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I've had my 2017 CM TSS in Blue for 2 weeks and been doing a lot of reading and watching videos on washing and detailing. I know I want 3 buckets 1 for wheels and 2 for the rest of the truck.
Do I buy a chemical guys buckets and thier grit guards that I read only really fit thier buckets? As I like thier new cyclone style guards.

How many diffrent types of microfiber towel do I really need?

How often do you wax or seal your trucks?

Anyone else live in a bug infested place? I am in Louisiana and have these bugs called love bugs and it always looks like a massacre on my grill. Any way to protect that area for the week between washing? Thier guts are acid like. I learned the hard way when I moved here and didnt wash my first truck for a month due to getting tired of dealing with them and didnt know it would eat through the paint.

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1.) I don't bucket wash I use the no touch wand at the car wash instead. However this year I'm adding a power washer to my stable and most likely a foam gun. Adams makes nice buckets too. I use the Absorber or the leaf blower to dry my trucks.

2.) I have a buncha cheap microfibers that I use for cleaning interiors and wiping down wheels. ANY microfiber that touches the paint is the Adams Double or Triple soft edgeless towels. They are hands down, without a doubt the best. Double Soft Towels

3.) Paint sealant, every 6 months. Most wax is only effective for about 30-45 days unless it never gets wet and is parked inside. I prefer Ultima Paint Guard Plus or Adams Machine Super Sealant. But there are a ton of great options.

4.) Put 2 layers of sealant on the grill with the bugs or layer a coat of wax over your sealant each month.

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1. To add to that, I really like these Battlewagon buckets with the thick rope handles. You can pick any size bucket, color and color of rope as well. Having a rope handle is really the way to go, makes it super easy to pick up and move around when full. Any standard grit guard will fit as well. I have a few of these buckets with grit guards.

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2. For MF towels, I've completely restocked my stash with towels from The Rag Company. All towels are not the same. Buy only Korean made towels, they are a tighter weave and much softer than the cheap Chineese made towels. You can feel the difference. Their Eagle Edgeless towels are some of the nicest towels I've ever used. You will need glass towels, buffing towels, waffle weave drying towels and some interior towels. About 3-4 of each will get you started. The prices at The Rag Company are incredibly cheap. You'll be hard pressed to find such high quality Korean towels for such a low price.

South Korean Microfiber Products | The Rag Company Wholesale

3. I live in Florida, so we deal with love bugs as well. I have XPel full front wrap on my truck, so I don't worry too much about them anymore, but I still coat my truck with Menzerna Powerlock or Sonax Polymer Net Shield on a weekly basis during love bug season. Those little suckers are nasty
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Only input I have is once a microfiber hits the ground, it is no longer used for paint. Period.

At that point it might become an interior towel, or a glass towel, or exterior glass towel.


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1. To add to that, I really like these Battlewagon buckets with the thick rope handles. You can pick any size bucket, color and color of rope as well. Having a rope handle is really the way to go, makes it super easy to pick up and move around when full. Any standard grit guard will fit as well. I have a few of these buckets with grit guards.

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2. For MF towels, I've completely restocked my stash with towels from The Rag Company. All towels are not the same. Buy only Korean made towels, they are a tighter weave and much softer than the cheap Chineese made towels. You can feel the difference. Their Eagle Edgeless towels are some of the nicest towels I've ever used. You will need glass towels, buffing towels, waffle weave drying towels and some interior towels. About 3-4 of each will get you started. The prices at The Rag Company are incredibly cheap. You'll be hard pressed to find such high quality Korean towels for such a low price.

South Korean Microfiber Products | The Rag Company Wholesale

3. I live in Florida, so we deal with love bugs as well. I have XPel full front wrap on my truck, so I don't worry too much about them anymore, but I still coat my truck with Menzerna Powerlock or Sonax Polymer Net Shield on a weekly basis during love bug season. Those little suckers are nasty
On the Eagle edgeless do you use them for interior or for buffing? Looking at the site the Everest ultra plush look like a nice buffing option also the dry me a river sound great for drying! Thanks for the tip on them would never of tried them.

