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Old 24th January 2014, 12:16   #8251
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Here is my 5 year old car after a round of Armorall wax topped by a sealant from Germany whose name I dont know.
I dont have info about the Wax from germany since I got a sample of the product from a nearby shop, I forgot the name but it was a genuine product and not imitation. I will go there to get more and will read the details.
The general order is,polish goes in first followed by wax/sealant, since polish is what gives the shine,wax sealant only protect the finish. Spray detailer=quick detailer ? I think you can use it to give your car that 'just polished' look on days between actual polishing and waxing.
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I brought a meguiars G110V2 DA polisher from US. Please help me in choosing the right step down transformer for use in india. Will 1kva be good enough?
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I brought a meguiars G110V2 DA polisher from US. Please help me in choosing the right step down transformer for use in india. Will 1kva be good enough?
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I hope it's 4.2A and 110V. So 1KVA step down is more than enough.
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There are instances where the cars brushes some other vehicle and the other vehicles paint is sticked to the body. There is no dent or scratches, but just the other vehicles paint sticking to the body. Like say, my car brushed the auto and I can see the yellow color paint streaks on my bumper. If I immediately clean it off using a cloth, some mild paint residue comes off. But the others remain.

Also I brushed my car to a small tree trunk when reversing my car. It was so dar, the trunk was completely hidden. This has left my car with scratches. How do I remove it or just lighten it.
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There are instances where the cars brushes some other vehicle and the other vehicles paint is sticked to the body. There is no dent or scratches, but just the other vehicles paint sticking to the body.

Also I brushed my car to a small tree trunk when reversing my car. It was so dar, the trunk was completely hidden. This has left my car with scratches.
If you are very sure that the paint from the foreign object is on your car and your car hasn't lost any paint in the transaction, you can use a polish ( light ) or a compound ( strong ) to remove the paint from the surface. Just rubbing it with a cloth to remove it may cause additional surface level sctratches! So do not do that.

But as for the tree trunk, I am pretty sure that your vehicle's paint has been rubbed off, so you may not be able to remove the scratches completely, but can mak them using a polish with fillers to get the job done.

But I would recommend you to get the surface painted again ASAP, as you may leave behind exposed metal and rusting may creep in pretty soon. Please share pictures for the experts here to understand the condition better.
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If you are very sure that the paint from the foreign object is on your car and your car hasn't lost any paint in the transaction, you can use a polish ( light ) or a compound ( strong ) to remove the paint from the surface. Just rubbing it with a cloth to remove it may cause additional surface level sctratches! So do not do that.
I am sure my cars paint are not lost. When you say polish or compound, which one do you recommend. Unfortunately for this i dont have a snap.


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But as for the tree trunk, I am pretty sure that your vehicle's paint has been rubbed off, so you may not be able to remove the scratches completely, but can mak them using a polish with fillers to get the job done.

But I would recommend you to get the surface painted again ASAP, as you may leave behind exposed metal and rusting may creep in pretty soon. Please share pictures for the experts here to understand the condition better.
Polish with fillers? Can you recommend anything particular. I am not sure whether my cars paint is dislodged. Please have a look at the pics and suggest.

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I am sure my cars paint are not lost. When you say polish or compound, which one do you recommend. Unfortunately for this i dont have a snap.
If the pictures are of your car, you have indeed lost paint. I presume the shot is of a bumper - as black plastic is visible below if I am not wrong.
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Guys, I have two cars and lot of construction in my area. The dust and cement material enters even closed garage and one of my cars stands outside in sun. The combination of cement dust and morning dew helps it settle on the roof.

It will be uneconomical for me to take the cars for detailing often. I'd like to go DIY with machine polishing.

Whats a good machine for DIY and where can I buy in Bangalore?
Keeping a budget of around 10K for the equipments and pads.

Please advice.

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Guys, I have two cars and lot of construction in my area. The dust and cement material enters even closed garage and one of my cars stands outside in sun. The combination of cement dust and morning dew helps it settle on the roof.

It will be uneconomical for me to take the cars for detailing often. I'd like to go DIY with machine polishing.

Whats a good machine for DIY and where can I buy in Bangalore?
Keeping a budget of around 10K for the equipments and pads.

