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Old 29th March 2014, 12:23   #8431
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Hi, Thanks for your reply. I have read a couple of reviews saying Blackfire polish is not good at medium to heavy swirls. So which compound is recommended for swirl removal if i go for Blackfire polish?
You're right. For swirls, UC is very effective. While using a machine is said to achieve the best results, it works good even with the hand. But for protection, Blackfire is way better than NXT or Collinite. If you have to choose between Collinite and Blackfire, then the latter it is.

I detail every six months with hand. Since my car is a daily drive, I'm not too worried about 100% swirl elimination, in comparison to the protection required. So I fill the swirls that I cannot remove with hand with filler heavy polishes. Some of the steps I follow are most probably redundant and self canceling.

1. Wash - jopasu shampoo. I'm waiting to finish this before I buy an Amway product
2. Clay - mothers clay with ONR blue. Waiting for this to finish as well to switch to the green one. But it's going to be a while as I got a big bottle and it's a third done
3. UC - 4 inch yellow foam pad with a polishing pal stub. 1 pass
4. UP - white pad. 1 pass. This step is to fill the swirls.
5. Auto glym SRP - white pad. 2 passes. Really filler heavy. Wait for 2 days before the next step.
6. Auto glym SRP and Blackfire GEP - white pad. A drop of each one over the other. GEP is a cleanser and when used alone, might take out the effect of step 4 and 5. So I combine them. I use GEP to enable better bonding in Step 7. 1 pass.
7. Blackfire AFPP - blue pad. 3 passes with a gap of a day between each pass. Then I wait for 2-3 days after this before the next step. If there's no gap, I feel the next step takes away some of the amazing slickness this step creates.
8. Collinite 915 - yellow applicator pad from Meguiars. 3 passes with a gap of 10-12 hours.

I follow the above steps for the metal parts. For the bumpers and glass items I apply 2 coats of NXT 2.0 after step 4. This is just to save energy. And also, the car does a 700 kms trip back to bangalore right after the detailing is completed. And the bumpers take a lot of bug marks and what not. I do this every 6 months when I go home for a couple of weeks. I get to hose the car and work in a covered car park - the luxuries I don't have in Bangalore. The positive is that the wind noise from A pillars (common problem on the punto and linea) seems to subside by 25-30%.

For the interiors,
1. Armor all cleaner for plastics. Tougher stains, I use the 3M foam
2. Aerospace 303 for a fresh look on the plastics
3. 3M foam cleaning in the leather parts
4. Turtle wax platinum leather conditioner and protectant
5. Aerospace 303 for a final coat on the leathers.

This keeps me fit in the 2 weeks when I cannot run and when there's no watching my diet as it's cooked by mom. For the next 6-7 months, I just use the jopasu duster and ONR QD for upkeep. Even after a rain shower dries up, this regime works most of the times. But if there's a lot of muck, I get a simple wash from 3M. And if time permits, might put a layer of 915.

Hope it helps. Experts, please help me in streamlining wherever possible. I'm not keen on buying new products till the existing ones are done with as I feel guilty of having spent a lot already. I think some of the steps on the exterior are a force fit; maybe since I have the product(s).

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Old 29th March 2014, 21:43   #8432
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Hi Sunnyboy, the palio looks sweet. Did you polish your alloys too? What sort of wheel cleaner do you use? Do you use any polish every time before you wax?
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Hi Sunnyboy, the palio looks sweet. Did you polish your alloys too? What sort of wheel cleaner do you use? Do you use any polish every time before you wax?
Hi kutlee, I dont have alloys anymore. However I did put 2 coats of FK1000P on the steel wheels and wheel caps. I use left over soap water to clean the wheels, they get clean no matter how much mud has caked on the wheels.
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I also enquired from Mr. Sanjay about the clay bars and they have Mothers 80 gm piece, which costs Rs.959/= each. I would like to know if I can get any other clay bar in Rs.500/= range.
I recently purchased Meguiars clay bar from Sanjay and pretty impressed with it. Only 40 gm of clay bar was sufficient for me to clay entire i20. There are still clean surfaces remaining on the clay bar and hence I have preserved it.

