After a very long day, Kevin Brown, Derek Bemiss, Joe Fernandez and I sit down to discuss time management when detailing multiple amazing vehicles within a short time period. We were all exhausted from our long day(s), but we had a great time at the 2014 SEMA show!share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
Jason Rose and I discuss the order of steps typically used during a “full detail”. I have received many emails in the past few weeks asking if “wheels should be washed before or after the paint” and “when should I shampoo the carpet, before of after leather cleaning?”. All of which is dicussed on this podcast!
Many thanks to JR for all of his time and wisdom. We are very lucky to have him as a regular guest. -Lshare this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
I explain what’s up with my knee and how I could have prevented it from happening. We as detailers destroy our bodies! Coach Colin is here to help us understand why we hurt and how we can minimize the pain from detailing.share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
Podcast 18 is a quick overview of what can be expected at some of the best car detailing training classes in the world. Jason Rose, Kevin Brown, Mike Stoops and a few special guests speak about their experience at the NXT Training Seminar. Enjoy! -Lshare this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
We discuss how residue control is essential during the compounding/polishing process and specifically the conditions we encountered on Matt’s 5.0 Mustang. (This podcast was recorder 10 mins after we finished the 40 man-hour job at Meguairs Headquarters at 11:30pm. I’m very grateful to Jason and Kevin for all their support throughout this process. They are true professionals and I learn a massive amount of info from them every time we speak. Hope this podcast captures a tiny sliver of their genius) Thanks as always for listening!share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
This is a LIVE podcast from Detail Fest in Stuart Florida. We are talking about the best interior detailig tips from Jason Rose, Michael Stoops, Joe Fernandez, and Yvan Lacroix.share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
Have you ever wondered what those guys are talking about….Diminishing Abrasives and Non-Diminishing Abrasives? When should they be used and how are they different? We also chat with our good friend Roger Garbow (from the 912 Barn Find Find episode of Drive Clean) about how to get into the automotive jouralism and marketing world AND his picks for top cars of 2013. (Make sure to download next weeks SmokingTire podcast as I will be a guest in LA)
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We’re taping LIVE from the floor of the Mobile Tech Expo 2014 with 6 AMAZING detailers from around the country!
Bob Phillips, Jim Lafeber, Richard Lin, Jason Rose, Scotty Perkins, and Renny Doyle.
We review this years MTE and cover a wide range of topics, tips, and detailing advice from some of the top detailers in the world. This is a dream-team podcast and a must listen!share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
PART-2: Jason Rose from Meguiar’s (Global Technical Services & Training Manager) discusses SEMA, business tips for new and veteran professional detailers, paint coatings, microfiber cutting pad design, and steam machine pros/cons. Our conversation was so in-depth we split the podcast into 2 episodes. BEST EPISODE(S) SO FAR!share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
Jason Rose from Meguiar’s (Global Technical Services & Training Manager) discusses SEMA, business tips for new and veteran professional detailers, paint coatings, microfiber cutting pad design, and steam machine pros/cons. Our converstaion was so indepth we split the podcast into 2 episodes. BEST EPISODE(S) SO FAR!share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
This week we’re podcasting live from SEMA 2013 with an international tribunal of detailers. Scott Perkin (from Canada), Cameron Watson (of Australia) and Chris Hayes (of The Smoking Tire and Hooniverse) join in the conversation. This week we cover the ins and outs of attending SEMA, how to properly clean a smoker’s car, the differences in detailing across the globe, the long term effects of Plasti Dip and how to ethically break out on your own and start a detailing shop.share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
We discuss the 4 essential steps every business owner must perform in 5 minutes with the customer before detailing the car. Is this a customer you want? Did you inspect his car before accepting the job? Was there “price haggling” before any work was performed and how do you avoid it? All these questions are answer on this episode, along with Irish Rob and his perspective on UK cars vs US cars, the detailing craz across the pond, and he compares the “Festival of Speed” vs Pebble Beach. This is a must listen to!share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
Today we are onsite at the 2015 Cadillac Escalade launch party in NYC to get the first views at their latest design. I spent the day with Motoman TV and well as discuss the finer points of polishing a clear bra. This is a good one!share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
This podcast discusses what’s really happening with your yellow-headlight lenses and how you can fix it easily. Then we chat with our friend Motoman (from Motoman TV) about the evolution of Cadillac since its inception, rise to popularity, devastating demise, and its march to back to a top tier brand once again. He is an automotive historian and host his own webseries on youtube (motomantv). Enjoy!share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
Last week I travelled to LA to detail 3 Bugatti Veyrons and then visited Pebble Beach to maintain a few others cars (Rolls Royce(s), another Bugatti, and Merc). I spent the week with Mike Musto, AKA Mr. Angry, driving around in his 1969 matte black Dodge Daytona… which freaked everyone out! We relive the experience, concours event, and answer questions from Facebook.share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
We discuss the “myths” of the detailing world and questions I get asked regularly…then we discuss race track insurance, car as investment vehicles, and car-value fluctuations with Jonathan Adler.
