Browse by Manufacturer
Browse Categories

Detail Starter Kit

*Recommended Starter Items

Equipment

  • * Pressure Washer
    • 5 HP Pressure Washer with Honda Engine, 2500 PSI, BE Axial Pump - $450
    • * 6.5HP Mobile Auto Detailing Truck Mounted Pressure Washer with Reel & Hose - $1,095
  • * Water Tank
    • 60 Gallon - $195. Good choice for the back of a pickup truck with a tonneau cover
    • * 90 Gallon - $225. Best value when height is not a concern
    • 150 Gallon - $325
  • * Generator
    • 2900 Watt Honda Engine - $795
    • * 3100 Watt Power Ease - $495
  • * Vacuum
    • Ridgid or Shop Vac - $50
  • Water Reclaim Equipment
    • Wash Mat - $600
    • * Vacuum Berm – Attaches to Shop Vac - $200.
    • * Sand Snakes, 4’ each. For use with Vacuum Berm - $35 per pair.
  • Hot Water Extractor
    • * Mytee Lite II 3 Gallon - $695. Recommended, but not essential for starter kit. Best choice for mobile detailers
    • Mytee Spyder – 6 Gallon - $1,095. Excellent for detail shops
    • Stainless Steel Crevice Tool – May be added for to hot water extractor for getting into tight spots. $119 each
  • Buffers/Polishers
    • * Cyclo Buffer/Polisher/Scrubber - $270. Will not burn paint or leave swirl marks. Excellent for beginners. May be used as a carpet scrubber by replacing buffing pads with carpet brushes.
      • Yellow Wool Pads ($12 per pair) OR Yellow Foam Cutting Pads for compounding with Tru-Grit - $10 per pair
      • Green Foam Polishing Pads to use with Nano Polishing Crème - $8 per pair
      • White Foam Finishing Pads to use with Nano Banana Crème Wax - $8 per pair
    • Dewalt Heavy Duty Sander/Polisher - $229
    • Makita Buffer/Polisher Kit with Nylon Bag, Mechanics Gloves, Microfiber Towels - $289
    • Titan Variable Speed Buffer - $99
  • Buffing Pads
    • 3M Double Sided Buffing Pad System with Quick Connect Adapter Kit - $175
      • Includes five buffing pads, quick connect adapter, pad cleaning brush and nylon bag
  • Double Sided Buffing Pads
    • 3M Double Sided Wool Compounding Pad - $22. Use with Tru-Grit or Super Duty Rubbing Compound
    • 3M Low Linting Double Sided Wool Compounding Pad - $22. Use with Tru-Grit Rubbing Compound
    • 3M White Foam Double Sided Compounding Pad - $20. Use with UFC Foam Restoration Compound
    • 3M Black Foam Double Sided Polishing Pad - $20. Use with Nano Polishing Crème
    • 3M Blue Double Sided Swirl Remover Pad - $25. Use with Nano Banana Crème Wax
  • Velcro Buffing Pads
    • 3M Wool Compounding Pad - $14 each. Use with Tru-Grit Rubbing Compound
    • 3M White Foam Compounding Pad - $30 per pair. Use with UFC Foam Restoration Compound
    • 3M Black Foam Polishing Pad - $30 per pair. Use with Nano Polishing Crème
    • 3M Blue Finishing Pad - $20 each. Use with Nano Banana Crème Wax
    • Uvonair 5000 Ozone Odor Eliminator - Purifies and deodorizes. Eliminates odors from tobacco smoke, pets, mold, mildew and more. - $289 each
Car Wash Soaps
  • * CW-37 – Premium Car Wash - May be diluted up to 1:400. Use 1 – 2 oz. per 5-gallon bucket. $22 per gallon
  • Prizm Car Wash – Bubble Gum scent. May be diluted up to 1:100. $14 per gallon
  • Prizm Wash & Wax –Cinnamon fragrance. May be diluted up to 1:64. $15 per gallon
Degreasers & General Purpose Cleaners
  • * Bug-Off – Spray to loosen dried bugs from windshields, hoods, bumpers and grills. Let sit 3-5 minutes, then rinse with plain water before washing. $15 per gallon
  • * Red Thunder - Biodegradable general purpose cleaner. Great on engines, whitewalls, carpet & upholstery. May be diluted up to 1:10. $15 per gallon
  • Outrageous Orange Super-Concentrated Cleaner – Biodegradable, excellent for interiors and exteriors. May be diluted up to 1:30. $20 per gallon
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner
  • Xtrax Carpet Extractor Liquid - Carpet cleaning liquid for use with or without carpet extractor machine. Clean fresh scent. $28 per gallon
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner Concentrate – May be diluted up to 1:20. $25 per gallon
Tire & Wheel Cleaner
  • * Brake-Off – Non acid. Spray on aluminum or light alloy wheels before washing. Let sit 3-5 minutes while filling soap bucket. Use pressure washer to rinse off with plain water. Washes away brake dust without scrubbing. Use a soft-bristle brush to get in smaller spaces or to remove stubborn spots. $ 18 per gallon
Interior Cleaner
  • * Leather & Plastic Cleaner – Spray on microfiber towel to clean leather and make it look new. Never spray directly on leather. Great for cleaning door panels, dashboards, consoles and steering wheels. $20 per gallon
  • Clean & Shine Spray – Cleans dirt and grime from lightly soiled leather and plastic surfaces. Cleans and shines at the same time. Great one-step product for cleaning and protecting. $25 per gallon
Odor Eliminators & Air Fresheners