I was just searching for some Jopasu products and came across clay bars in their website (Link). I'm not aware of the cost but I guess it'll be cheaper than other clay bars. Has anyone used it?
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Hi guys,

I am a bit new to the car cleaning and detailing thread. I own a sleek silver Hyundai Verna Fluidic and wanted to know what all I need to buy to clean it up. The car is due to complete 2 years this June and has run about 27k kms till now. I already own the Ultima Waterless Wash Plus Concentrate which is a quick detailer and have been using that only to clean the car till now. Also have 1 MF towel bought from 3M and another glass cleaner towel.

My car has some swirl marks on the roof and the bonnet. I plan to use a clay bar and the collinite 845 wax but need help with the procedure or step by step guide along with links to where I can buy them at a good price. I have already read a lot of forums and have only confused myself more. Some talk about using Ultra Compound, some about using polish as well. Help
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Please post a picture of the swirl marks in sunlight. If the car is 'daily washed' probably your paint will be jacked up. In that case you need to clay first, use a compound and then one or two step polish. You will need a machine polisher and suitable pads and applicators. Better leave to professionals. I won't recommend 3M since they are not experts when it comes to polishing and swirl removal.
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Tried the Meguiar car wash shampoo and their techwax 2.0 paste.

Totally satisfied with the outcome. I had visited 3M HSR and picked up the products as well as the microfibre cloth.

The shampoo is so effective that after using it, it looked like the car was already polished.

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Hello.
Following advice from this thread earlier, I have been using the Optimum No Rinse wash and wax solution for the last couple of months and was thrilled with it-excellent cleaning and no wastage of water. It was truly a nice experience to do the cleaning.
Unfortunately, the bringing best.in website from where I purchased it last time does not have stock of this.
Are there alternative places I can buy this from? If not. are there alternative products that I can procure. The bringingbest site has Duragloss RW (Rinseless Wash) with adquawax. Is this an equivalent product to the ONR?
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Hello.
Following advice from this thread earlier, I have been using the Optimum No Rinse wash and wax solution for the last couple of months and was thrilled with it-excellent cleaning and no wastage of water. It was truly a nice experience to do ?
Optimum range of products are NSA available in India. Please check here.

http://www.optimumcarcareindia.com/C...54-page-1.html
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Thanks MaxTorque for your prompt reply
Have placed the order.
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I recently purchased Meguiars clay bar from Sanjay and pretty impressed with it. Only 40 gm of clay bar was sufficient for me to clay entire i20. There are still clean surfaces remaining on the clay bar and hence I have preserved it.
Does Meguiars clay bar cost the same as Mothers (Rs. 959/= for 80 gms)? Also, which clay lube did you use? Sanjay suggested me a mixture of good car shampoo in distilled water can be used as clay lube.
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Does Meguiars clay bar cost the same as Mothers (Rs. 959/= for 80 gms)? Also, which clay lube did you use? Sanjay suggested me a mixture of good car shampoo in distilled water can be used as clay lube.
Meguiars costs 759 per 50 gms and for clay lube Meguiars quick detailer spray would do fine. In fact that's what you would get inside the Meguiars clay kit.
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Also, which clay lube did you use? Sanjay suggested me a mixture of good car shampoo in distilled water can be used as clay lube.
I used Megs quick detailer. But I felt its a bit expensive to use as a clay lube. You can follow Sanjay's suggestion or if you have ONR or any other rinseless wash, you can dilute with water and make a lube out of it. Sanjay sells just clay pieces. So you might have to get QD separately if planning to use it.

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Guys need a help, I have been using a Jopasu duster for the last few months. The dust picking capacity of the duster has been come down now. Is there any method to improve the performance of the duster??
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BTW the meguiars quick detailer is available at 3M stores for 300 bucks
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