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RagCompany Review: Creature Edgeless, Carwash Towel, and Spectrum 420

RagCompany Review: Creature Edgeless, Carwash Towel, and Spectrum 420

Microfiber Review: Creature Edgeless, Carwash Towel, and Spectrum 420

Liquid Finish Detailing is back with our normal microfiber madness! I like to personally always push Korean over Chinese microfibers for my clients. Chinese manufacturers generally pump out bulk low grade towels that degrade overtime, rarely hold their softness or absorbency, and lack a longterm value. There are a few Chinese facilities with the right fiber, quality standard, and opportunity can produce amazingly good value towels. Back in July our good friends at The RagCompany hinted on the phone at adding a  Chinese made lower tier microfiber line for bulk carwash operations.

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Wheel Coating Treatment

Wheel Coating Treatment

Wheel Coating Services

 
Liquid Finish Detailing offers wheel coating services for the Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, Apex, RDU, RTP, and North Carolina Area. Tired of cleaning dirty brake dust from wheels? Want easy wheel cleaning with minimal effort? A specialized wheel coating treatment is the best wheel protection and maintenance.
 
  
Hurricane Region PCA Oktoberfest 2014

Hurricane Region PCA Oktoberfest 2014

Hurricane Region PCA Oktoberfest 2014

Many thanks to the PCA Hurricane Region staff & crew for inviting me yesterday to speak about basic detailing principles. If you are curious, this is a once a year event featuring beautiful Porsches in the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, & North Carolina Area:

All Porsche and other exotic car owners are invited to the annual Hurricane Region Porsche Club of America OktoberFest on Sunday October 5, 2014.  OktoberFest is an afternoon event filled with people, cars and refreshments and gives you a chance to enjoy some of the area’s finest automobiles.   This is a low-key “wash and show” event, so no need to get out the Q-Tips and white gloves to show your car.

As in years past, we will be holding OktoberFest at the picnic area at Montague Lake in the Cary / Raleigh area.  Montague’s is located at 10301 Penny Road, just east of the intersection of Penny Road and Kildaire Farm Road.

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Korean Microfiber Towels

Korean Microfiber Towels

Korean Microfiber Towels

Korean microfiber towels are the golden standard in auto detailing due to their longevity, softness, and absorption. With proper microfiber cleaning care, towels can last up to 300-500 regular washes. Microfibers are amazing, they are anti bacterial, non linting, absorb huge volumes of liquid, dry fast, and can clean dust, dirt, water, grease, or oil with simply water. Most importantly, they are far finer than the softest cotton towel available and absorb a huge amount of dirt on any car surface.

You may have heard a distinction between “Korean Made” and “Chinese Made” microfiber towels. What’s the difference in price, quality, distribution, colors, or sourcing?
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Equipment: Reinforce Your VX5000 Vapor Steamer Hose

Reinforce Your VX5000 Vapor Steamer Hose

In January of 2010 we were crazy enough to purchase a VX5000 Steam Cleaner from Steam-Cleaners-Direct. It’s been a reliable work horse, fearless around interiors, and one of our most important tools. Do a search on any Detailing forum and you’ll see it’s one of the best entry line professional vapor steam cleaners you can buy on the market without entering the $1000-$2000 range. We’ve modded ours with a custom horsehair brush attachment we may reveal in the future. What was particularly awesome was seeing Greg Nichols of Reflections Detailing Utah reinforce his steamer hose:

Autopia – Steamer Hose Made Heavy Duty

DetailingBliss – Steamer Hose Made Heavy Duty

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CarPro Iron-X Iron Remover Treatment

CarPro Iron-X Iron Remover Treatment

CarPro IronX Iron Remover Treatment

What is Iron-X?

