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    Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    To be honest, I`m a bit overwhelmed even with using the search function. It`s been about a decade since being "happily obsessed" with detailing my cars with just using my porter cable, Meguire`s line of everything & Sonus Das pads. Then I had a wife & kids and my attention was diverted.

    Fast forward to this Friday, I have a Daytona Grey Pearl Audi R8 being delivered to my driveway and I want to prepare for its arrival with the latest and (not too expensive) greatest...everything. I am literally starting from zero and looking to set myself up with everything from buckets, pads to whatever I need to get back to that mirror shine & protection.

    If I can get a "getting started" list, what are some suggestions to help me build my online shopping cart?

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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Madflava:
    Welcome back. A lot has changed in ten years, detailing-wise.

    Where to get started? My first question is, How much time are you going to spend detailing? And then, how much can you afford? Notice I did not say, "How much do you want to spend?" . I say that because the wife and kids may "occupy" your financial responsibilities, as it should.

    Low budget:
    Invest in some car-washing equipment and products. You are going to have to decide if you are doing a two-bucket wash method (my preference), or a rinse-less wash method.
    Two bucket wash: (Assuming you have a Flexon 50-to-100 foot 3/4 inch-ID premium garden hose and Dramm 12721 to 12726 Colored Touch`N Flow Pistol-Grip Spray Nozzle or equivalent)
    (3) new 5-gallon bucks or 3-1/2 gallon buckets: one for the sheet-metal/glass/trim soap, one for clear water rinse, and one for rim/tire & wheel-wells soap
    (2) Grit guards (I do not use one in the sheet metal soap)
    (3) Microfiber noodle wash pads; one for the car, one for the wheel wells, one for door jams
    (1) Rim spoke crevice pad or finger pads
    (1) Rim E-Z Detail brush OR Wheel Woolie (size to suite rim size)
    (1) Tuff Shine Tire Brush
    (1) Sonax Insect Sponge
    Car Wash soap (depends on last-step product being used; if it is a coating, it may require a coating specific maintenance soap)
    Soap for waxes and sealants: Meg`s Detailer Line D110 Hyper-Wash
    Tires and Rims:Meg`s Detailer Line D143 Non-Acid Wheel & tire cleaner
    Tire Dressing: Meg`s Detailer Line D170 Hyper Dressing or Optimum Opti-Bond Tire Gel
    Tire Dressing Applicator: (4) Eagle One tire Sponges
    Degreaser (for wheel wells and tires): Optimum Power Clean
    Tar Remover: Stoner`s Tarminator
    Glass Cleaner: Sprayway Glass Cleaner (inexpensive)
    Bug Remover Wash: Poorboy`s World Bug Squash
    Drying Aid/Exterior Detailing Spray: Renny Doyle`s Bead Maker
    Microfibers:
    After-Rinse Drying: (4) Griot`s Garage PFM Terry Weave 16 x 16" Towels
    Glass: (4) Griot`s Garage Dual-Weave Glass Towels
    General Purpose: (4) The Rag Company Eagle Edgeless 350 Towels (Color choice to suite needs)

    Optional Equipment for blow drying:
    Inexpensive: Toro Leaf Blower Model 51619
    Expensive: Blackfire Car Dryer
    More Expensive: Metro MasterBlaster 8hp

    With the exceptions of the Toro Leaf blower, Sprayway glass cleaner and Eagle One tire applicator sponge , all of the above is available at the Autopian Store for purchase which supports this forum!

    Mid-level budget:
    Upgrade your Porter-Cable Dual-Action to either a Rupes 15mm Bigfoot MarkIII or Griot`s Garage G9 or revised Boss 15mm buffer.
    You may need to upgrade your pad sizes and foam types for these as well.
    Don`t forget about the compounds and polishes to go with these. Just as car-finishes have changed (think scratch-resistant clear coats OR very thin clear coats for cost-savings and emission standards) , so have abrasion technologies and formulations. Griot`s Garage BOSS line is a current forum-favorite. Sonus has some updated compounds and polishes. Jescar has taken over the Menzerna line in the USA. AND, some of the coating manufacturer`s listed below have their own lines of compounds and polishes.
    Scholl`s Concepts is another European manufacturer of pads and polishes to consider.

