Originally Posted by fine69
After following this thread, participating a little and buying off a few products I decided it was time for a few questions
I'd give all a little background though...
I don't have a dedicated parking for my car. Its parked on the colony roadside when I'm at home. The car is driven about 50-52 kms daily for 5 days a week (Delhi-Gurgaon-Delhi). I've shampooed the car around once a week but the car is covered with dust the very next day and gets in pretty bad shape after 3-4 days. I don't have a Jopasu duster yet and I don't use the MF cloth to dust it (which I guess shouldn't be used for dusting) and just let it be until the next wash.
In office I park in the underground parking so its away from the sun, at least 5 days a week. I do have a car cover, the plastic one, but by the time I'm home the car is so dusty that I refrain from putting the cover back as the dust would scratch the paint (as mentioned above, don't have that huge Jopasu duster yet).
I recently bought Amway Car Wash & Silicone Glaze, already had a Windshield Cleaner, Scratch Remover, Quick Detailer from the Eurogold kit, not too keen on using any of the Eurogold items though and instead have a long list of other items that I shall procure gradually but what has got me thinking was this - I returned from my Delhi-Udaipur-Delhi trip, it rained for about 600 kms while I was going and then not a single drop of rain. My car was in a state that I can't describe. I shampooed the car after 3-4 days of my return as I was taken ill due to the extremely long drive. The car looked better again but there were infinite number of bug & tar spots. Though I shouldn't have rubbed too much I did as the bug spots were just not ready to go off with a mild rub of shampoo. Anyways, I did manage to get the bug (not tar) spots off and was planning on starting with the first few detailing steps (read car wash with shampoo, claying (may be) and applying amway silicone glaze).
However, what I now think is that since I'd be off to long drives on my car almost every month and these bug spots & tar spots along with a lot of dirt and dust would never be off the car would it be advisable to go all the way with detailing or do I stick with weekly car wash with shampoo and up till silicone glaze application every 1 or 2 months. The reason I'm checking with you all is that if I give the car a wash with shampoo I'm sure I'd damage the wax coat to some extent. And if my car requires a shampoo wash every week wouldn't I be wiping the wax off a bit every week. If mild rubbing with shampoo wouldn't hurt the wax then those bug spots would never go off. Also, if there are hard tar spots then without using diesel I wouldn't be able to get them off and using diesel would, I think, damage the wax protective coat.
Apart from this if there are loads and loads of bug/tar spots that too almost all over the front and sides do I still go ahead with using diesel? I don't have a problem using diesel all over but if there's another solution to that I might try that as well, only because I heard diesel usage was neither safe nor recommended for excess usage. Very confused here for the sheer reason that though I have the motivation to keep my car in showroom condition if the circumstances don't allow it I don't want to waste my energy and resources over it.
PS: Whatever the circumstances I still want to upkeep my car in the best possible state :(
Though i did my best to read this entirely, i am sure i may have missed a few finer details
Your conditions are clearly what an average indian faces and mostly in the north, very tough to maintain the car in those situations. My dads car in NOIDA faces the same, no covered car parking, and daily commute means all the harsh elements attacking the surface daily.
Here is what i can suggest what is possible for you
1. Clay and Polish once in 3 months( silicone glaze). Maybe after your long drive do a complete 2-3 hour session.
2. Apply wax once a month if you can. Use Collinite or a high quality wax and apply multiple layers of it. If you can apply 5-6 coats every 3 months, great. Needs some effort, but possible.
3. Use Car Duster for sure and a micro
4. Use a completely wet micro to wipe the car if you must(post dusting)
5. Surely Use Amway Car Wash- its perfectly safe.
Washing will wear the wax layers down, but should not deter you to apply many layers
Nothing much you can do about tar spots, avoid putting diesel etc too much, claying can help( not sure)
If you can get a good detailer spray- useful for bug spots for sure.
Hope this helps
Last edited by mkh : 30th August 2010 at 16:50.