After detailing thousands of cars, I've noticed some of the small mistakes that can make a big difference in your car's appearance. Often it's knowing what to avoid that is most important for protecting the condition of your car. Less can be more, when it comes to detailing.
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Tell us your "favorite" mistake you see happening most often, in the comments below.
Audi R8 BLACKBIRD: Basic Car Wash Techniques - /DRIVE CLEAN
Washing your car has been a Sunday morning tradition for every car fanatic
since the day they got their learners permit. Over the years of maintaining
some of the rarest cars in the world, we discovered not only washing your
car improperly, but drying your car improperly, will slowly diminish your
paints shine. This weeks video discusses some of the techniques to safely
wash your car using soft and safe paint soap, along with the 3 bucket
method to avoid any chance of inadvertently scratching the vehicle during
the wash process. Each car has its own nuances, so remember to adjust your
techniques according to the needs of your specific vehicle, ie...black
paint vs light colored, clearcoat vs single stage, vintage car vs new car.
Pick and choose which techniques work best on your vehicle and add it your
Sunday routine....then hit the road!
(Download a PDF of all the techniques used in this weeks episode at
Window Tint Installation -- /DRIVE CLEAN
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Window tint is mostly enjoyed by drivers for its esthetic enhancement.
Additional benefits include reduced glare, prevention of heat build-up, and
reflection of UV rays. This week on DRIVE CLEAN we illustrate the art of
proper window tinting. Before proceeding with your own installation, be
sure the tints you've chosen comply with local laws and the quality meets
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Polishers and Swirl Removal Tips -- /DRIVE CLEAN
Check out http://www.ammonyc.com for your PDF "Polisher & Swirl Removal
Guide". Scratches and swirls are most commonly caused by improper car
washing and care. When contaminants are not properly lifted away, they act
as little grains of sandpaper. As you drag them across the paint, they
leave behind very fine "love marks". This week on DRIVE CLEAN, we
demonstrate how a dual action polisher, cutting pad, and compound or
polish, can help you correct these fine scratches. Using the right
combination of tools will allow you to re-level the paint and eliminate any
visual defects; leaving a finish that is smooth as glass.
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Best Paint Touch-up Tricks: Mercedes G55
This is one of the worst key scratches I have ever seen. This car needed to
be repainted, but I thought I would give it a shot...nothing to lose. It
covered 3 separate door panels with varying depth levels. 98% of the 9 feet
was through the clear coat, paint, base, and into the substrate. EXTREMELY
bad scratch. In this episode, I discuss multiple ways to approach this type
of paint damage. I want to be crystal clear: THIS CAR NEEDED TO BE
REPAINTED FOR 90-100% satisfaction. My techniques here, with the
understanding of the customer, had the best-case final results of 70% to
75% "better or touched-up" appearance. See how it turned out. Thx for
$1,000,000 Ferrari Restoration Detail
This Ferrari is a good friend and customers car that was flown in the night
before from the UK. It needed a bit of work to get it looking presentable
again, and after a 2 day restoration... shouldn't need anything more than
layers of sealant and wax for the rest of its life. (if cleaned and
maintained properly in the future) This video shows you what I'm thinking
about as I restore a $1 million car, and how understanding the interaction
between different materials will effect the outcome of your work. The
purpose of this video is not about "step by step" demonstration, but
rather a glimpse of what professional detailers think about when working on
extremely rare cars. Thanks for watching and send me an email if you have
any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Interior Detailing Tricks: Leather and Plastics
This is a filthy Honda Accord which is perfect to demonstrate 3 different
approaches to leather cleaning. The 3 techniques are "options" that might
work for whatever car (based on condition, age, material, etc) you are
working with. These are simply techniques, options, or "suggestions" of how
I would ASSESS the current condition, then TEST each approach on the
material. Please use caution on any interior surface when your restoring
its condition. (In this case, its modern leather)
I hope this is a helpful discussion for everyone to see how leather and
most plastics might be cleaned. (in this particularly bad scenario)
Thanks for watching. As always, send me an email if I can be helpful.
