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Everything you wanted to know about detailing, all in one place. This page includes articles we've written, videos we've made and a huge collection of tips, tricks, stories and content all related to keeping your vehicle looking it's best! Check back regularly as we build it for updates!

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Glass Cleaning

July 2020

Tips for cleaning glass

Don't use ammonia cleaners (Windex). They can harm rubber, window film and plastics.

Always clean in cool, shaded areas. Heat is not your friend!

Use multiple towels to clean with. The dirtier they get, the harder it is to achieve a clean finish.

Use products that are free of dyes and scents if possible. These are unnecessary and are what cause streaking sometimes.

Use high quality towels. Low pile ones are best as they don't lint.

Wash your glass towels separate from other chemical towels.

Spray onto the towel, not the glass!

Make sure to roll down the windows to get the top edges too.

Dash plastics naturally off gas and cause haze, and so does the defroster vent. Keep on top of the cleaning. Just because you haven't touched the glass doesn't mean it isn't dirty.

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Tire Cleaning 101

June 2020

When was the last time you gave your tires a really good clean? Not the wheels, the tires. For most people, this usually consists of using what suds is left over from the car wash bucket on the whole wheel and tire, and giving it a couple quick scrubs with a dirty brush. Then you spray some more shine on it and call it good Are we right?

In this article, we'll cover the steps on how to really deep clean the rubber and make this important component of your vehicle look awesome.

#1 The right tools

You'll want to have the proper brushes to facilitate a proper clean of the wheel and tire. We suggest 4 styles of brushes:

Stiff bristle tire brush (curved or flat)

Soft bristle wheel face brush

Long inner barrel brush, like an EZ Detail brush.

1" detail brush for small areas like calipers and lug nuts.

#2 Apply cleaner

We recommend P&S Brake Buster as an effective wheel and tire cleaner. This stuff is acid free so it wont hurt your wheels. Spray it all over the face, inner barrel and tire sections, and let it dwell for a minute or two. You'll start to see the old tire dressing, grease and brake dust melt away. This is what we want. Now, take your tire brush and dip it in your dedicated wheel wash bucket filled with soapy water. Agitate the sidewall of the tire until the brown residue looks to be removed. Don't worry, if there's any that's not coming off, we'll address that later. Finally, use your other brushes to clean the entire wheel and make sure it's free of dirt.

#3 Dry Wheels

After you've cleaned the wheels, then washed the entire car with new fresh soap and water, it's time to dry it. Using an air blower or dedicated microfiber drying towel, gently remove the water from the surface of the vehicle from top down. Once the body is dry, give the wheels and tires a blow or towel, and make sure the rubber is not soaking wet.

#4 Deep Clean Rubber

All the built up tire dressings and grease can make the tires look brown, even after a wash. Using a solvent like acetone will strip off this oily layer and reveal deep black rubber beneath. Use a microfiber rag and a small bit of acetone to wipe the sidewall until it comes clean. Wear gloves and a mask while doing this as it can cause fumes.

#5 Dress the tires

Once the rubber is cleaned, it's time to add some water based dressing to keep it protected and looking great. Take a foam sponge and apply a small amount and work it over the sidewall until it's uniform. We stay away from cheap big box store silicone and aerosol type dressings as they make a horrible mess, are bad for the environment, and look cheap. Spend a few extra bucks and get yourself a professional grade tire dressing like Gtechniq T1, P&S Wipe N' Shine or CarPro PERL. These are all water based dressings and leave a more uniform, factory look to the rubber, and don't sling off or cause ugly brown staining. And they can be cleaned off each wash with the above steps without using the acetone all the time too. Remember, tire dressing is meant to wear off and be reapplied, it's not a permanent treatment. Use these steps after each wash and you'll always have the best looking rubber on the street!

