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Old 16th January 2014
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Product: Chemical Guys Fabric Clean
Price/where to buy: $19/Gallon http://www.chemicalguys.com/Chemical..._p/cws_103.htm
Pros: Great scent that actually does help eliminate odors, fantastic value, dilution levels (20 parts water to 1 solution) allow a gallon to last for many heavily stained vehicles (I've done about 15 cars and haven't even used half a gallon), and works great on cloth seats.
Cons: The jug it comes in is awkward to try to poor when you need to be precise. Definitely requires a funnel so you don't waste any of it. That's it.
Would you recommend it?
Highly recommend this to anyone. It really does work, and it works well, especially for the price.
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Product: Meguiar's Ultimate Wash & Wax
Price/where to buy: $9.99 - Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, O'Reilly's, Walmart, Target
Pros: Quick, easy to use. You don't have to worry about getting wax on the plastic trim. Nice just waxed look.
Cons: I would consider this an in between wax product. I would still wax the car by hand and use this product to give the car a quick wash if it has been waxed recently. It probably wont have as much protection alone as normal waxing would.
Would you recommend it?
Yes, especially for those times when you just waxed you car only to find bird crap on it the next day!
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Product: Poorboy's Natural Look dressing
Description:It's a very highly reviewed dressing for interior surfaces. UV barrier protects surfaces from fading.
Price/where to buy: $10.99
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Pros: Protects quite well and smells fantastic. It makes all surfaces look perfectly clean, without too much gloss.
Cons: If you haven't treated your leather in a while, it will take quite a few applications to get it properly cleaned/protected.
Would you recommend it?: Absolutely!

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Product: Carpro IronX
Description: Use it to remove rail dust or iron particles from your paint prior to claybarring.
Price/where to buy: $19
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Pros: Quickly dissolves iron embedded in your paint, leaving a smooth surface ready to be claybarred.
Cons: Kinda stinks. Must be careful to not get any on any exposed iron/steel surface, or it will cause damage.
Would you recommend it? Absolutely. This + a good claybar application will get your car's paint as smooth as a baby's butt.
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Old 21st January 2014
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Product: Stoner Invisible Glass Reach and Clean Tool
Description: Use this to clean the hard-to-reach spots on your windshield.
Price/where to buy: $15
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Pros: Great for reaching that impossible-to-get-to spot just above the dash on the lower windshield. It comes with multiple pads, so you can always have one clean and ready to go.
Cons: Yet another tool in your collection. Wait, that's a pro.
Would you recommend it?: Yup! I was skeptical, but it works well.
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Product: Chemical Guys (MIC_506_12) 16" x 16" Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Super Towel, (Pack of 12)
Description: 12-pack of microfiber towels
Price/where to buy: $22
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Pros: Relatively cheap as far as microfiber towels go. I use ~4 each time I polish my paint, so this is good enough to do three cars.
Cons: They're great for removing polish/glaze/sealant/wax, but can load up quickly if you use a lot of product. Use Griot's Garage Microfiber & Foam Pad Cleaner with these in the washing machine and they're good as new.
Would you recommend it?: Yes. They're a great all-purpose towel.
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Product: Griot's Garage 11078 Micro Fiber and Foam Pad Cleaner - 35 oz.
Description: Hot water & laundry detergent aren't enough to remove wax or polishing compounds from towels. That's where this comes in.
Price/where to buy: $13
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Pros: Get your microfiber towels and pads completely clean and ready for your next job
Cons: none?
Would you recommend it?: Yes
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Product: Meguiar's DMCKIT5 DA Microfiber Correction System Kit
Description: Microfiber paint correction system to be used with a dual-action polisher
Price/where to buy: $65
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Pros: Microfiber pads cut/polish better than traditional foam pads and remain cooler. The kit includes everything you need to polish your paint to a better-than-new condition. A good dual-action polisher in addition to this kit will do wonders to improve your car's appearance.
Cons: If you've never done paint correction, it can be intimidating. Prep is everything. Read read read! A DA will limit your ability to really damage your paint, but you can still cause problems.
Would you recommend it?: Yes
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Product: Collinite Liquid Insulator Wax 845
Description: It's technically a wax, but I apply two layers as a sealant and let it cure for 24 hours before applying wax.
Price/where to buy: $17
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Pros: An extremely durable wax that lasts somewhere between a regular wax and a sealant. A true carnuba wax will last 4-6 weeks, but this alone will last 3-4 months. Apply two coats with a 1-2 hour gap between coats, let cure for 24 hours, and apply your top wax. Voilla, amazing paint for months! Depending on the condition of the paint, you may be able to reapply a top wax and avoid stripping the 845. However, since it takes very little 845 to wax a whole car, one bottle will last you a LONG time! Refrigerate to make it last longer.
Cons: Doesn't last as long as a true sealant, but it's somewhat easier to apply.
Would you recommend it?: Yes yes yes.
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Product: Collinite Liquid Insulator Wax 845
Description: It's technically a wax, but I apply two layers as a sealant and let it cure for 24 hours before applying wax.
Price/where to buy: $17 Amazon
Pros: An extremely durable wax that lasts somewhere between a regular wax and a sealant. A true carnuba wax will last 4-6 weeks, but this alone will last 3-4 months. Apply two coats with a 1-2 hour gap between coats, let cure for 24 hours, and apply your top wax. Voilla, amazing paint for months! Depending on the condition of the paint, you may be able to reapply a top wax and avoid stripping the 845. However, since it takes very little 845 to wax a whole car, one bottle will last you a LONG time! Refrigerate to make it last longer.
Cons: Doesn't last as long as a true sealant, but it's somewhat easier to apply.
Would you recommend it?: Yes yes yes.
I was just going to come on here and promote Collinite. I waxed my old Colorado with that and water was still beading off pretty good 1 year later (even through a winter!), and the Saab still looks great after a year with just a wash.

