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I would like to know how these 2 compare, I swear by Zaino but they dont sponsor Benzworld, you do. What ingredients are in your waxes that protect?
 

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Hello,

Thanks for the question! Zaino is probably our biggest competitor and they do make great products. You will probably get an equal amount of shine and protection from both brands, but I feel that our products are easier to use. All of our products can be used in any type of condition, even on hot surfaces. There are no mixing of products, required drying times, or application of multi-layers needed. Adam's Polishes also offers a 110% guarantee on all of its products. For whatever reason you do not like out products, you can return them for 100% of your money back, plus additional 10% on top.

We offer two different types of wax. The first one is our Buttery Wax. Buttery Wax is a hand applied wax and it contains a mix of both Carnubas and Polymers. Our second wax is our Machine Super Wax. The Machine Super Wax is a polymer-based wax and it will outlast the Buttery Wax by about 3-5 times. The Machine Super Wax however, must be applied using a D/A Polisher.

Thanks again for your questions and please let me know if you have any additional questions!!!

-Dale
 

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I have been a long time user of Zaino, but I am preparing to evaluate The Adam's product line on several vehicles. I will be posting a detailed review in the future both in this forum as well as the Detailing and Car Care forum. Keep checking back as I get through the products!

Thanks Adam's for being a sponsor!
 

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Thanks my friend for taking the time to review our products!!!:thumbsup: We look forward to hearing your thoughts, opinions, and any suggestions you may have.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions once you begin using our products. You should have no troubles though.

Thanks again and happy detailing:thumbsup:,

-Dale
 

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Adams Product Review, Part 1 (Long)

Adams Premium Car Care Products Product Review, Part 1

Car detailed: 2002 VW New Beetle, in Double Yellow, my girlfriends daily driver.

Car Condition: Somewhat neglected, but not horrible. On a scale of 1 – 10 it comes in at about a 6.

Adam’s Products Used:
1. Adam’s Instructional DVD
2. All Purpose Cleaner
3. Car Wash
4. Synthetic Foam Wash Pad
5. Wash Bucket with Grit Guard
6. Swirl and Haze Remover.
7. Detail Spray
8. Machine Super Wax
9. In & Out Spray
10. VRT (Vinyl, Rubber and Tire Dressing) and Foam Applicators
11. Glass Cleaner
12. Premium Microfiber Polishing Cloths
13. Invisible Undercarriage Spray

Other Products Used:
1. Flex Tools XC 3401 VRG Polisher (I will do a separate review on this tool)
2. Green Foam German Polishing Pad (From Proper Auto Care)
3. Black Foam Finishing Pad (From Proper Auto Care, for applying wax)

Let me begin by saying that this process was, even for an experienced detailer like me, a learning experience. It is amazing what you can learn from the use of new products and new technology.

Adam’s DVD

I began this project by watching the Instructional DVD provided by Adam’s. This DVD is very informative about the specific applications of Adam’s products. It features 2 types of cars, one exotic and one daily driver, each with it’s own unique detailing needs. This DVD is well organized and very well presented and is a valuable reference for both the novice as well as the experienced detailer.

Ok, first things first. One of the hints on the DVD is to always do the wheels and tires first. The reason being is you want to save the wash till last so once you have water on the paint, you can complete the wash process and dry the car before any water spots begin to develop. So if you do the wheels and tires first, you can avoid any delays in getting the paint dry.


Wheels, Tires and Wheel Wells

Begin the wheels and tires, including the wheel wells, by applying Adam’s All Purpose Cleaner. The consistency of this cleaner reminded me a little bit of Simple Green, but once I started using it, I realized that it is much more powerful than Simple Green. Apply to the wheel wells first, then the tires and lastly the wheels (in this case hubcaps). Work the wheel wells with a long handled semi stiff brush and then scrub the tires. Once you move to the wheels, use either the same brush if you aren’t worried about scratching or use a boar’s hair brush. Rinse thoroughly. The difference was amazing. Even on the wheels where brake dust had “baked” on, they came out sparkling clean after only one application of the All Purpose Cleaner and a modest brushing. After the car was completely washed and waxed, I finished the tires with Adam’s VRT (Vinyl Rubber and Tire Dressing). This dressing produces a nice look to your tires. If you like glossy you may not like this as it does not produce a shiny tire. What it does do is gives you a nice matte black finish without the greasy look of gloss and without any sling off at all. The final step to the wheels and tires is to apply the Invisible Undercarriage Spray to the wheel wells. This spray literally makes the wheel wells disappear into a deep dark black. Be sure you follow the instructions on the DVD when applying this spray.

