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Old 29th February 2012, 16:57   #5446
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I checked the Maguiar's Water Magnet towel today morning at 3M Car care in Pune and it costs a bomb (700+). Is it really worth that much? No idea about Cobra MF towel's cost.
Well it is still better considering Viking drying towel 6.25 sqft costed me close to Rs. 900. MF towels and Meguiars products are always expensive.
Meguiars is like what Apple is in tech world.
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Karcher attachments are quite costly considering the quality, you wont be disappointed. The prices were somewhere between 16-20 A$ for each of them. So IIRC for 40 A$ I had got both of them. Prices are more or less same.


Yeah, of course. It save the hassle of attaching the water pipe to the water inlet using those metal rings(which have a screw to tighten them). Using high pressure cleaner, has a very high back pressure so a hose connector set saves the time of connecting the water pipe every time.

In the below image you can see that hose connector set has three parts. The first one(on the left) connects to the water inlet of Karcher. Second part is the one in which the water pipe is inserted(center) and third part is used to secure the pipe(on the right) from coming out due to high back pressure.

The (second+third) part can be easily detached from first part which it very easy to remove the water pipe from the Karcher. No hassle of those metal rings and no need to drag the water pipe all along, as you can detach it any time. So in the end its all about convenience.
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Another View of the hose connector set parts.
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As in the below you can see the hose connector set can be attached to the water filter which in turns connects to the water inlet of Karcher.
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Hope I have explained it clearly even though its very rough representation.


Thanks. The next detailing will need to wait till 28 May'12 as I have got my PG exams coming up. If I did get time in between which I'm sure than surely would try doing it.

Meguiars product are very respectable and does what it has been advertised for. In Banglore you have very good shops which keep stock of such products whereas in Mumbai its very difficult to source such products. If you do get the Maguair's water magnet do let us know about the experience, till then Viking is the best I have found as yet.
There couplers are not available in my city. Do you have a link from where I can get these online?
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Old 29th February 2012, 17:38   #5448
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In Australia almost everyone uses this type of connector as such because the taps over there have threading on the outside by which you can attach it. Its saves the time of attaching and detaching every time. I doubt I would be able to find it here in India. The one which I bought, the quality is good, hope it last long.
No problem with the British-bought item fitting this kind of Indian tap...

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The fittings that came with out Bosch washer said "Samson" on them. Indian make, but we've never been able to find them anywhere else in Chennai.


I was browsing the meguilar's catalogue a couple of days back (UK version. They do a genuine chamoise ... would work out at over Rs.1,300, rough conversion!

This is what my father would have used on a car. You just load them up with the water, squeeze them out, and load them up again. Streek-free result! The trouble is when they dry out and go hard (Meguilar's claim theirs don't!) they are never the same again.

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Dirt blaster without doubt will rip the wax off the car whereas the 1-way spray if used from a distance will not cause any damage.
Hey that's new to me. You mean to say that just by washing a car with a forced jet of water will remove the wax coat? Can you please elaborate?
I am of the mentality that you need to use a rubbing compound to remove wax!
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You can damage the paint itself, let alone the wax, with a high-pressure jet!
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There couplers are not available in my city. Do you have a link from where I can get these online?
Finding these couplers would be like finding needle in a haystack in India. I'm sure somewhere it may be available but where, no idea.

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No problem with the British-bought item fitting this kind of Indian tap...

I was browsing the meguilar's catalogue a couple of days back (UK version. They do a genuine chamoise ... would work out at over Rs.1,300, rough conversion!

This is what my father would have used on a car. You just load them up with the water, squeeze them out, and load them up again. Streek-free result! The trouble is when they dry out and go hard (Meguilar's claim theirs don't!) they are never the same again.
Nice fitting done on the Indian tap.

I too have chamois but when it dries out it turns very hard. For Rs. 1300 its very very expensive and guess what sort of engineering they would have done to keep it soft than turning hard. Better off with Rs. 750 Meguiars Water Magnet towel.
I did still prefer drying towel over chamois.

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Hey that's new to me. You mean to say that just by washing a car with a forced jet of water will remove the wax coat? Can you please elaborate?
I am of the mentality that you need to use a rubbing compound to remove wax!
The dirt blaster attachment from Karcher surely can easily rip paint, leave apart wax because of the pin point throw it can damage the paintwork and its only meant to be used for washing the under belly and wheel well. The other attachment 1-way spray wont effect the wax or the paintwork.
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I use the Sonax Synthetic Chamois and it works pretty well. I also have a genuine chamois. The synthetic chamois cost me 230 bucks and is well worth it. I use that and then a quick wipedown with a MF cloth and it is streakfree finish!.

By the way, I have done a test on the Collinite 845 which I have posted in the C845 thread. Do let me know your thoughts. I am up for some more such 'tests'.

Recently got my car cleaned by the 3M at Viman Nagar (interior basic package) cost me 1300 bucks but was well worth it. My rear seat had multiple stains and they got them off.
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The dirt blaster attachment from Karcher surely can easily rip paint, leave apart wax because of the pin point throw it can damage the paintwork and its only meant to be used for washing the under belly and wheel well.
Can you please explain more on how the dirt blaster attachment functions? I mean does it expel the water at a pin-point with massive pressure or is there something else involved like expelling the water at an angle or mixing something (shampoo) with water?

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Can you please explain more on how the dirt blaster attachment functions? I mean does it expel the water at a pin-point with massive pressure or is there something else involved like expelling the water at an angle or mixing something (shampoo) with water?
Actually it gives out 50% more water in continuous rotation. There is no shampoo or mixing involved, just plain water. The below video should give you a better idea.
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My first attempt at engine detailing. Focussed just on the black parts today. Will improve on this soon!

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My first attempt at engine detailing. Focussed just on the black parts today. Will improve on this soon!
Nice. Did you use any liquid for the finish or is it just plain wipe off with wet cloth?
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Well it is still better considering Viking drying towel 6.25 sqft costed me close to Rs. 900. MF towels and Meguiars products are always expensive.
Meguiars is like what Apple is in tech world.
Where did you pick up the Viking?
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Has anyone observed colour fading or blushes in original paint of Hyundai Santros particularly the Silky Silver colour?
I have heard a number of complaints from Santro owners about the blotches in factory paint. It is mainly the bonnet, hood and the top portion of the hatch that gets affected. Could it be due to the sun exposure?

Need to know what causes such problems in a car painted at the factory?
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Where did you pick up the Viking?
From BringingBest Impex, New Delhi. Link.
Emaill to Sanjay at sanjay@bringingbest.com and he will let you know the current prevailing prices. He ships it through DTDC Air and its always a pleasure to transact with him.
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From BringingBest Impex, New Delhi. Link.
Emaill to Sanjay at sanjay@bringingbest.com and he will let you know the current prevailing prices. He ships it through DTDC Air and its always a pleasure to transact with him.
Ah ok, He quoted 1259 when I emailed recently.

Got some Finish Kare 215 cleanerwax and sealant from him as well and tried it out, seems like a nice product

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They recommend a top up with another wax like collinite, will do that tomorrow if I'm not feeling lazy
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