Plus, its made in my hometown.... so I'm biased
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Product: Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish
Description: Polish for metal surfaces from wheels to exhaust tips.
Price/where to buy: $5.99/5oz, $9.49/10oz, $96.95/Gallon
Amazon.com: MOTHERS 05101 Mag & Aluminum Polish - 10 oz: Automotive Amazon.com: MOTHERS 05101 Mag & Aluminum Polish - 10 oz: Automotive
Pros: Very easy to use, works of various metals, restores cloudy/dull metal, works wonders on stainless steel exhaust tips.
Cons: Essentially destroys any cloth you use to apply it. (turns them completely black.) Will leave white residue on black plastic trim, so be careful applying it on exhaust tips on cars with black valances.
Would you recommend it? Absolutely. I have used this from polishing trim, to exhaust tips, to diesel tanks on Semi trucks.


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Product: Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish
Description: Polish for metal surfaces from wheels to exhaust tips.
Price/where to buy: $5.99/5oz, $9.49/10oz, $96.95/Gallon Amazon.com: MOTHERS 05101 Mag & Aluminum Polish - 10 oz: Automotive
Pros: Very easy to use, works of various metals, restores cloudy/dull metal, works wonders on stainless steel exhaust tips.
Cons: Essentially destroys any cloth you use to apply it. (turns them completely black.) Will leave white residue on black plastic trim, so be careful applying it on exhaust tips on cars with black valances.
Would you recommend it? Absolutely. I have used this from polishing trim, to exhaust tips, to diesel tanks on Semi trucks.


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Product: Meguiar's PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner and Polish
Description: Use for polishing plastic headlight lenses such as on the 9-3SS
Price/where to buy: $7.00
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Pros: works great at removing fine scratches on headlights without using the heavy-duty sanding kits
Cons: none
Would you recommend it? Yes
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Product: Forever Black
Description: Use for getting your black trim back to black
Price/where to buy: $16.59 Amazon
Amazon.com: Forever Black Bumper & Trim Dye Kit: Automotive Amazon.com: Forever Black Bumper & Trim Dye Kit: Automotive

Pros: better than Back To Black IMO. Lasts pretty long.
Cons: hard to keep off paint. Wipes up easy though. Door handles didn't take as well as trim did. PREP IS KEY!!! Clean trim with >90% IPA first. I'd clean twice TBH. Apply 1 coat of forever black and wait a few minutes and buff it in. Apply 2nd coat and buff it in or it may make dark spots where it isn't evenly applied.
Would you recommend it? Yes
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Product:Collinite 476
Description: paste wax
Price/where to buy:
Amazon.com: Collinite No. 476 Super Doublecoat Auto Wax: Automotive Amazon.com: Collinite No. 476 Super Doublecoat Auto Wax: Automotive
Pros:Lasted all winter long in Colorado and still is beading up water
Cons:Super tough too remove so you don't go bigger than 1ft x 1ft
Would you recommend it?Heck yes, just don't use it in the sun and don't let it dry to much. If you do it will be super tough too remove. Oh and stretch your arms before use because this will wear your arms out.
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Product:Meguiar's Clay bar kit
Description: clay bar kit
Price/where to buy:
Amazon.com: Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit: Automotive Amazon.com: Meguiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit: Automotive
Pros:Price of the kit and the bars last a long time
Cons:You tend to run out clay lubricant before the bars are used up. So I made my own with a spray bottle of water and squirt of dawn dish detergent.
Would you recommend it?Yes
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Product:Einszett 930307 Paint Polish
Description: paint polish
Price/where to buy:
Amazon.com: einszett 930307 Paint Polish - 16.9 fl. oz.: Automotive Amazon.com: einszett 930307 Paint Polish - 16.9 fl. oz.: Automotive
Pros:You can actually use this by hand with decent results
Cons:A buffer might give you even better results
Would you recommend it?Definitely, I use this before I put on the Collinite 476
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Product:Lexol Leather Conditioner
Description:leather conditioner
Price/where to buy:
Amazon.com: Lexol Leather Conditioner, 500 ml Pump Spray: Automotive Amazon.com: Lexol Leather Conditioner, 500 ml Pump Spray: Automotive
Pros:It goes on easy
Cons:Doesn't seem like it last long
Would you recommend it?No, seems like it works for a day or two then the leather is back to the way it was
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