Looking for recomendations on some products (not your average thread)...

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  1. minus

    minus Damn you, Damn the Broccoli, and Damn the Wright B

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    I am in charge of the parade committee for my fire department.
    Currently this is how it is done:
    Wash with zep wash+wax combo. Commercial wash we get in a 5 gal pail.
    Dry with water blade.
    Use Final inspection over the entire surface.
    Polish all chrome with mothers chrome polish (also use on stainless)
    Apply tire dressing to tires (spray on).

    Things I'm looking for:
    A different tire shine I saw a few trucks at the convention today that almost looked like somone had coated the wheels with a clear poly very different from your run of the mill tire shine.

    A good metal polish for diamond plate. Currently we are using flitz for the diamond plate (2 trucks will need a good acid wash to get the aluminum back to polishable shape). IMO flitz seems better than mothers mag and alum.

    Any suggestions on the way I'm doing things and products. You have to remember what works on a car might not be so easy to do when your working with a truck thats 35x11x8.
     
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    i'd go with the cheaper stuff that you can find. i can appreciate your enthusiasm, but honestly, i doubt 99.9% of the parade watchers will notice that slightly extra gleam from flitz v. mothers. check your big lots, auto parts stores, and wal-mart etc to catch great deals on these types of products. again, i appreciate and encourage the enthusiasm you have for wanting to put your best foot forward, but on the economical side of things, those options just may not work.


    that said, if you have no budget or time constraints (yes, i understand you guys have a good bit of free time at the fire hall :bigthumb: ) then go all out and use the best that you can find!
     
  3. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    For the paint, Optimum Poli-Seal (by the gallon) looks incredible on red. Removes light defects and seals at the same time.

    If you have a Big Lots in your area, they have Nascar Ultra Shine Tire Finish on sale, 23oz for $3. Grab them all.
     
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    Scott the only problem is the trucks are green :o.

    http://www.myfirecompanies.com/temp/105520_orig.jpg

    Any suggestions on the current way of doing things?

    No big lots.
    This is what i'm looking for in the way of tires.

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    Almost looks like dougnut glaze on tires. No I'm not kidding.
     
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    Also how do you get water spots off chrome :hs: mothers chrome polish isnt cutting it.
     
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    The watchers may not but the judges who inspect the trucks do they look at the frame the wheels you name it they are all over. We've been using the inexpensive stuff for a while now. Looking to step up to our a game and get serious.
     
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    ah, didn't realize this. yeah, go for something better then, and go all out! :wavey:
     
  8. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Poli-Seal looks great on all colors so it will be fine on green too.

    Meguiars Insane Shine has a really glossy look, but you'd need at least a few cans per vehicle.
     
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    Scott can I aim you i'd like to go over a few things that would be long in posts.
     

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