Let me preface this by stating that I am not in any way selling these products mentioned nor am I affiliated in any way with the products mentioned. I am simply submitting this thread as a result of my enthusiasm and passion for vehicles and what I use to keep them looking like new.
Griot’s Garage No Scratch Chrome Polish which is simply the finest I’ve ever used as it does not scratch. It will not work well on pitted or rusted chrome that you are trying to cleanup.Billet:
Mothers Chrome Polish runs a close second, and it readily available at most auto stores.
Mothers Billet Metal Polish is the best way to keep billet like new is you start with it to begin with. A fine polish that works exceedingly well even on polished stainless steel. I also use this on faded headlights, sidemarker, and tail lights to restore the plastic and follow it by Mothers Plastic Polish.Hard Plastic Polish:
Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish is the best means of taking wheels or parts that have their fair share of oxidization and bringing them to a brilliant shine; I finish with Mothers Billet Metal Polish.
Simichrome Polish is a long time favorite and works well on many metal surfaces, plus you can use it on chrome; this is also a favorite among those who polish the oxidation from headlights, sidemarkers, and tail lights.
Mothers Plastic Polish: The best way to keep hard plastic parts (unpainted) looking like new or after restoring.Exterior Textured Flexible Plastic Body Panels:
Stoner Trim Shine sprays on easily and look great; I simply wipe off the overspray with a detailing cloth and I’m done. I use this on the rubber front end lower valances.Interior Parts: I use different products on different areas.
Lexol Vinylex: Simply one of my all time favorites and the results never fail to please. It is not as easy to apply as Stoner Trim Shine.
ArmorAll Gel Protectant: New to the market, and I had all but given up on ArmorAll until I saw this and tried it. The gel concept is one of the smartest ways to apply protectant. 3M used to sell a wonderful protectant that was a gel too, but it is long since gone.
HVAC vents:Car Wash:
Stoner More Shine for Interiors gets into the the faceted surfaces of the vents. I spray onto the more complicated or busy areas such as dials, controls and some levers.
Lexol Vinylex and I have been trying ArmorAll Gel Protectant (which is not as shiny but goes on well).
Lexol Leather Cleaner to clean.
Lexol Leather Conditioner to preserve.
Griot’s Garage Leather Care is also very good and has a pleasant leather scent aroma to it.
Griot’s Garage Car Wash that I purchase by the gallon.Wheels:
Griot’s Garage Wheel Cleaner that I purchase by the gallon. Most people do not realize that a lot of wheel cleaning products contain a mild acid and do more damage to rims that benefit, especially if left on too long. Griot’s does not contain acids and it has become my product of choice.Clay Bar:
Mothers Clay BarWax:
Griot’s Garage Clay Bar
Griot’s Garage Best of Show Wax Stoner Bead Max Exterior Instant Detailing:
Surprising Stoner Bead Max is becoming my favorite as the spray can (yes, you spray it on) lasts a long time and the results are some of the best I’ve seen. For those into the polymers Stoners beginning are in the commercial detailing arena and they sell bulk product to the general public: http://www.detailingdirect.com/
This area is the most fun for me as I pickup detailing sprays all the time to see how they work and I constantly use them on my vehicles.Polishing Equipment:
Griot’s Garage Speed Shine which I buy by the gallon. My favorite when claying finishes as a lubricant.
Mothers Showtime Instant Detailer is the best smelling detailer ever with a scent of cinnamon.
Meguiars Quik Detailer, a bargain when purchased in the 32 oz. size.
Stoner Speed Bead which is excellent for removing gum, tar, and other harsh contaminates while leaving an excellent shine. It is not watery as the other detailers, so I use it less often. Again, a can goes a long way.
Porter-Cable Orbital Polisher with Griot’s Garage pads and polishing compounds 1, 2, 3, and 4. These compounds are outstanding.Tires:
Stoner More Shine Less Time bought by the carton to save money. Always a favorite as the results are instant. The only drawback is that it spray so you have to run a detailing cloth around the edge of edge rim to remove the excess.Engine Bay:
While at the recent SoCal Cadillac Meet one of the members used the new ArmorAll Extreme Tire Shine Gel and I have to say the results were outstanding so the next time I see a bottle I will buy it.
Griot’s Engine Cleaner bought by the gallon. Detailing is a matter of wax, and protectant mentioned elsewhere here. I always get compliments from the mechanics who work on our vehicles as to how clean they are and how they appreciate being able to work on a clean engine.Pressure Washer:
I special ordered a variable pressure German-made Kranzle. This machine is completely tailorable to my needs all the way from a soft mist and wide spray pattern to a concrete ripping focused jet blast. I use it occasionally on my tires and under the fender wells and on the engine bay (a light mist mostly).Hose Nozzle:
Griot’s Garage Finest Hose Nozzle and Shutoff Valve. You could use this thing to put out fires as it modeled after a fire nozzle. This was the first of its kind, and now it is often copied and sold inexpensively. The Griot’s model is not inexpensive and is of heirloom quality and I relish the day when I pass it onto my son.Tire Gauge:
Griot’s Garage Professional Tire Inflating Gun is a true joy to own and use as I am incredibly anal retentive about tire pressures and check all our vehicles at least once a week, including all spare tires. I’ve owned many a tire inflator and this one is the best all around inflator.The products mentioned are the ones I have narrowed down to using over many years. As usual matters do change with time and products that I stopped using, because they were not that good, have changed, as in the case of ArmorAll. Anything that 3M makes is outstanding and I currently do not have any in my collection, but intend to pick some up as 3M products are first-class.
I am interested to learn what others are using and any tricks or hints they have come upon. Thank you.