Over the Counter Detailing products can make your car shine like it came from the detailing shop.


Meguiars Products New in 2014



Here are the new products as released by Meguiars:

  • Ultimate Interior Detailer
  • Ultimate Black Tire Coating
  • Ultimate Black Trim
  • Air Refresher
  • Microfiber Xtra Cut 5″ Disc
  • Microfiber Xtra Cut 6″ Disc
  • Detailer Polish

More discussion on the new products can be found here:

New Mothers Products for 2014

2014 Mothers New Products

We haven’t posted for a while because its been a super cold winter in Canada and no chance to really do any detailing.

We visited the Wax Forum today and noticed they have already showed new products for the 2014 season. Here is the image they posted showing the new products:

2014 Mothers New Products

Products include:

  • Back-to-Black® Heavy Duty Trim Cleaner
  • Back-to-Black® Trim & Plastic Restorer
  • NuLens Headlight Lens Renewal Kit with PowerBall® Technology
  • California Gold Synthetic Paste Wax
  • Revision Glass and Surface Cleaner

Visit the Wax Forum post here to read more.

Should we try Wipe New? Review to follow


As we are now back in full swing at OTC Detailing, we have seen Canadian Tire promoting a product that you see often at night on informercials. The product is “Wipe New Trim Restorer“. It is intended to make all your greyed out plastic on the exterior look new again with the Black or Grey finish it originally came with. We have not tried this here as we normally use the Mother’s Back to Black to restore our grey trim over the years – and are always satisfied with results – even though it needs frequent reapplication.


Since that requires frequesnt reapplication, we thought Wipe New may be  a good choice as it claims to last years without needing to reapply. Has anyone tried Wipe New? We did some digging around and find many reviews stating this is amazing while others are completely bashing the product – and the common reason? People seem to hate the 44ml bottle size. They think its not enough product for the $20 price tag.

Some reviews have mentioned doing two full cars with Wipe New, and others with SUV’s and a lot of plastic bumper on the exterior have mentioned switching back to their other product as this didnt even allow them to do the whole SUV one time. It seems all a matter of application and how much you use – as well as how much your applicator soaks up the product.

One review on Amazon mentions wearing gloves as this stuff is very hard to get off skin – without using white spirit. That same user also mentions to let the product cure for 24 hours and apply on dry and dust free product. That user has been in the detailing business for 26 years – so it sounds pretty good from that review.

Another user seems to think this stuff is just high end floor wax being sold in a small bottle for cars — “smells like, and reacts like a trick I used many years ago as a auto detailer. I can’t remember the name of it but it was a floor wax that came in a quart can with a pop lid… I would venture to guess someone is filling tiny little bottles with floor wax and making a fortune.”

So from our perspective, it’s really hard to know who’s exaggerating and who is saying the truth. I guess it depends on the condition of your car and how you apply it – so who else wants to try Wipe New Trim Restorer? We are thinking of getting it from Amazon or locally at Canadian Tire or Walmart.

Here is the official commercial for the Wipe New product as found on Youtube:

NuFinish Liquid and Paste Polish on Sale!


For those of you who like the once a year polish (does that mean it runs out after 20 years because of using it so little?). Well if you need a new bottle for whatever reason, Canadian Tire is having their sale on it starting this Friday July 26 for one week.

My friend loves this stuff and thinks it protects all year long – I beg to differ but to use on a winter beater? Possibly.

Here is the ad from Canadian Tire:


Armor All Car Care – 25% off at Canadian Tire!


This week, Canadian Tire is putting their Armor All products on sale for 25% off.

Armor All is the go to product by non professionals – and I see it selling in bundles at Canadian Tire when I’m. So I’m sure there will be lots who will be happy to see this sale come about – every dollar saves you a quarter :)

Here’s the ad showing the sale at Canadian Tire:


They highlight their Tire Foam as the biggest one – which probably is a good deal for in between details, or the second car you neglect its tires to turn all brown.

Then it’s your regular stuff on sale – the wheel protectant, leather care, car wash soap and interior detailing products. Enjoy if you like Armor All!

Best 3 Over the Counter Quick Detailing Products


Today’s post we will highlight what we believe to be the best 3 products you can buy over the counter to give a quick instant detail (and to remove quick spots like bird poop).


MOTHERS California Gold Showtime Instant Detailer.

Product Features

  • Comes in a 24oz bottle
  • Unique formula cleans fingerprints, smudges and dust while adding that sparkle that’s wet and striking
  • Trigger spray bottle for easy use

Treat your paint to a Showtime sparkle thats wet and striking. Whether you want to clear a layer of dust or prepare for the judges, use Showtime Instant Detailer. Its unique formula will clean off fingerprints, smudges and dust, and hide minor imperfections and spider -webbing. Showtime is designed with color enhancers and shine fortifiers, ready whenever you need your ride to look freshly detailed.

