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Car Detailing Maintenance

Car Detailing Maintenance

Maintenance of the vehicle with the right tools and chemicals is the most important aspect of detailing. Whatever touches the finish of your paint can either do damage or preserve the finish. These products are recommended based on popularity, performance, and personal usage. 


Online Detailing Stores

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Car Cleaning & Drying



Microfber Chenille Knobby Mitt releases dirt, produce suds, extremely durable, very cheap

Wool Wash Mitts are great natural products, but are  tiny bit pricey

Sheepskin Wash Mitt are cheap, easy to use, and versatile





Detail Buddy Boars Hair Brush – Best for fine wheel cleaning around lug nuts and edges

RDP Carbon Fiber + Wool Head or ABN Wheel Woolie – Great for rear wheel barrels and hard to reach areas

Mother’s Wheel Face Brush – Best overall wheel cleaner for large surface area



Optimum No Rinse & Shine – Best product for rinseless washing in low water or winter environments. Be sure to read the ONR Guide.


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poorboy's slick and suds
sonax gloss

Great Car Washes: Optimum Car Wash, Poorboy’s World Super Slick & Suds, Sonax Gloss Shampoo, 1Z Einszett Perls.



Sonax Wheel Cleaner

Einszett ColourTec Wheel Cleaner

Sonax Wheel Cleaner one of the safest and most effective.

1Z Einszett Colourtec Wheel Cleaner cheaper and as good as Sonax.

Read the LF Guide to Wheel Detailing. Other Wheel Cleaners include: P21s Wheel Cleaner, Optimum Power Clean



einszett cockpit premium

 Optimum Protectant Plus one of the most versatile, safe, and effective cleaner/protectants for your interior. 

Einszett 1Z CockPit Premium – great for all purpose cleaning and refreshing your interior.

Interior Care includes: Meguiar’s Quick Interior Detailer, 303 Aerospace Protectant, Meguiar’s M40 Cleaner & Conditioner.

Quick Detailer/Waterless Wash

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Optimum OptiClean is usable for both interior and exterior. Product cleans utilizing waterless technology and extremely safe for your finish while leaving a great shine.

Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer  to make your car slick and shiny.




Monthly: Opti-Seal the easiest sealant to use on the market. Simply wipe and walk away after a buff. 

Weekly: Optimum Car Wax another easy to use spray wax  after a wash or to touch up Optiseal.


Besides Rag Company I recommend top of the line Microfibers for your vehicles. These vendors use towels made in South Korea and are of the highest quality.

Pakshak – by far the oldest and most reliable microfiber distributor

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CarPro Microfiber Madness – new to the market and making a splash as one of the best.

MicrofiberTech – one of the most affordable with great quality