: Ask a professional detailer



TLC Dave
05-24-12, 09:56 PM
Hey there everyone. I am a professional detailer, and I know there are a lot of products and techniques out there, so I thought a thread like this might be helpful to those of you that like to keep your Caddy looking its best. So if you have any questions related to detailing go ahead and post them here. I will either answer them myself, or if I don't know they answer I will ask some other detailers that I know. On other forums these threads get filled with great information, so hopefully that will be the same here! :cheers:
-Dave

Submariner409
05-24-12, 11:37 PM
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TLC Dave
05-25-12, 09:15 AM
I understand that, and I haven't posted any ads or even mentioned the name of my company, where I'm located, or anything like that. I had the pleasure of detailing a CTS-V and while sharing it with the community noticed there isn't a thread with good detailing information in it. That's it.....

zae357
05-25-12, 07:11 PM
Good thread. I have a pearl white DTS that I currently use Turtle Wax Ice products on. Looking at other products to try. What would be the best wash, wax and the best product to keep bugs and road grime to a minimum.

TLC Dave
05-26-12, 12:27 AM
Good thread. I have a pearl white DTS that I currently use Turtle Wax Ice products on. Looking at other products to try. What would be the best wash, wax and the best product to keep bugs and road grime to a minimum.
Great looking car you've got there! As for washing, my favorite over the counter (available locally) car wash is Meguiars Gold Glass. You can usually find it on sale at Walmart or Autozone. It is just as effective as some of the high dollar boutique washes. I would also get a Meguiars Clay bar kit if your vehicle has some miles on it and you've never used one before. It will remove the bonded contaminants on the paint so it's silky smooth. Again, the Meguiars version can be found OTC, and still competes with the big boys. As for wax, well there are literally thousands of options. If we are sticking with the OTC theme I would try to find Mothers Pure Carnuaba Wax. It's usually under $20, has a great look, is pretty easy to use, and last for 3-5 months.

Hopefully that helps you narrow down some products!

zae357
05-26-12, 02:40 AM
Thanks for the compliment. What about tire dressing? It's hard trying to find something that doesn't sling all on the car

TLC Dave
05-28-12, 09:18 PM
Honestly there isn't an OTC tire dressing that I am a big fan of. Usually they are super shiny and greasy, and I just don't care for them. On of my favorites is Optimum Opti-Bond. If gives a nice, dark, clean look without being too shiny. Since it's waterbased with will dry to the touch, and as long as you wait a little while, you won't have to worry about it slinging. Hope that helps!

spind
05-29-12, 09:45 PM
What's your opinion on the quick detail and wax spray bottles available?

TLC Dave
05-29-12, 10:12 PM
What's your opinion on the quick detail and wax spray bottles available?
Any specific brands in question? Honestly, as of late I think quick detailers are a dying breed. With the influx of Waterless Washes you can remove dust, light dirt, and finger prints in a much more effective, and safer way than with a QD. Ultima Waterless Wash is an amazing product. It can allow safe cleaning of a mildly dirty vehicle and leave a great shine behind. It leaves a little protection, but nothing much.

As for spray waxes I have a couple favorites. One would be Optimum Car Wax. It's a spray product that works great, doesn't streak, and will last for 3+ months. It offers a deep wet look, and great shine. My other favorite is Pinnacle Spray Souveran. It only lasts for a matter or weeks, but IMO it's looks phenomenal. A true carnuba wax look to me. If we are talking OTC again however, Meguiars Quik Wax is also a great product. It's fairly easy to use, but I have seen it streak from time to time, especially if you over apply it. As for durability it's probably at about a month. nothing great, but certainly a good choice to boost in between full waxings.

Hope that answers your questions!

Downievilleman
06-21-12, 06:49 PM
Hey there everyone. I am a professional detailer, and I know there are a lot of products and techniques out there, so I thought a thread like this might be helpful to those of you that like to keep your Caddy looking its best. So if you have any questions related to detailing go ahead and post them here. I will either answer them myself, or if I don't know they answer I will ask some other detailers that I know. On other forums these threads get filled with great information, so hopefully that will be the same here! :cheers:
-Dave

I have a mint 1978 Eldorado that my dad bought new and I need to know what to put on the vinyl top to protect it from the sun and other weather. Thanks Paul

M5eater
06-21-12, 07:11 PM
Free questions? Sure! :bouncy:

Last Time I did a n00b full correction(with several half-assed attempts prior) on my Black Diamond I used my 7424XP, some Meguiars MF pads and M105. Followed by 1Z HG to jewel.