Engine Bay

Once the wheels and tires were done, I moved on to tackle the engine bay. Again, here I used the All Purpose Cleaner (make sure the engine bay is cool). A good coating of All Purpose Cleaner followed by a brushing of the dirtier surfaces followed by a good rinse produced an engine bay that looked showroom new. One hint: As stated in Adam’s DVD, always start the engine before you rinse so you can detect any problems with the rinsing of the components before it becomes a large problem. Also make sure you clean and rinse the underside of the hood. This is usually very dirty and if cleaned really makes a difference. Finish up the engine bay with an application of Adam’s In & Out Spray. This spray brings dull, faded rubber and plastic back to life and gives them that showroom sheen. I was very happy with the results under the hood but my girlfriend didn’t seem as impressed as I was. I guess women don’t get too excited about engine bays.

Wash, Polish and Wax

I began by putting my Grit Guard in the bottom of the bucket then using the Adam’s Synthetic Wash Pad, I applied a small amount of the Adam’s Car Wash to the pad and put it in the bucket and started adding my water. This Car Wash is VERY concentrated so a small amount goes a long way and produces a LOT of suds. I don’t believe I have seen a wash before where so little produced so many suds.

Starting from the top, I rinsed the car down thoroughly. I didn’t have the advantage of using Adam’s Fire Hose Nozzle so I had to work a little more at rinsing since I have low water pressure problems. Once the car was completely rinsed, I started from the top suing the Synthetic wash pad. This pad has very soft premium foam on one side that reminded me of a polishing pad. The reverse side has foam that has more scrubbing ability to get spots and bug guts and the like. I wasn’t sure I would like it at first since I am used to using sheepskin mitts. But, actually I did like it. It worked well to maintain a sudsy wash on the surface and the scrubber came in handy to get the stubborn stuff. The wash rinsed easily and did a good job getting off the stubborn spots. There were some spots where I had tar that wouldn’t come off, but a quick squirt of the All Purpose Cleaner and a little rubbing got off the tar without much effort. Following a complete wash I dried the entire car using the Jumbo Microfiber Waffle-Weave Microfiber Drying Towel. I really liked this towel. Before this I used cotton terry which worked well but always annoyed me at the lint it left behind. This towel got all of the water and left nothing behind but dry paint. A fine mist of the Adam’s detail spray while drying helped me get a uniform, spot free dry.

This paint contained a fair amount of swirls so I opted to use the more aggressive Adam’s Swirl and Haze Remover. There is also available a Fine Machine Polish which I will use on a later detail on my SLK. I attached my Velcro backing plate to the Flex polisher and mounted the Green German Paint Pad which has a moderate amount of cutting ability. Not as aggressive as a wool pad, but more than enough for this job. Again, starting on the roof then working my way around the car I polished the entire vehicle surface working on about a 2 ft square area at a time. I used the Microfiber Polishing Cloths and the Adam’s Detail Spray to remove the Swirl and Haze remover after I had finished each section. The Detail Spray made the removal of the polish much easier and helped insure that I got all of the residue, leaving nothing but pristine paint when I was finished. This polish was a nice thick consistency and was easy to work with. I had no problem removing any of the paint imperfections. I did have to clean my pad halfway though because it started caking, but this is normal and I expected to do it. When I was done I was looking at a showroom shine. Now on to the wax.

I had a choice of using the Adam’s Buttery Wax or the Machine Super Wax. I chose the Machine Super Wax since I already had my buffer out and I wanted to see if this wax met my expectations. Here I used my black pad which has no cutting ability to apply the wax. The first thing I found out is that a very little of this wax goes a long way when you are using a polisher to apply it. Using a polisher is important to get a nice, thin uniform coat of the wax. Be careful around black plastic and rubber because if you get wax on these you will have to clean it off later. Not hard to do but it’s just extra work if you aren’t careful. The wax went on very smoothly and uniformly and didn’t get gummy like I have had experiences in the past with some machine applied waxes. After giving the wax 45 minutes or so to bond and cure, I started removal using one of the Microfiber Polishing Cloths and the Adam’s Detail Spray. The wax removed very easy even though I applied it in direct sun. On a scale of 1 – 10 the effort required to get this wax off and buff to a shine was around a 3. When I was finished I was looking at the closest thing to a showroom shine that anyone could be able to achieve. It was very glossy and wet looking with a good amount of depth. Let me say here, before I forget, the Microfiber Polishing Cloths are the best cloths I have ever seen. I have avoided microfiber for paint work in the past due to inconsistent quality but these cloths are unlike anything I have ever seen. These cloths are full, thick and soft and of a quality that I have not experienced before. I think I have found my cloth of choice.