Read more about this product on Amazon
Video showing the Mothers Showtime being used:

Meguiar’s Ultimate Quick Detailer

MeguiarsUltimateQuickDetailer1Product Features

  • Enhances wax protection that is safe on all surface
  • Features hydrophobic polymer technology
  • Delivers a high surface tension which adds protection
  • Removes dust and finger prints
  • Leaves an ultra-slick and ultra-dark finish

MeguiarsUltimateQuickDetailer2Meguiar’s Ultimate Quick Detailer is designed to enhance wax protection that is safe on all surfaces. It features hydrophobic polymer technology that delivers an incredibly high surface tension which adds protection. This quick detailer is perfect for removing dust and finger prints as well as leaves an ultra-slick, ultra-dark finish. Meguiar’s Ultimate Quik Detailer is Meguiar’s best detailer and incorporates Meguiar’s hydrophobic polymer technology, which enables Ultimate Quik Detailer to actually repel water while maintaining water beading over multiple car washes. Meguiar’s Ultimate Quik Detailer bridges the gap between washing and waxing while adding protection to your paint finish in between washes. With Ultimate Quik Detailer, you will create a darker paint surface that also adds another layer of protection over your existing wax or sealant. It safely removes dust and surface contaminants in between washings, fortifies wax protection and enhances shine, color, and gloss, and is clear coat safe and ideal for all paint types.

Read more about this product on Amazon


Turtle Wax T-477R ICE Spray Wax

  • Produces a slick, mirror like shine and fills in light swirl marks
  • Perfect for all automotive paints, exterior plastic and rubber trim
  • Produces exceptional water beading, and contains UV protection to help prevent fading from harsh sun exposure
  • Can be used on automotive glass to clean and provide water repellency like a glass treatment
  • Key ingredients provide anti-static properties to help keep a car finish cleaner longer

Turtle Wax introduces the next level of car care with Turtle Wax ICE Spray Wax. It is a product so universal, it even cleans glass. This product is designed to work on all exterior surfaces with the shine and protection benefits of a convenient spray wax, with less time and effort. Turtle Wax ICE Spray Wax is perfect for all automotive paints, exterior plastic and rubber trim. On today’s clear coat paint and factory coated wheels, Turtle Wax ICE Spray Wax produces a slick, mirror like shine and fills in light swirl marks. It also produces exceptional water beading, and contains UV protection to help prevent fading from harsh sun exposure. The streak free shine and protection chemistry is so impressive, the formula can be used on automotive glass to clean and provide water repellency like a glass treatment. Key ingredients provide anti-static properties to help keep a car finish cleaner longer, and lubricity agents to make application easy. The unique polymer chemistry combines synthetic polymers and reactive silane chemistry to provide superior bonding to paint and plastic trim. The formula is so durable it beads longer than ordinary wax, in laboratory consecutive wash tests. Turtle Wax ICE Spray Wax is the perfect complement to ICE liquid wax. Use Turtle Wax ICE Spray Wax to boost shine and protection in between regular wax and polish applications, or after a car wash. The product can be applied in direct sunlight or in shade, with minimum buffing. Use a micro-fiber towel to restore vehicle to a showroom like finish. Turtle Wax ICE Spray Wax is ideal for the regular care of both clear coat and conventional finishes.

Read more about this product on Amazon

Wet Sanding Preparation for Car Parts to be painted!


Today’s post will show you how to prep a DIY paint job for a lip kit on your car. In this case we are showing how to Wet Sand the OEM Integra Type R Front Lip and OEM Optional Rear Kit to be ready to be painted. The only material you need is sandpaper of various grits and a lot of time to get it done right.

So after work and between the days of rain, I started the Wet sanding process. After getting outside (don’t want to do this inside), I got my sandpaper, lip kit pieces and a bucket for the water, which you will see in the following picture.

The OEM Acura Integra Type R Front Lip (in stock Burning Red Pearl) prior to sanding:

Here are my choices of sandpaper to attack the lip kit with while wetsanding: 320 grit and 400 grit wet / dry sandpaper (you need to make sure it says Waterproof sandpaper).

And now the fresh stock painted red, up close and personal to show you the clear we want to remove and rough up for painting the new color:

While we don’t have any pictures from the actual wet sanding (we did the entire front lip in one sitting) – here you will see a picture of the Front Lip all sanded with white residue from the wet sanding (it is white because of wet sanding the clear coat, making it turn white). You will want to remove all this residue after and in our case we used the rag pictured to the left of the kit. Nothing special needed here – just remove the major white stuff and prior to priming you will use a tack cloth to remove all remnants from sanding.

