2008-2013 Cadillac CTS General Discussion Discussion, Paint/body Detail in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; I usually make it a habit of getting my car detailed every other year, but I'd like to keep something ...
Automobile(s): 2012 Black Diamond CTS-V Coupe, 2011 BMW X5 Premium
Originally Posted by Wolfster
I usually make it a habit of getting my car detailed every other year, but I'd like to keep something on hand that I can use myself in between jobs. What type of body/paint detail products do you like to use on your car?
You will get many different opinions. I use Meguiar's Show Car Glaze as a polish. Meguiar's NXT Gen Wax.
In between washes I use Meguiar's Quick Detailer and Spray on Quick Wax.
Nope, no experience with those. I wouldn't put too much into the ratings as they are only from people who visited Canadian Tire's website. Not really a reliable source for detailing products.
Generally speaking the premium brands are Zaino, Meguiar's, Pinnacle and a few people have mentioned Adam's products.
As to which is "better", I think a lot of it just comes down to personal preference in the products. A better source and a place where you can acquire a bit more knowledge on the topic is Autogeek.net. Meguiar's also has a pretty comprehensive site that describes the purpose of certain products and the proper steps in applying.
In the end though what you need is...
A good wash mitt (don't use a sponge)
car washing soap (never use dish soap as it will strip the wax)
Chamois or drying towel
and some sort detailing spray to touch up spots (i.e. bird poop) when the whole car doesn't need to be washed.
Don't forget microfiber towels for the polishing and waxing.
I'm actually expecting a new batch of supplies today that I ordered. I'm like a little kid at Christmas.
Automobile(s): '08 CTS 3.6L DI RWD, new engine Nov '13 @ 44Kmi.
Re: Paint/body Detail
Okay, you asked...
I detail my CTS every six months with two indispensible products, "Zaino Z-2 PRO" polymer polish for exterior, and "303 Aerospace Protectant" for interior.
And, by far, the most important prep tool of all is the CLAY BAR. I use "Mequiar's Smooth Surface Clay Kit," and my preference is to clay exterior horizontal surfaces twice and vertical surfaces once every six months. Once you get the hang of it, takes only 15-20 minutes.
I use Presta products. It's not marketed toward the public like Griots or Zaino, I get it at a body shop supply shop. I'm sure you could find it online though. Only thing is it's designed to be used with a rotary buffer, not an orbital. So experience is required.
I agree with all of you. You have some great tips on here with the clay bar etc. I personally just switched this year to all Zaino products from maguires and love them. They really bring out the shine.
Not to mention I live near Burlington so I know that you can get the product locally here in your area.
Automobile(s): 2013 CTS Coupe Glacier Blue Performance
Re: Paint/body Detail
+1 for Zaino. You can get away with putting it on 2x a year & your car will look great. When I traded a 5 year old car with 81k miles that spent work days in the sun & was Zainoed from the start, the dealer said the paint looked really deep. Between keeping the inside & out super clean I probably got about $1k more on trade.
Claying is critical no matter what you use, although I admit I really hate doing it.
Wonderful! Glad I posted this thread, as I'm getting excellent ideas. Part of the problem of course is being in the Toronto area, (Mississauga actually) I find it hard to find some of the products recommended by some. However, I did find a place to get Zaino Products. May very well give that a go.