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Old 12th August 2013, 12:54   #7756
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Guys, there is so much info on this thread, I'm not able to come to a conclusion.

Request some advice..

Yesterday when giving my 1 month old blue Figo the weekly car wash, I noticed minor scratch marks on the bonnet, just above the logo. It looks like it's been done by some miscreants when I've parked somewhere.

Now the good thing is it's very light and I'm sure a little rubbing will remove these scratches. I got the 3M paint sealant done a month back, so I'm guessing that wax coating should also have helped in lessening the damage ?!
What's the best way to get this off ?

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Now for the daily dusting, I use the Jopasu Duster and I am very impressed with it. Right now for the weekly water wash, I'm using just water and cleaning / drying with a microfibre cloth. I once used normal hair shampoo though to get off extra dirt

So now I've got to buy some good stuff to clean and maintain the paint and from this thread is looks like Meguiars products are good. Should I go for a wash and wax kind of solution or shampoo & wax separate ? Also, should I go for a wax or a paint sealant ? - Any recommendations ?
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Old 12th August 2013, 18:12   #7757
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Guys, when I was filling petrol at a new petrol pump, the attendant had pasted a petrol label sticker in my petrol tank cover. Later when I was cleaning my vehicle, noticed and tried to remove it. I managed to get rid of some portion alone. This has left my petrol tank cover with the remnants of the adhesive and torn plastic petrol label. How do I remove it completely?
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A touch of bonnet detailing, still lots of scratches though which aren't showing in this pic
The bonnet still looks shiny and neat. Good job ! Can you share the materials used and the modus operandi and also if it was done by yourself or by a detailer? Thanks.
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Guys, when I was filling petrol at a new petrol pump, the attendant had pasted a petrol label sticker in my petrol tank cover. Later when I was cleaning my vehicle, noticed and tried to remove it. I managed to get rid of some portion alone. This has left my petrol tank cover with the remnants of the adhesive and torn plastic petrol label. How do I remove it completely?
Hair dryer / heat gun at low heat should work wonders.
If you do not have access to those, try lighter fluid or nail polish remover - but beware as they are solvents. Use at your own discretion.
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Hair dryer / heat gun at low heat should work wonders.
If you do not have access to those, try lighter fluid or nail polish remover - but beware as they are solvents. Use at your own discretion.
I do not have access to any electrical panels in my parking area. BTW, my car color is off black/purple. So bit hesitant to use the nail polish remover. Will wait for more recommendations.
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Guys, when I was filling petrol at a new petrol pump, the attendant had pasted a petrol label sticker in my petrol tank cover. Later when I was cleaning my vehicle, noticed and tried to remove it. I managed to get rid of some portion alone. This has left my petrol tank cover with the remnants of the adhesive and torn plastic petrol label. How do I remove it completely?
I would suggest you use kerosene instead of nail polish remover or petrol. It will not damage the paint. I have tried it once and it has been effective.
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I'be used WD40 to remove the remnants of parcel tape, which is really hard to remove from any surface. I don't think there is any possibility of it causing any damage.

Otherwise, there are branded stick-stuff removers but I haven't seen in India.
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I would suggest you use kerosene instead of nail polish remover or petrol.
Sourcing it would be a pain nowadays atleast in my place. Will hunt for it.

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I'be used WD40 to remove the remnants of parcel tape, which is really hard to remove from any surface.
Googled and found WD40 is a must have in our garage. How much does it cost and from where I can source it.
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WD40 should cost you somewhere Rs.200 - 250 for 400ml. You can source it from any reputed hardware or electrical shops and is easily available.
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WD40 should cost you somewhere Rs.200 - 250 for 400ml. You can source it from any reputed hardware or electrical shops and is easily available.
Anybody from Hyderabad can tell me where I can purchase this.
I will give a try at my local shops, but they aren't reputed.
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Anybody from Hyderabad can tell me where I can purchase this.
I will give a try at my local shops, but they aren't reputed.
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WD40 if not available ask for Zorrick 88. Same stuff just Indian branded.
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Use sparingly: the can will last a long, long time!

I have also used WD40 to remove chewing gum (spat at by a biker I screamed at) from the bonnet, after everything else I tried just spread it as a nastier, stickier mess.

Use WD40 also on your tools, etc, to prevent rust. It is even said to repel rats, but never spray when the engine is hot (aerosol fire risk) and keep off the surfaces that will get hot.

Of course, it is a great lubricant and freer of stuck bolts etc.

I seem to remember that the WD40 web site lists hundreds of uses that customers have put the stuff to. One of the wonders of the modern age!
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Use sparingly: the can will last a long, long time!

I seem to remember that the WD40 web site lists hundreds of uses that customers have put the stuff to. One of the wonders of the modern age!
Correction - the website lists 2000+ uses

From my personal experience though Id prefer TarX.
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WD40 if not available ask for Zorrick 88. Same stuff just Indian branded.
Will try sourcing any of them.

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I have also used WD40 to remove chewing gum (spat at by a biker I screamed at) from the bonnet, after everything else I tried just spread it as a nastier, stickier mess.

Use WD40 also on your tools, etc, to prevent rust.
Of course, it is a great lubricant and freer of stuck bolts etc.
I have a chewing gum stain on my bike's crashguard from 2009. Hope this will remove it as well.

BTW, will this remove the rust or prevent it on metals.

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Will try sourcing any of them.

I have a chewing gum stain on my bike's crashguard from 2009. Hope this will remove it as well.

BTW, will this remove the rust or prevent it on metals.
It will not protect. It will remove the rust. Im having a live experiment in my house itself with a lock. Ive to WD40 it almost every three days due to the rains.
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