I looked up the xpel and have 1 place that does it here going to call them monday and see how much it will cost to get it done anything to stop those damn bugs
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1. To add to that, I really like these Battlewagon buckets with the thick rope handles. You can pick any size bucket, color and color of rope as well. Having a rope handle is really the way to go, makes it super easy to pick up and move around when full. Any standard grit guard will fit as well. I have a few of these buckets with grit guards.

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2. For MF towels, I've completely restocked my stash with towels from The Rag Company. All towels are not the same. Buy only Korean made towels, they are a tighter weave and much softer than the cheap Chineese made towels. You can feel the difference. Their Eagle Edgeless towels are some of the nicest towels I've ever used. You will need glass towels, buffing towels, waffle weave drying towels and some interior towels. About 3-4 of each will get you started. The prices at The Rag Company are incredibly cheap. You'll be hard pressed to find such high quality Korean towels for such a low price.

South Korean Microfiber Products | The Rag Company Wholesale

3. I live in Florida, so we deal with love bugs as well. I have XPel full front wrap on my truck, so I don't worry too much about them anymore, but I still coat my truck with Menzerna Powerlock or Sonax Polymer Net Shield on a weekly basis during love bug season. Those little suckers are nasty
Because its your recommendation @Jumbo Jet I'm going to try your Eagle Edgeless when I order new towels! I love the Adams but they can get pricey.

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Because its your recommendation @Jumbo Jet I'm going to try your Eagle Edgeless when I order new towels! I love the Adams but they can get pricey.
They are by far the nicest buffing towels I've tried. I tested a few at first, then once I saw how great they are, I bought 40 of them. I bought mine in blue. They are ridiculously soft. I have nearly every kind of Korean towel the Rag Company offers, and love every one of them. As long as they are in business, I will only buy my towels from them. I would not be surprised if all of the other brands are buying and reselling them from Rag Company.
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They are by far the nicest buffing towels I've tried. I tested a few at first, then once I saw how great they are, I bought 40 of them. I bought mine in blue. They are ridiculously soft. I have nearly every kind of Korean towel the Rag Company offers, and love every one of them. As long as they are in business, I will only buy my towels from them. I would not be surprised if all of the other brands are buying and reselling them from Rag Company.
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On the Eagle edgeless do you use them for interior or for buffing? Looking at the site the Everest ultra plush look like a nice buffing option also the dry me a river sound great for drying! Thanks for the tip on them would never of tried them.

I looked up the xpel and have 1 place that does it here going to call them monday and see how much it will cost to get it done anything to stop those damn bugs
I use the Eagle Edgeless for buffing only. Unlike the cheap Chineese towels, the Eagle Edgeless towels do not shed. They really are amazing towels.

I use the Dry Me a River Jr. towels for drying. They are the perfect size for cars and trucks. The full size DMR towels are massive, about the size of a beach towel. I bought 6 last year to take on our trip to Iceland because we rented a camper van and I wanted something that would pack easy and be able to dry us off after swimming. They worked perfect for that, but they're just so damn big for detailing.

The Platinum Pluffle is one of my favorites. It's a hybrid of a buffing towel and waffle weave drying towel. I have about 20 of these. Super cool towel, somebody deserves a Nobel prize for inventing this towel.


I use the Nite Ryder for interior work. I also have around 30 of the Everest 1100 16x16 towels. Very similar to the Eagles.

As for the XPel.....it's worth every last cent. My good friend is an installer for XPel. I brought the truck home from the dealer in the morning, and he came over at noon to install it. Truck had 4 miles on it with no dealer prep wash so paint was perfect. Took him about 5-6 hours to wrap everything. My kit included 3/4 coverage of hood, 3/4 quarter panels, head lights, below head lights, fog lights, 1/4 coverage of roof, A-pillars and door handle cups. XPel is self healing if scratched, and virtually invisible on the paint. Love bugs rinse right off of it. Best thing I've done for the protection of the paint.
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Another vote for the eagle edge less towels.

I've spent more money than I care to admit on other towels and these are the best preforming at an extremely reasonable price.
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Is Jet Seal by chemical guys a good sealant? That what i was going to get for my truck or should I skip them
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I am likely going to order some new towels.

I only have one bag of new micro's left.

I used one of them on the windows and damn, fibers everywhere. Had to re-do them.

Mind you, I didn't pre-wash like I normally do.

But fibers first normally means they will keep dropping fibers. Might be less, but still will drop em.


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