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    Detailing startup kit

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    Update 7-21-09
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    Well I ordered my stuff, I added a few things.
    I got some 303 protectant for the dash and Z-9 and Z-10 for the leather.

    I went to costco and they didnt seem to have any bulk MF towels but they had terry cloth towels, I just wanted the cloths just to clean out the door jambs, tires, or engine. All the MF I am getting will be for waxing, and cleaning the body of the car.

    As for some tire shine I went to walmart and found some cheap stuff, didnt do much research on it, just picked it up and went since i forgot to put it in the order.

    As for the flex that i wanted I just went and got the PC instead, it saved me a lot of money in doing that, besides I am a amature that just wants to play with detailing my car.

    Most the stuff that I ordered will be arriving on Thursday but sadly I probably wont be playing around with it until sunday

    I also gotta get a new hose as the old hose that I have was flattened by a car tire, whos name will remain anonymous

    And 2 buckets and a large storage bin for all these nice goodies

    Will keep you guys up to date on whats going on.

    Thanks for all your support.

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    I am trying to get into detaling, I am pretty much a noob that never detailed a car. I am trying to come up with a detailing startup kit for myself. Here is what I have so far. Please send me your input on what you like or dont like, what i need to add or if I am missing some stuff. The prices are estimates I saw on the internet.

    Thanks in advance on all input.
    - Allen

    Microfiber
    Costco bulk 54 pack for $30.00
    Costco - 4 Pack - Eurow Sheepskin Wash and Polish Mitt $25

    Washing car
    Meguiars Gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner 64 oz $13.00

    Glass cleaner
    Sprayway Glass Cleaner (Aerosol) - $4.00

    Engine
    Meguiar`s All Purpose Cleaner
    3M? Foaming Engine Degreaser - http://www.shop3m.com $5.00
    CD2 Engine Detailer for the finish - amazon.com $9.00

    Clay
    Meguiars Smooth Surface Clay Kit FREE BONUS $20.00

    Polish
    Meguiar`s M105/M205 Kit with Lake Country Pads
    & Flex XC3401VGR Dual-Action Polisher
    $390.00

    Sealant
    BLACKFIRE Wet Diamond, All Finish Paint Protection $30.00

    Waxing
    Blackfire Midnight Sun Ivory Carnauba Paste Wax $60.00

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    Hey Allen... Welcome to TID!!!

    From your list, it looks like you`ve got a great start!

    The missing items that come to my mind are:

    Tire Dressing
    Interior Vinyl/Leather Cleaner & Conditioner
    Drying towel (s)


    Also, I`ve found the Costco towels to be excellent "work" towels, but a little to scratchy for paint.

    You might want to invest in some higher quality MF`s for removing polish/wax/sealant from the paintwork.

    Plenty of good stuff to choose from at www.properautocare.com!!!:biggrin:
    Bill Luster
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    Yes i agree I was going to use the costco mf towels to clean things like tires and door jambs, I was going to go for higher quality mf towels.

    I just never got around to researching which ones are good. I heard cobra was good but over priced. I will continue to research and find one that is priced right and works just as well

    any products that you can recommend for the Tire Dressing and Interior Vinyl/Leather Cleaner & Conditioner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majestic View Post
    I heard cobra was good but over priced. I will continue to research and find one that is priced right and works just as well

    any products that you can recommend for the Tire Dressing and Interior Vinyl/Leather Cleaner & Conditioner?
    http://properautocare.com/tiredressings.html

    http://properautocare.com/micprod.html

    http://properautocare.com/vinrubcarpro.html

    http://properautocare.com/leatcarprod1.html

    Sorry Angelo.... just stole your thunder!!!!::biggrin:::biggrin:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Majestic View Post
    I am trying to get into detaling, I am pretty much a noob that never detailed a car. I am trying to come up with a detailing startup kit for myself. Here is what I have so far. Please send me your input on what you like or dont like, what i need to add or if I am missing some stuff. The prices are estimates I saw on the internet.

