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Old 5th December 2018, 20:10   #10576
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Had availed the services of Urbanclap for Deep Car cleaning of my hatchback.
Did an average job overall, though interior cleaning was good. I had good amount of oil stains on the passenger seats (due to tiffin leakage), but it was cleaned well.

Turned out they had used a 3M Car Shampoo + water, to clean the seats. It was effective nonetheless, so didn't complain.

Steps undertaken :
1. Pressure washed the car.
2. Foam-Shampooed the car.
3. Washed the car.
4. Cleaned the interior.
5. Used 3M Finesse-It Marine Paste for carrying out the final polish.

Query : It was a surprise regarding the material that they were using, since it's the first time I heard it. (Amazon Link). Is this actually a good product for polishing the car?
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5. Used 3M Finesse-It Marine Paste for carrying out the final polish.
3M finesse it is a heavy cut compound - did you car have serious blemishes that needed such an aggressive step? Also, they should have applied wax / sealant to seal the shine.
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3M finesse it is a heavy cut compound - did you car have serious blemishes that needed such an aggressive step? Also, they should have applied wax / sealant to seal the shine.
It did have scratches and blemishes.
I most probably believe, they did apply the wax, cause they spoke about it in the beginning. Cannot confirm though, could not stay with them till the end to confirm.
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It did have scratches and blemishes.
I most probably believe, they did apply the wax, cause they spoke about it in the beginning. Cannot confirm though, could not stay with them till the end to confirm.
As Blackasta mentioned, that product is a heavy duty compound. You don't use it after every pressure washing session. Your car's paint will not have any thickness left if done repeatedly leaving the paint looking dull after a year.
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As Blackasta mentioned, that product is a heavy duty compound. You don't use it after every pressure washing session. Your car's paint will not have any thickness left if done repeatedly leaving the paint looking dull after a year.
Oh yes. It was a one-time thing, mainly to get those soiled seats cleaned, and someone recommended Urbanclap to my father.
Otherwise, it's an annual polish from the FNG, when the car goes for servicing.

Thank you for your responses. I'll definitely ask them not to use the product on my other car, if and ever I seek their service again.
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Old 7th December 2018, 12:24   #10581
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Ordered a 3M interior cleaner, 3M dashboard dresser and Meguiars ultimate polish yesterday and the polish arrived today, though haven't checked the packet. Will soon soon post a review next week. All 3 costed me Rs 1562.
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Hi Gaaij,
Here goes. Some photos of the DIY detailing done on the mighty Veedub.
It is a 2011 model HL DSG which I have used for around 221000 kilometers.
This is a combination of the infamous Chemical Guys complete range of optical grade compounds and finishng polishes plus one of the best ceramic coats available in India, the Sonax CC36.
Will put up the entire detail story later. Till then, enjoy the photos.

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So after a tiring day the car is finally treated after a long time. Took me a good half of the day to do it. The process was simple:
1. Shampoo the car using 3m shampoo
2. Dry it using a microfibre cloth
3. Polish using Meguiars ultimate polish with 7-10 circles on each area
4. Wipe off with the microfibre
5. Two coats of Meguiars Nxt 2.0 wax on all areas except roof which i will do tomorrow


The low temperatures helped wax multiple panels of the car at the same time and the Meguiars wax is easy to wipe off as well. As can be seen the swirls seem to have reduced considerably however the polish isnt useful for scratches at all. I also couldnt remove a few chips and a paint swap mark in the car even with a rubbing compound. All in all felt good to see my car outshine our 2 years younger Creta next to it.

