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Old 29th April 2015, 11:34   #9241
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Hi guys,

Is it worth putting coating like Opti Coat or Cquartz? Will it really help in our conditions in keeping swirls off and making the car look better?

Have never used such coatings, so wanted opinions from the pros here, and people who have used them.
Akshay, the choice of coating depends on many factors. As regards to keeping swirls off, it would depend on your cleaning habits. I assume that when you are particular about swirls then you have a dark colored car. Opti Coat does not have a candy gloss look and the final look depends a lot on the preparatory work done on the car. Cquartz will give you a good look for 6 months. If maintained well, than about a year. If your car is a garaged one, than you may get it to last a bit longer.

What is the quote and warranty offered to you for doing these coatings? Ask the installer to show you a car done by them a year back. If the quote is high, then you definitely need to see previous work done and even talk to the customer who had his car done.

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Old 29th April 2015, 12:06   #9242
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Experts,

Need an urgent advice.

My car parking is open and under the trees. Hence the car is subjected to bird and insect droppings daily. What do I use/do to quick clean on everyday basis? Right now I use a spray of wash n wax concentrate which I prepare for weekly wash. And for windshields I use the soap solution concentrate.

Kindly advise.
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Old 29th April 2015, 12:32   #9243
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3. Is some Quick-spray-type-detailer recommended ? If yes, please suggest a VFM product.
You can use Proklear Rinseless wash or Optimum No Rinse Wash as quick detailer also. Refer to the product bottle for dilution ratio to make quick detailer.

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Is above basic inventory & plan good to begin with?
Suggestions & inputs please.
Get one good car shampoo as well like Meguiars NXT Car Wash and wash your car after 2/3 months depending upon the condition of the car.

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You can use Proklear Rinseless wash or Optimum No Rinse Wash as quick detailer also. Refer to the product bottle for dilution ration to make quick detailer.
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Get one good car shampoo as well like Meguiars NXT Car Wash and wash your car after 2/3 months depending upon the condition of the car.
Thanks for the information, SaurabhSaran!
I will get & continue to use ONR / Proklear RAW as quick detailer - until, I feel the need to get a proper/separate QD product.

Do you have a recommendation among the options above - or both are equally good?
Also -
ONR Wash & Shine
OR
ONR Wash & wax ??

I will get a good shampoo soon.
Meguiars NXT Car wash seems to be trusted by many.

Thanks for your inputs,

Ace.
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Do you have a recommendation among the options above - or both are equally good?
Personally I am using Ultima Waterless Wash and I am very happy with the results. I haven't tried any of the products you are considering to buy, going by the reviews here both seems to be good products where Proklear seems to be most economical.

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ONR Wash & Shine
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ONR Wash & wax ??
ONR (Optimum No Rinse) Wash & Wax is advance version of ONR Wash & Shine, the major difference is that ONR Wash & Wax has carnauba wax and advanced UV inhibitors. In case, you are not planning to apply wax on your car then go for ONR Wash & Wax.

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Right now I use a spray of wash n wax concentrate which I prepare for weekly wash. And for windshields I use the soap solution concentrate.
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I will get & continue to use ONR / Proklear RAW as quick detailer - until, I feel the need to get a proper/separate QD product
Using Proklear RAW Xtreme for the last 9 months and I must say that considering the cost and effectiveness of the product, it'll surely give ONR a run for its money. A 1:400 (5ml/2 liters of water) dilution ratio is enough of regular maintenance (windshield also). It can be used as a clay lube too with a ratio 1:100. So if you're a detailer on budget Proklear is highly recommend. Their new CX variant with Carnauba is also receiving positive reviews.

If you want a VFM shampoo forget the NXT. The shampoo is of great quality for sure but to produce ample suds you'll have to use atleast 5-6 capfuls of the product for every 4 litres of water. Go with Sonax Gloss Shampoo or Amway Car Wash. Both are excellent VFM products.
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I am planning to buy this cleaning brush. Anyone have this - if yes, if it good? Are the bristles soft enough?

http://www.amazon.in/dp/B00QISBNLS
Expensive IMO. Drop in at your neighbourhood supermarket/department store and head to the house/restroom cleaning section. You will find similar brushes with hard and soft bristles for a lot cheaper. Will work with the car equally well.
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Thank you.
I was only considering the fact that one could attach a hose to it.
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Thank you.
I was only considering the fact that one could attach a hose to it.
Are you planning to use it on the body or the wheels? If it's on the body, a big NO. Use only MF cloth and that too not the road side cloth. Use the brush only to clean the tires/alloys.

Since you are from cochin, head to Lulu hypermarket and get the green color MF cloth. It does a good job when compared to the ordinary blue (cheap) MF cloth else head to 3M and get their cloth. IMO, the one I suggested does a pretty decent job.
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Are you planning to use it on the body or the wheels? If it's on the body, a big NO. Use only MF cloth and that too not the road side cloth. Use the brush only to clean the tires/alloys.

Since you are from cochin, head to Lulu hypermarket and get the green color MF cloth. It does a good job when compared to the ordinary blue (cheap) MF cloth else head to 3M and get their cloth. IMO, the one I suggested does a pretty decent job.
Thanks. I had originally thought it would be good (soft) enough to clean the body but now that you don't recommend it, I shall look out for the ones you suggested on my next visit to Lulu.
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I have some stains on the leather seats. I tried Optimum Leather protectant (I know it is not a cleaner), then tried Amway Leather Cleaner.
Both didn't remove the stain, but I accidently wiped a cloth which had dish washer liquid and surprisingly, it removed the stain. I didn't use it on the remaining part of the seat, just a single wipe.
So in short, I guess I will have to use some heavy cleaner. Can I use Megs APC on leather seat and then follow it up with Amway and Optimum protectors? Any other cleaning agent you guys could suggest?

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Getting a second hand ertiga on Saturday and have a wedding where I will be taking this car on Sunday.

Problem is that the car isn't that clean
1. Steering and horn pad is dirty from resting palm on it.
2. Backseat & front seat backs are dirty because of the present owners baby girl and ertigas beige interior.
3. Dashboard too have some muddy look.

I wanted to take the car for a detail session, but don't think I will get time for it.

Can you suggest some shampoos/cleaning agents which are available locally which be used to can these by myself?

Any precautions to take before touching hornpad and dashboard with water?

Is there a post on how to clean dashboard and seat cloth the DIY way?
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Does anybody have experience with Proklear WAW Wash and Wax? I think it is a new product from Proklear since I could not find even a single mention of it in this or other threads. As far as I know, their RAW and RAW Xtreme have good reviews here, so this might be good too. I'm planning to try it but would like to know if anyone has already did.
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Does anybody have experience with Proklear WAW Wash and Wax? I think it is a new product from Proklear since I could not find even a single mention of it in this or other threads. As far as I know, their RAW and RAW Xtreme have good reviews here, so this might be good too. I'm planning to try it but would like to know if anyone has already did.
I have read awesome reviews about this product. I use RAW and am waiting for it to finish before buying RAW extreme.

Maybe you'll be the first to post a review...
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Can this Abro MD 360 Duster be used for Dry and Wet Cleaning of Car as advertised?
Abro-MD-360-Economy-Microfiber-Duster

What is the longevity of this duster?
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