner but haven't tried it yet (although I have very high hopes).

Haven't used the leather cleaner or conditioner. I've been very impressed with all of their products so far, so I'm sure they both work well.
 
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