Minggu, 24 April 2011

The Best Polisher by costumer review

Advanced Tool Design Model ATD-10511 7-Inch Polisher



43 of 43 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid product, March 13, 2008
By Michael James Wamback "Mystic Raven" (Venice, CA USA)
This review is from: Advanced Tool Design Model ATD-10511 7-Inch Polisher (Automotive)
Drive a classic 76 Trans Am - and get lots of scratches and chips on the bumpers from street parking. Wanted a decent polisher for removing occasional scratches and periodic repainting of bumpers. Was very impressed with this product. Seems nice and solid, 11 amp motor has lots of power. Very basic in terms of what comes with it - but for about $60.00 you don't expect a lot of extras. (Besides, extra pads and such are readily available at your local auto store for a few dollar.) Not unusual of polishers of this quality to be $150.00 to $250.00 or more. Slow start is a great feature. A bit on the heavy side - but I consider that a plus as it means less plastic. Comfortable to work with and speed seemed smooth. Tried it on a few scratches on my rear panel and it took them out with a bit of rubbing compound with almost no effort. If you want a quality product for home use and don't want to spend a fortune, then I would definitely recommend this polisher. Not much in the way of instructions, but not much assembly required and it was pretty easy to figure everything out. Since this is the first polisher I've used, I really have little to compare it to, but I am very happy with it and expect that you will be as well. Can't wait for my next full day off so I can grab this tool and give my car a great all-over detailing.

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars heavy, loud, powerful, helps develop `Popeye' arms . ., August 18, 2009
By trebe
This review is from: Advanced Tool Design Model ATD-10511 7-Inch Polisher (Automotive)
This buffer has plenty of power to get the job done, and appears to be well worth the money. Some minor assembly is required. There is a `manual' but it does not contain any instructions, instead it mostly covers general safety. Assembly is fairly simple. You first attach the curved top handle, either with or without, the straight side handle. The handle can be installed for either right or left hand operators. The buffer is top heavy, so installing the side handle is highly recommended.

This unit comes with the accessories to get started right away. For buffing, it has a wool pad, and rubber backing pad. For sanding, a Velcro backed hard plastic disc is included, but you will need to provide the sandpaper inserts. A special wrench for locking down the rubber backing pad is included.

Controls are pretty basic. There is a throttle switch on the bottom of the handle, with a lock button to keep the motor running. The speed control dial is on the top of the housing, and goes from 1 to 6 (maximum). The buffer starts to whine at around level 3, and gets screaming loud at full speed, when ear protection is definitely recommended. The amount of vibration will vary according to the task, and motor speed. When sanding or buffing fine dust is typically produced, so you may want to wear eye protection and a dust mask.

If you are into weightlifting, using the buffer on a vehicle may not be too difficult, but for those not so physically fit, managing the weight and vibration, could be a challenge. Because of the tool is about 18 inches long, your hands end up positioned about a foot apart, in order to keep the torque generated by the buffer under control. Just a little inattention can result in losing control, or dropping the buffer, and you don't want to hurt yourself, damage your paint job, dent your vehicle, or damage anything else.

The supplied wool buffer is quite thick, and does a pretty good job, but you do need to apply pressure for it to work. For the average sedan, buffing the hood and trunk should be the easiest. Things get harder when you do the sides, or curved or irregular surfaces, and have to both support the weight of the buffer, and apply pressure to the surface. Buffing non-flat areas usually requires changing angles, and varying the point of contact, and amount of pressure applied. Users will need to find the grip and techniques that work best. Buffing will require some finesse at times, and if your muscles are straining, this is when accidents can happen, or you can hurt yourself. Doing the roof can be tricky as well.

The listed weight of eight pounds, may not sound like a lot, but if you are bracing your body, locking your forearms, and squeezing hard on the handles for an extended period of time, you may find your muscles a bit sore, or in `shock' from the vibration, if you overdo it. Just go easy when using it for the first few times.

The pictured buffer has a blue plastic housing and black handle, but the unit also comes with an orange plastic housing. It has a ten foot cord with a twin blade plug, and comes with a set of spare brushes. The buffer does produce very good results, so if you have a strong back, and the upper body strength, it could be a very cool buy.

