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and whats the verdict? your favs etc.

how did you find the klasse to work with and durability?
Klasse was easy to work with, doesn't really last too long in WA. With as much rain as we get there, I find myself re-applying about every 3rd wash.

Zaino is my favorite for shine and durability is ok. I can usually get about 2-3 months out of it.

Because Griot's Garage HQ is in Tacoma (10 miles from me), I use alot of their stuff. Its really good stuff all around and fairly cheap (though I can never leave there without spending $200+ ).

Mazerna is one of my absolute favorites. They are durable, but very hard to get the polishes to work right if you dont know what you are doing. I like to do the entire truck when I polish and then come back and remove and you CAN NOT do that with Mazerna polishes, or the shit wont ever come off. It goes on easy, but it dusts everywhere when you are removing. I have had to go so far as to rinse and dry my truck AGAIN after polishing. I don't need extra steps with a truck the size of a Ram. The 7 step I do already takes the better part of 15 hours.

Wolfgang-Good stuff, but expensive, so I haven't used it much.

The bottom line is, with the right combo of Meguiar's products and the correct technique, you can achieve showroom/car show results at a fraction of the cost of the top-line brands. Detailing is about 60% technique, 20% tools and 20% product. You will never achieve a showroom shine paint correction by hand, and you will never be able to correct it with a polisher if you can feel it with your fingernail. Meguiar's products are available at Autozone or wal-mart, so if I run out during a detail, I am not hosed, hop in the beater, run to the store and buy another bottle.

Another thing I have noticed about different waxes/polishes and glazes, is that different combo's make different color's work better. What looks the best IMO and makes the DWBP really pop (for instance), doesn't do so well for black paint. Zaino on black is the absolute best IMO.

The setup I used to have was a trailer like the one in Brad's sig, with tool drawers in it, and a pressure washer on the tongue. I had a water tank in the bed of an old 94 F-250 crew cab, and I drove all around DFW doing mobile detailing. Meguiar's products saved me money, which decreased my overhead, which in turn, made me more money. If I had a good month, I could easily clear $10k, simply by showing up at a Lexus/Mercedes/BMW/Porsche/etc dealership and getting paid a few hundred+ a car.
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wow..nice write up! thanks for your insight!

thats some decent cash doing the mobile detailing!!
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wow..nice write up! thanks for your insight!

thats some decent cash doing the mobile detailing!!
Yeah, it was, I got to a point where I could do 2 cars a day. I was only doing the outsides, never the insides because the dealers had their own guys for that, they could pay someone minimum wage to do that, but your average former mcdonalds employee cant just walk in off the street with a buffer in hand and say let me buff your $100,000+ cars.

My truck was always clean too, helped with business alot.

Got to a point where the business took off, I couldn't keep up with it and school. I (temporarily) shut it down and joined the Army to serve my country. When I get out I think I am going to start it back up again.
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Thanks for the great write up! Although we use different products it's always good to learn about different ones and people's experiences with them. I recently replaced my Zaino with Wolfgand 3.0 sealant and then topped it with Collinite 845 and I'm extremely satisfied with the results.
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Its my pleasure!

I love collinite, but again, kind of pricey, and if I run out I can't just go and buy it. The fact that meguiar's products are readily available @ retail stores is one of the biggest reasons I stick with them.
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I love collinite, but again, kind of pricey, and if I run out I can't just go and buy it. The fact that meguiar's products are readily available @ retail stores is one of the biggest reasons I stick with them.
Meguires is definitely a great product and it really is nice that it's so readily available if you run out. I just started using Zaino, and will agree that it looks better on the black vehicles, it turns the finish into a freaking mirror lol Water just drops off and is relativey easy to maintain as well. However on a DWB, its really nice but I think there's room for improvement. It just doesn't seem to pop as much. I'll more than likely look into Mazerna or barrow a buddies Chemical Guys that he uses on his Blue STi, it looks great
Nice write up man very well done, hope you get back into the detailing business it sounded like a good gig.
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In deep water blue, I love your truck setup man, so clean. I want your rims! LOL.

Anywhoo might I make a suggestion? I have tried several different waxes/combinations, and for whatever reason, the combination of Megs #7 (Show Car Mirror Glaze), Megs #26 (Yellow Carnuba Wax) and Chem Guys Jetseal 109 brings out the shine in the DWBP, and it makes it "POP" the best of any combo I have come across. Trust me, I would know, my neighbors tell me I am going to polish the paint off the damn thing
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Thanks man I appreciate it
Just find someone who's willing to part with them off their R/T, you might have to stalk them for a bit

I'll definitely take your advice on the polish, I'll switch once I run out of this stuff or can find someone at the local Meets willing to take it off my hands. Maybe I'll just look for all the black cars in the parking lot lol
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I usually use this, in this order, when I used my PC7424:

Wash/Clay/Wash/Dry/M105/M205/M7/Jetseal109/M26

But right before I deployed my PC died. It was 10+ years old though, and detailed hundreds of vehicles. It had a good run LOL.
That's close to what I would use

Wash/Decontamination/Clay/Dry/M105/M205/FinishPolish?/IPA/Sealant/Wax.

You will love the GG DA. I have used the 7424XP, but the stats of the new GG are far better than the PC.

Also, have you looked into the Megs DA kit? Since it has come out, it has shown some incredible results.
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Problem with the Meguair's DA kit for me, is the price, and the durability aspect. I tried a Megs DA at a demonstration booth at a car show, and while it felt easy to use, was lightweight, it felt like it was made with a cheap plastic that might break if I dropped it.

I dropped my PC a hundred times and worked like a champ until one day, 10 years later, it stopped.
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