What am I doing wrong here?

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  1. Run N. Gun

    Run N. Gun Active Member

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    I have used two products that are well supported here, but my results have been less than favorable. What should I be doing differently?

    Optimum No Rinse - I've used it twice and while the no-rinse process is awkward enough, it is the cleaning of the paint that bothers me. I used a two gallon bucket last night with ONR and had plenty of suds when I started. A few minutes later no suds and honestly, it felt as if I was just washing with plain water. I continued anyway but it didn't feel like I had any soap left, if that makes sense. My fairly new green microfiber sponge was black, not green and I went through MF drying towels like there was no tomorrow. Is this normal?


    Meguire's NXT Glass Cleaner and Eagle One's 50/50 glass cleaner both streak/smear my glass like crazy. I have tried various T-shirts, MF towels, terry cloths, etc and it is as if there is a haze on my windows. I end up going back to regular Glass Plus (no ammonia) and a T-shirt and my glass comes out great. What am I doing wrong to have both named products not work so well?

    Any feedback would be welcome! :bigthumb:

    Thanks!
     
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    No suds is normal.... QEW doesn't have any at all. Suds often is thought of as equaling celaning ability, but this is not the case. Suds are a byproduct. It is fine.

    As for glass, it is probably just learning the technique. I use NXT and Meg's Duo Fiber towels. Spray liberally, clean with one side, flip the towel and polish with the opposite side. Works for me :dunno:
     
  3. Buck-O

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    Suds dont mean shit, as others have said.

    Its how the ONR conditions teh water, lubricating, and lifting dirt off the car.
    And with a no rince product, i believe the two bucket method is a must.

    As for the glass cleaner, and this is especially teue of E1 20/20, you have to buff it out, and use a fair amount of elbow grease to do it. Otherwise it will leave a strangely hazy film, that looks streaky. The NXT doesnt do it as much, but you still have to give ti a solid buff out to get it nice and clear.

    Typically, i use the NXT ont eh interior, becuase its easier to use, and then use the 20/20 on the exterior, becuase i prefer its glossy look, and it seems to be mroe durable in the water repelling depatrment.
     
  4. Run N. Gun

    Run N. Gun Active Member

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    Thank you for the replies and suggestions. I did use the second bucket for rinsing, so that makes me feel a little better. I know that ONR lifted the dirt off, because my green sponge is now black. LOL!

    Doh! I didn't realize the glass cleaners needed buffing. I'll invest the elbow grease next time and see if I get better results. Thanks for the advice!
     
  5. Scottwax

    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    What I have found to work best on glass is the 16 x 24 waffle weaves that my Optimum distributor sells. I think I pay around $3 each and I have about 20 of them know (so I don't have to wash towels all the time).

    http://www.colorglodallas.com/OPTProducts.htm

    The waffle weave glass towels are a new item that he hasn't added to the page yet. Just contact him and he can set you up.
     
  6. Run N. Gun

    Run N. Gun Active Member

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    I'll give it a shot. Streaked/smeared glass is one of my pet peeves. I just can't sleep at night! :hyper: :nuts:
     
  7. Phishy4

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    I've had really good luck with Stoner's Invisible Glass myself, I just use it with a MF (waffle weave's are even better) and get good results.
     

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