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Old 30th May 2012, 14:01   #5866
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I had mentioned about this company in the windshield thread. You can contact them and see if they have something in Mumbai. GLASSLOGICX.
That looks really interesting. We need these kind of services, providing quality glass treatment, scratch treatment and even glass replacement at the doorstep.

On another thread, I was lamenting that my broken rear glass would, in London, have been fixed by the end of the evening --- without having to book the car in and traipse to far-off dealers.

I hope their technology and service is better than their English, but I also hope they succeed. Thanks for the link

A good start would be to include contact details of their franchisees on the site!

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Old 30th May 2012, 23:04   #5867
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el lobo : Thanks a lot for the research and the good news !! Really appreciate it !

supertup : I think a combo of the Jopasu Duster followed by a quick detailing with ONR and a microfiber should do the trick just fine for you. Another suggestion would be to get one of those agro pump sprayers and use bucket wash concentration of ONR in it
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Old 30th May 2012, 23:44   #5868
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Any specific ways to take care of the leather? Seen posts which suggest usage of Formula solutions, but am more interested in knowing the Do's and Dont's with the original leather seats.
Especially the head rest area, where the dirt accumulation chances from hair is the maximum.
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Old 31st May 2012, 09:57   #5869
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Any specific ways to take care of the leather?r is the maximum.
Amway Leather cleaner and conditioner is a good DIY product that you can use easily to keep the leather clean and nourished. you can buy it online or through any Amway distributor.

If grime has embedded itself into the grooves and ridges of the leather, then you will need to seek professional help with stronger professional grade products !
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Question Classifying rubbing compunds : a baffled soul

A humble query to the experts : time and again we have been advised on using "rubbing compound" for minor scratches and its subsequent judicious use, so as not to make matters worse. But, I find it difficult to classify the various options avilable in the market. Whereas 3M Finesse or Perfect it series, are not available off the shelf, at least here in Indirapuram, there are Waxpol compounds available. Now, Waxpol has several variants and the website has only very superficial information.

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a) Rubbing compound : The white tin (Hi Finish) and there is this green tin
b) 2K rubbing compound : Black bottle and the "high cut" white bottle. (There is this MOTOMAX 2K rubbing potion as well adding to the woes!)
c) Finishing Compound for 2K and Clearcoat paints
d) UltraGlo Premium "polish" (misnomer??)
e) The ancient and classic orange tin carnauba (on a lighter note, seen my granddad using it on his Renault/Hillman, my dad on his Landmaster/Hindustan14/Herald/Fiat1100/M800 and my mom on her Surfrige refrigerator (big enough for seating 2 adults inside)

These, I have arranged in no particular order. I have kept the "F1 scratch out" league out, for the moment and the MNC brands. May I ask the gurus to coach us on the relative merits/demerits/use cases for the above? I doubt if there is a post specifically coaching us on the variants. Unlike sand papers, which have a number indicating the damage or good it can do, rubbing compound selection can be at most good guesstimates and not a knowledgeable choice for DIY laymen. Rudra da any pointers?

I am compulsorily "bedrested", with a suspected slipped disc/acute lower back pain...and to keep my mind form becoming a devil's workshop, been doing some studying on how to keep my OBlue Punto blemish-free in these hostile times. Hence the yearning for knowledge.
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Removing scratches from glass is a whole specialist topic in itself, with methods ranging from toothpaste to specialist products. Not easy.

Are you sure your windscreen is actually scratched? You can try a cream cleaner especially made for glass. I use Auto Glym, but I do not know if it can be found in India, and the last time I mentioned it, somebody pointed out how expensive it is even in UK (a little goes a long way, and is like deep cleaning for glass, so, used occasionally, the price of the bottle is not so bad). This should remove deposits and hard-water (mineral) marks that your wipers may have left.
You also get Turtlewax clearview glass polish. I use the same. A bottle of 500ml would cost around Rs. 300. It is a glass cleaner and polish. Pretty good stuff. It's marketed by xenos in India, so it should be easily available.
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I am compulsorily "bedrested", with a suspected slipped disc/acute lower back pain...and to keep my mind form becoming a devil's workshop, been doing some studying on how to keep my OBlue Punto blemish-free in these hostile times. Hence the yearning for knowledge.
If you are referring to minor scratches (which are mainly on the surface/ clearcoat), then Quixx Paint Scratch Remover will certainly work.

