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Old 12th November 2013, 11:02   #3271
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I find the road tar stick easily on the paint and difficult to remove.
You can use dedicated tar removers like Torx, but expensive. Clay is very effective in removing the tar spots and other deposits. Use the plastic sheet method to find the unevenness on the paint, depending on the depth, use an aggressive / moderate / mild clay. In most of the cases a mild clay is enough.
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Try Diesel for removing tar cheapest and best alternative.
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Try Diesel for removing tar cheapest and best alternative.
Diesel is also a good option unless you have to apply for a larger area, its good for small spots as it can strip off the wax / polish on the clear-coat. The safest option is to use polish / wax friendly materials.
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Diesel is also a good option unless you have to apply for a larger area, its good for small spots as it can strip off the wax / polish on the clear-coat. The safest option is to use polish / wax friendly materials.
For removing clear-coat you need to apply thinner. Diesel may strip wax / polish but it does not affect clear coat. At fuel stations diesel falls on the side panel of vehicles all the time while taking out pump nozzle but I am yet to see any car with paint damage due to diesel.

Waxing/polishing needs to be done again in any case.
If you apply any kind of rubbing compound or clay wax will get stripped.
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For removing clear-coat you need to apply thinner. Diesel may strip wax / polish but it does not affect clear coat.
I never said the clear-coat will be damaged.

"it can strip off the wax / polish on the clear-coat."

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Waxing/polishing needs to be done again in any case.
If you apply any kind of rubbing compound or clay wax will get stripped.
Polishing is not required every time you apply the clay. You can directly apply wax. Generally compound should be used only if it is necessary as we need to follow all the steps from scratch and compound is not a solution for tar spots.
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Generally compound should be used only if it is necessary as we need to follow all the steps from scratch and compound is not a solution for tar spots.
I am pretty uncomfortable with using rubbing compound and clay for DIY. You can do more harm than good if not careful. An experienced hands can do wonders. A little pressure on the wrong side and you have a eye sore. Not my cup of tea.

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Try Diesel for removing tar cheapest and best alternative.
Tried diesel, didnt work for me. Seems to be a stubborn one right on my bonnet. Its a small spot, but irritates me.

I'll try one of the tar removers for next wash.

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clay for DIY
Its not at all harmful, even a bad rub will not make an issue if it is used with the clay lubricant. You can try 3M to start with and later go for Mother's mild clay bar
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The Renault message is the correct one. Dealer can go back any day, like he did already. Ask them to refund your money if they cant deliver this week at the negotiated price and book W4 or Terrano. 60k increase doesn't make sense. That's a huge mark up.

And also drop your story on their facebook page.
Facebook post had no effect. I posted two messages on their page, I could not locate it later, don't know if they deleted it.

Update on my booking - dealer now says that there are production constraints on silver Dusters and hence it will be delayed further. I need to pick another colour but I'll get September models if I do so.
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I faced this on my Thunderbird recently. The buffing wheel had worn off so much that the guy rubbed off the layer of paint from the fuel tank to such an extent that the primer was visible. Will post a picture of it tomorrow.
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Oh Boy! that hurts.

Exactly the dreaded nightmare when rubbing and polishing goes wrong. Sorry for you TGO.
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Duster already has a 'very good' under chassis coating. The rubbery coating under the chassis is 3-4 mm thick.
I checked the under body coating thickness of some of the best selling SUVs in India, none of them has thickness more than 1mm. The wet film thickness ranges from 500 to 900 micron and dry film thickness will be less than 50 micron. So I doubt Renaut will be generous enough to provide 3-4mm thick under body coating in Duster.

Like some one said in this thread, those who are from coastal areas can opt for this coating. It will be benefitial in long term.
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Went to the service station to get the 'leakage' checked. The sales rep tells me Its cos of the AC drain pipe the water goes down; and It isn't leakage. Can anyone confirm this ? Do you guys have water dripping out from your duster after it has come to stand still ?
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Do you guys have water dripping out from your duster after it has come to stand still ?
A few drops may trickle after the AC and engine is switched off but not after that.
You can see this drain pipe below the gear box.
If water drops from somewhere else then its a concern.
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I checked the under body coating thickness of some of the best selling SUVs in India, none of them has thickness more than 1mm. The wet film thickness ranges from 500 to 900 micron and dry film thickness will be less than 50 micron. So I doubt Renaut will be generous enough to provide 3-4mm thick under body coating in Duster.

Like some one said in this thread, those who are from coastal areas can opt for this coating. It will be benefitial in long term.
You may be right here. I am not very firm on the thickness of coating here, but the service centre technician did tell me that it is much thicker than what they generally do using 3M/RubaSeal or Wurth material.
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Guys, my Duster 110 has just crossed the 5K mark today! Its been a very good experience so far with the car (leaving aside the horrible experience with the booking and delivery).

Whats been depressing is that possibly due to the size of the car, its already been scratched in several places by stupid drivers. Unfortunately I've to park the car outside, both at home and work, so there is nothing that can be done to prevent this. I'm waiting to hit the 10K mark, and am going to bite my tongue and get it painted up in the really scratched areas.

Another issue that has cropped up is an irritating squeak that is coming from the right back end of the car, when driving over bad roads or the rumble strips that are the flavor of the month in Delhi right now. I understand that there is a beading fix that Renault is providing free of charge to all Dusters - should I go in for this now or wait till the 10K service?

Any inputs on what else needs to be done at this stage? Is there any need for wheel balancing, air filter cleaning etc.? I'm planning a road trip to Chennai in December - 4000 kms up and down. So will return to Delhi and send the car straight for the 10K servicing then. I'm also planning to take the car in for an ICE upgrade - it'll be very minimal, just changing the speakers and putting in some additional damping (the only thing that I hate about this car is the flimsy doors!)

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