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#441 OFFLINE   tachessher

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 10:29 AM

Any tips or suggestions for getting rid of the soot in the tailpipes? I'd like to polish the stainless stee too... Thanks!!!







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#442 OFFLINE   richy

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 03:52 AM

Any tips or suggestions for getting rid of the soot in the tailpipes? I'd like to polish the stainless stee too... Thanks!!!

Wheel acid + Daytona brush


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#443 OFFLINE   FirsttimefordCA

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 11:22 AM

Any ideas how to get zinc based sunscreen out of black leather!?!?!

#444 OFFLINE   enigma-2

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 08:38 PM

What's the best coating for the windshield?

(Rainx only lasts 30 days or until you use the wipers, whichever comes first.)

#445 OFFLINE   Ginger Smith

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 06:56 PM

I've had good luck with Menzerna Jescar powerlock plus polymer sealant.

 

 

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https://www.amazon.c...t/dp/B00P87W0IU


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#446 OFFLINE   WWWPerfA_ZN0W

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 07:38 PM

FlyByForte is a product Richy uses for the windshield, but he may have updated recommendations, as new products get introduced all the time.  The rest of the glass ... CQuartz Finest.


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#447 OFFLINE   richy

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 07:22 AM

What's the best coating for the windshield?

(Rainx only lasts 30 days or until you use the wipers, whichever comes first.)

 

 

FlyByForte is a product Richy uses for the windshield, but he may have updated recommendations, as new products get introduced all the time.  The rest of the glass ... CQuartz Finest.

 

I do still recommend CarPro's FlyByForte.  What I like about it is that you do the blades as well.  The key with any windshield coating is to thoroughly clean the glass prior to application.  Be aggressive with the cleaning, not just window cleaner.  Use a clay bar or a magic eraser with glass cleaner or steel wool dry to get the glass as clean and defect free as possible.   Another product that does work well on glass, just not for a long time is Optimum Opti Seal.  It absolutely rocks on paint and wheels and trim too, so it's a great product to have on hand.


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#448 OFFLINE   richy

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 07:25 AM

Any ideas how to get zinc based sunscreen out of black leather!?!?!

 

Yikes!  I'm thinking an APC (all purpose cleaner) like Zep Citrus cut to 4:1 (water:product) along with a microfiber.  Do NOT use a magic eraser on your leather.   Follow that up with a microfiber soaked in either Optimum No Rinse or water that is well wrung out.  Then dry it with another mf.

 

Leather is porous and hopefully the zinc didn't re-dye that section.  Ultima's Interior Guard is a great product for leather and plastic protection.


Edited by richy, 19 November 2016 - 07:26 AM.

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#449 OFFLINE   Groundpounder

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 08:18 AM

What should I look for in a detailing shop, and what questions should I ask? 



#450 OFFLINE   revitus

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 10:45 AM

Just wanted to say thanks for all of the amazing information on this thread!!!  You have helped me successfully prep and protect my new car.  I'm the happy new owner of an all black 2017 Edge Titanium, and thanks to all of you (as well as my own efforts and quality Meguiar's products), it looks amazing!!!  I took delivery on 7/6, ordered all of my supplies, and started my detailing process 12 days later once I had everything I needed.  I did wash it twice with Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash during those two weeks prior to detailing it.  It rained all day when I picked up my new car, and I was hoping the dealer didn't do much as far as detailing it, and I'm pretty sure they didn't do much.

 

The total detailing process took me 12 hours to complete the interior and exterior.   I started detailing in my garage on the night of 7/18 which included cleaning, conditioning and protecting my black leather surfaces and all other interior surfaces using Meguiar's Rich Leather Cleaner and Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer Cleaner.  I used Stoner's Invisible Glass for all of the interior glass surfaces.  Total process took about 3 hours with a few breaks.  The next day was hot and humid, and for the first time ever, I washed my new car inside my garage with the door down far enough to keep the direct sunlight off the body of the car!  I used all Meguiar's products, starting with the Gold Class Car Wash, followed by the Smooth Surface Clay Kit (then installed my rear bumper protector), then did the glass with Stoner's Invisible Glass, then sealed everything with Meg's Ultimate Liquid Wax, and the next day I finally went over it with the Gold Class Carnauba Plus Premium Wax (Spray).  I use the Gold Class Quik Detailer almost daily to keep it shiny between washes.  I haven't tended to the wheels yet, but hope to get those cleaned and sealed with the Ultimate Liquid Wax later this week or next weekend.  I will then also apply the Meguiar's Endurance Tire Gel.  I am very happy with the results so far!!!  Detailing my new car is proving to be a very therapeutic process for me.  Thanks everyone!

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#451 OFFLINE   WWWPerfA_ZN0W

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 12:03 PM

Sometimes you need that quiet time and some sweatmongering to regain a sense of self :)  Well done!






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