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DIY - Car Care & Detailing thread

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself' started by VahanPujari, May 30, 2010.

  1. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    @sungoa - it is always good to use dedicated and separate washing cloths. If I may, can I suggest you alter them as one cloth for body wash, one for wheels and one for glass? There are lot of chances for the cloth which cleans wheels to pick up break dust and other grime which can cause streaking of painted surface if not cleaned properly.
  2. sungoa2010


    Thanks. I use the cloth for tyre , only lower portion below the door and for all door gaps, where there is lot of mud. First I wash with water, make sure that no dust particles are there, then wipe with running water and then wipe to dry. Tyre and wheel cup washing is the last stage. immedietly soak all three cloths in ariel for 30 mints and wash it. So cloths are ready for next use. It is painful job, but the satisfaction that you get after looking at the shining punto will justify it.
  3. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    That is a nice way of doing it, @sungoa. It is better if you wash the wheel and wheel caps first because when you wash them last, there are chances of break dust to deposit on the paint surface. Minute deposits may not be visible to human eye easily. These deposits are not good for paint.

    So, may be you can change the washing procedure like - wash first the door jambs and lower portion below the door, followed by wheel and wheel caps. Once you are done with it, wash the car from top to bottom.

    Do use good quality wax once in a while to keep the car shining always.
  4. nobrakes


    Hey guys, just polished my Punto using "Poorboys" "black hole" polish, and am very happy with the results. Attatched are some pics including a couple showing "resin encapsulated" italian flag decal on the B pillars. Both the polish and the flags are sourced from the uk. Labour=Me :)

    Cheers. DSCF6874.jpg DSCF6883.jpg DSCF6882.jpg DSCF6873.jpg DSCF6880.jpg DSCF6879.jpg DSCF6878.jpg DSCF6877.jpg DSCF6876.jpg DSCF6875.jpg DSCF6884.jpg

    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011
  5. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    nobrakes: Poorboys makes excellent products. Good choice.

    The blackhole is a glaze - it is meant to be applied at the last stage after proper washing, pre wax cleaning and polishing. Hope you did a through job before you applied the glaze.
    Now, follow this up by a good wax.
  6. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    Anoop bhai, what do you recommend for swirl removal?

    I'm a complete noob at this and the only experience in detailing is of polishing cast aluminium, of which i dare say i do a good job. For paint, my experience is limited to waxing after washing.

    So how can a noob like me remove swirls?
  7. Italia-Linea

    Italia-Linea Staff Member Janitor

    depending on the depth of the swirls you need different products. Meguairs Ultimate compound is one very good product. mothers step 1 and 2 is also available.

    swirls can be removed effectively by orbital buffer easily than rubbing by hands.

    if swirls are very light, a good polish can do the work too. also there are NANO waxes which fill these swirls and hide them.

    please do not use aluminum polishing hand grinders - lol, just kidding
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  8. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    Bah, i thought wet sanding with 400 followed by 800 and Mother's Mag& Al polish would remove these swirls! :up:p

    I'm too afraid to touch the paint, since it's the Bullet's fuel tank. And a noob like me can very much ADD more swirls rather than remove the existing ones. Will practice on the Palio D's dying paint firstly. Thanks for the tips.
  9. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    @Gurjinder paaji - Itallia-Linea have give you the tips. Just to add on it - if it is light swirls, hand polishing will do. If it is heavy, you have to go for machine polishing.

    Both mothers and Meguairs have good products which are easily available here - pick wither of them and you will not go wrong.

    Btw - can you post a good closeup of the bullet tank, taken in bright light? Just want to see the swirl marks.

    I assume this is the original factory paint or after market paint with clearcoat, not a single coat after market paint.
  10. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    Sure Anoop. I'll post some pics in a day or two. The bike , having stood in my bedroom, yes bedroom :up for a good three months desperately needs a good wash.

    And yes, the paint is the original factory job.

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011

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