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Old 21st May 2013, 08:19   #7411
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Thanks.

The closest one to me is the Bellary road one. Lemme check once I go for a refill.

Did you use any of them? Just curious.
No, i have not used them. Have plenty of towels to run out off before i need to purchase new ones
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On a similar note, I wet sanded to get rid of orange peel. results below, I think I did a decent job here:
Hi Sunny, those are more than decent results

You have achieved a glossy wet looking finish and in a light colored shade, which is a good achievement !

Did you wet sand the entire panel down ?
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A quick question. Is it ok to keep a pre-mixed ONR Wash & shine with water (in the same proportion suggested)

in a sprayer for ready-to-use for immediate/emergency/adhoc cleaning? Does pre-mixed solution lose its potency?

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A quick question. Is it ok to keep a pre-mixed ONR Wash & shine with water (in the same proportion suggested)

in a sprayer for ready-to-use for immediate/emergency/adhoc cleaning? Does pre-mixed solution lose its potency?

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Yes its absolutely ok to do so. I just used onr now on my car and this was mixed two months back when my first bottle of onr got over. It worked just fine and left a clean surface.
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Sorry guys, but after going through lot many posts I am all but confused !
Can someone help out - basic wax/polish/cleaning sequence and products required for Silver colored vehicle ?
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Hi Sunny, those are more than decent results

You have achieved a glossy wet looking finish and in a light colored shade, which is a good achievement !

Did you wet sand the entire panel down ?
Thank you! Its complete wet sand using 1500, 2000 grit papers and Meguiars 105 + PRC on Megs burgundy, LC Orange pads and a rotary. Left doors and fenders are left to be wet sanded down along with roof.

Earlier pics were without wax, these pics are with 2 coats of Meguiars M26 Carnauba Wax:

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Sorry guys, but after going through lot many posts I am all but confused !
Can someone help out - basic wax/polish/cleaning sequence and products required for Silver colored vehicle ?
Some basics
1. Cleaning- Use a good quality pH neutral shampoo
2. After that ideally need to clay the car (once in 3-4 months it maybe needed)
3. Apply any good polish by hand, there is nothing specific for silver cars. Many good brands are there, what do you have access to matters and what you have used earlier, if any? Good polishes like Megs UP or paint cleaners like Klasse AIO, Sonus Paintworks etc will give good results
4. Sealant/Wax- acrylic sealants gives great results for silver/light cars. Not that other sealants/waxes are not that great. You can apply Klasse SG, Sonus Acrylic Glanz or even sealants like Ultima Paint Guard Plus, Blackfire Wet Diamond, Collinite 845
If you car parked outside or inside?
What have you used earlier?
What is the current routine you follow?
That way can suggest better
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If you car parked outside or inside?
This might be going off the main topic. But since you mentioned, can I ask one thing?

My garage cannot accommodate the second car fully. Half of it will be exposed to the elements. Creating an additional structure is not impossible, but a bit cumbersome with respect to space and aesthetics. Is it okay for the paint / body for long terms if I park as such? Monsoons last long at my place.

I've seen cars parked on the streets in big cities like Bangalore due to lack of real estate. Was wondering how bad the elements have affected those cars in the long term.
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I was browsing through to find new car care products for my Pearl Black Vento and was surprised to see Ultimate Detailerz website listing various products available with them.

Good move my them as we can know the price of products, then and there itself.

Link.

Note: I'm no way associated with UD in any way.
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I've seen cars parked on the streets in big cities like Bangalore due to lack of real estate. Was wondering how bad the elements have affected those cars in the long term.
I park my car under a tree since the last two years. For the most part I have managed to keep it like this --

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So it depends on how motivated you are in keeping your car in good shape and shine!
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I park my car under a tree since the last two years. For the most part I have managed to keep it like this --

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And a lot of times, it stays like this --

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So it depends on how motivated you are in keeping your car in good shape and shine!
Hi Nileshch

Your car looks really beautiful and the way you have kept it is apparent from the shine!

In the second pic I see that the car cover you have put on is really a tight fit and perfect for the car. Can you help me with the details of this cover that you are using? is it the Tyvek one from VW?

Actually, I have a Rapid and my car is usally parked for weeks as its used only for highway runs. I keep my car covered with the cover which was provided to me with the car. Its a decent fit, however it doesn't fit as tightly as yours. Moreover, I cover the car after detailing and when i take off the cover after a week or two, I see considerable amount of dust on the car. Does this happen with your cover as well or is it just that I am using an inferior quality cover?
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While this discussion is a little OT here, I'll answer it for the sake of continuity.

