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Old 15th August 2013, 18:27   #7786
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Had been on a 1200KM drive last weekend and the car was real dirty:

Serious offroading is visible:

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Dirty sides

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Hatch. For comparision check finger marks near lock:

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All clean Tried an experiment with a light soap solution, spray and let it dwell for 5 minutes. Then wipe off with cloth.

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LC Orange pad + DACP on hood. Looked the same, abandoned doing it for whole car.

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...got all my LSPs in one place. Group photo time

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Old 15th August 2013, 22:12   #7787
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...got all my LSPs in one place. Group photo time
Wow...impressive arsenal indeed!! More expensive than the car...! Just wanted to ask,

1) Does the wax layer on the bonnet, last as long as the other panels? Considering it's so hot! Whats the trick here?

2) Does the wax layer actually build up over time, especially when using multiple brands?

3) Are you as passionate about the engine bay and the interior/upholstery? Not much has been discussed about these. It seems like you are an expert, by way of your results, please enlighten us on interior and engine bay too.

Slightly :



Dry-denting at Maruti.....could not find part 2 though!!
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Old 15th August 2013, 22:16   #7788
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Had been on a 1200KM drive last weekend and the car was real dirty:

Serious offroading is visible:

Dirty sides

Hatch. For comparision check finger marks near lock:

All clean Tried an experiment with a light soap solution, spray and let it dwell for 5 minutes. Then wipe off with cloth.

LC Orange pad + DACP on hood. Looked the same, abandoned doing it for whole car.

...got all my LSPs in one place. Group photo time
All manual? How much time from start to finish (approx)? Cheers
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Old 15th August 2013, 22:23   #7789
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Can somebody guide me to a proper method to keep the windshield clean from in and out.
What materials do i use and a proper method to keep it really clean.
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Old 16th August 2013, 00:29   #7790
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Finally i got both my cars back in shape after monsoons.

the most difficult was the brownish stains/patches on my verna.

luckily , paint sealant prevented them to reach that "deep" , and i got them out without using any machines.

i am posting some picture , hope you like them

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Old 16th August 2013, 01:14   #7791
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Where did you get this from? This is 800/- more than what I was quoted from the Bosch dealer.
This was from a bosch dealer in trivandrum. I will get the correct address.
Can you PM me the dealer from where you got the quote?
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Guys what do you suggest for cleaning leather seats?

Also, Im looking for a good vaccum cleaner for cleaning up the car interiors. What do you guys suggest? Id like one with a good amount of power plus attaachments for every nook and cranny in the car.

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Finally i got both my cars back in shape after monsoons.

the most difficult was the brownish stains/patches on my verna.

luckily , paint sealant prevented them to reach that "deep" , and i got them out without using any machines.
Ah Notorious ji, you are the master of white color. Excellent.

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Can somebody guide me to a proper method to keep the windshield clean from in and out.
What materials do i use and a proper method to keep it really clean.
You will require:-
2 microfiber towels
1 or 2 Sonax glass towels
Meguiars Glass Cleaner Concentrate diluted 1:10

Spray the solution on to the windscreen. Wipe with the microfiber towel till it looks cleaned. Follow up with a Sonax glass towel to remove any hazing or remaining product. That should be good enough to impress you. Repeat this on both the outside and inside of the windshield and windows as well.

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1) Does the wax layer on the bonnet, last as long as the other panels? Considering it's so hot! Whats the trick here?

2) Does the wax layer actually build up over time, especially when using multiple brands?
The wax layer doesnt build up over time. Somebody in the UK had conducted a scientific experiment on how much wax is too much wax. 2 coats seem to be the best bet. After that, subsequent coats will remove the previous layers.

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Had been on a 1200KM drive last weekend and the car was real dirty:

Serious offroading is visible:
Quite a collection there Sunnyboi. Your photos prove why detailing a car saves you the headache of having to do heavy duty cleaning later on. Looks fantastic

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Old 16th August 2013, 07:46   #7793
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Wow...impressive arsenal indeed!! More expensive than the car...! Just wanted to ask,

1) Does the wax layer on the bonnet, last as long as the other panels? Considering it's so hot! Whats the trick here?

2) Does the wax layer actually build up over time, especially when using multiple brands?

3) Are you as passionate about the engine bay and the interior/upholstery? Not much has been discussed about these. It seems like you are an expert, by way of your results, please enlighten us on interior and engine bay too.
1. Wax does stay on the bonnet. We just have to make sure the bonnet is cool when applying and curing the wax. Once done, it will stay on even if bonnet gets warm.

2. Yes! I always have atleast 4 layers of wax on my car at any given point of time. It helps a lot in protection other than looks ofcourse.

3. I did try engine detailing once. It was lot of pain and I realised I needed few more products. My car will be gone for service today; will detail the ening once it comes back. Interiors, I'll post some soon.

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All manual? How much time from start to finish (approx)? Cheers
Wash n wipe was manual; I used a pump pressure sprayer and a normal cloth. Took me an hour for the body; wheels took me 30 minutes.
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Fantastic work SunnyBoi. After looking at your collection and more importantly, the execution, I don't feel like posting pics of my work. Anyway, let me also post pics of the work I did on my car yesterday, to let the readers know that even noobs are active on this thread

I had a trip planned for the long weekend that got cancelled so I decided to wax Crusoe (my Bronzo Scuro Linea T-jet+). I somehow tried various steps based on the results I saw.

Car had been washed by the cleaner in the morning so, it was more or less clean with very slight dust on it.

