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DIY - Car Care & Detailing thread

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

  1. theblack

    theblack Esperto

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    Ok guys, I'm having some major problems with mother nature.
    I spend nearly 4-5 hrs washing and waxing my beauty and the moment i open the gates and head out all of it is just 'washed out'...
    I know its the norm during the rainy season but what i want to know are
    1.) whether to actually wax the car and does it provide any good protection due to rains?
    2.) Once i've washed /waxed and taken out the car and when it rains how to i do the subsequent cleanups?, would just washing the car do me good(like in the summers)
  2. Ganges

    Ganges Esperto

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    theblack,
    Use duragloss products,eventhough u have wash the coat remains as it is.
    It will maintain the glossy finish even during the rains.
  3. amargawade90

    amargawade90 Superiore

    Guys , Which Car Shampoo(Best and inexpensive too)I should Buy for washing Punto ext. ??
  4. vijays777

    vijays777 Regolare

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    Chennai
    Chennai
    Linea T-Jet
    Sonax is good , there are 2 verson , one is shampoo and another shampoo+ glossy , it gives you more foam to remove the dirts.
    Or best use normal sunsilk/ normal daily shampoo you may think costly but best worth as you can be sure on no damage to paints :)
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  5. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    @amar: Just go through some previos posts in this same thread - I am sure there have been lot of discussion about shampoos. To give you a short answer, go for a shampoo WITHOUT wax, from any reputed manufacturer (Sonax,F1,Turtle,Duragloss,Meguirs,Mothers etc - the list goes on)
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  6. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

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    Yes shampoo WITHOUT WAX is the point to be noted here. I would prefer to stay away from the hair shampoos .When there are specific products for car wash, why do we need to go for a hair wash product ? It may give you good results, but may damage your paint in the long run. Some products may not do harm. But why to take chances.
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  7. ganesh.g1982

    ganesh.g1982 Novizio

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    Bangalore
    Bangalore
    Grande Punto 1.3
    I have purchased Collonite 845 from BBImpex (Sanjay) and have waxed car. This what I have followed; Washed(Sonax without WAX)->Formula 1 carnauba wax->Buffed->Collonite 845->Buffed. Car looks very nice, glossy. Like to know

    > If need to be waxed again, when it should be the next on?.
    > Do we need to remove the existing wax coating before doing the next?
    > Do any other products give more reflections like Durogloass?
    > What is the best time period to use SwirlX remover, because I have mild amount of swirl marks which is visiable at night lights, under direct sun. What is the method to follow?

    Ganesh.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 14, 2012
  8. PatchyBoy

    PatchyBoy Esperto

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    I have a strange issue. Though I have a drive way at home, it was built to fit a M800, so the Linea does not fit. I am forced to park the Linea outside the gate, right under a Gulmohar tree. Problem is, by morning the car is covered with flowers and leaves. I am hesitant to use a car cover for the fear of scratches these car covers usually cause.

    Everyday morning I go to work on the car with a hair-dye brush to remove all the debris from the channel alongside the top of the boot lid and bonnet - these little flowers and seeds tend to slide down the windscreens and settle right at the bottom. While I am able to brush and remove all the debris from the boot portion, this litter tends to go into the openings in the front shock absorber area on both sides. This part is not accessible, unless I remove the front wipers and the black plastic cover beneath. See pictures below

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    I am concerned that these petals / leaves trapped inside might retain moisture and cause rusting.

    The solution I have in mind - open the whole thing this weekend, clean up all the mess and apply wax for good measure and then fit back. But to avoid having to repeat this exercise, I am thinking of blocking off these vents completely with insulation tape. The question I have is - what purpose do these vents serve? Would there be any problem blocking them off? How important is air passage / accessibility / visibility to this area? Alternately, should I consider applying a speaker mesh / netlon mesh kind of thing?

    Please help.

    Thanks,
    Rajan
  9. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

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    @Ganesh welcome to the world of detailing. Once you are into it, you will start looking for better & better products & you will always be attracted by different products. So be comfortable with what you have & you got an excellent product with you which is the collinite 845. It will definitely go for 3 months if you wash it with a mild shampoo. SwirlX can be used when you feel that there are too many swirls in your car. Maybe once in an year after 2 yrs of ownership is ok. For reflection check for products known as Glaze. Mind that you need to identify a hand glaze product.Most of them are machine glaze products for which you need a buffing machine.
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  10. harry_1407

    harry_1407 Amatore

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    Chennai
    Chennai
    Grande Punto 1.3 90 HP
    I have the same but I don't find it useful. using it for the sake of purchasing. Hope it might not be the same for you.

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