Miscellaneous Details

After the big stuff, I moved on to little things. Applying VRT to the interior vinyl, and the little interior details. The upholstery and carpet in this car needed cleaning, but I didn’t have any of the Adam’s Carpet and Upholstry cleaner to try so I will have to get back to this at a later date. But a good vacuuming and wipedown, followed by VRT made the interior jump. I cleaned the windows using Adam’s Glass Cleaner. Let me say that before this I used nothing on glass but Stoners Invisible Glass, but here again, Adam’s has made a convert of me with their Glass Cleaner. It cleans to a sparkling shine with absolutely NO residue left behind. I ended up with a 100% streak free clean on the windows. I think I will give my Stoners to my girlfriend for the household stuff!!

Final Thoughts

Having never heard of Adam’s products before their arrival at Benzworld, I was, as I tend to be, somewhat skeptical. Their product line looked impressive, but I was unsure of the quality and whether of not it was just a bunch of repackaged junk. Well, I am here to testify that my skepticism was unfounded. These products do everything they say and more. I am not easy to pry away from something once I have found products that I like, but I do like what I see here. After my next detail project on my SLK230 I think that Adam’s will convert me to a loyal user of their products. If anyone has any questions about anything I have written here, feel free to PM me. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
 

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Adams Product Review, Part 2

Adams Premium Car Care Products Product Review, Part 2

Car detailed: 1999 Mercedes Benz SLK230 Sport, my Garage Queen, in Magma Red.

Car Condition: Mostly pristine, except for some minor swirling on the paint.

Adam’s Products Used:
1. Adam’s Instructional DVD
2. All Purpose Cleaner
3. Car Wash
4. Professional Wash Pad
5. Synthetic Foam Wash Pad
6. Wash Bucket with Grit Guard
7. Fine Machine Polish.
8. Detail Spray
9. Machine Super Wax
10. Buttery Wax
11. In & Out Spray
12. VRT (Vinyl, Rubber and Tire Dressing) and Foam Applicators
13. Glass Cleaner
14. Premium Microfiber Polishing Cloths
15. Microfiber Applicator Pads

Other Products Used:
1. Flex Tools XC 3401 VRG Polisher (I will do a separate review on this tool)
2. Green Foam German Polishing Pad (From Proper Auto Care)
3. Red Foam Finishing Pad (From Proper Auto Care, for applying wax)

This is the second in a planned series of reviews on Adam’s Premium Car Care Products. I plan on doing several types of vehicles in various states of condition to fully evaluate the capabilities of Adam’s products. Some of my write ups here will seem like duplicates from Part 1 but that is only because my experiences with the products gave me the same results.


Wheels, Tires and Wheel Wells

Again, like my first vehicle, I began with the wheels and tires, including the wheel wells, by applying Adam’s All Purpose Cleaner. I applied to the wheel wells first, then the tires and lastly the wheels. I worked the wheel wells and tires with a long handled semi stiff brush. I then moved to the wheels (chromed AMG wheels), using a boar’s hair brush and a sheepskin mitt. Rinse thoroughly, starting with the wheels as I wanted to minimize the solution on wheel time. My wheels and wheel wells came out sparkling clean after only one application. After the car was completely washed and waxed, I finished the tires with Adam’s VRT (Vinyl Rubber and Tire Dressing). This dressing again produced a nice look to my tires. I got the nice matte black finish that I like. For this vehicle I skipped the Invisible Undercarriage Spray as my wheel wells are not black, but rather red to match the exterior of the car.

Engine Bay

My engine bay is literally showroom clean so all I had to do here was a light wipe down, using the All Purpose cleaner in a very few places followed by a very light rinse. I finished up by applying In & Out spray to some of the plastics that showed slight evidence of fading. This really brought them back to life and restored the showroom appearance of the parts.

Wash, Polish and Wax

Again, begin by putting the Grit Guard in the bottom of the bucket then using the Adam’s Professional Wash Pad, I applied a small amount of the Adam’s Car Wash to the pad and put it in the bucket and started adding my water. The Professional Wash Pad is a large pad with a consistency equivalent to a sheepskin mitt, but completely synthetic. It is soft and works just like sheepskin. Due to its size you can’t get the nooks and crannies with it so I used my sheepskin mitt for those places. I was again very happy with the suds produced by the Car Wash. This Car Wash is VERY concentrated so a small amount goes a long way and produces a LOT of suds.