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Podcast #5 discusses the difference between steam machines and hot-water extractors and which might work best for your application. We also interview Scott Perkins from Scotty’s Shine Shop in London Ontario, he gives us his views on what it takes to start and maintain a profitable business in today’s economy. With over 20 years in the business, Scotty’s experience and insights are critical for future entrepreneurs thinking about opening a carwash/detailing operation.share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
We discuss the basics of the pH scale and how it is relevant to detailing and cleaning supplies. Special guests include my wife Victoria, who has her PhD in Chemistry from Columbia University, and Mike Musto, who will talk about the “Big Muscle” season premier. Enjoy!
Drive and Protect – pH Levels with Dr. Victoria and Mike Musto
We discuss the different product categories that have led to confusion amongst novice detailers. Whats the difference between Compound Polish and Glaze and why? (and much more) Then we chat with Mike Spinelli from Jalopnik.com, Savetheenzos.com and the Host of Drive Central and After Drive on the /Drive Channel. He answers the most frequent question he gets…”How did you get started as an automotive journalist and where did Jalopnik come from”. Mike’s interview is a lot of fun! Thank for listening and leave comments! -Larry
Drive and Protect – Product Confusion and Mike Spinelli
Understanding how paint polishers have evolved based on the progression and advancement in paint technology is important to think about before deciding which polisher is right for you. -L
Drive and Protect – Evolution of the Polisher and Zack Klapman TST
This is our first podcast and we are extremely excited to discuss the detailing world and tricks that can help business owners and weekend warriors alike. in this episode, we discuss the origins of microfiber towels and how to determine if one is “good” or “bad”. We also chat with Mike Musto of /Drive Channel’s Big Muscle about the muscle car culture and what defines a muscle car vs another. Thank you for listening and appreciate any feedback! -Larry
Drive and Protect – Introduction to Microfiber
J.G. Francis, owner at Mercedes Motoring, is out to prove his belief that, when cared for, the old Mercedes diesels produced from 1968 – 1985 can be driven till no end. Every one of his projects starts out as a well documented low-mileage example of these used cars. Francis says it normally takes about 8 weeks of work and restoration to get them looking and running the way people expect these low-mileage cars to look and run.
We can definitely appreciate the clean looks and attention to detail!
Part of the reason we work so hard at protecting our cars is because we love to spend our time enjoying their beauty. Being able to capture this beauty with the perfect shot has become increasingly easier thanks to improvements in electronics and specifically consumer cameras. Speed Hunters is putting together a series of articles specifically geared towards teaching fanatics about the intricacies of cameras and catching that perfect shot.
This particular article we’ve linked to talks about shutter speed. In brief, the slower the shutter speed the more movement you can portray. Go back and check out their “How to Shoot Cars:The Basics” article to bring yourself completely up to speed on this series.
ICON’s roots burrow back to 1996 when they started out as a Toyota Land Cruiser service center. They were commissioned to create Toyota’s new FJ Cruiser, but ICON took a unique direction after Toyota made design changes which strayed too far from ICON’s vision. Johnathan Ward, ICON’s CEO, set out to re-invent the original FJ40. He said it had to have purpose; there was enough garbage in this world. The result is this extreme expression of style and utility which you see pictured here. Parts are sourced from the military, marine, and aircraft sectors so you’re sure these 4X4s are built for longevity and adventure.
