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Old 9th March 2016, 18:43   #9676
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Edit: This eraser is also available on greenzcarcare.com for Rs. 1597, you can check out if you wish to take refund and buy another.
Thanks for that, I might take a look. However, Optimum Care Care India's mail suggests that they have seen a lot like this, and the fact that it is not available from them right now suggests that they may not be available until Optimum USA gets its act together to improve the product. Strange, for a company that seems to set high product and service standards

You know what? I think I'll just have a moan and grumble and a quick rant and then keep the thing.

Oh, Greenscarcare.com: Their home page seems to be totally greyed out and I can't click on anything

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Hi Guys,

I have just got the collinet 845 that i ordered last week. Now I need suggestions which shampoo shall I buy & also wanted to know is it only the clay that I would require or I would need a clay lube as well ?
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Great thread with lots of information! I just had a question though. How do I go about removing bug/insect splatter? I don't want to brush it off because I fear it might cause scratches. Will a store bought insect/tar remover work? I was looking at a Turtle Wax product the other day and the instructions were to spray a bit and rinse it off with plain water. Not sure if it will actually remove all the insect splatter though. Anyone have any experience using these?

I never bothered about these things on my previous cars, till I got my A45 and am super paranoid about it!
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I have just got the collinet 845 that i ordered last week. Now I need suggestions which shampoo shall I buy & also wanted to know is it only the clay that I would require or I would need a clay lube as well ?
As for shampoo, there are plenty of options. If you want to go for waterless wash you can go for Optimum No Rinse or Proklear RAW.

Otherwise, Sonax Concentrate would do. Note, apart from these also there are many good options, if you go through few pages of this thread you would know.

You will get clay bar, clay cloth or clay sponge. For ease of application would suggest clay cloth or clay sponge from Optimum. Refer the last two posts.

You have to use a lube for claying, otherwise you will end up damaging the paint surface with dry claying. As a lube you can either use ONR or Proklear, both works well.
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I have just got the collinet 845 that i ordered last week. Now I need suggestions which shampoo shall I buy & also wanted to know is it only the clay that I would require or I would need a clay lube as well ?
As HakunaMatata suggested, you can choose between a waterless rinse product & a car shampoo.
Waterless rinse products do a great job at cleaning, and conserve water. They also consume lesser time than a full water-wash.

I personally use Sonax Car Shampoo for the days I wash the car, and Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine for the days I'm felling lazy, and as a lubricant for claying.
Both these products were purchased after reading through (most of) this thread, and I would recommend both these products.

For claying of the car, a lubricant is a must. Otherwise you will end up damaging the paint finish as well as the claying product.

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Great thread with lots of information! I just had a question though. How do I go about removing bug/insect splatter? I don't want to brush it off because I fear it might cause scratches. Will a store bought insect/tar remover work? I was looking at a Turtle Wax product the other day and the instructions were to spray a bit and rinse it off with plain water. Not sure if it will actually remove all the insect splatter though. Anyone have any experience using these?

I never bothered about these things on my previous cars, till I got my A45 and am super paranoid about it!
For bird droppings on the painted surfaces, I have learnt here (and practically experienced) that Optimum No Rinse works quite well. I assume it can be used for bug/insect splatter too.
More experienced folks, what do you think?
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Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine for the days I'm felling lazy, and as a lubricant for claying
What if this feeling is there for week days? Which in my case is very strong. I generally wash my car once a week with Formula1 shampoo. The shine stays almost for a week provided I regularly use the Jopasu in the morning while going to office. Cannot use ONRW every morning, that will be back breaking. Any easier alternative for morning swipes?? or wait for the weekend and wash?
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What if this feeling is there for week days? Which in my case is very strong. I generally wash my car once a week with Formula1 shampoo. The shine stays almost for a week provided I regularly use the Jopasu in the morning while going to office. Cannot use ONRW every morning, that will be back breaking. Any easier alternative for morning swipes?? or wait for the weekend and wash?
I use Jopasu everyday and wash it weekly once. Generally I do Proklear / ONR wash every week and shampoo wash (Meg Tech Shampoo) once in a month.

