What is the best technique to touch up rock chips?

Rock chips are simply part of vehicle ownership, especially if you DRIVE IT! Watch the video below for a few tips on how to repair the damage. Remember, touch up’s primary purpose is to PROTECT the existing paint from allowing oxidation to creep under the paint through the hole (ie…the chip) in your paint. The second purpose is to make the paint “look better”. This process takes lots and lots of patience. If you are looking for perfection, then you will need to get the area repainted.

How much is shipping, how long does it take, and do we ship internationally?

AMMO Formulas are exclusively sold at AMMONYC.com and shipped worldwide daily.

Continental USA: $10 Flat Rate via UPS and arrives within 4-6 business days.
(If large orders require special freight, additional charges may apply)

International: $39 Flat Rate via USPS and arrives within 10-12 business days.
(International orders may be subject to receiving countries custom fees, duties, or taxes.)

Does AMMO NYC offer detailing services?

We offer detailing and clear bra services for clients around the world. We travel globally to repair and protect vehicles for photo shoots, auctions, movies, car shows, etc…
Each case is different and will require a one on one conversation with Larry. Please call the office for more info. If a detailing project is accepted, lead time for scheduling is typically 3-4 weeks.
Thank you!

What size are AMMO formulas?

All AMMO bottles are 16oz.

AMMO Creme Reflective Paste is 8oz. (Jar)

What is the shelf life of AMMO Products?

Each product’s shelf life varies slightly, but a good rule of thumb is 1 to 1.5 years. Remember to keep the bottles at room temperature between 45-85 degrees for optimal storage. TIP: Every once in a while, as you are walking past the bottles, give them a quick shake to blend the mixture in between uses.

What is AMMO Hydrate and how does it work?

AMMO Hydrate is designed to lubricate the paint during the drying process to help minimize swirls and scratches while removing water from the surface of your paint. It also offers a layer of protection to the paint with incredible shine.

How do I wash my microfiber towels?

This video is a step-by-step guide for washing and maintaining your car care towels. This is a very important (yet overlooked) process necessary for properly detailing your car.

How do I wash my microfiber cutting and polishing pads?

Having extremely clean pads is vital during the restoration process, so frequent cleaning of the pad itself is crucial.

The video below explains how the clean your pads effectively.

What are Grit Guards?

Grit Guards separate the dirt and grit from your wash mitt during the wash routine. The round guard is placed at the bottom of a 5 gallon wash bucket to trap the dirt on the bottom, preventing it from getting reintroduced on to the car causing scratches. These guards are super cheap and last forever. TIP: I use 2 grit guards stacked on top of each other for my wash, rinse, and wheel buckets.

Watch the video below: (skip ahead to minute 7:30 for Grit Guard Demo)

What are the best car detailing shoes?

Yes, this is weird question…but I get asked this at least once a week. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Salomon Men’s Speedcross 3 Trail Running Shoe. Best shoe I’ve ever had. Warning: This is the “race car” of shoes. What do I mean? They are amazing when you are using them during the race, but they require replacement more often than normal shoes. I go through a pair every 5 months and I’m ok with that. I want the best, and once they’reย no longer comfortable, I get a new pair. (I typically buy 2 pair at a time and store the 2nd in the closet) The rubber sole is extremely soft and will wear-down quicker than any normal “street car” shoes. Did you get the pun?

Here is an AMAZON link if you are curious enough to see my moon-boots.

How do I properly clean my windshield?

Having a clean window is essential for obvious reasons. The video below explains the process for creating crystal clear glass.

What’s the difference between AMMO Foam and AMMO Brute?

AMMO Foam is specifically designed to clean paint without removing layers of protection (ie…sealants, waxes, etc) while offering maximum lubrication to avoid installing love marks or scratches.

AMMO Brute is designed to be used on your wheel/rims which require a more aggressive product to cut through the brake dust and grime. It works in combination with AMMO Plum to loosen, lift, and rinse away sharp pieces of brake pad and rotor material.