Starting from the top, I rinsed the car down thoroughly. Once the car was completely rinsed, I started from the top, one panel at a time using the Professional Wash Pad. For places on the lower body and front bumper where I had to get a bug guts, tar and other nasty things, I used the scrubbing side of the Synthetic Foam Wash Pad. Again, the wash rinsed easily and did a good job getting off the stubborn spots. Here I also had a few spots where there was tar that wouldn’t come off, but a quick squirt of the All Purpose Cleaner and a little light rubbing got off the tar without much effort. Following a complete wash I dried the entire car using the Jumbo Microfiber Waffle-Weave Microfiber Drying Towel. I really like this towel. Fine mists of the Adam’s detail spray while drying helped me get a uniform, spot free dry. Be sure to wash your drying towel before each use.

Before polishing, I first tested the paint to see if I needed to clay. Using a plastic baggie I felt the paint and did not feel any contaminants so I skipped the clay step. This paint contained just a modest amount of light swirling so I opted to use the less aggressive Adam’s Fine Machine Polish. I attached my Velcro backing plate to the Flex polisher and mounted the Green German Paint Pad which has a moderate amount of cutting ability. Not as aggressive as a wool pad, but more than enough for this job. Mist the pad with a little water prior to each application of the polish. I have found that this helps prevent caking. Again, starting on the roof then working my way around the car I polished the entire vehicle surface working on about a 2 ft square area at a time. I used the Microfiber Polishing Cloths and the Adam’s Detail Spray to remove the Polish after I had finished each section. The Detail Spray made the removal of the polish much easier and helped insure that I got all of the residue, leaving nothing but pristine paint when I was finished. This polish was a nice thick consistency and was easy to work with. I had no problem removing any of the paint imperfections. When I was done the imperfections were gone and I was pleased with the shine.

I had a choice of using the Adam’s Buttery Wax or the Machine Super Wax. I decided to layer the 2 waxes, first using the Machine Super Wax, then follow with a hand applied coat of the Buttery Wax. For the Machine Super Wax I used my red pad, which has no cutting ability, to apply the wax. I applied it as before and the application ease was the same. After giving the wax 45 minutes or so to bond and cure, I started removal using one of the Microfiber Polishing Cloths and the Adam’s Detail Spray. The wax removed easily. On a scale of 1 – 10 the effort required to get this wax off and buff to a shine was around a 3. Then I started with the application of the Buttery Wax. Nice smelling stuff. This should be applied by hand using the microfiber applicator pad. Mist the pad with water before you start. This wax is substantial and takes a bit of effort to apply, but it goes on smoothly and evenly. This too, I gave 45 minutes to an hour to dry then removed it with a microfiber polishing cloth and mists of the Detail Spray. It is absolutely essential to use the Detail Spray for ease and completeness of removal. The end product was a deep, rich, wet looking shine that I have not seen very many times except on some properly prepared brand new cars.

Miscellaneous Details

Moving on to the interior and other details, I wiped the interior vinyl and rubber with VRT. It was a little shiner that I had expected but gave it a rich new look nonetheless. I also applied the VRT to my rubber all season floor mats. It made them look brand new without any slick feeling. I cleaned the windows and mirrors using Adam’s Glass Cleaner. I was just as pleased here as I was on the first car. I ended up with clean, streak free windows.

Final Thoughts

After completing my second car with Adam’s products I am convinced that my pleasure with the products on the first car was not a fluke. I am every bit as pleased with my results on the SLK as I was on the VW. My next car will be my Honda Passport daily driver…this one is a real mess and should prove to be a real test for these products. Stay tuned!
 

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I have used both and Zaino gets my vote everytime. I have taken the car with both shines and Zaino always gets the nod. Thanks everyone.
 

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Everyone here can get a 10% discount by simply using the promo code BENZWORLD at checkout when purchasing Adams Products!
 

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I am really confused about which brand to choose for leather cleaner and leather conditioner.
Anyone has tried both Adams and Zaino?

Thanks in advance
Does Adams have a product like Zaino's Leather in a Bottle? I use that mainly for the smell. It's not exactly like leather but it's surprisingly close. Imparts a delightful aroma to the passenger cabin ;)
 
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