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#1 David Fermani

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:35 PM

As many of you are aware by now, I LOVE CLEANING INTERIORS! More than that, I often am known to scrub every possible square inch of them with the common toothbrush. I feel there is no better way to effectively and gently clean any non-fabric trim pieces. I also incorporate this valuable tool to many exterior cleaning chores as well. Depending on the substrate and it's condition, I will employ different methods, brush styles and cleaning agents to get the job done. After trying dozens of APCs, degreasers and special cleaning agents, my top 4 favorites are HD TOTAL / Optimum Power Clean / Leather Masters Strong Cleaner / Leather Doctor Strong Cleaner 4.3. Here's a brief display of some of my recent work:

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#2 David Fermani

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:36 PM

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:44 PM

Toothbrush is such a powerful tool to have in the detailing arsenal, I always recommend it too! Thanks for sharing :)
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#4 Barry Theal

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:56 PM

You know they make battery powered ones now. lol Great tribute.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 05:04 PM

You're the man David. So crazy and the results say EVERYTHING. I've been using a toothbrush more and more recently with great results, but of course I don't have the collection you do.
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 05:48 PM

You know they make battery powered ones now. lol Great tribute.


Anyone tried one for detailing?
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 05:55 PM

That's amazing! I see you said what leather cleaners you use. Are those before and afters with conditioner too or just after cleaning? Is a conditioner needed after the cleaners?

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 06:04 PM

Good thread Dave!

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 09:19 PM

Some of that leather looks a million time better.

So why a toothbrush over a brush with the same type/stiffness but bigger?

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 10:45 PM

your toothbrushes have the craziest handles ever......but im a lil concerned about the leopard print brush, is ther sumthing your not tellin us?? lol great tribute
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Posted 15 December 2010 - 04:18 AM

Wow, amazing transformations! I'm looking forward to completing my customer's Sequoia's interior on Friday. Going to try some of your tactics since its the dirtiest vehicle I've had the pleasure to work on.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 07:11 AM

Oh, and I wanted to make sure to give you credit and show just how much I respect this type of attention to detail.

I used the Fermani method of leather cleaning:

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:25 AM

David Fermani- Rather than feeling inspired by your work, I just wish you were doing my interiors for me :D So you *enjoy* doing that work huh?!?

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:50 PM

you know they make battery powered ones now. Lol great tribute.


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#15 David Fermani

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:52 PM

[quote name='BMAPARTS']Toothbrush is such a powerful tool to have in the detailing arsenal, I always recommend it too! Thanks for sharing :)[/QUOTE]
I agree! Thanks for agreeing with me.

[quote name='Barry Theal']You know they make battery powered ones now. lol Great tribute.[/QUOTE]
But those don't build up the muscles in my forearms! :Banane19:

[quote name='MuttGrunt']You're the man David. So crazy and the results say EVERYTHING. I've been using a toothbrush more and more recently with great results, but of course I don't have the collection you do.[/QUOTE]
[quote name='MuttGrunt']Oh, and I wanted to make sure to give you credit and show just how much I respect this type of attention to detail.[/QUOTE]

That's awsome! See, don't ever say you've never learned something from me. Much appreciated. :brushteeth:

[quote name='gofast908z']Anyone tried one for detailing?[/QUOTE]

My kids have the kung-fu death grip on theirs otherwise I would have. :evil:

[quote name='schiddy']That's amazing! I see you said what leather cleaners you use. Are those before and afters with conditioner too or just after cleaning? Is a conditioner needed after the cleaners?[/QUOTE]

None of these after after pictures show any surface that is conditioned. As a matter of fact many of the befores (the ones that are shiny) show how ugly and unnatural a conditioned surface can look. I'm on the bandwagon of people that prefer "protectors" as they tend to not leave anything on the surface.

[quote name='michakaveli']Good thread Dave![/QUOTE]

Thank you sir! :wave:

[quote name='Leadfootluke']Some of that leather looks a million time better.

So why a toothbrush over a brush with the same type/stiffness but bigger?[/QUOTE]

Good question. I have and use larger brushes, but nothing beats a concentrated deep cleaning effort that a toothbrush can produce. Kinda just a preference I guess. My customers appreciate that their interior is being cleaned with one too. Some detailers brag about using expensive wax, I brag about this. :bump2:

[quote name='LS1-MEX']your toothbrushes have the craziest handles ever......but im a lil concerned about the leopard print brush, is ther sumthing your not tellin us?? lol great tribute[/QUOTE]

LOL - I promise I'm only using those brushes on consigment right now. They are not mine. :whistle1:

[quote name='Ed341']Wow, amazing transformations! I'm looking forward to completing my customer's Sequoia's interior on Friday. Going to try some of your tactics since its the dirtiest vehicle I've had the pleasure to work on.[/QUOTE]

Thanks Ed - Let us know how it works out. That trunk interior is huge! Ouch.

[quote name='Accumulator']David Fermani- Rather than feeling inspired by your work, I just wish you were doing my interiors for me :D So you *enjoy* doing that work huh?!?[/QUOTE]

I'd do it in a heartbeat Accumulator! I'd rather scrub interiors all day than buff paint. As long as the lighting is good. :headbang:

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:59 PM

http://ts4.mm.bing.n...c8412&index=ch1 :D
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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:13 PM

I have an old Sonicare powered toothbrush that I use for really stubborn ingrained dirt on vinyl and leather surfaces.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:28 PM

Your details are my favorite on the whole forum! I really like how in-depth they usually are.
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Posted 15 December 2010 - 10:44 PM

None of these after after pictures show any surface that is conditioned. As a matter of fact many of the befores (the ones that are shiny) show how ugly and unnatural a conditioned surface can look. I'm on the bandwagon of people that prefer "protectors" as they tend to not leave anything on the surface.


So I'm a little confused now. For the before and after picture, the before side is shiny and before you touched the dirty leather at all, or does it have a pre treat or cleaner on it? The after side is just after a cleaner only? So for undamaged leather you follow the prescription of just protectant? Do you still use conditioner on damaged leather?

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 12:12 AM

But those don't build up the muscles in my forearms! :Banane19



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