    "Bigger" budget:
    Invest in coatings. In my own hypocrisy, I am still a carnauba-wax guy (Collinite 915), but I am behind the times and old-school.
    Coating manufacturers to consider and research:
    Polish Angel
    Car-Pro
    G-Techniq
    IGL Coating
    22ple
    GYEON
    Optimum Polymer Technology
    Yes, there are others, and some are ONLY available to certified detailers and installers (manufacturer-trained application specialists).

    I hate to say it, but it may be a better "economic decision" for you to consider having a professional detail your Audi R8 and you do the wash-maintenance thing. Coatings have a long life (2 or more years), but the key is surface preparation, and not everyone has the time, skill and experience, and equipment to achieve the stellar car-show, head-snapping results that you ultimately want.
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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    madflava- Welcome back! Gee, swell car!

    The big advances are in Coatings and Ceramic-based Protection in place of conventional LSPs (I stick with the latter myself, but that`s just me...and Stokdgs) and Polishers, primarily the newer long-throw ones that`ll vastly outperform the PC/etc.

    I sincerely doubt you`d want to do your Maintenance Washes the way I (and a few others) do, but I encourage you to do a bit of research on today`s MFs as they`ve come a long ways too.

    And for a vendor to check out, if you`ve been away for a while the current state of affairs at Griot`s Garage might come as a pleasant surprise, they`ve *REALLY* upped their game.

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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by madflava View Post
    To be honest, I`m a bit overwhelmed even with using the search function. It`s been about a decade since being "happily obsessed" with detailing my cars with just using my porter cable, Meguire`s line of everything & Sonus Das pads. Then I had a wife & kids and my attention was diverted.

    Fast forward to this Friday, I have a Daytona Grey Pearl Audi R8 being delivered to my driveway and I want to prepare for its arrival with the latest and (not too expensive) greatest...everything. I am literally starting from zero and looking to set myself up with everything from buckets, pads to whatever I need to get back to that mirror shine & protection.

    If I can get a "getting started" list, what are some suggestions to help me build my online shopping cart?

    Does the R8 have Carbon Ceramics, or regular brakes?

    If you will give me a few days, I can work on a spread sheet for "Starting from Scratch" Utilizing Rinseless Wash Methods.
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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie View Post
    Madflava:
    Welcome back. A lot has changed in ten years, detailing-wise.

    Where to get started? My first question is, How much time are you going to spend detailing? And then, how much can you afford? Notice I did not say, "How much do you want to spend?" . I say that because the wife and kids may "occupy" your financial responsibilities, as it should.

    Low budget:
    Invest in some car-washing equipment and products. You are going to have to decide if you are doing a two-bucket wash method (my preference), or a rinse-less wash method.
    Two bucket wash: (Assuming you have a Flexon 50-to-100 foot 3/4 inch-ID premium garden hose and Dramm 12721 to 12726 Colored Touch`N Flow Pistol-Grip Spray Nozzle or equivalent)
    (3) new 5-gallon bucks or 3-1/2 gallon buckets: one for the sheet-metal/glass/trim soap, one for clear water rinse, and one for rim/tire & wheel-wells soap
    (2) Grit guards (I do not use one in the sheet metal soap)
    (3) Microfiber noodle wash pads; one for the car, one for the wheel wells, one for door jams
    (1) Rim spoke crevice pad or finger pads
    (1) Rim E-Z Detail brush OR Wheel Woolie (size to suite rim size)
    (1) Tuff Shine Tire Brush
    (1) Sonax Insect Sponge
    Car Wash soap (depends on last-step product being used; if it is a coating, it may require a coating specific maintenance soap)
    Soap for waxes and sealants: Meg`s Detailer Line D110 Hyper-Wash
    Tires and Rims:Meg`s Detailer Line D143 Non-Acid Wheel & tire cleaner
    Tire Dressing: Meg`s Detailer Line D170 Hyper Dressing or Optimum Opti-Bond Tire Gel
    Tire Dressing Applicator: (4) Eagle One tire Sponges
    Degreaser (for wheel wells and tires): Optimum Power Clean
    Tar Remover: Stoner`s Tarminator
    Glass Cleaner: Sprayway Glass Cleaner (inexpensive)
    Bug Remover Wash: Poorboy`s World Bug Squash
    Drying Aid/Exterior Detailing Spray: Renny Doyle`s Bead Maker
    Microfibers:
    After-Rinse Drying: (4) Griot`s Garage PFM Terry Weave 16 x 16" Towels
    Glass: (4) Griot`s Garage Dual-Weave Glass Towels
    General Purpose: (4) The Rag Company Eagle Edgeless 350 Towels (Color choice to suite needs)

    Optional Equipment for blow drying:
    Inexpensive: Toro Leaf Blower Model 51619
    Expensive: Blackfire Car Dryer
    More Expensive: Metro MasterBlaster 8hp

    With the exceptions of the Toro Leaf blower, Sprayway glass cleaner and Eagle One tire applicator sponge , all of the above is available at the Autopian Store for purchase which supports this forum!