What is Clay and how do you use it?

Clay is used to remove contaminants embedded in your paint. (Yes, there is a huge difference between automotive clay and toy clay or playdoh. Don’t confuse the two.)

If your paint feels rough or “bumpy” when lightly touching it, it might be time to clay your paint.

Check out the video below to see how its used.

What is the 2 bucket method of washing?

2 buckets are used during the wash process to help minimize the chance of wash scratches by “flushing out” the dirt picked-up by the previous wipe. So here are the steps:

1) Bucket #1 is filled with AMMO Foam and water (grits guards as well).

2) Bucket #2 is filled with only water.

3) The wash mitt from bucket #1 is used on the paint and collects dirt.

4) The dirty wash mitt (after every panel) is dunked in bucket #2 and shaken to release the trapped dirt.

5) The now clean wash mitt is dunked in bucket #1 again to reapply the soap.

REPEAT

What is the most common cause of hazy/swirled paint?

Answer: YOU. (seriously)

All kidding aside, most scratches/swirls/haziness or what I call “LOVE MARKS” are caused by YOU (as the owner). We all know that mechanical carwashes cause scratches, but wiping, rubbing, and even improper hand washing will cause love marks as well. This entire website is devoted to educating the car owner on how to avoid this very very very common mistake. If you are reading this FAQ I’m guessing you really care about your car like I do. Almost to the extent where people think you are weird for washing your car in the middle of the night ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s important to understand this one concept in car care:

ANYTIME THE PAINT IS TOUCHED, WIPED, WASHED, COVERED, CLEANED, BRUSHED, OR DUSTED… IT IS SURELY GETTING SCRATCHED.

Keep this mind anytime you touch your paint with anything (MF towel, your finger, wash mitt, etc…) Do it properly or don’t do it at all, otherwise you will pay the price later by having to polish or compound to remove your love marks.

Returns

Any unused product may be returned.

Please call AMMO NYC at 646.374.8371 for a return authorization number prior to shipping to PO BOX 64 Valhalla, NY 10595.

Thank you!

Should I wear gloves when detailing?

The short answer is YES. Every person reacts differently to car cleaning supplies, brake dust, oil, etc… I prefer to wear gloves because it protects my skin from the constant wear-and-tear on my hands from detailing. It also makes clean up much easier. For example, if I just spent 8 hours polishing the paint and I then have to get in the car to move it to the other side of the shop, I can simply remove my gloves and grab the steering wheel with no fear of having to reclean the steering wheel.

What’s the difference between wax and sealant?

Wax (commonly referred to as Brazilian carnauba wax) is an organic based product produced naturally in certain regions of Brazil. The tree produces wax to protect itself from the intense sun found near the equator. This wax is cultivated and mixed with various solvents and other waxes to create what we find in our “wax jars”. (This is a very simplified version of the process and chemistry required to produce a final product, but for the purposes of this FAQ remember “carnuaba wax” is ORGANIC. In the most optimal conditions, organic wax will last 40-60 days on a vehicle).

“Sealant” is also a very broad term that is sometimes used or interchanged with Teflon, Polymer, Resins, etc… All of which are simply marketing term to portray a level of protection that is usually not possible. Having said this, sealants typically offer more protection than waxes because they are produced in a laboratory with those particular characteristics in mind. Unlike waxes, which can be limited by their organic nature, sealants can offer protection of 4-5 months in the optimal conditions.

So what’s the trick? We apply AMMO SKIN (very very specific sealant) as the first layer of protection. Remove it, then let it cure for a minimum of 2 hours. Afterwards, apply a thin coat of AMMO Creme (carnuaba wax) ON TOP OF THE SKIN for amazing shine. With the understanding that the intense shine will not last forever. Think of it like this…AMMO SKIN is the tuxedo and AMMO Creme is the boutonniere or flower in your lapel. The flower is eye-catching, but will not last for more than a few days before it fades. So put a new “flower” on/over your protection before you hit the show ๐Ÿ™‚