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Old 2nd January 2020, 11:21   #10816
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WD40 can help too.

In UK there is specialist sticky stuff remover. it will get most labels and residue off most things. Still takes some work though. It has a weird, sweet smell that definably should not be inhaled. Use outside or with a fan. I'd want to have all the doors open, and maybe the blower full on, if I used it inside a car
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Old 2nd January 2020, 11:23   #10817
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What is an easy way to remove gum residue or stickers from the windscreen or other parts of the car?

I have a few unnecessary stickers in my windscreen which I tried to remove and left a lot of residue - paper, gum etc? Also, as I removed the temporary number plate, there is gum residue on the boot.
Vegetable oil, WD 40, Kerosene, Petrol, Diesel, IPA all works well.
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Old 2nd January 2020, 19:01   #10818
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What is an easy way to remove gum residue or stickers from the windscreen or other parts of the car?
One easy way is to use melamine foam sponges, commonly called as magic erasers. The branded ones are costly. But unbranded 100 pieces costs less than 500rs. Available in amazon and aliexpress. It's uses are versatile. Perfectly safe to use on hard, non porous, smooth surfaces such as windscreen.

It can be used on dash, leather, trim and paint too(definitely not for OCD's) but it comes with serious risk factor. It is better to understand the product and its limitation before using it on the same. There are many useful car detailing videos on magic erasers.

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Dear detailing enthusiasts, I use Meguiars NXT shampoo for deep cleaning prior to detailing sessions but I'm looking for an economical one for regular (read weekly) washes.

Which one is better? Sonax or 3M? If Sonax, which one is better 314300 (gloss) or 314341 (regular one)?
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Old 12th January 2020, 01:41   #10821
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Has anyone tried the one year ceramic coating many car body shops are offering these days. They say there is a warranty for one year but it will easily last three years?
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My advice which I follow myself is, get car care products and simple wax/sealant DIY is the best. Costs a fraction of ceramic coating.
That is helpful. I'll try the DIY. Body shop guys warn not to DIY as you might spoil the car exteriors but I don't think any spray, polish, coat etc. Gone wrong can spoil the paint finish.

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Old 13th January 2020, 09:41   #10824
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Ceramic coating is the new Teflon coating. Everyone says they do it. Few discrete detailers know their craft.
+1. I think the ceramic coating is the new fad and detailers are trying their best to milk the customers. While it might be very useful, I am not sure if all the local guys are doing an authentic job. Secondly, if you get a scratch or something, you have to repaint and redo the coating. Also, I am not convinced it is absolutely maintenance free. Frankly, it's not worth the money for most cars. Regular cleaning and waxing yourself following proper methods is the best way to maintain the car.
I follow similar methods as you have mentioned but I don't use any polish. Can you tell me if it is really needed on a regular basis if the car is maintained well? Secondly, how to apply the polish? Finally, do you apply any wax/sealant after you apply the polish (I am guessing yes).

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That is helpful. I'll try the DIY. Body shop guys warn not to DIY as you might spoil the car exteriors but I don't think any spray, polish, coat etc. Gone wrong can spoil the paint finish.
That's absolutely rubbish. Actually, DIY is probably the safest and best way to maintain your car paint well. It is not rocket science, read this thread and do some research on the internet and you will be good. Apart from what is mentioned above, I would advise you to purchase a spray wax to start with as it is very easy to apply - optimum spray wax is the best I have used.

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Has anyone tried the one year ceramic coating many car body shops are offering these days. They say there is a warranty for one year but it will easily last three years?
Cross posting my reply from the other thread. Ceramic coat lasting for xx years is purely speculation. I haven't personally come across one thats lasted more than 3+ years. It also depends a lot on how the car is treated. On one hand, I have seen ceramic coats lasting 1.5 years, and in some cases not lasting more than 2 months as well.


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I’m very concerned about swirl marks. Do ceramic coats actually work to protect against this menace ?
Swirl marks are created mostly due to the washing process, dirt and dust as well at times (eg. wind blowing larger dust particles). If you can revise / control your washing process, you can reduce the swirls, but not eliminate it 100%. That said, nothing is as satisfactory to see as a ceramic coated car - the level of gloss is not achieved by anything else.

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Ceramic for what they offer and at the cost, I would say is NOT something that will work for our Indian cycle. Unless you are someone or has access to someone who will maintain the car like own baby.
True. I got a ceramic done on my Abarth and I'm not happy with it - a lot depends on the way its applied, the preparatory work and maintenance. Yes, it was initially washed by the cleaning guy, but since a while now, I do the cleaning myself when needed - max 2-3 times a week. Maybe a more expensive one or a better detailer could have been a different story.

Self healing PPFs are a good alternative, but cost a bomb. With prices varying from 500-900 bucks per sq. ft., I would never even consider them on a car costing less than 50L at the minimum. Doing partial PPF, would be a good compromise - bumpers, boot and doors upto window line should take care of most contacts.
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That is helpful. I'll try the DIY. Body shop guys warn not to DIY as you might spoil the car exteriors but I don't think any spray, polish, coat etc. Gone wrong can spoil the paint finish.
They might be saying wrt using polishing machines. If applied by hand, there is absolutely no risk. Even using a DA machine minimises the risk of damaging your paint to a certain extent.

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They might be saying wrt using polishing machines. If applied by hand, there is absolutely no risk. Even using a DA machine minimises the risk of damaging your paint to a certain extent.
That might be the case. I recently went to a body works shop and he showed me how the damage looks like if the machine is not used properly. The color in that part can lose its gloss and become like mat finish in patches.
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No not needed. If car is free of swirls, either carnauba wax or sealant is best.
Thanks for the information. Probably, I will try it after some time once I see some swirl marks. However, I think the protection offered by a dedicated sealant like Meguiars ultimate liquid wax or colinite 845 will be much better than all-in-one polish-wax product. Also, waxing is non-abrasive and can be applied any number of times without any worries. So, I would recommend waxing as a regular process and polishing as a much less frequent process based on the condition of the car.

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I have previously tried Gyeon Q2 Cancoat and is very satisfied with the water beading properties. But it takes time to apply on car paint and have a curing period of 24 hours. I have also tried the Gyeon Q2 wetcoat which is very easy to apply and provide instant water beading properties. The durability is less than the Cancoat, but the ease of application makes it a better choice out of the two. Both are available in greenz car care website, link given below.

https://www.greenzcarcare.com/produc...on-q2m-wetcoat

Note: I am not related to the website in any manner, directly or indirectly. I just love their range of products.
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Folks, what is a decent place for an interior clean in and around Thiruvanmiyur area ? The 3M branch is right next door to me. To be honest, this is for a really old Getz that I’m using as a beater car. So not putting too much money on it. Just need a good interior clean up including removing seat covers and washing them. I’m not very particular about equipments used. Just need a visibly cleaner interior. Any suggestions please ?
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