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Old 5th August 2016, 21:22   #9871
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Firstly, this looks like a paint chip to me. If there's a dent, then the below advice would be of no use.

Get the matching com paint can. Clean the area in and around the chip using rubbing alcohol.

Look into this forum thread as a reference:

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...y-scratch.html
Thanks mate! Looks like some manual effort is required. Sadly, I'm a total numpty when it comes to anything related to DIY.
I've ordered some stuff off Amazon, and will go meet up my regular detailer once it arrives.
The thread you've recommended will definitely point me in the right direction.

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It will look better painted, as long as it is painted with the exact-match paint, preferably from the dealer. If they did the damage, won't they fix it for you?...
Ah, but if only...

They agreed that the dent was caused by them.
Apparently, the parking space in the service bay was way too less, and the front left door hit something while being opened.
I literally raised hell when I came to collect the car after service and saw that dent.
They tried to brush it off as something I had caused earlier, but the job card said otherwise.
They apologized but said that it will take time to work on the dent. So I would need to leave the car with them.

I told them to go shove it where the sun doesn't shine, then have coitus with themselves, repeatedly, in all forms and positions, and drove out of the service center.
This was the last of the free services, so from the next time I'll be heading to some FNG.
But what's done is done. My car is dented, my heart is broken, and the paint is chipped. Hopefully Jerry from Car Cares can do something about it with the paint thingamajig I've ordered off Amazon.
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Old 7th August 2016, 16:23   #9872
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Yesterday when I went to a known distributor (he is a distributor for house hold and certain car care products) to buy some house stuff, came across Jopasu Trim n Tire Dressing which is solvent based and looked unlike other Tire Dressing products I had seen. He said once applied it will last for around 15 days and I thought of giving a try.

Today morning I applied as directed on the package using sponge and after it was dry it gave a nice and new look on the tires. The look was not very glossy (I don't like too glossy and artificial looks) and looked natural, which was to my liking.

Also, the distributor said this repels water and does not attract much dust. Now, will wait and see how long this lasts and on the dust attraction part and will update again.

On the looks front, I recommend this product. Now some pics, which I think is not doing justice to the actual look, as the car was under shade.

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Old 8th August 2016, 19:00   #9873
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On the looks front, I recommend this product. Now some pics, which I think is not doing justice to the actual look, as the car was under shade.

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What do you think on trying this product on flat black metal bumpers? I am looking for some Dressing to apply on my Thar's bumpers that have lost their black depth.
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Old 8th August 2016, 19:29   #9874
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What do you think on trying this product on flat black metal bumpers? I am looking for some Dressing to apply on my Thar's bumpers that have lost their black depth.
I don't think this can be used on metal painted surfaces. This is solvent based and could be abrasive on the paints. If the bumper is metal, you can try any good wax or quick detailer to get a gloss look.
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I don't know if it has been discussed earlier but still.
I have a problem of water spots on my rear windscreen and the rear chrome strip of my Nanook. Used 3M washing liquid and it does take it off to some extent but they are still visible on a closer look.
Did a search on the net and homed on to the Carpro Water Spot Remover. Has anybody used the Carpro spot remover and how was the result?
Is there any other way of removing these spots? Have already tried Vinegar but not very successful.

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Has anybody used the Carpro spot remover and how was the result?
A micro review by me from 2014 - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ml#post3450269 (A superb Car cleaning, polishing & detailing guide)

A review better by magnitudes - http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...-spotless.html
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Try soaking the spot in vinegar. Cover the glass with tissues that have been wetted with vinegar so that they stick to the glass. Leave for an hour to soak in and keep rewetting with vinegar to keep the tissues wet. Remove and scrub with a vinegar soaked microfiber. You can even use a clean, new and never dropped PINK Scotch Brite scrub+sponge. This is safe for glass and doesnt scratch it. I have used it on the car glass and my aquarium glass with no issues.
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The clear vinyl window on the back of my THAR has clouded up. The clouding is typical: Only in the area where it is exposed to Sun. The 2 straps that lay on left and right have a clear area beneath it. Seems it is due to sun rays. Will try using a Glass Cleaner. Any suggestion or locally available cleaners to sort this problem?

Another issue is the stock windows are not anti-glare. So at night, it becomes difficult and dangerous on the highways, due to glares coming in from the side windows. You see interior reflection instead of the outside till your vehicle moves out of the glare. Are there any coatings available that can reduce glare?
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Another issue is the stock windows are not anti-glare. So at night, it becomes difficult and dangerous on the highways, due to glares coming in from the side windows. You see interior reflection instead of the outside till your vehicle moves out of the glare. Are there any coatings available that can reduce glare?

You can try Proklear Nano Anti-Glare & Rain Shield Treatment for Windshield on ebay http://www.ebay.in/itm/PROKLEAR-Nano...-/160704690086

I have applied this and I can say it is a very good rain repellent and beads water very well and Anti-glare benefit is average, but it is a good product overall. This video is made by ProKlear.




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I am considering having my 4.5 year old car detailed for the first time and this came to my mind.
This might sound like a noob question so please bear with me.

When we consider getting our cars professionally detailed, is there any limit/guidance on the number of times we can get it done "Safely”?

My understanding is that polishing a car requires scraping off a thin layer of the clear coat. This is what houses the swirl marks and other minor surface deformities and therefore removing a fine top layer gets rid of the surface aberrations.

But the layer is of a finite thickness.
So how many times can we polish it safely without risking completely removing the clear coat?

Moreover how will the following variables affect this “safe” limit?
• Age of the car
• Whether the car panel has been repainted
• Quality of the original paint finish as it can vary with the manufacturer and the segment
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It is the over-enthusiasts who are using abrasive polishes on their paintwork every month or even week that should be worrying about running out of paint surface, not those seeking a full detailing every few years.

I would expect professional detailers to be very much aware of what they are doing. I've read, here, about them even using some sort of measurement device to detect the clearcoat thickness.

But I don't think there can be a how-often. It depends what they do. It also depends what is needed and what you want fixed.
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I am considering having my 4.5 year old car detailed for the first time and this came to my mind.
A professional detailer shall always check the condition of the paint all around with a paint thickness gauge, and proceed accordingly.

There is no set number of 'safe' detailing - it varies depending on multiple factors. But I think yearly once is fine (full correction).

Variables that affect:

age of the car - UV rays has some effect on the clearcoat, and also if you are used to washing your car daily using a handyman, chances are that your paint condition is not so good.

Repaints - repainted panels actually have much thicker coats of paint, so aggressive detailing can safely be attempted .

Quality of paint finish from factory - factory finishes are usually thin, and different oems have different paint hardness levels. pros shall know better.
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Hello Team,

I am looking for Meguiar's ScratchX and SwirlX, but unable to find them in any of the online shops. Can anyone provide me with a link for the same??

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Hello Team,

I am looking for Meguiar's ScratchX and SwirlX, but unable to find them in any of the online shops. Can anyone provide me with a link for the same??

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Hi Shashi,

ScratchX is available with bringingbest website. http://bringingbest.in/index.php?rou...product_id=226

SwirlX even I could not find online.

I would like to state that I do not have any commercial interest in sharing this information.

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Newbie detailing question here: I understand that after a wash, the next step is to remove embedded contaminants, swirl marks, etc. and the way to do this is a light polishing process. Finally, some wax is applied and provide a layer of protection.

I'm wondering how often the polishing needs to be done? Won't it thin the clearcoat each time? I don't care about short term looks - I can live with swirl marks and the like but I do care about long term paint quality. Any advice on how frequently to polish in this case?
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