IMO daily wash may not be required.
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What if this feeling is there for week days? Which in my case is very strong. I generally wash my car once a week with Formula1 shampoo. The shine stays almost for a week provided I regularly use the Jopasu in the morning while going to office. Cannot use ONRW every morning, that will be back breaking. Any easier alternative for morning swipes?? or wait for the weekend and wash?
A wipe with Jopasu is good enough for weekdays.

ONR or shampoo wash is not really required on a daily basis. It is sufficient if done every week or at a larger interval of time, or when the car gets really dirty.

Also, ONR is more so only for a quick clean & shine act. For a very dirty car, nothing like a rinse-n-wash with a good car shampoo.
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What if this feeling is there for week days? Which in my case is very strong. I generally wash my car once a week with Formula1 shampoo. The shine stays almost for a week provided I regularly use the Jopasu in the morning while going to office. Cannot use ONRW every morning, that will be back breaking. Any easier alternative for morning swipes?? or wait for the weekend and wash?
if you have protected your paint well with some good wax or sealant, waterless wash every weekend should be enough for the maintanance. what i practice routinely is to apply two coats of colinite 845 every 3 months and weekly cleaning with ultima waterless wash. After waterless wash, i apply sonax brilliant shine detailer every sunday. That Sonax BSD is extremely useful product in my opinion for easy dusting with jopasu. After regularly using sonax BSD, jopasu start working more efficiently and dust was removed very swiftly.
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I found something similar to Turtle wax bug and tar remover. This is called Krud Kutter 3 In 1 Automotive Clean-Up, bought it off amazon. Seems to dilute tar. It is good in removing other dirt, grime as well. Good multi purpose product. Best part is no smell at all. I have been using sonax wheel cleaner. It smells like crazy.
The only problem with Krud cutter is that, the liquid seems to dry off very fast. It is not wet for the 1 min de-greasing time required for the Krud cutter. It is not too oily. More like watery stuff. So i agitate the area keep wiping off. Maybe in humid conditions, it may work even better.
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It is not wet for the 1 min de-greasing time required for the Krud cutter. It is not too oily. More like watery stuff. So i agitate the area keep wiping off. Maybe in humid conditions, it may work even better.
Did you try using aftershave lotion (Old Spice or Axe) with high Alcohol content for this ? I do it for all the tar and bug spots on my car windshield. Going by the pic you posted, looks like its front axle of a bike next to disc brake. You can safely use alcohol 70v/v to clear spots.
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Did you try using aftershave lotion (Old Spice or Axe) with high Alcohol content for this ?
Then why not IPA? Pure alcohol, or dilute it yourself as you require.

One problem with sticky stuff is that, when softened, it just spreads. Does alcohol prevent this? I had to get chewing gum off my car (spat by a biker who did not like what I called him!) and, after spreading it around a bit, which was not good, I found that WD40 prevented this and worked perfectly.
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Then why not IPA? Pure alcohol, or dilute it yourself as you require.

One problem with sticky stuff is that, when softened, it just spreads. Does alcohol prevent this? I had to get chewing gum off my car (spat by a biker who did not like what I called him!) and, after spreading it around a bit, which was not good, I found that WD40 prevented this and worked perfectly.
In the event of non availability or easy access After Shaves are a great solution. I suggested for Old Spice cause it leaves less or very light residue behind. Some brands have Aloe, which leaves behind sticky layer which can be wiped off without any issue.

> 70v/v alcohol prevents the spreading issue. Its similar to trying to wash ink pen drop using water. Dilutes and runs. I tried on my car alloy and soaked it with IPA dabbed on a cotton ball. The problem with WD40 was the sticky residue that I noticed. Hence I stopped using WD40 for such work. For tar residue I try to first scrap with a sharp screwdriver and then use alcohol.

Bubblegum is a monster. I usually remove it using cooking oil soaking method. My friend uses Olive oil and says it soaks much better and bubblegum just loosens itself.
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Thank you prithm. Much better experience and information than mine!
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After waterless wash, i apply sonax brilliant shine detailer every sunday. That Sonax BSD is extremely useful product in my opinion for easy dusting with jopasu. After regularly using sonax BSD, jopasu start working more efficiently and dust was removed very swiftly.
Sonax BSD is a 750 ml spray bottle right? How far it lasts on using every week.

Am planning to buy either BSD or Optimum QD, which one would you suggest?
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