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Rotary Polisher, June 3, 2009
By A. Whidding "aw" (North Carolina)

This review is from: Advanced Tool Design Model ATD-10511 7-Inch Polisher (Automotive)
I initially bought the Porter Cable, but sent it back as it makes an awful lot of noise. I reluctantly bought the ATD next based on good reviews and what looked to be a good design in the pictures.

Unfortunately, I didn't realize the ATD is only a rotary and not dual-action (orbital). This probably explains the price difference from the PC as the quality here seems to be at least as good.

There are a few other things you should know that are not explained elsewhere -- like what comes in the box? Well there is a little assembly required actually, as the handles have to be attached. And then there are 2 disc plates. One is a 7 inch Velcro pad which simply screws on. It accepts the 8 inch Meguiar's pads, but not the new 2.0 pads which need a 6 inch plate like the PC. The 2nd plate comes with a wool bonnet attached as pictured. It's a little trickier to install, but not too bad with the supplied wrench. And that's about it! Well there are 2 replacement brushes for the motor (which I'm sure to lose before I need them). But there is no carrying case, no instructions (other than a safety booklet), no nothing.

And that's probably OK. The price is nice and the tool has worked well the first few times I've used it. I would recommend one other consideration though. You are going to need to buy pads for this thing. The wool bonnet can only do so much. I would take a look at the Meguiars Dual Action Complete Kit which includes a dual action polisher and a few pads to get you started. Sadly I didn't see it online until after I had used the ATD a few times, but next time...

Customer Reviews: 3M - Perfect-It Show Car Paste Wax

Customer Reviews:

Product Features

  • Shines and protects new and like new paint finishes, producing a deep rich high gloss, durable and lustrous
  • Ultra high gloss finish
  • Excellent for hand or machine use
  • Retards UV light damage and clear coat safe
  • 10
Product Description
Product Description Shines and protects new and like-new paint finishes, producing a high gloss, lustrous, exceptionally durable "wet look" finish.

Costumer reviews about this product

Russ in Elk Grove :
I have been taking care of cars for over 40 years and this is my favorite wax. It is not as much work to apply as you might expect from a paste wax, and it is forgiving of being allowed to get very dry before buffing. It shines well and lasts a long time.

It is NOT, however, a polish. If you have oxidized paint, this will make it look worse, because it just improves your view of the cloudy oxidized surface. If your paint is oxidized, you need to use clay to polish off the oxidation before applying this wax.

excellent,
By
this wax is the only will you need to have is the best I've used for many years. no matter what other products promise this is the best out of 5 stars

This stuff is hot!
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By
Tommy (Charlotte, NC) -
Used it with my 3" orbital buffer. I started with my clean pre-owned Toyota buffed the surface with this then applied the Hang Glaze - buffed, the 3M Performance Wax - buffed (a synthetic non carnuba sealer) then 3M Show Car paste wax and buffed, and my car is gleaming! I am sure most pro orientated products will give similar results but I like this combination.


Selasa, 12 April 2011

What Is The Best Car Wax?

Here is our best stab at tackling the question, "What is the best car wax?" Send us your comments if you believe otherwise! Choosing the right wax or sealant is dependent on a couple of factors. Wax products usually are sold in liquid or paste form & contain blends of many waxes or just pure Carnauba wax. These products are generally less expensive and have to be reapplied more often. Polymer sealants, on the other hand, bond to the clear coat and last much longer. Although they cost more, we recommend these sealants because they give the same or better glossy finish with less work in the long run.

Top 3 Waxes

1. Meguiar's A-2216 Deep Crystal Carnuba Wax
2. Surf City Garage 150 Barrier Reef Carnauba Wax
3. Meguiar's M2611 #26 Yellow Wax Paste

Top 3 Sealants
1. Surf City Garage 701 Shine-On Sealer and Glaze System
2. Wizard's - Supreme Seal Paint Sealant (12oz) : 11500
3. MEGUIAR"S SYNTHETIC SEALANT 2.0

So what is the best car wax maintainer? Whether you use a Carnauba wax or a sealant, the best way to maintain that “just waxed” look is to use a spray wax. With an “easy on - easy off” application, these products will maintain the highest gloss without re-waxing every time. Spray waxes are applied and taken off with microfiber towels like Surf City Garage's Nano-Detail Polishing Cloths (3/pack) or Meguiar's X2020 Supreme Shine Microfiber - Pack of 3

Top 3 Spray Wax
1. Surf City Garage 100 Speed Demon Wax Detailer Spray
2. FLITZ Speed Waxx
3. Meguiar's G14422 Ultimate Quick Detailer

Jumat, 08 April 2011

Proper Washing & Drying Technique

Are you washing your car, or just damaging the paint?

