You’ve been searching all over the internet for “what are the BEST detailing products”. By now you may be totally confused as to “what is truly the best” – this is an accurate assumption based on one thing.
The BEST is a very subjective term. By definition BEST means. But again all of those terms are VERY subjective to things like; user experience, user expectation, condition of car, desired outcome, how much you (or your customer) are willing to spend to get your (their) car to the best outcome possible.
With that being said I have compiled a list of products that I have deemed BEST products to have on hand. This is not the ultimate guide, end all, be all guide. But rather a list of products that I have tested over many hours of work both on my own car’s as well as customers cars. I have tested and found that these products meet many of my standards; price, quality, ease of use and results.
**If you would prefer to listen to the audio version of this list check out my podcast – http://www.autodetailingpodcast.com/ultimate-starter-kit-for-auto-detailing/
Hyper Dressing – Can be used on tires,trim, interior surfaces, wheel wells and much much more.
Optimum No Rinse – Optimum No Rinse Wash and Shine contains exclusive blend of high lubricating polymers that bond to paint while releasing dirt and grime for a safe, brilliant finish. Optimum No Rinse Wash and Shine allows car washing virtually anywhere, anytime. Get a brilliant shine using only one or two gallons of water. Safe on cars,trucks, SUVs, Trailers, RVs, boats.
Meguair’s Rinse Free Express Wash – A nice alternative to ONR with virtually all the same capabilities.
Glass Microfiber Towel: Hands down the best microfiber glass cleaning towel to ensure streak free windows. *Pro Tip – Use ONR diluted down as a simple and effective glass cleaner in conjunction with these towels for maximum results.
Check out this video to see the proper technique to insure streak free windows.
Painted Surface Microfiber Towel: Nice towels are ideal to make sure you are not scratching your cars surface while cleaning it.
Clay Bar’s – Or clay towel, or clay sponge is quickly taking the place of the clay bar. The reason for this is you can get better results, faster and safer with these, and if you happen to drop it on the ground while detailing, no worries, just clean it under running water and get back to work.
Dual Action Polisher – MT300 – If you are seriously interested in making your car shine and removing unwanted swirl marks or spider webbing, your going to need a machine to do the heavy lifting. You will not be able to get the same results by hand as you do with a machine.
Dual Action Polisher – Porter Cable – An alternative to the MT300
Rigid Vacuum – Hands down the best vacuum for the money.
Pet Stone/Brush – We love our pets, but not their hair that they leave behind. This is by far the best trick for getting rid of unwanted pet hair.
Detailer’s Helper Belt – There’s a fine line between efficiency and the cool factor – this belt offers both.
Opti Seal/ Opti Car Wax – Paint protection is the name of the game. Long gone are the days of wax on wax off. With technology moving at the speed it is, it has infuriated the detailing industry for the good. Spray waxes and sealants last way longer then traditional paste waxes ever did. The best part is they are extremely easy to use and offer a massive amount of protection for your cars paint.
Check out this video to see how you can use these products to wash and wax your car in 20 min or less.
M100 – Correction Compound – If your looking to get into serious paint correction, M100 will quickly become your best friend. Used with the buffing pads mentioned below and the MT300 or Porter Cable and you will become the defect slaying machine.
HD Speed – All In One Compound/Polish – Minor paint correction. All in one step correction cream and paint sealant.
Hex-Logic Buffing Pad Kit – Good pads are essential to achieving great results when it comes to making your car’s paint look good. This is a great starting kit.
I have compiled a much longer list at AutoDetailingPodcast.com/Resources