Archives for March 2007

Autogeek's March Newsletter: Optimum Savings!

Autogeek News:

To make shopping with us easier, you can now register at by creating a login name and password. Registering allows us to store your billing and shipping addresses so you don’t have to type them in each time you place an order. Registering is done over Yahoo’s secure server so your personal information is safe. No credit card information is saved. When your account information appears, you can even view past orders. If you move, you can change your address by logging in and clicking “change my information”. Registration is optional.
This is just one more way is making it easier to shop for your
favorite car care products online, hassle-free.

Autogeek Wallpapers are now available on Choose from 21 different designs from Corvettes to Lamborghinis . Just right click and choose “set as background”.

As promised last month, the
Pinnacle How-To DVD
is available for purchase on and The DVD demonstrates how to properly use each Pinnacle product step by step, along with detailed explanations of the Porter Cable 7424 and foam pad selection. Only $9.99

New from Pinnacle XMT Series:

XMT Heavy Duty Swirl Remover # 4 Polishing Compound

Finally! XMT has released a heavy duty compound
to complement the XMT Series of premium swirl removers.

XMT Heavy Duty Swirl Remover #4 is a true polishing compound with a high concentration of heavy grade abrasives. Concentrated abrasives increase the compound’s cutting power with minimal increase in compound haze. XMT Heavy Duty Swirl Remover eliminates your vehicle’s worst flaws to begin to restore the depth of color and gloss to even the most neglected paint finishes. If you’ve tried everything else and the paint just won’t improve, then step up to XMT Heavy Duty Swirl Remover #4.

Warning! This is a serious compound capable of removing the worst oxidation and scratches. It is not for use on new or like-new paint.

Industry News:

Cyclo’s manufacturer has ordered a price increase on all models of the Cyclo Dual Head Orbital Polisher. The new prices will take effect March 30. This week is your last chance to get the Cyclo at its current price!

New from Diamondite:

The Diamondite Handbook is now available!

This full-color, 24 page book describes each Diamondite product and kit, plus directions on how to get the best results. The book makes a great quick reference when you’re away from your computer. Get your copy by downloading it for free here or by placing a Diamondite order. Every order will receive a free book. The Diamondite book is
available on and

Diamondite Ultimate Bug Defense Kit

Guard your vehicle’s leading edges against bugs with this 7-piece kit. Apply
Diamondite Bug Blocker to your vehicle’s leading edges to prevent acidic bug
bodies from etching the paint. Coat the glass with Diamondite Glasswork
Shield to repel water, dirt and oil, and to make bug clean-up easier. Just

Kit includes:
12 oz. Diamondite Bug Blocker & Applicator
4 oz. Diamondite Glasswork Shield

2 Professional Bug Sponges
Cobra Microfiber Multi Scrubber Pad
2 Cobra Mango Breeze Microfiber Towel, 16 x 16 inches

Diamondite Perfect Vision Glass Combo

Save on Diamondite Perfect Vision Glass Cleaner and the Cobra Waffle Weave Microfiber Glass Towel. This is the ultimate combination for regular cleaning of all glass. Window tint safe. Just $14.99

NTS7 Kits

For a limited time, each kit purchase includes a FREE NTS7 hat! The hat is high quality 100% cotton with the embroidered NTS7 logo. One size fits all.


Lake Country Flat Foam Pads

Out with the old! We’re discontinuing Lake Country’s
regular foam pads in favor of the new CCS foam pads. All sizes of the old pads are on close-out. Save 20% on single 6.5 inch pads or 6 packs
! Save 25% on 8.5 inch pads and 6 packs!

Wolfgang Deep Gloss Spritz Sealant

Wolfgang’s deep gloss spray sealant is on close out! This polymer sealant mist adds additional protection to an existing base coat of Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant as it enhances the gloss and reflection. (Look for a new product to replace this one in the coming weeks!) Wolfgang Deep Gloss Spritz Sealant is regularly $17.99 but you can save $8.00 right now. Only $9.99

DP Final Gloss Booster Spray Wax

We recently reintroduced DP Final Gloss as a high gloss quick detailer, which means the old formula has to go! DP Final Gloss Booster is still an excellent spray wax and right now its available at an excellent savings. The 32 oz. size is just $9.99.

Special Values

Save on Meguiar’s Detailing Tools, Gold Class Car Wax Paste, Gold Class Spray Detailer, and more! Visit our Special Values page.’s Show ‘N Shine Contest

Every month, we’re putting an entire brand on sale. Detail your vehicle using the last step product made by the chosen manufacturer. Submit a photo of your work to the Show ‘N Shine thread on Each monthly winner receives a $100 gift certificate. A grand prize winner will be chosen in the fall to receive a $1000 personal check from Max.

This month, save on Optimum!
Visit our Optimum Special Values Page to see a complete list.

Brian writes:

“Hi Autogeek,

I drive a Ford Escape and there is a lot of vinyl exterior trim. Will Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant leave a white residue on the vinyl?

