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Old 9th May 2015, 22:29   #9271
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Even microfibre can leave lint behind...
Indeed, and there are special cloths for glass. Micro-fibre has its very own lint-free materials!
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Even microfibre can leave lint behind, thats why people advice to wash them before using for the first time. Can you tell me where we can get them for cheap?? I tried online but din't find any below Rs.75 per piece. Would really like to buy a dozen or two if i can find them at 30 a piece.
Available even @25/- on eBay but the the size is very small - only 30cm. X 30cm. I have bought some. The quality is acceptable and it can be used as a polishing cloth.
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Old 10th May 2015, 12:36   #9273
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I got set of 3 microfiber cloths, small size, for appx Rs25 a piece from DMart, but they are nowhere as good as the 3M one. They are useful only for household dusting, not polishing or glass cleaning.
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I got set of 3 microfiber cloths, small size, for appx Rs25 a piece from DMart, but they are nowhere as good as the 3M one. They are useful only for household dusting, not polishing or glass cleaning.
My thought too. Rs.25 a piece microfibre cloth can be used for cleaning wheels and door jambs and other basic requirements, i doubt they'll be able to absorb much water or leave behind a streak free finish when wiping glass.
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Old 10th May 2015, 21:43   #9275
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Cheap microfibre can be pretty good. I have a stack of hand-towel-sized cloths from London's 99p shop, some of which get used as hand towels, but a couple of which are kept for the car. I also have a few five-for-99p cloths, including glass-cleaning cloth

The most expensive microfibre I have is reserved for... me! Bath towels that came from Singapore: they are soooo sofffft, mmm!
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Those who are interested in buying Jopasu duster, I found a deal on PayTM.
You will get an effective price of Rs. 330
https://paytm.com/shop/p/jopasu-micr...ign=Paritycube

Note that cashback is credited to your PayTM wallet, which means you can use that to buy something else, but cannot encash it to your bank account.

Edit: 3M microfiber cloths from Autofresh at Rs. 175 per piece.
https://paytm.com/shop/p/pack-of-6-3...O38103F809886D

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With the help of you guys, I have finally been able to dust off some lazy-ness & get to "washing" the car.
Special thanks to Harry10 & MunnabhaiMBBS!

I will not write much (since, I have spent a lot of effort washing the car already )

I just got the Proklear Rinseless wash concentrate, this week.
Had to use 500ml sprayer that we have + 5ml concentrate as measured from the Proklear bottle.
It took 2 sprayer-fulls to do the whole car.

For very first wash attempt, this, seems to be a decent output (self-attestation).
Let me improve upon the application skills & report further.

Oh, and by the way, I only did like half the car.
With equal (or possibly more) enthusiasm, my fairer half was on the mission too!
(I know, I'm lucky.. )
We both, collectively took about 90 minutes to do the whole car (+some cleaning of my bike).

Some inputs regarding the concentrate/waterless wash:
1. As discussed already, I went for panel-by-panel method of washing. It is the ONLY way, since the product dries up real quick. Many panels needed to be done half at a time!
2. If you are like me & want to get maximum possible results with minimal efforts - product like Proklear definitely would do the job.
My point- this is not something like a skyshop-product which works on TV but doesn't do much in real life.
3. 6+ Microfiber cloths are definitely required. I guess, it's okay to use home/cotton cloths for plastics/lower trims/dirt laden lower half.
4. Less spray for less dirt, wetter spray for more dirt was my formula this time. It worked.

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Products used.
Microfiber (3m, Jopasu Magic wipe, Jopasu pack of 3, Jockey-used-vest-cloth- pack of 3)
Proklear Rinseless wash.
Proklear washer fluid (topped up the washerfluid tank with this - report later)
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In hot, humid weather, the condensation/fogging forms on the outside of the glass.

One small point here. It is stating the obvious, but sometimes we miss the obvious! When you clean the glass, do you clean the wiper blades as well? This is important to help avoid that haze-wipe effect.

Is the glass cleaner you bought a clear liquid or a cream?..
A good additive in the screen wash is a great help too.
Thad E Ginathom,
Thanks for your inputs.
This time, I have removed the wipers & cleaned them with the concentrate washer.
Glass cleaner I have is a liquid - Meguiar's Glass clean.
Have also put in windshield washer additive, will check & then use further products if required.
Before that, I think, I will change the wiper blades in the coming month.
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Need some help. When trying to fix a bent door plastic panel with feviquick, the glue accidentally opened up and splilled down. See below photo. I thought I should be able to clean up with thinner/alcohol, but its not going. Can you help giving some idea on how to clean??
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Need some help. When trying to fix a bent door plastic panel with feviquick, the glue accidentally opened up and splilled down. See below photo. I thought I should be able to clean up with thinner/alcohol, but its not going. Can you help giving some idea on how to clean??
CarPro tar x and other commercial tar and bug removers will be able to remove the glue. Not much clue about other methods that might help, I'll let the more experienced guys suggest better and more cost effective methods.
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Need some help. When trying to fix a bent door plastic panel with feviquick, the glue accidentally opened up and splilled down. See below photo. I thought I should be able to clean up with thinner/alcohol, but its not going. Can you help giving some idea on how to clean??
Most Cyanoacrylates (Fevikwik/Superglue) dissolve in Acetone. You can try using nail polish remover (acetone based - check the label, some are not). Use a face mask while doing this. The Acetone might just haze the clear coat if left for more than 30 secs. so keep a cloth handy to wipe the surface. In any case if you are successful, a little polish will get the shine back.
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Need some help. When trying to fix a bent door plastic panel with feviquick, the glue accidentally opened up and splilled down. See below photo. I thought I should be able to clean up with thinner/alcohol, but its not going. Can you help giving some idea on how to clean??
The white-ish residue that you are looking at is more due to the exothermic reaction when the glues like feviquick dries up. Try with a coat of liquid/paste wax to see if the whiteness can be reduced.
Thinner/alcohol should be the last resort as too much rubbing can worsen the situation instead of helping it. Please try with a coat and polishing of waxpol or 3M wax and share the results.

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Just watched this and felt like I've committed a grave sin so far. I thought I was cleaning my car correctly all this time Even the 3M detailing blah-blah sounded like a sin as well.

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Guys - Recently our apartment complex was painted ( exteriors ) with some water based exterior emulsion paint. Since I have an open car park, there are many paint spots on my car. These spots are going off if I rub the spots with a damp cloth with some effort. But the number of spots is just too much and its painful to go spot by spot and keep rubbing them off. Is there any chemical or additive I can mix with water or use as such to remove these with lesser pressure ? Thanks
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damp the area with a water sprayer and wipe with a cloth by applying a slight pressure, usually any acrylic based paints will go off else use clay.
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Guys - Recently our apartment complex was painted ( exteriors ) with some water based exterior emulsion paint. Since I have an open car park, there are many paint spots on my car. These spots are going off if I rub the spots with a damp cloth with some effort. But the number of spots is just too much and its painful to go spot by spot and keep rubbing them off. Is there any chemical or additive I can mix with water or use as such to remove these with lesser pressure ? Thanks
Use clay bar over the surface after lubricating the surface properly and then use a mild polishing compound to bring the surface back to glory.
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