View Full Version : Testing out some new products..

Aug 30th, 2014, 01:54 PM
Hey all, Happy Labor day weekend.
Perfect time to relax and try out some of the goodies I recently ordered.. 1st up was APC D101 diluted 10.1
I don't usually let my floormat get to this point, but I wanted a real test subject to get a proper feel for D101.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zps21f2481e.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zps21f2481e.jpg.html)

So far APC gets thumbs up. Impressive cleaning power. Especially considering how little concentrate can to this [10.1]

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zps708aa098.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zps708aa098.jpg.html)

Next up was D114 at 1.128 to be used as a waterless wash.
OCD ensured proper diliution ratio;)

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This stuff worked great! My car was pretty dirty as you can probably guess by this microfiber towel. [I followed with a clean towel to wipe dry] Again, I wanted to put it to a real test. Lots of grit and unknown gunk from a tree wiped off so effortlessly. This is just off my hood & trunklid.. I used 1 side for the hood and the other on the trunk. It looks scary, but if you look closly at the towel you should eventually see proper technique was used. Lol:)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zps6e5cdbeb.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zps6e5cdbeb.jpg.html)

Next I want to try APC 10.1 to clean the interior of my dads Toyota Tacoma which is in need of a major transformation. Imo the dash and door panels are beyond using a towel to begin cleaning, so I picked up these sponges to scrub the vinyl dash & door panels. I'm gonna follow it with clean terry towels. Is this an ok choice? Or what's the normL approach to clean with D101?

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Scott's 62
Aug 30th, 2014, 02:16 PM
D101 is my go to APC. If your dads truck is that bad you shouldn't have much trouble with D101 and a little scrubbing. Btw what method did you use to clean your floormat? looks great.

Aug 30th, 2014, 02:57 PM
Thx. I just scrubbed evenly [vertical then horizontal] with that little rectangle scrub brush I found at the 99. store.. Everything on this cart came from the 99. store and serves good purpose. Tire brushes, the gray bristle brush is super gentle and cleans my canvas top, scrub brush for leather interior, masking tape, fake shammy for drying underneath bumpers & door wells, mini black microfiber pad washes rims only... Pretty good deals on stuff that doesn't have to touch the paint. I like to save a buck! Lol.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zps194feb53.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zps194feb53.jpg.html)

Aug 30th, 2014, 02:59 PM
I need to buy a quality tire gel applicator though.. That 1 there is pretty useless.

Aug 30th, 2014, 03:02 PM
scubbed mat then lifted dirt off with a clean terry cloth towel*
It took 2 applications.

The Guz
Aug 30th, 2014, 03:47 PM
/nice job on the carpet. APC is good stuff. I have lots of D103 myself.

You should try a soft bristled brush on your dads tacoma with APC. That should work just fine. Even though the pads say scratch free I would still consider a soft bristled brush. If the area's are not textured then a towel will be all you need.

As far as tire applicators I just got some of these and they work great.


I also bought two of these. They work ok


Aug 30th, 2014, 05:59 PM
Wow I don't think I've ever seen dirt come off quite like that :o
The little sponges are working great. I just chucked the 1st one cuz it was done full of dirt.. However, I just learned not to ever wipe down interior with terry cloth towels again. Lol. I planned to finish up with Gold Class leather cleaner & conditioner and a microfiber so it should be ok..

Seeing dirt come off like that makes you want to go for more. And there's alot more areas to go. And that's not including scrubbing the carpet if I decide to.[which I probably will, tomorrow] It's time for a beer break though! Lol.

Aug 30th, 2014, 06:04 PM
@Guz. I kinda like the little round peg shaped applicator that I've seen the Junkman talk about in a vid.. I havnt looked for it though. These cheap ones just fold & bend too easy and that's no bueno.
That 3 pk. seems a bit pricy if you add shipping. Plus why would a person need 3 unless they fall apart? Just sayin. Lol

Sep 1st, 2014, 04:01 AM
Why not wipe the interior down with the terry? Also at Walmart they have a tire applicator for like $4 and its real nice with a handle. Only problem is the foam pad doesn't come off. But that's ok with me since its just my tires I'm using it for. If u really wanted to u could wash it. I'de put the link up but can't on my iPhone. Just do a search on their site with tire shine applicator.

Sep 1st, 2014, 11:58 PM
@Jarhead. Because of lint.. But on second thought, I've got an endless supply of terry cloth towels, so I won't be giving up on them over a bit of lint.

And yea I know what kind of applicator you're talking about. I think I'll go with that 1.

BTW, my dads interior was pretty gross...

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zps2d11e4b5.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zps2d11e4b5.jpg.html)

It went from this...

