Go Back   Team-BHP > Under the Hood > Technical Stuff


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 28th April 2013, 00:23   #7306
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Thad E Ginathom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 7,552
Thanked: 6,597 Times
Default Re: A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide

There is such a variety of scrubbing and cleaning brushes available in hardware shops and even supermarkets. It's just a case of "Window shopping" and using the imagination as to what will come in useful. In fact, it was my wife who pointed out that the brush I now use for it might be good for cleaning the alloy wheels
Thad E Ginathom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th April 2013, 00:46   #7307
BHPian
 
NOS Power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 388
Thanked: 55 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Thad E Ginathom View Post
There is such a variety of scrubbing and cleaning brushes available in hardware shops and even supermarkets. It's just a case of "Window shopping" and using the imagination as to what will come in useful. In fact, it was my wife who pointed out that the brush I now use for it might be good for cleaning the alloy wheels
True. Like using icecream stick wrapped with any cloth to clean blower vents.
NOS Power is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 30th April 2013, 08:53   #7308
BHPian
 
Parthasarathig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Pothole-city
Posts: 887
Thanked: 488 Times
Default

Hey guys
I was researching a few days back about the Collinite waxes. According to the site faqs, the durability in decreasing order is as follows:-

1. 476
2. 915
3. 845

This however seems contrary to popular belief that the 845 is the most durable. Since the 915 contains the highest amount of carnauba, I had thought that it should be least durable of the 3.

Anyone has any idea about this?
Parthasarathig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th April 2013, 09:02   #7309
BHPian
 
NOS Power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 388
Thanked: 55 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Parthasarathig View Post
Hey guys
I was researching a few days back about the Collinite waxes. According to the site faqs, the durability in decreasing order is as follows:-

1. 476
2. 915
3. 845

This however seems contrary to popular belief that the 845 is the most durable. Since the 915 contains the highest amount of carnauba, I had thought that it should be least durable of the 3.

Anyone has any idea about this?
Well carbauba itself is very durabile, so higher the amount, more durable and shiny will be the wax. But that said, it is confusing, considering 845 is known to be more durable than 915, though not considerably.
While majority consumers in the states say 845 lasts between 5-6 months, 915 goes to 5 months without a hitch.
NOS Power is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 4th May 2013, 19:43   #7310
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Greater Noida
Posts: 20
Thanked: 17 Times
Default Re: A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide

Quote:
Originally Posted by Parthasarathig View Post
Hey guys
I was researching a few days back about the Collinite waxes. According to the site faqs, the durability in decreasing order is as follows:-

1. 476
2. 915
3. 845

This however seems contrary to popular belief that the 845 is the most durable. Since the 915 contains the highest amount of carnauba, I had thought that it should be least durable of the 3.

Anyone has any idea about this?
I've been using Collinite 915 and can vouch for it's durability. It lasts for 3-4 months easily. Plus, single can of the 915 goes a long way! Like seriously long.

I have applied the wax about 6-7 times on my Punto (full body with double coating on bonnet and boot) and have only used 25% of the can till now.

Only pain with 915 is the effort. It requires some serious elbow grease to complete the whole car! So you gotta have the time & determination

Or else go for 845, which is way easier to use.
Hulk is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 4th May 2013, 20:08   #7311
BHPian
 
Parthasarathig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Pothole-city
Posts: 887
Thanked: 488 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NOS Power View Post

Well carbauba itself is very durabile, so higher the amount, more durable and shiny will be the wax. But that said, it is confusing, considering 845 is known to be more durable than 915, though not considerably.
While majority consumers in the states say 845 lasts between 5-6 months, 915 goes to 5 months without a hitch.
Thanks for the clarification.

The doubt that comes now is if carnauba os durable then why not use wax instead of sealants. What is therefore the specific advantage of sealants? As sealants have a longer curing time while wax doesnt and other such differences.

Btw, the durability period that you have mentioned, is it just wax itself or needs regular coating of quik waxes after every wash? Ive a doubt about that. Arent wash and wax shampoos sufficient or ph neutral shampoos, or do we mandatorily need to apply a coat after each wash.
Parthasarathig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th May 2013, 20:53   #7312
BHPian
 
NOS Power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 388
Thanked: 55 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Parthasarathig View Post

Thanks for the clarification.

The doubt that comes now is if carnauba os durable then why not use wax instead of sealants. What is therefore the specific advantage of sealants? As sealants have a longer curing time while wax doesnt and other such differences.

Btw, the durability period that you have mentioned, is it just wax itself or needs regular coating of quik waxes after every wash? Ive a doubt about that. Arent wash and wax shampoos sufficient or ph neutral shampoos, or do we mandatorily need to apply a coat after each wash.
The basic nature of carbauba is that it dries or hardens fast. Carnauba is basically a natural ingredient coming fron trees in Brazil. It protects trees from harsh climatic conditions. Sealants are made from chemicals. It is easier to create a sealant which is ultra durable. Sealants and carnauba waxes have different levels of gloss and durability due to varying composition levels. For e.g. Collinite's 476 is made to be ultra durable but gloss isn't the best. On the other hand 915 is the glossiest of all collinites but durability is not as great as 476.

I know it can get confusing especially when most manufacturers have multiple products having different capabilities, so the easiest answer is that sealants are more durable whereas waxes provide a better gloss.