The coming week my car seat cleaner and dashboard dresser will arrive too so interiors will be treated next saturday.
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Old 13th December 2018, 20:36   #10584
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Would a genuine one have 2 stickers on the label? The back has 2 stickers over each other if one sees closely at the bottom left and top right corners of the label. I ordered these from Paytm mall
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They might be covering up an old MRP. I have no idea about at what stage in a product's progress from manufacturer to customer it might be legal to do this.
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Before the summer arrives, decided to pamper my Creta this weekend. Did the following

1. Full wash including underbody at the local car wash
2. As my car was driven on a newly laid road near my house, there were tar spots that needed attention- Formula1 bug and tar remover did the job rather splendid!
3. One coat of Swirlx applied to remove those swirlys
4. After 24 hours of applying Swirlx, applied a coat of Collinite 845.
5. For the black cladding applied Chemical Guys VRP Protectant
6. Cleaned the seats with leather wipes and then finished with chemical guys leather protectant
7. Doors & dashboard prepped with a clean damp microfiber and finished with VRP.
8. Swirlx applied to the rims.
9. Formula1 glass cleaner applied to all the windows and windshields.

Enjoyed every bit of it and its totally worth the effort! I am planning to apply a second coat of Collinite next week so that it lasts the entire summer.

My second session of detailing happened yesterday. Followed the same steps, but this time i applied the Chemical Guys Insta wax+Sealant instead of collinite and I am very happy with the result. The car looks as if it just rolled off the assembly line
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Wrong thread i know, but i have a helmet that i would like to have waxed myself.

This optimum car wax seems easy to apply and maintain. Looks like it does protect the paint as well since it has paint sealant on top.

However, most helmet manufacturers have asked to avoid any kind of chemicals on the helmet. They only recommend all natural carnauba wax for both the shell and the visor.

Where and what brand do i get?
Is optimum a natural wax?
Will the wax get rid of very light scuffs or scratches?
Will a ceramic coat work on a helmet? Will cost me about 2k, is it worth the trouble?

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Wrong thread i know, but i have a helmet that i would like to have waxed myself.

This optimum car wax seems easy to apply and maintain. Looks like it does protect the paint as well since it has paint sealant on top.

However, most helmet manufacturers have asked to avoid any kind of chemicals on the helmet. They only recommend all natural carnauba wax for both the shell and the visor.

Where and what brand do i get?
Is optimum a natural wax?
Will the wax get rid of very light scuffs or scratches?
Will a ceramic coat work on a helmet? Will cost me about 2k, is it worth the trouble?
Optimum is a synthetic wax.
If you want natural carnauba based wax, would suggest to get a bottle of Collinite 845.
If used on your visor it will provide some nice rain repellency also.
No wax can fix light scuffs. Either polish them out or get it touched up.

Ceramic coating for 2k is alright. But which Ceramic Coating?
Not all Ceramic Coatings are worth the money. And especially not the Chinese rebranded coatings used by many. They hardly last. All look great initially, but the real job of a coating is to provide the gloss and protection for it's entire durability period.

Otherwise protect your investment and wax it yourself every 3-4 months. A bottle of Collinite will last you and your bike for atleast 2 years.
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Optimum is a synthetic wax.
If you want natural carnauba based wax, would suggest to get a bottle of Collinite 845.
If used on your visor it will provide some nice rain repellency also.
No wax can fix light scuffs. Either polish them out or get it touched up.

Ceramic coating for 2k is alright. But which Ceramic Coating?
Not all Ceramic Coatings are worth the money. And especially not the Chinese rebranded coatings used by many. They hardly last. All look great initially, but the real job of a coating is provide the gloss and protection for it's entire durability period.

Otherwise protect your investment and wax it yourself every 3-4 months. A bottle of Collinite will last you and your bike for atleast 2 years.
I have been offered cquartz as the ceramic coat. My issue is, will this "chemical" affect the helmet shell?

I was looking at collinite 845. What polish do you recommend to prep the helmet of extremely minor scuffs before i use collinite?

Will this polish out scuff the helmet shield as well before i apply the wax on it?
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I have been offered cquartz as the ceramic coat. My issue is, will this "chemical" affect the helmet shell?

I was looking at collinite 845. What polish do you recommend to prep the helmet of extremely minor scuffs before i use collinite?

Will this polish out scuff the helmet shield as well before i apply the wax on it?
Cquartz won't affect the helmet in any way. It's one of the best Ceramic Coating's in the world. So you won't go wrong.

A polish or rather compound I can recommend is the 3M Finesse It One Step compounding. This is only specific to your needs of polishing out the scuffs.
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