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In a continuing effort to make the internet safer, Google along with several major anti virus software companies has identified the Autopia detail forum site as harmful to your computer.
Autopia has been identified with numerous Trojan virus and information extracting malware.
We have since removed all links to autopia as a precautionary safety measure for our members and guests.
Autopia has long been suspected of using “malware” and has engaged in falsely accusing other sites of doing the same. Read More

Organic Wax vs non organic APC

Contrary to popular rhetoric, buffing an organic wax onto new automotive acrylic paint will not preserve the color or shine of your paint.

New paint does not come with swirl marks, Swirl marks are owner induced.

In fact it is the beginning of the end of your factory shine.

Sadly enough misinformed people continue to pass on bad advice.

1. They say waxing won’t hurt your cars paint.

2. They will tell you that wax and polish are the same thing.

3. They will tell you:  Here is what I do………( ultimately claying, abrasive polishing and waxing are involved )

4. These people are stuck in the past They haven’t a clue as to what they are talking about and none of their advice serves to preserve your paint.

Some people just don’t realize that things change, if they didn’t we would still have bias ply tires on our cars, but someone realized that radial tires were better. Read More

Clay: A much needed detail product or ”Silly putty”?

If you use wax, you probably heard of clay. Both have a negative effect on acrylic paint

Some actually tell you to use abrasive clay on a brand new factory paint job.
Not only is that excessive it’s senseless and damaging to the original factory finish.
Clay should never be used on a new car.
Some say clay is a necessary detail product and is needed from once a year to once a month.
They will tell you how smooth the paint feels once you clay it.
They will say, “Put a plastic sandwich bag over your hand and rub it along the car and feel the debris stuck in the paint”
They will tell you that, you have to use clay or your paint will never be smooth to the touch.
The truth is that clay is “Silly putty”, an example of excessive detailing. Read More

Sandpaper: The kiss of death to acrylic headlights

Sandpaper wet or dry is the kiss of death for acrylic / plastic headlights.

So you think using sandpaper to clean your lens is a good idea? Big mistake.

You cannot restore something by grinding it away, what works for one problem does not work for all.

Unless some shade tree mechanic or professional caveman has previously used abrasives or sandpaper cleaners on your headlight lens, it can be restored to like new in seconds with an acrylic lens deoxidizer.

Classic caveman statement:

It’s ok to sand your headlight because the UV layer is already damaged.

FACT: A damaged UV layer is better than no UV layer at all.

The normal wear on an exposed headlight will not create the clouding and damage that an abrasive cleaning will do. The chips and scratches you get from normal driving is not enough to cloud your lens and effect light projection. Read More

Is it wise to put wax on a new car?

That is the question many new car owners are asking and the answer is NOT to wax a new car.
It goes without saying that this a world of wax users and supporters.
Wax does produce a shine, that much is not disputed. It is how that shine is produced and the consequences of the methods used to create that shine that have created a sobering look at the pit falls of putting wax on modern acrylic paint.
There are several kinds of wax to be sure. Liquid, cream and paste.
You  can find people to swear by any one of these methods to keep a shine on their car. All of these methods have problems that the users have accepted as normal and choose to cope with under the belief that there is no other way to keep a shine on their automotive paint. Read More

How to start a successful Headlight cleaning business

Pittman ALR TSS option

Today modern acrylic projector headlights can cost well over a thousand dollars a piece.
One mistake with abrasives or sandpaper can put you out of business before you can get started.
What you need to know to start a successful headlight cleaning business.

#1 Know your craft. Guessing will not suffice if you seek longevity.

#2 Learn the difference between

UV damage, Oxidation, Surface damage and how to prevent them. The wrong solution can cause more harm than good.

#3 Value your customers. You want these people to come back and recommend you to their friends. Keep in mind, “people spend their money where they want to”.

#4 You are supplying a service and the quality of that service will determine the life or death of your business.

#5 People pay a professional when they want it done right. Be that professional.

What you need to know before starting a Headlight Cleaning Business.

The automotive headlight cleaning business is a booming industry and if you know the basics and have the proper training and tools you can make a comfortable living.

Fact: Most of the information you get about headlight cleaning does not apply to the most common problem. “oxidation” . Read More


ALR*C  aka KLR-CUT is the latest addition to ALR’s arsenal of oxidation fighters.