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Ceramic Wheel Coatings

May 2020

Ceramic Wheel Coatings are all the rage these days as a great compliment to a paint coating. As with paint coatings, wheel coatings utilize the same bonding effect to enable the coating to actually become the functional surface of the wheel. This means that they cannot be washed off, and their durability is measured in years, not weeks. Traditional polymer coatings and sealants can be applied in liquid or spray form, but don't yield lasting results and performance in comparison. Dedicated ceramic based wheel coatings like Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour will bond to the surface, whether its painted, bare alloy or plated, and will last up to two years with a single application. Some of the many attributes of wheel coatings:

Incredible hydrophobia (water beading)

Light swirl, scratch resistance

Great slick feel

Will not change the lustre of matte or satin wheels

Can be applied to brake calipers and exhaust tips too

High heat resistance for longevity

Suitable for all wheel types

Chemical and salt resistance

Repels brake dust

Sheds snow, water, dirt and mud easily

Our wheel coatings range in price from $250 to $450+ depending on area and application type.

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Pollen Season

April 2020

The bees love it, your car doesn't

It's the time of year when the plants and trees start to flourish again, and with that comes the dreaded pollen apocalypse . Recently Victoria was hit with a great stretch of dry, sunny weather, perfect for pollen accumulation. Although pollen can be very fine and powdery, it can wreak havoc on your car's finish if not dealt with properly. Here are some tips to help safely rid your vehicle of it (at least temporarily!)

Pollen Removal Tips

Never Dry Wipe! Pollen is very abrasive and will mar and scratch the paintwork if wiped dry on the surface. Always use a lubricant such as a quick detailer or soapy water to wipe the car with a microfiber towel. If the car is covered, it is probably best to just wash the entire vehicle.

When washing, use the two bucket method to minimize pollen from being deposited back onto the car with a dirty wash mitt. (See video below)

When washing outside, try to rinse the car off frequently to remove any new pollen from cleaned areas. Once fully washed dry the car with a leaf blower or microfiber towel lightly dampened with quick detailer or water. This will minimize scratches.

Even though it will get covered again, it's important to keep your car cleaned regularly. Pollen can turn hard and become more difficult to remove the longer its left.

Use a high quality car wash soap. Never use dish soap or plain water. The wash mitt needs a good lubricant to help remove the dirt without scratching the paint.

Try to avoid parking under trees or near shrubs that are blooming with pollen.

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Clean Interiors

March 2020

Why a clean interior is a safe interior

-Having your vehicle's interior detailed regularly will maintain it's value and preserve it's condition for longer.

-Less accumulation of allergens and spores which can cause sickness and allergy flare ups.

-Many surfaces of your vehicle can be dirtier than a toilet seat, such as the steering wheel, cupholder, door handles, radio knobs and key fob. E.coli, MRSA, staph and mould can all thrive in a car. Having them cleaned and protected regularly helps keep all passengers healthy.

-Food, garbage and clutter is a breeding ground for bacteria, pests and micro organisms. When was the last time you checked under your seats? You'd be surprised what's living under there!

-Changing your cabin air filter or seat filters (if equipped) will decreased the amount of airborne debris and allergens in your vehicle's HVAC systems, meaning cleaner air to breathe.

-Regular quick wipe downs of interior surfaces are great, but they don't replace a professional clean using specialized products, equipment and techniques. At minimum we recommend an annual deep clean to reset your interior and keep it looking, smelling and feeling great. Just like you visit the dentist regularly, your car needs a checkup too to stay healthy!

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Leather Care 101

Jan 2 2020

Your vehicle's leather is just as susceptible to damage as any surface in the interior. Today's modern automotive leathers are in fact synthesized version of what would be raw natural hide leather.

That being said, certain manufacturers do still offer a genuine leather option, but this costs a pretty penny. The reason for switching to a synthetic blend is that the durability is greatly increased. Natural rawhide, or even coated hide is very susceptible to cracking and colour changes when not looked after properly.

This is why many makers uses a more synthesized material that very closely replicates actual leather, but has the strength and durability to last longer and deal with more abuse. So called "vegan leathers" are making an appearance especially on Tesla's as a sustainable alternative to real hides.

Sometimes made from polyurethane, pineapple leaves, cork, fruit and vegetable byproducts or recycled plastics, they mimic real animal hides with their look and feel, but with a greener footprint. They have faux grains and pores imprinted into the material to simulate the feel or real hide, but are less breathable because of this. They also have minimal if not any patina as they age, in comparison to real hide which changes feel and look throughout its life.

