Mobile detail kit (This will be a LONG post)ó
Last night Andrew asked me what I carry with me in my ďdetail kitĒ. Seems like a simple question right? Well the short and simple answer is, dang near everything I use at home. But thatís really not very helpful is it. So I thought Iíd put together a detailed list of everything I usually keep in my car. I am including some links for the products I have right now, but it should be noted these are not the only places to get these! My favorite vendors right now are:
and I just ordered a few rags from this one that I have high hopes for
First things first, no one wants all these bottles and rags rolling around, so you need something to carry it all in. for a detail bag Iíve found a 12Ē tool tote works perfect. Regular price is around $12, but you can catch them on sale from time to time for $9 or less. I like the Craftsman:
Rags and applicators:
***6-12 premium microfiber towels
*** 1 Large microfiber for drying
*** 2 Waffle weave towels for waterless wash
*** 2 glass microfiber towels from adams (better than any paper towel or news paper) http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-422-a...ng-towels.aspx
***Round foam applicator for tires http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-448-a...pplicator.aspx
***Block foam applicator for other plastics and trim http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-43-ad...pplicator.aspx
***Clay bar ó I prefer Meguiarís , Iíve used Adams and didnít care for the consistency of their clay.
***Detail Spray ó Adamís polishes. This works far better than any of the others Iíve tried, although I have ordered a Chemical guys product to try. Adamís goes on light, wipes off easy and leaves a superior shine when compared to other local products Iíve tried. http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-870-a...ail-spray.aspx
***Waterless Wash - Adam's Waterless Wash, Frankly I am on the fence on this. When I first got it I loved it. Great for a quick clean somewhere between detail spray and a full wash. But I ended up with some swirl I did not have before
... Was it the waterless wash, or the user? I dunno. I still use it, but much less than I used to. http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-440-a...-car-wash.aspx
***Wax ó Currently I use adams ďAmericana Premium Paste WaxĒ although I am unable to find just the wax for sale on their site
. I have long intended to try buttery wet wax, and will likely go with Chemical guys when I get low.
***Tires and Trim ó Adams VRT does an AMAZING job on tires vinyl and rubber. Goes on easy, wipes of any paint easy and DOES NOT sling. I really really like this stuff! Although I have ordered and will soon be trying a like chemical guys product. http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-512-a...-dressing.aspx
***Wheel wells and under carriage ó Meguiarís Hot Shine Foam. picked it up at Walmart, simple spray on and wipe off. I tried the fancy invisible undercarriage spray and did not care for it. Now I stick to cheap and easy. Itís important to clean these areas for a show, but spending big bucks on premium products to clean a wheel well is a waste in my opinionÖ
***Glass Cleaner ó Invisible Glass, Iíve used the premium Adam's glass cleaner, and it went on great, wiped off easy, and looked awesome for a few days, but after a week I had strange streaks. Why, I have no idea! So I went back to my Walmart aerosol. It takes a bit more work to wipe down, but I have a spotless windshield for weeks+.
***Glass Sealant ó RainX, Here Iíve simply stuck with what has always worked. The 7oz squirt bottle of RainX has always done a great job for me, so Iíve stayed with it.
***Glass ó see above, Invisible Glass
*** Leather ó I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Meguiarís Gold Class Leather Cleaner and Conditioner in the pump bottle (Walmart again). I find this stuff works for weeks and even months. I carry a bottle in the event of a spot clean, but rarely use it at a show.
*** Carpets ó Just in case I find a stain, I like the simple Turtle Wax Oxy Interior1 cleaner and stain remover. It comes in a green can with a yellow brush head built in. For little jobs this is my go to. For a big job, I pull out my steam cleaner at home
*** Plastics, Trim and Dash ó Meguiarís Supreme Shine Wipes.
***Lint roller ó Lint roller you say? WHY? Well how many times did you vacuum the carpet spotless to get to the show and you tracked in a few rocks or leaves or whatever? sure you can pull the floor mat and wipe it off, or pick the stuff out, but Iíve found that a lint roller will often get those carpets back to perfect with the least effort at the show. At home I just grab the shop vac again
***Sun Screen ó It never fails that the first nice sunny show of the year someone gets a sunburn, usually me! I now always carry a bottle of sun screen in my kit (trick is remembering to use it!)
***Hand sanitizer ó nice to have if there is no sink and you want to eatÖ
***Trash Bags ó I carry a few empty Walmart bags and sometimes a kitchen size trash bag or two. If trash cans are not present, or convenient, itís nice to have a place for you and your gout to put trash. Also handy if you have kids, that occasionally decide they are sick and need a place to puke!
***California Duster ó The only thing that doesn't fit into my handy little bag. I do carry a full size California duster for touchups. HINT> Donít ever throw one in the washer, it will ruin it. Fact is, the dirtier they are, the better they work. Donít know why, but itís true!
Thatís my mobile kit. Almost always have it in the trunk of my Charger, and it will clean up 99% of anything I need it to when out and away from the house. This is what works for me, if you have products that work great for you feel free to comment!