The advantage of ALR*C is that it is an all surface deoxidizer and it has built in conditioners.

This is a 360 degree all around Universal product that removes oxidation from paint as well as it does headlights.

ALR*C will give you the option of using a power buffer when applying to larger areas.

Its ability to cut heavy oxide deposits on all acrylic and  leave the surface smooth make it applicable for many jobs in aircraft and marine applications.

motorcycle shields, safety  glass, model trains and solar panels.

It is an economic alternative to the more popular ALR APC 360ID in which the deoxidizer and conditioner come in separate containers.

However the ALR APC 360ID offers the acrylic paint conditioner VaporWax 360ID in a separate container which gives you the option to put a VaporWax shine on your headlights and paint. If you have a older car with moderate to heavy build up of oxidation ALR*C will remove those oxide deposits and help you restore that vehicle to its original color with none of the mess associated with abrasive rubbing compounds. TYPE VEHICLES, OR OBJECTS  ALR, ALR*C APC 360ID REMOVE OXIDATION FROM
Pittman’s Original OneStep ALR and APC 360ID  are specifically designed to remove oxidation on contact the most heavily oxidized headlight lens and paint from:
Ford, Lincoln, MGF, MGTF, Mercury, GM, Pontiac, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Gulf Stream, Beech Craft, Peterbilt, Mac, Kenworth, Chevorlet, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth,
Porsche, Jeep, Jaguar, Nissan, Sterling, Subaru, Skoda, Smart, Ssangyong, TVR, Vauxhall, Lexus, Mercedes, Maserati, Toyota, Kia, Geo, Peugeot, Saturn, Suzuki, Hyundai,
Volvo, Volkswagen, Audi, Acura, BMW, X3, X5, X6, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Mini Cooper, Ferrari, Cooper, Soarer, Altezza, Infiniti, FX35, FX45, FX50, G35, G37, Q45, Q50, Saab, Alfa
Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Daewoo, Daihatsu, Ferrari, Fiat, Hummer,  Isuzu, Lamborghini, Lancia, Land Rover, lada, Lotus, MX7,  MX5,  RX8, Perodua, Peugeot,
Proton, Range Rover, Reliant, Renault, Rolls Royce,  Bentley Rover, Opel,  Honda,  Maxima, Camry, versa, titan, frontier, xterra, murano, pathfinder, armada, z, quest, altima,
tacoma, tundra, prius, matrix, yaris, corolla, four runner, highlander, RAV4, fj cruiser, sequoia, sienna, avalon, accord, civic, cr-v suv, odyssey, pilot, gx, ngv, sedan, honda,
element, ridgeline, s2ooo, fit, si coupe, mazda3, mazda5, mazda6, mx-5 miata, tribute, b-series truck.
This includes all plastic, acrylic, polycarbonate, projector headlights, head lights, headlamp,  tail light, headlights, watches, clocks,., tail lamps, light bar, convertible rear
window,  solar panels, boat and motorcycle windshields

2oz ALR*C Advanced Formula

Pittman’s Original VaporWax APC 360 Infinite Design


The popularity of VaporWax acrylic paint conditioner has caused concern among professional detailers.

The question they don’t want you to ask yourself is:

Are you trying to restore your paint job or preserve it?

A flawless mirror like shine every time

Excellent for protection against winter road salt

Most advice you get in Internet forums is not applicable to the preservation of new paint. The tools and products involved are designed for restoration not preservation. In the field of preservation VaporWax is unique and superior to all forms of wax.

New paint does not need fixing or restoring it needs preservation

As more and more people turn away from wax in search of alternatives.  An increasing amount of tension has manifested itself  within the detailers community. Many professional detailers who have made a living the old way are threatened by this progress. It signals the end of an era where their word was gospel

One Step ALR is the number 1 acrylic lens deoxidizer in the world and VaporWax, which is designed using the same science is the first Acrylic Paint Conditioner.  Both are Target Specific Systems designed to only to effect oxidation and acrylic molecules. Both work instantly.

There is reason for wax peddlers to be concerned as thousands of informed car owners rethink the sensibility of putting a dulling yellowing wax on modern acrylic paint.

Paint conditioning is very easy to do, no special skills or tools needed and VaporWax acrylic paint conditioner will give the same results every time and never yellow or dull no matter who applies it.