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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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.





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





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)




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