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1hot281 05-31-2011 03:40 PM

What products do you use on your Saleen?
 
Just wondering what products everyone here uses on their Saleen's?

I'll admit i started like a real noob. I just used Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax spray... but I eventually started using the Mothers Ultimate Wax system (the three stage setup) which worked OK at best... decent shine, kinda weak durability.

I currently run 2 coats of Meguiar's Tech Wax 2.0 topped by 2 coats of AutoGlym HD Wax... as for interior surfaces and other exterior pieces (tires, trim & moldings) I currently use Mothers products.

http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/v...1/photo1-5.jpg

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ex-lawnman 05-31-2011 04:46 PM

use all of Zaino products on the exterior and meguiars purple tire stuff on the tires.

Blue Vue 05-31-2011 05:24 PM

all i use is Zaino bros. products
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...6-59-28_77.jpg

1hot281 06-01-2011 03:04 AM

I've heard good things about Ziano products. I'll probably get around to trying them eventually. i have some Poorboy's Natty Blue on it's way for the summer.

Also, for those with Leather interior, what products do you use? I'm using Mothers leather cleaner and leather conditioner and it's been fantastic. I've been eyeing the Zymol leather cleaner and leather conditioner at a local Pepboys but... can't do it just yet. lol

1hot281 06-01-2011 03:09 AM

This is with the Mothers Ultimate Wax System: applied poorly as i was still (and am still currently) learning proper techniques.

http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/v...redSaleen2.jpg

I don't have any pictures with the current TW2.0/AG HD wax... but it's a little darker and hides imperfections better, but lacks some of the sheer gloss and "flake pop" of the Mothers

SCMcQueen 06-02-2011 09:53 AM

I use nothing but Mothers products on my '07. Even with only 4,000 garage kept miles after I used the clay bar and wax the shine, depth, and glassy finish was superb. People asked what I did to the factory finish or if I had some clear coat sprayed on.

The leather cleaner/protectant fares well also.

Agent_177 06-02-2011 11:31 AM

Use nothing but Zaino on my saleen's

ex-lawnman 06-08-2011 06:52 PM

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Zaino .
I only have a few coats on it now but wait til after summer !

lcats 06-09-2011 07:52 PM

No Water and nothing but CroftgateUSA. www.autoappearanceplus.net:smile:

S281SC 06-09-2011 10:31 PM

I'm a Meguiar's fan...One of the reasons is that they ALWAYS respond with products and literature for our local charity car show. Others don't...

Lately, I prefer the Ultimate series with a DA- compound, polish, and wax (after clay, of course). White's tough to get "shine" pics, but here's one. I'll have post-detail pics of the Red 91 in the next couple weeks...

http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/p...RUISEfront.jpg

1hot281 06-09-2011 10:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by S281SC (Post 59045)
I'm a Meguiar's fan...One of the reasons is that they ALWAYS respond with products and literature for our local charity car show. Others don't...

Lately, I prefer the Ultimate series with a DA- compound, polish, and wax (after clay, of course). White's tough to get "shine" pics, but here's one. I'll have post-detail pics of the Red 91 in the next couple weeks...

http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/p...RUISEfront.jpg

Meguiar's is great stuff. The Ultimate line is fantastic on lighter colored vehicles. I use Meguiar's on my daily driver white Civic. I've also used Meguiar's on my friend's white BMW with great results.

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XEVIOUS 06-12-2011 04:12 AM

In the past Saleen actually recommend Meguiar;s product to treat the BASF paint jobs.
Ive stick with Meguiar's from day one and I can whole heartedly say to words "Shine'n MAD!" I dunno about the next guys car but the carnuba wash alone works fantastic in combination with the polish and carnuba wax, its unbeatable. it last's, it doesnt change colors, works great in hot and cold weather and very easy to apply.
The body feels baby smooth to the touch, and best of all it performs as ive mentioned without the need for daily garaging. By far my choice is Meguiars.

WickedS281SC 06-13-2011 12:39 PM

Thought on Eagle One?? Saleen was offering their Detail kit with each Saleen Purchased.

kss113 06-13-2011 01:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by XEVIOUS (Post 59226)
In the past Saleen actually recommend Meguiar;s product to treat the BASF paint jobs.
Ive stick with Meguiar's from day one and I can whole heartedly say to words "Shine'n MAD!" I dunno about the next guys car but the carnuba wash alone works fantastic in combination with the polish and carnuba wax, its unbeatable. it last's, it doesnt change colors, works great in hot and cold weather and very easy to apply.
The body feels baby smooth to the touch, and best of all it performs as ive mentioned without the need for daily garaging. By far my choice is Meguiars.

+1 I use Meguiars also. Show car glaze #7 and the carnuba wax.

AbsStang06 06-13-2011 10:02 PM

Front grill/air dam
 
What is the best brush/cleaner to use to clean the lower front grill and the lower air dam?