Thanks for your help!


Hi Brian,

Exterior trim pieces on many vehicles are very susceptible to staining and discoloration and should be protected with quality protectant made for protecting rubber & vinyl and use the Wolfgang Deep Gloss Sealant on paint.

Wolfgang Deep Gloss Sealant is an easy to apply paint sealant that is totally safe for clearcoats, paints, enamel, fiberglass, tile or any non-porous surface but it isn’t designed for use on porous surfaces such as rubber and vinyl trim and moldings.

For trim pieces you can use a product such as 303 Aerospace Protectant to protect and beautify the exterior trim. Apply the protectant to the trim before you wax your vehicle to provide a barrier that will help prevent your wax or sealant from getting into the pores of the trim and causing stains and discoloration.

Two leaders in car care; Klasse and Pinnacle Natural Brilliance.

Howard K. writes:

Dear Autogeek,

I have a new Audi S8 in Brilliant Black and want to maintain the new car finish. I have been reading the car forums and alot of members recomend using Klasse All In One, followed by Klasse Sealant Glaze and then topped with Pinnacle Souveran Paste Wax. Are these good products for a dark colored car?

Thanks for your help,


Hi Howard,

It’s true, Pinnacle Souveran, applied over a base of Klasse’s acrylic shine and protection, looks absolutely breathtaking on black. This combination of products will add shine, gloss and beauty while offering protection from the elements.

We read the forums too and have even assembled The Forum Favorite Kit.

The Forum Favorite Kit includes Klasse All In One, High Gloss Sealant Glaze, Pinnacle Souveran Carnauba Paste Wax and Pinnacle Crystal Mist Detail Spray plus the microfiber towels and applicators that you will need for proper apllication.

These are excellent products for maintaining the shine of your new Audi. Klasse acrylic protection topped with layers of Pinnacle Souveran will look incredible!

Ask The Experts at Autogeek

Do you have technical questions about our products and how to get the best results possible when detailing your vehicle? Autogeek has answers!

Email our TECHNICAL SUPPORT DEPARTMENT with questions about the use of any of our products. We are happy to help!

Michael S writes:

Dear Autogeek,

I recently purchased a 2006 Toyota Tacoma and when the sun hits it you can see all these little scratches all over the truck, but not if you look at it straight on, they are only visible if view it from an angle, it appears to be circular micro-scratches and swirls. I tried an over the counter wax product that is supposed to fill in scratches and swirl marks but it did not even lessen their appearance. What do you suggest to remove swirls? Can I do it by hand or will I need a machine? Also, what is a good paint sealant that you would recommend?

Regarding glass cleaning, I was cleaning my glass and I just cant find a glass cleaner that will not smear. What products would you suggest for streak-free glass care?

Finally, I am looking for a good car wash that will not leave water spots. I tried a self drying car wash and it left little spots all over and I had to use the DP Glass Restorer to get them out of the glass and use a cleaner wax to get them out of the paint. Thanks for your help!


Michael S.

Hello Michael,

A machine polisher is ideal for removing swirls and light scratches. It can be done by hand, but your hand (firmly holding a foam pad) will need to move rather quickly, like a machine, to do the job effectively.

Many over the counter products claim to fill in scratches and swirl marks but as you have seen, it is difficult to fill in and cover up scratches and swirls with a product that is designed to produce a clear, reflective paint finish. In fact, because of the shine and clarity that some wax provide, they may even amplify the appearance of scratches and swirls. Rather than try to fill them in, our goal is to remove the paint defects by using a machine polisher, foam pads and the appropriate swirl removers to smooth and polish the paint to perfection. Then apply a quality wax or sealant to protect your vehicle’s paint and amplify the shine.

If you are new to machine polishing, don’t be intimidated by the idea. Today’s dual-action polishers are very user-friendly and the staff at Autogeek has assembled all-inclusive Porter Cable kits to take the guesswork out of purchasing the correct accessories for the Porter Cable 7424 polisher. We even have instructional videos to help you learn how to use the Porter cable 7424 to remove light scratches and swirls, polish your paint and apply wax or sealant.

At Autogeek, we offer many quality waxes and sealants. Pinacle Liquid Souveran Wax is a liquid car wax with the protection and durability of a paint sealant and Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant is an excellent example of a slick, durable paint sealant that delivers a deep, wet, liquid shimmer that you’ll have to see to believe. Visit our Car Wax & Sealants page to view our complete line of car wax and sealant products plus informative tutorials to help you get the most out of waxing your car.

For crystal-clear, streak-free glass, give Diamondite® Perfect Vision Glass Cleaner Pump and a Cobra Waffle Weave Microfiber Glass Towel a try. Perfect Vision Glass Cleaner is a non-ammoniated glass cleaner for tough-to-clean automotive glass. Diamondite is an innovative product line comprised of the ultimate glass and plastic care systems.

Thanks for contacting us Michael. Hopefully these suggestions will help make your Tacoma shine like new!

Happy Detailing!