    Mid-level budget:
    Upgrade your Porter-Cable Dual-Action to either a Rupes 15mm Bigfoot MarkIII or Griot`s Garage G9 or revised Boss 15mm buffer.
    You may need to upgrade your pad sizes and foam types for these as well.
    Don`t forget about the compounds and polishes to go with these. Just as car-finishes have changed (think scratch-resistant clear coats OR very thin clear coats for cost-savings and emission standards) , so have abrasion technologies and formulations. Griot`s Garage BOSS line is a current forum-favorite. Sonus has some updated compounds and polishes. Jescar has taken over the Menzerna line in the USA. AND, some of the coating manufacturer`s listed below have their own lines of compounds and polishes.
    Scholl`s Concepts is another European manufacturer of pads and polishes to consider.

    "Bigger" budget:
    Invest in coatings. In my own hypocrisy, I am still a carnauba-wax guy (Collinite 915), but I am behind the times and old-school.
    Coating manufacturers to consider and research:
    Polish Angel
    Car-Pro
    G-Techniq
    IGL Coating
    22ple
    GYEON
    Optimum Polymer Technology
    Yes, there are others, and some are ONLY available to certified detailers and installers (manufacturer-trained application specialists).

    I hate to say it, but it may be a better "economic decision" for you to consider having a professional detail your Audi R8 and you do the wash-maintenance thing. Coatings have a long life (2 or more years), but the key is surface preparation, and not everyone has the time, skill and experience, and equipment to achieve the stellar car-show, head-snapping results that you ultimately want.
    Lonnie - thank you for the detailed and thoughtful reply. Exactly what I was looking for. You subsided my anxiety. As I start to pour through the details of each item and cherry pick the list, I hope you don`t mind if I PM you along the way with any questions. And regarding the professional detailer suggestion, a place in Seattle that comes highly recommended is charging around $2-$3K for a full paint correction & ceramic coating. So you`re right, a lot has changed in the past 10 years!! So, at that price point, I`ll fair better with your "bigger budget" suggestions.

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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    madflava- Welcome back! Gee, swell car!

    The big advances are in Coatings and Ceramic-based Protection in place of conventional LSPs (I stick with the latter myself, but that`s just me...and Stokdgs) and Polishers, primarily the newer long-throw ones that`ll vastly outperform the PC/etc.

    I sincerely doubt you`d want to do your Maintenance Washes the way I (and a few others) do, but I encourage you to do a bit of research on today`s MFs as they`ve come a long ways too.

    And for a vendor to check out, if you`ve been away for a while the current state of affairs at Griot`s Garage might come as a pleasant surprise, they`ve *REALLY* upped their game.
    Accumulator; thank you! It`s an 09 w/14k miles and manual 6sp <-- kids today don`t know what a manual is anymore.

    Regarding research, I think I need to start with acronyms. LSP, MF`s.... And Griots Garage is not too far from where I live, I might check them out.

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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMeanGreen View Post
    Does the R8 have Carbon Ceramics, or regular brakes?

    If you will give me a few days, I can work on a spread sheet for "Starting from Scratch" Utilizing Rinseless Wash Methods.
    Regular brakes. And, if you don`t mind, the more data points I can get, the better. Very much appreciated!

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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Madflava...
    I`m a Griots fan. If you are close to Griots in Tacoma go check them out. Not only do they have a store with all of their products they have a garage that they will show/teach you how all their products work and give you a run down on what you need or want. Normally during the summer months they have car shows on the weekends as well.... As the saying goes "It`s not just a store... it`s an experience".
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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Yeah I live in Auburn and the griots team is Amazing at flagship store and can get you set up. I’d take your car their andcthey can assess your paint and make recommendations as the can judge your paint in real life. Even do a test spot.


    I went the do it myself route do to cost and can say doing myself was fairly easy and fulfilling. Cquartz CQuK3.0 is doing well for me and would highly recommend with our weather.