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Here’s an older story that we dug up, in-case you missed it.
Dutch artist Paul Veroude collaborated with Mercedes GP to bring us this one-of-a-kind suspended sculpture of the team’s W01 2010 competition car. At AMMO we are serious supporters of beautified racecars and this one is no exception. World class performance, engineering, and design, sit at the very core of these incredible machines and thankfully every bit of it has been put on display for enthusiasts to see. It also seems we are not the only ones with a serious case of OCD because this car took upwards of 290,000 hours to design and manufacture, and M. Veroude individually suspended each of its 3,200 pieces.
If you can’t get enough, check out more on Paul Veroude’s facebook.
TRG-AMR WITHOUT AMMO IS LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT PRESENTS.
At AMMO we can say with soul-smacking conviction that when a car is cleaned and polished to devastating effect, it just drives better. Whether you’re having one of those transcendental moments on a scenic drive with glimpses of the ocean through the dunes, or whiplashing your head to the back of the seat in a DE, or you’re the berserk go-fast TRG-Aston Martin Racing Team winning championships, when you’re driving a car that’s drop-dead gorgeous, you absolutely get better performance and better efficiency (and it is just conspicuously more fun).
On the last day of the New York Auto Show there was a party that would make anybody who is passionate about cars lose their composure. 500 supporters, along with the press, attended the launch of AMMO NYC. It was a night to dedicate TRG-AMR’s new factory-based GT4 Challenge series, and AMMO’s commitment to the “007” themed Vantage GT4 which is set to compete in the new series.
For more information and TRG-AMR’s race schedule visit:
No, its Dekotora! (Short for Decoration Truck) Dekotora is a Japanese phenomenon in which your everyday industrial vehicles gets a Vegas style makeover. The makeover comes complete with neon lights, mirrors, gold paint, and anything that glows, flashes or is just plain shiny. Despite the occasional title of “Art Truck,” the vehicles usually fully function as commercial vehicles. The trucks conjure images of the old nickel arcade, real life Transformers, and Gundams. Even though they resemble all of the glam of the Vegas strip, or Times Square, on wheels, they are created by the workers who drive them. When comes our own car, or truck, or portable night club, we could all take a lesson from these guys: Obsess over the details, look amazing and drive the hell out of it.
You can find more about Dekotora at:
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Speedhunters is really telling some great stories, this one about Magnus Walker, we found particularly impressive. Not to mention that there’s a pretty great set of images to go along.
Magnus is seized with an unquenchable obsession with Porsches. He’s been restoring, building and customizing old 911 models for nearly three decades. The best part is he not the store-it-in-the-garage, keep-a-cover-on-it type of guy. As he races his cars at the track he learns new ways to customize, which helps him drive better. Consequently, he’s been able to develop some trademark modifications. With models ranging from 1964 – 1972, Magnus’ collection of Porsches 911′s is quite impressive.
Magnus owns a fashion label with his wife Karen that they run out of their warehouse in the LA Arts District.He also has a collection of vintage guitars signed by little bands like The Eagles and Van Halen, and is featured in a short documentary, Urban Outlaw.
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What an incredible photo essay over at The Selby about consultant, business owner, and collector Hideto Irikawa. Between his collection of vintage cars and mid-century home decore you can be assured that this man has impeccable taste. To see more of his inspirational collections click here.
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Ready for your next road trip? Roadtrippers is a simple and intuitive road trip planner that helps you discover, plan and book the best places and experiences along your way, curated by local experts and travel writers. Eccentric roadside attractions, breathtaking natural wonders, or mouthwatering foodie feasts. Whatever your interests, you’ll discover your America on Roadtrippers.
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Again, here at AMMO we’re always on the look out for people who are just as passionate as we are. Well, Achim Anscheidt, the head of design at Bugatti, has passed the test. He shows his obsession for design and cars in this episode of Driven, a station of the youtube Drive Channel. Hopefully, you find this as inspiring as we did.
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AMMO is all about a passion for cars, their looks as much as their performance. That’s why Jason Clason’s project depthofspeed.com is so riveting. Traveling around the country to find the most passionate automotive tales out there, in a 13 foot Scamp trailer isn’t the most luxurious way to spend your year, but he’s uncovered some real treasure. Not too mention the video work is stunning. We’ve posted his work a couple of times before and this probably won’t be the last, but his latest work with petrolicious.com is stunning.