Now on to the OEM Integra Optional Rear kit. Let’s first see the rear valences in the stock red paint (almost sad to repaint them but my car’s green and can’t rock the christmas colors – need to match):

In this picture, I have completed sanding the one rear valence, while the other one is still in stock paint – mine is the dull one but smooth and ready for priming:

Let’s macro in on the camera and take a close up shot of one piece sanded and the other one not (you can see some sanding marks which you could go up to 600 to give a smooth as butter finish – but I prime the pieces and use 600 on the primer to get that paint ready finish – so wasn’t necessary for me here):

Quick money shot of both valences sanded and ready for primer:

We also bought the OEM integra optional side skirts and those will be wet sanded as well. The next step is to do the priming which I will also DIY using Duplicolor Sandable Black Primer. You can get this on Amazon here if you want. Depending on what the final color of paint will be – you can choose from different primer colors of Black, Gray, Red, White, and Black Hot Rod. Start prepping for paint and primer!

Canadian Tire detail like a Pro Flyer available!


A nice little flyer found on the Canadian Tire site this morning title “Detail like a Pro” – with of course using Over the Counter Detailing products :)



They go through the various stages of cleaning your car for a more thorough and quick OTC Detail. You can go to their weekly flyers page here. You will just need to enter your postal code to get it.

The first detailing related page tells you how to wash away winter – which I’m sure everyone should have done by now! Unless your in a climate with snow still randomly popping up.

The detail like a pro page highlighted above is about exterior detailing, and that is the prime focus of most people keeping their car clean. They go through the wash step, followed by using clay bars, polishing the car (btw I would NOT use the simoniz one as you really need to know what your doing with that – you should use the Meguiar’s Professional Dual Action Polisher as it is safer and there is a ton of information online about it). My preference and what I’ve bought is the Meguiar’s G3500 DA PowerSystem Tool as it’s cheaper and easier to afford for the casual DIY detailer. In Canada, the power system is exclusive to Canadian Tire as well (and they seem to have sales on it quite often this year to get the word out).

The flyer also promotes Autoglym products for detailing and Meguiar’s. The page showing tire products – I would stick to Meguiar’s. I’ve tried armor all and their simoniz brand tire foams – and the Meguiar’s seems to outperform and last longer. It is twice the price as well – so I do buy the other stuff as well to use in winter – or in between details where I just want a quick clean until I can do my next otc detail.

For the power washers page – I would recommend the Karcher brand power washers (this is the one I use – karcher 1800 psi).

As for Canadian Tire deals right now – they are having an up to 60% off sale right now.


Looks like mostly simoniz stuff is actually 60% off, but finally mothers products are mostly 25% off across the board. I really like the Showtime product by Mother’s and will likely pick some more of that up to quickly clean up fresh bird poop off the car.


Canadian Tire Car Cleaning Deals starting June 13!


Just a quick post as its been a busy week here.. these are your deals at Canadian Tire regarding car cleaning products starting from the Week of June 13. Take a look at the flyer screen cap:


The highlights include:

  • Meguiar’s DA Power System and the corresponding DA Power pack (which seems to actually go on sale quite often – I guess they are trying to get people buying and word of mouth)
  • New to Canadian Tire – 3M Paint Restoration, Wheel Restoration and Door Edge Protection Kits
  • Turtle Wax Carpet cleaners are 40% off
  • Meguiars Ultimate Car Care Products like the Polish, Ultimate Compound and Liquid Wax are all 25% off!
  • Karcher 2000 PSI pressure washer is also $50 off

All in all a bunch of great deals if you are looking for any of those products. If it ever stops raining here, we will do a write up and review of the DA Power system by Meguiars.


Karcher 1800 PSI Electric Pressure Washer for $50 off at Canadian Tire!


If your really into detailing you’ll always have come across the thought of purchasing a pressure washer for your car, to really clean off the dirt before washing the car. It’s also especially useful when washing the wheel wells and wanting to get a nice clean surface.

One of the better brands for pressure washers is Karcher, and is what I use on my car when I want to power away all the grimy bugs that love to sit on the front of my bumper – and believe me on a white car these bugs are terribly noticeable. The Karcher machine I use is the Karcher 1800 PSI Electric Pressure Washer. It offers the right amount of pressure to clean the paint, while not being too much water pressure. I find 1800 psi gives you that extra power in the wheel wells that the 1600 PSI karcher version may lack in.

This model right now for people in Canada is on sale (starting tomorrow!) for $229 – which is a cool savings of $50. You can find this deal at any of your local Canadian Tire.


As you can see in the picture, some of the features are the Water cooled engine, N-Cor indirect drive pump with Dirtblaster and Vario Power spray wands. Now if you’ve come across our blog looking for a sale on the Karcher, but are from the US – you will get quite a good deal at Amazon which is around the $200 mark as of writing this post.

You can even double this up for your car detailing and as a power washer to clean wood that needs to be restained, or even just dirt build up on concrete surfaces.

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