Most of the swirl marks that disfigure your vehicle are likely caused by poor washing technique. Thorough weekly washes and careful hand-drying can be the best care you can give your vehicle. Improper techniques will cause unsightly swirls and scratches in the paint requiring compounding or polishing at the very least. You can eliminate these problems and save yourself extra work by following a few simple tips when washing and drying your vehicle.

Are you washing weekly or weakly?

Weekly washing is best because some contaminants quickly do serious long term damage to paint if they are allowed to remain. Two such organic compounds are bug remains and bird droppings.

These bio-hazards contain complex proteins that bond to the surface and organic acids that penetrate and break down the surface, eating into your clear coat if not removed promptly. Weak spots in the clear coat make your vehicle susceptible to corrosion and discoloration.

Another problem contaminant is brake dust. It contains metal shavings from the rotors and adhesives used in the production of brake pads. Try to picture the dirty plume of brake dust and roadway chemicals that travels along with a moving vehicle. This fog of chemicals shower the lower portion of your vehicle with a clinging, nearly invisible mist. Brake dust itself, is highly corrosive and very sticky. Washing your vehicle weekly will remove these contaminants before they have the opportunity to do unsightly permanent damage.

Wash Tools

First Never wash in direct sunlight. Pick a shady spot. Second it’s very important to choose tools that are gentle on the paint, yet still effective at removing contamination. As a rule of thumb, sponges and mitts that are plush or have a deep nap are better than flat weave towels or dense sponges. For example, a Natural Sea Sponge has numerous deep compartments where dirt and debris can accumulate. The natural fibers themselves will not scratch the paint and they will essentially pull contamination into the sponge’s openings, away from the paint. Always use the softer side of the sponge for washing. Rinse new sea sponges thoroughly before use to remove any shell fragments or sand.

Another option is a Sheepskin Wash Mitt. Sheepskin is extremely soft and plush. The fibers are gentle on the paint while the nap is deep enough to accommodate loose dirt and sand so they do not rub against the vehicle. Because sheepskin is natural, it does not last as long as a Microfiber mitts.However, for luxurious softness, you can’t beat the texture of sheepskin Microfiber wash mitts are another paint-safe option. Microfiber’s combination of polyester and polyamide make it capable of scrubbing the paint without scratching or swirling. It traps dirt and grit within the fibers rather than leaving them on the surface of your vehicle. Be sure to rinse the mitt frequently to release these particles.

Cotton chenille pads and mitts are also good choices because they clean easily and they last longer than sheepskin or natural sea sponges.

Proper Washing

1. Wash the wheels and tires first. If you splash w
heel cleaners or dirt onto your vehicle, you can simply wash it off as you wash your vehicle. Use a cleaner that is safe for all wheels, like Wolfgang Tire & Wheel Cleaner. It is water-based and has no corrosive chemicals, which is safer for coated wheels and rubber. Agitate with a wheel brush to clean wheels without scratching. Wash each wheel and tire one at a time and rinse thoroughly before moving on to the next one. NOW EMPTY AND RINSE ALL CLEANING MARTERIALS including your Pinnacle Safe Scrub Bug & Tar Sponge and your wash bucket.

2. Now you’re ready to wash. Let’s start with clean water and a freshly rinsed
container and our Cobra Microfiber Wash Mitt. It’s important to use a car wash that is rich in lubricants. The purpose of the car wash is to remove contaminants and lubricate them so they do not scratch the paint as they slide off the vehicle. Dis
h detergents are not ideal because they remove protective coatings. P21S Bodywork Conditioning Shampoo, DP Auto Wash and Pinnacle Bodywork Shampoo are all fantastic choices. They do not remove wax and provide sample lubrication of gritty particles.

3. How do you prevent swirl marks? Use two buckets. Fill one bucket with soapy water and fill the other with clean water. Each time you’re ready to reload your sponge with soapy water, dip it in the clean water first, to rinse out the grit and cont
amination you’ve just removed from your vehicle.
Then dip it in the soapy water and continue washing.
An even better option is the Grit Guard. This plastic grid sits in the bottom of a 5-gallon wash bucket and stabilizes the water. Contamination and particles settle to the bottom of the bucket and the clean wash water remains at the top.

