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Old 19th January 2019, 20:27   #10606
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Can someone recommend a good masking tape that won't leave stains or damage the waxed surface? The abro types are pretty useless really.
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Old 28th January 2019, 17:08   #10607
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The only good tape would be from 3M Precision series, but would be a very costly affair.

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Can someone recommend a good masking tape that won't leave stains or damage the waxed surface? The abro types are pretty useless really.
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Old 3rd February 2019, 22:00   #10608
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Guys,

I am using the California duster to clean my car on a daily basis. Once a week, I also use carpro ech2o waterless wash with a 950 gsm microfiber towel. Lately, a lot of swirl marks have emerged across the body and they look really bad in the sun.

I was wondering, what could be the reason for the same and how can I get them off?

Is it the duster (more than 6 months old) or the microfiber?


P.S. The duster's tagline says - the dirtier it gets, the better it works!
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Old 3rd February 2019, 22:26   #10609
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Guys,

I am using the California duster to clean my car on a daily basis.

I was wondering, what could be the reason for the same and how can I get them off?

Is it the duster (more than 6 months old) or the microfiber?
Incorrect washing and dusting causes swirl marks on the paint. Always use the duster and microfiber cloth in straight lines and avoid dusting or washing the car in circular motion. A simple detailing session will take care of all the swirl marks on your ride.

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I was wondering, what could be the reason for the same and how can I get them off?

Is it the duster (more than 6 months old) or the microfiber?
As Akib said, a detailing session will remove the swirls. Well to explain a 'detailing session' is to use a glaze or if the swirls are deep, use a rubbing compound to remove the swirls. But be careful not to do it often or you will remove your clear coat, and only do it or get it done by someone who knows his job.
Swirls in a dusty environment like in India are unavoidable. I have started to live with them
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Hello,
You have answered your own question.
A simple DIY wax and sealant session will take care of the swirls for the time being. They will not disappear completely, but will be hidden by the wax and sealant temporarily.

Use the duster/microfiber in straight lines. In-fact use any cleaning cloth only in a straight line. Add dust/dirt to the circular motion and it is like sanding your car with a micro fine sanding paper. The dusters and cloths should also be used with minimal force when getting the dust off. The only time they need to be worked a little is when you are removing the wax/sealant haze.
If you want a refined finish, then it will always be a detailing job.

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...I am using the California duster to clean my car on a daily basis. Once a week, I also use carpro ech2o waterless wash with a 950 gsm microfiber towel. Lately, a lot of swirl marks have emerged across the body and they look really bad in the sun.

I was wondering, what could be the reason for the same and how can I get them off?

Is it the duster (more than 6 months old) or the microfiber?..

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Old 5th February 2019, 12:15   #10612
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Incorrect washing and dusting causes swirl marks on the paint.
Thank you for the insights! Will follow your advice going forward.

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As Akib said, a detailing session will remove the swirls. Well to explain a 'detailing session' is to use a glaze or if the swirls are deep, use a rubbing compound to remove the swirls.
I will go for a detailing session soon. Like you said, these swirl marks are inevitable and I believe, I will also learn to live with them

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As Akib said, a detailing session will remove the swirls. Well to explain a 'detailing session' is to use a glaze or if the swirls are deep, use a rubbing compound to remove the swirls. But be careful not to do it often or you will remove your clear coat, and only do it or get it done by someone who knows his job.
Swirls in a dusty environment like in India are unavoidable. I have started to live with them
Rubbing compound is NOT recommended for swirl marks. It is way too abrasive. It is better to use a polish.
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Hello everyone,
I own a three year old VW polo and try to maintain it immaculately. I love to keep it shining like new. Have used a range of waxes, sealents and polishes from turtle, maguire and the ilk.

Recently have been willing to try Collinite 845. I have heard about it a lot and wanted to know if its a feasible option since I wax my car by hand. Also would love to know a reliable seller to source it.
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Recently have been willing to try Collinite 845. I have heard about it a lot and wanted to know if its a feasible option since I wax my car by hand. Also would love to know a reliable seller to source it.
Collinite 845 is a well admired wax and it is well suited for hand application. Just go for it!

Reliable sellers:

BB Impex

Or

Ultimate Detailerz

Recommendations based on personal experience, no commercial interests.
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Can someone recommend a good masking tape that won't leave stains or damage the waxed surface? The abro types are pretty useless really.
I have found these to be good. Doesn't leave residue and doesn't powder if you run the pad over them.

http://totalcarcare.in/cart/index.ph...product_id=309
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Hey Guys,

I wash my car and motorbike at home myself. I just have access to a garden hose and shampoo in a bucket.

To douse the vehicle with shampoo from a bucket - what kind of sponge do I use? Do I get something like this https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B01...8MB9HFEI&psc=1

Or something that is more traditionally a sponge?

I was looking for some contraption which will foam the vehicle up directly from a garden hose - any options? Since I do all washing and cleaning myself, i guess this will make my life a bit easier.

No, I cant invest in a pressurized equipment at the moment.
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To douse the vehicle with shampoo from a bucket - what kind of sponge do I use
I am using this Armor all sponge https://www.amazon.in/Armor-All-SDL9...mor+all+sponge, it has been really good. You can give it a try.
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I'm looking to grab a DA polisher for my weekend detailing sessions. Looks like DAS-6 PRO is the VFM proposition for a newbie like me.

Came across this UK based store quoting about 14K with shipping to India through DHL. A group buy of 3 pieces would bring down the price to 11K owing to savings on shipping rates. Any interested buyers?
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What's a good foaming solution to use along with a foam gun? Something that relieves me of all the muck
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