  • Odor Sniper - Chemically neutralizes foul odors at the source. Deodorizes urine, vomit, feces, milk, spoiled food and body odor. Reactivates as odor-causing bacteria reawaken. $30 per gallon
  • Odor Eliminators - Contains special ingredients that neutralize unpleasant odors and leave behind pleasant scents. Available in Cherry, New Car, and Xtrax. $30 per gallon
Glass Cleaners
  • * Pink Mist Glass Cleaner – May be diluted up to 1:12. Ammonia free and streak free. $18 per gallon
  • Nano RTU Glass Cleaner – Pre-mixed, ready to use. No dilution. Streak free and ammonia free. $12 per gallon
Dressings
  • * Aqua Bead Tire Dressing – The best tire dressing ever! Water-based, contains silicone, not for use in body shops. May be used straight or diluted up to 1:2 in a spray bottle. Best results: clean & dry tires, and then apply undiluted with a foam tire applicator. $30 per gallon
  • * Appeal Interior Dressing – Super concentrated, may be diluted up to 1:5. Use on interior surfaces including dashboard, steering wheel, console and door panels. Pina Colada scent and no greasy residue. $48 per gallon
  • * Perfect 10 VOC Compliant Detailing Spray – Excellent on exterior surfaces including rubber bumpers, weather stripping, moldings, etc. No sticky buildup. $12 per can or $120 per case
Clays – See How to Clay a Car Article
  • Purple Heavy Cut Clay 200 gram – Use on cars that have never been clayed (or not for a long time) or are parked outside near trees and feel very rough to the touch. $20 per bar
  • Gray Fine Cut Clay 200 gram – Use on cars that have been clayed in the last 6 – 12 months or are usually parked in a garage. $20 per bar
  • Blue Medium Cut or Gray Light Cut Clay Bar 100 gram - $10 per bar.
  • * Magna Clay Sponge – Use with light pressure for light clay jobs. OK to rinse and reuse if dropped. $12 each.
  • * Showroom Shine – Works both as a clay lubricant and spray shine. Spray onto a microfiber towel and wipe on to remove dust, fingerprints and smudges. Can be used on painted surfaces, metal and glass. Smells great, too! - $20 per gallon
Rubbing Compound
  • * Tru-Grit Rubbing Compound – Use with wool pads or foam compounding pads to remove oxidation, paint defects and damage and to restore fading paint. Skip this step whenever possible. $24 per quart or $48 per gallon
  • Super Duty Heavy Cut Compound - An aggressive cutting compound designed to remove heavy sanding scratches and oxidation from both clear-coat painted and gel-coat surfaces. Good for RV’s boats and airplanes - $18 per quart or $48 per gallon
  • UFC Foam Restoration Compound - designed specifically for use with a foam compounding pad for buffing 1500 grit and finer wet-sand scratches from both fully-cured and 24-hour old clear coat painted surfaces. $18 per quart or $48 per gallon
Polishes
  • * Nano Polishing Crème – Use with a foam polishing pad (3M black or SM Arnold blue) or by hand. Especially good for dark cars. $18 per quart or $48 per gallon
  • Swirl Remover - Silicone Free, removes swirls from both fresh and cured paint surfaces. $18 per quart or $48 per gallon
Waxes & Sealants
  • * Nano Banana Crème Wax – Also called teflon or carnuba wax. Use with foam polishing pad (3M Blue or SM Arnold black). Leaves amazing shine and protection. Apply every 1 - 3 months. Great banana smell. $18 per quart or $48 per gallon
  • * Showroom Shine – Works both as a clay lubricant and spray shine. Spray onto a microfiber towel and wipe on to remove dust, fingerprints and smudges. Can be used on painted surfaces, metal and glass. Smells great, too! $10 for 22 oz. Spray or $20 per gallon
  • Paint Sealant - produces a barrier between paint and a harsh environment, but waxing every 1 – 3 months is still recommended. Apply using the same procedure as Banana Wax. $90 per gallon.
Accessories – All items recommended for Starter Kit
  • Wash Mitt – Choose microfiber chenille or Spun Gold. $5 each
  • Chamois – Large size. May be cut in half. $22 each
  • Upholstery & Floor Mat Brush – Use with Red Thunder or Xtrax Liquid for removing dirt and stains from carpet & upholstery. $5 each
  • Green Body Brush – Use for removing stubborn brake dust or for applying tire dressing. $5 each
  • Foam Tire Applicators - $1.25 each for small size (passenger cars) or $1.50 for large size (large pickup trucks, SUV’s). Buy 10 of one size, get 2 free
  • Microfiber Towels Assorted dozen – Choose one color for windows, one for spray wax and one for interiors. Keep separate. $1.50 each or $15 per dozen
  • Spray Bottles with chemical labels. Do not mix chemicals in the same bottles. $1.00 each or $10 per dozen
  • Solvent Spray Nozzles
    • Gray Chemical Resistant - $2 each or $20 per dozen
    • Black High Volume Solvent Spray - $3 each or $30 per dozen
  • Toner Bottles, 16 oz. - $1.50 each or $15 per dozen
  • Grit Guard – Use for washing wool and foam pads in a bucket. $10 each