Auto Detailing and Supplies

by TheMaven

Auto detailing is the single best "upgrade/modification" you can invest in for your vehicle. It's not truly an upgrade, but I'm surprised at the things people buy to make their car stand out, when a good detailing would stand above anything else they could do. If you are just getting into detailing as a beginner, the prices may seem overwhelming, but in the end, it's a lot cheaper than having your car detailed professionally. The products you buy to do it yourself will last for many applications and you will get just as good of results.

The items listed below cover everything you need to do the paint detailing. However, before any good detailing, you need a good, thorough car wash. Check out our Car Washing Essentials List for more information including washing, trim, interior, wheels, tires, and windows cleaning recommendations.

Dual
Dual Action Polisher

The first thing you will need to get if you are going to get serious about auto detailing is a dual action polisher. The dual action provides both rotary and oscillating motion, which makes it a lot safer to use to avoid ruining your paint.

We recommend the Meguiars because it's more quiet and comfortable than some of it's competitors in the mid-level price range. It has a feature called "cruise control", which basically adjusts the torque automatically depending on the pressure you are manually applying to the tool. It also comes with the 5" backing plate and a canvas bag for storage.

The two main competitors in the same price range are the Porter Cable 7424 XP and the Griot's Garage 6" Random.

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Polishing
Polishing Pads

Choosing the right pads is very important when buying your supplies. The different color pads represent the texture of the pad, which is used for different stages in the auto detailing process. Lake Country pads are of excellent quality and are highly regarded. This kit comes with a yellow pad for deep cutting of severe oxidation or scratches, an orange pad for light cutting, a white pad for polishing, and a gray pad for finishing.

The kit also comes with a lambswool pad, a pair of microfiber bonnets, and a pair of terry bonnets, which I highly recommend. The lambswool pad and smooth bonnets come in very handy to allow you to use your polisher for finishing type tasks.

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Clay
Clay Bar

You may have never heard of using a clay bar on your vehicle, but it is one of the oldest tricks in getting all the dirt and grime off your car to prepare it for polishing. The Mother's system comes with 2 clay bars and Instant Detailer which is used to moisten the area as you rub the clay bar on the paint. Claying isn't very difficult and you can find plenty of how-to videos online.

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Meguiar's
Meguiar's 105 Ultra Cut Compound

The Meguiar's 105 Ultra Cut Compound is excellent and will be used with your yellow and orange Lake Country Pads for cutting to remove oxidation, swirls, and scratches.

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Meguiar's
Meguiar's 205 Ultra Finishing Polish

The Meguiar's 205 Ultra Finishing Pad is for polishing and finishing and will be used with your white and gray pads.

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Pad
Pad Cleaner & Conditioner

Pads are not cheap, so it is critical that you keep them cleaned and conditioned to prolong their life for many uses. As an alternative, the Snappy Clean Pad Cleaning Powder also work really well

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Pad
Pad Conditioning Brush

It will be a lot easier to keep your pads clean if you use a brush with your cleaner and conditioner. It is used to brush out the residue that has been loosened from the pad cleaner.

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Wax
Wax

Wax is super important in protecting your paint from the sun and elements, plus it gives your vehicle the final depth and shine that will have heads turning as you drive by. Carnauba wax is more expensive, but it is superior in its results. We recommend spending the money to make sure you protect your paint and your hard work from detailing. The P21S is a good quality, affordable carnauba wax that we've used with great results.

If you want the cream of the crop, you will need to spend a little more cash to get one of the best like Zymol Concours Glaze. Also, if you are looking for a cheap alternative, you can go with a lower quality, synthetic wax like Meguiar's NXT Wax 2.0.

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Sealant
Sealant

If you wax, you won't really need sealant, but it's nice to have around for between wax jobs or for those days you wash your car and just want to add a quick layer of protection. The Blackfire Wet Diamond produces excellent results and gets rave reviews.

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Meguiar's
Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer

Use quick detailer for the finishing touches and to keep your car shining in between details. It is annoying to spend time on getting your car super clean to have someone lean up against it and leave fingerprints. With quick detailer, you won't have to worry about those quick touch up jobs; just spray and wipe to retain the shine.

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Extension
Extension Cord

To use your new polisher, you will definitely want to buy a good quality extension cord. We recommend a 100 ft medium or heavy duty cord that will give you plenty of length for working around the vehicle, plus it will endure the sun and water.

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Step
Step Ladder

If you have a larger vehicle like a truck, van, or SUV, you will want to get one of these handy step ladders for those harder to reach areas like the roof. The 2 step ladder is lightweight for easy portability and folds up straight for storage.

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