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Old 13th February 2012, 17:08   #5416
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You do not want to subject your car to the maximum output of a pressure washer anyway.
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Very very valid point. I have a Bosch aquatec 100plus whose pressure rating is 90 bar. I used a nozzle which shoots out pointed water once at our santro and the paint ripped off clean from the bumper!!!!
Always remembered it at the back of mind that not to subject the car to such high pressure when washing the car. While trying out my Karcher on my relatives car I used both the attachment that came with it and none of them resulted in any chipping of paint. Mostly used the dirt blaster attachment on the alloys and with one spray they were looking all new. Another good point of these high pressure washer is that the water wastage is very less compared to normal garden hose which most use to wash their cars.
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I cleaned my car today using one of the spray gun used at the barber shop instead of the usual two bucket method which I normally do every weekend. Car was not dirty but there was quite a bit of dust settled on it. This was the procedure followed, mixed 1 part of car shampoo(Amway car wash) with almost 10 parts of water in the spray gun to make something like a quick detailing solution. Sprayed it panel by panel and wiped it off with a MF cloth. Again the panel was wiped with a dry MF cloth. It really saved a lot of time and water. Using one filling of the spray gun I was able to clean the whole car.

Now is there anything wrong that Iím doing here? Because I just used a shampoo solution to clean and never used plain water to clean again Or is the shampoo so much diluted that it really doesnít matter to clean again with plain water.
I am not a detailing expert, but I have experimented with the very method that you have used and found it very good. Only additional thing I do is to rinse the MF towel in a small bucket with a make shift grit gaurd (an inverted vegetable basket), after each panel. Results for me with the instant detailer prepared out of amway shampoo is almost on par with ONR except that it is a bit more soapy, which goes away while wiping with the MF. The shine is more on the amway than ONR but ONR cleans better than the instant detailer made with amway shampoo. I use the pump & spray cans available in Shell petrol bunks which is easy on your fingers.
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except that it is a bit more soapy, which goes away while wiping with the MF.
Now that's something that I’ve been thinking about. Since its soapy the paint might still be coated with shampoo and it has not been rinsed with the plain water. So will it do more harm than good and damage the paint surface in long run?

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Now that's something that Iíve been thinking about. Since its soapy the paint might still be coated with shampoo and it has not been rinsed with the plain water. So will it do more harm than good and damage the paint surface in long run?
One of the amway product specialist who demoed the product to my friend in the amway network claimed that the shampoo is safe on paint and can be used in a no rinse mode even though the direction on the bottle suggest rinsing. In the demo that my friend attended, he did not do the rinsing and suggested to dust off the residue after the water dries

Hence being confused, had asked this question earlier in this thread and got a couple of answers.

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I have some small spots on my fiesta bumper where the paint has chipped off as i used to softly nip it with my flower pots lol. Is there any small package of diamond white paint available that can be applied using a small brush to cover these small spots?
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I have some small spots on my fiesta bumper where the paint has chipped off as i used to softly nip it with my flower pots lol. Is there any small package of diamond white paint available that can be applied using a small brush to cover these small spots?
Checkout this Aeroaids Corporation - Com-Paint Touchup Spray Paint, Aerosol Spray Paint Manufacturers

I am using this for my WagonR, Karizma and City.
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Guys I am looking for a good tyre polish/shiner. I have heard about 3M and Com-paint's tyre glaze brands. Please recommend a good one.

Is polishing the sidewalls of bikes safe? (reduced traction?)
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Old 19th February 2012, 19:07   #5423
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Guys I am looking for a good tyre polish/shiner. I have heard about 3M and Com-paint's tyre glaze brands. Please recommend a good one.

Is polishing the sidewalls of bikes safe? (reduced traction?)
There are several good products. Essentially any plastic protectant should do the trick if you do not want to spend on a new product. If you do go for a dedicated product, use the Eagle 1 tire gel. You can search that on Ebay. You should get it for around Rs 500. It should last a while.

Never use any shiner product on the car pedals (accelerator, clutch or brake).

And never ever use any such product on a bike tire sidewall. Please keep the bike sidewalls clean and dry. Even the slighest oil based product can be a disaster on them. Not just the tires but even the footpegs, handle bars, seats and seat grips. All these should be dry and without any shiner / wax / protectant..
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There are several good products. Essentially any plastic protectant should do the trick if you do not want to spend on a new product. If you do go for a dedicated product, use the Eagle 1 tire gel. You can search that on Ebay. You should get it for around Rs 500. It should last a while.

Never use any shiner product on the car pedals (accelerator, clutch or brake).

And never ever use any such product on a bike tire sidewall. Please keep the bike sidewalls clean and dry. Even the slighest oil based product can be a disaster on them. Not just the tires but even the footpegs, handle bars, seats and seat grips. All these should be dry and without any shiner / wax / protectant..
Thanks.

You meant to say that I should not use any product on bikes and just for cars?
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Thanks.

You meant to say that I should not use any product on bikes and just for cars?
Not really. There are several plastic and rubber surfaces on bikes which are more prone to wear and environment hardships than on cars. For example, the plastic mudguards, plastic sidepanels, center console, rear view mirrors plastic, etc. If you apply a protectant on them, they shall last longer and give very good asthetic effect.

The only caution is using them on control surfaces like tires, handlegrips, footpegs etc. You should not use the protectant on those areas. Remaining areas is perfectly fine.
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Is there any small package of diamond white paint available that can be applied using a small brush to cover these small spots?
One piece of advice to all touch-up jobs: If you have a major dent or scratch and want it done under an insurance claim, you will not be entitled to get it. The policy rules do not cover parts that have been touched up previously. It is better to get the whole part re-painted under claim rather then getting it touched up & getting disqualified for any claim further on. It only makes sense in an old card where depreciation eats up.

So pleaseo decide on your own considering the age of the car, not getting a NCB, cost involved etc..
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One piece of advice to all touch-up jobs: If you have a major dent or scratch and want it done under an insurance claim, you will not be entitled to get it. The policy rules do not cover parts that have been touched up previously. It is better to get the whole part re-painted under claim rather then getting it touched up & getting disqualified for any claim further on. It only makes sense in an old card where depreciation eats up.

So pleaseo decide on your own considering the age of the car, not getting a NCB, cost involved etc..
True. But please weigh the loss of the no claim bonus vis-a-vis the cost of getting it repaired without an insurance claim. If it is small spots on the bumper, it makes sense to touch up rather than go for insurance claim. That's just me and my thoughts and the more economical way out, I know few people who would like to get the whole bumper repainted to maintain their car pristine...
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If it is small spots on the bumper, it makes sense to touch up rather than go for insurance claim.
Agreed. Now imagine that you touched up the bumper and after a week you get a major dent on your bumper by accident. The insurance company will lay its hands off just because you had a minor touch-up before (which the surveyor will catch without fail).
That is a far worse situation as you would neither bear that ugly dent, nor get any help from your insurance.
You have to fork that big sum from your pocket. Sad & Simple.
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@KKVaidya true, didn't know they are so finicky. Have you or anybody has any bad experience with minor touch ups on bumpers and which insurance company was it?
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@KKVaidya true, didn't know they are so finicky. Have you or anybody has any bad experience with minor touch ups on bumpers and which insurance company was it?
Yes man they are very finicky. The photographs taken by the surveyor are meticulously zoomed and checked for details and any such discrepancy will straight away reject the whole claim. So there is no chance of the surveyor favoring the customer/bodyshop.
I had a similar experience with Bajaj Allianz. But all Private insurance companies go into the details. I do not have much idea about the PSUs but i am sure considering the competition they have upgraded and made themselves aware.
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