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Old 13th May 2012, 02:21   #5776
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I just wanted to know a small thing. Is it better to wipe a car with a cloth or use a sponge? I heard that sponge is better as it doesnt scratch it by rubbing against the dust on the car?
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I just wanted to know a small thing. Is it better to wipe a car with a cloth or use a sponge? I heard that sponge is better as it doesnt scratch it by rubbing against the dust on the car?
Don't use a sponge, buy a good quality MicroFiber towel. Also try to avoid dry wiping a car. Only wipe with shampoo or water. For everyday dry wiping (removing thin layer of dust), buy a Jopasu car duster.
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hi guys,
My i20 has a couple of deep-ish scratches on the interior (on the plastic material on the doors). Is there any way I can use something like clay to reduce them ?
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hi guys,
My i20 has a couple of deep-ish scratches on the interior (on the plastic material on the doors). Is there any way I can use something like clay to reduce them ?
Certainly not. Claying is for removing bonded contaminants from paint surface. It wont do anything to reduce scratches even on painted surface. Even a scratch remover or rubbing compound wouldn't help either in removing/reducing scratches on the interior trim. They are mean't for external use only.

I did rather suggest you to get Meguiars Natural Shine Spray for Rs. 570 from 3M Car Care stores. Absolutely worth it product. It cleans the interior plastic surface and gives it a nice shine. It can even be used on rubber & ORVM black plastic. Give it a try.
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Old 13th May 2012, 17:07   #5780
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Don't use a sponge, buy a good quality MicroFiber towel. Also try to avoid dry wiping a car. Only wipe with shampoo or water. For everyday dry wiping (removing thin layer of dust), buy a Jopasu car duster.
Thanks for the reply. Yes i will buy that. Also can you tell me which are the best Car shampoos? And i have also heard about using MITTS for car cleaning doesnt put scratches? Are MITTS good enough?
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Had been to METRO where I found this Black and Decker random orbital car polisher. It was not the cheap ones that you get on Ebay which runs on a cigarette lighter. So I decided to buy it as polishing the car by hand usually takes a lot of time. So came back home and today morning decided to test it. First I washed the car properly using my Bosch Aquatak and after that applied 1 coat of Collinite 845 and a final coat of Meguiars Tech wax 2.0. The job was so simplified that I finished applying all the layers of polish within 2 hours, which normally would take a whole morning. All the swirls are almost completely gone and the car feels like new.And the results are superb to say the least. Let the pictures do the talking.

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Would definitely recommend people to buy this as it saves a lot of time and its easy to operate as well. BTW the cost of this was Rs 2699.
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@rohittunga excellent results. Nice to hear that Black & Decker are selling this here in India. It definitely has more power than those which run off the cigarette lighter. It is listed at 120W, which IMHO, should be sufficient. BTW why did you first use collinite and then the tech wax? Shouldn't it be the other way around since Collinite is generally a last stage product. Why dont you try it this way instead?
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Shouldn't it be the other way around since Collinite is generally a last stage product. Why dont you try it this way instead?
I thing you are right. Collinite 845 is an insulator wax and probably should be applied last. May be I was too excited with the polisher that I started applying with the first wax bottle that I could lay my hands on .Anyways thanks for pointing that out.
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Had been to METRO where I found this Black and Decker random orbital car polisher. It was not the cheap ones that you get on Ebay which runs on a cigarette lighter. So I decided to buy it as polishing the car by hand usually takes a lot of time. So came back home and today morning decided to test it. First I washed the car properly using my Bosch Aquatak and after that applied 1 coat of Collinite 845 and a final coat of Meguiars Tech wax 2.0. The job was so simplified that I finished applying all the layers of polish within 2 hours, which normally would take a whole morning. All the swirls are almost completely gone and the car feels like new.And the results are superb to say the least. Let the pictures do the talking.

Would definitely recommend people to buy this as it saves a lot of time and its easy to operate as well. BTW the cost of this was Rs 2699.
Hi. Which metro did you buy it from?

Also where did you get the polishing and waxing pads?
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I got it from METRO yeshwanthpur. The applicator and the buffing pad was provided in the box itself. Nothing extra needs to be bought.
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I got it from METRO yeshwanthpur. The applicator and the buffing pad was provided in the box itself. Nothing extra needs to be bought.
Thanks for sharing info, i saw this and was thinking of buying it in Metro Hyd, but wanted to check the reviews. I think i would go for it,

Do they give different pads? I didn't see them around

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Here are the things that were present in the box

The center one is the machine, to the left is the buffing pad and to the right is the applicator pad.
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The polisher with buffing pad on.
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The polisher with the applicator pad on.
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Here are the things that were present in the box

The center one is the machine, to the left is the buffing pad and to the right is the applicator pad.

The polisher with buffing pad on.

The polisher with the applicator pad on.
Anyone knows if this is available in Mumbai and at which place.
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NXT tech wax is known for its swirl filling properties! I won't be surprised if swirls appear after nxt wears off!

Btw great looking paint there!

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Thanks for the reply. Yes i will buy that. Also can you tell me which are the best Car shampoos? And i have also heard about using MITTS for car cleaning doesnt put scratches? Are MITTS good enough?
Sponge means grout or sea sponge that have big holes and recesses to trap dust and encapsulated dirt while being soft and paint safe! Don't use the plain sponge! That's as bad as washing car with an applicator pad!

Lambwool and microfiber wash mitts are absolutely paint safe if used in conjunction with proper wash technique!

As for car shampoos, buy one with max cleaning power for when you have to wash stubborn dirt off! Never get those wash and wax products!(you're free to try them, but those never clean satisfactorily and the gloss and protection is minimal! You're better off with a dedicated shampoo and wax)

You'll have to scour your area for options!

And for maintenance and quick rinseless washes, get ONR(optimum no rinse) after using it, you'd never want to use the hose and shampoo wash!

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Here are the things that were present in the box

The center one is the machine, to the left is the buffing pad and to the right is the applicator pad.
That's a very good detailing done on the Linea. Now you have given me great idea for my next shopping list, i.e. B&D Random Orbit Polisher and at Rs. 2.7K its worth it when Megs DA cost almost Rs. 15K.
Certainly working by hands is very tough and working with Collinite 915 that I have is even tougher. This polisher would definitely ease the work. Any idea how much those pads cost?

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Anyone knows if this is available in Mumbai and at which place.
Let me know too, might as well purchase as working with hands has become too tough for me. I'm based at Sanpada, New Mumbai.

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Hi SAS,
Sorry last time I couldn't get time to do the detailing with my Karcher but I'm planning to do one after 28 May'12. Would let you know. We could certainly have a detailing party sort of. I don't know where is bhpian basky missing all the fun, you gave us the idea of it.
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