With all the new switches to more sustainable leather products, why are people still looking after their leather like its real hide? We're gonna dive into some facts and showcase how to properly care for your leather, real or faux.

Coated natural hide or rawhide

The real deal, this stuff once mooed and ate grass. So lets treat it like it's still living, because it is. Real leather can be brown and raw looking, or have a colour coat applied. An example of real rawhide is Ford's King Ranch leather found on that trim level of their trucks. This stuff has no top coat, just pure natural goodness.

The best way to ensure the longevity of real hide, coloured or not, is to treat it like your own skin. Real leather has pores that allow the stuff to breathe, expand and contract. It also can get UV damage like a sunburn just like you can. And similarly, it must be cleaned to maintain it's healthy complexion. So here's the skinny.

  • Make sure to keep it clean more often. The natural pores absorb dirt and grime, so using a proper leather safe cleaner with a safe pH regularly will keep the dirt down.
  • Be gentle. Real leather is supple and delicate, so always make sure there's no sharp objects around to puncture or tear the stuff. It won't heal like your own skin.
  • Keep it moisturized. Real leather needs actual moisturizers to keep is supple and soft, and prevent cracking and large wrinkles. Lanolin based conditioners are great at protecting it and giving it the right amount of vitamin E to keep it healthy and supple.
  • Beware of blue jeans. Unwashed or newer indigo dyed blue jeans, or any heavily pigmented fabrics will cause dye transfer to lighter or more delicate leathers. This is more likely to happen when we sweat in the seats, and the dye is more easily rubbed onto the leather. Our tip is to use a sunshade in the summer to not only block out heat and UV light, but it makes your seats cooler when you first get in preventing dye transfer a small bit.
  • If you have coated (coloured) hide leather, these tips still apply. Just remember that the colour coat is very thin and can easily be damaged.

Synthetic leather

Synthetic or vegan leather is the newest form of upholstery, and has many advancements over rawhide. It's sustainably sourced in many cases, is greener to produce, and is more durable and available in many more colours, textures and feels. Here are some tips for faux leather:

  • Don't use real oil based leather conditioners on faux leather. The pores won't actually absorb it, and it will just sit on top, collecting more dirt and leading to more wear.
  • Use a synthetic based top protectant made for synthetic vinyl or leather. This doesn't absorb but rather forms a top layer that shields it from UV damage and abrasion. It also won't change the look or feel of it.
  • Clean it regularly. Just as with any leather, synthetic leather still needs cleaning. Use a pH balanced all purpose cleaner or leather specific cleaner to wipe away dirt and grime. Foaming interior cleaners and a horsehair brush is a great technique to get a real deep clean on any type, real or fake. The suds gets down into the grain and pulls up the dirt.
  • Vegan leather can still crack, fade and get hard.It's very important to shield the sun if possible with a shade, and keep it protected every few months or as needed.

If you have any questions about how to properly care for your leather interior, just give us a shout, we'd be happy to help.

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Product Spotlight: Gtechniq L1 Leather Guard

Jan 2 2020

Gtechniq L1 Leather Guard is a fantastic protectant for both real and faux leathers. It adds great UV protection, antibacterial properties, as well as abrasion resistance to high wear areas like bolsters and piping.

We use it regularly to protect leather interiors on both new and older vehicles with great results. In comparison to newer "ceramic leather coatings' we choose L1 because it isn't resin based, which can have very negative effects on delicate leathers, such as Nappa etc. Discoloration is always a risk with these more durable coatings, so safety over durability is why we choose Gtechniq. And it's not just for cars, we've used it on customers expensive stilettos, purses, and jackets too!

Our leather protection packages are available for any vehicle, so contact us to schedule a free consult and quote.

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Best Detailer in Victoria 2019!!

Jan 2 2020

Thank you for your votes! We won!