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zps0851e746.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zps0851e746.jpg.html)

To this.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zpsa2599b9c.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zpsa2599b9c.jpg.html)

I still need to APC the carpet, but it's an improvment from b4.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zps8f8fd14d.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zps8f8fd14d.jpg.html)

The Guz
Sep 2nd, 2014, 12:06 AM
Nice transformation.

Sep 10th, 2014, 09:33 PM
@The Guz. I can't tell you how right you were about using a soft bristled brush instead of those sponges...
I used D101 to clean the leather seats in my Cadillac [daily driver which hadn't had a thorough cleaning to the seats in a few months] and decided to try one of those sponges 1st.. While there's no doubt some dirt came up, the innitial results were lackluster..
Then I tried my soft bristled brush and got the kind of results I was expecting!:)

Moral of the story, proper tools = proper results;) And D101 does a heck of a nice job to clean leather.. Now I'm going to follow up with D181 [which I'll be trying out for the 1st time]

The Guz
Sep 10th, 2014, 09:54 PM
Glad to hear I could help. Let me know how you like D181. I had my eyes on it while I was at Autopalooza last weekend.

Sep 11th, 2014, 08:13 PM
Ok 1st of all my mistake, it's actually D180 not D181 that I have..

I followed the directions and used a new Megs soft foam pad to apply. I made sure to cover all areas of the front pass. seat and rub the lotion in well enough and let it sit for a couple min. before following with a clean microfiber towel to wipe up any exess.. Innitial thoughts were ok but I didn't like working with the little foam applicator at all compared to my usual method of folding a 16"x16" microfiber in 4's. I like to be able to cover a larger area sometimes and the foam pad feels too small to be able to handle that.. I had cleaned the front seats with APC the day prior, so this was more of a conditioning step on this 1st test..

Anyways, having vaccumed the whole interior just over a day ago I decided to try some on the dash. When I was done applying it the whole side of the foam pad was loaded with gunk/dirt and it made me wonder if this stuff is on another level of cleaning power.

So in order to find out I did a 50/50 on my rear seats.. No one hardly ever sits back there so other than the dust that collects from open windows, the back seat has remained pretty clean since my heavy duty leather recon a few months back when I used Soft Scrub [yes you heard me right, Soft Scrub bathroom cleaner] which left my seats and vinyl door panels looking about as new and supple as humanly possible.

Back to my quik review..
I used 2 new foam applicators. 1 with D180 and the other half of the backseat using Gold Class leather cleaner & conditioner spray. I made sure to give the leather the usual pre cleaning vaccum to remove any surface dust/dirt.
Innitial thoughts: Gold Class smells alot better IMO.. Maybe I've been used to that familiar scent for so long and just love it.
Cleaning ability: Draw. From this test on a pretty clean surface I'd call it even. When I 1st examined the pads it seemed like D180 had cleaned up slightly more dirt than GC. But in this photo it looks about even enough.

D180:left Gold Class:right

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Now for looks and feel..
Well I must say that my innitial thoughts about D180 were not so pleasing.. After wiping off exess from both sides the D180 felt 'tacky' where the Gold Class left a natural clean and dry to the touch surface immediatly. After 20min. the D180 still felt tacky.. However, after having all afternoon to 'cure' I'm happy to report the D180 is feeling normL and no longer tacky..
Feel: Gold Class.

Looks: As of right now, even.
Both sides look identical right now.. But the D180 had a different kind of look when 1st applied.. I don't really know how to describe it other than I liked how GC left a more neat almost 'matte' finish, where D180 shined in a way that was borderline greasy to go with the tacky feel._.

BUT both sides look & feel identical Now.. Hmm.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zpsf83e9a78.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zpsf83e9a78.jpg.html)

Gold Class:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zps9e23e606.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zps9e23e606.jpg.html)

Final thoughts: Just my 2cents on 1st time using. Not my final judgment by any chance but.. If I had the choice at this moment to buy a gallon of Gold Class leather cleaner & conditioner or D180 I'd choose Gold Class without a doubt. I preffer being able to spray it. I preffer the smell of it. I strongly dislike having to apply D180 with a small foam pad [even though the surface is ideal. Just dislike the size & feel of it.] I'll be applying D180 with a microfiber from now on..
But prefferences aside, if D101 APC does such a spectacular job of actually 'cleaning' leather seats, [it even recommends using D101 prior to D180 for severly soiled areas on the back label of D180] and you're already happy with Gold Class as your 'conditioner' then you should stay happy. I'm happy either ways.. I'd be even happier if Gold Class spray was sold in the gallon! Lol;)

Thanks for reading.

