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Old 18th May 2016, 00:05   #9751
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I have just recently fired my car cleaning guy after promising dad that I would clean the car myself. Been cleaning my Vespa since a year and I feel confident of doing car cleaning on my own.
Have ordered a jopasu duster and a bottle of waterless wash. I already have wax paste and Microfobre cloths. Hope to do a satisfactory job and save water in the process as well.

Ive retained the cleaning guy only for cleaning the interiors and the foot mats everyday.
He is not allowed to even touch the exterior with his rag. Cleaning the car with Jopasu and waterless wash really makes a huge difference in the condition of the paint. I dont think I can ever let anybody else clean my car ever again.
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A quick question to all the detailing gurus here. Is is necessary to wash the car just before waxing. I was planning to wax my car before the rains. I had given it to the service center for a minor repair job, and they have returned the car today evening (the service center is 8kms from my house), post washing. I have basement parking, and will not be using the car tomorrow.

Is it ok for me to skip the washing part. Say, dust the car using the Jopasu brush, and then get on with the waxing part tomorrow? The car in question is an XUV500, and I would be happy to save some energy on the washing part, and invest it in the waxing part
I don't think it takes a guru to answer that question: I think even I can.

You car must be clean before you wax. Two reasons:

--- If there is dust there, you will be grinding into the paintwork, and,

--- it will affect the end result of your waxing.

The gurus would never wax without washing (and drying, of course). The lazy guys, like me, might, especially of the car has been parked indoors and appears clean to touch and feel, might be ok with washing one day and waxing the next.

But... if you need to use that duster, really, you ought to wash before waxing. Part of my laziness says, why waste that effort on waxing without proper preparation!

Getting a quick and easy result: give a quick wash with a no-rinse (eg ONR) shampoo, and then add a little extra shine with an all-over quick detailer. I guess that's why they call it quick detailer!

Save the wax for when you have full time and energy to put into it!
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I would be happy to save some energy on the washing part, and invest it in the waxing part
Washing & drying is a mandatory condition before applying wax. Please ensure under grilles, fuel lid spaces, logo corners are also dry. It is worth the effort you put in
Reason being, i got a little impatient after my last wash/wax session. Applied wax before the car was totally dry and am driving around an apparition currently. Slight drops of water from below the door beads, fuel lid crevice was the cause of this. Would need to repeat the wash/wax soon.
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You car must be clean before you wax.
The gurus would never wax without washing (and drying, of course).
Not only a thorough washing, claying the car is also important before waxing especially if its not done for a long time. Its all in the prep !

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Upgraded to Ultima Waterless Wash Plus from Proklear Waterless Wash, 2 weeks back. You have to use it to believe the difference, the slickness is unparalleled, Jopasu glides with way less effort and dust is not even sticking for the first 2 days. Waterless wash frequency has been cut in half to once a week.

http://www.ebay.in/itm/Ultima-Waterl.../271949704596?

Also could other Proklear WW users confirm if they too have minor water-spot type etchings on the bonnet of their cars?
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Upgraded to Ultima Waterless Wash Plus from Proklear Waterless Wash, 2 weeks back. You have to use it to believe the difference, the slickness is unparalleled, Jopasu glides with way less effort and dust is not even sticking for the first 2 days. Waterless wash frequency has been cut in half to once a week.

http://www.ebay.in/itm/Ultima-Waterl.../271949704596?

Also could other Proklear WW users confirm if they too have minor water-spot type etchings on the bonnet of their cars?
No idea about proklear, but after researching a bit on ON and utlima i bought Ultima along with meguiars ultimate quik wax and its simply amazing, ultima that is, not quik wax.

I use it daily to spot clean bird droppings after running the jopasu on the cars surface.

Happy to report it provides decent water beading and after a few uses the bird poop also seems to stick less to the surface.

Quik wax is what i use once every 10 days, but im not very impressed with it.

