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Old 31st December 2013, 14:54   #8176
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My 'Blackbrűlée' Verna(June,2013) was longing for that proverbial glitter, of a showstopper at an Auto expo. Scratches, swirls, silt, muck have given it a look of its own. Goin through this extensive thread has got my back kicking to give the look that it deserves.
I managed to get some stuff from my bro in US to get the process off to a start. Here's what I have at the moment

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

Clay is conspicuously missing coz I thought it wouldnt make much of a difference. Gosh! what was I thinking?!
I was trying to source a decent claybar here in Hyd before I could get enough supplies from US which could take quiet a while.
Anyone who can help me in sourcing claybar? I have pinged Sanjay(BB Impex) but they have ran out of clay and are expecting it mid-jan.
I intend to use ONR as clay lube. So a single bar of clay would suffice, preferably Meguiars or Bilt Hamber.
I would also need shampoo. Snapdeal has Sonax, quiet a bargain but doesnt deliver to this part of India.
Any suggestions for both Shampoo and Clay folks?

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I have only heard good things about bilt-hamber clay - though have never used it personally.

Placed an order a few days back, with shipping promised by 6th Jan. Let's see how the first buying experience is.
I have used only Mothers' clay - two clay bars lasted me more than 2 years, with one two wheeler and two cars, though usage is about once in 3 months.
I gave one half to a friend and another half is still in good condition.

I found the clay bar to be good enough for my use. I paid about Rs. 400-450 per piece a couple of years ago for the same.
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I have used only Mothers' clay - two clay bars lasted me more than 2 years, with one two wheeler and two cars, though usage is about once in 3 months.
I gave one half to a friend and another half is still in good condition.

I found the clay bar to be good enough for my use. I paid about Rs. 400-450 per piece a couple of years ago for the same.
+1, another Mothers Clay user here. Got them long ago from Auto-Mall and they still work! All clays are very similar, any clay which is accessible should work well.

They work happily with leftover clean Megs hyperwash soap as clay lube

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Any suggestions for both Shampoo and Clay folks?
For clay I would suggest Meguiars over Mothers, since I have used both. Meguiars fairs better any day. Get it from Sanjay, I too got one from him long back. I divided Meguiars clay bar in two pieces and used half of it for claying n number of times. I don't recall how many times I have clayed both car & scooter. Now its has turned all brown and not much use unless you wish to clean tar. Using other half now. Get one and it should last for long.

Regarding shampoo, you could get any one of them:
1. Meguiars Hyperwash. Best I have come across.
2. Sonax
3. Amway.

Haven't used Sonax but given its Made in Germany, should be good.
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My 'Blackbrűlée' Verna(June,2013) was longing for that proverbial glitter, of a showstopper at an Auto expo. ..........

Cheers,
To be fair, you need not have got those items from US - every one of the items pictured are available in India now (obviously some price difference is present).
If you get further opportunities, try to get items that are not available in India at all.
As for your queries

For clay:

Look here: http://www.autofresh.in/home/mothers...20-45055648457 or here http://www.autofresh.in/exterior-car...20-23295733777 or here http://www.detailedclean.in/Detailing-Clay/

For shampoo - there is a huge range, but you can look here: http://www.detailedclean.in/Washing-...Wash-Shampoos/ or here http://www.autofresh.in/pages/shampoo-/-cleaner
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I have used the Bilt Hamber Medium clay and I must say it's not for the faint hearted. Do not use this on plastic and trim. You'll end up ruining them. Use only on the painted surface. The soft ones are little more kind on non-painted surface.
However if it's regular decontamination, Megs/mothers/Notorious clay works just fine. Pick one from your store nearby.
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Isn't the Ultima Elastrofoam clay foam more VFM?

Does anyone sell Hyperwash in smaller quantity?
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I have bought the nanoskin autoscrub sponge.
Still awaiting delivery.
But its cheap for the no of uses it can give for the money compared to clay and the guide also says it can be used with hot water.
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I have only heard good things about bilt-hamber clay - though have never used it personally.

Placed an order a few days back, with shipping promised by 6th Jan. Let's see how the first buying experience is.

BH is by far the clay that can be used without any lube, just water would suffice! Kneading it becomes a pain sometimes but the clay does its job really well. Aggressive to the core!
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BH is by far the clay that can be used without any lube, just water would suffice! Kneading it becomes a pain sometimes but the clay does its job really well. Aggressive to the core!
I have to say that I have been using my Mother's clay without an QD for more than a year. Just some soapy water is enough. Initially it was a bit tricky, but after that, it became easy.
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Can one of the practitioners elaborate on engine bay cleaning & detailing please? Also please give the choice of materials (preferably what is available in India) and source. Much appreciate. Cheers
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Can one of the practitioners elaborate on engine bay cleaning & detailing please? Also please give the choice of materials (preferably what is available in India) and source. Much appreciate. Cheers
Never tried it, but itching to do it once.

This is a really good how to (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...ssional.html)- and I have most of the brushes (available in India).

The metro blaster sidekick used can be substituted by this IMO (http://machpowertools.com/skil/skil-...ric-air-blower)

The DP series engine degreaser may be substituted by a good APC.

The DP series trim detailer may be substituted by PERL in proper dilution.

Waiting for someone who has actually done it on their cars to comment!
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Detailed my bike this weekend.
Megs Nxt Shampoo + Elastrofoam + Megs UC + Megs UP + Megs Nxt Tech Wax 2.0
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Thanks. I currently use Ultima Elastrofoam Clay Block sourced from Ultimate Detailerz in Bangalore.
What did you use as lube for the Elastrofoam clay? Will water/shampoo be fine?
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I have most of the brushes (available in India). The metro blaster sidekick used can be substituted by this IMO (http://machpowertools.com/skil/skil-...ric-air-blower) The DP series engine degreaser may be substituted by a good APC. The DP series trim detailer may be substituted by PERL in proper dilution. Waiting for someone who has actually done it on their cars to comment!
Thanks v much. Can you please tell me a source for the brushes and APC? Checked with 3M for APC, they didn't have.

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My 'Blackbrűlée' Verna(June,2013) was longing for that proverbial glitter, of a showstopper at an Auto expo. Scratches, swirls, silt, muck have given it a look of its own. Goin through this extensive thread has got my back kicking to give the look that it deserves.
I managed to get some stuff from my bro in US to get the process off to a start. Here's what I have at the moment

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Clay is conspicuously missing coz I thought it wouldnt make much of a difference. Gosh! what was I thinking?!
I was trying to source a decent claybar here in Hyd before I could get enough supplies from US which could take quiet a while.
Anyone who can help me in sourcing claybar? I have pinged Sanjay(BB Impex) but they have ran out of clay and are expecting it mid-jan.
I intend to use ONR as clay lube. So a single bar of clay would suffice, preferably Meguiars or Bilt Hamber.
I would also need shampoo. Snapdeal has Sonax, quiet a bargain but doesnt deliver to this part of India.
Any suggestions for both Shampoo and Clay folks?

Cheers,

There are much better options available if you want clay. Check out this nanoskin towel. Works as good as clay. Can be used without the fear of dropping .Also since its a towel can be used to reach hard areas

http://www.autofresh.in/exterior-car...77877-cat.html
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