    Get your polishers from Griots. G8 mini and G9. As curvy as that car is won’t need a long throw. . Get the griots polish and fast correcting cream with their BOSS pads.

    Also if money is not to big of a concern Polish angel rocks.


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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by madflava View Post
    To be honest, I`m a bit overwhelmed even with using the search function. It`s been about a decade since being "happily obsessed" with detailing my cars with just using my porter cable, Meguire`s line of everything & Sonus Das pads. Then I had a wife & kids and my attention was diverted.

    Fast forward to this Friday, I have a Daytona Grey Pearl Audi R8 being delivered to my driveway and I want to prepare for its arrival with the latest and (not too expensive) greatest...everything. I am literally starting from zero and looking to set myself up with everything from buckets, pads to whatever I need to get back to that mirror shine & protection.

    If I can get a "getting started" list, what are some suggestions to help me build my online shopping cart?
    I`m in a similar situation. I`ve started with Jescar Power Lock Plus topped with Collinite 845 as my go to

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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by madflava View Post
    Regarding research, I think I need to start with acronyms. LSP, MF`s.... And Griots Garage is not too far from where I live, I might check them out.
    I`m awful about using acronyms as shorthand

    Quick translation of those two:

    -MF = MicroFiber. And FWIW, WWMF = Waffle Weave MF (drying towels), which many/most of us have quit using in favor of plush ones.

    -LSP = Last Step Product, i.e.m "wax"/sealant/coating/etc.

    And yeah..if you`re close to Griot`s that`s a no-brainer IMO. You simply won`t go wrong. Sure some other vendors have their strong suits too, but oh man would I just go GG!

    And "yeah" on people today not knowing from Manuals. Give it another decade and Heel & Toe will be a lost art. I gather that "speed-matching" transmissions have even taken that whole aspect of driving a manual off the table Not that, TBH... Yours Truly misses driving a stick Sounds like you still do though, and that`s a perfect car to do it in!
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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    I would say CQUKlite or Gyeon can coat 1-2 times a year and megs ceramics detailer spray and hyper wash to start. Then do research and next year get polisher and pads

    Also whoever said tuff shine tire brush is right on best $5 you can spend!
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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by William_Wallace View Post
    I would say CQUKlite or Gyeon can coat 1-2 times a year and megs ceramics detailer spray and hyper wash to start...
    What about that WoWo Spray we were just intro`ed to in that other thread? That did sound intriguing if madflava doesn`t just go all-Griot`s (which is still what I myself would do).

    Also whoever said tuff shine tire brush is right on best $5 you can spend!
    Ah, that`s good to know! I gather it`s OK on soft-compound tires though, right? My usual Tire Brush was too aggressive for a few sets I`ve had and that R8 might wear the same kinds (one of my problem children in that regard were the OE tires on the S8).

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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    What about that WoWo Spray we were just intro`ed to in that other thread? That did sound intriguing if madflava doesn`t just go all-Griot`s (which is still what I myself would do).



    Ah, that`s good to know! I gather it`s OK on soft-compound tires though, right? My usual Tire Brush was too aggressive for a few sets I`ve had and that R8 might wear the same kinds (one of my problem children in that regard were the OE tires on the S8).
    Thank you William_Wallace[/ for bringing up the Tuf-Shine Tire Brush - Have been using it since it first came out I think 15 years ago..
    I have worn out several of them over that time but also use them for cleaning Interior carpets, floor mats, etc., so they get used a lot..
    Their Clear Coat product is all I ever use on all my own vehicles, because I love that they are always so dirt-free, and very easy to clean when I wash the wheels and the tires.. Here it is -- https://www.autopia-carcare.com/tuf-...l#.Xr2EPUSpH3g

    Hermano Accumulator -- Hope you guys are safe and sound up there in NEOH..
    Yes, this Tuf-Shine Tire Brush is just the right amount of stiffness to clean any type of tire, and as I said above, used with "care" as we do with all things Detailing, it rocks interior carpets, even cloth seats..
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    Re: Took 10 years off - and finally back, where to start?

    Gentlemen, thanks to this thread, I have about $300 worth of "starter" products/tools ordered so far and haven`t even gotten to the polishes, coatings or applicators. I`ve already invoked an eyebrow raise from the wife. lol

    For the interior, what products do you recommend I buy? It`s a black interior with some carbon fiber & brown leather. For the leather in particular, I`m hoping to protect the bolsters from wear.

    Thank you very much and looking forward to showing the "first results" with ya`ll.
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