You can check out more of his work, as well as other incredible videos, the Petrolicious vimeo page.
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This is a story of one man’s 28 year journey to own a Porsche 930. Jim Goodlett’s 1984 grey market 930 Turbo is a beautiful example of a classic Porsche 911, but it also represents the accomplishment of a goal he set for himself as a young man who could only dream of one day owning this supercar.
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In celebration of the new Ferrari Maserati showroom in Repulse Bay, Ferrari Maserati of Hong Kong and I.Thosted an invite-only party earlier this week with a special project at the helm. Unveiled at the event was a special edition of the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. Created in conjunction with A Bathing Ape and NIGO, the Italian supercar turned GT racer appears in BAPE‘s signature 1st CAMO motif and was undoubtedly the showstopper of the event as it was prominently displayed in the state-of-the-art 19,000-square-foot facility. The small gathering also included music by NIGO as the brand founder continued his interest in the automotive world.
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The Story of James Dean and the Porsche 550 Spyder
“On February 8, 1931 2:08 AM at the Seven Gables apartment house in Marion, Indiana a legend was born. Twenty-two years later and 4,117 miles across the world, a different kind of legend made its debut at the 1953 Paris Motor Show. This is the story of the Giant and the Giant Killer – two icons forever intertwined, entangled, enlaced since this day 57 years ago.”
This article about James Dean and the Porsche 550 Spyder, by Shirin Behnia, is well worth a read. The vintage photos are great too.
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Michael Richards opens up to Jerry Seinfeld about his infamous n-word laced meltdown seven years ago. Repentance and redemption in Comedians in Cars.share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
A stunning set of photographs by David Ryle showcasing the new McLaren Production Center in Surrey, UK.
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This is one of the coolest video’s I’ve ever shot. I asked Leh and Doug if I could stick a Go-Pro on the inside of their Topspeedtuned.com GTR, just to see how Leh prepares for a race. I never would have guessed his routine. Check it out! BTW, both Leh and Doug are super nice guys and it was a pleasure racing with them this year. Visit lehkeen.com and topspeedtuned.com for more info. Thanks guys!share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
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AMMO NYC’s very first DRIVE Channel video is now live on YouTube! In it, we give our take on the basic Sunday Morning Wash. Make sure to check out the DRIVE channel home page to see lots of other great videos.share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
A great video put together by Drivers Republic on the power oversteer.share this feature on Facebook tweet this feature
Most car guys believe the difference between traditional car soap and dish soap varies widely, but unfortunately they would be mistaken. Despite having different purposes, different colors, and different scents, they are similar in one very important characteristic: REMOVAL. Traditionally, car guys would only use dish soap, on a rare occasion, to remove or “strip” old wax and start with a fresh “naked” surface. Likewise, they would use car soap for their daily, weekly, or monthly car wash routine because the car soap only removed the dirt, and not the wax. Sound about right? Wrong!
As most of you might know, I learned how to make chemicals (on a commercial level) a few years ago when I became obsessed with creating the best products for my own personal clients. (at the time , I was learning the chemistry/formulas/mixtures during the day, and working on my clients collections at night and on weekends) I was taught to follow certain formulas and guidelines because “people didn’t know the difference”, and “it was the way it had been done for years”. As I became more comfortable with the mixtures, and learned “how the industry works”, I couldn’t help but notice that most of the ingredients in car soap were moderate to highly corrosive, which is not exactly good for paint… Including various forms of harsh sodiums, aka SALT , and sulphonic acids. (amongst others I won’t begin to spell). Needless to say, I decided to go in another direction.
Here’s my point. Traditional car soaps (cheap, off-the-shelf, water down stuff) and dish soap are “basically” the same thing, because they have similar end results. Both are designed to remove unwanted deposits from wanted surfaces. The problem is they are not scalpels or laser guided missiles. They are more like butter-knives and A-bombs. They can effectively achieve their respective goals, but leave large collateral damage. In this case, the vehicles’ wax is weaken and/or removed when cleaning the paint. This means that you, (the car guy), is removing more and more protection from your paint every time you wash your car in the old fashion routine with traditional car soap. If you are paying $7 to $10 (or cheaper) for a gallon of brightly colored, heavily scented car soap, and using it on your “baby” in the driveway…Probably not a good idea. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for.
