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post #1 of 26 Old 10th February 2014, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Automotive Detailing Thread (Questions, answers, Discussions)

I thought I'd give this a try.. I am actually a professional Auto Detailer out of New York City.. Mobile and have a small shop thats currently under construction. Im always up to date with auto detailing products and info. Part of many detailing forums and love testing products.

If anyone is interested I'd love to see pictures, products, and your cars shine on here.
Also post any information you would like to know, questions, and knowledge on here. Ill do my best to answer everyones questions.
Lets see some detailed M5's (or any other cars you guys work on).
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Some Examples here... Post anything detailing related.. I love this stuff haha

Interlagos Blue Manual M5:


<a href="http://s668.photobucket.com/user/mad32sk8/media/photo31.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv48/mad32sk8/photo31.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo photo31.jpg"/></a>

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Audi RS5 I previously worked on:

<a href="http://s668.photobucket.com/user/mad32sk8/media/IMG_8382.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv48/mad32sk8/IMG_8382.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_8382.jpg"/></a>

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<a href="http://s668.photobucket.com/user/mad32sk8/media/IMG_8328.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv48/mad32sk8/IMG_8328.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_8328.jpg"/></a>

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Just one before picture to show that the car was in a really bad condition ( there was huge scratches too) .. Took about 15 hours as I worked quite fast.
<a href="http://s668.photobucket.com/user/mad32sk8/media/IMG_8296.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv48/mad32sk8/IMG_8296.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_8296.jpg"/></a>

A before and after on a GTR:

<a href="http://s668.photobucket.com/user/mad32sk8/media/BassemsGT-R46.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv48/mad32sk8/BassemsGT-R46.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo BassemsGT-R46.jpg"/></a>

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Nice work!

Here is always a good question... Wax vs sealant?

I wash my car weekly and its garage kept.. I have poorboys nattys wax i use on my M5, and i also have black fire wet diamond sealant i use on my daily driver.

Some people say that wax melts in the sun, sealant is better, but other say wax looks alot better etc.

Whats your view?


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Blackfire wetdiamond is for protection (which is the job of a sealant)
A wax at times produces better shine but lasts a lot less. Usually a week or so.. Depends on conditions.
Black fire wet diamond is great for both shine and protection. Usually lasts about 3-6 months or so depending on climate.
On black or any dark colored car, I suggest a forum favorite. The CHEMICAL GUYS BLACKLIGHT AND V7 combo. You can also include a coat of Black fire wet Diamnont on top to maximize protection and shine. Paint will look dripping wet

Bottom line:
Carnauba waxes and most waxes are meant for shine while sealants are more for protection of your paint.


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Nice work!

Here is always a good question... Wax vs sealant?

I wash my car weekly and its garage kept.. I have poorboys nattys wax i use on my M5, and i also have black fire wet diamond sealant i use on my daily driver.

Some people say that wax melts in the sun, sealant is better, but other say wax looks alot better etc.

Whats your view?


And some pics




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I have a question - how do you deal with water marks on shiny plastic trim (such as side bars), and on black metal parts (such as wiper arms)?

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I thought I'd give this a try.. I am actually a professional Auto Detailer out of New York City.. Mobile and have a small shop thats currently under construction. Im always up to date with auto detailing products and info. Part of many detailing forums and love testing products.

If anyone is interested I'd love to see pictures, products, and your cars shine on here.
Also post any information you would like to know, questions, and knowledge on here. Ill do my best to answer everyones questions.
Lets see some detailed M5's (or any other cars you guys work on).
Follow me on instagram @EnthusiastDetails

Some Examples here... Post anything detailing related.. I love this stuff haha

Thanks for the thread; I love detailing as well and have been meticulously cleaning/detailing my vehicles since I can remember. I do bring my car in to a professional detailer once per year for its spa day, but other 364 days it is my pleasure to work on the M5.

Very nice work on the Audi and GTR! I love the look of black paint on vehicles - always have, always will. I just hate the fact that any/all scratches show easily and dust builds up almost immediately after cleaning. I think my next ///M will be white with a black interior.

I'm partial to Wizards Products, especially their Mist-N-Shine Detailer for daily use. It seldom rains here in southern Arizona (which is perfect for me as an OCD car/motorcycle enthusiast with an affinity toward black vehicles), and I only actually wash my car with water two, maybe three times per year (and one of those is a professional detail from Stewart Detailing here in Phoenix). I also like Lexol for their leather cleaner/conditioner, Plexus for cleaning/protecting clear/any plastic (especially headlights, tails, and instrument cluster/Nav screens), and Invisible Glass for windows and sunroof glass. These are all of my go-to, regularly used products. I use each product with a fresh microfiber cloth.

Like you, I'd be more than happy to talk detailing/cleaning with anyone.

Here's my 2006 Sapphire Black Metallic M5 after I decided take advantage of the awesome weather and remove the brake dust this past Friday (sorry for low quality pics - car was in the shadow of garage/lack of sunlight/bad angle/wife's iPhone):
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very nice work,wish I could find a good detailer in denver..
I'm sure there are plenty of great detailers in Denver and if not, Visit Autogeek.net. Join their forum, you can either find yourself a detailer in Denver or learn how to work on your car yourself. Ill help you throughout the process as well. With DA (Dual Action) polishers now and microfiber discs, it is no longer dangerous to polish your car. So long as you take your time.

Warning though: Once you get into detailing, it starts becoming an addicting/expensive hobby.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions. Post pictures of your car and ill be happy to suggest some waxes for maximum shine and protection
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I have a question - how do you deal with water marks on shiny plastic trim (such as side bars), and on black metal parts (such as wiper arms)?

Pictures - my 2006 e60 M5;

Such a beauty you have there

If you are referring to The B Pillar black plastic, I would suggest either trying a water spot remover such as the chemical guys Water spot removerChemical Guys Water Spot Remover, glass polish, metal polish, mineral spot remover. It is basically a pray on remover. I would suggest spraying it on a good quality microfiber towel and slowly wiping away the water marks.
This usually works when the water marks have not already worked themselves into the pain.
If that does not work I would suggest having someone polish the B pillars since they are clear coated on these cars. You can also move on to compound if needed. Its a relatively easy job, there is tons of how to's on youtube or any detailing forums, I can also assist you further. If you are unsure of it, you can even take it to a local recommended detailer.

I have never encountered them on wiper arms to be honest, sounds like something that can easily be removed by the Water spot remover I previously linked.

Feel free to ask further questions !! good luck
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I have a light grey interior and I have a bit of fading going on, on the drivers seat bolster how can I bring the color back without replacing the piece of leather. Should I have it airbrushed? How long does the paint last? Can I apply leather treatment to that area after it's painted? I don't really want to paint it.
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I have a light grey interior and I have a bit of fading going on, on the drivers seat bolster how can I bring the color back without replacing the piece of leather. Should I have it airbrushed? How long does the paint last? Can I apply leather treatment to that area after it's painted? I don't really want to paint it.
From what I know, Leather is coated. Since it is just the color fading, yes you can paint it. I would suggest going to a place that specializes in Auto interiors and leather. I have a guy that always comes into a dealership I work for that replaces leather and most of the time matches leather coatings on the spot and basically sprays the leather and repairs it. Where are you located ?
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