I like this detail stuff so....jumping in to stir up the pot ...
Been screwing with bikes quite awhile now, and for a quick all surface cleaning and for kinda soiled areas, (not bad for bugs on the front fairing/windshield) my fav is the original bike spirits polish..
- the background on it is that is that the company used to supply Honda and was sold as Honda polish, then Honda screwed them and decided to drop them as a supplier...and the company decided to rebrand it for sale. Good all purpose stuff. Generally the first thing I grab to clean up something fast, sometimes on the car too.
Then lately I have become more interested in detailing in general and have been in a try this, try that mode. Cant resist trying stuff out. Sorta an addiction.. I have an old Honda Accord to experiment shit on... Also been watching a lot of the Apex Detailing Videos on You Tube. Great stuff. That guy Brian does a great job on running product thru its paces.. Never realized that detailing is such an art.. I'm learning as I go, so below is just thing I've tried out, some good, some not so good.
I have tried for paint pretreat, Meqs Ultimate compound and the Ultimate polish seems ok, I am kinda "meh" at it, but since I dont yet have a machine, its a lot of elbow grease. Another paint and surface cleaning polish I'm high on is Pinnacle Black Label Surface Cleaning Polish. Nice stuff, Iike it, ordered more. (no more Megs for that job)
More shit...I was using Mequires Tech Wax 2 paste wax awhile, that made the paint pop out. Really liked it.. They discontinued it and it only available in liquid now... (As usual, if I like it, it gets discontinued)
Other shit #2 - Then playing with Chemical Guys stuff. Seems like some stuff is only worth the round file and then with all the multitude of products, seems like they have one base product and they add different coloring.. I spent too much trying stuff, but anyhoo, a few things I discovered l like...
Tryed out the spray swift wipe Waterless Car Wash -- I give it a "whoa" that works better than expected. Nice clean and shine, paint pops out. Works on windows too. I am going to keep using it... like it. https://www.chemicalguys.com/swift-wipe-waterless-car-wash/swift-wipe-waterless-wash.html
Couple others Chemical Guys... Wet Mirror Finish.. https://www.chemicalguys.com/wet-mirror-finish-glaze/wet-mirror-finish-glaze.html
And Extreme Top Coat Sealant. https://www.chemicalguys.com/extreme-top-coat-wax-and-sealant-in-one/extreme-top-coat.html
Like I said I like to experiment - I have a bottle of each above, just for grins I made up a 50/50 mix of the 2 and used it on my 20 year old Honda VFR with read paint. I have to say Holy shit - wow! Made the give me a ticket red paint jump out. Very wet looking. Very slick feel. Damn I like it! - I think I will keep doing that. - Then tried it on my old Honda Accord, same result, looks like wet paint, very nice.
Now I have a random orbital polisher on my Christmas list, and will keep trying stuff, but first I have to use up all this other products up.. There's prolly 6 or 8 other bottles or tins of product I've bought to use up. This is kinda expensive try out hobby...
-------------> So I know there's probly a few detailers or two on this board.... what do you like?
Cheers and many beers