Best Glass Cleaning Tricks: Bentley CGT
This is a quick video about how to clean your glass during a detailing
session. (specifically the windshield) It all depends on how "dirty" the
glass is...but use as many or as little of these steps that work for your
situation. (you most likely wont always need ALL of these steps, but I
wanted to show you a bunch in one video)
Hope is helps!
Paint Chip Touch-up -- /DRIVE CLEAN
Visit http://www.ammonyc.com and download your free PDF guide on "How to
Touch-Up Your Paint".
Every time you head out for a drive, there is a risk that road or track
debris will chip your paint. Should this affect the frequency and intensity
with which you drive? We don't think so. This week on DRIVE CLEAN, we teach
you the basic techniques for paint chip repair. While the chips are
esthetically painful, what's even more painful is the rust that will form
from leaving them uncovered. With patience and proper application the
results of your correction can be surprising. Most importantly, the
substrate is once again protected from oxidization.
Clay: The Best Tool in Your Garage! - /DRIVE CLEAN
Detailing clay was first use in the mid-80's in Japan and not introduced to
the US until early 90's. Japanese body shops found that a mixture of
various "sticky" resins would remove the over-spray from the surface of the
paint without the use of compound or aggressive chemicals. Since then, clay
has progressed into a more durable, softer, and safer product that will
remove contaminants from the surface of the clear coats. Over-spray, tree
sap, road gunk, brake dust, industrial fallout, etc...will embed itself
into the paint, causing it to feel rough or "bumpy". These contaminates are
sitting on top of the paint and can safely be removed with the use of clay.
However, clay will not remove scratches because scratches are IN the
paint....not ON the paint. Although being very easy to use, clay can damage
your paint if re-used after it falls on the ground. Check out the video for
do's an dont's of claying, and why I consider it the best tool in my
garage. Check out www.ammoNYC.com for links to all the products used in
BMW Frozen Paint: Overview and Cleaning - /DRIVE CLEAN
This week on DRIVE CLEAN, we take a tour of BMW's North American
Headquarters in Woodcliff Lake New Jersey to discuss their "Frozen" matte
paint and to identity how it differs from traditional clear-coat finishes.
Matthew Russell, president of the M-car and Alpina division's for north
America, gives us a tour of the facility and discusses how BMW came to
create their new "Frozen" paint scheme (shown on BMW's M3 with Frozen Monte
Carlo Blue). BMW's head of body-and-paint technical training manager,
Walter Malec, also discusses matte-paint technology and repairs. And as
expected, we'll also review how to best clean and care for matte finishes.
Download our step-by-step and product-guide PDF at AMMOnyc.com and visit
our blog for more articles, videos, and car-care tips.
The difference between Meguiar's Cleaner Wax, Gold Class, Tech Wax 2.0, and Ultimate. Comparison.
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MR. PINK Super Suds Shampoo - Chemical Guys Car Wash FOAM CANNON - BEST CAR WASH EPIC FOAM
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use of premium super polymers that are suspended within the confines of a
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turns your weekly car wash into a foam party! MR. PINK is the perfect
choice for your weekly maintenance wash. The gentle cleaning power won't
remove wax so you know your car is always protected. Other detailing
shampoos are often too strong and will remove your wax. MR. PINK is gentle
and surface safe so it can clean any area of your vehicle from wheels to
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truck in direct sunlight. MR. PINK rinses clean every time with no residue
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produced by MR. PINK makes this high-tech detailing shampoo perfect for
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grime, and debris while maintaining the quality of your paintwork. The
advanced formula of MR. PINK is tough on dirt, yet gentle on wax and
sealant. MR. PINK is super concentrated for a 1:4000 dilution ratio. This
means you only have to add 1oz of MR. PINK to a 5-gallon bucket to achieve
a perfectly clean surface. MR. PINK will change the way you wash your car
forever. It's the perfect detailing shampoo for any situation. The
technology incorporated into MR. PINK is truly high-tech. The high foaming
formula creates an extra slick wash solution that allows your wash mitt to
easily slide over the surface. 95% of swirl marks, scratches, and marring
are caused from improper washing. MR. PINK's unique formula releases a
constant discharge of foaming bubbles that surround and capture dirt
particles allowing them to be removed safely and easily without scratching
the surface. The pH neutral formula gives MR. PINK the ability to clean any
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