Sep 11th, 2014, 08:49 PM
Side note: My backseat which was cleaned with bleach free Soft Scrub over 6 months ago remains clean to this day.. My front seats which were cleaned with D101 a couple days ago are once again clean as well... The only area inside my car which is leather/vinyl that I've never cleaned with either? The top of the dash.. I figured it'd be a PITA to clean up there and didn't want to deal with all the splatter from using my bristle brush near the defog & windshield area.. Turns out my dash is about is in need of a deep cleaning! Look at what came off compared to the seats! Lol :p

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zps097e5fe5.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zps097e5fe5.jpg.html)

The Guz
Sep 11th, 2014, 09:21 PM
Thanks for the feedback. The only reason I have held back on picking this up is because it's an all in one product. As an enthusiast I would prefer a stand alone leather sealer or conditioner in the detailer line. If the leather sealer from the leather sealer system was in a gallon size I would pick that up in a heartbeat.

Daniel Kinder
Nov 19th, 2014, 07:23 AM
Great results Eldorado! I'm A brush junkie as well, I can't have enough. Have several container's labeled for different functions. Been going to the make up isle and getting some of the brushes for applying make-up but use these for dusting off the dash, radio bezel's and the fancy wood look plastic trim pieces that you see in alot of newer vehicles these days that are filled with swirls.

On your carpet and Upholstery watch this video of Jason Rose giving a class at autogeek, I've watched and listened to this out in my garage over my stereo system many times and even have notes for quick references. This is the best video on this subject and Jason goes indepth about how and why something works or can happen.

And this one Larry made to teach us the proper and best techniques to start out at accessing the stains and/or just years of dirt and stains.

These 2 video's will help you greatly better your Interior cleaning skills!

Nov 19th, 2014, 08:21 AM
Thx bud, I'll check it out. I've got a feeling it's about the whole alkaline nature of the APC? I've been meaning to pick up some 303 fabric guard.. I've seen it for good price on the bay.

Michael Stoops
Nov 19th, 2014, 10:24 AM
Sorry I missed this when it was originally posted. Ric, you're turning into a detailing maniac - we love it!!! Watch out for those sponges on certain interior surfaces, especially leather. You never want to scrub with any real force using those, and you don't even want to scrub aggressively with terry cloth on leather as it's pretty easy to abrade through the coating and start damaging the color dyed into the leather.

But the way that floor matt cam up.... yowza!!!! And we love the zebra striping on the towels after using D114. That's an indicator of proper technique, for sure.

Nov 19th, 2014, 10:17 PM
Yea I chucked those sponges a long time ago and will be sticking to my trusty soft nylon brush for scrubbing leather & vinyl when it needs it..

Btw I just picked up some new Megs product that I'll be trying for the very 1st time.. Quik Interior Detailer. I bought this specificly for my parents brand new Kia in hopes of maintaining it fresh, clean and unaltered. I'm looking forward to topping QID with the Megs New Car Scent Protectant once it's availiable for purchase. I also won my very 1st auction on ebay recently and scored this little Master Blaster Sidekick for only $41!:)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zpsb08193d9.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zpsb08193d9.jpg.html)

The Guz
Nov 19th, 2014, 11:30 PM
Nice score on the sidekick. I love mine. You will like QID. I use it prior to applying a protectant on my cars as well as my brothers and parents. I even use it to pick up light dust in between interior clean ups.

Daniel Kinder
Nov 20th, 2014, 07:24 AM
I also won my very 1st auction on ebay recently and scored this little Master Blaster Sidekick for only $41!:)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zpsb08193d9.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zpsb08193d9.jpg.html)
Let us know how you like the little side kick? I wouldn't mind having one!

Nov 20th, 2014, 09:43 PM
I've only had it for a few days so all I've done is tested it on a set of wheels & tires after cleaning them with some D143. The Sidekick is sweet! It's able to completely dry each wheel & tire in about a min. time. Bone dry! No more waiting for it to dry on its own after washing = great stuff.
Not sure if I could justify paying full price of $100, but then again this is the kind of stuff you Wish you had around from the very 1st time you ever washed a car... Walmart has it online for $64.99. I cant wait to enjoy what it can do after a full handwash in between the headlights, mirrors, grill, trunk lip, etc... I've wondered if I could somehow modify an extention on the rubber nozzle in order to use it to clean microfiber pads the same way compressed air does.. It'd be worth a shot to just test it as is and see if it can clean em. If it can that would put it over the top! :D

As far as the Quik Interior Detailer.. I thought it worked quite well. The smell is sort of interesting.. It's sort of appealing in wierd sort of way, kind of how Elmers glue was interesting to smell back in kindergarden. Remember those days? Lol.

My mom disliked the smell. She disliked even more how her new Kia no longer smelled new because of it. Please tell me the scent goes away soon._.

