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Top Ten Detailing Mistakes - /DRIVE CLEAN

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. Be sure to down load the free PDF from www.ammoNYC.com. Tell us your "favorite" mistake you see happening most often, in the comments below.


 


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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 www.AMMONYC.com)





Watch This FIRST Before Detailing Your Car -- AFTER/DRIVE
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Window Tint Installation -- /DRIVE CLEAN
Check out http://www.ammonyc.com and download your free "Tips on Window Tinting". 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 your expectations. http://www.youtube.com/ammonycdotcom http://www.facebook.com/ammonyc Instagram @AMMONYC Twitter @AMMO_NYC Tumbler @AMMONYC Google+ AMMO NYC





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. http://www.youtube.com/ammonycdotcom http://www.facebook.com/ammonyc Instagram @AMMONYC Twitter @AMMO_NYC Tumblr @AMMONYC Google+ AMMO NYC





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 watching! -L





$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. larry@ammonyc.com -Larry





Engine Bay Cleaning - Car Cleaning Guru (Full Video)
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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. larry@ammonyc.com





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! -L





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. http://www.youtube.com/ammonycdotcom http://www.facebook.com/ammonyc Instagram: @AMMONYC





How to Polish Black Paint with Derek D. from Fastlanedaily.com
This is a video shot with my friend Derek D from fastlanedaily.com on his VW CC after it had been vandalized in Hoboken NJ. We have him do all the work necessary to remove the scratch himself.





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 this episode.





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.
I hope you really enjoy this, Ive been thinking of doing this for along time. It would mean so much to me if you could give me a thumbs up. I wish Meguiars could see this and be proud of me for doing this. Id love to be able to attend one of their detailing seminars one day in the future, for now I just watch their videos and try to learn! Be sure to Subscribe if you enjoyed this and want to see more videos from Meguiars and a host of other comapnies!





MR. PINK Super Suds Shampoo - Chemical Guys Car Wash FOAM CANNON - BEST CAR WASH EPIC FOAM
Products used in this video: Mr. Pink! The Super Suds Shampoo! http://www.chemicalguys.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=CWS_402_16&Click =18676&utm_source=Social&utm_medium=YouTube&utm_campaign=CWS_402_16 Washing your car has never been this fun! MR. PINK is a high-tech surface cleansing shampoo that gives you the maximum amount of suds. The advanced paintwork cleansing technology allows you to wash your car, truck, motorcycle, and RV with ultimate precision. MR. PINK is super slick allowing your wash mitt to glide effortlessly over the surface to remove dirt, debris, and contamination easier than ever imagined. We designed MR. PINK to give the maximum amount of subs for a scratch-free wash on any surface. MR. PINK is pH neutral, which means a car or truck can be washed any time of the day. We designed MR. PINK with a unique formula that is extra slick. It's the perfect shampoo for your weekly wash. We designed this superior surface cleanser to be tough on dirt, while also being gentle on your vehicle's coat of wax or sealant. MR. PINK is uniquely formulated with advanced foaming technology that works by suspending super polymers within each bubble allowing grime and heavy dirt to be easily and effortlessly rinsed away without scratching the surface. Washing your car has never been this easy! MR. PINK works specifically to remove grime, build-up, and dirt through the use of premium super polymers that are suspended within the confines of a consistent discharge of foaming bubbles. This amazing detailing shampoo 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 paintwork. The pH-balanced formula even allows you to wash your car or truck in direct sunlight. MR. PINK rinses clean every time with no residue for a clean surface that will grab attention. The high level of foam produced by MR. PINK makes this high-tech detailing shampoo perfect for foam cannons and foam guns. MR. PINK is your best friend in any detailing situation. - Superior surface cleanser. - Advanced foaming technology. - Perfect for weekly maintenance washing. - Extra slick for a scratch-free washing experience. - Safe for wax and sealant. - Perfect for 2-bucket wash or foam cannon. - pH neutral for gentle wash. - Premium super polymers suspend dirt. - Rinses clean with no residue. - Removes grime, build-up, and dirt. - Works on any color paintwork. Superior Surface Cleanser -- MR. PINK is the perfect way to remove dirt, 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 surface safely and easily. MR. PINK gives any detailer ultimate versatility when detailing any car, truck, motorcycle, boat, or RV. Keep your vehicle looking great all year round with MR. PINK from Chemical Guys.




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