Step 1: Jopasu duster
Step 2: Used the Muc-off Split-second detailer wax as a detailer instead of wax. Sprayed it, wiped it and then slightly buffed it. The result was a shiny car but the surface didn't feel slick.
Step 3: I had purchased clay-bar during my last trip to US and got cleaner wax free. There are some swirl marks in the car but I didn't want to use any aggressive compound so, used the cleaner wax as the first coat of wax. Sprayed Meguiar's QD on the applicator pad to prep it and then applied the cleaner wax with mild pressure.
Wiped it off with the Meguiar's supreme shine MF. Result was a slicker surface but I somehow didn't like the shine.
Step 4: Muc-off miracle shine wax. Used another applicator pad, prepped it with Meguiar's QD and applied a thin layer. Left it on for 60-90 seconds to haze and then buffed it off with the MF.
Green MF was used for the spilt-second detailer and yellow one for taking the wax off.

After the 4 steps, here's the result. I was too lazy to go inside and get my cam so used the tab. The quality of pics clicked inside the basement aren't good due to the low light.

The material used
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Pic inside the basement
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Dropped some water to check the beading
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Clicked a pic outside to check the shine
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I am going to purchase Megs NXT as I was very impressed with its results on my Punto. Had purchased a sample sachet so, will invest in it now.

PS: Ordered ONR Wash&Wax 10 days ago from Eco Car Care and am yet to receive it so wasn't able to try it yesterday. Will it be ok to use it next week with all the layers of wax that I have put? Or shall I wait for a few weeks before trying it? What should be the frequency of using the wash and wax in dusty NCR conditions?
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Finally i got both my cars back in shape after monsoons.

the most difficult was the brownish stains/patches on my verna.

luckily , paint sealant prevented them to reach that "deep" , and i got them out without using any machines.

i am posting some picture , hope you like them

Regards

Jas
It looks v good indeed.

As a owner of a pearl white colour vehicle, my question is what kind of polish/sealant brings out the wet looking gloss.
After one attempt with Collinite 845 as LSP, I am settled on that for sure. The question is prior to that
what is the product I should consider. As of now, I am keeping it simple with ONR and Collinite 845 having got
the Sealant job done by Siddhu's boys 3 months back. Yes, 2 weeks back I got some clay bars from Nirmal
and used that with ONR after a Sonax gloss shampoo wash and finished it off with C 845. Yeah, it looks fine
Will post some snaps tomorrow.

Secondly, what is the products one should look at for (1) the plastics (2) the rubber bearings & (3) the wheel rims?

Thanks n cheers
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Old 16th August 2013, 17:21   #7796
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It looks v good indeed.

As a owner of a pearl white colour vehicle, my question is what kind of polish/sealant brings out the wet looking gloss.
After one attempt with Collinite 845 as LSP, I am settled on that for sure. The question is prior to that
what is the product I should consider. As of now, I am keeping it simple with ONR and Collinite 845 having got
the Sealant job done by Siddhu's boys 3 months back.
For showroom gloss you need something which has more polishing oils.

Collinite 845 is no doubt good but it is like a sealant wax. Meguiars Ultimate Polish is one which I tried and yielded good results.

Meguiars also has a white polish for white cars which is popular.

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Secondly, what is the products one should look at for (1) the plastics (2) the rubber bearings & (3) the wheel rims?
Again Meguiars Natural Shine protectant or Ultimate protectant comes to mind. I use the Natural shine since it does not leave the gloss finish and keeps it nice and dull matte finish.
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It looks v good indeed.
Thank You !

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As a owner of a pearl white colour vehicle, my question is what kind of polish/sealant brings out the wet looking gloss.
Have You Tried Optimum Car Wax ???

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After one attempt with Collinite 845 as LSP, I am settled on that for sure. The question is prior to that
what is the product I should consider. As of now, I am keeping it simple with ONR and Collinite 845 having got
the Sealant job done by Siddhu's boys 3 months back. Yes, 2 weeks back I got some clay bars from Nirmal
and used that with ONR after a Sonax gloss shampoo wash and finished it off with C 845. Yeah, it looks fine
Will post some snaps tomorrow.
All Is Well , Next time you can use Optimum Car Wax on top of 845. I Am Sure You Will Love It.

But it all depends on Preparation Work , I Hope Your Paint Is In Good Condition.

You Can Also use Meguiars Ultimate Polish As Suggested By @Vid6639 , As it is mildly abrasive , it will clean your paint.

You can top that up with 845 + Optimum Car Wax If You Like
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Secondly, what is the products one should look at for (1) the plastics (2) the rubber bearings & (3) the wheel rims?
For Interior Plastics I Would Suggest Carpro Perl And For Exterior It Can Be Hyper Dressing

Hope It Helps You

Regards

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Old 16th August 2013, 18:56   #7798
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Planning to get the nanoskin autoscrub 6" pads from US:

http://www.nanoskinusa.com/products/...ub-system.html

product description:

NANOSKIN AUTOSCRUB System works fast and achieves professional results with the new advanced rubber polymer technology, which replaces the use of clay bars. With either dual action orbital polisher or hand application, it safely and easily removes paint over spray, water spots, fresh tree sap, rail dust and other bonded surface contaminants from the surface of automotive paint, glass, moldings and plastic. Unlike the clay bar, the AUTOSCRUB can be cleaned by simply rinsing off the accumulated contaminates with water. If you drop the AUTOSCRUB on the ground, no worries, just rinse the sponge pad clean and you're ready to keep using it. Easy glides allows for sturdy and controlled handling, unlike clay bars where constant reshaping is required.

any prior experience / advice?
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Hi,

I am sure you all heard about Opticoat. Can I request somebody who has used it to share their detailed experiences and do some suggestions.

Thank you!
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For Interior Plastics I Would Suggest Carpro Perl And For Exterior It Can Be Hyper Dressing
Notorious ji, how can I effectively clean the seats and fabric trims inside my punto? It is not too dirty, only patches of dirt and oil stains and grease here and there. The fabric trims are grey in colour, if it helps.
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