1. Wash the wheels and tires first. If you splash wheel cleaners or dirt onto your vehicle, you can simply wash it off as you wash your vehicle. Use a cleaner that is safe for all wheels, like Wolfgang Tire & Wheel Cleaner. It is water-based and has no corrosive chemicals, which is safer for coated wheels and rubber. Agitate with a wheel brush to clean wheels without scratching. Wash each wheel and tire one at a time and rinse thoroughly before moving on to the next one. NOW EMPTY AND RINSE ALL CLEANING MARTERIALS including your Pinnacle Safe Scrub Bug & Tar Sponge and your wash bucket.

2. Now you’re ready to wash. Let’s start with clean water and a freshly rinsed container and our Cobra Microfiber Wash Mitt. It’s important to use a car wash that is rich in lubricants. The purpose of the car wash is to remove contaminants and lubricate them so they do not scratch the paint as they slide off the vehicle. Dish detergents are not ideal because they remove protective coatings. P21S Bodywork Conditioning Shampoo, DP Auto Wash and Pinnacle Bodywork Shampoo are all fantastic choices. They do not remove wax and provide ample lubrication of gritty particles.

3. How do you prevent swirl marks? Use two buckets. Fill one bucket with soapy water and fill the other with clean water. Each time you’re ready to reload your sponge with soapy water, dip it in the clean water first, to rinse out the grit and contamination you’ve just removed fr
om your vehicle. Then dip it in the soapy water and continue washing. An even better option is the Grit Guard. This plastic grid sits in the bottom of a 5-gallon wash bucket and stabilizes the water. Contamination and particles settle to the bottom of the bucket and the clean wash water remains at the top.

4. Always rinse your vehicle thoroughly before you begin washing in order to remove loose debris. Then begin washing at the top of the vehicle. Wash down the vehicle as opposed to front to back. Remember that the lower panels are dirtiest. You want to clean the
windows and the upper panels before cleaning the lower half of the vehicle so that you don’t transfer grit to the top h
alf of the vehicle. Rinse and reload your Sponge often to prevent cross-contamination. Rinse your vehicle frequently as you work, especially in hot weather.

For stubborn spots, like bugs or tar, use the Pinnacle Safe Scrub Bug & Tar Sponge to gently remove sticky contaminants without scratching. To soften the sponge, soak it in warm water for 3 minutes. Always use it with soapy water to lubricate the sponge. If you choose to use a spot cleaner, spray it on before washing and reapply wax to the treated area after you’ve dried the vehicle.

5. When rinsing, you don’t have to blast your car clean with the water hose. Free-
flowing water (no nozzle) will allow the water to sheet off of your vehicle for a more thorough rinsing.

Drying

Never skip drying! Drying your vehicle after washing is necessary to prevent water spots. Water spots are caused by mineral deposits that etch the outline of a drop of water into your vehicle’s paint. All water has minerals, whether it’s from the hose or the sky. As the water evaporates, the minerals remain on the surface and they will eventually, invariably create water spots.

You can dry your vehicle in a variety of ways, but you want to make sure you do it quickly. The fastest way to remove excess water is with a California Water Blade. This is a “paint-safe” squeegee that pull 80% of the water off the surface of your vehicle. They are made of soft, medical-grade silicone so they will not scratch your paint or glass. Use the blade on the windows first, since water spots are most noticeable there. Or for a TOTALLY TURBO-CHARGED fast drying experience go with Metro Vac N’Blo for a flawless finish. This is the ultimate detailing tool, for clean up and dry down. This portable unit comes complete with a four piece micro-cleaning tool kit, shoulder strap and blower nozzle.

If you use a California Water Blade you still need to use a towel to remove the rest of the water. The Guzzler is a large 20" x 40" microfiber towel that is manufactured with awaffle-weave texture. This weave increases the surface area so the towel can absorb more water. It can absorb 7 times its own weight in moisture, and it’s completely nonabrasive. Microfiber towels come in a number of sizes and they can be altered for a specific purpose. For example, the Cobra Waffle-Weave Glass Towel will clean and dry glass without streaks. Microfiber is more absorbent than terry cloth or chamois, and it lasts longer.