We couldn't be any happier to announce that we were voted Best Detailer in Victoria for the 2nd year in a row by the Times Colonist Readers' Choice Awards! This is a fantastic honour for our small business, and we couldn't have done it without all that voted for us! Whether it was daily, or just once, we thank you for taking the time to do so. As we've always done, we will strive to offer the best customer service, use the best products and tools and deliver results that leave you with a smile and a true love for your vehicle. We look forward to another great year ahead, and thank you for coming along for the ride and helping us grow.

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Microfiber: What is it and why do I need it?

December 2019

   Microfiber fabric is a composite blend of two materials: polyester and polyamide. Together they create a synthetic fibre that is similar to the feel and makeup of silk, but is much thinner on a microscopic level, over 5x smaller than the width of a human hair. It's is available in many different weaves, and can be woven to have high or short pile height depending on the intended application, plushness, or absorbent properties. Microfiber, like anything, can come in different qualities.

The proper blending of the polyester to the polyamide is what gives it its "grade." The highest grades are considered 70/30, or 70% polyester to 30% polyamide, as well as 80/20. These tend to be ultra soft, gentle and last longer than lesser blends due to their resistance to shedding and breaking down.

Another attribute for microfiber is whats called the GSM, or Grams Per Square Meter. This describes of the weight or thickness/ pile height of the microfiber. A low GSM of 245 is what most multipurpose terry microfiber towels are, whereas a high GSM of 800 is reserved for ultra thirsty drying towels with long strands and big plushness.

The right GSM is important for specific tasks, for example a glass towel needs a very short pile and GSM in order to not streak or smear. Whereas a buffing towel for wax should be around 400-600 for optimum pickup without clogging and scratching delicate paint.

Back in the day, single stage automotive paints, or lacquers, were harder than today's base/ clear systems. They enabled one to use a leather chamois to dry or clean the car without a huge risk of scratching. Although chamois were once considered the safest thing to use on your paint, they didn't really have many other options at the time, and chamois' still left marring and swirls.

When microfiber came onto the scene, it changed the way we detail cars, and is now the safest way to clean and touch your vehicle due to the great softness and different weaves/ weights available.

If you're still rocking the old chamois on your car, we suggest ditching it for a few microfiber towels and see the difference. They're cheap, widely available and are much safer for paint and delicate surfaces.

Check out our tips for caring for microfiber below:

Microfiber Tips

  • Wash in warm or cold water only, never boiling hot.
  • Tumble dry on low heat, or air dry. High temps will singe the fibres, leading to scratching.
  • Use actual microfiber detergent, or "free and clear" laundry soap without dyes, scents, or fabric softeners; these will clog the fibres.
  • Separate your towels into categories, like wheels, interior, paint, very dirty, medium, and lightly soiled. Wash separately from other categories to prevent contamination.
  • Sort your towels into categories above, and never use a lower category cloth on a higher level surface (eg wheels on paint)
  • Don't be afraid to throw them away when old or dirty, or very soiled!
  • Demote soiled towels down the line to be used on dirtier parts as they get used. Then discard once heavily soiled.
  • For drying towels, a damp towel will pick up water better than a bone dry one.
  • Use two towels when cleaning glass, one for wiping on cleaner, the other for buffing away streaks. Same goes for spray waxes and sealants.
  • If a towel drops to the floor or touches a dirty spot accidentally, it never touches the car again until cleaned.
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You're on holidays, but your car care shouldn't be!

December 2019

  December is one of the busiest months of the year, and we don't need to tell you why. But that doesn't mean you should let the car care slide. The approaching winter months are the hardest on your vehicle both inside and out. Nasty weather, lack of time and the cold all make you want to wait til the Spring to get back to keeping the trusty ride looking good. But doing that isn't good for your car, period. Salt brine, soggy shoes, wet carpet, road film, loading and unloading things and increased passengers all lead to a less than great looking vehicle inside and out. You want the paint, wheels and other surfaces to be protected for the worst that's ahead, not leave it vulnerable to winter's wrath, only to realize the finish is damaged in the Spring.