CarPro Iron-X is an acid free pH balanced iron remover that dissolves embedded iron deposits and safely deep cleans your paint. Airborne chemical compounds and ferrous particles (such as rail dust) can create corrosion throughout paint layers. Orange specs that manifest on rear or top sections of a vehicle are evidence of slow “rusting” that can occur due to fall out. While normal detail shops use a clay bar to remove fall out, often the “tip” of the embedded dirt will be cut off leaving iron stems within the paint. Iron-X treatment will cleanse, brighten, shimmer, and gloss your  paint since the entire system is healthy.

Iron-X Treatment Process

Recommended application areas includes wheels, all exterior paint surfaces with emphasis on areas near tail pipes, rear bumpers, trunks, and roofs. It’s is essential to perform an initial wash, then another wash after the Iron-X chemical to properly neutralize everything.

Cost: Starting from $50 for amazing deep cleaning and safe proper fall out removal.

Does Iron-X Work on Wheels?

Absolutely! In fact, its safer than using extremely harsh acid based products that can eat into the finish of your wheel. Since Iron-X eats into the iron portion of brake dust, your painted surfaces remain stable and we ultimately remove the brake dust itself.

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What about embedded wheel brake dust?

Iron-X itself is slightly gel like, however to be more efficient CarPro Iron-X Paste is designed specifically to target embedded brake dust.

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CarPro Iron-X Fall Out Examples

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Porsche Cayman CarPro Iron-X Treatment

cayman iron-x

panamera iron-x
panamera iron-x

Porsche Panamera Turbo CarPro Iron-X Treatment
lexus iron-x

Black Lexus IS-F Wheel Iron-X Treatment
audi s4 iron-x
audi s4 iron-x

Audi S4 White CarPro Iron-X Treatment

Meguiar’s NXTi 2014: iNtense eXtreme Training Institute NXT Class

Meguiar’s NXTi 2014: iNtense eXtreme Training Institute NXT Class

Meguiar’s NXTi 2014 iNtense eXtreme Training Institute: Fundamental Sanding & Polishing Techniques NXTi Class

From May 28th to May 30th I made a pilgrimage to Orange County & Irvine, California for Meguiar’s NXTi Class (NXT Class) “Fundamental Sanding & Polishing Techniques”. Meguiar’s rarely runs specialty paint polishing, sanding, and refinishing courses of this high calibre. So with some last minute  schedule changes and a leap of faith we travelled to California to meet some of the best paint correction & speciality detailers in the world.

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NXTi Class iNtense eXtreme Training 2014 – Autopia.org

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Ultimate Wheel Protection: Optimum Opti Coat

Ultimate Wheel Protection: Optimum Opti Coat

Ultimate Wheel Protection: Optimum Opti Coat

What is the Best Wheel Protection?

Do you hate wheel cleaning? Want an easy to clean wheel surface? Want to use only car wash to clean your wheels? Ceramic coatings have hit the car care market and outperform conventional waxes. Optimum Opti Coat is the best wheel protection on the market. A perfect solution to the the horrendous brake dust issues found on german vehicles and high performance exotics.

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Opti Coat Videos: Longterm Performance & Reviews

Opti Coat Videos: Longterm Performance & Reviews

Opti Coat Performance Videos & Review Videos

Opti Coat (Opti-Coat, Opticoat, OC) is a hard-wearing, aftermarket, ceramic clear coat for superior resistance to scratching (9H) and chemical etching from environmental impacts. It provides permanent protection for all factory paints, and can also be applied to exterior glass, metal and hard plastic surfaces. Formally understood as a “ceramic-silicon carbide clear resin coating”. As a permanent coating it outclasses waxes, sealants, glass coatings, PTFE, nano sealants, and many conventional protective products.

Liquid Finish Detailing now offers Opti Coat Pro for the Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, Apex, RDU, RTP, and North Carolina Area.

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Opti Coat: Everything You Need to Know

Opti Coat: Everything You Need to Know

Opti Coat : Extra Info you should know

Absolutely important to understand Opti Coat’s attributes and nuances. Here are frequent concerns seen within the online community and information you should consider:

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