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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Thu, Sep-07-2017, 09:01:35 PM   #1
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Default Aesthetical Car Care: Keeping them Looking Good and Healthy

Hello friends,

Some of you have gorgeous looking cars that could be on showrooms. How do you do that? What products and regimens are you using? Do you do it yourself, or hire it done?

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This is a very broad topic, such infact, that there's an entire subforum for it. There are even entire websites dedicated to it. It's called garaging, washing & detailing.
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Yeah... I dove into "Chemical guys" videos, but I just keep getting the feeling that they're operating at a much different league than me. I was hoping there was a "hack" that you practical guys used, haha.
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Yeah... I dove into "Chemical guys" videos, but I just keep getting the feeling that they're operating at a much different league than me. I was hoping there was a "hack" that you practical guys used, haha.
My first advise - don't listen to or purchase anything from Chemical Guys
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Dang! Okay, roger that. And by the way: MALON LABE, my friend

I'm sitting next to a LOT of ordnance right now, in my studio/office.
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My first advise - don't listen to or purchase anything from Chemical Guys
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haha are they just mass market sales people? just curious on why

larry's ammo nyc videos are pretty educational though - a tad pricey in products but you can takeaway a bunch of knowledge and apply it appropriately with whatever products you use
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I had my car professionally paint corrected and then ceramic coated with Opticoat.

There are many different ceramic coatings out there so I'd recommend finding the right one for you based on personal preference availability. Ceramic Pro is probably one of the better ceramic coats for the car.

Then I just do normal two bucket washes using CarPro Reset or if it's really dirty CarPro Hydrofoam with a foam gun. And then a two bucket wash and rinse. I have some basic things on hand like Adam's wheel cleaner, which is just as good as Iron X but cheaper and can be used on paint, Adam's interior cleaner and some spray detailer.

You could go crazy and get orbital buffers, pads etc to do it yourself but I leave that to the pros and have basic washes on the car and it's easy to keep it clean due to the hydrophobic natures of the ceramic coating.

This is a good full cleaning process that I like to follow or just follow parts of depending on what I want to clean.


Of course you can also buy AMMO products which are highly rated but a bit more on the expensive side. Many people say CarPro products and even Adam's are just as good so you get more value out of your dollar.

CarPro's site is difficult to navigate and you can get decision paralysis. Adam's and AMMO's site is easier to navigate and find products.
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I have XPEL Ultimate self healing wrap for everything forward of front doors and everything else is cquartz ceramic. It's been over two years and maintenance has been hardly anything and everything still looks swirl free!
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My first advise - don't listen to or purchase anything from Chemical Guys
What is wrong with Chemical Guys? That is all my friend uses and he let me use his dual action to polish and wax my car. It worked well.
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