If you're too busy but want to keep your ride protected and detailed, let us do the heavy lifting for you! Winter is a less busy time for detailers, and that means no waiting weeks to get an appointment in the Spring rush. It also means that come Spring, you won't have to pay as much to freshen it up after Winter, and it will have been kept up properly and protected when it needed it most.

We offer Winter specific packages to maintain the vehicle inside and out, and in a timely fashion to get you on your way. Contact us to book yours in before it's too late!

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Optimum No- Rinse Wash Solution

November 2019

Product Spotlight

Optimum No- Rinse is the world's favourite Rinse-Less washing solution. Made in the USA, it's been a staple product for detailers for years. The advanced substantive polymers in the liquid help lift and encapsulate the dirt particles and remove them safely from the surface without scratching. No need to use a hose to rinse off, just towel dry after each section and that's it. Only a 1/2 ounce per gallon of water means one bottle lasts a long time. It's can also be used as a clay lube with proper dilution. Watch our video for a demonstration of this great product.

Cold Weather Maintenance Is Important!

November 2019

It's frosty, dark, and sometimes miserable out. Why on earth would I wash my car during these times? Why not just wait til a sunny day, or the Spring?

These are all questions that go through our heads when the weather turns and we now feel that maintaining the car is a massive chore, instead of a delight as with the warmer months. Rest assured, we have some tips for you to get the most out of your regular Fall/ Winter maintenance that won't induce frostbite! Remember, these upcoming months are the hardest on a vehicle both inside an out, so keeping up with their appearance and protection is more important than ever.

Rinse-Less Washes

As we've talked about before, a rinse-less wash is one that doesn't include breaking out the hose and rinsing the car down after soaping it up. In fact, it can even be done indoors during a blizzard, and yields fantastic results too. The secret is in the washing solution, and the speed of the process will make you think twice about not washing your car in the colder months. Check out our video below for a full explanation of the process, demonstration and it's pro's and con's.

Rinse-less Washing Demonstration Video

Cold Weather Quick Tips

  • If you have to wash outside, wear nitrile/ latex gloves. Acts like a wet suit for your hands.
  • This ones' obvious: Use warm water in your buckets. It'll help the soap stay sudsy longer too.
  • Pressure washers use less water than a garden hose. This means less water on the driveway to potentially freeze at night. On that note, wash during the daylight hours or mid morning to allow water to drain or evaporate before freezing.
  • Just because it's not hot out, doesn't mean the sun can't dry the water. Watch out for premature drying that can cause water spots on your paint.
  • If you're in a hurry and forgot to defrost your windows first, keep a spray bottle of Methyl Hydrate handy as a speedy deicer. Lightly spray onto the glass and wait for the ice to melt. Make sure you don't spray too much towards the paint.
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Headlights Dim or Yellow? We can fix them!

October 2019

When the season changes and the days become increasingly shorter, we find ourselves driving in darker times more often. Combined with inclement weather and poor visibility, it's no wonder that more accidents occur during the fall and winter months. One often overlooked aspect of a vehicle's overall safety is it's headlights. Modern day cars have poly carbonate (plastic) headlights, as opposed to the older glass housings that previous era vehicles came equipped with. The benefits of plastic lenses are that they can be moulded into seemingly endless shapes and designs, and also are lighter and less susceptible to impact breakage than their glass relatives. However, the nature of all plastics is to eventually decay and oxidize. This presents itself as a yellowing and hazing of the lens, along with reduced clarity. OEM headlights come with a factory applied UV protective coating to prevent premature failure of the plastic. After several years of driving and exposure to the sun and elements, these coatings wear away or degrade, which is in most cases what turns yellow and faded. This causes a reduced light output from the bulbs, and also scatters the beam which can put light where its not supposed to be, whether blinding oncoming drivers or in diffused arrays, not the precise alignment calibrated by the factory to ensure safe, broad coverage of the road ahead. Dim lighting reduces the chances of seeing oncoming hazards sooner, and when your vehicle is travelling at speed, each second equals many many feet in distance. The sooner you see a hazard, the sooner you can react. Wearing a seat belt is the law, so how come having unsafe headlights isn't illegal also? Consider that.