Terry cloth towels are not recommended because the fibers can become matted and hard after repeated uses. They shed lint. They increase the chance of swirls. Compared to microfiber, they are not as absorbent and they don’t last as long. Never use bath towels that have been discarded from the house. They are probably not soft or paint safe. All Cobra Microfiber Towels are engineered to be LINT-FREE!
You may also use a genuine or synthetic chamois. The Prince of Wales Chamois is 100% leather and it’s extremely soft. Its luxurious texture makes it a pleasure to use, but it will not last as long as a synthetic chamois. Do not continue us
ing it after it becomes hard.

Drying Tips

1. Dry the windows and mirrors first. A series of careful firm strokes with your California Water Blade will remove any remaining water.

2. Use the large The Supreme Guzzler to remove the majority of water from your vehicle. This towel measures 20”x 40” and it absorbs seven times its own weight in moisture. Go back over the vehicle with a smaller towel, like the The Guzzler(16”x 24”) to catch any water the large towel may have missed. This quick two-step process will leave your vehi
cle bone-dry and ready for wax.

3. Once the outside is dry, wipe down all your door jambs. Open the trunk and hood to wipe the jambs. Our Cobra Microfiber Starter Kit can get your vehicle dry and spotless with the best in LINT-FREE drying technology.

4. Dry your wheels using a towel or chamois that is designated just for this purpose. Don’t use this towel on your paint to avoid cross-contamination. You may also use this towel to wipe off surfaces under the hood. Wash this towel before you use it again.

The Finishing Touch

Use a spray wax or spray sealant like Mothers Showtime Detailer orWolfgang Deep Gloss Spritz Sealant to rejuvenate the shine of your existing wax. Skip this step if you are going to apply another coat of wax. The ultimate in finishing detail kits is the Pinnacle –Wolfgang Souverän Kit; two premium brands come together to make the ultimate detailing kit.

The Foam Gun Option

If the hose and bucket method isn't for you, there's the foam gun option.

The idea behind a foam gun is that it presoaks the vehicle in suds to start loosening grime and lubricating the paint right

away. And truth be told, it's a lot of fun to use a foam gun. Wolfgang has three foam gun options:

The Foamaster Foam Gun works with your water hose to deliver the soapy water to the vehicle. The Foamaster's tip helps boost water pressure to put a little power behind the delivery.
The Tornador Air Foamer HP is a high powered foam gun that works with any air compressor capable of producing 60-90 psi. The Tornador uses very little water so it's a good idea to hose down the vehicle first. Then let the foam fly! The Tornador create fluffy, air-filled foam.


The Foam Cannon HP work with a pressure washer. The Foam Cannon HP blasts a mixture of water and soap through the tip at a high pressure to release a lot of grime immediately. This foam gun uses less water than a hose, but packs a lot of pressure. The foam produced is not as light as the Tornador, but it clings very well.


Clean Water Makes for a Clean Car

If you’re taking all the precautions every time you wash your vehicle and you’re still getting spots and swirls, the problem may be the water.


No water is pure. All water has minerals and most has some form of sediment. If your car shampoo (or hair shampoo) doesn’t lather well and your faucets and fixtures tend to turn green, you’ve got hard water. If water will not sheet off your vehicle and you’re constantly battling water spots, you’ve got hard water. Hard water is mainly caused by calcium and magnesium, which can be removed with a water softener.

Sediment is another common enemy of any paint finish. Sediment is actually dirt and rust in the water line. Water treatment plants filter out sediment but more sediment can enter the pipes between the plant and your home. This is why household faucets have screens in them. If you have well water, beware. You most likely have sediment and hardwater.

A Clear Inline Hose Filter will clean and soften the water before it reaches your vehicle. Connect it to any standard garden hose hooked up to an exterior spigot. Insert a 5 micron sediment filter or a water softener cartridge to address your specific water problem. The filter is easy to install and its cost is nominal compared to amount of time and money you’ll save on paint care.

If you’ve got both water problems, get two hose filters so you can filter out sediment and soften the water before it exits the hose. The Deluxe Filter System includes everything you need to set up this simple, two-step filtration system. With a little preventative maintenance, your vehicle will rinse clean and have less water-related micro-marring.

Check out all the great tools and products we have to clean your vehicle right on our Washing page!


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