Ultima gets my vote a 100% and if you want to save some money pick it up from here

http://www.autofresh.in/ultima/ultim...20-38528711859

When i bought it, it was 1650, but prices seem to have gone up by about 200 bucks

Disclaimer, i am not affilated with the site whose link i provided in any way
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I have bought Ultima Elastrofoam for claying my car but in some reviews Ive read that it can cause minor scratches in the paint. Will those scratches go away by hand polishing or theyll only go away by machine polishing?
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Upgraded to Ultima Waterless Wash Plus from Proklear Waterless Wash, 2 weeks back. You have to use it to believe the difference, the slickness is unparalleled, Jopasu glides with way less effort and dust is not even sticking for the first 2 days. Waterless wash frequency has been cut in half to once a week.

http://www.ebay.in/itm/Ultima-Waterl.../271949704596?

Also could other Proklear WW users confirm if they too have minor water-spot type etchings on the bonnet of their cars?
Which proklear product you were using?
Raw, xtreme, or xtreme cx?
I haven't used any of proklear waterless wash products but thinking of giving try.
At present very satisfied user of ultima waterless wash.
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Not only a thorough washing, claying the car is also important before waxing especially if its not done for a long time. Its all in the prep !
I did read about claying but never tried it as there were lot of warnings about getting the body scratched if the clay bar is not properly lubricated and you do not knead the bar at regular intervals. So never got around to actually trying it. Perhaps I should give it a try on some less noticeable panel.

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A quick question to all the detailing gurus here. Is is necessary to wash the car just before waxing.

The car in question is an XUV500, and I would be happy to save some energy on the washing part, and invest it in the waxing part
Would like to add to the advice not to wax without waxing. In addition to the fact that you are gonna scratch your car, waxing with the microscopic dust particles still on. The waxing also cools down the panels which helps the waxing process. Also the slight dampness aids a more even and thinner spread of the wax compound.

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Which proklear product you were using?
Raw, xtreme, or xtreme cx?
I haven't used any of proklear waterless wash products but thinking of giving try.
At present very satisfied user of ultima waterless wash.
Had been using RAW Xtreme, went through almost two bottles in 6 months. Had to always QD after the WW for the effortless Jopasu glide. Not anymore with the Ultima, it's a far better product.

You could try the CX.
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So I washed & waxed the car over the weekend (using the 2 bucket method).
As much as I'm delighted to see the car squeaky clean & smooth now, it refuses to start. Is this normal?
Upon ignition, the car just makes a consistent sound of it trying to start, but doesn't.

Any troubleshooting tips?

PS: Its a Hyundai Grand i10, equipped with the Start-Stop button.
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So I washed & waxed the car over the weekend (using the 2 bucket method).
As much as I'm delighted to see the car squeaky clean & smooth now, it refuses to start. Is this normal?
Upon ignition, the car just makes a consistent sound of it trying to start, but doesn't.

Any troubleshooting tips?

PS: Its a Hyundai Grand i10, equipped with the Start-Stop button.
Don't think this as a cause of wash. How much it has run and how old the car is? Based on the life of the battery just check if it needs a replacement.
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Don't think this as a cause of wash. How much it has run and how old the car is? Based on the life of the battery just check if it needs a replacement.
Well, it just 1700Kms & 5 months old.

I had moved the car around in the parking area before the wash was done there. And after the wash & wax session (lasting about 5 hours), it refused to start.
I can only think of the wash as being the reason for the ingition behaviour. Could it have played with the electricals in any way?

The dashboard console & the ICE light up & work just fine, while the ignition is the only visible issue.
So the battery should be fine, right?
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Well, it just 1700Kms & 5 months old.

I had moved the car around in the parking area before the wash was done there. And after the wash & wax session (lasting about 5 hours), it refused to start.
I can only think of the wash as being the reason for the ingition behaviour. Could it have played with the electricals in any way?

The dashboard console & the ICE light up & work just fine, while the ignition is the only visible issue.
So the battery should be fine, right?
Did you by any chance wash the engine bay with water slashing on the parts without covering the inlet / outlet openings?
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