I told her I've already thought about that new car smell it has, and how I'm waiting for the new Meguiars New Car Scent Protectant to be availiable soon. She just nodded her head, as if to say 'ok hurry up and get some so my Kia can smell new again'

The Guz
Nov 20th, 2014, 11:29 PM
The smell goes away after a day or 2.

Nov 21st, 2014, 12:18 PM
All you need to scrub leathers seats or carpet is a three dollar brush at target it is black and white. You don't need to buy all these fancy applicators or fancy dedicated cleaners for a specific area and to apply apc on carpet it is much easier to buy a $10 pump sprayer at Home Depot so your hand won't get overwhelmed, furthermore, yes , you will waste more product but it will be more effective and less work in your behalf. When I do carpet interior first I use apc to clean all the carpet and leave it spotless then I use my mytee hot water extractor just with hot water inside to pull out all the chemicals I used and extract the dirt. The apc is the best and at a good price as well. If you want pictures of the brush send me a message.

Nov 21st, 2014, 12:23 PM
Also you don't need the rich leather cleaner all you need is apc; dont get me wrong the leather cleaner is good but if the seats are too dirty it won't be as effective. And if you use apc on wood or metal surfaces it will leave a residue behind so I follow it with Meguiars quick interior and problem solved.

Nov 22nd, 2014, 09:15 AM
I picked up a SideKick from Wal-Mart ship to store. It was cheaper than anywhere I could find online, including Amazon. I paid an extra $12 for a two year warranty. I have used it on some different vehicles, a boat, an enclosed trailer, and a few others. It works great IMO, one of my best purchases lately. It took me around 2 minutes a tire, and around 10 minutes on the rest of my Tahoe to dry the entire thing. It did great on the grill, mirrors, windows, and all other cracks and crevices that I could find. I also used it to blow out the interior, and it worked great too...must have IMO.

Yea I chucked those sponges a long time ago and will be sticking to my trusty soft nylon brush for scrubbing leather & vinyl when it needs it..

Btw I just picked up some new Megs product that I'll be trying for the very 1st time.. Quik Interior Detailer. I bought this specificly for my parents brand new Kia in hopes of maintaining it fresh, clean and unaltered. I'm looking forward to topping QID with the Megs New Car Scent Protectant once it's availiable for purchase. I also won my very 1st auction on ebay recently and scored this little Master Blaster Sidekick for only $41!:)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zpsb08193d9.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zpsb08193d9.jpg.html)

Nov 22nd, 2014, 09:54 AM
@Larry90. Yep, I know I don't need any fancy applicators to scrub the seats & carpet.. That's why I get most of my scrub brushes from the 99 cent store. Lol.

Now as far as getting a pump to spray APC on interiors/carpet? That would be a no go for me.. You see, I don't have an extractor and I'm not looking into getting 1. [at least not now]
I am however looking into buying a steam cleaner.. I'm debating on whether to go get it today or wait a bit for any possible black friday deals on it... So as far as the pump I'd have to say no way since it's bad enough having to wait for the minimal ammount of APC that I spray manually. [hence 1 of the reasons I'm looking into a steamer]

And yea I know I don't need 'leather cleaner' to do the actual cleaning on leather. I bought the D180 for 'conditioning' purposes. I know about D101, I've got a gallon of it and use it quite often on alot of surfaces including the leather.. But you know what cleans leather even better than APC? Soft Scrub. It cleans Way better. Lol. [Now I'm Not advising you or anyone else to go and try it without researching it 1st and being carefull, but it worked a miracle on my Cadillacs' leather interior]

$3 brushes sound a bit too fancy:p
I get mine for only a buck and they work awesome;)
Orange 1 scrubs leather seats.. White 1 cleans carpets. It did ok on my floormat in my 1st post:)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zpsb727bb9e.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zpsb727bb9e.jpg.html)

@cfilly. Reading what you just said about the Sidekick makes me want to go outside and wash a car just to use that darn thing right now:)

Nov 23rd, 2014, 02:22 PM
Almost 2 months without cleaning, my mats were crazy dirty again..

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e208/Eldorado2k/image_zpsf28fb014.jpg (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/Eldorado2k/media/image_zpsf28fb014.jpg.html)

D101 10:1 with the scrub brush.

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Daniel Kinder
Nov 23rd, 2014, 03:02 PM
Looks great! Have you thought about a good quality fabric spray protectant to help keep from having to clean as often or to see if they wouldn't be as dirty.

Nov 23rd, 2014, 05:23 PM
Yup. Im on ebay and it looks like a good deal for 32oz. of 303 fabric guard for $22. But there seems to be a new label bottle of it that everyones selling for more $
I'm having a hard time deciding which 1 to get.