    Thanks in advance on all input.
    - Allen

    Microfiber
    Costco bulk 54 pack for $30.00
    Costco - 4 Pack - Eurow Sheepskin Wash and Polish Mitt $25

    Washing car
    Meguiars Gold Class Shampoo & Conditioner 64 oz $13.00

    Glass cleaner
    Sprayway Glass Cleaner (Aerosol) - $4.00

    Engine
    Meguiar`s All Purpose Cleaner
    3M? Foaming Engine Degreaser - http://www.shop3m.com $5.00
    CD2 Engine Detailer for the finish - amazon.com $9.00

    Clay
    Meguiars Smooth Surface Clay Kit FREE BONUS $20.00

    Polish
    Meguiar`s M105/M205 Kit with Lake Country Pads
    & Flex XC3401VGR Dual-Action Polisher
    $390.00

    Sealant
    BLACKFIRE Wet Diamond, All Finish Paint Protection $30.00

    Waxing
    Blackfire Midnight Sun Ivory Carnauba Paste Wax $60.00

    Good start...I suggest a few modifications.

    > Glass cleaner: Sprayway Glass Cleaner (Aerosol) - $4.00
    >> Forget any aerosol...find Stoner in a pump spray on sale.

    > Costco - 4 Pack - Eurow Sheepskin Wash and Polish Mitt $25
    >> Try the grout sponge from Lowes for about $2 (ProLine
    Professional Tile & Grout Sponge, Model: K-28P) instead of the wash mitt. Forget the polish mitt - that`s why you`ll purchase some quality MF cloths.

    Regards,
    GEWB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majestic View Post

    Engine
    Meguiar`s All Purpose Cleaner
    3M? Foaming Engine Degreaser - http://www.shop3m.com $5.00
    CD2 Engine Detailer for the finish - amazon.com $9.00
    CD2 is OK but don`t apply too heavily - run off (drips) will stain asphalt - takes a while to dry and needs two days for the odor to go away.

    You can find it at a national chain auto store for less than $7 (I just bought two cans a few weeks ago).

    Regards,
    GEWB

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    Quote Originally Posted by gewb View Post
    CD2 is OK but don`t apply too heavily - run off (drips) will stain asphalt - takes a while to dry and needs two days for the odor to go away.

    You can find it at a national chain auto store for less than $7 (I just bought two cans a few weeks ago).

    Regards,
    GEWB
    There is also an excellent substitute for CD2, which I started using because CD2 is getting hard to find and it`s expensive...

    Stoner TrimShine! Excellent product... I buy it by the case! (cheaper when you buy 12)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luster View Post
    There is also an excellent substitute for CD2, which I started using because CD2 is getting hard to find and it`s expensive...

    Stoner TrimShine! Excellent product... I buy it by the case! (cheaper when you buy 12)
    I`m waiting for that order to come thru my way........:biggrin:
    AutopiaForums is the place to be.
    Remember to Shop Autopia-CarCare.com for your Detailing Needs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoomzoom mazda5 View Post
    I`m waiting for that order to come thru my way........:biggrin:
    Yup... 12 cans for $49.95 at PAC. that`s a bargain.

    I still have about 7 cans left right now.:biggrin:
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    Are you going to be detailing your own cars or looking to make a little side money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luster View Post
    There is also an excellent substitute for CD2, which I started using because CD2 is getting hard to find and it`s expensive...

    Stoner TrimShine! Excellent product... I buy it by the case! (cheaper when you buy 12)
    How does it do on engine detailing and wheel wells (the two areas where I use the CD2)?

    Regards,
    GEWB

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    Quote Originally Posted by gewb View Post
    How does it do on engine detailing and wheel wells (the two areas where I use the CD2)?

    Regards,
    GEWB
    They are very similar products. I use for engine bays all the time. I haven`t used it on wheelwells, but I wouldn`t hesitate. Even for a single can the price is very reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by th0001 View Post
    Are you going to be detailing your own cars or looking to make a little side money?
    I was wondering the same Todd.........
    AutopiaForums is the place to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by th0001 View Post
    Are you going to be detailing your own cars or looking to make a little side money?
    nope just for my own car, why do you think i am spending too much?

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    Nope, I think you are on the right track in spending. Just look it the bright side, when you get good at it you might be able to detail some of your friends rides and make some money on the side which will help you pay for your new hobby............:thumbup:
    AutopiaForums is the place to be.
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