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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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How To Safely Wash Your Car

How To Safely Wash Your Car

Maintenance Guide: How to Safely Wash Your Car

safely wash your car
safely wash your car

Safely wash your car. The most important maintenance after under going paint correction or any detailing service. We want to reduce swirls, scratches, water etching, and contamination of the finish. Maintenance washes help ensure longevity of a protected surface. The keys to safely washing your vehicle are:

  • 1) use proper clean soft maintenance tools
  • 2) use a two bucket approach with foam or a no rinse waterless wash method
  • 3) lubricate the surface with waterless wash
  • 4) extend the protection on your vehicle

 

How to Not Safely Wash Your Car

Too often do we see as detailers improper cleaning systems, tools, and techniques. It hurts our souls to perfect a vehicle, then return to repeat the hard work we’ve instilled in a vehicle. What we don’t recommend to safely wash your car:

  • 1. wash in direct sunlight
  • 2. use cheap or dirty wash sponges, mitts, or brushes
  • 3. grind dirt or contamination into your paint
  • 4. wash on an extremely hot surface
  • 5. use cheap drying shammies, water blades, or cotton rags
  • 6. wiping a dirty vehicle causing scratches, swirls, and marring

 

Safely Wash Your Car: The Equipment

In general, don’t cheap out on quality equipment since the difference between most over the counter items and online choices are vastly different. Please consult Our Recommended Maintenance Chemicals and Tools. Our default choices for any prospective customer are generally cost-effective and used by all ranges of detailers:

Two Buckets – 3 or 5 gallons. You may add grit guards help to remove grit after a pass on your paint. We recommend you purchase simple Lowe’s or Home Depot Buckets.

Natural Sheepskin Wash Mitts are cheap, easy to use, and versatile. They also create a ton of suds to lubricate the surface.

Car Soap – Do not use dawn or any chemically stripping car soaps. We love Optimum Car Wash since it foams like crazy and is highly concentrated.

Great Soft Microfibers: Microfibertech Korean 25×36 Waffle Weave & Korean 16×16 Fluffy Towels. Also read our guide to Rag Company Microfiber

Waterless Wash & Quick Detailer:  Optimum OptiClean & Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer for the drying phase.

Pre-Treatment Chemicals: Optimum Power CleanStoner Tarminator, & 1Z Einszett Insekt are for grime, tar, bugs, and lower sections of a vehicle.

Foaming Tools: A foam gun (or foam lance) can dramatically make your car washing fun and ensure proper lubrication on the surface.

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Safely Wash Your Car: The Process

Start with your Wheels, Consult our Ultimate Wheel Care Guide.

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Lubricate, engulf, and gently remove dirt from your vehicle.

Check the sheeting technique by removing the nozzle to funnel water off the vehicle.

You can see the two bucket technique in play, one for rinsing and one for soap as you work in sections

Washing is about prevention of damage to the finish.

Embrace waterless wash and quick detailers during the drying stage to reduce water spotting and lubricate any remaining dirt. Use any quality quick detailer & drying towel.

Using an air compressor or leaf blower dramatically helps.

Use multiple wash mitts, one for top sections of the vehicle, one for lower grimy areas. 

An illustration of using the two bucket system which is key to separating your dirt and soap solution.

Take note you do not need to have the fanciest grit guard or dolly system.

Car Washing Safety

How often should you safely wash your car?

As often as you desire, it all depends on your paint protection, environment, time, weather, amount of contamination, and color. Every 2 weeks for North Carolina is a great timetable.

How long does it take to safely wash your car?

1-3 Hours, even for our abilities wheels take as much time as the body. We go slower on special show vehicles, garage queens, or high-end vehicles.

What’s the most important aspect of safely washing your vehicle?

Frequently separating wash sections for grimy and loose dirt areas, controlling the water evaporation on your vehicle, and being careful to not instill scratches in your finish. Start from the top, work downward and reserve the worst areas (front end, side skirts, rear end) for last.

What do I do about embedded dirt that won’t come off like loose dirt?

Optimum Power CleanStoner Tarminator, & 1Z Einszett Insekt are what you spray before a detail to ensure bugs, tar, embedded dirt or mud are removed. Remember car soap removes light dirt on a vehicle, if you brush harder to remove stuck on grime this can scratch your vehicle.

 

Further Reads

Absolutely lazy? Want to push the boundaries of washing with an easy to use system?

 

Optimum No Rinse Guide

Embrace No Rinse Waterless Washing:  Our Optimum NO Rinse Guide

Consult Detailed Image’s Washing & Drying Section

 

Too lazy and scared that you might scratch your finish? We have Hand Car Washing & Waxing maintenance packages to maintain vehicles that undergo our specialized detailing services.

Guide to Microfiber Towel Care

Ultimate Microfiber Towel Care Guide

How do you clean microfiber towels? Microfiber towel care is by far the most important maintenance for your cleaning supplies. This is Part 1 of the Liquid Finish Detailing’s complete microfiber guide. Great quality Korean microfiber towels can last up to 500 washes if properly cared for. However, polyester and polyamide fibers are very sensitive to improper cleaning regimens. Spoiling hundreds of dollars worth of towels can happen at any moment. In this microfiber care guide we will review:

  • how not to care for your towels
  • the available detergents on the car detailing market
  • proper drying procedures
  • the importance of white vinegar as a rinse agent
  • proper task separation of each microfiber you own
  • occasional “boiling water” reset procedures
  • small-scale hand washing procedures

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Ultimate Wheel Cleaner Guide

Ultimate Wheel Cleaner Guide by Liquid Finish

Here at Liquid Finish we often get asked for the most effective wheel cleaners on the market. In our Wheel Cleaner Guide we cover the safest and most effective cleaners on the market for any professional or enthusiast. It is essential to always be safe and allow your products to dwell in the right environment.

Wheel Cleaners: Gel & Foaming

Gel foaming wheel cleaners dwell, cling, and ultimately cling to surfaces to allow for proper cleaning. The most advantageous point of gels is that they are ultra safe for all surfaces and are PH balanced. The disadvantage to gels is they create so much foam within curves and holes that rinsing takes a long period of time. Also gels are more expensive. I’d rate the cleaning strength at medium. To properly use such gel foaming wheel cleaners, its best to rinse the surface slightly to allow some liquid on the wheel. Spray the cleaner in a wide spray on the wheel, then begin to agitate vigorously.

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