1hot281 06-13-2011 11:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WickedS281SC (Post 59340)
Thought on Eagle One?? Saleen was offering their Detail kit with each Saleen Purchased.

My personal experience with EagleOne products has left much to be desired. Their waxes are easy to use, but lack true shine and luster... and don't last all that long. Their protectant's and such are so-so and i'd compare to ArmorAll (barf) and their tire shine is okay. The tire shine gel is not bad. But not great. Their car wash soap is also only so-so and is easily out paced my Meguiar's soaps or Mothers.

Tho i admit i haven't used any of their "Nano" branded products.

AbsStang06 06-18-2011 01:13 AM

I bought the Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax and I will say it really surprised me how shiny my car was afterwards. For the interior I bought Armor All Natural Finish Detailer protectant wipes and leather wipes, but where I live it's HOT (it's the desert, what else do I expect lol) so the wipes seemed to dry out pretty fast. What leather conditioner does everyone recommend? I like the natural finish wipes for the interior instead of the "greasy" finish. I also bought the Invisible Glass Reach & Clean Tool and the next day I noticed in the sun that my windows looked "streaky" so I'm not sure this was worth the money. Guess Iíll just have to go back to standing on a stool to reach my windows lol.

XEVIOUS 06-18-2011 02:08 AM

I do have to say at some point you should use a good scratch remover/cleaner not to mention a claybar and youl be surprised just how much carbon and micro pebble imperfections has built of over time even with all the polishing and waxing. I remember the first time using a cleaner and couldnt believe the difference from what appeared to be clean.

It also makes a big difference to get a windshield cleaner and wax as well. Foremost thing about a new car is just how clean and clear the windows are. the view is always crystal clear without those millions of micro pebble indentures, like a pair of brand new sun glasses, but over time the degradation becomes much more worst than youd think.

Dave 06-18-2011 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AbsStang06 (Post 59404)
What is the best brush/cleaner to use to clean the lower front grill and the lower air dam?

I tend to use paint brushes from either artist supply stores or from the chain craft stores for exterior detailing. See if there is a sale. I use normal car wash soap.

OneQwkStang 06-18-2011 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AbsStang06 (Post 59878)
I bought the Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax and I will say it really surprised me how shiny my car was afterwards.

I just bought two bottles of that soap yesterday. I tried it today and thought it turned out great too. Little pricey but I got it at 25% off at the local Canadian Tire store this week. It smells nice too.

XEVIOUS 06-19-2011 04:28 PM

Ive always and only used the cheaper Meguiars Deep Crystal wash and its always been fine with me, The most recent bottle i purchased has carnuba wax imbedded in its formula. Always looks great but i still polish and wax the car after a good wash, either the same day or a day or two later when the cars still clean.

ONE thing for sure,, why do people use the spray-brooms at the local self wash? ARE PEOPLE CRAZY!! all the dirt grime sand and rocks from the last 1000 people as well as all thats picked up from the ground resides in the bristles and people just go and rake it across there cars ruining the paint,and scratches galoure! Never Never use those things, just get a rag and a towel thats it, the high pressure spray will take care of any grit on the surface.

An to be honest, I just about never goto an automated car wash, the chemicals they use (depending on the location) can easily strip your cars clearcoat. If youve notice how people that go to em, there cars paint look clean but somehow thin.. not deep or rich, and you always see swirls, all for the same reasons as mentioned.
Brushless car washes are a bit better but again, the chemicals used could be very VERY bad.

1hot281 06-20-2011 12:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AbsStang06 (Post 59878)
I bought the Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax and I will say it really surprised me how shiny my car was afterwards.

The Meg's Ultimate line is pretty decent. Keep in mind that tho it's called "Wash and Wax", it is in fact a synthetic polymer sealant. Everything in the Meg's Ultimate line is designed around their Synthetic "hydrophobic" polymer sealants technology. Things to keep in mind is that Polymer sealants don't adhere well to dirty/contaminated paint. Also, polymer sealants will have trouble bonding OVER a coat of carnauba wax, so if you've waxed your car with a carnauba (Meg's gold class, mothers pure carnauba) you should be washing the car with a soap infused with carnauba, (Mothers Carnauba Wash & Wax, Meg's Deep Crystal) not polymers, to help replenish the wax and extend the durability.

Quote:

Originally Posted by AbsStang06 (Post 59878)
for the interior I bought Armor All Natural Finish Detailer protectant wipes and leather wipes, but where I live it's HOT (it's the desert, what else do I expect lol) so the wipes seemed to dry out pretty fast. What leather conditioner does everyone recommend? I like the natural finish wipes for the interior instead of the "greasy" finish.

Mothers VLR "Vinyl Leather Rubber" is a great multi-purpose interior care product. It can be used on everything from the dash to the leather seats, and cleans, conditions, and protects.

Dave 06-25-2011 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AbsStang06 (Post 59878)
I also bought the Invisible Glass Reach & Clean Tool and the next day I noticed in the sun that my windows looked "streaky" so I'm not sure this was worth the money.