Think about it, your wife pays $15 to $25 for 16 oz of special shampoo that doesn’t strip her hair of “essential oils”, leaving it dry and brittle etc…Same goes for your paint and its protection (ie…wax, sealant, resins, synthetic polymers, petroleum distillates = ESSENTIAL OILS for your paint conditioning) If you are extremely fussy about the look and feel of your car, this is not the place to be cheap or misinformed. Poor products and improper wash techniques account for 80-90% of paint issues (marring, fading, dullness, light scratching or “love marks”, and insufficient UV protection etc etc…)
If you spend your time focused on proper car care, you will avoid (seeing me) and spending big $$$$ for paint correction. Save your money for fuel! (nowadays are sport, hobby, and joy, is getting pinched at the pump…I digress)
Although my FOAM soap is extremely soft, safe, and compatible with my other product layers, I still only use it if:
1) The vehicle is completely trashed (mud, salt, dirt, grossness everywhere)
2) The vehicle hasn’t been cleaned in weeks/months and is not garaged.
3) I’ve never seen (or work on) the vehicle before and want to start out fresh, or plan on doing paint correction.
What should you be doing instead?
Be less focused on full soap-downs, and more focused on building layers of protection. Your clear coat is most susceptible to UV light damage, and needs to be protected. That’s what causes your paint to fade and break-down over time. Defend your paint by adding layers of protection, NOT REMOVING THEM. Constant unnecessary washings with cheapo car soaps are removing layers of protection that immediately need to be replaced. So, in effect, you are removing (wash), then adding (wax), then removing (wash), then adding (wax). It turned out to be an endless cycle. This is why I created very specific formulas and techniques, that work with each other, and consistently add layers of protection, instead of removing. It’s actually a pretty simple idea that works, however, doesn’t require you to buy a lot of products….which I think is not mentioned or encouraged by the BIG BOYS because that would kill their P & L sheets.
“So how do I clean my car after a drive?”
I’ve designed a new method for cleaning your paint, when it isn’t necessary for a full complete soap down (which is 70% of the time). Its much easier, 10x quicker, and most of all, it adds another layer of protection while its cleaning. (This is NOT: an “all-in-one, space age, super duper, dirt disintegrateor, bullet-proof-wax-polish-body-armor-sealant”, and whatever else I see in million-dollar marketing campaigns. Btw: if you ever hear someone claim they have an “all-in-one” product that cleans every part of your car, don’t be lazy. And don’t buy it. It doesn’t work. They are taking advantage of something you HOPED for, but doesn’t exist. Good detailing products are much like successful businesses, they focus on 1 thing, and are the best at it. Don’t be everything to everyone. Doesn’t work….I will get off my soap-box now. Pun intended.)
Well, if you’ve made it this far though the article, you passed the test. My method and product is called AMMO Hydrate (paint moisturizer). This product is the culmination of years of work. If you don’t think Hydrate is absolutely, overwhelmingly amazing…give it back. (I’m running out of this stuff almost everyday. If it’s not going be used, I will donate to someone who will. ) It’s that good.
I created this method/product because I have the privilege of maintaining some of the worlds rarest cars on a weekly basis, and they are driven almost daily. Yes, I said driven daily and priceless. (that’s why they are great clients. Real car guys. What good are cars, if you dont drive them?…anyways) All of these cars are iconic pieces of history, and CANNOT BE REPLACED OR REPAINTED. So, clearly, I could not wash and chamois dry, wash and chamois dry, priceless paint every other day. Especially because they were never more than a bit dusty or what one of my clients refers to as “annoyingly imperfect”. So, I realized there was a need for a product that worked perfectly with AMMO Skin, dried wet paint, and added another layer of protection. AMMO Hydrate is used after you rinse down the car. It’s applied with a wet microfiber towel and a few squirts of Hydrate that clean, moisturize, and removes water from the paint. WAAAAAY safer than a chamois.
Check out all my detailing videos and remember that less is more in the car care world.
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