DIY Auto Detailing

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by krusej23 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:11 pm

Shindoman wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:02 am
Why was rinsing off a problem?
I don't think it has enough gom to push all of the soap off properly. It did an okay job but not what a pressure washer at a manual car wash has.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by zeus201 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:22 pm

Has anyone here laid down their own PPF? Really want to protect wife's car with some film to help with paint protection.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by daniel3507 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:14 am

zeus201 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:22 pm
Has anyone here laid down their own PPF? Really want to protect wife's car with some film to help with paint protection.
I struggle enough with plastic wrap in the kitchen. No way I would take on a project like that.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by FlowRider » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:20 pm

daniel3507 wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:14 am
zeus201 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:22 pm
Has anyone here laid down their own PPF? Really want to protect wife's car with some film to help with paint protection.
I struggle enough with plastic wrap in the kitchen. No way I would take on a project like that.
:rofl:

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by WDE46 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:17 pm

With winter/fall coming up I want to mention Optimum No Rinse as the best solution for washes in the cold. I actually use it year round now because it is 100x better than washing a car under the sun battling the drying panels and water spots. I powerwash the crud off, pull into the garage, and wash it. In the winter, fill the bucket with warm water and keep your hands warm in your garage!

IT ACTUALLY WORKS. It looks sketchy but it's amazing. 1 cap full is 0.5 oz and you just use a cap per gallon and just a couple gallons in a bucket (I use that to fill a small sprayer). Lasts forever!

get yourself one of these too:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B ... UTF8&psc=1

This video shows it off. I use a different method with microfibers, bucket with ONR, and a sprayer with ONR. The Big Red Sponge is supposed to be a good method too.



zeus201 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:22 pm
Has anyone here laid down their own PPF? Really want to protect wife's car with some film to help with paint protection.
PPF really is something to be left to a pro. It just looks like it takes too much practice. Sure you can probably get close to pro results but it'll take you forever and you'll probably waste a lot of film with screw ups. This is a buy once, cry once kind of thing.
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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by daniel3507 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:29 am

ONR is great stuff. I use it as clay lube too.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by JollyGreen » Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:23 am

Anyone have recommendations for a garage wall mount vacuum? I see a few on amazon but some reviews say suction is very weak. I’m looking to have a 30’ hose so I can use it for both car cleaning and garage cleaning.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by daniel3507 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:51 pm

JollyGreen wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:23 am
Anyone have recommendations for a garage wall mount vacuum? I see a few on amazon but some reviews say suction is very weak. I’m looking to have a 30’ hose so I can use it for both car cleaning and garage cleaning.
No personal experience with it but I've heard good things about the Metro Master Blaster

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by tommyboy » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:52 pm

I have the "GUV" by Hoover and like it. Not sure if it's still available though.

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Re: DIY Auto Detailing

Post by beermuda » Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:21 pm

WDE46 wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:17 pm
With winter/fall coming up I want to mention Optimum No Rinse as the best solution for washes in the cold. I actually use it year round now because it is 100x better than washing a car under the sun battling the drying panels and water spots. I powerwash the crud off, pull into the garage, and wash it. In the winter, fill the bucket with warm water and keep your hands warm in your garage!

IT ACTUALLY WORKS. It looks sketchy but it's amazing. 1 cap full is 0.5 oz and you just use a cap per gallon and just a couple gallons in a bucket (I use that to fill a small sprayer). Lasts forever!

get yourself one of these too:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B ... UTF8&psc=1

This video shows it off. I use a different method with microfibers, bucket with ONR, and a sprayer with ONR. The Big Red Sponge is supposed to be a good method too.



zeus201 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:22 pm
Has anyone here laid down their own PPF? Really want to protect wife's car with some film to help with paint protection.
PPF really is something to be left to a pro. It just looks like it takes too much practice. Sure you can probably get close to pro results but it'll take you forever and you'll probably waste a lot of film with screw ups. This is a buy once, cry once kind of thing.
+1 on the ONR. I switched to ONR about 6 years ago and I'd never go back to "regular" car washing for all the tea in China.

A really good method I learned from the Optimum guys is wash a panel with ONR, then hit it with a single spray of Optimum Car Wax before you dry. It works great as a drying aid and of course you're also waxing as you go. Works a treat.

In fact, all of OPT's products are fantastic. Optimum Power Clean will take grease stains off of concrete and is great on bird bombs as well as just general household grime if you need a powerful detergent.

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