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  1. Chizz

    Chizz Formula Junior
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    May 21, 2017
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    Hey Guys,

    Part of my pride of ownership is washing and detailing my own cars. I have hired companies in the past but I’m always happier with my work.

    After years of trial and effort and many different products I wanted to share a detailing product with you that I use on my cars. I am getting phenomenal results.

    1. I first Prerinse then wash my car with McGuire’s Gold car wash. Microfiber mitt.
    2. Dry with a high capacity back pack leaf blower. (Never dry by hand)
    3. Apply this product: Reload with one microfiber towel then polish with separate towel
    4. Apply wheel dressing of choice. I use Mcguires.
    5. Then put on your sunglasses because your car will shine like crazy. Beads water and resists debris for days depending on use.
    This is my wife’s car but when I get my F8 back from PPF and ceramics I will use the same technique. The 911 is PPF’d and ceramics.

    Reload is perfect for coated cars and PPF.
    The pictures done on a cloudy day and still shines like crazy.
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  3. Level7

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    Thanks for the info and write up! I have used CarPro Reset, which is a car wash. Just one small cap full in a gallon bucket is all that is necessary. I have been very happy with the results so far. Based on your review, I will try the Reload as well. Your car looks great!

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  4. Bob in Texas

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    Agree on Reload. I use it and it’s mentioned quite a few times in the Showroom and Detailing sub forum.

    You always need to look at the surface from different angles to make sure there isn’t any streaking. But the finished surface glistens.


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  5. Chizz

    Chizz Formula Junior
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    I will definitely try the Reset as well. Thanks for that tip.
     
  6. ScottS

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    Agree. Works best after ceramic…..
     
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  8. mdrums

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    Use Reload every few months or so at most. Use Elixer after you wash for detailed wipe down.
     
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  9. Level7

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    To be sure, Reload is only be used on cars with ceramic coating. I read on the "internet" that it is not advisable to use this product on a car with a wax or other than ceramic coating. Chizz - can you please verify. Thanks.
     
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  10. Chizz

    Chizz Formula Junior
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    https://www.carpro-us.com/protection/carpro-reload-500ml-17oz/
     
  11. tmvatlanta

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    CarRo Reload is a sealant. You can use it as a drying aid. Sealant adheres better to ceramic coating or just painted surface.
    Ceramic coating last more than a year (up to 5yrs with prosumer products, and 9yrs with professional ones). Sealant is usually 3-6 mos and wax is up to a month or so. Rule of thumb is not to put longer lasting coating on top of shorter lasting one.

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  13. FerrariCognoscenti

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    Do you guys use a buffing wheel? How do you use it?


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  14. Chizz

    Chizz Formula Junior
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    No buffing wheel necessary. Just a couple of microfiber cloths and a little elbow grease
     
  15. Chizz

    Chizz Formula Junior
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    Exactly right!
     
  16. c8spidey

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    Can it be used over ceramic coats with ppf ?
     
  17. krash

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    Hey, this isn’t about the detailing, but is the F8 in your profile picture Blue Abu Dhabi?


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  18. Chizz

    Chizz Formula Junior
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    Hey bro, no it is TdF
     
  19. Chizz

    Chizz Formula Junior
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    Sent you PM
     
  20. MANDALAY

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    But mate your a physician !!!!! You should know how dirty tap water is. Grit , chemicals , Chlorine , Fluoride etc . You gotta used properly filtered water and have all the crap removed so you dont get water spots :)

    I found filtering the water has better results as all I have to do is blow the car down.

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  21. Chizz

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    Love it!
     
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  22. RCorsa

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    Yes this technique is becoming more common. My detail shop calls if adding a “sacrificial layer” to the coating you can also use these solo on paint (and I think on top of PPF most of which now add ceramic to the film).
    I do find it a bit of a rabbit hole. First we correct the paint, then put film on the paint, then ceramic on the film and now sealant on the ceramic. Of course then we make sure to limit our miles, never drive in inclement weather, and sell the car within a year or two when the next model is out. I mean I do it too but it does sound ridiculous when you spell it out. Lol
     
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  23. Il Co-Pilota

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    Looks nice. Gyeon Wet is still my go-to sealer. Super slick and stupidly fast and easy to apply.

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  24. Level7

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    I visited a new local car detailing shop in my home town recently. I have had my car one year now. When I purchased it I had the car fully wrapped and ceramic coated - by a different shop that was closer to the dealership. My car is garaged and I have power washed it probably 8 or 9 times over the past year. I use CarPro Reset. After seeing a few posts about "blow-drying" the car, I purchased a corded leaf blower that I only use for the car. With the ceramic coating, the water easily blows off. I then use a microfiber for some of the more difficult spots to reach.

    While the owner of the local car detailing shop had every incentive to sell me some new service, he said that since the car is garaged, does not experience harsh sunlight/rain/snow for extended periods of time, the ceramic coating should last several years with virtually no maintenance. And, the Xpel PPF is "self-healing" so I should have no issues with the film.

    When I mentioned my cleaning routine, he said about the only step he could recommend would be to periodically use Xpel Ceramic Boost, which I purchased for less than $30 and tried this weekend. It was easy to apply and left an incredible shine. Unfortunately, I cannot compare against other products on the market. My thinking was since the product is labeled under the Xpel brand, I should be ok with the expectation of not having issues with the Xpel film, and the price was in line with other similar products.

    Not the greatest photo of the shine but you can see the reflection of my other car and me trying to stay out of the reflection while taking the photo.

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  25. Chizz

    Chizz Formula Junior
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    very nice result and beautiful car!
     
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  26. Eric C

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    What do you use to wipe interior down?
     
  27. DiamondDog

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    I used to use Reload and Reset. Good products but expensive and I think better products out there for less money.

    Jax Wax Graphene Detailer instead of Reload (its not just a detailer. Has longer longevity than Reload)

    Jax Wax Graphene soap - excellent soap and a bargain if you get the gallon size

    I still use Car Pro PERL for interior. Nothing better. IN between I use quick detailer to wipe down my interior.

    I make quick detailer by diluting Wolfgan Uber Rinseless wash to quick detailer specifications. Either this or ONR (Optimum) rinseless dilluted the same way.

    My process is

    Rinse car with pressure washer

    Foam Car and wheels

    Use Wheel Woolies to contact scrub the wheels

    Rinse car

    Contact was with 3 oz of soap in bucket with 5 mitts in it. Dirty mits go in another bucket

    Rinse

    Blow dry with leaf blower

    Touch up with Detailer spray
     
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  28. Level7

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    Since I have only had my car for one year, the interior is virtually spotless. I periodically wipe down with a microfiber towel and a vacuum. I swapped out the floor mats for some that I purchased online at much less than the Ferrari option pricing for F8 mats.

    I have been thinking about some type of product to use on the leather, but have been hesitant to try any without a specific need. DiamondDog mentioned CarPro PERL, which I will look into.
     

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