I use ZEP Glass Cleaner on my windows. I've been using this product since the late 1990s. I do not believe I've noticed streaked windows. This cleaner can be found in your local home improvement stores.

jim293 01-16-2012 10:48 PM

I use Adams Products only on my car. I love the ease of all of there whole product line.

wildhorse 06-20-2012 08:09 PM

New on market Gold Class Premium Quik Detailer


http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbn...f9868a54052f70Works great!!!!:biggrin:

Ice Sterling#15 08-15-2012 08:01 PM

I have been cleaning cars for over 40 years and always been looking for the best for my cars. I used Mother for many years untill I found Adamīs products. They are just THE BEST and if you are not sure how to take care of you car they show you how to. Go to www.adamspolishes.com and see what they offer and look at the videos. The only negative thing is they use Corvettes to show how to use there products:smile:

PJ 316 08-18-2012 01:01 AM

I am a tried and true user of Griot's Garage Products. Their polish compounds are the best when used in conjunction with a D/A machine polisher. A little spendy, but ABSOLUTELY worth it!

http://www.griotsgarage.com/

S281SC 08-18-2012 11:35 AM

I just re-read this thread and realized that I never posted pics of the 91 after detailing...

http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/523d0008.jpg

http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/124f0f52.jpg

http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/salshow2.jpg

SaleenStang 09-23-2012 11:22 PM

Adams FTW:smile::smile::smile::smile::smile::smile:

Werecow 09-24-2012 01:03 PM

Beautiful car!

03cobra456 11-28-2012 10:10 PM

ZAINO

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http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...snake/ref1.jpg

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1hot281 11-30-2012 12:12 AM

That looks great! I've been slightly interested in picking up some of the new Zaino... are your pictures using the old Z-2? Z-5? Or the new formulations Z-2 PRO/Z-5 PRO?

Nightstalker 11-30-2012 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by 03cobra456 (Post 94439)

I think it's safe to say, that tree in the background is dead.

Your finish looks amazing! :cool:

Agent_177 11-30-2012 08:36 AM

LOL@Nightstalker.

I use Wolfgang products.

03cobra456 12-01-2012 01:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1hot281 (Post 94516)
That looks great! I've been slightly interested in picking up some of the new Zaino... are your pictures using the old Z-2? Z-5? Or the new formulations Z-2 PRO/Z-5 PRO?

yes i am using the new formulas and this is only about2 coats of z2 on top of 3-5 coats of z5. cant wait till spring to really see what this z2 can do


Quote:

Originally Posted by Nightstalker (Post 94517)
I think it's safe to say, that tree in the background is dead.

Your finish looks amazing! :cool:

Yeah, our neighbors as a whole are. well, you know, everyones got one. and thank you

msb7144 05-28-2013 03:46 PM

Adams, nuff said.

wildhorse 06-02-2013 11:22 PM

I will have to say I used Meguiars /Mothers and Adams quick detailer, but this last time I went to the local Wal-Mart to pick some up, they were all sold out. I stumbled on a product that I never seen before by Zymol called Deep gloss detailer spray, only one bottle left so I bought it.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
I have to say I like this product, I got caught in the rain and when I came home to wipe the car down, I could not believe that almost all of the water beaded up and ran off the car. I started to wipe what water was left on it and to my amazement the paint surface was still slick.<o:p></o:p>
I donít think I am going back to the other products. <o:p></o:p>

SCMcQueen 06-03-2013 07:53 AM

I will still stay loyal to the Mothers brand...I have had great success with their products...

XxBoostinxX 06-03-2013 11:21 AM

I use a wide variety: mothers, meguiars, griots, adams, and chemical guys. They all have their good/bad stuff, but by far chemical guys is my overall favorite product line. You get so much bang for your buck its just unreal. Don't get me wrong I love adams towels and vrt and I also enjoy griots speed shine and blue speed shine towels. But the two are entirely too expensive! For what I would pay for 1 gallon of adams quick detailer, I can get almost 2 gallons of chemical guys speed wipe or close to 3/4 gallons of meguiars final/last touch.


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saleenguy 09-02-2013 04:20 PM

Waxes and other products
 
I used to use a variety of brands but have recently found a local company here in Illinois called Obsessive Detail.com and so far have tried their WET OBSESSION wax and their PIG SPIT cleaner and detalier and so far I really like them. The wax lasts a while and makes the car look wet and is very easy to lay on and take off even in direct sunlight.

SCMcQueen 09-03-2013 07:45 AM

I just clay barred and waxed my car yesterday morning (took 4 hours!); then took her to a local show and won a nice placard. The finish is like glass!

Mothers clay bar kit
Mothers synthetic wax

highly recommended!

TTSaleen 09-05-2013 09:11 PM

I use Menzerna products and a Flex orbital buffer 3401XC.
For wax I use Pinnacle Souveran.
I put this on both my Saleens and my GT500.


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