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Old 13th May 2010, 12:52   #511
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They both do the same job so one should suffice. Also don't use them too frequently since they will actually take off small microns of paint every time you use them.

Certainly. How does products like F1 Scratch out and other scratch removers work/. Do they too remove the existing paint microns?
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Certainly. How does products like F1 Scratch out and other scratch removers work/. Do they too remove the existing paint microns?
Moderators: I think this should be moved to the car care thread.

Scratch removers attack the topmost layer - clear coat in modern cars. So it does not remove the color coat but the clear coat which is also a paint used to protect the color coat. Some of them have fillers which get into the scratch and leave a haze. Use a good polish and then seal it with a sealant or wax.

Any kind of product which is abrasive will take off some of the surface coating. Always start with very mildly abrasive products if you have to and then graduate to harsher products if it does not work. Best left alone unless you want to do paint correction. Avoid for protection / look good polishing & waxing.

There are polishes available - typically called paint restorer or something similar which chemically remove the layer of wax or sealant and contaminants sitting on the surface without disturbing the paint surface. They will not "correct" (read damage) your paint. Then you can reapply your sealant or wax or sealant and wax.

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You can use a high quality microfiber cloth to dry wipe also- but you must know the technique and v imp the car ideally should be a waxed car so that the dust has not stuck to the surface.
I use the california car duster daily and it works like magic. I have waxed the car and do a top up wax every week using spray wax and every 15-20 days apply paste wax again. Every day only takes me 5 mins to use california duster to dust the dry car and its perfectly clean!
Agree with mkh 100%. The CCD or the desi Jopasu are made from Microfiber dreadlocks which have a light coat of parafin to lift the dust and grab it - it does not spread it around scratching the surface. Of course you have to be gentle. You will notice that the dreadlocks look dirty quite quickly. You should keep using it so long as the dust grabbing capacity stays on - will be quite a while.

Never wash the duster in hot water. You will ruin it. Wash in cold water and a small amount of very mild detergent (no suds please) - I use genteel. Air dry (drip) it and avoid drying in the sun. It will be good as new.

The jopasu duster is very good indeed. I recommend it strongly.

BTW, hosing down your car is WASTE of precious water. Sometimes it may be unavoidable - e.g if you have a mud caked vehicle. Let us not waste water if we can help it. All of you should look at a product from Optimum Technologies called Optimum No Rinse & Shine (ONR) - there are other similar products as well - but this one is the mother of them all. A 32 oz bottle will give you 32 gallons (130 liters approx) of wash product. It is good for one year washes for a small car (2 / 3 liters per wash). Most importantly it does not strip away your sealant of wax coat. You can also use it as a clay lubricant and/or QD in higher concentration.

If you have some money in the bank which you want to spend on your car - spend it on ONR (USD 15.00) and be friendly to the environment.



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After the recent trip to Coorg, there are tons of small spots on the windscreen (front as well as rear) that look as if some contaminated water fell on the glass and dried up, leaving stubborn outlines. I've tried cleaning them with Colin spray but that also didnt work.
Any suggestions? Night driving has become difficult with these marks.

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^^ Seems like hardwater is the culprit.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...ml#post1376697

You might get more results by searching the forum.
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Thanks Dhanush. I am not even sure that those are hard water marks.
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Try some vinegar(first diluted, if the marks are not removed by diluted, use straight) in a spray bottle.

(you can wet a tissue paper with vinegar and just leave that tissue paper on that waterspot for a while(2-3mins or more if the car is in a shaded area) and then remove and wipe the residue off)
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Amit ji,

Please check whether those are hard water spots or bug splatter ?

just to add to what Sohail has suggested, you can use vinegar for both. Do use the synthetic vinegar variety, im not sure about the other types of natural vinegar available like the apple type etc !

If not successful, please post some pics, we can suggest you some other method too
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Try some vinegar(first diluted, if the marks are not removed by diluted, use straight) in a spray bottle.

(you can wet a tissue paper with vinegar and just leave that tissue paper on that waterspot for a while(2-3mins or more if the car is in a shaded area) and then remove and wipe the residue off)
Sohail, i tried Colin spray. The bottle says it has vinegar. What i did not do was leave the tissue paper for a while. But then these marks are quite uniformly spread across the front and rear windshields. I'll either need a laaaarge tissue paper or lots of time!

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Amit ji,

Please check whether those are hard water spots or bug splatter ?

just to add to what Sohail has suggested, you can use vinegar for both. Do use the synthetic vinegar variety, im not sure about the other types of natural vinegar available like the apple type etc !

If not successful, please post some pics, we can suggest you some other method too
Nirmal, its definitely not bug splatter. I think the car was parked next to a water sprinkler at the Coorg resort and that's why there are marks on the front and rear windshields.

I'll try to get rid of these marks over the weekend. If not successful, i'll try to capture them on camera. Being glass, it's going to be tricky though.
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Being glass, it's going to be tricky though.
Actually, I think you are lucky as its glass. Paint can lose its shine when treated with vinegar. Do try it and let us know.
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Not sure if this query belong to this thread but i'm sharing it here since this worry has been growing on me.

I took part in couple of motorsporting events and eventually ended up getting my car stickered as a part of mandatory rules.

Spark - The problem that i'm now facing is with the sticker marks that my spark is left with and refuses to go even after a good wash and polish at the GM service center ( the sticker was a paper base sticker ). The borders have left a mark with dust stuck on it like leech :(.

For my alto 80% of the stickers are plastic based and should not be a problem to remove however ( i've given my alto for servicing today ) the advisor has called me to get the stickers removed in front of him as they were not ready to take the risk of any marks being left while they remove it.

I'm little worried and am wondering how to get those marks removed without scrubbing the paint. I'm attaching pictures of the cars for better advices and will update this space once i get the stickers removed for my Alto
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Guys, i got myself ArmorAll Glass cleaner. It has solved the problem after using it a couple of times!

Thanks for all your help!
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Hey guys, check out my post here. One of the easiest way to wash car, especially using very less water. Optimum No Rinse wash (ONR)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...ml#post2303812

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People,

I had stumbled upon this equipment once in Big Bazaar where someone was demonstrating the use of this. I found it quite impressive but wasn't too keen on buying it because they refused home delivery of the same.

Yet again I stumble upon this equipment online and it continues to impress me. Has anybody seen this / used this?

Features include:

# Powerful Induction Motor for high performance.
# Provided with 8m Delivery hose and Hi-Pressure Spray Gun with Safety Lock.
# Total Stop System (TSS) for minimum power and water consumption and longer service life of the pump.
# Compact & Highly Portable machine.
# Provided with a Detachable Detergent Bottle.
# Quick Start Mechanism.

Mods - Not sure if I am posting it in the right thread or if there already is a thread on this.

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What was the price quoted and what is the source of water? One of those two holes will be the inlet?
BTW, probably this can be moved to the detailing thread.
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