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Old 9th September 2013, 08:09   #7921
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Here's some excellent water beading result using opti-seal spray.

Though, need a trip soon to the expert to get the car detailed, since it has been more than a year.

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Old 9th September 2013, 09:28   #7922
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^ Nice! Beading isn't great on 4* UPP, it rained a bit yesterday. But the depth is amazing!

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Team,

I need your help here. Need a list of car care stuff that can be brought from US. I need basic stuff that can be used easily. The last time I bought a car wax was Turtle Wax Ice and it served the purpose (was extremely easy to apply and gave a decent shine).

I went through this thread to prepare a list, but got confused with so many recommended products for each and every stage of car cleaning. I probably just need something to:

1. Wash the car
2. Wax the car
3. Seal the shine
4. Occasionally, use a clay.
5. Tire and Car Seat (luster material) cleaners.

I don't intend to use tools for cleaning. Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
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Team,

I need your help here. Need a list of car care stuff that can be brought from US. I need basic stuff that can be used easily. The last time I bought a car wax was Turtle Wax Ice and it served the purpose (was extremely easy to apply and gave a decent shine).

I went through this thread to prepare a list, but got confused with so many recommended products for each and every stage of car cleaning. I probably just need something to:

1. Wash the car
2. Wax the car
3. Seal the shine
4. Occasionally, use a clay.
5. Tire and Car Seat (luster material) cleaners.

I don't intend to use tools for cleaning. Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
First up - a lot of good stuff is available now in India. Yes, the prices are higher, but car care products are heavy, and do you really want to weigh up your bags with them in this era where airlines pinch every penny out of you w.r.t baggage?

If your answer is yes - then read on..

while in US, autogeek.net is a goldmine (although some products can be bought cheaper on Amazon)

1. Wash the car - Lots of stuff available - Meguiar's hyperwash / gold class is good. You can also try chemical guys / dodo juice etc. Higher up, Gtechniq / carpro etc.

2. Wax the car
3. Seal the shine

for Items 2 & 3 - I would suggest a Klasse kit (AIO & SG). I have used it myself, and swear by it. Be aware, they are a bit tricky to use - so read the guidelines.
You can maybe put a coat or two of Collinite on top of that.

4. Occasionally, use a clay. - the meguiar's medium clay is ok for regular use. But you can also try the nanoskin products as they are reusable and should prove to be vfm in the long run.

5. Tire and Car Seat (luster material) cleaners - Meg's super degreaser should be good for tires, and hot rims for the wheels. Or you can try mothers foaming tire and wheel cleaner to tackle both at the same time. For tar / iron deposits - you can use ironx / tarx / trix. Finally use pinnacle / optimum tire dressing. You may also use a wheel wax - but personally I do not see the need for it.

For seats (I presume that you are asking for leather/PU ones) - use meg's gold class leather conditioner/cleaner.

Hope I was of help instead of further confusing you!
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Old 9th September 2013, 22:42   #7925
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Tried out UPGP today. Im blown away by the ease of use. And being WOWA, it saves me atleast an hour of time. Although not too happy with the smell. But its brother waterless wash more than makes up for that in the smell department :P

Looks wise, just like every other sealant - although the surfaces I corrected before the sealant had a better glow to them. What remains to be seen is how many applications its going to last me. Anyone else tried these two products?

Tomorrow gonna try the waterless wash. Cant wait longer.
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Tried out UPGP today. Im blown away by the ease of use. And being WOWA, it saves me atleast an hour of time. Although not too happy with the smell. But its brother waterless wash more than makes up for that in the smell department :P

Looks wise, just like every other sealant - although the surfaces I corrected before the sealant had a better glow to them. What remains to be seen is how many applications its going to last me. Anyone else tried these two products?

Tomorrow gonna try the waterless wash. Cant wait longer.
UWW is my 'go to' product for use as QD.
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UWW is my 'go to' product for use as QD.
Looks like UPGP will become my goto sealant. First experience with a WOWA sealant is amazing.

Also have been trying the Gtechniq backing plate that I bought from Greenzcarcare.com, with my dewalt rotary for the past few days. The plate feels premiumly built and if compared to the LC backing plates available here, I think, this plate with foam backing is far better for the price it commands.

And for a beginner like me, this plate has made it a bit more easier to control the rotary, which Im finding is a nice tool that saves you a lot of time
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Cleaned my engine bay today. Wanted to try out the Daytona brushes that I bought from Keystone recently. The big one is great for wheels, but for the engine, the Daytona Jr is superb.

This brush agitates the dirt properly lifting it away unlike using paint brushes. Plus it reaches all the tight spots and brings out the dirt.

Only bad thing is, one needs to be careful because the bristles tend to recoil to their original shape and in doing that, all the dirt splatters onto your clothes or hands or even face.

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Cleaned my engine bay today. Wanted to try out the Daytona brushes that I bought from Keystone recently. The big one is great for wheels, but for the engine, the Daytona Jr is superb.

This brush agitates the dirt properly lifting it away unlike using paint brushes. Plus it reaches all the tight spots and brings out the dirt.

Only bad thing is, one needs to be careful because the bristles tend to recoil to their original shape and in doing that, all the dirt splatters onto your clothes or hands or even face.

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V nice Partha! Can you pl elaborate on engine bay detailing process - materials used, sequence etc? Thanks n cheers
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Cleaned my engine bay today.
Fantastic. Megs Super Degreaser and Hyper Dressing? I can see Hyper Dressing Residue on the after pics :P
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Fantastic. Megs Super Degreaser and Hyper Dressing? I can see Hyper Dressing Residue on the after pics :P
Yes SunnyBoi you are correct. Super degreaser and Hyperdressing. The residue is there because the pics were taken just 2 minutes after applying the dressing. And it was still dripping off at that point. It dries to a nice finish however.

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V nice Partha! Can you pl elaborate on engine bay detailing process - materials used, sequence etc? Thanks n cheers
Hi Ravee. Good to see you on the thread. How about some more pics of the duster?

Engine bay detailing is pretty simple actually.

I used a pressure sprayer, super degreaser and daytona brush for the cleaning. And dressed it with Hyper Dressing.

The 3 things you need to be careful about -
  • Air intake
  • Alternator
  • ECU

Dont let water come in contact with these, as they can get damaged. With a pressure sprayer actually the force of water isnt much and can be directed away from them.

Spray on Degreaser to all the dirty areas, start agitating with tthe Daytona brush and spray water to remove all the agitated dirt. Use the brush to get into all the cracks and crevices and agitate the dirt out.

Give a final spray down and once that is done, spray hyperdressing on the black plastics. Let it air dry to a nice finish.

I had actually written about this earlier. Here is the link
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ml#post3047956

At that time, I didnt have Super Degreaser so had used APC. Now super degreaser and daytona brushes are also available so that makes it pretty easy now.
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Hi experts, can you help advise on how to remove 'pooja' related marks off a white colored car? I am referring to sandal paste and kum kum marks applied when new car Pooja is done at a temple?

Your help would immensely be appreciated.
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Hi experts, can you help advise on how to remove 'pooja' related marks off a white colored car? I am referring to sandal paste and kum kum marks applied when new car Pooja is done at a temple?

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2 options are there.

1. Clay the affected areas
2. Use an All Purpose cleaner and clean the bonnet. And follow it up with waxing afterwards since APC will strip existing protection. This is what I follow and works all the time if Ive delayed in removing the kumkum.
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Hi

Is meguiars gold class shampoo available in India? I tried looking around but with no luck
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Is meguiars gold class shampoo available in India? I tried looking around but with no luck
Megs NXT Car shampoo is available which is pretty good.
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