But, these old headlight lenses can be revived and reconditioned to return the clarity and safety back to your car. We are experts when it comes to the process of properly hand sanding and polishing the old coating off, revealing new plastic beneath. Once this has been refined to a crystal clear state, we can then apply a protective ceramic coating or have clear protective film applied, each contributing to slowing down the aging process and keeping them clear for years to come.

Schedule your vehicle in before you have a close call. Most cases take 1 hour to complete, and are affordable too. Sets start at $90 plus tax and include a ceramic coating. Or, opt in for the clear protective film for $180. See more for details.

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Windshield & Glass Coatings

September 2019

Windshield Coatings

Dedicated glass coatings for the windshield and surrounding windows on a car help shed water to improve wet weather visibility and safety. Today's glass coating products are leaps and bounds better than those traditional products we all know like Rain-X or Aquapel. With most lasting around the 1.5-2 year mark on a daily driver, you can expect the water shedding and draining performance to last. How can a window coating improve my driving you might ask? The ultra slick surface repels water and contaminants from sticking to it, allowing the droplets to glide off the glass even at slow speeds. This water shedding action means one can use the wipers significantly less while driving than if not coated at all. Highway speeds effortlessly blow the water right off, and in some instances the wipers may not even be necessary! Night time wet weather visibility is drastically improved as well.

Product Spotlight

Gtechniq G1 Clear Vision Smart Glass is a professional grade ceramic glass coating. It's unique bonding process allows the product to last upwards of 1 year or 20,000 miles on a daily driver. The great water shedding and anti-adhesion properties make this a great, affordable addition to any vehicle, especially heading into the wet months.Prices start at $199.

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Ceramic Wheel Coatings

August 12 2019

Product Spotlight

Durable Wheel Protection: Ceramic Wheel Coatings

Ceramic coatings are the industry standard for protecting paint from environmental damage, swirl marks and chemicals. They also add improved gloss, ease of cleaning, surface slickness and unbeatable durability that lasts years. The same is available for your car's wheels. Gtechniq C5 Wheel Armour is a specific high heat resistant ceramic coating designed for all wheel surfaces and finishes.

It's 18-24 month durability means that your wheels stay cleaner and protected from the elements for longer than a wax or sealant. Added surface hardness means delicate finishes will resist marring and swirl marks, and keep brake dust from adhering to the soft wheel surface.

For polished aluminum, the rate at which the metal oxidizes will be slowed too, meaning less polishing and more driving. This product will enhance the depth and look of the wheel, but will not change the appearance or lustre of the surface, meaning matte, semi-gloss or painted wheels are perfect candidates too. In many cases, a power wash rinse is sometimes all that's needed to clean the wheel, that means less scrubbing and brushing! Coating your brake calipers also helps keep them clean and glossy.

Wheel Washing 101

August 12 2019

Often some of the most neglected parts of a vehicle when it comes to the care and upkeep of it's appearance are the wheels. They keep the car rolling, enable you to steer, cushion the ride, and most importantly they are what keeps your car planted to the road.

For such a crucial and important part of the vehicle, why do we see so many people driving with dirty, damaged, and unsightly wheels? We feel that properly cleaning car wheels can be somewhat of a daunting task when it come to washing. Even we deal with ultra- neglected wheels and tires on a regular basis that make us wish the owner had started maintaining them sooner.

Corrosive brake dust, road grime, grease, tar and general fallout all contribute to making wheels look filthy over time, and can actually lead to irreversible damage too.

Washing your wheels during every car wash shouldn't be painful. It just takes the right tools, products and techniques to achieve a high level clean with impressive results. We always recommend that the wheels, tires and wheel well areas be the first part of the vehicle washed.

Contrary to popular belief, washing the wheels first tackles the dirtiest parts of the vehicle before the delicate paint and body surfaces. They are the dirtiest part of a car, so by removing the dirt prior to washing the body, we eliminate the chance of splashing dirty water onto the freshly cleaned body, which would then have to be readdressed.

Watch the YouTube video below to see the whole process!

Wheel Cleaning Step by Step


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