It still managed to take me ~ 2 weeks to do a full correction working 2hours on weekdays and maybe 4-6 hours on weekends (with lots of breaks)

That was just far too long for me(even though I 2 bucket wash/ fully detail it every weekend)... I realize that if I want fast corrections I'll need to bump the tool power up, I haven't decided on whether I should opt for a flex or a full-blown rotary though. I've experimented with a $30 HF rotary and wool-pad on the Audi, it ended fairly well, but I still managed to heat up the clear on a taped off section enough to rip the clear right off with the painters tape. The fact that I forgot the fender was mis-aligned and raised slightly against the hood and that maybe that particular section looked like the clear was about to start flaking off contributed greatly I'm sure(not a big deal though for a 13 year old $1500 car.), but that would of course be a HUGE mistake on the Cadillac..

obviously a 2nd gen CTS has *alot* of these potential hazards being that it's designed with a ruler.

Would you suggest a flex, or a rotary with possibly more practice on the Audi? The flex will of course be safer in the short term, the rotary will provide faster corrections in the long term.


I suppose a better question is, how hard is GM clear? Hard enough that even a n00b with a rotary and some impatience could get away without any deadly mistakes?

TLC Dave
06-30-12, 05:10 PM
I have a mint 1978 Eldorado that my dad bought new and I need to know what to put on the vinyl top to protect it from the sun and other weather. Thanks Paul
Hey there. A company named ragtop makes great products for all sorts of convertible tops. They have a specific cleaner and protectant for vinyl tops. I would check them out for sure.

DevilleDude00
08-15-12, 05:04 PM
1. My dad used some of those free conditioned rags they give you at the car wash to wipe down the inside of my windshield (don't ask me why). The streaks left by conditioner/soap from the rag left the worst streaks I've ever seen in my life--literally gave me 0 visibility if it started to fog on the inside. I used windex and newspaper on it a few times, but there's still residual conditioner/soap on the windshield interior. It is still pretty foul when there is fog. Do you have a recommendation on how to reset it to a "clean slate," so to speak? Furthermore, what do you recommend for a DIY clean? Newspaper and windex?

2. I have massive brake dust accumulation on my wheels. Mother's aluminum polish (recommended in another thread here) did not do much for me. Is there anything I can use to get the brake dust off before using the polish?

Thanks!

mackey
09-12-12, 09:55 PM
2. I have massive brake dust accumulation on my wheels. Mother's aluminum polish (recommended in another thread here) did not do much for me. Is there anything I can use to get the brake dust off before using the polish?

Thanks!i'm not the OP but i've heard nothing but good things about the sonax wheel cleaner to clean.

mackey
10-10-12, 02:15 PM
FWIW this is before/during/after using sonax. it sprays o yellow/green, turns blood red as it works.

if you have an inordinate amount of dust as the Vs produce, you should agitate the cleaner a couple min after spraying it.

note: i cleaned the wheel face a couple weeks prior but nothing more than using some diluted car wash.

before
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/stingray/CTS-V/9E7B7BA8-3133-4213-8AA4-FCF56DB68C4D-61791-0000306E4E165CB1.jpg
during
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/stingray/CTS-V/CDDA35B0-2BEA-4EB3-96CB-5365170D5372-61791-0000306E5972491A.jpg
after
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/stingray/CTS-V/F09C591E-0DAD-4778-98A1-7F9EDE8311CB-61791-0000306E6039EE62.jpg

DarkMingBlueSTS
11-04-12, 11:40 AM
What is a safe cleaner and polish to use on Cadillac aluminum wheels? I only use soap and water on mine for fear of destroying them. I have the high polished flat 6 spoke wheels(one of the nice styles by Cadillac IMO)

MattHatlee
11-16-12, 09:37 AM
What is a safe cleaner and polish to use on Cadillac aluminum wheels? I only use soap and water on mine for fear of destroying them. I have the high polished flat 6 spoke wheels(one of the nice styles by Cadillac IMO)

I wouldn't use soap if I were you. I'm not a professional detailer, but I heard that regular soap could eat away at the finish. I use mothers rim polish. I have the chrome polish but they have aluminum polish as well. You can get it pretty cheap at any advanced auto or auto zone. Even Walmart sells it. Good luck!

DarkMingBlueSTS
11-16-12, 09:59 AM
Thanks Matt, sorry I meant I use Mothers car wash for the soap and yes a lot of others said to use the Mothers polish so I'll pick some up today

Submariner409
11-16-12, 11:38 AM
Be careful when using "polish" on clearcoated wheels............ polish, by definition, is abrasive.

DarkMingBlueSTS
11-16-12, 12:20 PM
Good call Sub but I just used Meguiars "cleaner" wax and then finished them up with carnauba wax. Hopefully the the cleaner wax isn't too abrasive :/

The Tony Show
11-17-12, 12:55 PM
Anything with "cleaner" or "polish" in the name is abrasive, and usually has jeweler's rouge or volcanic ash in it.

GM wheels are clearcoated and should be washed the same as the car's paint finish.

wthomp52
12-08-12, 04:17 PM
I have a 2002 DTS with a fabric Targa top on it. It looks like it has mold in several places on it and I'm curious as to what you would recommend to get rid of it?