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In the second pic I see that the car cover you have put on is really a tight fit and perfect for the car. Can you help me with the details of this cover that you are using? is it the Tyvek one from VW?
This Tyvek cover is not from VW but from Polco. I bought it from Reliance autozone and tested it on the car before purchasing it. I realised that the one that Polco sells for Vento is labelled as a C+ category cover and is much larger. It was flying around even after buckling it up. So I asked them to show the cover for C category cars and it fit perfectly -- not too tight and not too loose.

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Moreover, I cover the car after detailing and when i take off the cover after a week or two, I see considerable amount of dust on the car. Does this happen with your cover as well or is it just that I am using an inferior quality cover?
The dust collection might be due to the loose cover. In my case too there is some dust after about 2-3 weeks but less enough to disappear with a single wipe of Jopasu duster. You can't avoid dust in India anyway, even if Dupont claims otherwise!

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This might be going off the main topic. But since you mentioned, can I ask one thing?

My garage cannot accommodate the second car fully. Half of it will be exposed to the elements. Creating an additional structure is not impossible, but a bit cumbersome with respect to space and aesthetics. Is it okay for the paint / body for long terms if I park as such? Monsoons last long at my place.

I've seen cars parked on the streets in big cities like Bangalore due to lack of real estate. Was wondering how bad the elements have affected those cars in the long term.
Any unprotected car surface is exposed to all natural elements mainly UV, pollutants, tree sap, water in the rains.
A car parked outside is subject to more for sure. White cars very evidently show up oxidative damage and start looking cream from pure white when exposed a lot to the sun in a few months.
As nileshch has put correctly, it matters how much care we take but a basic principle in good care is to have a surface protected with a good quality sealant, always.

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While this discussion is a little OT here, I'll answer it for the sake of continuity.
This Tyvek cover is not from VW but from Polco. I bought it from Reliance autozone and tested it on the car before purchasing it. I realised that the one that Polco sells for Vento is labelled as a C+ category cover and is much larger. It was flying around even after buckling it up. So I asked them to show the cover for C category cars and it fit perfectly -- not too tight and not too loose.
Thanks! Ironically, on their website, they have prescribed C++ for Vento and same is for Jetta also. However, for polo its B++. This nomenclature is baffling!
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CarPro P.E.R.L - the only product that restored my trim to its original condition.

Yesterday had a chance to try out the PERL Id bought from Mr. Nirmal few days back. Since my only intended use was for the plastic trims, I mixed it in 1:3 ratio as advised by Corey aka CEE DOG on the autogeek forum.

Application was very easy.

1. Cleaned the surface with Meguiars APC 1:10 and a microfiber towel.

2. Sprayed 1:3 diluted P.E.R.L on to a Meguiars foam applicator pad and applied a base coat on the trim first. Let it dry.

3. Apply two more even coats on top of the other and dry after each coat.

4. Stand back and appreciate the finish.

Pros -

1. Very easy to apply. Various dilution ratios for different surfaces. One product for Plastic Engine Rubber and Leather.

2. Perhaps the only product that has restored my trim to like new condition.

Ive used a few trim maintenance products but Nothing has restored my trim like PERL. I do continue to use Meguiars Hyperdresser for my tyres and engine bay and its an excellent vfm product. Its great for trim in good condition. PERL is good for all sorts of trim.

3. Not prone to attracting dust. Has only been a day since Ive applied but there has been zero dust attraction overnight and till now. This is great unlike those cheap silicone based products which are nothing but dust magnets.


Cons -
1. Price but its cost effective as you require very small amounts to coat the plastics on the entire car. Approximately 5 ml but definitely less than 10ml. Atleast on my figo.

2. Yet to see more cons as testing period is still in progress. Will report back on this as the durability and other parameters are put to test.

Figo owners would have noticed how the plastic trim gets discoloured in 2 years of ownership and that has been my concern when detailing my car. The paint looked good but the faded trim spoilt the looks. Not anymore. Check out the pics.

Notice how the rear window trim has not been covered in PERL completely and a patch of earliwr faded trim is left behind. Now imagine this on the entire car.

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And here is my engine bay detailed with hyper dresser since March. Hasnt been cleaned for 3+ months. Hyperdresser funtioning to this day. So thats a good product except it cant restore my trim as much as PERL.

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Loved P.e.r.l so much that I applied it on the black plastics of my Karcher. Loving the new finish. with hyper dresser since March. Hasnt been cleaned for 3+ months. Hyperdresser funtioning to this day.

Will report back once Ive completed the tests.

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