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Full blown exterior detail on 08 Superduty

Courtesy of Adams Polishes!
The last pic is a before.

Oh and btw click on the pics and then enlarge them as you can really see the shine.
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2008 Red CCSB 6.4 Auto Lariat.
Stock 20's wrapped in 35x12.50R20 Toyo MT's, 3.73 gears, Nav, Backup Cam, Tailgate step, Upfitters, etc.
Mods: AFE Intake, Line-X, 20% Tint, Clear Bra, Husky Mats, Smoked Recon Mirror markers/3rd brake light, Bushwacker Pocket style flares w/ mud flaps + an aluminum Rapid Hitch (one of the best investments!)
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Looks great, what did you all use on it? I wish I knew what I all needed off adams site. I want to order a bunch of waxes and crap, but I don't know what I all need.

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Waiting to install: Icon TEI Spacer, Icon 4-Link, OUO Traction Blocks, 35" Toyo MTs on 20x10 BMF Novakanes, Spearco Intercooler, Polished IC Pipe, EGR Delete, Polished Intake Elbow
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looks great! Mine is getting a full Adams treatment tomorrow...first one this year, so it's going to take a while.


Matt05, I have been using Adams products for years, I will give you a quick list of products that I use the most and will make your truck look new.

-clay bar and quick detailer spray to get all the junk off the clearcoat
-revive polish to get rid of the small swirl marks
-butter wax to protect it
-brilliance spray glaze to really make it shine


If you use those products in that order, your paint will look and feel better than ever before. Just make sure the truck is very clean before you claybar...and if you drop the clay, throw it away. It is made to pull all of the gunk off of your clearcoat...so if it touches the ground, it will pick up rocks and other debris and scratch the heck out of the truck. It's a good idea to cut the clay in half, because you are likely to drop it on your firs try.

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Hmm what do you use to apply all of this? And also, is the super foam machine gun deal pretty sweet or no?

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And which wax is better, the buttery stuff or the americana premium carnauba paste wax?

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I think it's hard to beat some quality car wash soap, a good wash mitt/pad and a bucket of warm water. Some of those type of guns may work well, but I stick with what has always worked.


As far as what to apply the wax and polishes with, the little microfiber applicators that Adams sells work great, and their microfiber towels are top notch and work great for removing the product. Just use a different applicator and towel for each different product. Using a machine (oribital polisher or high speed) make the job easier and faster...but you can still do great work by hand. When it comes to removing scratches, a high speed wheel works the best, but it's easy to do damage unless you have some experience. But for the things I listed in the first post, you can apply and remove them by hand without a problem.

Both of the waxes that they sell will work well, they are both caranuba based, so they will give a great shine and give good protection, but the buttery wax will be much easier to apply and remove by hand. The paste is probably a better quality and will have a higher concentration of caranuba, but it is much more expensive and harder to work with.

Superdutytd, sorry for dragging this off topic.

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I think I may try the higher grade stuff. I've always just used nufinish, which is a great wax, but I read a lot of good crap about adams on here. Do we get discounts with Adams stuff?

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Superdutytd, that color on yours looks amazing when its all cleaned up like that....looks like its wet. How long did you spend detailing it?


just finished up with mine...got a little sun burn, and some sore arms...but it sure looks good! Took about 3.5 hours from start to finish.


Started with a good hand wash, hit it with a clay bar (really needed it, the paint felt like sand paper), next was some revive polish on a few spots that needed it, topped that with some buttery wax, and finished it all off with some brilliance spray glaze. The pictures dont do it any justice...the metal flakes in the paint really pop out now, its blinding going down the road.
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My truck was washed with dawn dish soap and then clayed.
I then fired up the Polisher and went to town with Adam's Swirl and Haze Remover on an Orange pad.

I then switched to their Fine Machine Polish on a white pad.

Then I covered the whole truck with their Machine Wax (technically a sealant)

BSG on the glass also.

The best wax Adam's has is their new Americana Paste wax. It is the BEST bang for your buck out there. It behaves just as good as 200-500 dollar paste waxs from other companies and only costs 70 bucks with a free towel and applicator. I'm going to be doing another layer on my truck soon. Those pics were just with the Machine wax.

In total i spent about 12 hours on it.

BSG is GREAT stuff but offers very little protection.

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Stock 20's wrapped in 35x12.50R20 Toyo MT's, 3.73 gears, Nav, Backup Cam, Tailgate step, Upfitters, etc.
Mods: AFE Intake, Line-X, 20% Tint, Clear Bra, Husky Mats, Smoked Recon Mirror markers/3rd brake light, Bushwacker Pocket style flares w/ mud flaps + an aluminum Rapid Hitch (one of the best investments!)
Feel free to PM with any questions about any of my mods.

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I think I may try the higher grade stuff. I've always just used nufinish, which is a great wax, but I read a lot of good crap about adams on here. Do we get discounts with Adams stuff?
Use the TDG code. It takes 10% off the products.

Buttery wax is the product if you are applying it by hand.
If you go with the buffer, get the Super Machine wax.

The Americana wax is a very high quality wax.. A little goes a very long way. Spread it thin, or it's a lot of elbow grease to remove the build-up.

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