HD ULTRA CUTTING PAD IN ACTION WITH HD UNO

Is this compounding foam pad a wool pad killer? If you are ever called to do an exterior detail that is this neglected, like this red truck, I would suggest that you try HD’s Ultra Cutting Foam Pad.  When ever I do any type of paint correction, my first pad choice is always 3D’s Black Wool pad. On this occasion I had a chance to try out this Ultra Cutting Pad. My neighbors neglected paint was a perfect candidate. I didn’t expect too much because there is a big difference in cutting power between wool and any type of foam. With wool of course the con is, that you need to include an extra step to remove the mess wool pads leave behind. Foam cutting pads on the other hand atleast finish down pretty good. I knew that the cutting ability was going to be pretty great, but didn’t know by how much. Like always, I was pressed for time, so there was no side by side comparo this time. I can however tell you, that the cut was very wool like. In fact overall this pad will save you time even if you are going after very very deep scratches. This pad cuts fast and deep. I used HD UNO due to how severely neglected the paint was. 2 slow passes were performed, followed by 1 pass with HD POLISH and a green HD light cutting foam pad THOMAS...

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Your Complete Guide to Detailing – Part 1

Seems like there is some confusion out there as far as what a full detail entails. Many new car owners are getting into detailing. Some have absolutely no idea what proper detailing is, or how to go about it. Others are more familiar and have some experience with detailing. When we talk about a full detail, or a complete detail however, the terms mean different things to different people. Hopefully we can fix all that in this writeup. At the same time I think this list and process will also prove to be helpful to the detailers who are turning pro. I am asked all the time for such a resource. I will talk about my version of what a full detail is. Both interior detailing, exterior detailing, engine cleaning, window cleaning, how to polish your your exhaust system etc…. This way, hopefully you will have a better understanding of car care maintenance and the steps one needs to take to get the job done. And do it the right way. I hope that you will learn something new from my way of doing things. Lets get right to it. I am going to start with a list of all the detailing products you should have to do the job. If you don’t detail for a living, don’t let the list overwhelm you 1,Pressure washer, or a hose with a quality nozzle (Pressure washer is what I prefer) 2, 5 gallon buckets, at least 2 (used to wash with) 3 if you want to keep your wheel/tire brushes in a bucket. ( makes things simple and easy) 3, wash mitts (Get the best quality you can because this is where the wash induced swirls come from and always store them in a zip-lock bag once dry) 4, Various exterior detailing brushes (for wheels, tires, wheel wells, engines, door jambs) 5, Drying towels (have several on hand and get the highest quality towels you can) 6, Micro Fiber detailing towels (Get high quality towels for the paint – interior and wheels/engine don’t need the best, just good quality Micro Fiber towels) 7, Spray bottles with quality sprayers – you can never have too many of them 8, Disposable gloves 9, Applicator pads like cotton, foam, Micro fiber for (tires, wax, vinyl, etc…) 10, Clay towel or clay bars to decontaminate the paint 11, Various interior detailing brushes (for leather, cloth, vents) 12, Engine degreaser, 13, Wheel cleaner 14, All purpose cleaner 15, Leather cleaner (if applicable) 16, Leather conditioner, or leather protectant (if applicable) 17, Tire dressing, 18, Trim protectant 19, Car wash soap 20, Dedicated towel cleaner (this is the way to wash your towels) 21,  Window cleaner 22, Upholstery and carpet shampoo 23, Extractor shampoo (if you use...

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How to Clean, Shine & Protect your Wheels & Tires with 3D Products

This is another Detailing Made Simple instruction on how to clean, shine & protect your wheels/tires on your favorite vehicle with 3D products. As long as you have the right tools, you can dramatically reduce your touch time and increase your effectiveness to achieve a great end result. You certainly don’t need complicated tools or expensive products, just a little ingenuity and some common sense thinking to get the job done. Here’s basically what you need: Let’s start by mixing up the proper dilution of 3D’s Yellow Degreaser. 1st and foremost, this is an alkaline based cleaner and should only be used on chrome & clearcoated wheels. Using it on polished or uncoated wheels could cause blushing of the finish, so it is important to know what surface you’re working with before starting. In this case, we are working with a Corvette ZR-1 and this car is equipped with both clearcoated (powdercoated to be specific) wheels with carbon ceramic brake rotors. Even though the directions state this product can be diluted all the way up to 10 to 1, I’ve decided to select a 4 to 1 mixture for this application due to this vehicle’s tires having a heavy buildup of dressing and soiling. Simply mark off a line on your bottle to exemplify a 4 to 1 mixture and add the appropriate amount of straight product to your bottle of choice. Then fill with water: Then give it a light shaking to stir up the contents: Here’s what I was referring to as far as old dressing build up on the tire: Next, prepare your wash bucket by cleaning it thoroughly to remove any dirt or loose debris that could cause scratches to your car’s finish. Now, I selected 3D’s Wash N Wax concentrate shampoo. According to the directions, it states that for every 1 once of water, you should add 1 once of product. Because I chose to mix approximately 3 gallons of water, I added 3 ounces of product. Simply pour the contents into your water filled bucket and flush all contents from the mixing cup: Next, mix thoroughly by hand and then give it a good blast with your water hose to get the foam extremely thick. Next, give the surface you are going to clean a thorough rinsing to loosen and remove any potential topical dirt that could cause marring to the finish. This not only makes your job of cleaning the surface easier, but allows the chemical cleaner to attack the surface quicker as there is less dirt to break through. And don’t forget about the wheel wells too: Next, coat the entire wheel, tire and wheel well with product and allow to...

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Detailing Seminar – October 22nd – Montclair, CA

The 3D FREE Detailing Seminars comes to  Montclair on Monday, October 22nd. Time: 10 am – 3pm The  seminar will, of course,  include hands on training on how to do a complete detail. It will feature our HD Car Care Line including HD Uno, HD Polish, HD Speed, HD Poxy, HD Nitro Seal, HD Total, HD FREE, and HD Clay. 3D of Montclair 4702 Holt Blvd. Montclair, CA 91763 Directions Phone: 909-624-5550...

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SEMA Upcoming Show 2012

We’re excited for this year’s SEMA 2012. Come visit us for all sorts of new goodies this year. We’d like to invite you to see our new HD Line of products. It’s the talk of the town. It was definitely a hit at Automechanika 2012 Germany this year, and we’re sure you’re going to love it even more this year than last year! Come and see how easy it is to use HD Products. Please stop by our booth if you would like more information about distributor opportunities, private labeling chemicals, and Detailing Store Opportunities. We will have Autopia’s famous detailers at the booth throughout the show. However, we will have a mix and greet  on Thursday from 4-5PM with Barry Theal and Thomas Dekany. You may fill out an opportunity for a meeting if you are interested in becoming a Distributor, Opening up a 3D Store, or Private Label Opportunities. Please know that we will try to accommodate you as best as possible.   Name Email Phone Number What are you interested in Distribute 3D or HD Products Private Label Open a 3D Store More Information on what you would like to do and a website of your...

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