It comes with sand paper for the slightly deeper scratches.

But, if primer is exposed, then repainting is needed.

Where to buy it? I had purchased it from AutoMall which is probably closed. So, I cannot suggest another source at the moment.
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What's up with these car detailing product websites/companies shutting shop?

it seems Jopasu car care has also closed their Ebay storefront (after auto mall). I heard someone getting hands on Jopasu duster from Reliance Autozone near HSR Layout bangalore. Anyone been able to get one recently? if yes at what price?

I have sent a query through their website as well.
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...then Quixx Paint Scratch Remover will certainly work.
Thanks .

I know of QUIXX and I have read some good reviews.

My query however, is a little more towards understanding the uses and application scenarios, of the various types for rubbing compounds available. Especially from WAXPOL /common brands, as listed in my earlier post. I believe it would be very useful for the community to have a ready reckoner type, while deciding to buy and use rubbing compound.
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What's up with these car detailing product websites/companies shutting shop?

it seems Jopasu car care has also closed their Ebay storefront (after auto mall). I heard someone getting hands on Jopasu duster from Reliance Autozone near HSR Layout bangalore. Anyone been able to get one recently? if yes at what price?

I have sent a query through their website as well.
I got a Jopasu duster from Jewajee car decors in Chennai today at Rs 550 now. He mentioned that he is getting regular shipments from them.

One question to gurus here. Does frequent use of Jopasu and instant detailing lead to swirls marks?
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I got a Jopasu duster from Jewajee car decors in Chennai today at Rs 550 now. He mentioned that he is getting regular shipments from them.

One question to gurus here. Does frequent use of Jopasu and instant detailing lead to swirls marks?
Sridhar, Jopasu doesnt create swirls. I would suggest you get yourself a good microfiber and quick detailer. It will really help you to maintain the car without much swirls.
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Thanks MutantX. Have been using Jopasu, 4 different 3M mfs (blue for wet and yellows for dry and waxing) and quick detailer made out of ONR for more than a year now. Considering the dust in my neck of the woods, I prefer a two bucket wash to quick detailing and was wondering about long term usage of Jopasu and quick detailing on dusty cars. My wife and mom always complain about me spending too much on micro fibres.
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yes agreed. You can get water magnet towel which will cost you 750 rs and is perfect to dry the car. And for waxing you can yse the yellow ones which are extremely good as they bring out high shiny finish. Since yours is blue, it will be difficult to maintain and chennai is extremely dusty. I got the paint sealant treatment done at 3m and has really helped in maintain the car spic and span. Quick detailing is extremely easy now.
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A humble query to the experts : time and again we have been advised on using "rubbing compound" for minor scratches and its subsequent judicious use, so as not to make matters worse........Unlike sand papers, which have a number indicating the damage or good it can do, rubbing compound selection can be at most good guesstimates and not a knowledgeable choice for DIY laymen. Rudra da any pointers?
No answers? Gurus may kindly throw some light
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No answers? Gurus may kindly throw some light
Rubbing compound sole purpose is to remove scratches, blemishes, swirls & oxidation on paint. Rubbing compound come in different variants considering the amount of abrasives in it.

Best I know and I use is Meguiars SwirlX which does removes swirls & scratches by hand. If you have a DA, all the more better.

Meguiars have 3 rubbing compound depending on abrasives level.
  1. Megs Ultimate Compound : Removes oxidation and heavy duty scratch removes. To be used with caution.
  2. ScratchX 2.0 : Lighter abrasives than Ultimate Compound but handy to remove the scratches on daily basis.
  3. SwirlX : Best, removes swirls, scratches and gives a nice shine too. Works best with DA but you can work with hand which gives good result too.

I haven't used Waxpol or Motomax 2K, since SwirlX does the job for me.
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