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

  1. Roadking

    Roadking Amatore

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  2. Linea2013

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  3. SunnyBoi

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    Don't mind me asking but why specifically Armorall Shampp? There are much better alternatives out there. Meguiars NXT, Hyperwash and Sonax come to my mind.

    For Tar Remover start with WD40. Go for specialised tar removers if the stains do not budge with WD40.
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  4. zenwalker

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    I have NXT with Sonax rinse n wash solution too. What i usually do is mix NXT and Sonax 60:40 ratio in water. It seems to be working so far. Now Sonax is getting over and i need to get new one. Since Sonax is many sites is out of stock, so i though ill go for Armor all which has Tar removing capacity too (seeing some tar stairs). So hence chose this way. If i get sonax stock, i am good for it too.

    Ok ill check out WD40, quite new to me. Need to read about it then.

    Thanks

    The one i am searching (with Tar remover support) is not available at ebay or snapdeal. I already did search :), thanks.
  5. Linear

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    Agree with zenwalker. Please avoid IndianAutoStore.com.

    Linea2013 - Coatings are a step ahead from sealants. These actually bond to the clearcoat and form a semi-permanent layer on the paint. These are of two types - polymer based and glass based.

    Polymer based coatings actually form links with the clearcoat since clearcoat is also a polymer. Most popular example of this is OptiCoat. Durability claimed is permanent, but if the car is maintained well, you can expect anywhere from 5 to 10 years.

    Glass coatings on the other hand form a hard layer on the paint. These are harder than polymer based coatings, so more resistant to scratches, marring etc. However, since they don't actually link with clear coat, the durability is lesser - upto two years. Most popular glass based coating is Cquartz.
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  6. SunnyBoi

    SunnyBoi Amatore

    It is not always good to use an all-in-one solution. You cannot always use an axe to trim your beard :)

    If you use way too aggressive products you'll end up removing any wax or protection from the surface. That is why I'd suggest you to use good shampoos like Meguiars NXT or Sonax, wherever you have tar spots, treat only that area with WD40 and remove them.
  7. zenwalker

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    Hmm.... Thanks sunnyboi.
  8. pdydeva

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    IMO, 60:40 dilution ratio is too concentrated for a wash. Recommended ratio is 4 caps of the wash liquid in a bucket of water. Hmm, now I know how you have emptied one Sonax within a year of ownership.

    From what I read, you are mixing NXT and Sonax together. Is that true?
  9. zenwalker

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    What i meant is that as per NXT, it is recommonded 4-5 cups for bucket water. So what i do is either i go for 2 cups of NXT and 2 cups of Sonax or 3 cups of NXT or 1 cup of sonax.

    Sonax got over earlier is because, i follow 2 bucket method, so 1 bucket will have 60:40 ratio liquid with water and the wash bucket will just have ~2 cups of sonax in it with water. This i just spray over the wet body of car and allow it to loosen the stains or dirt. Then will follow 2 bucket procedure slowly.
  10. pdydeva

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    May I know if you are doing this for any specific reason? why mix 2 different products?

    Are you sure you are using a 60:40 dilution ratio? which means, say for a liter of water you'll almost empty 400 ml of shampoo liquid (a bottle). If you are using so, you'll end up in wasting lot of water to clean the stickiness of high concentration liquid and of course your money on the shampoo.

    If you do not mind, I'd like to correct your idea of 2 buckets wash method. The 1st bucket (wash bucket) should have the recommended concentration of shampoo and water (4-5 caps for a bucket of 9-10 litres) and the 2nd bucket (rinse bucket) with just plain water for rinsing the wash mitt.
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