Please advice.
Why dont you use a car cover? That would be far more economical. And even if you get a DA polishing maching, too much polishing will ruin your clear coat.
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Cement/building dust... remove very gently with lightest touch from something like a Jopasu duster, or wash off with light water spray. Do not use a cloth; do not let anyone use a cloth; do not do anything that rubs it into the surface. If you do, you are sandpapering your car

So... polishing machine is the wrong direction to look.
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Why dont you use a car cover? That would be far more economical. And even if you get a DA polishing maching, too much polishing will ruin your clear coat.
You are right, but putting on the cover without cleaning hurts more. My problem area is only the roof. Rest of the body is sparkling clean. My aching shoulder doesn't allow me to work a lot on the roof.

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Cement/building dust... remove very gently with lightest touch from something like a Jopasu duster, or wash off with light water spray. Do not use a cloth; do not let anyone use a cloth; do not do anything that rubs it into the surface. If you do, you are sandpapering your car

So... polishing machine is the wrong direction to look.
True. light water and careful cleaning is required. I use my nails to scratch off the small lumps after soaking it down. Works well.

But, because of negligence the roof has quite some stains that refuse to go with wash. I tried some hand rubbing, but gave up after quarter of the roof was done.

So looking for a tool to help. I believe buffing and waxing after wash can keep the stains off and with a tool it wont be an expensive thing to do on a regular basis.

I dont have the expertise or experience in choosing the right car polisher. So looking for help.
It would be my first outing with a machine tool.

Not sure how these products fair.
http://www.ebay.in/sch/i.html?_trksi...isher&_sacat=0

I feel the ones with long handle might be helpful.

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Please have a look at the pics and suggest.
Looking at the pics, paint is lost at certain areas and there are fines white lines all around. Since your car is of black color, no point of painting it as black bumper would gel well.

As for those white lines, they can be taken care by using a compound. I would suggest you to get Meguiars Ultimate Compound and a yellow pad for applying it. Use it and those white lines would disappear and it would leave a nice smooth surface.

Others may say Ultimate Compound may be too aggressive, buts its not. Its very safe to use by hand or even a DA. It leaves a brilliant smooth surface & shine. Get it and you wont regret it.

You can source it from Bringing Best Impex or can even try Ultimate Detailerz.





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Guys, I have two cars and lot of construction in my area. The dust and cement material enters even closed garage and one of my cars stands outside in sun. The combination of cement dust and morning dew helps it settle on the roof.
I would also suggest to use a car cover and it would make a stark difference compared to current condition.

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Whats a good machine for DIY and where can I buy in Bangalore?
Keeping a budget of around 10K for the equipments and pads.
You can get in touch with following 3 enterprises in Bangalore for the requirements on machine DA and pads and they shall guide you through. How to use, what all is required and etc.

1. Ultimate Detailerz
2. Keystone Enterprise (Exterior & Interior Detailing : Keystone Enterprises (Bangalore))
3. Greenz Car Care

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Not sure how these products fair.
http://www.ebay.in/sch/i.html?_trksi...isher&_sacat=0

I feel the ones with long handle might be helpful.
Those are all Chinese or fake stuff and would do more harm than any benefit. Skip them.

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I believe buffing and waxing after wash can keep the stains off
I feel you are right about this, and that wax, or even a more durable surface protector, will put up a good barrier to your dust and muck, and make it easier to clean off.

I don't think that you need to do it after every wash. Today's products are much more durable, and waxing after every wash is just not necessary. Those who do it are in it for the pure satisfaction of show-room-finish every day --- and you can see from the photos here that they get better than showroom finish.

So, I would suggest to you that you look for some sealant/protectant, perhaps applied by a specialist, hoping that it will give you "cover" for months or a year.

I'm not the one to advise. The most I ever do is a coat of quick detailer after a wash, on top of the surface seal that I got from 3m when the car was new a couple of years ago. It doesn't merit photos on this thread, but it is holding up quite well --- and I too get a daily daily of abrasive building dust.
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Looking at the pics, paint is lost at certain areas and there are fines white lines all around. Since your car is of black color, no point of painting it as black bumper would gel well.

As for those white lines, they can be taken care by using a compound. I would suggest you to get Meguiars Ultimate Compound and a yellow pad for applying it. Use it and those white lines would disappear and it would leave a nice smooth surface.
My car color is not black. Its kinda purple shine. I need to closely examine if indeed those black areas are where the paint has peeled off. BTW, if the white lines go off using the compound, i will right away order one.

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If the pictures are of your car, you have indeed lost paint. I presume the shot is of a bumper - as black plastic is visible below if I am not wrong.
Yes its the rear bumper. There is no plastic beading there. Its my City.

Now i deeply regret for not having a rear sensor. Its time to purchase one.
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