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Old 23rd April 2014, 15:37   #8491
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Guys, please suggest a cleaner/detailer for the interiors such as dashboard, plastics, trims, door pads etc. When I was at 3M Car Care last time, these guys had used some compound to clean the interiors and the results were fantastic - the dash was clean and had a faint glow.

Is Meguiar's Natural Shine Protectant worthwhile?
You can use APC from Meguiars or any good brand for cleaning the interiors. This will remove all the marks, stains, etc. Once the cleaning is done, you can use Natural Shine Protectant. I use it and its a very good product. It gives the dashboard a natural look. If you want the dashboard to look more shiny, you can go for waxpol vinyl polish. It's very cheap too.

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Guys, please suggest a cleaner/detailer for the interiors such as dashboard, plastics, trims, door pads etc. When I was at 3M Car Care last time, these guys had used some compound to clean the interiors and the results were fantastic - the dash was clean and had a faint glow.

Is Meguiar's Natural Shine Protectant worthwhile? Snapdeal is currently running an offer for Rs. 539 inclusive of shipping charges. Cheaper than other sources.
Yes it is good. But make sure that you clean the area where you want to apply the product.
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You can use APC from Meguiars or any good brand for cleaning the interiors. This will remove all the marks, stains, etc.
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Yes it is good. But make sure that you clean the area where you want to apply the product.
Thanks guys. Appreciate the response.

I was unable to find Meguiar’s APC locally. Can you give me some pointers? Or some alternatives?
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Thanks guys. Appreciate the response.

I was unable to find Meguiar’s APC locally. Can you give me some pointers? Or some alternatives?
Contact Ultimate Detailerz(UD) or Keystone enterprises. They will have APC. Megs APC comes in one gallon container which needs to be diluted 1:10 with water. So buying 1 gallon does not make sense. The above dealers sell decanted quantaties

Also UD has Scholls APC which is non acidic and skin friendly unlike the megs APC. Half a litre goes a long way with dilution. You may contact them. Both of them ship across India.
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Thanks guys. Appreciate the response.

I was unable to find Meguiar’s APC locally. Can you give me some pointers? Or some alternatives?
I got it here about a here ago, about to finish the gallon. It has many uses in the house too. My maid is cleaning the balcony windows and the sink right now with it. Very cost effective and works well on car paint, wheel wells, tires, foam upholstery and even washing very dirty MF towels.

http://www.autofresh.in/home/meguiar...37753-cat.html
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I got it here about a here ago
Autofresh’s store is located barely a km from my residence.

I had been there to collect some stuff before but Meguiar’s APC is out-of-stock with them right now so I’ve sent a mail to Ultimate Detailerz and Keystone Enterprises.
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Just clarifying about APC's, they are alkaline in nature and contain cleaning agents. eg. Sodium metasilicate, etc

One can google the MSDS (Material Safety data sheets) if required to verify the same. It will list the chemical ingredients and a google search will give you details. Alternatively ask the supplier to send you the same.

As far as skin safety is concerned, there is nothing safe in exposing one's skin to any chemicals for prolonged periods of time even at lower dilutions, user must observe adequate precautions.

Any good brand APC have to meet environmental regulations.

I would suggest anyone buying the product to please check price to value ratio and then proceed to buy. If possible ask for a sample to try out first before you buy larger quantities of the products.
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even washing very dirty MF towels.

http://www.autofresh.in/home/meguiar...37753-cat.html
Are you sure? Because APC bottle package insert mentions that it contains fabric softener. This is also mentioned in it's 'product details' webpage - http://www.meguiars.com/en/professio...rpose-cleaner/
I thought fabric softeners ruin microfiber clothes by sticking the fiber strands together/clogging them.
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ONR bottles were never "sealed". I have been using it for over 2 years now. I am not sure why are you shocked.
Have you ever bought anything liquid (Other than ONR) Which is not sealed. I haven't. This is the first time I received something which is liquid and is not sealed. Hence was .
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Are you sure? Because APC bottle package insert mentions that it contains fabric softener. This is also mentioned in it's 'product details' webpage - http://www.meguiars.com/en/professio...rpose-cleaner/
I thought fabric softeners ruin microfiber clothes by sticking the fiber strands together/clogging them.
You are correct about the fabric softner part. It is best to wash MF towels with detergent that does not have any softner. I wash very dirty ones dedicated to wheels and door shuts in APC. The good towels don't get washed with APC. Not even the liquid detergents sold in India as they are loaded with softner.
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Mohsin from Ultimate Detailerz responded back today evening and confirmed that they do not stock Meguiar's products but recommended these instead:

- Sonus ALL-IN-1 Total Auto Cleaner concentrate for an all purpose cleaner.

- CarPro PERL for cleaning the interiors, trims, tyres.

I checked out the reviews and YouTube videos of the CarPro PERL in action and this one looks pretty good to me. It is a concentrate and can be diluted in 1:3 to 1:5 ratios. Retails for Rs. 1000 for a 500 ml concentrate. Couldn't find much reviews on the Sonus all purpose cleaner. Has anyone here used this concentrate?

Keystone Enterprises in the meantime, suggested a price of Rs. 1638 with a 5% discount inc. of shipping. They are also willing to offer smaller quantities.
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I want to pick up a basic polisher and was wondering if the Bosch Skil ones are good enough for swirl and scratch removal when paired with the right sponges and compounds.
Or would it make more sense to get the basic polisher from detailedclean ?

Also, the new series of Bosch pressure washers all have induction motors so will the basic one be capable of sucking water from a bucket ?
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Hi Guys,

I am very new to car detailing, with the help of other team-bhp members i have learnt the below tips on how to wash a car.

1. wash off the dirt using a water jet.
2. Use a car shampoo ( i use wash and wax formula )
3. towel dry the car and final wipe with a microfiber
4. wax the car.

Sometimes even after a shampoo wash i find some kind of dirt (a shade/streak) accumulated on the car. What has to be done to avoid this ?

1. Use more shampoo?
2. Dust the car first with a jopasu duster then spray water before using the shampoo.


I am currently using a chamois for drying the car, which is better a chamois or the Megiuar's water magnet towels? Also please let me know what is the correct way to use a chamois.? I currently wet the chamois, spread it onto the surface and pull it in a downward direction
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Sometimes even after a shampoo wash i find some kind of dirt (a shade/streak) accumulated on the car. What has to be done to avoid this ?
Are you rinsing properly after applying shampoo? I guess you are referring to the streak left behind by the shampoo water.

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Don't use more shampoo.

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I am currently using a chamois for drying the car, which is better a chamois or the Megiuar's water magnet towels? Also please let me know what is the correct way to use a chamois.? I currently wet the chamois, spread it onto the surface and pull it in a downward direction
I recently switched from chamois to water magnet and couldn't find any major advantage with the latter. Both are equally good. The cost of water magnet has increased now and its not worth for that amount IMO. I'm also observing that the effect of water magnet has reduced a bit after 2 months of usage whereas the chamois served me well for over 2 years. This is just my observation.

While pulling the chamois, make sure that there is no resistance.
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Hello all, reading throughout the posts actually makes me dizzy in terms of detail and depth of knowledge shared so please bear with me for a basic question. My routine of cleaning currently is dusting with Jopasu, WW with ProKlear (I find it really good for my purpose), i have some good MF with me for basic clean. Now assuming i want to do everything by hand application, what polish and Wax is recommended? I have someone coming over from US next month so thinking of something like Ultimate Polish/Collinite 845 to be brought over. Is that a reasonable buy or there is something else that i should get?

Also how much more of an advantage would be ONR/UWW over ProKlear?
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