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    What are your favorite Detail Tools under $1

    What are your favorite detailing tools under $1

    This thread is meant to share ideas on detailing. Frequently there are common very inexpensive tools that we can adapt to help with detailing.

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    Re: What are your favorite Detail Tools under $1

    I'll start with Q-Tips. I buy a small supply and transfer them to a clear plastic box to keep them clean until used.

    Examples of using them for automotive detailing include:
    Cleaning in hard to reach small places like around the lug nuts.
    Dipped in an appropriate solvent, they can help remove dried fuel lacquer from a carb leak.



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    Re: What are your favorite Detail Tools under $1

    I find these small cotton squares useful in the engine compartment.
    Particularly on small bright metal pieces.

    I have found them effective on the following:
    Applying solvent to remove dried fuel that leaked from carb (be careful the correct solvents on aluminium).
    Using a mild metal cleaner on aluminum lines, or shiny nuts/bolts.





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    Re: What are your favorite Detail Tools under $1

    I found the sponge wedges useful in the engine compartment getting into tight spaces.
    They also fit A/C outlets pretty well.


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    Re: What are your favorite Detail Tools under $1

    A detailing forum pointed me to an article on washing microfiber towels. The presenter described a number of good ideas. He grades his towels based on condition and cleanliness. I don't do high volume detailing, so these small containers work well for me.

    I found these clear containers at a buck and under store. I could buy them with different color tops as a visual queue for the grade. I then applied computer address labels to help me if I forgot the colors.

    My grades are set up as follows:
    Note: Sewn in tags must be removed prior to placing into a container!
    A Green top Very clean and in very good condition - Use for paint
    B Blue top Clean fair condition - Use for glass and buff metal
    C Purple top Washed, yet may still hold some dirt in fibers - Use for interiors and wheels
    D Red top Washed, yet probably last use on car - Use for under carriage etc. or as a last use to wax wood furniture in home.

    I keep a couple of containers for each grade. With this smaller size container, I can drop a grade A and grade C container into the truck when going to a car show.


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    Re: What are your favorite Detail Tools under $1

    It is important to pull the sewn in tags and threads off your microfiber towels.
    I use a larger $0.99 clear container to hold new towels.
    When I bring new microfiber towels homes, I pull the tags and then put them into the clear containers.

    The larger size lets me know the included towels are new, tag removed towels.
    I can stack the smaller containers on the larger ones on my detailing cart. The cart is a recycled 3 shelf audio/video cart on wheels.


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    Re: What are your favorite Detail Tools under $1

    I use 1 gallon freezer bags with a place to write contents to hold my soiled microfiber towels.
    This helps keep them from collecting dust and debree before being washed.
    I leave the end unsealed, to allow them to air dry vs. potentially mildewing.

    Some folks segregate by towel grade and/or by chemicals used.
    My usage is not heavy enough for that, so I wash together (twice with Tide).
    I inspect both sides and grade (A, B, C or D) again as I put them into the clear boxes holding the graded towels.


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    Re: What are your favorite Detail Tools under $1

    If your amount of towels exceeds mine for just my vehicles, check Ammo NYC video.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9W-mMJicSM

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    Re: What are your favorite Detail Tools under $1

    At the dollar stores I have found various brushes to clean my interiors, they could be skinny paint brushes, makeup brushes (what my wife uses). These can really get into the nooks and crannies of car vents, interior trim, etc.
    I have also found small measuring spoons/cups to help mix my wash soaps perfectly....I hate using the soap bottle cap as a measurement tool...
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    Re: What are your favorite Detail Tools under $1

    Meguiar's Online Member BillyJack suggest:
    To remove wax buildup on those tricky areas around emblems and moldings, grab a package of bamboo skewers at the supermarket or dollar store. Spending a buck or two gets you a lifetime supply.

    You can wrap a microfiber towel or one of the cotton squares above to reduce chances of scratching the paint.
    https://cdnimg.webstaurantstore.com/...120/590715.jpg
    Sharing them with the cook has benefits too.


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