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    Rinseless wash redux.

    Since I've been making my rinseless wash for a while, actually longer than they've been popular with the detailing world, and a couple people are interested, I'll post it here. I did tweak the ratios some and after some experimenting, I wanted to see if I can substitute the Photo Flo with a more...
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    Rinseless washes.

    I know there's already a current post about ONR but I did want to share my experiences with rinseless washes. I just did a rinseless wash with my homemade stuff yesterday and decided my car still looks good enough to photograph to show the results. <img...
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    6" wax spreader mod

    You've probably read my posts talking about my cheapy 6" buffer, aka the wax spreader. Mine is a cheap 6" Turtle Wax brand polisher I bought some 11-12 years ago. Well I've had a couple people interested in how to mod a cheapy wax spreader. The existing resources online aren't very good and...
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    M101 more aggressive than dedicated chrome polish!

    No kidding. I currently use Mother's Chrome Polish. It does an admirable job cutting through the staining, rust and contaminants on my chrome. But it is a little slow in working its magic. I know that M101's aluminum oxide is coarser than M105, significantly more so actually. It's almost not...
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    The big deal about thin paint.

    This is the reason why more than ever it's important to preserve paint thickness and why even a just a few compoundings can significantly reduce the thickness of paints. Early 90's I remember some OEM paints were thick enough to wet sand safely to remove orange peel. Talking 250-300 microns...
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    My new car.

    2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe in gloss black. Got it at Carmax and surprisingly they did an acceptable job at not ruining the paint. The paint was actually decontaminated as my claying didn't reveal too much in terms of bonded contaminants that a 2 year old former business fleet car would show. I...
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    Had to polish again.

    So I loaned my car out to a friend who has her's in the shop. I've been riding my motorcycle back and forth to work anyways. So before giving it back to me she runs it through an automatic car wash. Well I didn't say anything but it did induce some hologramming in my paint. So this is a good...
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    Wax durability vs weather.

    You know it's often been discussed just how long a wax will last. For the most part with the same wax one of the biggest variables is weather. Most people assume the rain will eventually "wash" a wax away. Wax being naturally hydrophobic, to me it doesn't make sense. Having spent time on both...
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    My seasonal polish.

    As a former detailer I know how to photograph cars to really make them look good to advertise my work. As such I also know how to really highlight the before and after. Well today I just finished my seasonal polish. These are some details to show just what's possible with just a 6" cheapy random...
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    Seeing isn't believing

    I just washed my car. Literally just a wash. My car is due for a polish, it's been three months since the last polish and one month since I last waxed it with Collinite. Most people would look at the pictures and think it's already looking outstanding. But in reality it's just so so. It's got a...
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    Informal wax experiment

    Having been in the navy I do know a thing or two about shining shoes. I recently bought a tin of Johnson's Paste Wax at Home Depot. I figured I could find some uses for it. Upon opening it the smell was powerful and very reminiscent of shoe polish. In fact the can itself says it's good for...
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    Turtle wax new polishing compound

    I hated the swirls their old white can of polishing compound left behind and the overall abrasiveness of the product but I've been using their new squeeze bottle polish and have to say I'm impressed. I usually use meguiars swirl remover but always though it was just a bit too weak. The new...
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    Collinite

    Ok I've been using the zymol cleaner wax for a long time now. I'm pretty happy with it but after reading a little about Collinite from this site, which I believe is the most scientifically unbiased forum on the web, I decided to go out and buy some. There's a Harbor Freight near me and I always...
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    Best frying oil

    Ok from what I know about frying oils is that a higher flash point oil makes for better frying. Olive oil has a low flash point and scorches, shortening with all it's hydrogen bonds makes for a stable frying medium and delicious fried items. Now none of those oils come close to motor oils four...
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    Oil filter longevity

    Now I know that uoa's are the norm here but does anyone here test to see how long an oil filter will last? I'm just wondering since I run a motorcycle and filters for it aren't as cheap to replace nor as easy as a spin off, I have to remove a panel and manually replace a seal to reseal it. Just...
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    Where else to buy Rotella?

    I'm a super huge fan of Rotella synthetic 5w-40. But for the past month they have not been restocking it at my local walmart. No quarts no gallons nothing. Where else can I go to purchase this oil? Pep Boys and Auto Zone don't have it either. I'm in the Los Angeles area by the way so it is...
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