If you want the best of both worlds I would recommend using Optimum Opti-Seal as your base protection layer, simply because it is one of the top 3 most durable sealants in the world. And on top of that put a layer of either Collinite's 915 or (if you can bring it down) Pinnacle's Sovereign Ultimate Paste wax.

These are just my suggestions and knowledge, I would ask the experts, Nirmal, Notorious, Sohail to throw more light.
NOS Power is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 4th May 2013, 21:43   #7313
Senior - BHPian
 
samsag12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: City of Nawaabs
Posts: 1,602
Thanked: 191 Times
Default Re: A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide

Here's the result of 3 days of hard labour, have used the following products in order shown below. BTW the car in question is 3 yrs. old with no professional treatment at all.

ONR for cleaning the surface
Formula one Liquid compound for compounding dull areas.
Meguiars hi tech yellow wax- 2 coats
Collinite Insulator wax 945 - 1 coat.

The result.

PS: Sorry for the crap quality pics, was a hurried job using a phone cam.
Attached Thumbnails
A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide-010520131802.jpg  

A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide-010520131804.jpg  

A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide-010520131805.jpg  

A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide-010520131809.jpg  

A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide-010520131821.jpg  

A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide-010520131824.jpg  

samsag12 is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2013, 07:24   #7314
BHPian
 
darthvader's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kanpur
Posts: 160
Thanked: 6 Times
Default Re: A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide

Quote:
Originally Posted by darthvader View Post
Do you know where one can get Optimum Opti Clean from? I found it on car.studio (EBay India) but they refunded my money yesterday after being unable to source it in time.

What has happened to Carpolish.in? Have they closed down?

Ordered Meguiar's All Purpose Cleaner from vicky.in/shopping, and they too are unable to send it, and claim to have refunded my money.
Hi, its been a year since my last post on this thread. I was wondering if anyone can suggest how I can get hold of Optimum Opti Clean in India.

And if not, please suggest some alternatives. I have a black Chevrolet Cruze..
darthvader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2013, 08:26   #7315
BHPian
 
NOS Power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 388
Thanked: 55 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by darthvader View Post

Hi, its been a year since my last post on this thread. I was wondering if anyone can suggest how I can get hold of Optimum Opti Clean in India.

And if not, please suggest some alternatives. I have a black Chevrolet Cruze..
Contact www.Ecocarcare.asia . They stock optimum products.
NOS Power is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2013, 20:01   #7316
BHPian
 
funkyp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 456
Thanked: 92 Times
Default Re: A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide

of the late my beauty is being troubled by a lot of bird droppings (owing to parking under trees when i go out). usually i take care to clean it asap to avoid damage to the paint.

However, the last time i didnt and the droppings stayed on for a couple of days, almost baked into the paint by the sun

i finally cleaned it today with a lot of effort using ONR OD and a MF cloth. Although the droppings have gone, some of them have left a mark on the paint, particularly on the roof. is it damage to the clear coat of just the wax layer thats eroded off?
funkyp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2013, 22:40   #7317
BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 171
Thanked: 199 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by funkyp View Post
is it damage to the clear coat of just the wax layer thats eroded off?
Hard to say without a picture or seeing in person. Most likely it is clear coat, try some polish on the marks it should go away.

If you don't have a polish readily in stock, try Rs 75 sample pouch of Megs ultimate polish, that should take care of it.
linuxmanju is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th May 2013, 09:25   #7318
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sydney, AU
Posts: 831
Thanked: 562 Times
Default Re: A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide

Can someone suggest a cleaning aid for leather seat cover - It was fitted from the dealership. Also how to clean the plastic parts of the door interiors..?
MaxTorque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th May 2013, 10:07   #7319
Senior - BHPian
 
Captain Slow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,213
Thanked: 498 Times
Default Re: A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide

Quote:
Originally Posted by MaxTorque View Post
Can someone suggest a cleaning aid for leather seat cover - It was fitted from the dealership. Also how to clean the plastic parts of the door interiors..?
You can use a form cleaner from STP or the interior cleaner from Sonax/armorall

Personally I use the form to clean leather + the plastic door pads. After the cleaning the door Pads I use (STP, Formula1 or any ) plastic protectant to keep them shining.
Captain Slow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th May 2013, 11:22   #7320
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sydney, AU
Posts: 831
Thanked: 562 Times
Default Re: A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide

@Captain Slow

Thanks for the quick reply. If you don't mind can you list out the exact product names..?

Last edited by MaxTorque : 6th May 2013 at 11:51. Reason: Tried to edit the quote.
MaxTorque is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Car Detailing and Cleaning - 3M Car Care (Koramangala, Bangalore) nareshtrao Bangalore 25 25th October 2016 15:12
Professional Car Detailing - Sparkle Detailing (Delhi) tsk13 Delhi NCR 11 22nd October 2016 08:34
Windshield Polishing & Detailing: Glass Polish India Ltd (Chembur, Mumbai) Epic Mumbai 3 23rd March 2016 10:25
Car Cleaning & Polishing: Thejas Autospa (Phoenix Mall, Chennai) razorBlades Chennai 3 24th August 2015 11:05
Cleaning, Polishing, Painting, etc - Carz Spa (Mangalore, KA) james Other Cities 6 20th December 2013 10:21


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 18:33.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks