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Car Care Tips and Tricks - Adonis Detail

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Hello everyone I want to introduce myself. My name is Tim and I own and operate Adonis Detail in sunny San Diego, CA. Being a big fan of the C7 since it was announced I jumped at the opportunity to meet and work with some owners and have realized two things. 1) These cars are awesome in SOO many ways, and 2) You owners really do care about your cars! Its very rare to find a group of enthusiasts that is so involved and invested in their vehicles, Its really a neat thing. So because of this I thought it would be a benefit to put together a little thread In which I share some car care tips I have learned for those of you that maintain your vehicles yourselves. In addition I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have as well!

A couple things to remember: Improper care can lead to scratches, swirls, etching and marring. You invested in your car, invest in taking care of it. I also highly recommend that proper care techniques are used and more importantly a proper sealant and or coating like CQuarts Finest or Opti Coat is applied.

Washing:
Whether you are using a waterless method or a hose and bucket (recommended) the methods are very similar. You want to start with the wheels first with a separate bucket, separate mitt and brushes than you use for your paint surface not to cross contaminate. You can spray on a wheel cleaner like Sonax Full Effect or even just use car shampoo with various brushes to clean them. When moving onto the paint surface you ideally want to be washing in the shade out of direct sunlight but this isn’t always possible. First rinse the vehicle to remove any loose contamination, then start from the top and work your way down to the bottom of the vehicle. Rinse out your wash mitt often! A microfiber wash mitt is good, do not use anything that is rough or coarse as this can damage your paint. I also recommend getting a grit guard to put on the bottom of your bucket as well to catch any loose contamination. Once you have worked your way around the vehicle rinse again to remove the soap then start drying. I recommend soft microfiber towels such as a large waffle weave drying towel in order to dry the vehicle. Stay away from a house towel or beach towel as this can put swirl marks into the paint surface. Another trick is to use a leaf blower to help blow off extra water from the surface and from the cracks, this will help speed up the drying process. I use an 8hp blower specifically designed for this task.

Now that the vehicle is dry you can either apply a wax or sealant to protect the vehicle. Remember, a high quality wax will typically only last about 4-6 weeks. If you have chosen to go with a coating like Quartz Finest or Opti Coat then that’s all there is to your car care routine!

Interior care is fairly easy as well, for the navigation screen a good way to remove fingerprints and dust is to use a slightly damp microfiber towel. I also like to use 1Z Einszett Cockpit Premium cleaner on all interior surfaces. This is also safe on the console screen.

Window Cleaning: A trick for streak free window is to use distilled water and a soft lint free microfiber towel. Spray a very light amount on the window then buff off to a streak free finish. Remember less is more with windows, you only need a very slight amount of moisture to clean, anything more and you will get streaks and smears.

I hope that was informative, I tried to be as general as possible. Remember everyone has their own methods, these are just some key points I focus on when washing. Please let me know if you have any questions.

-Tim
 

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Thanks for the information! Very helpful.


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Has anyone heard of AMMO NYC? Their product seems a little pricey but the guy sounds like he knows what he's talking about. If anyone has used this product please let me know what you thought about it.


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Has anyone heard of AMMO NYC? Their product seems a little pricey but the guy sounds like he knows what he's talking about. If anyone has used this product please let me know what you thought about it.


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I haven't used any of his products, but I can say that Larry is well respected in the appearance care industry.
 
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